Author Archives: John Hoff


BLU Selfie launches with dual 13MP cameras

With a name like “Selfie” you pretty much know what to expect from this new product from BLU Products, the Miami-based tech outfit trying to break into and make it big in the lower and middle tiers of the US smartphone market. The BLU Selfie is a smartphone built around the cameras, that’s for sure.

HTC Butterfly 3 specs leak, probably for Asian market only

As with the previous two smartphones in HTC’s Butterfly product line, rumors are pointing to a device primarily targeted towards Asian markets. We haven’t heard much in the way of specs for this upcoming device. But that was before it was tagged via a Compubench benchmark test. Now we have a good idea of what the device will look like on the inside.

OPPO’s bezel-less tech explained; curved glass, refraction in play

We were not really convinced the first time that leaks came out of OPPO’s gorgeous bezel-less wonder in the R7 that it was really without bezel. We were already thinking that it might be structurally impossible to do that. OPPO’s patent application for a refraction-type tech already told us as much. But here’s more fuel to that fire, saying that OPPO is using a curved glass display approach to achieve the “bezel-less” look.

Italian eyewear company Luxottica working on next Google Glass

So we all know what happened – earlier this year, Google basically pulled the plug on what was viewed as a failed path for its Google Glass project. The gadget, with great early hype, spiraled down quickly into “jerk device” and intrusion of privacy issues. The project was brought back to the drawing board, and a separate team was told to make it ready for the public. It’s not quite there, but Italian eyewear makers Luxottica entering the picture might be progress.

All SNK Playmore premium games now at discounted prices

In celebration and remembrance of the NEO GEO’s 25th Anniversary – for those not old enough to remember, this is some seriously cool video game hardware made by SNK – app developer SNK Playmore is putting all of its premium games on the discounted price of USD$0.99. For fans of SNK’s arcade ports to Android, this should be the signal for pandemonium.

Possible LG G4 dual-SIM variant leaks ahead of launch

The launch of LG’s flagship, the LG G4, is just a day away and we’re seeing this new leak out of Iran, of all places. The leak shows what is probably a dual-SIM variant of the new flagship from the Korean gadget manufacturer, and both a plastic-backed and the premium leather-backed variant as well. Nice scoop for the guy who got this out first, eh?

Lenovo K80 launched to lock horns with ASUS ZenFone 2

So how many mid-tier phones do you know out there with dual-channel 4GB RAM? “Not a lot” is the answer you’ll get, most probably. In truth, the ASUS ZenFone 2 was indeed the first one out there to utilize this much RAM. Then that was followed by Xiaomi’s Mi Note Pro phablet. But those two are not in the same category. Now Lenovo is coming out with the K80, yes, with 4GB of RAM and a lot closer to where the ZenFone 2 is, market-wise.

ASUS ZenFone 2 starts selling in India

The ASUS ZenFone 2 – designed to compete, out-perform, and out-price most mid-tier phones out in the market today – has just started selling in one of the fastest growing markets for smartphones today, which is India. Three variants of the smartphone were released, showing a gradual increase in pricing as the specs go up but still, on the whole, a very affordable proposition.