As anticipation for IFA builds rumors dominated the news, but new devices got an unexpectedly strong reception.
The Sony Xperia Z5 family was showered with interest, the Z5 Premium in particular (it’s set to become the first phone with a 4K screen; note: QHD != 4K). The Z5 generation will also have a new 23MP sensor (first upgrade since the Z1) with fast, advanced focusing.
Lumia’s return to the flagship market was met with great interest too. Images of the Microsoft Lumia 940 and 940 XL duo leaked out along with info suggesting they will launch on October 19.
Microsoft got in the news with a very different device too the Nokia 222 and 222 Dual-SIM. Series 30+ feature phones with social networking and messaging on board they will launch in emerging markets for $37.
The Nexus devices did a poor job of staying hidden, the large Nexus 6 by Huawei was photographed in the wild while specs rumors stabilized on Snapdragon 810 instead of 820. Samsung is said to be interested in the 820, but it the timeframe for a Nexus launch is just wrong.
HTC has fallen on hard times and is in bad need of a best-selling flagship. The HTC A9 Aero has such ambitions though photos of it (if real) make it look like an iPhone knock-off.
Another down on its luck maker, BlackBerry, will be shifting to Android with a new Passport version (which we saw on video) among other devices.
Samsung was in the news a lot this week, but not in a good way. The Galaxy Note5 and S6 edge+ may have 4GB of RAM, but they clean it aggressively (which affects multitasking). The Note5’s trademark S Pen stylus was a headache too as it breaks if you insert it the wrong way around.
Sony Xperia Z5 Premium shows its face on live pictures, should feature a 4K display and metal body.
The images match the 3D render we saw earlier, down to the raised camera ridge.
In addition, the Surface Pro 4 tablet as well as a new Microsoft Band could also be introduced on the same date.
An announcement is scheduled for September 2, days before IFA kicks off in Berlin.
This is supposedly going to be HTC’s new flagship smartphone, launching before the end of 2015.
The smartphone features the same design and specifications as the recently released variant with BlackBerry OS.
The Archos Diamond S, Archos 50e Helium, and the Archos 50 Cesium have all been announced today.
The Korean company is apparently going to use it in the Galaxy S7 if all the testing goes well.
With prices starting at $37 (before taxes and subsidies) these are only for regions with poor access to cheapo smartphones.
You can now mute contacts, mark messages as read or unread, lower call data usage, and choose different colors for emoji.
Samsung surely raised a few eyebrows by equipping the Galaxy Note5 with a smaller battery than its predecessor. The newcomers 3,000mAh unit is also non-removable, so we were quite curious to put it …
This behavior is similar to the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge even though the Note 5 and edge+ have 4GB RAM.
The new Motorola smartwatch is closing in, online shops have already started listing the second generation, both sizes too. One is a 46.5mm (essentially the same as the current model). Size hasnt be…
Motorola management will be in charge of the current Lenovo Mobile infrastructure, new models will soon be exclusively Motorola-branded.
Sonys next flagship smartphone is expected to make its official debut in less than a week, on September 2.