Today we bring more highlights from IFA 2014, which we attended earlier this month.
Yesterday we spoke of the upcoming smartwatches, so today it makes sense to focus on their symbiotic counterparts in the digital world, and that which was responsible for nearly killing off the humble wrist-watch; Mobile phones.
There was well over 100 phones on display from the various manufacturers around the world, we thought we’d wade through them all and bring you the top four from IFA 2014.
We start off with Huawei Ascend G7
This phone is the latest midrange handset from the Chinese manufacturers.
Sporting a 5.5" IPS display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 with a 267ppi density, it certainly makes an visual impact and has a one of the best build qualities of a mid-range phone we have ever seen.
Under the hood the G7 is powered by a quad-core 1.2GHz (per core) CPU with 2GB of RAM and runs Huawei's Emotion UI 3.0 over Android 4.4 (KitKat).
Coupled with a low price of €299, and LTE capability, this phone looks to take a nice chunk of the mid-range market when it releases later this year.
Next up we have the Moto X from Motorola.
Motorola have been fairly quiet of late in the mobile market, not really hitting the strides they were used to many years ago (in the days of the Razr). They now look to strike, and strike hard, at the top-range mobile market with the latest offering.
Following suit of their competitors; Motorola have taken great pride on the look and build of this latest phone, but not skipping the important specs. The phone will be fully customisable via the company website, options include a wood-finish, personal inscribing and much more (including a Tartan colour scheme).
Spec wise the phone is aiming for the top-tier large screen market (Think Xperia, Nexus 5, Galaxy). With a 5.2” 1080p screen and powered by a Quad-core 2.5 GHz Krait 400 from Snapdragon, this is no slouch of a phone and can stand up with the rest of them. Available in a multitude of colours and finishes, and as a “Pure Edition” which has near-stock Android 4.4.2, as opposed to Motorola’s full UI. This phone looks to take Motorola to the next level in the smartphone industry
Pre-orders started in the US September 15th at $499, with full world-wide release slated for October.
Samsung hit us with two new iterations of their Note range of smartphones (the first successful phablet). The Note 4 and the Note Edge.
The Edge gets it’s name from the curved of the screen that comes down on one side of the handest.
This allows the user to see the time and important messages, without the need to open the phone up. As well as notifications that will not interrupt what is showing on the main screen.
It is a little gimmicky and seemingly more of a proof-of-concept for the application of a curved screen, however the phone is still a phenomenal device and will no doubt be very popular when it releases early 2015.
Finally we look at the new Flagship from Samsung, the Galaxy Note 4. While both Notes share the same processor (2.7GHz quad-core Krait) and GPU (Adreno 420), this is clearly the choice of Samsung as the new king. With a slightly larger display at 5.7” the rest of the specs are identical, but this is what the Gear VR works with and the phone that will be on shelves quicker and in greater abundance.
What will likely differ is the price, the Note 4 is rumoured to release at $699, with no defined price or exact release for the Edge. The Edge is rumoured, however, to be nearer the $1000 mark due to the increased complexity of manufacture.
The Note 4 is due for release in the US early in October, with a European release slated for later in the year.
We will keep you posted on any further news. Stay tuned for more from IFA 2014