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Samsung releases a new Galaxy S4 ad, the most ridiculous one so far

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Galaxy S4 – Call for Rebellion: Punk rocks Tech is Samsung’s latest commercial about the just released flagship.

It shows pretty much nothing about the Galaxy S4, just that it barely fits in the pockets of that punk chic. Read more »

The Sony Xperia SP takes a seat in front of our camera

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The Sony Xperia SP, which we got for a quick hands-on last month, has finally arrived in our office.

We’ve decided to take some quick snaps of it before our review monkeys take it away. Take a look! Read more »

Google X phone goes through the AnTuTu benchmark, flaunts Android 5.0.1

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The purported Motorola Phone X might be called simply “Google X” as an AnTuTu score card suggests. The card, which emerged today, gives us a glimpse of what to expect from the first Google flagship designed by Motorola.

Additionally, the benchmark reports that the device is running Android 5.0.1. This gives everyone a tiny bit of hope that the next Android iteration would be ready for prime time at Google I/O 2013 in May. Read more »

All but a few Keon phones gone after GeeksPhone’s new Firefox OS handsets sell out in a few hours

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Yesterday saw the launch of the first two Firefox OS phones, the Keon and Peak from GeeksPhone. There were some questions just how much demand there will be for yet another OS on the market and if this launch is any indication, the answer is “enough.”

The stock of the two phones ran out just a few hours after they went on sale yesterday, though the numbers sold were not announced. Still, much like other GeeksPhone handsets, these are primarily oriented towards devs, so even if there weren’t that many phones at least it shows good developer interest. Read more »

Nokia shows off the new Asha 210 on video, talks WhatsApp and social networking integration

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Nokia has just announced the phone it teased this Monday: the new Nokia Asha 210. It’s a feature phone with a hardware QWERTY and a taste for social networking. The 210 is the first phone with a dedicated WhatsApp button, which will be swapped out with a Facebook button in some markets.

Nokia released a hands-on video that goes over the headlining features of the Asha 210. For example, all 210 phones will come with WhatsApp, Facebook and Twitter integration regardless of what function the hardware button has. Read more »

Sony Xperia ZL arrives at HQ, we take it for a spin

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Sony Xperia ZL has landed at our office. It’s the not-so-tough Xperia Z sibling, powered by the same hardware platform and running on identical Android version with the same custom UI (launcher).

The Xperia ZL may not be water or dust-proof, but offers a few extra goodies over the Z model – a hardware camera key, an infrared port, а smaller footprint and a much better grip, thanks to the textured rear panel. Read more »

32GB version of Xiaomi Mi-2S sells out in just 45 seconds, 16GB version still available in China and new Hong Kong store

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We have some good news and some bad news for Xiaomi fans. The good news is that the company has finally started expanding market availability and now sells its phones in Hong Kong, too. Now for the bad news – it’s still hard to get one as 200,000 Xiaomi Mi-2S units sold out in just 45 seconds.

Xiaomi is also planning to bring its smartphones to Taiwan, but it will have to start making bigger batches to meet the demand. Read more »

Sony offers 10% discount on its European online store, valid until tomorrow only

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Sony took down its online store in Europe for maintenance for a little while and put it back online this Sunday. To apologize for any inconvenience, Sony is giving you a 10% discount code.

The code should work on all European versions of the Sony Store, but if you want to use it you’d better be quick, it’s valid only until tomorrow. Read more »

LG Display records weak Q1 profits, analysts attribute it to lower orders from Apple

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LG Display is estimated to receive some 30% of its business from tech giant Apple, and has recorded its weakest profit since Q2 of last year.

That’s why when the division posted its rather poor Q1 results, analysts suspected that the lower orders from the Cupertino giant it to blame. Many saw the slowing demand for Apple’s iPhone’s and iPad’s as the main reason for the shrinking profits. Read more »

The world’s first smartphone for the blind is in the making, will soon be available in India

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The smartphone market is rapidly growing and according to the latest innovation, blind people will soon be able to receive SMS’s and emails on their smartphones, which automatically converts text into Braille patterns.

The smartphone for the blind will be based on an innovative touch screen that is capable of elevating and depressing to create readable text from the content it receives. Read more »

Nokia Lumia 520 goes through our extended battery testing regime, see how it managed

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The Nokia Lumia 520 is the cheapest smartphone of the Lumia range in existence and Nokia dubs it as the “The more fun smartphone”. But for how long can the “fun” last? Our extensive battery test comes into play to answer this very question.

For the money, the Lumia 520 isn’t a badly spec’d phone. It is built around a 4″ display and features a 1GHz dual-core Krait processor with Adreno 305 graphics on Snapdragon S4 Plus platform (MSM8227). Read more »

Oppo Find 5 Project Firefly update detailed on video, cool fullscreen widgets demoed

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Oppo’s latest software update for the Find 5, codenamed Project Firefly, adds some really impressive software enhancements to the user interface of Oppo’s 5-inch 1080p flagship.

The eye candy-rich update includes new fullscreen widgets with nifty effects like a camera stream showing all your latest photos taken and allowing to snap a picture right from your homescreen, as well as weather effects on your icons. Read more »

Jolla to debut its Sailfish OS phone in May, host a “pre-sales” campaign for eager fans

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Jolla Chairman Antti Saarnio revealed today that the company’s first device running the new Sailfish OS is going to debut in May.

Furthermore, the company will set up a “pre-sales” campaign, allowing fans to register and buy the phone before it being officially available. Jolla promises that those who join in on the Kickstarter-like campaign will get something “unique” on their devices. Read more »

Oppo Find 5 gets CyanogenMod CM10.1, still experimental though

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Good news, Oppo Find 5 users. If you were hoping for an official CyanogenMod ROM, you got it.

The CyanogenMod 10.1 based on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean is now available for the Oppo Find 5, though it’s not without its fair share of bugs. Read more »

HTC First for AT&T brought its Facebook tricks to the office, here’s the hands-on

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The freshly announced HTC First made its way to our office. The AT&T exclusive smartphone, as its name mildly suggests, is the first to come with the Facebook Home Android launcher out of the box.

The HTC First is powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chipset with two Krait CPU cores, clocked at 1.4GHz. Read more »