Another week is gone and it's time to have a quick look at what was most-exciting during the past seven days. We saw quite a few rumors and announcements, but the Xperia Z4v definitely was the most exciting one. Sony announced the Verizon-exclusive version of its latest Z3+ flagship, which is not an oddity in itself. However, the fact that the Z4v comes with quite a few improvements over the Z3+ was even more surprising - the "v" model is equipped with a QHD screen and Qi wireless charging.
A few other announcements from last week are definitely worth noting, like the Micromax Canvas Silver 5, which is officially the thinnest smartphone with no camera bump to date. The Fujitsu Arrows NX F-04G represents another industry's first - iris recognition hardware. The idea behind the tech is to improve security, although the practical implications are still quite questionable. Still, it might turn out to be the next craze, with Samsung and LG allegedly already working on their respective solutions.
Samsung had its share of announcements - it released two new models as part of the budget-friendly J-series. The J5 and J7 are quite reasonably priced and spout mid-range hardware. An interesting fact is that both have front-facing flash units, which is a Samsung first.
In other news, the Android update frenzy is still strong with a few parties already talking about the upcoming Android M. Also, quite a lot of Galaxy devices were found vulnerable to a serious keyboard exploit. Thankfully, a fix is already under way. Last, but not least, we turned 15 last week. Thank you all for the love and support and the great wishes you sent us!
If you think you might have missed something from the busy week, here is a list of what was most interesting in the tech world.
The handset is an updated version of the Xperia Z3+ headed to Verizon in the US.
Rounded corners, narrow side bezels and a larger home button to house the fingerprint sensor.
The cheap phablet has so far been available only in the company's native China, but that will change.
Apparently the Korean company desperately wants to get it on the market before the new iPhones land.
The Indian company's latest is 5.1mm thin and weighs 97g, comes with a Snapdragon 410 inside.
Reportedly Asus will be launching a 128GB flavor of its top-notch Zenfone 2 model tomorrow in Taiwan.
The Canadian company’s upcoming high-end smartphone is rumored to come with Android OS on board.
The not so wonderful news comes from the Korean company's Greek arm, which disclosed the plans.
The Lenovo subsidiary’s next flagship smartphone is expected to debut as some point this summer.
A blurred out image of a Lumia camera has surfaced and rumors state it may belong to the Lumia 940.
The next generation iPhones will reportedly employ Force Touch displays and use stronger aluminum.
Galaxy phones with SwiftKey pre-installed suffer from critical bug that makes them vulnerable.
The OTA is already seeding to T-Mobile users in the US with new features and improvements.
The Chinese company is now teasing its next device's internals one by one, the chipset being first.
Mobile Data toggle switch Quick Settings elopes by itself and doesn't return for Galaxy S6.
The latest rumors put BlackBerry in partnership with Samsung for an Android device with BB services.
The device recently went on sale in Japan, where NTT Docomo is offering it for $750 sans contract.
The device is also said to feature a 27 mega-pixel main camera and a 8MP front shooter.
The $140 smartphone, which packs in a whopping 6000mah battery, will now come with 2GB of RAM.
As we get ever closer to Xiaomi's June 29 event, a new render might be depicting the Redmi Note 2.
The Finnish company won't be directly producing them, instead choosing to license its brand to partners.
The company has shared more details about how it will prevent the Snapdragon 810 from overheating.
Qualcomm's top of the line 810 chip isn't doing all that well in market sales.
The source of the confirmation has remained anonymous, and the phone should be out in 2015.
The devices were announced in China, where they carry a price tag of $290 and $225, respectively.
Time flies by quickly, we've started measuring in MWC events rather than New Year eves.