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Sony Announces The Xperia Z4 In Japan, But Doesn’t Mention An International Launch

z4Going on sale in Japan this summer in white, black, copper, and “aqua green” variants, the Xperia Z4 represents the company’s fourth iteration of their flagship handset. It’s interesting to see a follow-up to the positively-received Z3, despite the company’s troubles in its mobile sector, mostly pertaining to low sales numbers and a lack of support among American wireless carriers.

Also interesting, yet not surprising is that the Z4’s changes are mostly minor: the same 5.2-inch 1080p LCD screen, same 20.7-megapixel camera, a 2930mAh battery, an updated 2GHz 8-core 64-bit Snapdragon 810 processor, and 3GB of RAM. Android 5.0 Lollipop laden with a Sony skin plus is water/dust-resistance.

Oh, and a 7mm thinner metal frame plus the same wide-angle lens as the main camera, plus digital image stabilization — so you know, to keep your selfies are leveled.

No word on international launch.

ViaSony Mobile Japan

Motorola Moto E (4G LTE) Review: Little Budget, Lots Of Bite

Moto E 4G LTE (2015)With all the hype generated towards announcements, launches and sales figures of top-tier Android phones, including Motorola’s own Moto X, anything but the apex isn’t really in the average consumer’s field of view. However, truth be told, mid-range and low-end smartphones are the pillars that support the smartphone revolution worldwide, especially in developing markets.

In the United States, budget smartphones — such as the new Moto E — aim to provide a solid experience on capable hardware, without the usual cost of more than two Benjamins.

So, how does a hefty rubber and glass mid-range smartphone like the Moto E fair?

LG G Flex 2 Review: It’s Great And Curvy, But Needs Software Tweaks

DSC_0172So, on paper the LG GFlex 2 able to flex muscles with the best of the new 2015 smartphones — terrible pun, intended. Everything you’d want is here: Android 5.x Lollipop, a 1080p screen, pleasing aesthetic qualities, a usable camera and the latest Snapdragon processor — it’s a solid smartphone.

But even with all that, there are variables in LG’s curved smartphone formula that still need tweaking; thankfully it’s mostly software.

Sony Xperia Z3 Review: A Great Flagship, But With A Few Parts Left Out

20150324_073741 The current flagship of the unsure Xperia line from Sony — the Z3. A waterproofed yet sleek phone with Gorilla Glass adorning the back and front. It’s both rich in aesthetic and performance but between those lines, exist a few omissions. Still, the Z3 is a prime smartphone, but stiff competition from Samsung, HTC and Apple in the Spring of 2015 are direct threats to its aging hardware.

We’re going straight to the point with this one — onwards!

HTC One M9: The 20MP Camera, 5-Inch Full HD Touting Smartphone

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Above, the new HTC One M9. It’s the similar industrial design seen in the M8, and the M7 before it.

HTC’s trademark BoomSound speakers (with Dolby Audio tuning) adorn the top and bottom, a full 1080p HD 5-inch display is your window into its world, and an aluminum unibody design persists, but in four colors: pink, gun metal grey, gold, and two-tone gold silver. HTC Sense 7 runs on Android 5.0 Lollipop, to the delight of all.

A Snapdragon 810 octa-core processor is helped out by 3GB of RAM. The battery is a whopping 2840mAh, with 32GB of storage (expandable with microSD cards, 21GB of which is usable). Most interesting is the elimination of the UltraPixels on the back, which have been so-so throughout the years in terms of performance. Instead, HTC has used the UltraPixel technology for the front-facing camera, in an attempt to use the larger pixels to attain better night-time selfies. The back 20MP camera however, is your conventional yet top-spec camera sensor with 4K video recording. It’s really an evolutionary upgrade — the One M9

The new One M9 launches in the U.S. in mid-March on Verizon, AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile.