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Apr 8, 2013

HTC One 802d for China Telecom Emerges

Recently, we had the chance to have a look at the HTC One 802w smartphone for China Unicom, and newly leaked photos allow us to check out the HTC One 802d flavor of the device, set to land at China Telecom.

As can be seen in the images attached to this post, available courtesy of CNMO, the 32GB flavor of the smartphone set to land at this carrier with support for its CDMA network will sport the same looks as the international version, but will pack slightly modified hardware inside. Just as 802w, HTC One 802d will feature support for two SIM cards, while also packing a microSD slot for memory expansion, a feature that is missing from the device in other markets around the world.

Furthermore, it seems that the smartphone is also set to arrive at China Telecom with dual-mode dual-standby features, thus being capable of making this carrier’s users a bit happier.

HTC One 802d for China Telecom
Images credits to CNMO

Intex Aqua Wonder Quad Core Smartphone Coming Soon to India

Last week, details on the new Android-powered smartphone launched by Intex emerged online. Dubbed Intex Aqua Wonder 2, the smartphone was rumored to launch in India on April 15, but no additional info was available.

Well, it looks like the smartphone is indeed real and will go on sale pretty soon. According to fonearena, the Android phone is now listed at Flipkart as “Coming Soon” under the Intex Aqua Wonder Quad Core name.  There are no details on the phone’s price tag, but rumor has it that this dual-SIM smartphone won’t be priced higher than Rs 10,000 outright, which is about $185 or /€140. Check it out here.

Intex Aqua Wonder Quad Core has been confirmed to come equipped with a 4.5-inch qHD capacitive touchscreen display and a 1GHz quad-core processor, probably manufactured by MediaTek. The smartphone will also pack an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. It will ship with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean operating system out of the box.

Intex Aqua Wonder Quad Core
Image credits to Flipkart

Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 (GT-i9200) Gets Detailed

Samsung’s yet unofficial “Galaxy Mega” series of Android devices is set to debut with two smartphones in the beginning, namely the Galaxy Mega 5.8 and Galaxy Mega 6.3, and some more info on the latter is now available.

Following leaked details on the specs list of Galaxy Mega 5.8, some info on the hardware of Galaxy Mega 6.3 (model number GT-i9200) emerged at SamMobile, showing that it will feature a 1.7GHz dual-core processor, paired with 1.5GB of RAM. Furthermore, the device is said to sport an 8-megapixel camera on the back and a 2MP front camera, to boast an HD resolution on its 6.3-inch screen, and to arrive on shelves in Black and White flavors. Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS will also be included in the package, along with a 3200 mAh battery.

The smartphone is also said to measure 88 x 167.6 x 7.9mm, and run under Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean right from the start. Apparently, while GT-i9200 will sport only 3G connectivity, a GT-i9205 flavor will also be released, with LTE capabilities inside.

Samsung Galaxy Grand DUOS
Image credits to Samsung

HighPoint HBA 40-Port SATA 6 Gb/s Host Adapter

People hearing the word HBA might not have any idea what they are listening too, but for those that do know what it means it might come as a shock to learn of one with no fewer than 40 ports.

HBA is short for host bus adapter and refers to a piece of hardware that connects a host system (the computer) to other network and storage devices. SCSI, Fibre Channel and eSATA devices all can connect through such means, as can SATA HDDs and SSDs. As it happens, SATA storage devices are precisely what HighPoint thought of when it made the Rocket 750. The PCI Express add-in card has the ability to link 40 SATA HDDs of up to 4 TB capacity to a single computer. The board only has 10 actual connectors, four at the back (opposite the plaque that holds it in place against the case rear) and the other six on the top edge of the PCB. Each port can handle four drives though, thanks to Mini SAS cables. HighPoint has dubbed the Rocket 750 “the industry's lowest-cost mass SATA storage solution” and claims it “is ideal for applications that require huge levels of storage capacity such as data Libraries, archiving and backup solutions.”

The Intelligent Storage Health Management Suite manages the PCIe 2.0 x8 host interface and 40 device channels. All in all, the card should easily enough provide any computer, be it a PC, a business computer or server, with up to 160 TB of storage space. Nevertheless, customers will have to buy their own HDDs with industry-standard SFF-8087 Mini-SAS connectors, which will bring the cost of everything far higher than the price of the board itself, which happens to be $739 / 568.86 – 739 Euro. Sales should start this very month (April 2013).

HighPoint HBA
Image credits to HighPoint

More Google Babel’s Evidence Exist

One of the new features / applications that Google is expected to make official on devices running under its Android operating system is Google Babel, which is said to be nothing more than a rebranded, redesigned Google+ Messenger, and some more evidence on its existence is now available.

We have already had the chance to have a look at purported leaked screenshots with the Android application, followed by info on its possible arrival at Google I/O in May, which might pan out in the end. As a recent post on Android Police notes, Google Babel has appeared in a recent notification in Gmail, and in a post on Google+ by Roga Moore, who pointed at it being mentioned in relation to a Google code issue found in video chat.

Apparently, the application is also set to arrive in the Google Play Store as well, on this page, though the link will go live only after Google Babel has been officially unveiled.

Alleged Google Babble photo
Image credits to Skloink

Samsung Officially Announces the International Version of Galaxy Win

Today, South Korean mobile phone maker Samsung Electronics officially announced the upcoming availability of its new Galaxy Win smartphone on shelves around the world, after formally introducing it in China last week.

The smartphone will be launched in both single- and dual-SIM flavors, and will become available for purchase in two color flavors, namely Ceramic White and Titan Grey, sammyhub reports. The handset is powered by Google’s Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system and packs a 1.2GHz quad-core processor inside, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of internal memory.

Samsung Galaxy Win also features a 4.7-inch touchscreen display, capable of delivering a WVGA resolution, a 5MP rear camera, front camera for video calling, a 2000 mAh battery, GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and the like. No specific info on the handset’s arrival and pricing has been provided as of now, but more should be announced soon, it seems.

Samsung Galaxy Win
Image credits to Samsung

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