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Lenovo Prepares To Take Wraps Off K5 Flagship Smartphone

Rumors of Lenovo’s upcoming flagship smartphone called the K5 surfaced around a month ago. Now, the company is said to be preparing for the handset’s official unveiling at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) in Las Vegas.

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The smartphone will purportedly feature a 5.5-inch display, joining many recent releases from other companies that have larger screens. This display will be a full High Definition capacitive touch screen by Sharp, which has a with a pixel density of 440 pixels per inch.

Inside, it will be driven by a dual core Intel Merrifield processor with a speed of between 1.6GHz to 2.0GHz, working with 2GB of RAM. The handset will come with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean operating system out of the box.

The handset will feature two cameras. The main one, found on its rear, will have a 13-megapixel image sensor. The other, located on its front, will come with a 2-megapixel sensor.

It will draw power from a high-capacity 3500 mAh Lithium-Ion battery.

Fans of dual SIM capabilities will be glad to note that the handset will support dual SIM card dual standby, as well, specifically CDMA 2000 and a mobile 2G network.

As for its dimensions, it had been revealed that the smartphone will measure only 6.7 mm in thickness.

The smartphone is expected to hit the market with a price of 3400 yuan, which is around US $545, according to Gizchina.

The device, however, appears in the online retailer website Etotalk, where it appears that the smartphone had been listed with incorrect specifications. For one, it says that the device has a 5-inch display instead of 5.5 inches. The smartphone’s OS is also listed as Android 4.2. Lastly, the device sells for US$ 9,999.99. Lenovo’s or Intel’s announcement regarding the K5 at CES will clarify the specifications of its the flagship handset and reveal more in-depth information about its features.

via softpedia, etotalk

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Urban Hello introduces bizarrely attractive home phone via Kickstarter, we go eyes-on

Urban Hello introduces bizarrely attractive home phone via Kickstarter, we go eyeson

The Kickstarter page for Urban Hello’s beautiful, strange home phone may not be live yet, but we’ve already gotten our hands all over it. The HD voice device is more than looks, though, featuring two OLED screens built into a minimalist aesthetic, intended to simplify the home phone experience. The handset even comes in a handful of colors, “in order to blend in better with the decoration of any interior.” A pre-order of $85 will net you one of the very first off the production line — of course, the Kickstarter has to go live before you can pledge any money. Head past the break for all the specifics, straight from Urban Hello.

Gallery: Urban Hello

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HTC Windows Phone 8X for a cent at Rogers

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Windows Phone 8 has been doing great, and far better than Windows Phone 7. The sales figures of Lumia 920 has been quite high, thanks to the reasonable asking price by AT&T on 2 year contract, one can get hands on a Windows Phone 8 device without shelling out a lot of money.

Lumia 920 and 820 are apparently AT&T’s exclusive models. Nokia isn’t the only company in the Windows Phone 8 game. We have HTC with their 8X phone, which has a pretty good design. HTC also has another Windows Phone 8 device called 8S with support for removable microSD cards and is slightly placed lower than 8X, but for some reason the company hasn’t launched the device in US yet. Anyways, HTC 8X has been selling extremely strong in USA, and one of the main reasons is attractive price.

Though DIgitimes’ sources say that HTC 8X has been “extremely strong in the US”, the device has not been topping charts on carriers in the US, but it should be noted that this device is the only Windows Phone which is on sale on 3 of the 4 big carriers, which means that this device can alone cover much more market than Lumia 920 or 820 can do alone. Nokia has other variants of Windows Phone 8 for other carriers. The handset’s main feature would be its slim-line design and excellent Super-LCD 2 screen with very high DPI.

If you are in Canada and craving for a Windows Phone 8 device, HTC 8X is a good option to go for, and the good news is that you can have the device for yourself if you have a penny lying around. Yep, you read that right. Canadian carrier, Rogers, is now offering the 8 GB HTC 8X for just $0.01 on contract, which is really a good price for a dual-core smartphone with an HD screen. Since the device doesn’t have microSD card slot, 8 GB can be a limiting factor for most of us, and in that case you can go for the 16 GB variant instead, but you will have to shell out $29.99 for that, which is a good investment in the long run in my opinion.

Of course good things always come with a catch, and in this case you will have to sign a three year contract, and that’s the standard length you sign up for in Canada. If you are good with the contract, you can get the HTC 8X which sports a dual-core processor clocked at 1.5 Ghz (Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960). Coupled with 1 gig RAM, you can expect the phone to be snappy. Yes, most of the high end smartphones are coming with 2 gig of RAM these days, and it is fast becoming a standard, but Windows Phone 8 is not that RAM hungry and 1 gig should be just sufficient enough. It is equipped with a 4.3” display (720 x 1280 pixels) that at 342 ppi has an extremely high pixel density. Would you buy the 8X?

Source: Rogers

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HTC One SV announced for Cricket Wireless

Cricket Wireless has officially announced their latest smartphone offering, the HTC One SV. The handset will be available in a few weeks time, and as always, will be available as a contract-free device. The price does seem fair, however we do see at least one point that may keep the geeks from looking towards this device. More on that in a moment though.

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The HTC One SV will be available beginning on January 16 and priced at $349.99. The specs will include 4G LTE connectivity along with a 4.3-inch Super LCD-2 display with scratch-resistant Corning Gorilla Glass, a dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, microSD card slot, NFC, 1.6 megapixel front-facing camera and a 5 megapixel rear-facing camera.

