Since we’re living in a very hectic world, more than one phone number is sometimes a bare necessity. But, people simply don’t like to carry round more than one phone finding it extremely inconvenient. This is why we can recently observe significant increase in demand for dual-SIM phones that are capable to carry two separate SIM cards. Usually one is dedicated for personal use, second serves business purposes.
The LG L Series III was announced at the MWC back in February and included three devices, the L40, L70 and L90, or so we though at first. Apparently, the family has one more member, the LG L65. The phone was leaked by @evleaks on Wednesday and didn’t take long to go official. The LG L65 Dual is now on sale in Russia where is can be had for 7490 RUB, which is about $210 at current exchange rate. It looks like a LG L65 single-SIM version is also in the works.
Nokia has released big-screen phones in the past, however, the vast majority of the company’s offering cannot be classified as phablet. We have heard before that Nokia is working on a 5.2-inch phablet-like device and finally we are starting to get some details. Apparently, the phone in question is the Nokia Lumia 825. The name suggest a mid-range handset and so do some of the rumored specs. If it’s true, the phone will be aimed mostly at emerging markets.
The Sony Xperia Z Ultra and upcoming Xperia Honami are attracting a lot of attention at the moment, and for this reason some of you might have missed on the fact that the Japanese company also announced two more smartphones last week in Shanghai. The new releases include the dual-SIM Sony Xperia C, the very first company’s phone that is powered by MediaTek processor. The second phone is a TD-LTE-enabled variant of the Sony Xperia SP that is compatible with China Mobile’s 4G network.
The Galaxy Ace family of Samsung smartphones has a new member – the Galaxy Ace 3. The phone comes in an easy to handle 4-inch touch screen display and with entry-level specs making it an ideal device for first-time Android users. If you are ready to make a transfer from basic or featured phone to a smartphone and you are looking for a reliable user-friendly handset with attractive design, the Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 should fit the bill perfectly.
This week Sony has gone official with its latest addition to the Xperia lineup. The Sony Xperia M is a mid-range offering aimed at customers who value functionality and style, and yet are budget-conscious. Sony promises that the phone will deliver “unique Sony experiences at new price point”, so obviously you can expect it to be priced much lower than for example the Xperia Z. The device should go on sale in the third quarter of 2013.
Lenovo decided to follow in the footsteps of Oppo and Meitu and announced a new smartphone targeting a very specific group of customers – women. The Lenovo S820 may not be as feminine as other two manufacturers’ offerings, but its vivid redness, soft curves and velvet finish leave no room for doubt which gender the phone is aimed at. The Lenovo S820 is now available for pre-order for ¥1,999, which is about $330. The device should start shipping this month together with free Bluetooth headset and 8GB microSD card for free to pre-order customers.
Can’t decide whether to get yourself the Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 or 6.3? The OrientPhone N6 can make it easier for you. With its 6-inch display it fits perfectly in between these two Samsung phablets. The N6 seems to have huge potential and could make an interesting alternative to the Mega phones, especially since hardware-wise it does not fall behind the Samsung offerings. The device is available through Orient Deal for an affordable price of $259.68.
Panasonic may not be the most famous brand in the smartphone world but its products can be found in most countries across the world. Since today, May 17, one more can be added to the list. The Japanese company launched the Panasonic P51 in India. The phone will go on sale next week and will be available for 26,900 rupees, which is about $517. While the price level may seem a bit high, it is still a very competitive deal when compared to other similarly spec’d offerings. Also, it is worth noting that the device will be sold with magnetic flip cover and stylus.
Acer is bring to the market a new Android smartphone at an affordable price. Announced on April 24, the Acer Liquid E2 is expected to hit the stores in Europe as soon as this month. Initially, the handset will be available to customers in Belgium, the Netherlands, Ukraine, France, Spain, the United Kingdom, Italy, Germany and Russia. Priced at only €229, which is about $296, this follow-up to the Liquid E1 will be one of cheapest Android Jelly Bean smartphones released so far.
