A couple new devices have officially been announced this morning, from HTC and Sony. ASUS doesn’t plan to stay behind as they tease their upcoming smartwatch.
HTC is a master of build quality and design, making the HTC One M8 one of the best around. The Taiwanese doesn’t need to reinvent the wheel. Instead of releasing a whole new high-end Windows Phone device, they have decided to bake Microsoft’s software into the same HTC One M8 and sell both Android and Windows Phone versions.
The device does come with the same specs, which should be handled even better by Windows Phone. It packs a Snapdragon 801 processor, 2 GB of RAM, a 5-inch 1080p display, the same duo camera and a 5 MP front-facing camera.
There is a small “but”, as the device will be a Verizon Wireless exclusive. Online sales start today, while stores around the USA should have the One M8 for Windows in stock tomorrow. Price is staying the same. You ca have this phone for $199.99 on a 2-year contract or $599.99 off-contract.
Opinion: Wouldn’t it be amazing if all popular devices offered such flexibility? HTC is breaking boundaries and making moves no one ever dared to. You can’t go wrong with either of these HTC One M8 versions, really.
Sony is the king of waterproof devices, always touting the neat feature in all its high-end gadgets. The Japanese manufacturer has given no such love to their mid-end phones just yet, though. Enter the Sony Xperia M2 Aqua, the company’s first affordable smartphone to get the waterproof treatment.
The Sony Xperia M2 Aqua follows the same language design we have seen on the whole Xperia line-up. IT looks good and comes with modest specs, which include a Snapdragon 400 processor, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, a 5.8-inch 540x960p display, 8MP/1.1MP cameras and a 2300 mAh battery.
Opinion: Not bad if Sony can hit the right price. Sadly, it won’t be available for everyone (at least at launch). The device is expected to hit Latin America, Europe and Asia Pacific come Autumn 2014.
ASUS has been rumored to bring an Android Wear device soon. In fact, it’s said it will be the most affordable one at launch, but today is the first time said product is being teased by ASUS. The manufacturer took it to Google+ to give us a sneak peek at what is coming to IFA.
It’s heavily implied we are looking at some kind of smarwatch, here. The teaser quotes “Time has been transformed and we have changed”. ASUS just loves transformations, so we have to wonder what they have in store for us. Mark September 3rd on your calendars, guys.
Opinion: If ASUS can hit that $99-$150 rumored price range, there is no force in the industry that can stop them from being a success. The curves pictured in the teaser are unlike other Android Wear devices. It seems this device will fall right in between the circular and square designs seen on Android Wear.