HTC also has some goodies for the camera. The front-facing has backside illumination and an f/2.2 lens and the rear-facing has an f/2.0 backside illuminated lens with the ability to record 1080p HD video. The one downfall we see, the handset will arrive running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich as opposed to Jelly Bean. Additionally, as this is an HTC device you can expect to find Sense, which in this case happens to be Sense 4.

Finally, touching on those plans. Cricket Wireless is currently offering the following in terms of 4G LTE — a $50 month option with 2GB of full-speed data, a $50 per month option with 5GB of full-speed data and a $70 per month option with 10GB of full-speed data. And of course, each of these plans also include the basics such as unlimited messaging and unlimited voice.

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Samsung Galaxy S IV image leaks along with some specs

A recently leaked image claims to be that of the upcoming Galaxy S IV. The image is coming by way of the folks at SamMobile who claim to have received the image by way of an insider at Samsung. As you can see, the image appears to be a picture of a render that someone then snapped a picture of. Regardless, the image is clear enough to get a look and assuming this is the real deal, it does reveal at least one interesting tidbit.

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Aside from the clean lines and the nicely rounded corners, Galaxy S users will likely notice that one thing is missing — the home button on the bottom. The bezel also seems to be on the narrow side, that is, at least compared to what we currently see with the Galaxy S III. Otherwise, it appears as if you can make out the power button on the right-hand side along with the volume rockers on the left-hand side. The front-facing camera is also present.

Which brings us to the next point here, the specs. That front-facing camera is expected to be 2 megapixel. Other rumored specs include the handset having a 13 megapixel rear-facing camera, 2GB of RAM and a quad-core 2.0GHz Exynos 5450 processor. The handset is expected to arrive running Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean at launch and with a 4.99-inch display. Diving a bit further in on the display and it should be a Super AMOLED with a Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080.

Remember though, at this point in time, this is nothing more than a leaked image. And while it seems like it could be the real deal, we remain skeptikal. Of course, as it always has to be, nothing is official until we see an announcement and images come direct from Samsung. All said and done, we do sort of hope to see Samsung remove that home button though.

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Allegedly Leaked Samsung Galaxy S4 Photo Circulates Online

A supposedly leaked press image of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S IV has found its way online. The image, which was published by the Sam Mobile blog, is said to be from a Samsung insider. Nonetheless, the website states that they are not a hundred percent sure if the image is the real deal. The source allegedly is in possession of more images of the device.

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It had been noted that the design of the pictured device is akin to those found on the Samsung Galaxy S III and the Samsung Galaxy Premier.

The device has on-screen buttons, a thinner bezel as compared to previous Galaxy S smartphones, as well as a larger display. Notably missing is the home button that was also found on earlier models of the handset.

As for the specifications, these are not listed next to the image. For the past few months, however, it had been rumored that the next Samsung flagship smartphone will pack a 4.99-inch SuperAMOLED FULL High Definition resolution, with 1080 x 1920 pixels. It will likewise sport a Exynos 5450 Quad-Core CPU with a clock speed of 2.0GHz. This will work with a Mali-T658 and 2GB of RAM. Dual cameras will also be onboard: a front-facing one will feature a 2 megapixel sensor whereas the main one, located at its rear, will have a 13-megapixel sensor. The Samsung Galaxy S IV will likely have Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean out of the box.

Meanwhile, another rumor from the Samsung Lebanon suggests that the next flagship handset will not be released prior to May. However, as Sam Mobile points out, information published on Samsung’s Facebook Fan Pages are not always accurate.

The Samsung Galaxy S IV is one of the year’s most anticipated smartphones, particularly after the good performance of its predecessor, the Galaxy S III last year. Among the other awaited phones for 2013 are the Sony Xperia T, Motorola Droid Razr M HD, Nokia Lumia 820, Samsung Galaxy Victory 4G LTE, Nokia Lumia 900, HTC 8X, Blackberry London, Samsung ATIV S, Nokia Lumia 920, and the Apple iPhone 6.

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Sony C5303 HuaShan gets benchmarked

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Sony has launched so many Xperia devices in the year 2012 that I have personally lost a track of it. In 2013 as well Sony is gearing up to keep their Xperia lineup fresh with new launches. To start with, we have a lot of info about Sony Xperia Z and its rumored counterpart, the Sony Xperia X. Both the devices are expected to be launched in a few days at the upcoming CES 2013, one of the greatest events in the electronic world.

While Odin and Yuga have been rumored for quite a long time, we have reports on another Sony device that may be launched soon. We’re talking about a device that is known as Sony C530X, and is also referred to as “HuaShan”.

Benchmarks has always been a good way to find out upcoming devices, and are also a great source for rumors since benchmark entries can also be faked easily. Anyways, benchmark results of C530X device has been found on GLBenchmark database. Little is known about the device, but from the benchmarks, it looks like a mid-range handset of some kind. Speaking of details, a device with codename HuaShan has been tested recently – the C5303, which happens to be a tailored model for the Chinese market. In December, an EXIF data sheet on Picasa revealed a new mid-range model from Sony. The photo was apparently shot using Sony C5303 which was codenamed as “HuaShan” and according to various sources, the device is a part of C530x series with the C5302, C5303 and C5306 getting released in various parts of the world, and C5303 being exclusively made for China.

According to the latest benchmark entry, the device in question (C5303) seem to have a screen resolution of 1280 by 720 pixels with on-screen virtual buttons being used, just like how it works on latest Nexus devices. The device is reportedly using Android 4.1.2 as its operating system. Taking processor into consideration, the MSM8960 SoC seems to have been used, but then there’s also presence of Adreno 320 GPU which suggests that dual-core MSM8960T by Qualcomm is the power house of the device. Also, this SoC is capable of handling the Chinese cellular network, and it should also be noted that the same SoC is also being used on Chinese variant of Nokia Lumia 920, the Nokia Lumia 920T. As of now it isn’t clear which chipset will be used exactly in the European and U.S. versions of the Sony C530X.

