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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 »

How to take better shots with your Sony Xperia Z? Use Burst mode!

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Through the last couple of days we received numerous tips that Sony’s Xperia Z Burst Mode takes pictures with better quality than the ones snapped when using the default Normal or Superior Auto setups.

We decided to look into that and gave the Burst Mode a proper try. The results came out quite surprising (or not, if you have read those threads discussing the issue) – the Burst mode shots are quite different from those produced in Normal and Superior Auto mode. It’s obvious that the post processing applied to the different camera modes is quite different, but surprisingly, we like the Burst mode output better. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S III for Sprint officially gets exclusive Amethyst color version

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Samsung is continuing to churn out new color options for the Galaxy S III, the latest addition is Amethyst (purple for those with limited knowledge of color names). The new shade leaked about 10 days ago, but now is officially up on Samsung’s US site.

Right now the Amethyst Galaxy S III is available only for Sprint (in addition to the standard Pebble Blue and White versions). Read more »

Sony Xperia Tablet Z shipping date pushed back to late May in Europe

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The Sony Xperia Tablet Z was definitely one of the hottest tablets to set foot at the Mobile World Congress floor this year, and we were pretty excited when we learned that we’d be able to get our hands on one in mid-April. Sadly, Sony has pushed back the slate’s European release to the end of May.

On the checkout screen on the company’s webstore, the Xperia Tablet Z is listed to ship on May 28-29. Read more »

HTC One battery life test is complete, breakdown is inside

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Now that we finished with our HTC One review, we took our time to give you the detailed breakdown of the smartphone’s battery stress tests.

The HTC One is powered by a 2300 mAh Li-Po battery unit that handles the latest quad-core Snapdragon 600 chipset. So, how did the HTC One do? Here we go. Read more »

Qualcomm admits it was wrong about the Samsung Galaxy S4 1080p@60fps video recording

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Remember when Qualcomm said in its Galaxy S4 announcement blog post that the smartphone touts 1080p@60fps video recording?. Well, sadly, that’s not the case.

Qualcomm has got in touch with us regarding the video recording capabilities of the Galaxy S4, and has confirmed that it has made a mistake – the Galaxy S4 is capable of shooting 1080p at just 30fps. Read more »

Here goes the Samsung Galaxy S4 hands-on video

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We’ve been enjoying the company of the Samsung Galaxy S4 for a while now and we finally managed to convince it to pose for a quick video for our camera.

The Samsung Galaxy S4 is a really impressive device that manages to top just about every smartphone in the world where it counts. Compared to the HTC One it features a larger 1080p Super AMOLED display, a higher-res 13 MP camera of great quality, expandable storage, bigger battery, a higher-clocked Snapdragon 600 CPU (or the Exynos 5 Octa with 4 Cortex-A15 cores inside) and manages to pull it off in an body that’s actually smaller. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy S4 battery life tests are done, here’s how it did

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The Samsung Galaxy S4 is about the same size and weight as the Galaxy S III, except that the new model is slightly thinner. Even so, the battery capacity has increased by 500mAh to a nicely sounding 2,600mAh total.

Still, that battery has to feed four Krait 300 cores and a bigger screen with over twice the number of pixels. Let’s see how the 2013 flagship from Samsung compares to the one from 2012. Before we continue, we should make it clear that we’re using the I9505 for this test, that’s the Snapdragon 600 chipset and not the Exynos 5 Octa. Read more »