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Sony Xperia Z1 Unveiled At IFA 2013; Comes With 20.7 MP Camera!

Sony officially announced its flagship smartphone, the Sony Xperia Z1. This handset is the successor of the Xperia Z smartphone. Similar to the other high-end Xperia devices, the Xperia Z1 is also a waterproof and dust resistant smartphone. Sony will ship this handset with the old Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) Operating System.

The Sony Xperia Z1 is touted to be the best Android camera phone yet. It features Sony’s award-winning “G Lens” with a 27mm wide angle and bright F2.0 aperture. It also comes with the Sony’s Battery Stamina Mode which automatically turns off functions to save power when you don’t need them and restarts them when you do.

Kunimasa Suzuki, President and CEO, Sony Mobile Communications, said,
“Xperia Z1 represents a significant milestone for Sony in our continued efforts to deliver unforgettable experiences to our consumers. Not only by bringing the power of Sony to the smartphone and through close collaboration with our partners but by setting a new standard in premium smartphones.”

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Sony Xperia Z1 features a 5 inch Full HD display, sporting a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels, 2.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor, Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) Operating System, 20.7 megapixel auto-focus camera with 8x digital zoom and full HD (1080p) video recording, 2 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, 16 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 64 GB expandable memory and more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm audio jack, FM radio with RDS, Micro USB, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, NFC (Near Field Communication), 2 GB RAM, Google Play Store, GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, DLNA Certified, HDMI support, Wi-Fi Hotspot functionality, up to 110 hrs of music playback time, up to 830 mins of talk-time, upto 880 hrs of stand-by time and a 3000 mAh non removable Li-ion battery.

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Sony Xperia Z1 will be availble in black, white and purple color variants. This handset measures 144 x 74 x 8.5 mm and weighs 170 grams. Sony Xperia Z1 will go on sale globally by the end of this month.

Alcatel One Touch Hero Announced; Brings Pico Projector And LED Cover

Alcatel recently unveiled its new phablet, the Alcatel One Touch Hero at the IFA 2013 trade show in Berlin. This stunning device comes with a large 6 inch display and it runs on the Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) Operating System. Similar to the Galaxy Note series, Alcatel One Touch Hero comes with the much needed stylus, which allows you to annotate, create memos and professional sketches. This device is pre-loaded with apps that fully utilize hand writing recognition.

Apart from its powerful specs, this device brings amazing accessories such as E Ink cover, Pico Projector and more. The E Ink cover lets you read newspapers and magazines on a second screen with stable image and wider viewing angle. On the other hand, MagicFlip directly notifies you about the most important updates directly via the cover with the embedded LED. The Pico Projector accessory project your phone screen anywhere and it doubles as your phone stand.

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Alcatel One Touch Hero features a 6 inch full HD IPS display, sporting a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels, 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, Android 4.2.2 OS, 13 megapixel rear-facing camera with auto-focus and LED flash, 2 megapixel front-facing camera, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory, 32 GB expandable memory, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS and a 3400 mAh non-removable battery.

Alcatel One Touch Hero will be available in Black and White colors. This device is expected to go on sale from next month. One Touch Hero will compete with the recently announced Galaxy Note 3 and Xperia Z Ultra.

Acer Unveils Liquid S2; First Smartphone With 4K Video Recording

Acer recently announced its newest flagship smartphone, the Acer Liquid S2. This handset is the successor of the Liquid S1 smartphone. The Acer Liquid S2 is the world’s first smartphone to feature 4K video recording capabilities. The front-facing camera of this handset is touted to capture photos and videos with an 88-degree wide viewing angle.

The Acer Liquid S2 features the new Acer Float User Interface which allows the app windows to stay open, so that you can multitask without having to back out from any of the apps. The Float Apps shortcut allows you to switch between your favorite apps.

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Acer Liquid S2 features a 6 inch full HD IPS display, sporting a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, 2.2 GHz quad-core processor, Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) Operating System, Acer Float UI, 13 megapixel auto-focus camera with LED ring flash, 4K Ultra HD video recording capabilities, 2 megapixel front-facing camera and much more.

It also comes with 16 GB internal memory, 128 GB expandable memory, 2 GB RAM, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 4G LTE Connectivity, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS + GLONASS, NFC, Acer Remote Files, Acer Data Traffic Manager, Acer Float Caller and a 3300 mAh non-replaceable battery. This handset measures 166 x 86 x 8.99 mm.

Acer Liquid S2 will be showcased later this week at the IFA 2013 trade show in Berlin. This handset is expected to go on sale in Europe from Q4 of 2013. Acer Liquid S2 will be available in red and black colors. The price of this device is still a mystery. Stay tuned for more IFA 2013 updates!

LG G2 Announced; Comes With 5.2 Inch Full HD Display, Snapdragon 800 CPU

LG finally announced its newest flagship smartphone, the LG G2 at an event in New York. It is the company’s first smartphone introduced under the new “G” Series for premium devices. LG has also removed the side buttons and placed them on the rear of the device. Long-pressing on the rear-mounted volume keys allows us to launch QuickMemo and the camera. It also comes with a number of user experience (UX) features including Answer Me, Plug & Pop, Quick Remote, Slide Aside, Guest Mode and so on.