These are the only details we have about C530X as of now, but we hope more details will emerge in the near future. Also, there is a possibility that the device will be unveiled at CES 2013. Sony seems to have some interesting stuff for us in the store this time. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for the two 5 inch flagship models with 1080p HD display. The 530X sounds like a good mid-ranger. What are your thoughts on this? Let us know using the comment form below.

source: GLBenchmark, PhoneArena

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ZTE P945 image leak shows a phablet with a 5.7-inch display

ZTE has been a fairly talked about name lately. We have seen the Z5 which was announced late in December and the Grand S which is going to be unveiled during CES. Both of these devices have a 5-inch display, however it looks like ZTE is getting ready to push things a little larger — straight into phablet territory.

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This latest leak comes by way of the @evleaks Twitter account which this time around, contains an image showing the front and back of the handset along with a few details. You can see the handset in the image below, and for those wondering, that display is said to measure in at 5.7-inches. Also pointed out in the image, the 8 megapixel rear-facing camera and Dolby Digital Plus.

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We also cannot miss that China Mobile logo, which sort of implies where this device is headed. Or at the very least, one of the carriers that will end up offer this handset. That said, so far we have yet to learn any sort of device name. Well, aside from the model number which is P945. Other details include the ZTE P945 as having a thickness of less than 9mm, a 3000 mAh battery and a quad-core 1.2GHz processor.

In terms of Android, the leak notes the P945 as having “ICS or above.” We can only hope that actually means Jelly Bean. As a comparison, the recently announced Z5 is running Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean, so at least we know that ZTE is not dealing only with Ice Cream Sandwich. Finally, rumor has it that the handset will land in China during the first or second quarter of the year. And so far, nothing as to a global release timeframe.

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Nexus 4 user dissects serial number to show production date and more

We have seen the Nexus 4 bounce in, and out of an available status since the handset originally launched. Given that, one would assume that the Nexus 4 was either sold out due to overwhelming demand or that it was sold out due to LG not being able to have enough made. We have heard a bit from Google on this matter, but regardless of why, the Nexus 4 remains an often discussed device.

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And when we have an often discussed device we sometimes see neat little things come as a result. That seems to be the case with the Nexus 4 and the serial number. On in this case, which some have strung out to a guesstimate on the sales. You see, some users over on xda developers forums have dissected the Nexus 4 serial number (the one on the box) and were able to come up with some interesting bits.

For example, the first three positions in the serial number reveal the production date and the fourth position reveals the country where the handset was manufactured. For example, if your serial number begins with 211K your Nexus 4 would have been manufactured in Korea during the month of November. Specifically in November 2012. The first digit is the year, in this case 2012 and the 11 is the month. Going on this, future devices should lead with a 3 for 2013.

The sales guesstimate comes in with the ending of the serial number and while it is interesting data, there are likely some flaws. For example, much of this seems to be focused on the 16GB model. Anyway, with the warning out of the way, lets mention the numbers that have been discussed up until this point. The xda thread notes that they have produced about 70,000 devices in October 90,000 in November and 210,000 in December bringing the total up to 370,000. Bottom line here, you can take the sales estimates as you see fit. Otherwise, this is a neat little way for Nexus 4 users to see where and when their handset was manufactured.

Device Specifications and Information
Device Info

    Device Name : Nexus 4
    Manufactuer : LG
    Carrier : NA
    Announced Date : October 29, 2012
    Release Date : November 13, 2012
    Also Known As :

Display

  • Screen Size : 4.7 Inch
  • Resolution : 1280×768
  • Screen Type : IPS LCD
Dimension & Weight

  • Height : 5.27 Inch
  • Width : 2.7 Inch
  • Depth : 0.36 Inch
  • Weight : 139 Grams
Battery & Power
    Battery Type:
  • Lithium Ion
  • Battery Capacity : 2100 mAh
  • Talk Time : NA
  • Stand By Time : 390 hours
Software
    Android OS:
  • 4.2.x
    Audio Playback:
  • AAC
  • AAC+
  • AMR
  • MID
  • MP3
  • WAV
    Video Playback:
  • h.263
  • h.264 / AVC
  • 3GP
  • MPEG-4 (MP4)
  • WMV
    Messaging:
  • SMS
  • MMS
  • IM

Hardware

    CPU : APQ8064
    CPU Clock Speed : 1500 Mhz
    Core : 4
    Ram : 2000 MB
    Internal Storage : 16 GB
    Front Facing Camera :
    Camera Resolution : 8 MP
    Camera Features:
  • Auto focus
  • Flash
  • 1080p Video Recording
    Sensors:
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Proximity
    QWERTY :
Cellular Network
    Network Technology:
  • GSM
    GSM Band:
  • 850
  • 900
  • 1800
  • 1900
Device Connectivity
    Wi-Fi:
  • 802.11b
  • 802.11g
  • 802.11n
    Bluetooth:
  • A2DP
  • Bluetooth 4.0
    Location Features:
  • Compass
  • GPS
  • Cellular location
  • Wi-Fi location
    FM Radio :
    NFC :

[via TechCrunch]

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Nexus 4 will be available in all T-Mobile retail stores this month

We are not all that sure what this means for Nexus 4 availability with the Google Play Store, however a leaked T-Mobile memo shows that the handset will soon be available with the carrier. In fact, according to details included in the memo — the Nexus 4 will be available with all T-Mobile retail locations within a few weeks time.

