Nokia RX-115 tablet (Lumia 2020?) with 8.3 inch Full HD screen possibly coming soon
Dec09

Nokia RX-115 tablet (Lumia 2020?) with 8.3 inch Full HD screen possibly coming soon

Nokia’s first Windows RT tablet – the 10.1 inch Lumia 2520 – might be followed by an 8.3 inch offering soon. Meet the Nokia RX-115, which has been listed over at India’s Zauba as being a device featuring an 8.3 inch Full HD IPS display and support for nano SIMs. Other specs are not known at the moment. The RX-115 was imported to India last month for testing an evaluation purposes. Reportedly, its value is of 9,423 INR (about $155). Which might mean that it will be a very affordable tablet, although we shouldn’t bet our money on this just yet – since its retail price could be way higher. (the RX-113 listed above the RX-115 is the Lumia 2520) The final name of the RX-115 may be Nokia Lumia 2020. Is this the same device as the rumored 8 inch Nokia Illusionist? We can’t know for sure at the moment. But, if it is, it could be unveiled before the end of March 2014. We’ll let you know what happens anyway. Via...

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Vivo Xplay 3S, the world’s first smartphone with a 2K display, may cost as low as $740
Dec09

Vivo Xplay 3S, the world’s first smartphone with a 2K display, may cost as low as $740

China’s BBK will launch the world’s first smartphone to feature a 2560 x 1440 pixel display later this week, on December 12. Called Vivo Xplay 3S, the handset will certainly not be cheap. According to Sina, China Mobile will sell the Vivo Xplay 3S 32GB for 4,498 CNY (about $740). The 64GB version of the smartphone will obviously be a bit more expensive: 4,999 CNY ($824). Still, that’s lower than the price of the cheapest iPhone 5S model (16GB), which costs around $870 in China. The Xplay 3S should be available in five color versions (white, pink, yellow, champagne gold and blue). Most probably, the smartphone will not be released outside China. Aside from the 2K display (which measures 5.5 inches), the Vivo Xplay 3S features TD-LTE connectivity, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM 8974AB processor, 3GB of RAM, and a seemingly high-end rear camera with f/1.8 aperture. The handset runs Android, but it’s not clear if it’s going to be Jelly Bean or KitKat from day...

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Samsung Galaxy J officially unveiled in Taiwan
Dec09

Samsung Galaxy J officially unveiled in Taiwan

Samsung today has officially announced the Galaxy J (model number SGH-N075T) in Taiwan – hence confirming a rumor from last week. Currently available to purchase only in Japan (since October), the Galaxy J will be released in Taiwan starting later this month, apparently via all major carriers: Chunghwa Telecom, Taiwan Mobile, and FarEasTone. Unlocked, the new handset will cost 21,900 TWD (about $740). It’s going to be offered in two colors versions: white and pink. Running Android 4.3 Jelly Bean (certainly upgradeable to 4.4 KitKat), the Samsung Galaxy J features a 5 inch Full HD display, LTE connectivity, NFC, quad-core 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, 3GB of RAM, 13MP rear camera with LED flash, 2MP front-facing camera, MicroSD card support, and a 2,600 maAh battery. Although some see the Galaxy J as being a more compact Galaxy Note 3, it is actually just an upgraded Galaxy S4 (since it doesn’t have a stylus to be considered related to the Note series). Samsung didn’t say if the Galaxy J would be released in other markets. Via...

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Hugo Barra says Xiaomi is ready to expand its smartphone business in Southeast Asia
Dec09

Hugo Barra says Xiaomi is ready to expand its smartphone business in Southeast Asia

