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It's like the original G Flex, but better
As we reported in our pre-CES coverage, LG is back with the sequel to last year’s original G Flex smartphone – and this time, you might actually want it.
Whereas last year’s model featured a ridiculously large 6-inch display, the G Flex 2 has a much more manageable (yet still very, very large) 5.5-inch display. That’s still firmly in “phablet” territory, but let’s be real here – last year’s G Flex felt more like a small tablet than a big smartphone. The technology inside that warped body is also much improved; whereas the original G Flex had a 720p display, the new model features a 1080p resolution – a noticeable improvement over the older model at this screen size.
LG says this new G Flex 2 is 20% more durable than last year’s model, and is able to recover from more scratches, more easily than last ear’s model using an improved version of the company’s unique self-healing finish found on the back of the phone, whereas Gorilla Glass 3 strengthens the front.
There’s a next generation Snapdragon 810 processor inside, one of the first mass market a 64-bit mobile processors to make their way into an Android device. There’s also a 13 megapixel camera on the back and a 2.1 megapixel front-facing camera, for all your selfie needs.
The LG G Flex 2 will ship later this first quarter on AT&T, Sprint, and U.S. Cellular calling first dibs in the United States. Pricing has yet to be announced, however LG did say that the company is considering this a niche, high-end device that will likely cost more than the existing (and more capable) LG G3.
LG says they're redefining the curve
LG has just announced the new G Flex 2 smartphone at CES, the successor to last year’s original G Flex. While the smartphone itself likely won’t be revealed for a couple of hours or so, recent rumors imply that that the new smartphone will feature a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor.
Rumors also peg the G Flex 2 as featuring a now relatively standard sized 5.5-inch display, putting this firmly in the “phablet” category alongside the Apple iPhone 6 Plus, Samsung Galaxy Note, as well as Google and Motorola’s Nexus 6. According to BGR, LTE-A – which has yet to formally launch in the United States – will also be onboard for models sold in markets that support it. We’ll know more about the LG G Flex 2 soon, and we’ll be sure to let you know as soon as we know more.
Bigger than better?
The iPhone 6 Plus is a jumbo, comically huge smartphone. If Apple’s product portfolio were a clown outfit, the iPhone 6 Plus would be the bright red, obnoxious oversized shoes. It doesn’t fit in some front pockets, it sticks out of nearly everyone’s back pockets, and people will notice it and it will illicit reactions, at least while it’s still new and kind of foreign looking.
In fact, I would say that the iPhone 6 Plus is larger than I expected. I’m even one of those guys who went ahead and made scale paper cutouts of each size iPhone 6. It’s certainly a larger smartphone than I ever expected to own, and the size did come as a bit of a shock at first. But once you get past the sheer largeness of the 6 Plus, you can begin to evaluate it on better merits- ones not impeded by the initial “oh my God this is ridiculously large”. After a couple of weeks with the iPhone 6 Plus, I think I have enough familiarity to say some things with certainty. This is the official Haverzine iPhone 6 Plus review.
Read more to hear my take on Apple’s ginormous, huge iPhone 6 Plus.
Microsoft now controls the OS and the hardware
If there’s one thing Microsoft has always been good at, its developing software and partnering with hardware manufacturers to get that software out into the world. But starting today, Microsoft has turned into a big player of both the hardware and the software. That’s right, after over half a year of waiting and waiting for the right government approval, Microsoft has officially acquired Nokia’s devices and services unit.
The deal, which was originally announced in September of 2013 and cost Microsoft $7.2 billion, puts the software giant firmly in control of nearly the entire Windows Phone ecosystem, from end to end. Nokia had been Microsoft’s biggest Windows Phone supporter, however the company began to accelerate a deal that would merge the two companies when it became public knowledge that Nokia was heavily considering switching to Android – a consideration that eventually turned somewhat to reality with the announcement of the Nokia X and XL last month.
