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Jan 06 2014

Phablets Galore

LG and Huawei have both added comically large phones to their arsenals at this CES. They join Samsung’s slightly smaller Note3 that began shipping last year.

LG has quietly become a big player in the mobile market. The G series phones and pairing with Google to make the Nexus phones has put them squarely in the front of the group of second tier companies scrabbling for Apple and Samsung’s leftovers.

The LG G Flex is intriguing with its curved display.

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They tout several benefits, including better sound while sitting on a table and being more comfortable to hold. These seem to be a bit of marketing hyperbole to me. The curve is impressive from a technology standpoint, but I am not sure there are that many real benefits to it.

Key Features Include:
– Processor: 2.26 GHz Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 800 processor with quad-core Krait CPU
– Display: 6-inch, HD (1280×720), Curved P-OLED (Real RGB)
– Memory: 2GB RAM, 32 GB eMMC ROM
– Camera: 13MP Rear-facing, 2.1 MP Front-facing
– Battery: 3,500 mAh (Embedded)
– Operating System: Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2
– Size: 160.5 x 81.6 x 7.9- 8.7mm
– Weight: 177g

They announced Sprint, AT&T and T-Mobile as carrier partners and will be announcing pricing and availability soon.

Huawei has also made huge strides in the mobile market. Although not well known under their own brand name, they have been an ODM manufacturer for other brands for many years. According to their figures they are third in the world for Smartphones shipped, without ever having a partner in America. Apparently that is about to change.

The Ascend Mate2 is an impressive follow up to last years Mate and it actually makes the Samsung Note3 look small in comparison.

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The Mate2 sports a Quad Core processor, a 6.1 inch display and enough radios to work anywhere in the world.

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Perhaps most interesting to me was the battery spec. 4050 mah of onboard juice to drive that great big screen. It also has the ability to charge another device from its charging input. No zener diodes here! Amusingly, the promo pic showed the Mate2 charging up an iPhone5!

The interesting thing about both of these phone/tablet combos is that they each feature 720P screens. I think it is a little curious that they went with lower resolution displays, but it should pay off in extended battery life.

The Mate2 is rumored to be coming to AT&T but if you acquire one on the open market it should work on any carrier.

LG G Flex

Huawei Phones

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