HTC seems to be working on a family of M8 devices. The latest rumor sheds light on a said One Mini 2, which would be a smaller version of the flagship smartphone. Sony is not leaving its arms crossed. In fact, they offer a very sweet deal! We also have some details on the future of Macbooks and Google Glass, so stick around.
Leaks extraordinaire @evleaks has just given us a little teaser about a phone that might be on its way to the market. HTC is already busy making an HTC M8 Ace, but the family is never complete without that usual miniature version.
The HTC One Mini 2 is said to be a smaller version of the manufacturer’s flagship device. We don’t know any other details, but we can expect some specs to take a hit, much like the HTC One Mini did in comparison to the HTC One M7.
Opinion: I am not a big fan of the “Mini” smartphones. I would be if they kept the same high-end specs their bigger brothers have, but this is usually not the case. Let’s hope the HTC One Mini 2 is more than just an affordable option, because HTC already has other good devices for that market.
M8 mini = HTC One mini 2 [comments: http://t.co/XvFgRppiFI]
— @evleaks (@evleaks) May 1, 2014
Sony has been making some stunning smartphones lately. The Xperia Z2 is actually one of the best smartphones in existence, but Sony wants to give you a bit more of an incentive for buying an Xperia Z series smartphone.
Any customer who purchases a Sony Xperia Z1, Z1s or Z2 will get about $350 in freebies! This is in services and apps, so take a look at the list below and see if you find interest in any of them.
And if you already own one of these devices, the offers will be rolling out from today until July 31st. You can take advantage of these freebies by getting the Xperia Lounge app from the Google Play Store.
Free offers for Sony Xperia Z1, Z1s and Z2
- Garmin, Full Suite
- OfficeSuite Pro Full version
- Box 50GB for life
- Evernote premium, 3mths
- Bitcasa 1TB storage, 3mths
- 10 Xperia themes
- Social live premium, 1mth*
- Three additional games and apps
Opinion: I would never really buy a smartphone based on the freebies the companies give away, but this is one hell of a deal if you are already thinking of buying one of these 3 handsets!
Some believe Apple has stopped innovation, but we doubt the Cupertino Giant is running out of ideas. The latest patent filing by Apple shows a keyboard with in-key displays. These would also integrate touch sensors and haptic feedback.
This could very well be the future of Macbook keyboards: computers with programmable keys that adapt to your usage. There are many buttons in a keyboard we never use, why not re-map them, or change them when you are using certain apps? This could be made possible by Apple.
Opinion: We have already seen this technology in computers like the the Razer Blade Pro, which is meant for gaming. It’s not a very popular concept, but it clearly has its benefits. I would love to see more computer manufacturers using such keys.
Google Glass teardown proves an $80 build cost
Teardown.com has gotten a hold of Google Glass and they just couldn’t wait to take it all apart. It’s always interesting to look at all the internals, but even more interesting is what was discovered in the process. According to the website’s estimates, Google Glass should cost just under $80 to make.
This number was estimated by evaluating every piece that came in the device. The most expensive parts were the processor and non-electric parts, which were $13.96 and $13.63, relatively. This could very well be inaccurate, though. A Google spokesperson states this estimate is “totally wrong”.
Opinion: Even if this was true, there is so much more that goes into making a device like this. There is the cost of manufacturing, price of design and planning, as well as a long list of other expenses. Not to mention, we have to take demand and other financial factors into account.
It doesn’t matter if Google Glass costs $1, the device is new, different and rare. It will be expensive.