An unannounced LG handset has made its way to China's telecom regulator TENAA, featuring rear-mounted power and volume buttons and a textured back pattern. The phone carries V10 branding at the back, but the differentiator could be a secondary "ticker" display that's similar to the one Samsung used in its Continuum handset all the way back in 2010.
The Carphone Warehouse is now accepting pre-orders for the Sony Xperia Z5 and Sony Xperia Z5 Compact. The two handsets were unveiled at IFA in Berlin, but you'll now be able to reserve a unit for yourself when the smartphones launch in the UK. Should you be a fan of white phones, the UK retailer has an exclusivity deal on the color for two whole weeks post-launch.
At IFA, Alcatel OneTouch announced two new handsets targeted at the entry-level segment, the Pop Star and Pop Up. With a focus on customizability, the Pop Star will be available in a variety of back cover options, including plastic, leather and denim.
Alcatel OneTouch has today taken the wraps off a line of waterproof, dustproof and shockproof gadgets in its new "Go" series. Debuting at IFA 2015 in Berlin, Germany are the Go Play smartphone and Go Watch — colorful new devices that bring some unique features to their respective price points.
Motorola is back with the best version of the Moto G yet in 2015. Most of the talk about it centers around how great it is for $200, and that's all true. But it's also a great phone all-around, and one many of us will be happy with — at least until the next one comes along.
If you picked up a new Moto G or are looking for more information about it, you've found the right spot. Android Central is filled with happy Moto G users who have figured out most everything about how it works and how to make the best of it.
The London-based startup Wileyfox has officially announced that its first smartphone, the Wileyfox Swift, will go on sale online in Europe on September 22 at 9 a.m. UK time. The price for the phone will be £129 in the UK, €179 in the European Union, and it will be available via Wileyfox's site.
One of the devices that ZTE is showing off at IFA 2015 is their first ever global flagship and their most premium smartphone to date. It's called the ZTE Axon Elite and it will be coming to European markets on September 24th for 419 Euros. Go watch our hands-on video and let us know if you're interested in the device.
Now that Sony's new Xperia Z5 series handsets are official, the first pricing information on all three flavors of Z5 are starting to trickle out online. UK retailer Clove is among the first with Z5 pre-order prices, and based on these early details it appears the Z5, Z5 Compact and Z5 Premium will check in around the level of traditional Android flagships.
Sony proves it's still serious about big specs in small phones, with a 4.6-inch, Snapdrago 810-powered beast
As Android handsets in general — and high-end Android phones in particular — keep pushing screen sizes into the stratosphere, Sony has emerged as one of the few manufacturers serious enough about top-end specs in smaller packages to release multiple products in this category. The Xperia Z1 Compact and Z3 Compact were among our favorite phones of 2014, proving that there's hope for buyers who want big specs in an easily one-handable device.
One year on from its last miniature marvel, the Japanese firm now brings us a new "Compact" for 2015, complete with a re-vamped camera, biometric security and a bigger battery. Check past the break for our first impressions of the Sony Xperia Z5 Compact.
Sony takes a confident step forward with a new camera, redesigned chassis and fingerprint security
After a shaky start to the year with the Xperia Z3+, Sony needed a great flagship to set its high-end smartphone series back on track. And the Xperia Z5 brings some much-needed advancements, most notably a brand new rear camera and fingerprint security technology.
Sony's iterative march forward continues with yet another solid high-end Android phone — its second in a relatively short space of time. The new Xperia Z5 — the middle child now, sitting between the Compact and the Premium — sports a 5.2-inch 1080p display along with the same leading mobile hardware used across the Z5 line. That means there's a Snapdragon 810 processor paired with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage, with microSD expandability. As we've come to expect form Sony, the Z5 also packs IP65 and 68-rated water and dust-resistance, with capless ports for microUSB and headphones.
Of course Sony's 4K phone looks great — but beyond the technological milestone it represents, there remains a lot to learn about the Z5 Premium.
