It seems 2014 is the year of the “Prime” phones as HTC joins Samsung in this new trend. ASUS is also continuing its Transformer line. All while Google buys yet another company.
Rumors of a Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime are at full steam. We never expected the next largest Android manufacturer to follow this road, but it turns out there may also be an HTC One M8 Prime.
This rumor comes from popular Twitter personality @evleaks, who assures this phone will have a 5.5-inch WQHD (2560×1440) display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor and 3 GB of RAM. Of course, this is still a rumor, so don’t hold your breath for this device.
Opinion: What is it with manufacturers trying to release improved versions of their flagship phones? Why not just release the better device and be over with it? Oh well, let’s see how this all pans out.
.@urbanstrata P.P.P.P.S. As expected, the Prime in M8 Prime refers to the components: Snapdragon 810 (4 x 2.5GHz), 5.5" WQHD, 3GB RAM.
— @evleaks (@evleaks) May 19, 2014
The ASUS Transformer Pad TF103 has been briefly rumored in the past, but no specs were known. This was until Dutch retailer Tablet Center gave us some juicy details of what is said to be the next Transformer device. The 2-in-1 tablet/laptop hybrid will be an affordable, mid-end device with modest specs.
A few rumored specs include a 10.1-inch 1280x800p display, 1 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, and Intel Atom Bay Trail processor, 2MP/0.3MP cameras, Android 4.4 KitKat and a microSD slot. We are still not sure about pricing and availability, but that information should come in due time.
Opinion: I have been a big fan of ASUS’ Transformer tablets for years. These tend to be well-constructed, have good specs, and the keyboard makes it very practical. The dock also extends battery life significantly and the prices are always reasonable.
Google has snatched up yet another company. This time it’s an enterprise app maker that allows users to divide their work and personal smartphone usage. This secure app has helped many professionals and the team is now said to be heading to Google offices. This doesn’t mean Divide is dead, though. Te team swears Divide will continue to work as it always has.
Opinion: Android really needs help in the Enterprise market, and I believe that is what this acquisition is all about.