CES 2014

Hands-on with the new Huawei Ascend Mate 2

At CES 2014, Huawei brought out their Ascend Mate 2. The followup to last year's Ascend Mate, we expected the newest big smartphone from Huawei to slim down while it upgraded its specs. What we didn’t expect was the litany of features we get, as well as one really interesting feature that almost encourages you to shame your current device.

Pebble Steel gives Kickstarter’s smartwatch a metal suit: Hands-on

Pebble may have taken Kickstarter by storm with its eponymous smartwatch, but not everyone was convinced by the chunky plastic wearable. Now, addressing the complaints of those who might call the original Pebble plasticky or too casual, comes Pebble Steel, a metal-bodied version of the first smartwatch that slots into a premium position and broadens the company's line-up into a range. $249 and shipping later this month, the Pebble Steel is an intriguing balance of compromise and design: we caught up with Pebble and CEO Eric Migicovsky at CES 2014 to find out more.

LG LifeBand Touch and Heart Rate Earphones: fitness wearables hands-on

LG's new LifeBand Touch and Heart Rate Earphones may not be a direct Google Glass competitor, but it is a sign that the company is looking to wade into wearables in 2014. Announced at CES 2014 this week, the movement-tracking wristband and pulse-monitoring headphones work either independently or combined to feed health-related data to your smartphone, either to LG's own Fitness app, or third-party apps for Android and iOS like MyFitnessPal, MapMyFitness, and RunKeeper.

LG G Flex will be available in the US, starting Q1 2014

If you’re interested in the LG G Flex, but are wondering when it will hit the US, your wait for information is over. LG has just announced their curved wonder will hit the US in Q1 2014, and available for thereof the big four carriers. Oddly, it excludes a big name player from the fray, but we don’t expect that to be the case long term.

Alcatel presents their Idol X+, a 5-inch, octa-core flagship

Alcatel continues their product rollout today with the Idol X+, their flagship handheld. The device is a bit different from what we’ve seen recently, keeping a sleek look and mature styling. Though the Idol X+ doesn’t have the playful colors of the POP series, it does make up for it under the hood.
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