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The memo notes that “the Google Nexus 4 will launch in all T-Mobile retail locations i January.” Further details mention the Play Store, but nothing other than that the “Play Store will continue to carry the Nexus 4.” Therein lies the assumption, if T-Mobile is going to be able to add these to inventory, we would hope that the Play Store will be able to do the same. Time will tell how accurate that ends up being.

Aside from a comment about January, nothing specific was given in terms of a date. Otherwise, the carrier will have the 16GB Nexus 4 priced at $199.99 on a two-year agreement. And just to clarify, that $199.99 price point comes after a $50 mail-in rebate, which means you will need to be prepared to shell out $249.99 on the day of purchase. In comparison, the Play Store has the same model Nexus 4 priced at $349.

That being said, those looking to pick up a Nexus 4 for use with T-Mobile will simply have to decide which is the best option for them — go the $200 two-year agreement route or go the $350 no-contract route. Finally, regardless of which price you pay you will be getting a handset with features to include Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, a 4.7-inch display, quad-core 1.5GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, 1.3 MP front-facing camera and an 8 MP rear-facing camera.

Device Specifications and Information
Device Info

    Device Name : Nexus 4
    Manufactuer : LG
    Carrier : NA
    Announced Date : October 29, 2012
    Release Date : November 13, 2012
    Also Known As :

Display

  • Screen Size : 4.7 Inch
  • Resolution : 1280×768
  • Screen Type : IPS LCD
Dimension & Weight

  • Height : 5.27 Inch
  • Width : 2.7 Inch
  • Depth : 0.36 Inch
  • Weight : 139 Grams
Battery & Power
    Battery Type:
  • Lithium Ion
  • Battery Capacity : 2100 mAh
  • Talk Time : NA
  • Stand By Time : 390 hours
Software
    Android OS:
  • 4.2.x
    Audio Playback:
  • AAC
  • AAC+
  • AMR
  • MID
  • MP3
  • WAV
    Video Playback:
  • h.263
  • h.264 / AVC
  • 3GP
  • MPEG-4 (MP4)
  • WMV
    Messaging:
  • SMS
  • MMS
  • IM

Hardware

    CPU : APQ8064
    CPU Clock Speed : 1500 Mhz
    Core : 4
    Ram : 2000 MB
    Internal Storage : 16 GB
    Front Facing Camera :
    Camera Resolution : 8 MP
    Camera Features:
  • Auto focus
  • Flash
  • 1080p Video Recording
    Sensors:
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Proximity
    QWERTY :
Cellular Network
    Network Technology:
  • GSM
    GSM Band:
  • 850
  • 900
  • 1800
  • 1900
Device Connectivity
    Wi-Fi:
  • 802.11b
  • 802.11g
  • 802.11n
    Bluetooth:
  • A2DP
  • Bluetooth 4.0
    Location Features:
  • Compass
  • GPS
  • Cellular location
  • Wi-Fi location
    FM Radio :
    NFC :

[via TmoNews]

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T-Mobile USA to sell Nexus 4 in all stores in January

Android Central

If you're in the U.S. and weren't able to bag a Nexus 4 through the Google Play Store — and let's face it, many of us weren't — then your other option was to pick one up from T-Mobile. But not all T-Mobile stores were offering the handset, and the carrier's online store quickly sold out of stock.

So in 2013, it seems T-Mobile will address these availability concerns by offering the Nexus 4 from all of its retail locations. A leaked internal screen obtained by TmoNews indicates that all T-Mo retail stores will sell the LG-made Nexus in January. As TmoNews points out, the carrier could only support such an expansion with a hefty influx of new inventory, which could bring hope of the device becoming more attainable in the weeks ahead.

In the meantime, there's still no hint of the Nexus 4 becoming available through Google Play anytime soon. The device was back-ordered by several weeks in December, and remains sold out at present.

Source: TmoNews

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Huawei Ascend P1 now available direct from Amazon for $450

The Huawei Ascend P1, which we reviewed back in June and has been available on the international market for some time now, is finally available direct to US consumers. The mid-range Ice Cream Sandwich handset features a .5GHz dual-core processor and can be purchased unlocked from Amazon for $450. If you’ve had an itch for the handset, despite US government recommendations against dealing with the Chinese company, you no longer have to jump through hoops to import one.

The Ascend P1 is a serviceable smartphone that also features a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display and slim profile measuring 7.69mm. The Ascend P1 doesn’t hold much of a candle to most top-teir phones from major manufacturers, but it’s a different option to consider. Worth$450? That’s for you to decide.

Huawei’s Ascend P1 Launches in U.S.

Super thin Huawei Ascend P1 comes with 1.5 GHz dual-core processor and Android 4.0 ICS OS

PLANO, Texas, Jan. 3, 2013 /PRNewswire/ — Huawei, a leading global information and communications technology (ICT) solutions provider, today announced an unlocked version of the Huawei Ascend P1 is available to U.S. consumers through Amazon.com. The Huawei Ascend P1 comes equipped with 1.5 GHz dual-core processor and is one of the fastest models in class, capable of handling 3D games effectively.

“The Ascend P1 is perfect for consumers looking to get the most out of their device,” said Michael Chuang , Executive Vice President of Huawei Device USA. “Whether it’s for playing games, streaming music and videos, or sharing multimedia in the home or workplace, the Ascend P1 offers unparalleled performance and a truly unique mobile experience.”

The Ascend P1 offers users a movie theatre-quality cinematic experience with its super AMOLED, 4.3 inch screen and 5.1 Dolby Surround Sound System. In addition, at only 7.69 mm thick, the Huawei Ascend P1 is one of the thinnest smartphones on the market. The 64.8 mm frame allows the Ascend P1 to sit comfortably in the user’s palm, giving them the ability to navigate all the phone’s features with a single hand.

