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Medion X4701 smartphone showcased

Medion X4701

The new Medion X4701 smartphone was showcased during this year’s IFA trade show. This smartphone will aim for the mid-tier market segment. According to Engadget, which published information regarding the handset, Medion will eventually change the name to something more marketable.

Medion X4701
Medion X4701

Medion X4701 specifications

The Medion X4701 sports a 4.7-inch  IPS display with a resolution of 1,280 x 720 pixels. Internally, it comes with a 1.2GHz quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 chipset. Also onboard are 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. Medion is including an 8GB microSD card in the package to add more storage space. Design-wise, the smartphone offers a glittery gray matte rear cover made of plastic. However, Medion gives users an alternative by including a white rear cover in the package, as well. In terms of connectivity, the device has Bluetooth 3.0, 802.11 b/g/n WiFi, and HSDPA+. The device currently runs on Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean, but may still be upgraded before the launch. It also features a 2 MP front-facing camera. It draws its power from a 2000 mAh battery. One finds on the side of the handset the power button and the volume rocker, while on top is the microUSB port and the audio jack. The device will be sold in Germany, the UK, and other Western markets. Medion, however, has not announced when the smartphone will hit the market. In Europe, the device will be sold for 199 Euros.

For those who are not familiar with Medion, the company is a subsidiary of the China-based manufacturer, Lenovo. Lenovo bought the company back in 2011 in an effort to be more competitive in Germany. The Medion X4701, however, is not an import from China. If you are interested in the device, a YouTube user called minipcpro has uploaded a video showing the device from various angles.

via engadget

[IFA 2013] Alcatel Introduces One Touch Pop C-Series

Alcatel has announced at the IFA 2013 event in Berlin four new smartphones belonging to the One Touch Pop series. Pop C1, Pop C3, Pop C5, and Pop C7 are the new models that are aimed at the younger generation and are characterized by their wide range of customization options. They are best used by consumers who don’t want a fancy high-end device but instead looking for a basic smartphone that already runs on Android 4.2

alcatel one touch pop c

Pop C1

This is the smallest of the new models having a 3.5 inch HVGA display. It uses a 1 GHz dual core processor that allows for a fast Internet browsing experience. The user interface is easy to use and the pre-installed apps makes sure that the device can be used immediately straight out of the box. This model will be available in the market starting this October.

Pop C3

The Pop C3 has a 4-inch WVGA display and has a curved design. It uses a 1.3 GHz dual core processor that’s perfect for multi-tasking or gaming. It also features a 3.2 MP camera that can be used to take great photos. A flip accessory is also available for consumers to dress up their device. This model will be available in the market starting this October.

Pop C5

Despite having a 4.5-inch display the Pop C5 can still fit easily on a person’s hand. This model uses a uses a 1.3 GHz dual core processor that allows games to be played smoothly and also assures a faster Internet browsing experience. The 5 MP rear camera comes with a panoramic picture function while the front camera can be used for video calls. This model will be available in the market starting this November.

Pop C7

The Pop C7 has the largest display among these new models. The device uses a 5-inch extra-large display and uses a 1.3 GHz quad core processor. It also comes with a 5 MP camera that takes great shots. This device is suited for those looking for a smartphone with a large screen yet comes at a budget friendly price. This model will be available in the market during the last quarter of this year.

via engadget

[IFA 2013] Wacom Cintiq Companion Hybrid Unveiled

Wacom announced last month an upcoming tablet device called the Wacom Cintiq Companion Hybrid that allows professional artists to stay productive even while being mobile. Over at the IFA 2013 event currently being held in Berlin the company introduced this model that functions like the Cintiq 13 HD when connected to a Mac or Pc but becomes an Android tablet when disconnected.


