What to Expect From Samsung and Motorola This Year
There’s a lot of new android gear on the way, and here’s what you need to know.
Samsung has announced two new devices and Motorola has unveiled the new Moto G and Moto X. Let’s take a closer look at what each company is doing to earn your money this holiday season.
Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge
We knew Samsung would be unveiling at least one new version of its popular Note handset at the annual IFA trade show in Berlin last month, and it delivered. The Galaxy Note 4 is a worthy successor to last years model, featuring all new hardware and an updated design, as well as more tweaks to the device’s standout feature, the S Pen.
Under the hood, the Note 4 will be packing a 2.7GHz Snapdragon 805 processor in most regions (like the US), and a 1.9GHz octa-core Exynos chip in others. It also has 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, a 16MP rear camera with smart OIS (Optical Image Stabilization), Android 4.4 and a beautiful 2560×1440 (Quad HD) Super AMOLED display. It’s the only smartphone, outside of the LG G3, to have such a high-resolution display at this time.
The Note Edge is virtually identical, though it has a unique curved screen that wraps around the right side of the device. Samsung calls this the “Edge Display,” and it is used to show notifications, as well as a new area for the launcher’s dock to reside. It’s an interesting idea, though it won’t truly be useful unless third-party developers take advantage of this extra screen real estate.
Motorola Moto X (2nd Gen.) and Moto G (2nd Gen.)
This has been a long time coming, but new X and G devices are finally here from Motorola. The new Moto G appears to be little more than an incremental update to last year’s model, while the X has undergone a more dramatic overhaul – at least under the hood.
The flagship Moto X will sport a 5.2-inch display, which is quite a bit larger than last year’s 4.7-inch model. Motorola bumped the resolution up to a full HD (1920×1080) panel this time, though the RAM stayed the same at 2GB. Powered by a Snapdragon 801 processor, Android 4.4 runs the show on the software side. Motorola has also promised quick updates to “Android L” soon after its release.
The Moto G also got a nice bump in screen size – featuring a 5-inch 720p panel, which is about half an inch larger than the previous iteration. RAM stayed the same at 1GB, which is sort of a bummer, as 2GB would’ve really been great. Still, it’s packing a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, 5MP rear camera, and Android 4.4 – all for $180 off-contract. This will be the budget device to beat for the foreseeable future.
So there you go – that’s what some of the biggest names in Android have cooking up for this year’s holiday season. Depending on what you’re looking for, all of these devices are killer choices. The Note 4 is available in October, while the Note Edge is slated for release later this year. The Moto X (2nd Ge.) and Moto G (2nd Gen.) are available directly from Motorola now, and the Moto X (2nd Gen.) is currently on sale at both Verizon and AT&T.
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