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Mar 20, 2014

Karbonn Plans a Snapdragon-Based Octa-Core Smartphone for May Release

Indian mobile phone maker Karbonn has officially confirmed plans to bring to the market a new octa-core smartphone sometime in May, after making official two such devices only yesterday.

However, while the newly announced Titanium Octane and Octane Plus are powered by MediaTek CPUs, the upcoming handset will feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor inside. According to a recent article on BGR India, the company also said that the smartphone would pack a Snapdragon 615 chipset inside, and that it would also feature a 5-inch screen capable of delivering a full HD resolution. Running under the Android 4.4.2 KitKat, the handset will also feature Karbonn’s new user interface on top. Additionally, Karbonn said that it will release the device at a higher price point compared to the newly unveiled phones, at around Rs. 20,000 ($326 / €237).

Karbonn also confirmed that it was indeed working on the launch of a dual-boot Android-Windows Phone handset, while unveiling that it would not be a cheap device when it lands on shelves in the next several months. The company has partnered with Microsoft for the release of Windows Phone devices only recently and should unveil such a smartphone soon, with a price tag of around Rs. 10,000 ($163 / €119), it seems. More on the matter will be announced soon, so stay tuned.

Karbonn plans octa-core Snapdragon smartphone
Image credits to Karbonn

Leaked 5-Inch Screen for QWERTY BlackBerry Phone Emerges

Canadian mobile phone maker BlackBerry might be on a descendent curve right now, but the company is still planning the launch of new devices, and info on one of them has allegedly emerged online in the form of leaked photos with the handset’s screen.

The smartphone in question is reportedly featuring the codename of Windermere and has already leaked online before as a 5-inch smartphone that would also arrive on the market with a QWERTY keyboard on the front. BlackBerry has already released devices with both touchscreens and physical keyboard, and it does not come as a surprise that it plans a new one, though the screen size is rather unusual, that’s for sure. In fact, the newly leaked images show that the 5-inch screen of the upcoming mobile phone will sport a 1:1 ratio, similar to those featured by BlackBerry Q10 and Q5.

According to N4BB, said photos appear to show that the handset’s screen is almost a final revision, which might suggest that BlackBerry could make the smartphone official sooner rather than later. No official confirmation on the smartphone has been provided as of now, and there’s no telling what other hardware specs it will feature when launched. Have a look at the images that leaked over at techguyzz to make a better idea of what the phone’s screen might be all about. Images gallery below, click to view original image.

5-Inch Screen for QWERTY BlackBerry Phone
Images credits to techguyzz

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