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Daily Burn: Moto 360, Lumia 520, G Watch 2, and Aquos Crystal

News by admin on Monday August 18, 2014.

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Daily Burn
Daily Burn

Another busy day in the mobile world saw the usual round of rumour, launches, boasts, spec sheets and sales figures, and just in case you missed it all, the Daily Burn is here.

The Moto 360 is close

Best Buy product page
Best Buy product page

Motorola has the kind of momentum that normally takes hundreds of millions of dollars in marketing built up around its Moto 360 smart watch. The device will be launching on September 4th in Chicago, but US retailer Best Buy decided to have its own little pre-launch party by publishing a product page for the Moto 360.

That party was crashed of course, by the tech community at first and then by Motorola who probably requested kindly that the page be removed... it was. Before Best Buy pulled the plug though we were treated to some of the 360's specs, learning that at the moment it seems like standard smart watch fare. Don't expect it to reinvent the wearable wheel in terms of functionality, but that design is enough isn?t it?

Oh, and in case we forget, the Moto 360 will cost you 250 of your American dollars.

Lumia 520 gets fresh lick of Windows paint

Lumia 520
Lumia 520

The Lumia 520 is hard to hate on. After-all, this is a handset that costs pocket money but delivers just about every smartphone kick you can think of. It is a solid performer that had the emerging market in its sight and then delivered the goods to become the best-selling Windows device of any kind (Xbox, PC, and all that stuff included).

Now the 520 has been updated to Windows Phone 8.1 and if you are in the right place you can even get Cortana (Microsoft's voice assistant) on it. Not bad for a smartphone that can cost as little as $40 in the United States.

LG going for a second watch

G Watch
G Watch

LG could be about to piss a lot of people off at IFA in a few weeks. According to the often reputable Korean Times, the company will debut its G Watch 2 at the Berlin based trade show. Funnily enough, the original G Watch was only launched two months ago, which would make any potential G Watch 2 one of the shortest product recycles ever. It would also make a lot of people who already spent money on a G Watch fairly besides themselves we imagine.

Treat this one with a sizeable pinch of salt.

Is this the Passport to Blackberry's success?

Blackberry Passport
Blackberry Passport

No... the Blackberry Passport will not be a huge consumer success for Blackberry, it is simply too niche for that. However, it is shaping up to be a very interesting device and certainly one of the most unique smartphones of the moment. Due to launch in September, the Passport gets a 4.5-inch aspect ratio 1:1 screen and a bunch of high end specs. It also gets a full QWERTY keyboard meaning Blackberry has finally cracked how to get it renowned productivity and the current touchscreen demand into one device.

Who need bezels anyway?

You know all those iPhone concepts, the ones where the screen meets the edge with a bezel in sight? Well, Apple won't be doing that, but Sharp is... sort of. The company's new Aquos Crystal is almost all screen and no bezel, and it is among the best looking mid-range smartphones on the market. It will launch tomorrow on Sprint, but oddly the American carrier is getting a watered down version instead of the all guns blazing Japanese Aquos Crystal X.

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