You know how there’s a small tech-focused event going on these days in Berlin, Germany and called IFA? Everybody that’s somebody in the mobile business is there to impress us with “innovations” and “upgrades”, save for Xiaomi, the Chinese OEM that’s recently snatched Hugo Barra from Google.
You can’t close in on the once undisputed leader of a smartphone market as large and important as India by releasing one new product every six months, so Micromax enriching its Canvas line-up is probably not surprising news.
Huawei’s current crown jewel is undoubtedly the Ascend P6, an uber skinny 4.7-inch phone with upper mid-range specs and budget-conscious price, but the Honor 3 might well threaten P6’s privileged spot in the company’s product line-up.
Okay, we all knew this was coming, so let’s not even pretend to be surprised. GooPhone, a Chinese OEM specialized in ripping off Apple designs, is reportedly working on an iPhone 5C clone already, which they are planning to launch as soon as next month.
Quick show of hands, who here is familiar with BLU Products? Anybody? Anybody at all? Well, it’s your loss, as the somewhat humble Miami-based mobile phone manufacturer has grown immensely in just four years of existence, making huge waves in Latin and North America, as well as Europe with solid budget-conscious gadgets.
It’s not unusual to see sub-$200 or even sub-$100 smartphones being released by obscure manufacturers from China and India that would be willing to do anything to be noticed. Not unusual, but still pretty impressive.
Xolo A500S breaks cover: a stylish 4-incher with Android 4.2, dual-core speed and Rs. 7,000 price tag
Seeing as the majority of today’s budget-friendly smartphones in India are, let’s face it, fugly and chunky, it’s a big breath of fresh air to be able to welcome the Lava Xolo A500S. This fellow is terribly uninspired in the hardware department, but it saves face with up to date software and most of all
Aside from easily dominating the local mobile telecommunications décor, China Mobile is currently the most popular carrier in the world, having over 700 million subscribers (the world number two has less than 400 million and the Chinese runner-up just 160 mil).
Remember that crazy rumor about Xiaomi prepping an upper mid-range phone with 720p display, quad-core processor and $160 price tag? Well, it’s a rumor no more. And it gets better, as the Red Rice is reportedly set to go on sale for an incredible Yuan 799 ($130) after all.
Despite ranking fourth in global mobile phone sales for 2012, China-based ZTE has always suffered due to its inability of making headway in key markets. Namely, the company was completely absent from India and was still viewed as a second-tier OEM in many European countries, as well as the US.
Since the low-end Lumia 520 is currently the most popular Windows Phone 8 device in the world, it seems only logical for Nokia to continue focusing on that particular sector of the smartphone market. On that note, meet the Lumia 625, previously known as “Max”.
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.
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.
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.
Since the Galaxy S4 is the current star of Samsung’s Android line-up and Note 3’s launch is around the corner, it’s a little weird to see a GNote 2 clone being launched only now. But hey, some phones are just like wines, getting better with age, so we shouldn’t mind.