Huawei Ascend P7 smartphone to get sapphire glitz

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Huawei is planning to try its hand at working with sapphire, a new report claims.

The China-based mobile and telecommunications equipment maker is aiming to launch a sapphire-enclosed version of its flagship Ascend P7 smartphone, the company told Engadget in an interview published Tuesday. The first batch of the devices will launch in September, followed by another in November, according to Engadget. The sapphire edition will be available in limited quantity.

CNET has contacted Huawei for comment. We will update this story when we have more information.

Sapphire has quickly become the next-generation material for device makers looking to take on Apple. Rumors over the last year have suggested that Apple will bundle more sapphire in the iPhone 6. That device, which is slated to be announced next month, is expected to come with a sapphire screen.

The appeal of sapphire lies in its strength — it’s the second-hardest material, after diamond. Whether it’s heavy pressure or severe attempts to scratch a display, sapphire holds up. Apple has already brought sapphire to its handsets to cover the camera lens and protect its TouchID sensor. Several other companies besides Apple and Huawei are expected to make greater use of the material.

Huawei isn’t planning to make any major changes to the Ascend P7 other than its sapphire modification, according to the report. The P7 is the China-based company’s flagship smartphone and runs Android 4.4 (KitKat). It comes with a quad-core processor and 1080p 5-inch display. In its review of the Ascend P7 earlier this year, CNET Reviews gave the device a rating of three stars out of five, saying that while the P7 is “skinny and not too expensive, its unimpressive power and sometimes awkward interface makes it an acceptable — albeit uninspiring choice.”

Huawei is competing hard in its home market of China. In an interview with the Wall Street Journal over the weekend, Huawei’s consumer business group head, Richard Yu, said that the Chinese market is overrun with devices, making it hard for any product maker to stand out. He indicated that the best way to stand apart is via hardware, since most companies are using Android in their devices. Sapphire might just what Huawei needs to separate itself in that competitive market.

Sprint Announces the HTC One (E8) for Its Network, $0 Down Through Easy Pay

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A new device is available today from Sprint, the HTC-made One (E8). The E8 is much like the One (M8), minus the premium metallic hardware. Instead, the E8 is a mid to high-range device featuring a good-looking polyurethane exterior, with specs that might surprise you given the phone’s $0 down through Sprint’s Easy Pay pricing deal.

Specs include a 5″ Full HD display, 13MP rear-facing shooter, Snapdragon 801 2.3GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, 4G LTE, 5MP front-facing camera, 2,600mAh battery, and runs Android 4.4+ with Sense 6 on top.

As mentioned, the device is available right now through Sprint’s website, again, priced through Easy Pay at $0 (plus 24 payments) or $99 on-contract.

What do you think of the One (E8)? Is it a decent choice for anyone not looking to sport a metal device such as the (M8)?

Gionee Gpad G5 With 1.5GHz Hexa-Core SoC Launched at Rs. 14,999

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Gionee on Thursday has launched the successor to the Gpad G4 phablet, the Gpad G5, priced at Rs. 14,999. The Chinese smartphone manufacturer says the smartphone will be available by next week via both online and offline retail channels.
The Gionee Gpad G5 supports dual-SIM functionality and runs Android 4.4 KitKat out-of-the-box. It features a 5.5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) IPS display with AGC Dragontrail glass protection.

The phablet is powered by a 1.5GHz hexa-core Cortex-A7 processor and ARM Mali-450 MP GPU coupled with 1GB of RAM. The Gionee Gpad G5 comes with an 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, and a 2-megapixel front facing camera. It has 8GB of inbuilt storage with that can be expanded up to 32GB.

The Gpad G5 offers 3G, GPRS/ EDGE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS/ A-GPS, and FM radio connectivity. It also sports dual crystal loud speaker with DTS, and will be available in Black and White colours.

The Gionee Gpad G5 measures at 157.3×77.6×7.9mm, and weighs 104.6 grams. It packs a 2400mAh battery, which is rated to deliver up to 288 hours of standby time, up to 15 hours of talk time on 2G, and up to 12 hours talk time on 3G.

“I am delighted to present our consumers with our latest product, the Gionee Gpad G5. Our basic thought behind introducing this product was to give our consumers a superior product that can be handled with ease. There is a huge demand for premium features at affordable prices. Keeping consumer preferences in mind we have introduced the device which is high on features and easy on the pocket,” said Arvind Vohra, India Head, Gionee Smartphones.

