Category Archives: Mobiles

Samsung SM-Z9005 Tizen smartphone spotted, to come with HD display, Snapdragon chipset: Report

According to a report by SamMobile that cites a Dutch report, a new device, SM-Z9005 has been spotted on the UAProf (User Agent Profile) string on the company’s mobile website. The alleged Tizen-based SM-Z9005 will reportedly come with a 720p HD display, however the screen size has not been revealed, yet. It is likely to be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor with Krait cores but right now it is not clear if it will be a dual core or a quad core processor.

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The report also points out that the Tizen smartphone, SM-Z9005 may come with specifications similar to the company’s 2012 flagship, the Galaxy S III. Moreover, the site expects the device to be unveiled sometime in October or November.

Samsung officially announced that it was integrating its Bada OS into Tizen, a few months back. After integration of its Bada OS into Tizen, Samsung has reportedly been working on the devices running the new OS.

Videocon A42 with Android 4.2 & 4.5-inch display for INR 7,490 launched in India

Videocon Mobiles has announced the launch of a new Android smartphone in the Indian market today, named as Videocon A42, the smartphone runs on Android 4.2.2 and packs a 4.5-inch FWVGA display.

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Key Specifications of Videocon A42 are listed below:

  • 4.5-inch FWVGA Capacitive Multi-Touch Screen
  • 1.2 GHz dual-core Processor
  • 4 GB ROM + 512 MB RAM
  • 5MP Rear Camera & 1.3 MP front camera
  • Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • 1700 mAh battery
  • 3.75G, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi & GPRS Edge for easy web access
  • FM Radio with Recording
  • Expandable Memory upto 32GB
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • V Connect for getting links of popular apps like Facebook, WhatsApp etc.
  • Preloaded Apps like Saavn, Hungama & Fun Zone

Sony Honami press shot leaked, will be called Xperia Z1

Sony’s frequently leaked cameraphone codenamed Honami could be officially named Xperia Z1. The rumor comes from a recognized XDA-Developers user, who has provided some leaks regarding past Xperia devices.

Additionally, a few press shots of the Xperia Z1 popped in today, but they are sadly rather low in resolution. The renders reveal that the phone is going to be available in three colors – white, black and purple. The other thing they portrays is the glass back of the phone, reminiscent of the original Xperia Z.

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To refresh your memory, the Xperia Z1 (Honami) packs the powerful Snapdragon 800 chipset with Adreno 330 GPU and quad-core Krait 400 CPU. It runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean with Sony’s Xperia UI on top. As with many of the Sony high-end smartphones for 2013, the Xperia Z1 (Honami) is also expected to be water resistant.

The Sony Xperia Z1 will debut on September 4 at a pre-IFA event in Berlin.

Samsung to start shipping the Galaxy Note III in September

Samsung is eagerly preparing for its big Unpacked event on September 4 when the company is going to announce the Galaxy Note III and its latest generation smartwatch – the Galaxy Gear. There are many questions surrounding those devices, but SamMobile claims to have the answer to one of the most important – when will be able to actually buy them.

If the insider information is to be believed, we should expect the Samsung Galaxy Note III to be available for purchase in September. The company’s third-gen phablet is expected to start shipping in Week 36, which goes from September 2 to September 8. Actual market availability usually takes about a week after the units start leaving the factories, so mid-September seems like a a likely target.

As for the Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch, it’s going to hit store shelves in October or Week 40 to be specific (September 30 – October 6).

Furthermore, Samsung is believed to have dropped using 16GB of inbuilt storage for its high-end devices, meaning that the lowest memory that’ll ship in the Galaxy note III is going to be 32GB. We’ll find out more on September 4 at Samsung’s Unpacked 2 event.

More details about Sony lens-cameras leaked online

It is pretty much confirmed at this point that Sony is going to announce DSC-QX10 and DSC-QX100 lens cameras in the coming weeks.

After the recently leaked promo shots, Sony Alpha Rumours site has now got hold more information about these lens cameras from a leaked manual.

According to the blog, QX10 and QX100 weigh 105 grams and 179 grams respectively. You can check out more dimensions below.

  • DSC-QX100: 62.5 mm × 62.5 mm × 55.5 mm (W / H / D)
  • DSC-QX10: 62.4 mm × 61.8 mm × 33.3 mm (W / H / D)

Here is an image from the leaked manual detailing the various parts of these lens cameras.

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Some features of the lens-cameras are as listed below:

  1. Power Button
  2. Microphone
  3. Display Panel: Indicates that the card is not inserted, and the remaining battery charge
  4. Hook for belt
  5. Tripod
  6. Ring Control (DSC-QX100)
  7. The power / charge / movie: Green (Power on), Orange (running charging) and Red (running video)
  8. Zoom lever
  9. Shutter button
  10. Multifunctional jack
  11. RESET button

Sony is expected to launch these lens-cameras after launch event of Sony Xperia Honami.

Micromax to launch A240 with 5.7-inch HD display soon

Micromax will introduce its next flagship smartphone very soon, according to sources with information on the matter. The new smartphone will be dubbed as A240 and sport a 5.7-inch 720p HD display, the sources told us. While the exact launch date is unclear at this moment, we are expecting an announcement in next few weeks.

micromax-a240With such a giant display on-board, Micromax A240 will be competing with Samsung’s Galaxy Mega 5.8. The smartphone will be powered by 1.2GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6589 processor and come with Android 4.2 and 12MP rear camera with LED flash.

According to sources, A240 will also pack 5MP front camera, dual-SIM support, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage and 2,600 mAh battery.

In terms of the software customizations, the phone is expected to include all tweaks that were made available as a part of A210 Canvas 4 including support for vertical panorama in camera app, video pinning to home-screen support, Flip to mute, and Smart Pause.

