Sony recently announced the low-end device Xperia E4, the device that is breaking usual design patterns. This device is changing Sony’s usual strong angles and monochrome “dress code” with a curvier plastic body. The color palette is somewhat changed as well, with the white version having a white housing and black bezel screen.
Sony Xperia E4 has a 5-inch screen with a qHD LCD panel at 960x540p. Under the chassis you will find a MediaTek MT6582 1.3 GHz quad-core processor with 1 GB of RAM and 8GB of storage plus a microSD slot. Your selfie and photographic needs will have to be satisfied by a 5MP main camera and a 2MP frontal snapper. The device is powered by a 2200 mAh battery and runs on the older Android 4.4 OS.
Sony Xperia E4 will go on sale from the middle of February. The device will be available in white and black models but there is no known price as of yet. Bummer.
HTC One M7 is getting a new OTA, but don’t get your hopes up just yet, it’s not the Lollipop update we’re all expecting. Some of last year’s HTC flagship models are getting an over the air update which is supposed to improve phone call experiences and solve some bugs in the meantime. Nothing important really, but worth having.
This update version is 6.09.401.11 and it has around 194 MB, which means it’s a pretty big update for minor improvements. But it still is no Lollipop fix. The OTA keeps the One M7 on version Android 4.3/ kitKat. The OTA seems to be destined to non-US models, so customers from the United States don’t have to spam the update button …yet.
Samsung launches Galaxy A3 and A5, two new thinner phones made of metal! Even if the market is full of thin phones already, the trend seems to be more and more exigent in the attempt to make smartphones as slim as possible. Samsung’s thinnest mobiles yet are not only slim, but also designed in metal unibody frames.
Galaxy A3 it the thicker one at 6.9mm, whereas A5 is slimmer with its 6.7mm frame. Both devices are much slimmer than iPhone6 for example (6.9mm) and Galaxy S5 with its 8.1mm frame.
Galaxy A3 has a 4.5” qHD Super AMOLED display with an 8MP rear-camera and a 5 MP front snapper. Inside, you will find a 1.2 GHz quad core processor with 1 GB of RAM and 16GB storage space plus microSD slot. It is powered by a 1900 mAh battery.
Samsung A5 has a larger screen – 5” Super AMOLED display – with a 13 MP rear camera with LED flash. Under the slim hood you will find a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor paired with 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB internal memory plus a microSD slot. It is powered by a 2300mAh battery.
Both devices will launch with Android KitKat 4.4.4.
In order to fight HTC’s Eye experience, Samsung is throwing in some of its own camera features, including:
Beauty face features
Both devices will be available in colors such as: Soft Pink, Platinum Silver, Pearl White, Midnight Black, Light Blue, and Champagne Gold. They will go on sale on select markets starting November.
HTC File Manager is finally on the Google Playstore and from now on you will be able to “file manage” everything on your phone with a Sense style. File managers are usually not flashy or exciting apps, but everyone needs them.
HTC File Manager is a system app that offers better access to the SD card and, considering you can find it in the Playstore, it will receive faster updates as they will not be system updates per se.
The app requires a recent HTC device to work, preferably one running on Android 4.4 and up. Even in this case it can be limited as some device SKUs and regions can be problematic in accessing the app, but let’s hope this issue will be fixed soon. You can find the HTC File Manager free in the Google Playstore.