[CES 2016] Huawei launches mid-range GX8 on the US market

Huawei just launched its mid-range GX8 on the American market. The device has been around in select markets since September 2015 but in the next few months it will also start to sell in the US. There is no official pricing available yet, but the vehiculated tag is $349.99.


Huawei GX8



Huawei GX8 has been relatively popular in select markets across Europe, but its price may not be just exactly what US buyers expect. Here’s what you get for 350 bucks:


  • Display: Size: 5.5 inches, 1920×1080 (Full HD)
  • Operating System: Android 5.1 + EMUI 3.1
  • Processor: 1.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 615, Octa
  • Memory: 16GB ROM / 2 GB RAM, microSD expandable up to 128GB
  • Camera: Rear: 13.0MP AF, Front: 5.0MP
  • Battery: 3000mAh
  • Dimension: 152mm x 76.5mm x 7.5mm; 167 g
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0 ; WiFi 802.11b/g/n, 2.4G ;MicroUSB 2.0 high speed
  • Sensors: Accelerometer; Proximity sensor; Ambient light sensor; Compass, Fingerprint


Huawei GX 8 ad



GX8 proves to be a mid-range smartphone with a Snapdragon 615 processor and (only) 16GB of storage. The price puts this device against Nexus 5X or Moto X Pure, AND it will launch with Android 5.1, which could make it a tough sell to most customers.


Huawei GX8 will be available for purchase through Amazon and the GetHuawei store. There is no official date when you can buy yours yet though.



Samsung Galaxy A9 official in China – high-end mid-range device finally on the market

The waiting is over because, starting today, Samsung Galaxy A9 is finally going live. The mid-positioned device looks very high-end and its specs don’t look too shabby either.




Official spec list for Galaxy A9:


  • 6-inch 1920 x 1080 Super AMOELD Display
  • 3GB of RAM
  • 32GB of storage plus microSD slot
  • 64-bit Octa-Core Snapdragon 652 chipset
  • 13MP rear camera with OIS
  • 8MP front camera
  • 4,000 mAh battery
  • Android 5.1.1 Lollipop
  • Fingerprint scanner plus NFC.


Samsung Galaxy A9 is one of the better looking phones out there, although it is not a flagship. Its metal unibody manages to help it look as stylish as possible. The device will launch in China in the following days and the rest of the world may follow next year. No new on pricing yet, folks!


Source: Phandroid



HTC One X9 photos and specs leak online – here’s what a mid-range device looks like

HTC One X9 recently leaked online and now we are ready to spill some secrets for you. X9 hit TENAA last month and we had all the scoop on that, but now it’s time to disclose important stuff like specs and OS versions and all that jazz. The leaks come from China, which makes everything believable, including the render photos below.



The smartphone looks no different than any other new HTC device, and it has some specs that make it look like a mid-range device. Here are some details:


  • 5.5-inch IPS display with 1090 x 1080 p resolution
  • 2.2GHz quad-core processor
  • 2GB RAM
  • 16 GB on-board storage
  • 13MP main camera
  • 5MP front camera
  • microSD card for storage expansion
  • 3000 mAh battery
  • Android 5.0.2
  • 174 grams
  • 153.2 x 75.9 x 7.99 mm.


HTC One X9 will launch next year, but there are no details regarding its official launch yet. Let’s hope this one will help the company sell more because we all know HTC is having financial issues at the moment. At the moment, HTC One A9 is the closest thing to a flagship for the company and we can only wonder if next year will bring a One M10. We shall see.


Source: Android Community



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Samsung A series gets 3 new mid-range models: A3, A5 and A7

Samsung made some updates to its mid-range Galaxy A series and the devices are going live in China later this month. Galaxy A3, A5 and A7 will come to China first, but they will go live globally next year. They are cheaper alternatives to the flagship Galaxy S series, but they do pack a mighty punch on their own.






