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Lenovo IdeaTab S2110 Android ICS tablet goes on sale in the US, brings along an optional keyboard dock

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Lenovo just put the IdeaTab S2110 on sale in the US – it’s a 10″ Android ICS tablet with an optional keyboard dock, a la Asus Transformer. The keyboard dock features a battery that boosts battery life by 10 hours, two full-size USB ports and a 3-in-1 SD card reader.

The tablet itself features a 10.1″ IPS LCD display, a 5MP main camera (with LED flash), 1.3MP front-facing camera and a pair of speakers with SRS TruMedia enhancement. The Lenovo IdeaTab S2110 is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 APQ8060A chipset with two Krait cores clocked at 1.5GHz, 1GB of RAM and Adreno 225 GPU. Read more »

Meizu MX 4-core battery life test concludes, results are inside

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The Meizu MX 4-core is a revamped version of the ambitions MX smartphone, which challenged both the iPhone and its Android kin alike with a heavily customized OS. The MX 4-core, as the name suggests, uses a quad-core Exynos chipset from Samsung (like the one in the Galaxy S III) and also has a slightly bigger battery than its predecessor – 1700mAh vs. 1600mAh.

What other changes has Meizu done under the hood to improve battery life? The Chinese haven’t gone into specifics, but we saw improvement across the board. Read more »

LG Optimus Vu runs in our battery life marathon, see how it did

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LG Optimus Vu is almost a tablet, but it has voice calling functionality and qualifies for our full battery test. It’s a big device, so there’s room for a big battery but there’s also a big huge power-hungry screen to consider – let’s see how these two things balance each other out.

It’s a little disappointing to find out that the Optimus Vu has only a 2080mAh battery – even the 4X HD had a 2150 mAh juice pack. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 comes back, this time it will stay for a full review

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The Samsung Galaxy Ace 2 I8160 is in our office for the second time, and this time it will stay for a full review. The Ace 2 is part of a new breed of dual-core phones – slotted above the single-cores but below last year’s flagship dual-cores. Another example of such phone would be the Sony Xperia U.

Actually, both of these phones are based on the ST-Ericsson NovaThor U8500 chipset, but the Galaxy Ace 2 has an unusual (for a dual-core) clock speed of 800MHz. On the upside, it has more RAM – 768MB – and a microSD card slot in addition to the 4GB of built-in memory. Read more »

Samsung lets you be part of the Olympics with Take Part 2012 augmented reality app

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Samsung released an Android app that will help you feel the spirit of the upcoming Olympic games (which start on July 27). It’s called Samsung: Take Part 2012 and offers tours of the Olympic venues, info on the UK, the latest news and it will even let you participate. Of course, we are not talking taking part in the real games but at least in the augmented reality games.

Take Part 2012 features 360-degree panoramas the venues of the games and the Top 10 list of British attraction (according to David Beckham), so you can check them out in your spare time. Read more »

Skype is not supported on Nokia Belle, keeps crashing on some phones, here’s a solution

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We received several worrying tip in our inbox – Skype isn’t supported on Nokia Belle and it won’t work properly, specifically on the Nokia N8. Sure enough, we found multiple reports of crashes on Belle and going to www.skype.com/m we were greeted with a message that our Belle-running Nokia (for the record, 808 PureView) isn’t a supported device.

A bit of Googling revealed a workaround too, but you better sit down for this because it’s going to sound silly. Read more »

Sony announces new XQD S series cards, the speedometer shows 168MB/s

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Sony has freshened up its XQD card lineup – the new S series cards will launch with 64GB capacity and a whopping 168MB/s data transfer rates. The old H series maxed out at 125MB/s.

A Nikon D4 can pipe 108 RAW shots in a non-stop burst, which according to Sony is enough to capture the men’s 100m sprint final from start to finish if you set the framerate at 10fps. Read more »

LG Optimus 4X HD fails to impress in battery life test despite power-saving core and large battery

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The LG Optimus 4X HD uses NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 chipset, featuring a special power-saving CPU core which NVIDIA made a lot of noise about. Couple that with a large 2150mAh battery and the Optimus 4X HD should be more than simply adequate in terms of battery life, right?

The HTC One X has similar specs (Tegra 3, 4.7″ 720p LCD), but a smaller battery (1800mAh), so it didn’t quite top our charts even with the above-mentioned extra core. Read on to find out if the LG will do. Read more »

Nokia 808 PureView takes part in our battery triathlon

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When we reviewed the Nokia 808 PureView a lot of our time was spent on the camera. Now that the review is done, we’ve had time to test out the battery – it’s a fine balance between Symbian’s low requirements and the relatively small 1400mAh battery.

The 808 PureView is far from the most compact phone around, so it’s natural to think that Nokia could have fit a bigger battery. But maybe they didn’t need to, find out after the jump. Read more »

BLU Jenny and Tank offer color screen, camera and microSD slot for under $20

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BLU is moving in to steal Nokia’s claim to having the cheapest handset – meet Tank and Jenny. Both phones offer a good deal more than the €16 Nokia 103, even if they do lack the pedigree of the Finnish phone.

The two phones pack a 1.8″ color displays. The image quality most certainly won’t be brilliant but at this price range you’re typically looking at monochrome screens. They even have a camera capable of video recording – the press release doesn’t say anything about resolution, but any camera is a step above none, right? Read more »

Android 4.1 Jelly Bean already ported to HTC One X, not ready for prime time yet

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Just as expected, the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean ROMs for the Samsung Galaxy Nexus are already out – both officially and unofficially – but the HTC One X gets to join in on the action too.

Initially based on the SDK, the ROM created by an XDA-Developers member is now based on the Galaxy Nexus images. Read more »

Google Glass previewed at I/O, developer version available for pre-order

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Google is on a roll today – on top of all the hardware and software products they unveiled today, they found time to talk about Google Glass. It’s not a complete product – far from it, but they showed their progress so far.

The device itself features a processor, camera, built-in storage, multiple radios and several sensors (gyroscope, accelerometer and compass). Read more »

Google Chrome for Android is out of beta, and the Nexus 7 defaults to it

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Google’s new tablet, the Nexus 7, will be the first device that will come with the mobile Google Chrome as its default browser. Google’s presenters were mum on what that means for other devices.

Nexus 7 is also the first Jelly Bean device, so it’s possible that JB will drop the current browser and use Chrome. Since it would be a while since any of us not present at the Google I/O gets one, I suggest you head to the Google Play app store to get the latest version of the Chrome browser for Android. It just graduated from beta. Read more »

Google Play enables encrypted apps, smaller updates, starts selling movies, TV shows and magazines

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We already had a look at how many new Androids are activated a day, now it’s time to look at the Google Play store. There are now 600,000 apps and games in the store and users do 1.5 billion installs each month. Google have tallied the score and there have been 20 billion installs in total.

It’s not just the number of apps though, the way apps are handled has been improved and the Play Store now offers magazines and TV shows. Read more »

Android device activations reach 400 million in total, 1 million per day

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Google’s I/O is just starting up and there are a ton of exciting news to come. But Hugo Barra opened up with how far Android has come so far – and it’s quite far as it turns out.

400 million Android devices have been activated already – that’s a four-fold increase in just one year. Read more »