Review of the week in mobile

Review of the week in mobileLast week, in the first Review of the week in mobile of 2015, I promised more of everything: more deals, more news, more features, more writing until my fingers bleed, and that's exactly what we delivered.

The highlight of the week was of course CES 2015 in Las Vegas, the first of three major annual mobile conferencemajigs, and there was plenty to talk about.

New phones at CES 2015? We had the HTC Desire 826, HTC’s first phone with Lollipop out of the box; the Asus ZenFone 2, a whole lotta smartphone for just $199; and the $29 internet-ready Microsoft Nokia 215.

Last but not least, the LG G Flex 2 surprised a lot of people by materialising as a hugely appealing non-niche device. See how it compares to the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 here.

As for tablets at CES 2015, we had the Lenovo Yoga Tablet 8 2 with Windows, which welcomes pretty much any object as a stylus thanks to its AnyPen Technology, including a fork. Seriously. Asus was typically prolific, bringing along four(ish) Asus Transformer Book Chi laptop/tablet hybrids.

Meanwhile, the Sony Walkman ZX2 stunned us all with a £949 price tag. For a full rundown of the best and worst of CES 2015, check out our CES 2015 awards feature.

Away from CES 2015 (yes, there was life outside Las Vegas), Samsung baffled us all with the Samsung Galaxy E5 and Galaxy E7. Check out Samsung Galaxy A3 vs. Galaxy A5 vs. Galaxy A7 vs. Galaxy E5 vs. Galaxy E7: spec comparison (free table inside!) for a full breakdown of Samsung's new midrange arsenal.

In other news, Three is adding Spain to its Feel At Home proposition (si!), the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 was rumoured to be in trouble again, the Samsung Galaxy A7 launched quietly in Malaysia, and the App Store’s prices crept up a little.

Next week we expect to hear more about the Samsung Galaxy S6, Sony Xperia Z4 and HTC Hima, none of which showed face at CES 2015. Well, not for public consumption, anyway.

In the meantime, happy weekending! Here’s the week’s mobile news in full:







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