When Amazon introduced the Kindle Fire tablet a few years ago, they redefined the price. It looks like they have done it again. They just unveiled the Kindle Fire HD 6 and Kindle Fire HD 7 with super cheap pricing.
They each have 1280 x 800 displays in either the 6-inch or 7-inch variety. They also sport a 1.5 GHz quad-core MediaTek processor along with front and rear facing cameras, and all day battery life.
Amazon just introduced the all new Kindle Fire HDX 8.9. It looks a lot like last year’s model, but they have included a few new features. The biggest change is it’s now powered by a 2.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 805. It also gets a new Dolby Atmos sound engine, which should be noticeable when wearing headphones.
As far as the display, there really isn’t anything to upgrade. It sports the same 2560 x 1600 resolution that Amazon claims has 30% more pixels than the iPad Air. However, they have added Dynamic Light Control, which will automatically adjust the brightness and white balance of the display when reading books through the Kindle app. It should more closely represent an actual printed page. Unfortunately this feature won’t be available out of the box, but a software update later this year will enable it.
Google’s Android One program is almost here, and to increase you anticipation, Amazon.in sent out a Tweet today announcing that the Micromax Android One model will be available on its site starting tomorrow at 3:30 PM.
The Moto X for Sprint will be receiving a software update in the next few days, which should bring with it some small fixes. The camera received an update which allows for better consistency of exposure, more realistic flash colouring, and improved low light front camera photos all to increase your cameras image quality. The Phone dialer has been updated with a new graphical layout and colors. Motorola Alert can now be downloaded for the device to send updates on your location to select contacts. Along with these more visible differences are a few stability and security fixes to solve minor issues that have been showing their heads recently. For instructions on downloading, follow the link below.
Source: Motorola portal
Boost Mobile, the off-contract wireless division for Sprint, is now offering the ZTE Warp Sync for $179.99 off-contract.
You can get the device now online — in-store purchases can’t be made until September 1.
The phone is running Android 4.4.2 KitKat, has a 5-inch display, and a quad-core processor clocked at 1.2 GHz. You’ll also get 2GB RAM and 8GB internal storage. There’s an 8MP rear shooter with a 1.6MP front camera. The battery is 2300mAh.
Any Boost customers liking this new offering? Hit the break for the full press release.
It appears that Flipkart, an India-based company, will be the only retailer selling the Samsung Galaxy S5 mini in the country.
The phone (SM-G900) will be on sale in the next few days. This is not Flipkart’s first go-around with device exclusivity — the company was the only retailer to offer the Moto G in India last February.
Via: GSM Arena
Source: FlipKart Facebook
Were you interested in getting a Samsung Galaxy S5 at launch but were deterred by its pricetag?
Well now might be a good time to pounce.
The Samsung flagship is currently on sale for only $79.99 (with a new two-year contract) at Radio Shack.
If you need a refresher on what the device has to offer, check out our review here.
Source: Radio Shack
At a New York City event tomorrow, Sprint will be announcing Sharp’s Aquos Crystal, a 5-inch device with extremely small bezels.
Although it’s quite the looker, the specs are unfortunately midrange. Packed inside is an LTE-capable Snapdragon 400 quad-core SoC clocked at 1.2GHz, 1.5GB RAM, 8GB storage space and Android 4.4.2. The battery packs 2040mAh. Some extras include a Harman Kardon sound effects engine, “LiveStage” streaming, and compatibility with the Harman Kardon ONYX Studio Bluetooth speaker.
While pre-orders will begin tomorrow, the phone will be released in the US on August 29.
In case you were ever wondering whether the ability to quickly tap buttons, like we learn while playing video games, may apply in “real” life, Xiaomi appears to have figured out a way to make it meaningful. Employing a strategy called “hunger marketing” where they only make limited numbers of devices available, buyers in India discovered they had about two seconds to get their order going to grab an Mi 3. According to Xiaomi, a sale of 15,000 units of their Mi 3 handset was conducted today via Flipkart and the entire lot sold out in only two seconds. To give an idea of how quickly the orders were made, some users indicated they clicked the buy button to add it to their cart only to see its status change to out of stock by the time the page refreshed. Perhaps the buyers who did manage to get an order in are really good at Flappy Bird.
Xiaomi indicates they will hold another sale on August 12th at 2:00 pm. In order to participate, buyers have to register starting today at 6:00 pm.
Xiaomi’s strategy of marketing, combined with a well-spec’ed device at a low price, seems to be paying off as they recently surpassed Samsung in terms of smartphones sold during the second quarter of 2014 in China.
source: Mi India (Facebook)
While LG seems to be relatively bullish on the rest of the year’s outlook, it may not be the case for the rest of the industry.
According to the DigiTimes, major Android smartphone vendors including Samsung, LG, Sony and HTC are expecting slow sales for the rest of of 2014, as China-based manufacturers expand their portfolios to include budget-based smartphones for the mid-range market. Other consumers are simply in wait-and-see mode on the upcoming iPhone 6, which is sure to make waves upon release.