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LG G Vista 2 – mid-range smartphone with bigger screen and a stylus

LG G Vista 2 is a stylus-packed smartphone announced by the South-Korean OEM that is supposed to attack the mid-range market this winter. This is the bigger yet weaker flagship version released earlier this year and it is dedicated to people who want a good LG but can’t pay the full flagship price. In the US the device will be sold exclusively by AT&T and it will have a stylus.

 

LG G Vista 2

 

 

This year’s LG G Vista 2 has a 5.7” display powered by a Snapdragon 617 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, a 13MP rear-camera and a microSD card. All of these specs are powered by a 3000 mAh battery. The device is coming out with Android 5.1 sadly, so no Marshmallow yet.

 

G Vista 2 is a step down from the 2015 flagship, LG G4, which sports a Snapdragon 808 processor, plus 3GB of RAM, and a 16MP camera. The QHD display is, of course, replaced by an HD one, even if it is 0.2” bigger in the case of the Vista 2. Do not expect the same sharpness or resolution though; technology is complicated as is, and a cheaper device will not have the same hardware as a much more expensive one.

 

 

 

LG G Vista 2 is not a cheap smartphone nonetheless, as buying one of these in the US will require you to pay no less than $450. You can also sign a two-year contract with AT&T and put down $50 to get one of these for cheap if you want.

 

Official press release:

 

[box type=”shadow”]LG G Vista™ 2 Exclusively Available From AT&T On Nov. 6

DALLAS, Oct. 26, 2015 /PRNewswire/ – On Nov. 6, you can buy the all-new LG G Vista™ 2, only fromAT&T1. Running on the nation’s most reliable 4G LTE network2, the G Vista 2 combines a 5.7-inch full HD IPS display with a sleek new design.

The LG G Vista 2 is a follow up to the popular LG G Vista and is the latest exclusive smartphone from AT&T. Its new design boasts a 5.7-inch full HD IPS display, curved back, and an embedded stylus for handwriting recognition and enhanced creativity. The Qualcomm® Snapdragon 617 Octa-Core processor and Dual Window mode lets you multitask effortlessly with split screen viewing.

Additional Key Features:

  • Cameras: 13MP camera with advanced Color Spectrum Sensor and Laser Defined Auto-Focus provides fast, accurate white balance and low light performance. With Gesture Shot and Selfie Light, the 5MP front-facing camera helps you take amazing selfies.
  • Processor: Qualcomm® Snapdragon 617 Octa-Core processor, combined with 2GB of RAM optimized for speed and efficiency.
  • Storage: 16GB on-board storage and compatible MicroSD cardsof up to 32GB.
  • Battery: Don’t put your life on hold to charge. The 3000mAh removable battery helps power you through the day.
  • Operating System: Android™ Lollipop 5.1.

You can buy the G Vista 2 in Metallic Grey from AT&T for $0 down on AT&T NextSM244 18, and 12:

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HTC One A9 review: preview for an intriguing flagship

HTC One A9 was announced and officially showed up today and it may very well just be the company’s last attempt at salvation. We all know HTC is not doing so well financially speaking lately, and this new flagship is aiming to change that. But, over the past few weeks, leaks after leaks kept sprouting and A9 became the mockery of the Internet because of its uncanny resemblance to an iPhone device. But is this the truth about the smartphone or is there more to it than looks?

 

HTC One A9

 

 

Starting today, you can pre-order an HTC One A9 starting at $399 as the device itself launches in the first week of November. Could this two-flagships a year shtick actually save HTC’s remaining hold on the market, considering that One M9 was received with mixed credits this spring?

 

HTC One A9 – details, specs and marshmallows

 

This smartphone is branded as a flagship even though most of the specs don’t scream flagship to the market. HTC skipped the Snapdragon 800+ turmoil and instead chose a Snapdragon 617 octa-core clocked in tandem at 1.5/1.2 GHz. The processor is accompanied by 2/3GB of RAM and variable internal storage from 16 GB to 32 GB. The storage can be upgraded though, thanks to the microSD card slot on the left edge of the device. You can even format the card to act as an extension of the internal storage thanks to the Android 6.0 OS version the phone rolls out with.

 

HTC One A9 has a fingerprint scanner just below the screen, which makes authentication and payments easy. The device is powered by a 2,150 mAh battery that lasts pretty much, according to first views of the smartphone. There is also word of a cleaner and more improved custom Sense interface on some models where users can uninstall pre-installed apps if they don’t find them useful.

 

HTC One A9 1

 

 

When it comes to its screen, One A9 sports a 5-inch , 1080p screen with AMOLED protection – one of the first for HTC in a long time – which can be set in a bright setting for consumer appeal or in a sRGB mode. There is no Quad HD screen on this “flagship” but, at this price, chances were quasi-existent.

 

One important feature missing from HTC One A9 are the front-facing Boomsound speakers that are replaced by a single grill on the bottom edge. When you use headphones you will be able to enjoy the Dolby amplifier that intensifies tracks.

 

HTC smart

 

 

When it comes to photography potency, we are talking about a 13MP primary camera situated on the top middle of the device, accompanied by optical image stabilization and a Pro Mode complete with RAW image capture. Add a front-facing Ultra-Pixel unit and we’re set.

 

The One A9 supports Rapid Charge 2.0 and it will supposedly get Qualcomm Quick Charge 3.0 in the future, when standard accessories become available. You also get NFC which should make Android Pay easy as pie.

 

HTC One A9 specs

 

HTC design choices

 

When it comes to design, HTC One A9 is reminiscent of an iPhone, no wonder it became known as an iPhone copy. The similarities include an all-metal chassis, one speaker, the round camera setup at the back plus the two polycarbonate antenna bands that, in all fairness, were first used by HTC even if most of the world forgot all about it. On the front you will also find the home button, very similar to a Samsung device detail. Overall, the device does not look that much like a different device because the great fit and finish manage to distinguish it from a bunch of similar smartphones.

 

Conclusions

 

HTC One A9 is trying to sell as a flagship and the company is strongly pushing towards it. But will it succeed or is it too late? We shall see. The device will be available in four colors: topaz gold, carbon gray, opal silver and deep garnet, at least according to images and press releases.

 

HTC A9

 

 

You can already pre-order the device in the US, Germany, UK and other countries, but prices and models differ greatly. Some even say that other flagship devices offer much better specs at similar prices. Will you consider buying one of HTC’s most recent flagships this year?

 

Source: HTC

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Qualcomm reveals more about Snapdragon 430 and 617 SoCs

Qualcomm details surrounding its newest processors have been revealed today. It appears that the new Snapdragon 430 and 617 SoCs will soon be used on mid-range devices and now we can tell you just a little more about what they can do.

 

Qualcomm

 

 

These new chips come with interesting feature support usually found in high-end hardware constructions. Snapdragon 430 will be paired with an Adreno 505 GPU, for example.

 

Its bigger version, Snapdragon 617, will have an X8 LTE modem with support for Cat 7 speeds and dual ISPs that will allow it to support image quality to a maximum of 21MP.

 

This being said, where do you think the new Qualcomm mid-range processors will be used first? Let us know in the comments section!