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HTC Desire V walks in our office, the hands-on video is inside

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When thinking dual-SIM Android smartphones, HTC doesn’t usually come to mind. That’s about to change, however, with the Desire V, the company’s first international dual-SIM Android-running handset.

Running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with Sense UI 4.0 on top, the Desire V packs a 4-inch WVGA screen wrapped up in a neat looking plastic body. Read more »

We benchmark the Motorola RAZR i and its Intel Atom chipset, here are the results

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Motorola just showcased its first Intel-powered smartphone – the Motorola RAZR i. It is powered by an Atom processor clocked at the impressive 2GHz, a first for a mobile device. But has Intel gotten itself into another gigahertz race without seeing much benefit?

We ran a few benchmarks on the RAZR i after the presentation, here’s what we found out. Read more »

LG Optimus G’s Adreno 320 GPU benchmarked, rivals get served

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We continue putting the LG Optimus G Snapdragon S4 Pro chipsets through its paced and now it’s the Adreno 320 GPU turn to impress.

Qualcomm chipsets have hardly ever been known for providing the best possible graphics performance, but it appears things are about to change with the S4 Pro. The Adreno 320 didn’t quite give competitors the same royal spanking as the quad-core Krait, but it still managed to beat them at both benchmarks we ran. Read more »

LG Optimus G benchmarks arrive, make quad-core competitions blush

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If you’ve been keeping track of our homepage you probably know that we are busy handling the LG Optimus G and putting its new Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset, True HD Plus screen and 13 megapixel camera though various tests.

We now got the first benchmark results from the smartphone and they show that the 1.5GHz quad-core Krait CPU and Adreno 320 GPU ticking inside the beast are every bit as impressive as we hoped. Read more »

LG Optimus G camera samples are here, see the 13 MP sensor in action

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The quad-core Krait CPU might be the LG Optimus G feature that’s making all the headlines, but we shouldn’t also forget that the smartphone comes with a 13 megapixel camera with a brand new 5-element lens, specially designed for its sensor.

We were able to snap a couple of photos with the LG Optimus G and we are rushing to share them with you. The lighting was far from perfect, but the LG flagship still did pretty well for a smartphone and way better than its modest 1/3.2″ sensor size suggests. Read more »

‘Wild Blood’ for iOS and Android game review

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If there’s one thing Gameloft’s good at, it’s consistently bringing console quality games to the small screen. Some of these are perhaps too close to some of the console titles out there, close enough to be labelled as clones, but for those who want to experience some of the audio visual glory that they are used to seeing on the big screen in the palm of their hands, these games have rarely disappointed.

The newest title to fit this description is Wild Blood. The first Gameloft game to feature the exceptional Unreal Engine, Wild Blood promises gory hack and slash action with stunning visuals that the engine is known for. Let’s see how well it manages to do that. Read more »

JAYS of Sweden adds Scandinavian flavor to your headphones, we go ears-on

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JAYS of Sweden brings a rare, but welcome Scandinavian approach to personal audio products. The Stockholm-based company offers headphones which along with being well-made, sport an affordable price.

Quite frankly, my only experience with Scandianavian-flavored headphones has been trying out Bang & Olufsen headphones in a store. The goodies from the Danish company are well known for their quality and design, but also come with hefty price tag. In the case of JAYS of Sweden, I got a chance to try out the a-JAYS One+ and the a-JAYS Four. Both headsets are priced slightly above the $50 range, which was enough to get me curious. Read more »

EDITORIAL: Why did the iPhone 5 skimp on true innovation?

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Today’s announcement was one of the most hotly anticipated industry events. I waited and waited, ready to be wowed. But now that it’s over, I have a bad taste in my mouth (and it’s not the Chinese I had for dinner).

These few past months I followed the iPhone leaks as closely as possible and during all this time I just hoped there will be more to the new iPhone than they suggested. Well, unfortunately, that was it. Even Samsung made a better job of keeping their Galaxy S III under wraps before it was ready for announcement. Read more »

Apple against the world: iPhone 5 vs Samsung Galaxy S III vs Nokia Lumia 920

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Apple just announced its latest flagship smartphone and everyone is already wondering how it will fare against its high-profile competitors. The best-selling Galaxy S III is the leader of the droid gang, while the newly introduced Nokia Lumia 920 is seemingly the best that the WP8 camp will be able to offer.