The Huawei Ascend P1 is available online at Amazon.com for $449.99.

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Huawei brings the Ascend P1 to the US for a contract-free $449.99

The Huawei Ascend P1 is not the newest smartphone on the block. In fact, we unboxed the device way back in May of last year. But bringing this back to the present day, Huawei has just announced the US availability of the Ascend P1 — something that up until now was unavailable unless you were willing to go through an importer.

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That being said, the Ascend P1 is available with one retailer — Amazon. The handset is priced at $449.99. And while that may sound on the high-side, take some comfort in knowing that is a contract-free price. Moving over to the carrier support and users would be able look towards T-Mobile or AT&T. Or alternatively, look towards Straight Talk.

The one catch here, while the Ascend P1 is available here in the US, it did not bring any support for US LTE. Simply put, those picking up an Ascend P1 will be using 3G for their wireless connectivity. Otherwise, the Ascend P1 features include a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display, a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot and 8 megapixel rear-facing camera.

Other specs include a 1670 mAh battery, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 3.0 and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The Ascend P1 also has 5.1 Dolby Surround Sound and measures in as one of the thinnest handsets on the market — at 7.69mm. All said and done, the Ascend P1 may not be the newest device on the market, however it somehow seems good that Huawei has released it in the US. But maybe next time, they will have the handset available closer to actual release.

Device Specifications and Information
Device Info

    Device Name : Ascend P1
    Manufactuer : Huawei
    Carrier : NA
    Announced Date : January 10, 2012
    Release Date : TBA
    Also Known As :

Display

  • Screen Size : 4.3 Inch
  • Resolution : 960×540
  • Screen Type : Super AMOLED
Dimension & Weight

  • Height : 5.01 Inch
  • Width : 2.55 Inch
  • Depth : 0.30 Inch
  • Weight : 110 Grams
Battery & Power
    Battery Type:
  • Lithium Ion
  • Battery Capacity : 1800 mAh
  • Talk Time : NA
  • Stand By Time : NA
Software
    Android OS:
  • 4.0.x
    Audio Playback:
  • AAC
  • AAC+
  • AMR
  • MID
  • MP3
  • WAV
  • WMA
    Video Playback:
  • h.263
  • h.264 / AVC
  • 3GP
  • MPEG-4 (MP4)
  • WMV
    Messaging:
  • SMS
  • MMS
  • IM

Hardware

    CPU : OMAP 4460
    CPU Clock Speed : 1500 Mhz
    Core : 2
    Ram : 1000 MB
    Internal Storage : 4 GB
    Front Facing Camera :
    Camera Resolution : 8 MP
    External Storage:
  • MicroSD
  • MicroSDHC
    Camera Features:
  • Auto focus
  • Flash
  • 1080p Video Recording
    Sensors:
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Proximity
    QWERTY :
Cellular Network
    Network Technology:
  • GSM
    GSM Band:
  • 850
  • 900
  • 1800
  • 1900
Device Connectivity
    Wi-Fi:
  • 802.11b
  • 802.11g
  • 802.11n
    Bluetooth:
  • Bluetooth 3.0
    Location Features:
  • GPS
  • Cellular location
  • Wi-Fi location
    FM Radio :
    NFC :

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T-Mobile Stores To Carry Nexus 4 In All Retail Locations Starting Some Time In January

nexus4parrotthumbIt certainly seems like Google and LG have been ramping up production of the Nexus 4 after the initial launch left countless customers without a phone. While it’s still unclear if they’ve made enough to meet worldwide demand, there will at least be one group that will finally have complete representation: T-Mobile stores! Back in November, the company picked up Google’s latest flagship handset online and in ‘select stores.’ As of some undisclosed time this month, however, all retail locations will carry the Nexus 4.

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It doesn’t look like anything related to device subsidies or contract requirements are going to change, despite a brief scare in December when the on-contract price shot up to $400.

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FCC reveals the Samsung GT-B7810 with hardware QWERTY and Android 4.0

This isn’t the first time we have mentioned the Galaxy M Pro, in fact, it was originally unveiled back in October of 2011. That announcement showed a handset that was running Gingerbread at at time when many were already thinking of Ice Cream Sandwich. And on top of that, the handset was announced with some less than exciting specs. That aside though, judging from some recently published images, it appears as if Samsung is prepping a follow-up device.

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The device is the GT-B7810 and the images come by way of an FCC filing dating back to June of 2012. The key here, that June filing included a confidentiality request that kept the images from being shown. And well, that confidentiality request has since passed and the images are now available. The FCC managed to include quite a few, showing the device from the front, back and side. The images offer a decent look at the device and one thing seems clear, this handset looks a bit nicer as compared to the Galaxy M Pro that was announced back in 2011.

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In addition to the images, some of the specs were also revealed. To begin with, the handset will not be running Gingerbread, thankfully. The filing notes the handset as having Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich. Otherwise, the device will have a 480 x 360 display, 3G connectivity, a microSIM card slot, 1200 mAh battery, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0.

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While we have something from the FCC, we still need to get an official announcement from Samsung. After all, at this point we have yet to see any information regarding a release timeframe or which markets it will be released in. All said and done, this is certainly not the most exciting handset, however given we see so few Android handsets with hardware keyboards, the GT-B7810 may be just the device that someone is looking for.

