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Xperia Z leaked again

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CES 2013 will kick off in few days and Sony has got some interesting stuff in the store for us. It is certain that Sony will be launching Xperia Z and Xperia ZL, which were known as Yuga and Odin respectively. Sony had released press shot of the device by mistake on its website few days back and now we have another leak.

Xperia Z has apparently leaked again and this time the images seem to be taken from some kind of promo video. Taking a look at all the images, it suggests that the smartphone will feature a water resistant chassis “Skeleton frame structure”, and a 13MP Exmor RS camera accompanied by HDR photo and video capability. The images also confirm the presence of 5 inch FullHD Reality display, and quad-core APQ8064 Snapdragon S4 chipset. The Xperia Z will be booting Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of box.

According to the past rumors, the duo will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core SoC which is clocked at 1.5GHz and is the same SoC that powers LG Nexus 4 and HTC Droid DNA. Apart from the quad core CPU, the device will be packing 2 gigs of RAM and Adreno 320 graphics, along with a 13-megapixel Exmor RS sensor on the rear, and that is confirmed by today’s leak.

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One of the images shows the rear of the device, and surprisingly there isn’t a hole for flash. Most probably there is flash, but Sony has chosen to go with mirror finished back, which may have concealed the flash in the images. Earlier pictures of the device did reveal the flash LED.

The most attractive feature of the device has got to be the 5-inch 1080p display. The screen will have a pixel density of 440 PPI, and you won’t be able to differentiate between individual pixels, but then you couldn’t do that easily on the Xperia S either, and it had a screen with pixel density of 341 PPI. Anyways, we will be seeing a lot of phones with 1080p displays in this quarter, and Samsung is also slated to launch Galaxy S IV with 1080p screen.

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Mobile-Review had done a detailed preview of the Xperia Z and according to them, the quad-core has enough power “for every conceivable task, and in most cases it is even excessive.” On the graphics side, Mobile-Review says that “graphics rendering takes place without any problems”. However, two negative side effects of this processor power are battery drain and heat. According to Mobile-Review, it is unpleasant to hold and in some cases certain apps may refuse to load due to overheating such as the Camera. Nevertheless, their review is few weeks old and Sony might have sorted out the problem by now.

Overall, the Z has sleek and stylish looks and I have my fingers crossed until the launch. An advertisement suggests that Xperia Z will be worth $660 in the Thai market. What are your thoughts on this new Xperia device?

Source: GSMArena

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LG Will Show Off A Variety of Display Panels at CES 2013

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The rumor mill is currently crowded with all sorts of speculations and rumors for upcoming smartphones, especially the ones with 1080p displays. HTC has already shown us its offerings with the J Butterfly and the Droid DNA on Verizon, and so have Oppo and Huawei (at CES). But what about display tech giants like LG, which has its own 1080p 5-inch display panel on offer? Well, it seems like the company will take to the CES 2013 event next week to unravel an array of mobile display panels ranging from 4.7-inches to 5.5-inches. The company will also show off bigger television display panels of up to 84-inches.

The new 4.7-inch display panel apparently will feature a super narrow bezel, at a mere 1mm. This should aid the manufacturers in decreasing the bezel size and providing more comfort when it comes to using the device. However, a very small bezel also has the obvious flipside where holding at the edges of the device could register a touch, so it’s not necessarily a game changing technology.

Next up is the company’s brand new 5.5-inch 1080p Full HD display panel with a pixel density of 403ppi (for comparison’s sake, the 5.5-inch Galaxy Note II has a pixel density of 267ppi). This should inevitably go into LG’s next phablet, although we fear if the company isn’t taking the market too seriously. The company’s Optimus Vu and Vu II were average sellers in the global arena, despite the company bragging of its sales. So let’s hope that changes with the announcement of these new display panels.

Also prepping an announcement is the company’s 7-inch (1920×1200) display panel with a pixel density of 324ppi. That’s substantially crisper than the iPad Mini and the Nexus 7. LG has tried its hand with tablets by launching devices like the Optimus Pad, which hasn’t quite been a hit. So perhaps with state-of-the-art display technology onboard, LG could make some noise with its offering. LG might also sell these display panels to third party manufacturers. We really see a potential for this one, and we believe it could go a long way in making 7-inch tablets even more attractive. LG has plans for notebook panels as well. The company will reveal a 12.9-inch (2560×1700) QSXGA display, well suited for an ultrabook. The display resolution will make it an attractive offering for manufacturers, but those extra pixels might take a toll on the device’s battery life, so manufacturers have to be wary of that too.

All in all, it seems like LG has all its bases covered when it comes to its lineup of displays. The company’s faltering smartphone business however desperately needs a push so as to rank up against big guns like Samsung and HTC, with the latter going through a financial crisis of its own. Let’s hope we get to see these display panels in action soon.

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Motorola Electrify M review

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It's been one hell of a year for the smartphone industry, and 2012 produced some of the biggest and most unique innovations to date. More important than the increase in pixel density or the additional processing cores, though, is the progress we've seen in the quality of non-flagship devices. Prior to 2012, shopping for a smartphone on a budget meant you were going to have to make some serious sacrifices in terms of both hardware and software, and if you were a customer of a small or regional carrier, you may as well just buy a Tracfone. All that has changed, though, and today we're seeing increasingly impressive internals and designs hitting the entry and mid-level market. 

Motorola deserves a lot of recognition for this, as it single-handedly changed the way I thought of non-flagship devices with its recent Droid RAZR M. The RAZR M blew me away in terms of how well it performed and how stunning it looked for the price– this was as a mid-level device with specs that could have easily landed it in top-shelf territory on any other carrier. Thankfully, Motorola thought the same, and brought a nearly identical and equally impressive package, the Electrify M, to US Cellular's increasingly impressive lineup. 

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LG to show off 5.5-inch 1080p display, 7-inch screen with 324ppi and 4.7-inch bezel-less panel at CES 2013

LG has unquestionably had a great year with the introduction of the Optimus G and the highly-demanded Nexus 4. It seems as though the Korean manufacturer isn’t ready to slow down anytime soon as the company has already revealed plans to reveal three new displays at next week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The smallest of the three new display panels measures in at 4.7 inches. And, while that may be the same size as the panel used on the Nexus 4, the company’s newest iteration will feature a near bezel-less architecture, with edges just 1mm in thickness. The new layout would allow future smartphones to retain a frontward appearance that is composed almost entirely of the screen.

To compete with the likes of Samsung, LG will also be rolling out an all-new 5.5-inch display with full 1080p HD resolution, equating to an astonishing pixel density of 403 ppi. There’s no word whether or not LG plans to use this panel on an in-house device similar to its Optimus Vu released earlier this year.

