We have some awesome leaks surrounding new Samsung and Motorola smartphones. Meanwhile, mobile payment technology is being improved… by a tailor!
The Samsung Galaxy K is the successor to the Galaxy S4 Zoom. As you can see, Sammy decided to follow a separate naming scheme for this iteration. The device is meant to be a smartphone with a superior camera. What makes it unique is that it sports real optical zoom and a xenon flash.
This also means that a huge lens will pop out the back when taking a photo, but the latest leaked images show us the manufacturer has improved since the S4 Zoom. This device looks much more like a smartphone, and not an ugly one, at that.
Opinion: I just have to wonder if there is a large enough market for a device like this. Do you really want optical zoom so bad in your smartphone? Why not jut get an overall better phone with fair camera quality? It’s cool to zoom in without losing quality, but I just feel like mobile photography is too casual for something like this.
The Moto E is said to be the successor to the amazingly popular Moto G. The Moto G blew up with good specs and a $180 price point, quickly becoming the most successful smartphone Motorola has ever manufactured. The Moto E is said to follow its predecessors footsteps.
In fact, rumors say the price will actually be lower! This doesn’t go parallel with this leak, which states it will be priced between the 8 GB and 16 GB Moto G. In the US, this would be between $180 and $200. The rumors state it should launch in “a few weeks”, so we won’t have to wait long for the official details.
Moto E rumored specs
- Android 4.4.2 KitKat
- 4.3-inch 720p display
- 1 GHz dual-core processor
- 1 GB of RAM
- 4 GB of internal storage (with microSD support!)
- 5 MP camera
Opinion: This sounds a lot like the Moto G, save for the internal storage. In fact, that is the most exciting part to me. 4 GB may not be much, but having microSD support is huge, and a very requested feature! I must say not having a microSD slot was the biggest problem I had with the Moto G.
Mobile payments are still catching on, but NFC is already being taken to the next level. Enter the Power Suit, a suit that allows you to make NFC payments with a chip installed in the sleeve.
That is right! Instead of pulling out your phone and using Google Wallet or Isis, you can just pass your sleeve by the NFC payment terminal and be done with it. The Power Suit was made by Tailor M.J. Bale, in collaboration with Heritage Bank.
Opinion: I am not big on suits, but I am very excited about seeing NFC technology taken to this level. I would love to see this technology ported over to leather jackets or coats! Actually, why not just stick the NFC chip in a smartwatch?