Xiaomi is currently selling its Android-based smartphones only in mainland China, Hong Kong and Taiwan. But this will change soon, and the first new country where the company intends to offer its products in Singapore. Hugo Barra (who resigned as Google’s VP of Android product management in August to join Xiaomi as its chief of global operations) talked about the company’s future at a recent press event in Taiwan. He declared that they’re trying to get their “operations for Southeast Asia set up as quickly as possible.” Singapore will be the first Southeast Asian market that Xiaomi will test – starting early 2014 – because “it’s an important hub for the region. A lot of businesses start there.” All in all, Hugo Barra is confident that the future of Xiaomi is bright. He also seems to really enjoy his new job, as the video embedded below (filmed at the aforementioned press event in Taiwan) is showing. Yes, that’s a wig, and the guy wearing it and singing a Taiwanese pop song is indeed Hugo Barra. One of Xiaomi’s co-founders, Bin Lin, is also an ex-Google employee, having served as engineering director to the company’s Chinese branch between 2006 and 2010. It’s said that Xiaomi sold more than 7 million smartphones in the first half of 2013. The number might go up to 19 million units before the end of the year. Xiaomi’s latest flagship smartphone, the Mi-3 (pictured above), was released in October running Android Jelly Bean (skinned with Xiaomi’s MIUI interface). It can stand next to any other flagship smartphone from well-known companies, as its features include a 5 inch Full HD IPS display, quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, 13MP rear camera, and a 3,050 mAh battery. The Chinese manufacturer is also selling a very cheap smartphone called Red Rice – this runs Android Jelly Bean, too, featuring a 4.7 inch HD display, quad-core MediaTek MT6589T processor, 1GB of RAM and 4GB of internal memory. Via Tech in...

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Unlocked HTC One with Android 4.4 KitKat available for $0 upfront in the US (no contract)
Dec09

Unlocked HTC One with Android 4.4 KitKat available for $0 upfront in the US (no contract)

HTC has started selling its One smartphone (32GB version) with its own payment plan in the US. It’s offering the handset for $0 down plus monthly payments of as low as $25 for two years. There are no contracts involved and the smartphone is, of course, unlocked – so you’ll end up paying only its regular $600 price after two years. Unfortunately for Verizon and Sprint users, the HTC One that’s being sold for $0 upfront is compatible only with AT&T and T-Mobile. Also, only “well-qualified applicants, subject to credit approval” can get it for $25 per month, while “other applicants may receive different financing terms or offers based on creditworthiness.” Interested customers can apply here at HTC. The offer ends on December 29. According to PhoneScoop, the HTC One included in this campaign runs Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box. Early next year, HTC will probably unveil a successor to the One, currently codenamed HTC M8. This might become available before the end of March...

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Android 4.4 KitKat update for Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini, Ace 3 and others is now “under investigation”
Dec06

Android 4.4 KitKat update for Samsung Galaxy S3 Mini, Ace 3 and others is now “under investigation”

Some of Samsung’s mid to low-end Android smartphones might be officially updated to Android 4.4 KitKat – thanks to the fact that Google’s newest OS can work perfectly even on low-cost devices. SamMobile has received a list of handsets for which the possibility of a KitKat update is “under investigation.” The list includes the following phones: Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini (this will almost surely get KitKat, no matter what), Samsung Galaxy S III Mini Samsung Galaxy S Advance Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 Samsung Galaxy Core Samsung Galaxy Fame Samsung Galaxy Fresh All these are newer than 18 months, that’s why Samsung is considering updating them. Smartphones introduced more than 18 months ago – like the Galaxy Nexus or Galaxy S II – will sadly not get Android 4.4 KitKat (despite the fact that their hardware theoretically supports it). As for Samsung’s current flagship smartphones (Galaxy S4 and Galaxy Note 3), these might get KitKat as soon as January. The S4 Google Play Edition has already received its official update, so it’s clear that Samsung doesn’t want to keep users waiting for too long. Last year’s Samsung flagships – the Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note 2 – could be updated shortly after the S4 and Note 3, in March or...

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LG Optimus F3Q is T-Mobile’s upcoming QWERTY slider
Dec06

LG Optimus F3Q is T-Mobile’s upcoming QWERTY slider

There has been a time when smartphones with sliding QWERTY keyboards were very popular (even an iPhone with QWERTY keyboard was in the rumors at some point). But not anymore. Touchscreen-only is what most of today’s smartphones are all about. And yet LG and T-Mobile USA believe that there’s still a market for QWERTY sliders. And they might be right. Meet the LG Optimus F3Q, an upcoming T-Mobile smartphone that features a nice five-row sliding QWERTY keyboard. The handset has been revealed by EVleaks, sadly without any additional details. However, we can see that it runs Android Jelly Bean and supports 4G LTE. Judging by its name, the Optimus F3Q should be closely related to the LG Optimus F3. If this assumption is correct, it probably features a WVGA display, 1GB of RAM, and a dual-core processor. So nothing too fancy, which means that it’s going to be affordable (T-Mobile is currently selling the Optimus F3 for $179.99, off-contract). We’ll let you know when the fourth largest US carrier decides to announce the new smartphone. It will probably happen soon. Verizon may also introduce a new sliding QWERTY smartphone in the near future – the Motorola Droid 5 (which will obviously come as the successor to the Droid...

