If you have been waiting to hear all the details about the OnePlus Smash the Past contest, today is your day! You may also want to keep an eye on the Galaxy Beam 2 and the LG W Watch if you are looking for something more innovative. While we decide which gadget to buy (or destroy) next, Mediatek and Qualcomm fight in the background.
We know some of you rushed to destroy your phones before all the details were even released. All the terms and conditions are now out and it seems this won’t be as easy as many of us thought it would be.
First and foremost, OnePlus won’t let you destroy just any device. You can find the official list in the image to the right. The rules are also stricter than we expected. You can apply from April 25th, 2014 to May 2nd, 2014. You also must be 18 and from a specific list of countries.
OnePlus will email selected applicants on May 6th. Participants must make a video with one frame (no editing or cutting). They also have to show the phone works, destroy it and then show the device was significantly damaged post-smashing. Even after all this, OnePlus reserves the right to disqualify any video.
For more details, you can go to oneplus.net/smash.
Opinion: Looking at the list, one can tell this won’t exactly be the deal of a lifetime. Many of these phones can sell for a pretty penny. Actually, selling some of these would allow you to purchase a OnePlus One and keep some change!
I wouldn’t mind smashing some of the older phones in the list, though. Who is signing up for this?
The Samsung Galaxy Beam was not the Korean manufacturer’s most successful smartphone, but they are not giving up! A successor has been announced and it looks much better than the first attempt.
The Samsung Galaxy Beam 2 does not have the most powerful specs, but its design is much sleeker and the projector doesn’t create a huge bump in the back of the device. The original Galaxy Beam was quite bulky, so projector lovers will definitely enjoy the improvements.
Samsung Galaxy Beam 2 specs
- 4.66-inch 480 x 800 display
- 1.2 GHz quad-core processor
- 1 GB of RAM
- 5 MP camera
- 2,600 mAh
The Beam 2 will be coming to China Mobile very soon. There’s no word on availability for other markets. Also unknown is pricing information.
Opinion: While many would find this device gimmicky, I certainly wouldn’t mind having an integrated projector sometimes. It would be fun to have when I am away from my Chromecast-equipped TVs. These specs are really underwhelming, though. Wouldn’t you think?
LG has filed for the trademark “W Watch” in the US, a device described to have “the function of wireless communications with electronic terminals such as smartphones, tablet computers, PDA, (and) computers.”
It seems LG is not stopping with the already announced LG G Watch. We have no details of the LG W Watch, but it might be a device LG chooses to release in the near future. We can assume it will sport Android Wear. We just have to wonder whether it will be better than the G Watch or not.
Opinion: I am a huge fan of both LG and Android Wear, so this news really excites me. I have always believed in the concept of a smartwatch, but thought no manufacturer had done it right. They needed a common denominator, and I think Android Wear might be the one.
Qualcomm has reported its smallest revenue increase in three years. While things are still moving up for Qualcomm, many believe this slight fall is due to Mediatek’s influence in the Asian market.
Most people in the West don’t often hear of Mediatek, we are all about Qualcomm and Samsung Exynos (and sometimes NVIDIA) over here. This is not to say Mediatek is a small processor manufacturer. The company has a strong following, and many Asian manufacturers are partnering with them for their processing needs.
Qualcomm may still be the leader in LTE technology, but there are many other factors Asian manufacturers take into account. China has a high demand for octa-core processors, for example. Qualcomm has released the Snapdragon 615 with eight-core 64-bit technology just to combat this.
Opinion: I happen to be a huge fan of Qualcomm’s processors, but of course, I am not from China. It’s hard to serve every market, and I must wonder if Mediatek