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We put the LG Optimus G Pro display head-to-head with the Super AMOLED on the Galaxy S III

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Whilst here at LG’s booth on the MWC 2013 floor we had enough time to check out the LG Optimus G Pro from every angle.

So, the screen junkies that we are, we decided to get out the Galaxy S III and put its Super AMOLED 720p screen next to the True HD-IPS+ 1080p LCD of the G Pro. Read more »

Alcatel One Touch Idol X hands-on impressions

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Hours after it got officially announced, the Alcatel One Touch Idol X made a quick appearance in front of our camera. The Android 4.2 Jelly Bean smartphone is Alcatel’s best equipped offering to date.

The Alcatel One Touch Idol X is an elegant-looking device in person. Read more »

Lenovo K900 hands-on impressions and synthetic benchmarks

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At an event in Barcelona, we managed to spend some quality time with Intel Atom sporting Lenovo K900. The Android 4.2 Jelly Bean smartphone packs an impressive spec sheet, headed by an 1.8GHz dual-core Clover Trail+ CPU and a 5.5″ 1080p IPS LCD display with a pixel density of 400ppi.

When holding the Lenovo K900, there’s absolutely no room for doubt regarding the handset’s premium aspirations. Read more »

Here are the first samples from the HTC One Ultrapixel camera

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In one of the bravest moves in smartphone history, HTC gave up on the megapixel war and decided to equip its latest smartphone with a 4 MP snapper at the back. The low resolution allowed each individual pixel to be much larger, which improves per-pixel detail and low-light performance significantly. So even though the HTC One sensor measures a modest 1/3″ in diagonal, each of its 4 million Ultrapixels (as HTC calls them) is much larger than that of the average smartphone (by about 300%).

So in theory, while you will be sacrificing some detail in well-lit environments, you should be getting better low-light results. Add the super bright F/2.0 lens and you should be getting the smartphone with the best low-light performance in business. And since you would be downsizing many of your images anyway, this seems like a fair trade to us. As long as the HTC One delivers on those promises, that is. Read more »

HTC One benchmark scores are here, ready to blow your mind

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The HTC One comes with a brand new Snapdragon 600 chipset, which is the first to offer four 1.7GHz Krait CPU cores and we were pretty curious to find how much of a performance boost it brings.

To be honest we were taken by surprise by the HTC One processing prowess. We did expect it to deliver some of the best performance out there, but some of the scores were simply amazing. Read more »

Sony Xperia Z makes it to our headquarters, we film the first encounter

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It’s finally here, folks. The retail unit of Sony Xperia Z has just landed in our office and we are ready to give you our traditional unboxing and UI demo video.

The Xperia Z was announced at CES in Las Vegas last month and was undoubtedly the most interesting device at the event. It features a 5-inch 1080p display enhanced with Sony Mobile BRAVIA 2 engine. Read more »

Nokia Lumia 620 comes back to the office, gets ready to impress us

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The Nokia Lumia 620 is here once again, this time in its final retail form and sporting a more serious black matte finish.

Targeted at users on a budget, the Nokia Lumia 620 aims to bring Windows Phone 8 experience along with Nokia’s excellent software addons like Music and Drive to the masses. Read more »

Sony Xperia E dual pays us a visit, to stay for a review

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The Sony Xperia E dual is the next guest in the office ready to be taken through our usual review routine. But before the review is complete, as the tradition goes, we shot a short video to get you ready for what’s coming.

The Xperia E dual is the dual-SIM sibling of the Xperia E midranger. It is powered by a single-core 1GHz Cortex-A5 processor, the Adreno 200 for graphics and 512MB of RAM. Read more »

BlackBerry Z10 arrives at our office, gives a presentation on the platform’s future

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The BlackBerry Z10 represents a major step forward for the company (formerly RIM, now just BlackBerry). We put it in front of our camera almost as soon as we pried it out of its box. We couldn’t help it but share with you the first glimpse of how well a touch-only BlackBerry of the new generation will handle, considering the unflattering response that the Storm and the Torch got.

One thing is immediately clear – the BlackBerry Z10 is far removed from the Storm, both in terms of hardware and in software. Read more »

Samsung Ativ Odyssey made a trip to our office, here is a hands-on

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For some reason, Samsung decided not to bring its Ativ S Windows Phone 8 flagship to the United States. Instead, the Korean giant released the Verizon Exclusive, LTE toting, and seriously pocketable Samsung Ativ Odyssey.

The Samsung Ativ Odyssey looks and feels a lot like a mini version of the Ativ S. The handset is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 chipset with a 1.5GHz dual-core CPU. Read more »

Oppo Find 5 arrives at the office, we gawk at its 1080p screen

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It’s pretty clear that 2013 is the year of the 5” 1080p phones and the Oppo Find 5, which just arrived at our office, is part of the zodiac. 2012 was the year of quad-core processors, especially the Snapdragon S4 Pro chips towards its end, and the Find 5 has that too.

It’s not a matter of choice – with nearly 2 million pixels on the screen, the chipset will have to offer a lot in terms of both CPU and GPU power to make for a smooth experience. The Project Butter-enabled Android 4.1 Jelly Bean also helps. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Grand pays us a visit, is in perfect shape for a preview

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Samsung’s mobile division is all about filling the market voids and creating unique niches (like the Galaxy Note). The latest device to come out of the Koreans is a 5-inch, extra cheap dual-SIM droid with a dual-core CPU.

Meet the Galaxy Grand Duos GT-I9082. Read more »

Pantech Discover landed in front of the camera, we did a hands-on

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Freshly announced last week during AT&T’s developer conference in Las Vegas, the Pantech Discover aims to rewrite the rulebooks for a budget Android smartphone in the United States. Priced at only $49.99 with a contract, the LTE handset offers better hardware specs than many members of the top-tier Android establishment at the moment.

The Pantech Discover features a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 chipset with a 1.5GHz dual-core CPU and a gig of RAM. Read more »

The Sony Xperia V is here for review, dual-core Krait, HD screen and water resistance in tow

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We like the trend of capable smartphones, which can stand a little dip in the bath or pool and live to tell the story, without the sacrifice of the good looks.

Out of this very same mold comes the Sony Xperia V, sporting a dual-core Krait processor, a 13 MP FullHD-capable camera and IP67 certification. We’ve got the video after the break. Read more »

A red-clad HTC One SV landed in our office, here goes the hands-on

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Announced late last year, the entry-level HTC One SV made its way to our office. The 4G LTE smartphone will be offered in a number of European countries, including Germany and the United Kingdom. In the US, the handset will be available for Cricket Wireless.

The specifications of the HTC One SV are a rather curious mix of old and new. Read more »