Indian smartphone manufacturer Lava has just launched its latest budget-friendly smartphone, the ‘Iris Alfa’, and rather surprisingly it packs quite a lot with regards to specifications for the money.
Oppo has had a pretty busy start to 2015. Today it took the wraps off not one, but two new smartphones, and just last week its 9mm thick Oppo U3, which is set to be the world’s thinnest handset yet, received its TENAA network license.
Alcatel OneTouch has just announced a trio of affordable Android-powered PIXI smartphones it will showcase at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, between Tuesday, January 6, and Friday, January 9, 2015.
While most American’s probably haven’t heard of the Chinese phone manufacturing company Xiaomi, their immense success in China has propelled the company into new heights. With the company being previously valued at $4 billion (2012) and $10 billion (2013), rounds have now valued the company at a whopping $45 billion.
How did Xiaomi gain this much success in such a quick time you ask? Clever on-line marketing coupled with cheap/affordable high-powered devices have made them a household name in China. Not only has the company knocked off both Apple and Samsung as the the #1 smartphone manufacture in China, but they are also now #3 world-wide. With over 500 million smartphones expected to be sold in China next year (more than double that is expected to be sold in the US), one can only expect Xiaomi to grow even further. With China clearly under their belt, the Chinese company has their eyes set on the rest of the world starting with India and Brazil, and I’m sure they have hopes of someday being a household name in Europe and possibly even the United States.
Samsung has just launched its latest affordable smartphone, the Galaxy Core Prime, on its official eStore in India. The handset comes in Charcoal Grey, White and Silver colorways, and can be yours for Rs.9700 ($153).
HTC’s latest upcoming budget-friendly, mid-range smartphone, the A12, is expected to be announced next month at the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada, but we don’t have to wait that long for a full list of its specifications and its purported launch date thanks to renowned leaker, Upleaks.
According to a report published by DigitTimes this morning, Chinese smartphone manufacturer Xiaomi is facing major difficulties selling its devices outside of China despite its belligerent marketing techniques.
An unidentified entry-level smartphone has been spotted on Samsung’s official website in the form of a User Agent profile. Going by the name of SM-J100H, the handset doesn’t pack much by way of specifications, but it does feature a barometer sensor, which is something that’s usually reserved for higher end devices — leading us to believe that this may be some type of speciality device.
Earlier today, Vivo unveiled the X5 Max, which is undoubtedly the world’s thinnest smartphone measuring in at just 4.7mm thick. The handset is constructed from a single sheet of aluminium and although immensely thin, it still manages to pack some pretty impressive specifications.
Earlier today, an unannounced Samsung smartphone with the model number SM-A700H made a pitstop at the FCC. Information included in the brief filing documentation reveals that we’re probably looking at yet another variant of the upcoming Galaxy A7, but this time with no LTE compatibility.