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Huawei Ascend W1 specs and photos, leaked

A user in one of the forums based in China has leaked the purported photos of the rumored Huawei Ascend W1 on Sunday, October 14th. Though the photos looked legit, they came as no surprise as this is not the first time we’ve heard about it. The rumor about W1 actually started about a month ago and many are expecting to hear more information about it as Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 operating system nears official release.

Fortunately, the photos that were posted on the forum came with useful information such as specs. In a sense, its design and specs have already been confirmed today, although it is not official. According to the user, the following are the real specs of Huawei Ascend W1:

Processor. Huawei Ascend W1 is said to be coming packed with a dual-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz with integrated 400MHz graphics processor. While it hasn’t been confirmed by Huawei yet, Ascend W1 is likely to be showcasing Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 chipset.

Memory. The device is given 512MB RAM and 4GB internal memory. With these we know it Huawei is targeting the entry-level market. It is unclear whether Ascend W1 will have a microSD slot but as far as its internal memory is concerned and based on other Huawei devices, it is safe to assume this one will have a supplementary external memory.

Display. Having a GPU clocked at 400MHz is almost an assurance the device will have good graphics quality. According to the user who posted the photos, W1 gets a 4-inch WVGA screen. Basically, it is one of the few Windows Phone 8 devices to come in smaller size.

Battery. Luckily, owners of this device won’t have to recharge it every 4 or 5 hours. With a battery having 2000mAh power, Ascend W1 could reach up to 10 hours of straight usage but everything totally depends on how stable this device would be.

For now, there is no information as to the pricing and availability of Huawei Ascend W1 but given the fact that it will showcase WP8, it should make its debut later this month or earlier in November. Huawei might officially announce it next week but it might not be marketed in the US.

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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

Sony Xperia V LT25I starts shipping in December according to Swedish retailer

Sony Xperia V, which was officially announced in August, is rumored to debut in December. A Swedish retailer, which has a reputation of being accurate with the release dates it has published on its website, inadvertently revealed the device’s shipping date through its most recent listing.

Dustin.de published a page to promote Sony Xperia V LT25I on Tuesday. While Sony hasn’t revealed the official release date when this handset starts shipment, the retailer suggests shipping would start on December 3rd, at least, in Sweden and Europe. As of now, there is no information if the company has plans in bringing this device to the U.S. and whether or not it will tie up with US providers to subsidize Xperia V and make it more affordable for everyone who is willing to sign a contract.

Sony Xperia V is a water- and dust-proof Android smartphone that comes packed with Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon chipset with a dual-core Krait clocked at 1.5GHz and integrated Adreno 225 graphics processor. Like Xperia Acro S, this is a solid mid-ranger and it offers 4G LTE connectivity. This feature alone would tell us Xperia V, if released in the US, would head straight to a carrier offering LTE bundles.

Sony also gave this handset a full 1GB RAM to complement its fast processor and 8GB internal memory with a complementary microSD card slot that supports up to 32GB external memory.

Aside from typical connectivity peripherals, Xperia V has all hardware necessary for Near Field Communication (NFC) functionality. This is in line with Google’s campaign to promote its Google Wallet mobile payment system. Devices released with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich OS are most likely to feature NFC.

Its display is not really impressive but decent. It makes use of Sony Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2 allowing a resolution of up to 720 x 1280 pixels or around 342ppi density. While it uses a typical TFT touchscreen, it supports up to 10 fingers multitouch.

Its battery provides 1750mAh but since it comes with a more stable version of Android ICS and power-saving display technology, it can be used up to 7 hours of straight talk time. Xperia Acro S has 1910mAh battery but it reaches only 6 hours of straight use because of its LED-backlit LCD screen.

Sony is yet to confirm if the rumored shipping date posted on Dustin.de is real. Moreover, the company needs to provide more information to the media about this device. The pricing is yet unknown to everyone but the Swedish retailer offers it for 4,299 Kroner or around $655 USD.