It had to happen eventually. Even as "Ultra HD" TVs remain out of reach to most buyers, the blistering pace of mobile hardware advancement has launched us into the era of 4K smartphones. Announced alongside the vanilla Z5 and Z5 Compact at IFA today, the Xperia Z5 Premium brings Sony's high-end smartphone experience to a 5.5-inch screen size, while cranking up the display density all the way to an insane 806 pixels per inch. We've seen it with our own eyes, and can offer some first impressions after the break.
As promised by Motorola, you can now pre-order your customized Moto X Pure Edition in the US. Currently, Motorola is estimating ship dates of around September 17, though that could always change depending on how many orders are placed.
Lenovo has hardly denied the popularity of big phones, and is going all-in today with the announcement of the Phab and Phab Plus. The Phab Plus is the leading model, with an absolutely massive 6.8-inch 1920x1080 display wrapped by a unibody metal design. There's a Snapdragon 615 processor inside along with 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage (as well as an SD card slot), a 13MP camera around the back and a 3500 mAh battery.
Contrary to the naming, the standard entry-model Phab is actually a touch larger at 6.98-inches, but with lower-end specs to slot it underneath the Phab Plus in price and appeal. The Phab will also have a Snapdragon processor (model unspecified), but just 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage (SD card expandable) — the screen is also just 1280x720 resolution. There's a notable battery bump to 4250 mAh, and it also supports dual SIMs.
Both phones are running Android 5.0 Lollipop with minimal customization in terms of interface, but include the necessary software features for shrinking the screen to improve one-handed use when necessary. The Phab Plus will launch in a variety of markets this month — including Southeast Asia, China, India, the Middle East, Latin America and Eastern Europe — for the equivalent of $299 unlocked. The entry-level Phab model comes in at just $179 unlocked.
Lenovo has just announced three new phones, the Vibe S1, Vibe P1 and Vibe P1m, at IFA 2015. All three phones come in under $300 unlocked and seem to offer solid value for the money in their own ways.
Starting with the higher-end model of the three, the Vibe S1 is a selfie-focused 5-inch device clad in metal and glass. The Vibe S1's main feature is its two front-facing cameras — an 8MP for the highest-quality selfies, and a 2MP for depth information to replicate human binocular vision. The two cameras work together for new features like refocusing, background blur, cut-outs and other tools. The rest of the phone rounds out to a 5-inch 1080p display, octa-core 1.7GHz Mediatek CPU, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, 13MP rear camera, 2500 mAh battery and LTE connectivity inside.
The Vibe P1 and P1m slot in underneath the S1 just slightly, and they're all about simple features and battery life. The Vibe P1 is an all-metal affair, with a 5.5-inch 1080p display, Snapdragon 615 processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, 13MP rear camera and an absolutely huge 5000 mAh battery. That battery enables reverse charging of other devices over USB, and sports quick charging capabilities.
The P1m is similarly positioned to the P1, but corners have been cut for price. The plastic device bumps down to a Mediatek processor and 16GB of storage, as well as a 5-inch 720p display and 8MP camera. The battery cuts down to meet the size at 4000 mAh, but keeps the same reverse charging and quick charging abilities. Both phones are running Android 5.1 Lollipop as well, and have dual SIM slots.
Lenovo has the Vibe S1 slated for a November release for $299 unlocked, which seems like a solid deal for the phone. The Vibe P1 will be available in early October for $279, with the P1m lining up in mid-September for just $159 unlocked. None of the phones are set to arrive in North America, but will be made available in other countries where Lenovo phones are currently sold.
Huawei has made the decision to shrink down its latest flagship Android smartphone in comparison to its predecessor, but it's still packing a premium design. This is the Huawei Mate S.
Following last year's Ascend Mate 7, the Mate S (no Ascend) is Huawei's newest large screen flagship, launched at IFA. Arguably, the Mate now sits above the P-range in Huawei's pecking order, and the 2015 effort comes with some of the nicest hardware we've seen all year.
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