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A new report out of Korea says that Samsung has lowered their smartphone sales projections for 2014 from 360 to 330 million units. In doing so, Samsung hopes to focus on smartphone accessories and peripherals next year. The reason for shifting its focus and lowering sales projections is because the smartphone market is becoming increasingly crowded. But by no means is Samsung worried. Selling 330 million units is certainly a great goal to have. This new focus will likely start with the release of the Galaxy Gear‘s successor when it is rumored to launch beside the Galaxy S 5. This could also mean that the S Pen’s functionality will be expanded with the release of the next Note device. Only time will tell to see how Samsung innovates in 2014.
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Canonical’s smartphone-sized Ubuntu distribution hasn’t had an official device to call home since release, but it won’t have to live that nomadic existence for much longer. CEO Mark Shuttleworth tells CNET that his company has just signed its first Ubuntu handset deal; the Linux variant should ship with higher-end smartphones sometime in 2014, he says. While Shuttleworth isn’t naming this initial customer, he adds that Canonical is negotiating phone deals with four “household brands.” It’s too soon to say whether or not Ubuntu will get enough support to compete against other mobile platforms, but the agreement suggests that the publicity from the ill-fated Ubuntu Edge campaign is paying off.
Researchers at ETH Zurich have developed an app that can effectively turn a smartphone into a scanning device to produce 3D models of real world objects. The application uses a smartphone’s camera to capture an image of an object and produces a 3D model on the fly using a smartphone’s internal capabilities instead of offloading the data to a computer for later compilation. Users start by capturing an image of the object they want to model. As a user continues to capture images, moving the smartphone around an object, the app continues to capture data points. Using a smartphone’s GPU, the app is able to start building a 3D model in real-time and a user can watch development of the model if they want. The level of detail is dependent on how long a user is willing to continue to scan an object.
In a video showing how the app works, ETH Zurich demonstrates the building of 3D models of artwork, small items, and even human heads and faces. As they note, the resulting model could be used in conjunction with a 3D printer to replicate an object. Of course, I’m thinking Mission Impossible type mask production. More practically, it could be used to study an object at a later time, say for students who visit an art museum and later need to prepare a report.
You can check out the video below to see how the app works. Unfortunately, ETH Zurich has not released the app to the public yet. What could you accomplish with an app like this?
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Oppo has just launched the unique looking Oppo N1 in the U.S. today as originally scheduled. The smartphone is sold unlocked and will cost $599 for the 16GB model and $649 for the 32GB variant, which isn’t a lot considering the features it packs. The smartphone is popularly known for its ability to flash CyanogenMod out of the box as part of a deal with the developer group. This will prove to be a useful feature for customers who like to play around with custom ROMs. However, the CyanogenMod variant of the smartphone will launch slightly later.
Another highlight of the smartphone is that it packs a 13MP rotating camera, which can be rotated 206 degrees to act as a front facing camera. So Oppo didn’t have to use a separate front facing camera for the smartphone as your self portraits are taken care of with the high quality 13MP sensor. The smartphone is only sold in White for the time being in the U.S.
The N1 also sports a 5.9 inch 1080p display, 2GB of RAM, a 1.7 GHz quad core Snapdragon 600 chipset, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and a large 3,610 mAh battery. Sadly for American residents, the handset doesn’t support LTE so users will have to make their peace with HSPA+ networks available through the likes of AT&T and T-Mobile.
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Samsung is not having a bad 2013 as it posted record profits this past quarter with a majority of those sales coming from the smartphone segment. However, the company appears to have shortened its own expectations of the coming year as far as smartphone sales are concerned. The Korean manufacturer originally estimated to ship around 360 million smartphones in 2014. However, the number has now come down to 330 million, which could mean that the company overestimated the demand for its smartphones.
This figure however is still greater than the shipments in 2013 which stands at 290 million, so it’s certainly not an alarming issue for the company. Perhaps the company understands the competition it faces next year from fellow Korean manufacturer LG and Chinese manufacturers like Xiaomi, Oppo, Huawei, Meizu and several others.
