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Omkar Dutta is a Mobile Enthusiast from Mumbai, India. He loves to check out latest software, mobile phones and web services. Currently, he writes for this awesome blog as well as Fone Arena. You can follow him on Twitter @0mkarr

Samsung Galaxy Express Announced; Comes With 4.5 Inch Display, 4G LTE

Samsung recently announced the entry-level Galaxy Express smartphone. It is the company’s most affordable 4G LTE device. The Samsung Galaxy Express packs some pretty decent specs including a 4.5 inch display, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 2000 mAh battery and so on. This handset will be shipped with the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System.

Samsung Galaxy Express comes with AllShare Play which enables a device-to-device remote sharing to freely share and play content across Samsung Smart TV and Smart mobile devices through a single account. The S Beam feature allows you to easily touch and transfer your favorite movie or the latest songs just by touching another device.

Samsung Galaxy Express features a 4.5 inch WVGA Super AMOLED Plus display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS, TouchWiz UI, 5 megapixel rear camera with auto-focus and LED flash, HD (720p) video recording, full HD (1080p) video playback, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, FM Radio with RDS, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, GPS with A-GPS, Samsung Hub, Samsung Apps, Samsung Kies, S Beam, Google Play Store, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 4G LTE Connectivity, Wi-Fi hot-spot, Wi-Fi Direct, MHL, NFC (Near Field Communication) and a 2000 mAh battery.

Samsung Galaxy Express measures 132.2 mm x 69.1 mm x 9.3 mm and weighs just 139.1 grams. The price and availability of this handset will be announced soon.

Huawei Ascend P2 Leaked Press Shot And Specs Emerge

Huawei will soon launch a new Android powered smartphone, the Ascend P2. As the name suggest, this handset is the successor of the last year’s Huawei Ascend P1. The guys at UnwiredView recently shared the leaked press shot and specs of this device. Similar to its predecessor, the Huawei Ascend P2 is expected to come with a thin waistline.

The Huawei Ascend P2 might run on the Android 4.1 or 4.2 (Jelly Bean) Operating System. This handset is expected to come with a 1.8 GHz quad-core processor. This handset is likely to be announced next month at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2013 in Barcelona. Check out the leaked specs below.

The Huawei Ascend P2 features a 4.5 inch display, Quad-core processor, 13 megapixel rear-facing camera with Full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 2 GB of RAM, MicroSD card slot, 3000 mAh battery and the usual connectivity options including Wi-Fi, 4G LTE, NFC, GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA and more.

Huawei has already sent the invitations of its press event at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The Huawei Ascend P2 is expected to be unveiled at the same press conference on February 24, 2013. Stay tuned!

Samsung Announces The Galaxy Xcover 2 Rugged Smartphone

Last year, Samsung launched the Android powered Galaxy Xcover smartphone. This year, the Korean Mobile phone manufacturer is back with its successor, the Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2. This handset is specially designed for active explorers who are enjoying outdoor lifestyles and seeking a durable mobile device with essential smartphone capabilities.

The Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2 is an IP67 certified device. It is not only dust proof and sand proof, but it is also a water resistant smartphone. This handset also allows you to take pictures under water with the help of its dedicated camera key. It also packs a pre-downloaded Google map data, an enhanced GPS + GLONASS which shortens the satellite signal detection by up to 20% to tracks your location more accurately.

Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2 features a 4 inch WVGA touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, 1 GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS, TouchWiz UI, 5 megapixel rear camera with auto-focus and LED flash, VGA front-facing camera for video calls and more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, FM Radio with RDS, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, 1 GB RAM, 4 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, GPS with A-GPS, Cardio Trainer Pro, Bluetooth 4.0, S-Pen, S Note, S Planner, Samsung Hub, Samsung Apps, Samsung Kies, DLNA, Google Play Store, Wi-Fi Direct and a 1,700 mAh battery.

Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2 comes pre-loaded with the Cardio Trainer Pro workout app which will help you achieve your fitness goals by creating a training program, checking your progress and recording your track and speed. The price and release date of this handset has not been announced yet.

HTC Unveils The Entry-Level Desire U Smartphone

HTC recently unveiled a new entry-level smartphone, the HTC Desire U. The design of this device looks similar to the phones previously launched phones under the HTC One family of smartphones. The HTC Desire U will be shipped with the outdated Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. We are not sure, if this device will ever taste the Jelly Bean update. However, Desire U is a great replacement for the company’s current entry-level smartphone, the HTC Explorer.

