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Wi-Fi-only Sony Xperia Z Ultra goes official in Japan

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Sony took the wraps off a Wi-Fi-only Xperia Z Ultra in Japan. The previously leaked compact tablet will hit the shelves in its homeland this Friday, on January 24.

The ultra-thin slate is priced at ¥52,000 (about $499). Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S5 unofficial renders look credible, pretty hot

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The Samsung Galaxy S5 is hot news these past couple of months – never mind that it’s not official. We’ve heard reports, whispers and even outright shouts about the upcoming flagship device and now, based on those, a Dutch website has created a render of the device, which we happen to find really hot.

The render is based on leaked information concerning the hardware but also the software of the device. It features an aluminum body, transparent TouchWiz on top of Android, the now familiar faux leather on the back and more. Read more »

China smartphone sales to reach 400 million in 2014

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The latest report from tech analyst firm Gartner for the Chinese market has predicted that some 443.5 million mobile phones will be sold in 2014, with 400 million of them being smartphones.

That equates to a 90% smartphone penetration rate, which could even go as high as 95%. With over 1 billion mobile phone users, China is quickly living up to its name as one of the premier developing mobile markets. It will continue to get more attention from smartphone manufacturers as penetration of smart devices continues to rise. Read more »

Wi-Fi only Sony Xperia Z Ultra leaks in live photos

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Live photos of the Wi-Fi only Sony Xperia Z Ultra have surfaced after the device made an appearance in AnTuTu benchmark listings and the FCC. Carrying the model number SGP412, the Xperia Z Ultra Wi-Fi has also got its manual leaked, which confirms its identity.

The exterior of the Wi-Fi only version of the phone remains unchanged. It still sports an all-around glass design and looks exactly as beautiful as its LTE-enabled counterpart. Read more »

Intel powered Nexus 8 to come this year

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According to the latest reports the next iteration of the popular Google Nexus tablet will feature an Intel processor, when it debuts in the second quarter this year. The information comes from the famous DigiTimes insider sources, which aren’t the most reliable around but have come up with the occasional gem.

The slowing demand for the second-generation Nexus tablet and the stiff competition has made the search engine giant to turn its focus on the next edition of the slate. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0 pre-orders start in Russia

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Samsung made the Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0 slate official last week with Poland being the first to have the tablet on sale. Now, Russia is joining in on the fun and there the tablet is up for pre-order.

The Wi-Fi version of the Galaxy Tab 3 Lite 7.0 sales for RUB6,990 (approximately $205), while the 3G model comes at RUB9,900 ($295). The latter is $20 more expensive than what the slate costs in Poland, but Russia has always been notorious for having the tech a bit more pricey than other places in Europe. Read more »

Sony Smart Tenis Sensor starts selling in Japan in May

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Sony’s Smart Tennis Sensor is going on sale this May, with Japan being the very first market to experience the new racquet tech. Unveiled at CES 2014, the company’s latest sports gadget is priced at £105 (JPY18,000).

Just like the Babolat Play Pure Drive tennis racquet, the sensor sits on the bottom of the racquet and transmits various information via Bluetooth. Read more »

Samsung teams up with illy, not going to make coffee machines though

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Samsung has teamed up with popular espresso maker illy in the UK but the partnership doesn’t have coffee machines planned. Instead Samsung and illy will represent their products in each other’s stores, starting on London’s Regent Street.

Samsung VP Yoinghee Lee has revealed to Pocket-Lint that “this partnership is about sharing a communality between two brands.” – hopes are that by the end of this year Samsung devices will be in two illy coffee shops and illy coffee in two Samsung flagship stores in the UK. Read more »

Huawei announces partnership with Arsenal football club

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China-based mobile device manufacturer Huawei and Arsenal FC have announced a new global partnership through the 2015/2016 season.

This is the first partnership that the north London football club has had with a Chinese brand, with both Arsenal officials and players set to take part in communication and promotional activities in the UK and abroad. Read more »

Oppo N1 gains a dark blue version

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Oppo has officially unveiled a new dark blue version of its flagship phablet, the Oppo N1. The device is now available in two color options – the original white and the newly introduced blue.

Apart from the new paintjob, the hardware specifications of the Oppo N1 are unchanged. Read more »

‘Cook, Serve, Delicious!’ for iOS and Android game review

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Cook, Serve, Delicious! is a restaurant sim. You are given charge of a new restaurant and it’s your job to turn it into a place worth of a five star rating.

Cook, Serve, Delicious! has you taking orders from customers and then crafting those dishes in the kitchen. Along with catering for your customer’s appetite, you also have to look after the place, manage your inventory steadily increase your restaurant’s rating. Sounds interesting? Let’s take a closer look at it then. Read more »

Samsung outs Android KitKat kernel source code for Galaxy Note 3

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Samsung has released the Android 4.4 KitKat kernel source code for its flagship phablet, the Galaxy Note 3, facilitating developers in building custom ROMs for the device.

If you are a developer, then the source link below has the kernel codes for you to play with. Read more »

Alcatel One Touch Hero battery test

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The Alcatel One Touch Hero phablet runs on power-efficient Cortex-A7 CPU cores, but that large 6″ screen with 1080p resolution puts a bigger demand on the battery than the 720p screens of its opposition.

Most competing phablets are single-SIM devices too, while the Alcatel One Touch Hero we’re testing is the dual-SIM version. Read more »

CyanogenMod Oppo N1 battery life test

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This is something new even for us. We have had cases of testing the same device with different Android version, but the Oppo N1 is the first smartphone that we’re going to test with two completely different Android ROMs. The phone sells with either Oppo’s own ColorOS or with CyanogenMod 10.2 out of the box and you are free to change between the two later on, too.

Originally, we tested the Oppo N1 with ColorUI based on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. The 5.9″ smartphone did excellently, posting a 79 hours endurance rating. Now, it’s CyanogenMod’s turn with the perfect opportunity to demonstrate what its capable of when it comes to battery management. Read more »

Moto X wood panels get discounted to $25, new finishes are on the way

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Motorola gave a drastic price reduction to the natural wood finish back covers for the Moto X. The fashionable option for the smartphone now costs only $25 in Moto Maker, compared to $100 when initially announced last month.

In addition to the currently available bamboo finish for the Moto X, Motorola announced three new wood options on the way. Read more »