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Dec 30, 2013

China Telecom’s Xiaomi Hongmi Leaks




Chinese mobile phone carrier China Telecom is reportedly getting ready for the launch of a new Xiaomi smartphone on its network, none other than the Xiaomi Hongmi that landed on shelves several months ago.

The affordable device has already been launched in the country on the networks of China Mobile and China Unicom (with TD-SCDMA and WCDMA connectivity, respectively), and it seems that CDMA users will also enjoy it soon. Furthermore, leaked info on the matter, available courtesy of cnbeta, suggests that China Telecom will release an updated version of Hongmi (Red Rice).

The mobile phone should sport a 13-megapixel camera on the back, paired with an 8MP one on the front. It will also arrive on shelves with a 4.7-inch HD 720p display, as well as with a 1.5GHz quad-core MT6589T processor, paired with 1GB of RAM. Xiaomi Hongmi will be powered by a 2000mAh battery.

China Telecom’s Xiaomi Hongmi
Image credits to GizChina

LG Odin Octa-Core Chipset Spotted in AnTuTu Benchmark




LG’s in-house octa-core chipset has just popped up in AnTuTu benchmark, which suggests that the system-on-chip solution is close to being officially unveiled.

As Phonearena points out, LG’s Odin chipset might not be a real octa-core chipset like MediaTek’s MT6592 processor. Instead, the South Korean company’s proprietary chipset will have a set of 4 core handling the heavy resource apps and games, while the other 4 cores will only be used for apps and features requiring low resources. This can be seen in the AnTuTu benchmark as well. The LG Odin seems to have been clocked at low speeds (100 MHz – 1GHz), but still scored pretty high.

It is also worth mentioning that LG’s Odin chipset will feature the new Power VR Series 6 graphics processing unit and 2GB of RAM. This particular prototype unit was packed with only 4GB of internal memory and ran Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, but the final version of the rumored G3 is likely to arrive with completely different specs.

LG Odin benchmark results
Image credits to AnTuTu Bechmark

Galaxy S5 to Pack a 64-Bit CPU, 4GB of RAM, Quad-HD Screen




Today, Samsung officially announced a new mobile RAM module, one that would have future high-end smartphones arriving on shelves with 4GB of RAM inside, and rumor has it that Galaxy S5 might be the first to include it.

Apparently, Samsung is set to kick off the production of the new memory in early 2014, and it would have enough stock to launch its next flagship smartphone with the feature packed inside. This will make the upcoming phone a very powerful device, though it seems that it might not be the only great feature that Samsung is planning for it. According to IT Today, the company will also include a 64-bit processor inside the handset, further enhancing its performance capabilities.

Moreover, as BGR reports, Galaxy S5 has been rumored to feature a Quad HD screen (2560 x 1440-pixels, aka 2k), thus becoming an even more appealing smartphone. Unfortunately, none of these rumors has been confirmed as of now, so we’ll take it with a grain of salt.

Samsung to pack Galaxy S5 with 64-bit CPU, 4GB of RAM
Image credits to Samsung

Xiaomi Mi3 WCDMA to Be Released Tomorrow




Chinese mobile phone maker Xiaomi has made its Xiaomi Mi3 flagship device official a few months ago in different flavors, including one that sports WCDMA connectivity inside, yet it hasn’t made the device available for purchase as of now.

According to the latest reports on the matter, however, this should change as soon as tomorrow, when the new Mi3 model is released. The mobile phone will offer support for China Unicom’s 3G network and will feature a Snapdragon 800 processor inside, as GizChina reports. The phone will be put up for sale in two different versions, one featuring 16GB of internal memory and another one with 64GB of storage, priced at 1,999 Yuan ($330/€240) and 2,499 Yuan ($412/€300), respectively.

The smartphone also features 2GB of RAM, 330 Adreno GPU, and the MIUI V5 platform loaded on top (based on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean).

Xiaomi Mi3 WCDMA to arrive on shelves tomorrow
Image credits to PCOnline via GizChina

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