Philips Xenium W9588 midrange Android flip phone now available in China for a whopping $823
Dec13

Philips Xenium W9588 midrange Android flip phone now available in China for a whopping $823

Philips just launched the Xenium W9588 flip phone in China, and it’s anything but cheap. This isn’t a big surprise, though, for all of the recently released clamshells in Asia are extremely overpriced. This is now like a niche of its own – clamshell smartphones with ludicrous prices and gold accents or styling. Someone must be buying them, for otherwise we wouldn’t see so many options. The Philips W9588 has run of the mill specs for this day and age, coming with a pair of 3.5-inch 854×480 touchscreens, a 1.2 GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6589 processor, 1 GB of RAM, 4 GB of internal storage, microSD card support, an 8 MP camera, and a 2,400 mAh battery. It runs Android, but which version is unclear. The price is all that matters here, we assume. And it’s a hefty 4,999 yuan, which translates into approximately $823 or €599. Would you pay that much for a lower-midrange flip phone? If the answer to that is Yes, then, well, you’re the reason this niche is slowly growing. Whereas Samsung (another lover of expensive flip phones) does normally produce high price devices, Philips is known mostly for its affordable wares. So whether the company will be able to sell the W9588 well or not remains to be seen. Via...

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Philips Xenium W9588 leaks in China as yet another Android-powered flip phone
Oct14

Philips Xenium W9588 leaks in China as yet another Android-powered flip phone

Flip phones (or clamshells, if you think that sounds better) are apparently becoming more and more trendy in parts of Asia, and especially in China. Today the second Philips-branded such smartphone had its details leaked over there. After the W8568 that we told you about last month, we now present you the Philips W9588. This will bear the Xenium brand so familiar to Philips phone lovers, and it’s due to launch in China soon. The Philips W9588 comes with two 3.5-inch 480×800 touchscreens (one on the inside, one on the outside, naturally), an 8 MP camera, a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor (MediaTek MT6589 most likely), 1 GB of RAM, 4 GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, all the usual connectivity options (sans LTE), and a 2,400 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Its dimensions are 116.5×61.5×20.5 mm, and it weighs 248.5 grams. So it’s a big and hefty bit of kit, that’s for sure. Specs are run of the mill for what now goes as midrange in China, and we don’t expect this handset to be extremely cheap either. It comes with certain gold accents, and will probably join a few recently launched Samsung flip phones in being aimed at people who for some reason crave this specific form factor and are thus willing to put up with the associated size and weight – not to mention a price premium. Via...

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Philips W8568 surfaces in China as yet another Android flip phone
Sep25

Philips W8568 surfaces in China as yet another Android flip phone

Samsung isn’t the only company investing in clamshell smartphones these days, it seems. Meet the Philips W8568. Yes, a flip phone. Running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. It surfaced in China, with leaked specs attached too. Are people in Asia really this in love with this particular form factor? Or are mobile device companies simply running out of ideas, and, like the fashion industry, desperately look to the past for ‘inspiration’? Maybe we’ll never know. Anyway, the Philips W8568 has a 4-inch 540×960 IPS touchscreen, an 8 MP camera, a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, support for 3G (but no LTE or anything fancy like that) and dual-SIM GSM/CDMA, 1 GB of RAM, 4 GB of internal storage, microSD card support, and a 2,100 mAh battery that apparently provides enough juice for 13 hours of talk time and 9 hours of Web browsing. The phone’s measurements are 123.5x63x18.8 mm, and it weighs 214 grams. So definitely not the smallest, thinnest, or lightest device around. As of now it’s unclear when the Philips W8568 will go on sale, or how much it will cost. With such specs it shouldn’t be too expensive, then again Samsung’s gotten us used to seeing clamshells like this severely overpriced. So who knows what will happen. We’ll keep you posted either way. Via...

