OnePlus One will feature a 5.5-inch screen in a 5-inch body smaller than Sony’s Xperia Z1

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That’s a picture of Sony’s Xperia Z1, which is a great phone. The important thing, though, is that there’s a OnePlus One below it. According to a recent announcement on their forums, OnePlus has chosen a 5.5-inch screen to be used in their upcoming device, but thanks to some some really crafty engineering (and probably magic) they’ve managed to cram a phablet sized screen into a phone that would normally sport a 5-inch screen, like the Xperia Z1. This device will likely have one of the best screen-to-bezel ratios on any phone once it’s released.

Pete Lau, founder of OnePlus, also divulged some of the tech that’s going into the screen. It’ll be a full 1080p screen, not 2k, because of battery and processor efficiency, and the DPI will be somewhere north of 400. It features a Touch On Lens module that decreases distance between the touch sensor and display panel, and it’s 300% more resistant to shattering than other competing screens as a nice bonus.

The OnePlus One is shaping up to be a pretty fantastic device. Snapdragon 800 CPU, 5.5-inch full HD screen, and a fully tweaked and optimized Cyanogenmod ROM, plus a sub-400 dollar price point are going to give Google’s own Nexus line some serious competition.

source: OnePlus Forums

LG’s Knock Code demoed on the G Pro 2

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One of the coolest new features on the G Pro 2 is “Knock Code,” an enhanced version of Knock On that’s found on the G2. Knock Code allows you to set up a specific “code” for tapping on your device to wake it up, which was supposedly added as a security feature.

There are a ton of different combinations of knock codes you can use to unlock the G Pro 2, and it’s shaping up to be one of the best features you’ll find on LG’s latest phablet. If you want to see the feature in action, (trust us, you do) you can check out the video below. » Read the rest

Image surfaces showing supersized 7-inch smartphone from Huawei

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A new image has surfaced showing a new device from Huawei which indicates they are not content to stop at 6.1 inches for the size of a smartphone. The Huawei Ascend Mate 2 was announced last month at CES 2014 with a massive 6.1-inch screen. The new device supposedly has a 7-inch screen that will run at 1920×1200 resolution. Other hardware reportedly included in the device includes a 1.6GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM. Sources also report that Huawei considers the device, despite its size, a smartphone and not a tablet. Early pricing rumors suggest the device will sell for 1,200 yuan ($198 USD).

If this were to ever find its way outside of the Asian markets, is it something you would be interested in buying?

source: Weibo
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Phablets are staying after all, having shipped 20 million units in 2013

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According to Juniper Research, phablets are now officially successful, having shipped around 20 million units in 2013, and an expected 120 million units shipped by 2018.

The growth in phablets since their introduction to the market is undeniable, with extremely successful devices being found in the Samsung Galaxy Note series, such as the Galaxy Note 3, and in a number of LG’s devices, such as the newly released LG G Flex.

The term phablets rose to prominence in order to describe a device that is a hybrid of a phone and a tablet. According to Juniper, in order for a device to be classed as a phablet, it must have a screen size of at least 5.6 inches.

Source: Juniper Research
Via: TechCrunch

HP may release 6-inch phablet with quad-core CPU for $200

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After struggling in the mobile market, it really looks like HP is embracing Android to reverse its fortunes. They’ve already released several budget Android tablets, and according to the latest rumors, they’re going to be getting into the budget-phablet contest in emerging markets.

The HP Slate 6 Voice Tab, lengthy name aside, is going to be a 6-inch phone/tablet hybrid with a quad-core Marvell processor, a 720p screen, and dual-sim support. It’s also set to be released in the $200 price range. Between the price tag and the dual-sim card support, this likely means it’s going to be HP’s go-to device in places like India and China where premium flagship phones don’t account for much of the market share.

No word on release date just yet, but we’ll keep you updated.

source: Phone Arena

HP preparing to launch 5.5-inch phablet, will compete with Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3

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HP is known for its computers, but the company is looking to continue its expansion in the mobile device market with the addition of a Galaxy Note-like phablet to its current lineup.

The company is reportedly preparing to launch a 5.5-inch device that could feature specs which would rival that of the Galaxy Mega 6.3 expected for release next week. If that’s true, expect a price tag around $400.

It’s no secret that the PC market is quickly disappearing. People want smaller devices, and HP knows that. It’s a smart move, but only time will tell if they’ll be able to compete in an already over-saturated market where even well-known competitors like HTC are struggling to survive.

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Hands on with the Hisense X1 smartphone at CES 2014

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We know exactly what you’re thinking… “Damn, that’s a big phone!”. And rightfully so. Though it’s being considered for the “Phablet” market, this thing is seriously teetering on the brink of a full blown out tablet. Being just .2-inches shy of the Nexus 7 and other popular small tablets, we’re definitely thinking it’s a flat out tab. The Hisense X1 is “large and in charge” as stated by Editor in Chief Rob Nazarian as he tries to tame this bad boy one-handed. The X1 comes in at a whopping 6.8-inches sporting Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 series CPU, making for a snappy experience when navigating. In addition, the handset comes with a 5-megapixel camera in the front and a 13-megapixel shooter in the rear. Battery life should be optimal to run the true definition IPS display (1920 x 1080) with a whopping 3900 mAh’s.   » Read the rest

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Lite said to be entering production, could be 30% of Note 3 sales

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Remember Samsung’s watered down devices such as the Galaxy Note 3 Lite and Galaxy Tab 3 Lite? A new report from ET News in Korea claims that the Galaxy Note 3 Lite has already entered production. Apparently Samsung is slated to produce 500,000 units in January and about 1.5 million in February. This would allow Samsung to announce the Note 3 Lite at Mobile World Congress in February and a release in March or April.

It is rumored that Samsung had started production last month but decided to push back the release since the device would be close to the Note 3 release and change the perception of the Note brand as premium. Sources are even saying that Samsung expects this device to consume 30% of Note 3 sales. The Note 3 Lite is rumored to have a 5.49 or 5.68-inch LCD, not AMOLED to keep costs down, display. Being that it is a low-end device, a 1080p display is not expected alongside Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 processor.

Source: ET News (Korean)
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Buying a Galaxy device is the “smart move,” says Samsung in new ads

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In a new set of advertisements, Samsung is telling you why buying a Galaxy device, particularly the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear, is the “smart move.” Three videos take us through the lives of two Galaxy owners as they show us how they handle a day’s tasks with their Samsung device. In the first video, the 5.7-inch 1080 screen and faux leather backing are highlighted. The second video focuses on the Gear’s ease of use in real-life situations and compatibility with a Samsung device. The third is all about the multitasking and productivity of the Note 3 with its Air Command feature activated by the S Pen. Samsung wants to show that their devices can handle whatever your lives can throw at it.

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Massive ZTE Nubia Z7 leaks, shows a 6.44 inch screen

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If you’re in the market for an enormous phone like the Xperia Z Ultra, you’re about to have another option to look at. The ZTE Nubia Z7 has leaked, and it looks like it’s just as big as the Ultra, for better or worse. Rumored specs say this thing has a 6.44 inch screen, identical to what Sony’s mega-phablet offers. There will also reportedly be a slightly faster Snapdragon 800 CPU, a 1080p screen, 3 GB of RAM, a 13 megapixel rear camera, and 128 GB of internal storage and Android 4.4.

If you aren’t impressed by those specs in a smartphone, I seriously doubt any phone is going to make you happy. Obviously, the specs are still just a rumor at this point, so take them with a grain of salt, but there’s nothing wrong with keeping your hopes up.

source: 3G Mobile

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