The fourth Galaxy Note replaces Samsung’s traditional plastic body with a new aluminum edge, which makes the big smartphone feel lighter, more durable, and just plain nicer.
T-Mobile has a new attractive large phone option for its bargain-seeking customers. The ZTE Z Max is a 5.7-inch smartphone — one of the first to be sold in the United States under the ZTE name — that will retail for $252 unlocked.
Why would Apple launch a bigger iPhone? According to new data from apps analytics firm Flurry, it may be because there’s evidence that big-screened phones are growing in popularity.
In less than three years, “phablets” have gone from a laughable name to the fastest growing handheld segment and they’re not done yet. Look for nearly 200 million shipments this year alone as consumers see the value in a larger screen with voice capabilities.
Samsung’s mid-range Galaxy Tab line might not have the ability to make voice calls in the United States, but since 2011, overseas markets have had the option to add cellular connectivity. So the company’s new seven-inch phone announced on Monday, the Galaxy W, isn’t a new product, but rather a new moniker. Like the Galaxy Tab, it doesn’t pack flagship specifications: a 720p display, a 1.2GHz quad-core processor and Android(s goog) 4.3 with no guarantee of timely updates. It’ll cost nearly 500,000 won in Korea, which works out to just under $500. No word about when if it’ll ever come to the United States, so if you want a phone-tablet hybrid, your best bet is probably the currently available Samsung Galaxy Mega.
LG’s latest “phablet” features a 1080p screen, Android 4.4 KitKat, and can capture 4K video.
Oppo will announce its next flagship smartphone, the Find 7, on March 19. Two versions are expected to appear, one of which is said to sport a “2K” display.
Confirming reports from last month, HP is re-entering the smartphone market. Expect a pair of “phablets” running Android 4.2 to launch in India, where the market for large-screened smartphones is growing quickly.
Amid falling PC sales, HP can’t afford another mobile misstep like it suffered with Palm’s webOS. The company has a few Android tablets but will soon introduce several low-cost 6- to 7-inch phablet phones in emerging markets says The Information.
The HTC One Max isn’t yet official, but the device keeps breaking cover in front of cameras. The latest pictures from a Taiwan site show the large handset in pieces and illustrate how big it is compared to the HTC One.