Samsung is expected to launch large sized AMOLED devices next year, which can partially explain the shrink in its sales estimates. It makes sense for Samsung to focus more on tablets, which hasn’t exactly been the company’s strength despite having devices like the Galaxy Tab and the Galaxy Note 10.1 in the market. The emergence of AMOLED tablets will certainly turn things in Samsung’s favor.
Source: ET News – Translated
Via: Sam Mobile
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The Huawei PhoPad is the latest in a line of what appears to be a surprisingly large number of permutations that can be created from the words tablet, smartphone, and pad. Already, we have the generic phablet, which we use to refer to smartphones that are around five inches and above; the fonblet, which Samsung says is the generic term that we should use for the Galaxy Note 3; and the PadFone, the Asus device which fuses the smartphone and tablet together. Even the words Tabphone and Smartpad have been taken by lesser-known manufacturers.
So what is the Huawei PhoPad? It turns out to be a name that the Chinese company wants to trademark in the United States via the US Patent and Trademark Office (USPTO). Huawei has not specified what the PhoPad actually is, but speculations suggest that given its name, it could be a tablet-sized smartphone, or what we commonly call a phablet.
Of course, Huawei is no stranger to making these tablet-sized smartphones. The Ascend Mate, and its upcoming successor, the Ascend Mate 2, both measure 6.1 inches, allowing them to be classified under the phablet category. Whether the PhoPad will be larger or smaller than the Ascend Mate and Mate 2, however, is still unknown at this point. Another possibility, of course, is for the Ascend Mate line to be entirely rebranded as the PhoPad. There also exists the chance that the PhoPad would be more like the ASUS Padfone, and be a smartphone that can be slid into a tablet, especially with ASUS expanding such product line with the Padfone Mini and the Padfone Infinity. We could have answers as early as next month during CES 2014. Huawei is expected to unveil several devices at CES, including the Ascend Mate 2 (if it is indeed a separate product) and the Glory/Honor 4. Huawei would probably give us our first look at the PhoPad during such trade show, as well.
At any rate, whether Huawei reveals a whole new product line or a rebranded Ascend Mate, it is unsurprising for such company to be mulling a new phablet-sized product. Phablets, says the research firm IDC, are growing more popular, according to the the rising shipments of such devices recorded this year.
This will probably be the most unique news story you’ll read today. Honda has shown off a smartphone case with a built-in airbag called the Smartphone Case N (which shares a similar name with their upcoming N-WGN model car) that can technically protect your phone from any kind of nasty drop, similar to airbags in a car. The case can sense how fast it’s falling, so it can deploy an airbag in as little as 0.2 seconds to make sure your $600 dollar device doesn’t shatter into tiny pieces. It’s a cool concept, just a little quirky.
The case itself is huge and looks like it might do an okay job of protecting the phone without an inflated airbag, but it’s still interesting either way. You’ll probably never see this case hit the market, but this could open the door for some other weird phone-protection developments down the line.
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Invites are going out for a December 11th event at which ASUS will unveil the Padfone Mini. The event will take place in Taiwan.
The Padfone Mini is expected to be a smaller, (possibly) cheaper version of ASUS’ 2-in-1 device. The most recent model in the lineup, the PadFone Infinity, combined a 5-inch smartphone with a 10-inch tablet. The Padfone Mini is expected to rely on a similar setup, swapping in a 4.3-inch smartphone and 7-inch tablet. As with older Padfone models, the smartphone portion will function as the “brains” of the setup and utilize a quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor.
A major hurdle with the original Padfone sales model was pricing, expecting consumers to spend big on both the smartphone and tablet halves. The Padfone Mini could address this issue to an extent, offering a cheaper model that could have more mass appeal.
Evleaks is at it again and this time with a new T-Mobile bound midrange smartphone. The smartphone in question is the LG Optimus F3Q and will bring back some old memories from the looks of it, as it packs a slide out physical QWERTY keyboard. It’s a 5 row keyboard layout, providing ample room to type the old fashioned way. But as with most slider smartphones, the hardware inside is pretty unflattering.
