2015 is here, and that means Project Ara is just around the corner! Microsoft is also making some headlines with its super cheap phones, and YotaPhone is finally reaching the USA!
After being in the works for quite some time, Project Ara is now looking more real than ever. I can almost touch it, as the launch pilot nears. Now we know the phone will launch in Puerto Rico first, later this year, making its way to the rest of the USA afterwards.
But why Puerto Rico? Apparently the distant island provides research opportunities the USA mainland wouldn’t have been able to bring. For starters, it is still part of the USA, which means they will have to stick with FCC regulations. There also seems to be a great variety of both USA carriers and local ones, and mobile users are as likely to use feature phones as they are to use smartphones.
Opinion: Well, I guess I will have to take a trip to Puerto Rico soon! Here’s a nice teaser video to get you all pumped up. This is exciting!
Windows Phone is known for being a platform that offers a wide variety of devices, including the super affordable ones. Today Microsoft has introduced a couple of Lumia devices that won’t break the bank, yet will offer a great experience. These are the Lumia 435 and Lumia 532.
The Lumia 435 is a dual-SIM smartphone with a 1.2 GHz dual-core Snapdragon 200 processor, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage and a 4-inch 800x480p display. Meanwhile, the Lumia 532 also offers a dual-SIM configuration, along with a 1.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 200 processor, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage and a 4-inch 800x480p display.
The main difference between both devices would be that the Lumia 532 comes with a 5 MP camera, as opposed to the Lumia 435’s 2 MP shooter. Prices are also a bit different, with the Lumia 435 setting you back around 69 Euros and the Lumia 532 costing around 79 Euros.
Opinion: Those are some stunning prices! And because they are running Windows Phone, they are still likely to be pretty smooth and perform quite well.
The YotaPhone 2 was all the hype this year at CES 2015. It’s the first time we see the Russian company bringing its products to CES, so this had to mean something good for those of us in this side of the lake, right?
Rumors of the phone coming to the USA started circulating fast, and now our friends at Android Authority may have a nice insider tip that corroborates all the murmurs. “Sources familiar with the matter” are confident the phone will be reaching the USA via T-Mobile, come Spring 2015. More specifically, it should launch sometime between March and April.
Opinion: I have faith that this will be the case, and can’t wait to get my hands all over this phone. Just think of the battery life opportunities it can bring! Beware, though, this is not official information. Even the best of rumors prove to be wrong sometimes.