UBports has ported Ubuntu Touch to the Fairphone 2 smartphone. The Fairphone 2 is designed to be ethical, repairable, upgradeable, and controlled by the user. The Fairphone 2 has a Snapdragon 801 processor, 2mp front camera, 8mp back camera, 5" 1080p display, 32GB of storage, 2gb of ram, MicroSD and Micro-USB.
Sentio is the new company name making Andromium OS "Android Continuum" and their SuperBook Lapdock project that has collected $2.9 Million on Kickstarter. This DisplayLink Powered Lapdock is a laptop dock that can connect to any Android phone that has USB OTG, it can connect over USB Type C or Micro USB and offers a desktop experience with trackpad and Keyboard. The lapdock relies on Andromium OS to provide this desktop experience. It is not confirmed yet (as far as I know) how many apps will be supported to run as multi-window, they are not changing the Android firmware, they run Andromium OS as just an app. The display is 11.6" (HD or FullHD) and offers 8 hours of battery life. The Price is to be $100 dollars and up after they start shipping to their backers on Kickstarter.
UMIDIGI shows the cheapest bezel-less phone I have yet found, selling at only $90 in bulk to distributors who order at least 1000 units (if you are a distributor, you can contact them at the contact infos below to enquire about price based on your order quantity). UMIDIGI positionned the phone call speaker hole at the top of the phone (I am not sure if sound quality would be best, I was not able to test it) and the microphone is below the phone on the side. Only shipping HD 720p display for now, but they also plan to have a 6" version to be called the UMIDIGI Crystal Pro coming as soon as Sharp is providing them with the 6" display (that one would probably be 1080p).
Distributors can contact UMIDIGI here:
SHenzhen UMIDIGI Technology Co Ltd
Hugo Cui, Business Development Manager
IDWELL is showing their D10 and D10 Pro bezel-less Smartphone running on a MT6750 to MT6757 (higher clock frequency version) Octa-core ARM Cortex-A53 with a 5.5" 720p or 1080p AMOLED display (price difference is $18, 1080p is the Pro), with 3GB RAM, 32GB Flash, with a 4GB RAM and 64GB Flash option also. 5 or 8 megapixel front camera, dual 13 or 16 megapixel back camera, 3000mAh battery, 7.4mm thickness, 4G LTE support. IDWell suggests holding the phone in the opposite way, I suggest that would only be for when doing selfies or when doing phone calls as they positioned the phone call speakers, selfie cameras and back cameras at the bottom of the phone, but the UI I think should be set to flip so the phone can mostly be used in the other way with the bezel lessness at the top for anything else done on the phone.
The price starts at $135 for bulk orders of at least 3000 units, distributors can contact IDWell here:
Doogee presents their 5.5" Mix phone, with nearly no bezels on three sides, although they squeezed in the phone call speakers at the very top small bezel of the phone for better audio quality compared with Xiaomi Mix 1's speaker design, they also have the proximity sensor towards the bottom of the phone, where they also have the selfie camera. On the back are dual-cameras, a very thin design with 3580mAh batter, with MediaTek MT6757 with LTE dual SIM card or 1 SIM Card and one MicroSD card slot, 16 megapixel back camera, 5 megapixel selfie camera. They have a front fingerprint and run Android 7.0. To be released by June 1st 2017. The factory price for 1000+ orders will be about $170 for the 4GB RAM and 64GB Flash version, and about $180 for 6GB RAM and 64GB Flash. Thus the retail price for 4GB/64GB could be about $249.
Bernhard Rosenkränzer, also known as Bero, on the Linaro Mobile Group, talks about some of the latest things Linaro is doing on Mobile, since many of the optimizations that he has been showing over the past years have been integrated by Google into Android, here talking about some of the latest things Linaro is doing to speed up the boot time of Android devices, speeding up all aspects of Android and mobile.
Grandstream Networks has been providing some of the best value SIP Voice-over-IP phone devices since 2002, popular with businesses, call centers and more. Some of the products that Grandstream is showing in this video is their UCM IP PBX, GVC Video Conferencing System. GXV IP Android Video Phones, GXP1600 Basic IP Phones, GXP1700, GXP2100 SIP Phones and their new GWN7610 Wireless Access Point and GWN7000 Enterprise Gigabit Router. You can see some of my previous Grandstream videos that I have posted in 2006, 2007 and 2012
The Lenovo Moto Z MotoMods ecosystem team got 700 submitions, launching 35 of those campaigns for ideas for new MotoMods on Transform the Smartphone challenge on Indiegogo with ideas ranging from barcode scanners, Edge Light LED lights for notifications wireless charging, sliding physical keyboard and many more ideas for new MotoMods that can be made for the Moto Z ecosystem. Motorola organized a Hackathon in San Francisco and one New York You can also see my video of the Moto Z and its MotoMods here and my 32-minute interview with the Motorola team about the Moto Z and its MotoMods ecosystem here
Nokia branded Android smartphones are being launched by ex-Nokia employees having formed a new company HMD Global. Nokia Android phones are aimed at providing highest possible specs at budget prices running stock Android 7.0. The Nokia 5 and 6 features a unibody Aluminum design while the Nokia 3 features a polycarbonate design.
The Nokia 6 is the most fully featured device offered featuring a featuring FHD 5.5", 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, and Qualcomm Snapdragon 430 processor. The front camera is 8-megapixel and the back camera is 16mp. The Arte Black version of the Nokia 6 features 4gb of ram and 64gb of storage. The Arte Black version will sell for 299 euros. The Standard Nokia 6 will retail 229 euros.
The Nokia 5 has is similar to the Nokia 6 but has a curved edge display. The Nokia 5 has a 5.5" (720p) display, Snapdragon 430 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage and microSD. The Nokia 5 will sell for 189 Euros.
The Nokia 3 features a 5" (720p) display, an MTK 6737 quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and Microsd support. The Nokia 3 will sell for a price of 139 Euros.
HP Elite x3 and Lapdock was my "Best of MWC 2016" as you can see in my video from last year, the HP Elite X3 can be docked into a Lapdock or desktop dock via USB Type C connectivity and be used in Windows Continuum mode offering functionality similar to a full computer. The Lapdock offers a full hd 12.5" screen and full laptop keyboard.