The sequel to the Huawei Y6 Pro has just been silently introduced in Europe. The budget-friendly smartphone will soon be available for purchase in select markets for only €179. Potential customers can choose either of the three color options: black, gold and silver.
Unlike the original model that packs a MediaTek chipset inside, Huawei Y6 Pro (2017) is equipped with a 1.4GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 425 processor. However, it has the same amount of memory: 2GB RAM and 16GB expandable storage.
The only downside, when compared to the previous model, is …
Blu recently started selling two new cheap smartphones in
Blu Advance A5, and Blu Advance A5 Plus. The two handsets share a similar
design (including aluminum bodies), but differ when it comes to size and some
features. Priced at $109.99, the Blu Advance A5 Plus sports a 5.5-inch
display with 720 x 1280 pixels, offers 2 GB of RAM, and is powered by a
quad-core MediaTek processor clocked at 1.3 GHz. The phone further comes with
16 GB of expandable storage space, a 13 MP rear camera, and an 8 MP
front-facing cameras (both cameras are accompanied by an LED flash). Costing $89.99, …
Today was a special day for Honor, as the Chinese company introduced its Honor 8 Pro flagship killer in Europe. Along with the smartphone announcement, Honor debuted a beta program for customers in the United States.
But there’s one more thing that got revealed earlier today at Honor’s event, a second smartphone. The Honor 6C has been officially announced today alongside the high-end Honor 8 Pro. The smartphone is supposed to hit the shelves in Europe for €229.
Specs-wise, the Honor 6C is a rebranded Huawei Enjoy 6s, a smartphone that was launched in China …
Despite its messy financial situation, LeEco keeps working on new devices, and the Le Max 3 looks quite up-to-speed. Thorough photos of the upcoming smartphone showed up online, revealing a handset that’s typically LeEco – simplified metal design with narrow screen bezels and software keys.
Notably, the smartphone features a dual camera and what looks like two LED flashes below the lens. Other points of interest include an USB Type C port, a chamfered metal frame, and a fingerprint scanner on the back.
Based on previous leaks, the Le Max 3 is powered by the Snapdragon 821 SoC, which …
The 5-inch Windows 10 phone has an aluminium frame, while the Lumia 950 and 950 XL have a plastic casing, despite being seriously high-end under the hood. We got our hands on with the new phone at Mobile World Congress held in Barcelona, Spain.
The materials swapperoo seems counter-intuitive to us — why give a device that costs just $200/£160 the metal frame while the significantly costlier flagship phones bear the budget feel? (The Lumia 650 converts to around AU$280, but no official word on Australian pricing yet.)
To be clear, it’s just the frame that’s metal here on the Lumia 650. The backing is still plastic, so you can remove it to get to the Micro SD slot and removable battery, which are both nice things to have in a phone these days.
The phone felt incredibly light in the hand and was easy to pocket. Its AMOLED display is a nice touch, making colors appear rich and contrast high. When you look closely at its rims, you can see the chamfering on the phone’s metal edges.
Still, at this price, you’re not packing in top-of-the-line components.
5-inch OLED display at 1,280×720 resolution
142 mm by 70.9 mm by 6.9 mm and 122 g (5.5 by 2.8 by 0.27 inches and 4.3oz)
16 GB storage with Micro SD Card up to 200GB Qualcomm Snapdragon 212 quad-core processor running at 1.3 GHz
Category 4 LTE
8-megapixel rear camera and 5MP front facing
Black and white colors
Continuum is arguably the killer feature of Windows 10 phones, letting you get a PC-like experience when you connect your device to a big screen. The 650 doesn’t support Continuum. It doesn’t even have the USB-C port you’d need if you wanted to use the Microsoft Display Dock accessory, instead having Micro USB for charging and connectivity.
Also absent is Window Hello, which uses the front-facing camera module to unlock the phone by scanning your eyes. The technology propping up both these signature features adds to a handset’s cost. Leaving them out helps keep the 650’s price down.
That Snapdragon 212 CPU won’t be setting any speed records and 2,000mAh is not the largest battery either, although the low-resolution screen and aforementioned chipset aren’t exactly power hungry.
In launching the phone, Microsoft hyped up its enterprise and business capabilities, but support for Continuum would have added a bigger benefit for business users. Instead the phone seems firmly aimed at the budget conscious looking for a ‘my first Windows Phone’ experience.
Personally we’d like to see Microsoft get a solid Windows flagship to wow the crowds before popping out $200 phones, but that means that as reviewers who love seeing the latest and greatest, we’re clearly not the core audience here — Microsoft has long had an interest in growing its base among buyers of affordable phones.