ASUS has released the second of two (or more) teaser videos ahead of its CES 2014 product launch. This one hints at 4-, 5-, and 6-inch handset offerings. In keeping with this year's teaser theme of eschewing actual product shots in favor of urban symbolism, this latest ASUS video asks, "What's your number?"
Blackberry is one of several to sign on a celebrity to help push its platform, having recently announced that Alicia Keys is its new Global Creative Director with the launch of Blackberry 10. All was well for a couple weeks until tweets surfaced under Keys' Twitter account from an iPhone, her previous handset of choice. According to the singer, she was hacked.
Chinese company ZTE has been taking some pretty big steps lately to push itself into the phablet market, having announced a new upcoming phablet yesterday and releasing the Nubia Z5 today. The Nubia Z5 was launched in China, and offers surprisingly high-end specs for a company known for its typically low-end devices. The handset is priced at the equivalent of $400.
Samsung has today acquired the wireless technology side of CSR’s business. CSR is a UK technology company that deals in single-chip Bluetooth solutions, with Samsung’s $310 million purchase of the phone connectivity technologies allowing the South Korean company to make use of various patents. Around 310 members of staff will also be transferred to Samsung as part of the deal.
It is finally time all you lovers of the Zelda series who've put off picking up a Nintendo 3DS for long enough, time for the Zelda 25th Anniversary 3DS to hit US shores, complete with black casing, gold accents, and Ocaria of Time 3D right there in the box. Thus far the rumors have been that this would only be an international release - and indeed up until now you'd have had to think about importing one later this month here to the USA, but what we're hearing today is that both Best Buy and GameStop will be carrying the package come Black Friday. That's the 25th of November, next week, if you're keeping track, and we're guessing you'll want to get to the store rather early the day before and tent up if you plan on being there in time to grab one.
Welcome to the next generation of Windows Phone 7 devices with Mango - you're looking straight at it through a Samsung Focus lens, complete with a 4-inch Super AMOLED display, a .39-inch thin chassis, and 4.1 ounces of weightlessness. Inside you'll find a single core 1GHz, QSD8250, Qualcomm processor, Windows Phone 7.5 Mango, and the ability to shoot some fancy photos with your 5 megapixel camera on the back. What we've got here is an everyman's introductory phone for Mango made simple for each and every customer to get an experience that's both full and controlled right out of the box. Those of you that've seen this device before, you'll have to wait until the review to see Mango in its entirety. For now we're just giving this device another glimpse.
It's Qualcomm Innovation Center, Inc's turn and it's time to benchmark some heads. There's a new benchmark in town, and this one's aimed directly at the mobile browser performance of YOUR device. Where the major benchmarking systems we speak of most often test more general CPU power and 3D graphics prowess of single core, dual core, and all kinds of core mobile handset processors, here we've got not one, but a whole suite of tests set up to show the web browser performance of whichever handset you're aiming to try out - and it works on tablets, of course, too!
We've just received a package in the mail from none other than the rapidly-deploying mega-carrier Verizon Wireless, a box containing no less than the Windows Phone 7 device called HTC Trophy. This is a device that is still indeed running on Windows Phone version 7, (as opposed to Mango,) is rolling out with a WVGA 3.8-inch touchscreen, has a 5-megapixel camera on the back, and is running on a 1GHz Snapdragon processor. This device is one of HTC's newest and, compared to the other line of phones they've been putting out for the past few months [Android specific] this device is rather small in comparison. But it's nice!