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. » Read the rest
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. » Read the rest
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. » Read the rest
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
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.
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
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
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…
With the dawn of the Nexus 7, we’ve seen the cost of tablets continue to come down (watch out Apple). Today at CES, Acer is showing us that the cost of tablets will continue to plummet while demand for the computing slates rises. Acer just announced the Iconia B1-A71, a 7-inch tablet that is aimed at the budget-conscious crowd. The tablet is expected to come in at the sub-$150 price range and boasts some pretty decent specs, considering the cost. Inside Acer’s offering you’ll find a dual-core 1.2GHz processor from Mediatek, 512MB of RAM, a 7-inch WSVGA screen, 8GB of storage, a 2710 mAh battery and a front facing 0.3-megapixel camera. The tablet comes in at 11.3 ounces and is a mere 11.3mm thin. Not too bad for a budget device. We’re thinking 2013 will shape up to be the year of affordable tablets. Now if only Google would release that rumored $99 Nexus.
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While Sprint is quietly planning on launching a modest Samsung 4G LTE smartphone sometime in the near-future, Verizon too also has plans on launching a simplified Samsung 4G LTE device on its network as well. According to a source courtesy of the Engadget team, the mysterious Samsung Galaxy Stellar 4G LTE smartphone is set to launch this Thursday, September 6th. The smartphone will have budget-line features such as a 1.2GHz dual-core CPU, 3.2MP rear camera + 1.3MP front-facing cam and 800 x 480 WVGA display. While it’s exciting that Ice Cream Sandwich is running the show, the real kicker is Samsung’s Starter Mode: which is a “new, simple way to interact Access apps and control device settings with ease”.
The device probably generate too much interest in terms of specs, but it is expected to have a rather attractive $100 price tag. We’ll see final details as the days lead up to the device’s launch this week.