Xiaomi announces Redmi 2S, launches in China

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Xiaomi is keeping its momentum going as it just launched the Redmi 2S in China earlier today. The device is a budget-class smartphone and will cost a mere $113. The Redmi 2S is the successor to the Redmi 1S (also sometimes called the Hongmi 1S), which was launched in May 2014.

The specs for the Redmi 2S aren’t anything spectacular, but it also won’t break your wallet. The display is 4.7-inches with 720p IPS. The cameras are 8MP and 2MP, back and front respectively. The main feature of this phone is the addition of a 4G LTE antenna, which supports GSM, WCDMA, TD LTE and LTE FDD networks.

So, what’s under the hood in terms of processors? Keep reading after the break.
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Low-cost Google Nexus phone may use 64-bit MediaTek chip

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A new report out of China indicates the low-price Google Nexus device we heard about will be powered by a 64-bit MediaTek processor. The earlier rumor had mentioned MediaTek may be partnering with Google to provide chips for the devices as their chips are generally much lower cost than those from a company like Qualcomm and their high end Snapdragon processors. It appears Google is targeting a $100 price point for this new device as a way to get into the lower end of the market or to expand to emerging markets around the globe, so a low-cost chip is a requirement. Even though MediaTek’s chips use a 64-bit architecture, they are not intended for high end devices.
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Huawei MediaPad 7 Youth2 aims to compete in the affordable tablet market

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Huawei has stepped in to the crowded affordable tablet market with an updated device, the MediaPad 7 Youth2. With a metallic frame, the MediaPad 7 Youth2 comes with a 1024×600 7-inch display, a quad-core 1.2 GHz processor, 1GB of RAM and 4GB of internal memory. The tablet does support microSD cards for additional storage. The tablet will come with Huawei’s Emotion UI 1.6 running on top of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. The device will come equipped with 2G/3G antennas, so Huawei suggests it could double as a phone letting users eliminate one of their devices. The tablet also comes with built-in support for GPS.
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E FUN to introduce first quad-core Nextbook Android tablets at CES 2014

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E FUN is ready to bring some new tablets to the market during 2014 and at least two of them will be on display next week at CES 2014. The new devices are both quad-core powered tablets running Android 4.2 and will come in 8-inch and 10-inch sizes. The Nextbook 8 and Nextbook 10 will be on display during the event and E FUN indicates they will be available during the first quarter of 2014 for $129.99 and $149.99 respectively. Although not ready to make the journey to the event, E FUN also indicates they will be coming out with a 7-inch Nextbook 7 which will sell for $99.99 when it is released during Q1.
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Moto G leaks yet again, this time with more specs and pricing

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After being exposed yesterday by Twitter’s @evleaks, a poster regarding the inevitable Moto G has appeared. According to a tipster from GSM Arena, the poster shows Motorola’s budget-friendly device will run Android 4.3 Jelly Bean on a 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm processor. The screen, which has a water repellent coating, is a 720p screen sized at 4.5-inches covered with Corning Gorilla Glass. Considering its purpose, the Moto G will have just 8 GB of storage. The camera around the back is 5 MP and the front is 1.3 MP.

As for the price, this handset is expected to be free with a new contract and maintain a relatively low price without one. With the holidays quickly approaching, this could be that one item that gets all of the attention. You would be getting a pretty good device since the will be priced competitively.

Source: GSM Arena

Dell Venue 7 and 8 are now available to order

 

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The Dell Venue 7 and Venue 8 are now available to order through the company’s website. Dell announced their new Android tablets earlier this month and they seem to be quite appealing, considering their specs and pricing. Both the Venue 7 and Venue 8 pack Intel’s new Clover Trail+ processor underneath a 1200 x 800 display. As you can tell from their name, the Venue 7 and 8 have corresponding screen sizes.

The Venue 7 is priced at $149.99 while the Venue 8 has a $179.99 price tag. Clearly these tablets are budget-friendly, which doesn’t necessarily mean they’re bad. Hit the link below if you are interested in ordering one.

Source: Dell
Via: Android Central

Budget smartphones to experience explosive growth and account for 46% of all smartphone shipments by 2018

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It’s no surprise that budget-level smartphones are beginning to gain the favor of consumers worldwide, but it appears there is an imminent explosion of budget-level devices in the coming years. A recent trend by research firm ABIresearch concludes that shipments of sub-$250 phones will grow from 259 million in 2013 to a whopping 788 million in 2018; conversely, mid-level (sub-$400) and high-level ($400+) smartphone shipments are expected to grow from 635 million to 925 million between 2013 and 2018. The reason? Well, it’s quite simple really— budget smartphones continue to see an impressive boom in emerging markets, such as African and Asian countries. Additionally, budget smartphones continue to act as a bridge between the few of you out there who are still on a dumbphone, allowing for more advanced features for a modest to reasonable price. Here’s senior practice director Jeff Orr sharing his thoughts:

 

“As smartphone penetration moves from early adopters to mass-market and laggard consumer segments, the smartphone as a product will be less dependent on technical superiority, and more dependent on reliability and value.” 

 

Still, ABIresearch is quick to point out the importance and relevance of the mid and high-level smartphones. It points out that “premium smartphones tend to carry the most advanced wireless connectivity and operators who are upgrading their network want to ensure that the handsets running on their network can deliver the best possible experience and customer satisfaction“. So in other words— budget-level devices tend to operate on 3G-esque speeds, while mid and high-level devices tend to offer items like LTE. Oh and don’t forget, people do love things like those awesome displays and nifty personal assistants that help make life easier and all.

source: Business Week

Verizon getting the LG Optimus L3 as part of its prepaid lineup

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As part of its prepaid lineup, Verizon may be bringing the LG Optimus L3 back as the LG Optimus Zone. At least that’s the information we are seeing from evleaks, which has a  pretty reliable track record. The smartphone will feature an 800MHz processor, 3.2-inch QVGA display, 800MHz processor, 3.15-megapixel camera and Gingerbread 2.3. Not the most interesting specs really, but with this being an older phone, I would venture to guess that this is probably going to happen. We don’t have anymore information then this, but rest assured as we hear it so will you.

Source: evleaks Twitter

Alcatel Wireless introduces its OneTouch Star smartphone, brings Jelly Bean goodies to a modest package

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Modest wireless carrier Alcatel has gotten in the spirit of Valentine’s Day and formally introduced its OneTouch Star smartphone. This device comes in a lovely pink shade and will come with all the bells and whistles found in a typical lower-level midrange device: an AMOLED display with an 800 x 480 resolution, a 1GHz dual-core processing unit plus 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage and oh by the way will arrive with Jelly Bean fully-loaded.

No word on when it will be available exactly, but we suspect we’ll see it at a certain trade show coming up very soon

source: Alcatel