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LG Optimus Black CyanogenMod 10.1 Nightlies Now Live

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If you’re an Optimus Black owner, you may be interested to know that CyanogenMod 10.1 nightly builds (see blurb below) have arrived for the LG handset. CyanogenMod 10.1 is based on Android 4.2, and includes many of the cool new Android 4.2 goodies like notification bar power toggles, Swype-style keyboard input, and a brand-new camera app.

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Definition: A “nightly” is a bleeding edge release that is built on a daily basis, usually at night after a full day’s worth of new code has been committed.

It could oftentimes be unstable and not properly tested, lacking any changelogs, but eventually evolving into alphas, betas, release candidates, and finally stable releases.

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HTC may unveil the M7 smartphone during CES

We saw some rumored details and leaks for the HTC M7 during the month of December. And well, it looks like the new month has brought some new details. Of course, we should point out — still rumored details. That clarification being made, this latest bit deals with a possible announcement.

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The previous rumors were suggesting that HTC was going to wait until Mobile World Congress to unveil the M7, however that announcement may actually be taking place in a few days time. Yup, during CES. Anyway, the details are coming by way of xda user Football, who posted the details under the Football4PDA Twitter handle. Aside from the possibility of HTC announcing the M7 during CES, it was also noted that the handset may have touchscreen buttons as opposed to hardware buttons.

Otherwise, touching on the legitimacy of the rumors. In the past we have seen solid details come from this user, however it is important to note where these are coming from — “some indirect information.” That being said, CES is just a few days away so it looks like this is one rumor that will be proven true or false rather quickly.

Finally, previous details suggest the HTC M7 will bring feature to include a 4.7-inch 1080p HD display with a pixel resolution of 468, quad-core 1.7GHz Snapdragon processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, a 2300 mAh battery, 2 megapixel front-facing camera, 13 megapixel rear-facing camera and Jelly Bean.

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Samsung to address random Galaxy S3 mainboard failures with firmware update

Before the joyous holiday season we had to be a bit of a grinch and drop news of a problem affecting a small number of Samsung Galaxy S3 owners. Users were reporting devices dying at random after owning the handset for several months. The problem was narrowed down to the 16GB version of the handset and seemed to stem from an issue with the devices main circuit board.

Because all signs pointed to a hardware issue, most thought the problem would require a revision to the Galaxy S3′s actual build. But Samsung has addressed the problem and says a fix will arrive in the form of a firmware update. According to Tweakers Samsung is prepared to deliver the update in the very near future.

Most GS3 owners won’t have to worry about waking up to a bricked phone and no explanation, but those with at-risk handsets can rest assured that the problem should soon be a thing of the past.

 

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Vodafone UK launches discounted ‘Nearly New’ pre-owned handset

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Vodafone UK has announced the launch of 'Nearly New' — a way for Pay As You Go or contract customers to get hold of a smartphone at a lower cost, provided they're happy with using a handset that's not fresh out of the box.

PAYG customers will be able to pick up a pre-owned handset at a reduced up-front price, while contract customers will pay a lower monthly fee if they take a pre-owned phone.

Vodafone says all 'Nearly New' handsets have been returned in "very good condition" by previous owners, and have been factory reset and boxed up with accessories. Vodafone offers the example of the Galaxy S3, which is free on a £33 per month deal on 'Nearly New,' versus £37 per month brand new. Devices bought on PAYG will come with a 12 month warranty, the network says; for contract customers, it's 24 months.

'Nearly New' launches today for contract customers online and at Vodafone stores today; PAYG phones are available in-store today and online from today.

It's not the first time Vodafone has experimented with unconventional ways of getting phones into customers' hands. Back in November the carrier started offering 12-month handset rentals, allowing subscribers to get a new smartphone every year, provided the old one is returned undamaged.

2013 is set to become an interesting year for UK mobile operators, as Vodafone, O2 and Three prepare to launch LTE services to compete with 4G incumbent EE.

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CES-bound Sony Xperia Z and Xperia ZL press shots leak

Ladies and gentlemen, here are the Sony Xperia Z and Xperia ZL. You may know them better as the Yuga and Odin, and will be formally introduced next week at CES. But that’s a week away, and we live in the here and now. These press shots surfaced at Sony’s Japanese site in the wee hours of the new year and show handsets that appear to match previous leaks.

The Xperia Z will likely be Sony’s flagship handset for the first half of 2012 and is rumored to feature a 5-inch 1080p display, Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processing, and a 13MP camera. The Xperia ZL looks put its own twist on a similar spec sheet, though nothing is confirmed at this time.

Sony’s press event will take place next Monday, January 7th, at 5PM local time.

[via Engadget]

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Sony Xperia Z press image leaks

It looks like the New Year had brought a new image of the Sony Xperia Z, which for those who have moved on from and forgotten the codename, was the device previously known as the Sony Yuga. We still have yet to learn when exactly Sony plans to officially announce this device. That being said, we wouldn’t be surprised if we end up seeing a few more leaks in the the days before CES.

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The image (which can be seen below) is a press style render of the Sony Xperia Z showing off the front side of the device. Otherwise, we are not learning anything new from the image and the specs are still rumored. The Xperia Z should arrive running Jelly Bean and with higher-end specs.

Sony is getting into the 5-inch display game with the Xperia Z and according to the rumors, this handset will be launching with a 5-inch full HD display. Additionally, some of the other (and still rumored) specs include a quad-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB of RAM, Adreno 320 graphics and 13 megapixel rear-facing camera.

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Again, we wouldn’t be surprised to learn some official details come CES, however in the meantime — this leaked press render does appear to lineup nicely with the previously leaked Yuga Xperia Z images. Finally, based on some of the previous leaks, the Xperia Z is expected to arrive as both a dust- and water-resistant device with the IP (Ingress Protection) ratings of IP55 and IP57.

