Month: December 2013

After two days, China Mobile has pre-orders for just 100,000 Apple iPhone 5s and Apple iPhone 5c units

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If Apple thought that opening the gates to Apple iPhone sales from the world’s largest carrier was going to bring in a flood of new business, they might have to think again. China Mobile has started accepting pre-orders for the Apple iPhone 5s and Apple iPhone 5c, and based on analysis by Wedge Partners, the number of units that have been reserved is 100,000. If true, that figure would be lower than pre-orders for both models accepted in September from China Unicom (120,000) and China Telecom (150,000).

What makes the figure seem so low is that China Mobile has 763 million subscribers and certainly you would expect to see more interest in the two new iPhones from such a large customer base. But there are some things to consider, not the least of which is that this is one estimate made after just two days of pre-orders. Also, it isn’t like these phones are new to the region. They have been available for more than a couple of months and China Mobile’s subsidy is close enough to the other two carriers that it isn’t drawing a substantial response from China Mobile subscribers.

Despite the lagging number of pre-orders for both the Apple iPhone 5s and Apple iPhone 5c, analysts still expect China Mobile to sell between 17 million and 38.7 million units of Apple’s iconic smartphone in 2014. 


Android 4.3 firmware updates for Sony Xperia T and Xperia V seemingly certified

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Sony’s Xperia T (LT30p, LT30a) and Xperia V (LT25i), both released in the second half of 2012, might get Android 4.3 Jelly Bean soon. 

New firmware updates for the two handsets have been certified by the PTCRB today. The build number in both cases (9.2.A.0.276) represents a significant jump from the previously certified software build (9.1.A.1.145), this leading XperiaBlog to believe that we’re looking at Android 4.3 here. 

The support pages of Xperia T and Xperia V are showing that Android 4.3 is scheduled to arrive this month (the Xperia TX, which is closely related to the Xperia T, being in the same situation). However, there’s only one more day left in December, so the updates will likely start rolling out in 2014. 

As for Android 4.4 KitKat, Sony is currently investigating the possibility of bringing it to the Xperia V, Xperia T and TX. Since the smartphones are not older than 18 months, we’re thinking that they should get KitKat eventually. 



Samsung Galaxy S5 to be joined by a metal Galaxy F in 2014?

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Remember that premium F smartphone line that Samsung was rumoured to work on for next year? The first handset in the new series might be called Galaxy F. 

Korean website ETNews reports that Samsung has already developed a Galaxy F prototype in Europe. There isn’t much info about the new smartphone, but it’s said that it features a metal body and will stand higher than the Galaxy S5 in Samsung’s 2014 Android portfolio. Moreover, the Korean publication notes that the Galaxy F could be announced at about the same time with the S5 – possibly in March. 

It’s unclear if the main difference between the Galaxy F and Galaxy S5 will be related to design only (design based on a metal construction on the former, and on a plastic body on the latter). However, assuming that their specs will be similar, the Galaxy F should be more expensive than the S5 – which, needless to say, will be quite expensive itself. 

Of course, all this is pure speculation, as there’s no way of telling if Samsung indeed plans to release this alleged Galaxy F. The details revealed by ETNews do not come from official sources, but from unspecified industry insiders (which can always be wrong).

Xolo Q3000 with 5.7-inch full-HD display, Android 4.2 launched

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The Xolo Q3000 has been launched in India, at a price of Rs. 20,999. The 5.7-inch Android 4.2 Jelly Bean phablet will be available in Black and White variants.

The Q3000 was listed earlier on Tuesday on an online retailer, at a lower price of Rs. 18,849, and that listing is still there at the time of writing this article. Notably, another online retailer had put the Q3000 up for pre-order last week, at the same selling price Xolo is quoting now. 

The Xolo Q3000 is a dual-SIM (GSM+GSM) device which runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. It comes with a 5.7-inch (1080×1920 pixels) full-HD IPS display, translating to a pixel density of 386ppi. It is powered by a quad-core 1.5GHz MediaTek MT6589T processor that is coupled with 2GB of RAM.

The phablet features 16GB of inbuilt storage, which is further expandable up to 32GB via microSD. The Xolo Q3000 sports a 13-megapixel rear camera with LED flash and BSI 2 sensor, while there is a secondary 5-megapixel front-facing camera which also features BSI sensor.

On the connectivity front, the Xolo Q3000 includes 3G, Wi-Fi, Micro-USB, and Bluetooth.  Also onboard is an accelerometer, gyroscope, magnetometer, proximity, and ambient light sensor. 

The phablet packs a 4000mAh battery, which according to the listing, delivers up to 33 hours of talk time and up to 667 hours of standby time on 2G network. The Xolo Q3000 measures 164.8×81.6×8.9 mm. 

Interestingly, Xolo also announced its first 4G-enabled smartphone on Tuesday, the Xolo LT900, which is listed on the company’s site with a pricing of Rs. 17,999, but without availability details.

LG ‘Lifeband Touch’ fitness tracking wristband purportedly leaked in image

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LG was said to be working on some wearable devices, one of them rumoured to be a fitness tracking wristband. Now it seems popular phone tipster, @evleaks has finally spilled the beans for LG, leaked an image that supposedly reveals LG’s upcoming Lifeband Touch.

