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Sony Xperia Z Goes On Sale In The UK

Sony Xperia Z is the company’s flagship device. This stunning handset was announced last month at the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2013 in Las Vegas. Apart from its powerful specs, the Xperia Z is also a water and dust resistant smartphone with a durable glass display.

The Sony Xperia Z was expected to launch on March 1, 2013 in the UK. However, the device went on sale one day earlier at major retailers and wireless carriers. You can get the carrier locked Xperia Z on contract from Three, O2 and Orange. On the other hand, the unlocked Xperia Z can be purchased from Phones 4U, Expansys, Clove and Unlocked Mobiles. The complete specs of this handset is posted below.

Sylvia Chind, Head of Devices at Three, said,
“We’re extremely pleased to offer the Xperia Z coupled with our highly competitive price plans and no surprise out of bundle data charges. This premium smartphone brings you the ultimate internet experience all on our Ultrafast network”.

sony xperia z

Sony Xperia Z features a 5 inch full HD TFT Reality display, sporting a resolution of 1920 × 1080 pixels, 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System, 13 megapixel Fast Capture camera with Exmor RS for mobile, HDR video, Superior Auto and Noise Reduction, Full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and so on.

Other features include a 3.5 mm audio jack, FM radio with RDS, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 4G LTE Connectivity, 16 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 2 GB RAM, Google Play Store, GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth 3.0, DLNA Certified, HDMI support, Micro USB, NFC (Near Field Communication), Wi-Fi Hotspot functionality and a 2330 mAh battery.

Phones 4U is selling this handset for £489.95 while other retailers are selling this device for around £520. If you are not willing to pay that much upfront, you can easily get the Xperia Z from Three UK for £34 a month with an upfront cost of £69 on the Ultimate Internet 500 plan. It is also available for £36 a month with an upfront cost of £69 on The One Plan.

Samsung Galaxy Victory 4G LTE Goes On Sale At Virgin Mobile For $299.99

Samsung Galaxy Victory 4G LTE is not a new smartphone for the folks living in the US. This handset was launched last year for the Sprint subscribers. Now, Virgin Mobile has introduced this Android powered smartphone for its no-contract customers. Samsung Galaxy Victory 4G LTE is Virgin Mobile’s first LTE device. This handset is shipped with the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System.

Mark Lederman, Director, Virgin Mobile USA, said,
“With the phones customers want, unlimited data and messaging included on all plans, and now 4G LTE capable devices, we continue to provoke customers to ask themselves why they haven’t switched from postpaid to a better deal with Virgin Mobile.”

Samsung Galaxy Victory 4G LTE features a 4 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, 5 megapixel rear camera with auto-focus and LED flash, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video chat, 1 GB RAM, 4 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory and so on.

It also comes with a 3.5 mm headset jack, FM Radio with RDS, DLNA (Digital Living Network Alliance), Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 4G LTE Connectivity, GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, Samsung Hub, Google Play Store, NFC (Near Field Communication), Samsung Media Hub, Android Beam, 3G/4G LTE mobile hotspot capability, up to 9 hours of talk-time and a 2100 mAh battery. This handset measures 121.9 mm x 63.5 mm x 12.7 mm and weighs 138.9 grams.

Virgin Mobile subscribers can get the Samsung Galaxy Victory 4G LTE for $299.99 without any service agreement. However, you will need to subscribe to the Virgin Mobile’s No-Contract Beyond Talk unlimited data and messaging plans which start at $35 per month. This handset is currently available at Virgin Mobile’s official site and it will be available in retail outlets from next month.

LG Optimus G Goes On Sale In Europe; Coming To India This Week

Last year, LG unveiled the powerful Optimus G smartphone. This handset was expected to launch in Europe during the Q1 of 2013. Now, the much-awaited Optimus G is finally available for purchase in most of the countries across Europe. This handset was launched with the old Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, however, the manufacturer is shipping the device in Europe with the newer Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) Operating System.

Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company, said,
“Since the successful initial launch of Optimus G, LG has continued to improve the smartphone to offer better usability and value for our customers. We’re excited to be bringing to Europe the improved Optimus G, our most powerful Quad-Core device optimized for 4G LTE networks.”

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LG Optimus G features a 4.7 inch WXGA True HD IPS PLUS display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 768 pixels, Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) OS, Optimus UI 3.0, 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, 13 megapixel rear-facing camera with auto-focus and LED flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP 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, 4G LTE Connectivity, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, Wi-Fi hotspot, microUSB 2.0, MHL, GPS with A-GPS, 2 GB DDR RAM, 32 GB internal memory, NFC (Near Field Communication), Google Play Store, up to 335 hrs of stand-by time, up to 15 hrs of talk-time and a 2100 mAh battery.