Technical Specifications

  • Display Size: 13.3 inch
  • Operating System: Android 4.2, Jelly Bean
  • Resolution: Full HD 1920 X 1080
  • Advanced Control: 2048 levels pen pressure, natural feel and multi-touch
  • Productivity Boosters: ExpressKeys, Rocker Ring, Home Button, On-Screen Controls
  • Ergonomics: Adjustable stand
  • Compatibility: Windows, Mac
  • Processor: Nvidia Tegra 4
  • Storage: 16 or 32 GB
  • RAM: 2GB DDR3
  • Cameras: 2MP HD front, 8MP HD back
  • Product Type: Creative tablet
  • Size: 375 x 248 x 16 mm / 14.8 x 9.8 x 0.6 in
  • Weight: 1.7 or 1.8 kg / 3.6 or 3.9 lbs.

The Cintiq Companion Hybrid combines the features of a pen display and a tablet making it a very versatile device.  It allows for artists to draw their sketches or paintings while on the go and to easily connect to a Mac or PC to continue when back in the studio. The device comes pre-installed with Astro File manager and Adobe Photoshop.

This device also comes with a cordless pen called the Pro Pen which has 2048 pressure levels. It has a latex-free silicone rubber grip making it easy to handle, has two side switches, and comes with 9 spare standard sized nibs.

A lot of people may compare this device with the less expensive Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1, which is also powered by Wacom, however the company says that the Cintiq Companion Hybrid uses technology that is several years more advanced than the Samsung model.

This device will become available at the Wacom eStore starting mid-September with a price of $1499 for the 16 GB model and $1599 for the 32 GB variant.

via androidcommunity

[IFA 2013] Lenovo Announces Vibe X 5-Inch Smartphone

Lenovo has announced at IFA 2013 that it will be releasing a new flagship smartphone by October called the Vibe X (IdeaPhone S960). This is a 5-inch smartphone made of high-end polycarbonate shell and runs on Android 4.2 straight out of the box.  This model will be competing directly with other Android flagship models such as the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One.

vibe x

Technical Specifications

  • MediaTek 6589T 1.5GHz Quad-core processor
  • Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • 5-inch 1920×1080 full HD IPS display with Corning® Gorilla Glass 3 and ultra-sharp 441 PPI (20/20 Vision display)
  • 2GB memory
  • 16GB internal storage
  • Micro SIM
  • FM Radio
  • 2G/3G, Wi-Fi
  • 13MP rear-facing camera with auto-focus BSI sensor and LED flash; 5MP front camera with wide-angle lens
  • 2000mAh embedded Li-Po battery
  • 121g (4.2 ounces)
  • 144 x 74 x 6.9 mm (5.6 x 2.9 x 0.27 inches)

The Vibe X comes with a 5-inch “20/20 Vision” display that has a 1080p resolution and 441 PPI. It’s also being protected using Gorilla Glass 3. The device promises to have one of the best displays in the market today and judging from its specs it definitely delivers.

At the heart of this model is a quad core 1.5GHz MediaTek 6589T processor combined with 2 GB of RAM that should provide for a smooth user experience.

One of the features that Lenovo is highlighting for the Vibe X is its camera functionality. The device boasts of a 5 MP wide-angle lens front facing camera which should prove very useful for those who are into taking selfies a lot. There is also a 13 MP rear-facing camera that comes with a BSI sensor that takes great photos in any lighting condition.

The company also pointed out that this model is very light weighing only at 4.2 ounces which is the equivalent of five AA batteries.

No pricing or availability details were revealed but it is said that the device won’t be available in the US or even Europe. It will however be available in other regions worldwide.

via zdnet

Lenovo S5000 tablet announced at IFA 2013

Lenovo S5000

Lenovo S5000

It’s that time of the year again when there are more device launches than we can remember, and here’s one more, coming from Lenovo. The Lenovo S5000 is a decent 7 inch tablet with a premium body and decent hardware to carry it through the budget segment. There’s no word on pricing or availability at this point, but we should see it make its way to Asia, Europe and North America in the coming months. The tablet has a soft touch back which Lenovo calls “fabric feel” which adds to the overall look of the device.