Perhaps the most interesting of which, however, is the company’s upcoming 7-inch display. Featuring a resolution of 1920×1200 pixels, the new panel offer 324 pixels per inch, a number higher than both Apple’s iPad mini and Google’s Nexus 7.

Source: GSMArena

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LG to show off 5.5-inch 1080p display, 7-inch screen with 324ppi and 4.7-inch bezel-less panel at CES 2013

LG has unquestionably had a great year with the introduction of the Optimus G and the highly-demanded Nexus 4. It seems as though the Korean manufacturer isn’t ready to slow down anytime soon as the company has already revealed plans to reveal three new displays at next week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The smallest of the three new display panels measures in at 4.7 inches. And, while that may be the same size as the panel used on the Nexus 4, the company’s newest iteration will feature a near bezel-less architecture, with edges just 1mm in thickness. The new layout would allow future smartphones to retain a frontward appearance that is composed almost entirely of the screen.

To compete with the likes of Samsung, LG will also be rolling out an all-new 5.5-inch display with full 1080p HD resolution, equating to an astonishing pixel density of 403 ppi. There’s no word whether or not LG plans to use this panel on an in-house device similar to its Optimus Vu released earlier this year.

Perhaps the most interesting of which, however, is the company’s upcoming 7-inch display. Featuring a resolution of 1920×1200 pixels, the new panel offer 324 pixels per inch, a number higher than both Apple’s iPad mini and Google’s Nexus 7.

Source: GSMArena

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LG to show off 5.5-inch 1080p display, 7-inch screen with 324ppi and 4.7-inch bezel-less panel at CES 2013

LG has unquestionably had a great year with the introduction of the Optimus G and the highly-demanded Nexus 4. It seems as though the Korean manufacturer isn’t ready to slow down anytime soon as the company has already revealed plans to reveal three new displays at next week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The smallest of the three new display panels measures in at 4.7 inches. And, while that may be the same size as the panel used on the Nexus 4, the company’s newest iteration will feature a near bezel-less architecture, with edges just 1mm in thickness. The new layout would allow future smartphones to retain a frontward appearance that is composed almost entirely of the screen.

To compete with the likes of Samsung, LG will also be rolling out an all-new 5.5-inch display with full 1080p HD resolution, equating to an astonishing pixel density of 403 ppi. There’s no word whether or not LG plans to use this panel on an in-house device similar to its Optimus Vu released earlier this year.

Perhaps the most interesting of which, however, is the company’s upcoming 7-inch display. Featuring a resolution of 1920×1200 pixels, the new panel offer 324 pixels per inch, a number higher than both Apple’s iPad mini and Google’s Nexus 7.

Source: GSMArena

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LG to show off 5.5-inch 1080p display, 7-inch screen with 324ppi and 4.7-inch bezel-less panel at CES 2013

LG has unquestionably had a great year with the introduction of the Optimus G and the highly-demanded Nexus 4. It seems as though the Korean manufacturer isn’t ready to slow down anytime soon as the company has already revealed plans to reveal three new displays at next week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The smallest of the three new display panels measures in at 4.7 inches. And, while that may be the same size as the panel used on the Nexus 4, the company’s newest iteration will feature a near bezel-less architecture, with edges just 1mm in thickness. The new layout would allow future smartphones to retain a frontward appearance that is composed almost entirely of the screen.

To compete with the likes of Samsung, LG will also be rolling out an all-new 5.5-inch display with full 1080p HD resolution, equating to an astonishing pixel density of 403 ppi. There’s no word whether or not LG plans to use this panel on an in-house device similar to its Optimus Vu released earlier this year.

Perhaps the most interesting of which, however, is the company’s upcoming 7-inch display. Featuring a resolution of 1920×1200 pixels, the new panel offer 324 pixels per inch, a number higher than both Apple’s iPad mini and Google’s Nexus 7.

Source: GSMArena

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LG to show off 5.5-inch 1080p display, 7-inch screen with 324ppi and 4.7-inch bezel-less panel at CES 2013

LG has unquestionably had a great year with the introduction of the Optimus G and the highly-demanded Nexus 4. It seems as though the Korean manufacturer isn’t ready to slow down anytime soon as the company has already revealed plans to reveal three new displays at next week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The smallest of the three new display panels measures in at 4.7 inches. And, while that may be the same size as the panel used on the Nexus 4, the company’s newest iteration will feature a near bezel-less architecture, with edges just 1mm in thickness. The new layout would allow future smartphones to retain a frontward appearance that is composed almost entirely of the screen.

To compete with the likes of Samsung, LG will also be rolling out an all-new 5.5-inch display with full 1080p HD resolution, equating to an astonishing pixel density of 403 ppi. There’s no word whether or not LG plans to use this panel on an in-house device similar to its Optimus Vu released earlier this year.

Perhaps the most interesting of which, however, is the company’s upcoming 7-inch display. Featuring a resolution of 1920×1200 pixels, the new panel offer 324 pixels per inch, a number higher than both Apple’s iPad mini and Google’s Nexus 7.

Source: GSMArena

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LG to show off 5.5-inch 1080p display, 7-inch screen with 324ppi and 4.7-inch bezel-less panel at CES 2013

LG has unquestionably had a great year with the introduction of the Optimus G and the highly-demanded Nexus 4. It seems as though the Korean manufacturer isn’t ready to slow down anytime soon as the company has already revealed plans to reveal three new displays at next week’s Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The smallest of the three new display panels measures in at 4.7 inches. And, while that may be the same size as the panel used on the Nexus 4, the company’s newest iteration will feature a near bezel-less architecture, with edges just 1mm in thickness. The new layout would allow future smartphones to retain a frontward appearance that is composed almost entirely of the screen.

To compete with the likes of Samsung, LG will also be rolling out an all-new 5.5-inch display with full 1080p HD resolution, equating to an astonishing pixel density of 403 ppi. There’s no word whether or not LG plans to use this panel on an in-house device similar to its Optimus Vu released earlier this year.

Perhaps the most interesting of which, however, is the company’s upcoming 7-inch display. Featuring a resolution of 1920×1200 pixels, the new panel offer 324 pixels per inch, a number higher than both Apple’s iPad mini and Google’s Nexus 7.

Source: GSMArena

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(Rumor) Motorola Droid Razr M HD tipped, current top of the line becomes the new mid-range

As the new crop of 2013 super phones begin to leak out, the current top of the line specs are being demoted to a new, lesser role of mid-range. As 1080p displays become the norm for flagship phones, 720p displays will become the norm for lower priced and entry level phones. This is exactly the case in today’s news, as Phone Arena is reporting an anonymous tip about an upcoming upgrade to the current Motorola Droid Razr M, known as the Droid Razr M HD. Needless to say the Droid Razr M HD will have an HD display, rumored to be 4.5 inches at 720×1280 pixels, giving it a healthy pixel density of 326 ppi. Besides an upgraded display, the device is said to use a Snapdragon S4 Plus chip with a 1.5GHz dual-core Krait processor. All this will be powered by a whopping 3,300 mAh battery. All of this sounds very excellent for a mid-range device. Again, this one leans heavy in the rumor department, but if it is all true, living in the future is going to be fun for everyone! Hit the break for a full list of specs.

