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Xolo Q1010i review

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Xolo launched its newest smartphone dubbed Q1010i only a few days ago. The device was said to be designed to bring excellent camera experienced at an affordable price tag.

The Xolo Q1010i comes with a quad-core 1.3 GHz Cortex A7 CPU along with Mali 400MP2 GPU on a MediaTek MT6582 chipset. The device also sports an 8 megapixel Sony Exmor R sensor with f/2.0 aperture, 1.4 micron pixel size and a 5-element lens. We’ll see how it performs as a camera smartphone and of course, as an everyday device. Read more »

Not Like Everybody Else is the first joint ad by Nokia and Microsoft

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Nokia joined Microsoft last Friday officially but since today is the first working day after the agreement was done Microsoft has issued an ad on YouTube that portrays the big happy family as Not Like Everybody Else.

In the ad Microsoft is the colorful person out of a crowd of black and white street-dwellers in a black and white murky world. As he moves along, being cool and different he sees another colorful person (naturally using a Nokia slate) and finally at the end of the ad we see the colorful protagonist through our own point of view (suggesting perhaps we’re black and white as well). Read more »

LG G2 mini battery test

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The LG G2 mini has a lot to prove being the little heir to a very capable battery performer in the face of the LG G2. The G2 recently received Android KitKat and soared from a 62 hour endurance rating to an 82 hour one.

The G2 mini has the advantage of Android KitKat right from the get go so we’re hoping the stellar work by LG has been transferred here as well. To G2 mini has a much smaller 2,440 mAh battery (compared to the G2′s massive 3,000 mAh juice pack) but the mini also brings a smaller, lower-res display (4.7″ qHD), lower-grade Snapdragon 400 processor with battery-saving Cortex-A7s inside. So let’s look at the numbers. Read more »

LG G2 KitKat battery test

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After being conceived by LG last year, the G2 launched with Android Jelly Bean under its belt, which was the latest at the time.

Now that some time has passed and all the tests have been done the G2 has had the pleasure of receiving the latest Android on the block – KitKat – and among other optimizations we expected LG to have tweaked and improved the battery performance. Read more »

Popular anti-theft Android app Cerberus is free today

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Popular anti-theft service Cerberus has been the guarding angel for Android smartphones for the last three years and that’s exactly what it is celebrating now with a free-for-all frenzy. For the next 30 hours (about 20 hours from the time of writing), Cerberus is free for everybody.

Normally, the app costs €2.99 (about $4) for a lifetime license. Once you get a license, you can install the app on five separate Android devices and be able to locate them in addition to SIM lock, set up device alarms, remote lock and wipe and take pictures. Read more »

Oppo Find 7′s VOOC fast charging system featured in an ad

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The Oppo Find 7 was recently announced and while its Li-Po 3000mAh battery isn’t exactly small, its 5.5″ QHD display and Snapdragon 801 chipset are quite the battery drainers. To battle this and give users some peace of mind, the Find 7′s charger is capable of charging the phone’s battery to 75% in only 30 minutes.

The company has aired an ad to showcase all the capabilities of the Find 7 charger in a rather dramatic way. Read more »

Motorola XT912A hits GFXBench with Snapdragon 800

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An unannounced Motorola smartphone with the model name XT912A has been put through the popular graphics benchmark GFXBench. Doing so revealed that it’s shaping up to be a Moto X successor as it packs a Snapdragon 800 chipset and 2GB of RAM.

Additionally, the Motorola XT912A features a 5.2″ display of full HD resolution, making up for a pixel density of 424 ppi. Read more »

Sony Background defocus app now available in Play Store

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Mobile photo imaging editors rejoice: Sony’s Background defocus application is now available for download through the Google Play Store.

If you’re not rocking a Sony Xperia handset, however, don’t hold your breath, as the app is exclusive to Sony handsets with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean or later. Read more »

Samsung explains the new tech behind the Galaxy S5 Super AMOLED display

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While much fuss has been made out of the Galaxy S5 display – the company’s 1080p Super AMOLED diamond matrix having been around since the Galaxy S4, after all – it turns out that Samsung has put quite a bit of work into making its latest panel the best ever.

The company has posted some interesting demos of the new capabilities baked into the Galaxy S5 display, including local contrast enhancement for bright conditions, Adapt Display tech for different lighting, and different color realization modes for display photos. Read more »

Windows Phone 8.1 benchmarks

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We already said in our Windows Phone 8.1 review that the OS feels smoother than its predecessor, but is it really? Well we’ve decided to run some benchmark tests and see how the new OS performs under pressure. Microsoft has done quite a few optimizations for sure, so we are eager to see how the update is handled by different phones.

We had three Lumia phones around for our tests – Lumia 720, Lumia 1020 and Lumia 1520. We rаn each benchmark on Windows Phone 8 with GDR3 and Nokia Black updates, and then we’ve updated all three devices to the latest Windows Phone 8.1 Developer’s Preview. Read more »

OnePlus One first promo video is out

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The OnePlus team is as inspired as it can get for its very first smartphone the One. The phone was just announced and the company has the first promo video out.

The video is very well made and offers a glimpse into the design and manufacturing process that went into the phone.

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Apple iPhone 5s has its multiple talents showcased in a new ad

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Apple released a new ad for the iPhone 5s. The clip made its debut on major networks in the United States this evening.

The new commercial’s music is a cover of a song by the rock band Pixies which is entitled “Gigantic.” Read more »

Latest Galaxy S5 TVC shows off its water-resistant body

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The water and dust resistant body of the Galaxy S5 has been one of its biggest assets since launch. In in the latest TV commercial, Samsung has decided to show off this ability to full effect.

The commercial shows kids spraying water on the phone, as kids are ought to do. One shot even shows the phone covered in flour. But thanks to the sealed design, neither of these are a problem as you can just wash or wipe the phone and it’ll be good as new. Read more »

Samsung celebrates 45th anniversary by opening Innovation Museum in Korea

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Yesterday Samsung celebrated its 45th anniversary by unveiling a museum dedicated to the history of innovation in Suwon, South Korea.

The museum is dedicated to showing off Samsung products and inventions, as well as those from some of its competitors. Notably absent, however, are Apple and crosstown rival LG. Read more »

Alcatel Idol X+ hands-on

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Alcatel has slowly been building momentum in the midrange segment, and has accrued quite a following in emerging markets, particularly in South America.

Its latest Alcatel Idol X+ offering is an update to its flagship Idol smartphone, this time with a “true” octa-core processor from Mediatek that also comes with a boost to its battery, but still manages to retain the same slick design at a competitive price point. Read more »