It is claimed that the display has a resolution of 480×800 with no word on the size just yet. The handset could also come with a dual core processor, 1GB of RAM and possibly Android 4.2 although the UI resembles the Android 4.1 interface. Pricing shouldn’t be too steep and we can expect the smartphone to be sold for under $200. Luckily, the image reveals 4G LTE signage, so the smartphone will be compatible with T-Mobile’s quickly expanding range of 4G LTE networks. There’s no ETA on the launch just yet, but we expect T-Mobile to unveil the handset before the end of December.
Source: @evleaks – Twitter
Via: Unwired View
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Pantech has just announced the new Secret Vega Up smartphone in its home region of South Korea with some interesting features. Although the launch didn’t make much noise in the tech sphere, it’s quite significant considering the hardware it packs. The Secret Vega Up has a rear facing fingerprint scanner like the Vega Note which was unveiled recently with the only difference being the slightly smaller size of the Vega Up.
The smartphone packs a 5.6 inch 1080p panel, a 13MP camera on the back, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, a Snapdragon 800 chipset, Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and a 3,150 mAh battery to keep that power hungry display running. So the smartphone is pretty well equipped in terms of hardware.
The Secret VEGA UP has Secret 2.0 built in which makes the display visible only to people watching it directly, which is not really a security feature, but a decent feature nonetheless. Pantech has a presence outside South Korea too, so we might actually see the smartphone make its way to other parts of the world as well, but we won’t hold our breath.
Via: Talk Android
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What better way to ensure the safety of your precious smartphone against sudden and forceful impact than with a tried and tested air bag And who better to turn that into a smartphone accessory than car maker Honda.
Of course, it might be overkill for most cases of smartphone accidents, but surely there will be instances when you’d wish your device was well protected against the evils of gravity and other drivers. As the video below shows, it will be useful for those cases when you accidentally drop your smartphone from a great height, like say from construction scaffolding or repair cranes. Who cares if you can’t put it inside your pocket, since the trend of growing smartphone sizes makes that impractical anyway.
It seems that Honda has the same idea and the same need. It has released a video on YouTube, which you can watch below, that narrates how the idea was conceived, the tests that were conducted, and the results that it produced. The Smartphone Case N, as Honda calls it, resembles more a box than a case. Inside the box is the same material you’d find in car air bags. You also have the necessary sensors that will determine if the smartphone is actually falling from a dangerous height or simply dropping off onto your bed. Before it even hits the ground, the air bag gets released and inflates, reducing the impact on the smartphone that sits precariously on top of the contraption.
Of course, this feels unlikely to be an actual product. It can either be an elaborate, but well done, joke or a teaser for some other Honda product or technology. Admittedly, it’s a funny thing to watch and makes you wonder how far some people might go to physically protect their smartphones.
The LG G Flex is now officially rolling out worldwide according to a press release issued by the company. The smartphone was announced in South Korea in late October and LG promised to launch it in global markets including the U.S. But Americans might have to wait a bit to get the smartphone officially.
First of the countries to get the smartphone in this global rollout will be Singapore and Hong Kong on December 8th and 13th respectively, followed by neighboring Asian countries. Although LG hasn’t specified elease dates for the rest of the world, it has briefly mentioned that the smartphone will start landing in Europe by the end of January. Good news indeed.
We have already seen American carrier variants of the LG G Flex visiting the FCC, so the smartphone should be announced anytime by January in the U.S. as well. LG is taking a different approach with its flexible display smartphone compared to Samsung, which is very commendable.
The smartphone packs a 6 inch flexible OLED panel with a resolution of 1280×720, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, a 13MP camera, a 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 800 chipset, Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and a massive 3,500 mAh battery. The smartphone also features something known as the self healing back cover which apparently heals itself from minor scratches.
Source: LG Newsroom
The YotaPhone was shown off by Russian company Yota at the MWC earlier this year. This concept smartphone has finally landed in Russia and a few European markets today with a decent hardware specs sheet. The YotaPhone is no ordinary Android smartphone, as you might know already. The manufacturers have gone with an unconventional idea of implementing two displays in one smartphone with each complementing the other pretty well. The primary display or the front display is a 4.3 inch LCD panel with a resolution of 1280×720. The display on the back too is of the same size but is not a standard LCD but an EPD Grayscale panel with a resolution of 360×640.
