Samsung tablet massive 18.4-inch display

Samsung has a reputation for indulging in the outrageous at times, and while the company has been mocked in the past for this very reason, the likes of the Galaxy Note line prove that Samsung can forge new markets from ideas that seemed ridiculous initially. After well and truly establishing the path for mammoth smartphones, could Samsung be looking to do something similar with tablets? Spotted in the wild recently, the company’s SS-18.4 slate boasts a display of 18.4 inches in diameter, and if it ever saw the light of day, it’d be comfortably larger than anything else that the consumer market has to offer.

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Noticed while being transferred via Delhi Air Cargo, the batch of seven tablets has a combined value of €3261 ($3560), equating to around €465 ($508) apiece. These figures only outline the value of the stock to Samsung, though, so shouldn’t be taken as any kind of guide as to a future retail price.

There’s no picture of said device, and since the listing explicitly states that the inventory will be thrown out to the lions post-haste, there’s a good chance that we’ll never get a glimpse of it in the flesh. With that said, designers and concept makers are always conjuring up new and exciting ideas, so perhaps one creative head will follow up with a visual of what an 18.4-inch slate might look like.

We certainly couldn’t imagine carrying around an 18.4-inch tablet day to day, although if the resolution was in the 2 or 4K vicinity, it could definitely make for some epic movie times.


Lenovo G50 Tablet Review

Budget and affordable Lenovo G50 laptop combines a slimline design with and performance that will meet average user challenges. By it’s specifications it belongs to lower budget level of laptops, but in hands it doesn’t feel cheap or low quality. 5.5 lbs (or 2.5 kg) weight is a bit too much.

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Chiclet keyboard has a numpad and all the keys are spread enough for comfortable typing. The only problem is that the fealing while typing feels “plastic”. You will also find 2x USB 3.0, one USB 2.0, an HDMI-out, 2-in-1 card reader (SD/MMC), headphone/mic combo and VGA built in ports.

15.6″ HD display with LED backlight delivers bright, crisp picture in 16:9 widescreen format with 1366 x 768 resolution. Viewing angles are good for this entry level class.

We regret to see low resolution display on laptops, while a lots od 10 inch tablets from Chinese manufacturers have Full HD 1080p or bigger resolution.

Big advantage is silent, almost noiseless workflow. Heating in longer usage is negligible, and all the components inside will not overheat, as they are not very powerful, which could make this laptop more durable.

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Samsung patents Foldable Tablet Displays

It’s not the first time we see Samsung filing a patent application for a flexible mobile display, and getting it approved, but in light with the CEO hint that next year we might see a foldable device become reality, the latest patent is worth your attention. The application has been filed last year, and granted July the 7th.

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This time the twist is that Samsung has filed for a foldable screen not only of the OLED variety, but an LCD one, too, with roughly the size of one of its Galaxy tablets. The circuit board for the LCD one is on the outside of each half, while with the foldable OLED it is integrated into the package, and bends together with the panel.

Another interesting recent Samsung patent approved by the USPTO involves near-invisible virtual buttons. These are active areas situated near the edge of a touchscreen, which can command the camera app, for instance. The so-called “sensor pads” can apparently be mapped to different functions, too, so imagine a back button that is constantly under the tip of your thumb on the side of the phone, without taking physical space below the screen, or a shutter button that doesn’t take away from the scene framing. If and how are these becoming reality, remains to be seen, but the R&D departments keep inventing and patenting, so at some point we will see a variation of those materialize, hopefully not too much further down the road.

10 Best phablets in the World Today

Our hands might not be getting any bigger but our phones certainly are. As flagships like the LG G4 and OnePlus One creep up to 5.5 inches phablets are starting to resemble small tablets, arguably filling the roles of both a smartphone and a slate.

If you think that one device is better than two, or just have really big hands, then there is a growing selection of phones to suit and these are the ten best.

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10. Microsoft Lumia 640 XL

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OS: Windows Phone 8.1 | Screen size: 5.7-inch | Resolution: 720 x 1280 | Memory: 1GB | Storage: 8GB | Battery: 3000mAh | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 5MP

If you’re looking for a low cost, big screened, easy to use smartphone then you’re in the right place. The Microsoft (not Nokia) Lumia 640 XL checks all three boxes.

