Leaked photos provide first look at alleged Xperia Z3 smartphone

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A handful of leaked photos have surfaced online this afternoon that provide a first look at what is allegedly the Sony Xperia Z3 smartphone, which is expected to launch later this year. The photos were posted by users on the Chinese discussion forums Digi-wo and Weibo, showing off the Chinese version (model number L55t) of the upcoming smartphone.

If the leaked photos are legitimate, it appears that the smartphone will have a Qualcomm 2.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor and Adreno 330 graphics.

The Xperia Z3 will also ship with Android 4.4.4 KitKat out of the box, based on the leaked settings menu, and Xperia Blog reports that the smartphone could have the same optics as the Xperia Z1 and Xperia Z2.

Hexa-core Smartphone with 5.5-inch display for 230 euro

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Allview brings a new cheap Smartphone with a large display for Germany: the P7 Seon comes also with Hexa-core SoC, a 8-megapixel camera, and Android 4.4.2 with its own user interface

The Romanian manufacturer of Allview expands its offerings in Germany: from August 2014 the Android Smartphone P7 Seon will be also available here. The manufacturer uses a processor with six cores, priced the P7 Seon is rather aimed at beginners.

The IPS display is 5.5 inches tall, the resolution is 1280 x 720 pixels. This results in a pixel density of 267 ppi. The Hexa-core processor has A7 cores and a clock frequency of 1.5 GHz. Due to the construction of the nuclei, the Sechskerner could show a similarly sluggish performance like that of WIKO highway.

Two SIM cards can be used

The P7 Seon supports tri-band GSM and UMTS 900 and 2100 MHz frequencies. The Smartphone comes with dual-SIM support on the market. Wi-Fi dominates the Smartphone after 802.11b/g/n. Bluetooth is in the version 4.0, a GPS receiver is built. The embedded Flash memory is 8 GB large, memory 1 GB. A slot for micro-SD cards up to 32 GB is installed.

A 8-megapixel camera with auto focus and photo light is located on the back. The front-facing camera for video calling has 2 mega pixel. The camera software allows you to include panoramic shots, beauty retouching and HDR images.

Android 4.4.2 with its own interface

Thanks to two speakers with stereo output and an audio amplifier from Yamaha, the audio output for the P7 Seon should be better than for other smartphones. The Smartphone with Android 4.4.2, so a fairly current version is delivered. Allview installed its own user interface, which among other things has its own notification area and the “Floating Window” function. Thus, videos as a small window on the currently used application can be displayed. Also, the Smartphone with a double tip from standby can be awakened.

The P7 Seon is 157 x 77.7 x 8.4 mm in size and weighs 146.4 grams. The built-in rechargeable battery has a nominal charge of 2,400 mAh, and to enable a standby time of up to ten days. The talk should be about 8.5 hours in the 3 g mode.

The Smartphone will be available from 20th August 2014 for 230 euros in Germany.

Sony Mobile Officially Launches Xperia Z1 Compact In The US

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After being released earlier this year around the world, Sony Mobile has finally officially released the Xperia Z1 Compact in the US. Previously, the Z1 Compact while supporting the requisite US frequencies, was only available through importers without a US warranty.

The Xperia Z1 Compact has a smaller 4.3 inch display as opposed to the 5 inch display on the former Z1 flagship. In addition, the lowered resolution of 720 x 1280 on the smaller model contrasts against the higher 1080 x 1920 resolution found on the Sony Xperia Z1 and a smaller 2300mAh battery on the Xperia Z1 Compact while the Z1 uses a 3000mAh cell.

Both models otherwise share some key specifications such as the 20.7MP rear-facing camera, the quad-core 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, the Adreno 330 GPU, and the 2GB of RAM. Both phones also share the 16GB of native storage and the 64GB capacity microSD expansion slot. The phone is available for $549.99 from Sony’s online store.

Sony announces Xperia C3 ‘selfie’ smartphone

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Sony has officially announced the Xperia C3, which it is claiming is the world’s best selfie smartphone sporting a 5-megapixel wide-angle PROselfie front-facing camera and LED flash.

On the rear you will find an 8-megapixel camera and there is 8GB of internal storage on board, along with microSD support up to 32GB so there is a bit of room to store all your shots.