The panel on the back will display notifications, reminders, messages, missed calls and perform several other actions like a standard display does. The benefit being increased battery life as it is one of those paper type displays, which we’ve seen extensively on several e-Readers in the past. The smartphone also packs a 1.7 GHz dual core Snapdragon S4 chipset, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, a 13MP camera on the back and a 1,800 mAh battery. The smartphone is available in Austria, Spain, Germany and France in addition to Russia and will cost €499 ($680). The manufacturer hasn’t detailed its global launch plans as of yet.
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Russian company Yota Devices is proud to announce the availability of one of the first, if not one of the most unique, smartphones to come out of Russia. The dual display YotaPhone will debut first in Russia and parts of Europe and the Middle East before going to the world next year.
In an unusual reversal of conventions, the YotaPhone is hardly notable from the inside. A 1.7 GHz dual-core processor drives the device together with 2 GB of RAM. It has 32 GB of internal storage, support for GSM and LTE networks, a 13 megapixel autofocus rear camera, and a 1 megapixel front-facing camera. The real treat, however, comes from the outside. On both sides, even.
On the front is an acceptable 4.3-inch 720p screen with a 1280×720 screen resolution. Nothing to write home about, definitely. But once you flip the phone over, you are greeted with a 4.3-inch 360×640 e-paper display. This is the very same technology that makes e-readers easy on the eyes and easy on the battery. Aside from the obvious reading applications, this backside screen can serve multiple functions, such as a semi-permanent area that will display images or information such as maps and weather. Even while the display is always on, the very small power draw doesn’t make it a burden on batteries. Here’s a video of the launch event, which is going on live as the moment of writing.
The YotaPhone will be facing off with current giants in the Russian market such as Apple and Samsung and it will try to compete not only in this innovation but also in price. In Russia, where the iPhone 5c sells for $870, the YotaPhone will be priced at $600. European markets, particularly Austria, France, Germany, and Spain, will be able to buy it for $680, while those in the United Arab Emirates will have a lower $600 price tag. The company plans to introduce the device in 20 other countries next year.
- YotaPhone specs include a 4.3-inch front and a 4.3-inch rear display
- Dual-screen YotaPhone shown off in demo video
- YotaPhone dual-screen smartphone hands-on
- YotaPhone manufacturer picked with an expectation of release later in 2013
- YotaPhone dual-screen smartphone going live in November
- YotaPhone, the dual screen Android phone, set for release in December
The Samsung Galaxy J was announced back in Japan almost two months ago via local carrier NTT Docomo. However, the smartphone showed hints of making its way to Taiwan as well, according to a local certification site. Samsung has now firmly dropped a hint of its official unveiling in Taiwan next week. According to this leaked teaser, which only reveals a shadow of the smartphone, an announcement is scheduled for the 9th of December at 1PM local time. What this also means is that Samsung could be looking to launch the smartphone in more markets thereby not limiting its reach to the two Asian countries.
If you’re still unaware of the Galaxy J smartphone, it’s almost a combination of the Galaxy S4 and the recently launched Galaxy Note 3 handset. While its hardware is very similar to that of the Galaxy Note 3 (Snapdragon 800 SoC, 3GB of RAM etc) the size is the same as the Galaxy S4. The display on board is a 5 inch 1080p panel and Samsung has bundled a more than capable 13MP camera to woo the shutter bugs. We can expect the smartphone to be known as the Galaxy S4 Advance or something along those lines as the Galaxy J is named specifically for the Japanese market.
Source: ET News – Translated
Via: Android Community
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If you thought the smartphone industry would be content with just 1080p screens on device… well, you must be new here. According to some remarks from Meizu’s CEO J. Wong, his company may or may not be working on a 5.5″ display with a 2560 x 1536 resolution. That’s over 500 PPI, which is just insane, and slightly higher resolution than Vivo’s XPlay 3s. Wong hopes we’ll see the screen in one of Meizu’s flagship devices, the MX4G, sometime next year.
via: Phone Arena
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We have been receiving a lot of problems in Mailbag related to Smartphones draining up their batteries fast or having issues with their power supply. Most of the time, the problem is attributed to the Smartphone battery itself or a hardware problem caused by abusing the battery too much.