BLU is not a very well known brand in the smartphone world yet, but the company has several interesting offerings in their portfolio. The biggest advantage of BLU phones is a very attractive price to the specs ratio. Today the manufacturer announced three new phones: the Studio 5.0, Studio 5.0 S and the Studio 5.3 S. All three devices offer rather decent specs for a price level they will be sold at. The cheapest of the trio, Studio 5.0, sports a price tag of just $149 without contract, while the Studio 5.0 S and the Studio 5.3 S are sold at price $209 and $229 respectively.
The Nokia Asha 501 first came to our attention about a month ago, when a few details popped up on the web. There will be no more rumors though, as the phone has been officially announced at an event in New Delhi, India. The phone will go on sale in June and will be available in as many as 90 countries. It is no secret that the device is aimed at customers with less money to spare and its price confirms it just fine. The Nokia Asha 501 will cost just $99 when it is released next month.
With the Samsung Galaxy S4 stealing most of the attention for the last couple of weeks, it would seem that this is all what the company has for us at the moment. Of course, this is not true. The Korean manufacturer has just announced a new Android smartphone called Galaxy Core. The handset will be available in single as well as dual SIM version, with the latter hitting stores later this month. Single SIM model should follow some time in July.
As promised, Nokia announced today its new handset with physical QWERTY keyboard. The phone belongs to the Asha lineup and comes with the number 210. The Nokia Asha 210 will be destined for emerging markets, thus it will not be offered by any carrier in the US. Customers in Europe, Latin America, Africa, and Asia will be able to purchase the handset some time in the second quarter of 2013. As it is typical for Asha smartphones, the 210 will be affordable and will cost about $72 without contract.
BLU, one of the fastest-growing mobile phones manufacturers in the world, has begun selling its latest product – the BLU Studio II, a dual-SIM 5.3-inch phablet running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The phone is available unlocked plus contract-free, which means that you do not need to make any long term commitment if you decide to buy it. If you are interested, you can purchase the phone directly at BLU Products and other third party online retailers, such as Amazon. The BLU Studio 5.3 II can be yours at price $229 which is not bad for such a big smartphone with no contract.
For almost twelve months Samsung has been the leading manufacturer of Android smartphones. The lion’s share of the company’s income is naturally generated by high-end devices, but Samsung’s policy is not only about top shelf handsets. While the manufacturer’s main focus is on flagship phones, Samsung is known to try to satisfy the needs all customers, including those who cannot afford or simply do not need advanced expensive devices. In the spirit of its effort, Samsung unveiled on Wednesday two new entry-level smartphones, the Galaxy Star and the Galaxy Pocket Neo.
The Samsung Galaxy S4 was announced in New York just two weeks ago and we can already take a peek at its little brother, the Galaxy S4 Mini. Of course, the Mini model is not official yet, but its leaked images appeared on the web. The photos were accompanied by a handful of details about the specs and features, however, none of which have been confirmed officially by Samsung yet.
BLU Products has unveiled a new series of Android-powered smartphones: the Life One, Life View, and Life Play. The phones will be available without contract from third-party online retailers, such as Amazon, in late April and will sell for $229 for the Play model, and $299 for both the One and View. The new BLU Life series will come in different display sizes so for sure you will find the one that fits your needs best.
All handsets from LG’s second generation L-series are now officially announced. After the small Optimus L3 II and its bigger brother Optimus L7 II launch, the time has come for the middle child of the L II family to be presented to the world – the LG Optimus L5 II . The handset should be available soon first in Brazil, and then in other South American countries, as well as Europe, Asia, the Middle East and Africa. We are still waiting for details about pricing but our guess is that it may cost around $200, since the bigger and better spec’ed Optimus L7 II is priced at $250.
Sony’s latest Android smartphone, the Xperia E Dual, will be available in the US starting March 1. If you are anxious to get your hands on the phone, you can already pre-order it at Sony’s official US store to make sure you are among the first people to own the handset. The Sony Xperia E Dual costs only $199.99, do not require signing up long term contract, and comes with a very decent specs to price ratio.