If you live in China you will be able to buy the OnePlus 2 without the frustrating and annoying invite system, a perk of being from OnePlus' home nation we guess. Another perk is the fact that Chinese customers have already been able to get the handsets, while the rest of us have to wait for the invite system to open August 11th. Those consumers lapped the device up too, with 30,000 units selling in just 64 seconds.
With the Samsung Galaxy Note 5 launching next week, there is no surprise that the phablet is passing through benchmark software, with AnTuTu claiming the device passed through its tests. As is usually the case, it means the specs of the handset were also revealed while the Note 5 is shaping up to be the beast we all think it will be.
It seems as though Samsung will be launching the Galaxy Note 5 earlier than normal as was predicted. The company hinted today that its already scheduled August 13th event will be in honor of launching the newest version of its phablet flagship. The Korean giant teased by saying we should "Note" the date, which means you do not have to be a genius to know this means the Note 5 is imminent.
Sony revealed late last year that it would be changing its smartphone strategy to work on high end handsets. While that meant the Xperia Z flagship range, the company also planned to work on exciting new high end devices that fit into the mid-range. The now officially launched Xperia M5 fits that bill, as will the Xperia C5 Ultra when it launches next month. Back to the M5 for now as this seems a very impressive mid-range smartphone.
OnePlus is currently riding a wave of publicity as its OnePlus 2 Flagship Killer has been well received by critics and consumers alike. However, the company has not finished its smartphone output for the year as co-founder Carl Pei discussed with USA Today. The head of OnePlus revealed that a new handset with the company's branding will be landing later in the year, maybe in time for Christmas.
We have heard plenty about the new HTC Desire 728 recently, the device passed through TENAA and in the process revealed its specs and design. Despite passing through the Chinese regulatory body and being certified for sale, HTC has still not announced the new mid-range device. However, a new leak shows the Desire 728 out in the wild... surely this device will land soon.
With the August sun shining bright it is time to cast an eye to the IFA trade expo in Berlin, which is now just a month away. The event will get underway September 4 through September 9, so expect plenty of smartphone manufacturers to announce their events in the coming weeks. Sony for example already has, sending out invites for its September 2 launch event.
There's no doubt about it, the OnePlus 2 is shaping up to be a hit. Even if you think the Moto X Style is more appealing, it seems that many disagree and OnePlus has built on the momentum of the One and consumers are queuing up to get their hands on the OnePlus 2, literally. Over 1 million people have now signed up to receive an invite to buy the handset.
We sniff a PR disaster. NVIDIA has opened a voluntary recall of every single Shield Tablet that has been purchased in the last 12 months due to a safety issue. The battery used inside the slate can apparently overheat enough that it becomes a fire hazard, making the overheating issues of the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 seem tame in comparison.
While Samsung's high end smartphones like the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy Note 5 occupy all the headlines, the company is the largest handset vendor in the world simply because it sells many other devices besides. Just like the Galaxy S5 Neo, a new handset that has accidently leaked on a Dutch retailer's website, following the device being benchmarked and certified for Wi-Fi a few weeks back.