New Android phones from Sony, Lenovo, and a former Apple CEO

Like I said, it’s Android week in the technology world right now, but I’m not going to write a new post for every Android phone being thrown onto the world stage to be forgotten in a week. Instead, I’m going to focus on a few that I think are particularly interesting, and I’m going to start with Sony. The company has unveiled its Xperia Z5 line and it has to be said – the Z5 Compact, the Z5, and the Z5 Premium are absolutely gorgeous.

In terms of essential specs, the three Z5s are pretty similar. (The main differences are size, materials, and screen resolution.) There’s the same Snapdragon 810 64-bit processor powering each of them, with both the Z5 and Z5 Premium sporting 3GB of RAM while the smaller Compact gets 2GB. All three devices are dust-tight and waterproof with capless micro USB ports, offer up to 32GB of internal memory (expandable up to 200GB with microSD cards), and have enough battery to last for up two days’ use, says Sony.

The Z5 Premium is a monster of a phone – it has a 4K display, which equates to 3840×2160 pixels and a ppi of 806. Pure insanity. Sony claims all three phones – even the Premium – get 2 days of use on a single charge. They look fantastic, but for some reason, nobody seems to buy Sony smartphones.

Moving on, Lenovo unveiled a bunch of smartphones, and I think one of them might be of interest to many of you.

The Vibe P1 and P1m slot in underneath the S1 just slightly, and they’re all about simple features and battery life. The Vibe P1 is an all-metal affair, with a 5.5-inch 1080p display, Snapdragon 615 processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, 13MP rear camera and an absolutely huge 5000 mAh battery. That battery enables reverse charging of other devices over USB, and sports quick charging capabilities.

That’s a positively huge battery, and should enable some major battery life.

Lastly, there’s a new company – lead by former Apple CEO John Sculley – who also unveiled two brand new Android smartphones. The company’s called Obi, and their first two phones are the SF1 and SJ1.5. I’ll be honest here – I want these phones’ babies. They look fun, quirky, and different, and represent a welcome change from the boring, metallic, cold, hospital-esque stuff we get from other phone makers. They got decent specs, too.

That being said, it’s a startup – big name co-founder or no – and there’s no information on availability and pricing yet, so for all I know, they’re never going to be heard from again. Also, as with all the phones mentioned in this post, they’re not running stock Android, so don’t expect timely updates.

Still, these are some interesting phones.


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