HTC has begun sending out press invites for an event in New York scheduled for the 19th of August. With the recent rumours about a HTC One M8 for Windows, many are predicting that this event is meant to unveil the Taiwanese company’s latest flagship smartphone, powered by Windows Phone 8.1.
HTC’s excellent One (M8) remains one of my favourite smartphones of this year. It managed to get a lot of things right, from the beautifully-designed chassis, very light software skin and surprisingly good battery life, but stumbled a little at the final hurdle: the camera. Many bemoaned the fact that HTC retained the 4MP UltraPixel sensor, while adding the depth sensor for some genuinely cool effects. Don’t get me wrong, it is a much-improved camera compared to last year’s HTC One, but I personally wished it captured images at higher resolutions.
It is a criticism HTC has heard many times, and perhaps it is for that same reason the company has come out with the One (E8): a similarly-designed smartphone featuring a polycarbonate shell and a large 13MP rear camera sensor. It is also priced significantly cheaper too: the One (E8) is rumoured to be priced at RM1,699 when it is launched later this year. So how’s the One (E8) like?
Yesterday, the latest Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker report from IDC showed that Chinese phone manufacturers are on the rise while the more popular ones like Samsung and Apple are falling. Today, Strategy Analytics releases something similar but further demonstrates how strong Chinese phone makers are as Xiaomi kicks LG off the top 5 chart, taking its place as the fifth largest smartphone vendor in Q2 2014.
For the first time in three years, Samsung Electronics has seen a drop in quarterly profits. Now, these figures are not as dramatic as they sound, since the company still made billions in net profit, but one of the contributing factors behind Samsung’s Q2 drop in profits were due to the traditionally strong Samsung Mobile division.
If you wish to get a brand new smartphone or tablet, but do not have enough cash, Celcom is now allowing you to use Easy Payment Plan with all of its device bundles, 0% interest and no processing fee required. You can opt for a repayment period of up to 24 months and walk away with a brand new device without any upfront cash payment at all.
The Sony Xperia Z3 is not even confirmed, heck, even the Sony Xperia Z2 Compact hasn’t been announced, but rumors and leaks about the Xperia Z3 Compact are already getting strong. The latest Xperia Z3 Compact leak not only shows off the device taken by Mr. Blurry Cam, but also reveals its specs.
What a week it has been for Xiaomi. Last Tuesday, the company announced its highly-anticipated flagship smartphone, the Mi 4. Around the same time, a Hong Kong-based forum had a moderator who published what appears to be damning evidence that one of Xiaomi’s devices was discreetly pinging a server located in China. There were also apparent evidence that suggests the device was even uploading user data such as messages and pictures onto the server, even when Mi Cloud was disabled.
Could it be that Xiaomi installs spyware on its smartphones? Could it be that the MIUI software also contain spyware?
Another company has seemingly confirmed the next-generation iPhone 6′s design and screen size. This time, it is from a company specialised at making customised “luxury” versions of consumer smartphones, offering another detailed look at the iPhone 6…lovingly encased all over with luxurious materials like gold, platinum and of course, diamonds.
It has been long since HTC launched their last Windows Phone – the HTC 8X and 8S both of which were very well received by users. However, a recent rumour states that HTC is planning to launch their next Windows Phone with a moniker of their flagship line, the One.
We all know that Chinese phone manufacturers have been doing well over the past year or so, but if you need concrete evidence, here’s the latest report from the International Data Corporation (IDC) Worldwide Quarterly Mobile Phone Tracker. According to the report, while the total smartphone shipment year-on-year has grown by about 25%, the market share for Samsung and Apple have both declined. The reason? Chinese phone manufacturers of course.