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3 years ago

LG G2 Mini official, landing globally in March


Bringing the great parts of the LG G2 to a smaller form factor while cutting the specs at the same time

After successfully teasing a smaller version of its flagship LG G2 last week, LG has let the cat out of the bag on the LG G2 Mini. Just like it did with the G Pro 2, LG is getting out ahead of the pre-MWC speculation by simply releasing details and pictures of the upcoming device for all to see before getting a true introduction at the show next week. Borrowing the name and design from its larger sibling, the LG G2 Mini is set to be a smaller, mid-range version of the flagship that has brought a good amount of attention to LG in recent months.

"The G2 mini is all about bringing the best user experience of the G2 to a more compact, mid-tier device, giving millions of customers the opportunity to benefit from the LG premium experience. This device offers the perfect balance of modern design and practical UX in a compact package without compromising performance."

Said Dr. Jong-seok Park, CEO of LG Mobile. You'll notice most of the talk is about the "experience" of the LG G2, not the exact speeds and feeds — these aren't the G2's specs squeezed into a smaller frame. While we have a full G2 Mini specs post linked below, here are the quick highlights:

  • 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Quad-Core MSM8926 (Snapdragon 400) processor
  • 4.7-inch qHD (that's 960 x 540) IPS display
  • 1GB RAM, 8GB storage (SD card expandable)
  • 8MP / 1.3MP cameras (13MP in Latin America)
  • 2440mAh user-removable battery
  • Android 4.4, KitKat

It looks as though there will be at least three variants of the LG G2 Mini at launch — a dual SIM 3G version, a global LTE version and a Latin America LTE version, each arriving in four colors. The Latin America version will have a Tegra 4i processor, a 13MP camera and different radio bands from the rest, it seems. The LG G2 Mini will see a global release in March, hitting the Russian region with a 3G dual-SIM variant first, followed by major markets in the Middle East, Latin america, Europe and Asia thereafter. Interestingly, the release makes no note of North American availability — this is a play for markets that are more price sensitive.

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3 years ago

LG G2 Mini specs


LG ahead of Mobile World Congress has released the LG G2 Mini specs. They are:

  • Chipset: 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Quad-Core MSM8926 (LTE) / MSM8226 (3G); 1.7GHz Nvidia Quad Core Tegra 4i (LATAM LTE version)
  • Display: 4.7-inch qHD IPS (960 x 540)
  • Memory: 8GB eMMC / 1GB RAM / SD Card Slot
  • Camera: Rear 8.0MP / 13.0MP (LATAM LTE version) / Front 1.3MP
  • Battery: 2,440mAh (removable)
  • Operating System: Android 4.4 KitKat
  • Size: 129.6 x 66.0 x 9.8mm
  • Weight: 121g
  • Network: Cat. 4 & VoLTE / Cat. 3(LATAM), HSPA+ 21Mbps (3G)
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi (802.11 b/g/n), A-GPS, NFC (4G LTE version only)
  • Colors: Titan Black, Lunar White, Red, Gold (depending on region)
  • Other: Plug & Pop, Guest Mode, Clip Tray, Quick Window, etc.

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3 years ago

Xiaomi kickstarts their global plans with launch in Singapore


Chinese smartphone powerhouse Xiaomi has long had eyes on the global market, and today they started making progress in expanding outside of the People's Republic with their first launch in Singapore. ZDNet reports that Xiaomi's mid-range Redmi Android handset is now on sale in Singapore for S$169 (that's around $134 USD), while the flagship Mi3 is expected on March 7 for S$419 ($332 USD).

The Redmi is launching on all three of Singapore's carriers — M1, SingTel Mobile, StarHub — and while their combined 8 million subscribers pale in comparison to even the smallest carriers in China, it's a start for Xiaomi's global plans. To celebrate the launch, Xiaomi customized its MIUI interface with "Singapore-centric app icons and a wallpaper of the city's skyline."

Xiaomi recently poached former Google Android VP of Product Hugo Barra to head up their expansion plans, and Barra was on hand in Singapore along with Xiaomi co-founder Lin Bin. Xiaomi's set up a service center for local customers and will soon be opening a regional corporate office and distribution center to serve the whole of southeast Asia with localized support and features.

