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.
Verizon has started updating its version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 to Android 5.0 Lollipop today, with the upgrade arriving via an over the air update. The handset is now a generation old with the launch of the Galaxy Note 4 last September, but is still a potent phablet and will make the most of the various changes that come with Android Lollipop.
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.
AT&T is serving up a double dose of Samsung updates as the Galaxy S5 Active and the Galaxy Alpha are now receiving their Android 5.0.2 Lollipop updates. The second largest carrier in the United States is rolling out the upgrade over the air now, so you should be seeing the prompt on your device soon, if you haven't already.
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.
We find it pretty impressive that Google updated the Nexus 4 to Android 5.0 Lollipop back in November, after-all the handset is nearly three years old. Of course, one of the perks of the stock Android Nexus smartphones is that they are Google's babies and always first in line for new Android builds. The same goes for the Android 5.1 Lollipop roll out, which is now making its way to the aging LG built Nexus 4.
It seems Android 5.1 Lollipop is subjecting Nexus devices to a reign of terror at the moment. We have already heard about the update actually bricking some Nexus 7 tablets, and it seems the 5.1 software build is now causing camera problems for those rocking the Nexus 5 smartphone.
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.
While plenty of manufacturers are still using 1080p screens for flagships (HTC's One M9 springs to mind), the fact is the technology is becoming mid-range as more and more companies turn to Quad HD. The lowly 720p resolution (which is still pretty darn good) is now reserved for budget handsets, while anything below is almost not worth looking at outside of entry level.