As they say prevention is better than cure, so we are giving away practical tips on how to take care of your Smartphone battery to avoid plenty of problems related to it.
Do not overcharge your phone. This is the main cause of quick battery life failure. Overcharging may also lead to overheating which may fry up the circuit board of your phone or the other hardware located near the battery. Playing with the phone while being plugged in can lead to fast battery heating as well.
On a personal note, I learned this one the hard way when I damaged my tablet and Smartphone from constant overcharging.
Turn off the apps in the background that you do not need. Game apps running in the background or those that frequently connect to the Internet are among of the main causes of quick Smartphone battery deterioration. Having too many apps being processed by the phone also leads to quick overheating.
According to Apple Support, the batteries of computing devices have internal microprocessors that enable them to estimate the amount of energy they have as they charge or discharge. So, calibrating the Smartphone battery once a month will help the device keep its battery display accurate which would lead to its more efficient operation.
To calibrate your Smartphone battery, simply discharge it until it is empty and then leave it to charge into full power. We advise against doing this frequently though because regularly emptying the battery may lead to its quick deterioration. Once a month as advised by Gizmodo is reasonable.
Plug your phone directly to a power source when charging. Avoid using WiFi chargers or plugging it into an indirect power source like in the USB port of the computer when filling up the battery. Based on Gizmodo, these methods, especially wireless charging, generate too much waste heat which, in the long run, will toast your battery or even the insides of your phone.
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Sprint has just announced its Cyber Monday deals in a press release. Unfortunately, the carrier is only offering three smartphones under this promotion. Firstly, the carrier is selling the LG G2 and the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini for free with a two year agreement. This deal is applicable only for new lines, so existing Sprint customers will still be charged the standard amount. Next up is the Moto X. While the smartphone usually retails for $99.99 through Moto Maker, the carrier is offering this smartphone for just $49.99, also with a new two year agreement. Sprint claims that customization will be charged extra, so the pricing is valid only if you opt for the Black or White variant of the smartphone.
Motorola is having a busy day today as its site has gone down due to heavy demand for the off contract Moto X which is being sold with a $150 discount. So this new deal is pretty decent, as it is coming directly from Sprint. Head over to the links below to have your pick for the carrier’s Cyber Monday promotions. With the holiday season upon us, it’s not a bad idea to gift one of these to your loved ones.
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The most commonly used Smartphone batteries are Lithium-ion-based (Li-Ion). Some variations of this type of battery also exist like the Li-Po or the Lithium-ion Polymer used by the iPhone 5. But a new battery that runs on lithium and sulfur cells might become a game-changer in the future.
According to a new report from Gizmag, a new kind of battery has been discovered. This new material is made up of advanced Lithium/Sulfur cells and is known with the abbreviation Li/S. The revolutionary invention was made by the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory.
Advantages of Li/S Cells for Smartphone Batteries
Based on the news, the advanced Li/S offers a unique combination of enhanced power, faster recharge speed, more durability and increased energy capacity.
Gizmag explained that the increased energy-storage capacity is made possible by the two electrons produced each time a molecule is processed through the battery’s structure. Then, its composition of lithium anode, carbon-sulfur cathode and electrolyte enables it to produce approximately 1.7 to 2.5 volts depending on the charge state of the cell. The voltage produced is double the amount of current that the usual Li-Ion battery gives off.
Looking at the advantages stated by the report, Smartphone batteries with Li/S cells will surely address one of the top Smartphone problems users which is related to the quick draining of the battery.
Disadvantages of Li/S Cells for Smartphone Batteries
Despite the huge breakthrough, there were some issues that came along with the invention of the advanced Li/S cells.
Among the key problems encountered had to do with the sulfur reaction which provides too much mechanical stress on the cathode. This problem would result to a quick mechanical deterioration which reduces the contact between the carbon and sulfur where the electrons pass through. In addition, this prevents the proper flow of lithium ions to the sulfur surface, the source pointed out.
Another issue seen is that the lithium and sulfur takes some time to react in order to form Li2S. Many other problems were seen such as the quick roughening of the lithium anode surface after receiving a huge charge or discharge of currents.
