Allow us to formally introduce you to the newest member in the HTC Butterfly family – the all new “HTC J butterfly HTL23,” available through KDDI in Japan. This beautiful device will also go by the name of “HTC Butterfly 2,” available through Chunghwa Telecom in Taiwan, CSL in Hong Kong, and a number of other carriers throughout South Asia.
Packed with the latest HTC Sense 6 experience, HTC Duo Camera for advanced imaging, and an intuitive Motion Launch advanced sensor, the new HTC Butterfly 2 delivers an unparalleled smartphone experience.
“Our consumers always pursue perfection. Therefore, we chose the partner that we know will offer the best smartphones in the market,” said Takashi Tanaka, President, KDDI. “Since the HTC J series was released, it has become the most popular phone in our product portfolio.” Read more here:
Sharp unleashed two smartphones for Japan called Aquos Crystal and Crystal X tidat. The Crystal X is the better-equipped phone of the two with a 5.5" 1080p display, Snapdragon 801 chipset with a 2.3GHz processor and 2GB of RAM.
It has 32GB of storage and a 2,610mAh battery. Both Aquos Crystal smartphones sport incredibly thin bezels which means great screen to body size ratio with the 5.5" Aquos Crystal X measuring just 139 x 73 x 11mm, making it much smaller than the 5.5" LG G3 146.3 x 74.6 x 8.9 mm.
The Sharp Aquos Crystal opts for a 5" 720p panel, Snapdragon 400 with a quad-core 1.2GHz processor, 1.5GB of RAM, 8 gigs of storage and a 2,040mAh battery. It does pack a Harmon Kardon-branded sound package with Clari-Fi and LiveStage tech (the first allowing you to recover some information after compressing the music and the latter to stream to the Harman Kardon ONYX Bluetooth speaker). The phone is based on Android 4.4.2 KitKat.
The Aquos Crystal has an even smaller frame - 131 x 67 x 10mm. Interestingly neither phone is water-resistant, a feature some Aquos smartphones have.
Both smartphones will launch in Japan but the Sharp Aquos Crystal will also be available for pre-order in the US on Sprint (owned by SoftBank) tomorrow with availability kicking-in on August 29.via gsmarena.com
Samsung Electronics Co., Ltd. today unveiled its new design approach with the Galaxy Alpha. The latest addition to Samsung’s Galaxy smartphone line, the Galaxy Alpha features a sophisticated design in a carefully constructed compact body with a metal frame and a solid finish, while still maintaining the flagship Galaxy experience. Elegant and practical, the Galaxy Alpha is the optimal convergence of style and cutting-edge technology.
“The Galaxy Alpha was built and designed based on the specific desires of the consumer market,” said JK Shin, CEO and Head of IT & Mobile Communication at Samsung Electronics. “With an entirely new appearance, the Galaxy Alpha focuses on both beauty and functionality combining a stunning metal frame and slim, light weight design with the same powerful hardware and features users expect from a flagship Galaxy mobile device.” Read more inside..
The XOLO 8X-1000 is now official with a 5" 720p display of 294ppi, 8MP Sony Exmor R camera with f/2.0 aperture, Mediatek MT6592M chipset with a true octa-core 1.4 GHz processor and a quad-core Mali-450MP4 graphics chip. There's also 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage and a microSD card slot that supports up to 32 additional gigs.The XOLO 8X-1000 packs a 1,920 mAh battery and glass on its front and back. The front glass panel is made out of ASAHI Dragontrail glass while the back is Corning's Gorilla Glass.XOLO also announced the official launch of its HIVE OS that's built around Android 4.4 KitKat. The company says the UI is "Made in India, Made for India" and has some unique aspects to it.First off HIVE allows customer access, letting users become a part of the developer team and share ideas. The best-voted ideas are going to be pushed as new features via over-the-air updates and the users that came up with the idea are going to secure themselves exclusive credits and win digital content or merchandise.HIVE has two exclusive apps for its users - Connect and Edge. Connect will allow users to report bugs while Edge will give them a selection of themes, ringtones and wallpapers from a number of Indian designers. Users will also be able to create content themselves. Read more here:
Apart from innovative tablet/laptop hybrids, Asus had three good old-fashioned Android slates to unveil today at the Computex 2014 expo. These belong in the Asus Fonepad and MeMO Pad, and are all powered by Intel's new Atom line of mobile processors. This makes the Fonepad 8, and the MeMO Pad 7/8 all 64-bit Android 4.4 KitKat devices, so let's recap what each one offers.The Fonepad 8 seems to have the slowest, 1.8 GHz Atom Z3560 version of the quad-core processor, but it sports 3G connectivity, and Asus also managed to place an 8" 1280x800 IPS-LCD display inside, and surround it with just 5mm bezels. This makes the Fonepad 7 sport the best screen-to-body ratio amongst all 8" tablets out there, at 72.2% ratio. The tablet also flaunts dual stereo speakers, situated at the front.The MeMO Pad 7 also has two stereo speakers, but comes with a smaller display, and powered by a 64-bit Intel Atom Z3745 quad-core processor. Asus put a 5 MP camera on the rear of the 7-incher, and an HD 720p display in this one. Read more here:
Motorola has just taken the wraps off the Moto E, an entry-level smartphone that ups the ante with decent specs and a killer price. The Moto E continues on the design legacy of the Moto X and Moto G, with a similar slightly chubby, curvy form with a dimple on the back. It ships in black and white only, but you can add more color with Motorola’s interchangeable colorful shells, with 9 color options. In terms of pure dimensions, the E is 0.48-inch thick (12.3mm) and weighs in at 4.94oz (140g). The handset comes with a 4.3-inch display with a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels (qHD). This might sound low on paper, but on this small screen, it works out to the very sharp pixel density of 256ppi. Best of all, the Moto E runs on the latest Android 4.4 KitKat, and Motorola (soon to be Lenovo) guarantees future updates, and that’s quite the rarity for such a low-priced device. The little new Moto features a Snapdragon 200 system chip with 1.2GHz dual-core Cortex A7-based processor and an Adreno 302 GPU running at the respectable 400MHz. There’s 1GB of RAM, and a scarce 4GB of internal storage (only 2.2GB available to end users!) that you can, luckily, expand via microSD cards. It’s clearly not a super powerful setup that one buys to play the heaviest games at maximum detail, but it is still above the average for the ultra-affordable class the phone belongs to. It’s also got a 5-megapixel camera (no flash in sight) capable of recording videos with 480 x 854-pixel resolution at 30 frames per second. Nope, there’s no 720p HD video recording capability, but that’s one little compromise that is expected for this kind of money. In terms of connectivity, the Moto E is well equipped with both a single and dual-SIM models. It also supports 3G with downlink speeds of up to 21Mbps, single-channel Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and FM Radio. Read more here: