Huawei recently announced the mid-range Huawei A199 smartphone in its home country. This handset was previously leaked by @evleaks as the Huawei Ascend G710. However, the manufacturer decided to launch this device with a brand new name in China. The Huawei A199 packs a 5 inch HD display and a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor.
This handset runs on the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System with Huawei’s Emotion UI on top of it. Huawei A199 also comes with dual-mode dual-SIM support, which works perfectly on a CDMA network as well as on a GSM network at the same time. Check out the complete specs below.
Huawei Ascend A199 features a 5 inch HD touch screen display, sporting a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels, 1.5 GHz Huawei K3V2 quad-core processor, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS, Huawei Emotion UI, 8 megapixel rear-facing camera with auto-focus and LED flash, 1.3 megapixel 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, 2 GB RAM, 8 GB internal memory, Micro SD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, A-GPS, MicroUSB 2.0, Google Play Store and a 2150 mAh battery.
The China Telecom logo is placed right below the camera. It clearly indicates that the Huawei A199 will be available for China Telecom subscribers at launch. This handset is also expected to be available for China Unicom subscribers in the coming days. The price of this device will be announced soon. Stay tuned!
Samsung recently announced the Android powered Galaxy Win in China. According to SammyHub, this handset will carry the model number GT-I8552, while the manufacturer will also sell other variants including I869 and I8558 for different carriers. Galaxy Win will be shipped with the old Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System.
Samsung Galaxy Win features a 4.7 inch touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS, TouchWiz UI, 5 megapixel rear camera with auto-focus and LED flash, HD (720p) video recording and playback, 0.3 megapixel front-facing camera for video calls and more.
Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, FM Radio with RDS, Dual-SIM capabilities, 1 GB RAM, 8 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 64 GB expandable memory, GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, Samsung Hub, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, DLNA, Google Play Store, Wi-Fi Direct and a 2000 mAh battery.
Samsung Galaxy Win will be pre-loaded with China-specific social networking apps such as Sina Weibo and QQ along with Samsung’s ChatOn. The price and release date is expected to be announced in the coming days. stay tuned!
Last week, it was rumored that HTC will soon announce two new budget smartphones, the Desire P and Desire Q. Today, the official images as well as the specs of these devices were revealed. The mid-range Desire P and Desire Q runs on the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System. HTC Desire P looks similar to the previously launched Desire SV, while the design of Desire Q is almost similar to Desire X.
HTC Desire P comes with a 4.3 inch display, sporting a resolution of 800 x 400 pixels, 1 GHz dual-core processor, HTC Sense UI, Beats Audio technology, 8 megapixel rear camera, VGA front-facing camera for video calls, MicroSD card slot and more. This handset will be available for China Mobile subscribers in red and white colors. HTC Desire P comes with a price-tag of $365.
HTC Desire Q features a 4 inch display, 768 MB RAM, Beats Audio and microSD card slot. This handset will first go on sale in Taiwan for just $235. Desire Q will be available in 3 colors – red, white and black. These devices are expected to be launched in other Asian markets including India in the coming weeks. Stay tuned!
HTC recently unveiled a new entry-level smartphone, the HTC Desire U. The design of this device looks similar to the phones previously launched phones under the HTC One family of smartphones. The HTC Desire U will be shipped with the outdated Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. We are not sure, if this device will ever taste the Jelly Bean update. However, Desire U is a great replacement for the company’s current entry-level smartphone, the HTC Explorer.
HTC Desire U features a 4 inch WVGA touchscreen display, sporting a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels, 1 GHz single-core processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, HTC Sense 4 UI, 5 megapixel rear-facing camera with auto-focus and LED flash, 3.5 mm headset jack, Beats Audio, Bluetooth 4.0, 512 MB RAM, 4 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB internal memory, Google Play Store, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, A-GPS and a 1650 mAh battery.
The HTC Desire U will first go on sale in Taiwan and China, followed by other emerging markets including India. The price of this device is expected to be around $275.
Today, Apple announced that it will be bringing the fourth generation iPad and the iPad mini to China beginning from Friday, January 18th.
The iPad mini sports a 7.85-inch screen, a dual-core A5 chip, and a 5MP camera. Its bigger brother, the fourth generation iPad, sports a 9.7-inch Retina Display, 1GB of RAM, and a very powerful A6X SoC. Both the tablets will come with iOS6 pre-loaded, which Apple dubs as the most advanced version of iOS yet.
The iPad mini with Wi-Fi and Cellular model will set buyers back by US $459 for the 16GB model, and US $559 for the 32GB model. The 16GB iPad with Wi-Fi and Cellular radio is priced at roughly US $629, while the 32GB variant costs US $729.
The iPad mini and the fourth generation iPad will be available at Apple’s online store and retail stores, along with certain authorized resellers from this Friday in China.
Some of the major mobile phone maker has already tried their luck by manufacturing a smartphone which focuses on the social networking sites, specially Facebook. Last year, HTC launched the mid-range HTC Chacha and HTC Salsa smartphones with a dedicated Facebook button. Even Vodafone launched the entry-level Vodafone 555 Blue with a Facebook button. Sadly, none of them managed to attract the Facebook addicts in developing countries.
Last month, Nokia joined the bandwagon and announced the company’s first QWERTY phone with a dedicated Facebook button, the Nokia Asha 205. It was already rumored that Nokia will replace the Facebook button with the QQ button before shipping it in China, since Facebook is already blocked up there and QQ is the most popular instant messaging service among Chinese users.
Today, Nokia finally confirmed the rumor and launched the Nokia 2050 in China. And you guessed it right! The Nokia 2050 comes with the exact same specs found in the Asha 205 minus the Facebook button and Asha branding. This device is specially targeted at the youngsters, who wants to stay connected with their friends and family on the go.
