The month of September has been busy with the release of new flagship phones/phablets at IFA 2015. Huawei, Acer, Sony, Lenovo, Alcatel, Asus etc. released the new iteration of their flagships.
Huawei Mate S
WHILE in many ways Mate S is an incremental upgrade to last year’s Mate7. It includes an upgrade to the fingerprint reader, which the company said “improves recognition speeds by 100 per cent”, and can also be used as a navigation tool. Knuckle Control, introduced with Huawei P8, has been updated in Mate S, enabling users to launch apps by drawing certain short codes.
A 13MPthat features a four-colour sensor (RGBW), and has an independent image signal processor unit. The front-facing camera is 8MP, with “soft front light to improve selfies”.
Mate S has a 5.5-inch full-HD screen, and is powered by an octacore HiSilicon processor. It also supports the Mopria printing general protocol, which is said to include 700 printer types across 29 leading brands. 2 versions of 32G and 64G each of 3G RAM
Sony Xperia Z5 Premium
SONY unveiled a new flagship line that includes “the world’s first 4K smartphone”- Xperia Z5 Premium. The Z5 range features a new 23MP camera, Sony’s first “completely re-imagined” module since Xperia Z1. The company claimed the fastest autofocus in a smartphone, advancements in low-light performance, and an improvement of its Steady Shot technology with enhanced video. Also included on the spec sheet is a 5MP front-facing camera.
A fingerprint sensor integrated into the side-mounted power button, marking the debut of a feature supported by a number of rival devices.
Z5 Premium has a 5.5-inch 4K display, and will be offered in chrome, gold and black. Z5 Premium include 3GB of RAM and “up to 32GB” of onboard storage, with support for up to 200GB microSD card. The device use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 processor. Z5 Premium will also be available in dual-SIM versions.
Acer Jade Primo
ACER unveiled a broad set of smartphones, including two devices powered by Microsoft’s Windows 10, but stealing the limelight was a demo of a “working, Windows 10, Continuum-ready smartphone”. Continuum is Microsoft’s path to achieving an integrated experience for users across PCs, tablets and smartphones. Acer’s demo showed a “PC” setup, with keyboard and monitor, powered by a handset, describing it as “the world’s first PC phone”. The device, Jade Primo, also features a 21MP rear camera with dual flash, 8MP front camera and 5.5-inch screen. It is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 808 processor. It ships with a “whole suite of accessories to make your experience completely seamless”, including docking station, keyboard and wireless mouse.
Asus ZenFone Zoom
ZenFone Zoom is described as “the world’s thinnest optical-zoom smartphone”, with the company claiming it “has not only the look and feel of a DSLR camera, but the advanced features to match”.
The 13MP camera has a 3X Hoya lens in an “innovative 10-element lens arrangement”, for clarity and close-ups with up to 12X total magnification. It also has optical image stabilisation.
Asus added that the device design takes its cues from professional DSLR cameras, with dedicated buttons for shooting, recording and telephoto operations.
It is powered by a 2.5GHz quadcore Intel Atom processor, with 4GB of RAM and up to 128GB of storage as an option. It has a 5.5-inch full-HD screen.
Alcatel Onetouch Go smartphone
Alcatel Onetouch has released new Go Play series of colourful, durable smartphones aimed at young people. The Android phones are shockproof, waterproof and dustproof with an IP 67 rating and come in a choice of eight colours with waterproof headsets to match. New features include the ability to record what’s on the mobile screen and add a voice-over to the video. The videos can then be shared over pre-installed apps such as Periscope, Vine and Zello. Users can also shoot photos underwater with the 8-megapixel back camera or 5-megapixel front camera, and the phones come with a 2,500 mAh promising up to 8.3 hours talk time and 55 hours of music playback.
Lenovo Vibe P1
The high-end Vibe P1 with 5000mAh battery is aimed at always-on users, the phone comes with the OneKey Power Saver and Rocket Charge features as well as WiFi Boost for dual-band access and a fingerprint reader for privacy.
Gigaset ME Pro
GIGASET, a company proclaiming itself as “Europe’s market leader in DECT [cordless] telephony”, announced its first foray into the smartphone space.
Stealing a jump on its rivals, the company unveiled its high-spec ME series devices – in ascending order, ME Pure, ME and ME Pro. ME Pro is powered by Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processors with 3GB of RAM.
ME Pro having a 5.5-inch display, at full-HD resolution across the board, a 32GB of internal memory. The devices also support a Type C USB port, which the company said “means that smartphones can be recharged up to twice as fast as before while data transfer rates are dramatically increased”.
The ME series includes “sapphire-protected” cameras. ME Pro have an 8MP wide-angle front-facing camera with two-tone flash and a 20MP main shooter, a dedicated Hi-Fi audio chipset and Dirac HD technology, optimised for music playback. And the line also uses dual-microphones to provide “top voice quality even in noisy environments”. One microphone records and filters out background noise, while the second is optimised for speech.
Other features highlighted include a fingerprint sensor, infrared transmitter capabilities and health features which includes “a comprehensive collection of sensor modules, including a step counter and heart-rate monitor.”