The Chinese brands really are delivering the goods in 2014 and giving us some quality alternatives to the more established OEM's. Take Lenovo's latest, the newly launched Vibe Z2 Pro, a huge phablet device that is crammed with market leading specs, has a slick design, and will probably be fairly affordable compared to rivals.
Very good budget devices are becoming more common, but the market is still a growing one and when we think of the best affordable handsets a few select names spring to mind. Chief among those is Motorola's Moto G smartphone, a handset that packs a bunch of cool specs, a nice price tag, and has recently had a bump to include LTE. However, Australian company Kogan reckons it can offer a better deal the Motorola with a similarly designed and spec'd smartphone.
Here's a product from left field as LG today announced the Tab Book 11, a tablet/notebook hybrid that oddly ships with Android.
Microsoft may be abandoning feature phones and the Nokia X Android line, but the company is still committed behind Lumia and today launched a new smartphone. The Nokia Lumia 530 can be seen as the first full Lumia device
Just a few days after it leaked online, NVIDIA's new Shield Tablet has been made official and there is little surprise to see that it is a gaming slate.
Xiaomi is one of the biggest smartphone manufacturers in the world, its devices make the top 10 best seller list globally and the company sold 26.11 million smartphones in the first half of 2014.
Sony has been a little quite of late and has let other companies have all the smartphone limelight. Of course, the Japanese company launched its Z2 flagship and other devices earlier in the year, but Sony does have something lined up for this summer. The new device in question is the Xperia C3,
It made sense for Nokia to launch the X Android smartphones as a way to gain traction in the lower-tier market, but it was widely expected that Microsoft would abandon the venture once it assumed control of Nokia. That's no longer the case as Microsoft today launched the Nokia X2, a more powerful but still cheap smartphone, and it's still running Android.
Anyone wanting a tougher version of the Samsung Galaxy smartphones has had to turn to the Active series sold on AT&T, but Sprint today announced that it has its own special Samsung smartphone targeted at users with an "active lifestyle."
Amazon introduced the Kindle to shake up eBooks, the Kindle Fire to outshine Android tablets, and it now has its own product to enter the ultra-competitive smartphone market - the Fire Phone.