According to numerous reports today, Apple is set to discontinue the iPhone 5s in 2015, bringing its "affordable" iPhone to an end. Cupertino has already instructed its suppliers Foxconn and Wistron to tone down production and will stop selling the device in the middle of 2015.
HTC apparently has another new smartphone in the works, a new Desire 820 that will fill the space between budget and mid-range for the company. According to Bulgarian website Nixanbal.com, the device is coming soon and they even managed to get their hands on one, revealing it to be typical HTC fare.
Google's Android One project has yielded just three devices so far, and all have been exclusive to India. They have not been selling well with Indians reluctant to purchase the handsets online and major retailers unwilling to sell them. Despite these issues Android One remains a decent enough concept and now it has spread its wings with the first device to show up outside of India landing in the UK.
Samsung has been going through a rough patch of late, with consumers generally turning away from its devices. However, one Sammy smartphone range continues to be a shining light, the Galaxy Note series, a range of phones that defined the phablet market and are still the best example of it despite an Apple shaped competitor muscling in this year.
HP continues to operate on the outskirts of the mobile market and the company's latest product is the Slate 6 VoiceTab II, a successor to the device launched less than a year ago. However, while this is an upgraded edition of that device, the sequel seems uncannily like its predecessor, so prepare to be let down.
The Fire Phone has been an unmitigated disaster from day one for Amazon and we have documented extensively on these pages just what a flop it has been. It seems as though the company has finally decided to concede defeat with the device and has drove the final nail into the coffin of the device with an, ahem, fire sale. The retails giant has decided to make its Fire Phone a full on budget phone.
There has been plenty of bad news for Samsung of late, but the company still has some bright points to look at. For example, the company is still the phablet king despite the arrival of the iPhone 6 Plus, at least according to market researcher Chitika. The company conducted research for the North American market, looking at smartphone traffic for devices with a screen size of over 5-inches.
Not every smartphone needs to be a stylish beast tote and show off to your friends, some just need to get the job done. Whipping an iPhone 6 out when trekking the Amazon or conquering the North Pole is probably not going to cut it, so you will want to get more rugged. Sure, company's like Samsung play at doing the rugged stuff, but if you want a truly rough and tumble handset one of your first port of calls should be Sonim.
The Blackberry Passport has sold well since its launch. Not big hit well, but enough to ensure that Blackberry has retained a core of dedicated consumers who want the company's blend of bizarre smartphone, security, and productivity. The handset has only been available in White and Black so far, but the red version that has been teased has finally been launched by Blackberry today.
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.