Design
Device type: Smart phone
OS: Android (4.1) upgradeable to Android 4.2
Form Factor: Candy Bar
Dimensions: 5.15×2.52x.035
Weight: 5.22 OZ

Display
Physical size: 4.5 inches
Resoultion: 720×1280 pixels
Pixel density: 326 ppi
Technology: TFT
Colors: 16 777 216
Touchscreen: Capacitive, Multi-touch
Features: Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Scratch-resistant glass

Battery
Talk time: 21.25 hours
Stand-by time: 15.65
Capacity: 3300 mAh
Type: Li – Polymer

Hardware
System chip: Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960
Processor: Dual core, 1500 MHz, Krait
Graphics processor: Adreno 225
System memory: 1024 MB RAM (Dual-channel, 500 MHz) / DDR2 / 8192 MB ROM
Built-in storage: 16gb
Storage expansion: microSD, microSDHC up to 32 GB

Source: Phone Arena 

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(Rumor) Motorola Droid Razr M HD tipped, current top of the line becomes the new mid-range

As the new crop of 2013 super phones begin to leak out, the current top of the line specs are being demoted to a new, lesser role of mid-range. As 1080p displays become the norm for flagship phones, 720p displays will become the norm for lower priced and entry level phones. This is exactly the case in today’s news, as Phone Arena is reporting an anonymous tip about an upcoming upgrade to the current Motorola Droid Razr M, known as the Droid Razr M HD. Needless to say the Droid Razr M HD will have an HD display, rumored to be 4.5 inches at 720×1280 pixels, giving it a healthy pixel density of 326 ppi. Besides an upgraded display, the device is said to use a Snapdragon S4 Plus chip with a 1.5GHz dual-core Krait processor. All this will be powered by a whopping 3,300 mAh battery. All of this sounds very excellent for a mid-range device. Again, this one leans heavy in the rumor department, but if it is all true, living in the future is going to be fun for everyone! Hit the break for a full list of specs.

Design
Device type: Smart phone
OS: Android (4.1) upgradeable to Android 4.2
Form Factor: Candy Bar
Dimensions: 5.15×2.52x.035
Weight: 5.22 OZ

Display
Physical size: 4.5 inches
Resoultion: 720×1280 pixels
Pixel density: 326 ppi
Technology: TFT
Colors: 16 777 216
Touchscreen: Capacitive, Multi-touch
Features: Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Scratch-resistant glass

Battery
Talk time: 21.25 hours
Stand-by time: 15.65
Capacity: 3300 mAh
Type: Li – Polymer

Hardware
System chip: Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960
Processor: Dual core, 1500 MHz, Krait
Graphics processor: Adreno 225
System memory: 1024 MB RAM (Dual-channel, 500 MHz) / DDR2 / 8192 MB ROM
Built-in storage: 16gb
Storage expansion: microSD, microSDHC up to 32 GB

Source: Phone Arena 

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Is Samsung Preparing a 7.7-Inch Galaxy Note?

Rumors of new 7-inch version of the Samsung Galaxy Note have been circulating lately in tech blogs. The speculation is fuelled by an unknown tablet that has been benchmarked at GLBenchmark.  The device sports the model number GT-N5100. Said model number, it may be recalled, was previously seen at the Digital Living Network Alliance (DLNA), as well.

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As per the rumors, the new Galaxy Note features a 7.7-inch display with has a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels and a pixel density of 196 ppi. It will also purportedly come with a 1.6GHz Exynos 4412 processor and Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean out of the box. Like other Galaxy Note devices, it is expected to have the S Pen stylus to facilitate note-taking.

The new device has various repercussions on Samsung. First, it may cannibalize the sales of the Samsung Galaxy Tab, since the two products are similar. Second, Samsung’s widening range of choices in terms of tablet sizes may be confusing for consumers in the long run.

On the other hand, the Samsung Galaxy Note has proven to be one of the company’s most successful products of late. The most recent Galaxy Note, the Note 2, was able to sell 5 million units in just two months since it was launched.

In terms of price, it is also speculated that Samsung may be pressured by the growing 7-inch tablet market to offer a more competitive price. Already, the market is saturated with budget offerings from Amazon, Google, and Barnes & Noble, to name a few. In the past few days, it had also been rumored that Acer is entering the 7-inch budget tablet market with a device that could sell as low as $99 in emerging markets.

CNet surmises that the South Korean electronics giant may announce the 7.7-inch Galaxy Note during CES in January or Mobile World Congress in February.

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Samsung to show off 5.5-inch flexible screen during CES

We’ve heard plenty about Samsung‘s flexible smartphone screens throughout the years, but when CES rolls around in a couple of weeks, Samsung will be ready to show them off once again. This time around, the screen will be 5.5-inches and sport a resolution of 1280×720 – that gives us a pixel density of 267. There will also be a flexible 55-inch TV screen on display, so Samsung has been hard at work to bring us these nifty new displays.

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Of course, the goal behind these screens isn’t necessarily to give you a bendable smartphone. Instead, flexible screens offer more options when it comes to design – if you have a smartphone using a flexible screen, there could potentially be more room for components on the inside, thus leading to a thinner smartphone. They would also be more durable than the typical smartphone displays, meaning that they would be more resistant (though not exactly immune) to drop damage.

It’s a very interesting technology, and we’ll get the chance to see it in action at CES 2013. The trade show is rumored to be a big one for Samsung, as we’ve not only heard that the company will use it to reveal new branding, but to also announce the highly-anticipated Galaxy S IV. Those are just rumors, of course, whereas Samsung has confirmed that it will have these displays on hand during the show.

We’ll be right there to see it all too, along with all of the other tech goodies that are bound to be on the show floor. CES 2013 will certainly be a big show, but with this news, you can bet that we’ll be keeping an eye on Samsung while we’re there. What do you think of these flexible displays?

