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Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (2014) vs. Apple iPad 4 vs. Sony Xperia Tablet Z: A living room Mexican standoff

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Samsung announced yesterday the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 edition – its latest attempt to occupy your living room by providing a one-stop entertainment and media consumption tablet device. We’ve decided to pit it against Apple’s and Sony’s best in a virtual Mexican stand off so we can gauge what amount of novelty does the newcomer bring to the (living room) table.

Samsung has long learned the cold hard truth that a 10.1″ tablet must be able to do pretty much everything you throw at it, and thus the Note series of slates was born. Sony agrees with this as well, but doesn’t bet as much on the software chips as it does on the hardware ones. Its Xperia Tablet Z offering is both ultra thin and waterproof, the second one being a true rarity in the tablet space.

Apple, as a pioneer in the mass consumer tablet space, is pretty comfortable with its 4th generation iPad. The company is expected to unveil the next-generation iPad in October, so for now we’ll take what it offers and throw it in the mix. Read more »

2K Drive gets released for iOS, race with licensed cars on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch

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2K and Lucid games have joined forced to release 2K Drive exclusively to iOS devices.

The new racing game for mobiles features some 25 licenced cars, as well as multiplayer connectivity and social networking integration. Read more »

Lenovo Yoga 2 Pro ups the resolution to 3200 x 1800, has an auto-flattening keyboard in tablet mode

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We here at GSMArena HQ have been fans of the Yoga ultrabook ever since it launched a year ago so naturally we were screaming like exited school girls when we saw what Lenovo has done with its next generation Yoga.

The Yoga 2 Pro ups the ante with a 13.3″ touchscreen of 3200 x 1800 (previously 1600 x 900) resolution resulting in an insane 276 ppi. The slate also runs on the fourth-gen Intel Core i7 Haswell processor and promises a battery life up to 9 hours. Read more »

Sony announces Android 4.1 powered Walkman F886 music player

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Sony has showcased its latest music player, the Walkman F886 at the on-going IFA consumer electronics exhibition in Berlin, Germany. The highlight of the newest addition is the high-resolution audio system along with its Android operating system.

With Sony Walkman F886 you can enjoy high-quality music and also share it among your friends without having to break a sweat, thanks to the built-in Bluetooth radio. Read more »

Nokia Xpress for Lumias graduates from beta, get your web data cruncher now

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Nokia Xpress service has been in beta testing for quite some time, but Nokia has recently finished the development. The final version of the app is now available for free at the Windows Phone Store.

Nokia Xpress uses cloud services to compress browsing data and saves up to 85% of the mobile traffic. Read more »

HTC giveaway: One mini limited edition designed by David Koma

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HTC has partnered with up-and-coming UK designer David Koma to release a special edition of the HTC One mini smartphone.

Only 10 units of the handset will be ever produced, and can only be won as prizes in an exclusive Twitter competition, organized by HTC. Read more »

NVIDIA Tegra Note tablet appears again, shows us its complete design

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We all know that Nvidia is working on a Tegra 4 powered tablet and as a matter of fact we even had a glimpse of the slate, courtesy of a leaked image. Now, we have more images of the tablet and this time, the leak shows us the complete design of the slate.

The latest leak comes from a Chinese site, which has managed to get its hands on the yet-to-be announced tablet. Read more »

Sony Xperia Z1 benchmark results are here, check out the numbers inside

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Sony officially unveiled its latest flagship smartphone, the Xperia Z1 at its press conference at IFA, Berlin, yesterday. The cameraphone packs a punch with its Snapdragon 800 chipset clocked at 2.2 GHz along with Adreno 330 graphics and 2 GB of RAM.

We took the Xperia Z1 for a spin and the performance of the device was top notch. So, we decided to stack it up against other smartphones in the market, and here are the results. Read more »

Qualcomm announces new Toq smartwatch for Android smartphones

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While Samsung was announcing its Galaxy Gear smartwatch yesterday, Qualcomm was busy announcing its own smartwatch, called the Toq. Pronounced as “talk”, the Qualcomm Toq pairs with your existing Android smartphone and brings all your notifications where you can see them at a glance.

The main feature of the Qualcomm Toq is the unique Mirasol display. Developed by Qualcomm, Mirasol is a type of interferometric modulator display that works without the need of a backlight. Just like e-paper displays, Mirasol displays can stay on constantly without requiring power and are perfectly visible even under bright sunlight. But Mirasol goes one step ahead of current e-paper displays and is capable of displaying full color and it also uses the ambient light as a backlight, thus significantly reducing the power consumption. Read more »

Nokia mocks Android Kit Kat on Twitter

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Nokia these days has become notorious for mocking its competitors, especially Samsung, at every opportunity they can find. The most recent example was when they parked a truck with a Lumia 1020 ad mocking the Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom right behind it in the UK.

The latest stab comes in the form of a Twitter image uploaded by Nokia’s German account. The image depicts a Samsung Galaxy S4 broken in half over a red background with a caption ‘Have a break, have a…’. If it’s not clear already, the image is supposed to mock the new Android 4.4 Kit Kat that was announced by Google a couple of days ago. Read more »

Samsung shows off Galaxy Note 3 features in a six minute video

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Yesterday, Samsung took the wraps off the Galaxy Note 3 smartphone at IFA in Berlin. The company’s latest flagship comes packed with features, as is usual for a Samsung smartphone, and there is a whole bunch of new stuff to go alone with the stuff we have already seen in the past.

To show off all the new features of the Galaxy Note 3, Samsung has now released a fairly lengthy six and half minute long video that goes through each of them. Let’s talk about them briefly before we get to the video. Read more »

The first benchmark scores of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 are in

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Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is the third device running on the Qualcomm’s latest and greatest Snapdragon 800 chipset we meet. It is powered by a quad-core 2.3GHz Krait 400 processor, an Adreno 330 graphics and has 3GB of RAM. It also packs a 1080p display, so we can easily compare the performance of the new chipset to the old generation processors.

We’ve managed to run a few tests after the announcement in Berlin. Here is how the Galaxy Note 3 stacks against the competition. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Gear goes official, works only with the top end of the Galaxy line

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Samsung jumped head first into the smartwatch field with the Galaxy Gear. It’s made out of stainless steel for the body and futuristic material for the strap. The heart of Gear is a 1.63″ Super AMOLED touch screen with 320 x 320 resolution (that’s 277ppi pixel density).

In a throwback to the S9110 watch phone, the Galaxy Gear features a speaker and mic, so it can handle calls (with a noise cancellation mic), but also understand voice commands with S Voice. Read more »

Sony announces a new Action Cam with enhanced performance and features

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Sony has officially announced a new Action Cam model – HDR AS30V. The latest model is said to offer high-performance and a few new features like easy share via Wi-Fi, NFC one-touch remote, GPS, high resolution images and optional wearable live-view remote.

Sony’s Action Cam HRD-AS30V, the point-of-view video camera is designed exclusively to shoot full HD 1080p videos comes with an advanced design and optics. The Action Cam will come with a ruggedized waterproof housing, which is 35% lighter and 25% smaller than the previous models. Read more »

Oppo N1 gets a second teaser video, hints aluminum build

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Day after day, Oppo continues to tease its upcoming N1 cameraphone. Today, the company released the second teaser video, which strongly suggests the Oppo N1 is going to flaunt an aluminum body.

The video shows what seems to be an Oppo factory, where the build process of the N1 takes place. In it, we get a short glimpse of the phone’s back panel. Notably, it features two cutouts – one for its alleged 12MP camera and one for the LED flash. Read more »