Archive for February, 2015

11
Feb

Lenovo-P70

Check out that newly launched 4G LTE-enabled Android 4.4 smartphone ‘P70′ from Lenovo for the Chinese market. Measuring 8.9mm thick and weighing 149 grams, that mid-range smartphone packs a 5.0-inch 1280 x 720 HD IPS display, a 1.7GHz octa-core MT6752 64-bit processor, a 700MHz MaliT760-MP2 GPU, a 2GB RAM, a 16GB of expandable internal storage (up to 32GB) and dual micro SIM card slots. Powered by a huge 4000mAh battery, the handset sports a 5MP front-facing camera, a 13MP rear-facing autofocus camera with LED flash and an FM radio, and runs on Android 4.4 KitKat OS. Connectivity-wise, the P70 provides 4G LTE, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 and A-GPS. The Lenovo P70 is available now in China for CNY 1,399 (about $224). [Lenovo]

Orginal post by Isaiah

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10
Feb

HTC-Desire-626

HTC has officially released their latest 4G LTE-enabled Android 4.4 smartphone ‘Desire 626′ in Taiwan. Powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core Cortex-A53 (Qualcomm Snapdragon 410) processor, that mid-range smartphone is configured with a 5.0-inch 1280 x 720 HD display, a 1GB RAM, a 16GB of expandable internal storage and a microSD card slot (up to 32GB). Running on Android 4.4 KitKat OS with HTC Sense UI on top, the handset comes complete with a 5MP front-facing camera with 1080p Full HD video recording, a 13MP rear-facing camera with LED flash, BSI sensor and 1080p Full HD video recording, and a 2000mAh non-removable battery. Connectivity-wise, the Desire 626 provides 4G LTE, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n with DLNA, Bluetooth 4.0 and A-GPS. The HTC Desire 626 is now available for purchase in Taiwan for NT$5,990 (about $190). [Product Page]

Orginal post by Isaiah

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9
Feb

LEO-DG280

DOOGEE is offering you their latest quad-core Android 4.4 smartphone, the LEO DG280. Featuring smart gestures operate for easy and direct access to your application without unlocking the phone, that entry-level smartphone is packed with a 4.5-inch 854 x 480 IPS display, a 1.3GHz quad-core MTK6582 processor, a 1GB RAM, an 8GB of expandable internal storage (up to 32GB) and dual SIM card slots (1x micro, 1x normal). There’s additionally a 1.3MP front-facing camera, a 5MP rear-facing camera with LED flash and 1080p Full HD video recording, an FM radio and an 1800mAh battery. Running on Android 4.4 KitKat OS, the LEO DG280 provides WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS for connectivity. The DOOGEE LEO DG280 can be yours for just $79.99 unlocked. [Product Page]

Orginal post by Isaiah

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7
Feb

BQ-Aquaris-E4.5-Ubuntu-Edition

Spanish company BQ is gearing up to launch the first Ubuntu smartphone for the European market. Called the Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition, that mid-range smartphone is built with a 4.5-inch 960 x 540 touchscreen display, a 1.3GHz quad-core Cortex-A7 processor, a 1GB RAM and an 8GB of internal storage. Coming with dual SIM card slots, the handset sports a 5MP front-facing camera and an 8MP rear-facing camera with dual LED flash. Finally, it runs on Ubuntu operating system. The BQ Aquaris E4.5 Ubuntu Edition will be available across Europe next week for 169.90 Euro (about $192) unlocked. The smartphone will plus come bundled with a SIM card for European network operators. [GSMArena]

Orginal post by Isaiah

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6
Feb

Lava-Iris-X8

Lava Mobiles has unveiled a new octa-core Android 4.4 smartphone ‘Iris X8′ to its range. Coming in black and white color options, that mid-range smartphone is equipped with a 5.0-inch 1280 x 720 HD IPS display with Asahi Dragontrail glass protection, a 1.4GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6592M processor, a 2GB RAM, a 16GB of expandable internal storage (up to 32GB) and dual SIM card slots. Running on Android 4.4 KitKat OS (upgradable to Android 5.0 Lollipop), the handset sports a 3MP front-facing camera, an 8MP rear-facing camera with dual LED flash and BSI 3 sensor, an FM radio and a 2500mAh battery. For connectivity, the Iris X8 provides 3G HSPA+, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 and GPS. The Lava Iris X8 is now listed on Flipkart for Rs 8,999 (about $145). [Product Page]

Orginal post by Isaiah

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6
Feb

Nexus 6

Last year, Google’s Nexus 5 more than earned its reputation as the best value smartphone on the market. With the Nexus 5, Google proved that it was possible to design and manufacture a high-end smartphone that would sell at a fraction of the cost of similar handsets like Apple’s iPhone and Samsung’s Galaxy S4. Now comes the Nexus 6, and it is not necessarily the upgrade everyone was expecting. While the Nexus 6 boasts some remarkable features, it definitely breaks ranks with the earlier model’s price point, landing it firmly in the arena of premium priced handsets.

