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Jul 15, 2013

HTC One Mini Screenshots Confirm Rumored Specs

HTC One mini, the smaller flavor of HTC’s flagship HTC One smartphone, is expected to arrive on shelves before the end of July, and a series of newly leaked screenshots and photos confirm the previously rumored hardware specifications for it.

The handset should arrive on the market with a 1.4GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, paired with Adreno 305 GPU, 1GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal memory. Furthermore, it will sport a 4.3-inch HD screen (720 x 1280 pixels, 320 ppi), while running under Android 4.2 Jelly Bean with the HTC Sense 5 UI loaded on top, the leaked screenshots available courtesy of Android Next unveil.

For those out of the loop, we should note that HTC One was launched with a 4.7-inch screen, a Snapdragon 600 processor, and 2GB of RAM packed inside.

HTC One mini
Images credits to AndroidNext.de

ZTE Geek U988S Emerges with Tegra 4 CPU

The first smartphone in the world to arrive on shelves with Nvidia’s Tegra 4 processor packed inside appears to have already been confirmed as a ZTE device, the U988S.

The handset has been spotted online before, as it has already received the necessary approvals from TENAA not long ago, and it seems that ZTE has decided to share some more info on it, via Sina Weibo. The device is expected to land on shelves at China Mobile in the not too distant future as the ZTE Geek U988S, and should feature the aforementioned Tegra 4 CPU inside, instead of an Intel processor.

The chip is said to run at 1.8GHz and to be paired by 2GB of RAM. Furthermore, the smartphone will pack a 5-inch LCD touchscreen capable of delivering a 1,920 x 1,080 pixel resolution, a 2MP front camera, and an 8-megapixel photo snapper on the back, Engadget reports.

ZTE to launch Tegra 4 smartphone in China soon
Image credits to ZTE

Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 DUOS Emerges

Earlier this year, South Korean mobile phone maker Samsung made official a 6.3-inch Android-based smartphone called Galaxy Mega, and the dual-SIM flavor of the device has just emerged online.

Supposedly called Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 DUOS, the handset was spotted in a leaked photo that popped up over at PhoneArena, with a design similar to that of the original phone, except for the aforementioned support for two SIM cards. The smartphone will land on shelves with a 6.3-inch 720p screen, a 1.7GHz dual-core Exynos processor inside, 1GB of RAM, and Google’s Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean operating system loaded on top.

The mobile phone is also said to sport an 8-megapixel photo snapper on the back, along with a 2MP front camera, 8GB of internal memory, and a microSD memory card slot for storage expansion purposes. Featuring the SCH-P729 model number, Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 DUOS has already received the necessary approvals from the Bluetooth SIG.

Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 DUOS
Image credits to PhoneArena

Samsung Preparing Tablets with 2,560 x 1,600 Pixel Displays

Samsung is preparing quite a few products, but the number might be higher than anyone had expected, and I wouldn't have found out so quickly if it hadn't been for User Agent Profiles and Ameblo leaking a certain tidbit.

Essentially, Samsung is preparing to launch two tablets it hasn't spoken about up to now: SM-P600 and SM-P900 (with SM-P601, SM-P605, SM-P901 and SM-P905 derivatives). They will have high-quality displays with a resolution of 2,560 x 1,600 pixels (aka WQXGA). I suppose that means they will have 10.1-inch screens. In fact, the SM-P900 might turn out to be a higher-end Galaxy Tab 3 10.1.

The SM-P600 might turn out to be an 8-inch model instead of a 10.1-incher, but it's all still speculation. In fact, all we know for sure, besides the screen resolution, is that the slates will possess Wi-Fi, 3G and LTE connectivity, plus Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system.

Samsung prepares two unknown tablets
Image credits to Samsung

Magnolia, Tizen's First Tablet, a 10.1-Inch ARM Model

Tizen Indonesia is one of the few companies that are still trying to prove that a tablet doesn't need the Apple iOS or the Google Android operating system to be great. Here is the latest attempt.

Granted, to call it attempt might be going a bit far, because Tizen hasn't exactly done anything in the recent past. Or at least, the company hasn't done anything officially. Behind the scenes, however, it has been hard at work shaping and optimizing the Tizen 2.0, also known as Magnolia. Obviously, that the device is called Tizen 2.0 means that it isn't the first iteration that the company tried out, but that's neither here nor there. Then again, the company hasn't exactly tried out this one either. It has only completed an experimental version that will only be sold to developers. Chances are that even the finished product will only be available to developers and not the general population, for a time at least.

