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Sony Xperia Z3 Compact promo videos are live

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The Sony Xperia Z3 Compact is here and ready to claim the mini-slash-portable realm and claim it for its own Compact race with specs to kill and a tight water-proof body.

The Xperia Z3 Compact launched with a 4.6″ 720p display, Snapdragon 801 chipset with 2GB of RAM, IP65/68 certification for water-proofing beyond 1.5m, a 20.7MP camera and a couple of promo videos, check those out after the break. Read more »

Sony Xperia Z3 promo videos are out

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Sony just unveiled the Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact and E3 at its IFA press conference as now it’s time to unleash the promo videos.

We all love this part – the immaculate videos created months in advance to show off a product with perfectly-timed music and effects. Sony’s good at this stuff and the Xperia Z3 is the company’s best phone yet so this should be good. Read more »

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact video hands-on and camera samples

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This is Sony’s latest mini – the Xperia Z3 Compact – and it has a good claim one the title for the best portable smartphone on the market. As such it will pose a serious threat to Samsung’s Galaxy Alpha and the coveted Apple iPhone 6, to name a few.

Last year’s Xperia Z1 Compact was a first in many ways and carved a name for itself as a device that doesn’t want to be considered a mini in anything but the size and a company that doesn’t shy away from a challenge. Read more »

Sony announces Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact

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The just-announced Z3 series from Sony also includes the company’s first compact Xperia tablet, the aptly-named Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact.

The Z3 Tablet Compact is designed to complement the Xperia Z3 much in the way that the Z3 Compact does – providing largely the same internals except in a different-sized screen. Read more »

Sony updates its wearables with new SmartWatch 3 and SmartBand Talk

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Sony had quite a presence at this year’s IFA in Berlin, and after introducing its new Z3 lineup it’s decided to cap things off with two new wearables.

The SmartWatch 3 will be the company’s first smart device to run on Android Wear, while the SmartBand Talk brings voice communication and telephony to the company’s popular SmartBand fitness tracker. Read more »

Asus announces new ZenWatch wearable

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The latest from ASUS out of IFA 2014 includes its first smartwatch powered by Android Wear, the ZenWatch.

The ZenWatch, produced in partnership with Google, features a curved glass design and a case that designed to follow the contours of your wrist, alongside a premium leather strap. Read more »

OUYA in acquisition talk with Chinese companies

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After failing to make any dent whatsoever in the gaming market, OUYA has now looking for companies to acquire their business. According to Re/code, the company is in talks with Chinese companies, along with a few others.

OUYA started life as a Kickstarter project and was one of the more successful ones. The $99 Android based gaming console sounded like a good idea in theory but odd decisions such as having their own store, making it compulsory for every game to be free, and the mediocre hardware meant it failed to take off. Read more »

Lenovo announces TAB S8 Android tablet

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Lenovo has announced an 8-inch Android based tablet at IFA 2014. It seems like a simple enough device but has decent specifications for the price.

The TAB S8 has a 8.0-inch, 1920×1200 resolution IPS display, Intel Atom Z3745 SoC with quad-core 1.86GHz CPU, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal memory, 8 megapixel rear camera, 1.6 megapixel front camera, stereo speakers with Dolby sound, 7 hours of battery life and Android 4.4 KitKat. Read more »

Upcoming Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2-830LC leaked

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Lenovo is preparing to launch a new series of Yoga tablets at IFA this year. One of them is the Yoga Tablet 2-930LC, with a name that just rolls off the tongue.

The Yoga Tablet 2-930LC has a curved edge similar to the first Sony Tablet S to make it easier to hold in one hand but the curve also hides an integrated kickstand that can be used to prop up the tablet at an angle. Read more »

Motorola Moto G 4G battery life test

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Motorola Moto G 4G turned out a great smartphone on its own and an excellent upgrade over the original Moto G. It adds 4G LTE connectivity, a microSD card slot, a brighter screen backlight and a gyro sensor to the already well proven hardware mix of the 4.5″ HD display, Snapdragon 400 chipset, 5MP camera and 2,070 mAh battery.

The new smartphone is running on the latest available Android 4.4.4 KitKat revision, but so is the Moto G already. We didn’t expect much of a difference in the battery performance, but we were wrong. Read more »

HTC Desire 510: benchmarking Qualcomm’s first 64-bit chip

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The HTC Desire 510 has all the making of the latest entry-level HTC smartphone, running Android 4.4 with the company’s in-house Sense 6 overlay. But under the hood hides a smartphone first: Qualcomm’s first chipset capable of 64-bit operations.

The Snapdragon 410 processor is the first of many upcoming 64-bit processors that the company expects to release this year, which it hopes will lead the transition to mobile 64-bit processing. We’ve decided that its performance deserves some special attention, so let’s see if it brings something special to the table against the other entry-level competition. Read more »

Xiaomi Mi 3 battery life test

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China’s most popular smartphone to date – Xiaomi Mi 3 – received our traditional review treatment already and it did great indeed. We’ve even met its successor – the Xiaomi Mi 4 and in addition to the snappy performance, the Mi 4 presented very good battery endurance.

Now, just a few days before we publish our Xiaomi Mi 3 versus Xiaomi Mi 4 in-depth comparison, we are going to share with you the Xiaomi Mi 3 full battery breakdown. Read more »

HTC-made Nexus 9 Magic Cover leaks with a keyboard in tow

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Details regarding the upcoming Nexus 9 tablet from HTC known as Flounder/Volantis have leaked again. The latest one concerns the tablet’s smart cover, which will have some neat tricks up its sleeve.

The information is retrieved by AndroidPolice and has a lot of credibility to it. The Magic Cover, as it’s rumored to be called, sports a Bluetooth keyboard and will be available in leather and TPU (Thermoplastic polyurethan) material options. Read more »

Sony Xperia Z2 gets wet on a river football field

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The Sony Xperia Z2 is getting its last minutes of fame thanks to a rather interesting promo video where it plays more of a background role.

In its latest promo Sony is shining a light on UK Bourton-on-the-Water 100-year old river football tradition and throwing the Xperia Z2 in there to take photos and video of the event above and under the water. Read more »

Sony Xperia M2 Aqua battery life

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The Sony Xperia M2 Aqua added dust proofing and water resistance to the original Xperia M2 but left the majority of internals intact without change. Among the untouched parts is the 2,300mAh battery so one would only expect the Xperia M2 Aqua to perform along the lines of the 67-hour Xperia M2.

However there’s one more side to the story – while the Xperia M2 launched (and we tested it) with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean, the M2 Aqua has Android 4.4.2 KitKat and that has led to a big improvement on the battery performance. Find the numbers after the break. Read more »