It took some time, but Samsung finally made the move towards making truly premium flagship smartphones, with the Galaxy S6 family and the Note 5 all featuring a metal and glass build. Samsung’s home competitor LG has stuck to plastic as its material of choice even this year, which has helped it keep an important feature like removable batteries on its smartphones. (more…)
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With the OnePlus X, the titular company launched yet another smartphone that offers amazing bang for the buck. But like it has been doing since its inception, OnePlus is only offering its latest phone through an invite system in the initial days. However, if you’re feeling extremely impatient and would like to get your hands on the OnePlus X right away, you might want to head over to retailer GearBest.
GearBest is currently offering the X to anyone interested in shelling out $287.69. Yes, that’s a few dollars more than the official price, but it does let you skip the line and get the handset right away (interestingly, the retailer wrongly states that the phone’s retail price is $419.) The device will be shipped in 3 to 5 business days without any shipping charges. GearBest might not be a popular option for buying smartphones, but all in all this looks like a very good deal you shouldn’t miss if the OnePlus X is on your radar.
As a refresh, the OnePlus X is mostly a smaller version of the OnePlus One in terms of hardware, with a 5-inch Full HD AMOLED display, a Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM, a 13 MP rear camera, an 8 MP front camera, a 2,450 mAh battery, and 16GB of internal storage. The design is where the X shines, with a metal and glass body that should make it feel considerably more premium than the OnePlus 2 (and the OnePlus One). It’s also the first phone from the company to feature expandable storage, and runs Android 5.1.1 Lollipop with OxygenOS 2.0 on top.
OnePlus has officially announced its third Android smartphone, the OnePlus X, following a string of leaks and rumors in the last few months. Like the OnePlus 2 and the OnePlus One, the OnePlus X is designed to offer a high-end smartphone experience at a low price, but it’s not made to be a flagship device. (more…)
Huawei is adding to its smartphone lineup with a new mid-range phone simply called the G8, a successor to the Ascend G7 launched in September last year. The G8 is notable for the fact that it’s a mid-range phone with a fingerprint sensor. Unlike most devices on the market though, Huawei has opted to put the sensor on the back, similar to the HTC One Max.
The G8 also runs the latest version of Android, 5.1 Lollipop, with the company’s Emotion UI on top. It features a 5.5-inch Full HD IPS display, an octa-core 64-bit Snapdragon 615 processor, 16/32GB of inbuilt storage, a microSD slot, a 13-megapixel rear camera, an 5-megapixel front-facing camera, LTE connectivity, dual SIM slots, and a 3,000 mAh battery. The 16GB model has 2GB of RAM, while the 32GB variant comes with 3GB.
The G8 has specs similar to a couple of other mid-range smartphones, like the HTC Desire 826 and Samsung’s Galaxy A series of devices (the Galaxy A8 in particular.) The fingerprint sensor is no doubt a nice attraction (and so is the 32GB storage option), but there’s no guarantee it will make the G8 a hit. The phone is priced at $370 and $434 for the 16 and 32GB models respectively, and there’s currently no word on whether it will be making its way to the US.
The LG Bello II has gone official today as the latest entry-level smartphone from the Korean manufacturer, a year after the original Bello was announced. Right off the bat, the only notable thing about the Bello II is that it runs Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, the latest version of the OS that isn’t even on most flagship smartphones out there.
The software experience is provided via a 5-inch LCD display with a resolution of 854×480 pixels, with a 1.3GHz quad-core processor ticking away inside. The phone also has 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage (and a microSD slot), an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 5-megapixel front-facing camera, NFC connectivity, and a 2,540 mAh battery. The 5 MP front camera is another feature that stands out considering the overall hardware, and the phone also comes with software features like Gesture Shot and Selfie Flash for the camera.
The Bello II will be named differently in a couple of markets – it will be dubbed the Prime II in Brazil and Chile and the LG Max in Mexico, India and the CIS region. Availability will begin this month in Latin America and India, followed by Europe and CIS through the third quarter. Pricing hasn’t been announced, but LG will have to go extremely low if it intends to see consumers picking up the device over alternatives.
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LG has officially announced the G4 Beat, a mid-range variant of its 2015 flagship. Earlier revealed as the LG G4S for European markets, the G4 Beat is not as big a downgrade over the G4 as the G3 Beat was last year and offers some solid specifications. It keeps the design of the G4, but will not be offered with leather backs like its flagship sibling. (more…)
Sony’s one and only smartphone with a Quad HD display, the Xperia Z4v, will start selling on Verizon on August 13th. Sony had confirmed the device for the US’ largest carrier last month, and it has now announced the launch date through a dedicated website for the phone. (more…)
Motorola might be gearing up to launch the next iterations of both the Moto X and Moto G series next month, if a couple of leaked images are to be believed. In case of the former, it doesn’t look like the device launching next month will be the actual third-generation variant – it’s mentioned as the Moto X Sport, with a couple of hardware changes. (more…)
Details on the second smartphone in Samsung’s Galaxy J series, the Galaxy J2, have leaked out today courtesy of Samsung fan site SamMobile. The Galaxy J1 was an extremely low-end handset that wasn’t widely launched, but its successor is said to feature hardware that’s considerably better. (more…)
The Sony Xperia Z3+ might be officially launched in the US at some point later this year, but at this time there is no guarantee that stateside consumers will ever find the device on Sony’s online store and carrier shelves. But for those that are looking to get their hands on the Z3+ can now do so in an unofficial capacity by heading over to Amazon. (more…)
With LG’s primary flagship lineup featuring phablet-size displays, it would make little sense for the Korean manufacturer to continue working on the G Pro series, which has fulfilled the role of giving users large displays with the first two iterations. LG doesn’t seem to want to give up though, as a new report says that the company is working on a 6-inch G Pro 3 for a launch later this year. (more…)
Oppo has announced a new addition to its well-designed smartphone lineup in the form of the Mirror 5s. The name of the device comes from the mirror-like design on its back – Oppo says the back is built around a metal frame and won’t break as easily as one would expect. It doesn’t look like the rear panel is made out of glass though, so it’s likely the in-hand feel won’t be as premium as flagship smartphones. (more…)
The teases and hints just keep coming. Following a lot of small yet juicy details of its upcoming “flagship killer”, OnePlus is now back with another important feature of the OnePlus 2. Company CEO Pete Lau has put up a short post on Weibo, asking “How to define “full metal”?” Lau doesn’t mention the OnePlus 2 by name, but he has been dropping a lot of hints about the phone on the microblogging site lately, meaning the latest hint could be related to the OnePlus 2 as well. (more…)
Microsoft and Nokia tried their hand at making Android phones, but the two companies had a good reason: courting users to Microsoft’s online and software services from Google’s. BlackBerry doesn’t have any popular app or service except BlackBerry Messenger, but it was rumored recently that the flailing company would not hold back from making an Android smartphone if it could make the device secure enough. (more…)