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Samsung Unveils The Galaxy Mega 5.8 And Mega 6.3 Smartphones

Samsung recently announced the Galaxy Mega 5.9 and Galaxy Mega 6.3 smartphones. As the name suggests, the Galaxy Mega 5.8 comes with a 5.8 inch qHD display, while the Galaxy Mega 6.3 packs a large 6.3 inch HD display. Thankfully, both of these devices run on the latest Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) Operating System. Galaxy Mega 5.8 and Mega 6.3 comes pre-loaded with Samsung WatchON which transforms the device into an IR remote controller for a great TV experience.

JK Shin, CEO and Head of IT & Mobile Business, Samsung Electronics, said,
“We are aware of a great potential in the bigger screen for extensive viewing multimedia, web browsing, and more. We are excited to provide another choice to meet our consumers’ varying lifestyles, all while maintaining the high-quality features of the award-winning Galaxy series.”

Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8:

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Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 features a 5.8 inch qHD TFT display, sporting a resolution of 960 × 540 pixels, 1.4 GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) OS, TouchWiz 5.0 user interface, 8 megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus and LED flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, 8 GB internal memory, microSD card slot, 64 GB expandable memory and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Stereo FM Radio with RDS, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, Samsung Media Hub, Samsung Social Hub, Samsung Kies Air, Google Play Store, S Translator, Samsung ChatOn, DLNA, HDMI out, Bluetooth 4.0 with EDR, 1.5 GB RAM, Wi-Fi Direct, USB 2.0 and a 2600 mAh battery. This handset measures 162.6 x 82.4 x 9.0 mm and weighs 182g.

Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3:

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Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 features a 6.3 inch HD TFT display, sporting a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels, 1.7 GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) OS, TouchWiz 5.0 user interface, 8 megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus and LED flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera for video chats, NFC (Near Field Communication), GPS + GLONASS, Air View, Multi Window, Pop Up Play and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Stereo FM Radio with RDS, Samsung ChatON, Samsung WatchON, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 4G LTE Connectivity, Samsung Media Hub, Samsung Social Hub, Samsung Kies Air, Google Play Store, DLNA, HDMI out, Bluetooth 4.0 with EDR, 1.5 GB RAM, 8 GB/ 16 GB internal memory, microSD card slot, 64 GB expandable memory and a 3200 mAh battery.

Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 and Galaxy Mega 6.3 will go on sale from next month in Europe and Russia, followed by other major markets. The price of these devices will be announced soon.

ZTE Geek Announced; Comes With 2 GHz Intel Clover Trail+ Processor

Earlier this week, ZTE announced the powerful ZTE Geek smartphone at the Intel Developer Forum (IDF) in Beijing. This handset runs on the latest Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) Operating System and packs a 5 inch HD display along with Intel’s new Clover Trail+ based Atom Z2580 processor. According to ZTE, this handset is twice as fast for computing and three times as fast for graphics compared to the phones powered by Intel’s previous processor.

Mr. He Shiyou, Head of the Mobile Devices Division, ZTE, said,
“Our recent collaboration with Intel on the ZTE GEEK builds off of the success of the Grand Series and further enhances our competitiveness in the high-end smartphone market. This partnership also will improve customer experiences by providing them with more choices in the market.”

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ZTE Geek features a 5 inch HD display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, 2 GHz Intel Atom Z2580 dual-core processor, Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) Operating System, 8 megapixel rear camera with auto-focus and flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, FM Radio, GPS, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, WiFi Direct, Bluetooth 2.1 + A2DP, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Google Play Store, DLNA, wireless charging capabilities and a 2300 mAh battery.

ZTE has not yet announced the price and release date of this device. ZTE Geek will first go on sale in China, followed by other major markets.

Sony Xperia SP Launched In India For Rs.27,490

Last month, Sony unveiled the Xperia SP smartphone. This entry-level smartphone runs on the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System. Today, Sony finally launched the amazing Xperia SP smartphone in India. Sony Xperia SP comes with an unique Battery Stamina Mode that improves the standby time by four times by automatically shutting down battery-draining apps whenever the screen is off. The latest Mobile Bravia Engine 2 on this handset delivers a better viewing experience by analyzing your content type and adjusting the image automatically.

