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)
Via: G 4 Games

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.

Hit the break to watch the three videos. » Read the rest

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

via: G for Games

Best Buy Outs November 15th Release of the HTC One Max on Sprint

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For those patiently waiting on Sprint’s version of the HTC One Max, we’ve got some good news for you. After seeing the device pass through the FCC in late October the only question left was when? Thanks to our friends over at Best Buy, their site revealed the device should be available for purchase on November 15th. In addition, to further corroborate this, Sprint’s website lists the HTC One Max’s initial software release as being on Nov 15th. Crazy coincidence or clever timing? So hang in there Sprint fans, it’s coming, and stay tuned because we’ll be announcing it as soon as it’s available. In the meantime, check out these other posts on the giant phablet to keep you busy and feel free to let us know what you think of the monster device in the comments below.    » Read the rest

Sony possibly making a Xperia Z Ultra with only WiFi connectivity

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According to new documents, Sony may be working on a WiFi-only model of their Xperia Z Ultra. Sliding through the FCC is a device that is listed as a “mini-tablet”  and a “portable handset.” This mystery device has 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, and even a GPS; however, there is no cellular radio. With a screen that is sized at more than 6-inches, is Sony trying to aim for a new market with a small-screened tablet? We’ll just have to wait and see. Stay tuned for more info on the possibility of this interestingly unique device.

Source: FCC
Via: VR-Zone

Samsung goes against the grain by wanting you to say “fonblet” instead of “phablet”

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Remember when Samsung’s Galaxy Mega was known as the Samsung Fonblet? It now seems that the company wants people to keep saying “fonblet” instead of “phablet.” While speaking at Korea’s Analyst Day, CEO J.K. Shin repeatedly said the new word and it even appeared on a slide during the presentation. The word “phablet” made its way into the Oxford dictionary due to its becoming of a standard term in the industry whenever there is a handset with a very large display. Of course, it is likely that this new term will never gain traction; however, no one ever thought the Galaxy Note series would ever takeoff the way it did. Alright, maybe that’s a little bit of an exaggeration.

Source: The Wall Street Journal
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HTC One Max press images for AT&T and Verizon leak

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While we already saw press images of the Sprint and Verizon HTC One Max variants, it was unknown if any other carriers would be getting the latest phablet. But now according to Twitter’s @evleaks, AT&T will also get the One Max. In the image above, you may notice something different. Just like Verizon, AT&T will opt to stamp their logo on the bottom bezel. This differs from the Sprint version as HTC’s logo will remain. And as we eluded to the last time, notice the dates on the devices. That may hint the release date for the different carriers. Hit the break for the Verizon press image (it is identical to last week’s). » Read the rest

HTC One Max will have a power flip case to extend battery even longer

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Worried that the HTC One Max won’t have enough battery life to satisfy you? If you are indeed concerned, there’s good news. A power flip case will launch beside the device with a 1200mAh battery. That would bump the total size of the One Max’s battery to 4500mAh. The case not only juices up your device, it also acts as a stand if you’re interested in watching a movie or video chatting. Connecting the case to the handset are the three pogo pins that everyone was questioning for so long. And yes, the fingerprint scanner is still exposed to be touched.

HTC One Max release dates for Sprint and Verizon possibly revealed by press images

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HTC’s entrance into the phablet game is finally here. This morning the HTC One Max was unveiled with a general release date of “rolling out across the globe from mid – end October. See specific regions for details.” But have no fear if you’re in the United States and interested in HTC’s massive device. If you take a look at the press images for the Verizon and Sprint models, the date displayed might give away the release dates. The Verizon model (above), which has their logo instead of HTC’s, shows November 7th. Hit the break for the Sprint version and its possible release date. » Read the rest