Six months after the Nokia XL announcement, China Mobile and Nokia are launching the Nokia XL with 4G LTE connectivity in China. Sadly, the 4G LTE edition will not work elsewhere as it supports LTE Bands 38, 39 and 40 (TD-LTE or TD-SCDMA) only.
LG seems to now also be doing the LTE-A variant dance like its arch rival. Instead of vesting its latest flagship with the latest and greatest specs, including an LTE Category 6 compatible modem, LG has left the G3 a bit wanting in that area and instead will be launching a different model in its home country just for this very purpose.
So you finally have the 4G LTE device that you’ve been dreaming of. But then your connectivity leaves a lot to be desired so the LTE part of your smartphone is practically useless. Verizon is offering device owners a great deal to make the most out of their phones’ 4G LTE connection with their ALLSET PLANS, offering unlimited talk, text and at least 500 MB of data per month.
Samsung has just announced a new Exynos chip and this time it doesn't bear the usual four-digit name. Simply called the Exynos ModAP, this latest SoC brings together a quad-core CPU with a Category 4 LTE modem, which will allow future Exynos-bearing Samsung smartphones to be available in more LTE-enabled markets.
ASUS is expanding its product lineup in its Asian base of Taiwan with two new devices that sound and look like two existing models but, at the same time, not quite. The new PadFone S and the ZenFone 5 LTE do resemble the AT&T PadFone X and the plain ZenFone 5, but ASUS has put some twist to perhaps make them more attractive to that local market.
Earlier in the month we heard an LTE status update from T-Mobile. At the time there was details in terms of upcoming markets that would be getting coverage, and there was also mention about how the carrier expected to have LTE coverage available for more than 230 million people by months end.
Holding out for a budget-friendly smartphone with LTE capabilities? Well, hold out no more as Motorola's admittedly impressive Moto G smartphone with 4G support is now up for purchase and you can get it either from Motorola directly or via Amazon.
One cannot accuse OPPO of not trying to be spectacular, from the OPPO N1 that dual boots with CyanogenMod and has a swiveling camera, to the Find 7 that has a QHD display and a camera capable of taking 50 megapixel photos. But while the new OPPO R3 only sports mid-tier hardware, OPPO wants everyone to look at it as the world's thinnest LTE smartphone.
Sony has just unveiled a new smartphone that caters specifically to the Taiwanese market. The Xperia Z2a shares with the Xperia Z2 flagship so much more than just the name, but in places where it does differ, the changes are anything short of disappointing.
The rationale for the original Samsung Galaxy Core smartphone was to provide a lower-end option for those who wanted a phone that looked like and acted like the current Samsung flagship phone at that point. The same is true with newly unveiled Samsung Galaxy Core Lite, probably one of the cheapest Samsung smartphone units to offer Long Term Evolution (LTE) connectivity included in an entry-level spec sheet.