New Smartphone Round Up
By Baxter Jacinto
Aside from the smartphone release announcements made by other brands this year, the conclusion of CES 2017 introduced smartphones that caught the attention of both the crowd and the press alike. Here we round up the newest smartphone products that you might love to own.
Starting with something experimental, the ZTE Hawkeye is a crowdsourced project that holds a lot of promise – it has an eye-tracking sensor and self-adhesive back. Who needs touch-screen when your eyes can do the navigating?
ZTE Blade V8 Pro
ZTE has its head up high with its new flagship phone, the 5.5-inch Blade V8 Pro that comes with a dual camera and fingerprint sensor. And we know what you’re thinking; yes, it can also produce a ‘bokeh’ effect just like iPhone 7 Plus. Add to that its ability to record in 4K. Inside the hood is a 3GB RAM and 32 GB storage (expandable). The only thing we could have hoped for is that they push for a 4GB RAM instead.
Huawei Mate 9
Boasting a 5.9-inch screen and the latest Android 7.0 Nougat, the Huawei Mate 9 looks like a strong contender this year as one of the best, if not the best Android phone in the market. And with great size comes a need for great power—in this case, the Mate 9 has Kirin 960 Octa-Core processor and 4GB RAM. But we all know it all boils down to the camera, and the Mate 9 has got it up the gills with its dual lens (collaboration with Leica) with one 20MP Monochrome and one 12MP RGB sensor.
A refined version of the 5X, the Honor 6X now sports a dual-camera setup (yes, it’s starting to be a trend now), where it pairs a 12MP camera with 2 MP depth sensor. It may not be of a contender against the big guys, but it surely did make a lot of sales at last week’s CES 2017, selling out in just 25 minutes. Furthermore, the Honor 6X packs the ideal 4GB RAM. The only drawback is the fact that it does not have a USB-C port and no Android Nougat (although they plan to launch one with Nougat in Q2).