While many of us look at the imaging quality of any smartphone to be an essential feature, the promise of bokeh like effects with a dual camera setup in any smartphone is almost too tempting an offer to resist, save for the relatively high price tag that comes with such territory, of course. Meitu, which hails from China and definitely should not be mistaken with the other Chinese brand, Meizu, has achieved a world’s first — the Meitu T8, touted to be the smartest selfie phone in the world.
We have normally come across the smartphone brand BLU as a company that rolls out easy to use smartphones that get the job done without having to burn a large hole in the pocket. However, one ought to take note that BLU has a brand new groove this time around with the reveal of their latest device, the BLU Tank Xtreme 5.0 handheld device.
When it comes to smartphones that offer plenty of value for money, the BLU name is certainly one of them. They have indeed improved over the years, but do not expect them to occupy the high end smartphone segment anytime soon. In fact, their latest device will see the expansion of the Vivo XL range, through the introduction of the new Vivo XL2.
You know that Chinese smartphone companies are big on cramming in as many features as possible — without placing too much importance on the design and form factor, but things have started to change. In fact, companies like Vivo have began to be more impressive with their offerings, and even as recent as December last year, we saw the introduction of the Vivo V5 that comes with a 20MP camera. That might not sound too special at all, but the 20MP camera is located in front, now how about that? Less than a quarter into the new year, and Vivo intends to outdo itself with the introduction of the Vivo V5 Plus, which will feature not one, but two cameras in front!
The old way of doing things would be to release something that companies think people want or need, but unless you are of the magnitude of creative genius like Apple, it would be very rare indeed to see the release of such products that the consumer didn’t even know he or she wanted to have in the first place. ZTE, a smartphone manufacturer from China, has decided to take a slightly different route when it comes to delivering the next generation smartphone to the masses. It has instead decided to crowdsource the device, delivering exactly what the masses want. In other words, majority wins where the ZTE Hawkeye is concerned.
LG is no stranger when it comes to releasing new smartphones, and this year we have seen a couple of flagship smartphones already — the LG G5 as well as the LG V20. Each of them has its own strengths and weaknesses, but they are both more than decent performers in the market compared to their rivals. Having said that, 2017 will kick off with a bang as LG is working on a new collection of K Series smartphones which will target the premium level mass-tier market.
Picking up a brand new smartphone is always the pride and joy for many people, and it also makes plenty of sense if you are going to keep that brand new purchase nice and shiny with a protective case of some sort. Assuming you decided to tag on the Pixel name that Google has diversified into first with its Pixel C tablet last year, and then dropping the Nexus name for the preferred Pixel and Pixel XL smartphones a few months ago. Obviously, it makes plenty of sense to keep them protected, and the LifeProof FRE is now available for the Pixel and Pixel XL.
You can pick up a new skill at any stage in your life with enough determination. Whether that’s painting, ice skating, or playing guitar, there’s no such thing as too old or too young to start learning. Of course, if you just want the fun of jamming out with friends without actually knowing how to play an instrument, that’s where air guitar, piano, and lip syncing come into play.
Having a smartphone is a blessing and a curse. It all but literally plugs us into the rest of the world. We can go from playing games to messaging friends, order our lunch, check the stock market, and send off work emails within the span of 5 minutes. It’s no wonder that it can be difficult to keep our attention for an extended period of time in the real world when the information of all mankind is at your fingertips in a digital space.
When it comes to Chinese manufacturers and the kind of smartphones that they roll out, then there are certainly many different kinds of makes and models to choose from. Vivo would be one of them, among the likes of Xiaomi, Oppo, and Meizu, and the latest smartphone from Vivo would be known as the Vivo V5.