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The Samsung Galaxy S5 has finally been revealed, after weeks, if not months, of anticipation. While the company has detailed the numerous hardware and features of the flagship smartphone, it has chosen not to mention price. The Korean manufacturer however did say the Galaxy S5 would launch in 150 countries, starting from 11 April 2014.

The biggest new features being touted on the Galaxy S5 by Samsung include a fingerprint scanner on the home button, a heart rate sensor placed near the 16-megapixel camera, and the IP67 certification that makes it dust and water-resistant. The smartphone also features a new design in terms of the back panel now being perforated, and available with four colours at launch, and optional designer back panels.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 will ship with Android 4.4.2 KitKat. It features a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display with a 1080×1920 pixel full-HD resolution. It is powered by an unnamed 2.5GHz quad-core processor coupled with 2GB of RAM. The Galaxy S5 will be available in 16GB and 32GB variants, with microSD card expandability up to 64GB.

The Galaxy S5 bears a 16-megapixel rear camera with HDR (for video as well), and a 2.1-megapixel front-facing camera. The rear camera can record UHD video @30 fps along with HDR and video stabilization functionality.

Connectivity options include 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac with MIMO functionality, ANT+, Bluetooth 4.0, USB3.0, NFC, and Infrared remote functionality. A Download Booster is also being touted, which combines LTE and Wi-Fi for faster download. It features a 2800mAh battery, rated to deliver 21 hours of talktime, and 390 hours of standby time.

The smartphone weighs in at 145 grams (slightly heavier than the Galaxy S4), and has dimensions of 142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm (slightly thicker than the S4’s 7.9mm). 

Additionally, it has been noted that the Galaxy S5 would arrive in four colour variants – Charcoal Black, Shimmery White, Electric Blue and Copper Gold. Furthermore, the handset will be compatible with Samsung Gear Fit, which is the firm’s first curved, Super AMOLED health-focused wristband.

The Samsung Galaxy S5 will also arrive with the latest and updated Samsung KNOX security software to keep the user’s data safe. Some of the pre-loaded Google service available in the handset are Chrome, Drive, Photos, Gmail, Google, Google+, Google Settings, Hangouts, Maps, Play Books, Play Games, Play Newsstand, Play Movie & TV, Play Music, Play Store, Voice Search and YouTube.

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ZTE Grand Memo II LTE with 6-inch display, Android 4.4 launched at MWC

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ZTE, the Chinese telecommunications giant, on Monday unveiled its Grand Memo II LTE handset sporting a sleek body profile at the ongoing Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona. While ZTE has not revealed the price of the ZTE Grand Memo LTE’s successor, it has been given an April launch in China, followed by European, North American and Asia Pacific availability.

The latest Android 4.4 KitKat OS runs on the single SIM-supported ZTE Grand Memo II LTE smartphone, with the company’s MiFavor 2.3 UI skinned on top. The handset incorporates a 6-inch TFT multi-touch capacitive screen with a 720×1280 pixels resolution, and Corning Gorilla Glass 3 protection.

The Grand Memo II LTE device is powered by a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, which is clubbed with a 2GB of RAM. This is rather strange, as its predecessor sported a Snapdragon 800 processor. The camera options comprise of a 13-meapixel autofocus rear and a 5-megapixel front-facing shooter manufactured by Sony.

The smartphone comes with an inbuilt storage capacity of 16GB, with support for microSD card. Some of the connectivity options housed inside the ZTE Grand II Memo LTE are GPS with A-GPS, Wi-Fi 802.11a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0, accelerometer, proximity sensor, ambient light, compass, gyroscope, DLNA, Wi-Fi display, Infrared remote control, VOD and LTE connectivity.

Grand II Memo LTE is backed-up by a 3200mAh battery capacity that offers 16 hours of HD video playback, 72 hours of music playback and days of normal usage. The 6-inch smartphone measures 161.5 x 83 x 7.2mm in dimensions.

On the eve of the opening on Monday of the four-day Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, ZTE’s budget Open C and Open II smartphones were also launched, running the Firefox OS.

Sony Xperia M2 with Android 4.3, dual-SIM variant launched at MWC 2014

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Sony on Monday announced the launch of a new mid-range smartphone, the Xperia M2, at MWC 2014 in Barcelona. The Android 4.3 Jelly Bean-based smartphone, has been billed by the Japanese cellphone maker as ‘the slimmest 4G-enabled smartphone in its class’ at a rather thick 8.6mm. The price for the Xperia M2 has not been revealed, and it will go on sale globally in April 2014. Sony says it will be priced at under 220 euros MSRP (roughly Rs. 18,800).

The Sony Xperia M2 will also be available in a dual-SIM variant, called Xperia M2 dual, with identical specifications. It features a 4.8-inch qHD (540×960 pixels) display, and is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor (MSM8926 for 4G LTE, MSM8226 for 3G) coupled with an Adreno 305 GPU and 1GB of RAM. The Xperia M2 features 8GB of built-in storage, with microSD card expansion up to 32GB. The 8-megapixel camera on the Xperia M2 has ‘auto scene’ recognition and HDR. Camera apps such as Social live, Timeshift burst and Picture Effect are other camera features being touted by Sony.

