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Nokia N1′s second batch had 32,000 units, was sold out in 7 minutes

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When the Nokia N1 went on sale in China earlier last month, the initial batch of 20,000 units was sold out in just four minutes and two seconds. The second batch went on sale a week later, and it too sold out in minutes, although there was no information on the number of units that were up for grabs, the time the batch lasted, and the number of interested buyers.

But it is now being reported that the second batch saw 666,594 interested buyers against 32,000 units of the N1 that were sold out in just 7 minutes and 47 seconds. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy J1 hands-on

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This is the Samsung Galaxy J1 – the latest entry-level offer by the company that’s set to headline Samsung’s low end on the market.

The phone is set to be priced very attractively and will come in three hardware versions – two will have a 64-bit Marvel Armada Mobile chipset with either single or dual-SIM options and the one we have with us here – a Spreadtrum chip with dual-core 1.2GHz processor and dual-SIM abilities. Read more »

OnePlus team celebrating 200,000 followers with 20 000 invites for OnePlus One

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OnePlus, the Chinese team behind the famous OnePlus One smartphone is definitely no stranger to promotions. After a more than interesting social-retail campaign for Black Friday and another one for the company’s one year anniversary the team is now happy to announce that their Twitter account officially reached 200,000 followers.

Naturally this is an opportunity to celebrate and what better way than giving out 20,000 free invites to purchase the OnePlus One handset. The small, start-up style company has been battling to handle the massive interest towards their device by implementing an invite purchase system. The smartphone is also available through outer retailers, but the price is usually a bit higher. On rare occasion like this you have a chance to snatch one straight from the source. Read more »

Teaser video shows Android 5.0 Lollipop on OnePlus One

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OnePlus is teasing the Android 5.0 Lollipop update for its phone on video. The update is supposed to arrive this month, though the video doesn’t make it perfectly clear if this is a Cyanogen ROM or OnePlus’ new in-house Oxygen software.

There’s certainly a Cyanogen OS 12S ROM for the OnePlus One on the way, but after the two companies had a falling out OnePlus started work on its own software. Read more »

OnePlus outs an annual report for 2014 in the form of an awesome infographic

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OnePlus is a young company but still lived up to quite a successful 2014. To give you a an interesting perspective of its performance and reveal a bit of info about its operations worldwide, OnePlus outed an annual report for 2014 in the form of an interesting infographic.

The company boasts a revenue of more than $300 million from June to December last year shipping 1,055 tons of merchandise (the equivalent of 6 whales). In November, the company boasted 500,000 OnePlus One smartphones sold, but by the end of the year targeted 1 million units. It’s not clear if it reached that milestone, though. Read more »

Samsung says no to a US-based Galaxy Unpacked 2015 event

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In the past, Samsung has hosted its Unpacked events at Mobile World Congress (MWC) as well as in the US, but this time around, that won’t be the case, as the South Korean company has confirmed that there will be no US-based Unpacked event this year.

In a statement to Sammobile, the tech giant said, “Samsung has no plans to host an Unpacked event in the US,” adding that those who are not traveling to MWC, can watch the event via livestream at youtube.com/SamsungMobile. Read more »

Telltale’s ‘Game of Thrones’ Episode 2 ‘The Lost Lords’ arriving on iOS and Android on February 5

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Telltale Games is releasing the second episode of its ‘Game of Thrones’s game on the mobile platform on February 5, two days after it releases on the desktop and consoles. Unlike the first episode, Episode 2 will launch simultaneously on iOS and Android.

Episode 2, The Lost Lords, continues from where the first one left off and is the second in the six part series. The game takes between the end of season three and the beginning of season five of the show, which itself is based on the books by George R. R. Martin. Read more »

Xiaomi uses a frying pan to ‘fix’ the protruding camera of the iPhone 6

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Xiaomi is going after the iPhone 6 Plus with its Mi Note and Mi Note Pro phablets, that’s clear. The Chinese company obviously thinks its offerings are superior to Apple’s, and it’s now put out a new video meant to drive that point home.

In it, we can see Xiaomi President and co-founder Bin Lin musing about how his company has a patented new solution which ensures there are no protruding cameras on its phones’ backs. Read more »

Project tango hardware is getting closer to consumer markets

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Project Tango, Google’s ground-breaking 3D-spacial mapping project has long been under development at the company’s Advanced Technology and Projects division. The captivating new concept has always been very promising, but also strictly confined to future research and development. Now it seems this is finally changing and we might just get the chance to experience some real-world implementations of the Google’s 3D technology on the consumer market.

While no major new leap has been made today’s news from the project team was equally thrilling: Read more »

S Health on Galaxy phones gets a Material Design update

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Samsung updated its fitness app, S Health, with a new Material Design UI, plus Coach by Cigna and a few bug fixes.

It’s now at version 3.5.5, available now in the Galaxy Apps store. Read more »

Oppo launches mobile photography contest; winners get the N3 smartphone

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Chinese smartphone manufacturer Oppo has launched a new global mobile photography contest that gives participants a chance to share their stories with photographs. Dubbed It’s Your Turn, the three-week contest centers on three themes: “Selfie Showdown”, “Our World”, and “Inspiring Moments”, and will see winners getting the company’s N3 smartphone.

To take part in the contest, you can either directly visit the contest’s official page or share your photos on social media websites like Facebook. “The Facebook accounts of OPPO’s global and country sites will share photos uploaded by participants on a regular basis,” the company said. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A3 Duos battery life test

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The Samsung Galaxy A3 passed our review gauntlet with ease and now its time to take a closer look at the phone’s battery life performance. This is one of the thinnest Android smartphones the company has ever made, so the battery isn’t really huge – 1,900mAh.

However, the phone doesn’t sport battery hungry specifications either. We have a 4.5″ Super AMOLED qHD display and a Snapdragon 410 chipset with a quad-core Cortex-A53 CPU. It all sounds like a classic recipe for a solid battery life, so let’s dig right in and see if this is the case. Read more »

Xiaomi Redmi 2 battery life test

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Xiaomi Redmi 2 stopped by recently and we did what as we always do – a thorough hardware and software inspection for our traditional in-depth review. The Redmi 2, unlike its Redmi 1S predecessor, is a dual-SIM device with LTE connectivity, courtesy of the Snapdragon 410 chip inside the newcomer.

The Redmi 2 battery has 10% higher capacity, while the display and overall performance have been kept the same. We are eager to check how the new hardware and MIUI v.6 are doing with the 2,200 mAh battery unit. Read more »

Weekend poll: Hottest phone of the week

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In the last week of January we saw the introduction of a wave of new phones from major players in the industry. Motorola, ZTE, HTC, Asus, Samsung and Meizu outed smartphones to compete in the mid-range and upper mid-range segments.

So now, it’s only logical to ask you which one got your interest most. Motorola outed the Moto G 4G (2015) on Friday, but throughout the week we welcomed the ZTE Blade 6, HTC Desire 526G+, Asus Zenfone C, Samsung Galaxy J1 and Meizu m1 to our database. Read more »

Nexus 7 3G and Nexus 7 LTE finally get Lollipop factory images

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The Nexus family is treated like Android royalty and is among the very first devices to get updated to a new software version. That’s great, except the Nexus 7 tablets with mobile data did not get the princely treatment they deserve and their update was delayed.

This affected both the original Nexus 7 and the Nexus 7 (2013). No more though, Google released the factory images for Android 5.0.2 Lollipop for both devices. Read more »