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Are you tired of using those stock headphones that come with your Android smartphone? You are not alone as a lot of people have been complaining of the uninspiring sound that comes out of these headphones. If you regularly use your smartphone to listen to music then your best option is to replace these.
One of the best options for headphones right now is the recently released MDR-ZX and MDR-EX models from Sony that’s designed to be used for smartphones as well as other music players.
There are three new models under the MDR-ZX series which are characterized as headband headphones. The MDR-ZX750BN is one of the top of the line models that features Bluetooth allowing it to easily pair with any device. It also has an NFC feature that allows you to simply tap it to any NFC-enabled smartphone to create an instant wireless connection.
This model features 40mm drivers that provides a crisp sound over a wide range and is able to block 98 percent of ambient sound. This makes it perfect for use while listening to your favorite tracks since there is going to be less outside distractions. There’s also a built-in microphone that allows you to easily switch between listening to music and placing a call.
Its lithium ion battery can provide up to 13 hours of non-stop wireless music listening with noise cancellation on.
- Headphone type: Closed, dynamic
- Wearing style: Headband (Circumaural)
- Driver unit: 40mm
- Magnet: Neodymium
- Power Handling Capacity: 100mW
- Frequency response: (A2DP) 20 Hz – 20,000 , 8 Hz – 22,000 Hz (with supplied cable)
Another model in this series is the MDR-ZX610AP that is also equipped with a 40mm driver allowing the user to “hear every note with exceptional clarity and high sensitivity.” When paired with a smartphone the accompanying Smart Key app which can be downloaded from the Google Play store expands the function of the in-line remote control and microphone.
- Headphone type: Closed, dynamic
- Wearing style: Headband (Supra aural)
- Driver unit: 40mm
- Magnet: Neodymium
- Power Handling Capacity: 1000mW
- Frequency response: 6 Hz – 25,000 Hz
The third new model under this series is the MDR-ZX310 which uses 30mm drivers and makes use of a foldaway design making it perfect for everyday listening.
The MDR-EX series on the other hand are in-ear type headphones having three new models namely the MDR-EX650AP, EX110, and EX15. The top of the line model is the MDR-EX650AP which uses a 12mm EX driver and is said to be “re-engineered for an even more comfortable fit while boosting sound quality.” Its housing is made of solid brass, the same material used in musical instruments, and it also comes with an in-line mic cable/remote making it easy to switch between listening to music and making or receiving calls.
- Headphone type: Closed, dynamic
- Wearing style: In-ear type
- Driver unit: 12mm
- Magnet: Neodymium
- Power Handling Capacity: 100mW
- Frequency response: 5 Hz – 28,000 Hz
The other models in this series are the MDR-EX110 and EX15 and are described as “affordable step-up in sound quality from your digital music player’s bundled earbuds.”
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According to an analyst from IM Investment & Securities, Lee Min-hee, the sales of the Samsung Galaxy S5 might not be very impressive in the first three months of its launch. Lee claims that the smartphone will fail to show promise in the market initially due to “a lack of sweeping hardware improvements”.
Further creating problems for the Korean manufacturer is the fact that it cannot launch smartphones on its home turf of South Korea as carriers have been banned from launching smartphones until May 19. Considering that this is over one month after the Galaxy S5 goes on sale, it is very likely to affect sales of the smartphone.
However, given the size of South Korea in comparison to the rest of the world market, this will be a negligible loss for the company. But things are expected to return back to normalcy once the restrictions are lifted in the region. The carriers in the region have been penalized by the authorities for making in excess of $250 from each device in subsidies.
Everywhere else, the Galaxy S5 has sparked off quite a lot of buzz among the public. In the U.S. over 100,000 customers pre-registered to get info about the T-Mobile variant of the smartphone, which speaks volumes about the interest for the latest Samsung flagship.
Via: Phone Arena
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The Sony Xperia Z2 was officially unveiled by the Japanese manufacturer a couple of weeks ago and it hasn’t taken long for retailers across the world to put it up for pre order. The smartphone is now available through Vodafone across the United Kingdom on contract with an attractive offer in place as well. The first 3,000 pre orders will reportedly get a 32 inch television with the smartphone for free. This isn’t a high end TV of course and features a paltry resolution of 1366 x 768, so it might not necessarily replace your home TV, but it’s a television nonetheless.
Speaking more about the plans in place, Vodafone will offer the smartphone for £42, £47 or £52 per month with varying data caps with no additional charge for the handset. The cheapest option starts from £34 per month but that requires users to shell out £149 for the smartphone up front. As usual, a standard two year agreement will need to be signed if you’re looking to get the handset on contract. Head over to the links below to make this smartphone yours from Vodafone UK and check out other promotions/offers with the device as well.
Source: Vodafone UK
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The OnePlus One smartphone still doesn’t have an ETA, but we’re hearing plenty about the device already. And according to a new report, the smartphone will feature a 3,100 mAh battery. The information was given by the CEO of the company, Peter Lau at the official OnePlus forums. However, he said that that the battery on the smartphone will be non-removable, to avoid complications and avoid potential thickness issues. While that’s a bit of a letdown, we’re seeing an increasing number of manufacturers go with a non-removable battery pack which has worked quite well for them.
The smartphone was recently revealed to be sporting a Snapdragon 800 quad core chipset with a clock speed of 2.3 GHz, which is very welcoming news as well. The device is also launching with a custom build of Android co-developed by the CyanogenMod team, which would apparently help the efficiency of the battery greatly. The OnePlus One is reportedly going to cost under $400 at launch as per the CEO’s own admission, which could make this one of the best VFM devices in the market.
Source: One Plus Forums
Via: Phone Dog
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LG was one of the first manufacturers to release a device with a flexible display, followed by years of rumors of such screens coming to the market. Is there a market for such novelty? Would it be of any help? The LG G Flex is here to prove itself, and we have been putting it to the test for you.
The LG G Flex is one of the first of its kind, meaning it will not be perfect. But it seems like it doesn’t need to be. In a world where specs, awesome displays and amazing performance is very usual in a smartphone, people get more excited by devices that “stand out”.
At MWC, LG had the LG G Pro 2, for example. This happens to be pretty much the most powerful and awesome smartphone out there, but most people gave the G Flex much more attention. Other reporters said it was “much more unique and innovative.”
