Huawei announces Ascend Mate 2 4G smartphone, plans to bring it to the U.S.

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After a recent leak of images of Huawei’s successor to the Ascend Mate, the Ascend Mate 2, it is no surprise to see the device at CES 2014. This refreshed version of a super-sized smartphone will come with a 6.1-inch screen running at 720p resolution. While giving up some sharpness to manufacturers producing 1080p or greater screens for their smartphone devices, the lower energy demands combined with Huawei’s 4050 mAh battery means the device should run for quite a while between charges. Huawei claims under “normal use” that translates to 60 hours per charge or 12 hours of constant web surfing. Read more

T-Mobiles Officially Announces LG G Flex

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As AT&T just did, T-Mobile is making the LG G Flex official. Like AT&T, pricing and availability will be announced in the coming weeks. The device will be the same flexible 6 inch device as everyone else’s, just equipped to run on T-Mobile’s network. With LG announcing that the device would make U.S. land fall this quarter, it appears that carriers are wasting little time announcing the device. We have the presser for you after the break. Stay tuned for our hands on with the device at CES 2014.

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Hands on with the LG G Flex at CES 2014

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The LG G Flex has been out for a few months now, but we finally got a chance to see it up close and in personal because LG brought it to CES 2014. The good news is that it will finally be available in the U.S. during the first quarter of this year on AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint. The G Flex is definitely a beast with its 6-inch 720p display and Snapdragon 800 processor. We didn’t to see its “self healing” properties yet, but we will be sure to get a hands on from the show floor tomorrow. For now, check out our quick hands on video after the break.

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The G Flex from LG Coming to AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile This Quarter

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Three days ago, images of the AT&T and T-Mobile G Flex devices were leaked by the well known leaker evleaks. If you happened to watch LG’s press conference this morning you’ll know that Sprint will also be selling the device as well with their Spark LTE. We’re not sure of exact release dates but we’ll let you know as soon as we do. Also, be sure to check out our continued coverage of CES 2014.

Sony Xperia Z1S image leaks, specs too

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Yesterday, @evleaks leaked both an image (above) and specifications of the Sony Xperia Z1S. The device will have a 4.3-inch, 720p display. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 processor with 2GB of RAM is packed inside. A 20.7MP camera sits on the back and a 2MP on the front. The battery is sized at 2300mAh and there are 16GB of storage and Android 4.3 is said to be shipping at launch.

As you can see in the leaked image, T-Mobile’s name is stamped on the back. Sony is holding a press conference tonight at 8pm EST where the handset is expected to be announced. Also, T-Mobile has a press event scheduled for January 8 where this device may be introduced to the network. Read more

ZTE unveils the Grand S II with new voice control technology

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Last year, Motorola launched the very innovative Touchless Control on the Moto X, and ZTE has just announced something similar. It will debut on the upcoming Grand S II and it will allow users to unlock the device or take pictures with their voice as well as answer calls, listen to messages, and play music while driving. Just like the Moto X, the Grand S II (and other future devices) will only respond to the owner’s voice. So in theory, another person wouldn’t be able to unlock your phone. I am not sure I “buy” this level of security. Even though the success rate is high for voice recognition, it’s not 100%. As for photos, ZTE is touting that it will be a better experience for group photos and selfies.

Continuing the “audio” theme, the Grand S II includes triple-MIC noise reduction for clearer calls, high precision voice recording, Dolby sound effects, and a professional BOX speaker.

We will be sure to get a hands on video of the new Grand S II along with its new voice features, and don’t forget to check out our full CES coverage. Full presser after the break.

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[Deal] HSN selling Boost Mobile’s Moto G for $79.95 after rebate

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Android’s new budget-friendly superstar is already making rounds on television. Today only, the Moto G is available from Home Shopping Network, who also sells Nokia’s Lumia 521, for just $79.95 after a $50 mail-in rebate. The channel is offering the deal for today only as part of their Today’s Special, so make sure you take advantage of it quickly. At the time of this writing, HSN says that have already sold 5,200 units. Through this deal, Boost Mobile is the carrier being supplied. In case you were unaware, $50 gets you unlimited talk, text, and data; however, for every six months you remain a customer, your monthly bill drops $5 until you reach $40.

If HSN’s straight-up price is not good enough for you, you can use their FlexPay financing that spreads it into monthly payments across two, three, or four months. The four month FlexPay is $35 per month. Also, having an HSN card gives you an extra option of paying over five months. But I am not quite sure anyone really needs to have the Moto G’s price lingering around for months. The source link below will take you to HSN’s site.

Source: HSN
Via: Phone Arena

New HTC M8 info reveals One+ name, upgraded specs

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We’ve seen the HTC M8 show up multiple times under a few different names, and it seems like we have some important new information. According to ROM developer Mike1986 on XDA, the device will be called the HTC One+, and will be an incremental update from the HTC One, rather than a completely redesigned device.

Included will be an improved Snapdragon 805 processor coupled with a speedier DDR3 RAM, a larger 5-inch screen, and possibly on screen software keys, rather than the capacitative keys we’ve become accustomed to. Also, a bigger 2,900mAh battery, and maybe (hopefully) a micro SD card slot will be on board. You can see all of the leaked specs after the break.

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Images and specs of Oppo Find 7 leak

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The upcoming Oppo Find 7 will definitely be up there in the specs department, and a recent leak shows as much. The device was already confirmed to have a 5.5-inch 2560 x 1440 (2K) display, as well as 4G LTE connectivity. An earlier leak also showed off the device’s steel frame.

Now, we’re getting to see the phone’s screen compared against the size of a 100 Yuan bill and a can of Pepsi. The size is exactly 152.76 x 75.22mm.

The front of the device should be big enough to fit a front camera, as well as a speaker and proximity sensors. New information suggesting that the phone will have 3GB RAM and either a Snapdragon 800/805 processor has appeared as well.

Via: GizChina
Source: Weibo

Is Asus Working on an Android Tablet Running Intel’s 64-bit Bay Trail SoC?

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With the iPhone 5s sporting a 64-bit architecture it’s easy to guess what the next big hardware craze will be on the mobile front. Samsung, not wanting to be outdone, has also made it known that they’re working their own 64 bit processors. Well Asus appears to be putting its hat in the ring as well as specs for a tablet running Android and carrying a 64-bit Bay Trail SoC has surfaced. Poised to be similar to Windows 8 running VivoTab Note 8, it will come in a quad-core package clocked at up to 1.33GHz (1.9GHz turbo).

It will also come with 2GB of RAM, a 1280×800 screen (most likely 8-inches), and a 5 MP rear camera. It will come with Android 4.2.2 as well. Why it’s not coming with KitKat is anyone’s guess. Performance wise, at least when it comes to benchmarks, suggests that it will perform similarly to the Snapdragon 800. Of course real world mileage will vary. While we may not see it at CES this year, 2014 is shaping up to be the year of the 64-bit processor.

source: G for Games