Apple certainly managed to squeeze quite a lot of cool hardware under the hood of the super slim iPhone 5, but its competitors haven’t stood idle either. So is the iPhone 5 good enough to face those two behemoths in a fierce specs battle and come out victorious? Join us to find out. Read more »

Motorola DROID RAZR M dropped by right after its announcement, here’s the hands-on

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Announced at yesterday’s glitzy event, the Verizon Wireless exclusive Motorola DROID RAZR M is the first of the trio of announced devices to become commercially available. The LTE sporting handset is the baby in the new DROID RAZR family, but don’t be deceived – it is just as powerful as its bigger brothers.

The Motorola DROID RAZR M is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 chipset, featuring two Krait CPU cores, clocked at 1.5GHz. Read more »

The amazing science behind the Nokia Lumia 920 camera – the second phase of PureView

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The Nokia Lumia 920 comes with an immense amount of camera innovation. It’s the first time we see a cameraphone with real optical image stabilization system in place and surprise, surprise… it doesn’t come with a huge hump on its back. While only having 8MP of maximum image resolution, the Nokia Lumia 920 also wows with the high-quality Carl Zeiss optics, a last-gen backlit image sensor, multi-aspect shooting, the extra wide viewing angle (up to 26mm in 16:9 mode), a new type of high power/short pulse LED flash and finally, the extra bright F2.0 aperture.

As you see, with the Nokia Lumia 920, PureView development has zoomed on low light performance rather than class leading sharpness and dynamic range. But the results we get should be as impressive as ever. It’s just that this time Nokia’s R&D team is focusing in another direction. Read more »

Synaptics tech is behind Nokia Lumia 920 and 820 amazing super sensitive touch

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For the nerds among us, finding how stuff works has been a never-ending adventure. The demos of the Super Sensitive Touch technology on the newly announced Nokia Lumia 920 and 820 were really impressive in their own right. Operating touchscreens with a nail or even with a glove on seems amazing. But it’s even more interesting to see how they made that possible.

The secret behind it is Synaptics new ClearPad capacitive touchscreen sensing technology. It’s actually the latest development in the Synaptics ClearPad Series 3 portfolio, which has been around for quite some time now. In fact, ClearPad Series 3 touch technology has already been implemented in top smartphones such as the HTC One X or the Sony Xperia P.

But the Lumias use an even more advanced version – the Synaptics ClearPad 3250. As the latest in the ClearPad Series 3 portfolio, this innovative product allows the new Lumias’ screens to automatically recognize bare skin, gloves or fingernails and the controller optimizes the touch configuration accordingly on the fly. Read more »

‘Bastion’ for iPad game review

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To RPG fans, the game Bastion is no stranger. Released back in 2011 for the Xbox and PC and eventually for Chrome, OS X and Ubuntu, the game was an instant hit with gamers and critics alike.

Developers Supergiant Games have now brought the same experience to mobile and the game is now exclusively available on the iPad. We decided to take a look. Read more »

Samsung Ativ Tab flies into our office straight from the IFA floor, puts us in the Windows 8 RT driver’s seat

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Samsung has been keen to point out its commitment to the Windows 8 platform recently and the freshly-announced Ativ Tab is the proof that it wasn’t just PR talk. What’s more, based on our first impressions of the slate, the company might become a major player in the Windows tablet game.

The Ativ Tab is built around a 10.1″ IPS LCD display with a resolution of 1366 x 768 pixels and 400-nits of brightness. It’s powered by a Snapdragon S4 APQ8060a chipset, featuring a 1.5GHz dual-core Krait CPU and 2GB of RAM. Read more »

Which is the brightest star in the Samsung Galaxy, Galaxy Note II vs Galaxy S III vs Galaxy Note

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The Samsung Galaxy Note II is arguably the biggest star of the IFA 2012 and many were wondering if the second-gen phoneblet will actually be worth the hype. And what better way to see if the Note II delivers than to compare it to the Galaxy S III best-seller. We’ve also thrown in the original Galaxy Note to give you an idea of the kind of progress Samsung has achieved over the past year.

The Galaxy Note II has undergone a complete redesign, and now looks like a proper bigger brother of the Galaxy S III. But is the bigger screen, the S Pen and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean be enough for the Galaxy Note II to steal the show from the company’s current Android flagship? Read more »