The next flagship handset from Asus is on its way and now the specifications of the ZenPhone 2 have been officially outlined on the manufacturer’s site.
It will feature a 5.5 inch display with a 1080p resolution and the same IPS panel technology that has been popular amongst all manufacturers sticking to the standard LCD screens, rather than making the leap to AMOLED.
Under the skin, it is not based on a processor using ARM designs, but instead, houses a quad core Intel Atom chip with a 64bit architecture and 2.3GHz clockspeed.
Coupled with a full 4GB of RAM, the ZenPhone 2 should be one of the world’s most powerful devices.
It will run the latest Android operating system, version 5.0 Lollipop, while utilising a custom user interface developed by Asus in-house.
Although Asus has yet to confirm a release date for the ZenPhone 2, it is anticipated to drop before the summer. And by that point, its impressive specifications will be compared against upcoming flagship devices from the likes of Samsung and HTC.
Asus may not have the same market presence as its rivals, but the ZenPhone 2, with a metallic exterior, could be its best shot at the big time.
If you are in the UK and near a bus, or train or other busy place then make sure you check out our 3 Ways to be a more powerful Mobile Phone Customer in ‘The Week Ahead’ column on page 30 of the Metro newspaper today with the original tips below
Before looking for a new mobile deal make sure you know exactly how many minutes, texts and internet data you use each month by quickly checking your bills or top ups from the last 12 months paying close attention to times you went over your inclusive allowances. Armed with accurate average usage details you will be able to quickly shortlist the deals that actually meet YOUR needs rather than the mobile phone network’s!
Decide if you really need the latest mobile phone or whether you could make do with your current phone and just change your mobile phone tariff. There are lots of SIM only deals available which work out cheaper when the mobile networks are not having to factor in the cost of giving you the latest handset for ‘free’ in your monthly line rental price.
Use www.mobilechecker.co.uk to quickly narrow down either new handset + tariff deals or just new SIM only style deals. There are over 1 million different contracts that such web sites track and compare daily giving you an invaluable tool to make sure you get the right deal no matter how much or little you use your mobile phone
Andy Symonds, the founder of www.mobilechecker.co.uk is also quoted within the article discussing 3’s planned deal to purchase O2 in the UK:
The danger with these big corporate deals is cost savings don’t get passed on to UK customers, and the broad range of tariff choices UK customers have enjoyed for may years could be negatively affected.
Microsoft might soon be joining BlackBerry in allowing apps designed for Android to run on its own-brand software, according to reports from The Information.
Windows Phone is making progress, but in the four years since it launched, it has not managed to match either iOS or Android in terms of the number of apps that it has available.
This problem is exacerbated because many popular apps are not ported over to Windows Phone by developers, because there is such a big market for them on Android and iOS that this is not necessary.
But now Microsoft may open the floodgates and enable Android apps to work in the Windows Phone ecosystem. This would dramatically boost the number of compatible apps, although the flip side would be that developers might reduce their focus on Windows Phone even further.
While this might not work in Microsoft’s favour, the upshot for mobile users would be more choice. And with so many people picking affordable Windows Phone handsets from the Lumia range, thanks to their low cost, it would ensure that the operating system is even more competitive in the tough market that exists at the moment.
This year’s Mobile World Congress event will be the highlight of the smartphone calendar, as it now looks like Samsung, LG, Sony and HTC will all be debuting new flagship handsets during the event.
The latest manufacturer to confirm its intentions was HTC, with the announcement that a new top tier device is on its way, with a March 1st launch date on the cards.
Whether it will go by the name of the HTC One M9, or by the moniker of Utopia, as suggested in the promotional invitations, remains to be seen.
Also expected to hit the headlines during MWC 2015 are the new Samsung Galaxy S6, along with the Sony Xperia Z4 and the LG G4.
While each of these devices will come from a different manufacturer, you can expect there to be several similarities between them. Each will almost certainly have a quad HD display, as well as a 64bit processor, possibly of the Snapdragon 810 variety.
New camera technology is anticipated for each, while Samsung is thought to be integrating a fingerprint scanner with the Galaxy S6, according to the latest rumours. The spring will be a highly competitive period for high end smartphones.
Although the next generation of the iPhone will almost certainly not be announced until the autumn, rumours about the device are beginning to fly around the web. And it could be that Apple’s upcoming device will feature a few capabilities that have never been seen before.
GForGames reports that sources in Taiwan are claiming the iPhone 6S could have a camera with twin lenses and a built-in optical zoom, along with a sensor which can actually detect pressure being applied to the device.
Apple introduced capacitive touch technology with the original iPhone, meaning that resistive touchscreens were out the window and handsets could respond to the lightest press. But Apple has developed Force Touch technology and implemented it with its new Watch device, with the iPhone 6S the next likely candidate to receive it.
Force Touch can not only tell that you are touching the display, but also how much pressure you are using, allowing for all sorts of clever new interactive features, if properly implemented.
Apple is likely to stick with a 4.7 inch screen for the iPhone 6S, while the iPhone 6S Plus is also probably going to arrive with a 5.5 inch panel, like its predecessor.