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LG Optimus G Pro battery tests are over, here are the numbers

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The LG Optimus G Pro brings several upgrades over the regular Optimus G, including a big 3,140mAh battery, but also a new screen and updated chipset. Let’s find out if the increase in battery capacity offsets the higher power demands of the screen, which is both bigger and higher res.

Before we go on, we’d like to note that our Optimus G Pro review unit (which came from Korea) has a spare battery and a battery charger/phone stand in the box. The international version might not have these goodies. Read more »

Samsung I9082 Galaxy Grand Duos battery test is complete, here are the results

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We already gave you our Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos review, but now it’s time to examine the battery life of the smartphone in great detail. You already know the final score, but let’s see how the different parts of the dual-SIM phone’s performance stand in comparison..

With a 2100mAh battery and a modest WVGA resolution you would always expect the Samsung Galaxy Grand to do well even if has a large 5″ screen to power and dual-stand-by to cater for. Read more »

Sony Xperia Z battery test is ready, here come the scores

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Sony Xperia Z was announced back at CES in January and its popularity grows bigger by the day. We have already had the Sony Xperia Z for quite a while in our office and its in-depth review is over here but once the MWC wrapped up we were also able to complete its battery test.

The smartphone has a large 2330 mAh battery to rely on, but the quad-core Krait CPU and the 5″ 1080p display are known to consume quite a lot of power. The fact that the battery isn’t user-replaceable puts even more pressure on the Xperia Z to do well here, and we were as curious as you are to find out if that’s actually the case. Read more »

Samsung redecorates Times Square for the Galaxy S IV launch

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March 14th is the big day for Samsung fans, and in case you’re unsure what’s important about that date, just take a look at Times Square in New York.

Samsung has put up several ads for its upcoming “Unpacked” event, where the Galaxy S IV is expected to debut. Read more »

Concept render shows what the Galaxy S IV could look like, some more screenshots confirm specs

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Samsung has managed to keep a surprisingly tight lid on the Galaxy S IV, especially considering that the launch is just a week away. GottaBeMobile partnered with Martin Hajek to try and guess what the Galaxy S IV will look like. The result is cool-looking concept renders like this one:

The design is based on the most common rumors about the device and a healthy dose of imagination. Read more »

LG Optimus G Pro flaunts its expansive screen and new features in our office

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The LG Optimus G Pro is the current king of phablets – other phablets couldn’t put up much of a fight against the 5.5” 1080p screen or the Snapdragon 600 chipset. The phablet market exploded after the first Galaxy Note came around and quickly went from niche to millions of units and LG has engineered the Optimus G Pro to be the best in that field.

The screen is pretty amazing – it has excellent viewing angles (better than the Optimus G screen) and great colors. Read more »

Bollywood star Katrina Kaif is the new Xperia brand ambassador for Sony India

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Sony India has signed the popular Bollywood actress Katrina Kaif as a brand ambassador for the Xperia range of smartphones. The latest association is expected to boost the brand’s value in the Indian market and help the company plans to extend the presence of Xperia smartphones there.

Sony also expects to capture more of the youth market as the actor is highly popular among the younger audience. Meanwhile, Sony has tripled its investment from Rs. 100 crore to Rs. 300 crores for the marketing of its Xperia range of smartphones. Read more »

Record-breaking video wall at MWC was made out of 196 Sony Xperia ZL smartphones

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Sony had an impressive video wall at its MWC booth, which was built entirely out of Sony Xperia ZL smartphones (196 of them). And it’s a candidate for a world record – it’s not official yet, but the current record is held by a setup with only 72 phones. Guinness is expected to confirm the record.

The video wall was created by Visionmill and one of the guys who worked on it, Matt Mapleston, shared some details on the wall on his blog. Read more »

Here is how the displays of the global Sony Xperia Z and its sibling for NTT DoCoMo in Japan fare side by side

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It looks like the Sony Xperia Z SO-02E for the Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo is using a display unit with noticeably better quality than its globally available C6603 counterpart. A photo shoot, comparing the screens of the two devices side by side reveals the difference.

As you can see in the image above, the Sony Xperia Z SO-02E sports a display visibly punchier colors and arguably better viewing angles. Read more »

A cool infographic shows the rise of Samsung to the top of smartphone food chain

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Over the past several years, Samsung has gradually risen to become one of the top ten most valuable brands, and one of the top dogs in the mobile realm.

To get a taste of how exactly they accomplished this, dutch site typhone.nl has created a nifty new infographic of Samsung’s evolution. Read more »

Chrome Super Sync Sports lets you play games with your smartphone as a controller

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A nifty new Chrome experiment has caught our eye recently, one which lets you and your friends use smartphones or tablets to control online games.

You and up to three other people can swim, cycle or run your fingers against each other in this nifty new way to have fun with your mobile devices. Read more »

Got a new Google Settings icon on your Android smartphone? It’s fine

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You may have been surprised today to see a new app icon in your drawer, the Google Settings, getting you access to previously unseen dashboard of settings.

While the more tech savvy among us might suspect some hidden malware is at work, what’s actually at play is a silent update to the Google Play Services app. Read more »

A preview of Ubuntu Touch is coming for Samsung, HTC, LG, Huawei and Motorola devices

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After Canonical issued the alpha version of its mobile version of Ubuntu for the select Nexus devices (Galaxy Nexus, Nexus 4, Nexus 7 and Nexus 10), the company has now updated the list of upcoming devices bound to receive a developer preview of the OS.

The list includes devices from Samsung, LG, HTC, ASUS, Motorola and Huawei, which marks the company’s efforts to get its name out there by enabling more and more users to try out the touch-enhanced version of Ubuntu. Read more »

Kyocera DuraPro launched on US Cellular, a rugged flip phone that would cost you $100

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Kyocera Communications and US Cellular have launched the Kyocera DuraPro, which is a military standard 810G certified phone. After the launch of Cat B15 at MWC, DuraPro is the second rugged phone to be announced in a span of two days.

Kyocera DuraPro is said to be a water, shock, dust and vibration resistant flip phone, which is encased in non-slip Dura-Grip material for… you know, extra durability. The company claims the rugged device will withstand immersion in up to a meter of water for about 30 minutes. Read more »

One in three smartphones shipped in 2012 is a Samsung

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Samsung were busy doing their usual thing in 2012, which basically is flooding the market with (Android) smartphones. But did you ever wonder about the exact numbers? Well, Strategy Analytics has them for you.

Samsung’s 2012 global smartphone shipments are estimated at 213,000,000 devices. In terms of share, the Koreans had 30.4% of the entire smartphone market last year. Read more »