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Is Samsung readying a new Windows Phone 8 flagship (SM-W750V) for next year?
Dec05

Is Samsung readying a new Windows Phone 8 flagship (SM-W750V) for next year?

Samsung’s first Windows Phone 8 handset (and the only one that’s seen a global release) is the Ativ S I8750 – which is pretty much a Windows version of the Android-based Galaxy S III. Since the launch of the Ativ S (in late 2012), Samsung has introduced only two other WP8 devices: the Ativ Odyssey (exclusively sold by Verizon) and the Ativ Neo S (available at Sprint and AT&T). So we can’t say that the Korean company sees too many advantages in producing WP handsets. Still, a new Windows Phone flagship might be launched by Samsung next year. Enter the SM-W750V, a 5 inch smartphone that’s been listed recently by Zauba – the “home to India’s import and export data.” Sadly, there aren’t too many details about the SM-W750V, but Blog of Mobile (in Japanese) says it’s running Windows Phone 8. Looking at the connection between the Ativ S I8750 and the Galaxy S III, the SM-W750V could be a Windows Phone version of the upcoming Galaxy S5. If that’s the case, we can expect it to have a Full HD display and a quad-core processor (now that Windows Phone 8 GDR3 supports these features). The Galaxy S4 should be officially announced in the first (or second) quarter of 2014. Perhaps the SM-W750V will be unveiled at about the same time. We’ll...

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Asus Padfone Mini might be announced on December 11
Dec05

Asus Padfone Mini might be announced on December 11

Until now, Asus has released a total of four Padfone products, starting with the original model that was introduced in early 2012, and finishing with the Padfone Infinity 2 (which is available in some markets since October). A fifth one, called Padfone Mini, is reportedly going to be announced later this month – although we initially heard it was scheduled for an unveiling at CES 2014 in January. According to UDN (in Chinese), Asus has sent invitations to Taiwanese media for a Padfone Mini event that will take place on December 11. The Padfone Mini includes a 4.3 inch (960 x 540 pixels) smartphone that’s housed in a 7 inch tablet dock. It should come with a quad-core Snapdragon 400 MSM8226 processor, dual SIM support, and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean (most probably upgradeable to 4.4 KitKat). Pricing details aren’t known at the moment, but it seems that the new Padfone is aimed at customers who aren’t willing to spend too much on a smartphone-tablet combo (unlike the Padfone Infinity 2, which, at around $900, is definitely not an affordable product). In early 2014 Asus should launch several other new Android devices, including the MemoFone HD 5. The Taiwanese company may also manufacture Google’s third-generation Nexus 7 tablet, continuing what it has started with the 2012 Nexus 7 and the model released this...

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Nokia Lumia 1520 and Lumia 2520 available in the UK now
Dec04

Nokia Lumia 1520 and Lumia 2520 available in the UK now

Nokia’s first phablet – the 6 inch Lumia 1520 – is available in the UK as of today, December 4, two days earlier than expected. At the moment, only Carphone Warehouse seems to have the 1520 in stock. It’s offering it for free on tariffs starting at £38 per month, only on Vodafone for now. SIM-free, the Lumia 1520 will cost around £550 – that’s the price listed by Clove, which expects to have the black version of the device in stock on December 6, and the white one in mid December. Also available in the UK as of now is the Nokia Lumia 2520 tablet, which is exclusively sold at John Lewis. British customers can buy the 2520 in either black (here) or red (here). The tablet costs £399.95, featuring a 10.1 inch Full HD display, Windows RT 8.1, LTE, NFC, Wi-Fi- 802.11a/b/g/n, 6.7MP rear camera with Carl Zeiss optics, 1.2MP front-facing camera, quad-core 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, and 32GB of internal...

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