HTC is taking over the affordable smartphone market while Sony is trying to take over the underwater world. Sounds weird? Keep reading to learn more.
The HTC Desire 816 is definitely one of the best affordable smartphones of the year. With a sizable screen, moderate specs and a fair price, there is no reason this device can’t be successful in the USA.
The Taiwanese manufacturer has just announced the Desire 816’s availability in the USA, making HTC fans across the States very excited. The device will be released by Virgin Mobile on August 12 (tomorrow). It will go for $299 off-contract, making for a great deal on a device that will work like a champ.
Opinion: A metal housing is not synonymous with quality, a belief the HTC Desire 816 proves without a single doubt. I must say the device was among my favorites at MWC 2014.
Yet another device is coming to the HTC Desire lineup, this time sporting quite a unique name. The HTC Desire A11 is said to be a mid-end smartphone with a 4.7-inch FWVGA display, a Snapdragon 410 processor, Android 4.4.2 and 5MP/VGA cameras.
There is one very disappointing factor about this phone, though. We wouldn’t mind seeing lower specs in exchange for a better deal, but HTC has gone and taken away the BoomSound speakers from this design. The device is said to come to Sprint.
Opinion: We wouldn’t take all this without a grain of salt, so let’s stay tuned and hope for more details soon.
Sony is always the most boastful about their water-resistant devices. At events, they often display their devices being submerged in water with no troubles to be found. The following story may be the one that truly proves how rugged and resistant Xperia devices really are.
Multiple Swedish websites are reporting on an Xperia Z2 device that survived a 6-week water dunk under under 10 meters of unadulterated H20. The device was dropped by a water-skier, who realized he could no longer recover his device after dropping it on a 10-meter-deep part of the sea.
To their surprise, the device was then discovered by one of his friends, who happened to be scuba diving in the area. The device was wet (duh!) and cracked, but it was surprising to see that it was able to charge, and was working flawlessly afterwards.
Opinion: So much for Sony’s 1.5 meters for 30 minutes statement. It seems they are underestimating themselves!