Right now, there's one place where every geek in the world wants to be. That's the annual Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, where the hottest, newest gadgets are being shown off for the world to see. We're there, needless to say, reporting every major announcement, covering every exciting mobile gadget we come across. Yeah, we know that's hard to miss, as our news feed is dominated by CES 2016 coverage. Of course, some of the devices shown at the show floor stand out more than others – enough for them to deserve another mention.
Huawei Mate 8
One of the very first smarphones we got to see at CES 2016 was the Huawei Mate 8. And boy, what a good start of the show it was! The phablet gave us an overly positive impression during the brief time we got to spend with it, mostly with its appearance and feel in the hand. Built of glass and metal, the Huawei Mate 8 is one premium device, and our fingers could tell that.
But there's more that the Mate 8 has to offer, at least on paper. It packs a large display, a fast processor, a promising set of cameras, and a battery that should last through a couple of days of normal usage. All in all, there's quite a lot of bang this phone should be capable of delivering once it is out in the west.
Speaking of which, the Huawei Mate 8 is being released internationally, with a U.S. launched planned for later in 2016. Pricing is to be set at 500 to 600 euro ($500 to $600 in the U.S.), depending on whether you want the model with 3 or 4 GB of RAM.
Here's a brand we'll be hearing more and more often in the future – honor. The phone it brought to CES 2016 was the honor 5x, which is bound to launch in the U.S. as an affordable, yet decent Android offering. How affordable, you ask? Well, let's just say that the smartphone will set you back just $200 off contract.
The honor 5x may be priced low, but it surely has a lot to offer in exchange. Specs like the 5.5-inch 1080p screen, the Snapdragon 615 SoC, the 16GB of storage, and the 13MP camera make it a worthy rival to considerably more expensive phones. Plus, you get a fingerprint scanner and a rather large, 3000mAh battery.
The honor 5x is coming to the U.S. by the end of January. Those interested in getting one may pre-order a unit via Amazon or NewEgg.
Blu Vivo 5
Blu is known for its smartphones offering great value for their cost, and the Vivo 5 is one of the latest additions to the lineup. The handset is made to catch the eye with its appearance. In fact, this is the brand's first smartphone to feature a full metal body. It is complemented by stark shapes and chamfered edges, combined to create a stylish, yet affordable handset. The Vivo 5 will be available in two color variants – White Silver and Solid Gold.
But what's under the hood of the thing? Well, the Blu Vivo 5 is far from the fastest phone out there, but packs decent hardware for its class. Mediatek's 64-bit MT6753 octa-core SoC runs the show, alongside 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage. The AMOLED screen measures 5.5 inches in size, and the 13MP main camera features phase-detection autofocus for speedy focusing times. Plus, you get a decently sized 3150mAh battery.
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