If the new Huawei Watch is a bit too rich for your blood, but you are still in the market for an Android Wear smartwatch, then next month Asus might have your solution. You will be able to buy the new Asus ZenWatch 2 for around $170 to $190 (depending on size and model). Here's a spec-list:
New metal crown
Snapdragon 400 processor
Magnetic charger cable
Dust-and water-resistance ratings of IP67
Three colors, silver, gunmetal and rose gold - including an array of rubber, leather and stainless steel straps
To be clear, here at HQ, we weren't impressed with the first Asus ZenWatch, but perhaps they have improved the device since our review. We included a video in the thread below to show off their "improved" design.
Those leaked pricing details for the Huawei Watch were accurate. The Android Wear smartwatch just went up for pre-order starting at a price of $349.99 and going up from there. The watch will ship September 17th in the US. You can snag your preorder at GetHuawei, the Google Store, Amazon and BestBuy.
Here's a full price breakdown:
Stainless Steel watch body & Black Leather band - $349
Stainless Steel watch body & Steel Link bracelet - $399
Stainless Steel watch body & Stainless Steel Mesh - $399
Black DLC-coated Stainless Steel & Black Link Bracelet - $449
Rose Gold-plated Stainless Steel & Alligator-pressed Brown Leather - $699
Rose Gold-plated Stainless Steel & Rose Gold-plated Link Bracelet - $799
Here is a quick spec breakdown:
1.4-inch 400 x 400 resolution display
1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor
Android Wear with basic support for Apple’s iOS as well as Android
We have to admit, even with these over-inflated prices, the Moto 360 and new Moto 360 2 has some stiff competition now. What do you folks think?
Acer showed off something new at IFA this year. They are hitting the market with a new Android smartphone and tablet that they claim are geared and optimized for gaming. The smartphone is called the Predator 6 and the tablet is called the Predator 8.
Both devices will essentially have the exact same design aesthetics, with one being a bit larger than the other. Here is the spec breakdown for each device and you can see the full press release in the thread below:
Acer Predator 6 Gaming Smartphone - launch date and pricing details unknown for this device at this time
6-inch FullHD display
Deca-core (10-core) MediaTek SoC (probably the Helio X20, although that is unconfirmed at this time)
high-end Mali-T880 GPU
4GB of RAM
21 megapixel rear camera
Quad front facing speakers
Haptic feedback motors for at authentic gaming rumble
Acer Predator 8 Gaming Tablet - US launch on November 6th at $299 - global launch in October with a €349 price tag in Europe and ¥2499 in China
8-inch 1080p display
Intel Atom x7-Z8700 processor - The Atom x7 is a 64-bit quad-core CPU chip with Intel’s Gen8 graphics architecture - this is Intel's most powerful mobile processor to date
2GB of RAM
Lightweight aluminium body
Four front facing speakers with support for virtual surround sound
Tactile feedback for supported games
2×2 MIMO WiFi
32GB or 64GB of internal storage, supported by a microSD card slot
Sony's newest flagship mobile device(s) was announced at IFA 2015 this morning. It turns out that all of the rumors for the Xperia Z5 were true, including the "overkill" 4K display; however, it also turns out that Sony will actually produce three different versions of the Xperia Z5, and the Premium model is the only one with the 4K screen. We will have the following new Xperia devices:
Xperia Z5: 5.2-inch 2K display
Xperia Z5 Compact: 4.6-inch display
Xperia Z5 Premium: 5.5-inch 4k display
Here's a quote and an image (above) from Engadget with some of the details from IFA,
As far as the displays go, the regular Z5 will have a 5.2-inch 1080p display, the Z5 Compact will have a 4.6 inch 720p display,...
A new image and some new intel was revealed regarding the previously shared Motorola Bounce. It turns out that will not be the final marketing name for the device. The newest rumored name for the supposedly "shatterproof" device will be the Moto X Force.
While that name sounds like some sort of Japanese anime car combat squad, we must admit it's still a much better name than the Motorola Bounce. Of course, it's possible they might keep both names for different markets across the globe. We will keep you update as always.
In the mean-time, feast your eyes on the leaked pic of the black version in the shot above, and here's a recap of the rumored specs:
The evolution of Android over the years has been amazing. For those who started with the Droid here on this forum and those who started with the very first Google phone it is hard to imagine that we would be here, but we did not get here on the back of Google alone.
