Manufacturers seem to be going nuts with phone announcements this morning. We are taking a look at an affordable device from Sony, as well as a couple high-end options from Xiaomi and Nubia. Looking for a new phone? Let’s see if any of these suit you.
It’s hard to compete against the general tech market, as there’s an ever-growing list of available devices. It’s definitely easier to differentiate yourself by targeting niche markets, and the Sony Xperia C3 set itself as a precedent to what would become one of the best selfie devices around – the Sony Xperia C4.
Sure, the device has a 5 MP front-facing camera, which is no longer something innovative, but there is much more to picture quality than megapixels. This thing comes with a Sony Exmor R sensor and a front-facing LED flashlight. Pretty dope, right?
Other specs include a 5.5-inch 1080p display, a 64-bit octa-core processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, a 13 MP rear camera and a 2600 mAh battery. It will be launching in June and will be available in both single and dual-SIM configurations.
Opinion: I suppose our opinion on this phone will be heavily based on the price. It’s a good phone, though. Especially for the casual user who happens to like shooting a selfie or two… or ten.
Xiaomi impressed us during its January announcement of the Mi Note Pro, a phone specced up to compete against the best of the best. This phone is a beauty and a powerhouse, but it still hasn’t hit the shelves, which makes today’s announcement quite special.
Xioami has finally announced the Mi Note Pro will be launching in this May 12th in China. To everyone’s surprise, the phone is also a bit cheaper now, priced at only 2999 Yuan (about $483 USD). This is not a bad deal for a phone with a QHD display, a Snapdragon 810 processor, 4 GB of RAM, 64 GB of internal storage, a 13 MP rear-facing camera and a 3000 mAh battery.
Opinion: Want to learn more about this bad boy? You can check out our Xiaomi Mi Note Pro coverage. I happen to love this thing. It’s not exactly the cheapest Xiaomi device, but compared to similarly specced devices this thing is a steal.
The Nubia Z9 has been subject to many rumors, but the mysteries end today as the ZTE-owned branch takes the wraps off its latest high-end smartphone. The Nubia Z9 is a powerful smartphone that won’t come with a cheap price tag, but it also won’t disappoint the heavy duty users.
There are three versions of the Nubia Z9. They all come with a 5.2-inch 1080p display, a Snapdragon 810 processor, a 2900 mAh battery, NFC support, a 16 MP rear-facing camera and an 8 MP front-facing shooter. Most people will also be impressed with the phone’s aesthetics, as this device shows no sign of side bezels. This is because the little bezel there is actually reflects the screen, making it seem as though the phone is bezel-less.
The cheapest version will cost 3499 Yuan and will come with 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of internal storage. If you want 4 GB of RAM and 64 GB of internal storage you will have to pay 3999 Yuan, while adding TiO (fingerprint reader) will add up to a whopping 4499 Yuan.
Opinion: I like what Nubia is doing here. Not all of us need so much memory or a fingerprint reader, and Nubia is giving us the option to bypass those and pay a little less for the device. I actually kinda wish more manufacturers did this.