The cheapest of the bunch is Galaxy A3. It has the smallest screen of the bunch at 4.7 inches and 720p and it only packs 1.5GB of RAM. It does not have a fingerprint reader or MST tech, features that the other two devices have. Below you can see the full spec list:


  • Display: 4.7-inch HD (1280×720) Super AMOLED
  • AP: 1.5 GHz Quad Core
  • OS: Android 5.1 (Lollipop)
  • Camera: 13MP (F1.9), Front : 5MP (F1.9)
  • Additional features: Samsung KNOX, S-Voice, Dual SIM option
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth® v 4.1, ANT+, USB 2.0, NFC (UICC)
  • Sensor: Accelerometer, Proximity, Geomagnetic, RGB Light, Hall
  • Memory: 1.5GB RAM + 16GB Storage, Micro SD slot (up to 128GB)
  • Dimension: 134.5 x 65.2 x 7.3mm, 132g
  • Battery: 2,300mAh
  • Network: LTE cat 4






Samsung Galaxy A5 is the mid-ranged of the mid-range devices with a slightly bigger screen at full HD res and a fingerprint scanner plus MST. It gets 2 GB of RAM. Below you can check the full spec list:


  • Display :5.2-inch FHD (1920×1080) Super AMOLED
  • AP: 1.6GHz Octa Core
  • OS: Android 5.1 (Lollipop)
  • Camera: 13MP OIS (rear), 5MP (front)
  • Additional features :MST technology(Samsung Pay), Samsung KNOX, S-Voice, Dual SIM option
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth® v 4.1, ANT+, USB 2.0,
    NFC (UICC, eSE)
  • Sensor: Accelerometer, Proximity, Geomagnetic, RGB Light, Hall Fingerprint scanner
  • Memory: 2GB RAM + 16GB Storage, Micro SD slot (up to 128GB)
  • Dimension: 144.8 x 71.0 x 7.3mm , 155g
  • Battery: 2,900mAh, Fast Charging
  • Network: LTE cat 6



Samsung Galaxy A7 is the premium of the mid-range line with a 5.2-inch full HD screen, the fingerprint scanner and MST, plus 3GB of RAM and and octa-core processor. Below is the full spec list:

  • Display: 5.5-inch FHD (1920×1080) Super AMOLED
  • AP: 1.6GHz Octa Core
  • OS: Android 5.1 (Lollipop)
  • Camera: 13MP OIS (F1.9), Front : 5MP (F1.9)
  • Additional features: MST technology(Samsung Pay), Samsung KNOX, S-Voice, Dual SIM option
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth® v 4.1, ANT+, USB 2.0, NFC (UICC, eSE)
  • Sensor :Accelerometer, Proximity, Geomagnetic, RGB Light, Hall Fingerprint scanner
  • Memory: 3GB RAM + 16GB Storage, Micro SD slot (up to 128GB)
  • Dimension: 151.5 x 74.1 x 7.3mm, 172g
  • Battery: 3,300mAh, Fast Charging
  • Network: LTE cat 6







Samsung did not tag the devices with any prices yet, but they will definitely vary by region. Some months will pass until we will hear more about these devices and their appearance on the European and US markets, but here’s hoping!


Source: Samsung


Sony announces Xperia M5 – “super” mid-range phone with 21.5MP camera

Sony just announced the Xperia M5 smartphone, a premium mid-range device with an exquisite camera, as the manufacturer promotes it. This is in fact a successor to the M4 Aqua, but it has a different camera with a few tricks of its own.

Sony M5

Specs and features:

  • 5” full HD display (1920 x 1080p)
  • 64-bit MediaTek Helio X10 (MT6795) octa-core processor at 2GHz
  • 3GB RAM
  • 16GB storage plus microSD slot
  • Front camera 13MP
  • Main camera 21.5MP with hybrid autofocus system
  • Android 5.0
  • 2600 mAh battery
  • Measurements: 145 x 72 x 7.6 mm, 142.5g
  • Waterproof and dust-resistant.




The camera is said to use a hybrid autofocus system which would bring focusing time to a quarter of a second. The primary camera has an f/2.2 lens and it can do ISO 3200. With the Xperia M5 you will be getting sharp and bright images which can compare to a compact camera image. This tech construction is allegedly keeping the battery running for two full days before needing a good charge.



This new Sony Xperia M5 smartphone will come to several emerging markets in the next few weeks along with the C5 Ultra. It will be available in white, black and gold. There is no official price available at the moment.


Source: Sony blog