MediaTek has been with us for a long time, but over the last year the chip making company is really starting to make its presence felt. The Chinese manufacturer used to build chipsets for low end devices coming from its home country, but it is now finding its tech in more high end smartphones, but more importantly, increasingly in handsets from marquee brands.
Sony's Xperia Z4 is the company's next all-out assault on the top of the smartphone market and its announcement is very close. It was rumored originally to be getting a CES launch, something that was simply never going to happen, so the next probable launch event would be during the Mobile World Conference (MWC) in Barcelona through the first week of March, but how likely is that?
When Apple launched the original iPad back in April 2010, it was the peak of tablet technology at the time, a true alternative mobile computing solution. It was very well made and was the best that technology had at the time. However, even less than five years later the iPad's computing technology is now possible in a wearable.
With Windows 10 due to launch today, it seems Microsoft may have a few surprises up its sleeve, including a rumored smartphone that will also have laptop capabilities. A "phone-laptop" hybrid, but that of course does not mean that the company will launch a laptop sized smartphone, quite the opposite in fact.
This month we have seen the first smartphones packing 4GB of RAM land in the form of the Asus ZenFone 2 and Xiaomi's Mi Note Pro. Both of those devices pack 64-bit processors and according to sources in Korea, Samsung will match those devices with the launch of the Galaxy S6, with the handset possibly coming with two variants.
Meizu's 1080p, 8 core, $160 M1 Note smartphone was announced recently and is a compelling option if you want bang for your buck. However, that handset is about to get a smaller version that will likely be called the M1 Note Mini and will be announced January 27.
The clock is ticking on HTC's promise to update its One M7 and One M8 flagships to Android 5.0 Lollipop, with the company promising the bump before the end of this month. We know when those devices will get the new Android build, but what about some of HTC's other smartphones? Well, according to Phone Probe, a new leak from HTCViet reveals when other HTC products will get a lick of Lollipop.
Samsung has been accused of copying Apple for a number of years, but the Korean company took a while to deliver the same build quality as its rival. The company's latest smartphones have been built with premium materials and there seems more attention to detail in aesthetic aspects. A big part of the new design turn from Samsung has come from the company's Design Management Center, headed up by 47-year old Lee Don-tae.
I have been saying for a long time that Samsung is looking to Tizen long term and if the software is successful the Korean company will make a move from Android for its core products. A Samsung source confirmed this to me, although some commentators still see Tizen as a hobby for the company... It's not. With Tizen smartwatches, TVs, and now a first smartphone (the Z1 launched this week), Samsung is laying a foundation.
Oppo delivered its new R1C on Wednesday, the same day numerous reports had suggested the new handset would land. The device will be available from January 20th and will cost $403. There is something iPhone about the design, but not nearly as much as some outlets are claiming... this is not the rip-off others say it is.