One of the world-leading PC makers’ gloves are off at last as far as the tricky US smartphone landscape is concerned, but surprise, surprise, Acer goes off the beaten Android path and instead charges with an ultra-affordable Windows handheld.
HTC’s inexplicable negligence of the Western ultra-high-end mobile market is about to intensify, with the next Butterfly installment likely going out to Japan as a far more gifted One M9 cousin. Under the hood, that is, because on the outside, we expect the Butterfly 3 to follow family tradition and adopt a plasticky construction.
If LG’s 2014 flagship smartphone had one thing going for it in a direct duel against Samsung and HTC’s respective high-enders, that was without a doubt (relative) affordability.
And so it begins. The wide-scale Lollipop rollout for Samsung’s most premium mid-end smartphone family ever, that is. Surprisingly, the first Galaxy A-series member on the brink of a software promotion is the least technically gifted, aka the A3.
In the absence of any movement on the high-end front, likely until Windows 10 hits general availability, Microsoft’s most hotly anticipated new smartphone may well be the mid-range Lumia 640. Though positively mediocre at a first glance, the 5 incher has sure snatched a fair share of headlines lately with its presumed extreme affordability.
The portable external battery pack market is huge and saturated, which can make choice pretty hard. Thankfully, the selection dwindles down quite a bit once you focus on important aspects and stick with it. But sometimes you’ll find a device that impresses all over, even if it may not truly fit your criteria. So then what do you do?
Headquartered in Shenzhen, China and fairly popular in India, but virtually unknown on the Western hemisphere, handheld manufacturer Gionee made a first step towards global recognition back in March. The company’s flagship Elife S7 was introduced at the 2015 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, stealing a few headlines from established names in the industry with mind-blowing thinness.
They gave us quite a scare by suggesting non-Xperia Z devices, including contemporary ones, will see out their sorry existence on decrepit KitKat, but ultimately, Sony grasped the importance of solid software support for mid-range Androids.
With the “next big thing” now out for a couple of weeks, and confirmed as a great box-office success, you probably expected an onslaught of price cuts on Samsung’s yesteryear flagship.
Although Microsoft’s newest mid-range trooper is rumored to cost as little as $99 with US prepaid plans, it always seemed likely the unlocked fee would be at least double the single Benjamin. And now, it’s pretty much official, even if an import specialist isn’t exactly the ultimate authority in matters of recommended pricing.
Disappointed with yet another iterative upgrade in Sony’s flagship phone camp? Rumor is the “international” Xperia Z4 may look slightly different when it debuts, plus a Z4 Compact and Z4 Ultra could also be in the works.
Just one week after delivering sugary Lollipop treats to the Galaxy Alpha and S5 Active, AT&T has hit the nichey Samsung trifecta, kicking off S4 Active’s own 5.0 rollout. This water-resistant bad boy is almost two years old, mind you, and is no longer sold by either the carrier itself or third-party retailers such as Amazon.