Mobile Mondays: Idol X, Ascend Mate 2 And Ara

The holiday season is just around the corner while the world’s biggest tech show – CES is shortly to follow. So manufacturers are clamouring to get their newest tech in time either for the holiday sale or for a flashy unveiling at Las Vegas next year. This week, three new devices take centre stage. First one up is the Alcatel Idol X+, whose specs and images surfaced a few hours ago. 

The holiday season is just around the corner while the world’s biggest tech show – CES is shortly to follow. So manufacturers are clamouring to get their newest tech in time either for the holiday sale or for a flashy unveiling at Las Vegas next year.

This week, three new devices take centre stage. First one up is the Alcatel Idol X+, whose specs and images surfaced a few hours ago. According to the leaks, the smartphone will feature MediaTek’s new true octa-core chip, a 1080p display and a 13MP camera.

TCL, the company behind Alcatel has said that the new smartphone will make its debut in China through online retailer JD.com but hasn’t given any information on pricing and international availability.

 Next on the list is Huawei’s upcoming phablet – the Ascend Mate 2. The phone has been circling the rumour mills for quite some time now but it was only this week that other details of the phone were uncovered.

According to reports, the new flagship device from the Chinese manufacturer will feature a 6.1-inch IPS display with Full HD resolution. It will also sport a Kirin910 chipset with a 1.6GHz quad-core A9 processor, Mali 450-GPU, 16GB of storage and 2GB of RAM. The phablet will run on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with Huawei’s Emotion UI on top.

There’s no word yet on pricing and availability, but we expect the phone to launch alongside another recently rumoured phone – the Huawei Ascend P6S.

Last but certainly not the least is news about Motorola’s Project Ara. A few weeks back, the Google-owned company announced a new concept phone design that allows for users to customise their handsets via replaceable modules.

This week, Motorola has signed a deal with 3D systems for the creation of a high-speed 3D printing production and fulfilment system that will manufacture these modules. The partnership will see both companies make advancement in the field of 3D printing and new materials.

Once the system has been put in place, 3D systems will become an exclusive fulfilment partner to Motorola and will manufacture both smartphone enclosures and modules.

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