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.
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.
As was widely expected, HTC launched its One M8 flagship on the Windows Phone platform today, bringing one of Android's best smartphones to Microsoft's OS. The handset is available today running full Windows Phone 8.1 (Cortana and all), but is restricted to Verizon in the US for $99 on a two year contract and $600 off a plan.
HTC is really starting to beef up its smartphone line with a variety of devices as the company looks to get back on the good side of consumers after a worrying few years of decline. The latest to arrive is the HTC Butterfly, a handset that boasts plenty of flagship kicks but is much different from the company?s core handset, the One M8.
Japanese electronics giant Sharp has had a tough time of late, with failing businesses right across the consumer space, while the company is not a major presence in smartphones.
The HTC One is among the most high end smartphones on the market, and the original One M7 from last year has become a design icon. Its metal clad body exuded premium feel, while design touches such as forward facing BoomSound speakers made the One standout.
It is finally here. One of the most discussed smartphones of this or any year has been launched as Samsung unveiled the Galaxy Alpha. The phone has been consistently leaked and talked about over the last two months, generating the kind of attention reserved for proper flagships. As we started to expect though, the Alpha is not a flagship at all, despite its slick looks.
One of the better budget smartphone manufacturer out there is Blu, a brand that typically delivers plenty of bang for your buck. Sure, if you rock a Blu device then you may not be mixing it with the giant companies of the mobile world, but your left field choice will still be solid. The company has today launched a couple of new handsets that target two of the best budget smartphones on the market.
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.