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Moto X Play Announced: A Longer Lasting, More Active Flagship Phone

20150728_093158The Moto X Play is Motorola’s second X-branded device announced today. Aimed towards battery life, up to two days on a single charge, and is advertised with a massive 3,630mAh battery to accomplish that. The same 21 megapixel sensor seen on the top-range Moto X Style carries over (capped at 1080p HD recording), with a 5.5-inch full HD display. A Snapdragon octa-core processor is the X Play’s heart, with 2GB of RAM and 16/32GB storage options, along with Moto Maker and a pure build of Android 5.1.1 Lollipop.

Motorla pegs the Moto X Play launch in August.

Moto X Style: The Newest, Spec Heavy Flagship Phone From Motorola

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Starting with a front-facing stereo speaker, a coated silicone rubber soft-grip curved back (with anti-discoloration) and poise.  The new Moto X Style is designed to be stylish and customizable, via Moto Maker or out of the box, including leather and wooden back options with machined metal frames and metallic accents.

Availability will be across the world; the United States will see a launch in September, direct for Motorola, Amazon and BestBuy (and its stores) for $399.

The OnePlus 2 Makes Its Online Debut, With An August 11th Release Date

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The OnePlus 2 is the company’s self-described “flagship killer” for the year 2016. On paper, the OnePlus 2 is no slouch, I’ll give it that: a Snapdragon 810 octa-core processor (that apparently won’t overheat), 5.5-inch 1080p display, 13 megapixel camera with optical image stabilization and laser focus (at 1.3 microns), a 5 megapixel camera on the front, a USB Type-C connector (and reversible USB-A at the other end of the cable), 4GB of RAM and 64GB of storage.

The back plates make a return, however in Bamboo, Black Apricot, Rosewood, and Kevlar versions. The leading security option is a fingerprint sensor that can store up to 5 prints, To top it off, a 3,300mAh battery that should get the phone through the entire day.

Android Lollipop is customized with the OnePlus UI enhancements, which includes customizable nav bar buttons.

Launch is pegged for August 11th in the US, Canada, India, the EU, and China. A Southeast Asia launch will occur in Q4 2015. Pricing is $389 for the 64GB, while the 16GB version will require $329.

Via: OnePlus

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