Asus ZenFone 4 Selfie Lite is a new smartphone that costs $210

Asus has already revealed its most important lineup of smartphones in the second half of the year: the ZenFone 4 series. The company’s new portfolio contains six new ZenFone 4 devices that will soon be available for purchase in various markets: ZenFone 4, ZenFone 4 Pro, ZenFone 4 Selfie, ZenFone 4 Selfie Pro, ZenFone 4 Max and ZenFone 4 Max Pro.

However, Asus plans to launch variations of these handsets where it believes the configuration of these ZenFone 4 phones is not suitable. One such device is the Asus ZenFone 4 Selfie Lite, which will go on sale in Malaysia, …

Xiaomi may launch its first Android One smartphone sans MIUI

Google has been pretty constant when it comes to bringing Android One devices to more markets. Even so, these Android One smartphones are not available in too many markets, not to mention that there will not be introduced in well-developed markets where they would compete with Nexus and Pixel phones.

Nevertheless, Google continues to spread Android One love each year and another company helping the search giant doing that could be Xiaomi. The Chinese handset vendor, the fifth largest in China, is expected to launch an Android One smartphone.

The already introduced …

HMD officials hint to new smartphone with display larger than Nokia 8

With the recent flagship launch, the Nokia brand is back in business, hopefully, for many years to come. Although Nokia is not the company behind the new Android smartphones, HMD is doing a great job restoring the name of the Finnish company to its previous glory.

Nokia 8 is expected to make its debut in Europe in early September for €599, but HMD has no immediate plans to release it in the United States. Even though there are other flagships with slightly better specs (OnePlus 5), the Nokia 8 is cheaper than Samsung Galaxy S8 and Apple iPhone 7.

In an interview …

Polaroid is back in the smartphone business with two new Android phones

Polaroid, the US-based company best known for its instant film and cameras, has just announced two new Android smartphones and a tablet. Although it might be surprising for some, these are not Polaroid’s first smartphones, but we haven’t heard from the company for a long time.

The new Polaroid Cosmo K and Cosmo K Plus are part of a new smartphone series that the company is making available in Mexico. These are cheap smartphones equipped with MediaTek chipsets, unworthy of the Polaroid name.

But just for the kicks, let’s just see what these low-budget smartphones …

Smartphone era leads to more depressed teens and suicides

It is hard to say exactly when the smartphone era began. Some will point to January 9th, 2007 when Apple co-founder and CEO Steve Jobs unveiled the first version of the Apple iPhone. Keep in mind that smartphones had been available well before the unveiling of Apple’s iconic handset. Some will say that the start of the smartphone era took place on July 10th, 2008 with the launch of the Apple App Store. The App Store really opened up these devices that users were purchasing, and helped give consumers a focus on what they wanted their phones to do.

While the rise of the smartphone has allowed …

T-Mobile to launch its own REVVL T1 budget-friendly smartphone on August 10

The first report about T-Mobile’s affordable smartphone packing premium features, the REVVL T1, surfaced back in May. As we’re getting closer to Android O’s release and the unveil of iconic new devices like Nokia 8 and Samsung Galaxy Note 8, T-Mobile plans to introduce its own budget-friendly smartphone.

Although the Uncarrier has yet to unveil the device, an official document reveals the REVVL T1 will be launched at T-Mobile on August 10. The smartphone will be available for $0 down and $7 per month with JUMP On Demand, but only for a limited time.

Besides …

Meet the first smartphone with on-screen fingerprint scanner… oh, it also packs 3 cameras at the back

At this year’s MWC Shanghai, Chinese manufacturer Vivo displayed smartphone prototypes that employ Qualcomm’s next-gen ultrasonic fingerprint scanners. While Qualcomm clearly stated that it will start sending the tech to phone makers for commercial sampling in Q4 2017, it appears that Vivo might have gotten a bit of a head start. 

A bunch of images showing the upcoming Vivo Xplay 7 (also known as X20) emerged today. They pretty much confirm that the handset will be the first to have an on-screen fingerprint reader. This makes perfect …

Major US city bans smartphone use by pedestrians while crossing the street

Using the smartphone while driving is already banned in many countries across the globe, but there aren’t many places where pedestrians can’t use their handsets while walking. It appears that Honolulu, the largest city in Hawaii, will be among the first to impose a ban on the use of phones at crossroads.

Honolulu’s Mayor Kirk Caldwell signed a bill that is meant to prevent “smartphone zombies” from injuring themselves while trying to cross the street, Reuters reports.

The new legislation was passed recently and will take effect starting October 25. Pedestrians …

Upcoming Razer smartphone said to target “hardcore gamers”

After acquiring Nextbit, the company behind the cloud-oriented Robin smartphone, Razer promised that “unique mobile design and experiences” will come soon. Six months after Razer’s initial statement, the company revealed plans to go for a $5 billion IPO in Hong Kong with the purpose of expanding in China.

The public offering will help fund development of its own smartphone among other new gadgets, Bloomberg reports. The handset will be specially designed to appeal to “hardcore gamers,” which comes in line with Razer’s recent moves in the smartphone industry.

According …

Apple has ‘fundamentally changed’, while the smartphone market is now ruled by design trends, rather than raw tech innovation

To many people around the world, innovation and gadget-induced adrenaline have plateaued in the last few years, as new smartphone models seem to offer little exciting new stuff that their predecessors didn’t have. Nowadays, silicon inside handsets is relatively standard for most brands, and customers’ purchases are largely based on a phone’s image, looks and feel, rather than on a new piece of tech it rocks. According to a recent WSJ report, smartphone design accounts for up to 50% of a customer’s decision to buy or not to buy, while it was previously believed that the figure …