The Lenovo S5000 comes with a 7 inch 1280×800 display, a 1.2 GHz quad core MediaTek chip, 1GB of RAM, a 5MP camera on the back with a 1.6MP front facing camera, USB on-the-go, Android 4.2 and a 3,450 mAh battery which is underwhelming for a tablet of this size. In comparison, the relatively smaller Samsung Galaxy Note 3 comes with a 3,200 mAh battery.

It seems like Lenovo has decided to give priority to the look and feel of the tablet over battery life. To make matters worse, the Lenovo S5000 also comes with a SIM card tray for HSPA+ networks. We’re not sure if Lenovo has thought this through, but the customers will certainly have a word or two to say when they realize it won’t even last one day.

Via: Android Central

Galaxy Gear will launch with 12 featured apps



The Galaxy Gear is a new move in the wearables market and the first from Samsung, who revealed the smartwatch at IFA. The Galaxy Gear will have twelve apps at launch, with more on the way according to the South Korean firm.

The first twelve include:

  • Path – The social app currently available on iOS and Android. Path will send notifications to the watch, allow the user to take photos with the camera on the Galaxy Gear and allow users to browse Path’s friend feed.
  • Evernote – Allowing users to browse, check and get notified about dates and meetings. Evernote will also allow users to add notes and add camera photos from the Galaxy Gear.
  • Pocket – It is odd that anyone would want to read articles on the Galaxy Gear, considering the screen is 1.63-inch. Pocket will offer a condensed version of the app, allowing users to save the content to another device for later reading.
  • eBay – When bidding or selling an item, eBay will notify through the watch to detail payments. Users can also bid and sell items through the Galaxy Gear, although we are not exactly sure why anyone would want to do it.
  • Glympse – Allows friends to see movements for a short amount of time with location tools. This could be useful since the Galaxy Gear will be attached to the wrist, but with users carrying smartphones everywhere nowadays it doesn’t differentiate.
  • Atooma – Makes sure if a user sets a certain command, it works. For instance, setting the command to make sure nobody rings when battery life is low.
  • TripIt – Users can make travel plans through the Galaxy Gear, may work with notifications on featured places and nearby places.
  • Vivino Wine Scanner – Quite the niche app, Vivino will allow users to take any bottle of wine, show it in front of the Galaxy Gear camera and instantly get information about it.
  • RunKeeper – Fitness app allowing users to track their daily routine, set goals and get information on how well you did.
  • MyFitness Pal – Another fitness app with nutrition and exercise goals, daily workout routines and other fitness help and information. Users have the choice of fitness apps at launch.
  • Line – Messaging service with integration on multiple platforms, allows the user to get updates and reply. WhatsApp sadly is not on the list, neither is Facebook Messenger.
  • Banjo – Another location app showing concerts and other things happening in the neighbourhood.

Sadly Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and Foursquare are all not on the Galaxy Gear at launch. We believe Samsung will look for more partnerships quick, to boost the experience on the smartwatch.

Verizon Wireless to start pre-orders of Galaxy Note 3 on Friday


Samsung has once again grabbed all four carriers in the US with their hit phablet phone, the Galaxy Note 3. The newest in the line will be available to pre-order from Verizon Wireless on Friday.

AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile and US Cellular will all be grabbing the Galaxy Note 3 before it comes out on September 25. The Galaxy Note 3 will be available for pre-order from the selected carriers sometime within the next week, but no price has been set for the device.

On top of the US launch, Samsung is preparing to get the Galaxy Note 3 into 149 countries before the end of the year, beating LG’s big 130 carrier push with the LG G2.

The Galaxy Note 3 does have a few new features, including the faux-leather back instead of plastic. Inside the phone is running on an octa-core Exynos 5 CPU, 3GB of RAM and has a variety of storage options.

We will see the Galaxy Note 3 come with three different color options, white, black and pink. We believe Samsung will offer exclusive deals with carriers for different color options, similar to what they have done with the Galaxy S4.

