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Oct 18, 2012

Huawei Ascend W1 First Press Photo Leaks

Chinese handset maker Huawei has yet to officially announce its first Windows Phone 8 device, the Ascend W1.

Although the fist live pictures of the smartphone leaked a few days ago, it's still unclear when the phone is scheduled to hit shelves. Today, the folks over at EVLeaks have just published the first press photo of the alleged Huawei Ascend W1. The smartphone is expected to go on sale by the end of the year for around $350 USD (265 EUR) outright.

So far, we know the Ascend W1 should sports a 4-inch capacitive touchscreen display that supports 480 x 800 pixels resolution. In addition, the smarpthone will be equipped with a dual core processor clocked at 1.2 GHz, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of storage. Stay tuned for more updates on the matter.

Huawei Ascend W1
Image credits to EVLeaks

Oppo Find 5 Live Photos Emerge (More)

More mobile phone makers around the world are set to join the 5-inch smartphone party, and Chinese vendor Oppo is one of them, with the upcoming launch of their Oppo Find 5.

The company hasn’t provided a specific release date for the new mobile phone as of yet, but more photos of the device have emerged online, suggesting that it might not be too long before it arrives on shelves. Rumor has it that November will provide users with the possibility to acquire the new smartphone, although it might be released only in China. The new handset is expected to be released in 16GB and 32GB variants, with price tags of around $480 (€365) and $530 (€405) attached to them. The specifications list of the new handset hasn’t suffered modifications from what we’ve previously learned about, which means that the 5-inch Full HD 1080×1920 IPS display will be there for users to enjoy.

The smartphone was also rumored to arrive on the market with a 1.5GHz quad-core CPU inside (a Qualcomm APQ8064 Snapdragon S4 Pro), as well as with 2GB of RAM, the aforementioned internal memory options, and a 2500mAh battery. Moreover, it is said to sport Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, NFC, LTE and 3G connectivity when released, all packed inside a 6.9mm thin case. On the back, Oppo Find 5 might sport a 12-megapixel photo snapper capable of recording full HD videos. The official announcement on this device is still pending, but you can already admire it from different angles, courtesy of newly leaked photos coming from mobile.163.

One thing that is certain is that this device will be able to compete against HTC’s newly unveiled J Butterfly, and that it might even put Samsung’s Galaxy Note II in difficulty, provided that Oppo decides to make it available for purchase in more markets around the world than just China.

Oppo Find 5
Images credits to Mobile.163

AMD FX-8350 Vishera 8-Core Overclocked to 7,442.83 MHz

There is little that can persuade prospective customers that a CPU is powerful like a good old fashioned overclocking session.

Since AMD's Vishera 8-core central processor needs all the help it can get, according to some, news that a record overclock has been achieved definitely puts a nice ring on things. The validation is here. Though not close to the over 8 GHz scored by Bulldozer back in 2011, the speed of 7442.83 MHz attained with the FX-8350 was still record-breaking. For Vishera chips at least. Gigabyte’s GA-990FXA-UD7 AM3+ Motherboard was used in the test. The CPU had only two out of eight cores enabled and the VCore was set at 1.968V.

No one expects regular customers to actually perform such radical clock tweaking, of course. Still, in light of this new achievement, there is more cause to believe previous reassurances that even air and standard watercoolers can handle 5-5.5 GHz with no problem. Overall, Vishera doesn't seem like such a bad deal for under $200 / 200 Euro.

AMD Vishera FX CPU
Image credits to AMD

Galaxy S III mini with ST-Ericsson NovaThor Chip, Confirmed

Samsung’s Galaxy S III mini, unveiled earlier this week as the smaller flavor of Galaxy S III, will arrive on shelves with ST-Ericsson’s NovaThor chip inside, the company has officially confirmed.

Initially, Samsung said that the device was powered by a dual-core 1GHz processor, but did not mention what chip it was. Today, however, ST-Ericsson announced that the smartphone is indeed powered by its NovaThor ModAp platform (U8500/U8520 family). “Our highly integrated NovaThor ModAp platform, integrating a modem and application processor on a single die, enables compact and efficient devices and we are very pleased that Samsung has again chosen us for its GALAXY S III mini,” the company said.

Galaxy S III mini is not the first smartphone from Samsung to arrive on shelves with a processor from ST-Ericsson. Galaxy S Advance, Galaxy Beam and Galaxy Ace 2 were also made available for purchase with the NovaThor platform inside, sammyhub reports.

Samsung Galaxy S III mini
Image credits to Samsung

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