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Mar 24, 2015

Huawei Honor 4X and Honor 6 Plus Officially Introduced in India

Chinese company Huawei has just announced the upcoming availability of two new smartphones for the Indian market, the Honor 4X and Honor 6 Plus. Both smartphones have been released in China last year and will make their debut in India in April.

However, customers will be able to pre-order the Honor 4X and Honor 6 Plus beginning today from Huawei's official website. Only a limited number of devices will be available during Huawei's flash sale, so make sure you pre-order the smartphones as soon as they go live. Huawei Honor 4X is a mid-range Android smartphone and customers can purchase it for only Rs 10,499 outright, which is about $170 or €155. On the other hand, Huawei Honor 6 Plus is a high-end handset, so those who want to go for it will have to come up with Rs 26,499 upfront, which is about $425 or €390. It's also worth mentioning that both Huawei smartphones offer dual-SIM support and they both ship with Android 4.4.2 KitKat operating system with Emotion 3.0 UI on top.

The Honor 6 Plus might eventually get an Android 5.0 Lollipop update at some point, but there's no confirmation yet. The mid-range Honor 4X is less likely to get the upgrade.

Both smartphones come with large 5.5-inch displays
Moving on to specs, Huawei Honor 4X sports a large 5.5-inch IPS LCD display that supports HD (720p) resolution. It also packs a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash and full HD (1080p) video recording, as well as a secondary 5-megapixel camera in the front. The Honor 4X is powered by a 64-bit quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor clocked at 1.2GHZ, 2GB of RAM and 8GB of internal memory that can be further expanded up to 32GB via microSD card. Huawei Honor 6 Plus features a 5.5-inch IPS LCD display that supports full HD (1080p) resolution. It also comes equipped with a much better octa-core HiSilicon Kirin 925 processor, which is complemented by 3GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory.

The smartphone is packed with dual 8-megapixel cameras on the back that feature dual-LED flash, autofocus and full HD (1080p) video recording. There's also a secondary 8-megapixel camera in the front for video calls and great selfies.

Huawei Honor 4X
Image credits to Huawei India

Xiaomi's Ferrari Phone Leaks Out with FHD Display, Android 5.0.2 Lollipop

We've been hearing a bunch of exciting news from Xiaomi lately. The company is experimenting with Microsoft in order to port Windows 10 on its current Mi 4 handset, but on top of that, the Chinese company is also working towards a new smartphone.

The new phone has already surfaced in benchmarks showing us the specifications we should be expecting from it. The device is dubbed Xiaomi Ferrari and should make a debut with a 4.9-inch display with 1920 x 1080 pixel resolution and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor clocked at 1.6GHz (octa-core variety). Other features include a 12MP camera capable of shooting full HD video along with HDR modes. Up in front we’ve got a 4.8MP snapper. Most importantly, Xiaomi Ferrari will run MIUI based on the newest Android 5.0.2 Lollipop.

Xiaomi is yet to provide the latest Google update to its range of smartphones, so those craving a Lollipop device under the company’s banner should be on the lookout for this “Ferrari.” It looks like we’re dealing with a pretty decent mid-range phone here. Recently, it has been rumored that the Chinese company is also looking to release a very affordable smartphone which would be offered with a price tag under $60 / €55 and pretty basic specs.

Xiaomi Ferrari reveals specs in benchmark listing

Xiaomi Ferrari was put through different tests

Xiaomi Ferrari multi-core and single core test results
Images credits to My Drivers

Sony Xperia Cosmos Leaks in Live Picture Again

The latest smartphone announced by Sony Mobile, the Xperia M4 Aqua is expected to arrive on the market sometime in April. Until then though, the Japanese company might unveil another mid-range handset.

The unannounced smartphones leaked about a week ago and is condenamed Cosmos. The Xperia Cosmos is a mid-range smartphone that is supposed to come with a 5-megapixel front-facing camera and LED flash. We also know that Sony Xperia Cosmos might be equipped with an octa-core processor manufactured by MediaTek. We suspect that the mid-range handset will ship with Android 5.0 Lollipop operating system out of the box, just like the Xperia M4 Aqua. Apart from that, there aren't many details on Xperia Cosmos' specs, so we can only wait until more info emerges online or Sony makes the smartphone official.

The latest picture provided by @upleaks shows the phone's front camera more clearly now, as well as the LED flash to its right. Since the flow of news about the Xperia Cosmos has become thicker now, we expect Sony to come forward with an official announcement very soon. If you're a Sony Xperia fan, then stay tuned as we'll be keeping an eye out for more details on the matter and report as soon as we have more info.

Sony Xperia Cosmos
Image credits to @UpLeaks

Sailfish OS Alpha Build Is Now Available for the OnePlus One

Earlier this month, we told you that Jolla’s own Martin Brook posted an interesting image on Twitter depicting the OnePlus One handset running on the Finish company’s Sailfish OS platform.

Sailfish OS is currently running on devices offered by the mother company, but in the near future we might end up seeing more manufacturers take up this OS and use it on their devices, especially since Jolla has opened up licensing. Anyway, if a few weeks ago we were only giving you a quick look at how Sailfish might look on the OnePlus One, the good news is that Jolla has rolled out the alpha version of Sailfish OS for this particular handset.

Since the build is in alpha state, don’t expect all the functionalities to be up and running, as you’ll probably notice some of them are missing. For example Wi-Fi connectivity and the camera app are currently inoperable. On top of that, support for Android Apps isn’t available just yet and neither are OTA updates. If you decide to go forward and install the alpha build, you can do so by following the instructions provided by Jolla itself.

We've also attached a video showing the OnePlus One running the OS, so you can get an idea of what you’re in for.