Verizon Wireless has also announced they will be offering the Galaxy Gear for $299. The Galaxy Gear is an accessory for the smartphone, connecting to it through Bluetooth 4.0 and allowing users to check their watch for notifications and use simple apps.


Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition launched at IFA



Leather is the new plastic for Samsung – with the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Note 10.1 both getting this stitched hoax-leather treatment. The soft touch back is more commendable than the cheap plastic, but it is an odd choice only Samsung would make.

The Galaxy Note 10.1 is a very powerful tablet, running the 1.9GHz octa-core Exynos 5 processor and fitted with 3GB of RAM for extra smooth multitasking, it is built for the next generation of users in mind. An 8MP rear camera and 2MP front camera have been added to the tablet.

Samsung has put the 2560 x 1600 resolution screen on the Galaxy Note 10.1, this is the same panel they used for the Nexus 10. Some early tests show a bit of screen lag, but we are sure Samsung will optimise the tablet for the higher display before the release.

The Galaxy Note 10.1 will come in 16GB, 32GB or 64GB storage options, with WiFi only, WiFi and 3GB or LTE versions. Samsung will launch the Note 10.1 in 149 countries on September 25.

This does look like a very nice device, better than the previous Galaxy Note 10.1 and really pushing the Samsung tablet line. Now the question is can Samsung make TouchWiz less of a heavy UI and stick to making this a simplistic tablet.


[IFA 2013] Sony Unveils Water-Resistant, NFC Enabled SmartWatch 2

A lot of companies are unveiling their upcoming devices right now over at IFA 2013 in Berlin. Sony is one such company taking part in the event and has officially unveiled their second generation smartwatch device called the SmartWatch 2. This wearable device is said to be the very first NFC watch that’s also resistant to water.


The SmartWatch 2 was first announced by Sony last June and is now ready to hit the market. It is designed to primarily act as a second screen to any Android smartphone. It has a notification center that allows a user to check on messages, phone calls or updates without taking the smartphone out of the pocket or bag. There are also dedicated apps such as Facebook and Twitter to easily manage social networks.

Some of the functions of the SmartWatch 2 include

  • Handle your calls by a simple touch of your wrist
  • Take a photo remotely from your SmartWatch, using a smart camera app
  • Control your presentations remotely using Presentation Pal
  • Taking a run or on the bike? Select a mapping app on SmartWatch to check your route with a quick glance at your wrist
  • Read previously downloaded e-mails when not connected to your phone
  • Use lifestyle apps like Runtastic to map and instantly track your fitness activities on the go

This new device offers several new features not found in the first model. For starters it is now waterproof. It also has NFC connectivity which makes it easier to pair with any Android device. It has better visibility under sunlight with its improved display (1.6 inch, 220 x 176 pixels).

SmartWatch 2 Features

  • Screen brightness (sunlight readable)
  • Longest battery life for a smartwatch* (battery level indicator shows low
  • battery warning)
  • Water-resistant (IP57)
  • Easy setup (NFC pairing and connecting)
  • Standalone watch functionality
  • Standard micro USB cable for charging
  • User interface similar to Android UI so it is more intuitive
  • Bigger screen with higher resolution (1.6 inch, 220 x 176 pixels)
  • High quality materials (aluminium body and stainless steel wristband)
  • Extended compatibility (works with most Android phones)
  • Swappable wristbands – personalise with any standard 24mm strap.

This device will go on sale later this month with a price that is yet to be announced.

via gizmag 

[IFA 2013] Asus Unveils MeMO Pad 8, MeMO Pad 10

Today at the IFA 2013 in Berlin Asus was able to showcase two of their upcoming products called the MeMO Pad 8 (ME180A) and MeMO Pad 10 (ME102A) both of which are Android tablets. Both models are strikingly similar with the only noticeable difference is that of their display size.

asus memopad

The MeMO Pad 8 isn’t a high-end device judging from its specifications but it is still a good and solid device. The white version has a glossy front and back which is quite a bit of a problem since it’s a fingerprint magnet. The other variants of this model have a matte back part which makes it easier to grip.