HTC Desire U features a 4 inch WVGA touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, 1 GHz single-core processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, HTC Sense 4 UI, 5 megapixel rear-facing camera with auto-focus and LED flash, 3.5 mm headset jack, Beats Audio, Bluetooth 4.0, 512 MB RAM, 4 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB internal memory, Google Play Store, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, A-GPS and a 1650 mAh battery.

The HTC Desire U will first go on sale in Taiwan and China, followed by other emerging markets including India. The price of this device is expected to be around $275.

Lava Launches The Intel Lexington Powered Xolo X500 For Rs.8,999

Lava was the first handset maker to launch a smartphone based on Intel’s Medfield platform. Today, the Indian mobile phone manufacturer launched its second Intel powered smartphone, the Xolo X500. This handset is based on Intel’s Lexington platform reference design. Sadly, the entry-level Xolo X500 runs on the old Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System.

Lava Xolo X500 features a 3.5 inch HVGA touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 320 pixel, 1.2 GHz Intel Atom Z2420 processor with Hyper Threading technology, 400 MHz GPU, Dual-SIM capabilities, 5 megapixel rear facing camera, full HD (1080p) video playback and much more.

It also comes with a 3.5 mm headset jack, 4 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Bluetooth 2.1, A-GPS support, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, Micro USB, 512 MB RAM, Google Play Store, 15 days of stand-by time and a 1500 mAh battery.

Lava Xolo X500 comes with a price tag of Rs.8,999 (approx. $170). This handset will go on sale starting next week in India. Xolo X500 will not only compete with entry level Android smartphones from Micromax, Huawei, Sony and HTC, but it will also face a tough competition from Windows Phone 7.8 powered Nokia Lumia 510.

Samsung Galaxy Grand With 1.4 GHz Quad-Core Processor Announced In South Korea

Samsung has already announced the international variant of the Galaxy Grand smartphone. Earlier this week, the South Korean manufacturer has even launched this device in India. Today, Samsung has finally announced the Galaxy Grand for its home market. However, this variant is slightly different from the international variant. The Samsung Galaxy Grand will comes with a 1.4 GHz quad-core processor and VoLTE connectivity, instead of 1.2 GHz dual-core processor and 3G connectivity. Sadly, there is no change to the disappointing screen resolution.

The South Korean variant of Galaxy Grand features a 5 inch touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, 1.4 GHz quad-core processor, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS, TouchWiz UI, 8 megapixel rear camera with auto-focus and LED flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and so on.

It also comes with a 3.5 mm headset jack, FM Radio with RDS, GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, S-Pen, S Note, S Planner, Samsung Hub, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, VoLTE Connectivity, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 64 GB expandable memory, DLNA, Google Play Store, Wi-Fi Direct and a 2100 mAh battery.

Samsung has not yet announced the price of this device. However, the price is expected to be slightly higher than the international variant. This device will be available across all three major carriers – SKT, LG U+ and KT in Marble White color.

Samsung Ativ Odyssey Goes On Sale At Verizon For $49.99

Earlier this month, Samsung announced the mid-ranged Ativ Odyssey smartphone. This device runs on the newer Windows Phone 8 Operating System. Samsung Ativ Odyssey comes with the unique Samsung sharing applications such as Photo Editor, Mini Diary and Now, an application that provides weather, news, stock and currency updates instantly. This handset is exclusively available for the Verizon Wireless subscribers in the US. If you are planning to buy one, then don’t forget to check out the complete specs below.

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Samsung Ativ Odyssey features a 4 inch Super AMOLED display, sporting a resolution of 800 x 480 pixels, 1.5 GHz dual core processor, Windows Phone 8 OS, 5-megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera for video chat and so on.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, 8 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 64 GB expandable memory, A-GPS, Bluetooth 3.0, USB 2.0, 4G LTE Connectivity, Global Ready calling, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 1 GB RAM, Samsung ChatOn, Samsung Hub, Windows Phone Store and a 2100 mAh battery.

Verizon Wireless subscribers can get the Samsung Ativ Odyssey for just $49.99 with a 2 year service agreement. This handset is definitely useful for those, who want to experience the new Windows Phone OS without burning a hole in their pocket. To get this device, head over to this page.

Samsung Galaxy Grand Launched In India For Rs.21,500

Samsung recently launched the mid-range Galaxy Grand in India. This handset runs on the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System. It comes with some decent specs including a 5 inch display, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 8 megapixel camera and so on. Samsung Galaxy Grand is one of the world’s top performing Dual-SIM smartphones. This handset also sports the Multi-Window, Smart Stay and Direct Call features, which was first seen in the Galaxy Note II.