Android started out as an open source platform that gave developers open freedom to create. Over the years we have seen some marvelous creations to the point where garage developers were steps ahead of Google and phone manufacturers. I still remember when devs created and released a fix for the Thunderbolt bug before HTC even acknowledge it existed and once the issue was acknowledged it still took months for them to release a fix that was needed.
But, over the years these garage heroes began to fade off and to be frank I'm not surprised. The hours it took to develop programs, apps, roms, themes, and fixes were all done for free. Yeah you would have the occasional donation, but the money earned was nowhere near what they could make developing for other platforms. Even worse, the community (me included) responded harshly to developers demanding payment, despite the fact that Google and phone manufacturers would implement those same fixes in their software.
So have developers received a fair shake in all this?
I mean, as innovative as Android has been, it has also been brilliant in an exploitative kind of way. Google supplies the software and motivates potential developers to build for the...
It looks like this Sunday will be a calendar event day for fans of HTC smartphones. They let everyone know they will be officially unveiling a new device on September 6th. Although no details were given, more than likely this is the new HTC One A9/Aero.
We have posted several rumors on the device over the past few weeks, and now all the facts will be presented. What do you folks think HTC has up their sleeve? Something juicy or just more of the same?
Leaked images of cases for the new 2015 Nexus 5 and Nexus 6 have hit the web. The best part about these images is that the seemingly confirm the existence of a fingerprint scanner on both devices. This was already suggested by previous rumors, so it's nice to get a confirmation.
Here's a quote with links and details,
It's funny how this is a perfect example of how tech innovations need to come to market at the right time, and be implemented properly to catch mainstream attention. Back in December of 2011 Motorola actually released the first smartphone with a fingerprint sensor: the Motorola Atrix. It was a mediocre implementation, but it was also just a bit ahead of its time. It wasn't until Apple improved on the idea and stuck it in a later iPhone that it became a marketable feature....
Nextbit just unveiled an odd little device called the Robin. It's actually a unique looking smartphone with some decent internal hardware specs:
5.2-inch 1080p screen
Qualcomm's hexa-core Snapdragon 808 chipsets
3GB of RAM
Tiny fingerprint scanner on the side
The hardware obviously isn't what makes this phone unique. What distinguishes it even more than its pastel colors and blocky shape is the software. In fact, that's what the designers purposefully focused on. Supposedly, the main focus of the phone is to make it a cloud-based device.
According to the description of the device, it uses 100 GB's of cloud-based computing to offload rarely used apps to the cloud so it can save space on the 32GB storage on the phone. The concept of the phone according to the folks at Nextbit is that you shouldn't have to delete things from your phone when you start running out of space. They also leave the bootloader unlocked so that folks can tinker with their devices.
The one problem we have with the concept of this device is that it seems to try to solve our personal storage problem by coming at the cloud storage solution backwards. Whether you are off-loading your apps to the cloud, or your content to the cloud, aren't you still using the cloud? This phone won't really solve the problem of folks who don't want to use the cloud...
Late yesterday Samsung officially unveiled their new Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic round faced smartwatches. Just as was previously rumored, it looks like Sammy took queues from Motorola, and they are finally getting wise to the better aesthetics of a round watch face. The new Gear S2 and Gear S2 classic both use a round watch face.
The Gear S2 features a sleek and modern design aesthetic that is a far cry from the bland and boring of the previous Samsung Gear watches. The Gear S2 Classic takes the same round face, but adds a more traditional watch face that Samsung describes as a “timeless watch design.” (Timeless? Does that mean it stops functioning? )
You can get the Gear S2 in a dark gray watch and strap, or silver watch with white strap, while the S2 Classic is only available in black, with a matching genuine leather black strap. Both devices will include a round 1.2-inch 360 x 360 resolution (302 ppi) circular AMOLED display, include physical rotating bezels and have home/back buttons.
Unsurprisingly, the watches are also NOT Android Wear. They use Tizen, and have a 1GHz dual-core processor. They also contain a battery worth 2-3 days on a single charge, as well as NFC capabilities, mobile payments and wireless charging. Pricing and availability details where not revealed yet, but we will get to see them at IFA on September 3rd.