Nexus 6 Vs Nexus 5 – Cost

With an average cost of £499 to £549, the Nexus 6 just manages to remain a more affordable alternative to its major rival, the iPhone 6 which retails for a round £629. However, the Nexus 6 is now being undercut by the Moto X, coming in at around £420. So, as the Nexus line moves decidedly into the realm of premium handsets, the question remains, “Does that latest upgrade warrant your hard earned cash?” Let’s compare some of the features of the Nexus 5 and the Nexus 6, and you can decide.

Design

The design of the Nexus 6 is a major change by the earlier model. Weighing in at a full 40% larger than the Nexus 5, it can be difficult to handle and pushes the size limits of the so-called ‘phablet’. The smooth back provides little in the way of grip, again, making it difficult to handle. That being said, the Nexus 6 is definitely well designed and smartly crafted. It is rugged, and can take a bit of abuse. But one can’t help think that some of that abuse could be minimized whether the handset actually fit the hand, and had a sensible finish that made it easy to grip. Ultimately, as nice as the Nexus 6 is, the Nexus 5 easily wins out as far as overall design is concerned.

Display

One of the biggest selling points of the Nexus 6 is its display screen. While the Nexus 5 offers a perfectly satisfactory full HD display, the Nexus 6 really delivers something special. Its 6 inch AMOLED display screen delivers a brightness and accuracy that places the handset firmly in line with other premium devices. Frankly, the Nexus 6’s display delivers a vibrancy that other phablets will find hard to match, let alone beat. That being said, the Nexus 5 display is no slouch, and at a full 1080p is a stand out among budget priced handsets. Still, whether you’re looking for a graphics upgrade, the Nexus 6 is a winner.

Performance

Considering the improved specs of the Nexus 6, you would expect it to trump the Nexus 5 in real world tests. However, that doesn’t seem to be the case. When it comes to performance, the Nexus 5 comes out on top. that is mostly due to the competing operating systems. The Nexus 5 runs a stock Android OS, while the new Nexus 6 runs Android 5.0 Lollipop. Tests clearly show that the Nexus 5, with its stock Android operating system, delivers a faster, smoother, user experience. The Nexus 6, running Android 5.0 Lollipop, can be slow to load apps and tends to drag when forced to multi-task. that is partly due to the Lollipop’s enforced encryption protocols, which severely impact the handset’s performance. As good as the Nexus 6 is, when it comes to simple user experience, the Nexus 5 slightly takes the edge.

Battery Life

If there’s one improvement that owners of the Nexus 5 wanted to see in the Nexus 6, it’s greater battery life. Looking at the specs, you would think the Nexus 6 delivers in spades. It boasts a 3200mAh battery that clearly bests the Nexus 5’s 2300 mAh battery. However, size isn’t everything. The advanced features of the Nexus 6, particularly the stunning display, tend to eat up the greater battery capacity. Ultimately, there is a meagre 15% gain in battery life by the old Nexus 5. In real terms, that’s an additional hour or two with average use. Better, but not the improvement Nexus fans were looking for.

In Conclusion

The Nexus 6 definitely brings some impressive features to the table, particularly its stunning graphics display. But it lacks in a few key areas. Its size, and overall design, makes it a bit unwieldy. Performance and battery life are not as much improved as one might hope. Lastly, and perhaps most importantly, its price point places it firmly in the realm of premium handsets, putting it out of reach for many Nexus 5 owners who might otherwise be tempted by the upgrade. In the final analysis, the Nexus 6 is a remarkable addition to the arena of premium phablets. But, for economy and overall performance, the Nexus 5 remains a high end handset that is hard to beat.

Orginal post by Jeremiah

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5
Feb

Oppo-R5

Oppo’s latest 4G LTE-enabled Android 4.4 smartphone ‘R5′ is now available for pre-order in the UK via Amazon. The handset retails for 296.99 GBP (about $450) SIM-free and will start shipping from February 20th. Featuring a Hand Polished stainless steel Micro-Arc Frame, that ultra-thin smartphone (4.85mm thick) is packed with a 5.2-inch 1920 x 1080 Full HD AMOLED display with Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection, a 1.5GHz octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor, an Adreno 405 GPU, a 2GB RAM and a 16GB of internal storage. Other highlights include a 5MP front-facing camera with 83-degree wide-angle lens and a 13MP rear-facing camera with Sony Exmor IMX214 BSI sensor and 1080p Full HD video recording. Powered by a non-removable 2000mAh battery, the R5 provides 4G LTE, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0 and A-GPS for connectivity, and runs on Android 4.4.4 KitKat OS. [Product Page]

Orginal post by Isaiah

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