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3 years ago

Sony Xperia i1 'Honami' leaks once again, sized up next to Xperia Z

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Big screen, Sony G Lens, 20.7-megapixel 1/2.3-inch sensor

Another day, another set of leaked photos of Sony's upcoming flagship phone for late 2013, the "Honami" or "Xperia i1." Four fresh images have popped up on Chinese forum Digi-Wo, seemingly confirming a few details about the device's impressive rear camera. Branding around the camera assembly itself points to a Sony G lens and a 20.7-megapixel 1/2.3-inch sensor (a step down from the rumored 1/1.6-inch sensor size.)

Another of the photos gives us a closer look at the outer trim of the device, revealing a more curved edge than that of the Xperia Z, and an Xperia Z Ultra-style magnetic charging port. There are also side-by-side shots with the iPhone and Xperia Z, and the latter in particular shows a significant size increase, possibly indicating the presence of a five-plus-inch screen.

Between all the various photo leaks we've already got a pretty good idea what the "Honami" will look like. But we'll have to wait on the official announcement, likely to take a place on Sept. 4 ahead of IFA 2013, before we learn more about what Sony's latest device can do, and when we'll be able to get our hands on it. In the meantime, you'll find more pics after the break.

Source: Digi-Wo; via: AndroidOS.in

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S2 TV arrives in Brazil

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Mid-level smartphone with built-in ISDB-T TV receiver and antenna

Smartphones with built-in TV receivers are commonly found in parts of Asia, but now Samsung is bringing this technology to Brazil in a new device, the Galaxy S2 TV. Somewhat confusingly named, the S2 TV doesn't share much, if anything in common with the regular Galaxy S2. The design is completely different, as is the internal hardware — the S2 TV has a 4.0-inch WVGA LCD display and is powered by a 1GHz dual-core CPU, and has 4GB of storage and a 5-megapixel camera. It's also running Samsung's latest TouchWiz UI atop Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

Of course, it's the ISDB-T TV support that sets this handset apart from most others, and there's an extendable antenna found on the bottom right corner of the Galaxy S2 TV.  You'll need to live somewhere where this TV standard is used to make the most of the S2 TV's headline feature, however, and that excludes anywhere outside of South America and a few countries in the Far East.

Source: Android Beat, Samsung Brazil

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3 years ago

Huawei Ascend P6 first look pictures and video

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First impressions aren't everything, but feeling good out of the box doesn't hurt.

It's been a little while since Huawei officially unveiled the Ascend P6 in London, but we've finally got our hands on the new ultra-slim device for a proper look. Just in case you need a little refresher, the Ascend P6 is fantastically thin at just 6.18mm, and still packs in many high-end features you'd expect in a phone today. The P6 has a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, an 8MP camera, 4.7-inch 720p display, 2000mAh battery and is powered by Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean.

All of that is wrapped up in a nice metal and plastic body that looks great to our eyes and feels nice in the hand by our first impressions. Stick around after the break for a more detailed look at the Ascend P6 in pictures and video.

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3 years ago

Samsung's dual-screen Android flip phone is official

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Samsung W789 unveiled on Samsung China site with quad-core CPU, Android 4.1

A day after yesterday's fairly comprehensive leak, the Samsung W789 ("Hennessy") has been officially unveiled, and it's now out in the open for all to see on Samsung's Chinese website. As rumored, Android-powered flip phone packs dual 3.3-inch HVGA displays, a quad-core 1.2GHz CPU and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. In addition, there's a 5-megapixel camera, a microSD slot (no word on internal storage) a 1,500mAh battery, and support for both GSM and CDMA networks.

There's no word on whether the W789, or some variant of it, will ever see release outside of the Chinese market. However if you're after a more premium Android clamshell, you might want to wait on the Galaxy Folder, which purportedly heading to Samsung's native South Korea.

Source: Samsung China (Translated); via: Engadget

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3 years ago

HTC One Mini launches on Vodafone

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Prices start at £33 per month on 3G, or £42 p/m on 4G

Vodafone UK has launched HTC's new miniaturized handset, the HTC One Mini. The Mini, which we reviewed a few weeks back, packs a 4.3-inch 720p display and a similar metal chassis to the full-sized HTC One. The 4G LTE-capable handset arrives on Vodafone ahead of the network's 4G switch-on (in London, anyway) on Aug. 29.

