The Kazam Tornado 348 has been unveiled to the world’s press over the weekend and it is being touted as the thinnest smartphone on the market to date. This claim is all the more interesting since the handset is being priced at just £249 in the UK, which is much more affordable than many of the other super slim handsets.
The low price is due to its modest specs, which include a 4.8 inch screen with a 720p resolution, an eight core processor clocked at 1.7GHz and 1GB of RAM. It sounds sufficiently powerful and should run Android KitKat with ease, but it is not going to trouble the 1080p and QHD alternatives, which are at least twice the price.
What you do get is a device that is just 5.15 millimetres thick and weighs a fraction over 95 grams. It also has an eight megapixel camera on the back and a five megapixel selfie-friendly snapper up front.
With an aesthetic style that is somewhat reminiscent of the iPhone range, as well as Sony’s flagship Xperia X3, it is a good looking and surprisingly affordable handset. So the Kazam Tornado 348 may yet make its mark.
The Karbonn Mobile A5S is one of the UK’s cheapest smartphones, launching in the UK this month for just a penny under £70. And in spite of this low asking price, it is still relatively well equipped, according to TechRadar.
The A5S comes with a four inch screen that has a 800×480 resolution, which is perfectly acceptable for a display of this size. It is powered by a dual core processor with a 1.2GHz clockspeed and has half a gigabyte of RAM onboard to boot.
Android 4.4 Kit Kat is preinstalled on the A5S and while it may not be 4G compatible, it does have all the other connectivity features you would expect, including 3G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.
At this price point, a smartphone may well be seen as a bit more disposable than its more expensive rivals. And the hardware on offer aboard the A5S is equivalent to the kind of tech that the flagship models of 2011 were rocking, showing just how quickly the market moves.
There are many budget Android mobiles on offer at the moment, but the A5S’ inclusion of dual SIM card slots could put it ahead of its competitors.
Samsung has not had a great year, with sales of its smartphones such as the Galaxy S5 falling below their expected levels, as the market matures and consumers turn towards phones that look good over those that simply have the best possible kit under the surface. Because of this, part of its attempt to revive its fortunes in 2015 will apparently involve a mid range handset, according to information acquired by TechRadar.
Data gleaned from an official Samsung website points to a device known as the E700H, which has specifications such as a 5.5 inch screen, with a 720p HD resolution and a 1.5GHz processor, presumably with four physical cores.
The info suggests that this phone will run Android 4.4 and will probably make an appearance next year, as part of a pared back range of handsets that is not quite as ambitious as Samsung’s previous stalwarts. The hope, of course, is that these models will be more profitable for the company, which along with Sony and other mobile manufacturers, has had to reduce its expectations in terms of handset sales over the next 12 months.
For consumers, the E700H could be a worthy mid range choice, as long as the price is right.
The poor reviews and sluggish sales of Amazon’s first smartphone have been big news in the second half of 2014, but now the e-commerce giant’s chief exec has spoken out about the floundering of the device, according to NBC News.
Jeff Bezos admitted that the Fire Phone had not been Amazon’s finest hour, although he said that it was a failure that still had many positive aspects that he believes many people in the media are overlooking.
For Bezos, the Fire Phone was just another gamble that the company had taken in an attempt to reach new markets. And while things like the Kindle Fire range of tablets and the Amazon prime service were a success in retrospect, they were as much of a risk as the Fire Phone in the early days.
The Fire Phone has come down in price significantly since it was released in the UK and elsewhere, with mobile users able to snap it up free on contract with current deals compared here – Amazon Fire Phone Deals. And in spite of the mixed reviews, it remains a powerful and potentially very good smartphone, that is let down by its reliance on Amazon’s proprietary software and services.
The LG G Flex 2 is reported to be heading to the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas at the start of 2015, bringing with it a new curved OLED display, which will have a higher resolution than that found on the original handset.
The first G Flex from LG was noteworthy for featuring a concave display, the design of which was only made possible thanks to new flexible screen technology. Now insiders are expecting that the G Flex 2 will have a similarly pliant panel, but with perhaps a QHD resolution to match the likes of the LG G3, according to Android Authority.
CES 2015 will play host to a whole range of new devices in January next year, of which the LG G Flex 2 will just be one. But with increasing critical acclaim for the flagship devices it has released so far in 2014, many observers are excited to see what the company can produce next.
With Samsung struggling to sell as many mobiles as it had hoped, LG is well positioned to overtake its domestic competitor, especially if the G Flex 2 delivers on its cutting-edge potential.