LG Optimus G Pro Launched in India at INR 42,500

LG Optimus G ProLG has finally launched LG Optimus G Pro in India. With a 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor and 5.5 inch full HD display, this Android Jellybean (v4.1.2) device it is a worthy successor to LG Optimus G launched a few months back.

The Optimus G Pro is the first smartphone to be equipped with 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor. Also, the Optimus G Pro is incidentally LG’s first Full HD smartphone and adopts a Full HD IPS Display which doubles the resolution compared to True HD IPS. The smartphone features 5.5 inch display with a 1920 X 1080 resolution and has a total of 2,073,600 pixels. LG claims that the pixel density of 400ppi is the highest amongst the smartphones in the market making text and images to look much more vivid, crisp, and brighter.

The smart LED lighting around the home button displays various colors to alert users. The lighting alerts the users for missed calls and messages among other notifications with various colors. The 5.5 inch display fits nicely in the hands due to the narrowed width and minimized bezel to 3.65mm.

Like the Samsung Galaxy S4, Optimus G Pro includes its share of gimmicks, some useful and some just fancy additions. There’s a Dual Recording feature that captures video with both the front and rear cameras simultaneously for a unique picture-in-picture experience. The Virtual Reality Panorama feature allows 360 degree viewing, from taking pictures of both horizontal and vertical environment.

“With Optimus G Pro we have pushed the boundaries of computing and technological innovation to develop a smartphone that caters to both business and lifestyle needs of today’s customers. With this launch we are gearing towards our aim of capturing 10% market share of the smartphone category by end of 2014.”
– Mr. Soon Kwon, Managing Director, LG India

According to LG, the smartphone market in India is growing rapidly and there is a huge demand for big screen size mobile phones. The market size for 5 inch and above screens is expected to be 1.5 million units by end of 2013. To keep up the pace, LG Mobiles has earmarked INR 80 crores for strengthening the infrastructure for retail development and marketing activities.

At INR 42,500, LG Optimus G Pro ticks all feature lists and comes packed with top of the line specifications. It’s a great phone, but faces tough competition from Samsung Galaxy S4 and HTC One, the mascots of the Android ecosystem at the moment.

ASUS PadFone Infinity Packs A 5-inch 1080p Display And Snapdragon 600 SoC

Yesterday at MWC in Barcelona, ASUS announced the third generation of the Padfone, the PadFone Infinity. Like the previous Padfone(s), the PadFone Infinity is packed to the brim with features and power. Internally, the PadFone is powered by a 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 SoC, and 2GB of RAM with either 32 or 64GB of on-board storage.

ASUS has also bumped the display size on the Infinity to 5-inches and increased the resolution to 1080p (1920*1080) as well. On the connectivity and sensors side, the PadFone Infinity includes everything that is possible including GLONASS, DC-HSPA+, GPS and NFC. ASUS has used a 13MP sensor on the back of the PadFone that consists of a five-element plastic F/2.0 lens. There is also a 2MP snapper in the front for all your video calling needs. The 2400mAh battery inside the PadFone will be more than enough to get you through a day on 3G. Do keep in mind that the PadFone uses a nanoSIM instead of a microSIM. The handset will be running a near stock version of Android 4.2 Jelly Bean when it will be released.

Like always, ASUS has unveiled the PadFone with a dock – the FonePad – that complements the handset. Using the FonePad, PadFone owners can easily convert their handset into a full-blown tablet.

ASUS does not expect to release the PadFone in the United States, and will be selling the PadFone+FonePad bundle for £799 / €999, when it releases the device in Europe this April.

ZTE Unveils The Grand Memo; Powered By Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 SoC (Update: NOT)

ZTE has surprised everyone at the Mobile World Congress by announcing the ZTE Grand Memo, a 5.7-inch competitor to Samsung’s Galaxy Note. The surprising part about the Grand Memo is that it is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 SoC running at 1.5GHz. The Snapdragon 800 SoC was initially expected to show up in devices in the second half of this year, but ZTE states that it will be launching the Grand Memo in March in China, and a month after that in Europe.

The 5.7-inch display on the Grand Memo is a disappointment though, as it has 720p resolution compared to 1080p, which is quickly becoming the norm nowadays. The 8.9mm thin phablet sports a 13MP shooter at its back, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, LTE connectivity and a beefy 3200 mAh battery. The Grand Memo runs on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean out of the box with ZTE’s own MyFavorite UX on top of it.

ZTE plans to aggressively promote the Grand Memo and have its presence feel outside of China. However, the Chinese OEM does not intend on bringing the Grand Memo to the United States anytime soon.

UPDATE: Either ZTE lied or there was a huge confusion that led to this huge blunder. The ZTE Grand Memo does not sport Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC, and is instead powered by the S4 Pro (APQ8064) — the same SoC that powers the Nexus 4, DROID DNA and Butterfly.

