Weekly round up: What has this week brought in the mobile world?

11/04/2014

Weekly Round Up: What Has This Week Brought In The Mobile World?

It's been a busy week in the smartphone world, what with the launch of the latest Samsung flagship model, which will go head-to-head with its Japanese counterpart in Sony when the latter starts shipping its new top phone on Monday (April 14th). 

So just what have all of the biggest companies been up to in the past seven days? 

Samsung

The Korean giant has had a very busy week, with the biggest headlines surrounding the launch of its new Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone, which hit stores on Friday (April 11th). Given the success of recent Samsung phones, it should be another success story for the largest mobile manufacturer in the world.

This is not the only news coming out of the company this week, though, with rumours about new devices surfacing all the time.

Leaks have suggested that the company is already working on the little brother to its flagship, the Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini, preparing it for a June release, perhaps, already.

However, the biggest news from Korea has been the claims that Samsung is now testing the Samsung Galaxy F, the first smartphone with a quad-HD display, with a view to it being the first ever phone to launch with such a display. Could this be one that has Galaxy S5 buyers looking to trade in their phones early?

Sony

While Samsung has been busy launching its new flagship, Sony has been quick to make its own moves at this end of the market, and it was announced earlier this week that it is going to launch the Sony Xperia Z2 almost two weeks earlier than anticipated on April 14th through limited third-party sellers.

Elsewhere, the company has apparently been busy working on the Sony Xperia Z2 Compact. While nothing has been confirmed yet, the Federal Communications Commission has said it has been handed a Sony phone with a serial that suggests it is a successor to January's Xperia Z1 Compact.

Very little is known so far, but the phone has a 127.6mm x 65.5mm body hosting a 4.5 inch screen, which makes it a step up in size from the current compact version.

The others

Away from the big two - excluding Apple, of course - there was a raft of other activity taking place this week, chief among which was the news that the Nokia Lumia 930 will be the first phone to launch with Microsoft's newest operating system Windows Phone 8. Will it be the handset that at last sees Windows OS able to go toe to toe with iOS and Android?

Elsewhere, LG made its presence known once again with the news that it is going to be challenging the hierarchy with the LG G3 later this year, looking to build on the success of last year's offering by potentially pitching in at a slightly lower price than its rivals. 

And at the opposite end of the market, Vodafone has just launched its new Vodafone Smart 4 Mini. With a price of just £50 and a fairly decent set of specs, this could definitely be a winner for the carrier looking forward.