For now, Xiaomi is focusing on Asia, targeting Singapore's neighbor Malaysia for their next launch. Jumping the Pacific Ocean for the Americas is apparently not in the near-term plans, though having gone from their first launch three years ago to 15 million devices last year and a target of 40 million sales this year, Xaiomi is certainly on a roll — the rest of the globe can't be too far off, eh?

Source: ZDNet

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S5 could use 'side touch' camera button


Touch-sensitive area of chassis might work as a shutter button, new camera modes also reported

In the run up to next Monday's Galaxy S5 launch event in Barcelona, a few more details about the upcoming Samsung flagship are starting to trickle out online. Today Samsung fansite SamMobile, which has previously unveiled portions of the GS5's software, says it's gotten hold of some details about the handset's camera capabilities. Echoing earlier rumors, the blog says the GS5 will feature a 16-megapixel camera, as well as 4K recording at 30 frames per second and 1080p at 60fps.

But more interestingly, there's a claim that the Galaxy S5 will feature a new technology called "side touch." A touch-sensitive on the lower right side of the case will work like a capacitive shutter key, though its use will apparently be limited to certain camera modes. The "side touch" feature could give users a more natural way to take photos, and it's also possible that Samsung might choose to use this touch-sensitive area in other apps outside of the camera experience.

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3 years ago

New Samsung ads skewer iPhone and iPad


Samsung has something of a mixed track record when it comes to commercials — ranging from the cool and nostalgic to the surreal and just kinda creepy — but the company shows strong form with its latest TV spots for the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1. Poking fun at arch-rival Apple's iPhone and iPad, Samsung actually does a decent job of showcasing both devices' strengths over the iOS-based competition — "two things on screen at once, versus up to one thing on screen at once."

Check out the Tab Pro spot above — a riff on this iPad "pencil" ad, by the way — and head past the break for the second ad, featuring LeBron James on a Galaxy Note 3.

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3 years ago

HTC M8 leaks out in full render form, looks like an HTC One


Dual cameras seen again, metal appears to extend round the sides

Just 24 hours removed from the announcement of its launch event, we're seeing a full leaked render of the HTC M8 courtesy of @evleaks. If you're thinking it looks a little familiar, then you're absolutely right. Oh, and this particular one is in gold, if you like that sort of thing.

Taking a closer look at what we're seeing, there is a lot that's familiar. Boomsound speakers out front and the same overall design language as the current HTC One. There's nothing wrong with that, since the HTC One is a pretty darn handsome thing. The dual rear cameras we've seen in previous leaks are present and correct, as is a dual-tone LED flash. What lacks still is any actual solid purpose for those dual cameras.

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3 years ago

ZTE Boost Max review: A big phone with a smaller monthly bill


One of the most expensive phones on Boost has a huge screen and solid build quality, but comes up short in the wrong places.

Being a Sprint MVNO, options for bringing devices to Boost Mobile is inherently limited. You're basically stuck with approved older Sprint devices that can be unlocked and moved over, and Boost's own lineup of phones. Knowing its target market of budget-minded prepaid buyers, Boost does its best to strike deals with manufacturers to get a wide range of devices on the shelves and keep the off-contract price low.

Coming in with a 5.7-inch display and an off-contract price of $299, the Boost Max is the prepaid carrier's first (physically) huge phone that's set to put a dent in your pocket, but not your wallet. At this price without a contract you won't get barn-burning internals or the best camera prowess available, but if you're hungry for a larger screen and are set on keeping the monthly payments low, you now have an appealing choice.

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3 years ago

HTC M8 leaked in case shot


Dark grey handset with on-screen buttons pictured in latest leak

Just as we're hearing news of the launch events for HTC's next flagship smartphone, Twitter leaker @evleaks has posted an purporting to show the successor to the HTC One contained in a case of some kind.

As expected, the "M8" appears to be a somewhat curvier version of its predecessor, complete with front-facing speakers and on-screen buttons. The band below the screen, home to capacitive keys on the M7, now serves only to display the HTC logo. Due to the nature of the leak we can't make out much else of the device, but we can clearly see out a volume rocker on the right edge, a power button in the top right corner and an opening for some kind of slot on the right edge. On the display we're seeing the same HTC Sense 6 image that leaked a couple of weeks back.

The image would certainly appear to show HTC's next big thing, but there's a lot we still don't know about the "M8" — one of the biggest mysteries being its apparent dual rear cameras. We'll be live from HTC's launch events on Mar. 25; until then share your speculation in the comments!