In addition, the Sony Xperia M2 features a 2300mAh battery that is rated to deliver talktime up to 14 hours, standby time up to 693 hours, and continuous music playback up and is available in three colours – Black, White and Purple. Dual active and dual standby technology is also being touted. Connectivity options include 3G (HSPA+), 4G LTE (in some regions), GPS with A-GPS with GLONASS, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, Wi-Fi, DLNA, and Micro-USB with tethering.

Sony will also be giving Xperia M2 users access to three movies from Sony Pictures in certain markets. Also included, is the Music Unlimited Service, giving users an access to 25 million songs for free for a period of 30 days, and the Video Unlimited Service will offer instant films. PlayStation Mobile games will also be available for users.

Music enthusiasts can make use of the SBH20 Stereo Bluetooth Headset or the water resistant STH30, headset, which are available additionally. The complete specifications can be found here.

Speaking at the launch was Calum MacDougall, Director of Xperia Marketing at Sony Mobile Communications, who said, “Xperia M2 is an ultra-fast smartphone that offers brilliant specs and performance, reaching new audiences with a mid-range price. This is a great device for the customer looking for a smartphone that has it all. It combines the best of Sony, bringing you our latest technologies complimented with a one of its kind, unique entertainment offer never before seen on a mid-range smartphone.”

Sony also took the wraps off its latest premium tablet, dubbed Xperia Z2 Tablet and Xperia Z2 flagship smartphone, at MWC 2014 in Barcelona.

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet with Android 4.4, Snapdragon 801 launched at MWC 2014

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Sony finally took the wraps off its latest premium tablet, dubbed Xperia Z2 Tablet, at MWC 2014 in Barcelona.

The Japanese manufacturer has announced that the Xperia Z2 Tablet will be globally released in March 2014, however hasn’t revealed the pricing of the device. The tablet will be available in two variants: Wi-Fi and LTE/3G.

The Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet is the successor to the Xperia Tablet Z, which was launched at MWC 2013. The Xperia Z2 Tablet runs Android 4.4 KitKat out-of-the-box.

The Xperia Z2 Tablet features a 10.1-inch full-HD TRILUMINOS display for mobile with Live Colour LED powered by X-Reality. The tablet also features digital noise cancelling technology and is touted to be the ‘world’s slimmest’ tablet at 6.4mm and lightest at 426 grams.

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The Xperia Z2 Tablet is powered by a 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor alongside 3GB of RAM. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi, DLNA, Bluetooth, and GLONASS. The tablet sports an 8.1-megapixel rear camera and also includes 2.2-megapixel front-facing camera. It comes with 16GB inbuilt storage, which is further expandable up to 64GB via microSD card.

The company has announced that Xperia Z2 Tablet will be available in Black and White colour variants. Kunimasa Suzuki, President and CEO, Sony Mobile Communications said on the announcement, “The Xperia Z2 Tablet represents the pinnacle of tablet innovation and is a true flagship in our premium line. We have evolved our cutting-edge design to create the slimmest lightweight tablet matched with Sony’s latest technologies to deliver a unique user experience. And with our new range of dedicated accessories, you can further now enhance your tablet experience whether for work or play, at home or on the go.”

Sony also launched its Xperia Z2 smartphone at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, which features noise-cancellation technology and ultra-high-definition video recording.

Sony also took the wraps off its latest mid-range Xperia M2 smartphone, at MWC 2014 in Barcelona.

Lenovo S660, S850 and S860 dual-SIM Android 4.2 smartphones unveiled at MWC 2014

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Lenovo has launched three new S-series smartphones, dubbed Lenovo S660, S850 and S860, at the sidelines of MWC 2014 in Barcelona.

The Chinese giant has announced that the new S-series Android smartphone will be available starting June 2014. The Lenovo S860 has been priced at $349 (Rs. 21,700 approximately), the Lenovo S850at $269 (Rs. 16,700 approximately) and the Lenovo S660 at $229 (Rs. 14,250 approximately).

Notably, the three new S-series smartphones run Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and support dual-SIM functionality.

The Lenovo S660 features a 4.7-inch IPS qHD (540×960 pixels) display. It is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6582 processor along with 1GB of RAM. It sports an 8-megapixel rear camera and also packs a 0.3-megapixel front-facing camera.

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The smartphone includes 8GB of inbuilt storage, which is further expandable up to 32GB via microSD card. Connectivity options on the Lenovo S660 include Wi-Fi, EDGE, GPRS, Bluetooth and 3G.

The Lenovo S850 comes with a 5-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display and boasts an all-glass exterior available in Pink and White colours. The S850 is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek processor alongside 1GB of RAM. The highlight of the Lenovo S850 is its camera: a 13-megapixel rear camera and a 5-megapixel front camera.

