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Uh, Very Well: Sony Names International Version Of The Z4 Phone, The Z3+

Xperia+Z3+_heroArguably, it does make sense.

The Xperia Z4, announced not too long ago for Japan as an exclusive (and as the company’s new flagship smartphone), will be renamed for an international launch in June, dubbed the “Z3+”.

But, why not? The only real differences are Android 5.0 Lollipop, a new processor, a 5 megapixel front-facing, and a smaller battery 2,900 mAh (from 3,100 mAh). Other things have been fiddled with, like the new exposed micro USB port, which reportedly does not affect the waterproofing, or the overall design of the phone, which has been cleaned up and refined for slight imperfections.

Still, with Samsung dominating the Android space with not one but two flagships — S6 and S6 Edge — along with Apple’s own iPhone 6 and 6 Plus, the only reasonable strategy for Soyn at this point is to deliver another well-received smartphone, and hold its ground; profit dents aren’t in the cards here.

Oh, But Indeed: Samsung Unveils An Iron Man Edition Galaxy S6 Edge

Galaxy-S6-edge-Iron-Man-Limited-EditionIt may sound cool at first, but with no J.A.R.V.I.S. AI, it’s kind of a disappointment, no? Also, the constant use of red and gold might appear to be a bit gaudy to some, but still the iconic Marvel character is well-represented on Samsung latest Galaxy S6 Edge smartphone, called the Iron Man Edition. Sadly, this 64GB limited edition device will only be available in Korea on the 27th, followed by China and Hong Kong in June.

Oh, and each package of the limited edition S6 Edge comes with an “arc reactor” wireless charger plus clear cover. Official unboxing at the source link.

Via: Samsung Mobile (YouTube)

ASUS Brings Press To Gotham Hall To Launch Flagship Phone: The Zenfone 2

20150518_130907Enter Gotham Hall of New York City, and the stage has been set — to bring ASUS’ brand name to American phone carriers, with a sort of ferocity that would allow it to become an actual market contender — potentially. ASUS continues to try and delight the media, with its use of dancers and Zenfone 2 models to get the point across that the phone is (supposed to be) amazing.

The ASUS Zenfone 2 is a flagship smartphone, running Android 5.0 Lollipop with ASUS’ own software customizations. The 3.9mm thin, circular brushed aluminum wrapped Zenfone 2 obviously draws from the company’s Zenbook line for design traits.

For those keeping score: the Zenfone 2 won the IF Design Award of 2015, with both fusion aluminum color and illusion (textured) variants available; “for those of you who refuse to conform”, as ASUS chairman Jonney Shih puts it.

LG G4: This Is A Mean Smartphone, With Much Style

IMGP0294It’s only been a few hours since UPS delivered an LG G4 from Korea, but I’m already settling in nicely. The LG G4 is the (ever heard of this South Korean tech superpower) latest flagship smartphone to debut out of LG Mobile.

Is it worth the year-long wait? Yes, but let’s not get ahead of ourselves and at least pay attention to the specs — and design, that’s been tweaked slightly as well. For example, the model I have has a hammered plastic back, which looks and feels gratifying but a leather-backed version will debut in beige, black, sky blue and yellow colors — that’s what you want.

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.

LG Has Press Events All Over The World Set For April 24th, For Its Next Flagship

lg-g4-save-the-dateOh, yes indeed. If you haven’t been keeping track, it’s time for a new flagship smartphone from LG. That would most likely mean that this new smartphone of interest will be called the G4, but no one is placing bets, yet.

Initial speculation from South Korean sites mentions that a 5″ curved Quad HD display is what’s in store; what is certain is that invites are being sent out to the press for events in New York, London, Seoul, Singapore and Istanbul — all on the 28th of April. Fun times, indeed.