The Windows Phone interface is intuitive, and while it may not have the app selection of iOS or Android, at this price you can’t really complain and there’s a decent spec sheet to back it up.

What’s more, pick up the Lumia 640 XL now and you’ll be guaranteed an upgrade to Windows 10 when it starts rolling out – making this handset pretty future proof.

9. HTC Desire 820

A mid-range smartphone with a big screen

OS: Android 4.4 | Screen size: 5.5-inch | Resolution: 720 x 1280 | Memory: 2GB | Storage: 16GB | Battery: 2600mAh | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 8MP

In the battle of the big phones there are a few players that are trying to make their mark and a 64-bit processor and 8MP front facing camera helps the HTC Desire 820 gain some ground.

The design also has to be applauded. It might be made out of a polycarbonate chassis, but the two tone shell is attractive and feels very well made.

The 720p display isn’t the sharpest, but considering the price it can almost be forgiven as you’re getting a lot of real estate for your money.

8. Sony Xperia Z Ultra

Water and dust proof, the massive Z Ultra is ready for action

OS: Android 5 | Screen size: 6.4-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 1920 | Memory: 2GB | Storage: 16GB | Battery: 3050mAh | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 2MP

At 6.4 inches the Z Ultra is monstrous in size and that’s a blessing and a curse. It’s a true tablet replacement, as it’s not all that much smaller than a 7-inch slate, but that of course makes it wildly impractical as a phone.

Still, if you really want an all-in-one device this will do it and size aside there’s a lot going for it. The Xperia Z Ultra has a premium build with a glass back and it’s super slim at just 6.5mm thick, so it looks good, especially compared to most other phablets.

It’s water and dust resistant, has a powerful 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM and its screen makes it a great portable movie player too. You’re going to be giving the battery a workout, so it’s a good thing that its 3050mAh juice pack is up to the challenge.

7. LG G Flex 2

The only bendable phablet around

OS: Android 5 | Screen size: 5.5-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 1920 | Memory: 2/3GB | Storage: 16/32GB | Battery: 3000mAh | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 2.1MP

Okay so the LG G Flex 2 isn’t exactly cheap, which is part of the reason why it isn’t as high up the list as you may think, but it certainly has a couple of neat party tricks.

First up, as the name suggests, it’s a flexible smartphone – you can actually bend the banana shaped handset slightly without snapping it in two. Then there’s the self healing rear coating which gets rid of minor bumps and scuffs as if by magic.

Its battery life may not be stellar, and it can get rather toasty if you really hammer it, but you can be sure you’ll be the talk of the pub when you whip it out your pocket.

6. Samsung Galaxy Note 3

It may not be top of the pile anymore, but it still packs a punch

OS: Android 5 | Screen size: 5.7-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 1920 | Memory: 3GB | Storage: 16/32/64GB | Battery: 3200mAh | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 2MP

The faux-leather rear of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is divisive at best, but with a powerful 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor and 3GB of RAM it’s a high performing handset, while its 5.7-inch 1080p Super AMOLED display is sharp and impressive.

It’s also on the small side, at least as far as phablets go, which makes it easier to hold than some competing devices, while the inclusion of a stylus makes it a joy to use.

Add in an impressive battery life and the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 really is a phone that has it all. Great as a phone, even better for media and productivity, high powered and it keeps on going all day.

5. Huawei Ascend Mate 7

The phablet from China, with love

OS: Android 4.4 | Screen size: 6-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 1920 | Memory: 2/3GB | Storage: 16/32GB | Battery: 4100mAh | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 5MP

Along with Oppo, Huawei is another relatively unknown name that’s creeped into the list, but the Ascend Mate 7 is worthy of attention.

With a big 6.0-inch 1080p screen, an attractive aluminium casing, good battery life, an octa-core processor, 3GB of RAM and even a fingerprint scanner there’s a lot to like here. A 13MP snapper and a microSD card slot don’t hurt either.

