Huawei P8 potentially shows up in benchmarks with Kirin 930 processor


Huawei’s upcoming flagship device, the P8, may have shown up in benchmarks, confirming some of the specs of the device. The benchmark came from a device with a model number of ML100-UL00, and it scored fairly highly, giving credibility to the rumors.

The processor in question was an unnamed octa-core CPU clocked at 1.5 GHz. The benchmark score was higher than the older Kirin 620, and it’s fairly close to the Kirin 925 in the Ascend Mate 7. If this does end up being the P8 with this particular chipset, it will be the first Kirin 930 device on the market. Read more

1 million pre-orders for Moto X 2014 in China received in less than one week


In case anyone is wondering why so many smartphone manufacturers are trying to figure out how to get into the smartphone market in China, the Moto X 2014 may provide a good example. Although the device has been available for several months around the globe, Motorola is only now bringing it to China. Last Tuesday, January 27th, the company began to accept pre-orders for the Moto X 2014 and as of February 1st, over 1 million pre-orders had already been received.

This response is not entirely unprecedented in the Chinese market where we see local manufacturers routinely sell out of stock sometimes in mere seconds. For Motorola to come in with a relatively old device and put up numbers like this is a good sign that there may be some hope for the larger, more established market players to challenge some of China’s hot upstart companies like Xiaomi.

source: Weibo
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HTC starts rolling out Lollipop update for One (M8) in India


Despite recently announcing it wouldn’t meet its 90-day self-imposed deadline, HTC has just started pushing out the much-anticipated and very eagerly-awaited Lollipop update to all developer and unlocked variants of its flagship smartphone, the One (M8), located in India. In terms of added functionality, this upgrade carries the latest build of the Android operating system, together with a multitude of bug fixes and stability improvements.

Hit the break for the full changelog.

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Samsung SM-T239 to be called the Galaxy Tab 4 Lite 7.0 LTE


A set of benchmark results emerged online eleven days ago disclosing that Samsung is in the process of developing a brand new version of the Galaxy Tab 4 sporting a 64-bit processor.

The details were a little thin, but, according a new report, the device is set to be a more affordable 7-inch, 4G-enabled variant of the Galaxy Tab 4, dubbed the “Galaxy Tab 4 Lite 7.0 LTE”.

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The Doctor and the Dalek game launched for tablet devices


The BBC has launched a new game for tablets based on their immensely popular Doctor Who series. The latest title, The Doctor and a Dalek, has users follow along with The Doctor on a mission to destroy the Orb of Fates aboard an old Gallifreyan ship, the Starbane. The game encourages players to learn about fundamental coding principles by having them solve puzzles linked to a computer coding curriculum. Although the game is entertaining, it is also part of the BBC’s Make It Digital initiative which is designed to help users learn skills and concepts for the digital age. Read more

Cricket announces new “All In” plans offering cheap, high-speed data access for smartphones


Cricket announced some new wireless plans over the weekend that may offer some good deals for customers who are covered by their service, which Cricket claims covers more are than the 4G LTE networks of T-Mobile, Metro-PCS, Sprint, Boost or Virgin. In a bit of a twist that seems like something T-Mobile might do, Cricket is calling the plans “All In” because the prices published include all the taxes and fees that other carriers tack on top of their monthly subscription fees.

The lowest cost plan that was announced is a Basic Plan that provides 2.5GB of high-speed access to go with unlimited talk and text for only $40 per month, or $35 per month if you take advantage of an auto-pay credit. Users can step that up to a Smart Plan that comes with 5GB of data for $50 per month or a Pro Plan that includes 10GB of data for $60 per month. In addition, a new Advanced Plan that gives users 20GB of data for $60 per month is also available. Like the Basic Plan, the monthly cost of all of these can be reduced by $5 by opting for auto-pay. New customers who switch to Cricket can also get a free month of service credited to their account.

Check out the full press release after the break. Read more

LG G Flex 2 wallpapers now available for download


Everybody can use a new wallpaper every now and then and sometimes you can find some really cool one pre-installed on new smartphones. Take for instance, the LG G Flex 2. They have pre-installed 10 new wallpapers and they are available for you to download right now. It’s not about trying to make your phone look like an LG device, it’s more about finding something that looks cool on your device, whether it’s LG or not. Of course, if you’re sporting an older LG device, these might give you the feeling that your device is a little newer than it really is. Hit the break for all the goods.

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New HTC Desire phone revealed with a 64-bit octa-core and 2560 x 1440 display


We are told this one isn’t a flagship, but it sure sounds like one based on the specs. The HTC A55 is a Desire phone that seems a lot like the upcoming One (M9) Plus. Perhaps it will be a plastic version of it with a slightly toned down processor

The specs include a 5.5-inch Quad HD (2560 x 1440) display, a 2.0 GHz 64-bit octa-core MediaTek MT6795 (as opposed to a Snapdragon 810) processor, 3 GB of RAM, 20 MP rear camera, 13 MP or 4 MP Ultra Pixel front camera, BoomSound, less than 3,000 mAh battery, Bluetooth 4.1, Android 5.0, and Sense 7.0.

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