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Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 shows up in GLBenchmark database, runs Android 4.2 on Broadcom chipset

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The Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 is rumored to hit in late May or early June and while there’s not much known about the mid-range droid, data from GLBenchmark gives us some info on the screen, OS and chipset.

The Galaxy Ace 3 is expected to have a 4” screen and GLBenchmark reports WVGA resolution. That would put it on par with the Galaxy S III mini with 233ppi pixel density. Read more »

Sony Xperia Z teardown video makes it look easy

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The Sony Xperia Z is a tough device – water and dust resistant – so how tough can it be to take apart if you need to repair it? Well, Rounded.com, a spare parts supplier, has a video walking you through the process.

You’ll need a scraping tool, a Phillips 1.5×45 screwdriver, a pincet, a hair drier and a suction cup. Read more »

AT&T HTC One bootloader is unlockable via HTCDev

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AT&T is offering a limited HTC One Developer Edition with unlocked bootloader and it is already available on pre-order. However, even if if you’ve decided to get the regular HTC One from AT&T and want to get its bootloader unlocked, there’s nothing to worry about.

A guy over the XDA Developers forums managed to get his hands on the AT&T’s HTC One a few days before the official launch on April 19 and confirmed the device’s bootloader is unlockable via the official HTCDev online tool. Read more »

Entry-level Lumia 520 dropped by for a video shoot, we obliged

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The Nokia Lumia 520 is the Finn’s entry-level Windows Phone designed to win over those on a budget.

It features Nokia’s exclusive apps (like Here Drive, App Highlights, Nokia Music, etc.), costs around $180 sans contract and is equipped with a 4″ WVGA (480 x 800) IPS display, 8 gigs of internal storage with the option of a microSD expansion and not least of all a 5 MP snapper. Read more »

Spy shot of Samsung NX2000 mirrorless camera shows Home button, suggests Android involvement

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Samsung already dipped its toe in the connected camera waters with the Galaxy Camera, but the company may be looking to expand to higher-end shooters. An alleged photo of the Samsung NX2000 shows a curious Home button, leading to speculations that the NX1000 replacement is running Android (or possibly Tizen).

The camera packs a 20.3MP APS-C CMOS sensor and built-in Wi-Fi connectivity as indicated by the labels on the camera. Read more »

HTC markets the One with hilarious ad featuring James Van Der Beek

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First it was Samsung nabbing James Franco for the Note 10.1, and now HTC is looking to add a little star power of its own with James Van Der Beek.

The new One ad makes light of the Bachelorette and is actually quite funny. Read more »

Storage Check app now available for Windows Phone 8 Lumia’s

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Nokia has taken it upon themselves to provide its WP8-powered Lumia devices with a new Storage Check app, allowing you to see exactly how much space is being taken up by your apps, media and files.

The app extends the functionality of the default storage management app in Windows Phone, allowing you to see exactly what’s taking up all your precious gigabytes, and even remove apps you don’t want. Read more »

Nokia Lumia 720 battery testing is complete, here are the results

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The Nokia Lumia 720 is the thinnest Lumia yet at 9mm, but it’s tied with the Lumia 920 for biggest battery in the lineup at 2,000mAh. The Qualcomm MSM8227 chipset is very efficient though as we already saw with the Lumia 620, which only had a 1,300mAh battery.

Will that make the Nokia Lumia 720 is the WP8 battery endurance champ? Read more »

Samsung describes what each of the nine sensors on the Galaxy S4 does

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The Samsung Galaxy S4 is one of the most feature-rich smartphones around, and it duly packs a wide array of sensors. Samsung published an image that explains what each sensor does and what feature uses it.

There are the standard sensors that have been around since smartphones first appeared, like an accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer and proximity sensor. But then there are unusual sensors like a humidity sensor (used by S Health to calculate “comfort level”), and others. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S4 teaser ad gives you the rundown in a minute

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Samsung is launching a new wave of teaser ads for the Samsung Galaxy S4 in the UK. The first one tells the S4 story in 60 seconds, running though the major features and qualities of the new flagship. All this is accompanied by orchestral music to spice things up.

If 60 seconds is too short for you, you can check out the earlier ad that runs over 4 minutes and goes into more detail. Read more »

Ultimate Optical Image Stabilization test: HTC One versus Nokia Lumia 920

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There are only two smartphones out there to offer optical image stabilization – the Nokia Lumia 920 and the HTC One we recently met with.

The Lumia 920 employs floating lens technology for the OIS, while HTC One relies on sensor-shift stabilization. Naturally we were interested to find out which one does better and as luck would have we just got to see a real-life comparison of the two systems. Read more »

Alcatel’s One Touch Idol smartphone will make an appearance in Iron Man 3

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In a bid to gain more popularity for its smartphones, Alcatel has turned towards Hollywood. The manufacturer’s One Touch Idol smartphones will make an appearance in the upcoming blockbuster Iron Man 3.

Along with Alcatel smartphones, the latest Tony Stark adventure will also feature products by TCL – the Chinese company which owns the handset manufacturer. Read more »

Sony’s MWC video wall of 196 Xperia ZL phones is officially a Guinness world record

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Sony had an interesting video wall at the MWC earlier this year – it was made out of 196 Sony Xperia ZL phones in a 14 x 14 grid and their 1080p screens were synchronized to display one 1.9m x 1m image (6 ft 2 in by 3 ft 4 in). The team behind it said that it’s a record-breaking wall and today the Guinness book of records concurred.

The previous record was held by a setup of only 72 phones, less than half of the Xperia ZL phones used in Sony’s wall. Read more »

HTC shows us what a day with the One could be

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The HTC One is the focus of HTC’s latest infographic, dubbed “One Day with the new HTC One”. This seems to be part of HTC’s new aggressive marketing strategy and is something Samsung and others have been doing for a long time.

Whether you like to blast out music through your phone’s speakers, are a fan of night-time photography or you’re just the typical social networkholic HTC thinks the One can be you new best friend. Read on for the full infographic. Read more »

Mint Green Lumia 920 spotted on Facebook

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The Lumia 920 is already available in several color options, five to be precise, but it seems there is going to be one more addition to the range. According to the Facebook account who uploaded the image, you might soon be able to purchase the Lumia 920 in a mint green flavor.

There is no information as to when this color will be available and in which markets. Also, the fact that the image is still using a yellow theme for the screenshot instead of green, which is available in the settings, makes this image slightly doubtful so take it with a pinch of salt. Read more »