Source: @evleaks

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3 years ago

Nokia X looking increasingly likely for Mobile World Congress


Nokia slipping out its own teasers for alleged Android device

Nokia X; at this point we'll be more surprised if we don't see it at Mobile World Congress on Monday. The device more commonly known as Normandy, alleged to run some construction of Android and tagged as a potential Asha replacement is now even being teased by Nokia itself. That's a giant, green X.

Posted on Nokia's Conversations blog is a reminder of its forthcoming press conference – that we'll be at, naturally – in Barcelona. There's plenty of green about, and four black crosses meeting at the same point. X marks the spot. Of course, for a few more days the rumor and speculation will continue, but soon enough we'll have everything we need to know. 08:30 local time it all goes down on Monday, February 24. Join us.

Source: Nokia

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3 years ago

HTC's next big thing is coming March 25


New York and London events for 'M8' unveiling

Here we go! HTC has confirmed that its next flagship phone (the rumored "M8") will be arriving at events in London and New York on Mar. 25, with "save the date" invites now going out.

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3 years ago

Samsung unveils upgraded flash for Galaxy S5 camera


Upgraded Samsung flash 'will be used in the next Galaxy smartphone'

With less than a week to go before the expected Galaxy S5 launch at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Samsung has today handed us one small piece of the GS5 hardware puzzle. In a post on the Samsung Tomorrow blog, the company has revealed a range of new LED flash parts for upcoming smartphones. The components include reflector-integrated packages, side-view LEDs and a flip-chip flash LED. And according to Samsung, one of the reflector-integrated flash LEDs — the 3432 1.8t — will be included in "the next Galaxy smartphone, which is expected to be introduced later this month." That'll be the Galaxy S5, then.

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3 years ago

KitKat update pushing out to HTC One Max and One Mini in India


As yet unseen update pushing out alongside the dual-sim version of the HTC One

Indian HTC One owners are in for a treat, as HTC India has announced that Android 4.4 KitKat is pushing out from now to the dual-sim variant. Not only that, but the HTC One Max and One Mini are also seeing the update to KitKat. Reports suggest similar updates in other countries in Asia such as Malaysia as well.

Only a couple of days back during its Reddit AMA, HTC stated that updates for the One Max and One Mini are in the works, but that we should be seeing them in March and April respectively. Presumably then, that applies to U.S. devices, but they sure weren't bending the truth in saying the updates were in the pipeline.

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3 years ago

Samsung launches the Galaxy Note 3 Neo in India


Trimmed down Note 3 gets another official launch following introduction in Eastern Europe

Samsung has been holding a Forum event over in India, and one of the big pieces of device news to come away from it is the launch there of the new Galaxy Note 3 Neo. First introduced in Poland in January, the Note 3 Neo a trimmed down version of the regular Note 3. With a smaller, lower resolution display, less potent internals and lower spec camera, the Note 3 Neo also comes at a reduced price over its full-fat sibling.

It isn't yet known exactly when the Note 3 Neo will go on sale in India, but to buy folks will be looking to part with INR 40,900.

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3 years ago

Here's how Knock Code works on the new LG G Pro 2


LG changed things up a wee bit in 2013 when it introduced "Knock On" — its method of knocking on the display to wake the phone. And once you use it, it's tough to go back. WIth this year's G Pro 2 — which we'll get a look at next week at Mobile World Congress — LG's gone one further, adding some lock screen functionality into it.

Dubbed Knock Code, you'll be able to choose from a number of patterns with which you can unlock your phone. As you can see from this launch-event video from Seoul, the pattern appears to work in multiple locations on the phone, and at different scales. Pretty slick, indeed, and we'll knock to our heart's content next week.

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Core LTE announced, mid-ranger bound for Europe and Asia


A little under one year ago saw Samsung introduce the Galaxy Core, a mid-range Android with specs from a year prior and a price to match, and today they're following up with the Galaxy Core LTE. Like its predecessor, the Samsung Galaxy Core LTE isn't exactly an overwhelming device, but it's still one that will be adequate — especially in the low-cost markets at which Samsung is targeting the phone.

The Galaxy Core LTE sports a 1.2GHz dual core processor (just like its predecessor) and a 5MP rear camera (just like its predecessor). The visual language has been updated, where the Galaxy Core looked like a smaller Galaxy S III, the Galaxy Core LTE apes the design language of its more powerful bigger brother Galaxy S4.

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