Kyocera Rise Goes On Sale At Virgin Mobile For Just $99.99

Kyocera is known for releasing entry-level smartphones powered by the Google’s Android Operating System. In the past, Kyocera has manufactured some unique handsets such as the Kyocera Echo, which was the world’s first dual-touchscreen smartphone. Feature phone users does not easily upgrade to the smartphones because of two main reason — high cost and no hardware keyboard. To solve this problem, Kyocera announced the entry-level Kyocera Rise smartphone at the International CTIA Wireless 2012.

This handset is specially targeted at the the users with feature phones, who are planning to upgrade to an entry-level smartphone without losing the tactile keyboard or burning a hole in their pocket. Kyocera Rise runs on the newer Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS. This device might not get the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) update in the future.

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Kyocera Rise is already available for Sprint subscribers on contract. However, Virgin Mobile subscribers can get this device at a very affordable price and without any service agreement. This handset packs a 3.5 inch IPS HVGA touchscreen display with 800 x 480 pixels resplotion, 1 GHz MSM8655 Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and a four row slide-out QWERTY keyboard.

On the back of the device, you will find a 3.2 megapixel camera with LED flash. Sadly, there is no front-facing camera for video calls. Apart from that, you will get the usual MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 2 GB MicroSD card bundled, GPS, 3.5 mm headset jack, Google Play Store, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Stereo Bluetooth 2.1 + EDR, 9 hours of talk-time and a 1500 mAh battery.

Kyocera Rise comes with the unique “Eco Mode” software to better monitor and conserve battery power. You can also access more than 600,000 apps and games from the Google Play Store. This handset is currently available for Virgin Mobile subscribers at an affordable price of just $99.99 without any contract. To get this handset, head over to this page.

Samsung Galaxy R Ice Cream Sandwich Update Available Via KIES

After rolling out Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich updates for all its top-tier devices, Samsung has turned its attention to its mid-range and forgotten devices. Starting from last week, Samsung has started rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy R.

Yes, Samsung did launch a handset named Galaxy R in certain markets of the world. The R looked similar to the Galaxy S2, but packed in a slightly smaller 4.2-inch SLCD screen, a Tegra 2 processor and 1GB of RAM. As of now, the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy R is being rolled out in Korea, but should soon be available in other regions including India.

The Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy R will bring with it performance and stability improvements, updated UI, Face Unlock, better speech recognition, inbuilt data monitoring tool, usability improvements, updated Google apps and much more.

The Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy R is not available via OTA. Instead, users will need to make use of Samsung’s KIES software to install the ICS update on their handset.

ZTE Unveils The Intel Powered Grand X IN Smartphone

Yesterday, Sony and Samsung announced some of the amazing smartphones and tablets at the ongoing IFA 2012 event in Berlin. In other news, Motorola is expected to announce the Intel based Motorola Edge smartphone during mid-September. Now, ZTE went ahead and unveiled their first smartphone powered by the Intel Atom processor Z2460, the ZTE Grand X IN. This ZTE flagship handset is the latest product from the ZTE Grand series.

The specs of this handset is almost similar to the ZTE Grand X. It runs on the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. ZTE hasn’t revealed any plans to update this device to the latest Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS.

Mr. Ao Wen, Vice President of Europe Operations for ZTE Handsets, said:
“The Grand X IN is ZTE’s first flagship smartphone in Europe to feature Intel Inside and we look forward to building our partnership with Intel. The handsets in the ZTE Grand portfolio are quality devices focused on providing a great level of service and, with the inclusion of Intel’s technology in the Grand X IN, we have provided a handset with enhanced capabilities, reliability and performance.”

ZTE Grand X IN features a 4.3 inch qHD display, sporting a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels, 1.6 GHz Intel Atom processor Z2460, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System, 8 megapixel rear camera with auto-focus and flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 0.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Dolby Sound, FM Radio, GPS, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, WiFi Direct, Bluetooth 2.1 + A2DP, 1 GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Google Play Store, DLNA, NFC (Near Field Communication) and a 1650 mAh Li-Ion battery.

ZTE Grand X IN measures 127 x 65 x 9.9 mm and weighs 140.8 grams. This handset will be launched next month in the Europe. ZTE has not yet announced the availability of this device in other markets. The price of ZTE Grand X IN will be revealed during the launch.

HTC Desire X — Dual-Core Sporting Affordable ICS Running Handset

HTC may have promised to stick to its ‘One’ series of unified brand, but the latest handset from the company definitely bucks the trend. The Desire X from HTC sports a typical One series styling, mid-range internals and a budget price tag for emerging Asian markets.