HTC One ‘M7′ Leaks In Black

It is all but confirmed that HTC will be releasing the its flagship ‘M7′ handset at an upcoming event on February 19th. The specs of the handset are all but known, and an alleged press render of the phone also leaked last week.

Today, @evleaks has once again leaked a press release render of the M7 in black. The pic once again shows the unique ‘HTC’ home button on the M7, along with the new Sense 5 home screen.

HTC is the only Android OEM that has consistently set the bar with top-notch build quality and unique design. The M7 actually looks like a step back in that direction with a design that resembles the iPhone 5.

The M7 is expected to arrive on all the four major U.S carriers soon after HTC unveils the handset on February 19th. The rumored specs of the handset include a 4.7-inch 1080p screen, a 13MP ‘Ultrapixel’ camera, 32GB of on-board storage, and a quad-core 1.7GHz Krait processor.

Qualcomm Unveils The Snapdragon 600 And Snapdragon 800 Mobile SoC; Redefines Performance Once Again

Nvidia is not the only one unveiling ultra-fast SoCs at CES. Qualcomm joined in on the SoC fun with the announcement of its new mobile SoCs. The company once again ditched its naming convention. This means its time to forget about the Qualcomm S3, S4 and S4 Pro SoCs. Instead, the company has renamed its upcoming mobile SoCs to a much simpler – Snapdragon 600 and Snapdragon 800.

The Snapdragon 600 picks up where the Qualcomm S4 Pro, found inside the likes of the DROID DNA and the Nexus 4, left. The Snapdragon 600 will feature a quad-core Krait 300 CPU with speeds of up to 1.9GHz per core, an Adreno 320 GPU, and LPDDR3 RAM. The press release from Qualcomm states that the Snapdragon 600 will be up to 40% percent faster than S4 Pro SoCs. The best part is that Snapdragon 600 SoC based devices will start showing up by Summer of this year.

If the Snapdragon 600 is fast, its bigger brother – Snapdragon 800 – takes things to a completely new level. The Snapdragon 800 will sport a quad-core Krait 400 CPU, with each core capable of clocking up to 2.3GHz. It will also sport a faster Adreno 330 GPU, UltraHD (4096*2304) resolution support, dual-channel LPDDR3 RAM support, dual ISPs for  support for up to 55MP sensors, and finally, support for DTS-HD, Dolby Digital Plus and 7.1 surround sound. Qualcomm states that Snapdragon 800 will be up to 75% faster compared to S4 Pro. Devices using Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 should hit the shelves sometime in the second half of 2013.

It will be really interesting to see how the newer Qualcomm’s Snapdragon SoCs stack up against the quad-core Cortex-A15 based SoCs like Tegra 4 and Samsung’s Exynos 5.

 

 

HTC Droid Incredible X Specs Leak; Packs 5-inch 1080p Screen and Qualcomm S4 Pro Processor

Rumors have been floating around on the Internet for quite sometime now that HTC is working on a Galaxy Note competitor with a 5-inch 1080p screen resolution. Reports suggested that the screen of the device, which is apparently manufactured by Sharp, recently went into production.

Today, Football, a very popular HTC custom ROM developer and known for his RUU leaks, has revealed the full specs of this 5-inch device from HTC. The HTC DLX (DROID Incredible X?) will be powered by a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor,and  an Adreno 320 GPU. There will also be 1.5GB of RAM, 16GB of on-board storage space, a 12MP snapper at the back and a 2MP camera in the front. . He did not mention anything about a microSD card slot, and given HTC’s recent hatred towards them, don’t be surprised if the device lacks one.

The device will be powered by a 2500mAh non-removable battery. From the leaks and its name, it is clear that the DLX will be arriving first on Verizon’s network by the end of this year. It was just a year ago that phones with 720p screens were released into the market by Samsung and HTC. A year later, and we are looking at screens with Full HD resolution!

It will be interesting to see if HTC spins the European version of the DLX into a Nexus device or not, like LG is going to do with its Optimus G handset.

ASUS Padfone 2 Specs Leaks – Quad-Core Krait, 2GB RAM And 13MP Camera

Yesterday, ASUS sent out invites for its October 16th event to be held in Taipei, Taiwan and Milan, Italy, where the company would be unveiling the Padfone 2. Just a day later, the packaging and full specs of the handset have been revealed, thanks to a member of Mobile01 forums.

From the specs, the ASUS Padfone 2 looks like its going to be a complete beast. The handset will be powered by a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Krait (APQ8064) SoC, an Adreno 320 GPU, 2GB of RAM, a 13MP snapper at the back with Zero Shutter lag aided by an LED flash, a 1.2MP front-facing camera, LTE, and a super bright IPS+ 4.7-inch display with 720p (1280×720) resolution. The other usual features like Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS with A-GPS, MHL port and a microSD card slot are also present.

