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May 27, 2013

Pantech IM-A880X Spotted in AnTuTu Benchmark with Snapdragon 800 Processor




South Korean mobile phone maker Pantech appears set to bring to the market a new high-end device in the not too distant future, one that sports the model number IM-A880X, and which has just emerged in the AnTuTu benchmarking application.

The device is said to pack a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor inside, and appears to be capable of delivering far better performance capabilities when compared to what Samsung’s Exynos 5 Octa-based Galaxy S4 has to offer. As AndroidAuthority notes, the smartphone can perform 10 percent better when compared to what Galaxy S 4 has to offer, with a score of 30133 in AnTuTu, with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean on top.

Furthermore, as the news site points out, the Snapdragon 800-powered device can best the Snapdragon 600-based Galaxy S 4 as well, if the benchmarking results are indeed accurate. Hopefully, more on this will emerge soon, so stay tuned.

Snapdragon 800-based Pantech smartphone spotted in benchmarks
Image credits to rbmen

Nokia Lumia 925 Superman Limited Edition to Land in China Soon




Users in China will soon be able to purchase a Limited Edition flavor of the new Nokia Lumia 925 smartphone, the latest reports on the matter claim.

Apparently, the company is preparing a Superman Limited Edition of the device, set to become available in China one day after the new Superman movie, Man of Steel, launches on June 14. The new smartphone flavor is expected to arrive with a Superman livery on the back, a recent post on WPDang unveils. Furthermore, Nokia will release a wireless charging cover with the same logo on it as a separate accessory.  However, no changes will be made to the smartphone’s internal hardware, it seems, though Nokia will load on it the newly released Man of Steel application for Windows Phone 8, as GSMArena notes. The Nokia Lumia 925 Superman Limited Edition is expected to sport a price tag of CNY 3,999 ($652 / €505) when released. Unfortunately, no info on the handset’s arrival in other countries around the world has been provided as of now.

For those out of the loop, we should note that Nokia Lumia 925 was made official with a 4.5-inch touchscreen display, capable of delivering a 768 x 1280 pixels resolution. The handset also features a 1.5GHz dual-core processor inside, 1GB of RAM, and 16GB / 32GB of internal memory. On the back, the smartphone sports an 8.7-megapixel photo snapper, with full HD video recording capabilities, as well as a front camera for making video calls while on the go. The specs list of the device also includes WiFi a/b/g/n and Bluetooth capabilities, 3G and 4G LTE connectivity, NFC, wireless charging, and the usual set of sensors.

Overall, Lumia 925 is similar to the Lumia 920 when it comes to specs, though it is slimmer and lighter, and also sports an aluminum ring around it, which also embeds its antenna.


Nokia Lumia 925 Superman Limited Edition cases
Image credits to WPDang

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mega next to Galaxy S 4, Galaxy S4 Mini




Samsung has been long rumored to plan on launching new high-end, large devices in its Galaxy lineup, and a new such smartphone has made an appearance online, next to the already made official Galaxy S4.

A leaked photo that emerged over at mobileaks.nl shows the new smartphone, supposedly called Galaxy S4 Mega, though it might very well be Galaxy Note III, next to Galaxy S 4 and a smaller smartphone, supposedly the unannounced Galaxy S4 mini. The phone appears to pack a smaller bezel when compared to the Galaxy S4, while also suggested to pack a 6-inch touchscreen display, falling in between the Galaxy Mega 5.8 and Galaxy Mega 6.3 smartphones.

Unfortunately, no info on the specifications list of the smartphone has been provided as of now, though it might not be too long before such details are unveiled, so stay tuned.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mega next to Galaxy S 4, Galaxy S4 mini
Image credits to mobileaks

Gigabyte's Low-Cost Haswell-Ready LGA1150 Motherboards




We've already seen Mini-ITX Z87 and top-tier Z87 ATX motherboards from Gigabyte, but the company isn't done yet. In anticipation of next week's release of Intel Haswell CPUs, it has introduced some low-cost LGA 1150 mainboards too.

The names of the new platforms are B85M-D3H, the Z87-D3HP, and the Z87-UD3H, and their prices are of under $150 / €150. The Z87-UD3H, as one might have guessed, is the most feature-packed of the lot, with heatsinks colored blue, silver, and pink. It uses a pair of PCI Express 3.0 x16 slots, one PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot (electrical x4), three PCI Express 2.0 x1 slots, a legacy PCI, a 24-pin ATX connector and an 8-pin EPS port. Then, there is an optional SATA power connector that can stabilize power domains, plus an 8-phase CPU power supply. Storage-wise, the Z87-UD3H gets 8 SATA 6 Gbps ports, 10 USB 3.0 ports, 8-channel HD (audio optical SPDIF) and Gigabit Ethernet. The Z87-D3HP is the cheapest Z87 motherboard Gigabyte has, with one PCI Express 3.0 x16 slot, 6 SATA 6 Gbps ports, a PCI Express 2.0 x16 slot, legacy PCI x1, three display ports (DVI, D-Sub, and HDMI, the Z87-UD3H has them too) and 8 USB 3.0.

That leaves the B85M-D3H, powered by the B85 chipset (obviously). It doesn't have CPU overclocking features but does get a simple 4-phase CPU power supply, four SATA 6 Gbps ports, a pair of SATA 3 Gbps ports, 4 USB 3.0, the same video outputs as on the other two, Gigabit Ethernet, and 8-channel audio.  Finally, the B85M-D3H supports Small Business Advantage (comes in micro-ATX form factor) and has four DDR3 memory slots, plus a PCI Express 3.0 slot and a PCI Express 2.0 x16 (electrical x4) slot. 2 legacy PCI slots round up the spec sheet.

Gigabyte B85M-D3H

Gigabyte Z87-D3HP

Gigabyte Z87-UD3H
Images credits to Gigabyte

Nokia to Launch Dual-SIM Lumias, New Low-End Handsets




Finnish mobile phone maker Nokia has registered a great success with the cheapest smartphones in its Lumia series, especially with the Windows Phone 8-powered Lumia 520, and it appears set to focus on this segment to increase its market share.

In fact, Jo Harlow, Nokia’s executive vice president for smartphone business, has already confirmed this, while also adding that the company is focused on launching devices that pack features currently missing from the lineup. One of them would be Dual-SIM capability, which is highly appreciated in various emerging markets such as India, Jo Harlow said in an interview with DNA.

“We will continue to push the boundaries of how low we can take Lumia. That’s one thing. […] Dual-SIM is an important one and to be really successful in the Indian market. And that’s something on our radar to bring to the portfolio,” Harlow said, BGR reports.

Nokia Lumia 520
Image credits to Nokia

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