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3 years ago

Oppo's Find 7 boasts up to 1440p display, 2.5GHz Snapdragon and 50MP photos

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Oppo Find 7

Two flavors of Oppo's new high-end phone launching in China this spring

Chinese manufacturer Oppo has taken the wraps off its latest flagship smartphone, the Find 7. With an enormous 5.5-inch display and up to QHD (2560x1440) resolution, the Find 7 rivals the latest flagships from Samsung and Sony, boasting 538 pixels per inch. The top-end Find 7 model also features a 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor (MSM8974AC) and 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage and a 3000mAh battery. There's also a less pricey 1080p version with a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage and a 2800mAh cell.

But the major talking point is the Find 7's camera. It's got a 13-megapixel Sony IMX214 sensor, but software trickery allows it to shoot up to 50-megapixel images though a "Super Zoom" feature. And early sample shots from Engadget seem to show plenty of fine detail, even when viewed at full size. The Oppo Find 7 offers 4K video recording to boot, along with a 5-megapixel front-facing camera.

Other hardware tricks include rapid charging — Oppo claims it'll go from 0 to 75 percent in just 30 minutes — and MaxxAudio plus DiracHD audio enhancements. And software-wise, you're looking at Oppo's ColorOS, previously seen on the N1. Based on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.

The 1080p Oppo Find 7 (dubbed the Find 7a) will be available in China from mid-April, with the 1440p model following in May or June.

Source: Oppo; via: Engadget

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3 years ago

Xperia Z1, Z1 Compact and Z Ultra KitKat updates now rolling out, says Sony

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Z1 Compact

Major software update for Z1 series devices also brings new Sony UI

Sony has announced the rollout of Android 4.4 KitKat for the Xperia Z1, Z1 Compact and Z Ultra, starting today. The new firmware also includes updated Sony apps, such as Walkman, Album and Movies, and a refreshed UI — likely similar to what we've seen on the Xperia Z2. That's in addition to standard KitKat features like immersive mode and built-in cloud printing support.

We're not yet seeing the update on any of our devices, and Sony reminds us that rollout timing will vary depending on market and carrier, as per usual. So there many be a bit of wait before all devices are fully up to date.

Next up, The manufacturer says the Xperia Z, ZL, ZR and Tablet Z are due to get Android 4.4 from mid-Q2. And the Xperia T2 Ultra, Xperia E1 and Xperia M2 have also been added to the list for KitKat updates, though there's no firm timetable for those devices just yet.

Source: Sony blog

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3 years ago

Moto X launching in India on March 19

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Indian outlet Flipkart has announced that it'll exclusively begin stocking the Moto X in from tomorrow, Wednesday March 19. Prices start at Rs. 23,999, and judging by the retailer's promotional page it'll have the Moto X in seven color options, including the oak and teak backs which have only recently launched in the U.S.

To sweeten the deal, Flipkart is also offering Rs. 1,000 cashback to those buying the Moto X on an instalment plan, as well as 70 percent off Moto X cases. And one customer will be selected to receive his or her Moto X for free. Motorola's flagship arrives on Indian shores shortly after the successful launch of its little brother, the Moto G, which sold out shortly after release.

For some up-to-date thoughts on where the Moto X sits in the Android phone landscape, check out our European Moto X review and six-month retrospective on the U.S. version.

Source: Flipkart, via: Google+

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3 years ago

New HTC One (M8) available to buy on March 25 in the UK

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Carphone Warehouse confirms sales to begin from around 4pm on launch day at select stores

UK retailer Carphone Warehouse has announced that it'll be selling the new HTC One —aka M8 — in select stores from "around 4pm" on the day of announcement, March 25. That means the phone will be available for Brits to buy "just minutes" after the announcement event in London wraps up — a potentially significant development for HTC, which will get its new handset into consumers' hands ahead of the arrival of Samsung's Galaxy S5.

"Shortly after [the announcement], the new HTC One (M8) handsets will be transported directly from the venue of the launch announcement to six Carphone Warehouse stores in London. Westfield Stratford, Westfield White City, Oxford Circus, Centrepoint and Tottenham Court Road stores will all be hosting special events celebrating the HTC launch with entertainment and giveaways as well as the first chance for customers to get their hands on the new device. Carphone Warehouse at Selfridges will also be stocking the handset from the same time."

There's no word on whether the M8 will also be available on March 25 in the U.S., but either way we'll be live from both the London and NYC launch events to bring you full coverage next Tuesday!

More: What we're expecting from the new HTC One

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3 years ago

Three UK reveals Galaxy S5 pricing

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British mobile operator Three has unveiled its on-contract prices for Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S5, while also revealing that it'll be joining the GS5 pre-order party, with pre-orders available in-store and online from March 28. A Three-branded GS5 will set you back £69 upfront on the carrier's 24-month contracts, which start at £38 per month for 600 minutes and 2GB of data, moving up to £44 a month for unlimited minutes and data.

Three will also be offering the Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit smartwatches, both priced at £199.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 will be available in the UK and other countries from April 11, with pre-orders going live at many outlets from next Friday — for more on the GS5, check out our hands-on feature.

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3 years ago

European HTC One getting second KitKat update with Wifi fix

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HTC has begun rolling out a second Android 4.4.2-based over-the-air update for the 2013 HTC One (M7) to some European customers. Today's 205MB update to version 4.19.401.11 follows the withdrawal of the earlier KitKat update due to "difficulties" experienced by some users. Today's OTA changelog references "support for more routers," suggesting incompatibility with certain Wifi equipment may have led to the earlier ROM being pulled.