Yes, the LG G Flex is different. It is innovative. And dare I say, it’s pretty darn cool – but is it worth your money? Is it better to go with another smartphone at this point? Stick around for our full review to find out!
LG G Flex specs
- Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
- 6.0-inch 1280x720p POLED curved display
- 2.26 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor
- 2 GB of RAM
- 32 GB of internal storage
- 13 MP / 2.1 MP cameras
- 3,500 mAh battery (3,400 for T-Mobile)
Ok, so let’s cut through the chase. How is that flexible display working out for me? Well… it’s not the best, to say the least. Not only is the 6-inch screen pushed back by its 720p resolution (which is a big deal on such a large display), but it is also affected by other issues.
We have heard of bumpy displays caused by the device’s flexibility, for example. I haven’t been able to notice anything like this on my test device, but I have noticed other problems. There is an obvious ghosting issue, for example.
This display is ALWAYS ghosting. Ghosting, for those who don’t know, is also known as screen burn-in. It’s when you can see previous images displayed on the phone, even after your current image has changed.
For some reason this display burns in very quickly. Most times, all it takes is to pull down the notification area to see the time, Google Search bar and other elements stay around. These disappear after a few seconds, but it’s annoying, nonetheless.
I have also found the LG G Flex’s display to be inferior for daylight viewing. I am not sure if it’s because of the nature of the flexible display, or what, but there is this weird glow/reflection this screen gets when hit by direct sunlight. This is something I have never seen before. It’s like a golden brown reflection.
Aside from those issues, and when indoors, though, the screen is ok. Colors are nicely saturated and the blacks are really black, like one would exprect from an OLED display.
In short: the display is not the LG G Flex’s strength. Even if it’s curved design is very unique and innovative.
Design and build quality
I know I was a bit harsh on the display, but that doesn’t mean the phone is horrible. In fact, it’s a pretty darn good device – and design/build quality is where it will stand out the most. This phone is unique and will turn many heads!
Not only is it one hell of a big smartphone, it is a completely different smartphone. People see it and scratch their heads, not knowing if what you are holding is even real. Everything about the phone is just off! Curved display? 6-inch screen? Buttons in the back?!
If what you want is a uniquely-designed device, there is nothing more original than the LG G Flex. It will be different from anything else out there, and I must say it is good-looking! In fact, I believe people will mind its size more than they will mind it’s curved design and back buttons.
In a nutshell, it looks much like a bent and stretched LG G2. It’s not exactly built like one too, though. The LG G Flex does feel more plasticky and not as solidly-built as the G2. But the LG G Flex is much more resistant, which you will love if you are hard on your smartphone.
Flexible, self-healing and durable
LG built this phone to be one of the most resistant out there. IT is no IP-67 certified device, but it can handle its own when taking life’s hits. To start off, the device is flexible to a certain extent.
We wouldn’t recommend intentionally putting it to the test, but you can place it face down and push the phone to a completely flat state. The device will go back to its curved state as soon as you let go and it will work as expected. This would be great for those who usually sit on their phones, for example.
On the back of the phone is another hidden aesthetic treasure. This phone will never suffer from scratches on its back! The device’s back cover is made of a self-healing material that can literally regenerate when scratched. It’s some Terminator stuff, right there!
Now don’t go stabbing the phone either. This material can usually handle superficial scratches, not very deep ones. I have tested it with key and coin scratches, and works great. After all, these scratches are usually what really affect a phone’s look, anyways.
Performance and software
Now, you will not be disappointed in this area. If what you are looking for is a fast, well-performing phone, you can’t go wrong with the LG G Flex. Sporting a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800, 2 GB of RAM and LG UI, this phone is up there with the LG G2.
Though the specs are very similar and the G Flex’s resolution is lower, I do see lower performance compared to the G2. Not sure what may be causing this, but the LG G Flex is one powerful and fast phone, anyways.
It can handle any app or game you throw at it, and I never saw it lag or stutter.
LG is doing great at bringing all its awesome features to all their devices. In these terms, the LG G Flex is getting the whole LG treatment. We have Kock On, soon it will get Knock Code, there’s the infrared antenna with Quick Mote, QSlide, QuickMemo, Wireless Storage, NFC and more.
This phone doesn’t ask anything from any of the big guys. It is full-featured and will keep you happy if you like LG’s user interface. Now this is a matter of preference. You can see more about the UI in the LG G2 review, which pretty much sports the same software.
This phone’s camera is pretty good, but it is not really up to bar with the best smartphone cameras out there. Its 13 MP sensor makes for pretty large images and fair quality.
Low-light performance is also pretty average. The camera can take images in the dark pretty well, but they will come out pretty grainy and without great color accuracy. This is what you can expect with low ISO shots in smartphone cameras, though. Images also come out a bit blurry when indoor, though. Unless the lights are very bright.
In daylight, the camera works very well – that’s where the camera shines. Colors are bright and images are crisp. I actually love the camera in this phone for daylight photos.
On the other hand, this is not your phone if you want a selfie machine. The front facing camera is simply not the best. Images come out blurry 1 out of 3 times and the resolution is not great. It does have a 2.1 MP front-facing camera, but I have seen lower-megapixel cameras perform better.
By the way, it does record UHD video! (3840x2160p). Enough talking, though. Let the images and test video speak for themselves.
The LG G2 set a standard when it comes to battery life. LG’s premium device could go for over 2 days on light usage and over a day of average-to-heavy usage. This type of battery life performance is something we have come to expect from LG, and with the G Flex they have done it again.
Like with the LG G2, it is nearly impossible to make this phone die in under 24 hours. With normal usage, I could not get this phone to die in under 30 hours! Yes, even when using the phone for a movie, some gaming and other hardware-intensive activities.
Long story short, you will be pleased with this phone’s battery life. It is among the best out there, in terms of battery life. Its 3,500 mAh battery really do it justice (3,400 mAh for the T-Mobile version).
Should you buy the LG G Flex?
The LG G Flex is one hell of a device. It is unique, powerful, good-looking (subjective topic) and has stunning battery life. But is it worth your hard-earned cash?
One thing we must consider is that this phone is priced parallel to top-of-the-line smartphones. It costs $600-$695 off-contract from US carriers, and $250-$300 on-contract. IT is far from being affordable. In fact, it just may be one of the most expensive smartphones out there.