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Philips Xenium W8510 4.7″ Android phone promises 35 days of standby, 14 hours of Web browsing time
Jul18

Philips Xenium W8510 4.7″ Android phone promises 35 days of standby, 14 hours of Web browsing time

The main problem with smartphones nowadays is battery life. Sure, quad-core or octa-core CPUs, loads of RAM, fat internal disks are all nice – but at the end of the day, does your phone actually last until the end of the day? If not, then you’ve got a battery life problem, like so many out there. This could easily be remedied by phone makers by putting bigger batteries inside their devices, but that doesn’t always happen – and the excuses are many. Either for shaving off a few mm of thickness, or simply to save some money, most handsets still come with batteries that are too small for full-day use. That doesn’t seem to be the case for the Philips Xenium W8510. This Android-powered smartphone claims it’s able to last around 35 days on standby, a whopping 18 hours of talk time over 3G, and a rather incredible 14-hour Web browsing time over Wi-Fi. This is achieved thanks to a 3,300 mAh battery, that’s fitted inside what is otherwise an upper-midrange smartphone coming with a 4.7-inch 720p HD touchscreen. CNMO doesn’t have details about any other specs for the Xenium W8510, but Philips’ recent efforts in the smartphone space have all centered around long-lasting batteries, so this is just a continuation of that focus. We just wish that more manufacturers would take a cue from Philips and simply make more room for batteries inside their devices. That said, obviously Philips is on and on about how it optimized both hardware and software to get to the aforementioned battery life numbers, but between us – that’s probably something like 95% hardware (read: the size of the battery), and 5% software. Bigger is better (in batteries, if not everything else). Everybody needs to learn this. One interesting aspect of the Philips Xenium W8510 is its fast charging ability. If you charge it from empty for just 10 minutes, it will then last 20 hours in standby or go through 2 hours of calling without issue. After a 30 minute charge, it will last 57 hours in standby, or you’ll be able to call for 6 hours before the battery is low again. That’s some sweet tech right there, and once again we hope to see this in other companies’ devices as soon as...

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Dual SIM Philips W8355 tries to take on Samsung Galaxy Grand i9082
Jan11

Dual SIM Philips W8355 tries to take on Samsung Galaxy Grand i9082

There’s a new Philips smartphone that resembles the recently announced Samsung Galaxy Grand i9082 in some aspects: it has a large display without having a high pixel density, it supports two SIM cards, and it runs Android. The new handset is called Philips W8355. It features a 5.3 inch screen with 960 x 540 pixels, Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, 3G, Wi-Fi, dual-core 1GHz processor (of unknown provenience), 512MB of RAM, and a 5MP rear camera with LED flash – all in a case that measures 147.6 x 79 x 10.9 mm. Of course, the Galaxy Grand i9082 has the advantage of running Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, while featuring a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and an 8MP rear camera. But its display isn’t that great, measuring 5 inches and sporting 800 x 480 pixels. The Bluetooth SIG suggests the Philips W8355 will be available globally. However, this sort of info isn’t always accurate. Most probably, the smartphone will be released only in China. We don’t know how much it’s going to cost, but it should be cheaper than Galaxy Grand. So there could be lots of users interested in getting the W8355 instead of Samsung’s giant dual SIM handset. We will let you know if the Philips W8355 gets to be released in other markets than...

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Philips W732 Android smartphone with 2,400 mAh battery promises 13 hrs of talk, 10.5 hrs browsing time
Jul11

Philips W732 Android smartphone with 2,400 mAh battery promises 13 hrs of talk, 10.5 hrs browsing time