[via CNET]

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Samsung preparing 5.5 inch flexible screen to show off at CES

Samsung hasn’t really kept their flexible displays a secret, but I guess they wouldn’t have to. Flexible screens are one of the coolest new ideas for not just smartphones, but technology in general. Now we’re hearing word that Samsung is going to demo a bending 5.5 inch screen at CES next year. It will supposedly have a 1,280×720-pixel HD resolution and a 267 pixel density, plus the fact that it’s straight out of a Star Trek episode. They’ll also have a 55-inch screen to wow consumers that are more interested in televisions. Of course, this is only one part of what makes up a touch screen display on a smartphone, but Samsung is well on the way to getting these used in smartphones.

source: CNet

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MetroPCS Offers ZTE Avid 4G For $149

MetroPCS has expanded its product offerings with a new smartphone called the ZTE Avid 4G. This device, aimed at the mid-range segment, retails for $149, excluding tax. The smartphone is available from the MetroPCS website and various authorized retailers.

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The ZTE Avid 4G has a capacitive multi-touch screen that measures 4 inches diagonally. Said display sports a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels and a pixel density of 233 pixels per inch. This display also features a light sensor and a proximity sensor.

Its hardware consists of a Dual core, 1200 MHz processor and a 2.3 GB built-in storage. Storage expansion is possible by means of a microSD card that can add as much as 32 GB to the user memory. Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich is its operating system. It also includes the full suite of Google apps. Youtube and Picasa are pre-installed on the device.

The handset is capable of connectivity via Wi-Fi, including mobile hotspot, as well as 4G LTE, as its name implies. Bluetooth, computer syncing, and OTA syncing are supported, as well.

It also boasts of two cameras, one of which is located on its rear and has a 5-megapixel sensor, LED, digital zoom, and geotagging. The other, a VGA camera found on the smartphone’s front, has a 0.3-megapixel sensor and is useful for video chat.

Other notable features include Voice dialing, Voice commands, Voice recording, an accelerometer, haptic feedback, vibration, threaded SMS and MMS views, and a loudspeaker.

The smartphone measures 4.88 in x 2.58 in x 0.47 in and weighs 5.25 oz. Its battery has a capacity of 1730 mAh and promises around 4 hours of talk time and up to 260 hours of standby time.

Of late, ZTE has been introducing devices for the high-end segment, such as the ZTE Warp Sequent, which retails at $199.99. However, the China-based company continues to release mid-range handsets like the ZTE Avid 4G for those with a tighter budget.

via cnet

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Samsung preparing 5.5 inch flexible screen to show off at CES

Samsung hasn’t really kept their flexible displays a secret, but I guess they wouldn’t have to. Flexible screens are one of the coolest new ideas for not just smartphones, but technology in general. Now we’re hearing word that Samsung is going to demo a bending 5.5 inch screen at CES next year. It will supposedly have a 1,280×720-pixel HD resolution and a 267 pixel density, plus the fact that it’s straight out of a Star Trek episode. They’ll also have a 55-inch screen to wow consumers that are more interested in televisions. Of course, this is only one part of what makes up a touch screen display on a smartphone, but Samsung is well on the way to getting these used in smartphones.

source: CNet

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Samsung Galaxy Young DUOS (GT-S6312) expected to launch at the MWC 2013

Being one of the world’s leading electronics companies and notable for its high-end innovative handsets, Samsung seems ready to provide mid- to low-end handsets next year to expand its market share. Among these handsets will be the Samsung Galaxy Young Duos (model number GT-S6312) which will reportedly come in two colors: grayish blue and white. It is set to be officially introduced in February at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2013 in Barcelona, Spain according to reports.

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Samsung Galaxy Y Duos

The handset is the successor of the Samsung Galaxy Y DUOS (GT-S6102) which was introduced last year. However, images of the Galaxy Young Duos S6312 are still unavailable as well as its specs. But it is expected to be more advanced than the Galaxy Y Duos S6102′s features. The latter was packed with a 3.14-inch QVGA display with 127ppi pixel density, 832MHz single-core processor, 3.2MP camera, and runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system.

The Galaxy Young Duos, on the other hand, will possibly run on Android 4.0 or 4.1 and may come with bigger and better display technology. Taking into consideration the trend in today’s smartphone manufacturing, Samsung may give this device, at least, a 1.2GHz processor. Its brand name may confuse Samsung fans as it goes by the name of its predecessor.

Meanwhile, Samsung also announced Galaxy Grand i9080 and Galaxy Grand Duos i9082, which will be introduced in the market by the first quarter next year, earlier this week. These handsets come with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, dual-core processors, 8MP camera, and displays of 5 inch WVGA with 187ppi pixel density.

Moreover, Samsung has recently introduced some dual SIM handsets such as the Galaxy S Duos S7562, Galaxy Pocket Duos S5302, Galaxy Music Duos, Galaxy Y Pro Duos B5512, and the Galaxy Ace Duos S6802. It shows Samsung’s desperate measure to regain its dominance in entry- and mid-level markets by offering budget-friendly devices with decent specs.

The Samsung Galaxy Young DUOS with dual-SIM capability will be perfectly positioned in the emerging market, but expected not to crash in the states knowing the fact the dual-SIM models received no positive reviews from US consumers in general.

Samsung is dedicated in making every consumer’s life better by providing its innovative, high-quality and competitive products across the globe. This actually gave the company a good reputation in the global mobile market. With its series of budget-friendly handsets set to be released in 2013, there would be no question that the company will claim a bigger piece of the pie.

[source: Phone Arena]

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Analyst Claims 2nd Gen iPad Mini Could Go Into Production Earlier Than Expected

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There are plenty of theories on the success/failure of the new Apple iPad Mini. Many claim that the iPad Mini has finally managed to make a dent on Google’s budget tablet marketshare while some say it has failed to do so. Whatever the reality, we cannot deny the fact that the iPad Mini has certainly given users one more choice at a budget ranged tablet. However, it seems like Apple wants to move on to the second iteration of the tablet as quickly as possible according to an analyst named Doug Freedman from RBC Capital Markets. The analyst did a fair bit of research on the topic by getting in touch with the suppliers of the iPad Mini components and came to a conclusion that Apple could be hurrying to get the 2nd gen iPad Mini into production. The iPad Mini isn’t a high spec’d device, unlike most new Apple products in the market. And this was solely to cut costs, and it didn’t matter much as the device was a budget tablet anyways. But some people were a little let down by the poor pixel density of the iPad Mini in comparison to the Nexus 7 or the Kindle Fire HD (which are smaller in size). So it is very likely that Apple would want to make the new iPad Mini a little more appealing when it comes to the display at least. Not sure if Apple will be able to sell the Retina Display iPad Mini at the same price, but it will certainly influence a lot of new buyers.

The analyst also claims in his report that the next gen iPad Mini could feature components from Texas Instruments, which seems very likely as Apple is eager to shy away from Samsung as the manufacturer of its A-series chips. Previously, it was reported that TSMC could be replacing Samsung to produce A-series chips in 2013. So there’s no clear word on that yet. As Phone Arena rightly suggests, it is rather strange that murmurs of a second gen iPad Mini are already floating when the tablet hasn’t even been launched everywhere. Irrespective of the outcome, we should see Apple getting a tough fight from Android tablet manufacturers in the coming days. Whether the iPad Mini is a success or not is for Apple to clarify. We won’t jump to conclusions until we have the sales figures.