The Desire X is the first phone to make use of Qualcomm’s S4 Play processor. According to Anandtech, the Qualcomm S4 Play processor is based on the 45nm fabrication process and packs in two Cortex-A5 cores clocked at 1GHz, along with an Adreno 203 GPU. Other specs of the Desire X include 768MB of RAM, a 4-inch Super-LCD with WVGA (800*480) resolution, a 5MP camera with F/2.0 and a 28mm wide-angle lens, a microSD card slot, Bluetooth, GPS with A-GPS and the other usual bunch of features and sensors.

The Desire X will be available by mid-September in most markets of Asia at an “affordable” price. The handset will be running on Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich with HTC’s Sense 4.0 UI on top of it out-of-the-box, but should get the Jelly Bean treatment as well. There is also a 1650mAh battery inside the 9.69mm thick body of the phone, which should hopefully be enough for it to last a day.


HTC One X Android 4.0.4 Update Rolling Out In India

HTC One X is the company’s most powerful smartphone which comes with a 4.7 inch Super LCD HD display, 1.5 GHz Quad-Core processor, 8 megapixel camera, NFC and so on. This handset was originally shipped with the Android 4.0.3 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. However, the manufacturer has already rolled out the Android 4.0.4 update in the US and Europe. Now, the same update is rolling out for the One X users in India.

This update comes with general stability improvements, music improvements, enhanced camera capabilities, improved browsing experience and much more. After upgrading your device, the recent apps key will open context menu inside non ICS app, instead of opening the multi-tasking grid in Sense. This update will also brings Hindi, Tamil and Marathi language support. Check out the changelog after the break.


  • System performance and stability enhancements
  • Internet browsing experience enhancements
  • HTC Car user experience enhancements
  • User interface enhancements
  • Music improvements
  • New SDK support for developers
  • Hindi, Tamil, Marathi keyboard Support

The latest update is numbered 2.17.720.2 and it will upgrade the handset to Android 4.0.4 OS and bump the UI to Sense 4.1. The size of the update 141.21 MB and it will be available via Over-The-Air (OTA). As usual, we advise you to backup all of your data and completely charge the battery before upgrading the device. If you still haven’t received this update, then just go to Settings > About > Software Updates and check for the update.

LG Optimus L9 Announced; Comes With 4.7 Inch Display, Android 4.0 OS

Earlier this year, LG announced three L-Series phones, the LG Optimus L3, L5 and L7 at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012 in Barcelona. Now, the company went ahead and announced another handset in the L-Series range of smartphones, the LG Optimus L9. This handset will be showcased at the upcoming IFA 2012 event in Berlin. Sadly, the Optimus L9 will be shipped with the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System, instead of the latest Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS.

Dr. Jongseok Park, President and CEO of LG Mobile Communications Company, said:
“The Optimus L9 is a great smartphone that appeals to every consumer. LG will continue to offer differentiated value through the Optimus L9 and strengthen our position in the smartphone market.”

LG Optimus L9 features a 4.7 inch IPS display, 1 GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, 5 megapixel rear camera, VGA front-facing camera for video calls, 1 GB RAM, 4 GB expandable memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Wi-Fi 801.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, DLNA, QMemo, QTranslator, Google Play Store and a 2150 mAh battery. This handset measures 131.9 x 68.2 x 9.1 mm and weighs 125 grams.

LG Optimus L9 comes with the QTranslator function which translates words, sentences and phrases with a simple scan from nearly 44 foreign languages to 64 user languages. This handset will also include the QMemo, which allows the users to capture, save and share their ideas with others using their fingertip or handwriting. LG Optimus L will go on sale from next month in Europe, followed by North America, Asia and Latin America. The price of this handset has not been announced yet.

Samsung Galaxy S III Gets Four New Color Options

Back in May, Samsung announced the much-awaited Galaxy S III smartphone. Within two months of its official launch, Samsung managed to sell 10 million units of this handset worldwide. Previously, Samsung Galaxy S III had only two color options – Polar White and Pebble Blue. Later in July, AT&T exclusively launched the Galaxy S III in Garnet Red color for their customers in the US. On the other hand, Black Galaxy S III is already up for pre-order at MobileFun in the UK.

Last month, Samsung has also launched the limited edition Team GB Galaxy S III in the UK. Now, Samsung officially announced four new color variations for this powerful handset. The new colors are Amber Brown, Garnet Red, Sapphire Black and Titanium Grey. According to the company, Galaxy S III adopts a pure and clear material called Hyperglaze on the back cover casing. The material’s rich properties create the illusion of dual colours, adding depth to the design and the phone’s look.

