Sony’s waterproof M4 Aqua comes with a 5-inch HD display, 64-bit Octa-Core processor and runs Lollipop

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Carrying on from unveiling the Xperia Z4 tablet at the MWC in Barcelona, Sony has taken the covers off of its Xperia M4 Aqua, a smartphone that offers front and rear cameras that are more than handy, along with OmniBalance design and a 64-bit Qualcomm processor. We have the specifications, gallery, video and press release after the break.
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Alcatel’s OneTouch Idol 3 comes with 4.7-inch or 5.5-inch display, can take calls upside down

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It’s the opening day at Mobile World Congress, and straight after the HTC event we have Alcatel OneTouch announcing the Idol 3 that will be available with either a 4.7-inch or 5.5-inch display. The Idol 3’s main claim to fame is that it can be used upside down. So if you often pick up your smartphone upside down when answering a call, with the Idol 3 it won’t matter because there are microphones and speakers at both ends of the phone. How nifty is that? We have specifications for both variants after the break.
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Acer announces the Liquid Jade Z handset with 5-Inch IPS display and 64-bit processor

 

In case you forgot, the Mobile World Congress (2015 edition) is in full swing over in Barcelona, with Acer kicking things off with the announcement of it’s new range of Liquid handsets, as well as its latest wearable. Here we have the Liquid Jade Z, and its specifications, pictures, and full press release are available after the break.


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Chinese phone maker, Xiaomi, now valued at a whopping $45 Billion

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While most American’s probably haven’t heard of the Chinese phone manufacturing company Xiaomi, their immense success in China has propelled the company into new heights. With the company being previously valued at $4 billion (2012) and $10 billion (2013), rounds have now valued the company at a whopping $45 billion.

How did Xiaomi gain this much success in such a quick time you ask? Clever on-line marketing coupled with cheap/affordable high-powered devices have made them a household name in China. Not only has the company knocked off both Apple and Samsung as the the #1 smartphone manufacture in China, but they are also now #3 world-wide. With over 500 million smartphones expected to be sold in China next year (more than double that is expected to be sold in the US), one can only expect Xiaomi to grow even further. With China clearly under their belt, the Chinese company has their eyes set on the rest of the world starting with India and Brazil, and I’m sure they have hopes of someday being a household name in Europe and possibly even the United States.


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