[Update] Added video demo of the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge. More below.
Samsung’s latest Galaxy Note 4, like its predecessors, can’t really be distinguished if you looked at them from the front. But don’t let that fool you this time around though, as a closer look will reveal plenty of refinements to the world’s best Android phablet.
Not content with one premium phablet, Samsung’s also introduced the Galaxy Note Edge, featuring a screen that slopes to one side of the device, which gives new, innovative ways of using the smartphone. Head on after the jump for our hands on as well as demo videos of both the Note 4 and Note Edge in action.
Lenovo’s smartphones may not be available for sale anywhere in Europe, but that hasn’t stop the world’s largest PC vendor from showcasing its latest smartphones here at IFA 2014. It’s even announced three new mobile devices here: the Vibe Z2, Vibe X2 and the Tab S8. Given that Lenovo smartphones are officially available in Malaysia, there’s one smartphone we’re particularly interested in: the Vibe Z2 Pro, one of the most powerful Android smartphones to date.
Apart from Nokia Lumia 830, Microsoft has also brought another new smartphone to IFA 2014 this week in the form of Lumia 730 Dual SIM and its LTE twin, the Lumia 735. Prior to the official launch, the smartphone has been fondly referred to as the selfie Lumia phone by almost all pre-launch rumours and leaks.
The Sony Xperia Z2 isn’t even a year old – and in Malaysia, it’s been on sale barely four months – but Sony’s six-month cycle for flagship smartphones means that there is a new Sony flagship: the Xperia Z3. This six-month cycle, Sony claims, lets it iterate faster and introduce new innovations in a manner that the competition can only catch months later. I’m not a fan of this policy since it makes new owners of Sony flagships have “the old version” within six months of purchasing one, but with the new Xperia Z3, I can at least begin to understand why.
Alcatel has unveiled a range of new devices that range from a phablet to a tablet, and even the company’s first round-ish smartwatch. Being the successor to the Alcatel OneTouch Hero, the unsurprisingly named One Touch Hero 2 adds another choice for consumers who favour jumbo sized smartphones with a stylus input.
Motorola has announced the identity of its next flagship smartphone: the Moto X. Keeping the name probably won’t confused too many people who have become used to Apple’s new way of doing things. The name is also the only thing that remains of the old Moto X, as Motorola have piled on the upgrades and new features.
As reported yesterday, Microsoft has officially introduced two new additions to its Nokia Lumia Windows Phone 8.1 family of smartphones. One of them is the Nokia Lumia 830 which has surprisingly been touted by Microsoft as an “affordable flagship” device.
For many of us, a flagship device is a reference given to products that are positioned at the top of their family members since they usually feature top notch hardware, features and design. In the Lumia series, that role is currently fulfilled by the Lumia 930 as well as the Lumia 1520.
Take a quick look at the Lumia 830’s specs, and you might be baffled to see that its hardware is nowhere near the Lumia 930 and Lumia 1520. So, how can the Lumia 820 be called a flagship device then?