Samsung Officially Announces The Galaxy Note 3

Samsung finally unveiled the much-awaited phablet of the year, the Galaxy Note 3 at the IFA 2013 trade show in Berlin. It is the successor of the extremely popular Galaxy Note II and also the first phablet to ship with the latest Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) Operating System. The new Group Play on Galaxy Note 3 not only allows you to play the same music, games and share documents, but also share videos and play content together with their friends simultaneously.

JK Shin, CEO of IT & Mobile Division at Samsung Electronics, said,
“We introduced the original Galaxy Note in 2011 and launched a whole new smart device category. The undeniable success of the Galaxy Note strengthened our conviction that consumers want higher quality features for smart devices and they want those new features to make their lives better. Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is a powerful, original approach that enables users to tell the stories of their lives through dynamic and seamless expressions of their passions across work, play and life experiences.”

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 features a 5.7 inch Full HD Super AMOLED display, sporting a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, 2.3 GHz quad-core processor / 1.9 GHz octa-core processor, Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean) OS, TouchWiz UI, 13 megapixel auto-focus camera with smart stabilization, LED Flash and Zero Shutter Lag, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 2 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and more.

Apart from that, it packs 3 GB RAM, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac, GPS, NFC (Near Field Communication), Bluetooth 4.0, 3.5 mm headset jack, FM Radio with RDS, 4G LTE Connectivity, 32 GB/ 64 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 64 GB expandable memory, S-Pen, S Note, S Planner, Samsung Hub, Samsung KNOX, Samsung ChatOn, DLNA, Wi-Fi Direct and a 3200mAh battery. This handset will be available in Marble White and Titanium Gray colors.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will be available in Jet Black, Classic White and Blush Pink colors. Samsung will also offer exchangeable back covers in dozens of additional colors. This device will go on sale from September 25 in more than 140 countries around the world. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will also be available in the U.S. later this year on AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and U.S. Cellular.

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 Re-Enters The Tablet Market With G Pad 8.3

LG finally re-entered the tablet market with the new G Pad 8.3. This device will be showcased later this week at the IFA 2013 trade show in Berlin. LG G Pad 8.3 is the second member of the LG’s premium G Series family of smartphones and tablets. It comes with the new KnockON feature, which allows you to turns the device on and off just by tapping the display twice. Apart from that, it also comes with Slide Aside, which lets you multitask by simply sliding currently open apps to the side using a three-finger swipe.

Dr. Jong-seok Park, president of LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company, said,
“Complementing our G Series smartphones, the introduction of the LG G Pad 8.3 further strengthens LG’s premium lineup consisting of our most cutting-edge devices. Our G Pad is just another example of LG delivering devices with the unique selling points consumers around the world will appreciate.”

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LG G Pad 8.3 features a 8.3 inch WUXGA display sporting a resolution of 1920 x 1200 pixels, 1.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) Operating System, 5 megapixel rear-facing camera, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, 16 GB internal memory, 2 GB RAM, and a 4600 mAh battery. This device measures 216.8 x 126.5 x 8.3 mm and weighs 330 grams.

LG G Pad 8.3 will compete with the new Nexus 7, Galaxy Note 8.0 and the upcoming iPad Mini 2. This tablet will be available in black and white colors. The LG G Pad 8.3 will go on sale in North America, Europe and Asia in the fourth quarter of 2013. The price of this device is expected to be revealed later this week. Stay tuned for more IFA 2013 coverage!

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.

CyanogenMod Project Explains Nemesis, Reveals New Camera App Called Focal

CyanogenMod project has been teasing something called Nemesis for the past few days. Now we know exactly what they were hinting at. Nemesis is an initiative to tackle the biggest problems areas or the weak spots of the CyanogenMod ROM.

To kick things off, CM team is focusing on the camera app. While the smartphone camera UI has experienced radical improvements over the past couple of years, unofficial ROMs haven’t really managed to keep pace. To remedy things, CyanogenMod project is developing a brand new camera app called Focal.

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Focal builds upon the work that Google has done in the Jelly Bean camera UI. Judging from the screenshots published by Android Police, on the surface Focal seems to be similar to the stock camera UI. However, the differences become apparent as soon as you dig deeper. Focal retains the best parts of the stock app including Photospheres (Picsphere) and Panoramas. On top of that it adds a bunch of new scene modes, flash settings, picture effects, and more. The biggest selling point of Focal are:
Widget Chooser: This feature allows you to customize which features are listed in the options bar. Make life simpler by getting rid of features you never use.
Auto-enhancement: When this feature is enabled it will automatically apply post-processing on the picture to enhance it.
Exposure Ring: A novel feature, which when enabled adds a second ring (besides the focus ring) to the interface. Just drag the ring to various areas of the screen and exposure settings will be automatically adjusted. If you drag it to a dark spot the entire snap will be made brighter, while the reverse will happen if you drag it to a bright spot.

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Focal is scheduled to be merged with CM nightlies by this weekend. However, it’s only the first phase of what’s expected to be a significant revamp of CyanogenMod apps and features.

Intex Cloud X3 is a Dual-Core Android 4.2 Smartphone for Rs. 3790

MediaTek processors have turned out to be a big hit among Indian manufacturers looking to offer attractive looking specs at jaw dropping prices. The MediaTek MT6589 enabled the boom in affordable quad-core smartphones. Now, the recently announced MT6572 is gearing up to push down the price of dual-core smartphones.

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The first phone to take advantage of the new MT6589 chip is the Intex Cloud X3. This chip supports up to qHD resolution, but Intex has settled for a lot less. The Cloud X3 has a HVGA (320 x 480 pixels) resolution, which means that the 3.5’’ display will have below-par pixel density. However, that is quite acceptable. Because, Intex will be selling the Cloud X3 at a jaw dropping price of Rs. 3,790 (about 65 USD). The MT6572 will be clocked at 1 GHz, and will be powering a fairly recent Jelly Bean (Android 4.2) OS. Don’t expect spectacular performance from the X3 though. The dual-core processor is based on the dated Cortex A7 architecture, and there is only 256 MB RAM. Internal storage is only 115 MB, which will cause additional headaches for users. As is customary for phones at this price range, the Intex Cloud X3 has dual SIM support. Connectivity options include 2G, Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth. On the multimedia front, Intex has managed to squeeze in both front (VGA) and rear (2 MP) cams. Even FM and GPS chips are present.

The Cloud X3 is a specs powerhouse that promises to deliver full-fledged smartphone experience at a bargain basement price. The only thing that needs to be seen is how usable will the phone be keeping in mind the low-end chipset and severe lack of memory and storage.

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.