Though I like the LG G Flex, I believe you can get better options at said price point. Ones that offer all the advantaged of the LG G Flex, without all its shortcomings (display being the biggest of them).
Some of you may love the LG’s design and unique features, though. If you highly value battery life and design, you could be very happy with the LG G Flex.
Panasonic, while a hugely famous name in consumer electronics, isn’t exactly the first name that comes to mind when you think of smartphones. That’s probably because they only made their first Android smartphone in May 2013, and decided to exit smartphones in its entirety only a few months later in September. Well, their farewell may have been a bit premature as Panasonic has revived their smartphone operation, launching the Panasonic P31 today.
The Panasonic P31 will have a 5-inch 854×480 resolution display with a MediaTek processor clocked at 1.3GHz, along with 1GB RAM, 8GB storage with microSD support, and a 2,000mAh battery. Connectivity features include all your basics with Bluetooth, GPS, 3G, and Wi-Fi and will be running Android 4.2. The device will also have dual-SIM capabilities which is almost expected for phones that launch in India as the P31 is.
While the P31 looks vaguely reminiscent of the Galaxy S4/Galaxy Note 2 design, there’s obviously not much in the way of hardware that is comparable to those devices, nor should you expect it to as the device will be launching for the price of Rs. 11,990 (approxiamately $195 USD). This puts it in the same playing field as the new Nokia X family of devices, which perhaps suggests that even Panasonic sees this extreme-budget section of the market as a possible area of growth. There’s been no indication that the P31 will be seen anywhere other than India, though.
What do you think about the Panasonic P31? Would you considering getting on of these if it were available where you are? Let us know your opinion in the comments.
Samsung has spoken in length about the capabilities of the Galaxy S5 smartphone, including its camera. And today we have a brief look at the performance of the camera module used in the smartphone thanks to a few sample images revealed by the manufacturer ahead of the smartphone’s awaited launch next month.
These images reveal excellent clarity and some of those bokeh effect features are shown off here as well. But as this is coming directly from the manufacturer, it is hard to assess the smartphone’s real capabilities. At least until there’s the device is officially announced and more people get to play around with the camera. But these images do give us an idea of the work put into the camera of the Galaxy S5, which is increasingly becoming one of the most important aspects of a smartphone.
Head over to the link below to check out the complete collection of pictures show off by the manufacturer. Do these images convince you of the Galaxy S5′s true camera potential or would you rather wait till the smartphone officially hits markets next month?
Via: Sam Mobile
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LG has just announced the launch markets of the L90 smartphone, which is the biggest device in its new L Series III range. The Korean manufacturer claims that the device will make its way to Russia and a few Asian countries, with more markets to follow soon.
The smartphone comes with a 4.7 inch display with a resolution of 960 x 540, an 8 megapixel camera on the back, a Snapdragon 400 chip clocked at 1.2 GHz, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of built-in storage (expandable), a 2,540 mAh battery and surprisingly, Android 4.4 KitKat. This effectively makes the L90 one of the rare midrange devices apart from the Moto G, to come with KitKat out of the box, which could influence the buyer’s decision.
“With its competitive specs and exquisite design, we expect the L90 to continue the success of the L Series in the global marketplace. It offers the very best of LG in design, hardware, OS and UX features so 3G smartphone users worldwide will be able to enjoy a truly first-class smartphone experience,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company.
Via: Phone Arena
We know that not every phone released has an awesome camera, as not every company has the resources to throw in huge sensors to bump the price of their products. Sony’s answer to the problem is to let everyone take advantage of their camera technology via the QX-line of detachable smartphone lenses. Last year, they released the QX-100 and QX-10 lens, which are attachable to almost any smartphone that is currently available for purchase.
Via WiFi and NFC, the smartphone and the lens communicate to each other, with the smartphone acting as the lens’ viewfinder. The device features a 18.9MP sensor, 10x optical zoom, OIS, Sony’s BIONZ image processor, and weighs in at just 3.17 ounces.
Today, for a limited time on 1sale.com, you can pick up Sony’s QX-10 model for just $184.99, 27% lower than the list price of $249.99 on Amazon. While the QX-10 doesn’t have as many features as its big brother the QX-100 (retailing for nearly $500), it’s still a good way to beef up your phone’s photography output.
Better yet, the units are brand new from factory, and also come with a 1 year warranty. No refurbished janky nonsense to be seen here.
Follow the via link below to check out the deal.
MWC 2014 might be over, but the new smartphone announcements aren’t stopping yet. Aside from the HTC event scheduled later this month, we might be getting an official look at Meizu‘s next big smartphone, the Meizu MX4, on Thursday, 6th of March in romantic Paris.
Meizu’s upcoming flagship is still mostly shrouded in rumors, which point to two very different configurations. While most agree that the smartphone will be brandishing a 5.5-inch display, one camp believes in a 2560×1536 pixel resolution, while another has a more common 1080p resolution. Even on the subject of processor the lines are drawn between a Qualcomm Snapdragon or a Samsung Exynos like its predecessor. There are even whispers of a MediaTek chip. The Meizu MX4, however, is expected to be a high-end smartphone, so it will be interesting to see what it ends up with.
Unfortunately for fans of the Ubuntu operating system, this smartphone won’t be what Ubuntu Phone will be using. Based on the recently held Mobile World Congress, the upcoming Ubuntu phones, which will be shipped by Meizu and bq, will be using the older Meizu MX3. That said, that device isn’t that bad, sporting a 1.6 GHz octa-core Exynos 5 CPU, 2 GB of RAM, and a 5.1-inch 1080p screen.
It will also be interesting to see what plans Meizu will have for the MX4 in the US. The Chinese manufacturer has made no qualms about its desire to play in this market, though it remains to be seen whether it will be going with the Android-powered Meizu MX4 or if it will be testing the waters with a new mobile ecosystem based on Ubuntu.
- Meizu MX4G tipped with 5.5-inch display at 2560×1536
- Meizu plans to enter US market, will bring their devices to CES 2014
- Meizu MX4 now rumored to come in two configurations for different market tiers
- Meizu shows up at CES 2014 with a promise of a simpler smartphone experience
- Meizu smartwatch concept images reveal dreams of curved displays
- Ubuntu phones to be made by Meizu and bq
The “Snowden Phone”, or it’s more formal name of Privacy Phone, is just one in the latest series of security and privacy conscious smartphones announced of late. Through a combination of encryption, VPN, and cryptocurrency, FreedomPop’s Privacy Phone is advertised as the perfect mobile device for those who mind their mobile footprints, including whistleblowers and perhaps even ne’er do wells.
