In other news, BlackBerry let us take a close look at its new BlackBerry Passport smartphone. It is an odd handset, there's no denying that, but some might find its unorthodox form factor quite practical. Learn more about the Passport in our "first look" post.
In the meantime, HTC confirmed that it has a press event on its schedule. The company is likely to announce a new smartphone on August 19, and we think we might already know what it is.
More details on these and other interesting news from last week are available in the slideshow below!
Weekly News Round-up
The Nokia Lumia "Superman" is rumored to be a successor to the Lumia 720 (pictured). Its strength? A front-facing camera of good quality. It is believed that the smartphone will be equipped with a 5MP front-facing cam for high-quality selfies. We're expecting to see the phone on the market before the end of August.
The Passport follows the BlackBerry design heritage and employs a portrait style QWERTY keyboard. However, this time around, they’ve minimized the layout by shrinking the row of buttons to a mere 3 – as opposed to the 4 we’re normally accustomed to seeing. The executives couldn’t comment about actual specs of the phone, aside from the 4.5-inch 1440 x 1440 display, which looked pretty sharp from our point of view.
HTC has been inviting the media to an event scheduled for August 19. It is believed that a new Windows Phone 8.1 smartphone is to be announced there – probably a handset inspired by the HTC One (M8) (pictured). There's a chance that Verizon could be interested in offering the rumored smartphone.
According to a recent survey, the Galaxy S5's strongest asset is the 5.1-inch AMOLED display - 67% of US buyers said that the screen was what attracted them the most. LTE connectivity and battery life were a priority for about 50% of all buyers. Strangely, the camera and water-resistant properties weren't among the top features that grabbed the attention of S5 owners.
Motorola was just granted a trademark for the name Moto Maxx. If this is indeed the name of a new Motorola smartphone, then it could be one with a larger-than-average battery capacity. It could even be a successor to the Moto X (pictured), which would be sweet.
This is believed to be the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact - a physically smaller version of the upcoming Xperia Z3. The photos were leaked last week, exposing the phone's front and sides. Chances are that we'll get to see the phone at the IFA expo next month.
Meet the LG G Vista. Available exclusively at Verizon, it is a mid-range phone that stands out with a larger-than-average, 5.7-inch display. It is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, it has 1.5GB of RAM, and the camera on its back packs 8MP of resolution. Price-wise, you're looking at $99 on a 2-year contract.
And if you need something tougher, here's the Kyocera Brigadier – an ultra-rugged Android smartphone with a 4.5-inch, sapphire display. The material protecting the screen is so tough that it is "virtually scratchproof" and should sustain a drop onto rocks. Again, the Brigadier is offered solely by Verizon in the U.S.