Samsung HomeSync is an Android Jelly Bean Powered Set Top Box with 1 TB Storage

Samsung is expected to launch its flagship Android smartphone in an exclusive event on March 14. However, that doesn’t mean that it doesn’t have anything to show off at this year’s Mobile World Congress.

Besides unveiling the Galaxy Note 8.0, the Korean giant also quietly announced something called the HomeSync. HomeSync is a media streamer, which is in many ways identical to the Apple TV. It’s essentially an Android powered set top box that hooks up to your television.


The HomeSync is powered by a 1.7 GHz dual-core processor of unknown make, 1 gigs of ram, and runs Android Jelly Bean (probably Android 4.1). It provides full access to the Play store, unlike many other similar products which only support apps that are optimized for the idiot box. HomeSync supports streaming of games, audio, and video from your Galaxy device to the TV wirelessly at full HD (1080p). The biggest draw of the Samsung HomeSync is its 1 TB storage that supports up to 8 different profiles, with password protection of content, and easy sharing.

The HomeSync is slated to go on sale in April 2013; however, Samsung provided no inputs on the expected market price.

Samsung Finally Unveils The Galaxy Note 8.0

It was already rumored that, Samsung might announce an 8 inch tablet to compete with the Apple’s iPad Mini. The rumors turned out to be true. Samsung has finally unveiled the much-awaited Galaxy Note 8.0 at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2013 in Barcelona. This device runs on the Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) Operating System. It also comes with the S-Pen, which was previously bundled with Galaxy Note 10.1. Removing S-Pen from the device will automatically launch innovative features such as Pen Detection that will suggest adapted menus.

JK Shin, President of the Mobile Communications Division at Samsung Electronics, said,
“Back in 2010 the launch of the first Samsung Galaxy Tab with 7 inch screen opened a new chapter in the mobile industry. Now almost three years later, Samsung continues to evolve the sector that meets the demands of modern life. The Galaxy Note 8.0 breaths fresh life into the category as it delivers the perfect fusion of portability and everyday productivity – the result is a pioneering, pocket-sized solution that enhances and enriches our everyday lives, whether at work or play.”

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 features a 7 inch WXGA display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 800 pixels, 1.6 GHz quad-core processor, Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) Operating System, Samsung TouchWiz UI, 5 megapixel rear-facing camera, 1.3 megapixel front facing camera for video calls, Wi-Fi 801.11 a/b/g/n, 3G Connectivity and much more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Music player with SoundAlive, Bluetooth 4.0, USB 2.0, Wi-Fi Direct, Samsung Apps, Games Hub, Readers Hub, Samsung Kies, Samsung ChatON, Google Play Store, A-GPS + GLONASS, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB/ 32 GB internal memory, MicroSD card slot, 64 GB expandable memory and a 4600 mAh battery.

This device measures 210.8 mm x 135.9 mm and weighs 338 grams. The Galaxy Note 8.0 comes with S Note templates and S Planner app which helps you to manage everyday tasks, including meeting notes, to-do lists and even personal diary entries. It also comes pre-loaded with content and apps, including the upgraded ChatOn, which provides easy instant messaging and group chatting in multiple formats — images, video and voice. The Galaxy Note 8.0 will go on sale from Q2 of 2013. The price of this tablet will be announced soon.

Nokia Lumia 720 And Lumia 520 Press Shots Leaked

Last year, Nokia launched three Windows Phone 8 powered smartphones — the entry-level Lumia 620, the mid-range Lumia 820 and the high-end Lumia 920. This week, the Finnish mobile phone manufacturer is expected to launch two new devices — the Lumia 520 and Lumia 720 at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2013 in Barcelona.

As the name suggest, the Lumia 520 and Lumia 720 are the successor of the last generation Lumia 510 and Lumia 710 smartphones. @evleaks, which is popularly known for tweeting the leaked press shots and specs of the upcoming smartphones is back with the leaked images of the Nokia Lumia 720 and Lumia 520. The image shown below is the press shot of Lumia 720, while the image posted below is the Lumia 520.

Nokia has codenamed the Lumia 520 and Lumia 720 as Flame and Zeal respectively. The specs of these devices are currently unknown. However, the Lumia 720 is expected to come with a 4.3 inch display, 1 GHz dual-core processor, 512 MB RAM, and 8 GB internal storage, while the Lumia 520 is expected to pack a 4 inch display, 1 GHz dual-core processor, 512 MB RAM, 5-megapixel camera, 4 GB internal storage and much more.

Both of these devices will run on the newer Windows Phone 8 Operating System. The designs of Lumia 520 and Lumia 720 are strikingly similar to what we have previously seen with the Lumia 820 and Lumia 920. We also know that these devices will be launched with a number of vibrant colors. If these rumors are true, there won’t be much surprise for Nokia fans at the Mobile World Congress 2013.

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!

Huawei Ascend P2 Leaked Press Shot And Specs Emerge

Huawei will soon launch a new Android powered smartphone, the Ascend P2. As the name suggest, this handset is the successor of the last year’s Huawei Ascend P1. The guys at UnwiredView recently shared the leaked press shot and specs of this device. Similar to its predecessor, the Huawei Ascend P2 is expected to come with a thin waistline.

The Huawei Ascend P2 might run on the Android 4.1 or 4.2 (Jelly Bean) Operating System. This handset is expected to come with a 1.8 GHz quad-core processor. This handset is likely to be announced next month at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2013 in Barcelona. Check out the leaked specs below.

The Huawei Ascend P2 features a 4.5 inch display, Quad-core processor, 13 megapixel rear-facing camera with Full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, 2 GB of RAM, MicroSD card slot, 3000 mAh battery and the usual connectivity options including Wi-Fi, 4G LTE, NFC, GPS with A-GPS, Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA and more.

Huawei has already sent the invitations of its press event at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The Huawei Ascend P2 is expected to be unveiled at the same press conference on February 24, 2013. Stay tuned!