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Alcatel One Touch Idol X+ hands-on

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Alcatel has become known for its low- to mid-range Android phones lately, but with the One Touch Idol X+ the manufacturer attempted a higher-end product.

The Idol X+ was previously announced in China, but now Alcatel has brought it worldwide and we couldn’t miss the opportunity to take it for a quick spin. Read more »

NVIDIA Tegra K1 graphics demo impresses

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We stopped by the NVIDIA booth at CES for a quick demo of the company’s new Tegra K1 chipset. In case you missed it, the K1 is more graphics oriented than the already powerful Tegra 4. It uses the Kepler architecture NVIDIA uses for its desktop GPUs and the K1 has a whopping 192 cores.

For comparison, the Tegra 4 had 72 cores (older generation too). Read more »

Lenovo announces Miix 2 detachable hybrids and Flex laptops

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Lenovo brought out more convertible laptops than just the refreshed Yoga lineup – the Miix 2 line got 10″ and 11″ models and for those who prefer bigger laptops, Lenovo brought the Flex 14D and 15D.

The Miix lineup consists of detachable laptop/tablet hybrids, while the screens on the Flex lineup can do a swivel motion of up to 300 degrees. Read more »

Pebble unveils Steel smartwatch, app store

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Pebble has delivered on its promise of big CES news – the company is launching the Pebble Steel and an app store. Plus, more partners have come on board to develop cool new things with Pebble. The Pebble Steel, as the name suggests, is a smartwatch with a metal body and is way better looking than its predecessor.

Looks aside, the Steel will be completely compatible with the current Pebble and all apps that work with it. Read more »

Lenovo unveils Windows 8.1-running Yoga 2, 13″ and 11.6″ versions

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Lenovo updated the non-Pro Yoga convertibles, meet the Yoga 2 in both 13″ and 11″ versions. Both laptops now run Windows 8.1 on an Intel processor (the original Yoga 11 ran Windows RT on an ARM processor).

The Lenovo Yoga 2 is a mid-range version of the Yoga 2 Pro, which was unveiled in September. Read more »

Photos of metal Pebble smartwatch leak hours before announcement

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The Pebble smartwatch receives a lot of praise for its functionality, but its looks could be better – imagine if it had a stainless steel casing and Gorilla glass, with a metal wristband to boot. As it turns out, this might be less than a month away from reality as the smartwatch leaked in photos, presumably shortly before its official unveiling at CES.

According to the rumors, the Pebble Steel watch will come in two color versions – brushed steel and matte black. Read more »

Google starts Open Automotive Alliance to promote Android-powered cars

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Google started the Open Handset Alliance, which gave us Android, and now it’s unveiling the Open Automotive Alliance, which aims to bring the mobile OS on the road. The other founding partners are Audi, GM, Honda and Hyundai, along with NVIDIA.

More members are expected to join in the OAA’s mission to accelerate the development of intuitive, safe cars. Read more »

Smartphone Champions League completes – meet the champion

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Time to break out the champagne and celebrate the first winner of the Smartphone Champions League, the Nokia Lumia 1520. The first Lumia phablet had a lot to overcome some high-profile challengers, including its Lumia 1020 sibling at the end.

We’d like to thank the dedicated fans that swayed the results and several times gave us some surprising turnarounds. Read more »

Qualcomm demos Adreno 420 3D graphics, camera and video prowess

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We’ve been hearing “console-quality graphics” used to describe GPUs in mobile chipsets since the Tegra 2 but that was wishful thinking. Qualcomm is making a similar claim for its latest generation Adreno 420 GPU only this time it created cool demos to back that up.

The GPU found inside the new Snapdragon 805 uses its power for more than just rendering 3D graphics in games – Qualcomm also worked on video playback (3D and UHD) and even assisting with camera image processing. Read more »

Windows 8 breaks 10% market share milestone in December

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The free Windows 8.1 update was released on October 18 and since then adoption has been growing steadily. Yet the number people who went through with the update is still less than half of Windows 8 users. Windows 7 continued to grow too and, surprisingly, so do Vista numbers.

The info comes from Net Applications and points to a combined Windows 8.x market share of 10.49% in December, breaking the 10% mark for the first time since the new generation OS was introduced. Read more »

Samsung shares drop 4.6% on estimates of lower operating profit

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Samsung’s shares bob up and down based on analysts’ predictions of the company’s earnings. The latest change was a hit to share price because of estimates that the company will posts a lower quarter to quarter operating profit. The stock closed at 4.6% down.

The official numbers are expected to come out next Tuesday, but analysts have already reported in their expectations. Read more »

Samsung unveils Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 Game Edition bundle

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Samsung is trying to gently enter the Android-powered console market using the Game Pad. The company was showing off the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 Game Edition, which comes bundled with the Game Pad accessory and an HDMI adapter.

That’s right, while the Game Pad can hold phone ranging from 4″ to 6.3″, it cannot hold tablets, not even 7″ ones. Read more »

Huawei Honor 3C sees 1.5 million reservations in 36 hours

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Huawei announced the Honor 3C just three days ago and it went up for pre-order the following day. The phone is highly affordable (the base model costs CNY 800, which works out to just $130), but offers a 5″ 720p screen, quad-core MediaTek chipset, Android 4.2, a Sony 8MP camera and dual-SIM connectivity.

That seems to be the recipe for success as 1.5 million units were reserved in the first 36 hours. Reservations will continue until December 25. Read more »

Sony QX lens-style cameras updated with 1080p video recording

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This year at IFA Sony unveiled the unique QX line of lens-style cameras and they’re getting their first update. As you may remember they had some issues – for one they could shoot video at 1,440 x 1,080 but not widescreen. The firmware update fixes that and adds proper 1,920 x 1,080p video recording mode.

The update also adds more manual controls and boosts the ISO range. Read more »

Smartphone Champions League, Matchday 1

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The first eight contenders in the first edition of our Smartphone Champions League are ready to go head to head. You can read the rules for the tournament here, where you’ll also find the full tournament bracket and more information on the competition.

Round 1 of the tournament sees the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs. Nokia Lumia 1020, Samsung Galaxy S4 vs. Apple iPhone 5, Google Nexus 5 vs. Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 and Sony Xperia Z1 vs. Nokia Lumia 625. Read more »