Check out this newly launched 4G LTE-enabled Android 4.4 smartphone ‘P70’ from Lenovo for the Chinese market. Measuring 8.9mm thick and weighing 149 grams, this mid-range smartphone packs a 5.0-inch 1280 x 720 HD IPS display, a 1.7GHz octa-core MT6752 64-bit processor, a 700MHz MaliT760-MP2 GPU, a 2GB RAM, a 16GB of expandable internal storage (up to 32GB) and dual micro SIM card slots. Powered by a huge 4000mAh battery, the handset sports a 5MP front-facing camera, a 13MP rear-facing autofocus camera with LED flash and an FM radio, and runs on Android 4.4 KitKat OS. Connectivity-wise, the P70 provides 4G LTE, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 and A-GPS. The Lenovo P70 is available now in China for CNY 1,399 (about $224). [Lenovo]
HTC has officially released their latest 4G LTE-enabled Android 4.4 smartphone ‘Desire 626’ in Taiwan. Powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core Cortex-A53 (Qualcomm Snapdragon 410) processor, this mid-range smartphone is configured with a 5.0-inch 1280 x 720 HD display, a 1GB RAM, a 16GB of expandable internal storage and a microSD card slot (up to 32GB). Running on Android 4.4 KitKat OS with HTC Sense UI on top, the handset comes complete with a 5MP front-facing camera with 1080p Full HD video recording, a 13MP rear-facing camera with LED flash, BSI sensor and 1080p Full HD video recording, and a 2000mAh non-removable battery. Connectivity-wise, the Desire 626 provides 4G LTE, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n with DLNA, Bluetooth 4.0 and A-GPS. The HTC Desire 626 is now available for purchase in Taiwan for NT$5,990 (about $190). [Product Page]
DOOGEE is offering you their latest quad-core Android 4.4 smartphone, the LEO DG280. Featuring smart gestures function for easy and direct access to your application without unlocking the phone, this entry-level smartphone is packed with a 4.5-inch 854 x 480 IPS display, a 1.3GHz quad-core MTK6582 processor, a 1GB RAM, an 8GB of expandable internal storage (up to 32GB) and dual SIM card slots (1x micro, 1x normal). There’s also a 1.3MP front-facing camera, a 5MP rear-facing camera with LED flash and 1080p Full HD video recording, an FM radio and an 1800mAh battery. Running on Android 4.4 KitKat OS, the LEO DG280 provides WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS for connectivity. The DOOGEE LEO DG280 can be yours for just $79.99 unlocked. [Product Page]
Spanish company BQ is gearing up to launch the first Ubuntu smartphone for the European market. Called the Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition, this mid-range smartphone is built with a 4.5-inch 960 x 540 touchscreen display, a 1.3GHz quad-core Cortex-A7 processor, a 1GB RAM and an 8GB of internal storage. Coming with dual SIM card slots, the handset sports a 5MP front-facing camera and an 8MP rear-facing camera with dual LED flash. Finally, it runs on Ubuntu operating system. The BQ Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition will be available across Europe next week for 169.90 Euro (about $192) unlocked. The smartphone will also come bundled with a SIM card for European network operators. [GSMArena]
Lava Mobiles has unveiled a new octa-core Android 4.4 smartphone ‘Iris X8’ to its range. Coming in black and white color options, this mid-range smartphone is equipped with a 5.0-inch 1280 x 720 HD IPS display with Asahi Dragontrail glass protection, a 1.4GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6592M processor, a 2GB RAM, a 16GB of expandable internal storage (up to 32GB) and dual SIM card slots. Running on Android 4.4 KitKat OS (upgradable to Android 5.0 Lollipop), the handset sports a 3MP front-facing camera, an 8MP rear-facing camera with dual LED flash and BSI 3 sensor, an FM radio and a 2500mAh battery. For connectivity, the Iris X8 provides 3G HSPA+, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS. The Lava Iris X8 is now listed on Flipkart for Rs 8,999 (about $145). [Product Page]
Last year, Google’s Nexus 5 more than earned its reputation as the best value smartphone on the market. With the Nexus 5, Google proved that it was possible to design and manufacture a high-end smartphone that would sell at a fraction of the cost of similar handsets like Apple’s iPhone and Samsung’s Galaxy S4. Now comes the Nexus 6, and it is not necessarily the upgrade everyone was expecting. While the Nexus 6 boasts some remarkable features, it definitely breaks ranks with the earlier model’s price point, landing it firmly in the arena of premium priced handsets.