The HTC One (M8) for Windows, Moto X+1, and the "edgeless" Sharp AQUOS Crystal: Weekly news round-up
As we always do on Mondays, we've put together all of last week's most interesting stories, just in case you've missed any of them. Let's start off with the new HTC One (M8) for Windows, which Verizon announced last Tuesday. As the name implies, it is a variant of the Android-based M8 smartphone, but with Windows Phone 8.1 loaded on it. That means you get the same jaw-dropping design, the same hardware configuration, and the same UltraPixel camera on the back, yet on a slightly different-flavored phone. Here's our hands-on for more info.
Another phone worth being excited about is the Motorola Moto X+1. It isn't official yet, but rendered images allegedly depicting the smartphone leaked just a few days ago so we kind of know what it will possibly look like. And yes, those fancy wood finish back plates we know from the Moto X are going to be an option again.
The Sharp AQUOS Crystal doesn't sport a wood finish design, but it can still make one raise an eyebrow with its "edgeless" construction. Thanks to its pretty much non-existing side and top bezels, the phone has the width and height of a typical 4.5-inch Android handset even though it packs a 5-inch display. Interested? Well, Sprint is the carrier that will be offering this outstanding device.
For more of last week's most interesting stories, check out the slideshow below.
Weekly news round-up
Here's the HTC One (M8) for Windows. It is currently available exclusively at Verizon, for $99 with a 2-year contract, yet AT&T is expected to release the phone as well in the near future.
And here's the clearest image of the Moto X+1 we've seen so far. It is expected to be announced on September 4 during an official Motorola event.
For those of you waiting for the next iPhone, its dimensions were leaked not long ago, so we came up with this representation of what Apple's next smartphone may look like next to the current crop of flagship phones.
The image that you see here has been obtained from an accessory's user manual. The said Sony Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact is not drawn, but the fact that its name is mentioned is a clue that a small-sized Android slate by Sony is in the works.
And this beauty of a smartphone is the Sharp AQUOS Crystal. It will be available in the US via Sprint, Boost, and Virgin Mobile from August 29 onward. Price-wise, you're looking at a $240 MSRP or zero on a 2-year contract, which is a great deal for such a compact mid-range phone.
And last but not least, we got the chance to check out the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 Nook edition, which, as it is easy to tell, is targeted at folks who love to read. Basically, it is a full-fledged Android slate, with Play Store access and all, but with some B&N flavor to it as well. Apps like the Nook Shop, Nook Search, and Nook Today apps link the user to the Nook content ecosystem.