There are many things that you can say about Samsung but you could never accuse the company of not keeping its portfolio diverse. A couple of days ago the Korean manufacturer announced four sequels to last year’s low-end phones. Yesterday the quite long anticipated Galaxy S5 Mini was unveiled and today the Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 appeared in benchmark offering a breakdown of its hardware and specs. Let’s take a look.
First half of 2014 has been pretty busy for Samsung but it doesn’t appear that the company has any intention of slowing down. Even though the Galaxy S5 along with all its cousins has been made official, there is one more device that we are impatient to see – the 4th generation of the Galaxy Note phablet. The Galaxy Note 4 is expected to make its debut in September during IFA 2014, which is a little over two months from now so it’s about time to learn some vital details. As if to appease our anxious thoughts, the device paid a visit to AnTuTu revealing key hardware specifications.
Lenovo is seriously taking into the whole smartphone business. Known mostly for making PCs and laptops, the Chinese company is not very popular outside of Asia, at least when it comes to phones; however, it looks like it’s about ready to take other continents by storm. The manufacturer has released a few impressive handsets so far and now is back with a brand new offering. At the ongoing Mobile Asia Expo in Shanghai Lenovo has introduced a new 6-inch handsome phablet – the Lenovo K920 with a gorgeous Quad HD screen, also known as Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro.
Nokia announced the 6-inch Lumia 1320 Windows 8 phablet in October last year as an affordable massive smartphone for masses. As weeks turned into months and there wasn’t as much as a rumor suggesting that at some point the device would make it across the US border. We simply assumed that the device was destined for developing markets only where should receive more attention thanks to its competitive price tag. It turns out that the big boy is up for grabs in the US after all. The new Cricket Wireless network, revamped after merger with AT&T, has just launched the Nokia Lumia 1320 at a price of $229.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate.
Huawei devices arrived in the US a while back; however, the only way to get one of them was through carriers or third-party retailers. Starting today, potential Huawei customers can choose one more option to shop for Huawei phones as the Chinese manufacturer opened its first online store in the US. The very first device to be sold in the store is the massive 6.1-inch Ascend Mate 2 which was launched in unlocked flavor and without contract. The phablet can be pre-ordered at GetHuawei.com for an affordable price of $299.
Today will go down in history as an important date for Samsung and phablet enthusiasts. The company has just launched its biggest smartphone so far, the monstrous Samsung Galaxy W with a screen measuring 7 inches diagonally. Forget the Galaxy Note and Galaxy Mega. Compared to the Galaxy W, they seem like an ordinary smartphones for ordinary needs. The phablet will go on sale in South Korea later this month for a price of 499,400 won, which is approximately $490.
If you thought that the recently leaked Samsung Galaxy Mega 7.0 was insanely big, well… you might be surprised. We just got tipped of an even more sizable phone, also made by guys over at Samsung. It looks like the Korean company is bringing T-Mobile the largest phone any carrier has ever carried – the 8.4-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab PRO 8.4. No, it’s not a typo and no, it’s not a joke. The Galaxy Tab PRO 8.4 does exist and it was even caught on camera.
Have you ever wondered when and if smartphones will ever stop growing in size? Will manufacturers ever reach that magic number that will force them to say “ok, that’s enough”? After a couple of latest leaks the answer seems to be pretty obvious – not any time soon. Recent rumor suggest that a 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Mega 7.0 phone is in the works. The phablet has been spotted at the FCC and in a leaked press image. When released, the Samsung Galaxy Mega 7.0 will be the largest phone that has hit the market so far.
Let’s be honest, LG didn’t do the best job to keep the upcoming LG G3 in secret during the development phase. We may even say that the LG G3 was one of the worst kept secrets of recent weeks. In fact, it has been a quite long time since the phone ceased to have any secrets at all. Some of the very few things we didn’t get to know so far was the pricing and availability. All these details, however, were revealed just a while ago during LG’s event held simultaneously in San Francisco, New York, and London. Ladies and gentlemen, the LG G3 flagship smartphone for 2014 is official.
Lenovo is well known for making desktop computers, laptops, tablets, electronic storage devices, TVs, etc; however, the Chinese company has also a few smartphones in its offer. Despite the fact that Lenovo doesn’t specialize in phones, the handset they are about to unveil appears to be a truly premium offering, the Lenovo Vibe Z2 Pro, which is perfectly capable of challenging the LG G3 thanks to its 6-inch Quad HD screen. The phone has been caught on camera in the wild which clearly suggests that official announcement is not far away.
