We are almost a month past Mobile World Congress which was held in February this year. Even then, the Smartphone manufacturers are keen to keep the track of launching Smartphone Devices on cards. Let’s talk about some of the recent technology updates that took place this week especially in the space of Android Smartphones and Wearables.
First up, Lenovo launching Vibe K5 featuring 5-inch 1080p display powered by an Octa-Core Snapdragon 616 at the affordable price of Rs. 8,499/-. This phone was announced at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona and Lenovo ensured it is not delayed to be launched. The phone runs on Android 5.1 Lollipop edition with Lenovo’s own UI on top. The phone features 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. The Vibe K5 is a dual-SIM supported phone that has an Adreno 405 GPU and supports: 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS. Weighing around 142g, the phone packs 2GB of RAM and has 16GB internal storage which can be expandable upto 128GB with microSD card. Not to miss the 2750 mAh removable battery providing the juice. The Lenovo Vibe K5 Plus comes in Platinum Silver, Champagne Gold and Graphite Gray colors.
Another Player who’s looking to set its milestone in India, OPPO has announced its flagship R9 and R9 Plus smartphones at an event in China. The OPPO R9 comes with 5.5-inch Full HD AMOLED display with 1080 x 1920 pixels of display and is powered by an Octa-core MediaTek Helio P10 processor with Mali T860MP2 GPU. The device sports 4GB of RAM and has 64GB Internal Memory which can be expanded to 128GB with microSD card. It runs on Android v5.1.1 Lollipop edition with ColorOS 3.0. The OPPO R9 features a 16-megapixel front-facing camera and 13-megapixel rear camera. On the other hand, OPPO R9 Plus is not very different from R9. It comes with 6-inch Full HD AMOLED display featuring Octa Core Snapdragon 652 (620) processor with Adreno 510 GPU. The device runs on Android v5.1.1 Lollipop with ColorOS 3.0. The device packs 4GB of RAM and has 64GB /128GB internal memory. The phone comes with 16-megapixel rear camera and a 16-megapixel front-facing camera. The OPPO R9 Plus comes with a 4120 mAh battery with VOOC Flash Charge. With VOOC charge, you can expect 2 hours of talk time with just 5 minutes for charge. Both these phones come with a fingerprint sensor that can unblock the phone in just 0.2 seconds. The OPPO R9 and R9 Plus come in Rose Gold and Golden colors. It is said that the phones will go on sale starting April 12th, however, there is no word on its global rollout as yet.
LG has been actively promoting its smartphone devices and this week, it launched two new smartphones in the K series namely- LG K8 and K5. The LG K8 is a 5-inch device sporting 1280 x 720 pixels resolution and is powered by 1.3 GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6735 processor with Mali-T720 GPU. The device comes with 1.5GB of RAM and packs 8GB of Internal memory, which can be expanded using microSD card. The phone featuresAndroid v6.0 Marshmallow version. It has a 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. Other features include: 4G LTE / 3G, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.2, GPS, NFC. The device has 2125 mAh removable battery. The LG K8 comes in Gold, Indigo and White colors and is expected to roll out in Asia, Africa, the Middle East, CIS and Latin America. Other hand, LG K5 comes with 5-inch FWVGA display featuring 854 x 480pixels resolution. The device packs 1GB RAM and has 8GB Internal memory with a scope to expand using microSD card. It has 5-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. The phone runs with 1900mAh removable battery. The LG K5 will come in Gold, Silver and Titan colors and is expected to roll out in Europe, CIS and Latin America.
Teewe creator CREO introduced Mark 1, its first Flagship device featuring its own OS based on Android. The company has 70 engineers, designers and makers working on the smartphone aiming to make Android better with features that aren’t available on any other android device.
The company is also promoting a tag #ANewPhoneEveryMonth which means that they are looking to release new feature for the phone, every month via OTA. Though no specifications have been announced, GFXBench listing shows that this device is expected to feature 4.6-inch Q-HD screen, Android v5.1.1 Lollipop edition, MediaTek Helio X10 (MT6795) SoC, PowerVR G6200 GPU, 3GB RAM, 32GB storage, 21-megapixel rear and 8-megapixel front facing camera.
Android Wear arena also witness some new launches in the market. Nixon launched its first rugged Android Wear smartwatch – Mission– which is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon Wear 2100 SoC. The design of this wear is depending on adventurous sporting activities like surfing, snowboarding, and skiing in mind. The wearable is water resistant upto 100 meters or 10 ATM. Along with being waterproof, the watch is also shock resistant and features a Corning Gorilla Glass display. The Nixon Mission comes preloaded with Nixon exclusive Mission and Trace apps.
Another Watch Leader, Fossil has introduced Q Marshal and Q Wander Android Wear smartwatches. The wearables sport 44mm or 46mm circular cases and feature variety of body styles and strap options. They also can be customized with various face designs including exclusive Fossil dials, and interchangeable straps.
With wireless charging capacity, the wearables are compatible with Android devices and iPhones. The Q Marshal and Q Wander Android Wear smartwatches are priced at $275 and will be available later this year.
According to the rumors, Google is planning to name the next version ‘N’ as New York Cheesecake. Let’s hope that as we are inching closer to Google I/O 2016, more updates are announced. We might also hear updates from Govt. Of India as they have proposed to Google to submit fresh proposal for the Project Loon. The proposal primarily focus on creating provisioning for testing Google’s high altitude balloons under the Loon Project which aims to provide Internet.