At its next@acer event in New York City, Acer announced its latest Android device, a mid-tier smartphone with a funny name: the Liquid Zest Plus.
Sporting a 5.5-inch HD display and a 13MP rear camera with laser autofocus, and a wide-angle 5MP front camera, the Liquid Zest Plus may have a memorable name (and not in a good way), but it does have one particular standout feature: its 5,000mAh battery.
Acer notes that the Liquid Zest Plus has one of the largest integrated batteries on the market, and certainly in its sub-$250 price range.
Amazon's Deal of the Day can score you some sweet savings on HooToo's VR headset, dropping the price to just $22. This headset can be used with iPhone and Android smartphones, and it's as easy as sliding your phone into the headset to get started. Designed with comfort in mind, HooToo's VR headset has three adjustable straps, very similar to the Gear VR headset.
New Nexus phones would be a natural fit for HTC as it looks to secure the future of its smartphone business.
Google's Nexus phones don't have the instant recognition of a Samsung or LG handset, but they do play an important role in the Android ecosystem. As such, they draw a special kind of attention from Android enthusiasts. Each year sees a fresh cycle of rumors, speculation and leaks as a new generation of Android device, showcasing the latest the OS has to offer, comes into focus.
This year, many of the most credible rumors surrounding the 2016 Nexus phone (or phones) points to HTC being the manufacturer of choice. And aside from just how likely these individual reports are, there are plenty of logical business reasons why HTC might want to hop onboard the Nexus train. Let's take a look at why it almost makes too much sense to not happen.
Eve: Valkyrie, a space combat simulator and one of the more prominent launch titles for the Oculus Rift, has been previously revealed to also be coming to the HTC Vive and PlayStation VR. Now, developer CCP has revealed that the game will feature cross-platform play. This means that you'll be able to fly through space with those that own either of the other two.
Amazon has updated its line of low-cost Fire tablets, adding three new colors and a new storage option. The company is also expanding its line of kid-friendly tablets, the Fire Kids Edition, with one new color and storage option.
Lenovo's mobile-only sub-brand ZUK hasn't garnered much attention, but that's about to change with its latest offering, the ZUK Z2 Pro. Unveiled in China earlier today, the phone features a 2.15GHz Snapdragon 820 SoC, 6GB of LPDDR4 RAM, 128GB UFS 2.0 storage, USB Type-C (3.1), Bluetooth 4.2, and a 3100mAh battery with Quick Charge 3.0.
Verizon has announced its Q1 2016 earnings with $32.2 billion in total operating revenue coming in, of which $22 billion came from the wireless end of the business. The carrier was also able to add 640,000 postpaid net additions, which is a low-volume quarter for them. Customer retention remained solid at Verizon, with its retail postpaid churn as low as 0.96%, a huge improvement year over year.
Micromax, India's leading handset brand, has announced the latest addition to its Canvas Spark series of affordable smartphones. The Canvas Spark 2 Plus is the first smartphone from the vendor to run Marshmallow out of the box, and it's available for just ₹3,999.
The LG G5 se has been rumored before, with some saying that it would be a smaller version of the LG G5. After appearing online in Russia, it doesn't appear as though the size rumors played out to be true, but it does have downgraded internals. It won't have the Snapdragon 820 processor, and instead will sport the Snapdragon 652. Another notable difference is that it is said to be a 3G phone, even though the processor has an integrated LTE modem.
B&O Play has a new Bluetooth speaker called the BeoPlay A1. The $249 speaker is the vendor's smallest to date, but it comes with a battery that lasts all day and has a built-in microphone that allows you to take calls. While there are several Bluetooth speakers in this segment that offer similar capabilities, the A1's design is its differentiator. Like all B&O Play's products, the A1 looks gorgeous, sporting an aluminium dome with perforations for the speaker grille and a soft-touch rubber base.
ASUS is looking to scale up its operations in India, targeting a 5% market share in the country. The Taiwanese vendor wants to double its local production capacity to 600,000 phones this year, with Foxconn handling the actual assembly. To increase its presence in the market, ASUS will launch budget phones in the sub-₹6,000 segment and mid-tier handsets that will retail for over ₹20,000.
The Mi 5 offers great hardware, but software drawbacks and availability issues continue to hold the device back.
Xiaomi was quick to roll out the Mi 5 in the Indian market, with the vendor trying to make a statement in the country after seeing sluggish sales over the course of the last 12 months. However, the Mi 5 available is the 32GB edition with 3GB of RAM and an underclocked 1.8GHz Snapdragon 820, and not the Pro model with 4GB of RAM and 128GB storage. Combine that with a confounded flash sales model and software that's reminiscent of the KitKat era, and you get a phone that feels overpriced at ₹25,000.
Samsung is looking to go hyperlocal to increase sales through e-commerce stores. Under the strategy, Samsung authorized dealers and its own brand stores will fulfil deliveries for orders placed on e-commerce sites, ensuring price parity between online and offline retailers while facilitating faster delivers.
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