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AT&T, Sprint to offer LG Optimus G, release date slated in Q4

South Korean manufacturer, LG, officially announced its latest entry into the high-end Android market on September 19th confirming its superphone flagship will be coming to the United States. No information as to which providers in the U.S. would offer the handset then. However, the latest press release from LG USA already confirms two of the major providers, AT&T and Sprint, opted to include Optimus G to their current line ups.

LG Optimus G comes packed with Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064 chipset featuring a quad-core Krait with 1.5GHz clock speed. Unlike its counterparts, Tegra 3 and Exynos, Qualcomm’s system on chip (SOC) is compatible with 4G LTE networks offered by AT&T and Sprint so the device will be released in the US bearing its original specs.

“The LG Optimus G lets our customers work and play as hard as they want with one of our first quad core processor designed to deliver a great multitasking experience,” said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president – Devices, AT&T. “We think customers will really enjoy having the power of a computer in the palm of their hand.”

True enough, a quad-core device with 2GB RAM would be perfect for people looking for ultimate mobile devices that offer performance like no one has ever experienced before. While it is definitely not the first quad-core device released this year, it might be warmly accepted in the US and UK being a mobile device that bears PC-like power.

The fact is the device offers more than just its powerful CPU and more than enough RAM. But while people’s attention is focused on these aspects, there’s one thing worth knowing: LG Optimus G uses In-Cell Touch technology. It is the same display technology Apple uses for its iPhone 5. Not only does it make screen thinner—by taking away some layers—It also helps extend battery life. So, aside from being thinner than other devices in the market today, LG Optimus G is expected to last longer with its 2100mAh battery.

It will be marketed with a premium price tag attached to it, so the fact that both AT&T and Sprint will subsidize it is good news; people would be able to get it on a lower price range with proper support and warranty. There is no date specified for the release of this device yet but speculations and rumors point out November would be a perfect month for it. Still, we have to wait for LG’s, AT&T’s and Sprint’s confirmation as to the availability of LG Optimus G.

Xiaomi MI-2 Release Date Slated in October; Features Quad-Core Processor, Jelly Bean & MIUI v4.0

Xiaomi MI-2 poses a great threat to any high-end smartphones in the market today, especially in China, because not only does it feature Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 chipset with quad-core processor, it also comes packed with buttery smooth user interface (MIUI v4.0) on top of the custom Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system.

Apparently, the device will debut in China and target the same market where it is expected to dominate. However, Xiaomi hasn’t released an official statement whether the device will be marketed in the United States and other regions or not. This leaves a room for people to speculate. Recent rumors suggest that it will also target English-speaking and a few other Asian countries, which is why an official promotional video with English subtitles was uploaded on YouTube (please see embedded video below for reference) a few days before it was unveiled in August.

One source who claimed to be familiar with the operations of Xiaomi said that Xiaomi MI-Two will be released on October 18th, although he didn’t provide any proof of some sort. The company already confirmed during launch and through Twitter that its flagship will be released sometime in October but also didn’t provide exact date.


Xiaomi MI-2 will have impressive hardware specs but will be offered at a very affordable price. The last time we check, MI-2 has a price tag of 1,999 Yuan or around $310 USD; that’s almost half the price of its Apple and Samsung competitors.

While China’s smartphone business is currently on the rise pushing companies like Apple to venture out in an unfamiliar market, analysts believe local brands will always be preferred by the Chinese users. One of the reasons is that, companies like Xiaomi, Meizu and OPPO offer affordable devices with the same specs as with their counterparts. It would become a surprise if Apple iPhone 5, despite its popularity, will defeat Xiaomi MI-2 in terms of sales in China.

Perhaps, one of the things that make this smartphone special is its user interface. Xiaomi MI-Two will run on MIUI v4.0, a highly customizable ROM based on Android Open Source Project’s (AOSP) Jelly Bean release. Among the features MIUI offers are the following:

  • Silky smooth experience
  • Multiple built-in transition effects
  • Convenient icon sorting
  • Easily add widgets
  • Shake phone three times to automatically organize icons
  • T9 smart dialing
  • Easily find commonly used business numbers via T9
  • One-click call recording
  • Take down notes quickly during calls
  • Fast group messaging
  • More photography features
  • Convenient browser tab management
  • Smart layout of webpages
  • Large collection of music
  • Change lockscreen mechanism
  • Customize your own theme

source: CNN

Oppo Find 5 Jelly Bean Smartphone Features Quad-core Processor, 1080p Resolution

Chinese smartphone maker, Oppo, revealed its newest masterpiece in a bid to grow its share in the Android market dominated by seasoned manufacturers. Oppo Find 5 will come bringing along a bunch of features that only a few smartphones offer. It is apparent that Oppo is trying to produce eye-catching products; earlier this year it released the world’s thinnest smartphone.

Oppo Find 5 will become one of the few smartphones to come with a quad-core processor. But aside from that, it will become the first mobile phone to feature a full HD 1080p (1920 x 1080) resolution stretched on a 5-inch screen. Thus, it will feature a stunning 441 pixels per inch (PPI) leaving Samsung Galaxy S3 and iPhone 5 look bad as far as display is concerned.

Some reports suggest that Oppo Find 5 will sport 1GB RAM while others say its quad-core processor needs to have 2GB complementary memory. One tech enthusiast, however, explained that smartphones don’t really need as much RAM but it’s always better to get higher specs. So, either it will get 2GB or just half of it, it doesn’t really matter.

It is confirmed that Oppo’s latest foray into the cutthroat smartphone market will feature the latest version of Android—Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. This handset may just make its debut in China and there is no word whether the company will try to capture the market in the U.S. and U.K. but that would totally depend on how it will perform in such a stiff market.

Reports say it will feature Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064 processor, which claims to be the most powerful of its kind today. Exynos-based Galaxy S III and Tegra 3-based Nexus 7, albeit having quad-core processors, will totally be defeated when processing capability is concerned as shown in several benchmarks done by Engadget.

Among other features that would surely catch one’s attention are its 12 MP primary camera and the powerful 2500 mAh battery, which is believed to power the device up to 11 hours of straight talk time.

Needless to say, Oppo built a device that would pose a real threat to the ones already dominating in the market including the newly announced iPhone 5. What the company needs to do now is to promote its brand and acquire more following.

There is no word as to the pricing and availability of the device and there’s no photo available yet to give us an idea how this device would look like.

Oppo Find 5 Specs 

5 inches display
1920 x 1080 pixels resolution (441ppi)
Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064 quad-core processor
12MP primary camera
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS
2500 mAh battery


Qualcomm To Debut New Dual Core Snap Dragon With Integrated LTE At MWC

For a while now one of the biggest MWC rumors has been that HTC will bring a new quad-core Android phone powered by Nvidia’s Tegra 3 chip set.  This will be the first time that HTC has swayed from their long term relationship with Qualcomm and their SnapDragon processors for Android devices.

So what’s Qualcomm bringing to MWC. Well Qualcomm’s Vice President of Product Management, Raj Talluri may have rubbed some folks the wrong way when he announced they wouldn’t be bringing any ready for market devices with Qualcomm’s quad-core SnapDragon processor. He did say there may be some conceptual designs but nothing that will be available anytime soon.

So do we write Qualcomm off right now for MWC? Heck no!

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