LG announces the affordable G Pro Lite phablet

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LG just pulled the wraps off of the G Pro Lite phablet. This is going to fall into the affordable phablet category just like the Samsung Galaxy Mega. The specs aren’t all that thrilling, but it does include a 3,140mAh battery and dual stereo speakers. However, don’t expect BoomSound because they are at the bottom of the device. The G Pro Lite also features a stylus, which will actually make the built-in Memo app actually useful. It only features Android 4.1.2, but you will get all the new software features found on the G2, including KnockOn and QSlide apps.

It will be offered in either black or white and will be available in Latin America this month followed by Asia, Russia, China, India and the Middle East. No word on the U.S., but I highly doubt it. Hit the break for full specs and press release.

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Samsung Galaxy J officially announced in Japan

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A few days ago, the Samsung Galaxy J was leaked, and now it’s official. It’s a Galaxy S 4 variant that probably won’t be offered outside of Japan, and specifically NTT DoCoMo. It has a 5-inch Super AMOLED 1080p display, a quad-core Snapdragon 800 (MSM8974) processor, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage, microSD slot for up to 64GB of expanded storage, 13.2MP rear camera, 2.1MP front-facing camera, 2,600mAh battery, and Android 4.3.

It will be offered in Coral Pink, Satin White, and Lapis Blue. No word on pricing, but it should be available by the end of the month.

source: NTT DoCoMo

Sony Xperia Z1 f officially announced in Japan

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The Sony Xperia Z1 f (SO-02F) is a “mini” version of the Xperia Z1, but this is no regular mini. Traditionally, mini versions have horrible specs, but the Xperia Z1 f provides top notch specs for those that want a smaller smartphone. The only glaring complaint anyone could have with the phone is the resolution is 720p, but seriously folks, it’s a 4.3-inch display, it’s more than enough. The rest of the specs include a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, 20.7MP rear camera, 1.8MP front-facing camera, 2,300mAh battery, Bluetooth 4.0, waterproof IPX5 / 8 grade (under consideration), and Android 4.2.2.

For a mini, it’s also well built with its metal frame. The Z1 f weights 30 grams less than the Z1, but is a little thicker, at 9.4mm. It will be offered in Black, White, Pink, and Lime.

We can only hope that Sony will offer the Xperia Z1 f in other areas, but for now, it will only be available on NTT DoCoMo in Japan. Hit the break for a promo video.

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Will the Galaxy S 5 get released in January?

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Traditionally, Samsung announces the Galaxy S series in the spring (March – May), but reports out of Korea suggest that Samsung might push the Galaxy S 5 forward to January because of a lack in sales. A couple of days ago, we reported that Galaxy S 4 sales are missing targets, but I think that it’s more about the fact that we have too many smartphones and mainstream consumers just don’t see a compelling enough reason to constantly upgrade. Interestingly enough, Samsung hasn’t been consistent with their events regarding Galaxy S phones. The Galaxy S II was announced in February 2011, the Galaxy S III, was in May 2012, and the Galaxy S 4 was in March of this year. A January announcement could indicate an announcement at CES.

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Manufacturers to rethink “Mini” phone strategies after poor sales, according to report

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We’ve seen the trend of mini versions of flagship phones growing over the past year or two, starting with the Galaxy S III Mini. We’ve seen an HTC One Mini and a few other manufacturers produce lesser versions of their flagship models with a squished screen and, problematically, a similar price tag. DigiTimes is reporting that many of these manufacturers are going to be rethinking that strategy in the coming months after poor sales of these “miniature” phones; both Samsung and HTC have had to cut the price of their Mini phones soon after launching, partly because of their inflated pricing, and partly because of stiff competition from other smaller, cheaper mid-range phones. Read more

Lenovo semi-unveils new hybrid 10.1 inch Android tablet/laptop

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To give their new device some hype, Lenovo leaked the manual to their upcoming 10.1″ Android tablet/laptop which revealed a couple of shots as well as the proposed specs. First off, the device will be dubbed as the Idea A10 and will sport a Rockchip RK3188 ARM Cortex-A9 quad-core processor with Android 4.2 intact. The 10.1 inch screen can fold back 360 degrees and will also have a front facing camera. The hybrid device will come with either 16GB or 32GB of native storage, and 1GB or 2GB of RAM.  Read more

HTC One Max full specs list leaks, confirms previous reports

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HTC is hoping that the One Max is the phone that saves their sinking ship of a company, and they’re packing the device with some great internals in hope that consumers will come to them for their next phone. 

An editor at Nowherelse.fr, Steve Hemmerstoffer, tweeted out a specs sheet for the phone which show that it will ship with Android 4.3, Sense 5.5, a 5.9-inch, 1080 x 1920 (FHD) display, a quad-core 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, 2GB RAM, NFC capabilities, and a microSD slot that will hold up to 32GB of information. The battery should be very powerful, at 3200mAh.

The deal for Beats Audio to purchase its remaining shares back from HTC hasn’t been completed yet, so the phone will also include Beats speakers. Something new, though, is the fingerprint scanner added on the back of the device. The Wall Street Journal reported that the phablet will be unveiled to the public on October 15th.

This will surely be a competitor to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, LG G2, the upcoming Nokia Lumia 1520 and the Sony Xperia Z Ultra, so it will be interesting to see how its sales figures pan out after some disappointing numbers all around for the company in recent months.

Via: PhoneArena
Source: @stagueve

GamePad 2 from Archos officially announced, will ship in Q4 to U.S. for $200

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Just a few weeks ago, Archos’ GamePad 2 was outed on a retailer’s website, displaying all the new device has to offer. Today, Archos finally made an official announcement on the gaming tablet, which will feature a 7-inch, 1,280 x 800 IPS display, a quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 chip, and 2GB RAM.

Control responsiveness was also greatly improved, and will ship with Android 4.2 and a more powerful battery. The GamePad 2 will hit Europe at the end of October for around $243, and will be shipping in the US during Q4 for $200. Hit the break for the full press release.

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Lenovo seeking to acquire HTC, talks ongoing since August

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While they may be trying new ways to capture your attention, HTC could soon be acquired by another Asian tech giant. A few months ago we learned that Lenovo was eying a 2014 arrival in the United States smartphone market and now it seems that they could absorb another company to make it happen. With their market share slipping and management going on the offensive, it may be a good thing for HTC to be taken over by Lenovo, who is one of the largest phone manufacturers in China. Talks have apprently been going on since August and the deal could (if an agreement is made) be done in the first half of 2014.

Lenovo isn’t lacking experience in takeovers. In 2005, they purchased the ThinkPad brand from IBM and assisted the company in becoming the world’s largest largest personal computer seller.

Source: AppleDaily Taiwan
Via: Phone Arena

Samsung preparing another clamshell smartphone

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Following up on the Samsung Hennesy clamshell released in August, Samsung is preparing to release another clamshell smartphone for the Chinese market with much better specs. The Samsung W2014 will come equipped with a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 processor and dual 3.67-inch AMOLED screens, although the screens only have a resolution of 800×480 pixels. The device will also come with 2GB of RAM, a 13MP front-facing camera, and Android 4.3. The W2014 will not support LTE according to reports. The device has already cleared the Chinese telecommunications certification agency, Tenaa. When it finally gets to market, it is anticipated it will sell for approximately ¥4,300CNY ($700 USD).

Hit the break for a couple more images of the device. Whatever you may think of Samsung, it seems you do have to give them credit for exploring new, or recycled old, form factors for smartphone devices. Read more