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Apr 3, 2013

Quad-Core ZTE V965 Arrives in China Priced at $177/€138

One of the latest smartphones that Chinese mobile phone maker ZTE has made available for purchase in its homeland market is the V965, currently listed at various retailers with a price tag starting at only 1,099 Yuan ($177 / €138).

The handset arrives on the market with a 4.5-inch touchscreen display capable of an 854 x 480 resolution, while being powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6589 processor, paired with 512MB of RAM.  Additionally, the new mobile phone sports 4GB of internal memory, and packs a 5-megapixel photo snapper on the back, as well as a 2MP camera on the front, great for making video calls.

The phone’s specs list also includes a 2000 mAh battery, as well as Google’s Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system loaded on top. As GSMInsider notes, the handset can be seen listed at TMall and JD.com.

ZTE V965
Image credits to jd.com

Xiaomi Phone 2 Arrive at China Telecom with Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 CPU

We reported earlier this year that China Telecom carrier was likely to get the Xiaomi Phone 2 high-end device in late January, but it looks like we were wrong.

However, Engadget reports that the smartphone was briefly listed on the carrier’s website along with a price tag attached to it. Although it was quickly pulled from the official site, the folks at MyDrivers have been able to take a screenshot of the listing, which confirmed that Xiaomi Phone 2 would be available for purchase for around $370/€290 outright.

The smartphone will be equipped with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 chipset that packs a quad-core APQ8064 processor clocked at 1.7 GHz. In addition, the phone is said to sport a 4.3-inch display with HD (720p) resolution and 2GB of RAM. Xiaomi Phone 2 is expected to go official on April 9, so stay tuned for more updates on the matter.

Xiaomi Phone 2
Image credits to MyDrivers

HTC One 802w Spotted in China with Dual-SIM Capabilities, MicroSD Slot

Taiwanese mobile phone maker HTC Corporation appears set to make its HTC One smartphone available in as many markets around the world as possible, and it has already partnered with China’s three major carriers for the release of the device in this country.

The phone will be launched there as 802w on China Unicom (WCDMA), as 802t at China Mobile (TD-SCDMA), and with model number 802d at China Telecom (CDMA), as Engadget reports. Furthermore, it seems that a photo with the HTC One 802w flavor has already emerged online, showing not only that the smartphone will pack a removable back cover, but also that it will include support for two SIM cards.

The image comes from a Sina Weibo user, and also unveiled the phone’s microSD memory card slot, a feature that is missing from the European version of the device, it seems.

HTC One 802w
Image credits to Weibo via Engadget

Facebook Home UI Screenshots Leak Ahead of Official Announcement

With only a day left until Facebook's official announcement, new information on the upcoming Facebook Home UI has just emerged.

In fact, the folks over at 9to5 have just published the first screenshots of what appears to be the rumored Facebook UI. These screenshots have been leaked via evleaks and also confirm Facebook plans to announce its own-branded smartphone running this customized UI. Dubbed HTC First, the smartphone will probably be equipped with a dual-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz and a 4.3-inch capacitive touchscreen display that supports HD (720p) resolution.

The device is also rumored to pack a 5-megapixel rear photo snapper with autofocus, LED flash and video recording, as well as 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory that can be further expanded up to 32GB via microSD memory card.

Facebook Home UI (screenshot)
Images credits to 9to5google via evleaks

Lenovo K900 Gets Better Score Than Samsung Galaxy S4 in AnTuTu Benchmarks

Made official at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas in early January, the Lenovo K900 smartphone will arrive on the market with a 2GHz dual-core Intel Atom Clover Trail+ processor, which should make it one of the most powerful Android-based devices out there.

In fact, benchmarking tests performed by the guys over at Hi-Tech Mail appear to confirm this, as the handset performed better even when compared to the new flagship from Samsung, the Galaxy S 4, as GSMArena notes. The performance capabilities of the device are paired with a great viewing experience on its 5.5-inch 1080p screen, yet the size of the display might not make it appealing to many users out there.

Lenovo K900 was also unveiled with 2GB of RAM inside, as well as with a 13-megapixel photo snapper on the back, a 2MP front camera, 16GB of internal memory, and a 6.9 mm thin body.

Lenovo K900 AnTuTu Benchmark results
Image credits to Hi-Tech Mail

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