Source: Dustin.de | GSM Arena | Xperia Blog

Pantech Vega R3 5.3-inch Android ICS smartphone features Snapdragon S4 Pro, 2GB RAM, 2600mAh battery

The South Korean mobile phone manufacturer, Pantech, is getting ready to unleash its foray into the high-end market. Pantech Vega R3 will soon compete head-to-head with Samsung Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note II and LG Optimus Vu as it will come packed with hardware bearing high specifications. It could also be considered a smartphone-tablet hybrid as it features 5.3 inches screen, and will run Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich upon release.

Hardware. It’s just been confirmed that Pantech Vega R3 will sport Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064 MDP/T chipset, a quad-core Krait clocked at 1.5GHz and can be overclocked up to 1.7GHz depending on the firmware used. The thing about high-powered Qualcomm chipsets is that they also come with better graphics processor, thus, Adreno 320 GPU is integrated into this unit to provide Vega R3 top-notch display quality. Other devices that feature this Krait are Oppo Find 5, Asus Padfone 2, and Xiaomi MI-2.

Memory. Pantech confirmed that Vega R3 will come with more than enough 2GB RAM to complement its superfast processor. There are only a few smartphones or tablets packed with this much RAM and Galaxy Note II is an obvious competitor in this aspect. There are conflicting reports about the internal memory of this device; some say it has 16GB ROM others say it’s 32GB. One thing is for sure, though, there will be a microSD slot to support up to 32GB external memory.

Display. Adreno 320 GPU basically supports up to 1080p screen resolution but Pantech settles for 720p for this device. Nevertheless, Vega R3 will be one of the few devices available in the market today with 1280 x 720 pixel resolution. It also sports Natural IPS Pro LCD technology that offers a “naturally colored, bright and clear image.” This is, perhaps, a display technology that could stand in competition with Samsung’s Super AMOLED display. The advantage is that LCD eats up less power than LED.

Connectivity. Pantech Vega R3 supports Near Field Communication (NFC) and 4th Generation Long-Term Evolution (4G LTE) making it ahead of other devices. iPhone 5 supports LTE but not NFC; Galaxy S3 supports both but will have to downgrade to dual-core in the U.S. Aside from NFC and LTE, Vega R3 also supports Bluetooth 4.0 and WiFi a/b/g/n. Needless to say, it supports everything needed to get its owners connected most of the times.

Battery. This is where Pantech Vega R3 will gain momentum in the market as there are only a few smartphones that come with battery more than 2000mAh; Galaxy Note is one with 2500mAh. Pantech Vega R3, on the other hand, provides longer service with its 2600mAh. This massive battery will prove to provide more power to the device knowing it comes with an LCD technology, which is very economical in terms of power consumption.

Pantech Vega R3 will showcase Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich but the manufacturer promised an upgrade to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean shortly after the release. That said, the device will debut in South Korea on September 26 but there is no information about the pricing. But it is expected it will be offered in almost the same price range as Galaxy Note II and Samsung Galaxy S III.

Source: Android Authority

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
2GB RAM
12MP primary camera
Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS
2500 mAh battery

 

Nuance: When You Can’t Sue It, Buy It

Nuance, probably the biggest name in voice to text, speech recognition technology on Android smartphones, had a hate hate relationship with competitor Vlingo for quite some time.  Over the years Nuance has sued Vlingo several times over patent infringement. In fact at one time Nuance had four lawsuits against Vlingo while at the same time Vlingo had one against Nuance.

Nuance has now announced that they’ve acquired Vlingo.

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Quick Video Review: HTC Evo Design 4G On Sprint

Sprint has recently (possibly unbeknownst to them) added a new category of Android phones. This category sits firmly in between mid-range phone and the superphones that we all love to dote about. This is a great category for consumers.  Over the weekend we unboxed and reviewed the other phone in this category the LG Marquee, today we are checking out the HTC Evo Design 4G.

The first thing we notice about the Design 4G is the 4G part. This means that  it will operate on Sprint’s current 4G WiMax network. The other thing that makes this phone special is it’s the first HTC Evo world phone meaning you can use it internationally (with an international plan of course).

Aside from those two things what we have is a very solid Android device. It’s sleek looking design and light weight. The 1.2ghz single core processor is just a little bump up from the HTC Evo 4G, Sprint’s flagship Evo device released in June of 2010 and still one of the most popular Android devices, not only on Sprint but out of the whole Android ecosystem.

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