In this writer's humble opinion, Samsung has done well to avoid going toe to toe with the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus by not launching its Galaxy Note 4 at the same time. The company has been much lower key with its phablet device, but as the iPhones have been stealing the limelight, breaking records, and causing chaos in the pants of Apple fan boys everywhere, the Note 4 has been waiting.
The Moto X is now even more of a sold flagship proposition than it was last year, and the 2014 model could arguably standalone without the Moto Maker feature. However, having the pre-purchase customization tool on board is hardly a bad thing and new devices purchased using Moto Maker are now shipping to consumers.
September has been a hot month for smartphone releases, with most tier-1 companies releasing at least one new handset during the month. Most brands have laid their blueprint for the next six months with new flagships, mid-range, and budget devices. The major platforms have plenty of firepower for the all-important holiday season, and what about the up and comers bubbling under?
Samsung is reportedly going to release its Galaxy Note 4 in South Korea on September 26th, which would be earlier than the company had planned. Plenty of reports today are suggesting that is because the company has been frightened into launching sooner by the success of the iPhone 6 Plus phablet device. However, after speaking to my source at Samsung, that is not entirely the case.
Verizon and Motorola's new DROID device is set to land next months and as we said last week, there will only be one handset and it will once again be based off the new Moto X, Motorola's flagship device. Thanks to HelloMoto UK, we now have an idea what the name of the smartphone will be, with the tipster saying the new DROID will be called the DROID Turbo.
How do you know that LG has a hit flagship on its hands? Well, every device after the G3 has either been a variant or has been heavily styled to look like the admittedly amazing tier one device. Oh, sorry, the Wine Smart flip phone from yesterday is not a G3 variant and does not look like the flagship either. However, the latest LG device is all of those things and it is arriving on AT&T in the United States.
We can't remember if Samsung launched a smartphone last week, but the Korean giant did this week as the new Galaxy Mega 2 has landed. The sequel to last year's massive phablet is much of the same in terms of boasting mid-range specs, although it may find itself priced out in an ever competitive phablet market.
Apple. iPhone. Record. Sales. Launch. These are all words that tend to go hand in hand whenever Cupertino releases a new version of its all-conquering smartphone. The iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus have teamed up to create another sales record for their opening weekend, beating last year's iPhone 5s/5c roll out.
The Samsung Galaxy Alpha is a fine smartphone, a metal clad device that offers some nice specs in an interesting 4.7-inch design. It launched recently but is hugely expensive for what it is, costing more than the Galaxy S5 and Galaxy Note 3 in the United Kingdom. The handset will now land in the United States, with AT&T confirming that it will be exclusively carrying the first Samsung smartphone built with premium materials (the Galaxy Note 4 has since followed).
Blackberry may be off most people's radar when it comes to buying a new smartphone, but the Canadian company is about to release one of the most interesting handsets of the year. The Blackberry Passport will land as a unique smartphone in a sea of devices that all offer the same form factor. Whether that uniqueness turns to sales remains to be seen, but the company's CEO has today said how much the handset will cost.