Pantech, South Korea’s third largest smartphone manufacturer next to Samsung and LG, has announced a new “phablet” that will be added into its product portfolio. Meet the Pantech Vega Secret Up, another phone with a rather strange name. Unlike the Pantech Vega Secret Note, which was announced earlier this year, the Vega Secret Up features a smaller 5.6-inch 1080p Full HD display and a lesser 2GB RAM, which is fine based on today’s standards. The new phone also sports a decent 16GB internal storage and throws away the nifty stylus pen.
India’s Xolo has launched a new smartphone called the Xolo Q500. It has a 4-inch WVGA display with a 800 x 480 resolution, and is powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8225Q processor clocked at 1.2GHz. Supporting this power is an Adreno 203 graphics chip and a 1GB RAM. Internal storage is decent, just around 4GB, but users can use the expandable memory via microSD. Other features include a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, a VGA front camera, a 1450 mAh battery, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. The Xolo Q500 is now available for Rs 7,999, roughly $130 based on today’s currency rate. There’s no telling if this phone will arrive here in the Philippines.
Remember the LG G Flex? It was a revolutionary product that shared the spotlight with Samsung’s Galaxy Round. Well, LG has announced that it will begin selling the LG G Flex this week, starting in Singapore and Hong Kong. The rest of the key markets in Asia (Philippines presumably included) will get it before the end of the year. Pre-orders will begin this coming December 8 in Singapore, and December 13 in Hong Kong.
Add new colors to an existing product to keep it fresh and appealing to consumers – this is probably a strategy that Samsung has successfully mastered since it entered the smartphone race. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will now have three new colors: Rose Gold White, Rose Gold Black, and Merlot Red. The new editions, Samsung says, hopes to cater the needs of style-conscious users who view mobile devices as extensions of their lifestyle. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Rose Gold White edition will arrive first this month in the Chinese market. The Rose Gold Black and Merlot Red editions are coming next, although Samsung did not say exactly when.
Samsung is reportedly planning to announce a Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Lite at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain next year. According to SamMobile, an insider has confirmed Samsung’s intention of launching a low-cost stripped-down version of the popular “phablet.” The said model will reportedly have the code number SM-N7505 and will come in black and white. Because of its low-cost nature, the Galaxy Note 3 Lite is expected to have a downgraded 8-megapixel camera, as well as an LCD display. SamMobile adds that its market availability will be sometime in February and March next year.
Shopping will never be the same, now that Amazon has revealed its plan to use drones to deliver orders. The concept is easy. But the technology? Well, Amazon founder and CEO, Jeff Bezos, announced the breakthrough plan today at a “60 Minutes” interview with Charlie Rose. It will be a part of a new delivery system called “Amazon Prime Air” which aims to send packages into customers’s hands in just 30 minutes. To do that, Amazon will be using unmanned octo-copter drones that can carry up to five pounds of weight and can fly up to miles. The obvious hurdle here will be, of course, getting approval from the Federal Aviation Administration.
Motorola has officially announced the Motorola Moto G. After teasing the smartphone last week, the now Google-owned company finally made it official. Motorola made it clear that the Moto G is budget-friendly and is made precisely for price-conscious customers. But don’t rate it low just yet, as Motorola claims that it was able to use premium materials in spite of the low price range.