The Huawei Ascend Mate 7 isn’t quite the most powerful phone around (though it’s not far off) and there are handsets with sharper screens, but it doesn’t feel lacking, so if you don’t mind skipping past the brand names you can save yourself some money and still get a top flight phablet experience by picking up one of these.

4. Samsung Galaxy Note Edge

A cool side screen with extra functionality

OS: Android 5 | Screen size: 5.6-inch | Resolution: 1600 x 2560 | Memory: 3GB | Storage: 32/64GB | Battery: 3000mAh | Rear camera: 16MP | Front camera: 3.7MP

With its curved screen it would be easy to write the Samsung Galaxy Note Edge off as a gimmick, but that would be a mistake. While the edge is hardly an essential feature it does add some handy skills to the phone, such as the ability to exile video controls to the edge so they’re always visible without obstructing the display.

Those minor features aside the Galaxy Note Edge is also almost as impressive a handset as the Note 4, with heaps of power, a super-sharp QHD screen and an S Pen stylus, so you can write by hand and even sketch on your phone.

A slightly smaller battery and marginally worse performance are the only things holding it back from the Galaxy Note 4 and the number one spot.

3. Google Nexus 6

Pure Google and pure Android on the big screen

OS: Android 5.1 | Screen size: 5.96-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 2560 | Memory: 3GB | Storage: 32/64GB | Battery: 3220mAh | Rear camera: 13MP | Front camera: 2MP

The Nexus 6 is Google’s first phablet and it’s a real winner, with an enormous 5.96-inch QHD screen, a 2.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor and 3GB of RAM.

Of course it also benefits from being a stock Android device and first in line for new OS updates and even its camera- traditionally a weak point on Nexus devices, is capable of taking some pretty stunning snaps.

Add to that extra features like Qi and turbo charging and it’s clear that this is a real flagship device with no cut corners. If there’s a downside to all this it’s that it’s not the budget bargain that many Nexus phones are, but it’s hard to argue that it’s not worth every penny.

2. iPhone 6 Plus

Apple does supersize, and does it well

OS: iOS 8 | Screen size: 5.5-inch | Resolution: 1080 x 1920 | Memory: 1GB | Storage: 16/64/128GB | Battery: 2915mAh | Rear camera: 8MP | Front camera: 1.2MP

Can a phone with a 5.5-inch screen really be considered a phablet? Maybe not in Android land, but for Apple this is big, really big.

The iPhone 6 Plus has a sharp 1080 x 1920 display and specs that punch well above their weight, with its optical image stabilisation-equipped 8MP snapper capable of some of the best photos you can take on a smartphone and its dual-core processor somehow delivering impossibly slick performance.

Being an Apple device it also has a sumptuous design and build, with a slim metal shell leaving it as the best looking phablet on the planet. While its Touch ID fingerprint scanner is a nice bonus and for the time being it’s the only iOS phablet available.

1. Samsung Galaxy Note 4

King of the phablets

OS: Android 5 | Screen size: 5.7-inch | Resolution: 1440 x 2560 | Memory: 3GB | Storage: 32GB | Battery: 3220mAh | Rear camera: 16MP | Front camera: 3.7MP

Samsung was one of the first companies to jump on the phablet train and its most recent one, the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, is not only one of Samsung’s best phones but the best phablet money can buy.

Its super sharp, bright and vibrant but still fairly pocketable 5.7-inch 1440 x 2560 Super AMOLED display is perhaps the star of the show. Or maybe that honour should go to its ridiculously slick performance, supported by a 2.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 805 processor and 3GB of RAM. Then again its 16MP camera complete with optical image stabilisation is also highly impressive.

We haven’t even touched on its metal frame or its innovative and useful S Pen, let alone its fingerprint scanner, but it should be clear by now that we’re huge fans of Samsung’s latest phablet. It’s big (but not too big), powerful, stylish and feature packed. If you’ve got the money and want a big-screen phone this is unquestionably the one to go for.

