You might say the week is never really done in consumer technology news. Your workweek, however, hopefully draws to a close at some point. This is the Weekly Roundup on Engadget, a quick peek back at the top headlines for the past seven days -- all handpicked by the editors here at the site. Click on through the break, and enjoy.
This week HTC unveiled its first phablet-like device -- the One Max -- which sports a 5.9-inch 1080p display, a fingerprint scanner and an upgraded battery. All of these additions come at a price: downgraded build quality, and a thicker 10.3mm spine. Ultimately the Max's bulky design, finicky fingerprint scanner and low-res camera make it a step down from the original One. Read on for more.
A year and a half later, Sony's back with an updated version of its handheld gaming device. The new PlayStation Vita hasn't changed much from the original model, but even small tweaks make the device significantly better. Namely, the new model is 20 percent thinner and 15 percent lighter. Barring the switch from OLED to LCD screens (which we think is a downgrade), the new Vita offers a healthy number of tempting improvements over the original version. Click through for our full review.
We've been hearing whispers of a new "bendable and unbreakable" smartphone from LG for some time now, but this week Engadget got its hands on a trio of renders of the upcoming device. According to our sources, the phone -- appropriately called the G Flex -- will come out sometime next month with a curved 6-inch display. Unlike Samsung's Galaxy Round, which was announced last week, the Flex will bend orthogonally from top to bottom. Head on up for more info, and another image of the leaked device.
The rumors are true folks; this week Apple confirmed its October 22nd event, teasing that the company still has "a lot to cover." What exactly are we expecting to see? Chances are Apple will unveil a refreshed iPad, iPad mini and line of MacBook Pros. Plus -- with the recent release of the OS X Mavericks Gold Master -- we're likely to hear something related to Apple's desktop operating system. Regardless of the news, we'll be covering the event live starting at 10AM PT this Tuesday. Click the link above for more, and stay tuned for our rumor roundup.
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Nike Nike+ FuelBand
LG G Flex
Apple iPad Air 2
Apple iPad mini 4
Apple MacBook Pro 13-inch (early 2015)
HTC One Max
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