The LG G3 is one of the worst kept secrets of recent weeks. Hardly a day goes by without a new leak making its way to the web so at this point there’s very little that we don’t know about the phone. On May 27th LG will hold an event during which the new flagship will be unveiled, however, after today’s massive leak it will be just a formality. To say that it was a leak is a huge understatement. In fact, LG itself revealed the highly anticipated LG G3’s specifications in full at a pre-announcement event with one of Korean retailers.
HTC’s position in the high-end smartphone sector is pretty much established, however, the company’s attempt to enter phablet market last year wasn’t as successful as expected. In fact, HTC’s biggest device, the One Max spectacularly lost to the Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Mega and other massive Samsung phones. HTC doesn’t give up easily, though, and apparently is working on a phablet with ultimate specs that could compete with the upcoming Galaxy Note 4. The handset codenamed HTC One M8 Prime is expected to be launched in the fall, some time around September.
If you have had your eye on the Sony Xperia Z Ultra Google Play Edition but weren’t quite sure if you could afford it, now would be a good time to make the move. Google has just shaved $200 off of the phone’s price and is currently offering the device for $449. It’s not exactly dirt cheap, but given that the unlocked phone without contract used to cost $649, it’s over 30% cheaper to pay. Moreover, for a limited time Google will also offer free ground shipping.
Huawei is known for making phones that tend to have very favorable specs to the price ratio. One of its latest phablets, the Ascend Mate 2, is no different in this respect. If it managed to catch your eye then we have good news for you. Earlier this month the Chinese company confirmed that it was preparing its big boy for a launch in the US. No concrete dates were given but it appears like we won’t have to wait that long. The Ascend Mate 2 has just passed the FCC and by the looks of it, will arrive on our soil soon with LTE bands compatible with AT&T and T-Mobile.
The HTC One M8 is going to be on everyone’s mind for the next few days, at least on our side of the globe. Users in China, however, have one more reason to feel happy. On the same day that the One was being officially introduced to the world, ZTE announced its latest phablet – the ZTE Nubia X6. With a 6.44-inch display the device is almost as big as a small tablet and packs an amazing duo of 13-megapixel cameras on both back and front panel.
A new phablet is on the way to Asian markets. Xiaomi has just announced Redmi Note, a successor to the Xiaomi Redmi. Like many Chinese offerings the Xiaomi Redmi Note brings decent specs at cheap price. The 5.5-inch phone will be available in two versions with the basic model priced at CNY799, which is an equivalent of $130. The more high-end variant will cost CNY999 or about $160 at today’s exchange rate. The Redmi Note will go on sale in China on March 26th. The phablet will also be headed to Hong Kong, Taiwan, and Singapore, however, it won’t arrive there until May.
In January Sony unveiled its first mid-range phablet, the Xperia T2 Ultra. During the announcement event Sony was pretty clear that the device won’t be available globally and would only be headed to select markets such as China, the Middle East, Africa and the Asia Pacific rim. Fast forward two months and we learn that the phone might arrive in the US after all. According to @evleaks, T-Mobile may be preparing to launch the Xperia T2 Ultra soon. Since the tipster is rarely wrong, it seems to be a safe bet that the phone may show up in stores any time now.
A phablet is a term that arrived quite recently to our dictionary. It is a combination of two words: phone and tablet. The term began popping out frequently as Samsung’s Galaxy Note lineup was gaining popularity in 2011. A phablet term is now being used to describe any device that fits somewhere between a smartphone and a tablet with decisive factor being a size of the screen. Typically, a phone featuring display between 5 and 6.9 inches diagonally is referred as a phablet. As any mobile device, using a phablet bring advantages and disadvantages. You know, bigger it doesn’t mean always better, right? Let’s take a look if buying a phablet is right for you.
It has been a tough year for Pantech company. Despite the success of the Vega Secret lineup, the Korean manufacturer has been struggling to sell its products in its home market as well as globally. In result weak sales put the company in financial distress. However, it seems that rescue is on the way in form of successor to the last year’s Vega Iron. The Pantech Vega Iron 2 is expected to arrive some time in May loaded with the newest Snapdragon 805 processor and bigger phablet size screen.
MWC is a big event not only for leading electronics makers but also for less known ones, such as Hisense. Hisense is a Chinese manufacturer that may not be very popular in the US, especially when it comes to its contribution to the smartphone market, but the company came to Barcelona with quite interesting device to showcase, the Maxe X1 4G phablet. The phone which was briefly shown at Consumer Electronic Show in January, received a proper announcement in Barcelona and will be available for purchase in select markets within a month.