Phablet the Future of Smartphones

A recent report by Yahoo’s Flurry Analytics unit shows that phablet usage is growing dramatically. For the purposes of looking into this further, it helps to categorize phablets and differentiate them from smartphones.

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Phablets are essentially a larger phone or a smaller tablet with cellular radio capability. While there are smaller 8 inch tablets like the iPad Mini and Samsung Galaxy Tab 8 that sport cellular capability, the phablet definition is limited to screen sizes under 7 inches — perhaps that being the limit of how ridiculous it looks to put such a device to your ear to use as a phone.

The report noted that phablets usage has more than tripled over the past two years, growing from 5% to 20% of active devices. Most of this growth appears to come at the expense of medium-sized phones (3.5 to 4.9 inches). Flurry’s numbers are based on the 1.6 billion devices that it claims it tracks, its analytics capabilities being integrated into some 540,000 apps. The company has been in the mobile analytics space since 2005 and was purchased by Yahoo in July 2014 for an estimated $240 million.

Samsung ignited the phablet segment with the introduction of the original Galaxy Note in 2011. That model had a 5.3-inch screen, which was gigantic for a phone at that time. While somewhat derided at first in the US as not really a phone, it has proven popular in all markets around the world, selling 50 million devices in the first two years. It has spawned many competitors, and now the flagship phones from Samsung, LG, Microsoft’s Nokia, Sony, OnePlus One, and others are all in the phablet size range. Apple jumped into the fray last fall with the introduction of the iPhone 6 Plus, and it has also been hugely popular.

Phablets have been most popular in Asia, where people tend to use them as their one device for both phone capabilities and their portal to the Internet. In the second quarter of 2013, research firm IDC reported that phablets shipments were double that of tablets and laptops in the Asia Pacific region. In high growth markets like India, phablets account for more than 30% of all smartphone sales, and tablet sales are declining.

We can slice and dice the numbers all day long, but what does it really mean? In the end, phablets are just another form factor. They are popular because they offer distinct advantages. As we rely more on our devices that are always with us for all sorts of information and communication, for a great number of people the larger screen size is simply easier to read and use for most apps.

While not everyone wants to carry a device with a 6-inch screen around, and one handed use may not be easy, the increased screen size – especially with today’s high resolutions – make for a better experience for many. And while holding a large phone to the ear may be awkward, there are many Bluetooth headsets and speakers, as well as nearly ubiquitous Bluetooth in cars that mitigate that. More significantly, voice, while still important, is no longer the killer app in mobile devices.

The phablet will likely most cannibalize small tablet sales. There is a fair amount of overlap there. If you have 5.5-inch phablet, is a 7-inch tablet that much of a step up in screen? The numbers already show a decrease in sales in that tablet size. But there is still a big difference in a 5.5-inch versus a 9- or 11-inch tablet screen, and apps can be optimized for both and offer different experiences. As far as laptops, they will continue to decline overall, as tablets will cannibalize more of casual use for Internet browsing, apps, and content consumption. But they won’t go away, any more than desktops have gone away.

Clearly the mix of devices we use has changed and will continue to evolve. As technology enables certain capabilities in new form factors that are smaller, lighter, more portable, longer lasting (batteries), and so on, then people shift their habits and device usage. We should expect the same with wearables. As wearables get more sophisticated, for example, adding GPS and cellular capability, some of those will replace certain smartphone sales. In the end, it’s just another phase of the evolution of computing we’ve been experiencing for the past 50 years.

What does it mean from the point of view of the major ecosystems? Given Android’s openness and availability to device manufacturers, Android phablets dominate in the market. There are countless (well, OK, many) phablet devices available, versus just one iPhone phablet. But that dominance has not translated to larger tablets (yet), where Apple still holds a 36% share of the market (in shipments) and a larger share of the revenue and profit. BlackBerry is no longer a player at this point, and it remains to be seen what Microsoft and Windows 10 does in mobile devices going forward. One might surmise that Apple might want more of a budget phablet, especially to capture additional market share in Asia. Nokia had a 6-inch phablet and one would think Microsoft is not going to be left out in that segment in the future.

