If you have been readying yourself for the LG G4 to drop in the United States your wait is almost over. The new flagship smartphone will be making its debut on T-Mobile tomorrow (Wednesday, 27th May), making the Magenta Network the first U.S. carrier to offer the handset. Sprint, Verizon, and AT&T customers will have to wait a little longer, and even those wanting to buy in T-Mobile locations will have to wait until June 3rd.
Sony surprised us back last month the launch of the Xperia Z4, a new underwhelming flagship from the company that would be a Japanese exclusive. That left the struggling electronics juggernaut with a flagship sized hole in the market around the world, with only last year's Xperia Z3 flying the high end banner. Sony has now updated the Xperia Z3 by announcing the Xperia Z3+, a handset that pushes the older device closer to a running pace with today?s flagships.
A brand new unannounced ZTE smartphone has leaked online, appearing to be a mid-range device with razor thin bezels and a plastic body. ZTE has recently rolled out its Nubia Z9 smartphone flagship, but the handset you see above is unlikely to be from the same family and will be a standalone product.
ASUS is planning a new tablet line based off its successful ZenFone line up, with the company working on both a 7-inch and an 8-inch slate. The latter product, the ZenPad 8 has leaked online and will be a solidly spec'd machine, whereas the ZenPad 7 will be more modest.
The sales numbers for the major smartphone manufacturers through the first quarter of this year have been revealed, and actually they throw up little in the way of surprise. Of course, through the fourth quarter of 2014, Apple topped the market with an unprecedented period, beating Samsung in the process. However, the Korean company has now wrestled back number one spot in the market through Q1 of this year, while Chinese companies continued to make their presence felt.
BlackBerry has been struggling for several years and in that time rumors have been consistent about several companies wanting to buy the ailing Canadian giant. The company formerly known as RIM is rebounding slightly right now, but still those reports of potential buyouts persist, with the latest suggesting several companies are interesting in purchasing the brand.
Want a cheap handset that is a bona fide smartphone, and still a pretty good one at that? Look no further than the original Motorola Moto G. Of course, we have been saying that since the handset launched two years ago, but at the moment the Moto G is even more of a bargain grab as Best Buy is selling the Verizon variant for just $19.99, and that's not with a contract by the way.
Sony's older flagship models the Xperia Z, ZR, Z1, Z1 Compact, and Z Ultra are all being treated to Android 5.0.2 updates, with the software already being rolled out to the handsets. The newer (although still aging) Xperia Z1 products will be getting firmware 14.5.A.0.270, while the even older Xperia Z devices are receiving version 10.6.A.0.454.
Over the last week there have been consistent reports that Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge users are getting their screens scratched because of the Samsung Clear View case that was made for the handsets. Apparently small pieces of dirt and other matter is catching between the case flap and the screen, causing minor scratching.
Oppo has announced its two new mid-range smartphones, the Oppo R7 and Oppo R7 Plus, the former a middle market device and the latter a bona fide flagship contender. As we have come to expect from Oppo, the devices are both very well spec'd for their price points and come with slick premium designs that are sure to appeal to many customers.