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Apr 23, 2014

Pantech IM-A888S Emerges in AnTuTu with Snapdragon 805 CPU

South Korean mobile phone maker Pantech is gearing up for the release of a new high-end handset, one that might land on shelves with the Snapdragon 805 processor packed inside, as a recent listing in AnTuTu shows.

The company has been rumored before to plan the release of such a device, but no proof of that has emerged until now. However, a certain Pantech IM-A888S has been spotted in the aforementioned benchmarking app powered by this processor. According to the listing, the handset should land on shelves as a flagship model, packing a screen capable of delivering a 1440 x 2560 pixels resolution, and pairing the Snapdragon 805 CPU with 3GB of RAM. The handset managed to score 36970 points in AnTuTu. As PhoneArena notes, considering the fact that this is still a prototype device, the score is a pretty good one. The news site also notes that the new phone might arrive on the market as the successor of Pantech Vega LTE-A, which was launched with model number IM-A880S attached to it, provided that the handset vendor continues to use the same naming scheme as before. 

No details on the release date of the new smartphone have been offered as of now, but chances are that it won’t go official for several months. Stay tuned for more on the matter.

Pantech IM-A888S
Image credits to Antutu

Oppo R1S Goes Official with 5-Inch HD Display, Quad-Core CPU, on Pre-Order from April 25

After launching the Oppo R1 mid-range Android smartphone, the Chinese company decided to try its luck with a sequel, which is dubbed Oppo R1S. The Oppo R1 and R1S have been priced similarly, although they have different specs, so it’s up to each and every Android enthusiast to choose the right device for them.

The official launch of the R1S doesn’t come as a surprise given the fact that the smartphone received its certification in China last week. However, we did not know when exactly Oppo would announce the new smartphone. Powered by Android 4.3 Jelly Bean operating system with Color ROM, Oppo R1S is another mid-range smartphone that offers more than decent hardware specs. According to fonearena, the R1S will be available for pre-order for 2,500 yuan ($400 / €290) outright beginning April 25. For the time being, the smartphone will only be released in China, but Oppo may decide to bring it to other countries in the region as well. It is also worth mentioning that Oppo R1S will be available in both blue and white color options and will be up for pre-order via Oppo’s official online store.

Just like the HTC Desire 816, the Oppo R1S is equipped with a more than decent 1.6GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, which is accompanied by an Adreno 305 graphics processing unit and 1GB of RAM. The R1S comes with 16GB of storage, but there’s no mention of microSD card slot for memory expansion, so we must assume that it lacks one. That may be its only downside, though there are plenty of companies that offer free cloud storage for various periods. Furthermore, the Oppo R1S sports a 5-inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen display that supports HD (720p) resolution. The phone is only 7.1mm thin and weighs 140 grams (battery included). Speaking of which, the smartphone is powered by a 2140 mAh battery, which has yet to be rated by the manufacturer.

Another strong point of Oppo’s mid-range smartphone is the 13-megapixel camera on the back, which features 6-element, f/2.0 aperture, 1/3″ Sony IMX214 sensor, LED flash and full HD (1080p) video recording. There’s also a secondary, no less impressive, 5-megapixel photo snapper in the front, which is perfect for selfies or video calls. On the connectivity front, Oppo R1S does not disappoint, as the smartphone comes with 4G LTE support, as well as Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS with A-GPS and microUSB.

Oppo R1S
Image credits to fonearena

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