The HTC One Mini on Vodafone is available on 3G contracts starting at £33 per month — that gets you unlimited calls and texts, a free One Mini and 1GB of data — or on 4G contracts from £42 per month which ups the data cap to 2GB. If you're after a larger 4G allowance, you can get a 4GB HTC One Mini bundle for £47 p/m or 8GB for £52 p/m. Voda's 4G plans also come with a choice of free Spotify or Sky Sports Mobile.

Still unsure as to whether the HTC One Mini is the one for you? Check out our full review.

Source: Vodafone UK

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3 years ago

LG Vu III specs leak, Snapdragon 800 and 5.2-inch 4:3 display expected

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New version expected to borrow specs from the G2, keep the same odd form factor.

LG is purportedly planning a new edition of its oddly-shaped Optimus Vu lineup with a larger display and more powerful internals for later this year. Just as we've seen with the LG G2, the Vu III will drop the "Optimus" branding and pick up some very high-end specs. According to the Korean Daily, the LG Vu III will have a 5.2-inch 960x1280 display keeping the same 4:3 aspect ratio that its predecessors are known for.

On the inside, the Vu III wil have the same Snapdragon 800 chipset as the G2, along with a 13MP camera and support for LTE-Advanced networking. Reports peg the release for IFA 2013, which could make things interesting if it shows up right alongside Samsung's expected launch of the Galaxy Note 3.

Source: Asiae; Via: GSMarena

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3 years ago

LG G2 up for pre-order in the UK, first stock expected late Sept.

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Upcoming LG flagship priced at £468 inc. VAT at Clove

After last week's glitzy NYC launch event, we're now starting to hear when and where the LG G2 will be going on sale around the world. In the UK, independent retailer Clove Technology is first with a pre-order listing, showing the G2 priced at a surprisingly reasonable £468 including VAT (£390 exc. VAT). That's not cheap, but it's around £100 less than the launch price for Samsung's Galaxy S4.

The retailer says it'll have the LG G2 in black and white with 16 gigabytes of storage, and that the first stock is expected in late September.

Source: Clove Blog

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3 years ago

LG Optimus L1 II headed to Three UK

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LG's tiny budget handset, the Optimus L1 II, has found a home on mobile network Three in the UK. The somewhat confusingly-named 3-incher packs a 240x320 display resolution, 1GHz Snapdragon processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage and a 1540mAh battery. Upon its announcement last week, the L1 II was revealed to have a $95 price point in countries like Vietnam and Russia, so it's likely the phone will arrive around the £60-70 mark in the UK.

Three says it'll launch the Optimus L1 II "soon," and that it'll have exclusivity over the white version of the handset in the UK.

Source: Three

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3 years ago

Acer Liquid E2 lands on Three UK, contract prices start at £17

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Announced in late June, Acer's mid-level Liquid E2 handset has gone on sale on Three UK today. The E2 runs a 1.2GHz quad-core MediaTek processor, and has a 4.5-inch qHD (960x540) display, 1GB of RAM and an 8-megapixel camera. On the networking side, the handset supports 42Mbps DC-HSDPA, but not LTE.

So we're far from the cutting edge of smartphone tech here, but Three is offering some competitive pricing on the Liquid E2. It's available for free on 24-month contracts starting at £17 per month, which gets you unlimited data, 100 minutes and 5,000 texts. And there's a similarly cheap SIM-free price of just £149.99 up-front, too.

Source: Three UK

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3 years ago

Another Android-powered Samsung flip phone leaks out

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Dual-screen, quad-core device pictured for China Telecom

Flip phones are apparently still a thing, and so Samsung appears to be working on a couple of Android-powered clamshells for the Asian market. Last week brought the first leaked spy shots of the Korea-bound Samsung "Galaxy Folder," and today images of another similar device have leaked through Samsung fansite Sammy Hub.

The images reveal the Samsung W789 "Hennessy," a maroon red handset with bronze accents, capacitive keys, two screens and a single rear camera. Unlike the Galaxy Folder, we're looking at a fairly basic spec sheet -- a quad-core 1.2GHz processor (likely a Snapdragon 200), 1GB of RAM, 3.3-inch HVGA displays, a 5-megapixel camera, microSD support and Android 4.1-based software.