How the Issues were Addressed
The Lawrence Berkeley team addressed the problems connected to Li/S cells by putting a nanocomposite cathode made up of sulfur-graphene oxide nanocomposite which is bound by elastic polymer binder. Overall, the add-on resulted to an increased performance of the battery as well as balanced temperature, conductivity and viscosity.
To sum it all up, if it is true that all the problems initially encountered by scientists during the discovery of the Li/S have already been addressed, the advantages that an advanced Li/S battery could bring about could be very beneficial for rechargeable computing devices especially Smartphones and tablets.
You can read more about Smartphone batteries in the article titled, “How to Choose a Smartphone Guide: Battery Life“.
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Sports retailer Decathlon has paired up with mobile device maker Archos to bring a smartphone for the sports-loving population of France. The new Quechua Phone might not leave skid marks in benchmark test, but it is, however, built to last.
The Quechua smartphone has a rather unassuming hardware sheet. It runs on a 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm chip with a sufficient amout of RAM at 1 GB. It has a 5 megapixel rear camera and a 2 megapixel one at the front. Internal storage is capped at 4 GB but can be expanded via a micro SD slot. The 5-inch WVGA display claims to be quite readable in bright light and outdoor scenarios, where this smartphone might see the most action.
Coming from a sports company, the Quechua is, naturally, designed to be useful in extreme conditions. The phone boasts of an IP 54 certification, making it quite resistant to shocks, mud, water, sand, and others. The smartphone isn’t only built to stand the test of the elements, but also the test of time. The 3500 mAh battery is advertised to last up to 22 hours on call, presuming such a call would last that long. One disappointing side to this device is that it is running Android 4.1 only, which is quite a few releases old by now, especially for a brand new smartphone.
The Quechua rugged smartphone is expected to sell for around 230 euros, roughly equivalent to $315. The device is intended for the French market but no availability date has been announced yet.
Street photography is the purest, most spontaneous way to create art with a camera. No studios, no props, no poses; all you need is the right equipment and a street with people on it. In this original series for Engadget, we’ll follow three seasoned street fighters and try to glean some practical wisdom about what engages their eyes, brains and fingers in the moments before they shoot.
The third and final street photographer in this trilogy represents a very different (and non-deferential) way of doing things. As you’re about to see, Gavin Harrison doesn’t stick to traditional ideas of what a street shot should look like, or to what sort of camera should be used to capture it. In fact, he spends more time thinking about smartphone apps than about lenses or exposure settings, and there’s a lot he can teach us.
Quechua has launched a new 5 inch rugged and durable Android smartphone in accordance with fellow French manufacturer Archos. Although Quechua is historically known for its sporting goods and other equipment, it’s very fitting that a company known for durable goods launches its own heavy duty handset.
Speaking about the hardware of this Quechua branded device, there appears to be a 5 inch display of unknown resolution, a 1.2 GHz quad core processor, 1GB of RAM, a 5MP camera on the back, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, 4GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot and a very beefy 3,500 mAh battery. Quechua promises talk time of over 22 hours with the stock battery, which is commendable for a 5 inch smartphone. The smartphone is IP54 certified as well, which means it is water, shock and dust resistant.
Availability related details haven’t been made public yet, but the pricing has been set at €230 ($312). The smartphone should be available in stores in time for the holiday season.
Source: L’Informaticien – Translated
Via: GSM Arena
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Amazon has just listed the 8GB Moto G up for pre order with the same $180 price tag. The smartphone is Motorola’s latest handset with specs comparable to any midrange smartphone out there, although a little underwhelming compared to the Moto X. Users also have a 16GB variant to choose from, which costs $200. This might lead many users to pick the 16GB variant of the smartphone as there’s no external microSD card slot on the smartphone. The Moto G will start shipping from the 4th of December according to the listing.
The smartphone is being sold unlocked of course, so you have the liberty to choose the GSM carrier of your choice in the U.S. As this is the global variant of the smartphone, there’s no mention of 4G LTE in the listing, which is a deal breaker if you’re on AT&T or any other GSM 4G LTE network. Motorola recently listed the smartphone on its website, so Amazon is not the only place to get the smartphone.
The Moto G features a 4.5 inch 720p display, a 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 400 SoC, a 5MP camera on the back, 1GB of RAM, Android 4.3 with an update to KitKat on the cards and a 2,070 mAh battery.
