Huawei Launches The Android Powered Ascend G600 Smartphone

Huawei recently introduced a new member in its Ascend family of smartphones, the Huawei Ascend G600. This handset packs a 4.5 inch display as well as a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor. It runs on the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System and the device is likely to get the latest Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) update in the coming weeks. According to the manufacturer, the Huawei Ascend G600 can be fully charged in just four hours, powered on in five seconds and provides more than 15 days of standby time.

Shao Yang, Chief Marketing Officer, Huawei Device, said:
“We are very excited to introduce the new Huawei Ascend G600, which gives more functionality and power for people who expect more from their technology. Building on the success of the Ascend range of smartphones, the Huawei Ascend G600 is the latest in our range of flagship products that make exceptional product experiences accessible for more people globally.”

Huawei Ascend G600 features a 4.5 inch LCD IPS qHD display, sporting a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, Huawei Emotion UI, 8 megapixel BSI auto-focus camera, VGA front-facing camera for video chat, double speakers with DTS surround sound and more.

It also comes with the usual 3.5 mm headset jack, Wi-Fi 801.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, NFC (Near Field Communication) Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth, DLNA, 768MB RAM, 4 GB internal memory, Micro SD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, A-GPS, MicroUSB 2.0, Google Play Store, up to 15 days of stand-by time and a 1930mAh Li-Polymer battery.

The Huawei Ascend G600 will be available in black and white colors. This handset will go on sale from next month in select markets. The price of this device has not been announced yet.

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.

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.

Samsung Galaxy Note II Announced; Comes With 5.5 Inch Display, Android 4.1 JellyBean

Last year, Samsung announced the company’s first phone/tablet (phablet) hybrid device, the Galaxy Note. Within 8 months of its official launch, Samsung managed to sell more than 10 million units of this device worldwide. We have already posted the leaked photos and specs of this device a couple of hours ago. Now, the company official unveiled the much-awaited Galaxy Note II at the IFA 2012 event in Berlin. This device runs on the latest Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System out of the box.

JK Shin, President of IT & Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics, said:
“Last year at IFA, we launched the Galaxy Note, which opened a new category of smart mobile devices. This year, again at IFA, I am proud to announce the Galaxy Note II, which will encourage users to ‘unleash their inner creativity.’ With a perfect viewing experience and unique and differentiated features, users can discover information and capture their ideas faster, express thoughts freely and manage tasks more efficiently. For anyone who wants to be creative, expressive and unique, the Samsung Galaxy Note II will be the ideal device, allowing users to live a life extraordinary.”

Samsung Galaxy Note II features a 5.5 inch Super AMOLED HD display, sporting a resolution of 1280 × 720 pixels, 1.6 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 much more.

It also comes with a 3.5 mm headset jack, FM Radio with RDS, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 4G Connectivity, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB/ 32 GB/ 64 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, DLNA, Google Play Store, Wi-Fi Direct, NFC (Near Field Communication) and a 3100mAh battery. This handset will be available in Marble White and Titanium Gray colors.

Samsung Galaxy Note II comes with a new S Pen, which is longer, thicker and designed for the perfect grip. the new S Pen is touted to provides a more precise, comfortable and natural writing and drawing experience. It will also come with the new Air View feature that allows users to hover with the S-Pen over an email, image gallery or video to preview the content without having to open it.

Samsung Galaxy Note II will go on sale from October. This device will be first launched in Europe, followed by other American and Asian markets. Samsung has not yet announced the priced of this device. However, the price is expected to be slightly higher than the Galaxy S III.

Samsung Galaxy Note II Leaked Press Photos And Specs Emerge

This is the day we have been waiting for! Today, Samsung will officially unveil the successor of the Galaxy Note. Yes, the much-awaited Galaxy Note II will be unveiled in a couple of hours. However, for those who can’t wait, the guys at PocketNow recently shared the leaked press shots and the specs of this powerful phablet. This handset will run on the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS out of the box.

Samsung Galaxy Note II will feature a 5.5 inch Super AMOLED HD display, sporting a resolution of 1280 × 720 pixels, 1.6 GHz quad-core processor, 8 megapixel rear camera with full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB/ 32 GB/ 64 GB internal memory and a 3100mAh battery. This handset will be available in Marble White and Titanium Gray colors.

Samsung Galaxy Note II will come with a new and improved S-Pen. It will also come with Air View feature that allows users to hover with the S-Pen over an email, image gallery or video to preview the content without having to open it. We hope there are no changes in the specs of this device. Let’s keep our fingers crossed until the official announcement. Until then, check out the press image of this device in Titanium Grey color below.

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.

Intex Launches Android Powered Dual-SIM Aqua 4.0 Smartphone In India

Intex recently launched the Android powered Aqua 4.0 smartphone in India. It is basically an entry-level smartphone with dual-SIM functionality. Intex Aqua 4.0 will be shipped with the old Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread) Operating System and it won’t be upgraded to the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS. This handset is specially designed for students and young professionals, who are planning to upgrade from their feature phone to an entry-level smartphone without burning a hole in their pocket.

