I didn't hide my disappointment when I saw the HTC One M9 at the Mobile World Conference. It is a fantastic smartphone, as was the One M8, the problem is the M9 is just too much of the same and comes at a time when other companies (Samsung, LG, Xiaomi) are radically shaking up their flagship. HTC has now started selling its new flagship in Europe and if like me you are disappointed with the M9, you will probably be disappointed with the price of it too.
The Sony Xperia M4 Aqua is already shaping up to be an enticingly affordable device with solid specs and a slick design. The handset was launched at MWC earlier in the week and offers mid-range hardware, waterproofing, and a premium feel and look. Sony announced that the device would carry a reasonable retail price of $335, but it seems the handset will be even more affordable.
Microsoft backed up the launch of the Lumia 640 with a phablet version of the same device, the aptly named Lumia 640 XL. It may not be the flagship device we all want from Redmond, but there is no doubting that the Lumia brand continues to deliver quality rounded smartphones.
Microsoft announced a couple of new handsets today and once again skipped over the flagship market, but more on that later. Redmond did have yet another budget handset to unveil in the typically colorful form of the Lumia 640 and the Lumia 640 XL. Both smartphones were announced at the company's Mobile World Conference event in Barcelona.
Lenovo didn't just announce the impressive Vibe Shot today at MWC, the Chinese heavyweight also revealed an entry level device in the form of the A7000. However, while this handset has a humble price point, it is actually loaded with some decent specs, while it is also bringing a market first along for the ride.
Lenovo has had its say at the Mobile World Conference today as the Chinese company rolled out a couple of new products. Probably the most interesting of those is the Lenovo Vibe Shot, a handset that is the latest to blur the lines between smartphone and point and shoot camera. Taking one look at the Vibe Shot should tell you all you need to know, it is as much camera as smartphone, certainly in terms of aesthetic.
Sony kept its flagship Xperia Z4 smartphone for another day and opted not to announce it at the Mobile World Conference in Barcelona. However, the Japanese company did have a new handset to show off in the form of the Xperia M4 Aqua, a mid-range device that gets a lot right, including some very slick aesthetics.
While announcing a 7-inch and 8-inch version of its OneTouch PIXI 3 range, Alcatel also made sure it kept the smartphone crowd happy with the 5.5-inch smartphone OneTouch PIXI 3. The Chinese company rolled the handset out at the Mobile World Conference today, adding a new budget handset to its portfolio.
While HTC and Samsung unloaded their flagship blockbusters at the Mobile World Conference yesterday, Monday at the Barcelona event has been for lower end handsets. That's not a bad thing though as a flood of new products have been launched. Alcatel was one of the first to get in on the action with its latest tablet, the OneTouch PIXI 3.
Acer kicked off the Mobile World Conference here in Barcelona by unveiling a new Windows Phone, but as is familiar with Microsoft's platform, the device will now blow you away. The Acer Liquid M220 is yet another handset that will fall into the seemingly endless stream of mid-range and entry level Windows Phone. Any hopes that platform would get a flagship beyond the HTC One M8 should be shelved for some time (probably until Windows 10 lands).