The smartphone offers a 5.5-inch 1280 x 720 HD Triluminos display, along with a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and 1GB of RAM under the hood.

The Sony Xperia C3 will come with Android 4.4 KitKat from the box and it has a 2500mAh battery that is said to give you up to 24 hours talk time.

Additionally, it comes with a range of pre-installed apps including Superior Auto on the front and rear cameras that automatically adjusts settings for specific scenes. The front camera offers four scene types while the rear has 36.

There is also a Portrait Retouch v2 function that will let you adjust your selfie shots with preset options, comprising four natural looks for men and six for women.

The Sony Xperia C3 will be available in black, white and mint green from August 2014. It will launch in China first and then roll out globally.

Saudi- LG to commence G3 smartphone rollout

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Following its strong debut in South Korea and global market LG Electronics Saudi Arabia will begin its rollout of its G3 smartphone on July 10.

Claimed to be the newest concept in smartphones LG says its “Simple is the new smart” concept adds a new dimension of simplicity and the ‘ease-of-use makes the LG G3 the leader in this category of user-friendly smartphones.”

At a recent press briefing at LG’s office in Jeddah Deuk Soo Ahn president of LG Electronics Saudi Arabia was confident that the LG G3 with all of its smart features ‘will be the smartest haven for all Saudi smartphone seekers.”

Ahn emphasized that the LG G3 ‘will pose the most serious threat to all the competitors on the market” backed up with Kingdomwide distribution channels making the G3 available all over the Kingdom as well as an aftersales service and warrantee a further demonstration of the strong and serious intentions of LG to ‘invade” the smartphone category here in the Kingdom.

Ahn who anticipates a huge demand upon its launch said: “The LG G3 has already received several thousand pre-orders over the Internet. Obviously the G3 reputation and world success news have already hit the market and the Saudi savvy consumer.”

Globally the LG G3 received ‘early praise from industry experts for innovations in its display camera design and user experience (UX) features.”

Developed with the motto Simple is the new smart in mind the G3 was empowered with the best of what current technology has to offer providing consumers with a simpler and easier user experience.

Xiaomi Mi3 Smartphone comes with a new color, join in Indonesia?

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A few days ago from China, manufacturer of smartphones Xiaomi, revealed when they are able to sell 26 million smartphones in the first six months, 2014, now they’ve got another surprise.

According to PhoneArena (04/07), their flagship smartphone is the most expensive, Xiaomi Mi3, was sold to 10 million units after the official launch in September in China last year.

To celebrate this, Xiaomi decided to publish a Special Edition with a champagne gold color Mi3 typical aperitif. Mi3 remains certain specifications in advance.

Keep that this Smartphone is equipped with a 5-inch screen with a resolution of 1080 pixels HD camera back and a magnitude 13 megapixels. Although considered a producer who likes to use the MediaTek chip to lower the price of its smartphones, Xiaomi immerse the quad-core Snapdragon processor in Mi3. Not including the 2 GB RAM and a battery lasts 3,050 m.

Xiaomi faithful even for changes to Android OS of their results with the appearance of a typical MIUI user interface based on Android OS Jelly Bean.

Unfortunately this Gold Edition Mi3 reportedly still sold on the market for China alone. But there is no need to worry, because smartphone Xiaomi Mi3 soon will appear in Indonesia in August later with slight differences in the specifications, such as the possibility of using quad-core processors 400 Krait.

Xiaomi Mi3 is estimated to be sold in Indonesia with an estimated price of no more than Rp 4 million.

LG G3 the best android smartphone? – Release Date, Features, Specs, and Price

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LG Corporation formerly Lucky Goldstar, the South Korean multinational conglomerate corporation has recently launched a new phone for their G series of smartphones. The next series i.e. the G series of the smartphone will be available in the market starting from July 18 along with the Sprint Framily Plan and super-high-speed network capability of Sprint Spark™, which is being headed by Dan Hess, the CEO of the company.

Smart buyer will have an option of buying the new LG G3 with Sprint Easy Pay, i.e. with $0 down (plus tax) and 24 monthly payments of $25. At the same time, the new and existing customers will have an option to pre-order LG G3 starting from 11th July at www.sprint.com/LGG3 or any other Sprint retail outlet.