The Nokia 2050 comes with a 2.4 inch QVGA display, Series 40 Asha UI, full QWERTY keyboard, VGA camera, Nokia Xpress Browser, Nokia Life+, Bluetooth 2.1 with EDR, 3.5 mm headset jack, Slam feature, 10 MB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, GPRS/EDGE, 2.0 mm charger connector, up to 25 days of stand-by time, up to 11 hours of talk-time and a 1020 mAh battery.
The Nokia 2050 comes with a price tag of 399 Chinese Yuan (approx. $65). You will also get an exclusive gift of 40 EA games which includes titles such as Tetris, Bejeweled, Need for Speed The Run and EA Sports FIFA 12.
Back in October, HTC announced the J Butterfly smartphone in Japan. It is the company’s first device which comes with a large 5 inch 1080p display. Last month, HTC launched Droid DNA in the US, which was noting but the Verizon’s variant of HTC J Butterfly. HTC was already rumored to launch the international variant of this device with a slightly different name. Today, the Taiwanese mobile phone manufacturer finally dropped the letter J and unveiled the HTC Butterfly smartphone for the rest of the world.
There are no major changes in the specs of this device. It comes with the usual 5 inch Super LCD 3 display, sporting a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, Corning Gorilla Glass 2, 1.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm S4 Pro processor, Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System, 8 megapixel rear-facing camera, 2 megapixel front-facing camera and more.
Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Google Play Store, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n, 3G Connectivity, NFC (Near Field Communication), HDMI-out, Bluetooth 4.0, DLNA and 2020 mAh battery.
This handset will be first available in China from mid-December. HTC Butterfly is also a dust-proof and waterproof smartphone. This handset will be available in white, black and red colors. The company has not yet announced the availability of this device in other markets. HTC Butterfly comes with a price-tag of 4799 Chinese yuan (approx. $770). Check out the video advertisement, after the break.
What is only thing you don’t like about your smartphone? Ask this question to any of the Android smartphone users and you will get the same answer from almost everyone. The battery life! Last year, Motorola surprised everyone with Motorola Razr Maxx, which was the first smartphone to ship with a powerful 3300 mAh battery. This year, Motorola launched Razr Maxx HD which was packed with some amazing features and the same 3300 mAh battery.
Now, it seems that other manufacturers are ready to join the bandwagon. Lenovo has recently launched the Android powered Lenovo P770 smartphone which comes with a 3500 mAh Li-Po battery. Yes, the battery on this device is even larger than the Razr Maxx and Razr Maxx HD. Lenovo P770 runs on the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System. This handset is currently available for purchase only in China.
Lenovo P770 features a 4.5 inch IPS display, sporting a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels, 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 5 megapixel camera with LED flash, VGA front-facing camera for video calls, 3.5 mm headset jack, 1 GB RAM, 4 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, 3G Connectivity, Wi-Fi 801.11 b/g/n, GPS, up to 29 hours of talk-time, up to 644 hours of stand-by time and a 3500 mAh battery.
The handset measures 133 x 67 x 11.9 mm and weighs 161 grams. The Lenovo P770 comes with a price-tag of 1699 Chinese Yuan (approx. $270). You can easily get this handset from Lenovo China’s official website. The manufacturer has not yet announced the availablity of this device in other markets. But we really hope to see this device or similar devices from other manufacturers in our Indian market.
Meizu and Xiaomi are two popular Chinese Android OEMs that are known to provide some extremely powerful handsets at dirt cheap prices. Proving this statement true again today is the Meizu MX2, which was officially unveiled by Meizu today.
The Meizu MX2 packs in a 1.6GHz Exynos 4 Quad processor (same as the one in Galaxy Note 2), 2GB of RAM, ARM-Mali 400MP GPU and a 4.4-inch “gapless” display with 1280*800 resolution and an efficient “New Mode 2″ technology. The handset will come in three different storage options – 16, 32 and 64GB.
At the back of the MX2 is an 8MP F/2.4 BSI camera accompanied by an LED flash, and a 2MP snapper in the front. Other features include an MHL port, dual-mics for noise cancellation, S/PDIF audio out, Bluetooth 4.0 and a non-removable 1800mAh battery.
The MX2 will be running on a non-identifiable version of Android – Flyme 2.0 – which includes more than 3400+ enhancements from the Chinese OEM. The handset goes on sale in China from mid-December with the 16GB variant costing ¥2,499 ($400)m while the 32 and 64GB variant costing ¥2,999 and ¥3,999, respectively.
Samsung Galaxy Note II is the company’s second phone/tablet hybrid device. It was unveiled in September at the IFA 2012 event in Berlin. This device is selling like hot cakes in most of the Asian and European markets. Samsung already managed to sell 3 million units of this device in just 37 days. Cashing in on the success of the Galaxy Note II, Samsung went a step ahead and announced the dual-SIM variant of this popular phablet.
The Dual-SIM variant of the Galaxy Note II will ship with the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) Operating System. This device packs a micro-SIM slot as well as a full-size SIM slot. It comes with radios for GSM 850/900/1, 800/1,900, and WCDMA 850/900/1,900/2100 MHz. Dual-SIM Galaxy Note II will go on sale starting next month in China. There are no major changes in the specs of this device.
Dual-SIM Galaxy Note II comes with the usual 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 auto-focus and LED flash, Bluetooth 4.0, S-Pen, S Note, S Planner, Samsung Hub, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory, 64 GB expandable memory, GPS with A-GPS, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Google Play Store, Wi-Fi Direct, NFC and a 3100 mAh battery.
Dual-SIM Galaxy Note II comes with a price tag of 5699 Chinese Yuan (approx. $900). This device will go on sale from December 3 in China. Samsung has not yet announced the availability of this device for other major markets.