Nintendo created a lot of hype when it released the Nintendo Switch teaser video back in October of last year, and now it’s finally here. Well, sort of. The Switch went up for pre-order a few days ago, but it won’t be in the hands of customers until about March 3rd of this year. In case you didn’t know, the Nintendo Switch a hybrid between a game console and a tablet. Think Wii U, bur better implemented. The Switch can be played in a few different modes. The first mode is just having the Switch docked, and you play games how you typically would on your TV. This next mode Nintendo calls tabletop mode. The Switch has a built in kickstand, so it can be propped up, and you can use the Joy-Con controllers to play games that way. Since there are two Joy-Con controllers you can play with a friend or family member. The last mode is probably my favorite. Handheld mode, it’s exactly what it sounds like. You slide the Joy-Con controllers into place and you can take the device anywhere. Battery life when the console isn’t docked will vary between 2.5 hours to 6.5 hours depending on the games you’re playing. Nintendo went into greater detail regarding the Joy-Cons and the system itself in their live stream which you can check out here. If you’re interested in picking up the Switch, then it’ll cost you $299.99 in the US.
HTC unveiled the U Ultra and the U Play to the world last week. The U Ultra looks like the offspring of an LG V20 and a Samsung Galaxy S7. I say that because of the U Ultra’s super glossy construction which is also found on the U Play, and the presence of a secondary display similar to that of the V20’s. The secondary display is only present on the U Ultra however. Now for the specs!
|HTC U Ultra||HTC U Play|
|5.7 inch QHD Super LCD 5 Display + 2 inch secondary display||5.2 inch Full HD Super LCD Display|
|12 MP UltraPixel rear camera, OIS, and f/1.8 aperture||16 MP rear camera with OIS, and f/2.0 aperture|
|Qualcomm Snapdragon 821||MediaTek™ Helio™ P10|
|NFC and Bluetooth 4.2||NFC and Bluetooth 4.2|
|USB Type-C Port||USB Type-C Port|
|16 MP UltraPixel front facing camera||16 MP UltraPixel front facing camera|
|3,000 mAh Battery with Quick Charge 3.0||2,500 mAh Battery|
|Android 7.0 Nougat with HTC Sense||Android 7.0 Nougat with HTC Sense|
|4GB of RAM and 64/128 GB of Storage||3/4 GB of RAM and 32/64 GB of Storage|
|Expandable via microSD card up to 2TB||Expandable via microSD card up to 2TB|
As you can probably tell by the specs, the HTC U Ultra is the higher end of the two devices. Both run Android Nougat out of the box, but neither come with Google Assistant. Instead, HTC created Sense Companion. HTC’s Sense Companion can suggest to you what to wear depending on the weather, or it can let you know to leave early for work because of traffic. HTC says that it’s Sense Companion is always learning from you and your habits. Only the HTC U Ultra will be available for purchase in the US, and you can pre-order it right now unlocked from HTC’s website for a whopping $750.
Last year Samsung was on fire (literally), and let’s hope they do it again (without explosions this time). The S7 and S7 Edge were phenomenal devices, and the S8 is just around the corner. Here’s what we know so far. The S8 will probably ship with the Qualcomm Snapdragon 835 in the US, and the Exynos 8895 everywhere else. It’s also been rumored that the S8 will come in 128GB storage and 6GB of RAM variant. The S8 will reportedly have dual cameras on the rear, one with 12 MP and the other with 13. In terms of display, there have been rumors that suggest there will not be a flat version of the S8, and some that say that both curved and flat variants will be available , so we’ll have to wait and see. On the software front we’re expected to see the familiar Grace UX we saw debut on the Note 7, but it also appears that Samsung is getting into the virtual assistant game. With the purchase of Viv Labs it looks it looks like Samsung plans to develop it’s own assistant to compete with the likes of Apple and Google. Also, Bixby seems to be name for Samsung’s virtual assistant. Now onto where Samsung excels the most, design. We’ve heard rumors that the home button will be no more on Samsung’s next flagship, and we’ve also heard reports that the S8 will have no bezels. There’s even a video from Samsung to go along with the leak.
Are you interested in Samsung’s next flagship, or do you plan on picking up a Nintendo Switch, or one of HTC’s new phones? Let me know what you think in the comments.
Sources: Digital Trends