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Jul 17, 2013

HTC One Mini Gets Certified in China, Appears in Live Photos

More pictures of the smaller version of HTC One have just leaked online, along with some details on the phone’s specs sheet.

Furthermore, GSMArena reports that the phone has just received certification in China and is likely to go official in the next couple of weeks. According to the latest rumors, HTC One mini will be launched with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean operating system out of the box and a decent enough 1.4 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor. The smartphone is said to pack 1GB of RAM, an Adreno 305 graphics processing unit and a 4 UltraPixel rear camera. HTC One mini sports a 4.3-inch HD (720p) capacitive touchscreen display, as well as 16 GB of internal memory.

Unfortunately, there is no confirmation on the microSD card slot for memory expansion, so we must assume that storage is non-expandable. Stay tuned for more details on this one.

HTC One Mini
Image credits to Tenaa

Sony Xperia Z Ultra Arriving in the UK on September 6

The newest Android flagship smartphone coming from Sony, the Xperia Z Ultra, has already been confirmed for the UK, though information on availability has been a bit scarce until recently.

The smartphone is expected to arrive in the UK via major carriers and retailers, so Sony fans will surely get to choose their favorite network. At least one major UK-based retailer, Expansys, will start offering the Sony Xperia Z Ultra on September 6. According to AndroidCentral, Expansys has just confirmed that it will receive the first stock of Xperia Z Ultra units on the said date. Those who wish to purchase the white or black version of Sony Xperia Z Ultra via Expanys will have to come up with no less than £640 outright, which is about €740 or $975. For the time being, the handset is up for pre-order at Expansys for this price, but as we approach its release, it might go cheaper.

GSMArena also reports that Clove UK has just announced that the first stock of Xperia Z Ultra is expected in the week commencing September 13. Both black and white variants of the smartphone will be available for purchase. Clove offers the Xperia Z Ultra a bit cheaper than Expansys, as customers will be able to pick it up for £600 (€695/$915). Those who can afford this monstrous phablet will get a huge device featuring a 6.4-inch full HD (1080p) capacitive touchscreen display that packs Triluminos technology and scratch resistant glass. Hardware-wise, the smartphone packs a powerful 2.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal memory.

On the back, the phone boasts an enhanced 8-megapixel photo snapper with autofocus and full HD (1080p) video recording. Sadly, the phone lacks any type of LED flash, so night pictures are out of the question.

Sony Xperia Z Ultra
Image credits to Sony

Red Nokia Lumia 1020 Option for AT&T Customers

Nokia has announced that the Lumia 1020 will be available from AT&T later this month for only $299.99 (€229) with a new two-year agreement.

The Finnish company has confirmed that the smartphone will be available in black, white and yellow, though some Nokia fans have expected the handset maker to allow them to purchase the Lumia 1020 in cyan and red as well. Although cyan and red Lumia 1020 have yet to be announced, evleaks has just published the press image of Nokia’s flagship smartphone in red.

At this point, there’s no telling if the red color will be an option for AT&T customers who want to pick up the Nokia Lumia 1020 next month. However, if the photo is genuine, we should expect the carrier to reveal the new color pretty soon, so stay tuned for more updates on the matter.

Red Nokia Lumia 1020
Image credits to evleaks

Acer Upcoming Products, Acer TA2 with NVIDIA Tegra 4

Besides the fact that Tegra 3-based tablets aren't old or weak enough to warrant updates, there is also another reason why Tegra 4 isn't likely to sell: pricing.

That's right, as far as mobile platforms go, Tegra 4 is expensive. It's a large part of the reason why NVIDIA has even made the Tegra 4i. Anyway, that doesn't mean there won't be devices based on the platform. In fact, Acer has one such device, the TA2 tablet, getting ready to go through the door. With the full name TA272HUL (or codename anyway), the product has shown up in GFXBench’s database. No clue yet what the real, final name will be, but the display, at least, will be good: 2560 x 1344 pixels, or maybe 2560 x 1600 or 2560 x 1440.

Ultimately, it depends on the aspect ratio that Acer finds most suitable for whatever demographic it is aiming the tablet at (consumers, multimedia lovers, business users, etc.). No indication of how large the slate will be, unfortunately.

Acer TA2 tablet inbound
Image credits to Acer

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