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Sep 30, 2013

Gionee Elife E6 with Quad-Core CPU and 5-Inch Full HD Display Coming Soon to India

Chinese company Gionee is about to launch a new high-end Android smartphone in India, the Elife E6. The handset will be officially unveiled on October 3 during a press event in New Delhi, but will go on sale several days later.

According to AndroidOS, Gionee Elife E6 will be available for purchase several days after the official launch for around Rs 22,000 outright, which is about $350 or €260. The Elife E6 is already listed at some major retailers in India, including Snapdeal, but they claim that the smartphone will start shipping in about ten days. Hardware-wise, Gionee’s high-end smartphone looks pretty buffed, so the only way to make it stand out from other devices with a similar specs sheet would be pricing. For the time being, the price listed by Snapdeal has yet to be confirmed by Gionee, but we can safely assume that it will be in the same range.

Hardware-wise, Gionee Elife E6 should come equipped with a powerful 1.5 GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM. No word if the smartphone packs a Qualcomm chipset or a much cheaper MediaTek CPU, but we will know more later on this week. Furthermore, the smartphone is expected to boast an impressive 5-inch capacitive touchscreen display that supports full HD (1080p) resolution. In addition, it should offer users an enhanced 13-megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus, LED flash and full HD (1080p) video recording. The 5-megapixel front-facing camera is capable of capturing 720p videos and is perfect for video calls and self-portraits. The Elife E6 seems to have the same cameras as the recently launched Lenovo Vibe X and Vibe Z, which will arrive in India next month.

Last but not least, Gionee Elife E6 will ship with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system out of the box and no less than 32GB of internal memory.

Gionee Elife E6
Image credits to AndroidOS

Nexus 5 to Sport Nano-SIM, Android 4.4 to Impose It on All Handsets

Nexus 5, the yet unannounced smartphone in the popular series of Google phones out there, might arrive on shelves with a nano SIM card inside, the latest reports on the matter suggest.

In fact, rumor has it that the smartphone could be only the first Android 4.4 KitKat device out there to sport the smallest SIM card. Apparently, one of the requirements for having the upcoming operating system version installed on a mobile phone would be to pack it with a nano-SIM card, PhoneArena notes.

The news site claims that Nexus 5 has been confirmed to arrive with a nano-SIM inside at Ukrainian wireless carrier Life :), the same as iPhone 5s, iPhone 5c, and Android 4.4 smartphones will. It still remains to be seen whether the aforementioned info was posted on the operator’s website by mistake or not, so stay tuned to learn more on the matter.

Nexus 5 expected to feature a nano-SIM card slot
Image credits to milannoartworks.deviantart via AndroidAndMe

BlackBerry: 100% Committed to BBM for Android and iOS but No Release Date Yet

Today, Canadian mobile phone maker BlackBerry reaffirmed its commitment to the release of BBM for Android and iOS devices, though it still hasn’t provided a specific launch date for it.

In a recent post on Twitter, the company said that its BlackBerry Messenger was still coming to said platforms, and that more info on when it will land would be offered to those who sign up at BBM.com for it. “Still 100% committed to bringing #BBM to Android and iPhone. Sign up at http://www.BBM.com to know when #BBM4All,” the company said

BBM was set to arrive on Android on September 21, while being planned for iOS devices for September 22. However, due to the fact that it leaked on Android hours before the official launch, BlackBerry’s servers got cluttered with requests, and the company decided to pull the plug on the release. Hopefully, it will manage to make the service available for both Android and iOS this week, so that enthusiasts won’t have to wait longer for it to arrive.

BBM still coming to Android and iOS, BlackBerry says
Image credits to tech2.in.com

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