At last year’s CES, Alcatel introduced the One Touch IDOL Ultra—this year they followed up with the IDOL X+. The phone has a 5-in. full HD 441 PPI display and is powered by an octa-core processor for enhanced performance. The processor reduces power consumption by up to 18%, therefore increasing battery efficiency. With two cameras, a 13.1 MP (rear-facing) and a 2 MP (front-facing), and Hi-Fi sound, the IDOL X+ aims to provide a rich multimedia experience.
LG announced the G Flex—a curved, flexible smartphone with a 6-in. OLED HD display. The design aims to provide a more ergonomic experience, not only in hand, but with voice and sound as the design follows the contour of the face. LG warns however, that “the flexibility of this product is limited. This phone may be bent flat up to 180 degrees for a limited period of time only. Do not bend inward or twist,” so the phone cannot perform any acrobatic stunts. The G Flex runs on a 2.26 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with a quad-core Krait CPU and has 2 GB RAM. Running on Android, the battery of the phone is curved as well. An intuitive rear-key design and 13 MP rear-facing and 2.1 MP front-facing cameras were added as well.
ZTE announced the latest iteration of its flagship phone, the Grand S II. The Android phone has a 5.5-in. 1080p screen and runs on a 2.3 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor. It also has 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage and a 3000 mAh battery. The big draw is that the phone recognizes multiple users’ voices, so family and friends will be unable to unlock the phone strictly by speaking to it. The phone will originally only be sold in China, but ZTE hopes to bring it to the U.S. and other markets later in the year.
Lenovo’s Vibe Z is the company’s first LTE smartphone, complete with a 5.5-in. 1920 x 1080 display and in-house LTE support. It runs on a 2.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor and an Android operating system. Only 7.99-mm thick, the Vibe Z also has a 13 MP rear-facing camera, a 5 MP front-facing camera, 2 GB of RAM, and 16 GB of internal storage.
AT&T will exclusively carry the ASUS PadFone X, the dual smartphone and tablet. The 5-in. full HD smartphone activates a 9-in. full HD tablet when docked, both running on Android. Apps transition seamlessly, and the tablet docking station includes a large battery that charges the smartphone’s battery. The PadFone X also supports LTE-Advanced technology, including carrier aggregation, as well as Voice over LTE (VoLTE) and HD Voice. A near-field communications (NFC) sensor is included to support a variety of applications.
Following last year’s introduction of its predecessor, Huawei showcased the Ascend Mate2 4G. Also running on Android, the Mate2 features a 6.1-in. 1280 x 720IPS screen and runs on a 1.6 GHz quad-core CPU. A 4050 mAh battery allows for longer life, with Huawei promising up to 60 hours of “normal” use before a necessary recharge. The Mate2 has 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB internal storage, but that can be expanded up to 32 GB. It also houses two cameras, 13 MP in the back and 5 MP in the front.
Sony announced the next phone in its Z series, the Xperia Z1S. The phone has an IP58 rating making it Sony’s first waterproof flagship smartphone in the U.S. The phone is capable of being completely submerged in freshwater up to 4.9 feet for 30 minutes. Featuring a 2.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor and a 3000 mAh battery, it also has a 5-in. full HD display. The Z1S also leverages Sony’s camera technology with a 20.7 MP camera capable of taking full HD videos even underwater.
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