Smartphones are mostly born out of top-down approach. Meaning, manufacturers assume what consumers need and dished them out, regardless of whether the features will be used or not. Some makers may leverage on surveys and focus groups to give a more accurate picture of the demands, but China handset maker, ZTE, did something entirely different. Embarking on a route less taken. Not only did it crowd-sourced the ideas of what a phone should be, but it has taken to Kickstarter to realize it. Refer to as Project CSX (short for Crowd Source X), Hawkeye smartphone – a name chosen by users – is based on ideas pulled from everyday users. Continue reading ZTE’s Crowd-sourced Android Phone With Eye-tracking Hits Kickstarter
Once a upon a time, you can’t be called a true business person if you didn’t have a Blackberry. Blackberry was, at its peak, the name for on-the-go business-centric communication and so, it only made sense than that if Porsche Design want to pick a communication device to touch, Blackberry would be it. But the hey days are well over for the Canadian tech firm and with official words that it won’t making smartphone anymore, it only make sense for Porsche Design to look for an alternative to fill PD smartphone void and look they sure did, finding the next PD-touch to be Huawei Mate 9, a device that runs on the almost infallible Android Operating System. Continue reading Porsche Design Touched Huawei Mate 9 Cost A Cool $1,480
Yesterday, HTC reminds me of its existence with the introduction of HTC U Ultra. Sorry for being so blunt. With so many phones in the market, it is easy to sink into oblivion if you are not too careful. Spending millions on A-list celebrity won’t help, neither is having a chief creative who looked like a Jony Ive wannabe. Anyways, those are history. Right now. U Ultra is, well, all about you. It is about your sound holes, your selfie, your photos, and your everything. It is a large phone. Large by today’s standard, offered by a 5.7-inch QHD super LCD 5 display packing in 513 ppi which has Corning Gorilla Glass 5 with curve edge for protection. Continue reading HTC’s Latest Smartphone Has ‘Liquid Surface’, 2 Displays And It’s All About U
Nokia smartphone has rose from the ashes thanks to HMD Global Oy, a Espoo, Finland-based company, who has proclaimed itself as the new home of Nokia phones and tablets. HMD is the exclusive licensee of the Nokia brand for mobile phones and tablets, and the first phone to roll out under its wing is an Android phone called Nokia 6. Before we continue, we ought to forewarn you not to expect anything extraordinary. Beyond the marketing talk about the “new design philosophy,” the Nokia 6 features are rather rudimentary, really. That’s not to say HMD isn’t giving it less TLC. The company surely did, after all, it is the company’s first Nokia Android phone. Continue reading HMD Resurrects Nokia Smartphone, Brings Nokia 6 To China Market
Smartphones that cost tens of thousands are not new, but those phones are, in most part, just regular smartphones clad in luxury materials and so, they are hardly something any rational person would drop money on. But what if that smartphone is put together by watchmakers, crafted from unique metal matrix composite, touts a military-grade built and above all, it promised to protect your privacy by being really, really secured? Well, folks, such are qualities Sirin Labs Solarin Military-Grade Super Smartphone claimed to possess and yes, it cost tens of thousands, or at least $13,800 to be exact. So can you expect from this exorbitantly priced device? Continue reading Would You Pay $14,000 Or More For A High-tech Secured Smartphone?
Star Wars movies are set in, presumably, a civilization far more advanced than mankind. However, the funny thing was, there were no smartphone or anything vaguely resembles one that could let them communicate at will like we do. Lucky for us, we do have this technology available to us and hence, we, specifically folks residing in Japan, will get to enjoy these Sharp Star Wars-themed smartphones offered by Japanese telecommunication giant, Softbank. There’s no question about these phones are a bid to ride the wave of the Rogue One: A Star Wars Story hype and they should work pretty well in the Land of the Rising Sun as, apparently, Star Wars is pretty huge over there. Continue reading Only In Japan, You Will Get To Buy Star Wars-themed Android Phones
Honor, a Huawei smartphone brand, has teamed up with Marvel to knock $100 off its flagship device, Honor 8, for this year’s Black Friday. The discount, which applies to both the 32 and 64GB models, will take effect from November 25 through to November 28 when you acquire the device from Best Buy, Amazon, Newegg and B&H Photo Video. In addition to the discount, you will also bag a free, limited edition Doctor Strange Gift Box which comes with a custom phone case, plus two Doctor Strange comic books packed inside a, well, Doctor Strange-themed box, what else? The discount should be the main draw since not everyone out there is a fan of Strange. Continue reading Huawei Takes $100 Off Honor 8 For Black Friday, Offers Strange Gift Box
It is true that the smartphone world has become rather dull and not-so-innovative. Even giants like Apple who has the financial muscle to flex when it comes to R&D failed to turn out anything mind-blowing. Xiaomi, one of China’s bigger player, on the other hand, is determined not to stop innovating. Granted the real innovation did not quite started until last month when it introduced the Mi 5s with ultrasonic fingerprint sensor and today, the handset maker did it again with the world’s first edgeless display called Mi Mix with a designed conceived by, surprise, surprise, the legendary French designer, Philippe Starck. Yes. The Philippe Starck. Continue reading Xiaomi Surprises The World With “World’s 1st” Edgeless Display
At a glance, you’d forgiven to think that Kodak Ektra is the once-huge photography film maker’s newest digital camera. Well, it’s kind of is. Paying homage to the company’s 1941 camera of the same name, the smartphone reincarnation of the Ektra is modeled after the analog camera of the 40s and boasts, you guessed it, camera prowess by the way of a 21MP main shooter equipped with f2.0 aperture and Sony’s IMX230 image sensor which the company claims to offer “unique hybrid of photography innovation and DSLR innovation.” Continue reading Kodak’s New Smartphone Is Touted As A Photography-first Smartphone
For those who loathe to be tied to carrier, Apple has a piece of good news for you: iPhone 7 and its large sibling, iPhone 7 Plus, are now available SIM-free. This means, if you are willing, Apple will gladly sell you a spanking new, won’t go-up-in-smoke but headphone jack-less smartphone which you can activate with any carrier of your choice. SIM-free version applies across all iPhone 7 and iPhone 7 Plus capacities, though delivery date will vary depending on the color you desire. Also, as of now, these SIM-free versions are not available for in-store pickup from the online store, but it is said that they should be available through retail stores soon. Continue reading Is Apple Taking Advantage Of Note 7 Fiasco To Offer SIM-free iPhone 7?