Samsung will be launching a huge phablet at IFA, and we are not talking about the Galaxy Note 4 flagship. The Korean company will be busy at the Berlin based trade show and will also be showing off the sequel to its biggest phone ever when it launches the Galaxy Mega 2.
LG?s L Series is a well-received range of smartphones that nestles nicely into the budget market, giving the likes of Samsung and Motorola some Android competition. However, dare we say it, the L Series has always been decent, looked okay, and performed well, but the devices have always lacked that touch of magic; passion like we sense in the Moto G for example. That has changed today with the launch of a couple of new L Series handsets.
Sony has today started sending out the latest Android update to two of its budget smartphones, the Xperia M2 and M2 Duo. Both of the handsets will now get Android 4.4 KitKat in all of its glory, but will not be getting any of the latest patches just yet (namely 4.4.1, 4.4.2, 4.4.3, and 4.4.4).
We told you earlier in the week how the first product from the Nook/Samsung union would be the Galaxy Tab 4, and now that slate come e-reader has been launched. As you would expect, this is very much a Samsung Galaxy device, from the overall ethos to the nailed on design language, and that all makes me a little sad.
Chinese manufacturer ZTE has announced a new smartphone today in the form of the Nubia 5s Mini LTE, a handset that will even get a roll out in the United States. The company is pushing this mid-range handset for its strong camera capabilities and is marketing it with a boast that it is the only sub $300 smartphone with a 13 megapixel rear camera and a 5 megapixel front facing snapper.
Samsung's Galaxy Note range is responsible for creating an entire smartphone niche, not bad for a company often accused of failing to be innovative. The phablet (large screen smartphones) trend was started by the Korean company and ever since the Galaxy Note has dominated the market.
Sony's Xperia Z2 Tablet won the EISA Tablet of the Year award last week, a decision that may has surprised a few even though the slate is undoubtedly very good. The company has hardly flooded the tablet market in the way Samsung has, nor has it spread its range like LG, but Sony is going to finally release a slate with a small form factor it seems.
Earlier today T-Mobile announced it would now be rolling out Android 4.4.3 KitKat to the HTC One M8 flagship smartphone. A decent turnaround from the Uncarrier and one that the country's biggest carrier Verizon was going to match, but as it the Big Red way, the update is delayed.
Sony is hardly known as a trend setter in the smartphone world despite the fact the company does make very good devices. However, Sony was a bit of an innovator for one smartphone feature, waterproofing. The company is now spreading its wings in this department by making some of its lower end smartphones waterproof, namely the Xperia M2.
ASUS is the latest mobile giant to throw its hard into the IFA ring as the Taiwanese company has scheduled a press event for September 3rd. However, while most other companies will be rolling out new smartphones, ASUS will be launching a new smart watch to compete with the likes of LG, Samsung, and of course Motorola.