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Early HTC Butterfly S benchmarks show it beats HTC One, trades blows with Samsung Galaxy S4

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Early benchmarks for the HTC Butterfly S are in and unsurprisingly it muscles the HTC One out of the way. It gives other flagships a run for their money too, topping several benchmarks and coming close to the top in the rest. And this is with early, unfinished software too.

The Butterfly S packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 chipset with four Krait 300 CPU cores clocked at 1.9GHz, Adreno 320 GPU and 2GB of RAM. Those are the same specs as the Samsung I9505 Galaxy S4 and better than the HTC One (same chipset, but CPU is at 1.7GHz, GPU is probably clocked lower too). Read more »

The latest Sony Xperia Z Ultra video ad promotes the productivity of the phablet

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Sony recently announced its 6.4″ Xperia Z Ultra phablet and the company has been pushing the interest towards it with well-directed ad campaigns.

The first video effort from Sony highlighted the big screen of the huge Xperia Z Ultra phablet and now, the latest ad promotes the overall productivity of the device. Read more »

Nokia videos tell of the company’s innovations in mobile phone imaging

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Nokia has a long history of bringing innovative camera tech to the mobile phone market and it has prepared several videos celebrating that. Part of their success is due to its exclusive collaboration with Carl Zeiss (now just ZEISS), which is famous for precision instruments – Zeiss optics have won three technical Oscars according to one of the clips.

Nokia also pioneered the Optical Image Stabilization in mobile phones, which is the subject of another video. Read more »

New octa-core K3V3 processor from Huawei confirmed

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Huawei is reported finalizing development of its new octa-core processor, dubbed Hisilicon K3V3.

It will reportedly feature a new technology that improves power efficiency and also cools the processor when running at high temperature. Read more »

White Nexus 4 runs out of stock, no longer available for sale on Play Store

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The white color variant of the Google Nexus 4 was officially made available in few selected markets that included Hong Kong, Asia, North America, Europe and the Middle East. Surprisingly, the stocks of the White Nexus 4 are already sold out and the white variant of the Nexus 4, which seems to be a limited edition will no longer be available on the Google Play Store.

The 8 GB and the 16 GB versions, which made their way to the United States, just over a month ago are no longer available for sale on the internet giant’s online store. Read more »

Galaxy S4 consumer guide has the answers for the 140 most common questions

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Have an issue with your Samsung Galaxy S4? Samsung’s Consumer consultant guide is here to help with answers to 140 common questions.

The guide is split into two parts – the first troubleshoots issues with some of the advanced features of the Galaxy S4 (like teaching you to use Smart scroll properly), the second handles issues like Wi-Fi connection problems, failed updates and so on. Read more »

Online petition urges HTC to reconsider One S update

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Unsettled HTC One S users have started a petition in an attempt to convince HTC to continuing the software support for the smartphone.

This happens just a day after HTC officially revealed its plans to abandon the One S, and not release an Android 4.2 Jelly Bean update with Sense 5. Read more »

Nokia sends out invites for #ZoomParty, teases low-light imaging prowess of the Lumia 1020

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Nokia is planning a “Zoom, Reinvented” event for July 11, which will start 11AM in New York. The fun will start after dark though – a new invite has been sent out for the #ZoomParty, which starts at 7:30PM.

The party bears a new tagline too, “Zoom. Reinvented, after dark.” This is all in preparation for the Nokia Lumia 1020 / EOS launch. Read more »

Mysterious device running Intel’s Bay Trail crushes the competition in AnTuTu

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Last week we reported on an alleged AnTuTu benchmark score of the brand new Sony Xperia Z Ultra running on the new Snapdragon 800 chipset with four Krait 400 cores wiping out the competition, including the upcoming (alleged) Galaxy S4 Advanced.

Today, a mystery Android 4.2.2 device running Intel’s next generation of mobile processors – Bay Trail – has surfaced, which blows those chart-topping numbers clean out of the water. The smartphone or tablet posted an unheard so far score score of over 43,000. Read more »

Nokia 207 and 208 promo videos appear, are almost identical

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Despite the budget nature of the Nokia 207 and 208, they get treated like any other Nokia product and as such have received promo videos of their own to accompany the launch.

In the promos, Nokia emphasizes the colors available for the duo as well as the software features they have, such as Facebook, Xpress Browser and YouTube video playback. Read more »

Alleged pricing for budget iPhone surfaces

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The line of cheaper iPhones which Apple is supposedly preparing to launch alongside the iPhone 5S have leaked several times already, including this latest image below, which purports an iPhone mini name.

Besides new color schemes and more cost effective materials, the latest rumors surrounding the budget iPhone range include mass production of the models currently under way, as well as leaked pricing. Turns out budget version isn’t that cheap after all. Read more »

Latest BlackBerry Q10 ad brags about cool gesture-based UI

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BlackBerry has outed a new TV advertisement for the US, promoting the touch gestures available in BlackBerry OS 10.1. The star of the show is the QWERTY-packing BlackBerry Q10, which is used to show just how much you can do in a short period of time.

The ad demonstrates that you can change your Facebook status without actually opening the social network’s app. Quickly browsing and sharing photos and other content is demoed in the TV spot as well. Read more »

These high resolution renderings give an idea of what the low-cost iPhone would look like

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We have seen some leaked panels of what is allegedly the low-cost version of the iPhone that Apple is expected to announce later this year, along with the successor to the iPhone 5. The panels give a fair idea of what the device might look like but leave you wanting for a better look.

Mac Rumors probably felt the same way so they decided to go ahead and get high resolution renderings made from the images that have been leaked so far. What you see above is not real but if the leaks were authentic, this is pretty much what you can expect to see from Apple later this year. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active is now rooted, tool available online

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The Samsung Galaxy S4 Active has been around for almost two weeks now, so it was about time someone came up with a root solution for it. Fortunately, the hacker was kind enough to share his work with the rest of us, so now everyone can get superuser privileges on their IP-certified flagship.

The root tool is made by the popular hacker Geohot and is as simple as visiting a website. Read more »

Snapdragon 800-powered Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE-A gets its GPU properly tested

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The Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE-A edition with the Snapdragon 800 chip inside is understandable getting the attention of all benchmark-loving geeks. The smartphone was already put through its paces in a couple of benchmarks last week, but today, another batch of benchmarks has surfaced showing what the Adreno 320 GPU is capable of.

The benchmarks that were used are GFX Bench 2.7, Epic Citadel, AnTuTu 3D, and 3DMark benchmark, The Wi-Fi adapter in the phone was put through some testing as well to see if supports higher speeds than its Snapdragon 600 and Octa variations. Read more »