It's unlikely we'll see the W789 anywhere near Western markets, but it's an interesting addition to Samsung's endlessly-varied Android stable. The device is apparently headed to China Telecom in the near future, where it'll support both CDMA and GSM networks.

Source: Sammy Hub

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3 years ago

Galaxy Note 3 reportedly packing 5.68-inch Full HD SuperAMOLED screen

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Other specs said to include octa-core Exynos CPU, 3GB of RAM, 13-megapixel OIS camera

Samsung's has dropped a few hints that the Galaxy Note 3 will be announced on Sep. 4 in Berlin, Germany, ahead of the IFA trade show, but so far details of the device's internal specs have been difficult to pin down. Today, however, Samsung fansite SamMobile has published a partial spec sheet for the international 3G and 4G versions of the device, which are said to carry the product number SM-N900 and SM-N9005 respectively.

First, the big news -- the Galaxy Note 3 will apparently feature a 5.68-inch Full HD (1080p) SuperAMOLED display. If Samsung is able to reduce the bezel around the screen as it did on the Galaxy S4, it's likely the Note 3 will fit within the footprint of its predecessor, the Galaxy Note 2.

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3 years ago

North Korea unveils Android smartphone

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'Arirang' handset produced using 'indigenous technology,' says state media

Funny thing about an open-source operating system -- it can show up in the most unexpected of places. North Korea has unveiled its own Android smartphone through its state-controlled KCNA TV news channel, which recently showed supreme leader Kim Jong-un visiting a "cell phone factory."

Dubbed "AS1201 Arirang" after a Korean folk song, North Korea says its smartphone is manufactured using "indigenous technology." Yet on the phone's screen you can clearly see the stock Android UI, as developed by Google in Mountain View, Calif.

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3 years ago

HTC One Max render leaks, still looks like a big HTC One

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Another HTC One Max (T6) leak for those keeping score — this time it's a press render of unfinished artwork per habitual leaker @evleaks.

We expect the HTC One Max to look like a great big HTC One, and today's render drives that point home. Subtle differences like the plastic trim ring (ala HTC One Mini) are visible, but we are warned that this is an unfinished piece of work.

Renders and leaked pics are great, but the big questions and solid news about specs, design, and most importantly ​— price and availability — are still lacking. Soon, we hope. Soon.

Source: +@evleaks

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3 years ago

Android 4.3 update for the Samsung Galaxy S4 Google Play edition breaks SD card writing, but there is a workaround

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Sometimes the little things can cause a big headache

The Android 4.3 update for your shiny new Galaxy S4 Google Play edition phone has a minor issue that is frustrating more than a few users. Most apps can no longer write anything to the SD card, and instead just give you an error when you try doing it.

It's one of those little things that can cause a lot of headache. The technical reasons are a group ID issue, and applications aren't given permission to access the external storage for writing because they aren't in the right group. It's a Unix thing, and if you don't understand it all you're not alone — just know that it's an easy fix in a number of different ways, and hopefully it gets fixed soon. If you do understand, we'll cover it a little more later in this post.

While we're waiting for a permanent fix, the good news is that you can copy files to the external SD card by hand, as long as you use ES File Explorer to do so. Either through magic, or crafty developing, ES File Explorer is a member of the correct group to both read and write to the SD card. There may be other apps that can do the same, but we'll recommend this one because we've tested it ourselves and know it works. Grab it at from the Google Play download link above. If you're the type who likes to dig into things and break fix them yourself, or just a little nerdy and curious, head past the break.

Discuss this in the Galaxy S4 Google Play edition forums

Thanks, Michael!

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3 years ago

Samsung SideSync instructions out oversized phone we know is coming anyway

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Galaxy Note 3 mentioned several times in support docs

There's little doubt that we'll see the Galaxy Note 3 in little less than a month at IFA in Berlin, and it looks like Samsung's already getting its ducks in a row for some of the features that will be on board.

Eagle-eyed AC reader Casey spotted a few mentions of the Note 3 (or the Note III, if you're into Roman numerals) in the documentation for SideSync, which connects your phone to a computer and uses it as a second screen. Looks like it'll come preloaded on the next version of the oversized smartphone, and everyone else will be left to downloading it on their own. 

Source: Samsung; Thanks, Casey!

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