Technical Specifications

  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
  • 8-inch IPS panel 1280×800
  • 1.6GHz quad-core chipset
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 8GB  internal storage
  • microSDXC card slot
  • 5MP 720p rear camera
  • 1.2MP 720p front camera
  • 9 hours of continuous 720p HD video playback
  • 3950mAh battery

The MeMO Pad 10 is basically an underpowered MeMO Pad FHD 10. It has similar specs as that of the MeMO Pad 8 and is great option for consumers who are looking for a tablet with a much larger display.

Technical Specifications

  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
  • 10-inch IPS panel 1280×800
  • 1.6GHz quad-core chipset
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 16GB internal storage
  • microSD card slot
  • 2MP 720p rear camera
  • 1.2MP 720p front camera
  • 9.5 hours of continuous 720p HD video playback
  • 5070mAh

The MeMO Pad 10 comes with a bigger internal storage and larger battery capacity compared to the 8 inch model. It however only has a 2MP rear camera.

Both Asus tablets have dual speakers at the back which should be able to reproduce a stereo sound. The retail package will include a protective sleeve called the TriCover which also serves as a stand.

Pricing and availability have not been announced yet but judging from its specs and how the company has been releasing budget-friendly models lately I’m sure consumers won’t be disappointed with the official price.

via engadget

HTC announces Desire 601, Desire 301, blue HTC One, BoomBass


IFA is upon us and HTC has come out the door guns blazing with a few new product launches. The Berlin conference is like the European CES, with all sorts of wacky electronics and mid-range devices getting launched. This year, we are going to see more than mid range devices, with a full new line of smartphones rumoured to be coming from multiple companies.


Starting with the two new Desire smartphones, the Desire 301 is a good looking budget-end smartphone. Inside the device is a 1GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 Pro, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, 4.3-inch 480p display, 5MP rear camera, 1650mAh battery, WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0.


The Desire 601 will have more pleasing but still mid-range specs, with a 1.4GHz dual-core Snapdragon 400 CPU, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, 4.5-inch 540p display, 5MP rear camera, 2100mAh battery, WiFi, Bluetooth and LTE. Both smartphones are set to launch in Europe, the Middle East, and Asia, no word on US launch.


HTC is also stepping into the speaker market with the HTC BoomBass, a new portable subwoofer. The BoomBass will connect through NFC to a paired smartphone and amplifies low-end performance when connected with a HTC device. No price yet, but the accessory will be available in October.


Last but not least, the HTC One and HTC One Mini in vivid blue. Recent leaks showed a dark blue, but HTC has went with a glossy baby blue. It looks nice and we are glad to see it will come on both HTC One devices, we wonder if it will also be available on the HTC One Max, set to launch at the IFA event sometime within the next few days.

The color will be available in Q4 this year on selected markets, this could either be Sprint or Verizon Wireless in the US, depending on which carrier wants the color option the most.

Acer DA241HL AIO desktop arrives

Acer DA241HL

The Acer DA241HL All-In-One Android desktop is a testament to how the operating system is moving from mobile devices to PCs. This device, which Acer recently unveiled in Berlin, Germany, is one of the first desktop PCs to offer the Android OS. In particular, the device comes with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, one of the latest updates to the operating system. The device also features an NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor, a processor which is more commonly found on tablets than on PCs.

Acer DA241HL
Acer DA241HL

According to Acer, this combination of Android OS plus the NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor will provide consumers with a user experience similar to what mobile devices offer. The difference is that this device comes with a massive 24-inch display that can be used alone as a Android-based desktop PC, or as a monitor. Such display boasts of a 20 to 75 degree tilting angle.

