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May 23, 2013

Samsung GT-I8805 (Tizen-Based) Spotted in UAProf




South Korean mobile phone maker Samsung has yet to make any Tizen-based smartphone official, and it seems that the previously leaked GT-I8805 might be the first such handset to hit shelves from the company.

The mobile phone has been spotted recently in a User Agent Profile on Samsung’s website, one that confirms that the Tizen OS has been loaded on it, and that it would arrive on the market with a 720 x 1280 pixels screen. According to Techtastic, the new device will also feature 4G LTE connectivity when released, as well as a Cortex A9-based processor packed inside.

The rest of the handset’s hardware specifications are unknown for the time being, but it might not be too long before Samsung decides to make it official. As previous reports suggested, the handset might be formally introduced later this summer.

Samsung GT-I8805 UAProf
Image credits to Samsung

Intel Core i7-4770 and i7-4770K CPUs Now Available on eBay




It is true that Intel won't officially introduce the Haswell series of central processing units, the fourth generation Core series, before Computex Taipei, which will take place between June 4 and 8.

That doesn't mean the chips aren't already out though, or at least up for pre-order in certain regions. We've already seen them in China, among other places. Now, the Core i7-4770 and i7-4770K chips have surfaced again, this time on eBay. Or at least they did briefly. The auction for the former ended early, and the chip wasn't sold, while the latter should still be there.

The starting bid was of $990 / €990, but offers were at $1,289 / €1,289 at the time of this blog's posting. Curiously, other online stores where the chips are actually up for order ask for less money than that.

Intel Core i7 logo
Imgage credits to Intel

Nokia Confirms to Launch 41MP Lumia on July 9




Finnish mobile phone maker Nokia is expected to bring to the market a Windows Phone 8-based Lumia device packing a 41-megapixel photo snapper on the back, and the handset is said to have been already confirmed.

Apparently, the device will be able to deliver a great video recording experience, with three different frame rate options available for 1080p video capture only, a post on mobilegeeks reads. The smartphone, supposedly called Nokia EOS, will feature a redesigned camera interface, a 4.5-inch screen, and a body thinner than that of Lumia 920, despite the large camera sensor.

Nokia has yet to confirm details on this device, but it seems that it might not be too long before that happens, as the smartphone is rumored to have been pegged for a July 9 unveiling. Stay tuned for more on this.

Nokia logo
Image credits to Nokia

LG Optimus GJ Official with Waterproof Capabilities




South Korean mobile phone maker LG Electronics has made official a new smartphone in its Optimus lineup, one that comes to the market with waterproof capabilities, namely the LG Optimus GJ.

The new device was made official in Taiwan with IXP5 and IPX7 certification, said to withstand immersion in water at one meter for up to 30 minutes. Unfortunately, LG did not offer specific info on the smartphone’s landing in more markets around the world, yet it might release it in more of them as well. The specs list of the new mobile phone includes a 4.7-inch IPS display that can deliver a 1280 x 720 pixels resolution, protected with Corning Gorilla Glass. The smartphone is powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon APQ8064 processor, paired with 2GB of RAM, and sports 16GB of internal memory, as well as a microSD memory card slot with support for up to 64GB of additional storage space. On the back, the LG Optimus GJ features a 13-megapixel photo snapper, with support for full HD video recording, complemented by a 1.3MP front camera for making video calls.

Measuring 139.6 x 68.9 x 9.39mm and weighing 141.2 grams, the new mobile phone packs a 2280mAh battery inside and runs under Google’s Android 4.1 Jelly Bean operating system. The new smartphone also features WiFi and Bluetooth connectivity, 4G LTE support, GPS receiver, and the usual set of sensors. However, it lacks NFC capabilities, it seems. The LG Optimus GJ is said to arrive on shelves in Taiwan with a price tag of NT$17,990 ($600 / €467) attached to it, contract free. It will be released in Black and Red flavors.

The smartphone is expected to become available for purchase in Taiwan in June, ePrice reports. Apparently, LG might be set to put it on pre-order starting with June 1, and should start shipping it about two weeks later.

LG Optimus GJ
Image credits to ePrice

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