The whole talk about Retina Displays seem to be blown out of proportion. Retina Display or not, people would want a crisp display on a tablet, and it seems like Apple is falling prey to its own marketing gimmick which was set off with the iPhone 4. Wonder what HTC would call the display of the J Butterfly and the Droid DNA which has a pixel density of 440ppi despite being substantially bigger than the iPhone. The bigger the tablet, the lower the pixel density, as there’s more screen real estate. So something which isn’t too pixelated should be considered fine, especially in the budget segment.

Source: Apple Insider
Via: Phone Arena

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Samsung Announces Large Sized Galaxy Grand With an Average Specs Sheet

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Samsung has been well established in the Android sphere and anything the company launches has its own unique touch to it. Which is what makes it stand out against the competition (despite replicating the same design in every new smartphone). And the company has just announced a new smartphone today in the form of the Galaxy Grand. This one as the name suggests, is indeed big but we’re not sure if grandeur can be associated with the device. More on that later. Before we get on with the hardware specs of the device, we must point out that this looks strikingly similar to the Galaxy S III and the Galaxy Note II. We’re not sure why Samsung insists on having most of its high end devices look alike and the company certainly needs to clarify.

Now for the specs of the smartphone. The Galaxy Grand packs a large 5-inch WVGA (480×800) display which gives it a rather low pixel density of 185 ppi. It’s not all that bad though since it’s not a high end device. However, we’ve already seen the likes of the HTC Sensation XL failing due to the large display (4.7-inches WVGA in that case) and poor pixel density. But given the kind of market presence Samsung has, it should do alright in the market. That’s probably the only downside of the device as the rest of the hardware is pretty much up there in the mid-range tier. The Galaxy Grand comes with an 8MP snapper on the back accompanied by a 2MP front facing camera. There’s a 1.2 GHz dual core processor on board, although the chipset hasn’t been specified. The device also has a decent 1GB of RAM and 8GB of onboard storage with a microSD card slot (up to 64GB). As there aren’t many pixels to crunch and no power hungry CPU on board, Samsung has decided to go with a more than decent 2,100 mAh battery pack for the Galaxy Grand. The device will run Android 4.1.2 out of the box, with an update for Android 4.2 on the horizon (we’re hoping). The device also comes in a dual SIM (GT-I9082) version as well as the normal single SIM variant which goes by the GT-I9080 model number.

Given the timing of the launch, we presume Samsung would like to take the wraps off the device at CES early next month. Samsung has been pretty quiet about the pricing and the availability of the device, which we hope should be cleared out in the coming days. It’s strange that Samsung is stepping into a third category of smartphones after 4.7-inches and 5.5-inches. In the end, it will be the customers who decide the fate of the device. So it’s not right for us to be judgmental just yet.

Source: Samsung Tomorrow
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More details leak for HTC’s mysterious M7: 4.7-inch 1080p display, 13 megapixel camera and more

Last week we reported about a mysterious HTC super phone dubbed the M7, but at the time little was known about the device. Well, today we have some gloriously good details trickling in. For one, the M7 is said to be the successor to HTC’s wildly popular One X. The phone will boast an optically laminated 4.7-inch 1080p display with a whopping pixel density of 468ppi (40% more than the iPhone 5). The optically laminated panel is said to offer improved viewing angles, more accurate color reproduction and a better outdoor viewing experience.

Under the hood you will find a quad-core 1.7GHz Qualcomm processor, 2GB of RAM and 32GB internal storage powered by a healthy sized 2,300 mAh battery. HTC has always been known to skimp on battery capacity, so it’s nice to see them outdo many of the current flagship phones this time around. As for shooters, you’ll find a 13 megapixel camera around back, and a 2 megapixel front facing camera to capture your handsome mug. The rear facing camera is said to come with some enhanced features, like super slow-motion video recording and HDR video mode. On top of that, the camera is said to use a Cinesensor imaging chip to improve overall image quality. As for software you’ll find Android Jelly Bean topped with HTC’s ever-improving Sense skin; this time Sense 5.

Reportedly, Sprint and Verizon are already on board to offer the M7 to subscribers, and AT&T and T-Mobile are also said to be in discussions to nab the phone. We don’t have a release date quite yet, but rumors are swirling that the M7 will be revealed at Mobile World Congress in the Spring of 2013. Only a few more months until we find out if these rumors are true. Here’s to hoping!

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Nokia Lumia 505 budget-friendly Windows Phone now official

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The Nokia Lumia 505 has recently been made official in Mexico where Finnish cellphone-maker, Nokia, introduced its newest budget-friendly, entry-level smartphone. The existence of this model has long been rumored but the company’s radical shift to the production of much cheaper feature phones seemed to have put doubt in the minds of people who have been waiting for the official unveiling.

While Mexicans may be the first ones to get hold of this Windows Phone 7.8-powered device, Nokia has no other choice but to bring it to the U.S. and global market to maximize its sales. For a company that is struggling, there is no point in releasing devices exclusive to one country. It’s just a matter of time now before the company officially unveils it here. For those who might be interested in Nokia Lumia 505, here are the specs:

Nokia Lumia 505 Specs

Display. Somehow, Nokia made a good decision for putting an AMOLED display on this device. The size of the screen was reportedly 3.7 inches sporting 480 x 800 pixels resolution or around 252ppi pixel density. It is a capacitive touchscreen, just like any other AMOLED screens, with multi-touch capability. The display is one of the notable features of Nokia Lumia 505, for sure.

Hardware. Surprisingly, Nokia remains tight-lipped about the chipset within this device. No one actually knows what kind of SoC (system-on-chip) the Finnish manufacturer put into this device and why it hasn’t been revealed during the official announcement. The only thing everyone knows as far as hardware is concerned is that it has a graphics processor and 256MB RAM.

Camera. Nokia Lumia 505 comes packed with an 8-megapixel camera sensor with aperture size of F2.8. That is an impressive specification of a camera for an entry-level device. But, it does not feature Carl Zeiss optics like high-end Lumias. It does, however, have exposure compensation, geo-tagging and white balance preset features. It can also record videos with 640 x 480 pixels resolution at 30fps.

Battery. For a smartphone featuring an AMOLED display panel, giving it 1300mAh battery could be a mistake. But that’s not the case for Nokia Lumia 505 because its battery lasts longer than expected–7.5 hours of straight talk time over 3G. It is because it is an entry-level device that it might sport a single-core processor.

