Three more smartcams from the Mobile World Congress
I didn't get to test them, but there were a few other devices I noticed at the Mobile World Congress I should be writing about here: the Lenovo VIBE Shot, the Asus Zenfone 2 and - from a completely unknown but very ambitious brand from the US - the Saygus V2.
Asus ZenFone 2
I would have liked to write more about the Asus ZenFone Zoom as well, but it was hard to find: there was only one woring sample in a glass cage. Asus was promoting it's 5.5 inch ZenFone 2, which appears to have quite an interesting 13MP f/2 camera as well by the way. I got to play with it for a very short while and noticed it had a "pro" setting in the camera interface, something you see more and more. It will come in several colors and two versions: 1.8 GHz / 2GB RAM and 2.3 GHz / 4GB (!) RAM. The ZenFone 2 will be coming to Europe, but it's not completely sure to which countries. The price will be very interesting indeed at only €200 and €300. The offical photo shows its many colours.
Lenovo VIBE Shot
A new dedicated smartcam is the new 5 inch Lenovo VIBE Shot with a 16MP with a full-frame 16:9 BSI sensor "for shooting images in dark interiors or at night". Like the LG G3 is has an infrared focus, OIS and a physical shutter button and even a hardware "pro" camera button on the side.
It has a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 octacore processor running on 1.7 Ghz. 3GB RAM and 32GB storage inside, expandable up to 128GB. Battery is 2900 mAh. It runs on Android Lollipop with its own VIBE UI. Most remarkable design element is the back of the phone, that actually signals its focus is on the camera. You may expect it in June for $349, but I have no details on which countries will get it first, if at all.
The Saygus V2 is the third smartphone I'd like to inform you about, and not just because of its 21MP camera sensor, OIS, auto focus and Dual LED Flash - it has a hardware shutter button, too. Saygus, a Utah (US) based company is extremely ambitious, aiming to bring a smartphone that has just about everything you can wish for. Running on Android 4.4.4. it's obvious it's still a bit behind, but maybe that's even a good thing since many people appear to have trouble after updating to Lollipop (like my Galaxy 5 has become really slow after the update).
The 5 inch smartphone is a bit on the thick side but it does look good and feels quite light (141g) thanks to its Kevlar casing. It runs on a 2.5Ghz quadcore Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, it has 64GB (!) on board and room for 2 (!) micro-SD cards (2 x 128GB, but they're already planning on 2 x 200GB). One of the great advantages of the extra micro-SD is that it support Multi-Boot, so you can actually use this device on another OS.
It has stereo front speakers (like introduced on the HTC One and now announced on the Alcatel Idol 3 - see previous post), but they can claim Harman Kardon Sound Technology with 3D Audio for video. Front camera is 13MP (with OIS) as well, which must be about the highest in the industry. It has a 3100 mAh battery, wireless charging, it's waterproof (IPX7 rating - 30 minutes in 1 meter) and has a biometric fingerprint side scanner. Like the Samsung Galaxy S6 the display is made of Corning Gorilla Glass 4.
It may not be the most chic design on the market and at about €550 it's not as cheap as the other phones here. I've only been able to fool around with an early test sample where video streaming worked like a charm (60GHz wireless gaming and mobile beaming). But: the camera didn't start at all, so I have no idea what kind of possibilities it has. I understood it's a Sony sensor (probably the IMX230) , but we've already seen different companies coming up with very different results using Sony sensors - most of the magic is done in the software. Like Honor, Saygus will try to sell most of its phones online. The Saygus V2 is up for pre-order in three colours: black, white and... pink.
ZenFone Zoom after all.
As a bonus and just for fun, here are two shots I captured from the Asus ZenFone Zoom's dummy. It was pretty amazed it wasn't around to test at all, so it looks like it's far from ready - it's only expected by the end of this year.
In my next post I hope to post the best shots I captured in Barcelona, like from the Nokia Lumia 1520 and Panasonic Lumix DMC-CM1. First dedicated smartcam I hope to be able to test from the Mobile World Congress is the Honor 6+.