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Sony Xperia Z Ultra camera samples arrive as the review progresses

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If you have been around over the last few days, you probably know that we’ve been hard at work, putting the Sony Xperia Z Ultra monster of a phablet through its paces. And while the review is still some way off from being complete, we though you might enjoy some photos coming from the camera of the device.

It’s a bit early to pass any final verdict at this point, as we need to do some more shooting before we are ready for that, so we’ll just let you enjoy the shots. Read more »

Oppo N1 teaser video is out, shows a glimpse of the camera

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Right on time, Oppo has released a teaser trailer for its upcoming N1 cameraphone.

Just as you’d expect from a video of this sort, it doesn’t show the phone itself nor does it spill any details regarding the N1′s camera. However, it does show something unexpected – a glimpse of a ISO chart camera sample taken with the phone. Read more »

HTC One Max case goes on pre-order ahead of the phablet’s debut

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We already saw the HTC One Max in the flesh flaunting its imposing figure next to the HTC One and HTC One mini. The phone is yet to debut, but weirdly you can pre-order an HTC One Max case right now.

Case maker Trident has outed its Cyclops series of cases for the HTC One Max confirming some of the phone’s features. The large cut-out at the back of the case is further evidence for the fingerprint scanner that has been rumored as one of the phone’s unique offerings. Read more »

Gigabyte GSmart Maya M1 v2 battery test completes, here go the scores

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Gigabyte’s first quad-core offering has a 4.5-inch qHD display with 1GB of RAM, running on Android 4.2.

The Gigabyte GSmart Maya M1 v2 also has dual-SIM capabilities which puts some extra strain on its 1,700 mAh battery. Check out the results inside. Read more »

LG G2 storms our office, we take it on an adventure

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LG G2, the company’s latest flagship, has just made it to our office. Our dedicated social networks followers were the first to see a glimpse of the device, so in case you are interested in some exclusive stuff, you may want to join us on Facebook, Twitter or Google+.

Back on G2 now. The smartphone is powered by the market’s mightiest chipset to date – the Snapdragon 800 – and features an amazing 5.2″ True HD-IPS+ 1080p display with almost non-existent bezels. Read more »

The monstrous Sony Xperia Z Ultra pays HQ a visit, we swiftly arrange a video unboxing

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We met the Sony Xperia Z Ultra at its official announcement and now it’s finally graced our office! Sony’s beast of a phablet has come to our headquarters for a thorough examination, and we’ve already started giving it the full review treatment. Until that is complete though, you might want to check out a short video of its unboxing, followed by a UI walkthrough.

The list of tricks the Sony Xperia Z Ultra knows is almost too long to fit on even its sizable screen. Seriously, this beast is packed to the rafters with cool features. It slots between the Xperia Z and Xperia Tablet Z, using the same sleek OmbiBalance design and philosophy – “glass is good, thin is better”. Read more »

Sony Xperia M battery life test now over, here’s how it did

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The Sony Xperia M packs a dual-core Krait processor, which is a rarity in the entry level, but is very power-efficient. The 1,750mAh battery is relatively big for the class too, it’s as much as the HTC One mini has.

The relatively small (these days) 4″ screen with FWVGA should be easy on the battery too. Read more »

Nokia launches three cool ads for the just released Lumia 625

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Nokia has released three new ads promoting the just unleashed Nokia Lumia 625. The first one focuses on all of its multimedia features and navigation, the next one is all about Office and SkyDrive cloud services, and finally the last video is…well, hilarious.

The Nokia Lumia 625 is a bigger, faster and LTE-enabled version of the colorful Lumia 620. It features a 4.7″ IPS WVGA display, a dual-core 1.2GHz Krait processor and a 5MP sharpshooter. The Windows Phone 8 inside the Lumia 625 seems to pack the latest GDR2 update. Read more »

Gigabyte GSmart Maya M1 v2 review

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Currently Gigabyte’s most advanced offering, the GSmart Maya M1 v2 is a refresh of the dual-SIM GSmart Maya M1 smartphone released in April.

The smartphone marks Gigabytes first entry into the quad-core game, featuring a four Cortex-A7 cores clocked at 1.2GHZ alongside PowerVR SGX544 GPU on an MTK 6589 chipset. Read more »

Sony teases Xperia Z1 / Honami with another look at the power button

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Sony has released several interesting images and even a video to build up buzz for the yet to be announced Sony Xperia Z1 (codenamed Honami), but this latest post in the #bestOfSony campaign is less imaginative.

It’s the round aluminum power button that’s a trademark part of Sony’s OmniBalance design. Read more »

Motorola posts Moto X kernel source for ROM builders to play with

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Motorola has posted the kernel source code for its latest Moto X smartphone, as required by the Android license agreement.

Source codes are available for all three Moto X device variants, the XT1053, XT1056, and XT1058, and allow you play around with the kernels as you please. Read more »

LG releases an introduction video of G2, takes you on a trip around its features

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LG has published a video introduction of its LG G2 flagship. It highlights all important features of the G2 ahead of the smartphone’s premier.

You’ll see what the rear keys can be used for and how the new software features will ease your daily life. Read more »

HTC announces limited edition Hello Kitty Butterfly S

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HTC has decided to go ahead and make a limited edition Hello Kitty model of the Butterfly S (because why not?). The phone will be available in Taiwan starting next week.

The Hello Kitty Butterfly S is similar in terms of hardware to the standard Butterfly S but on the back you have an engraving of a 3D Hello Kitty logo, complete with the customary bow and all. On the software side there are probably some Hello Kitty wallpapers to go with the theme but it doesn’t seem there is much else apart from that. Read more »

Oppo releases coundrown teaser for the N1, confirm September 23 launch event

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Oppo N1 cameraphone will be unveiled at a special event in Beijing, China on September 23. Until then Oppo is teasing us weekly with new details about the upcoming cameraphone.

The latest teaser is a counter that shows the time until something wonderful goes live. We guess this is the time until Oppo give us the next teaser. Read more »

LG G2 goes up in the stratosphere to film the Earth

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While other companies are prepping to unveil flagships at IFA, teasing upcoming monster droids, or even keeping everything under wraps until September, LG has already announced its G2 top dog and is doing some great PR stuff.

The latest stunt LG has prepared includes the G2 taking a trip to the Earth’s stratosphere. The 1080p camcorder with OIS is put to the task to film Earth. Read more »