According to recent reports, the new phone will be available with a larger and improved display quality. The South Korean cellphone manufacturer has also claimed that the new G3 is the best phone ever manufactured by the company.

Morris Lee, the senior vice president and head of North American sales and marketing also stated to one of the leading newspaper that the new G3 along with Sprint Spark network and simple UI will give great pleasure to the existing customers and will surely manage to attract several new customers as well.

The phone will be available as LG G3 LS990 for Sprint and will feature a True HD-IPS + LCD capacitive 5.5 inches touchscreen with 534 ppi and resolution of 1440 x 2560 pixels. The phone also features a 13 megapixel primary camera and 2.1 MP of secondary camera for video chatting and will be available in two variants i.e. 16 GB along with 2 GB RAM and another 32 GB with 3 GB RAM. Along with the internal memory, the phone also has external memory slot which supports cards up to 128GB.

HTC One M8 Prime release date between October-December with Android 5.0 L OS

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HTC One M8 Prime release date may happen between October and December and is set to come preinstalled with the new Android L OS.

An XDA member leaked the roadmap of HTC in rolling out the Android L OS for its handsets. It seemed that HTC will offer the upcoming version of Android OS to its two-year-old gadgets. In a leaked document by HTC tipster @LlabTooFeR, smartphones from the past two years have all been marked with the “evaluation” stamp. Their tentative timeline is between October and December.

Evaluation means that the Taiwanese mobile manufacturer is not committing that the handsets will deliver the mobile software, but is considering offering the OS.

HTC One M8, HTC One M7 and HTC One Max are some of the HTC top dogs of the manufacturer that will most likely receive the Android L OS.

Currently, Android L OS is in developer preview stage and is pegged for release in the fall. Moreover, Android-based third party manufacturers will be able to adopt and customize the operating system before it will roll out to the respective devices.

Meanwhile, HTC also plans to bring Android 4.4.4 to HTC One M8 and M7 in July or August. The devices were also lined up for Android 4.4.3 Kitkat OS update. Thus, the handsets may skip the Android 4.4.3 Kitkat OS update and will go straight to the 4.4.4 version.

On the other hand, HTC One M8 Prime was reportedly cancelled and will be replaced by the successor of the company’s phablet – HTC One Max. The alleged premium smartphone is reported to be replaced by a different yet larger model. The report stated that a new 5.2-inch smartphone will replace the rumored premium smartphone. Moreover, this will revamp the HTC One Max.

Other reports claimed that HTC is planning to release a high end smartphone dubbed as HTC One M8 Plus with 5.2-inch display containing a “higher pixel count than any smartphone on the market.” The HTC One M8 Plus is also rumored to feature 3GB of RAM and possibly a “water-resistant” body. However, HTC has not confirmed none of these rumors.

Snapdeal launches Alpha Feather smartphone, Click Pro sports camera

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Online marketplace Snapdeal today said it will showcase the first set of consumer-centric products, including a smartphone and a sports cam, created under its ‘Launchpad’ programme.

The Click Pro (sports cam) and Alpha Feather (smartphone) are two products which Snapdeal is introducing with this edition of Launchpad as they address unanswered consumer needs, he added.

Priced at Rs 12,999, the Alpha Feather is claimed to be the world’s lightest 5-inch smartphone at 125 gms. Powered by the latest Android 4.4 Kitkat operating system, the device sports a 2 GB RAM, 1.3 GHz quad core processor, 13 MP rear camera, 8 MP front camera and internal memory of 4GB (expandable up to 32GB).

“The team at Snapdeal has supported us seamlessly, they have helped us from the initial stages, reaching out to the consumers, marketing our product and distribution and logistics services. Also the partnership makes it easy for us to solely focus on innovation,” Alpha Tech co-founder Kunjan Chauhan said.

The Click Pro Oculus WiFi Sports Cam helps one capture high-action videos and pictures seamlessly for activities like snowboarding, sky diving, para-gliding, bungee jumping and river rafting. The camera is priced at Rs 10,999. With an image sensor of 12 MP CMOS Sensor, the device has a 1.5 inch LCD screen offering image resolution of 12MP, 10MP, 8MP, 5MP and 3MP.