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If you’re in the market for a sharp and solid looking luxury device and have thousands of dollars to spare, then you might want to take a look at the Antares. This smartphone hails all the way from Italy, boasting of the craftsmanship of the Tonino Lamborghini Group, who pride themselves in creating luxury accessories.
The Antares is just one of a class of items that the group has dubbed as techno-luxury mobile segment. It is claimed to exude an authentic Italian personality. Perhaps it reminds one of an automobile’s form. The body is made of stainless steal with a few areas of leather to give it a rather premium feel. Compared to the now common flat and almost featureless designs of mainstream smartphones, the Antares does look unique, or exquisite if it’s to your tastes, though it gives off a sense of coldness and sharpness thanks to its metallic sheen and faceted design. Even the packaging was designed with those characteristics in mind, coming in a solid aluminum box.
Inside the covers, we find hardware that is common and somewhat mysterious. For the price, it seems rather disappointing to find only a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, though it does have a hefty 2 GB serving of RAM. Internal storage is limited to 32 GB but can be expanded with a microSD card. Surprisingly, the package actually includes a 32 GB card. A 13 megapixel adorns the peculiar-looking back, while a 5 megapixel one can be located at the front. The 4-inch display is coated with Gorilla Glass, but its resolution, though described as high, was not given. The smartphone runs Android 4.2.2 with a few custom changes made specially for the luxury device. One rather unique feature of the Antares is built-in amplifier and speakers which are manufactured by Yamaha. Here is the Tonino Lamborghini Group’s spiel for their newest luxury device and first ever smartphone.
The Antares smartphone is set to be available in Russia and China starting December. Those in the US, the UK, and, strangely, Italy, will have to wait a bit longer until Spring 2014. That should give interested buyers enough time to save up for the $4,000 that this device will cost.
Chinese manufacturer Oppo has posted an image of its upcoming smartphone – the R829T on Chinese social networking site Weibo. The image was initially believed to be of the Oppo Find 7, but later confirmed to be a small sized successor to the Find 5 instead. The image reveals that the smartphone will have glass back similar to the Nexus 4 which the company calls holographic mirror design. The image also shows metal frame on the sides, which is a neat touch indeed. It’s commendable that Oppo has paid deep attention on the design of the smartphone even though it’s only a midrange device.
The smartphone will reportedly pack a 1.2 GHz quad core MediaTek MT6589 chip, 2GB of RAM, a 13MP camera sensor on the back and a 4.5 inch 720p display. There’s no confirmation on availability or pricing yet, but this smartphone will most likely remain an exclusive to the Chinese markets. Oppo competes with the likes of Huawei, Meizu, Xiaomi, ZTE and others in the Chinese market, so any effort to make its offering stand out from the crowd is worthwhile.
Source: Weibo – Translated
Via: GSM Arena
With a slogan such as “unlike”, you know that Jolla wants to set itself apart from others. Now that the smartphone has left the port, it’s time to wait and see if it will hit or miss the mark. But in the meantime, we can take a look at this Finnish company’s end product that, in all honesty, is a mixed bag of curiosity and disappointment.
The hardware of the first Jolla smartphone can be best described as mediocre. If one compares it to Android phones in the market, it would line up with mid-range devices. A 1.4 GHz dual-core Qualcomm processor runs the show, paired with 1 GB of RAM. External storage is capped at 16 GB but expandable with a microSD card. It has the usual support for different kinds of connectivity such as LTE, WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, and others. It has an 8 megapixel rear camera with Auto Focus and an LED flash and a 2 megapixel front-facing camera. The 2100 mAh battery is promised to last 9 to 10 hours of use or 500 hours on standby. Fortunately, the battery is user-replaceable should one have a spare. The 4.5-inch IPS display, unfortunately, only has a 960×540 qHD resolution, which is a bit low even by iPhone 5s standards.
