LG unveils ‘smartly-priced’ L Fino, L Bello KitKat smartphones

This is a little less “game-changing” than what we expected LG to announce in the buildup to next month’s IFA, but it’s still early days. And all in all, the L Fino and L Bello aren’t that bad… for “smartly-priced” smart handhelds.

HTC confirms IFA 2014 presence, 64-bit Desire phone incoming?

The already crowded list of IFA protagonists is about to overflow, as HTC has just joined Samsung, Sony, Huawei, LG, Acer and Asus in a collective effort to tease the hell out of Berlin’s prestigious consumer electronics trade show.

ZTE Nubia 5S Mini LTE available stateside for $280 with 13 MP/5 MP cameras

A household name in the Chinese mobile phone industry for years now, ZTE is slowly but steadily coming out of its fail-proof shell, taking a leap of faith on a US market that’s still reticent to OEMs hailing from that particular part of the world.

HTC One M8 for Windows available with Verizon pacts at $100, coming soon to AT&T

The convolutedly but appropriately named HTC One M8 for Windows has gone official at last, after a lengthy buzz buildup, and as expected, its loyalty lies exclusively with Verizon. For a limited time only though, as AT&T will be adding the Windows Phone to its rich smartphone portfolio before long.

Barnes & Noble, Samsung intro low-end, low-cost Galaxy Tab 4 Nook

It’s alive! The Nook brand, although badly hurt by the downfall of e-readers, lives on in the form of a Frankensteinian hybrid that combines Barnes & Noble’s Android skin with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI for the most non-Android Android experience not hailing from Amazon’s labs.

Get ready for onslaught of Lenovo phones: Vibe X2, Apollo Yoga and more

Now that Lenovo is officially a more relevant player of the smartphone game than the suffering PC landscape, it makes perfect sense for the creators of the breathtaking Vibe Z2 Pro to focus on beefing up their mobile army. With or without Motorola’s support and expertise.

Asus teases ‘incredible’ first Android Wear smartwatch coming at IFA

Making sure we all know what to expect from their pre-IFA September 3 press event in Berlin, Asus has left ambiguity aside, pretty much confirming their imminent rookie smartwatch effort. Of course, the announcement of the Android Wear-running intelligent timepiece isn’t spelled out, nor is its mysterious name, but what other business could Asus have to bring back an old, timeless (get it?) Khalil Gibran quote.

Rookie Lenovo wearable effort, Yoga Tablet 2 Pro spotted en route to IFA

There aren’t many device manufacturers as involved and successful as Lenovo in so many different branches of the vast tech market, but as versatile and rich the company’s product portfolio currently is, there’s apparently room for more.

Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 headed for Europe with Exynos 4415 SoC, 2 GB RAM

While nowhere near as revolutionary as high-end Galaxy Notes or members of the S family, first-generation Samsung Galaxy Megas basically started a trend of their own, creating the right environment for an unexpected rise of mid-range, budget-friendly phablets.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 benchmark ‘confirms’ key specs: QHD screen, 16 MP cam

As if it wasn’t clear as day already Samsung will be putting everything but the kitchen sink inside the upcoming Galaxy Note 4 to make it the ultimate Android powerhouse, the past few days have brought confirmation of the phablet’s bleeding edge features via two sources.

Back to school whopper: Spend $700 on select Dell gear, get free Venue 7 tablet

Summer vacation is nearly over, so you young rascals out there are probably trying to make the best of the little free time you have left. But if you can spare a moment between all the partying, the wandering around aimlessly and carefree and the not thinking about school, maybe we can smoothen your return to the classroom.

Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact incoming, likely with sub-8 inch display

Seeing Sony tease its next month’s IFA presence with no hint whatsoever regarding a tablet announcement sure caught us by surprise, but we figured the Z3/Z3 Compact smartphone pair simply required too much work to leave room for a Z3 Tablet.