In what can only be described as a surprise burst of smartphone releases, Oppo, Huawei and Motorola all unveiled brand new handsets within just hours of one another this week.
Oppo showed off its heavily leaked N3 smartphone which favours photo lovers of all kinds. Huawei however aimed for the mid-range market with the Honor 4X, whilst Motorola followed up with the Verizon exclusive Droid Turbo device which was widely expected ahead of Christmas.
One of the more heavily leaked devices over the past month, Oppo didn’t exactly keep the N3 quiet over recent times and was eventually revealed in a media event in Singapore.
The phone’s main selling point is its motorized 16 megapixel camera with its Schneider Kreuznach certified lens.
Rotating a total of 206 degrees, the camera can automatically take panorama shots and selfies without having you manually move the camera and includes a bevy of software features to boost its effectiveness.
Slow shutter, ultra-macro, after focus, manual control and RAW shooting modes are all included in the N3, which succeeds the N1 that was launched a year ago.
Inside the handset we find a Snapdragon 801 chipset alongside a 2.5GHz quad-core processor and 2GB RAM. 32GB internal storage is also at home in the Oppo handset with a 3000mAh battery offering fast charge capabilities as well.
The 5.5” full HD handset is currently listed at $649 sim-free, which makes about £400 here in the UK. There’s currently no release date for the Oppo handset, but it isn’t expected to be too far off.
Huawei unveiled its Honor 4X as a solid mid-range effort which is already open to pre-orders in China for just $212 (£130).
Set to be released on November 6th, the Honor 4X sports a Snapdragon 410 chipset, 2GB RAM and 8GB expandable internal storage.
Its 5.5” 720p display is a great addition considering the price of the handset, and with a 13 megapixel Sony lens adorning the back side of the phone, you needn’t worry about poor picture quality either.
Finally, with a 3000mAh battery apparently promising 72 hours of mixed usage, this handset could be a dark horse on the mid-range market.
A UK release for the Honor 4X is yet to be confirmed, so it’s a possibility that we might not even get the handset over here anytime soon, unless you import it yourself of course.
Last but not least is the Motorola Droid Turbo, which is currently a Verizon exclusive in the US.
Packing a 5.2” QHD Super AMOLED display, a Snapdragon 805 chipset and a quad-core 2.7GHz processor, the Droid Turbo is clearly in the upper echelons of mobile handsets.
Crafted from ballistic nylon or metalized glass fibre and reinforced with DuPont Kevlar, it’s safe to say that the Motorola handset can take a beating, and with a 3,900mAh battery it keeps on going longer than most other phones out there.
Its 21 megapixel snapper tops off proceedings and can record 4K video as well, which is a nice touch even if it requires a 4K TV to show off its quality.
The Droid Turbo is available in the US from the 30th October, with a UK release scheduled for next year, unless you decide to import the handset from the US and unlock it over here.
Written by Luke Hatfield