Under the acquisition, Microsoft will be allowed to use the “Nokia” name on feature phones until December 31st, 2015. However, any new smartphones by the former Nokia team will be released under the Microsoft brand. It remains to be seen on whether or not Microsoft is planning on using the Lumia branding with upcoming Windows Phone devices, however a rumor a while back indicated that Microsoft could be considering switching to the Surface brand for all smartphone models going forwards.
6 cameras ought to be enough for that perfect selfie
There have been some rumors saying that Amazon is working on their own phone. It looks like the rumors were right because what you see above is reportedly a prototype of Amazon’s upcoming and unannounced phone.
As is the case with many upcoming phones, this prototype is in a decoy shell so that we can’t see what the hardware underneath looks like. A similar method was used by Apple back during the infamous Gizmodo iPhone 4 leak. Nonetheless, this is what is supposed to be Amazon’s phone as it stands right now.
According to BGR, this device will run on a Qualcomm Snapdragon and 2GB of RAM and come with Amazon’s own fork of Android similar to what they use on the Kindle. The screen is a 4.7″ 720p display which is a bit low-resolution in this world today. Finally, as far as specs are concerned, this phone comes with no less than six cameras.
There’s a 13-megapixel camera on the back and a “standard front-facing” camera on the front for your selfies but it also comes with four additional cameras in the front of the device. These four extra cameras are special infrared cameras which are used to track the user’s face. These special cameras are being used to run a glasses-free 3D display similar to that of the Nintendo 3DS.
With all that power under the hood, you’d expect it to have a pricey tag on the outside and you’re probably right: although we’re still a ways away from the release date, BGR reports that the device seen here is the high-end device with an as of yet unseen low-end device coming later.
I'll have a You Pick Two
Anybody who loves a good sandwich is likely to have a sort of love affair with Panera Bread. The better-than-fast-food-but-still-not-quite-a-real-restaurant sandwich chain has become somewhat iconic for its selection of premium made to order sandwiches, soups in bread bowls, and most recently pasta dishes (oh god, the Macaroni & Cheese – the Macaroni & Cheese), and now the company has announced today that they will be significantly revamping each and every one of their retail locations before the end of 2015, creating one of the first visions of what a sandwich shop should look like in the twenty-first century.
Panera is known for its long lines, but no more – according to the company, the chain will be virtually removing lines in their entirety for anybody with a smartphone. Customers will simply be able to grab a table, order and pay from their table, and wait for their food to arrive within minutes – no hassle, no dealing with a cash register, and virtually eliminating the risk of getting mayonnaise on that sandwich when you asked for no mayo, damn it.
No smartphone? No problem – Panera will also be adding kiosks to their stores, letting customers walk up and tap on a touch screen with the whole menu, allowing you to order and pay from there as well.
On top of that, Panera will now allow customers to schedule orders up to five days in advance, and pick it up at a designated box at the time of your choosing. Panera’s new revamp will likely get customers in and out faster, shorten wait times, improve the quality of orders (which had been somewhat slipping as of late, much to the company’s chagrin), and just making this a more enjoyable experience for all.
Subway, your move.
Looks to make Windows more attractive
In one of the most unexpected pieces of news since forever, we’re hearing confirmation today that Microsoft will be participating in an effort to release dual-boot Android/windows Phone hybrid devices starting this calendar year. The root of this confirmation comes from Karbonn, an Indian-based smartphone manufacturer, Chairman Sudhir Hasija, who claims that his company has been in discussion with Microsoft about the project for some time now and that dual-boot smartphones will be coming within the next six months.
But before that will start, Karbonn will begin selling their first line of Windows Phone-exclusive smartphones by June. These phones should ship with Windows Phone 8.1 out of the box and will be the result of an effort by Microsoft to, as Hasija has said, ease “regulations and… open[ing] up its platform for other players.”