Notably, the alleged LG Lifeband Touch sports a similar design to Nokia’s Fuel Band. The leaked image shows an LG branding on the alleged wristband with a Green coloured light, which we assume might be the notification light for the device. Considering that the alleged LG wearable sports a ‘Touch’ tag, we expect the device to sport a touch interface at some place.

As of now, not many other details about both the alleged LG Lifeband Touch have been revealed. If the leaked image of the LG Lifeband Touch turns out to be true, then LG can be expected to enter the wearables segment quite soon.

An earlier report had revealed that LG has been working on a smartwatch rumoured to be named G Arch and has also been developing a fitness tracking wristband called the G Health, which now can be called LG Lifeband Touch, according to @evleaks.

Back in August, a company executive had confirmed the South Korean manufacturer’s plans to enter the smartwatch market by 2014, and the new report suggests MWC would be the venue for the unveiling.

The rumoured LG G Arch was expected to be compatible with LG Android smartphones, though there was no word on whether it will support all LG Android smartphones. However, another report claimed that the South Korean manufacturers’ rumoured G Arch smartwatch would be compatible with the alleged LG G3.

Xolo LT900 smartphone with 4G LTE support, Android 4.2 launched

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Xolo has officially launched its first smartphone with 4G support in India, the LT900 at Rs. 17,999. The highlight of the Xolo LT900 is that it supports TDD LTE bands, and is the first smartphone in company’s LT smartphone series.

The Xolo LT900 has been listed on the company’s site with pricing details, however, without word on the availability of the smartphone.

The 4G-enabled smartphone runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean out-of-the-box and supports single SIM (GSM) functionality. The Xolo LT900 is powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon S4 processor with Adreno 225 GPU (clocked at 384 MHz), which are coupled with 1GB of RAM. It features a 4.3-inch HD (720×1280) IPS display with One Glass Solution (OGS) and boasts of Corning Glass protection.

Xolo’s LT900 sports an 8-megapixel rear autofocus camera with dual-LED flash and BSI sensor, while it also houses a 1-megapixel front-facing camera. The smartphone includes 8GB of inbuilt storage that is further expandable up to 32GB via microSD card. It packs an 1810mAh battery which the listing claims can deliver up to 15 hours of talktime and up to 362 hours of standby time on 2G networks.

Apart from 4G network support, connectivity options on the Xolo LT900 include Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS/ AGPS and 3G. It comes with dimensions 128.7x66x9.8mm. The Xolo LT900 comes preloaded with Skype, BigFlix, Kepplr Cloud Space and Airtel Mobile TV apps.

Xolo recently launched the Opus Q1000 budget phablet at Rs. 9,999. The Xolo Opus Q1000 runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and is a dual-SIM phablet with support for GSM+GSM. It features a 5-inch FWVGA IPS display with 480×854 pixels resolution. The Xolo Opus Q1000 continues the Q range tradition and equips a 1.2GHz quad-core Broadcom BCM23550 with Videocore IV GPU and 1GB of RAM.

LG reveals Ultra PC, Tab-Book 2 and all-in-one PC ahead of CES 2014 launch

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With just a week left ahead of CES 2014, LG has announced that it will launch the Ultra PC (Model 13Z940) ultrabook, the second-generation of the company’s hybrid Tab-Book 2 (Models 11T740 and 11T540) and an all-in-one PC (Model 27V740) at the International Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2014.

As of now, there are no details about the availability and pricing of any of the three new LG devices. The company notes that the upcoming LG PC products weigh less than their predecessors and are also upgraded in terms of form factor.

The latest LG Ultra PC (Model 13Z940) is powered by an Intel ‘Haswell’ Core i5 processor, and weighs 980 grams. The LG Ultra PC will come in two storage variants solid-state drive (128GB or 256GB). It runs Windows 8, though LG has not specified if it is the Windows 8.1 version.

It features a 13.3-inch full-HD IPS display with LG’s Super Narrow Bezel design (4.4mm thin) and is 13.6mm at its thickest point. LG has equipped Reader Mode on the Ultra PC, offering users the option to alter the background of any onscreen image to resemble paper, which the company claims reduces eye-strain and energy consumption.


LG also plans to announce two new models of the Tab-Book 2 (Models 11T740 and 11T540) that will be based on Windows 8.1. Both the Tab-Book 2 models sport touchscreen with support for 10-point touch control and offer slide-out QWERTY keyboards under the 11.6-inch full-HD IPS display.

LG notes that the flagship Tab-Book 2 (11T740) model is 16.7mm thin, and weighs 1.05 kilograms. Both the Tab-Book 2 models are powered by fourth generation Intel ‘Haswell’ Core i5 processors.

The LG all-in-one (AIO) PC (Model 27V740) features a 27-inch IPS display and is based on Windows 8.1. It is powered by an unspecified Intel Core processor, and also features the Nvidia’s GeForce GT 740M graphics card.

Commenting on the launch, Hyoung-sei Park, head of the IT Business Division at LG Electronics’ Home Entertainment Company said, “Lightweight, beautiful and fast, the latest PC products from LG offer unmatched versatility. Our 2014 line-up is specifically designed to let customers take advantage of cutting-edge technology in a myriad of innovative ways. Essentially, the new generation of PC products from LG enables users to find the perfect computers for their needs, whether it’s for home, work, school or entertainment.”