Nokia Lumia 505 Pros and Cons

To recap and for the benefit of the people who might be planning to buy this device, here are some of its pros and cons.

Pros:

  • Nokia Lumia 505 comes with high pixel density display of 252ppi.
  • It also has a high-resolution camera of 8 megapixels

Cons:

  • It does not have front-facing (secondary) camera.
  • Having 256MB RAM is too little to guarantee better performance and multi-tasking.
  • It records low-resolution videos.
  • It lacks microSD card slot.

The pricing and availability of this device are yet to be announced by the company but it is reportedly being slotted exclusively for Telcel in Mexico. Also, there is no confirmation that it would be marketed in the U.S. market. But so far, this device may just have what it takes to compete in the market it is targeting.

[source: Nokia (translated)| via: Phone Arena]

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More details leak for HTC’s mysterious M7: 4.7-inch 1080p display, 13 megapixel camera and more

Last week we reported about a mysterious HTC super phone dubbed the M7, but at the time little was known about the device. Well, today we have some gloriously good details trickling in. For one, the M7 is said to be the successor to HTC’s wildly popular One X. The phone will boast an optically laminated 4.7-inch 1080p display with a whopping pixel density of 468ppi (40% more than the iPhone 5). The optically laminated panel is said to offer improved viewing angles, more accurate color reproduction and a better outdoor viewing experience.

Under the hood you will find a quad-core 1.7GHz Qualcomm processor, 2GB of RAM and 32GB internal storage powered by a healthy sized 2,300 mAh battery. HTC has always been known to skimp on battery capacity, so it’s nice to see them outdo many of the current flagship phones this time around. As for shooters, you’ll find a 13 megapixel camera around back, and a 2 megapixel front facing camera to capture your handsome mug. The rear facing camera is said to come with some enhanced features, like super slow-motion video recording and HDR video mode. On top of that, the camera is said to use a Cinesensor imaging chip to improve overall image quality. As for software you’ll find Android Jelly Bean topped with HTC’s ever-improving Sense skin; this time Sense 5.

Reportedly, Sprint and Verizon are already on board to offer the M7 to subscribers, and AT&T and T-Mobile are also said to be in discussions to nab the phone. We don’t have a release date quite yet, but rumors are swirling that the M7 will be revealed at Mobile World Congress in the Spring of 2013. Only a few more months until we find out if these rumors are true. Here’s to hoping!

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More details leak for HTC’s mysterious M7: 4.7-inch 1080p display, 13 megapixel camera and more

Last week we reported about a mysterious HTC super phone dubbed the M7, but at the time little was known about the device. Well, today we have some gloriously good details trickling in. For one, the M7 is said to be the successor to HTC’s wildly popular One X. The phone will boast an optically laminated 4.7-inch 1080p display with a whopping pixel density of 468ppi (40% more than the iPhone 5). The optically laminated panel is said to offer improved viewing angles, more accurate color reproduction and a better outdoor viewing experience.

Under the hood you will find a quad-core 1.7GHz Qualcomm processor, 2GB of RAM and 32GB internal storage powered by a healthy sized 2,300 mAh battery. HTC has always been known to skimp on battery capacity, so it’s nice to see them outdo many of the current flagship phones this time around. As for shooters, you’ll find a 13 megapixel camera around back, and a 2 megapixel front facing camera to capture your handsome mug. The rear facing camera is said to come with some enhanced features, like super slow-motion video recording and HDR video mode. On top of that, the camera is said to use a Cinesensor imaging chip to improve overall image quality. As for software you’ll find Android Jelly Bean topped with HTC’s ever-improving Sense skin; this time Sense 5.

Reportedly, Sprint and Verizon are already on board to offer the M7 to subscribers, and AT&T and T-Mobile are also said to be in discussions to nab the phone. We don’t have a release date quite yet, but rumors are swirling that the M7 will be revealed at Mobile World Congress in the Spring of 2013. Only a few more months until we find out if these rumors are true. Here’s to hoping!

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Sharp Aquos Phone SH930W Hits Russian Market, Launches In Taiwan

Sharp’s Aquos Phone SH930W has been expected to become available in Russia since November, a few days after it was officially announced. However, there was some delay and the phone did not go on sale on schedule for reasons that Sharp did not disclose.

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Fortunately, those who have been wanting to get their hands on the phone in Russia may now purchase the smartphone as it has finally hit the market.

The 1080p smartphone, which is Sharp’s new flagship handset, will retail for RUB 21,900, or around US$715. As compared to the price of the SIM-Free HTC Droid DNA in the United States, this handset is much more expensive.

The Sharp Aquos Phone SH930W is packed with a 5-inch Sharp IGZO display with a resolution of 1,920 x 1,080 pixels and a pixel density of 440 pixels per inch. This display is covered by Gorilla Glass 2 for protection. Inside, it comes with 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage capacity, a dual-core Snapdragon S4 MSM8960A processor running at the speed of 1.5GHz, and Adreno 225 graphics. It is worth noting that it does not have the option to expand the internal storage with a microSD card. Furthermore, the graphics might not be able to handle 3D games well, according to a benchmark test. Also onboard is Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system which has some customizations by the phone maker, an 8-megapixel rear camera, and a 2-megapixel front camera. The device draws its power from a 2,100 mAh battery.

Meanwhile, the same smartphone has been announced in Taiwan, as well. It is bound to go on sale in said market around the middle of this month. Softpedia reports that it will have a price of NT$15,900 or around US $547.

The Sharp Aquos Phone SH930W is but one of the several handsets with 1080p displays that have been making tech headlines lately. Among the others are the Oppo Find 5, the ZTE Nubia Z5, and the HTC J Butterfly or the Droid DNA.

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EE confirms plans to rollout LTE to 17 more UK locations

EE has just confirmed its plans to rollout high-speed mobile data to 17 more UK towns and cities by March 2013. In addition to adding new locations, EE is working to improve coverage in existing LTE areas. EE says 4G density is “being increased on a daily basis.” EE is also working to improve its 3G network to support DC-HSPA, which will improve things for users who do not have 4G devices or are in an area where 4G has not rolled out.

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The DC-HSPA part of the this update will certainly improve things for Orange and T-Mobile UK. While these two companies combined to form EE, customers on these networks do not actually get access to LTE data. EE plans to have 40-percent of its network covered by the faster DC-HSPA, but customers on the network will need to have devices that can support the higher speeds.

The complete list of new locations to receive 4G LTE in this new rollout is as follows: Bradford, Chelmsford, Coventry, Doncaster, Dudley, Leicester, Luton, Newport, Reading, Rotherham, St Albans, Sunderland, Sutton Coldfield, Walsall, Watford, West Bromwich, and Wolverhampton. While those cites will go live by the end of Q1 2013, EE also says Belfast, Hull, Maidenhead, and Slough will be switched onto 4G by the end of this year.

