A week after the Sony Xperia Z5 arrived in the United States, its jacked up sibling the Xperia Z5 Premium has also made its debut. It is worth noting that, just like the Xperia Z5, the Premium is only available in its International variant, which means it is not being sold officially through Sony so will not come with any warranty in the United States.
As well as launching the Redmi Note 3 smartphone today, Xiaomi also unveiled a brand new tablet, the Mi Pad 2. The slate lands as a very attractive 8-inch device with potent specs and a price tag that will guarantee that Xiaomi will have a success on its hands in China and Asia.
We are still waiting for Xiaomi to launch a replacement for the nearly 18 month old Mi 4 flagship, but while we are waiting for that handset the company has treated us to another high end device. The Redmi Note 3, in many ways, is a clear pointer to where the Chinese company is going with its next flagship as it comes with plenty of Xiaomi firsts. With a killer price and appealing specs, one may even wonder if we need the Mi 5 to launch.
The Huawei made Nexus 6P is a beast of a smartphone and has been winning rave reviews for its potent performance and of course Google's stock Android Marshmallow software. However, it is not faultless and it seems to have some microphone issues when users are trying to make calls, a problem that has been reported by numerous Nexus 6P users.
Samsung's Gear S2 is its first round faced wearable and Samsung is attempting to boost its prospects through the holiday season with a sweeping and extensive update. The smartwatch will be competing against the likes of the Apple Watch, Moto 360, and Huawei Watch this Christmas, and with Apple likely to lead the pack Samsung is competing for best of the rest.
BlackBerry and Samsung held several meetings together last year, leading to rumors suggesting Samsung would buyout ailing BlackBerry. However, the Canadian company said it was meeting with Samsung to discuss other, secretive, matters. It is easy to think now that BlackBerry talked to the South Korean market leader about building devices on the Android platform in view of launching the PRIV flagship.
It seems that Samsung is prepping a new variant of its Galaxy A series smartphones, with the Galaxy A9 passing through the GeekBench software. This is a brand new version in the range, although it is unclear whether this is a replacement for the Galaxy A8 or if it is merely going to become a stable mate for that handset.
We like the idea of the LG Watch Urbane 2nd Edition LTE is a nice looking smartwatch and it is one of those rare Android Wear products, one that comes with a unique standout feature. It is the first to come with LTE connectivity to allow it to take calls directly from the device without a need for smartphone connection.
Microsoft is currently rolling out Version 6.11 of Skype for Android, an update that brings plenty of new features to the popular app. The upgrade means you can now access the toolbar to delete a conversation or mark it as read. You will also be able to disable notifications from the toolbar, while the search function has been improved to allow specific searches within a conversation.
Samsung has launched a new smartphone in China today, the modest Galaxy J3(6), which has recently passed through the FCC in the U.S. and TENAA in China. The handset is unlikely to appeal to the those seeking cutting edge specs, but it may just hit a sweet spot for those looking for an affordable option from a major brand that also looks decent.