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Jul 21, 2014

Gionee GN9005 Could Be the Thinnest Smartphone at 5mm




Chinese mobile phone maker Gionee appears determined to bring to the market the thinnest smartphone out there, in the form of Gionee GN9005, which has emerged in China with a body that is only 5mm thick.

The handset has already received the necessary approvals in its homeland market, and we might see it going official very soon with the aforementioned thin body and with a 4.8-inch AMOLED touchscreen display that can deliver a 720 x 1280 pixels resolution. The mobile phone should also arrive on shelves with a 1.2GHz quad-core processor inside, as well as with 1GB of RAM. Moreover, it was listed at TENAA in China with 16GB of internal memory, it seems. On the back, the upcoming Gionee GN9005 will sport an 8-megapixel camera, which will be complemented by a 5MP front camera for making video calls while on the go.

The specs list of this device is also said to include a 2050mAh battery, along with Google’s Android 4.3 Jelly Bean operating system loaded on top. The new handset is expected to arrive in China with TD-LTE connectivity inside, which would make it fit for the network of wireless carrier China Mobile. Unfortunately, no specific info on its release date and pricing has been provided as of now.

Gionee GN9005
Image credits to TENAA via PhoneArena

LG G3 Prime to Go Official on July 25 with Snapdragon 805 CPU




South Korean mobile phone maker LG Electronics has been long rumored to plan on releasing a new, updated flavor of the LG G3 smartphone, and it appears that all might go down before the end of this week.

According to info coming from South Korean website Naver, the new device model, long referred to as LG G3 Prime, should go official as soon as July 25.In fact, we should note that said handset has already emerged online in South Korea, under the name of LG G3 Cat. 6, even if it hasn’t been officially introduced in the country as of now. What the new device model will bring along when compared to the original LG G3 variant is support for Category 6 LTE-Advanced networks, with speeds of up to 225 Mbps. This is due to the inclusion of a Snapdragon 805 processor inside the new smartphone variant, which not only offers support for the faster data transfer rates, but also delivers increased performance capabilities. The rest of the handset’s hardware specifications should remain unchanged, which means that those who will go for the LG G3 Prime will still enjoy a 5.5-inch touchscreen display capable of delivering a Quad HD (1440 x 2560 pixels) resolution.

Moreover, the mobile phone sports 3GB of RAM, along with 32GB of internal memory, paired with a microSD memory card slot for expansion purposes. On the back, the LG G3 features a 13-megapixel camera with Optical Image Stabilization and support for 4K video recording, complemented by a 2MP front camera for making video calls while on the go. The handset is powered by a 3000mAh battery, while also featuring support for 3G networks, along with the usual Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and NFC capabilities. The same as its predecessor, the smartphone comes with back-mounted power and volume buttons. However, it also adds a Laser Focus sensor on the back, so that users receive a better experience when it comes to snapping photos. LG G3 runs under the Android 4.4.2 KitKat operating system, but also sports LG’s own set of customizations and exclusive applications loaded on top.

The new LG G3 Prime is expected to become available for purchase only in South Korea, at least in the beginning. However, chances are that LG will work with other LTE-A carriers to release it in other markets out there as well. What remains to be seen at the moment is whether the phone will indeed become official before the end of this week, so stay tuned to learn more on the matter.

LG G3
Image credits to LG

Moto G2 Smartphone Emerges Online




Moto X, the flagship Android-based handset that Motorola launched last year (though only a mid-range device), might not be the only phone in the company’s lineup to see a successor before the end of 2014, the latest reports on the matter suggest.

Moto G, the cheaper variant of Moto X, is also said to be receiving such a treatment in the not too distant future, and info on what could prove to be this handset’s sequel made it online today. The mobile phone, supposedly called Moto G2, has emerged online in an allegedly leaked photo, which confirms that it will arrive on shelves with a front speaker, similar to its predecessor. Moreover, the device is said to sport model number 1068 XT and to run under the latest flavor of Google’s Android operating system. The leaked info on this handset has emerged online courtesy of mallandonoandroid, yet no official confirmation on the matter has been provided as of now. Rumor has it that the mobile phone will arrive on the market with a quad-core ARM V7 processor inside, paired with Adreno 305 graphics, and that it will also feature dual-SIM capabilities. Moreover, the Moto G2 is supposedly set to launch with a touchscreen display capable of delivering a 1280 x 720 pixels resolution. However, info on its size hasn’t been provided as of now.

The specs list of this mobile phone would also include an 8-megapixel camera on the back, most probably capable of recording videos in full HD resolution. A front-facing camera will also be present on this device, along with the usual set of connectivity capabilities and sensors. Unfortunately, as mentioned above, no official word on this mobile phone has been provided as of now, and it remains to be seen how much of the info presented above will pan out in the end. Undoubtedly, Motorola is preparing the release of a Moto G successor, especially when considering the success that the original device has enjoyed in various markets out there. At the same time, we can assume that the company will be releasing the phone at a price tag similar with that of the predecessor, so as to ensure that it continues to attract users on its side.

In addition to this phone, the vendor is also expected to launch a Moto X sequel before the end of this year, and it might also be working on even cheaper devices, similar to the Moto E that landed earlier this year.

Allegedly leaked Moto G2
Image credits to mallandonoandroid

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