As someone who writes about smartphones and gadgets for a living, you are bound to have come across almost every device that releases in the market. In the case of the Sony Xperia family, I had the pleasure of not just using but owning almost every flagship device released in the Z family. This includes the Z, Z Ultra, Z1, Z2 and Z3 in that order.
Back in October, we reviewed the OPPO Mirror 5. A smartphone that came with lower mid-range specification at a mid-ranger price. The smartphone had quite a nice design with the mirror finish at the back. However, the low resolution display, poor battery life and lack of 4G LTE support really didn’t do it any good. The OPPO Neo 7 is basically a slightly different version of the Mirror 5. It is better in some ways especially due to the 4G LTE support however, the RAM has been downgraded from 2GB to 1GB RAM. So, overall the smartphone seems like a mixed bag judging by the specs sheet. Let us take a look at the review to see whether the smartphone impresses us or leaves us in doubt just like the Mirror 5.
Competition has never been stronger in the mid-range segment and it has become very difficult for manufacturers to create devices that have a USP compared to other devices in the same category. The price range was primarily dominated by Xiaomi until 2015 where we see new entrants in the form of the Moto X Play and the OnePlus X. But most recently, Lenovo launched the Vibe P1, which at least on paper seems to overcome any of the shortcomings that the other devices have in this price range. The primary focus being on battery life. While the Moto X Play itself had great battery life, the Vibe P1 with its 5000 mAH battery should be even better. So, let us dive into the review to see whether the smartphone ticks all the right boxes and whether it truly is the most worthy contender in the price range like the specifications suggest.
In November, a roadmap for Samsung’s Android 6.0 Marshmallow update had surfaced and it revealed that the Note5 and S6 edge+ would be getting the update sometime in December. One T-Mobile Note5 user even got the update to 6.0 accidentally but both the phones haven’t received the official release yet. However, it seems that Samsung is ready with the update for the Note 4 and they have already begun rolling out the update across some devices.
The Motorola Moto X Pure edition which is also known as the Moto X Style in India and some other parts of the world is now receiving a soak test for Android 6.0 Marshmallow in the USA.
The OnePlus One was one of the first smartphones that came with CyanogenMod out of the box. Since then the two companies have parted ways and that resulted in the OnePlus 2 being powered by the home-brewn Oxygen OS. Now, it seems that the OnePlus 2 could be receiving the official CyanogenMod OS very soon.
Samsung is planning to refresh its Galaxy A lineup of devices- namely the A3, A5 and A7. A new user agent profile leak suggests that the 2016 Samsung Galaxy A5 will retain the 720p resolution of its predecessor.
A new leak on GeekBench reveals that YU might be planning to launch a more powerful and updated version of the YUPHORIA alongside the YUTOPIA.
The Lava Pixel V1 which belongs to the Android One group of devices has just started receiving the update to Android 6.0 Marshmallow.
Selfie centric phones are quite the rage nowadays and perhaps there is no phone that could surpass the Meitu V4 at least in terms of sheer Megapixel count as it has a 21 Megapixel front facing camera.
OPPO’s custom AOSP ROMs for their phones now has a name. Project Spectrum is now live and is already available for the OPPO Find 7.
Cyanogen are apparently planning big things for the year 2016 as it aims to launch several smartphones in 2016 including a flagship product by partnering with various manufacturers.
The upcoming Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 Pro has just been certified in China and we have images of the smartphone courtesy of TENAA which is their official certification authority. The images show that the smartphone has a metal body and fingerprint sensor at the back.
The OnePlus X is probably the first time that OnePlus has really deviated from their design language. Yes, the OnePlus 2 was different from the OnePlus One in a few obvious ways but the basic shape, ergonomics etc remained quite similar. While it did feel like an improvement, people could still probably tell that it was a OnePlus device especially when they touched the sandstone back. The OnePlus X on the other hand feels totally new. The design of the OnePlus X has both glass at the front as well as the back on the Onyx version and a Ceramic back on the Ceramic version.
Motorola has just announced the Moto G Turbo in Mexico and will be available for purchase starting from November 13th. The smartphone is basically a Moto G with bumped up specifications. Continue reading “Motorola Moto G Turbo edition launched in Mexico”