Google IO 2016 Coverage

Huawei bringing fingerprint scanner to budget smartphone


A new budget smartphone from Huawei leaked this morning with some interesting hardware reportedly inside and a truly budget price. Perhaps the most notable item included in the new device is a push-to-read fingerprint scanner on the back of the device. That is followed closely by word that the device will be capable of supporting all network bands. Read more

Sony’s next E series budget smartphone may have surfaced at GFXBench


A new entry on the GFXBench testing website may be the forthcoming Sony E4. The Sony E4 is expected to be the next iteration of Sony’s budget model following up on the Sony E3. We originally thought the device may be revealed at CES 2015 after an image surfaced back in December. After that did not materialize, we started looking toward MWC 2015 to see whether Sony might reveal the device during that event. The specs listed on the GFXBench site are mostly consistent with earlier reports of the Sony E4, though it looks like the smartphone may have shrunk just a little bit. Read more

LG E400 Optimus L3 Listed For Pre-Order In Sweden, Set For Appearance At MWC?

Looks like we have some information about an upcoming and intriguing LG budget phone. Apparently, the LG E400— otherwise known as the “Optimus L3”— is up for pre-order online at a Swedish retailer. This retailer is listing the phone at 1,290 kr (roughly $190 US or 144 Euros). While we don’t know the complete details of the internals, we do know the phone will feature Gingerbread 2.3, a 3MP camera and a microSD card slot. Expect more information to leak out as we approach MWC.

source: cdon

HTC officially announces Explorer (Pico) Heading to India and Europe

It looks as though the rumored release date for the HTC Explorer, a.k.a. Pico, has come to fruition. Last week we told you that it was to be released on Sept. 29th, and well… it did! Today HTC announced that the budget friendly device will be heading to India and Europe, expanding the market for affordable smartphones. The phone will arrive in India and EMEA markets in Q4. UK’s Vodafone also said they too will soon offer the device. There is no word on price as of yet but you can be sure that it won’t break the bank. The Explorer will be available in three colors, Metallic Black, Active Black, and Metallic Navy, and will have enough specs to get the job done:

  • 3.2-inch touchscreen with 320 x 480 resolution
  • 600 MHz processor
  • 512 MB internal storage
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 3 MP camera
  • WiFi (802.11 b/g/n)
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • 1230 mAh battery

Full press release after the break.

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AT&T Brings the $30 Impluse 4G to Save you from Smartphone Envy

Want to know how to get an Android smartphone into more people’s hands? You do exactly what AT&T is doing by offering one for $30. Another kicker, by the looks of the screenshot, is it looks to be rocking stock Android 2.2 (huge bonus). We don’t have a full breakdown of specs on the Impulse 4G, but this is what we know so far:

  • 3.8” Capacitive WVGA Touchscreen
  • Operating System: Android 2.2
  • 5MP Camera with auto-focus, flash, and 720p HD video record
  • Wi-Fi with access to AT&T’s Hotspots
  • GPS Navigation
  • Dimensions: 120mm x 65mm x 11.6mm

It’s a pretty safe bet that this will not be a dual-core device (I could be wrong here), so existing sales like the dual-core LG Thrill at the same price might leave this one hanging in the wind. With that said, it’s likely this may end up being a free device with a contract, and there is always a place in this world for free stuff. I’m sure anyone on a budget who needs a new phone wouldn’t look away from this device in the store. This is AT&T’s first smartphone from manufacturer Huawei and will be available on September 18th.

[via att]