Sony Z Ultra Google Play Edition price gets slashed to $449, saves $200

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Need a massive phablet that is waterproof and runs stock Android? Get over to the Play Store right now and order the Sony Z Ultra Google Play Edition. The device has received a $200 price cut that brings it down to just $449. If purchasing the device in the United States, you can bring it to carriers like AT&T or T-Mobile.

This phablet is no slouch. The 6.4-inch display does have 1080p resolution. It packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with 2GB of RAM. For now, it runs Android 4.4.2 which is the latest version of the operating system.

Source: Play Store

Samsung SM-T2558 gets certified in China, sports a 7-inch display on a smartphone’s body

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Here is a device that will make just about everyone scratch their head. A Samsung device with the model number SM-T2558 has received certification from TENAA in China, but it features a rather odd design. No, it is not a smartphone as the image above would suggest. The device your are looking at is a 7-inch tablet that looks very much like a smartphone. It does have TD-LTE and TD-SCDMA connectivity, so it actually could act as a smartphone, right?

Other specifications include a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor with 1.5GB of RAM. In true Samsung fashion, there is a microSD card slot to expand upon the 8GB of internal storage. On the back is an 8MP camera and the front camera has 2MP. And the weight of this device is light at just 245 grams. Right out of the box, it runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and not 4.4 KitKat.

Source: Mobilegeeks.de
Via: SamMobile

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 more

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
via: G for Games

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.

Source: VR Zone

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 more

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)
Via: G 4 Games