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.
If you were expecting the All New One flagship phone from HTC to be announced today at MWC, hold on a bit longer. It looks like the March 25th date was more than just a rumor meaning that the phone won’t be unveiled today, or tomorrow, or for another month for that matter. It doesn’t mean that Taiwanese manufacturer arrived to Barcelona with nothing to show. On the contrary, the company lifted the veils off of two handsets HTC Desire 816 and HTC Desire 610, both of which well fit in mid-range category.
As of today, the phablet market is richer by one more member of the big phones family. The 6-inch ZTE Grand Memo II LTE was just unveiled at Mobile World Congress held in Barcelona. The device is a successor to the original Grand Memo, which debuted also at MWC last year. The Grand Memo II LTE is expected to cost about $300 at launch and starting in April will be available first in China and later on in Europe, North America, and Asia Pacific.
The successor of last year’s Sony Xperia Z1 is now official. The company flagship smartphone of 2014, unsurprisingly called Xperia Z2, was announced today at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, along with two other devices – Xperia M2 and Xperia Z2 Tablet. The Sony Xperia Z2 will be available as soon as next month, so folks you won’t have to wait long to get your hands on the handset. The phone is expected to cost somewhere between $600 and $650 at launch, though we are still waiting for confirmation.
In addition to the Ascend G6 smartphone, Huawei also announced today at Mobile World Congress the MediaPad M1 LTE Android tablet featuring Huawei’s Emotion UI on top of it and SIM card support allowing users to make phone calls. As of now, the slate is confirmed for launch next month in the UK and is expected go on sale also in other European markets, Russia, China, Japan, Asia Pacific, Middle East, Australia and Latin America starting in first quarter of 2014. We are still waiting for official word on pricing, but we expect the tablet to cost under £200, which would be about $330.
Last week we told you about the upcoming HTC Desire 8 5.5-inch phablet which for the first time appeared on Chinese website MyDrivers. The phone seemed to be like a real deal from the very beginning but now it’s official. Not “official” as the phone wasn’t announced yet but we do have confirmation from HTC itself that the device indeed exists. Not only that. We also know what it will look like, since the Taiwanese manufacturer posted a press image of the phone on its Weibo account. Let’s take a look.
It goes without saying that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is one of the best, if not the best, phablets released so far. There is one teeny tiny problem with the device, though – it is not cheap. Unless you have big savings or really well-paid job, it would be hard to afford the device especially if you would like to get yourself an unsubsidized model without any long term contracts. In this case the price for brand new original Galaxy Note 3 overlaps prices of laptops, tablets and all-in-one devices sometimes even twofold. Solution is pretty simple, if you looking for Galaxy Note 3-like experience for cheap, you may consider purchasing a clone. Here are few interesting options to choose from in case you searching for a cloned Galaxy Note 3.
If you were worried that you might not see the LG G Pro 2 until late February, here is a nice surprise for you. The Korean smartphone maker lifted the wraps off of its next flagship phone today, over a week before MWC which as you recall begins February 24th. Ladies and gentlemen, meet the new 5.9-inch LG G Pro 2 phablet, a successor of last year’s G Pro. From what we can say, LG will showcase the device in Barcelona even though it is has become official. Hopefully this is when we may learn about phone’s pricing and availability in stores.
While most experts and smartphone aficionados focus their attention on the upcoming HTC One+, aka One 2 or M8, you shall know that this is not the only phone that the Taiwanese manufacturer has been working on lately. In fact, in the last quarter of 2013 the company released a few mid-range phones all belonging to the Desire lineup and apparently HTC is planning to go further in that direction. It looks like the latest addition to the series will be the new 5.5-inch HTC Desire 8 phablet.
Samsung unveils 5.5-inch Galaxy Note 3 Neo, a smaller version of company’s flagship phablet [update]
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo, which was rumored last month as a lite version of the Galaxy Note 3, is now official. The smaller and more modest version of Samsung’s flagship phablet was unveiled this week on Samsung Poland website. The phone will go on sale globally, with the exception of the US and UK, later on this month; pricing, however, is yet to be announced. The Galaxy Note 3 Neo will be released in two versions, with 3G and LTE+ connectivity, both available in black, white and green color options.
