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Dec 20, 2012

Huawei Honor 2 U9508 White Flavor Hit Market

A new version of the Huawei Honor 2 U9508 smartphone is now available for purchase in China, all dressed up in white, and with a price tag of RMB 1,888 (around $300 / €230) attached to it.

However, although the phone changed its color, the internal specifications remained unchanged, which means that users will be able to take advantage of the same 1.4GHz K3V2 quad-core processor that was included in the black version, while also enjoying its 2GB of RAM. Furthermore, the smartphone provides users with a 4.5-inch 720p HD IPS display, while featuring an 8-megapixel photo snapper on the back.

Huawei Honor 2 U9508 is powered by a 2230mAh battery and runs under Google’s Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system. According to GSM Insider, the white flavor of the handset is in limited supply, and those who would like to purchase it should hurry up.

Huawei Honor 2 U9508
Image credits to CNMO

TCL S850, Only 6.45mm Thick, the Thinnest Smartphone to Date

A new Android-based handset appears set to grab the title of the world thinnest smartphone, namely the TCL S850.

Coming from a Chinese maker, the device is said to measure only 6.45mm thick, though it sports a 4.7-inch AMOLED display that can deliver a 720p HD resolution. According to CNMO, the phone’s specifications list also includes a dual-core processor and 1GB of RAM, as well as 16GB of internal memory. The smartphone also features an 8-megapixel photo snapper on the back, complemented by a 1.3MP front camera, and runs under Google’s Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system.

Unfortunately, the handset vendor did not offer specific info on when the handset might arrive on shelves, nor on the price tag that it would feature when released. Check back on this space for more on the matter.

TCL S850
Image credits to CNMO

Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT with Boost

Sapphire may not have tweaked the performance of the Radeon HD 7870 much when it made the HD 7870 XT with Boost, but it did put its personal touch on the graphics adapter.

For those who think the Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT with Boost is a custom version of the AMD Radeon HD 7870 GHz Edition, that is incorrect. The new video board is actually a custom-made version of the regular HD 7870, with a clock speed of 925 MHz in base setting and 975 MHz when the GPU goes into PowerTune Boost mode, “AMDs dynamic performance enhancement for games.” Even that much should be more than enough for games though, with or without EyeFinity multi-monitor setups. After all, the chip has 1,280 stream processors and 80 texture units. Speaking of which, HD 7870 XT with Boost has an HDMI output, two mini-DisplayPort connectors and a dual-link DVI port. VGA monitors and HDTVs are supported as well, thankfully, via a bundled adapter dongle.

Spec-wise, the new graphics adapter runs the 2 GB of GDDR5 VRAM at 1.5 GHz, or 6 GHz effective frequency. That leaves just the cooler, and it is definitely better than the reference model, even if not necessarily mind-blowing. Then again, there wouldn't have been much point to it if the cooler hadn't been better and quieter than the original contraption. That said, the Dual-X cooler has graduated heatpipes and two aerofoil fans with dust repelling bearings deeper silence and better cooling efficiency. The improved HDMI 1.4a performance will make 3D easier on the eyes, thanks to enhanced 60 Hz per eye. 4K displays should be driven well by the interface as well, or DisplayPort 1.2 HBR2.

Sapphire didn't say what price people would have to pay in exchange for a Radeon HD 7870 XT graphics card, but we imagine that the tag will be around $250 / 250 Euro, give or take.

Sapphire Radeon HD 7870 XT with Boost
Image credits to Sapphire

Windows Phone 8-Based Nokia Lumia 922 Allegedly Leaks

Finnish mobile phone maker Nokia is reportedly gearing up for the unveiling of a Nokia Lumia 922 smartphone at the Mobile World Congress 2013 in Barcelona next year.

Rumor has it that this device would be set to arrive on shelves in the United States at wireless carrier Verizon, with features similar to those included in the company’s Lumia 920 handset. However, Nokia is expected to launch Lumia 922 as its next flagship handset, set to hit shelves in the first half of the next year, as soon as AT&T’s exclusivity period on Lumia 920 ends.

This also means that the new device will pack better hardware specifications than the existing smartphone. Unfortunately, no specific details on the matter have been provided as of now. We’ll take this with a grain of salt for now, but stay tuned for more on the matter.

Nokia Lumia 920
Image credits to Nokia

ZTE Unveils 5-Inch U887 Phablet

A new 5-inch phablet is now official, coming from ZTE on the trail of Samsung’s recently announced Galaxy Grand handset, namely the ZTE U887.

The device has already received the necessary certification in China, it seems, and is expected to arrive on shelves as a mid-level device. The phone’s specs list shows a 5-inch screen that can deliver only an 800 x 480 pixels resolution, along with a dual-core 1.2GHz MT6577 processor packed inside. Furthermore, ZTE included only 512MB of RAM inside this smartphone, along with support for TD-SCDMA and GSM networks, and a 5-megapixel photo snapper on the back. It also sports some of the looks of ZTE’s Nubia Z5 smartphone.

No specific info on when the 5-inch device might arrive on shelves has been provided as of now, but more should emerge soon, so stay tuned.

5-inch ZTE U887
Image crtedits to Engadget

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