I've been lusting after ASUS' ambitious Padfone devices ever since they were announced way back in 2012. But since ASUS is a company that focuses on its home market first, we haven't seen hide nor hair of the docking smartphone-tablet hybrids over here in the United States. According to an Engadget interview with ASUS CEO Jerry Shen, that could change as soon as the second quarter of next year.
The interview is a lengthy one, but the juicy bit is near the end: Shen says that ASUS is partnering with a "big operator" in the United States to launch the next iteration of the Padfone on our shores. Read More
Chinese manufacturer Oppo has been making a few waves in the Android world as of late, and their latest flagship is now available to hungry consumers in the US. The N1 superphone launches today on Oppo's official web store: $599 American greenbacks lands you one with 16GB of storage, while the 32GB version goes for $649. Standard shipping is free, and the package includes both a flip cover and Oppo's O-Click remote shutter.
The N1 is a beast of a phone, thanks in no small part to its pocket-straining 5.9-inch 1080p screen. Unique features include a 13-megapixel camera on a rotating hinge, so it functions as both the front and rear camera, and a touch-sensitive back panel that's integrated with Oppo's Color software based on Android 4.2. Read More
ZTE likely isn't the first brand that comes to mind when you think of premium Android handsets, and that isn't a surprise. The company's footprint is largest in Asia, and it typically releases budget handsets on this side of the Pacific. But ZTE has been working to change things, and today it's announced that two of its high-end smartphones are ready to compete in the US market - the Grand S and the Nubia 5. Lets start with the former.
This is not the first time we've heard of the Grand S. It was on display at CES back in January and went on to be exclusively available in China. Read More
For everyone wanting to get a piece of new HTC tech, it looks like the littlest brother of the HTC One family, the One V, will be making its way stateside "later this summer."
For the uninitiated, the One V is the budget device from the One Series, packing some rather meager specs:
- 3.7-inch 480x800 display
- 1GHz single-core processor
- 512MB RAM
- 4GB built-in storage
- 5MP F/2.0 rear shooter
- Android 4.0 with Sense 4
While it's definitely no powerhouse on paper, it does bring some unique features to the world of budget devices, like Ice Cream Sandwich, the now less-intrusive Sense 4, and HTC's impressive new camera. Read More