The reason? Since the slate doesn't run either of the two acclaimed operating systems, there are few apps that will work on it. That's where developers come in. Tizen will release the Magnolia tablet at some point between October 23 and October 25, 2013. That's when the Smartphone & Mobile Expo will take place in Japan. It is still uncertain if the Tizen OS will have any measure of success. At least we know that some developers are showing interest. If nothing else, the Tizen 2.0 Magnolia will be cheaper than iPads and Android slates, and definitely Windows slates as well, so that's one less thing to worry about.

That said, here are the few specifications so far known: a quad-core ARM Cortex-A9 CPU (1.4 GHz), 2 GB of DDR3 memory, an LCD with WUXGA resolution (1920 x 1200 pixels), 32 GB storage space, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, two cameras (2MP rear camera & 0.3MP front-facing camera) and a microSD card slot.

Tizen prototype tablet
Image credits to TizenExperts

Intel-Based ZTE Geek Expected in China on July 25

Before the end of this month, mobile phone users in China will have the option to purchase the Intel-based ZTE Geek smartphone, the latest reports on the matter suggest.

Packing a Clover Trail+ processor inside and a 5-inch 1080 x 720 pixel touchscreen display, the mobile phone is expected to land on shelves on July 25, exclusively through Jingdong Mall, Engadget reports. The smartphone will be released with a price tag of 2,288 Yuan ($372 / €285) attached to it, bundled with a wireless charging kit (the phone alone costs 1,888 Yuan / $307 / €235).

The ZTE Geek also features an 8-megapixel photo snapper on the back, along with a front camera for making video calls, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of internal memory, paired with a MicroSD memory card slot for expansion purposes. The handset runs under Android Jelly Bean.

ZTE Geek
Image credits to theinquirer.net

Fly F53s Official in India with 5.3-Inch qHD Screen

Mobile phone users in India are now able to purchase a new large smartphone running under Google’s Android operating system, namely the Fly F53s, which has been officially introduced in the country today.

The mobile phone will hit shelves with a 5.3-inch qHD (540 x 960 pixels) IPS touchscreen display, though with an affordable price tag attached. Fly Mobiles, the maker of the new handset, has confirmed that F53s has been released at only Rs. 9,999 ($167 / €128) and that users can already find it available through various retail stores in the country, a recent article on AndroidOS notes. The hardware specifications of the new device are in line with the price tag it sports, it seems, starting with the fact that it is powered only by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, and not a more powerful one. At the same time, the new mobile phone packs 1GB of RAM inside, as well as 4GB of internal memory, and a microSD memory card slot for storage expansion purposes.

The new Fly F53s has been unveiled with an 8-megapixel photo snapper on the back, with autofocus and support for HD video recording, as well as with a 2MP camera on the front, which should prove a great option for making video calls while on the go. “Fly is innovating to give the consumers the best digital experience,” Rahul Goel, president, Fly Mobiles, commented on the launch. “With more and more content consumption moving towards mobile devices, Fly is building offerings which will make this experience more pleasurable and comfortable.” The specifications list of the new mobile device also includes Dual-SIM (GSM+WCDMA) capabilities, FM Radio, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi connectivity options, and an 1850mAh battery, along with the usual set of sensors.

The new Fly F53s smartphone was launched with Google’s Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean operating system loaded on top right from the start.

Fly F53s
Image credits to Fly Mobiles via AndroidOS

Microsoft’s Store Lists Both 32GB and 64GB Lumia 1020 Versions

Nokia Lumia 1020, the latest Windows Phone 8 smartphone from the Finnish mobile phone maker and the first of them to arrive on shelves with a 41MP camera on the back, can now be seen listed online on Microsoft’s Store with both 32GB and 64GB internal memory options.

The handset was made official on Thursday, when Nokia announced its exclusive availability on the network of AT&T in the United States, but only with 32GB of memory packed inside. As for the 64GB flavor of the device, it was rumored before to arrive only on the shelves of Telefonica in Europe, which was expected to have exclusivity on it.

However, it seems that this might not be the case, given the listing on Microsoft Store, which suggests that users in the United States could also receive access to it, as WMPoweruser notes.

Nokia Lumia 1020
Image credits to Nokia

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