EE’s goal is to cover 98-percent of the UK population by the end of 2014. That’s certainly a loft goal, but one that should be great for UK customers. That being said, EE’s competition is bidding on 4G spectrum, with equally aggressive rollout plans promising LTE competition as early as midway through 2013.

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EE’s 4G network to be available in 35 locations by the end of March 2013

EE's 4G network to be available in 35 locations by the end of March 2013

Potential 4G adopters in the UK not only need to consider the price of EE’s plans, but also the thin coverage currently available. This is slowly being fattened up, however, and today the company has announced that by March 2013, it plans to extend its high-speed network to an additional 17 areas (to make a grand total of 35). Those 17 towns and cities don’t include last week’s stealthy activations in Derby, Newcastle and Nottingham, or the planned switch-flipping in Belfast, Hull, Maidenhead and Slough before the end of the year. As well as gracing new locations with 4G and bolstering network density, EE is also upgrading its 3G network to support dual-channel HSPA+ (DC-HSPA+ for short). This is expected to be available across 40 percent of EE’s network by year’s end, and will also be enjoyed by customers signed up with Orange or T-Mobile. So, enough of the suspense — head past the break for the full list of locales getting 4G early next year.

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Inevitable: Oppo Find 5 meets Xiaomi Phone 2 and Meizu MX2

Oppo Find 5, Xiaomi Phone 2 and Meizu MX2

With all three major Chinese phone makers now showing their quad-core cards, it’s only natural for us to take a friendly portrait of their latest flagships: from left to right we have the Meizu MX2 (due December 19th), the Xiaomi Phone 2 (already out) and the freshly announced Oppo Find 5 (due January). At 8.86mm thick, the Find 5 is subtly slimmer than our two other 10.2mm-thick phones when compared visually, but the five-inch 1080p screen is clearly a winner in terms of size and pixel density — the latter is made more obvious by the fine details on the tactfully designed icons; just too bad you won’t be able to fit much 1080p video content into the 16GB built-in storage. As for aesthetics, we’re currently leaning towards the Find 5 for its less obvious bezel around the glass panel, and the phone’s shape is also a nice change from the usual rectangle-with-evenly-rounded-corners form factor. Still, the feel and contour of the Meizu MX2′s crystal back cover gave the most comfortable grip out of the three, only to be hampered by the Flyme OS’ eccentric UX. Obviously, we shall do a more detailed comparison once we have our review unit, so stay tuned.

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OPPO Find 5 announced with 5-inch, 1080p display and 13MP HDR camera

Today OPPO introduced the world to their latest smartphone offering, the Find 5. The Find 5 features a focus on minimalist, industrial design and top-teir specs to match. The highlight of the handset is its 5-inch, 1080p IPS display, which matches the likes of HTC’s Droid DNA/Butterfly. The screen sports a pixel density of 441 ppi.

Other specs include a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro clocked at 1.5GHz, 2GB RAM, and 16GB of internal storage. A 13MP rear camera features hardware-supported HDR photos and 120FPS video capture. The OPPO Find 5 runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

OPPO says that they “create products in the intersection of romance and technology,” and hopes to create an intimate connection between the user and phone with quality materials and design. The body of the Find 5 is made of a single piece of stainless steel manipulated 12 times then plated in a black chrome finish. Clean lines and minimal bezel aim to make the phone a delight to hold.

There isn’t a whole lot of info on when and where the Find 5 will be available. A press release only states it should reach global markets sometime in early 2013.

Quality Meets Style with the OPPO Find 5 – The Fifth Element Unfolds

OPPO Find 5 Unveiled With 5” 1080P Screen, 13 Megapixel HDR Camera and More

BEIJING -December 12, 2012 -At the OPPO Find 5 “The Fifth Element” Launch Event held in 798 Art District today, OPPO introduced one of this year’s most mysterious and anticipated mobile products, the OPPO Find 5. The all new, industry leading OPPO Find 5 was announced to an audience of over 500 members of the international press, OPPO fans, developers, and partners, in what marks a spectacular end of year for the mobile industry.

See – like you’ve been blind all along
The OPPO Find 5 features a 5.0” 1080p IPS screen with a staggering 441 PPI pixel density, allowing you to experience a world of crystal clarity and the most realistic colors. With OGS technology that combines touch sensors with display, colors are more vivid and lifelike, and you’ll feel as if the screen contents are floating on its surface.

Despite its large screen, the OPPO Find 5 is easy to hold thanks to its super slim 3.25mm bezel. When the screen is off, the front becomes a borderless sheet of pure black, mysteriously calming yet satisfying to the eye.

Touch – and your fingers won’t stop
Industrial design has always been one of OPPO’s core strengths. An example is the Find 5 front frame. Although it only weighs a mere 6.3 grams, the front frame alone takes four hours to craft. Starting with a 210 gram piece of stainless steel, it undergoes 12 manufacturing processes, after which it is given a black chrome plating in a 1470 °F (800 °C) vacuum environment. The result from this demanding process not only protects the screen from impact, it also contributes to the Find 5’s amazing look and feel.

The overall design of the Find 5 is minimalist, relying on straight lines and simple shapes that removes distractions, while at the same time being built using the best materials and techniques available, giving OPPO Find 5 a simple and understated, yet refined and premium look and feel.

Cherish and share, the beauty from every journey
On the backside, OPPO Find 5 comes with the most advanced 1/3.06-type 13-megapixel camera sensor available on the market, adept at taking great photos in low light conditions. With market-leading Stacked CMOS technology, it features an f/2.2 aperture, 4-layer coating and blue glass filters. On the front, Find 5 it is fitted with a 1.9-megapixel camera.

OPPO Find 5 is the world’s first smartphone with hardware supported HDR photography and video recording. It redefines smartphone video recording, with its capability of recording video in 120 FPS, five times the speed that the human eye can perceive. Apart from videos being silky smooth in normal playback, they will also be smooth during slow-motion playback and clear during freeze-frames. In addition, the camera on the Find 5 is capable of taking 100 photos at 5 per second with Burst Mode.

OPPO Find 5 will bring you into a new era of wireless sharing. With NFC functionality, gently touching two phones will pair them in less than a tenth of a second, 50 times faster than Bluetooth pairing. OPPO’s NFC SmartTags with preset actions will add simplicity and convenience to your life. Find 5 also supports Wi-Fi Display and DLNA, two technologies that allow you to wirelessly project screen contents onto your television in HD.

Listen, and rhythm will touch your heart
Find 5 comes with the powerful Dolby 3D surround sound technology and the exciting Dirac HD technology, combination of hardware and software usually only found in high-end audio and cinema sound systems. With Dirac, you will clearly hear a difference, and become immersed in music the way the artist originally wanted to express it.

