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Bezel be gone! Oppo nails the tiny margin

March 25, 2015 by Tom in Android Phone, Oppo, Phone with No Comments.

Leaked images of the new Oppo smartphone show they've nailed their take on the tiny bezel idea. The as yet unnamed smartphone is pictured running Oppo ColourOS with Android. If it builds upon the Oppo Find 7 smartphone specs the least we can expect from this phone is a 2K screen and 50MP photos. Watch this space. Via pocket-lint

Bamboo Xiaomi Mi Note launches in China

March 18, 2015 by Tom in Android Phone, Phone with No Comments.

The Xiaomi Mi Note smartphone has been re-released in China with a swish new bamboo finish. The fresh finish reduces the weight of the phone by 5 grams, which is a nice but probably unnoticeable bonus for those who waited to get a novel version of the much-loved phone. It's out in China at 2,299 yuan (US $367). For the full Mi Note specs, check out this previous blog post. Via gizchina

ZTE Nubia Z9 Max appears in phablet form

March 18, 2015 by Tom in Android Phone, Phone, Tablet, ZTE with No Comments.

In the latest leaks, the ZTE Nubia Z9 smartphones has appeared in phablet form. The Nubia Z9 is the 2015 flagship device from the company. New leaks are thought to be the Nubia Z9 Max, a large handset that fits the phablet mold. It's expected to carry a dual LED flash, a 16MP rear camera and fingerprint scanner. It's also expected to sport 3GB of RAM, a 1080p display and a Snapdragon 810 processor. Via gizchina  

Mlais M52 Red Note smartphone hits presale

March 10, 2015 by Tom in Android Phone, Phone with No Comments.

The full specs have been announced for the Mlais M52 Red Note smartphone, which is available to preorder now for $149. This price makes the M52 the cheapest 64-bit octacore MediaTek MT6752 Android smartphone outside of China and follows in the footsteps of the likes of Meizu and Xiaomi's budget efforts. The phone packs in 2GB of RAM and 16GB storage (expandable via microSD capped at 64GB). It supports dual-SIM and 3G/4G connectivity. The display is a 5.5-inch 720p affair and the unit measures 152 x 78 x 8.2mm. Battery life should be good thanks to the 3200mAh unit and the camera capabilities are also impressive with its 13MP rear shooter and 8MP front-facer. It's available for preorder here. Via gizchina

Sony debuts waterproof Xperia M4 Aqua Android smartphone

March 6, 2015 by Tom in Android Phone, Phone, Sony with No Comments.

Sony's latest mid-range smartphone is aimed at the clumsy, fishermen or lifeguards. The Xperia M4 Aqua is IP-65 waterproof and IP-68 dustproof, so it'll take more than a few splashes before it complains. The 2,300mAh battery is also touted to last for 48 hours in STAMINA Mode 5.0, which if it's as good as it says, will cut down on battery rage considerably. The M4 Aqua runs on a Qualcomm 64-bit octa-core Snapdragon 615 MSM8939 processor and comes with 2GB of RAM, as well as the choice of 8GB or 16GB storage (expandable via microSD). It has a 5-inch, 1820 x 720-pixel IPS display and the cameras are 13MP (rear) and 5MP (front-facer). It'll launch with Android 5.0 Lollipop from the box, and it supports NFC, Bluetooth 4.1 and GPS. It weighs 136g and will launch this spring in

Glitzy, sparkly Ebest Aurora Diamont Android smartphone aimed at women

February 26, 2015 by Tom in Android Phone, Phone with No Comments.

Chinese tech manufacturers often produce gender-specific devices and Ebest is no different. The new super-slim (6.58mm) Ebest Aurora Diamont is a glitzy, shiny smartphone that is encrusted with 127 jewel-looking object around the side. The phone's specs are pretty good - it has an octacore 64-bit MT6752 processor and 2GB of RAM, as well as a 13MP rear camera and an 8MP front-facing selfie maker. It has a 5.2-inch 720p display and runs Android 4.4.4 KitKat. The only downside is the 2000mAh battery, which isn't awful but could be better. Price tba. Via gizchina

BQ launches Aquaris M range of Android smartphones

February 25, 2015 by Tom in Android Phone, Phone with No Comments.

BQ has jumped ahead of the MWC curb today with the announcement of its sleek Aquaris M range of Android smartphones. The M range will come in three sizes, all of which have screen inches that correspond with their names: M5.5, M5 and the smaller M4.5. The M5.5 and M5 phones come with Android Lollipop, run on octacore Snapdragon 615 processors, and have 5MP front-facing cameras and 13MP rear cams. The M4.5 runs Lollipop too but has a smaller 8MP rear camera and is powered by a 64-bit Mediatek processor. Aquaris M phones will all also offer 4G connectivity and are built for ergonomic goodness and comfort. The M series are unlocked, accept dual SIM and microSD expansion. Price and date TBA. Via gizchina

Asus reboots its big Fonepad 7 smartphone

February 19, 2015 by Tom in Android Phone, Asus, Phone with No Comments.

Asus has rejigged and relaunched the Fonepad 7 under the FE375CL product name. The new Fonepad 7 runs Android 5.0 Lollipop skinned with Asus' ZenUI. The 7-inch display runs at 800 x 1200 pixels and the phone measures 7.6" x 4.3" and is 0.4-inches thick. It comes with 2GB of RAM and has the option of 8GB or 16GB storage, expandable to 64GB via microSD. A quad-core Intel Atom Z3530 processor clocked at 1.3GHz powers the Fonepad 7 and it supports 2G, 3G and 4G LTE, as well as 802.11b/g/n WiFi, as well as Bluetooth 4.0. The rear camera is 5MP and the front-facer's 2MP. The Fonepad 7 will launch in Taiwan first and will cost $250. Via liliputing

LG follows into virtual reality with glasses for the G3

February 12, 2015 by Tom in Accessories, Android Phone, Phone with No Comments.

LG G3 owners can get a taste of virtual reality thanks to the official VR unit, which is being touted as a better-built take on the Google Cardboard headset. The VR headset clips onto the G3, grabbing onto the volume keys and camera. It features a neodymium ring magnet that connects with the phone's magnetic gyroscope sensor to allow users to switch apps and scroll menus without having to touch the display. The best part is they'll be bundled free with LG 3Gs when they start to roll out this month. Via androidauthority

Xiaomi Mi Note high-spec smartphones and benchmark results

January 16, 2015 by Tom in Android Phone, Phone with 1 Comment.

Xiaomi's 2015 assault continues with the high-spec Mi Note smartphones, of which the benchmark tests have also come to light. The basic Xiaomi Mi Note has a 5.7-inch 1920 x 1080 display and is powered by a Snapdragon 801 processor with 3GB of RAM. A higher-end model is also be be released, the Mi Note Pro, which has a 2K screen, 4GB of RAM and 64GB storage. This runs on a Snapdragon 810 processor. Both versions have a 3000mAh battery and a 13MP Sony camera at the back and a 4MP front-facer. They've paid attention to audio this time around too, with support for DAC, for which they've also announced the premium Xiaomi Mi headphones. The smartphones also support Cat 9 LTE, are 6.95mm thick. The basic Mi Note model will be out at 2299 yuan (US $370) and the Pro will cost

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