Mobile Mondays: Plastic One, Amazon Phone and the Galaxy K

This week Mobile Mondays is back with some juicy stories, including rumours of a much more affordable version of the HTC One M8, the Amazon smartphone and the Samsung Galaxy K Zoom. HTC One M8 in Plastic – HTC’s flagship handset the HTC One M8 (and even its predecessor, the One M7) has always been known for its build quality…

This week Mobile Mondays is back with some juicy stories, including rumours of a much more affordable version of the HTC One M8, the Amazon smartphone and the Samsung Galaxy K Zoom.

HTC One M8 in Plastic – HTC’s flagship handset the HTC One M8 (and even its predecessor, the One M7) has always been known for its build quality. Both phones have utilised aluminium in its construction, which consequently shoot their prices up in contrast to Samsung’s plastic-encased Galaxy S series.

However, this has made the phones relatively out of reach of most consumers. So in order to keep up with other manufacturers’ strategies, HTC is said to be making a plastic version of the One M8. The phone will allegedly cost AU$466 which makes it around 60% cheaper than the aluminium-encased model that sells for over AU$740.

The phone is expected to have the same internals as the original M8 and should ship sometime next month.

Meanwhile, Amazon is (again) rumoured to be building its own smartphone. And this time, the company is expected to make an official announcement by June – at least according to a report by the Wall Street Journal.

The phone will reportedly have a 3D display (that doesn’t require the user to wear glasses) that uses a patented technology which utilises a retina-following technology accomplished through four front-facing cameras to trick users into thinking they are seeing a hologram-like image.

Lastly, Samsung’s Galaxy K Zoom gets an announcement date. Samsung Mobile’s Facebook page has posted a teaser image that pegs the announcement date on April 29 at the Red Dot Design Museum in Singapore.

The Samsung Galaxy K Zoom will reportedly have a 20MP camera with 10x optical zoom, a 4.8-inch HD display, Android 4.4 KitKat and a discrete body that should make it more comfortable to use as a smartphone.

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