In a bid to make your next high-end Android smartphone purchase even trickier, Samsung and HTC have put the Galaxy S6, S6 Edge and One M9 on sale stateside at essentially the same time. Don’t worry, we’re not here to convince you to score one or the other.
As if there wasn’t enough confusion hovering over the far too subtle differences between HTC’s standard One M9 and the Plus version, as well as the multiple One E9s in the pipeline, it appears yet another One 8-series installment is also on the way.
Never to be outdone by arch-nemesis HTC, Samsung has announced its hotly anticipated Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge will be available on the same day as the One M9 in the US. March 27, that is, i.e. tomorrow, or better yet, in under 24 hours.
A standout with extreme affordability, tongue-in-cheek product names, little software innovations and big biometric breakthroughs these past few months, ZTE was bound to get serious about its mainstream high-end prospects sooner or later.
There’s been no shortage of gossip regarding unannounced HTC mobile gear in recent weeks, even though the company’s mainstream H1 2015 flagship is already official. Rumor has it a higher-end One M9 Plus will break cover in a month tops, alongside a pair of fairly odd One E9s.
It’s raining lucrative promotions on older Samsung gear for stock-clearing and charm-preserving purposes, but while the company’s “next big thing(s)” obviously don’t need hotness boosts, they’re getting them nonetheless.
Crunch time is nigh, and several US retailers know full well it’s going to be game over for older Samsung handhelds once the sizzling hot Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge see daylight.
Although Android 5.0 source code has been out for device manufacturer adjustment for almost five months now, Lollipop updates remain a big brand-only affair.
Hot on Sprint’s heels, a second wireless carrier stateside has scored LG’s highly desirable G Flex 2 smartphone, but surprisingly, this is no “Big Four” member. Instead, it’s the distant number five, US Cellular, which services about 4.75 million people as of December 2014.
Brought up to date after its ancient forerunner for some reason, Samsung’s best phablet yet is slowly wiping KitKat from its memory stateside. Sprint was unsurprisingly the first American carrier to deliver Lollipop treats to the Galaxy Note 4, and AT&T follows suit, beating both T-Mobile and Verizon to the punch.
Another intriguing Xiaomi smartphone that US mobile audiences are unlikely to ever get a stab at has emerged via benchmark authority GFXBench, and the most interesting tidbit about it is the codename. We don’t reckon this will turn into an actual market moniker, but if it does, color us excited.
While it’s certainly not unprecedented for Samsung to put out dual SIM-supporting versions of its flagship devices in emerging Asian and European markets, tradition seemed to require an initial dispatch of standard flavors.