Another six months have gone by, so I guess It's time for an another Desire 8-series to land, right? Right. Well, earlier today at CES 2015 HTC launched the Desire 826, a new mid-range phone destined for the Asia Pacific market -- at least for now. I got a chance to briefly play with the new handset tonight at Digital Experience, and came away pretty satisfied.
As far as phones go, it's a pretty basic number. The Instamatic 5 (speaking of iconic names) has a 5-inch IPS display at 720p. It's running a MediaTek octa-core CPU at 1.7 GHz, pushing a custom build of Android 4.4.2 — it'll be updated to Lollipop, the company says. The UI is extremely basic, and that's pretty much the point of the phone. It's meant to be simple for taking and sharing pictures.
In fact, anything you shoot can be automatically added to your lock screen. No muss, no fuss. (You do have control over this stuff, though, for those private times that perhaps are best left unseen by the rest of us. The launcher has large, clearly labeled buttons, with Print, Gallery and Camera featured at the bottom — so you know this is a Kodak device.
And if you're anything like me, your older relatives might see be tempted by the Kodak name. You must help them resist.
HTC has announced the Desire 826 for the Asia-Pacific region, bringing an updated version of its mid-range smartphone to bear. The 5.5-inch display (at 1080p) is clad in a polycarbonate body and is running a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor and Android 5.0 Lollipop, sports HTC BoomSound in the new slimmed-down speakers — with Dolby Audio included. It's also got an UltraPixel front-facing camera to go along with the 13-megapixel shooter on the back. The HTC EYE Experience software is on board as well.
Cricket Wireless and ZTE USA have an all-new big screen device coming, at a price plenty of folks are going to love.
The new ZTE Grand X Max+ — scheduled to hit Cricket Wireless stores and online channels January 9 — checks in with a 6-inch HD screen, Dolby audio, a 3200mAh battery with Qualcomm Quick Charge and a 13MP wide-angle camera for just $199.99 without a contract.
Combined with Cricket's affordable monthly no-contract plans, it looks to be a good way to get yourself set up with a large screen device without spending a lot of money.
The Zenfone is back for a second run, bigger and better than ever
At its CES 2015 press conference, ASUS pulled the wraps off its latest Android powered smartphone, the Zenfone 2. The first Zenfone devices were announced in the very same building 12 months ago, and with the new one ASUS has come on a little with its main line of smartphones.
Design changes, beefier hardware, and some new software tricks all add up to a decent upgrade.
One of the most recognizable design changes is that the volume buttons have been moved to the rear. We liked it when LG did it and we like it again now ASUS is doing it. But, there's a catch. The power button hasn't been moved to the rear, instead being moved to the top. So it's maybe half as good as the implementation on something like the LG G3.
Lenovo is at CES 2015 with a whole host of new devices, one of which is this, the new P90 smartphone. The headline news here is that we're looking at the first smartphone to utilise Intel's new 64-bit CPU and LTE Advanced modem.
Lenovo first showed off what it calls a 'layered smartphone' back in Berlin at IFA 2014, but as we're now well into CES 2015 they're back with another. Say hello to the Vibe X2 Pro, and it wants to be your selfie phone of choice.
ASUS has announced the Zenfone 2 on stage at CES 2015. The phone is 3.9mm thick at the edges, features a 5.5-inch full HD IPS display, has a 64-bit 2.3GHz Intel processor, and runs Android 5.0 Lollipop
A look at LG's latest curved handset next to its current flagship phone
With the launch of the G Flex 2, LG takes the core idea of the original G Flex and transforms it into a more compact, higher-end handset. Like the LG G3 — which LG says absolutely is not being replaced by this new device —the G Flex 2 sports a 5.5-inch display, making it more hand and pocket-friendly than its predecessor.
The Boss Phone is a new, 7-inch phone that puts an emphasis on security from startup Briggs & Spriggs, Inc. The Boss Phone will launch their Indiegogo campaign tomorrow, January 6, and is part of the crowd funding site's CES 2015 setup. The phone is built on Android 5.0 Lollipop, and Briggs & Spriggs says that the device is Tor-certified for secure communication.
Both AT&T and Sprint have confirmed as part of CES 2015 they will sell the newly revealed LG G Flex 2 smartphone, with Sprint confirming that they will offer the phone in an exclusive "Volcano Red" color.
The LG G Flex 2 takes what we got from LG's first flexible phone and pumps it up for 2015. You get the same sort of look and feel — a large-ish phone that bends but doesn't breaks when you put pressure on it. But LG has addressed many of our chief complaints of the late-2013 model and has brought forth a phone that sits nicely between the LG G3 and what we expect to see in the company's flagship device for 2015.
Following this morning's announcement at CES 2015 in Las Vegas, the LG G Flex 2 is officially official. You'll want to check out our full coverage of LG's latest curvy, flexible phone live from Las Vegas, however if you'd also like to just look at some pretty pictures, it's also worth checking out our huge G Flex 2 photo gallery. You'll find it right after the break.
We've already taken a detailed look at the new LG G Flex 2 -- check out our hands-on post -- but we've also spent time discussing the flexible phone with Dr. Ram-chan Woo, LG's Vice President of Product Planning, who played an integral part in the development of this awesome device.
In this video, he walks us through the handset's major features, including its improved self-healing ability -- for that day when (not if) you scratch it. He further demonstrates the new selfie features, alongside the new glance functionality.
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