The recent spotlight shone on abuses in spying and surveillance, especially by the government, has caused a bit of concern when it comes to people’s right to privacy. Few people, however, are willing to go cold turkey on all the benefits and conveniences that the mobile world affords. Now you don’t have to, at least if you buy into FreedomPop’s idea of the Privacy Phone.
For voice calls and text messages, the phone uses 128-bit encryption to protect them from eavesdroppers. For app usage and Internet activities, the data is first piped through a VPN or virtual private network, hopefully hosted on a server in a less complicit country. The carrier even offers those extra concerned with the option to change their phone number on a whim. Unfortunately, all these features will most likely also attract less conscientious individuals. FreedomPop isn’t really bothered since it views the device like any other tool that can be used for good or otherwise.
The FreedomPop Private Phone is actually a redressed Samsung Galaxy II. The carrier is offering it for $189 without a contract. However, the features, of course, will cost extra. The first three months is offered free with unlimited voice, text, and 500 MB of data. After that, users will be billed $10 a month. To keep everything extra private, owners can pay for both the smartphone itself and the monthly fee using Bitcoin.
Oppo may have just stolen Nokia’s camera resolution crown. The Chinese company has posted a whopping 50-megapixel (8,160 x 6,120) photo that was reportedly taken with the upcoming Find 7 smartphone. On a surface level, the image checks out — there’s a lot of detail here, including street signs that suggest Oppo took the picture in Barcelona (despite the likely fake Florida license plate). However, we wouldn’t be too quick to praise the Find 7′s photographic abilities. Oppo is known to occasionally post bogus teasers that don’t translate into shipping products, so it wouldn’t be surprising if the company’s new flagship relies on more modest camera technology.
Source: Sina Weibo (translated)
When Samsung announced the Galaxy S5 last week, there was plenty of buzz and excitement, given some of its marquee features like the fingerprint sensor and the heart rate monitor. However, during the demonstration, some attendees were aware enough to check the actual internal storage of the smartphone, which was revealed to be a measly 8.4GB on the 16GB model. But a new revelation now claims that the smartphone actually offers 10.7GB of user accessible storage. This is because the sample units of the handset apparently contained 2.3GB of additional demo content which would not make its way to the retail version of the smartphone.
This means the initial worries about the internal storage of the smartphone wouldn’t actually be a concern as the smartphone already has quite a lot of storage on board. Although 10.7GB isn’t a lot compared to the competition, users will still be happy that they can add over 10GB of content on their brand new Samsung flagship right out of the box. And the fact that there is an external microSD card slot helps greatly as well.
Source: Android Headlines
Via: Phone Arena
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Project Ara, the modular phone project now run by Google, is probably one of the most interesting smartphone developments for tech enthusiasts to pay attention to in years. The idea is simple – you have a bare-bones skeleton phone that can be customized through modules that are created by third party outfits. Things like battery size, camera sensor, CPU, RAM, radio connectivity, and display could (in theory) all be chosen and then swapped depending on the user, time of place, or budget.
Think about a phone that could start at $50 because it only has display and WiFi modules, but could then reach a variety of price points from there through camera additions, 4G LTE radios, a higher-resolution display, an awesome speaker, or a 2-day battery? And then think about next year, when a new camera module is out or a display can be upgraded from 1080p to 2K or Qualcomm releases a new Snapdragon? Wouldn’t that be the life?
Google is leaving module development (for the most part) up to third parties, so that could mean you have an AMOLED display module from Samsung, speaker module from someone like Sonos, a camera sensor from Sony, and a battery from Motorola (plus a back-up module), all made for Ara. Those are random examples of well-known companies who may not participate at all, but you sort of get the point here.
So I’m curious, how would you build a smartphone with modules? Where would your focuses be? If you could build a Project Ara smartphone, what would you include?
Let us know in the comments.
When shopping online, it seems most of us are doing so via our tablet or smartphone. New research shows that 87% of mobile device owners use theirs for shopping, up nearly 10% from the previous year. In addition to just browsing or getting product info, we’re also pretty vocal about our purchases.
This comes to us via a Nielsen survey, which finds that finding a store is the most common task — 76% of smartphone owners do that. Reading reviews of potential or newly purchased good is also popular, with 55% of tablet users doing so. After purchase, about 1/4 of tablet owners will write a review from their device, while 26% smartphone users take to social media to voice their opinions.
When it comes to searching for info, tablet shoppers will do so about 65% of the time via their mobile device. Smartphone users are ready to buy, as 66% report looking for prices online while out and about. That Amazon Price Checker app comes in handy in those situations.
We also seem to like a bargain, with half of us saying we have used online coupons. We also resist abandoning the creature comforts of home, with 40% of tablet users saying they shop from their house. Disorganized when you inally do go out? You’re not the only one; 49% of smartphone users have shopping lists on their device.
With mobile devices becoming the go-to for search and other casual needs, these numbers don’t necessarily surprise us. The 8% increase over last year was a much larger jump than we anticipated, but with lower priced tablets and smartphones fast becoming the new normal, it should be expected.
Via: Cellular News
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Google and Motorola jointly announced the Project Ara modular smartphone concept back in October. According to this concept, users will be able to customize their smartphone down to every detail. Google has now announced that it plans to launch the entry level Project Ara device for as low as $50. The hardware on this device will only consist of a Wi-Fi chip, a touchscreen and other essential components required for its functioning. But given the customization options offered for the users, we think $50 is an extremely low price point to start with. The exact implementation of this isn’t clear yet, but we’ll know more about that during the developer conference in April. The modular smartphone division is something which Google got to keep after it sold Motorola to Lenovo last month.
The Project Ara team reportedly wants to set up kiosks in regions across the U.S. and allow users to pick their own modules for the smartphone. This will be accompanied by all the tools necessary to add the required parts to the device. It is said that the first Project Ara device will hit markets sometime in early 2015.
Via: Android Central
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Project ARA, Google’s plug-and-play smartphone project, is gaining momentum. Via a series of Developers conferences throughout 2014, Google wants to bring Developers from all over the world into the ARA mix. Held at the Computer History Museum in Mountain View, CA, it will also have a lifestream for those interested.
