Sony is in a very peculiar position in its high-end Xperia Z-lineup with a modestly updated Xperia Z4 model announced for its local Japanese market, which will apparently be sold globally as the Xperia Z3+. This leaves a new flagship to be expected later this year, with a designation that will likely cause some more confusion.
Meanwhile, it is the 10.1-inch Xperia Z4 Tablet that is left to defend the Z4 badge in markets outside of Japan. It should come as no surprise then that we were very excited when a review unit arrived at our door. Read more »
There wasn’t exactly a point when the Apple Watch was deemed inexpensive, but even skeptics were willing to admit that a $349 price for the entry-level Watch Sport was somewhat acceptable. A new bill of materials (BoM) revealed by an IHS teardown would leave a bad taste in your mouth though, even if you’re a devoted fan of the brand.
The components used add up to $81.20, and manufacturing costs are estimated at $2.50 for a total of $83.70. Naturally, that doesn’t include other expenses, such as research and development, logistics and advertisement. Read more »
LG’s latest flagship smartphone, the G4, has been official for a couple of days now, and crowds have been raving about its design and features. In its latest infographic the company has focused on the more quantifiable aspects of its latest offspring and has presented us the LG G4 by the numbers.
We know already that LG is very proud of its camera and the infographic puts a strong emphasis on its features. The quick power up time, extensive manual adjustments and bright aperture are all shown off in numbers. Read more »
Remember photographer Murad Osmann‘s viral series of photos where he follows his girlfriend to exotic locations around the world? Well, now you can do the same single-handedly without a significant other, thanks to the Selfie arm.
It’s a new concept, still in the design phase and is strong on sarcasm. In a bid to have us rethink social media, artists Aric Snee and Justin Crowe have presented a product which creates the illusion of having a person right there with you taking that shot instead of your lone self. Read more »
The just-announced LG G4 flagship is yet to make its way to the customers, but a battery pack has been announced for it by industry specialist Mophie. It promises up to 80% more power and offers added protection from accidental bumps.
The juice pack has a 3,450mAh capacity and comes in black only, at least so far. It’ll set you back a good $100 and is currently on pre-order with estimated shipping in late June. Read more »
Being one of the hottest pieces of tech out there at the moment, the Apple Watch was unlikely to go under DisplayMate‘s radar. The imaging diagnostics specialists took a 42mm Apple Watch with Sapphire glass and compared it with an iPhone 6.
The smartphone’s display is covered with what Apple calls Ion-X glass, which is similar to Gorilla glass, and is found of the more affordable Watch Sport. Read more »
The Samsung Galaxy E7 has been a regular entrant in our weekly trending chart, and despite the fact it didn’t quite make it this week, it’s clearly receiving a lot of attention. And rightly so, judging by our first impressions after we just picked one up for review.
Now, there might be those, who will call the Galaxy E7 the poor man’s Galaxy A7, but just because it’s more affordable, doesn’t automatically mean the E7 is without merit. On the contrary. Read more »
We got in our office one of the more interesting phones this year, the Asus Zenfone 2. It caused quite a stir all the way back in January, when it was announced at CES, mostly because it was advertised to pack a powerful processor, 4GB of RAM and a 5.5-inch display, all for $200.
That later turned out not to be the case, and the Zenfone 2 ended up being a range of smartphones, instead of a single device. Read more »
Even if you assume you’ve already created the hottest flagship of the year, you can’t just sit on your hands and expect it to sell itself. Samsung has run a pretty intense marketing campaign on its latest and greatest Galaxy S6 and S6 edge and now a new promo video is out.
Starring English comedian James Corden and, well, his alter-ego Wilf, the video focuses on the eternal function vs. form debate. Read more »
Tesco was keen to mark the launch of the Samsung Galaxy S6 with as much bang as possible and went all out sending a unit into space. Tied to a special space balloon, the smartphone is accompanied by a trio of GoPro cameras monitoring its every move.
Launched from an undisclosed location within UK’s Peak District national park, the balloon soared 32.5km to the edge of space surviving 160km/h winds and temperatures as low as -57 degrees Celsius. Read more »
The all new Jaguar XF four-door sedan is set to feature the embedded in-dash version of the popular HERE Maps navigation software. The aptly named HERE Auto will debut as part of the car maker’s InControl Touch Pro infotainment system.
The navigation system will come loaded with features, designed to provide a smooth navigation experience, and the 10.2-inch screen in the car is the least interesting. Read more »
Samsung is gearing up for the launch of its brand new smartwatch and what was previously known as Orbis will apparently come to market as the more corporately-friendly Gear A. The round piece of wearable tech has had a few more details revealed.
The Gear A will have two versions, one will be limited to Bluetooth connectivity, while the other will offer full-fledged voice calling support and 3G data connection. Both of these will presumably have a Wi-Fi radio on board too. Read more »
Apple’s fans have often been the object of mockery for their blind following of the brand’s latest (arguably) overpriced and underspecced devices. Samsung’s supporters have typically been considered slightly more level-headed with the exception of the occasional determined fanboy.
A recent survey however claims otherwise and puts the Korean company ahead of it’s Cupertino arch-rival in terms of brand loyalty. Read more »
Voting time is over and the results are in, indicating that the HTC One M9 receives your stamp of approval. It doesn’t bathe in fan love quite like the Samsung Galaxy S6 last week, but still manages a positive score on all counts.
Audio quality has been a traditional HTC strong suit and this is where the One M9 garners the most upvotes. Read more »
Building up hype before the market launch of its Watch, Huawei has come up with a 12-strong list of things you need to know about the wearable. The number isn’t arbitrary, instead it’s inspired by the 12 hours on a traditional watch face.
Huawei starts off with the smartwatch’ design, which is the closest the mobile industry has gotten to replicating an ordinary mechanical timepiece. Read more »