Asim Warsi, Vice President, Samsung Mobile, said,
“Continuing with our legacy of launching innovative devices that redefine consumer experiences, I take great pride in announcing the launch of the Galaxy Grand in the Indian market .The Galaxy Grand is revolutionary not only in terms of the great smartphone experience that it provides but also in terms of its value proposition. I feel the Galaxy Grand will further fuel the growth of the Smartphone market in India and will especially delight consumers looking for a great Smart Dual SIM phone.”

Samsung Galaxy Grand features a 5 inch touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS, TouchWiz UI, 8 megapixel rear camera with auto-focus and LED flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, FM Radio with RDS, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 64 GB expandable memory, GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, S-Pen, S Note, S Planner, Samsung Hub, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, DLNA, Google Play Store, Wi-Fi Direct and a 2100 mAh battery.

Samsung Galaxy Grand comes with a price tag of just Rs.21,500. For a limited time, Samsung will bundle a Flip Cover right in the box. You will also get the new ‘My Services’ worth Rs.8000 for free along with 50 GB of Dropbox space. Additionally, Vodafone users will get 2 GB data download per month for the first 2 months.

Micromax A116 Canvas HD Launched; 5 Inch HD Display, 1.2 GHz Quad-Core Processor For Rs.14,999

Indian mobile phone manufacturer, Micromax recently surprised everyone with the launch of its powerful yet budget-friendly Micromax A116 Canvas HD smartphone. This device is the successor of the highly popular Mircomax Canvas 2. It packs a 5 inch HD display, 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, 1 GB RAM and much more. Unlike other budget smartphones, the Micromax Canvas HD runs on the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System out-of-the-box.

Deepak Mehrotra, Chief Executive Officer, Micromax, said:
“At Micromax, we constantly strive to innovate and develop great technological experiences for our consumers. Today’s launch marks our association with MediaTek to bring forth our first quad core phone in this segment, offering consumers a great user experience with latest features and added functionality. We are excited with the success of Canvas 2, which has clearly established Micromax as number one player in the new 5” phablet category in India. We are looking forward to similar success with the new phone being unveiled today.”

The Micromax A116 Canvas HD features a 5 inch HD IPS display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 720p pixels, 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS, dual-SIM capabilities, 8 megapixel rear camera with flash, 0.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G connectivity and so on.

Other features include a 3.5 mm audio jack, 4 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 1 GB RAM, Google Play Store, Wi-Fi Hotspot functionality, GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth technology, Micro USB, USB 2.0, up to 6 hrs of talk-time, up to 207 hrs of stand-by time and a 2100 mAh battery. This handset measures 144mm x 74mm x10.7mm.

Micromax A116 Canvas HD comes with a price tag of just Rs.14,999 (approx. $280). You heard it right! Currently, there is no other smartphone with such an impressive specs in the sub-15k price range. We are quite sure that Micromax Canvas HD will break the records of its predecessor in the coming weeks.

Nokia 114 Launched In India For Rs.2,549

Last month, Nokia unveiled the entry-level Nokia 114 feature phone. This handset is specially designed for young and hyper-social consumers who wants a fast online experience, without burning a hole in the pocket. Within a month of its global announcement, the dual-SIM Nokia 114 was finally launched in India. This handset comes with the Nokia’s unique Easy Swap technology which allows you to switch SIM cards without turning off the phone.

V. Ramnath, Director of Sales, Nokia India said:
“The new Nokia 114 offers a great, affordable browsing experience for hyper-social consumers who want instant Facebook and Twitter access, as well as to stay connected on-the-go. This unique device supports 24/7 connectivity through faster Internet access with the Nokia Xpress Browser, resulting in a superior Internet experience for these price points”.

Nokia 114 features a 1.8 inch QVGA display, Symbian S40 OS, dual-SIM (GSM + GSM), 0.3 megapixel camera with video recording capabilities, GPRS/EDGE, social networking apps, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, 16 MB internal memory, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, MicroUSB, dedicated SIM manager and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, music player, enhanced stereo FM radio, up to 637 hours of stand-by time, up to 10 hours of talk-time, up to 27 hours of music playback and a 1020 mAh battery. This handset measures 110 mm x 46 mm x 14.8 mm and weighs just 80 grams.

The Nokia 114 comes with the innovative, cloud-accelerated Nokia Xpress browser, which allows up to 85% more efficient mobile browsing. This handset is available in 3 colors – Black, Magenta and Cyan. The Nokia 114 comes with a price tag of just Rs.2549 in India.