[via Twitter @evleaks]

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LG Optimus Vu Has Apparently Sold 1 Million Units

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The LG Optimus Vu is a little known handset, especially after the Galaxy Note took the world by storm in 2011. Interestingly, the device is also a phablet and features a slightly smaller display with a rather strange aspect ratio (4:3). The device packs all the goodies/bloatware that come with an LG device, and wasn’t a huge success in the market. But LG doesn’t think so, with the manufacturer claiming that over 1 million units of the smartphone have been sold so far. It has taken a little over nine months for the smartphone to reach this status, while the Galaxy Note II has done this in just 90 days. The problem with the Optimus Vu was that it arrived shortly after the original Galaxy Note did in 2011 and the Note stood as a colossus against every other competitive offering, with the Optimus Vu being one of them. LG also launched a successor to the Optimus Vu shortly after the first gen Vu launched, and that was known as the Optimus Vu II. This was launched in September 2012, so LG basically refreshed the original Optimus Vu in a matter of six months, so as to remain competitive in the market.

It is very possible that LG has taken into account sales numbers of both the devices to come up with the estimate, which makes sense. Samsung however has absolutely no competition from the likes of the Optimus Vu and the rest of the phablets out there. Although, entries of devices like the Huawei Ascend Mate, Oppo Find 5 might be a cause for concern.  It goes without saying that people have taken a particular liking towards Samsung’s offerings over LG’s and that has been the case since the past few years now. We expect the trend to continue in the coming days, even as LG prepares to launch its 1080p smartphone in the market.

A sale of over a million units for a single smartphone over a period of 90 days is a remarkable achievement. Sadly for LG, its sales haven’t been the best in the market. Even flagship smartphones like the Optimus 4X HD and the Optimus 3D Max failed to take off after the announcement at MWC last year. It is hoped that the company’s upcoming flagship could change the fortunes for the company. The company brags of its rich IPS panels, which provide decent clarity compared to standard LCD panels. So this could be instrumental in the device’s success in the market.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 2 shows up in new color options (for real this time)

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It was last Friday we saw what appeared to be the Galaxy Note in a brand new color option: black. Many of you were pretty jazzed at the idea, myself included. Unfortunately, the blacked out Galaxy Note 2 was nothing more than a concept, although that’s not to say a black version will launch at some point down the road (if fact, we’re kinda betting on it). It’s definitely not uncommon for a handset manufacturer to release new color variants after its initial launch. Gives the device another opportunity to create some new buzz.

Today the Note 2 is back again and yes, in new color options. This time around, we have something a little more official than a render — a magazine ad from Korea. The ad shows the Note 2 in “Garnet Red” and “Amer Brown,” just like its Galaxy S3 sibling. While there’s no guarantee we’ll see the new color options launch outside of Korea (remember the pink Note?), it’s safe to say that they’ll come to the US eventually, especially given the fact the same colors launched here on the S3 a few months ago.

What do you guys think? Out of grey, white, red, and brown — which is your favorite?

[via UnwiredView]

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LG Optimus G gets ‘Carbon-Free’ certification

Sure, owners of LG’s flagship handset may not be running Jelly Bean just yet, but they do have something pretty impressive to gloat about. The glass covered quad-core powerhouse has been certified as Carbon-Free by the CarbonFund Foundation, assuring its minimal environmental impact. This means that from raw supplies to production, and on to distribution, the LG Optimus G was crafted with Mother Earth’s uncertain future in mind. This installment continues the growing trend from LG, who also has a slew of green refrigerators and other environmentally friendly home appliances.

Well done, LG. Well done.

Source: LG

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Jolla’s Sailfish OS Gets the Hands-On Treatment

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Nokia’s promising looking MeeGo platform was ditched once and for all when the Finns got too focused on Windows Phone 7, thanks largely to the entry of Stephen Elop. The MeeGo platform was an evolution of Maemo which featured on handsets like the N900. The last known MeeGo handset was the Nokia N9 and the N950 (developer version). Sadly, the device saw very limited sales and that was because the smartphone wasn’t launched in the UK, U.S or major Asian countries, because Nokia was looking to launch the Lumia 800 right about then. But whoever managed to get their hands on the device were instant fans of the smartphone and the all touch UI. And since the development for the platform stopped, a few ex-Nokia developers decided to form their own company called Jolla which would rejuvenate the platform with a new OS called Sailfish. Very little has been known about the OS, except for a few scanty images, but now the folks at Engadget have managed to get some hands on time with the smartphone and it certainly looks promising. The fact that the OS is shown off on a Nokia N950 should hardly come as a surprise as these developers have been working with this smartphone for quite a while now.

The platform comes with support for true multitasking which shows us a small preview of the minimized app on the homescreen. Several of the platform’s features were shown off in the video, right from multi-tasking to deep customization, the Sailfish OS can handle it all. The OS has been designed in a way that the certain parts of the user interface changes according to the wallpaper you set, now that’s a neat touch. Shortcuts on the lockscreen can be arranged nicely as well. It’s obviously a work in progress, so not everything is perfect just yet. Most of the features remind heavily of MeeGo, especially the all swipe gestures. There’s no doubt that the gang has some creativity and it would go a long way in shaping the future for the OS.

The folks at Jolla have made the Sailfish SDK public so that the developers can have a brief look at the OS and pass on suggestions if any. Plenty of these features have been displayed in the hands on video, so make sure you catch that. All in all, it’s good to see ex-Nokia employees quick to act and bring an OS to the fore. Although it’s still in its developmental stages, it won’t take long to attract users. However, we fear if projects like these will remain merely as an experiment as there’s hardly any room for a new platform to make way into the market. Those who were impressed by the Nokia N9 and the MeeGo Harmattan OS, would certainly take a liking to Jolla’s new offering.

