OnePlus and Samsung are said to have new and different projects in mind. Meanwhile, Xiaomi keeps racing to the top – how far can they get?
New rumors shed light on what could be OnePlus’ next sensation – the OneWatch. The Chinese manufacturer is said to be working on a round smartwatch, mimicking the Moto 360’s style. Among the leaked images is a sketch that gives us a very good idea of how such a device could look and work.
This smartwatch is said to have a sapphire-protected OLED display, a curved battery (on the strap), Qi wireless charging technology, titanium borders and leather bands.
Opinion: Needless to say this smartphone looks gorgeous, but you shouldn’t keep your hopes too high. These are rumors and should be taken with a grain of salt, especially coming from BGR, a website that is not well-known for accurate rumors and leaks.
Despite being relatively new and small, Xiaomi is racing to the top rather quickly. The Chinese manufacturer now holds 5.1% of the world’s smartphone market, after selling 26 million devices during the first half of 2014.
The device is now above LG, which happens to be quite the feat. Xiaomi is only beat by Samsung, Apple, Huawei and Lenovo.
Opinion: It’s no surprise to see Xiaomi succeeding in this market. Their devices are well-built, powerful, good-looking and affordable. They sell out in a matter of minutes wherever they go.
Samsung may be opening up to the idea of making smartphones with more than just plastic, material Android fans have grown tired of. This was the manufacturer’s promise to their investors in the last earnings call, in which they mentioned two high end phones would come within the next 6 months.
One would feature a large screen, so we can assume this would be the next Galaxy Note iteration. The other would be made with “new materials”, a statement that really caught our attention.
Opinion: Samsung really needs a change. They may be the most popular, but their lackluster build quality is starting to show. A metallic device would probably bring a much-needed new perspective to the smartphone maker.