BlackBerry is bringing the past to Verizon while Kyocera brings the future to MWC. Sony is also joining the party by re-releasing an improved version of an older phone.
Are you missing those amazing keyboards and simple form factors BlackBerry was so famous for? If so, you may be happy about the BlackBerry Classic (unlike me), a device that incorporates all the great things about older BlackBerries and new technology.
This phone has been available straight from BlackBerry for a while, and AT&T recently released it too, but now it’s time for Verizon subscribers to get in on the fun. Big Red will start selling the BlackBerry Classic online starting February 26th, which is this Thursday. You can get it in stores starting March 5th.
In case you forgot, specs include a 3.5-inch 720p display, a 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, 16 GB of internal storage, 2 GB of RAM, 8/2 MP cameras, and a 2500 mAh battery. The full price is still unknown, but we can assume it will be close to the $449 retail price BlackBerry has it for. You can get it for just $99.99 if you are willing to sign a 2-year contract.
Opinion: Better late than never, right? This phone should be a beauty if you are a fan of the older BlackBerries. I will stick with my modern smartphones, though.
The Sony Xperia E4 is a great affordable gadget, but Sony believes many of you are not completely happy with it. This is why they have announced an improved version of it – the Sony Xperia E4g.
What’s the difference? Everything is actually pretty much the same, with the exception that the new version comes with 4G connectivity. And yes, we are talking about full-fledged 4G LTE. It will be released in April for $145 and will launch in around 50 markets across the world.
Opinion: That’s not a bad price for an affordable 4G LTE device. We must also keep in mind Sony may have some competition coming, though. Rumors of a 4G LTE Moto E have been spreading, and Motorola is already very popular in the affordable market.
Battery technology has to evolve for mobility to be taken to the next step, but in the meantime we should also be adopting technologies we already have. Kyocera is doing this by partnering with SunPartner in order to bring something very unique to the market. They are working on making a solar charging smartphone.
And it won’t have those crazy panels you usually see in solar devices. SunPartner has developed a transparent film that will be placed below the touchscreen. They call this technology Wysips Crystal, and it’s a flexible, transparent material that can use both natural and artificial light for charging.
There is no new smartphones with this technology yet, but Kyocera has customized the Kyocera Torque to take advantage of this innovative charging technique. They will be showcasing these modified Torques at MWC just to show us what this is all about. Hopefully some new phones come with it afterwards.
Opinion: We have no idea how powerful this technology is. Will it be able to charge the phone significantly fast? I would be happy if it manages to simply slow down battery drain.