Blackberry in the News Again

Blackberry in the News Again

Perhaps it is a bit early to proclaim the first ever Android OS based BlackBerry smartphone, the Priv, a global success, but in any case the public interest is obviously huge. After years of struggling to stay afloat, the BlackBerry Company, formerly Research in Motion, finally decided to ditch their own operating system and release an Android OS based device, but brim filled with all signature BlackBerry options, such as the BlackBerry keyboard, the BlackBerry security suite and so on. People responded enthusiastically, several sales outlets were sold out within hours, including Amazon.com. Perceivable delays in shipment of the BlackBerry Priv are a further indicator that the sales are going well, so it is no surprise that the BlackBerry Company intends to follow up on this upswing with a less expensive version of the smartphone. Since that the popularity of the BlackBerry Priv brought the company back into the spotlight, people are curious to find out what BlackBerry is planning for the immediate future. Probably due to the enormous pressure of the press, BlackBerry apparently leaked some concept art of a device that is being currently developed, whereby there is no release date or exact specs made available, most probably because it is better to do such spoiler reveals slow, building up expectation, a strategy that has proven successful with the BlackBerry Priv device.   Now the success of the BlackBerry Priv device is going to decide whether BlackBerry will remain in business or not. Luckily for them, until now all is running according to plan, perhaps even a bit better. The idea is to provide solid devices that...
The Future of Mobile Telephony

The Future of Mobile Telephony

Overviewing the current situation on the smartphone marketplace it becomes pretty difficult to ascertain what the future holds for this very lucrative and coveted industry. There are incredibly bright, small, big, sharp, fast, exquisite display screens, resolution is already beyond what human eye can perceive, there are already some smartphones with proper sound integrated, there is barely a niche where smartphone manufactures have not ventured into, including fitness and health. The latest move is made by providers who offer streaming services from Netflix, Amazon Prime, Hulu and similar that do not count towards the payment plan, i.e. they are not being charged extra, counting against or reducing customers’ data transfer limits. LTE 4G is getting established everywhere by now, coverage is expanding and already there is talk about the next generation, 5G, which will slowly be planned out and implemented, whereby the whole project should start becoming available by 2020. But what have the smartphone manufacturers envisioned as the future of smartphones, besides shinier displays, faster processors, more RAM and storage, batteries that last longer and similar improvements? Is there anything in terms of technology that can be presented to customers, which will make a difference, something new, exciting, innovative? Now in immediate future the trend seems to be not to pursue the technology advancements that much, but to hark to what the customers have to say. First of such attempts is the latest HTC device, the HTC One A9, which is a phone that is in no way as high end as, for instance, the HTC One M9. This time around, HTC tried to listen to requests made...
Meizu Pro 5 Mini

Meizu Pro 5 Mini

The Korean company Meizu is again making news, after the good success they had with several of their smartphones, such as the Meizu MX5 and the phablet Meizu PRO 5, which is the big brother of the smartphone that has been just announced as forthcoming. Meizu already has good word of mouth in regards to the Meizu Metal smartphone, which should actually break several price related boundaries. The Meizu PRO 5 mini is expected to hit the stores early in 2015, but the idea behind this smartphone is to provide an alternative to people who wanted the Meizu PRO 5, but found that the device with a 5.7 inches touchscreen is much too large for many customers. Despite the “mini” label, the Meizu PRO 5 mini is everything but having reduced functionality – it seems that Meizu is really thinking “smaller” in size rather than features. It has a 4.7 inches wide screen that has a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels at a pixel density around 469 ppi. The Android version is expected to be Lollipop 5.1, despite the imminent availability of version 6.0 Marshmallow, but perhaps that will change by the time the official announcement has been sent to press. Inside is expected to be graced by the latest Mediatek MT6797 Helio X20 powerhouse, a deca-core behemoth with a 2.5 GHz dual core, 2 GHz clocked quad-core and a 1.4 GHz quad-core addition, all of which function in concert with the Mali-T880 MP4 GPU. The smartphone features 32 GB internal storage, with an option to extend storage per microSD, albeit this one subs also as a second...
Yotaphone 2 for the Prime Minister of Serbia

Yotaphone 2 for the Prime Minister of Serbia

It is very possible that you have never heard of a company named Yota and it is no surprise, because Yota is a Russian mobile broadband services provider that also manufactures smartphones. Finding out who owns the company is tricky, but not impossible, since there is only this much oligarchs and billionaires in Russia. It is a person named Alisher Usmanov and he is an Uzbek born son of a state prosecutor who wanted to be a diplomat and ended up with a degree in international law from the Moscow State Institute of International Relations. Family and personal relations to Roman Abramovich of the Chelsea FC fame – Usmanov also has a 30% stake, but remains largely unnoticed – and to Putin, mainly through their female companions, Usmanov managed to become the richest man in Russia. Yotaphone 2 is, interestingly enough, available in the UK and costs around 350 quid without contract. If this seems a bit much, please be advised that it is not an average smartphone, it is a two-faced smartphone. Yes, the Yotaphone 2 has two large displays, where the main screen is an AMOLED 5.0 inches large capacitive touchscreen display screen with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels at an approximate pixel density of 442 ppi. The secondary grayscale e-ink like touchscreen is 4.7 inches with a 540 x 960 pixels resolution at 235 ppi and it is always on. The operating system is Android 4.4.3 KitKat out of the box, but there is an upgrade to version 5.0 Lollipop available. Chipset is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 801, with a quad core 2.3 GHz Krait 400...
Meizu Metal and Samsung Galaxy On7

Meizu Metal and Samsung Galaxy On7

Anticipating that the low-end middle range will soon be a very popular marketplace, particularly in countries where most people cannot afford flagships and in the Western World, where people do like to have two devices, but also everywhere as an entry level Android device, Meizu and Samsung are trying to compete with new devices that are going to cost slightly above 100 British Pounds without contract and provide borderline top performance and features for budget novices. HTC was once again the first to break the new marketplace a few months ago with the HTC Desire 526G+ within the same price range, but with more budget oriented features. Meizu and Samsung are attempting to go a step further and offer slightly more for the same price, in case of Meizu surprisingly more for less than same price. The Samsung Galaxy On7 is actually very close to the HTC device, but it is a larger smartphone, display is whole 5.5 inches at a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels and 267 ppi pixel density, something Apple has defined around three years ago as the “still within the limitations of a Retina display”, which may be fine for a newbie. There is the Android OS 5.1, Lollipop, but only 8 GB of storage, which means that you will be left with barely 3 GB storage and plenty of bloatware. Luckily there is the microSD slot and the nice enough 1.5 GB RAM. The camera is 13 MP, 4k, with autofocus and LED flash, finally making any digital camera obsolete, because if entry level smartphones have such a camera, why purchase a separate...