Gionee had launched the Gpad G4 in February this year. It had included a 5.7-inch HD IPS display with 720×1280 pixels resolution; a Cortex-A7 1.5GHz quad-core processor and PowerVR Series5XT GPU; 1GB of RAM; 13-megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash; 5-megapixel front facing camera; 16GB of inbuilt storage with the no support for expansion via microSD card; 163.5×81.3×7.95mm dimensions; 3200mAh battery, and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

New leaked pictures of Xperia Z3 show clearer view

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We’re just a few days away from the official announcement of Sony’s newest smartphone, the Xperia Z3. But people
still can’t get enough of any new leaks about the upcoming flagship of the Japanese OEM. New leaked photos show a
better view of the handset, including a closer look at its battery.

The new photos show the Xperia Z3 from all angles possible, showing how much slimmer and lighter it is than its
predecessor, the Xperia Z2. If the leaked pictures are the actual new smartphone, then it means it will be running on
a 3100mAh battery (Z2 ran on 3200mAh). A few days ago, a certification from China’s TENAA was also leaked, with the
Xperia Z3 listed as L55t and L55u models, with the difference between them being the former supports TD-SCDMA, TD-LTE
network while the latter has WCDMA and TD-LTE network.

Based on the details shown in the documents, there is very little difference between the Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z3 in
terms of specifications. The Xperia Z3 just has a faster processor using a 2.5 GHz Qualcomm Quadcore as compared to
the Z2’s 2.3 GHz. The new smartphone is also thinner at 146.5×72.4×7.35mm (the Z2 is 146.8×73.3×8.2mm) and lighter
at 158.4kg (Z2 weighs in at 163kg). In terms of display, they have the same size at 5.2” but the Xperia Z3 has full
HD display while Xperia Z2 uses the the Triluminos display (also in full HD). Other than those mentioned, the two
smartphones have the same specs, with 3GB RAM, 16GB internal memory and 20.7MP main camera.

As to whether all these leaks are reliable, we’ll all find out on September 3, during Sony’s reveal at the IFA in
Berlin. In the meantime, feast your eyes on the leaked images of the Xperia Z3.

HTC Desire 820, confirmed the octa-core processor 64-bit

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Over the next few days the battle between mobile manufacturers will turn on a new force with a particularly fierce competition at the level of the Android market where several companies are working to stand out in the crowd.
If Sony is preparing to launch a series of new devices, including one InPulse and a tablet HTC as always to distinguish himself tries to head off the development of smartphones by looking for a record.
They speak in this case of 64-bit processors, architecture already introduced in the iPhone market and that we will soon see 5s spread even among devices based on Google’s operating system. HTC apparently wants to be the first to market this product category that will come in the form of a new smartphone Desire.
Some teaser images provide us with some new HTC Desire 820 information discussed in recent days.
The first is a roadmap published by taiwanese company through their account Weibo. The image lists a number of smartphones that have introduced some technical innovations such as the UltraPixel of HTC camera One M7 and M8 DuoCamera de One. Among them is also the name of Desire 820 although there is no specific reference to its facilities.

More Evidence Mounts That Android L Will Be Called ‘Lemon Meringue Pie’

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The website also found LMP mentioned at several places when doing a quick search in the Android Open Source Project source files (see above). However, the convincing part is that an extract from the Android SDK describes the preview Android L builds for the Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 as ‘lmp-preview-release’ a number of times. The users can access the document at extras/android/m2repository/com/android/support/cardview-v7/21.0.0-rc1/cardview-v7-21.0.0-rc1.aar if they have it installed.

While one can also not ignore the number of mentions of Android LMP, expected to be ‘Lemon Meringue Pie’, in several Android-related documents, it is to be noted that the previous version was changed from KLP (internally codenamed Key Lime Pie) to KitKat when it was finally announced officially. Thus, Android LMP might also be changed by the time it reaches users – and reports speculate that it may once again be a branded name.

Earlier this month, Google released the updated Android L system factory images for the Nexus 5 smartphone and Nexus 7 (2013) tablet. The new release bumps-up the version from LPV79 (released in June) to LPV81C.

The updated Android L system factory images primarily bring support for the company’s health-tracking platform, Google Fit. The Mountain View giant also released the preview SDK (software development kit) to help developers build health and fitness apps for Google Fit on Thursday.

Lumia 530 available for purchase at 99 € eprezzo and Euronics

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Lumia will get 530 in Italian online store, with the actual availability and the ability to purchase it at the introductory price of 99 EURO the new entry-level smartphone Lumia can be purchased from the online store and Eprice Euronics (to check availability in physical stores in the chain). You will then add the price for shipping costs.
For more information, please refer to the online store of Eprice, which makes available the version with white body (more details here) and Euronics which also offers the grey and orange colouration (see HERE). For both the store it is no-brand versions with Italy.
No particular delay in the distribution of the smartphone, called to repeat the success of previous 520 Lumia, distribution is happening regularly and to brief all major retailers operating in our country should be extended.
Nokia Lumia 530 has the same combination of price and performance that had characterized the Lumia 520, but are on the market with a price tag of an outbreak much more aggressive, especially if you take into account the physiological decrease in price will be in the weeks following the launch.