Google says there will be three conferences in 2014, with the first taking place April 15-16. They are also cautioning that space is limited for those wishing to attend in person, but don’t yet say how to sign up. For the livestream aspect, it sounds as if it will be open to anyone who wishes to drop in.
The first conference will center around the MDK, or Module Developer’s Kit. According to the Google+ announcement, “The MDK, which we expect to release online in early April, is a free and open platform specification and reference implementation that contains everything you need to develop an Ara module.” Fromt here, existing and planned technology is going to be discussed.
Unlike I/O can be, it sounds as if physical attendees will be vetted. The post states “The Developers’ Conference, as the name suggests, is a forum targeted at developers so priority for on-site attendance will reflect this. For others – non-developers and Ara enthusiasts – we welcome you to join us via the live webstream.” The Grand Hall of the Museum can seat up to 400, so space really will be limited.
The project started at Motorola, but was left in Google’s care when Lenovo purchased the OEM. As part of the deal, Lenovo would get Motorola as a smartphone manufacturer, but Google would retain all special projects like ARA and patents. Now we know what Google had in mind with ARA, and why they wanted to keep it.
The Jolla smartphone has long been announced, but the project was revealed so early that the team didn’t even have any prototypes ready to show the world. All these months later, though, we’ve finally gotten a chance to see the thing in person. We caught up with Jolla at Mobile World Congress to take a look at what they hope will shake the smartphone world up a bit and attract people to try something new.
What is Jolla?
It’s a smartphone. That’s the easy answer. But Jolla’s team created the device with a set of values and ideals that they feel are important to the overall package. Jolla was built as a community “movement,” of sorts.
They contend that the phone wouldn’t exist without real demand from the people who want to buy it. The developers who create apps for it are a major component. Designers who want to create unique Jolla cases will help the phone fit any user’s personality. Basically, Jolla is for you and by you.
But what makes this phone special? Well, it isn’t quite the specs, as they read out like your average smartphone in this day and age:
- 1.4GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor
- 1GB of RAM
- 16GB of internal storage
- 4.5-inch 960 x 540 display
- 8MP rear camera; 2MP front camera
- 2,100 mAh battery
The design and build quality are great, but even that doesn’t quite set it apart. It’s the sum of all of Jolla’s other unique parts. SailFish UI, a gesture-based system that does away with the need for navigation buttons. The “other half,” which can change your wallpaper, color scheme and other parts of your appearance depending on what back cover is attached. And did we mention it runs Android apps?
SailFish UI and Android Apps
SailFish UI is a Meego-based operating system that emphasizes beauty and gestures above all else. In fact, some might say that the beauty is in the gestures themselves. One of the first things you’ll notice about the phone is that there is no back button. There is no home button. There is no menu button. None of that is even on-screen, because you don’t perform these actions in typical fashion.
Flipping between applications is as simple as swiping from the left or right edge of your display. Going between settings, recent apps and your home-screen is all done by scrolling vertically. You can even access quick functions for each application in the switcher. For instance, swiping right on the switcher icon for Messaging might open up a new message box.
Accessing menu items within applications is done by holding down on the item and pulling down on it. For instance, to edit a contact you’d just place your finger on their name and start pulling down. A set of options will appear at the top highlighting each of the actions you can perform — simply let go to select it.
Having trouble visualizing all that? You can see it being demoed in the video above. It’s smooth, it works well, and it looks like a fresh take on the smartphone experience (because, quite frankly, the lines are beginning to blur).
Meego encourages developers to build native SailFish apps, but they know it’ll be tough to attract a sizable crowd. That’s why they’re making it easy for developers to port their Android applications over using an Android runtime. It’s the same sort of setup you’ll find in Blackberry 10, and we certainly don’t mind it here. We’re not yet sure how the process for porting apps will be, but if it’s anything like other runtimes out there we imagine Jolla will take the time to make sure it’s pain-free, quick and easy.
The Other Half
And then there’s this. What’s “the other half,” you ask? Well, it could mean a couple of different things here. One side of it is metaphorical — for most people, a smartphone is their other half. As sad as that may sound, it really is one of the most important devices in your life, as it keeps you connected to your world and the people you love. There’s another half to the other half, though, and that’s the unique ability for your backplate to change your device’s look and feel.
So what is it, and how does it work? It’s a back plate — not unlike the ones you see on most smartphones — that serves as a cover to protect your battery, microSD card slots and SIM card ports. These doors have two sets of pins on them, though, that allow them to transmit data from tiny pieces of flash memory embedded inside the backplates.
One set of pins is for data transfer, which could facilitate things like changing your wallpaper or possibly installing apps. Install an Angry Birds case, for instance, and you’ll get a nice Angry Birds wallpaper to match. Installing a Phandroid case could have our winking mascot show up on your desktop. The phone’s user interface colors can also dynamically change based on the wallpaper, so your phone truly becomes yours and “your other half.” The other set of pins can facilitate cases for wireless charging.
Jolla even gave us an example of a case that could come with a camera lens attachment and enhance your photos, though we couldn’t tell if that was just ambitious dreaming or something that could become reality. Either way, Jolla’s unique extensibility features will give consumers something to think about when they’re deciding if they should ditch the likes of Android or iOS for a journey into the unknown. Check out the video and photos from our hands-on time with the device above.
One camera. Two separate lenses. That’s the conundrum raised by leaked images of HTC’s forthcoming M8 smartphone, which is rumored to bring some interesting new imaging features that go far beyond mere 3D. But what could those features be? For an answer, we turned to a startup called Corephotonics, which is currently pitching precisely such a dual-lens concept to smartphone makers. The company’s representatives told us that they’re not behind the specific module in the M8 — that camera must be coming from some other rival or from within HTC itself — but they were keen to show us what their module could do for image quality, if it was ever put to work inside a smartphone or compact camera.%Gallery-slideshow181836%
The Moto X may have been Motorola’s most hyped device of the past year, but instead it’s the lower-end Moto G that has met the marks, and exceeded them. Motorola senior vice president of product management Rick Osterloh proclaimed that the Moto G “has been the most successful, highest-selling smartphone in Motorola’s history.”
Osterloh went on to say that Motorola is making a profit on every sale, and that they will make even more once the Lenovo action is complete.
