LG G5 will make its first official appearance at MWC on February 21st. It appears that this is the date when ALL of the 2016 flagships are peeking at us and when we will finally be able to see what we can upgrade to this year. LG confirmed that the device will arrive sometime in the near future but today they announced on Twitter that the G5 will indeed arrive at the end of the month.
The Tweet was accompanied by images showing the device in some form or another, as well as the obvious hashtag #LGG5. LG has managed to keep its newest device under wraps so far, with very few leaks sprouting here and there.
What we do know about the device is that it will have dual cameras, USB Type-C port, a metal body and a rear fingerprint sensor. The big change design-wise is the re-position of the volume rocker which will now be placed to the side of the smartphone.
Xiaomi and Meizu are finally and officially on the US market thanks to US Mobile. The Chinese smartphone manufacturers have become some of the most popular in the world but they want to conquer the US as well. Now they have a bigger chance, especially since one of the biggest US carriers is offering them support.
Xiaomi is one of the most popular OEMs globally and the second most popular manufacturer on the Chinese market at the moment. Its “low cost, high end” offerings are hard to resist, and the spec sheets prove it. The US market has been uninfluenced by the Chinese offerings, but that is going to change as US Mobile is finally letting Xiaomi and Meizu in.
US Mobile has promised to offer support and service for the devices it sells and this should assure users that they will not have to fear the need for after-sales support from China. The bad part of the deal is that the devices will not support LTE bands for the US. They are imported from China and not created specifically for the USA networks, which makes them unoptimized. They will be unlocked, however.
The devices are not the most recent smartphones that Xiaomi and Meizu have launched on the Asian market either, but they don’t lag too far behind. Among the offerings you will find Meizu Note 2, Xiaomi Mi 4, Xiaomi Mi 3 and Redmi 2.
Even if the news itself may not be very exciting, it does mark the beginning of a new era when it comes to the US smartphone market. The entry of Chinese smartphones on the US markets should make other manufacturers rethink their marketing strategy in favor of the customers. We shall see if the arrival of Xiaomi and Meizu on the US market has any effect in the near future.
HTC may be the manufacturer that brings us the next two Nexus devices! Reports from Weibo suggest that HTC will be in cahoots with Google again to make some new flagship devices in 2016. Instead of choosing two OEMs, it appears that Google will only make room for one team, and since HTC has not been in the best of situation lately financially speaking, maybe this will help them recover into becoming one of the best smartphone manufacturers in the world.
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It appears that HTC’s bad strike may be ending, especially if their Nexus devices will be branded a success. But we are still a long long long way away. According to rumors, the HTC devices will have different display sizes: one will be a 5-inch and the other will have a 5.5-inch display. There is no news regarding any other specs and you should take this with a grain of salt, just in case. We can also assume that, if this news is accurate, the devices will run on the next Android OS version at launch.
HTC is not at its first rodeo with the Nexus program. They created the first Nexus devices and the most recent piece of tech made by them is the Nexus 9 tablet, which was received to mixed reviews a year and a half ago.
This time of the year is still pretty early for Nexus news, but considering 2015 flagships’ success, we can’t wait to learn something new. Huawei did a terrific job with the Nexus 6P last year, and we are eager to find out if the next contracted OEM will manage to live up to expectations. If HTC is making the 2016 Nexus devices, are you interested in trying one of them? Let us know in the comments below.
Sony Xperia Z5 will soon reach the US, but it will not look exactly like the version present on Asian markets. Some reports claim that the Z5 the US will receive will not have a fingerprint sensor attached. Not that such a feature is really desirable since devices that do have one are said to present a pretty shakey accuracy. Sony confirmed that the devices that US customers will get have no fingerprint scanner.
The fingerprint reader is listed on the Z5 Compact spec list at this moment, but it will be removed soon, because Xperia Z5 does not present the feature on its spreadsheet anymore.
Sony is launching the Z5 and Z5 Compact in the US in February and they will sell for $499-599. They have been available in other parts of the world for a while now. You can even find them on Amazon for smaller prices than what you would pay for them in US retail shops and they have fingerprint sensors. It all depends on who you trust better at the moment.
Letv Le Max Pro is the first smartphone to host Snapdragon 820 , which means increased processing speeds, Sense ID, and newer tech altogether.
Sense ID from Snapdragon is a first comprehensive ultrasonic-based fingerprint biometric solution with a liveness detection feature that helps your smartphone be sure that a real finger is being used as authentication. This is the first commercial device to ship with such a feature.
Letv is one of the world’s top innovators, as put by chief operating officer Jun Liang, and Le Max Pro is meant to be the epitome of technology. The smartphone uses the Snapdragon 820 features like an Adreno 530 GPU, a X12 LTE modem, Kyro CPU and Quick Charge 3.0. Sadly, Letv Pro will ship with Quick Charge 2.0 support.
Letv Le Max Pro will not be available in the US, but other devices will surely sport Snapdragon 820 this year.
LG just announced two new budget-friendly devices, just a few hours before the official debut of this year’s CES in Las Vegas. The K series, a new line of smartphones coming from the South-Korean OEM, uses the advanced camera technology and the UX features from LG’s more expensive devices. The first two K smartphones, K10 and K7, will officially launch at CES in a few days.
Design-wise, these smartphones are the first to use a “glossy pebble design language with a contemporary stylish look” and a curved finish. LG is also using its 2.5D Arc Glass to further improve the buttonless style that made them famous. There are no buttons on the sides of the devices, of course, as all of the more resend LG smartphones have been button-free on the sides, with the power button and volume rockers sitting on the upper back side.
K10 Key Specifications:*
Display: 5.3-inch HD In-cell Touch Chipset: LTE: 1.2GHz or 1.3GHz Quad-Core / 1.14GHz Octa-Core 3G: 1.3GHz Quad-Core Camera: LTE: Rear 13MP / Front 8MP or 5MP 3G: Rear 8MP / Front 8MP or 5MP Memory: RAM: 2GB / 1.5GB / 1GB ROM: 16GB / 8GB Battery: 2,300mAh Operating System: Android 5.1 Lollipop Size: 146 x 74.8 x 8.8mm Network: LTE / 3G Colors: White / Indigo / Gold Others: 2.5D Arc Glass / Gesture Shot / Tap and Shot / Gesture Interval Shot*
K7 Key Specifications:*
Display: 5.0-inch FWVGA In-cell Touch (LTE) / On-cell Touch (3G) Chipset: LTE: 1.1GHz Quad-Core 3G: 1.3GHz Quad-Core Camera: Rear 8MP or 5MP / Front 5MP Memory: RAM: 1.5GB / 1GB ROM: 16GB / 8GB Battery: 2,125mAh Operating System: Android 5.1 Lollipop Size: LTE: 143.6 x 72.5 x 8.9mm 3G: 143.6 x 72.5 x 9.05mm Network: LTE / 3G Colors: LTE: Titan 3G: White / Black / Gold Others: 2.5D Arc Glass / Gesture Shot / Gesture Interval Shot / Tap and Shot
The Gesture Shot and Gesture Interval Shot refer to taking easier selfies whenever you need to. Users can take photos by raising an open hand and clenching it into a fist in front of the lens or they can clench it twice to start an interval shot that takes four consecutive photos. You also get front Flash to help you capture the perfect selfie, even in darker settings!
LG K10 and K7 will be present at CES 2016and you will be able to find them at LG’s booth in Hall#8207 of the Las Vegas Convention Center. The event will be held through Jan 6-9. There is no news regarding the price or official launch date yet.