Enjoy our round-up of ten mobile phone related news stories you may have missed including confirmation of the Oppo Find 7′s screen resolution, the LG Arch smartwatch, and Nokia’s less-than-safe way of making a phone cover from CD cases.
1. LG G Arch Smartwatch Rumoured
We’ve heard in the past that LG is planning to release a smartwatch, and a new rumour has suggested it’ll be called the G Arch, and will debut with the LG G3. It may also be joined but a Nike FuelBand-style fitness tracker, also designed to be worn on the wrist.
2. Oppo Confirms Find 7 Screen Size and Resolution
The mystery surrounding the Oppo Find 7′s screen has been solved, thanks to a tweet from the company itself. It has revealed the forthcoming smartphone will have a 5.5-inch display with a high 2560×1440 pixel resolution. This is the same as the Vivo XPlay 3S and has a stunning 538ppi pixel density. There’s still no word on when the phone will be released.
3. Nokia Gives DIY Phone Case Tips, But Not Seriously
Nokia loves removable rear covers, and offers the feature on many of its handsets. However, it’s now giving advice on how to make your own custom cover, made from old CDs. Sounds great, right? Well, Nokia’s not being very serious, but you can find out how to make such a thing in the video below, which was shot using a Lumia 1020.
4. Alcatel IdolX+ Comes with Boom Band Fitness Tracker
Alcatel has announced the Idol X+ smartphone for the Chinese market, and bundled it with the Boom Band, which is a Bluetooth fitness tracker. The phone has a 5-inch, 1080p display and a 2GHz octa-core processor from MediaTek. The tracker comes in several colours, and will also alert you if the phone goes out of range.
5. BlackBerry Teams Up With Foxconn
At the same time as publishing its most recent financial performance, BlackBerry has announced it will be teaming up with well-known electronics manufacturer Foxconn, and together they’ll produce smartphones over the coming five years. Initially, the new device will be sold in strong BlackBerry markets such as Indonesia.
6. Oppo R1 Announced
Oppo has announced the mid-range R1 smartphone, which has a 5-inch, 720p display, a quad-core MediaTek processor and an 8-megapixel rear camera. Unlike its other devices, this one is limited to China at the moment, but it may turn up elsewhere in the future.
7. China Investigates Microsoft/Nokia Deal
Microsoft’s purchase of Nokia’s Devices division may have been approved by Nokia’s shareholders, and both U.S. and EU regulators; but China’s Ministry of Commerce has apparently launched a second antitrust investigation into the deal. The concern comes from China’s manufacturers, where it’s feared Nokia may turn into a “patent troll.” Nokia continues to show of the capabilities of its recent handsets, as can be seen with this promo video below, which was filmed on a Lumia 1020.
8. LG D410 Spotted in Benchmark Test
An unknown LG phone with the model number D410 has been spotted in a benchmarking test. Details are thin, but it shows the phone has a 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor, a 960×540 pixel screen, and Android KitKat as its operating system. There’s some speculation it may be a “Mini” version of the LG G2.
9. HTC Launches the Desire 400
HTC has announced the Desire 400 smartphone, but only for a few European markets, such as Russia and Ukraine. The phone has a 4.3-inch screen with a 480×800 pixel resolution, and is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor. It has one of the firm’s trademark UltraPixel cameras, plus Android Jelly Bean and HTC Sense 5 over the top. There’s no indication it’ll make it to the UK yet.
10. Snapchat Flaw Could Reveal Phone Numbers
There may be worries ahead for Snapchat‘s developers, as a US hacking group claims to have found a flaw in the app which could see users’ phone numbers being shared inadvertently. Gibson Security, as the group is known, claims to have first identified the problem four months ago, but says that Snapchat‘s makers have not moved to rectify it as of yet.