HTC announced the Desire 820 at IFA Berlin and we are happy to announce a new mid-range device with 64-bit architecture! The One family unibody design is accompanied by a colorful polycarbonate shell this time and it sort of looks like a hybrid between a HTC One M8 and iPhone 5 c.
Desire 820 specs:
Octa core 1.8 GHz Snapdragon 615 – 64-bit
2 GB of RAM
16 GB storage + microSD slot
5.5” HD screen
13 MP rear camera
8 MP front-facing camera
Cat 4 LTE
2600 mAh battery.
Some regions will have the chance to get a Desire 820 dual SIM variant too.
The 64-bit architecture will not work with the actual Android versions, therefore the device will run on 32-bit architecture until the release of Android L OS.
HTC’s press release doesn’t offer too much information regarding the device and its utility, but we can expect the above specs to be real. The phone is slim, measuring 7.7 mm in thickness and it will get its own custom Dot View case which will be limited to certain territories in the near future.
Samsung announced Galaxy Note 4 and Note Edge at IFA Berlin today. They are now official and ready to order on all major US carriers and in select countries worldwide. Why are there two of the new Notes? Because of design, of course!
The two Note devices basically have the same hardware construction but they differ in what concerns the exterior. Inside, we will find the following:
2.7 GHz quad core processor/1.9 GHz octa core processor (depending on country and carrier)
3 GB of RAM
32 GB internal storage plus a MicroSD card slot
3.7 MP front camera and 16 MP primary camera in the back (with smart OIS)
The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 has a 4.5” Super AMOLED display with a 2560x1440p resolution powered by a 3220 mAh battery.
The Galaxy Note Edge has a 5.6” Super AMOLED screen at 2560 x 1440p resolution and a slightly smaller 3200 mAh battery. Both devices present fast charging which brings the battery from zero to 50% in under an hour.
The Galaxy Note 4 presents a new S pen and new software to seal the deal.
Edge presents an interesting visual aspect in what concerns the curved display. It is actually a curved portion which acts independent from the rest of the display and shows various notifications. It is pretty similar to the Samsung Continuum, a much older device coming from the back yard of the South-Korean monolith in the industry.
Galaxy Note 4 will show up in October whereas Edge has no official commercial release date yet. Pricing was not announced so far, but US carriers are all selling both devices except for US Cellular, where you can only find the Galaxy Note 4.
US carriers always want their customers to know which devices they will be getting, especially when it comes to flagships and popular manufacturers. This is the case with Samsung, who announced its Note 4 and Note Edge today at IFA Berlin. In the US, you will find the devices at T Mobile, AT&T, Verizon, and Sprint, and you can already signup for your device if you are eager to get one. US Cellular will only be offering the Samsung Note 4 for now. Pricing was not announced.
The IFA debuted in Berlin today and many many announcements were made. Some of them are the expected Sony devices and their unveiling which does include the devices we were talking about yesterday! The Z series is new again, with Z3, Z3 Compact and the Xperia Z 3 tablet all launched today.
The Xperia Z3 is a top of the line phone with a nifty 5.2” screen at 1080p, powered by a Snapdragon 801 processor helped by a 20 MP camera. The device is indeed slimmer, measuring only 7.3 mm. Its design is better than the previous model, with rounder curves and a square overall look. The 20.3 MP sensor has a 25mm lens with wide-angle support for bigger shots and the 4K video recording option allows access to over 12,500 ISO rating for low light, being much better than most DSLR cameras as well.
The Xperia Z3 will be available to the public sometime in the fall in silver green, copper and black variations and it will cost around $600-700.
The Xperia Z3 Compact is the smaller version of the Z3 flagship which presents a similar design and hardware construction comprising the same Snapdragon 801 processor with a 20.7 MP camera. It does have a smaller screen however, making the 4.6” screen lower its resolution to 720p max. It presents the same Triluminous screen tech as Xperia Z3, which is said to illuminate each individual pixel. It will be available in green, red, white and black.
For those who have no money to spare, Xperia E3 may just be the solution. The economic phone version from Sony has a 4.5” screen at 854x480p resolution and is powered by a low-level Snapdragon 400 processor with 1 GB of RAM. It has a 4 GB storage capacity with a microSD slot and a 5 MP primary camera. The battery is pretty large considering the rest of its construction (2330 mAh). The E3 will also have a dual-SIM version and it presents LTE support too!
Last but not least, the Xperia Z3 Compact tablet made an appearance at IFA 2014. The 8” tablet has pretty much the same hardware construction as the Xperia Z3 phone with a 1920x1080p resolution. The tablet itself has a thin frame (6.4mm) and a pretty lightweight body, weighing only 270g. It is backed up by a 4800 mAh battery.
In November, the Z3, Z3 Compact and Z3 Tablet Compact will be the first devices to get remote game access to Play Station 4. A mount to attach gadgets to the console controller will become available at the end of the year as well. The devices will become available to the public in the fall in japan after which they will become available worldwide.
LG G3 Stylus is now official! It is not the awesome device you may have been waiting for because it is basically an underpowered G3 with a pen. It looks like a G3 too, but it has a weaker hardware construction accompanied by a stylus pen.
The stylus itself is a nod at Samsung’s Note line and, apart from that, LG’s device presents the following spec:
Chipset: 1.3 GHz Quad-Core
Display: 5.5-inch qHD IPS (960 x 540)
Memory: 8 GB / 1 GB RAM / MicroSD slot
Camera: Rear 13MP / Front 1.3MP
Battery: 3,000mAh (removable)
Operating System: Android 4.4.2 KitKat
Size: 149.3 x 75.9 x 10.2mm
Colors: Black / White / Gold
Other: Stylus Pen
Even if the construction itself is underwhelming, the G3 Stylus is not the shabbiest of device on the niche market, as it borrows from the mother G3 (apart from clothing) features such as Touch & shoot Camera, Dual Window, QuickMemo+, Smart Keyboard, Knock Code and Gesture Shot. The G3 Stylus will be officially revealed at IFA next week so look for it if you’re interested in how the device works.
If you’re bored of waiting for Moto 360’s release, you can console yourself with LG G Watch R which will debut at IFA 2014. The smartwatch was recently teased in a video and it shows a circular design similar to the Moto 360 and it will sport Android Wear as well. No news regarding its technical details were given as of yet.
The LG G Watch, the previous model, is already on the market and it shows functionality blended with an unpleasing aesthetic. Its squared design is similar to that of a developer product rather than a consumer device and, to top it off, LG G Watch was put in a shadow by the Moto 360 which will be released in the next few months itself. Most of the device’s popularity stems from its circular design and functionality.
LG G Watch R is the circular device with a step-counter watchface and a distance gage accompanied by a digital compass. The device has a physical button on the side and presents more easy-to-access controls than the first G Watch.
More news regarding the LG device will arrive at IFA 2014, held in Berlin from September 5th to 10th.