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May 20, 2013

HTC One (Japanese Version) Comes with MicroSD Slot

Good news for Android users in Japan, as major carrier KDDI has just released its own version of the HTC One.

Dubbed HTC J One, the smartphone comes with microSD slot for memory expansion, a feature that the international and US variants lack. According to Engadget, HTC J One supports microSD memory cards up to 64GB. Unfortunately, this HTC One variant is limited to Japan and will not be available in other countries anytime soon. Keep in mind that KDDI’s HTC J One supports 64GB microSD memory cards in addition to the 32GB storage that comes embedded in the phone.

The international HTC One comes with 32GB of internal memory and 25GB of free cloud storage via Dropbox. It does not feature microSD slot, but HTC has also launched a 64GB model, which is more expensive and harder to find.

「HTC J One HTL22」製品ページへ
Video credits to aubyKDDIofficial

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active Live Pictures

Rumors on the rugged Samsung Galaxy S 4 emerged a few weeks ago, but Samsung is still mum on the upcoming device.

However, the folks over at GSMArena have just got their hands on the first live pictures showing the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active. It appears that the smartphone was recently showcased in Croatia, which points to an imminent announcement in the next few days. The Galaxy S4 Active is powered by a 1.9 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, which is complemented by an Adreno 320 graphics processing unit and 2GB of RAM. It boasts a 5-inch Super AMOLED capacitive touchscreen display that supports full HD (1080p) resolution. No word on the number of megapixels of the rear-facing camera, but there’s a high chance it will come with the same 13-megapixel photo snapper.

The pictures leaked confirm that the phone’s main camera features LED flash for night pictures, but we can expect that it will also come with autofocus and full HD (1080p) video recording. Although the hardware specs seem to be similar to the standard model, the rugged Galaxy S4 Active’s design is nothing like the original Galaxy S4 version. The phone’s chassis is made of metallic alloy with bolts on the back. In addition, the rugged Galaxy S4 features three hardware buttons, while the original model comes with one hardware button and two touch sensitive keys. Although it has yet to be confirmed, we suspect that Samsung Galaxy S 4 Active will be water and dust-proof and will have some other features specific to rugged devices.

According to a previous leak, Samsung Galaxy S 4 Active will ship with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean operating system out of the box, so there aren’t any differences in comparison with the standard model. There are no details on pricing options and availability yet, but we expect that Samsung will go official with the rugged Galaxy S4 Active in the next few days. Stay tuned for more updates on the matter.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Active
Image credits to GSMArena

LG Introducing 5-Inch Flexible OLED Display, Along with Other Screens

It's amazing how many flexible, foldable and rollable displays get launched every other month, but almost no flexible gadgets exist even now.

Anyway, LG has just launched the latest flexible OLED screen, a 5-inch sheet of plastic with organic light emitting diodes on it. It supposedly flexes more than others, all the while being more rugged. This is good in case of accidents, hits, drops, etc. No clue on the resolution though, sadly. Besides the 5-inch OLED screen, LG is making a 5-inch screen with 1mm bezel (borderless smartphones inbound) and a 7-inch version of it too, with embedded touch even.

Other things set to be shown off at the Society for Information Displays (SID) Display Week 2013 are a 23.8-inch UHD monitor, a 14-inch 2560 x 1440 resolution laptop panel , and a 7-inch Full HD screen, the first in the world. via Efytimes

LG OLED flexible display
Image credits to Shiny Plastic

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