HTC is getting ready to launch a universal USB charger that will allow select handsets to be powered up 40% faster than with regular chargers. Called HTC Rapid Charger 2.0, the accessory uses Qualcomm's Quick Charge 2.0 technology which debuted last year on the Snapdragon 800 SoC, and is obviously included in newer chipsets.
While the HTC Rapid Charger 2.0 is compatible with all HTC smartphones, there aren't that many which can benefit from its faster charging abilities. For now, HTC is listing the following models: HTC One M8, HTC One M8 Harman Kardon Edition, HTC One E8, HTC One remix, and HTC Desire EYE. It's not clear if the HTC One M8 for Windows is also included here.
At the moment, HTC isn't saying exactly when the Rapid Charger 2.0 will be released, and neither how much it's going to cost. Anyway, it's probably safe to assume that its price will be roughly similar to the one of Motorola's Turbo Charger, which is currently sold for $34.99.
2019 is going to be the year of the foldable smartphones without a doubt, and while the technology may still take a few years before it can be more standardized and improved upon, foldable display is the trend that every OEM wants a piece of apparently. On that note, here are all the smartphones that have so far been revealed by OEMs and should be available for purchase in the coming months.
The Samsung Galaxy Fold
It is a huge device and it sports a huge price tag as well at $1,980! Nonetheless, the foldable smartphone sports impressive specs which includes an external OLED display of 4.5-inches and an internal foldable OLED display that measures 7.3 inches, which is only revealed on opening the phone. It supports the latest media and eve latest video gaming technologies, high-graphic online slots included. Powered by the latest processor from Samsung, 12GB of RAM, 512GB of internal storage, a 4,380mAh foldable battery and a tri-lens module (16MP+12MP+12MP) at the back, the Galaxy Fold will be available for purchase from April.
The Huawei Mate X
The foldable display on the Huawei Mate X measures 8-inches and on closing, the display stays on the outside, unlike with the Galaxy Fold. If you thought the Galaxy Fold was expensive, wait till you get a load of the Mate X's $2,600 price tag! Powered by the extremely capable Hisilicon Kirin 980 and 5G capabilities, the exact date has not been set for the Mate X's release yet, although it was unveiled at the MWC 2019.
Xiaomi Mix Flex
Revealed only by a teaser, the Xiaomi Mi Flex has gained a lot of attention recently. The prototype has been shown on camera by President of Xiaomi Lin Bin already, so it's only a matter of time before the device becomes official. What makes the Mix Flex Unique is that unlike most of the devices that we have seen so far officially or via rumors and leaks, the prototype was shown as a tablet that could be bended on both sides to leave enough room only for a smartphone display. The double folding smartphone can also be called Xiaomi Dual Flex when it finally comes out, as stated by the Lin Bin himself.
Do note that the rumored LG Bendi, the Moto Razr 2019 and the Oppo Foldable Phone were kept out of this list intentionally, as they have not yet been confirmed by their respective manufacturers. Which one do you find most impressive? More importantly, can you justify the price tags that Samsung and Huawei are putting on these devices? Let us know in the comments.
Motorola already have a Lollipop Star on the Nexus world, the Nexus 6. However, the company will update most of its latest smartphones models to Android 5.0 Lollipop. Today, Motorola announced its list of Devices that will get the Lollipop update.
If your Motorola smartphone was not updated to Jellybean, what on God's Earth would make you think that it will receive Android 5.0? Similarly, you can rule out models that failed to taste the chocolat goodness of Android 4.4 KiKat.
Currently, Motorola models due to receive Android 5.0 Lollipop include the Motorola Moto X (both 2013 and 2014 models), the Motorola Moto G (both 2013 and 2014 models), Motorola DROID Ultra, Motorola DROID MAXX, Motorola DROID Mini, Motorola Moto G LTE, and the Motorola Moto E.