Sanjay Kumar, GM- Mobile Business, Intex Technologies (India) Ltd, said:
“We have been in the mobile business from the last five years and hence offering smartphones is a natural progression in growing our product portfolio in the country. While smartphones are mostly used by urban population, our market survey has established the huge demand in smaller cities and towns. We at Intex are geared up to offer best of the smartphones. AQUA 4.0 is one such offering which has a host of bundled applications and features that make it an ideal choice at a pocket-friendly price for youngsters.”

Intex Aqua 4.0 features a 3.5 inch touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 480 × 320 pixels, 800 MHz processor, Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread) Operating System, 3 megapixel rear camera, VGA video recording and playback, 0.3 megapixel front-facing camera, Mobile tracker, GPRS/ WAP and so on.

It also comes with the usual 3.5 mm headset jack, FM with recording, Bluetooth, 512 MB ROM, 131 internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, G Sensor, Proximity and Light Sensor, Auto call record, social networking apps, Wi-Fi 801.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, up to 3 hours of talk-time, up to 140 hours of stand-by time and a 1400 mAh battery.

Intex Aqua comes pre-loaded with popular games such as Angry Birds, Talking Tom, Fruit Ninja, etc. This device is available in Black and White colors. Intex Aqua 4.0 comes with a price-tag of just Rs.5,490 (approx. $100) in India. You can easily get this device from your nearest retailers as well as from 70 Intex Squares across India.

HTC Proto Leaked Press Photo And Specs Emerge

We have already seen the leaked pics of the HTC’s upcoming smartphone. Now, the guys at The Verge recently shared the press photos of the HTC Proto smartphone. This handset looks strikingly similar to the previously launched HTC Desire V smartphone. Even the specs of both the device are almost similar.

HTC Desire V is the company’s first dual-SIM smartphone. However, HTC Proto won’t feature the dual-SIM capabilities. The image shown above is the leaked press shot of the HTC Proto, while the image displayed below is the HTC Desire V. The design of both the device looks almost similar with the stunning rounded design and curved corners along with the oval design around the camera.

HTC Proto is rumored to come with a 4 inch touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 480 × 800 pixels, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, HTC Sense UI 4.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, 5 megapixel rear camera with auto-focus and LED flash, MicroSD card slot, 32 expandable memory an so on. This handset will be powered by a 1 GHz dual-core processor, instead of the 1 GHz single-core processor found in the Desire V smartphone.

HTC Proto is basically the codename of the device. The commercial name of this smartphone will be unveiled during the launch. Sadly, this device won’t feature the much-needed front-facing camera for video calls. HTC Proto will come with the Beats Audio, since the logo is clearly visible on the back of the device. This handset is expected to be unveiled next week at the IFA 2012 event in Berlin.

US Cellular Launches The Samsung Galaxy Metrix 4G

US Cellular recently launched the entry-level Samsung Galaxy Metrix 4G smartphone, exclusively for its subscribers in the US. This handset is powered by the old Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System and it runs on the 4G LTE network, with speeds up to 10 times faster than 3G. This handset comes with a slide-out QWERTY keyboard, which allows you type your message quickly and a front-facing camera for video calls.

Edward Perez, vice president of sales and marketing operations for U.S. Cellular, said:
“We are excited to offer our latest 4G LTE smartphone for our customers to help them get more done in less time. The large touchscreen and popular QWERTY keyboard for fast typing make the Galaxy Metrix 4G the go-to device for customers who depend on their smartphone to keep up with their busy schedules.”

Samsung Galaxy Metrix 4G features a 4 inch Super AMOLED touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, 1 GHz processor, slide-out QWERTY keyboard, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) Operating System, 5 megapixel rear camera and camcorder, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and much more.

It also comes with the usual 3.5 mm headset jack, FM Radio, Bluetooth, MicroUSB 2.0, Wi-Fi 801.11 b/g/n, 4G LTE connectivity, Google Play Store, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Portable Wi-Fi Hotspot, up to 7 hours of talk-time and up to 14.5 days of stand-by time. This handset measures 4.96″ x 2.54″ x 0.55″ and weighs approximately 5.8 ounces.

The Galaxy Metrix 4G is available for $179.00 after a $100 mail-in rebate and 2 year service agreement. However, you can get this device for $129.00 after a $100 mail-in rebate in markets where 4G service is currently available or will be available by the end of 2012.

U.S. Cellular currently offers 4G LTE service covering 31 percent of their customers in select cities in Iowa, Maine, North Carolina, Oklahoma, Texas and Wisconsin. Later this year, 4G LTE coverage will expand to cover select cities in Illinois, Maryland, Missouri, New Hampshire, Oregon, Tennessee, Vermont, Virginia, Washington and West Virginia.