Source: Android Central
Come comment on this article: The Moto G is Motorola’s most successful smartphone ever
HTC may have skipped this year’s Mobile World Congress, but that doesn’t mean the company has completely forgone announcements. Yesterday, in addition to teasing a much more exciting smartphone, HTC detailed two mid-range devices bound for overseas markets, the Desire 816 and Desire 610. The company also unveiled a philanthropic initiative that aims to leverage the unused computing power of smartphones for scientific uses.
Both the Desire 816 and Desire 610 feature BlinkFeed and stereo BoomSound, but that’s where the commonality ends. The Desire 816, which will launch in China next month and other countries in April, sports polycarbonate casing and a 5.5-inch 720p display. It’s powered by a 1.6GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 SoC and contains 1.5 GB of RAM, a 2600mAh battery, 8GB of flash storage, and a microSD slot. The rear-facing camera is respectable at 13MP, as is the front shooter at 5MP.
The Desire 610 is a decidedly lower-specced handset. The display size is smaller at 4.7 inches and the processor slower at 1.2GHz, and the device contains only 1GB of RAM and a 2040mAh battery. The cameras’ megapixel counts take a hit, too, with only an 8MP shooter on the back and 1.3MP on the front. Clearly a budget smartphone, the Desire 610 will launch in Europe in May.
Arguably more intriguing than the smartphones is HTC’s Power To Give program. Using an app, any smartphone user can donate computational power to the medicinal, scientific, or environmental researchers. Those concerned about battery drain needn’t worry; the application will only start when your device is charging and connected to WiFi. Right now, the app is compatible with the HTC One series, Butterfly, and Butterfly s, but HTC plans to broaden compatibility in the coming weeks.
Power To Give is available from the Google Play Store.
Moto G is highest-selling smartphone in company history
Another nugget from Motorola’s MWC press dinner. Motorola senior vice president of product management Rick Osterloh had this to say while talking about Motorola’s commitment to Android, the upcoming merger, and Motorola’s future:
The Moto G has been the most successful, highest-selling smartphone in Motorola’s history
He went on to mention that Motorola is making a profit on every sale, and that they will make even more after the Lenovo purchase is complete.
Hey Nokia — this is how you do it.
LG has a very strong foothold in the affordable smartphone market. In fact, that was what they were first doing when they first jumped into the Android bandwagon – mostly making affordable handsets.
The Korean manufacturer is making some rather impressive devices lately. The LG G Pro 2 and the LG G2 are testament to that. Not all of us want a super high-end, powerful smartphone, though. Some people want a casual experience for an affordable price, and the LG F Series does very well at delivering that.
These two new devices bring modest specs for an affordable price. We are not sure what the price and release date are, but that is really what will determine if this device is worthy our cash or not. These are not bad phones for the casual user, though, as long as the price is right.
They do feel plasticky and are not as fast or smooth as the premium LG devices, but they work well in most tasks. They handle your email, browsing, social networking and a bit of casual gaming pretty well. Don’t try to get too heavy on them, though, because they will start stuttering.
These do offer 4G LTE, though, which is pretty neat for an affordable smartphone!
LG F70 specs
- Android 4.4 KitKat
- 4.5-inch 400x800p IPS display
- 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
- 512 MB of RAM
- 5 MP / VGA cameras
- 4 GB of internal storage (plus microSD slot)
- 4G LTE-compatible
- 2440 mAh battery
LG F90 specs
- Android 4.4 KitKAt
- 4.7-inch 540x960p IPS display
- 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
- 512 MB of RAM
- 8 MP / VGA cameras
- 4 GB of internal storage (plus microSD slot)
- 4G LTE-compatible
- 3000 mAh battery
As you can see, these are not the best of the best. And they definitely don’t perform like they are, either! You will get a fair smartphone for a good price, though. I love that these also come with 4G LTE, which other affordable devices, like the Moto G, don’t feature.
In addition, battery life is expected to be awesome in these devices. Especially with the LG F90, which sports a hefty 3,000 mAh battery. That is up there with the Galaxy Note 3 and the LG G2! And with the lower specs, this little guys should last you well over a day.
Sony announced the Xperia Z2 flagship at the MWC event earlier yesterday following weeks of rumors. Interestingly, the smartphone has already gone up for pre order on Sony’s European online outlets along with a few third party retailers.
To begin with, the smartphone has been priced at £600 ($1,000) in the UK directly through Sony Mobile while local retailer Clove is offering the handset for £564 ($942).
The Dutch pricing of the smartphone ranges between €650 and €675 ($928), which is along expected lines. German customers will be able to get the smartphone for much cheaper at €600 ($825). However, if you live in France, Italy or Spain, you’re bound to be disappointed as the smartphone will cost as much as €700 ($962).
It is speculated that the smartphone will make its way to the U.S. via T-Mobile for an estimated off contract price of $600, although there’s no confirmation of this.
The Xperia Z2 packs a 5.2 inch 1080p IPS display, a 20.7 megapixel camera, a quad core 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 801 chipset, 3GB of RAM, 16GB of storage and Android 4.4 KitKat, so it ranks up among the best smartphones in the market. It is also water and dust resistant like every other Sony flagship from the past year.
Via: GSM Arena
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The interesting dual screen YotaPhone just became more interesting. At MWC 2014, the Russian company behind the device revealed that the next generation YotaPhone will be featuring full touch controls on its e-paper display backside, letting users control 74 percent of the smartphone’s surface.
YotaPhone caught our attention in 2012 with a rather unique concept. A smartphone with a regular colored LCD display on one side and a power-saving, always-on e-paper display (EPD) on the other. Our hands-on of the device in 2013 made us believe in the promise that Russian company Yota Devices delivered on later that year. Now the next generation YotaPhone is coming soon and it will be bringing a fancy new feature.
Users will now be able to use the EPD side just as they would the AMOLED screen, with touch. To take advantage of that feature, both screens have been increased, now 5.0 inches for the AMOLED display and 4.7 inches for the EPD screen. A new Smart Power Mode will let users turn off the color screen and utilize only the EPD screen for things like making and taking calls. This will ensure that battery consumption will be kept to a minimum even if the smartphone now runs on a more powerful quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800. But the new YotaPhone isn’t just powerful inside, a new sleek and more curved design means it’s also beautiful outside.