Top Tablets for Your Kids

Though kids these days might not have any clue how to work an Apple II or a typewriter, they know tablets. Remember that baby who tried to swipe through a physical magazine and was confused when it didn’t perform like her iPad?

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Last year, market research firm Smarty Pants published a list of kids’ top 50 brands, and Apple’s tablet trumped even the most iconic kid-based brands, including Nickelodeon, Crayola, and Eggo. “In just five years, the iPad has risen from ranking 109th to being kids’ favorite brand,” Wynne Tyree, president of Smarty Pants, said in a statement. “Early on, it captured the hearts of tweens and middle- and upper-class families, but [the] iPad is now an indispensable part of childhood for the masses.”

But the iPad is not the only tablet on the market that will appeal to your tech-savvy toddler, tween, or teen. There are a number of Android-based slates that won’t break the bank, Amazon has a kid-focused Kindle Fire, and toy manufacturers are turning their attention toward rugged tablets that can withstand a few drops, crashes, or throws.

If the child in your life has been begging for a tablet, or keeps stealing yours, check out our list of the top tablets you should consider.

The 12.9-inch iPad Pro

The iPad Pro is real and after has decided not to kill it after all. Bloomberg reports that Apple really is making a 12.9-inch version of its iconic tablet that will release sometime in 2015.

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According to Bloomberg’s sources, Apple is planning to start mass producing its massive new tablet in the first quarter next year and to presumably start selling it soon afterward. Unsurprisingly, Apple will reportedly target enterprise users with the larger tablet, as it could perhaps be pitched as “the tablet that can replace your Surface Pro 3.”

Bloomberg says that Apple CEO Tim Cook has decided to make this move because Apple’s tablet line badly needs a shakeup of some kind since sales of these once-red-hot devices have actually declined year-over-year in 2014 from where they were in 2013. Earlier reports suggested that Apple had originally planned to release an “iPad Pro” in late 2014 but the company apparently scrapped those plans this past spring.

iPad Pro 13 with OS X

This time we’ve tried to imagine a new way to work with a tablet. So here there’s our CG iPad Pro (13 inches screen) with Apple OS X as operative system!
Now you can take your works wherever you want!
The new iPad Pro is really powerful, with a bigger retina display, and with a desktop OS: all your favourite programs in a 13-inch table… cool, right?

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Because of our work, we’ve thought that a device like this “iPad Pro with OS X” could be an awesome thing for artists and designers!
What do you think about this new CG tablet?

By the way, the iPad Pro 13 inch is only our concept.
We at “SET Solution” work hard to create these concepts, hoping to give some good ideas to the producers, and why not, to be contacted in order to turn our concepts into reality!

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Hands on Meet Google new Chromebook Pixel

Cloud power-users, prepare to salivate: Google’s back with a brand new version of its high-end luxury laptop.

Oh yes, gang, it’s true: It’s the Chromebook Pixel, version 2.0. Like the original model, launched two years ago, the new Pixel is a top-of-the-line laptop for people committed to the cloud-centric Chrome OS lifestyle. It’s similar to the first-gen device but with some significant improvements.

One of them is the price: Even with its many enhancements, the new Chromebook Pixel — on sale in Google’s online store starting today — costs $300 less than its predecessor, at $999 for the base model.

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I’ve been getting to know the new Pixel for the past few days and will have an in-depth review to share with you soon. For now, here’s a first look at what’s changed and what’s stayed the same with the second-gen device:

The same (more or less): The new Pixel’s look and feel

Yup — the new Pixel maintains the same basic design, materials, and build quality as the original. The keyboard and trackpad are ever-so-slightly tweaked in this new model, and the laptop’s color is a slightly lighter silver than before — but all in all, we’re talking pretty subtle differences. And as anyone who’s used the first-gen model for any length of time can tell you, that’s probably not a bad thing.

Different (though only slightly): The Pixel’s display

The Pixel’s stunning 2560-x-1700 touchscreen display is back and as impressive as ever in the new model. And while it looks about the same as its predecessor’s at a glance, the new Pixel’s screen does sport a few differences: It’s less power-hungry, for one, and it has an improved color gamut that’s supposed to produce even more vivid imagery. (I’ll let you know how noticeable that actually is as I use the laptop more.)

