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Asus Fonepad 7 FE375CXG hands-on

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One very interesting device made it to our office this week – the €180-worth Asus Fonepad 7 FE375CXG. It’s a nice hybrid between a slate and a smartphone with powerful hardware, a big 7″ display and dual-SIM telephony.

The Asus Fonepad 7 FE375CXG features a 7″ IPS HD display and is powered by the Intel Atom Z3530 chipset. The Intel platform offers a snappy quad-core 64-bit 1.3GHz processor and powerful PowerVR G6430 we’ve seen doing great within the Apple iPhone 5s. Read more »

Asus Memo Pad 7 ME572C hands-on

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The Asus Memo Pad 7 is a top-tier compact tablet with a 7″ 1200 x 1920px IPS display, 64-bit Intel Atom Z3560 chipset, 2GB of RAM, a 5MP camera and 16GB or 32GB of built in storage that can be expanded with a microSD card.

The Memo Pad 7 also features an attractive design with a textured back, a clean glass front and stereo speakers on the top and bottom (or the sides in landscape mode). Read more »

Weekly poll results: Moto G 4G (2015) voted phone of the week

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A number of interesting devices were unveiled in the last week of January and now you’ve had a whole week to vote to cast your favorite. The devices are concentrated around the mid-range and come from a varied selection of makers – Motorola, Samsung, HTC, Asus, ZTE and Meizu.

This was not a close race, a clear favorite emerged with second place far away in its rear mirror. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy A5 and A5 Duos battery life test

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It’s time to take a closer look on where the Samsung Galaxy A5 and the Samsung Galaxy A5 Duos battery performance puts them compared to their rivals.

Both phones provide equal browsing, calling and video playback times as those tests don’t care for the dual-SIM functionality and are not affected by it and it’s stand-by where the two part ways. Read more »

Microsoft Office will soon have Cortana integration

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According to a report in The Verge, Microsoft will soon integrate Cortana into its Office productivity suite. The highly capable virtual assistant will be available in both mobile and desktop guise in the near future.

A Microsoft Office “Work Assistant” application is reportedly in testing. Read more »

Allwinner A64 is a 64-bit chipset with 4K support and $5 price tag

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The Chinese chipmaker Allwinner took the wraps off a 64-bit tablet-friendly chipset with incredibly low price tag. Allwinner A64 brings 4K display support to mobile devices for only $5.

The chipset consists of four Cortex-A53 CPU cores, coupled with support for various DDR memory types. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Tab A and Galaxy Tab A Plus have detailed specs leaked

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After having introduced us to a few new smartphone lines (A, E, and J so far), Samsung is apparently looking to use some new brands for its upcoming tablets too. According to a new rumor, we’ll soon see the Galaxy Tab A and Galaxy Tab A Plus lines on the market.

Though if you were expecting some high-end beasts, we’re sorry to disappoint. These will allegedly be nothing more than midrange offerings, perhaps meant to succeed the Galaxy Tab 4 line (of which the 10.1-inch tablet is pictured above). That said, the new devices will boast some intriguing features nevertheless. Read more »

Samsung gets GALAXY S6 and S6 edge names trademarked in South Korea

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While we’ve had an endless marathon of reports surrounding Samsung’s upcoming flagship, the Galaxy S6, as well as its all but confirmed curved variant, the Galaxy S Edge, detailing information such as specs, features, price, as well as the colour options. We even had one for the name courtesy of Vodafone, but now we learn it might not have been entirely accurate.

The South Korean company has got the names ‘GALAXY S6′ and ‘S6 edge’ trademarked in South Korea (see image above) a few days ago, something which was first noticed by our friends at GalaxyClub. Read more »

Cute animals become friends, conspire to promote Android

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The official Android account on YouTube posted a video titled “Android: Friends Furever.” The misspelling is intentional – the video is a compilation unlikely animal friendships. A monkey and a dog, cat and ducklings, an elephant and a sheep, let’s just say the video causes a cuteness overload.

This continues the “Be together. #NotTheSame” campaign that Google has been running since last year. Read more »

Using the Galaxy A5 and A3, Samsung breaks Guinness World Record for most selfies taken in a day

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Samsung has set a new world record for the highest number of selfies taken in 24 hours. Following the launch of it’s Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3 handsets in the South African cities of Johannesburg and Cape Town, the South Korean company invited people to use the two devices and take selfies.

A total of 12,803 selfies were taken with the company’s Galaxy A series devices, which was 3,000 more than the previous record. Read more »

Lenovo S90 Sisley hands-on

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It seems Lenovo was not impressed with the Apple iPhone 6 and 6 Plus design because it released a smartphone that deliberately looks like the duo. But does it feel like the pair of Apple phones?

The Lenovo S90 Sisley has a unibody contruction with a glass front, aluminum chassis and very little plastic and just looks premium. It’s curved design is also very pleasant to hold, not just behold. Read more »

Sony SmartWatch 3 with a metal band goes on sale in the UK

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Just as promised, the Sony SmartWatch 3 with a metal band starts selling in the UK from today.

Clove UK is the first store to offer the smartwatch. The price of the regular SmartWatch 3 is around the £180 ballpark, but its metal counterpart is slightly more expensive at. £ 215. Sony’s UK store as well as Amazon UK still haven’t listed pricing of the SmartWatch 3 with a metal band.

The smartwatch offers a 1.6″ transflective display with 320×320 pixel resolution. It’s waterproof with an IP68 rating and runs the latest version of Android Wear on a quad-core Cortex-A7 CPU and 512MB of RAM. In addition to Bluetooth 4.0, the connectivity suite is enhanced with NFC, too. The battery is 420 mAh and is rated to last 2 days with normal use.

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VLC for Android splits into two, now available in both stable and beta form

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Nearly three years after VideoLAN launched a beta version of the famous VLC media player for Android, the app is now available as a stable version in the Play Store.

What’s worth noting is that the beta version of the app is also available in Google Play as a separate listing, suggesting that any new features or improvements will be pushed out to the app first before being pulled over to the stable version. Read more »

Microsoft acquires Sunrise Calendar for $100 million

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Microsoft has acquired the popular Sunrise Calendar application for a reported amount of $100 million dollars.

Sunrise is a free calendar application for iOS and Android. It featured an attractive interface design and synced with a wide variety of services such as Google calendar, iCloud, Microsoft Exchange and even Facebook for your events. The app also has other clever features, such as LinkedIn integration, weather forecast for your location, built-in Google Maps navigation for going to events, and timezone support. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S6 gets portrayed in renders based on the most recent rumors

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On March 1 Samsung is set to unveil its next flagship smartphone, which it will probably call the Galaxy S6. This is obviously one of the most hotly anticipated devices of the year, and because of that we’ve heard a lot of rumors about it recently. Some of them have even brought us pictures of such things as the phone’s metal frame. And now someone has decided to use all the information in the most recent rumors and leaks to create a few renders of what the Galaxy S6 might end up looking like.

So do keep in mind that these aren’t leaked images actually depicting the handset. Instead, they are renders that were created to give us an idea about its design, assuming of course that the rumors would pan out. Read more »