Samsung: revival with two top of the line

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The Korean company, after the disappointing results of the quarter just past, is working on two high beams smartphone

 

Samsung starts from an unflattering quarter (profit is decreased 25% and the market share decreased) to find new stimuli. So the revival from two new models of high beams: two smartphones that will arrive over the next few months. The first, perhaps within a few weeks.

 

In the meantime, we must be satisfied with the information provided by Hyun-Joon Kim, Senior vice President of Samsung’s mobile Division. According to the manager, the products are to be innovative” and will have big display”. Not only that, the models are particularly interesting for users because they new materials and display”.

 

One of two smartphones could be the new edition of Galaxy notes; There is also the possibility of seeing a mobile phone with flexible display.

 

Finally, according to Cnet the Korean company is reportedly considering to expand and update the range of wearable products, with new specimens from Gear. It only remains to wait for news from Samsung.

G6 Huawei Ascend review, economic version of P7

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Today we will see the full review of G6 Huawei Ascend, a product which we can define as “economicversion of top of the range model Huawei Ascend P7.
Materials and construction:
The device adopts a cover created practically completely made of plastic with removable type back, Huawei is always very attentive to product Assembly and again in his hands we are a solid Smartphone and devoid of any creaking.
Hardware:
Before we find a 4.5 inch IPS LED type with resolution 960 x 540 pixels qHD which returns 245 ppi density, we have no problems of any kind under any aspect except when displaying the pages rich in small fonts.
The device is powered by a Quad Core processor 1.2 Ghz, 1 GB RAM, 4 GB of internal memory and adopts a 2000 mAh battery that provides a truly remarkable autonomy, no problem to arrive at the end of the day with intense use.
Ascend G6 adopts an 8 Megapixel main camera that can record high quality HD video (as at the end of the article) and in high-level snapshots with ease, find our test images at the following address.
Software:
Internally we find Android 4.3 Jelly Bean made virtually unrecognizable due to the introduction of Emotion, highly customizable interface UI thanks to integrated theme store.
The software runs smoothly under all circumstances and returns some minor slowdown only during the first loading, everything can be solved with a simple software update.
Conclusions:
To 179 euros, the price at which you can currently find the product in major electronics chains, we must admit that this G6 Huawei Ascend offers an experience that few Smartphone in this price range are able to return.

Apple iPad 2 Air, the new iPad production is underway

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Apple will reveal his next iPad 2 air district reports Bloomberg, again you have an anti-reflection coating.

Mass production is started again with the iPad tablet iPad generation 2 air should be presented during delivery of the fine or at most early next quarter from Bloomberg reported as of the second quarter.

Complications during production may limit the output of the device, Bloomberg wrote, because of a new anti-reflective coating that is added to the 9.7 inch tablet to make the display easier to read. Threes, citing a person with knowledge of Apple’s Plans, Bloomberg said new version of an iPad Mini, 7.9 inches by semper, is starting the announcement be produced and be available the year I ride the current fine.

The new iPad Air 2 and the new iPad Mini 3 are added to the list of other Apple devices that should be revealed during the last period of this year. It was yesterday reported that the company was planning to organize an event on 9 September to present its new models of iPhone, which should have both of the larger screens of the current iPhone by ever.

The new iPad ariverà at a crucial moment for Apple, which has recorded in the last period a sharp slump in demand for its tablet. The iPad is the second largest type of product that generates revenues for Apple, behind the iPhone, but are two consecutive quarters, recording a drop in sales and missed the analysts ‘ most optimistic forecasts. The Chief Executive Officer of the Cupertino company, CEO Tim Cook, last month said that he remains optimistic about what will make the new device and said that his company should be able to continue to drive innovation in the tablet market.

According to analyst firm IDC, Apple has remained the top supplier of tablet in the second quarter, having shipped 13.3 million units, accounting for 27 percent of the total market, albeit with a decrease from 14.6 million iPad shipped in the same period a year earlier. Samsung is the seller in second place, with 8.5 million units shipped, representing 17 percent of the market, slightly increased compared to a year ago.

Apple, as well as Samsung, must realise that in the coming months will have to deal with increased competition in the smartphone market (and tablet) against device makers such as Huawei and ZTE, which, at a lower price, offer similar products in terms of features.