Micromax A240 will most likely carry a price-tag around INR 18,000-20,000.

Nokia Lumia 1020 goes to China, to cost $980 unlocked

The Nokia Lumia 1020 flagship cameraphone is finally ready to expand its availability outside of the US. The PureView monster has just hit the shelves in China and is available for purchase both SIM-free and on contract.

If you use China Unicom’s network, you will be able to get a shiny new unlocked Nokia Lumia 1020 for CNY5,999 which translates to around $980. Alternatively, China Unicom will be offering the Nokia Lumia 1020 for just CNY999 ($163) if you agree to sign a 3-year CNY386 ($63) per month contract.

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China Mobile, the largest carrier in the world, will be next in line to receive the cameraphone, but the rest of the world will probably have to wait for at least another month.

Samsung Galaxy Note III country distribution list leaks, Thanks to SamMobile

SamMobile has got hold of a list of countries to which Samsung is going to distribute the Galaxy Note III powered by the Exynos 5420 Octa chipset and the Snapdragon 800 variants.

The Exynos 5420-powered Galaxy Note III is listed under the SM-N9000 model name, while the Galaxy Note III with Snapdragon 800 goes by the SM-N9005 name and it is the one to sport LTE connectivity. Unfortunately, the Exynos-one lacks 4G network support. Both versions are going to pack 3GB of snappy LPDDR3 RAM.

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Additionally, there’s going to be a third Galaxy Note III variant that’s going to feature two SIM card slots. According to the leaked country list, it’s going to only be available in China and carriers the SM-N9002 model number. It’s going to be powered by Samsung’s Exynos 5420 with 3GB of LPDDR3 RAM.

Samsung will announce the Galaxy Note III on September 4 event in Berlin and we’ll be covering it live so make sure you stick around when the time comes.

You can find the whole list of countries here.

New leaks show off Sony lens for smartphones, captures Sony Honami

Sony seems to have a new, innovative product up their sleeve. This is a leak and a rumor, but it’s pretty damn credible. The rumored devices are the DSC-QX10 and QX100, which are new products Sony will probably call “lens cameras.” With a lens, image sensor, BIONZ image processor, WiFi, NFC and an SD slot, they are fully equipped to take high quality photos. However, they lack a screen or any way to control them.

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They are made to attach to a smartphone. Using WiFI and/or NFC, they will connect to the phone and allow it to control the lens camera. With this fairly small accessory, you’ll be able to take awesome photos on the go using your favorite smartphone. And best of all, these accessories will work with both Android and iOS devices.

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According to this leak, there will be two models. The bigger one will contain the 20.2MP RX100 Mark II sensor, which is a very large 1-inch sensor. The other model will come with a smaller 1/2.3-inch 18MP sensor and 10x zoom lens. Those are pretty impressive sensors for phone accessories.

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This photo is a double leak, because if you look closer, the phone that is being used is actually the rumored Sony Honami.

We hope that Sony will price these devices well, because these could really improve mobile photography while we wait for phones to get better sensors and lenses. We may see these devices at IFA on September 4, so stay tuned.

Micromax Canvas HD A116 getting Android 4.3 Jelly Bean soon

The Micromax flagship Canvas HD A116 is getting the latest Android 4.3 operating system update.

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The phone is currently under test for the update. As always, Micromax tipster @MMXNewscaster posted “Micromax testing Android Jelly Bean 4.3. #Canvas HD #ComingSoon”. The leakster also tweeted “You CAN get it before anyone else could. #Android4.3” earlier.
 
The recently launched A210 Canvas 4, A116 Canvas HD, A111 Canvas Doodle, A110Q Canvas 2 Plus and A115 Canvas 3D will receive the updated OS in quarter four of this year. But the latest tweet shows that the Canvas HD will receive it very soon.
 
The Android 4.3 OS brings a list of new features to the Os including dial pad auto-complete, better location detection through Wi-Fi at low power without turning on Wi-Fi all the time. It also brings multiple user support in the device so that each user can enjoy his/her own space on the device.

Looks like Micromax is taking serious care of its phone owners. It would be really nice if customers don’t have to go to Service center to get the update done.

iPhone 5C name and design confirmed thanks to Amazon-listed cases

Popular iPhone case maker SPIGEN has launched a series of cases and a screen protector for the heavily rumored affordable iPhone 5C. This acts as a pretty serious confirmation that the phone does exist.

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Its photos align almost too perfectly with the recent leaks the device got during the past couple of weeks, so it might also be a cheap publicity stunt.

There’s one difference though – according to those exact leaks, the iPhone 5C lacks the silence mode switch, but as we can see from SPIGEN’s image below it’s present and is placed exactly where you’d expect it to be – above the volume rocker.

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According to rumors, Tim Cook is going to announce the Apple iPhone 5c on September 10, which isn’t too far for my liking.

Galaxy Note III passes DLNA certification, Android 4.3 confirmed

Samsung has already set the date for the Galaxy Note III announcement – September 4. The next phablet flagship will be unveiled in Berlin.

There have been lots of leaks and rumors about the Samsung Galaxy Note III. The phablet has passed the DLNA certification routine. The documents reveal the Galaxy Note III runs on the latest Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and supports Wi-Fi a/ac/b/g/n connectivity. You can find the Note III under its N900S/N900K/N900L model numbers.

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According to rumors, Samsung Galaxy Note III is confirmed to feature a 5.7-inch display, 3 GB of RAM, improved 13MP camera and 3450 mAh battery. Furthermore, the alleged spec sheet of Galaxy Note III reveals that the device will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 chipset with the latest 4G LTE-A support.

We will know more about the Galaxy Note III, when Samsung unveils its next generation Galaxy phablet on September 4 in Berlin.