YotaPhone is also launching its developer program to encourage app makers to design apps suited for the e-paper display. Judging from the documents, this iteration of the YotaPhone runs Android 4.2.2. Yota Devices says that the next-gen YotaPhone will be available starting on the fourth quarter of 2014 for Russia and EMEA regions. Hopefully, it will make true its word to make the smartphone also available in the US and Asia three to four months later.
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Trying to spread the LTE love further down its device line, LG has announced the F70 at MWC 2014. But more than just an LTE-powered device, this mid-range device was designed with users who are new to the smartphone scene in mind.
New users, however, might experience a bit of heft with the LG F70, given that its display spans 4.5 inches. That said, this is a mid-range smartphone through and through, with a WVGA 800×480 IPS screen, a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, and 4 GB of internal storage. Users worried about operating times can breathe a little easier since the 2,440 mAh battery can be replaced. The cameras might disappoint though, with the rear capped at 5 megapixels and the front one only a measly 640×480 VGA.
The LG F70, however, shines on the software side. The smartphone runs the latest Android 4.4 version, which should be the envy of other mid-tier Android devices in the market today. Keeping ease of use in mind, LG is offering an Easy Home launcher that keeps the home screen less confusing and the icons and fonts bigger. LG is also continuing its thrust of bringing its Knock Code UX feature to more devices, even those below its premium G line. Unlike previous iterations of the feature, Knock Code allows users to set up a personalized pattern of two to eight taps to wake up and unlock their device, combining convenience with security.
The LG F70 sounds like an interesting option for the mid-range market and is now up for display at MWC 2014. LG has not yet announced the availability and pricing for this device. Judging from the press shots, the smartphone will come in two color options of white and black.
Want to know how big a player Samsung is in the smartphone market? The company now says that it’s sold over 200 million Galaxy S phones since the line first went on the market in 2010. For reference, the Korean tech giant had notched up sales of 100 million Galaxy S devices as of slightly more than a year ago. Samsung isn’t breaking down the sales by model, although it had sold over 40 million Galaxy S 4s as of last fall — much of that 200 million clearly came from more recent customers. It’s difficult to compare the data against other manufacturers, since few of them break out sales by range. Apple, for example, said that it shipped 700 million iOS devices of all kinds as of October. However, it’s safe to say that Samsung remains a heavyweight at the high end of the smartphone market.
Sony has officially unveiled the successor to the Xperia Z1 at the MWC 2014 event in Barcelona. The Sony Xperia Z2 design looks very similar to its older sibling but it is packed with a far more stronger hardware and software which makes it distinct from its predecessor.
The Z2 is powered by a 2.3 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM and features a 5.2-inch 1920 x 1080 Full HD display with TRILUMINOS and X-Reality technology, 20.7 MP camera just like the Z1, a staggering 4K video recording, water and dust resistant, 4G LTE support and comes with Android 4.4 on board.
The smartphone also features a noise cancellation technology which the company says will help reduce up to 98% of ambient noise when used with their MDR-NC31EM Noise Cancelling Headset. The Xperia Z2 is set to launch globally starting from March.
Here’s the full press release:
24th February 2014, MWC, Barcelona – Sony Mobile Communications (“Sony Mobile”) today introduces Xperia™ Z2, Sony’s best ever premium waterproof smartphone combining its best display, sound, camera and camcorder experience as well as an exclusive entertainment offer and a growing ecosystem of companion products. Xperia Z2 is the newest addition to Sony’s premium Z series and will launch globally from March 2014.
“With Xperia Z2 we have taken our premium Z series to the next level, delivering unique experiences that only Sony can offer,” said Kunimasa Suzuki, President and CEO, Sony Mobile Communications. “We have redefined the smartphone once again through our camera. Xperia Z2 offers an innovative experience that captures memories in stunning detail through 4K video shooting, or offers new ways to use the camera with our unique Xperia camera apps. Furthermore, the Best of Sony has been delivered in the sound quality and customers are now able to listen to their music even in noisy environments without interruptions thanks to our acclaimed digital noise cancelling technology.”
The world’s best camera and camcorder in a waterproof smartphone
Capture and relive every detail with Xperia Z2’s camera and camcorder. Xperia Z2 features Sony’s proven camera technologies to deliver the unbeatable combination of the world’s best mobile camera and our most advanced camcorder ever in and 8.2 mm slim smartphone. The 20.7 megapixel camera is matched with 1/2.3-type Exmor RS for mobile CMOS image sensor, Sony’s award-winning G Lens and intelligent BIONZ™ for mobile image processing engine resulting in superb photo and video quality.
These features work together to bring you sharp, vivid and beautiful photos and videos no matter what the circumstances. With new enhanced video mode, you can now capture memories in stunning detail in 4K resolution (3840×2160 pixels/30p) at four times the detail of Full HD, delivering the world’s best camcorder in a waterproof smartphone1. Plus, SteadyShot™ image stabilisation technology ensures your footage will stay smooth even if you are walking. The new Movie Creator allows you to trim and crop your videos so that you can easily pick out what you want to share. Insert dramatic slowdown effects at one or more places on the timeline of the video, then preview the results before you save and share your video.
The best video deserves the best sound. The compact and innovative STM10 Stereo Microphone offers high quality stereo audio recording. Compact and easy to carry, it’s the perfect match for Xperia Z2’s 4K video recording.
The smartest smartphone around with a growing ecosystem of Xperia camera apps
- Enhance your mobile experience with a growing range of innovative Xperia camera apps. In addition to Info-eye™, Social live and Timeshift burst, Xperia Z2 also comes pre-loaded with new Xperia camera apps for both photo and video.
- Timeshift video: To relive every moment of the action in slow motion detail, the new Timeshift video mode lets you shoot in 120 frames per second and select scenes to slow the playback speed for dramatic slow motion effects exactly where you want, even underwater.
- Creative effect: Use a range of new creative effects for your photos and videos. Available in real-time for video, these adjustments enhance your clips with a range of effects such as colours, image trails, mirror and motion effects.
- Background defocus: This new camera app simulates a shallow depth of field. Capture two photos at different focus settings and blend together the different depths, leading to a blurred out background for more professional looking photos.
- AR effect: Now available for video recording, have some fun with your photos and videos with new augmented reality animations, including sound effects for video.