Saholic, a popular online retailer has already started selling this handset in India for Rs.30,990 (approx. $570). LG has also send us an invite for an event on January 27, 2013. It seems that LG will finally launch this powerful handset in India on the same event. Stay tuned for complete updates!

LG Optimus F5 And Optimus F7 Announced; Comes With Android 4.1, 4G LTE

Last week, LG unveiled 3 new smartphones – Optimus L3 II, Optimus L5 II and Optimus L7 II. After a couple of days, LG announced the powerful Optimus G Pro in its home country. Now, the South Korean mobile phone manufacturer went ahead and unveiled two smarphone under the new F series – the Optimus F5 and Optimus F7.

According to the manufacturer, the Optimus F Series is designed to bring a premium user experience and the speed of 4G LTE to a mass audience. Thankfully, both of these devices are packed with a powerful battery and pretty decent specs. LG Optimus F5 and Optimus F7 will be shipped with the Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) Operating System out of the box.

Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications, said,
“LG continues to lead the industry with 4G LTE innovation and the Optimus F Series, a well-balanced an well-equipped 4G LTE smartphone for the mass market, embodies the best of our broad LTE patent portfolio and innovative UX features. With adoption of LTE expected to explode in 2013, we are sending a clear message to consumers with the Optimus F Series that LTE isn’t just for heavy content users and techies anymore. It’s for everyone.”

LG Optimus F5 Specs:

  • 4.3 inch IPS display
  • Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) Operating System
  • 1.2 GHz Dual-Core Processor
  • 5 megapixel auto-focus camera
  • 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera
  • 8 GB internal memory
  • MicroSD card slot
  • 32 GB expandable memory
  • 1 GB RAM
  • 2,150mAh battery
  • Size: 126.0 x 64.5 x 9.3mm

LG Optimus F7 Specs:

  • 4.7 inch IPS display
  • Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) Operating System
  • 1.5 GHz Dual-Core Processor
  • 8 megapixel auto-focus camera
  • 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera
  • 8 GB internal memory
  • MicroSD card slot
  • 32 GB expandable memory
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 2,540mAh battery
  • Size: 131.7 x 68.2 x 9.6mm

LG Optimus F5 and Optimus F7 comes with the upgraded QSlide, which allows users to open two apps at the same time, both in full screen mode. Users can change the size, position and transparency of QSlide apps according to their preferences. The worldwide rollout of the Optimus F5 will begin in the second quarter in Europe, followed by the Optimus F7 in selected markets. The price of this device is expected to be announced next week at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2013 in Barcelona. Stay tuned!

Acer Announces The Entry Level Liquid Z2 Smartphone

Next week, major mobile phone manufacturer’s will unveil their latest smartphones and tablets at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2013 in Barcelona. However, that didn’t stop manufacturer’s like HTC and LG to announce their smartphones days before the event. Acer has just became the third company to join this bandwagon.

Acer recently unveiled the entry-level Liquid Z2 smartphone. This handset runs on the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Opeating System and it packs some basic specs including a 3.5 inch display, 1 GHz processor and more. The in-built 5 megapixel camera launches in just 1 second and offers panoramic and multi-angle modes along with continuous shooting (up to 99 shots). This handset will be showcased next week at the MWC 2013.

Acer Liquid Z2 features a 3.5 inch HVGA touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 320 x 480 pixels, 1 GHz single-core processor, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS, Dual-SIM capabilities, Acer Breeze UI, 3 megapixel or 5 megapixel camera with auto-focus and LED flash, geo-tagging, Wi-Fi 801.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity and so on.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Stereo FM radio with RDS, GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP, 4 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 512 MB RAM, Google Play Store, A-GPS, Accelerometer and a 1300 mAh battery. This handset measures 110 x 62.5 x 12.25 mm and weighs 110g.

The Acer Liquid Z2 will go on sale in France, Belgium, Netherlands and Ukraine followed by Russia, UK and Italy in the coming days. The price of this device has not been announced yet, however the Acer Liquid Z2 is expected to carry a price-tag of less than €150. Stay tuned for our complete MWC 2013 coverage!

Virgin Mobile Launches Kyocera Event For Just $79.99

Kyocera recently launched a new entry-level smartphone, the Kyocera Event. This handset runs on the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System, however, it may or may not be upgraded to the newer Android 4.1 OS. The Kyocera Event is exclusively available for Virgin Mobile subscribers without any contract. This handset is specially targeted for those who are planning to jump from feature phones to smartphones. Check out the complete specs below.

