Sony Xperia E5 launches for budget buyers

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Sony officially launched the Xperia E5 today, a device targeting budget buyers. Although the device may not get high end hardware, Sony does indicate users should expect two days worth of battery life from the 2,700 mAh battery. Part of that longevity is probably due to the fact that the device is only equipped with a 5-inch 720p HD display. Read more

MediaTek Pump Express 3.0 is chipmaker’s latest high speed battery-charging tech

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MediaTek has announced their latest entry in the quick-charging battery technology field, Pump Express 3.0, to compete with offerings like Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 3.0. MediaTek claims their latest version of Pump Express can charge a smartphone battery from zero to 70 percent in a mere 20 minutes, although they do not indicate what size battery they are basing that measurement on. MediaTek also says a five minute charge will supply enough juice for four hours of talk time. Read more

ASUS ZenBo takes home assistant devices to a new level

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At Computex 2016 today, along with new ZenFone 3 smartphones, ASUS revealed their entry into the home assistant space to compete with the likes of Amazon Echo and the forthcoming Google Home and what are sure to be others. Demonstrating some creativity, ASUS chairman Jonney Shih unveiled the ASUS Zenbo which is a “home robot” capable of providing assistance and more in a form factor that is not limited to sitting on a shelf or counter. Read more