Remember Philips? Apparently, it’s still around in the mobile world. What’s more, it’s joined the Android club it seems. Once again, we might add, since we’ve seen some Android devices come from the company in 2009. That was a long time ago, and the upcoming Philips W732 is a decent device, forgettable name aside. The main advertised feature in its case seems to be the 2,400 mAh battery. Alongside some intelligent power saving built into the device by its maker, this enables 13 hours of continuous talk time on one charge, and, perhaps more importantly in this day and age, 10.5 hours of Web browsing. While the talk time isn’t in RAZR MAXX territory, or even close to the Galaxy S III‘s numbers on 2G, if the Web browsing figures are at least close in reality to what Philips is saying, then this will be the longest lasting smartphone in the world by that measure. That’s probably thanks in no small part to an LCD IPS touchscreen. Virtually all recently-launched high-end smartphones (except the HTC One X, but that has a small battery instead) have AMOLED touchscreens. And while those consume much less energy than conventional LCD screens when displaying the color black (and dark images, and so on), the situation is reversed when browsing the Web. That’s because an AMOLED screen consumes the most when it has to display the color white (or light backgrounds or images). Since white backgrounds are pretty much the norm on the World Wide Web, all AMOLED-equipped phones do pretty bad when it comes to Web browsing times. In one battery life test, the RAZR MAXX was only able to accomplish 7 hours and 23 minutes of continuous Web browsing, despite its massive 3,300 mAh battery. As a comparison, its talk time was a pretty incredible 20 hours and 24 minutes on one charge. That’s the AMOLED screen’s fault, plain and simple. The Philips W732’s display is a 4.3-inch 480×800 unit. The smartphone runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. It comes with 7.2 Mbps HSDPA, 5.76 Mbps HSUPA, a 1 GHz single-core MediaTek MT6575 processor, a 5 MP camera, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS. Additionally, the Philips W732 has hot-swappable dual-SIM support. Its dimensions are 126.37 x 67.44 x 12.3 mm, and it weighs 166.5 grams. The Philips W732 will be available in China soon, in five color versions, seen above: black, pink, green, white, and blue. Via...

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Cheap Philips Xenium X116 dual SIM phone announced
Dec08

Cheap Philips Xenium X116 dual SIM phone announced

Yet another Philips dual SIM phone has been launched in Russia – the Philips Xenium X116. Unlike the Xenium X712 or the Xenium X510 (two other recently released Philips-branded dual SIM handsets), the Xenium X116 is a simple candybar. The new phone’s features include GSM/GPRS connectivity, a 2 inch screen with 176 x 220 pixels, MP3 player, FM radio, built-in flashlight, MicroSD card support (up to 4GB), a spectacular VGA photo camera, and a 1050 mAh battery that can provide a stand-by time of up to one month. In Russia, the Philips Xenium X116 will cost only 2,499 RUB (about $80) and it should be available starting this month. No word yet on what other markets will get the handset. Via...

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LG GD550 and Philips Xenium X712 show up
Apr22

LG GD550 and Philips Xenium X712 show up

Two unannounced phones that have one thing in common have recently showed up, one from LG and another one from Philips: LG GD550 and Philips Xenium X712. The LG GD550 is a slider with a 5MP camera and quad-band GSM connectivity. The phone looks a lot like the LG Pure (seen not too long ago), and I think Pure is just another name for the GD550. The Philips Xenium X712 also has a 5MP camera (this being the phones’ common feature), but, unlike the LG GD550, it’s a clamshell. There are no exact details regarding the other features of Philips Xenium X712, but we know that it’s a dual SIM phone – like the Xenium X510. The release dates of LG GD550 and Philips Xenium X712 are not known at the moment. Via...

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Philips Xenium X510 – new dual SIM phone
Apr21

Philips Xenium X510 – new dual SIM phone

Philips is getting ready to launch a new phone from its Xenium range – the Philips Xenium X510, a slider that comes with dual SIM capabilities. Apart from allowing users to put two SIM cards in it, the Xenium X510 has some rather modest features. The handset comes with a 3.1 inch QVGA touchscreen display, handwriting recognition, Bluetooth, email, built-in games, 2MP camera, MicroSD card support, and dual band GSM connectivity (900/1800 MHz). No word yet on when the Philips Xenium X510 will be available. The phone is probably affordable and it should be launched in countries like China and Russia, where dual SIM handsets are popular. Via...

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Philips Xenium X312 shows up, offers one month of stand-by
Apr06

Philips Xenium X312 shows up, offers one month of stand-by

Philips Xenium X312 is yet another one of Philips’ phones that come with a powerful battery, being capable of offering up to one month of stand-by time. There are no details about the handset’s other features – however, since the X312 looks almost exactly like the Philips X320, their features might be similar. So we should expect the Philips X312 to have a QVGA display, Bluetooth, Music player, FM radio, 2MP camera, and MicroSD card support. Most of Philips’ phones don’t have 3G connectivity, so the X312 probably doesn’t have it, either. Usually, the Philips Xenium phones are sold only in Asia and Russia, and thus the X312 will likely not be available in other markets. Via...

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