- Vine4: Create short, beautiful, looping videos in a simple and fun way for your friends and family to see – all from your camera’s viewfinder. Plus, using the dedicated camera button, you can capture Vine videos underwater as well.
In addition to these fun and useful pre-loaded Xperia camera applications, there’s a whole range of extra apps for you to enjoy including Wikitude Places, Evernote, VI Sports and more. Simply go into your camera viewfinder, tap the camera mode icon and then click on ‘+Apps’ to see all the latest apps available on Sony Select to enhance your smartphone experience.
Our best design with our highest level of waterproofing
The Xperia Z2 Android smartphone is designed with the user in mind, drawing on Sony’s expertise in premium craftsmanship. Evolving Sony’s stunning OmniBalance design, Xperia Z2 has a slimmer, and more comfortable feel by having the glass panels encased in a single, solid aluminium frame with smoother edges. This dust-resistant and waterproof (IP55 & IP58) powerhouse blends beauty with function. The dedicated camera button means that you’re ready to capture the action wherever you are – both in and out of the water. Plus, the stunning 5.2” display, balanced with symmetry in design, provides a natural feel when held in your hand.
Bringing the viewing experience to life in bright and vivid detail
To enjoy the latest content in stunning quality and vivid colour, Xperia Z2’s screen is built using the latest BRAVIA® TV technologies optimised for mobile. The 5.2” Full HD TRILUMINOS™ display for mobile with Live Colour LED provides the widest palate of rich natural colours for the sharpest images and a viewing experience that is as close to reality as possible.
Natural colours true to life can be difficult to reproduce on a display. TRILUMINOSTM Display for mobile with brand new Live Colour LED uses red & green phosphor with blue LEDs and customised colour filters to produce a brighter and more uniform light. The result is richer colours on the screen for all of your smartphone viewing without the risk of saturation.
X-Reality for mobile analyses each image to optimise colours, sharpness and contrast while also reducing noise. The super resolution function reproduces lacking pixels for spectacular clarity and detail.
Entertainment without interruption
To enjoy with the best display and a wide range of entertainment, Xperia Z2 also offers amazing sound quality with stereo speaker output and Sony’s digital noise cancelling technology.
Whether you’re on a plane or in on the bus, enjoy music on the go without the interruption of background noise. Our digital noise cancelling technology and dynamic sound in Xperia Z2 helps reduce up to 98% of ambient noise, when used with the compact in-ear MDR NC31EM Noise Cancelling Headset. Or, immerse yourself in entertainment with S-Force Front Surround™ to enjoy the latest movies, gaming and music on your Xperia Z2.
Music, movies and more – out of the box and at your fingertips
With Xperia Z2, you also get a range of entertainment right from the moment you turn your smartphone on. Xperia Z2 owners will have access to an exclusive content offer that includes six blockbuster movies from Sony Pictures, including Captain Phillips, as well as 30 days free trial of Music Unlimited.
This exclusive out of the box content offer is available on Xperia Z2 through Sony’s range of integrated entertainment apps with a new and intuitive user interface:
- “What’s New” app helps you discover new and recommended movies, music, games and apps for enjoyment on your Xperia Z2 – all accessible from an informative and interactive widget on the home screen.
- “WALKMAN®” and Movies applications provide access to a global catalogue of more than 25 million songs on the “WALKMAN®” app through Music Unlimited5 and tens of thousands of movies and TV series on the Movies app through Video Unlimited5 from Sony Entertainment Network.
- PlayStation® App gives you the chance to enjoy an enhanced gaming experience – keeping you connected to your gaming friends and the games you love to play.
- PlayMemories Online6 – a cloud-based image and video service that is integrated into the Album application. A new ‘All Sync’ feature enables users to instantly auto-upload all of their photos without storage limitation5 to enjoy on all your devices.
- TrackIDTM TV7 – enhances your TV-viewing experience as it lets you search, share and explore information from broadcasted TV shows such as cast & crew, biographies, filmography or show related Tweets.
- Enjoy ultra-fast performance with a battery you can rely on
Xperia Z2 is armed with the power to multi-task and enjoy everything from super-fast web surfing to video streaming without the wait. With the fully integrated Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 801 processor with 2.3 GHz quad-core Krait CPUs and 4G LTE, Xperia Z2 offers ultra-fast performance for the apps and entertainment you want to enjoy, without the interruptions. The Snapdragon 801 also features the Adreno™ 330 GPU for rich graphics and gaming and a dual ISP for a seamless camera, camcorder and display experience.
Xperia Z2 also includes a large 3200 mAh battery which provides outstanding, class-leading battery performance. Plus, with Sony’s Battery STAMINA Mode, you can stay connected even longer, as it automatically turns off the functions you don’t need to save power when your display is inactive. As soon as you press the power button to wake up your screen, everything is up and running again.
Unrivalled ecosystem of companion products and smart accessories, including SmartWear
Sony offers the most comprehensive range of innovative companion products and accessories to give you new ways to use and enjoy your smartphone. With 154 NFC enabled one-touch connected products – including TVs, headphones, audio speakers, tablets, and more – it has never been easier to connect and enjoy your content across multiple devices.
The SmartBand SWR10 works with Xperia Z2 to log your life in partnership with the Lifelog application, creating an automatic 24/7 diary of your activities, entertainment and memories. Plus, with SmartBand you’ll never need to worry about losing your phone or missing a call with a series of customisable smart notifications delivered straight to your wrist.
The Xperia Z2 will launch globally from March 2014.
Come comment on this article: Sony unveils the Xperia Z2, sports a 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 801 processor
While we were focused on Sony’s flagship announcements from earlier in the day, the manufacturer also announced the Xperia M2 smartphone as a midrange offering targeted towards developing markets around the world.
The smartphone features a design similar to the flagship Xperia handsets, but with a substantially downgraded hardware specs sheet. The Xperia M2 features a 4.8 inch 960 x 540 resolution display, an 8 megapixel camera, a quad core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 400 chipset, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage.
The smartphone runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean out of the box with no word on future updates, although it is capable of running Android 4.4. There’s no 4G LTE on board, so customers will have to settle for 3G HSPA networks. Sony plans to launch the smartphone in global markets relatively soon with no word on the pricing yet.
The smartphone will certainly go unnoticed when several other smartphones hit our news feed over the coming days, but midrange devices like these sell a great deal in Asian and European markets.
Source: Sony Mobile