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Samsung outs an official, extra long hands-on video of the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Gear

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One of the headlines that has come out of IFA 2013 so far is the announcement of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. It sports a plethora of new software features and awesome integration options with the just announced Galaxy Gear smartwatch.

So, in order to familiarize potential Note 3 owners with some of its new software tricks, Samsung has made a lengthy hands-on video of the phablet. Read more »

Sony unveils WG-C20 Portable Wireless Server, lets you stream content to your smartphone

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Sony has just announced a new portable streaming device that lets you stream video, music, and images to any compatible wireless device in range.

Not only that, but it lets you charge a connected device via USB, and even stream content to a DLNA-compatible TV. Read more »

Lenovo S5000 is a 7″ Android 4.2 tablet with a quad-core Mediatek chipset, undercuts Nexus 7 (2013)’s pricing

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Along with the Vibe X smartphone, Lenovo also announced the 7″ S5000 tablet. The tablet shares the Vibe’s sleek design and while it’s not as thin as the smartphone (the S5000 is still pretty thin at 7.9mm), it’s very light for a 7″ tablet, tipping the scales at just 246g.

The tablet features 3G HSPA+ connectivity with voice call support (in select countries, the US isn’t getting it). There will also be a Wi-Fi only version. Read more »

Google introduces Chrome Apps for Chrome OS and Windows

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Google has introduced Chrome Apps for those using Chrome OS or Windows computers. Unlike the apps that you had for Chrome until now that always ran within the browser itself and in some cases were nothing but bookmarks for websites, the new Chrome apps run outside the browser and are full fledged applications.

For Windows users this may not be a big deal since you could always run native apps on the OS but for Chrome OS users this means they are no longer restricted to running apps within the browser window. You can now go to the Chrome Store and choose from a selection of new desktop apps, which are then installed in a folder on your taskbar. You can then run these independently of the browser. Read more »

XOLO Tab is the company’s first Android tablet

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XOLO has announced the company’s first Android tablet, the XOLO Tab. The XOLO Tab comes with an 8.0-inch, 1024×768 resolution IPS display.

On the inside is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 8225Q SoC with a 1.2GHz quad-core ARM Cortex A5 CPU and Adreno 203 GPU, 1GB RAM, 4GB internal memory with microSD card slot, 3G connectivity, 4,000mAh battery and Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. On the back is a 2 megapixel camera and on the front is a VGA resolution shooter. Read more »

Call of Duty: Strike Team launched on iOS

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Activision has released a brand new version of Call of Duty, called Call of Duty: Strike Team, on iOS. The game has been built from the ground up for the mobile platform and features a unique hybrid FPS and third person modes.

Playing first person shooters on consoles is difficult enough as it is with a controller but on a touch device with no physical buttons it is even more frustrating. Activision seems to understand this well, which is why they have offered the choice to play the game in a top down third person mode. Read more »

Sony Xperia Z Ultra takes our battery test, here are the results

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The Sony Xperia Z Ultra is the middle sibling between the Xperia Tablet Z and the Xperia Z1 with its big (even by phablet standards) 6.4″ screen. Combine that with a powerful Snapdragon 800 chipset and an extra slim 6.5mm body and you get one monster of a device, but also a bit of a battery nightmare.

Still, the Z Ultra packs a 3,050mAh battery, which is quite a feat – all that at a respectable thinness. Read more »

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs. LG G Pro vs. Acer Liquid S2: Phablets unleashed

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When it first came out a couple of years ago, the original Samsung Galaxy Note was welcomed with mixed feeling and reactions. Back then nobody would have thought that today we would be cheering the third installment in the lineup with an even bigger screen. Well times change, and in this industry, times literally flee.

But this time around, the Note 3 is not the only option. You see, Samsung may have opened people’s minds to the phablet realm, but it also inspired a lot of companies to launch rival products. Nothing wrong in that of course, as it leads us to this post where we pit the Galaxy Note 3 versus the LG G Pro and the Acer Liquid S2, with the latter being another fresh announcement off the IFA 2013 floor as well. Read more »

Sony Xperia Z1 vs. LG G2 vs. Samsung Galaxy S4: Downtown showdown

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The high-end smartphone spectrum has never been this charming, as we have the freshly announced Sony Xperia Z1 rivaling the newborn LG G2 and the still hot Samsung Galaxy S4. Each of them is nothing short of a powerhouse and each of them has enough charisma to charm the birds out of the trees.

In fact, it’s the Sony Xperia Z1 that will capture them best while doing so. With its 20.7MP G Lens camera with Exmor RS sensor and an updated 5″ full HD Triluminos display with the X-Reality display engine it is the replacement the Xperia Z deserved to get. The same can be easily said for the other two rivals as well – the LG G2 and the Samsung Galaxy S4 are both the high-tech pinnacles of their respective makers. Read more »

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 »