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We put the Nokia Lumia 620 battery life under inspection, boasts class-leading call times

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We approached the Nokia Lumia 620 battery test with mixed feelings. Windows Phones had hardly topped our charts so far and the meager 1300mAh battery of the Lumia 620 didn’t bode well. Still, we had certain hopes for it as its screen is not that big and the dual-core CPU is clocked only at 1Ghz.

Battery tests are time-consuming affairs and we’ve had several of those piling up. The Lumia 620 review has been published for a while now, but it’s only now that we are able to publish its detailed battery performance test. Jump after the break to get the full account. Read more »

Here goes the Asus Padfone 2 battery score rundown

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The Asus Padfone 2 was announced just prior to the 1080p boom of 2013 but still has qualities everyone loves and yearns for in a smartphone – capacious 720p screen, potent quad-core processor, pixel-rich camera, Android Jelly Bean, etc.

And coupled with a slate it’s a really hard to beat combo, price-wise. But does its battery have the chops to last for more than a day – find out in the breakdown after the break. Read more »

Next-gen Xenon capacitors are the breakthrough cameraphones needed

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Xenon tubes have been powering the camera flashes for ages now, but with phones getting thinner every year, manufacturers have no choice but replace them with LED lights. What’s more, the performance of the few xenon flashes we’ve seen implemented in smartphones recently is underwhelming because the smaller the flash capacitor, the weaker the light output is.

A Singapore invention however has the potential to allow xenon flashes to reclaim some of the lost turf from LEDs. Researchers from the Nanyang Technological University have developed a revolutionary new type of capacitor, which is significantly smaller than the ones currently in use, while being equally powerful and even faster in recharging. Read more »

HTC One will be able to import data from iPhone backups

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HTC confirmed it is working on a new HTC Sync app that will be able to import data from iPhone backups to the upcoming HTC One flagship.

It’s still unclear if this process will work on other (or older) HTC handsets as well. Read more »

Battery tests for Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2 complete, here are the results

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The Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2 is one of the few smartphones with IP67 rating – it combines simple durability and advanced functions, so it needs to prove its endurance both when trekking in the wilderness, but also when enjoying modern conveniences like browsing the web.

A 1,700mAh battery is on the low side of what we would have imagined for a phone that’s likely to spend a lot of time away from an electricity socket, but let’s see if the Xcover 2 can counter the limited capacity with efficiency. Read more »

The Samsung Galaxy Express enters our battery test gauntlet, comes through with flying colors

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Samsung’s just-released LTE-toting midranger, the Samsung Galaxy Express, is the company’s first dual-core Krait offering for the international market.

It not only offers LTE connectivity for emerging LTE markets in Europe and Asia, but also comes with a beefy 2000 mAh battery, which churns out some great performance when combined with the latest Android Jelly Bean. Read more »

Nikon licenses Microsoft patent to use in Android-enabled cameras

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Amidst all the recent patent cases revolving Android and smartphone operating systems in general, Microsoft has been able to get in on the action thanks to a patent it owns dealing with all portable devices running Android.

Nikon has recently come to terms with Microsoft in regards to current and future Android-based cameras which will likely require the renowned photography giant to pay an undisclosed royalty fee for every device sold. Read more »

Google announces Chromebook Pixel, starts at $1,299

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Google has announced the new Chromebook Pixel, confirming the rumors that were circulating in the past month or so. Unlike all the previous Chromebooks, the Chromebook Pixel is made by Google themselves and is a high-end laptop with high-end specs and has a high-end price tag of $1,299 to go with them.

For starters, the Chromebook Pixel has a 12.85-inch, ultra high resolution 2,560 x 1,700 display. Google says it is the highest resolution display ever to be put in a laptop. What they mean, however, is that it has the highest pixel density of 239 ppi. The 13 and 15-inch MacBook Pro with Retina display in comparison have a pixel density of 227 and 220 respectively, although the latter has a higher, 2,880 x 1,800 resolution display. Read more »

Nikon unveils 24MP D7100 with no low pass filter

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Nikon has just unveiled the successor to its D7000 midrange DSLR. The Nikon D7100 will hit the stores in March 2013 complete with the AF-S DX NIKKOR 18-105mm f/3.5-5.6 VR kit lens for a suggested price of $1,599/£1,299/€1399 or $1199.95/£1099.99/€1179 for the body only.

The D7100 lacks an optical low pass filter, which should improve resolved detail (though risking moire in certain cases). There’s a new and improved 24.1 MP APS-C (23.5 x 15.6 mm) sensor over its predecessor’s 16.2 MP one, the new EXPEED 3 processor (the D7000 uses the EXPEED 2) and a new 51-point autofocus system (with 15 cross type sensors) compared to the 39-point one (with 9 cross type sensors) of the D7000. Read more »

Plants vs. Zombies for iOS is free for a week

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In case you’ve never heard about Plants vs. Zombies or you’ve never thought it’s worth paying for, I have some good news.

The highly popular game is now free in the Apple’s App Store for both the iPhone and iPad. Read more »

Another ASUS teaser ahead of the MWC announcement

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Yesterday ASUS teased us a mysterious alien-themed video and promised a “metallic miracle” and “ultimate craftsmanship”.

Today we got another teaser. However, this one says even less about their mysterious device. Read more »

Asus MeMo Pad Smart 10 promo video hits YouTube

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Just like it did for the smaller 7″ MeMo Pad, Asus is now posting a promo video for the 10″ MeMo Pad Smart on YouTube.

The device was unveiled in Thailand earlier this month and is expected to make the rounds on the MWC 2013 floor in Barcelona. Read more »

BlackBerry Z10 battery tests are done, results are inside

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The BlackBerry Z10 has serious ambitions to become the business phone, but there’s one major requirement – it should be able to last during long hours spent at the office or traveling between meetings.

With a 1,800mAh capacity the Z10 battery isn’t the biggest around, but it has an OS designed just for it at the moment (unlike Android that runs on many different devices with many different chipsets). Read more »

Sony Xperia Z may be using Dragontrail glass on the front, Gorilla Glass on the back

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Sony is traditionally very tight-lipped about what kind of tough glass it uses on its smartphones, but during a press conference in Hong Kong the proverbial beans might have been spilled, at least as far as the Sony Xperia Z goes.

And the answer seems pretty weird – Sony uses two different materials from two suppliers for the front and the back glass of the device. Read more »

Qualcomm gives a detailed look at the mid-range Snapdragon 200 and 400 series of processors

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Qualcomm told us all about its high-end chips due to launch in mid-2013, but now it’s ready to share the full scoop on its mid-range oriented Snapdragon 200 and 400 chipsets.

Starting with the Snapdragon 400, it includes two Krait cores clocked at 1.7GHz joined by quad 1.4GHz Cortex-A7 cores; Adreno 305 GPU takes care of gaming and Qualcomm says is highly responsive for web browsing and rendering web pages. Read more »