Dr. Jong-seok Park, CEO of the LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company, said,
“Our definition of innovation today is technology that truly resonates with consumers. We have always listened to and learned from consumers in pursuit of innovation. We took these insights to new heights in developing LG G2, the most exciting and ambitious mobile phone in our company’s history.”

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LG G2 features a 5.2 inch Full HD IPS display, sporting a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels, Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) Operating System, 2.26 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor, 13 megapixel rear-facing camera with auto-focus and LED flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 2.1 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP and more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Stereo FM Radio with RDS, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 4G LTE Connectivity, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot, microUSB 2.0, MHL, GPS with A-GPS, 2 GB RAM, 16/32 GB internal memory, NFC (Near Field Communication) and a 3000 mAh battery. This handset measures 138.5 x 70.9 x 8.9 mm.

LG G2 will be rolled out in the next eight weeks starting in South Korea followed by North America, Europe and other key markets. This handset will be initially available in black and white colors.

Sony Xperia Z Ultra Launched In India For Rs.46,990

Sony finally launched the Xperia Z Ultra phablet in India. This devices was announced and showcased last month at the Mobile Asia Expo 2013 in Shanghai. It comes with a large 6.4 inch Full HD display along with a 2.2 GHz quad-core processor. Similar to the other Xperia smartphones, the Xperia Z Ultra is also a water and dust resistant smartphone. It is the world’s slimmest Full HD smartphone with a beautifully crafted 6.5mm body and weighing just 212 grams.

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Sony Xperia Z Ultra features a 6.44 inch Full HD Triluminos display, sporting a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels, 2.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor, Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) Operating System, 8 megapixel auto-focus camera with Full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 2 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, 16 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 64 GB expandable memory and more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm audio jack, FM radio with RDS, 2 GB RAM, Google Play Store, GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, DLNA Certified, HDMI support, Micro USB, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, NFC (Near Field Communication), Wi-Fi Hotspot functionality, up to 120 hrs of music playback time, up to 14 hrs of talk-time,upto 790 hrs of stand-by time and a 3050 mAh non removable Li-ion battery.

Sony Xperia Z Ultra comes with a price-tag of Rs.46,990 (approx.$780) in India, however you can get this device for just Rs.44,990 at Flipkart. This device will compete with other Android phablets such as Galaxy Note II and LG Optimus G Pro in India.

HTC Desire 600 Launched In India For Rs.26,990

Back in May, HTC announced the mid-range Desire 600 smartphone. This device packs a 4.5 inch qHD display along with a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor. Today, HTC officially launched this smartphone in India. The HTC Desire 600 is being shipped with the old Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System. It is the company’s first mid-range handset to offer the latest Sense 5 UI along with HTC BlinkFeed and HTC BoomSound.

Faisal Siddiqui, Country Head, HTC India, said,
“The HTC Desire 600 Dual SIM combines speed and easy multitasking with the truly innovative HTC BlinkFeed home screen. The result is an affordable mid-range phone that sets the standard for its class, keeping the busiest user up-to-date at a glance and offering them the power and range of features to switch between work and play.”

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HTC Desire 600 features a 4.5 inch qHD display, sporting a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels, 1.2 GHz Qualcomm MSM8625Q Snapdragon 200 quad-core processor, Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) OS, HTC Sense 5 UI, 8 megapixel auto-focus camera with LED flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.6 megapixel front-facing camera and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Beats Audio, Bluetooth 4.0, 1 GB RAM, 8 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, up to 11 hrs of talk-time, up to 539 hrs of stand-by time and a 1860 mAh battery.

HTC Desire 600 comes with a price-tag of Rs.26,990 (approx. $460) in India. To get this handset, head over to this page.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom Announced; Packs 16 MP Camera With 10x Optical Zoom

Samsung finally announced the much-awaited Galaxy S4 Zoom. Similar to the previously launched Galaxy Camera, this device combines the features of a smartphone with an advanced 16 megapixel CMOS sensor, OIS and Xenon flash. Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom is the first smartphone to offer 10x optical zoom. This handset comes with voice calling facility and it runs on the latest Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) Operating System. The In-Call Photo Share feature on this device allows you to share pictures via MMS to the person you are talking to.

JK Shin, Head of IT & Mobile Communications Division, Samsung Electronics, said,
“The Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom represents yet another step forward in the way Samsung is working to enhance the lives of our customers around the world. The Galaxy S4 Zoom combines the industry leading functionality and connectivity of the Galaxy S4 with the high quality photographic experience you’d expect from a compact camera. The result is truly the best of both worlds, without compromise.”

