We had been following closely the developments around the Oppo R1x, which was announced all the way back in January as R1C, bound for the Chinese market. The X replaced the C for the global version and the smartphone was on the roadmap for a release in April, though it still remains hard to find in online stores.
We managed to get our hands on a review unit only a couple of days ago and we’ll be doing our typical routine over the following weeks. However, a quick hands-on report was in order, which you can read here.
Microsoft Lumia 640 XL turned out quite capable device even though it is running on the modest Snapdragon 400 chipset. The XL flavor packs a big 5.7″ IPS display with ClearBlack technology, there is a snappy 13MP ZEISS camera, plus a beefy 3,000 mAh battery. We had high expectations for the battery life and the Lumia 640 XL lived up to them.
We had the 3G dual SIM version of the Lumia 640 XL, which supports dual-standby where one of the SIMs is hooked on a 3G network, while the other works on GSM mode. There is a LTE-capable dual SIM version, as well as 3G and LTE single-SIM editions.
Last week, we asked you, what your material of choice is for a new flagship phone. We were quite interested to see what you, or loyal readers, regarded as most-premium and we definitely got a resounding answer – metal, metal, metal all the way!
It seems that when you talk of a shiny new device, most of you really picture a slick metal exterior and we definitely understand the allure. It was also quite interesting to read through the comments and see your thoughts on the matter. There were some really good points made.
Here are some of the best apps and games that came out this week.
We’ve had the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet for review over the previous few weeks, and in case you missed that, you can find it here. Alongside the slate Sony announced the BKB50 snap-on keyboard dock which turns the the device into a compact Android ultrabook.
We received that one too, and got to spend a little quality time with it. You can read our impressions after the break.
In what could be a severe blow to companies like Google, mobile operators in Europe are planning to filter out advertisements on their networks, according to a Financial Times report.
As per the report, one unnamed carrier has already installed an ad blocking software, which is developed by Israeli startup Shine, and plans to activate it by the end of 2015. “Tens of millions of mobile subscribers around the world will be opting in to ad blocking by the end of the year,” said Roi Carthy, chief marketing officer of Shine.
The Sony SBH70 is an IP57-certified Bluetooth headset that uses a tried behind-the-neck form factor with in-ear headphones with vented acoustical design (think the Apple EarPods). It is super light (50g) and extremely flexible and overall, a joy to carry and use.
The headset is compatible with Android and iOS and I went through this review using it connected to an Apple iPhone 6. As far as I know there are no features exclusive to Sony smartphones to speak of.
That doesn’t mean to say the Sony SBH70 is lacking in features, just on the contrary. Join me as I explore it in detail.
Recently, HTC was tipped of working on a low-end tablet set to release in coming months. Now we get more solid confirmation that HTC indeed is aiming to grab some space in the budget-level tablets across different countries.
A mysterious HTC tablet has gained Bluetooth Certification and carries 2PMW100 as the model ID. From the listing, it is quite evident that it is one of the prototype units carrying the EVT hardware version number. That means, the hardware is not finalized and may change, if that tablet is released later.
April 2015 witnessed Microsoft’s Xbox One gaming console outselling Sony’s PlayStation 4 in the US, according to a latest report from research firm NPD. “As the best-selling console in the U.S. in April, fans set record April sales and engagement for Xbox One last month,” said Mike Nichols, corporate vice president for Xbox Marketing.
Microsoft claims Xbox One sales in the US increased 63% compared to the same time last year, while the number of active global users for both Xbox One and Xbox 360 increased 24% during the period.
Upcoming role-playing game The Witcher 3 : Wild Hunt is getting excellent ratings from the game reviewing community. It is easily one of the hottest and most anticipated game to be available for PC and gaming consoles.
Microsoft’s Major Nelson aka Larry Hryb is hosting a contest on his blog to know your strategy to face and fight the evil monsters of The Witchers 3 game. The users are required to answer that in the comments section stating their fighting strategy – magical powers or brute force combat.
Samsung released a series of Galaxy S6 edge promo videos dedicated for the Snapchat-loving crowd. The Korean giant’s marketing team teamed up with the social network’s celebrity Shonduras on a quartet of Edge-ucation videos (yes, the pun is intended).
As expected, the videos show viewers how to make catchy Snapchat content using the Samsung Galaxy S6 edge.
Sony just reminded us that it used to be second to none in tech innovation. The Japanese giant launched an LED light bulb with a built-in Bluetooth speaker in Japan.
The light bulb produces 360 lumens of soft light, while the built-in Bluetooth 3.0 speaker utilizes a 40mm driver with maximum output of 2W.
In an effort to compete with e-commerce giants like Amazon and eBay, Google is planning to add ‘Buy’ buttons alongside some of its search results, according to a report from Wall Street Journal.
The buttons will only appear next to sponsored search results on mobile devices, the report said, adding that clicking on them will take you to another Google product page where you can complete the purchase.
A California man by the name of Kevin Halpern has filed a lawsuit against Uber, its CEO Travis Kalanick, as well as several early investors in the company, claiming that they stole his idea of a GPS and cellphone-enabled taxi service.
In a YouTube video (hit the Source link below) called Grand Theft Uber, Halpern revealed that back in 2003 he founded a company – called Celluride Wireless – based on the idea, and in 2006 he developed a mobile phone prototype of the service. He also explained how while in San Francisco he met Kalanick, with whom he shared his concept, designs, and prototype.