“Snapdeal has the largest user-base among all e-commerce companies in India, which will give us pan-India coverage. It gives us tremendous visibility at a minimal cost,” Click Pro designer Sumit Kumar said.

In April, Snapdeal had unveiled ‘Launchpad’ offering a platform for innovators and inventors across the country.

“Innovation and technology is the DNA of Snapdeal.com. The other existing sellers on the website are selling existing brands. We launched this platform to support creativity and innovation amongst new age entrepreneurs,” Snapdeal Senior Vice President (Electronics & Home) Tony Navin said in a statement.

New way opens for Huawei smartphones

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Last week’s release of Huawei’s new flagship smartphone, the P7, rounds out the brand’s aggressive strategy in South Africa, writes ARTHUR GOLDSTUCK.

It’s not always the high-end phones that dazzle the market. Late last year, Chinese smartphone upstarts Huawei unleashed a powerful secret weapon aimed at the bottom end of the smartphone market. The Ascend Y220 stormed the walls of market dominance built up by Samsung, BlackBerry and Nokia with a device that cost a mere R450.

In the first quarter of 2014, South Africans snapped up more than 300 000 units. Helped along by the higher-end Y300, selling at R999, and last year’s flagship, the P6, marked down to R4599, March saw Huawei become the best-selling smartphone brand in the country for that month.

It may have been a short-lived lead, but it was in effect a warning shot to the rest of the market. And if that was a shot, then last week’s release of the new flagship, the Ascend P7, was a cannon blast. Its 5-inch high definition display, 8MP front-facing and 13MP rear-facing cameras are contained in a body which, at 6.5mm, makes it the thinnest 4G/LTE smartphone on the market.

“The main strategic intention of the phone is targeting the premium segment of the market,” says Yudi Rambaran, director of product marketing at Huawei SA. “While it is at a fairly attractive pricepoint, R6999, it does compete effectively with premium smartphones from other brands.”

The P6 was originally shipped at a slightly lower price, around R6500, but the brand was not yet established locally as a high-end smartphone maker, and sold fewer than 10 000 units a month. The P7 is shaping up at least to double the monthly sales of the P6.

“We’ve planned better to ensure we have sufficient phones in the market, and we’ve brought out the best possible product from a technology perspective,” says Rambaran. “We’ve focused on three areas we’ve identified as key: the carmera experience, the connectivity experience and the overall design.”

Even more important, Huawei has spent time working with the networks to ensure they “range” the device. Since networks effectively controll the cellphone sales channel in South Africa, the ability to get them to add phones to their ranges spells life or death for a brand or device in this country.

Rambaran agrees, pointing out that he joined Huawei only recently, specifically to manage product marketing strategy, along with a new sales director: “Relationships with the networks are the best they’ve ever been for Huawei. We established special resources to address their requirements.”

Ironically, Huawei has long dominated mobile broadband in South Africa, with its brand featuring on most of the 3G and LTE dongle modems plugged into laptops here. But only now is that position translating into serious growth in the smartphone space – driven by the Ascend Y220. Along with the MTN Steppa, a R500 phone based on a Qualcomm Reference Design, it has transformed the prospects for mass-market smartphone adoption.

The potential of the Y220’s successors – phones that may cost even less – has persuaded Huawei to pull out of feature phones altogether. That makes it one of the first manufactuers that had been making both feature phones and smartphones to abandon the low-end devices.

“One of the key motivations of the Y220 project was to bring in an entry-level smartphone, creating a meaningful impact in emerging markets,” says Rambaran. “The buzz of the Y220 has created a lot of brand equity for us – consumers are starting to trust the Huawei brand, which didn’t really exist two years ago, and that filters through to the rest of the market.

“Naturally the P7 flagship won’t sell in the volumes that entry-level phones do, but it does create the brand aspiration. From that point of view, it is an important phone for positioning in the mass market. It helps us create this aspiration that naturally overflows into the mass market.”

Next up from Huawei are not only cheaper or thinner phones, but also a comprehensive content and service offering. Multimedia, education and e-books are all part of this vision. Both this content and the smartphones are expected to encourage data use – and that makes Huawei as attractive to the networks as do the phones themselves.