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom features a 4.3 inch qHD TFT display, sporting a resolution of 960 × 540 pixels, 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) OS, TouchWiz 5.0 user interface, 16 megapixel rear-facing camera with 10x optical zoom and enhanced SMART Modes, OIS 24-240mm, F3.1-F6.3, 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/4G 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 2330 mAh battery. This device measures 125.5 x 63.5 x 15.4 mm and weighs 208 grams.

Samsung has not yet announced the price and release date of this handset. The Galaxy S4 Zoom is expected to go on sale from Q3 of 2013. Stay tuned!

Samsung Unveils The Galaxy S4 Mini Smartphone

Samsung finally announced the rumored Galaxy S4 Mini smartphone. This mid-range handset is the stripped down version of the company’s flagship Galaxy S4 smartphone. The 5 inch full HD display, octa-core processor and 13 megapixel camera found in the Galaxy S4 has been replaced with a smaller 4.3 inch qHD display, less powerful dual-core processor and 8 megapixel camera. However, this handset runs on the same Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) Operating System and packs all the gimmicky features which was first seen in the original Galaxy S4.

JK Shin, President of IT & Mobile Communication Division at Samsung Electronics, said,
“We appreciate such unprecedented demands for the GALAXY S4 that we aimed to provide users with life companion for a fuller, richer and simpler life. And now, we want to give people more choices with GALAXY S4 mini, similar look & feel of Galaxy S4 for more compact and practical usages. “The new GALAXY S4 mini provides consumers with a new way to enjoy the flagship Galaxy S4 experience.”

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini features a 4.3 inch qHD Super-AMOLED display, sporting a resolution of 960 × 540 pixels, 1.7 GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) OS, TouchWiz Nature UX, 8 megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus and flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.9 megapixel front-facing camera for video chats and much more.

It also comes with a 3.5 mm headset jack, Stereo FM Radio with RDS, Smart stay, Smart pause, Smart scroll, 8 GB internal memory, 5 GB user memory, microSD card slot, 64 GB expandable memory, S-Travel, S-Health, DLNA, HDMI out, Bluetooth 4.0 with EDR, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, 3G/4G Connectivity, 1.5 GB RAM, Wi-Fi Direct, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0 and a 1900 mAh battery.

This handset measures 124.6 x 61.3 x 8.94 mm and weighs just 107 grams. The Galaxy S4 Mini will be available in two colors – White Frost and Black Mist. Samsung has not yet announced the price and release date of this handset. The Galaxy S4 Mini will be showcased next month at the company’s Galaxy and Ativ focused event in London.

HTC One Google Edition Announced; Coming Next Month For $599

Earlier this month, Samsung unveiled the Google Edition of Galaxy S4 which was packed with the stock Android, instead of the ugly TouchWiz UI and its gimmicky features. Following the footsteps of Samsung, HTC went ahead and announced a similar variant of its extremely popular HTC One smartphone. You heard it right! The HTC One Google Edition will be shipped with the stock version of the most recent build of Android Operating System.

“A special edition of the new HTC One running stock Android will be exclusively available through the Google Play store in the United States starting on June 26th. This edition pairs the all-metal unibody design, low-light capabilities of the UltraPixel camera and dual front-facing stereo speakers of the new HTC One with the stock version of the latest Android software, Jelly Bean 4.2.2,” HTC said in a statement.

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There are no major changes in the specs of this device. It comes with the usual 4.7 inch full HD display, sporting a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, 1.7 GHz Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor, Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) Operating System, 4 megapixel/ultrapixel rear-facing camera, 2.1 megapixel front-facing camera, 2 GB RAM, 32 GB internal memory, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 3G/4G Connectivity, NFC (Near Field Communication), HDMI-out, Bluetooth 4.0, DLNA and 2300 mAh battery.

HTC One Google Edition will go on sale from June 26 via Play Store in the US. This handset comes with a price tag of $599, while the Galaxy S4 Google Edition will be available for $649. Which handset are you planning to buy? Let us know in the comments section below.

Samsung Launches The Galaxy Mega 5.8 In India For Rs.25,100

Along with the Galaxy Mega 6.3, Samsung has also launched the much-awaited Galaxy Mega 5.8 in India. This handset packs a disappointing 5.8 inch qHD display, 1.4 GHz dual-core processor, 8 megapixel camera and more. Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 is one of the world’s top performing Dual-SIM smartphones. This handset comes pre-loaded with Samsung WatchON which transforms the device into an IR remote controller for a great TV experience.

Mr. Vineet Taneja , Country Head , Samsung Mobile and Digital Imaging Business, said,
“Consumers in India as in other parts of the world are preferring the larger screen displays in their Smartphones owing to the time they spend doing more with their devices – staying connected with their work and friends/family, web browsing, extensive multimedia viewing and more. To meet the varying lifestyles of our consumers, we are very pleased to offer the Galaxy Mega which further enriches the product portfolio of our award-winning Galaxy series.”

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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 5.8 comes with a price-tag of Rs.25,100 (approx. $450) in India. Vodafone and Reliance subscribers will get 2 GB of data per month for 3 months with the purchase of this device. This handset will go on sale from next week in India.