Microsoft has seen only limited success with its Windows Phone platform, capturing less than 5% of the smartphone market. This comes in stark contrast to the overall success of the Windows Mobile line prior to the unveiling of the iPhone in 2007, a product that largely dominated the marketplace in its time.
First confirmation its coming
We all knew it was coming, but now it’s official – kind of. According to Samsung Executive Lee Young during an interview with Bloomberg this week, Samsung’s next generation Galaxy S smartphone will be coming following the MWC2014 conference in late March or April – just about when we figured it would all be coming anyways.
Though details are still extremely tight, Young did reveal that the Galaxy S5 will be a “back to the basics” rethink of the Samsung Galaxy brand. Samsung is painfully aware that customers saw little difference between the Galaxy S III and the Galaxy S4, saying that Samsung will be focusing on two areas in particular; “mostly, it’s about the display and the feel of the cover.”
Young also confirmed that Samsung will also be releasing an all new version of the Galaxy Gear smart watch, one that will focus on making the device thinner and with “more advanced functions.” Young also hinted that the Galaxy Gear 2 could feature technology as advanced as an eye scanner, however that’s far from confirmed at this point – though it would be rather cool, would it not be?
From AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon
T-Mobile’s doing their big CES 2014 keynote today, and thought the party’s just getting started we already have at least one big announcement coming from the event. T-Mobile has just announced that if you switch from a qualifying carrier – that is to say, AT&T, Sprint, or Verizon – the company will pay out the entirety of your termination fee as long as you trade in your existing device.
T-Mobile CEO John Ledger says that this is akin to “giving families a ‘Get Out of Jail Free Card.” T-Mobile’s press release announcing the change continues to claim that the company is there to provide “relief for customers fed up with a broken, arrogant wireless industry” – a huge shot at the other big names in the industry.
Not a bad deal
If you were already looking to jump ship from T-Mobile, AT&T is willing to make the deal even sweeter. Starting today and lasting for the foreseeable future, AT&T is willing to give you up to $450 if you jump ship from T-Mobile and sign up for a 2-year contract with AT&T and trade in your existing smartphone. Even if you’ve got an old and busted smartphone that’s worth pennies AT&T is willing to give you a chance – according to the deal, the minimum AT&T will give you for switching is $200 – a great deal.
Unfortunately this means that you will need to sell your soul for those two years, but hey, if you live in America you should be used to such nonsense by this point. Check out the terms and conditions as well as instructions on how to get started in the source link below.
The 5s and 5c arrive
Good news, China. At long last, China Mobile has been granted the gift of the iPhone – and it’s coming sooner than you might think. According to a new advertisement by China Mobile, seen above, China Mobiel customers will be able to pre-order their choice of iPhone – iPhone 5s or iPhone 5c, of course – starting on December 12th ahead of the official December 18th launch.
China Mobile is advertising these as “4G phones”, indicating what we can only assume to be LTE support in the carrier. A China Mobile customer service representative gave the following quote to inquiries:
Customers can begin to preorder for our new 4G services from Dec. 12 through the company’s website and some dedicated branches in Shanghai. But we will only start providing commercial 4G services after Dec. 18.
Apple has long been interested in expanding their support for China, with Apple CEO Tim Cook visiting mainland China on numerous occasions throughout the past year or so.
Your next, next smartphone?
It may not be your next smartphone, but could it be your next, next smartphone? The first Jolla phone has officially hit the marketplace on Finnish carrier DNA, and so far, the reviews have been relatively positive, both in terms of hardware and – perhaps most shockingly – software, even with the new Sailfish OS that Jolla is betting on. While there certainly appears to be some early kinks and issues that need working out, all in all this seems like a great first effort by an up and coming player.
Interested? The first Jolla phone with Sailfish OS is built on a 1.4GHz dual-core Snapdragon 400 processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB of built in storage space expandable via an SD card, a 4.5-inch / 960×540 IPS LCD display, an 8 MP rear camera and 2-megapixel front facing camera. You can purchase yours from DNA now – if you’re in Finland, of course.