There are no changes in the specs of this device. It comes with the usual 4.8 inch Super-AMOLED HD display, 1.4 GHz quad-core processor, Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, TouchWiz 4.0 user interface, 8 megapixel rear-facing camera, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, 16 GB internal memory, DLNA, HDMI out, Bluetooth 4.0 with EDR, up to 590 hrs of stand-by time, up to 11 hrs 40 mins of talk-time and a 2100 mAh Lithium-ion battery.

Minhyouk Lee, VP and lead designer of Galaxy S III at Samsung, said:
“Every inch of the Samsung Galaxy S III has been created to reflect the natural elements that inspired its ergonomic design, from the softly shaped curvature to the minimized bezel. By expanding the colour range of the Galaxy S III we are continuing to evolve the Minimal Organic design theme of the handset. The colour options we have added evoke the phone’s emotional and natural aspects in a very simple but effective way.”

All of the new colors might not be available in your country. Samsung has clearly pointed out that the availability of colours will depend on your country, retailer and carrier. Check out the Galaxy S III in Amber Brown, Sapphire Black and Titanium Grey colors below.

HTC Desire X Hands-On Photos And Specs Leaked

We already know that HTC is planning to launch a new smartphone in the next few days. Last week, we have posted the leaked press shot of the HTC’s upcoming smartphone with the codename HTC Proto. Now, it seems that the device will be called as the HTC Desire X while it reaches the market. The guys at ePrice recently shared the hands-on pics as well as the complete specs of this device.

The specs of HTC Desire X matches with the leaked specs of the HTC Proto. The design and specs of this device is almost similar to the previously launched HTC Desire V, which was the company’s first dual-SIM smartphone. However, HTC Desire X will feature an upgraded specs minus the dual-SIM functionality.

HTC Proto will come with a 4 inch Super LCD display, sporting a resolution of 480 × 800 pixels, Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System, 1 GHz dual-core processor, HTC Sense UI 4.0, 5 megapixel rear camera with auto-focus and LED flash, 786 MB RAM, 4 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 expandable memory, 25 GB dropbox storage, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, Beats Audio, Google Play Store and a 1650 mAh battery. This handset measures 118.5 x 62.3 x 9.3 mm and weighs 120 grams.

HTC Desire X is expected to be available in white and blue colors. This handset will be unveiled this week at the IFA 2012 event in Berlin. Until then, check out some hands-on pics of this device after the break.

LG Optimus G Finally Goes Official — Quad Core Krait, 2GB RAM, 13MP Camera, 4.7-inch True HD IPS+ Display

LG has finally gone ahead and announce its latest addition to the Optimus family, the Optimus G. The Optimus G has made quite a lot of appearances over the last one week, sometimes showing off its quad-core Qualcomm S4 APQ8064 SoC, sometimes its 4.7-inch display with its new True HD IPS+ technology and sometimes its new battery technology.

Other specs of the Optimus G include 2GB of RAM, a 13MP camera at the back and a 1.3MP snapper in the front, a 2100mAh beefy battery, the usual bunch of sensors and connectivity features including support for LTE networks and more.

LG has also managed to integrate the cover glass and the touch sensor into a single piece of glass, thus leaving no gap between the actual display and the sensor itself. This gives users a sense of touching the actual image itself, rather than any sort of glass. The handset runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box, with LG’s own software gimmicks and tweaks on top of it. The press release from the company does not mention anything about the Jelly Bean update for the handset.

The Optimus G will be available in Korea from next month, followed by Japan. The handset is also expected to be available globally by the end of this year.

Motorola RAZR M 4G LTE Press Photo And Specs Leaked

Over the weekend, we have seen the leaked pics of the upcoming tablet and smartphones from HTC, Samsung and Sony. Now, the guys at Engadget recently got their hands on the press shot and specs sheet of the Motorola’s upcoming smartphone, the Motorola Razr M 4G LTE. This handset runs on the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System, as expected.

Motorola Razr M 4G LTE will be exclusively available for the Verizon subscribers in the U.S. This handset looks quite similar to the original Motorola Razr smartphone. There are no hardware or capacitive buttons on the front. Instead, it comes with the on-screen buttons at the bottom, similar to the the AT&T Motorola Atrix HD. Check out the leaked specs below.

Motorola Razr M 4G LTE features a 4.3 inch qHD display, sporting a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels, Corning’s Gorilla Glass 2, 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, 8 megapixel rear camera with full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Stereo FM Radio, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Wi-Fi 801.11 a/b/g/n, 4G LTE Connectivity, GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth, VZ Navigator, Google Play Store, MicroUSB and Mobile hotspot capability.

Verizon Wireless is hosting a press event on Wednesday, September 5, 2012. The Motorola Razr M 4G LTE is expected to be announced at the same event. Stay tuned for complete updates!