Love, for it is the Fifth Element
OPPO never set out to create the most powerful phone. Internally, we have always said that we create products in the intersection of romance and technology, and Find 5 is a product that OPPO employees worked passionately and relentlessly on. Just like Plato was convinced of quintessence, an element beyond thematerial world, there is more to the Find 5 than the mere sum of its parts. There is an element beyond the purely rational, and that element is love. OPPO Find 5 is infused with of our love, a love we wish to explore with the world.

OPPO Find 5 is set to launch in early 2013 across selected markets.

OPPO Find 5 Specifications

  • Network: UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA/HSPA+/HSPA+42 (850, 1700, 1900, 2100MHz), GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900MHz)
  • Processor: Qualcomm APQ8064 Quad-Core 1.5GHz
  • Display: 5.0” 1080P 441PPI IPS (1,080×1920)
  • Memory: 16GB ROM, 2GB RAM
  • Camera: Main: 13 megapixel Stacked CMOS sensor with HDR, Front: 1.9 megapixel, 120 FPS video recording, f/2.2 aperture, blue glass filters
  • Connectivity: 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi (802.11n 2.4GHz and 5GHz), Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth, NFC
  • Features: Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean), GPS, Wi-Fi Display, DLNA, Gyroscope, Digital compass, Microphone, Sensors (light, proximity, magnetic and gravity)
  • Battery: 2500 mAh built-in lithium-ion battery
  • Included Accessories: Power adapter, USB Cable, Headphones

About OPPO
OPPO is a globally registered technology brand with a long history of serving customers in North America, Europe and Asia. With offices in 6 different countries, we deliver products that receive praise from all over the world. Our core value is to explore with courage and never stop finding, and since entering the mobile market in 2008, we have been restless in our pursuit of the latest technology, the highest quality and the most user friendly products. For more information, please visit http://en.oppo.com.

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OPPO Find 5 announced with a 5-inch 1080p display and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

We had previously seen the Find 3 from smartphone maker OPPO, however as of today they have announced their latest — the Find 5. And as the name would imply, the Find 5 is sporting a 5-inch display. Perhaps more to the point here, the OPPO Find 5 has a 5-inch 1080p display with a pixel density of 441 PPI. As for something to compare, think the recently released Motorola Droid DNA.

Some other points that the Find 5 shares with the Droid DNA is the amount of internal storage, 16GB, along with the lack of a microSD card slot. Simply put, the OPPO Find 5 is limited to 16GB of storage. Other goodies include a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064 processor, 2GB of RAM, a 2,500 mAh battery and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

The Find 5 is lacking any LTE connectivity, however there is HSPA+ which should make the lack of LTE a bit easier to deal with. The handset also has some of the expected features such as dual-band Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, GPS, NFC and Bluetooth.

It also looks like some special attention went into the imaging. On the front there is a 1.9 megapixel camera and the back side is sporting a 13 megapixel camera that OPPO is touting as being the “most advanced.” According to details provided, the rear-facing camera has a 1/3.06-type 13-megapixel camera sensor with an f/2.2 aperture, 4-layer coating and blue glass filters.

The Find 5 is also said to be the first smartphone with hardware supported HDR for both stills and video. A few other perks dealing with the camera include the ability to take 100 photos at a rate of 5 per second on Burst mode and video recording at 120 frames-per-second.

Finally, OPPO has stated that the Find 5 will be launching in early-2013 in “selected markets.” Further details show this to include the US where the handset is expected to arrive priced at $499.

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LG Optimus G2 Rumored to Feature 5.5″ 1080p Screen

HTC’s October release of the J Butterfly set a new standard that all later high end devices must try to beat to stay relevant on the top of the Android food chain – a 1080p full High Definition display with a resolution of 1920 x 180 pixels and an impressive 440ppi pixels density.  This seems to be the norm these days, with manufacturers introducing a revolutionary technology on their phones and all other phones after that trying to beat it – case in point the introduction of a quad-core processor, 2GB RAM and cameras od up to 13 megapixels.  This just shows that flagship devices coming in 2013 and beyond will be expected to have some impressive specifications and technologies.

It is rumored that LG is already working on outdoing HTC’s 1080p 5.5 inch screen in their next Optimus G 2 phone which is said to be in development and is set to hit the market within the first half of 2013.  News from South Korea on Asian Economics hint that the new LG flagship device will feature a full high definition 5.5 inch display screen which would give it a pixels density of 400 ppi.  Although this is slightly lower than the display density of the HTC J Butterfly, the difference of 40 ppi is not easily noticeable with a naked eye but it’s still a difference.

It’s no surprise that high end phones hitting the shelves in 2013 will be fighting on the display front, with Samsung rumored to be already mass producing flexible full HD displays for their next S smartphone series and note phablets.  The big question here is, why do smartphone screen sizes keep increasing?  It started at 4.3 inches, then we had 4.5 and 4.7 inch smartphones, the likes of HTC Droid DNA with their 5 inch screens follow and LG is taking it a notch higher with their 5.5 inch screens.  Initially, gadgets with screens 5.0 inches and above were categorized as ‘phablets’, a hybrid of tablets and smartphones but companies seem to want to increase this number to beyond 5.5 inches.

Other rumors out of South Korea are that Samsung are working on a tremendous device which may be the Galaxy S4 smartphone and will feature a 5 inch screen too.  Other specifications are still hazy but we can say that LG’s new high end phone may feature a 2GB RAM, a 13 megapixels camera, 3rd generation radio which is said to me more efficient – in terms of battery consumption and signal quality and a better battery.

This LG’s new phone is said to be in development and may be available for sale before June 2013.  LG has a history of fumbling releases and spoiling a good thing they may have had going – take for instance the February release of the Optimus 4X which tool another 6 months before the phone made its way to the retailers.  By then, their development branch had completed developing the Optimus G and had to announce it even before the Optimus 4X actually landed on the market.  Let us hope they learnt a valuable lesson and will be more like Samsung when it comes to releases because it is a very important part of marketing such a high end smartphone.

The big challenge LG will have is that there are a number of manufacturers already working on high end smartphones to be released sometime in 2013.  These include Samsung, Sony with their Yuga project and HTC’s M7.  High end smartphones out of China are also turning out to be very competitive, not only in the Asian market but in the European and the US markets.  Phone makers such as UMi with their new UMi X2 expected to come with a 4.7 inch 1920 x 1080 screen, Xiaomi M3 and others.

What do you think of a 5.5 inch monster for a phone?  Do you think a phone with 5.5 inch screen would take on 5.0 inch high end smartphones?  Would you go for one of these if all the specifications and the price were right?  Let us know what you think below.

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