Lastly, the Chinese manufacturer launched the S860, which much like Lenovo P780 boasts of a 4000mAh battery. It features a 5.3-inch HD (720×1280 pixels) display and dual front speakers. The Lenovo S860 sports an 8-megapixel rear camera and is powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core MediaTek processor with 2GB of RAM. It comes with 16GB inbuilt storage, while there is no word on expandable storage.

Commenting on the launch, Liu Jun, executive vice president, Mobile Business Group, Lenovo said, “The new S860, S850 and S660 smartphones perfectly complement the full range of mobile devices available to consumers around the world, letting consumers easily pick the Lenovo smartphone that’s right for them. Customers told us they wanted a great user experience without sacrificing performance, so we built these new smartphones for style, blazing fast processing speeds, and integrated Lenovo apps.” 

Lenovo also unveiled the Yoga Tablet 10 HD+ at the MWC 2014 in Barcelona.

Nokia X budget Android smartphone and custom UI spotted in live images

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Nokia’s much awaited and oft-teased Android-based smartphone, the Nokia X (aka Normandy, A110, and RM-980) has been seemingly revealed in four different purported live images, which allegedly showcase some of the apps one might find integrated in the custom UI of the device.

The leaked images, being circulated by Gforgames, show what seem to be Nokia X’s Black colour variant, and its user interface, which can be seen with Nokia’s native HERE Maps application along with the Downloads and Settings options. The handset is also seen supporting dual-SIM cards.

Looking at the leaked images, the hardware design of the Nokia X appears much like the smaller version of the recently released Nokia Lumia Icon, which is candy bar-like. Much like other Lumia handsets, the anticipated Nokia X also comes with volume buttons and a lock screen button placed on the right side of the handset.

The rear camera is also shown in one of the images, but surprisingly the handset, is seen without any Nokia branding in the leaked images.

The Nokia X, besides being said to fall between the Asha and Lumia line-up, is said to feature a 4-inch TFT display with a resolution of 480×854 (FWVGA) pixels; a 1GHz dual-core Snapdragon 200 processor; 5-megapixel rear camera; microSD card and dual-SIM support, apart from Android 4.4 KitKat. The device was recently spotted on a listing page on a Vietnamese online retailer website.

The Nokia X handset was previously said to sport a 5-megapixel rear camera, however the CamSpeed benchmark hinted that the handset would arrive with a lower 3-megapixel camera, with a fixed focus lens.

Nokia also started a countdown page for the MWC event on its official Conversations blog, with a clear ‘X’ marked, similar to that seen on the teaser map image.

Acer Liquid E3 and Liquid Z4 unveiled ahead of MWC launch

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Acer on Thursday has unveiled two new Android smartphones in its Liquid series, the Acer Liquid E3 and Acer Liquid Z4, ahead of a complete launch at MWC 2014.

The Acer Liquid E3 is a mid-range smartphone with a price tag of 199 euros (approximately Rs. 17,000) ,and the Liquid Z4 is a budget Android smartphone with a price tag of 99 euros (approximately Rs. 8500). Both the Liquid smartphones will hit the European market in April.

There are no details on the number of SIM cards support by either devices, but the pictures of the Liquid E3 suggest it is a single-SIM smartphone. Also both the devices will run Android 4.2 Jelly bean out-of-the-box, but the Liquid E3 users will receive an Android 4.4 KitKat update later this year while company has no update plans for Liquid Z4.

The Acer Liquid E3 features a 4.7-inch IPS display with a 720×1280 pixels resolution. It is powered by a 1.2GHz quad-core processor (unknown chipset) and a 1GB of RAM to support the processor.

The Liquid E3 comes with a 13-megapixel camera with LED flash, and a 2-megapixel front shooter with a flash as well. It has 4GB of inbuilt storage with expansion support up to 32GB via microSD card.

The Liquid E3 weighs 135 grams with a thickness of 8.9mm thickness. There are no details provided by the company on battery capacity and talktime. The Acer Liquid E3 will come with connectivity options like 3G, EDGE, GPRS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and integrated GPS.

The other smartphone unveiled in the same Liquid series is a budget Android handset. The Acer Liquid Z4 features a 4-inch display with unknown resolution. It is powered by a 1.3GHz dual-core (unknown chipset) processor coupled with 512MB of RAM.

The Acer Liquid Z4 comes with a 5-megapixel camera with LED flash, and there is no front-facing camera. It has 4GB of inbuilt storage with the no details on expansion via microSD. It weighs 130 grams with is 9.7mm thickness, but no details of talktime and battery has been provided by the company.

Connectivity options on Liquid Z4 include 3G, EDGE, GPRS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, and GPS.

Both smartphones feature similar DTS Sound technology and Acer Rapid button on the back for one-hand control to unlock and/or wake-up the screen, launch the camera, take a picture, launch apps from home screen and pick up phone calls easily.