Quick, what do you think will be the biggest product launch in China this second half of the year? The Oppo Find 7 and Xiaomi Mi3 are definite possibilities, Huawei and ZTE should have a few aces up their sleeves also, but it’s Meizu’s MX3 that looks the most encouraging at the moment.
Are you sickened by the ongoing “bigger is better” trend of the smartphone market? Want something snazzy-looking that packs a punch and fits easily in your trouser pocket? Don’t want to use both upper limbs when handling what you like to call a “phone”?
How would you describe Samsung’s Galaxy S4 Mini in one word? Off the top of my head, I can come up with “average”, “mediocre” or “good but not great”. How about HTC’s upcoming One Mini? Likely a tad snazzier design-wise and sporting a crisper screen, but still a little underwhelming.
Just when we thought the Indian battle for smartphone supremacy couldn’t get any more heated, Lava has made the Xolo Play T1000 available. Only for pre-orders at this time, but shipping is to get underway later this week.
Here’s a nutty idea of blending the past and future of mobile tech – putting Android on a flip phone. You know, the kind of handhelds that everyone owned or dreamed of owning a half a decade ago. Just with Android on top of it all.
While cheap Android knock-offs might still be frowned upon in the West, over in China they seem to not only be tolerated better, but grow in popularity by the day. And it’s no wonder, given they’re also consistently improving in terms of build quality and specs.
Bullish is just the first word that comes to mind when talking about Lenovo’s smartphone prospects, based on the company’s recent claims. Yet we’re not seeing the Chinese stepping things up as we’d have expected.
After failing to gain a foothold in the European smartphone décor, Panasonic has been forced to take a step back, regroup and focus once again solely on the friendlier Asian environment. The Japanese don’t seem keen to win the high-end battle around those parts either, instead unveiling mostly budget devices.
Remember how nicely all of the HTC One Mini puzzle pieces seemed to have fallen into place last week? The petite (by 2013 standards) phone smiled to the camera more than once and had its specs revealed, looking like a far superior mid-range, mid-sized option to a flagship than Samsung’s GS4 Mini.
Had enough of the seemingly endless rumor bonanza starring the already mythical Motorola X? Don’t want to hear about the phone until it becomes official? We know the feeling, but there’s nothing we can do for you at this time other than… bring you another couple of “leaks”.
After ruling the Indian smartphone market for several years in a row, Micromax seems to have dropped the ball with the modestly specced and overpriced Canvas 4. Luckily for our Indian friends, we have options.
While the Asian cheap smartphone market is flourishing by the day, scoring a solid Android gadget for less than $300 continues to be a great challenge in the States. But not if you give an OEM like BLU a chance, since the company has just released the $140 Dash 4.5.
Busy is just one way to describe Xiaomi, as the Chinese OEM is said to be working hard on at least two new phones, plus its first ever tablet. And while the launches of the Mi3, Red Rice and MiPad might still be a while, the trio sure knows how to keep us interested.
They’ve both been a long time coming, they will both be available exclusively via T-Mobile in the US and they are both seeing daylight come July 17. No prizes for guessing what devices I’m talking about, as it is fairly obvious – Sony’s Xperia Z and Nokia’s Lumia 925.
Since things are finally starting to look up for HTC financial-wise and the One is indeed selling like hotcakes (not Samsung hotcakes, but still), it shouldn’t come as a surprise that the Taiwanese are working on a very bold strategy for the near future.
Seeing as Oppo’s latest flagship phone, the Find 5, can still hold its own against most Android heavyweights (especially in terms of pricing), and its follow-up, dubbed Find 7, will not become official anytime soon, you might expect everything to be quiet on the Oppo front.
The second half of 2013 is already shaping up to be extremely exciting for the Chinese budget-conscious/mobile speed-addicted folk, given what Xiaomi and ZTE are rumored to bring to the market for prices of $350 or less, but you ain’t seen nothing yet.
Motorola’s soon to be revealed smartphones are finally opening up to us, one by one, courtesy of unofficial “leaks” with a very high degree of credibility. There’s the Moto X, which is essentially as transparent as glass already, plus the Droid Ultra, Droid Maxx and Mini.
After keeping Indian mobile tech aficionados on their toes for several months in a row with what can only be described as very crafty marketing, Micromax has finally made the Canvas 4 smartphone official. You know, with full specs, pricing details and the whole shebang.
Who’s ready for a new, exciting round of LG G2-related rumors? You know the G2, LG confirmed it not long ago as the highly anticipated full-blown successor to last year’s first-gen Optimus G (the G Pro was apparently an intermediary device).