If the hardware has failed to impress, then the software and related features might, or at least arouse a bit of curiosity. The Jolla smartphone runs Sailfish OS, which is both an old and new mobile platform. Old, since it is ultimately based on one of Nokia‘s abandoned projects, and new because it has been changed to an extent that the traces are no long recognizable. Just like Android, it has its roots in Linux, but its flavor is probably closer to the kind of Linux you see on desktops, or at least on Nokia’s abandoned smartphones. As with any new operating system, one problem will be populating the market with apps, especially popular ones. Jolla has got you covered, somewhat ironically thanks to Android. Like BlackBerry OS 10, Jolla is able to run Android apps, perhaps more seamlessly than BlackBerry‘s implementation.
As with any new or non-mainstream mobile platform, the question is whether it will gain enough users and traction to keep it afloat, in the face of very crowded two to four horse race. For now, that answer will have to wait as availability is quite limited. The Jolla smartphone is primarily launching in Finland and Europe with a price tag of 399 euros, or $542.
New kid on the block alert: Blu has a smartphone they want to sell you for $300, and it doesn’t look too bad. They’re calling this thing the Blu Life Pro, a 5-inch 720p device that’ll house a 1.5GHz quad-core processor (MediaTek make), 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, and a 12 megapixel backside-illuminated camera with a whopping 5 megapixels for the front.
The device will launch with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, though there’s no word on whether or not it’ll ever go beyond that. At this point you’re likely looking at the list of specs and wondering what they could be making so much noise about.
Well, one of the selling points they’re banking on is that this is the world’s thinnest 5-inch smartphone. There aren’t tons of 5-inch devices out there so it’s not like it was terribly hard to claim that feat, but there it is anyway. They’re also touting “Blu Bright+,” the camera technology that will supposedly perform extremely well in low-light conditions. It’s too early to tell if that’s a legitimate claim or if they’re just using buzzwords to try and make it sound better than it really is.
When you think about the fact that you can grab the Nexus 5 for just $50 more, you start to wonder how Blu could hope to win the hearts of those who are educated in mobile technology. We’ll have to keep the microscope fixated on them over the next month to see how they plan to do that, but what you see is what you get. Does this look like something you’d want for $300?
A new Android smartphone claiming the title of the best Android Camera phone has been unveiled in India by Gionee. The Gionee ELife E7 is the company’s newest flagship smartphone that comes with an incredible 16 megapixels rear camera and an 8 megapixels front camera. The announcement of the new Android smartphone efficiently puts an end to Blu Life Pro as the best smartphone for taking selfies because its 5 megapixels front camera is no match for Gionee Elife E7’s 8 megapixels front camera (related story here).
Gionee claims that the ELife E7 is the world’s best Android camera phone, but we know that there are currently some phones with amazing cameras in the market now. Good examples are HTC’s One and One Max that have a ultrapixel cameras and Samsung’s camera phone Galaxy S4 Zoom which also comes with a 16 megapixels camera but with more lenses for better image quality.
The Gionee Elite E7 is a 5.5 inch display phablet in essence that boasts of a Qualcomm Snapdragon S800 quad-core processor with a third generation Gorilla Glass that promises 20 times more scratch resistance than regular glass and is twice as durable as its predecessor, the secong generation. Gionee’s claims are untested since we are just getting to know about their new flagship Android phone which has quite impressive specs besides the cameras.
It’s very unlikely this phone will be making its way to the US market but it is good to know that some great devices are coming out of Asia, keeping the leading manufacturers on their toes as the race for the most powerful smartphone goes on. Here is an overview of the device’s specs:
Display: 5.5″ LTPS Ultra Bright display1080p resolution
Processor: 2.2GHz Quad- core Qualcomm Snapdragon S800 processor
Operating System: Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
Memory: 16 GB with 2 GB RAM or 32 GB with 3 GB RAM
Cameras: 16.0 Megapixels with AutoFocus rear and 8 megapixels front cameras
Battery: Non-removable 2500mAh
As I mentioned before, we can never really tell whether the Gionee Elife E7 has the best camera in the market before independent reviews test it, a good smartphone is not just the hardware but also the software. The 16 GB version of Gionee ELife E7 retails for about $450 while the 32 GB version will retail for about $530. Gionee is planning to release an E7 mini and it may come with a truly octa-core Mediatek processor. Let’s wait and see how that goes but for now the question is, is this the best Android camera phone in the world now?
via IBN Live
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