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Oppo Find 5 arrives at the office, we gawk at its 1080p screen

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It’s pretty clear that 2013 is the year of the 5” 1080p phones and the Oppo Find 5, which just arrived at our office, is part of the zodiac. 2012 was the year of quad-core processors, especially the Snapdragon S4 Pro chips towards its end, and the Find 5 has that too.

It’s not a matter of choice – with nearly 2 million pixels on the screen, the chipset will have to offer a lot in terms of both CPU and GPU power to make for a smooth experience. The Project Butter-enabled Android 4.1 Jelly Bean also helps. Read more »

Samsung GC110 found in Bluetooth SIG docs, may be a Wi-Fi only Galaxy Camera for Europe

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The Samsung Galaxy Camera GC100 managed the impossible – it’s an Android-powered camera that actually went on sale, rather than remain in perpetual “announced” limbo. However, it might have company soon as a filing for Bluetooth certification revealed the GC110 model number.

Unfortunately, info is very scarce – the filing came from Samsung (with Geographic availability listed as “Europe”) and it’s about Bluetooth 4.0 capability (which is what the GC100 has). Read more »

Canon updates PowerShot line with three cameras, one can upload photos to your phone over Wi-Fi

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Canon announced three new point-and-shoot cameras for its PowerShot ELPH / Ixus line, which range from a simple shooter to a high-end model with wireless connectivity and accompanying Android/iOS apps. The announcement comes ahead of the start of this year’s CP+ Camera & Photo Imaging Show in Japan.

The Canon PowerShot ELPH 330 HS (Ixus 255 HS in Europe) packs a 12.1MP CMOS sensor and DIGIC5 processor, 10x zoom lens (24mm to 240mm in 35mm equiv.) and built-in Wi-Fi connectivity. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 gets special Garnet Red Edition, costs $220 with a bonus book cover

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Samsung must really love the Garnet Red color – first the Galaxy S III got that color option, then the Note II and the Galaxy S III mini followed suit and now it’s turn for the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0. It’s a special edition that will arrive just in time for a Valentine’s day gift.

The Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 Garnet Red Edition comes with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of box (the base model got it as an update) and Samsung is throwing in a matching Garnet Red book cover (those go for $50 if bought separately). Read more »

Humorous Samsung ad touts the enterprise security of its SAFE branded Galaxy S III and Note II

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As clunky as current BlackBerry smartphones have become, they still have one thing going for them – corporate clients swear by their security. Which is why Samsung is pushing its SAFE (“Samsung Approved For Enterprise”) program with ads like “The Leak”.

Check out the video after the jump. Read more »

Microsoft reports final quarter of 2012 results: Windows sales up, but income is down

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Microsoft had an interesting final quarter for 2012 – the three months period that saw the launches of both Windows 8 and Windows Phone 8. As a result, the company is reporting record revenues but also a slight decline in operating income.

Sales of Windows saw a 24% increase from the year ago quarter, but the Windows 8 launch is behind the Windows 7 launch, which boosted sales by 76%. Even Vista brought a 65% jump in sales, though in terms of monetary value the Windows 8 launch brought in more cash (Vista replaced 5 year old XP, while Windows 7 is still relatively recent). Read more »

Samsung trademarks Eye Scroll and Eye Pause, are they Smart Stay 2.0?

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Samsung has been quite busy with maximizing the usefulness of the front-facing camera of its smartphones. So far it has Smart Stay, Smart rotate and face unlock with slightly better security. A couple of trademark filings reveal that two more features might be no the way – Eye Scroll and Eye Pause.

The filings are just to trademark the name and don’t include any info on what the two features are yet (at least no info has been made public yet). Still, it’s easy to imagine what they might do. Read more »

Hyundai T7 Android tablet packs Galaxy S III chipset, 7″ WXGA IPS screen for $166

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Sub-$200 tablets usually cut too many corners to deserve to be recommended over a Nexus 7, but the Hyundai T7 might break the mold. It’s a 7” tablet that uses Samsung’s Exynos 4412 chipset, the same one found in the Galaxy S III.

For $166 the T7 offers a 7” 1280 x 800 IPS LCD screen (another nice surprise, as cheap tablets usually go for WSVGA screens) and is actually better than the Nexus 7 in several areas. Read more »

GSMArena.com loads faster now, thanks to our new deal with MaxCDN

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At GSMArena.com we’re always looking for a way to improve the browsing experience for our users. The latest change is behind the scenes, so you’re not going to see it, but you’ll feel it – we’ve started using a CDN, which tangibly reduces page load times.

The Content Delivery Network or CDN, as it’s more commonly known, is a network of servers around the world, which serve static data (images, CSS, static html and scripts) to your browser and is a great way to improve page load times for websites with visitors from all over the world. Read more »

Wireless charging orb for Nexus 4 goes on pre-order in Norway

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Remember the Charging orb accessory for the Nexus 4, which was supposed to let you charge your Google phone in wireless style? It was announced and then it all but disappeared. It might finally make it to market though – Norwegian site DustinHome.no has it on pre-order.

It’s listed as “LG Wireless Charging Pad” but the image shows the Nexus logo. Read more »

Huawei is working on K3V3 chipset with quad-core Cortex-A15 processor

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Huawei announced the Ascend D quad at last year’s CES and said it uses a homebrewed chipset, the K3V2. While the phone never got a proper release, the company has a successor to the chipset in the works.

It’s called the HiSilicon K3V3 and might (or might not) be used in their two new quad-core devices, the Ascend Mate and Ascend D2. Read more »

Sony Xperia Z gets a charging dock so you don’t have to open the flap over the USB port

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The new Xperia Z has a cool angular design and Sony will be releasing a matching angular dock for it. The DK26 charging dock uses the two exposed pogo pins on the phone to charge it but that’s about all it does.

The port doesn’t extend the MHL USB port, it’s just for charging. Read more »

Tablets shipments are predicted to overtake notebook shipments this year

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Tablets killed the netbook star, but are notebooks next? According to analysts at NPD DisplaySearch, tablets shipments will overtake laptop shipments this year and will start building a gap to push them out in the following years.

What’s more interesting is that according to NPD‘s projections, the most popular screen size by the year 2017 will be 7.9″ and not the currently popular 7″ or 9.7″/10.1″. Read more »

Sony shows voice control enabled remote for Google TV, NFC-enabled wireless speakers

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With the big ticket items out of the way, we can turn our attention to the other gadgets that Sony has brought to CES. The company has a new range of four NFC-equipped speakers to work with the One-Touch tech that Sony introduced with the new Sony Xperia Z and Xperia ZL smartphones.

There’s also a voice-controlled remote for Sony’s Google TV box, the NSZ-GS7. Read more »

Sony introduces a wide range of camcorders with optional projectors, there’s a 3D camcorder too

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Besides point-and-shoot cameras, Sony also announced a wide range of camcorders last night. The new offerings range from the entry-level $250 camera and move up the range adding features along the way. The cameras have versions with a built-in projector and the higher-end models have manual controls.

There’s a 3D camcorder too, but that comes only in one version. Read more »