Handset companies used to announce a portfolio or three or more devices at large industry trade shows. Usually there would be one high end product, another that’s a bit more affordable, but shares many of the same features as the flagship model, and then finally a budget device that was the “aspirational” model for people in emerging countries.
I’ve been backpacking through South East Asia with my girlfriend since January 5th. Samsung unveiled a pink version of my phone, the Galaxy Note II, in February. We’ve been trying to find one just to see what it’s like, but we kept on being told that it wasn’t available yet.
Sony has just announced two midrange Android smartphones that are, how should I put this, rather unexciting. Before I get to my rant, let me introduce you to the devices. First up is the Xperia SP. It has a 4.6 inch 720p display, dual core 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4, 1 GB of RAM, an 8 megapixel Sony Exmor RS camera, 4G LTE support, NFC, and it ships with Android 4.1.2 on-board. It weighs an astounding 155 grams thanks to an aluminum frame, and it’s almost 10 millimeters thick. The design language is a mix of Sony’s 2012 smartphone portfolio and the latest Xperia Z.
How odd. Less than 24 hours ago I published a piece saying ST-Ericsson tried to sell themselves to Samsung, and Samsung said no.
It’s Monday, which means a lot of you are going to be slacking off at work, so I thought I’d help you pass the time by sharing everything I know about Samsung’s latest flagship phone after spending a significant chunk of my weekend reading about it.
There are people out there who refuse to throw anything away because they think their garbage will some day prove to be useful. These people are called hoarders. The same type of mentality exists in the digital world, and thanks to services such as Evernote, Instapaper, and Pocket, anyone can archive just about any random piece of junk they come across the internet.
Many of the world’s great thinkers are often quoted for saying something to the tune of: “I would have written a shorter letter to you, but I didn’t have enough time.” In other words, focusing is hard. Anyone can write a 5,000 word review of a smartphone, and these days I’m seeing that happen more and more often, but it takes a serious set of skills to make something that gets the point across in a reasonable span of time.
Chances are you’ve never heard of ST-Ericsson, despite the fact that they’ve announced some pretty amazing silicon in the past. Short summary: It’s a joint venture between the French chip company STMicroelectronics and the Swedish telecommunications giant Ericsson. It was created to give companies like Qualcomm some competition.
Size is important, as so the cliché goes. Depending on the type of person you are, you either hate that smartphones are getting larger and larger each and every year, or you welcome the added screen real estate. Myself, I used to be a firm believer that the 3.5 inch iPhone 4/4S was the perfect form factor, but then I wanted to buy a tablet.
Daniel Howley from LAPTOP Magazine recently got a chance to run some benchmarks on a pre-production Samsung Galaxy S4. I’m not going to share the results with you since the device isn’t final yet, but I will share some of Daniel’s other findings. He cranked the display brightness to maximum on the GS4 and saw how it compared to Samsung’s GS3 and Note II.