BlackBerry launches DTEK50 Android smartphone

Written on Thursday, 28 July 2016 06:38
Set to be released on August 8, BlackBerry’s second Android-based handset was announced on Tuesday, July 26, called DTEK50. It combines Google’s Android software and broad apps range with BlackBerry’s highly regarded security and productivity features, at a reasonable price. The 5.2-inch touchscreen-only device will sell for US$299. Reports suggest that BlackBerry, a company that has fallen from the top of the smartphone manufacturer list, hopes to sell the DTEK50 in greater numbers than the PRIV, its first smartphone using…
The highly anticipated iPhone 7 could be released as soon as early September this year. Prominent Apple reporter Evan Blass posted a Tweet on Saturday, July 23, saying the latest iPhone iteration will likely be released the week of September 12. However, Apple has not given any indication that it’s planning a launch event. Rumors have surfaced that Apple is planning to release three different iPhone 7s. Leaked images depict a larger screen and higher storage capacity. What’s more, Apple…

Samsung Galaxy Note 7 to release on August 2 in New York

Written on Thursday, 14 July 2016 10:32
Samsung has officially announced the release date for its highly anticipated Samsung Galaxy Note 7 smartphone. It will be released on August 2 in New York at 11am ET/8am PT. The release event, according to Samsung’s invitation, will be live-streamed on Samsung’s website. The invitation also confirms that this new edition of the large-screen Samsung smartphone, which features the S Pen stylus, is skipping version six and going straight into version 7. Like the iPhone 7 due to be released…

Active Telecoms Review: Huawei P9

Written on Thursday, 23 June 2016 08:37
Co-engineered with Leica, Huawei’s P9 smartphone pushes the boundaries of innovation - a solid match for its market rivals. What’s intriguing about the P9 is that it sells for around £449 which is over £100 cheaper than other leading smartphone models. It’s sleek and lightweight with fast performance, a solid battery life and a stellar camera. The only aspects letting the P9 down is that the camera options can be slightly overbearing (depending on how serious you take photography) and…
Chinese computer manufacturing company Lenovo showed off its highly anticipated Tango smartphone on June 9, as it focused on a future at the heart of the Internet of Things (IoT). A market-ready PHAB 2 Pro smartphone imbued with Google-created Tango augmented reality technology took centre stage at the Lenovo Tech World gathering in San Francisco. The PHAB 2 Pro is similar to other PHAB 2 models in that it has a large 6.4-inch display and similar physical appearance. The Pro's…
Acer recently picked up eight Computex d&i (design and innovation) awards 2016 for a wide range of products across its portfolio. The awarded products include the Revo Build modular mini PC, Aspire One 11 notebook, Liquid Jade 2 smartphone, Liquid Jade Primo Desktop Kit, Predator Z850 gaming projector, K138STi portable projector, XR342CK gaming monitor, and RT240Y ultra-slim monitor. The Computex d&i awards are hosted by Computex Taipei in Taiwan and organized by the world-renowned design institute iF International Forum Design.…
Purchasing a typical smartphone today will often break the bank – they don’t come cheap, or do they? Unlike Apple’s iPhone 6s which typically sell for about US$800 on Amazon, another company has emerged to cater to emerging markets that cannot afford Apple and Samsung’s steep prices. Datawind, based in Ontario, Canada, offers entry-level smartphones and tablets that start at just $25, including one year of unlimited web browsing. The service has already launched in India and is soon expected…
Google’s hotly discussed modular phone, called Project Ara, is set to be released this fall, the company announced at its I/O develop conference in May. The new modular design has the potential to change the smartphone landscape, providing consumers the ability to customize their device like never before. Project Ara is Google’s version of the Phonebloks project. It’s similar to Android phones, but with the added ability to switch up multiple modules. The idea is, instead of purchasing a phone…

Apple to release entirely glass-cased iPhone in 2017

Written on Sunday, 29 May 2016 10:50
While Apple-lovers are gearing up for the much anticipated release of the iPhone 7 in September, another Apple release has caused a stir of interest. Forbes.com recently reported that Catcher Technology chairman and CEO Allen Horng said: “Apple will make its 2017 iPhone using a glass casing.” Details about the rumored glass iPhone came from the iPhone’s long-time chassis-maker, Catcher Technology, at a recent event. It coincides with a quote by Horng at the company’s shareholder meeting on May 19,…

Motorola set to make a flip-phone comeback

Written on Monday, 23 May 2016 10:38
The Moto Razr flip-phone was released back in 2004 and quickly became the “it device”. Anyone who fashioned the stylish, unbelievably slim phone (at the time) was thrust into the cool crowd. Fast-forward to 2016, and the forgotten device could be making somewhat of a comeback. The Moto Razr was the like the supermodel of cell-phones. Over the years, the popularity of flip-phones faded away, as the emergence of smartphones took over. But recent reports suggest that Lenovo is rebooting…
Nokia, once the world's foremost phone maker, on Wednesday, May 18, announced its return to the fiercely competitive handsets and tablets market years after being crushed there by Samsung and Apple. Nokia, which is now a leading telecom equipment maker, said it would licence its brand to a new Finnish company which will produce phones and tablets under the Nokia name. The new company, HMD Global, "has been founded to provide a focused, independent home for a full range of…
Life’s good when leading labels take an innovative approach to new products as opposed to following common trends. In the early days of mobile phone manufacturing (remember the good old Nokia 3310?) the leading mobile brands at the time were fighting to lead the market by producing devices that stood out from the rest of the cell-phone crowd. The likes of Nokia, Samsung, Siemens, Sony Ericsson and Sagem weren’t afraid to experiment with their handsets. Fast-forward to 2016, and these…
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