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3 years ago

Eight Android phones to buy instead of the 8GB iPhone 5c

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iPhone 5c

Apple's new cut-price iPhone model is still more expensive than many high-end Android phones

Apple has this morning launched an 8GB version of the iPhone 5c — a new budget offering for those willing to trade cut-down internal storage for a slightly reduced price tag. In the UK, a SIM-free 8GB iPhone 5c will set you back £429 directly from Apple's online store — a saving of only £40 compared to the 16GB 5c, but a saving all the same.

Nevertheless, the 8GB device's relatively high price tag highlights the many high-end Android phones around this price point, all of which boast 16GB or more of storage — and in some cases, many other advantages too.

Let's take a look at some after the break.

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3 years ago

T-Mobile Galaxy S3 seeing a minor software update

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A quick heads up for owners of T-Mobile's Samsung Galaxy S3 that a small software update should be heading your way. It keeps things on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and mainly includes fixes. Android Central Forums member jazman_777 does report that it seems to pre-load the Google Drive app on the phone.

The update is available either through OTA or through Samsung Kies, and you'll find more at the source link below.

Source: T-Mobile

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3 years ago

HTC Sense 6.0 demoed on leaked video, shows motion gesture controls

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New user interface, double-tap to wake and more

The HTC leaks continue, with this video showing what appears to be Sense 6 running on a current HTC One. While it's alleged it's the same software we'll see on the new HTC One (M8), it does at least explain – so far – the presence of Beats in the video. There are a few interesting things to note from the video.

There is a new user interface which seems to match what we've seen in previous leaks, and an interesting looking Motion Gesture menu. It looks like we'll be able to double-tap to wake the phone – much like LG's Knock On – as well as launching the camera with the volume button when the phone is in landscape orientation.

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3 years ago

Gold Samsung Galaxy S5 a Vodafone UK exclusive

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British mobile operator Vodafone has announced that it'll exclusively carry the gold color Samsung Galaxy S5 "from launch." The gold GS5, like other models, will go up for pre-order from next Friday, March 28, ahead of an April 11 launch.

The "copper gold" Galaxy S5 is one of four colors available at launch, the others being charcoal black, shimmering white and electric blue — you'll find more of all four flavors of Galaxy S5 in our hands-on gallery.

More: Galaxy S5 hands-on; Galaxy S5 forums

Source: Vodafone UK

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3 years ago

Fourth and final episode of HTC Technical Translations explains Zoes

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HTC has just released another video in their Technical Translations series. The fourth and final episode tries to explain what an HTC Zoe is. We have actually explained it here already, but basically, a Zoe is a 3-second video clip that bookends when you actually hit the shutter button. Those Zoes can be later combined together to create video highlights.

In HTC’s words:

It’s super-organized, efficient, instant story-telling. It’s all your photos and movies automatically cut into highlights that you can share with your friends.

It looks like the HTC Zoe feature will be carried on to the all new HTC One. The video includes a teaser towards the end. A lot of things about the new device have been leaked already before the March 25th unveiling. Here’s what we’re expecting so far.

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3 years ago

A look at Sandisk's 128GB micro SDXC card

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Sandisk 128GB SD card

The ultimate storage card for your Android also works great for cameras and laptops

Reviewing an SD card is hard. They pretty much work, or they don't. But when Sandisk releases a 128GB micro SDXC card, we have to get one and check it out.

Storage junkies, meet your dream. After formatting and the few odd system files and folders Android puts on any removable storage, you have a full 119GB of space on top of whatever meager offering the folks who made your phone gave you. That's about 100,000 high-res pictures, 40,000 songs, or 30 full length HD DVD rips. In short — it's a whole lot of space for the things you need a whole lot of space for.

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3 years ago

A look at the ADATA Elite CE700 Wireless Charging Stand

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This multi-position Qi charger makes for an excellent desktop companion, or folds nice and flat for travel

By now, Qi chargers are old hat for many of us. You still have to plug in the base unit, but you can just plop a compatible phone on top of the charger, and it renews your battery level. It's not magic, but it almost seems like it. And since Qi is a standard, a lot of companies are making chargers using the technology. This means we get to see some innovative design, like this ADATA Elite CE700 Wireless Charging Stand.

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3 years ago

China loves Nokia X, 1 million pre-orders and counting

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Pre-orders going well for Nokia's first attempt at Android

The Nokia X isn't for many of us in these parts, but it certainly is for plenty of folks in China. The most populated country on Earth has taken a shine to Nokia's own take on an Android powered smartphone with Nokia announcing 1 million pre-orders for it already.

There are arguments for and against the Nokia X, but it's here, it's got Android on it and it looks like it's at least going to sell pretty well in one part of the world. And all those folks who do pick one up will be delighted to know that the Android Central app works just fine!

Source: Nokia

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3 years ago

How to rid your Xperia phone of Sony's anti-shatter film, and what to replace it with

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Xperia Z1 Compact

Want to ditch the fixed Sony screen protector? There are a couple of options to consider.

Sony's fixed screen protectors — officially known as "anti-shatter film" — are finally a thing of the past with the Xperia Z2 series. But the vast majority of Sony smartphones on the market today still come fitted with these slimy-feeling plastic sheets over their displays — and sometimes on the back glass, too.

These don't just make your glass-clad phone feel like plastic, they're also way easier to scratch than the reinforced glass used by most smartphones displays. To cite a couple of examples — Andrew Martonik tore a scratch across the face of his Xperia ZL when it brushed the corner of a MagSafe connector. And the ASF on my own Z1 Compact was dented by a USB connector dropping onto it from a height of around six inches. You'd understandably expect a high-priced piece of consumer electronics to be more resiliant than this, and that's no doubt why Sony has ditched the ASF for its early 2014 flagship.

But what if you've damaged the fixed screen protector on your Xperia phone, or you just don't like the way it feels and want to get rid of it? Well, the process is actually relatively simple — and there are a few options open to you when it comes to replacing the shipped screen protector.

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