We have seen a lot of leaks regarding the Sony Xperia Z4, and now it seems we will see the handset later this month when Sony hosts an April 20th press event. However, there is still time for one more piece of information before the big launch, with the latest report suggesting that the Xperia Z4 will feature an all-metal unibody.
Xiaomi has confirmed that it will launch its new flagship, the Mi Note Pro, on May 6th, finally relasing the smartphone that was launched back in January. The company's CEO Lei Jun announced the information via Xiaomi?s Weibo page today. The handset will be available in China for pre-order and will cost the equivalent of $533.
Huawei is in rude health. The company has contended with Xiaomi in its homeland and still managed a stellar sales performance through 2014. The company has today raised the curtain on the Huawei P8, the brand's new flagship that will take the fight to Xiaomi and could prove a solid alternative to the Galaxy S6's and iPhone 6's of this world.
Windows Phone seems to be in a rut at the moment. Microsoft's mobile operating system is not growing, keeping a solid base in emerging markets but simply not catching Android or iOS. Windows 10 could help to change that, but Microsoft needs more major manufacturers to get behind the platform. HTC basked WP last year with the HTC One M8 for Windows Phone, and now another major brand is returning to the OS.
OnePlus has only been with us for two years, but the company has come a long way. Sure, the brand is known for the slow roll out of its smartphone and even a few PR disasters, but behind it all the is the OnePlus One. The "flagship killer" has been well received, selling 1 million units last year. That?s not bad at all when various aspects are considered, but OnePlus plans to grow beyond that during 2015 and 2016.
While Samsung has been accused of copying other manufacturers ideas in the past (Apple has successfully sued the company twice), other companies copy the South Korean giant too (Apple included). China is of course the hot bed of copied products, but it still surprises us when one of the big boys does it. Which brings us to ZTE, the company is about to launch its Nubia Z9 flagship, and there is something familiar about it.
In many ways, the Samsung Galaxy A series of smartphones was a pointer to where the company was going to go with its spiffing new Galaxy S6 flagship. Drafted in after the Galaxy Alpha and Galaxy Note 4 went metal, the Galaxy A devices are Sammy?s mid-range/budget devices with a premium twist. We have heard before that there will be new additions to the line-up this summer, and it seems the first, the Galaxy A8 is near release.
Xiaomi has been gearing up to launch a new smartphone, with the company sending invitations for a global announcement on April 23rd. The New Delhi launch will apparently see the Chinese giants' new flagship released, the so-called Xiaomi Mi 4i. Adding a bit of credibility to those claims is the fact that the handset has passed through GFXBench for a benchmark test.
The regular 5-incn 720p ASUS ZenFone 2 is a fine device, and at $158 it is a bargain too; the truth is thought, all eyes are really on the 4GB of RAM 1080p variant of the handset. In Taiwan this beefier high end bothering device has a price tag of around $285, still plenty of bang for your buck considering its solid specs. Unfortunately is will not be quite so cheap in the United States.
HTC launched the One M9 Plus yesterday and while we loved the handset, we were scathing of the need to even release it. The device is going to be an exclusive in China and Asia, and HTC has confirmed that the One M9 will not be launched in Europe of the United States. That confirms what we already knew, putting an official stamp on the release of the smartphone flagship.