As an Android device, the Acer DA241HL supports the huge amount of apps available on Google Play. Acer underscores that gaming as well as the use of other Google Play features are optimized because the device packs a Tegra 3 processor. CNET, however, points out that plenty of the apps available on Google Play may not necessarily look good on the huge display, since many of them are made for smaller screens. The All-In-One device furthermore allows for the creation of up to five user profiles, in which users can customize settings according to their own preferences.
Consumers, however, can opt to use the Acer DA241HL as a monitor for a Windows 8 device in case they don’t want to use Android. To do this, they can simply connect the Acer DA241HL to a device running on Windows 8 through a USB or HDMI cable. Using the AIO as a monitor still allows the user to enjoy touchscreen functions.

Meanwhile, an MHL cable will enable the user to connect the Acer DA241HL to an Android device, converting the All-In-One Android desktop into a monitor for games or movies.

Along with the Acer DA241HL All-In-One Android desktop, the manufacturer also unveiled other All-in-Ones, including the Aspire U5-610, Aspire Z3-105, and Aspire Z3-610. Acer will begin selling the Acer DA241HL in Europe by mid-October for the price of €429. The other aforementioned All-in-Ones will hit the market between December to January.

via cnet, slashgear

Acer Liquid S2 announced, offers 4K UHD video recording

Acer Liquid S2

Hot on the heels of its tablet announcement, Acer has unveiled yet another monster in the form of the Liquid S2. This is also the first smartphone in the world to support 4K video recording, thanks to the snappy Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset inside. We saw the smartphone leaking out in benchmarks last week, hinting at an inevitable announcement. The Liquid S2 will go by the model number S520.

The smartphone carries a pretty hefty specs sheet with the highlight being the 6 inch 1080p IPS display. The Liquid S2 also sports a 13MP camera on the back with 4K Ultra HD video recording, a 2MP front facing camera, a 2.2 GHz quad core Snapdragon 800 chipset, 16GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot (up to 128GB), 2GB of RAM, Dolby Digital speakers, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, support for 4G LTE-A and a 3,300 mAh battery. The smartphone will be sold in Red and Black color variants.

There’s still no word on pricing and availability, but we should expect Asian and European markets to get it first. The company will provide more information during the IFA 2013 event later this week.

Via: Techkiddy

New Asus Transformer tablet teased online

New Asus Transformer tablet

A new Asus Transformer tablet is being previewed online on the manufacturer’s Facebook page. Over the past few days, Asus claimed that the device would “transform your possibilities,” “transform your mobility,” and “transform your perception.”  The new Asus Transformer tablet is expected to be revealed on September 4th.

New Asus Transformer tablet
New Asus Transformer tablet

According to Android Authority, these hints possibly point to a refreshed Transformer Pad Infinity tablet, which Asus showcased during Computex earlier this year. During the unveiling, the device offered a 10.1 inch IPS display with a WQXGA resolution of 2560 x 1600 pixels and 178-degree wide viewing angles ad . It also comes with an NVIDIA Tegra 4 quad-core Cortex-A15 CPU, 72-core GeForce GPU, 2GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, and expansion via SD card slot. Furthermore, it packs support for 4K Ultra HD through an HDMI port, dual-band 802.11 a/b/g/n with Miracast, and Bluetooth 3.0+EDR. The interface includes an audio jack, stereo speaker, and internal microphone. It draws power from a 31Wh Li-polymer Battery and offers the following sensors: G-Sensor, Light Sensor, Gyroscope, E-compass, and GPS. The tablet has dimensions of 263 x 180.8 x 8.9mm and weighs 600 grams. It sells for $399.

Asus is also selling a separate QWERTY keyboard dock that works with the tablet. This dock adds 16Wh of battery life, as well as a USB 3.0 port and SDXC Card Reader. Bundled together, the tablet and mobile dock cost $499. It measures 263 x 180.8 x 7mm, and weighs 450 grams.

In related news, an unknown ASUS tablet with model number K00C was recently spotted at the FCC. The listing did not divulge much information about the tablet, save for its 10-inch display, as well as support for both Wi-Fi and Bluetooth.

Asus is among the group of manufacturers which have released teasers prior to the trade show. Sony, HTC, and Samsung have all hinted about their upcoming releases.

via androidauthority, engadget