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Sony Xperia SP features a 4.6 inch HD TFT Reality display, sporting a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels, Corning Gorilla Glass, 1.7 GHz Qualcomm MSM8960Pro Snapdragon dual-core processor, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 4G LTE Connectivity, 8 GB internal memory, 5.8 GB user memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 1 GB RAM, Bluetooth 4.0, DLNA Certified, USB 2.0 and much more.

It also comes with a 3.5 mm audio jack, FM radio with RDS, 8 megapixel rear-facing camera with auto-focus and LED flash Full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, VGA front-facing camera for video calls, GPS with A-GPS, HDMI support, Micro USB, NFC (Near Field Communication), Google Play Store, up to 39 hrs of music playback time, up to 734 hrs of stand-by time, up to 10 hrs of talk-time and a 2370 mAh battery.

Sony has pre-loaded Sony Music and Sony Liv apps on this device. Sony Music offers free unlimited streaming and music download for 6 month. On the other hand, Sony Liv is a unique video streaming app which allows the consumers to catch-up show of SAB, Sony Entertainment and Max. Sony Xperia SP will be available in black and white colors. This handset will go on sale from mid-April for Rs.27,490 (approx. $500). Sony Xperia SP customers will get a free premium case worth Rs. 1,990.

AT&T Optimus G Android 4.1 Update Rolling Out

Last year, LG launched the powerful Optimus G smartphone. This handset was exclusively sold to the AT&T subscribers in the US. LG Optimus G was packed with some powerful specs, however the device was shipped with the old Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. Today, AT&T finally started rolling out the new Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) update for this device.

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The latest update brings several enhancements, including changes to the notification display that groups updates from the same application together and allows you to expand or collapse notifications. Apart from that, it comes with Google Now, Project Butter, improved voice and data connectivity, offline text-to-speech, better performance in camera, new Gallery app, improved power management and advanced notifications.

The Android 4.1 update will also enable the Isis Mobile Wallet on the LG Optimus G. The Wallet is a free app that stores virtual version of payment and loyalty cards while organizing offers and deals. This update can be easily downloaded via Over-The-Air (OTA). To get this update, just select Settings > General > About phone > Software Update > Update now and follow the instructions.

Facebook And HTC Unveils ‘First’ Smartphone; Coming To AT&T On April 12

Today, Facebook finally unveiled the much-awaited Facebook Home, which is basically a home screen launcher for Android smartphones. At the same event, HTC and Facebook announced the new HTC First smartphone. It is the first device that has been optimized for Facebook Home. HTC First will be exclusively available for AT&T and EE customers in the US and UK respectively.

Peter Chou, CEO, HTC Corporation, said,
“HTC has a track record of providing beautiful hardware design, and of being first-to-market with smartphone innovations. The HTC First continues that track record, providing AT&T customers with a unique home experience that puts a user’s friends and family at the center of their mobile experience.”

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HTC First features a 4.3 inch touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, 1.4 GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS, 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, HD (720p) video recording, full HD (1080p) video playback, 1.6 megapixel front-facing camera for video chat and so on.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, FM Radio with RDS, WiFi 801.11 a/b/g/n, 4G LTE Connectivity, 1 GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory, NFC (Near Field Communication), Bluetooth 4.0, Google Play Store, up to 14.3 hours of talk-time, up to 18.2 hours of standby time and a 2000 mAh battery.

HTC First is currently up for pre-order at AT&T. This handset will go on sale from April 12 for just $99.99 with a two year service agreement. To pre-order the HTC First, head over to this page.

Samsung Galaxy Win Announced In China

Samsung recently announced the Android powered Galaxy Win in China. According to SammyHub, this handset will carry the model number GT-I8552, while the manufacturer will also sell other variants including I869 and I8558 for different carriers. Galaxy Win will be shipped with the old Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System.

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Samsung Galaxy Win features a 4.7 inch touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS, TouchWiz UI, 5 megapixel rear camera with auto-focus and LED flash, HD (720p) video recording and playback, 0.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, FM Radio with RDS, Dual-SIM capabilities, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 64 GB expandable memory, GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, Samsung Hub, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, DLNA, Google Play Store, Wi-Fi Direct and a 2000 mAh battery.

Samsung Galaxy Win will be pre-loaded with China-specific social networking apps such as Sina Weibo and QQ along with Samsung’s ChatOn. The price and release date is expected to be announced in the coming days. stay tuned!

