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Thursday, February 26th, 2015
The Sony Xperia E4 was impressive enough when it was announced earlier this month, but now Sony have sweetened the deal. They announced the Xperia E4g today, which is a 4G version of the phone (see what they did there?). The Xperia E4g will be available sim-free and unlocked from Mobile Fun, where we’re happy to announce a UK price of £110!
Let’s take a closer look at the E4g. The phone is reasonable powerful given its low price point, with a quad-core MediaTek processor, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage (plus micro SD expansion). The phone has a 5-megapixel camera on the rear and a 2-megapixel shooter up front, allowing it to take decent photos from either end. The phone has a good-sized screen for this price range as well, with a 4.7-inch display that has a qHD (960 x 540) resolution. All of this is powered by a 2300mAh battery, which Sony promises will offer up to 12 hours and 40 minutes of 3G talk time. When it comes to software, we’re expecting Android 4.4.4 KitKat, with an upgrade to Android 5.0 likely for later this year.
The Xperia E4g will compete against the also-recently-announced 2nd Gen Motorola Moto E, which also launches with 4G LTE support and a similar 4.5-inch form factor. Both phones also share a near-stock level of Android, although Sony offer more customisations than Motorola.
As the E4g has different dimensions than the the E4, not all E4 cases will work for the E4g and vice versa. We’re in the process of adding cases and covers for the Xperia E4g, as well as a broader range of applicable E4g accessories.
What do you think of the Xperia E4g – will you be picking one up at this price? Let us know in the comments below, or write to us on Twitter @mobilefun! Thanks for checking out the article and have a great week ahead!
Thursday, February 26th, 2015
If you wanted to know more about the Samsung Galaxy S6 but didn’t want to wait until the actual announcement on Sunday, I have good news: two separate leaks have revealed the last heretofore unseen details! Let’s take a look at what we’ve learned over this very fruitful Thursday.
Leak One: Samsung Galaxy S6
Our first leak features the Galaxy S6 alone, examined by a person with a propensity for cute stickers. The photos reveal a phone with a metal frame (like the earlier Note 4) and a glass-covered back (like the Nexus 4 or iPhone 4). You can see the new high-megapixel camera with the flash offset to the right.
The Galaxy S6 looks like it’ll be the first Galaxy S phone to ship without a removable battery or microSD card slot, thereby removing one of the series’ biggest strengths.
Leak Two: Samsung Galaxy S6 & S6 Edge
Our second leak is perhaps more exciting, as it shows both the standard Galaxy S6 and the limited-edition Galaxy S6 Edge. While earlier reports described a proper three-screened phone, the curved edges of the phone seem a little more subdued than we saw on the Note 4 Edge. Still, the option to have the screen flow off the sides of the phone does look good.
Otherwise, the phones seem near identical – the S6 Edge is a little wider, but sports the same back glass, metal frame and rear-facing camera design. On the front it’s the same story, with the same earpiece, lozenge-shaped home button, front-facing camera and other sensors.
So there we have it – Samsung’s Galaxy S6 and S6 Edge. Are you excited for the reveal on Sunday? Let us know in the comments below or write to us on Twitter @mobilefun!
Thursday, February 26th, 2015
Continuing on our kick of Sony announcements, here’s one that they didn’t want to make this week. Sony mistakenly revealed their upcoming Xperia Z4 Tablet on Xperia Lounge. They quickly corrected their mistake, but the world had already taken note. The tablet looks like a strong Android tablet, based on what’s been leaked - let’s take a look.
The Xperia Tablet Z4 seems to come with a more rounded design than its predecessors, something that we first saw with the Xperia E4 that was announced earlier this month. Text on the page claimed that the tablet would have a “lightweight premium body”, which is something it delivered easily with the Tablet Z3.
Sony wrote that the tablet would come with “the latest ultra-fast processor”, which should refer only to the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 octa-core processor, which is clocked at 2.0GHz and is also expected to power the HTC One M9. The page also mentioned a “stunning 2K display”, which should indicate a 10-inch screen running at a resolution of 2560 x 1440. Sony is also promising “industry leading battery performance”, which should be helped by the (by now) average resolution and advanced chipset.
We can expect the Z4 tablet to run Android 4.4.4 KitKat like the recently announced Xperia E4 and E4g, although an upgrade to Android 5.0 could be possible if the tablet is released several weeks after its announcement.
The Sony Xperia Tablet Z4 is expected to be announced on March 3rd, a few days into the Mobile World Congress that kicks off on the 1st. The Barcelona-based event will also include announcements by Samsung and HTC on the 1st, so the timing from Sony makes sense.
What do you think of the Tablet Z4? Let us know in the comments, or tweet us @mobilefun with your answer. Of course, we’ll be supporting the tablet with the full range of Tablet Z4 cases and accessories.
Wednesday, February 25th, 2015
The HTC One M9 will be announced on March 1st at an HTC event in Barcelona. Days before the event though, we have a very good idea of what’s to be revealed, thanks to dozens of leaks of photos, videos and specifications. Let’s take a look at what to expect for the announcement:
The One M9 is an evolution of the device first introduced by HTC with the One M7 and updated with the One M8. Two colourways will be available; a traditional gunmetal gray and a more luxurious gold / silver option.
The layout of the phone seems almost identical to its predecessor; one change is that the power button moves from the top to the side. This does mean that you’ll need new cases for your One M9.
The display is actually the same as we saw on the One M8, a 5-inch 108p unit that eschews the recent jump to 1440p resolutions and even larger sizes. The screen is flanked by prominent front-facing speakers, which are now provide Dolby-certified sound.
The One M9 is set to be the first major Android flagship to include Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 octa-core processor. This is backed with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage, with micro SD cards providing additional storage. These specifications would make the One M9 one of the most powerful Android devices ever, rivalling Samsung’s Galaxy S6 with its Exynos 7 Octa processor.
The One M9 is also set to include a 20-megapixel rear-facing camera, with a 4-megapixel Ultrapixel camera up front. That should improve the phone’s camera performance considerably in good lighting compared to its predecessor, whose Ultrapixel rear-facing camera was good in poor light but didn’t too as well as its competitors when it came to better-lit shots.
When it comes to software, the One M9 looks like it includes more new features than its predecessor did. The new version of the Sense UI sits on top of Android 5.0, and includes customisable themes, a new Home widget, new photo editing features and HTC Connect which uses a three-finger gesture to stream media to different speakers.
Are you excited for the HTC One M9? Let us know in the comments below, or write to us on Twitter @mobilefun!
Tuesday, February 24th, 2015
The second generation Motorola Moto E is coming soon, and we’ve just received word that the phone will come with some unusual new official accessories. These are the Motorola Moto E Color Bands; coloured bumpers sold in multi-packs.
The idea here is that you buy one pack, but you get two or three different colour options to use with your Moto E, so you can change up your phone’s look to match your mood or your outfit. No matter which colour you choose though, you’ll benefit from increase drop protection that adds minimal size and weight to your Moto E.
The three options available are:
Please note that as of publication, only one photo has been made available, so each of the product pages linked above use the turquoise / purple / raspberry image. All Color Bands will be delivered in the colours specified when delivered, and correct images will be added once these are available. Thank you.
If you’re looking to add a splash of colour and some much-needed protection to your Motorola Moto E, then I’m sure you’ll find the Color Bands a strong option. If you’re interested in the Moto E, you might also want to check out some more official cases, like the Grip Shell Cases, which offer more protection and also come in a nice range of colours.
Thanks for checking out the article. Please see our site for more great Moto E 2nd Gen cases and accessories!