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WileyFox Storm smartphone could be the UK’s answer to OnePlus

August 27, 2015 by Tom in Android Phone, Phone with No Comments.

  The little-known WileyFox – who previously produced Kazam budget smartphones – are looking to muscle in on the current crop of good spec budget handsets with two models – the Storm and Swift, both of which run Cyanogen 12.1 OS. The Storm is a 5.5-inch smartphone with a Full HD 1920 x 1080 IPS display.   It runs on a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 processor clocked at 1.5GHz and comes with 3GB of RAM and 32GB storage.   It’s most appealing feature is probably its 20MP Sony camera, as well as its 8MP front-facer.   The Storm supports 4G LTE connectivity, is dual SIM, has microSD expansion and measures 9.2mm thick.   When it’s released it’ll launch at £199 (US$310).   Slightly lower down the specs pile is the

Like Cyanogen Android variant? Hold out for the ZUK Z1

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

Cyanogen is a popular variant of the Android OS and will ship with the ZUK Z1 Chinese smartphone, which is backed by Lenovo. With Cyanogen OS 12.1 and some great stats, this could be one to watch. The ZUK Z1 will run on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor backed by 3GB of RAM. Storage is 64GB and it has a 5.5-inch 1080p display. It will launch internationally in September and is expected to cost around $299. Via engadget

Hello big boy – ASUS ZenFone 2 Special Edition with 256GB storage

August 24, 2015 by Tom in Android Phone, Asus, Phone with No Comments.

ASUS has announced a special edition of its ASUS ZenFone 2 Android smartphone that will pack in a whopping 256GB internal storage as standard. The special edition will launch first in Brazil next month. Aside from the memory boom, the ZenFone 2 shares its regular sibling's stats of a 5.5-inch display, 4G of RAM, a 64-bit Intel Atom processor and a 13MP / 5 MP camera combo. Special Edition price TBA. Via ubergizmo  

Huawei Honor i7 does away with front-facer in favour of flip-up single camera

August 22, 2015 by Tom in Accessories, Android Phone, Phone with No Comments.

The Honor i7 camera is a neat unit that flips up to take selfies, which ups the general quality usually offered by front-facers. The stalk the camera is mounted on is hardy, too, being able to withstand forces of 50kg, and the rotating mechanism is guaranteed for two years.   The i7 also features a side mounted fingerprint scanner, a 5.2-inch FHD display and runs on a Snapdragon 616 octacore chipset.   It runs on a 3100mAh battery and comes in three models with 2-3GB of RAM and 16-32GB storage options for 1599-1899 yuan.   Via gizchina    

Hardcore Oukitel K4000 smartphone lives for a week and can survive being run over

August 13, 2015 by Tom in Android Phone, Phone with No Comments.

The Oukitel K4000 has some pretty hardcore claims to fame. Its battery life is said to last a week (or three days of heavy use) and a video has been released of it surviving being hit with a hammer and run over by a car. The handset can also, according to Oukitel, smash 600 walnuts - so it'll come in handy if you're out camping and need to forage for food. Now the phone's headline-grabbing specs have been announced, we're looking forward to seeing what's underneath its (super-solid) shell. Via gizchina

Cubot X15 phablet with impressive camera and Android 5.1 for budget price

August 11, 2015 by Tom in Android Phone, Android Tablet, Phone, Tablet with No Comments.

The Cubot X15 5.5-inch phablet sports a 16MP camera and ships with Android 5.1 for the budget presale price of $165. When it goes on full sale the price will jump to $232 so this is probably the time to pounce if it floats your boat. The X15 has a Full HD 5.5-inch IPS display and runs on a quad-core MediaTek MT6735 processor clocked at 1.3GHz, backed up by a Mali T720 GPU and 2GB of RAM. Onboard storage is 16GB, which is expandable by up to 32GB via microSD. It's a dual SIM handset and supports GPS, USB OTG, Bluetooth 4.0 and LTE. It weighs 150g and is 6.9mm thick. The main selling point is the cameras - with its 16MP rear cam and 8MP front-facer. [gallery link="file"] Via tablet-news

Mstar M1 Pro Android smartphone – mid-range specs for budget price

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

The Mstar M1 Pro Chinese Android smartphone will go on sale for around $130, which isn't too bad given its quite nice specs. The M1 Pro runs Android 5.0 Lollipop on a MediaTek MT6752 processor with 2GB of RAM. The display is a 5.5-inch, 1280 x 720p screen and it comes with a 13MP rear camera and an 8MP front-facer. It's a dual SIM device and runs on a 3,000mAh battery. MediaTek collectors might be interested in this as the MT6752 SoC is a rare variant. Via gizchina

Sony Xperia M5 will pack a 21.5MP camera and 64-bit octacore processor

August 5, 2015 by Tom in Android Phone, Phone, Sony with No Comments.

The new Sony Xperia M5 smartphone will run on a 64-bit MediaTek octacore processor clocked at 2GHz, behind its 5-inch 1080p display. The M5 will also have 3GB of RAM so should be quite speedy, and it comes with 16GB storage, expandable via microSD. The main selling point is likely to be the camera, which is a 21.5MP Exmor RS sensor with 0.25 Hybrid Auto Focus doubled with Phase Detection Auto Focus for fast shutter speed and contrast detection. The front-facer is impressive too - expect 13MP selfies from that. It's a hardy phone, too, thanks to its IP65/IP68 dust- and water-resistance. It supports dual SIM and comes in black, white and gold options. Price and specific release date TBA, though it's currently set at "mid-August". Via pocket-lint

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and S6 edge Plus pics and specs leak

August 4, 2015 by Tom in Android Phone, Phone, Samsung with No Comments.

Pics and specs of the forthcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 5 and S6 edge Plus Android smartphones have leaked ahead of the official reveal date of August 13. The Galaxy Note 5 is expected to have a 5.66-inch Super AMOLED QHD display with a 2560 x 1440-pixel resolution, as well as an almost edge-to-edge screen. It will run on a Exynos 7420 octacore processor with four cores clocked at 2.1GHz and four at 1.5GHz. The Note 5 will be a speedy thing thanks to the 4GB of RAM and storage is capped at a relatively modest 32GB with no option for microSD expansion. It'll come with Android 5.1.1 Lollipop and will also come with an S Pen sporting the new push-to-remove feature. Less is known about the S6 edge plus but it's pictured, and all will be revealed mid-month. Via pocket-lint

Rumours no more! Official stats and pics of OnePlus 2 are here

July 30, 2015 by Tom in Android Phone, Phone with No Comments.

It's finally here - the official information for the hotly-anticipated OnePlus 2 smartphone. The OnePlus 2 is billed as a "flagship killer" as it's the high-spec, mid-price model we were all expecting. The OnePlus 2 has a full HD 5.5-inch IPS LCD display with a 178-degree viewing angle. It weighs 175g, is powered by a 3300mAh lithium polymer battery and runs on a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor. There's also dual SIM support, as well as 4G LTE connectivity, and it supports 4K video recording and 720p slo-mo capture. It also supports USB Type-C charging, has a fingerprint scanner on the home button and runs OxygenOS - the OnePlus OS based on Android 5.1. On the memory front it'll have 64GB storage and 4GB LIDDR4 RAM. The OnePlus 2 will be out on 11 August and

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