Samsung Galaxy Star And Galaxy Pocket Neo Announced

Samsung recently announced Galaxy Star and Galaxy Pocket Neo entry-level Android phones. These devices will be available in both single SIM and dual SIM versions. Galaxy Star and Galaxy Pocket Neo users can scan the Bluetooth connected devices or wireless access points by simply shaking the devices. These smartphones run on the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System.

Samsung Galaxy Star:

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Samsung Galaxy Star features a 3 inch TFT LCD display, sporting a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels, 1 GHz single-core processor, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS, TouchWiz UI, 2 megapixel rear facing camera, 3.5 mm headset jack, FM Radio with RDS, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GPRS/EDGE, 512 MB RAM, 4 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Samsung ChatOn and a 1200 mAh battery. It measures 104.95 x 58 x 11.9 mm and weighs 100.5 grams.

Samsung Galaxy Pocket Neo:

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Samsung Galaxy Pocket Neo features a 3 inch TFT LCD display, sporting a resolution of 240 x 320 pixels, 850 MHz application processor, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS, TouchWiz UI, Dual SIM capabilites with Multi SIM widget, 2 megapixel rear facing camera, Bluetooth 4.0, 4 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Samsung ChatOn, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, A-GPS+GLONASS, 512 MB RAM and a 1200 mAh battery. This handset measures 105 x 57.8 x 11.8 mm and weighs 100.5 grams.

Samsung has not yet announced the price and availability of these devices. Galaxy Star and Galaxy Pocket Neo will compete with Nokia’s Asha smartphones and other entry-level Android phones.

AT&T And Sprint Getting The HTC One On April 19th From $199.99

Today, HTC has finally announced the pre-order, release date and the pricing of the its latest flagship — the One — on two major U.S carriers, Sprint and AT&T.

Both the carriers will start selling the One from April 19th via their retail stores or website with the 32GB variant coming in at $199.99 with a two-year contract. As rumored earlier, AT&T has managed to snag an exclusive on the 64GB variant of the One, and will sell it for $249.99 on a two-year contract.

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AT&T will start taking pre-orders for the HTC One from April 4th, while Sprint will start taking them from 5th April. T-Mobile is now the only carrier left in the United States that is yet to announce its pricing and release date of the One. Verizon will not be selling the HTC One under its network, but it is widely expected that the HTC will release a modified variant of the One under Verizon’s sometime soon.

With a hard release date of April 19th, HTC has managed to beat the Galaxy S4 to the market in the United States. The pre-orders for the Galaxy S4 start from April 16th, with the handset being available only by the end of the month.

HTC Desire P Launched In Taiwan

We have already posted the leaked pics and specs of the Android powered HTC Desire P. Today, the Taiwanese mobile phone manufacturer finally launched this handset in its home country. HTC Desire P runs on the old Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System with HTC Sense 4.1 on top of it. HTC has promised to roll out the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean update in the coming months.

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HTC Desire P features a 4.3 inch Super LCD 2 touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, HTC Sense 4.1 UI, 8 megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Beats Audio, Bluetooth 4.0, 768 MB RAM, 4 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB internal memory, 25 GB DropBox cloud storage, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, NFC (Near Field Communication), A-GPS and a 1620 mAh battery.

This handset measures 129.74 x 67.9 x 10.7 mm and weighs 136 grams. HTC Desire P will be exclusively available at Taiwan’s Chunghwa Telecom. This handset is expected to come with a price tag of $360.

Xperia P Android 4.1 Jelly Bean Firmware Leaks

Last month an Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean based ROM had leaked for the Xperia S. This month, the Xperia P joins the list with a JB base firmware leaking for the handset.

Like the Xperia S JB firmware, the Xperia P JB firmware is not good enough to be used a daily driver since it lacks basic connectivity features including mobile data and Wi-Fi. However, the firmware does provide a glimpse of all the features that Sony will be bringing to the handset with the update including Clear Audio+, its new enhanced suite of Media apps (Walkman, Album etc.), slight UI refresh, updated Camera app, a new lock screen and Xloud.

Sadly, Sony won’t be bringing its Small apps feature to the Xperia P, as originally seen on the Xperia T and Xperia Z. Sony will not be updating the kernel of the Xperia P with this update as well, which might not go down well with the developers.

Even then, the Android 4.1.2 update will bring quite a lot of new features to the Xperia P, which is not bad considering its a mid-range phone. Sony is expected to roll-out the Jelly Bean update for the Xperia P sometime in the next couple of months.

Via – Xperia Blog