Just last week, we reported that the chances were high that the LG G Pro 2 could be unveiled next month. Now we know for sure that it will be showcased at MWC 2014 because LG itself confirmed the news. As it usually happens, the closer the announcement day, the more rumors and leaks appear and the LG G Pro 2 is no exception. In addition to last week’s set of rumored specs, we now have been treated to photos allegedly portraying the successor of the LG Optimus G Pro.
Our suspicions about the ZTE Iconic Phablet being on its way to Boost Mobile proved to be accurate. The phablet indeed graced the carrier’s store with its presence today, under a different name, though. If you are interested in the device look for a Boost Max, as this is how the big guy is called here in the US. The Boost Max can be yours in the carrier’s retail locations and online store for $299.99. Since Boost Mobile is a pre-paid carrier, you won’t need to sign any long-term contracts.
Unless @evleaks is mistaken, and he rarely is, a new ZTE handset is apparently on its way to Boost Mobile stores. The famous leakster broke the news via tweet that included a picture of a phone called Boost Max also known as ZTE Beast. Since the image was not accompanied by any details, we don’t know neither what the device hides inside, nor when it will be available for purchase and how much it will cost. There are, however, a few telltale signs that give us at least a vague idea of what to expect.
The word „phablet” is a quite new term to the tech market. Although it implies some kind of phone-tablet hybrid, it actually is used to describe a huge phone just to emphasize its above-average measurements. True phone-tablet hybrids are yet to be made and thanks to HP we can have a taste of what we can expect in the future. The Slate 6 and Slate 7 VoiceTab are what we could actually call a true „phablet”. Both devices are currently destined for Indian market and are scheduled to arrive some time next month. They should be affordable, priced most likely around $200 – $250 before subsidies.
In case you missed the news, the curved LG G Flex will be available on three out of four US major carriers: Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile. While the latter two are yet to provide any details on the launch, Sprint already revealed the release date, pricing and even began accepting pre-orders. The LG G Flex for Sprint costs $299.99 with a new two-year contract and will start shipping on January 31st. In stores the phone will show up a week later, on February 7th. If you pre-order the handset before January 31st, Sprint will throw in a free Quickwindow Folio Case.
Battery life is one of the key aspects to consider while looking for a new phone. After all, the need to plug your phone into a socket every few hours can overshadow even the best featured device. Huawei seems to understand this perfectly. Only a few days ago, the company announced the Ascend Mate 2 packing a massive 4,000 mAh battery and now we hear about another smartphone with big battery and low price being on its way to stores in China. The Huawei B199 will priced at CNY 1,999, which is about $330, and will be available starting January 20th.
If you are a fan of Sony smartphones, you will be happy to know that a few new offerings are on their way. Last week at CES 2014 the company announced the Xperia Z1S and Xperia Z1 Compact; however, these two will not be the only ones to join the Xperia lineup. On Tuesday Sony also lifted the veils off of two more smartphones, one of which is the Xperia T2 Ultra. Judging by the phone’s specs, it should fit on the more affordable side of the spectrum. The handset will be headed to China, the Middle East, Africa and the Asia Pacific markets.
While Samsung is working on preparing the lite version of the Galaxy Note 3 for its first public appearance which may happen next month at MWC, we are uncovering more and more details through a number of leaks which include documents and photos. First of all, the phone will have no “Lite” in the name, as suggested earlier. According to leaked internal product positioning documents, the handset will be called Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo. The documents also confirm all the key parameters of the phone.
This year Asus is bringing to CES not one, not two smartphones but a whole new lineup comprising three devices, the Asus Zenfone 6, Zenfone 5, and Zenfone 4. All three phones are lower-end offerings aimed at budget-conscious customers. The Zenfone 6 will be priced at $199, while the Zenfone 5, and Zenfone 4 will cost $149 and $99, respectively. All three Zenfones will come in a variety of colors and should be available in the not so distant future, although Asus did not mention any particular date yet.