We hope you had an amazing 4th of July weekend! Now it’s time to catch up with the world, so let’s jump right into this morning’s news. Today we have news from HTC, LG and Lenovo.
Those looking for a new phone may have a nice surprise today. The mid-tier HTC Desire 616 will be one hell of a deal if you are looking for an affordable, yet capable and stylish smartphone. This handy device is now on sale in North Asia, South Asia, China and Russia for $298 Singapore dollars (about $238 USD).
The HTC Desire 616 sports a 1.7 GHz Mediatek octa-core processor, 1 GB of RAM, Android 4.2.2, a 5-inch 720p display, 4 GB of internal storage, an 8 MP camera and a 2000 mAh battery.
Opinion: While you could probably find a comparable device for cheaper, it’s hard to beat HTC on design and build quality. Not to mention, HTC is a major manufacturer that is more likely to offer better support. I would gladly pay a bit more for their affordable devices.
The LG G3 Beat was officially announced for China, but it could be heading to other markets soon. This 5-inch device is said to be a smaller version of the flagship G3, serving as some form of “Mini” variant. We are now seeing the same device passing through the FCC, with the slightly different LG-D725 model name (as opposed to China’s LG-D729).
What’s different is that this device comes with different bands. It happens to sport AT&T-compatible bandwidths, sporting LTE bands 2, 4, 5 and 17. It’s also not a bad contender with a 5-inch 720p display, a 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 400 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, 8MP/2MP cameras and a 2450 mAh battery.
Opinion: We are not quite sure if this device will actually make it to the USA, but it sure would be a good option for those who like LG’s form factor and features, but don’t need all the super powerful specs.
Are you ready to get your LG G3? Sprint and T-Mobile have announced availability, but AT&T has been staying quiet until this morning. Now we know AT&T plans to release this bad boy on July 11th, along with the LG G Watch.
The LG G3 will cost $199 after signing a 2-year contract, but you can also take advantage of the carrier’s NEXT program. Meanwhile, the LG G Watch will cost $229, which is the regular retail price. Now we only need to hear from you, Verizon!
Opinion: The LG G3 is sure to be an amazing device, so you should keep an eye on it. It sure impressed us during our unboxing and hands-on!