We have a couple of new Android tablets to share with you guys today from Mobile World Congress 2015. These were actually revealed a couple of days ago at the event in Barcelona, Spain, but we didn't get a chance to get to them until today. Lenovo revealed two products for us. Here are some press renders above and below, as well as their spec-lists along with release dates and pricing info.
Lenovo Tab 2 A8 shown above.
Lenovo Tab 2 A10 - available in April - Wifi models will start at $199 and LTE models at $279.
10.1-inch Full HD IPS LCD display with 1920×1200 resolution
For a few weeks we have heard rumors and even quotes from Sony executives that Sony is considering merging or selling off their mobile division. These rumors came from reputable sources, and Sony's own CEO even hinted at it by saying, “Without drastic reforms such as joint ventures or alliances, [Sony’s mobile and TV businesses] will be in the red three years from now.”
Apparently, his statements were blown out of proportion or there are some dissenting opinions from within the company. Sony's Mobile Division president, Hiroki Totoki, recently flatly refuted that Sony intends to sell their mobile division. He said,
Totoki added that the mobile divisions product portfolio was simply too diverse and needs to be refocused. What do you guys think? Could Sony turn things around? HTC seems to have done a good job of climbing out of the pit they were in in 2012 and 2013.
NetherRealm, the developers of the next Mortal Kombat game recently announced a new mobile version of Mortal Kombat X. The game will be coming to Android in April (around the same time the non-mobile version will release). We have a teaser video and a full press release below,
Some of the first shots using the new Samsung Galaxy S6 camera have been shared online, and they are truly amazing to behold. The image quality is stunning to say the least. With vibrant, yet realistic color, and silky smooth texturing, you would be forgiven for thinking these shots came from a professional camera.
We included one above, but there are several more (full resolution images) in the thread below. The source of these images also shared a 1080p video sample taken with the Galaxy S6 camera. They even included several images taken using the 5MP front-facing camera. We included the video and these "selfies" as well.
We've had a drought of Android tablet news for the past several months. Today we have a slight trickle that probably won't prove to be more than that, but is a welcome respite despite. Sony announced their Xperia Z4 Android tablet at Mobile World Congress 2015. The device is slim and sexy and holds a surprising amount of power and features. Here's a breakdown:
Many continue to question why Google keep the Nexus program around even to the point of making zero profit to even taking a slight loss. Simple, if people are willing to pay money and beg to be a guinea pig why deny them. Companies need real world testing for their software and most of the time they have to hire people to do that. Since lollipop hit the nexus 6 one of the first things people changed about the software was forced encryption because, for some, it was not worth the performance hit. Google obviously keep enough tabs on the nexus community to separate the goods from the bad with their software and there was obviously enough bad buzz with forced encryption that they are willing to budge on allowing OEMS not to encrypt their devices. Out of the box I can see manufacturers encrypting phones but allowing users to remove encryption with out having to flash a custom boot. Be interesting to see if companies like Samsung will use this out to just build their own encryption on top of lollipop.
For those running lollipop is your device force encrypted or did you remove encryption?
[Editor's Note: @DrumsOfGrohl posted something pretty cool in the Galaxy S6 section, so I am promoting it to the front page to share with you guys.]
Because we all love comparison videos, how about we let the Samsung Galaxy S6 take on Apple's über popular iPhone 6.
I have to say these two smart devices almost look identical. Unless you were familiar with either of them, I would bet you wouldn't easily be able to guess which one was which on first glance. It appears that the biggest difference is with the cameras, but even the UI seems surprisingly similar.
This video does a great job of showing the similarities between the phones while highlighting their differences as well.
Take a look at Pocketnow's video from MWC 2015 in Barcelona, Spain, and form your own opinions:
Samsung held their Unpacked Press Event to launch the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge on a strange date this year. It was Sunday at 9AM CT. As has become the MO lately, this was just before the Mobile World Congress 2015 event started today. If you didn't get a chance to watch it yesterday, Samsung graciously offered up a video of it, which we conveniently linked above.
It's a full 43+ minutes long, so block out a bit of time if you plan to watch it all. Alternatively, Samsung also shared a "packed" version of their Unpacked Event, by distilling the whole presentation down to 60 seconds. You can check out that in the thread below. Enjoy!
For those who missed HTC's livestream of their press event for the HTC One M9, which kicked off early Sunday (9am CT) morning, we have the YouTube link to the recording above. It clocks in at about 50 minutes, so you'w have to pretend you are doing some work while you watch it.
Here's a cool image comparison series between the HTC One M8 and a gold colored version of the new Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. While we would rather see the HTC One M9 compares to the new Galaxy S6 Edge, the HTC One M8 is still a fair comparison, considering that the HTC One M8 is actually owned by users currently.
Here at HQ we are pretty smitten on the gold colored version of the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. While it will obviously be prone to fingerprint smudging, it might be worth needing to wipe it occasionally to have such an impressive looking smartphone.
Along with the shot above, there are several more in the thread below taken by the folks at PhoneArena. Which one do you like better?