Source: Engadget
Via: GSM Arena

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BlackBerry N-Series Smartphone X10 Leaks Again

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The BlackBerry OS 10 smartphones are just around the corner, with an announcement scheduled for late next month. And it is obvious that we will see some bits of the new OS and the smartphones packing the OS. We recently saw the BlackBerry 10 L-Series smartphone leaked in a brief video showing off the features of the device, and a few days later we saw some detailed images of the device which revealed almost every hardware aspect of the smartphone. But as we all know, there’s another handset with BlackBerry 10 OS that is prepping launch. We are talking about the N-Series smartphone which packs the standard BlackBerry physical keyboard. We’ve seen some blurry images of this handset in the past, but now we’ve stumbled across another leak revealing the device in all its glory, courtesy of N4BB. This device is also known as the BlackBerry X10 in the rumor mill. The bigger touchscreen sibling is known as the BlackBerry Z10, so it’s easy to keep track. These are clear pictures unlike what we’ve seen of the device before which is very welcome.

The pictures reveal the back and the front of the device, and shows us exactly how big the keyboard as well as the display is. The back pretty much looks like your standard BlackBerry smartphone, but it’s the front where all the action happens, so we don’t mind how the back is designed. The keyboard looks pretty comfortable to type on and they’re not stuck together like most physical keyboards, and there’s sufficient gap between rows. This is very reminiscent to what we saw in BlackBerry 7 smartphones, and we could understand why RIM wouldn’t want to change that. The display is pretty lengthy, which means we could be dealing with a tall unit here.

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There’s no word on how exactly the N-Series smartphone or X10 will be different from the L-Series BlackBerry 10 device in terms of software customization. Since they feature two different form factors, we can expect RIM to utilize the QWERTY keyboard to good effect. Let’s see what we have in store on January 30th when the company takes the wraps off its new OS and smartphones. BlackBerry loyalists have been waiting to get this smartphone for a long time now, so it is hoped RIM would live up to all the hype and anticipation.

Source: N4BB
Via: GSM Arena

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More Huawei Ascend D2 Images Leaked

Huawei’s new 5-inch 1080p smartphone called the Ascend D2 has been spotted in a new leak, following the one that appeared earlier this month. The new photos were seen on the Sina Weibo microblogging website.

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The photos show the front, rear, and side view of the a white smartphone as it is being handled by a person. As per the images, it has a clear layer of plastic over the white plastic rear casing, similar to the one found on the Meizu MX2. A layer of clear plastic also protects the on-screen buttons.

When compared to other recent smartphones from China like the ZTE Nubia Z5 and the ZTE Grand S, the Huawei Ascend D2 looks thicker, possibly because of its massive battery which has a capacity of 3000mAh. It had been previously observed by Shine Wong, writing for GizmoChina, that the handset resembles the Apple iPhone 5.

Purportedly, the Huawei Ascend D2 will boast of a 5-inch FHD touch screen display with a resolution of 1920 x1080 pixels. Said kind of display is also found on the ZTE Nubia Z5. Under the hood, it will come with a Hisilicon K3V2 quad-core processor working with 2GB of RAM. Its main camera packs a 13-megapixel image sensor. The smartphone will have Android 4.1 OS that is overlaid with some customizations from Huawei. Some of these customizations are visible on the leaked images. It is still unknown if Huawei is including a microSD card slot for memory expansion. Likewise, the storage capacities that the smartphone will offer are still a mystery. Rumors also suggest that Huawei will sell the device for RMB 3299 or roughly US$530.

The smartphone will be unveiled during CES 2013 in January. It will likely be showcased alongside the 6.1-inch Ascend Mate phablet, another 1080p device from the China-based electronics company.

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LG Optimus G gets ‘Carbon-Free’ certification

Sure, owners of LG’s flagship handset may not be running Jelly Bean just yet, but they do have something pretty impressive to gloat about. The glass covered quad-core powerhouse has been certified as Carbon-Free by the CarbonFund Foundation, assuring its minimal environmental impact. This means that from raw supplies to production, and on to distribution, the LG Optimus G was crafted with Mother Earth’s uncertain future in mind. This installment continues the growing trend from LG, who also has a slew of green refrigerators and other environmentally friendly home appliances.

Well done, LG. Well done.

Source: LG

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Mobile Miscellany: week of December 24th, 2012

Mobile Miscellany week of December 24th, 2012

If you didn’t get enough mobile news during the week, not to worry, because we’ve opened the firehose for the truly hardcore. This week, we stumbled upon a sneak peek of Sony’s promised Jelly Bean update and XDA University opened its doors to educate others about the curious world of Android customization. Not to stop there, Nokia unleashed a new entry-level handset for those in mainland China. So buy the ticket and take the ride as we explore the “best of the rest” for this week of December 24th, 2012.

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LG Optimus G gets ‘Carbon-Free’ certification

Sure, owners of LG’s flagship handset may not be running Jelly Bean just yet, but they do have something pretty impressive to gloat about. The glass covered quad-core powerhouse has been certified as Carbon-Free by the CarbonFund Foundation, assuring its minimal environmental impact. This means that from raw supplies to production, and on to distribution, the LG Optimus G was crafted with Mother Earth’s uncertain future in mind. This installment continues the growing trend from LG, who also has a slew of green refrigerators and other environmentally friendly home appliances.

Well done, LG. Well done.

Source: LG

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