We have a flurry of great news for you this afternoon, and some of these are pretty huge leaks and rumors. Not everything is good news, though. Read on to find out more about today’s Meizu, OnePlus, Lytro and NVIDIA happenings.
We have just found out about the latest Meizu rumors and the future is looking very promising for the Chinese manufacturer. If these rumors pan out, the Meizu MX4 will be the phone to beat this year, with amazing specs and a very enticing price tag.
There’s said to be two versions of the MX4 being released in the near future. The main difference between them will be display resolution – one will feature a 5.5-inch 2560x1536p display, while the other device’s screen will measure in at 5 inches and sport a 1920x1080p resolution.
Other specs are said to include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, 3 GB of RAM, 16MP/5MP camerad and Flyme 4.0 OS (Android). All for the mere price of $320! Do remember these are rumors, though. It’s not the best choice to get your hopes too high.
Opinion: If the rumors prove to be true, this will be one hell of a smartphone! Its rumored price and specs are aiming straight at competitors like Xiaomi and OnePlus, which means things could get pretty heated in the Asian market soon.
There were some major issues during OnePlus’ Countdown Madness, a contest the startup put together to give away some OnePlus One devices. The company is officially apologizing for this, mentioning their forums were not designed to handle so many posts at once.
Users had to simply post to their forums, and publishers of the 5001st, the 10000th, and 50000th posts would win a device. The system was registering some posts as duplicates and the numbers became unclear. Some people believed they had won when they actually had not.
As expected, this made people very upset, so OnePlus decided to give a device to those affected by this bug. This means 10 lucky winners will get a OnePlus One, instead of just 3!
Opinion: It’s a big deal for a startup to give away so many devices. OnePlus is looking to be much more than a small manufacturer, and I believe taking care of your fans is a huge step towards success. OnePlus is always in touch with the community, which is crucial for building your reputation. They are looking to be a good manufacturer to support, wouldn’t you think?
The NVIDIA Shield 2 is set to be the successor to the company’s next handheld Android gaming device. The original Shield wasn’t as successful as expected, but NVIDIA is hoping to change this with the Shield 2. Based on the rumored specs, we have to say they may be on the right track.
The following specs come from an AnTuTu benchmark, which was just recently discovered.
NVIDIA Shield 2 rumored specs
- Android 4.4.2
- NVIDIA Tegra K1 quad-core processor
- NVIDIA GeForce (Kepler graphics)
- 1440x880p display
- 0.3 MP camera
- 4 GB of RAM
- 16 GB of internal storage
Opinion: These look like very good upgrades over the original NVIDIA Shield. I just feel like Android gaming is no longer as successful as it was when graphic-intensive games first came out. Is there really a place for the NVIDIA Shield 2 in today’s market? Even if it does better than the first iteration, I feel like the Shield 2 will suffer.
Photography enthusiasts out there (like me) have definitely heard of Lytro. This company brought some of the most innovative photography technology we have seen in many years. Lytro’s camera allows you to re-focus your images after the photo was taken.
Lytro has just announced its second camera, and it looks like they are taking things up a notch (or two… or three). The Lytro Illum looks huge compared to the original Lytro. The new camera features a large lense and body. Seriously: if a DSLR and a Lytro had a baby, it would look just like this!
Priced at $1,599, the Illum features a 40-megaray light-field sensor and an 8x optical zoom lens that can take images with settings of up to 1/4000 shutter speed and an f/2.0 aperture.
Opinion: While Lytro’s technology is among the most innovative in the photography market, it lacks a general audience. It is a niche product that is pretty limited, but it looks like the Illum could change things. We will have to wait for more details before we can really judge it.