Qualcomm revealed their new Snapdragon 820 processor at MWC earlier this week and it appears it will also begin shipping in the second half of the year. The 810 is only present in HTC One M9 and LG G Flex 2 at the moment, but that doesn’t mean that a new and improved version can’t be up and running already.
The press release does not go into detail with speeds and raw capabilities, but it does accentuate wireless radio innovations, enhanced photos and security features for example. Snapdragon 820 does use 64-bit architecture and the codename it has is Zeroth with a CPU architecture codenamed Kryo.
This announcement comes as a relief for Qualcomm who has been going through a tough phase recently because of the Samsung test troubles. Samsung chose an Exynos processor over Snapdragon 810 because of speculated test overheating for both Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge, and the tests show its proprietary processor is much faster than Qualcomm-based opposition.
Lenovo A7000 was announced at MWC and it appears to be the world’s first smartphone with Dolby Atmos. Apart from this distinguishable feat, the device presents a general lower mid-range constitution.
The Dolby Atmos feature is felt better by using headphones because users will hear much clearer sounds of everything: people, places, things and music become more vivid, clearer, richer and more powerful. Noises and voices have a broader range from high to low and even the faintest will be heard. This feature makes the volume more consistent.
Apart from this interesting feature, Lenovo A7000 has a pretty good spec list too:
5” HD display with ultra-wide viewing angle
MediaTek True 8Core processor
Lenovo’s device will be available in Pearl White and Onyx Black color variants. It will also have Lenovo signature apps including DOit software: SYNCit to back up call logs, text SMS and contacts, SHAREit to share photos and files between devices, and CLONEit to transfer existing data to new phones. It is also worth mentioning it has dual SIM slots.
Lenovo A7000 will be available on all Lenovo smartphone markets starting March and it will have a price tag starting at $169.
Huawei is present at the MWC in Barcelona and it did some unveiling of its own, one of them being the MediaPad X2, a dual-SIM 7 inch phablet with a rather exquisite spec build. The device itself has a distinguished premium feel because of the metal construction.
The device presents an aluminum unibody just 7.18mm thick that weighs 239g. Below you can check the rest of the specs:
7″, 1920 x 1200 FHD IPS LTPS, 323 ppi, 450 nits
2.0 GHz Kirin 930 64-bit octa-core CPU, 4 x 2.0 GHz, 4 x 1.5 GHz
Huawei MediaPad X2 seems like a dream device with an unusual body size that may work in its favor in the end. It will probably not go to the US market, but be sure to find it in Asia and Europe later this year.
MWC is the cradle of technological progress and evolution these days and one of the interesting-ish presentations today was that of Blackphone. Silent Circle’s new device is taking on the ever-pressing privacy control and security on a personal user level and its new line of devices and services may change the world for the better. Hopefully.
Blackphone 2 will be available to the public all the way back in the second half of 2015, and it is in essence the upgraded original Blackphone version. It has a larger 5.5” 1080p screen with a bigger better battery and a faster octa-core processor accompanied by 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage. This is not the only announced device however because a new tablet must be shown to the world as well.
Blackphone + is the world’s first enterprise-geared tablet. That’s all that was disclosed about it apart from the fact that it will also launch in the second half of 2015.
The devices will be running on Silent Circle’s own Android-based PrivatOS and it will update it to 1.1. and it will have Spaces – a feature offering separate personal and professional profiles – and MDM partnerships with Good, Soti and Citrix, as well as Silent Meeting – the secure conference call solution destined to businesses – and Silent Manager.
MWC debuted today in Barcelona ant the first official flagship of the year will be HTC One M9. The One series has been constant in design ever since its small reboot in 2013, and now the Taiwanese manufacturer decided to show the world once again that what’s already perfect doesn’t need to change. After several leaks, M9 was finally unveiled a few hours ago and it does appear to be the same device we’ve seen in previous rendered photos.
Among the most obvious changes you will find the rectangular camera on the back which basically means HTC gave up its “Ultrapixel” and Duo camera design on previous flagships in favor of a more unified snapper.
Keeping in line with the trend of enlarging phone screens, HTC opted for a 5” 1080 display paired with Boomsound speakers on the top and bottom of the device, all embellished with the HTC logo and some rather large bezels. It appears that M9 has Dolby 5.1 surround sound as well. The front camera is the same 4-ultrapixel module we’ve seen on the one M7. The power button was moved to the right side of the device and next to it you will find the volume keys.
Even if the device itself is called a unibody, HTC One M9 has a ring around the edges similar to other flagship. On some devices, the contrast between the frame and the body will be large in terms of color, which proves to be an interesting design shift.
The back of the device is the most distinguishably different than other iterations for the One line mainly because of its camera. The phone now has one 20MP camera with a standard dual-LED flash attached to it. The camera sensor is protected by synthetic sapphire too!
Apart from the previous M model, M9 seems shorter, thicker and narrower at 144.2 x 69.3 x 9.6mm.
The software is HTC Sense 7 with Android 5.0. It seems more adaptable than other Sense UI versions with some new theme customization options. There will also be a new Dot Case option available with customized displays thrown in the mix.
Inside the flashy HTC One M9 chassis you will find a Snapdragon 810 processor with 3 GB of RAM, 32GB of storage standard and a MicroSD card slot, of course. The phone naturally supports LTE and it is possible to return to the market in a dual-SIM version later this year.
The official price is not yet known, but it should be somewhere around $700, the medium flagship price in the US. The global launch will be sometime around mid-March for the majority of the markets. HTC One M9 will be available in color options such as gold, pink, black, and silver.
Sony just released some info regarding the new Xperia 4 tablet, including part of a photo. According to XperiaBlog, the device will be showed for the first time on March 3rd, which means it will take place at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The information first appeared into the official Xperia Lounge app and was shown in an XperiaBlog screenshot.
The information has already been pulled, but as you know, it’s already too late. The above image shows some phone hardware similar to the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact. It appears that the device will have a 2K display with a very fast processor and a powerful battery.