When it comes to smartphone displays, how many pixels is too many? Most of us believe the current crop of 1080p displays shipping with today’s flagships provide more than enough for our handheld devices, but Chinese manufacturer Vivo disagrees.
The company has begun teasing the Xplay3S, its new smartphone that will become the world’s first with a 2K display.
Despite an abundance of high-end specifications that include a 1080p display and a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, Google’s new Nexus 5 could start at just $299. That’s according to one tipster, who claims the device will be available in 16GB and 32GB variants, each of which will have a different battery capacity.
Windows Phone has been struggling to catch up to Android and iOS ever since its release, and most would blame the platform’s lack of apps and Microsoft’s leisurely approach to adopting the latest technologies. And it’s not just consumers that are becoming frustrated with the situation.
Even Nokia, Microsoft’s biggest Windows Phone partner, wants the software giant to get a move on and make the mobile platform more of a priority.
Sony has unveiled its new Xperia Z Ultra phablet at the Mobile Asia Expo in Shanghai this morning. The device boasts a large 6.4-inch display, the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor running at 2.2GHz, and 4G LTE connectivity. Like its little brother, the Xperia Z, the Xperia Z Ultra is also waterproof.
Still trying to choose which flagship smartphone you’re going to pick up this year? Well, if display is the most important thing to you, the Huawei Ascend D2 currently has the best on the market, according to the experts at DisplayMate. Steer clear of the Sony Xperia Z, though, because that has the worst.
HTC has kindly provided fans with a new batch of high-resolution wallpapers that’ll give your smartphone a fresh splash of color. There are six in total, including street lights in Taipei, vibrant seashells, and pretty cakes.
One of the major issues with the YouTube app on Android is that it only plays back HD videos if your device is connected to a Wi-Fi network. Over 3G, the app only provides the option to playback videos in “HQ” mode.
With Android devices now packing full HD and higher resolution screens, watching videos on HQ mode is quite an eyesore. At the very least, Google should provide an option to view videos in HD mode even when streaming videos over mobile network.
Thankfully, a developer over at XDA forums has released a modded version of the YouTube app that allows for 720p/1080p video playback over 3G or Wi-Fi. The app will be especially handy for DROID DNA, HTC One, Galaxy S4 and other 1080p Android handset users, where videos in HQ mode don’t do justice to the screen of these phones.
The Galaxy Note II’s 5.5-inch display makes it one of the biggest smartphones on the market, but it’s still a pocketable device that can be used comfortably all day every day. Samsung could be planning to make it even bigger next time around, however. According to a source in the company’s supply chain, the Galaxy Note III will have a larger 5.9-inch display with a full 1080p resolution.
BARCELONA, MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS — Thanks to the original PadFone’s rather disappointing start, we thought the probability of seeing a successor at Mobile World Congress was slim at best. But we couldn’t be more wrong. Asus has just unveiled the PadFone Infinity, a 5-inch smartphone that transforms into a 10.1-inch tablet with the help of a clever docking station.
The device has some impressive specifications, including a 1080p display, a quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor, and a 13-megapixel camera. But do you really want a smartphone that transforms into a tablet? We went hands-on with the device to find out.
Archos has today unveiled a trio of new ‘Platinum’ tablets, with displays ranging in size from 8 inches to 11.6 inches. These are the most advanced tablets the French company has released to date, and it has clearly taken a leaf out of Apple’s book when it comes to design. Not only do they look a lot like the iPad from the front, they also have similar displays.
The 8-inch model offers a 1024×768 resolution, just like the iPad mini; while the 9.7-inch model has a very impressive 2048×1536 resolution, just like the third- and fourth-generation iPads with Retina display.