Different: The new Pixel’s battery life and charging time

I’ve often said that the original Pixel’s Achilles’ heel was its battery life: As awesome as the laptop was, it got just around five hours of battery life — putting it far under the eight to 10 hours many other Chromebooks provide.

The second-gen Pixel wipes that weakness away. Google says the system is good for a full 12 hours of use per charge — and on top of that, it uses new “fast-charging algorithms” that allow it to gain two hours of battery life with just 15 minutes of being plugged in or a complete charge with only about an hour and a half on an outlet.

Different: The new Pixel’s noisiness and heat

Another quirk of the first Pixel was that it could get quite noisy and warm while running. No more: Thanks to a revamped cooling system, which features two fans that spin at lower revolutions-per-minute than the original model’s single-fan setup, the new Pixel stays near-silent and doesn’t get hot while you use it.

In my limited time with the device so far, it’s been a very noticeable difference. I’ll be watching closely over the coming days to see if it’s ongoing and consistent.

Different: The new Pixel’s port configuration

The new Chromebook Pixel has two reversible USB Type-C ports — one on either side. Either port can be used for charging or for connecting the display to an external monitor (via DisplayPort, natively, or via HDMI with an adapter). Google tells me USB Type-C will be making its way to Android devices soon as well, which means the same charger you’ll have for a future phone or tablet will also work with this laptop and vice-versa.

Different: The hardware under the hood

Google’s new Chromebook uses Intel’s 5th-generation (Broadwell) Core i5 processor, clocked at 2.2GHz, along with a full 8GB of RAM.

If you want even more oomph, Google is also selling a higher-end $1299 model that has a 5th-gen. Intel Core i7 processor, clocked at 2.4GHz, along with a whopping 16GB (!) of RAM. The souped-up model also includes 64GB of local storage instead of the 32GB solid-state drive the base model has.

(Those are the only two models available; unlike the last time, there is no LTE option this go-round.)

Putting the new Pixel to the test

So there you have it — your first look at Google’s new Chromebook Pixel. There’s plenty more to discuss, ranging from real-world performance (how does the new system’s speed compare to last year’s model?) to stamina (can you really get 12 hours with regular use?) and some cool new tricks with the top-lid lightbar (hint: Tapping it now actually does something!).

Rest assured: We’ll get to all of that soon. I’ll be continuing to live with the new Pixel for the next few days in order to get a meaningful picture of what it’s like to use in the real world — and to determine for whom it is (or isn’t) worth the investment.

Xperia Z4 Tablet is slim and light

Sony did not bring a new flagship smartphone to Mobile World Congress this year, but it did show us its lightest and slimmest 10.1-inch tablet yet — the Xperia Z4 Tablet.

With this device, Sony actually skipped a number. The last 10.1-inch tablet it launched was the Xperia Z2 Tablet, which was followed by the smaller, 8-inch Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact.

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That gave Sony a full year to improve its big tablet, and it did not disappoint — at 389 grams and 6.1 millimeters, it’s pushing the boundaries of its category. For comparison, Samsung’s Galaxy Tablet S is 6.6mm thick and weighs 463 grams.

As far as other specs go, Sony continued the practice of cramming every possible top-notch feature into its flagship devices. The Xperia Z4 Tablet has an octa-core, Snapdragon 810 processor, a 2K display, 32GB of built-in memory, and is wateproof and dustproof up to IP68 specifications.

The device will be available in Wi-Fi and LTE variants (the second one being a little heavier at 393g). Both versions will launch globally starting June 2015.

Sony did bring a new phone to the show, albeit a mid-range one: the Xperia M4 Aqua. It’s a 5.2-inch, waterproof smartphone with an octa-core, Snapdragon 615 processor, a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel selfie camera on the front. It supports LTE and runs on Android 5.0.

Xperia M4 Aqua will launch worldwide in white, black, coral and silver colors for around 299 EUR, starting spring 2015.