Not much usually happens in the way of smartphones at the CES trade show in Las Vegas. The early January event is typically a computing/consumer electronics oriented show and many of the mobile big hitters are either absent or pushing other products. Some reports suggest Sony and Samsung will be launching flagships there in 2015, but I do not believe that, and besides there are always some smartphones if you look hard enough.
Samsung's involvement in the next iPhone model (iPhone 6s or iPhone 7) has been well documented with the Korean company set to make 90% of the new A9 chips that will be used in Apple products in 2015. After winning that huge contract to make the new processor with 14nm FinFET technology Samsung is readying to put the A9 into production. In fact, the company is prepping its manufacturing plant in Austin, Texas and has started making the chip this week.
Oppo has recently showed off its new smartphones, one of which is the thinnest mobile phone in the world, so far at least. The Chinese company is now back with another new device, the Oppo R8207, a handset that is currently passing through TENAA. There are now swivelling camera theatrics here though as this seems to be a more straightforward mid-range addition to the company?s portfolio.
Some recent all-in-one PCs (we're thinking the HP Slate 21) came with Android instead of Windows and the truth is Android is not robust enough as a full machine OS. Of course, some laptops come with both Windows and Android, but these hybrids have failed on other levels. If you have ever just wanted to have Android on your current machine, complete with the Google Play Store then you can.
Apple and Samsung have been locked in a constant war over the last two years as the companies fight each other in the courtrooms. Apple has already won several cases over Samsung in regards to patent infringements, but Cupertino was not happy with the punishment meted out to its Korean rival. It seems that Apple may have its way as Samsung could stand to be punished further.
The Holiday Season is firmly upon us with Black Friday kicking things off this week, and then we have the run to Christmas. Whether you are buying for someone else or just filling you own stocking, a new smartphone may well be at the top of your shopping list this year. However, it goes without saying that not everyone can afford to splash on the latest iPhone or Galaxy Note device.
Considering Sony releases a new flagship every six months we are never too far away from a rumor concerning the company's upcoming high end releases. The Japanese giant may still be giving its all to the September launched Xperia Z3, but behind the scenes they are in the final development of the next flagship handset, the Xperia Z4. Sony normally rolls out its new smartphone in February, so we are only around two months away from seeing the new device.
The OnePlus One has had a couple of pre-order windows now and is selling well despite still being a very limited handset in terms of availability. The smartphone that shook things up with its high end specs and affordable price tag is still not purchasable in many regions. However, India is about to get the OnePlus One and it will be sold through Amazon in the country.
If you tie yourself down to Verizon you will need to make sure you want to see out the term of your contract, because if you don't the cost it quite steep. The largest carrier in the United States has updated its terms and conditions with new prices for early termination.
Smartphones are expensive, especially if you want one of the premium examples on the market. However, if you bide your time there are always deals happening and who knows, you may be able to find the handset you wanted all along. HTC and Sony have a couple of bargains cooking at the moment if you want one of their high end devices.