Sailfish OS alpha build is available for OnePlus One

Sailfish OS runs on OnePlus One, shows apps

How to access events view on OnePlus One

Picking up a call on the OnePlus One
Images credits to Jolla

SailfishOS pre-alpha1 on #oneplus one
Video credits to vgrade100

HTC One M9+ Stacked Against the HTC One M9, Here’s the Difference

The HTC One M9+ was nowhere to be seen at the company’s New York event last week, but that doesn't mean the phone will not be unveiled at some point, one way or another.

The phone has leaked numerous times before, and the exact dimensions of the upcoming model have been revealed for the world to see. According to the rumor mill, the larger HTC One M9 version will measure 5.94 x 2.85 x 0.4 inches / 150.9 x 72.5 x 10.44 mm. And since we know the supposed dimensions of the upcoming phone, serial leakster @OnLeaks designed a mock-up of the upcoming device and pitted it against the current One M9, so we can get an idea of the differences between the two. @OnLeaks was inspired in his endeavor by a bunch of pictures that are supposedly showing a real One M9+ prototype. Rumors say that the HTC M9+ will arrive in the wild with a 5.2-inch display with 1440 x 2560 pixel resolution and a hefty pixel density of 565ppi.

Under the hood, it is said that we should see either an octa-core Snapdragon or a MediaTek chipset moving things along depending on the region, working hand in hand with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. We’re also expecting to see a 20.7MP camera on the back, plus a 4.1MP front-facing camera, and a 2,840 mAh battery keeping the phone alive. The phone will probably arrive with a fingerprint scanner of the touch variety too. While we wait to see whether HTC will launch this particular model or not, take a moment and check out the One M9+ and One M9 lying next to each other.

HTC One M9+ vs. HTC One M9
Image credits to @OnLeaks

Purported image of HTC One M9+

HTC One M9+ from profile

HTC One M9+ back and front
Images credits to GSM Arena

Lenovo K3 Note Launches with 5.5-Inch FHD Display, Octa-Core CPU and $128 Price

It’s a good time to be a Lenovo smartphone fan in China, as the company has just rolled out an interesting-looking new phone that will help it compete against the likes of Meizu and Xiaomi in the country.

Say hello to the Lenovo K3 Note, a phablet arriving in the wild with a hefty 5.5-inch display and a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels (401 ppi), plus an octa-core MediaTek MT6752 processor pumping juice on the inside (as reported by Mobile Dad). Lenovo also throws in 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage and a 13MP/5MP camera combo. The phablet is maintained alive by a 3,000 mAh battery which should give it enough juice to last you throughout the day.

The phone is 0.3 inch / 7.6 mm think and is made of bright yellow polycarbonate. But the interesting part is the protruding Lenovo logo located on the back of the device, right in the middle. Also on the back we can find a loudspeaker, while the dual LED flash is also visible. Albeit being called Note, it doesn't seem that the phone packs any sort of digitizer. However, it does have a two-SIM slot, one for 4G LTE use and one for exclusive China Unicom release (supports international 3G network bands).

The phone is sporting a rather appealing price tag of between $128 / €117 and $166 / €152. Hopefully the budget device will make it onto other markets soon enough.

Lenovo K3 Note frontal view

Lenovo K3 Note in white

Lenovo K3 Note back view

Lenovo K3 Note, display 

Lenovo K3 Note in profile

Lenovo K3 Note showing protruding logo

Lenovo K3 Note camera detail

Lenovo K3 Note speaker detail

Lenovo K3 Note frontal view

Lenovo K3 Note display on

Lenovo K3 Note frontal camera detail

Lenovo K3 Note virtual buttons detail

Lenovo K3 Note has removable battery

Lenovo K3 Note back detail
Images credits to Mobile Dad

Prototype of Oppo’s Purported Bezeless Phone Leaks in First Images

This weekend we’ve seen LeTV’s upcoming smartphone leak online in its entire splendor, revealing a device almost completely devoid of bezels.

The company aims to deliver a display experience that is comparable to the one offered by Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. However, the methods employed by the two companies to deliver it differ drastically. Samsung has a very challenging technology to port the curved display panels on the Galaxy S6 Edge, but companies like LeTV might not have the available funds to invest in such costly affairs. Alongside LeTV, Chinese manufacturer Oppo is embarking on the quest of creating a unique edge-to-edge display for their handsets, but they will be doing it by shrinking down the bezels to the extreme.

Oppo has a unique recipe for making smartphones bezeless
According to a new surfaced patent, Oppo is working to implement a system that allows covering a traditional rectangular module with what the company is calling a panel with “special light guide structure.” To be clear, this doesn't translate into a completely bezeless screen, but one with very slimmed-down bezels. How will Oppo achieve this impressive feat? From what it can be understood from the patent, a special curve at the end of the transparent overlay diffracts light from the panel in a way that it is actually projected on it, expanding beyond the actual display unit. That’s how the bezel of the display module manages to remain hidden to the eye of the beholder.

A few hours after the patent appeared in the wild, disclosing the manufacturer’s plans for the future, a few pictures showing the purported prototype employing Oppo’s new technology surfaced online (as seen at GizChina). We’re currently not 100% sure whether this is actually a real Oppo device or just a really clever fake. But the phone does look extremely gorgeous with its almost non-existent bezels. The model seems to be running Oppo’s Color OS, which by the way has just been released as a Beta 2.0 version based on Android 4.4 KitKat for the Find 7 smartphone.

So what do you think? Are we dealing with the real deal and we’re going to see Oppo launch an amazing transparent bezel phone soon?

Oppo's purported bezeless smartphone

Could this be a real Oppo product?

Images from the Oppo patent
Image credits to GSMArena

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