The Padfone 2 also manages to pack in a beefy 2140mAh battery inside its relatively slim 9mm waistline. The specs sheet of the Padfone 2 easily rivals the LG Optimus G and the Galaxy S III, and if ASUS manages to execute the phone-tablet-laptop idea perfectly this time, they might have a winner in their hands.

Box Brings Windows Phone App to Marketplace

If for some reason you’re not a fan of DropBox or SkyDrive on Windows Phone, then the fine folks at Box.net are here to save your day.

Box has announced and published their Windows Phone app – which allows you access to your cloud storage while mobile. If you can afford free, that is. In addition to their monthly plans for personal or business use, if your Fortune 500 company jumped on the “cloud” bandwagon and is riding it into the sky, you’ll get access to your company files while on the fly, with the Enterprise plan.

Following along with the Metro UI guidelines for Windows Phone apps, Box allows you to upload, download, and move files around in the cloud. As you can see from their banner (above) and some screenshots (below), they like to tout Word, Excel, and PDF document storage. Quite clear they are still aiming for the enterprise crowd.

In order to keep up with their tradition of free storage (Box gave 50GB to Android users, as well as 50GB to new iOS users) Box has partnered with Qualcomm to give out the staple 50GB again, except now it’s platform independent. Regardless if your new phone is running iOS, Android, or Windows Phone you’re covered with storage AND will get 50GB with their promotion. When you purchase a Windows 8 device in the future, if it’s powered by a Snapdragon SoC, you’ll also get 50GB of free cloud storage for life. Of course this is for new accounts only. Your own personal 50GB cloud, always above your head and right in your pocket.

The app is completely free, the storage is completely free, and it’s very cross-platform. Heck, you can even mount it right in Windows via WebDAV and get a seamless experience. So if you’re sick of gaming or needing referrals for getting more free DropBox space or if you think DropBox a is security risk due to their breach, Box gives you 50GB right off the bat, and is used and trusted by over 100,000 large corporations. Of course with any cloud service, you’re giving your data away and should understand the risks of doing so.

Qualcomm Reports Great Earnings; Set to Ride the Mobile Wave

Qualcomm reported its earnings for Q3 FY12 on July 18. It has had a pretty good quarter with revenues jumping 28% year-over-year to $4.63 billion. Its operating profit was up 24% to $1.38 billion, but the operating cash flow declined to $922 million. It ended the quarter with around $26.5 billion in cash, cash equivalents and marketable securities.

Dr. Paul E. Jacobs, chairman and CEO of Qualcomm, said:

“Adoption of 3G and 3G/4G technologies continues around the world, driving strong year-over-year growth in our chipset and licensing businesses this quarte. Looking forward, our growth estimates for 3G/4G device shipments in calendar 2012 have moderated slightly, and we now expect the demand profile of the calendar year to be more back-end loaded as new devices are launched for the holiday season. Although our outlook for semiconductor volumes in the fiscal fourth quarter has been reduced from our prior expectations, we are ramping supply of our 28 nanometer chipsets to help enable what we expect to be a strong December quarter for our semiconductor business.”

We expect Qualcomm’s chipset shipments to benefit greatly from the boom in the mobile and tablet segments of the processor market.

The launch of Windows 8 tablets should also boost Qualcomm’s earnings, given its good relations with Microsoft. The increase in demand from emerging markets should lead to an uptrend in 3G and 4G chipset shipments. Snapdragon should account for a major portion of Qualcomm’s sales growth going forward.

Having Apple as a major client with the iPhone and iPad should also help its earnings in the coming quarters.

via Qualcomm – SEC

HTC One S Now Available In India; Comes With Qualcomm S3 SoC Instead Of S4

HTC has finally released its upper mid-range One series handset in India, the One S. Sadly, the Indian variant of the One S comes with a different SoC that makes it less exciting. While the international variant of the One S packs a Qualcomm S4 processor clocked at 1.5GHz and an Adreno 225 GPU, the Indian version packs a 1.7GHz dual-core Qualcomm S3 SoC along with an Adreno 220 GPU. Even though the Indian One S might have a faster CPU, it is slower and a battery guzzler compared to the international One S.

Apart from the change in SoC, the Indian version of the One S packs the same specs – a 4.3-inch Super-AMOLED qHD (960*640) resolution display, 1GB RAM, 16GB fixed internal memory, no microSD card slot, FM radio, GPS with A-GPS, an 8MP camera with ImageSense and AutoFocus, Zero-shutter lag, F/2.0 aperture with a 28mm wide lens, a 0.3MP front camera and a bunch of sensors.

The One S has a stunning unibody construction, and runs on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with Sense 4.0 on top of it. Sadly, the handset’s non-removable 1650mAh battery and the less-efficient Snapdragon S3 processor will make sure that the One S lasts less than a day under normal-to-heavy usage.

The pricing of the handset is also a let-down with a street price of Rs 32,4999. Just for a few extra thousand notes, one can get the One X and the Galaxy S III, both of which completely smoke the One S.