Eric Anderson, general manager of global sales and marketing at Kyocera Communications, said,
“Kyocera Event on Virgin Mobile is the perfect device for the millions of people buying their first smartphone, or those who simply want a full featured, yet affordable phone without a contract. Whether it’s the simple elegance of black or the stand-out-in-a-crowd confidence of RadioShack’s exclusive red, Kyocera Event has style and performance far beyond its affordable price tag.”

Kyocera Event features a 3.5 inch HVGA touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 320 pixels, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, 1 GHz single-core processor, 3.2 megapixel camera with LED flash and camcorder, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi b/g/n and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, 4 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 512 MB RAM, GPS, Google Play Store, Stereo Bluetooth 2.1+ EDR, up to 8.7 hours of talk-time, up to 6.25 days of stand-by time and a 1500 mAh battery. This handset measures 4.5 × 2.4 × 0.46 inches and weighs 4.1 oz.

Virgin Mobile USA is currently selling the black version of Kyocera Event for $79.99 without any service agreement. A red version of the phone will be available exclusively at RadioShack from March 3, 2013.

Huawei Ascend G330 Launched In India For Rs.11,490

Along with the Ascend G600, Huawei has also launched the Android powered Ascend G330 smartphone in India. This handset comes with entry-level specs including a 4 inch display, 1 GHz dual-core processor, 512 MB RAM and much more. Sadly, the device is being shipped with the out-dated Android 4.0.4 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. We are not sure if the manufacturer will upgrade this device to the newer version of Android. The Huawei Ascend G330 offers 7 Indian languages – Hindi, Tamil, Kannada, Telugu, Bengali, Gujarati & Punjabi.

Anand Narang, Marketing Director, Huawei Device India, said:
“The Ascend G330 sees Huawei, again, set a new standard for mid-range smartphones customized for Indian market. It offers 7 Indian languages, brings together office power and functionality for young professionals who want a perfect balance of performance and mobile entertainment, without breaking the bank.”

Huawei Ascend G330 features a 4 inch WVGA display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, 1 GHz dual-core processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, Huawei Emotion UI, 5 megapixel front-facing camera with auto-focus and LED flash, VGA front-facing camera for video calls and so on.

It also comes with the usual 3.5 mm headset jack, Wi-Fi 801.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, Bluetooth, DLNA, 512 MB RAM, 4 GB internal memory, Micro SD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, A-GPS, MicroUSB 2.0, Google Play Store, up to 350 hours of stand-by time, up to 5 hours of talk-time and a 1500 mAh battery.

Huawei Ascend G330 comes with a price-tag of Rs.11,490 (approx. $210) in India. This handset will compete with other entry-level Android smartphones such as Micromax A101, Xperia Tipo and HTC Explorer in the Indian market. Huawei Ascend G330 can be easily purchased from online channels like Flipkart, Infibeam, Snapdeal as well as from retailers such as Reliance Digital, Croma and Huawei Experience outlets.

Samsung Galaxy Pop Announced In South Korea; Quad-Core Version Of Galaxy Premier

Back in November, Samsung unveiled the Android powered Galaxy Premier smartphone for international markets. Today, the South Korean manufacturer launched this smartphone in its home country. However, the device has been renamed from Galaxy Premier to Galaxy Pop. Samsung has also upgraded the dual-core processor to quad-core processor. Apart from that, there are no major changes in the specs of this device.

I’m sure some of you might get confused with the previously launched Android Gingerbread powered Galaxy Pop. However, the new Galaxy Pop (SHV-E220S) looks strikingly similar to the Galaxy S III smartphone and runs on the newer Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System. This device will be available across all three major carriers – SKT, LG U+ and KT in South Korea.

Samsung Galaxy Pop features a 4.65 inch HD display, sporting a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels, 1.4 GHz quad-core Exynos 4412 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, 4G LTE Connectivity, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 64 GB expandable memory, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct, up to 790 hours of stand-by time, up to 11 hours of talk-time and a 2100 mAh battery.

Samsung Galaxy Pop is currently available for 700,000 South Korean Won (approx. $650). Samsung has also bundled a Flip Cover right in the box.

Huawei Ascend G600 Launched In India For Rs.14,990

Back in August, Huawei introduced a new member in its Ascend family of smartphones, the Huawei Ascend G600. After waiting for nearly 5 months, the Chinese mobile phone manufacturer finally launched this mid-range smartphone in India. 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.

Victor Shan, President, Huawei Device India, 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 masterpiece in mid range portfolio that makes exceptional product experiences accessible for more people.”

huawei ascend g600

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 4.0.4 (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.

Other features include a 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 1930 mAh Li-Polymer battery.

This handset is designed for young professionals looking for power and functionality not delivered by entry-level smartphones. Huawei Ascend G600 comes with a price-tag of Rs.14,990 (approx. $280) in India.

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.