Xiaomi Redmi Note successor to pack a MediaTek MT6595 octa-core chipset

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According to a report published in China this weekend, Xiaomi is getting ready to launch a high-end Redmi Note successor which it hopes will take on Meizu’s recently-announced MX4.

The device is set to pack a 5.5-inch display, be powered by an octa-core MediaTek MT6595 chipset with four 2.2GHz Cortex-A17 and four 1.7GHz Cortex A-7 cores, include 3GB of RAM, incorporate a 20.7-megapixel rear-facing camera, as well as an astonishing 8-megapixel front-facing shooter and a 3,500 mAh non-removable battery.


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Pre-orders for less powerful version of Huawei Ascend Mate 7 start in China today

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During IFA 2014, Huawei officially announced the Huawei Ascend Mate 7 smartphone. The phone comes with a 6-inch screen powered by Huawei’s own octa-core processor. Two variants of the device are being produced. The first is a 3GB of RAM version that comes with 32GB of internal storage. However, consumers that want to save a bit can get a 2GB of RAM version that only has 16GB of RAM installed. Huawei has started taking pre-orders for this second, lower-spec version through their virtual mall today.


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Samsung Galaxy Alpha coming to AT&T on September 26

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AT&T has announced the Samsung Galaxy Alpha will be available through the carrier starting on September 26th. When the Galaxy Alpha was officially announced, it was thought the device would eventually make its way to the U.S. market through AT&T and T-Mobile. According to Jeff Bradley, AT&T senior vice president for Devices, “The Samsung Galaxy Alpha marries sleek, premium design with all of the great features and Samsung technology that you have come to expect from a Galaxy product.”


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Google in talks with Airtel to offer Play Store carrier billing in India

Google_Play_Logo_2855Carrier billing is a useful feature on the Play Store, as it allows customers to make purchases without having to use a credit or debit card. Most people don’t mind using a card, but not everyone is willing to put their personal info into a smartphone, and many other people don’t even have a card to use. This is especially true in India, where only about 2% of the general population uses a credit or debit card, and that’s where Google is looking to push carrier billing options next.

Google has been in talks with Airtel, India’s largest wireless carrier, to begin offering carrier billing to their customers. With 40 million customers, that’s a lot of potential market to gain. The terms of the deal aren’t clear, although it’s reported that Google is offering Airtel 10% of each transaction (which is fairly low compared to other carriers) but it seems like the deal will happen in the near future regardless.
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Huawei announces the 64-bit China-bound Honor Play 4

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Coming off IFA 2014 in Berlin and the announcement of the Ascend Mate 7, Huawei isn’t stopping its momentum. Today the company announced the China market bound Honor Play 4. The mid-range device sports a 720×1280 (720p) 5-inch screen, a 64-bit Snapdragon 410 quad-core processor with 1 GB of RAM. It also has 8 GB of internal storage. As far as cameras are concerned the Play 4 sports an 8MP rear shooter with a 2 MP front camera. The battery is removable and comes in at 2,000 mAh. It’s dual-SIM capable, has NFC and LTE onboard. The device costs 799 yuan (roughly $130). We have a gallery for you after the break. Enjoy.


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LG announces Wine Smart Android-powered clamshell phone for the Korean market

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LG has had its fair share of strange and daring devices over the years, but for their newest phone, the Wine Smart, the Korean manufacturer have gone down a more nostalgic path. The Wine Smart is an entry level Android phone running 4.4 KitKat, in a clamshell form factor. While Samsung has released similar devices, this one is aimed specifically at handicapped or elderly users, meant to be easy to use but far more powerful than the feature phones that typically use this form factor. Hit the break for a quick teaser video from LG.


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Second wave of Android One devices coming as early as December

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The breakout success of Google’s Android One program has prompted manufacturers like Karbonn, Intex and Spice to move forward with a second wave of budget devices, launching as early as December. The initial Android One devices launched last week with prices as low as $105, and these will likely be priced similarly. Karbonn is expected to be first to market with their next device.


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The Nexus 9 will be made by HTC and will feature Tegra’s K1 processor

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As rumored in previous weeks, HTC will be stepping back into the tablet (and Nexus) game with the Nexus 9, the company’s first tablet since 2011 and first Nexus device since the Nexus One in 2010. According to the Wall Street Journal, the tablet is the product of endless collaboration between Google and HTC, with the latter’s engineers flying back and forth between headquarters constantly.
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