After a couple of underwhelming years on the high-end smartphone scene, LG is definitely stepping up its game with the Optimus G and Nexus 4. The two aren’t however the company’s only attempts at beefing up their presence in the Android world, with another super-phone leaking in a benchmark.
While many big-time Western-based smartphone manufacturers are simply struggling to survive, the smaller Chinese companies are growing and growing. And not just in the low-range budget-friendly niche, but also in the high-end sector, where Huawei, Oppo and Xiaomi have made quite the splashes lately.
Although we don’t have psychic abilities as far as we know of, we were ready to bet that ZTE was going to counter Huawei’s newly unveiled 5-inch Ascend D2 phablet with a super-phone of its own soon. It only took around 24 hours or so for that to happen, so we’re proud to have been proved right and to be able to present to you the ZTE Z5.
We’ve seen a lot of unusual concepts and prototypes over the years, but nothing looked as crazy as the ADzero smartphone shown off back in February. Crazy original we mean, because there was nothing to put us off at an organic, ultra-light and super-elegant phone made entirely out of bamboo.
Meet the Huawei Ascend D2, a “heavyweight” beast that might not come close to the dimensions of the phony Ascend Mate, but that could easily take on the HTC J Butterfly and Oppo Find 5, the world’s first 1080p phablets.
Thought you’ll never see the words “quad-core phone” and “budget-friendly” used in the same sentence? Well, think again, because ZTE is getting ready to release a super-snappy and ultra-cheap Android smartphone… in China.
With Samsung ruling everything, it’s started being more difficult than ever to find an Android niche where the Koreans are not among the stars. But when there aren’t any more niches to attack, why not invent a new one?
There’s a very exciting race currently going on for the first few phones powered by quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processors to get official launches. Right now, LG’s Optimus G is in pole-position for the number one spot into the limelight, although the number of contenders is growing by the day, with the Xiaomi Mi-Two, Pantech Vega R3 and Oppo Find 5’s wide releases being only a matter of time.
Being a simple competitor seems to not be enough for Pantech anymore, who is looking to push for the leadership position in the Korean smartphone market with a new quad-core beast. The Vega R3 is the name of this new “monster”, one who has already been proclaimed as the “best existing quad-core smartphone” by its makers.
Quad-core chips and LTE don’t come along too well, but that’s about to change soon. It seems that the LTE version of the new Galaxy Note 2 is identical with the 3G version, save for the baseband chip. In other words, the LTE Galaxy Note might be powered by the mighty quad-core Exynos 4412 chip. More details inside.