Video: Honor 8 Unboxing and Tour

With pre-sales still taking place for the Honor 8, what better time would there be to grace you with an unboxing and initial hands-on with the device? Listed at a price of $399 for the 32GB model, this is the first “flagship” device for the US from Honor, whose parent company happens to be Huawei.

For specs, the Honor 8 features a 5.2″ FHD display, HiSilicon Kirin 950 processor, 4GB of RAM, dual 12MP rear-facing cameras (like on the Huawei P9), USB Type-C (USB 2.0), LTE connectivity for GSM carriers, microSD support, 32GB onboard storage (or 64GB for $50 extra), and the Huawei Emotion UI 4.1 on top of Android 6.0 “Marshmallow.” (more…)

Qualcomm Unveils the Full Snapdragon 821 Specs

After a brief introduction to the Snapdragon 821 back in July that lacked specific details about its advantages over the Snapdragon 820, Qualcomm today revealed it all just as IFA was kicking off in Berlin. They didn’t announce new phones or future partners alongside the news (outside of the previously announced ZenFone 3), but I think we all know that new devices powered by the 821 are coming, namely those made by Google. Qualcomm did mention that they expect the 821 to be the processor of choice for new phones released during the holiday season.

According to today’s series of press releases, the Snapdragon 821 (MSM8996Pro) is 10% faster in boot times than the 820, can reduce app load times by 10%, improves general performance by up to 10%, and provides smoother UI experiences and browsing performance. The 530 GPU in the 821 even received a 5% increase over the 820, while battery life should be up to 5% better.  (more…)

HTC Teases Phone for September 20 Reveal, Something About Being Edgier

HTC has a new phone (or phones) to announce on September 20, according to a new teaser posted to Twitter. The short video clip is joined by a note about the phone “coming” and that we should all “#BeEdgier.”

The phone that is briefly revealed in the video looks a lot like the Desire 10 that has leaked a couple of times in recent weeks. For those not familiar with HTC’s Desire line, just know that it’ll be some sort of budget phone. There may be two of them, actually, Pro and Lifestyle versions. Either way, Desire phones tend to ship with low prices and non-flagship specs in the prepaid world or as carrier bottom shelfers.  (more…)

Motorola Announces the Moto Z Play, the Affordable Z Family Member

The newest member of the Moto Z family is now official as the Moto Z Play. As you can imagine, since the other two Z devices are high-end, this is the more affordable little brother with a focus on price and battery life while not skimping on the other specs.

The Moto Z Play arrives at Verizon on September 8 for $17 per month with a device payment plan or $408 full retail. If you want an unlocked version, you’ll be able to buy one for $449.99 through pre-orders on September 15, with arrivals happening some time in October. The unlocked model is GSM-only.  (more…)

Motorola Announces Hasselblad Moto Mod for Moto Z Family, Priced at $249

The oft-leaked Hasselblad camera Moto Mod for the Moto Z family is now official. Known as the Hasselblad True Zoom, this is a Moto Mod for those who want just a bit more in the camera department while on the go and with smartphone in pocket.

Priced at $249.99 at Verizon stores (or $299.99 at Motorola’s shop), the Hasselblad True Zoom arrives on September 15, but can be pre-ordered as early as September 8. It will work with the Moto Z, Moto Z Force, and newly introduced Moto Z Play(more…)