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Metal Huawei Honor 7 outed with 20 MP phase detection camera and finger sensor

Metal Huawei Honor 7 outed with 20 MP phase-detection camera and finger sensor
Huawei is holding an official press event today, and, as widely expected, announced the new Honor 7 smartphone, with three versions to choose from, all clad in a metal alloy chassis. The Honor 7 variations differ in connectivity and storage only, with a basic 16 GB model with LTE radio, then one with a dual SIM dual-standby LTE abilities, and the flagship of the trio with 64 GB of internal memory.
Other than those differences, they all sport the same stylish aluminum alloy exterior, and 5.2" 1080p displays with 423ppi. The trio is run by the company's own 64-bit Kirin 935 chipset, clocked at 2.2 GHz maximums for a quartet of Cortex-A53 cores, and 1.5 GHz for the other A53 set of four, arranged in a big.LITTLE configuration, with ARM's Mali-T628 GPU doing the graphical heavy lifting. The phones come with 3 GB RAM and 16-64 GB internal memory, plus a microSD slot for expansion. Honor 7 is housed in a 143.2 x 71.9 x 8.5mm chassis, and weighs 157g.
Here we come to the impressive parts about the affordable Honor 7 - it will ship with a 20 MP rear camera, just as speculated, which will sport Phase Detection Auto Focus to boot. This likely means that the newest Sony sensor is onboard, with an F2.0 aperture, 6-lens module, and sapphire glass for added protection. The front-facing camera is no slouch either, featuring an 8 MP resolution and wide-angle lens. Beneath the rear camera one would find a touch fingerprint sensor, just like on the Mate7, that can unlock the phone with one tap only. Read more here:

Meizu MX5 is here 7.6mm metal jacket and swanky autofocus

Meizu MX5 is here: 7.6mm metal jacket and swanky autofocus


Meizu rose from the ashes last year, proving a very capable competitor to China's up-and-coming Xiaomi brand with well thought-out MX4 and MX4 Pro midrange and flagship offerings. Later on, it unleashed another value-for-money blockbuster - the M1 Note - which offered a 1080p display, 13 MP camera and a large battery for around $200. This year, it has been up to good again, unleashing the M2 Note, again at a rock bottom price for what it's offering, and today it took the stage to announce its next flagship - the MX5.
Meizu MX5 is coming wit a full metal jacket this time, as speculated, in line with the times of premium handsets made of premium materials, and feature an upgraded processor, compared to the MX4 Pro, namely the Helio X10 Turbo chipset with eight Cortex-A53 cores at 2.2 GHz, and a PowerVR G6200 graphics processor. It is coupled with 3 GB of RAM, and the phone comes in 16, 32, or 64 GB of storage variants. The phone comes at just 7.6mm thin, and with 149 grams of weight, which is a pretty stellar achievement for a metal-clad 5.5-incher. Read more here:

Sony Xperia Z3 plus quietly launched globally

The Sony Xperia Z3+ just became official without any major fuss. The global version of the already released Japanese Xperia Z4 changes nothing but the name and is the same incremental upgrade over the Xperia Z3. There are several upgrades to note in terms of hardware, and the Snapdragon 810 chipset is one, replacing the S801 in the previous model. The 16GB internal storage option is ditched and the Z3+ will now come with 32GB of built-in storage, while RAM remains at 3GB.The new device packs the same 5.2-inch 1080p TRILUMINOUS display and measures 146 x 72 x 6.9 mm, slightly slimmer than the 146 x 72 x 7.3 mm of the Xperia Z3, but otherwise identical. Those fractions of a millimeter, however, have resulted in a downgrade in battery capacity - 2,930mAh, compared to the 3,100mAh of the previous gen. Sony still promises 2-day battery life, though.Design has been given a few tweaks, the most welcome one being the flapless microUSB. The headline IP65/IP68 certification has been retained though. The front speakers have been moved to the edges of the front panel, in a throwback to the Xperia Z2. Not much has been changed in the camera department in terms of hardware and the primary unit has the same 20.7MP Sony Exmor sensor, sitting behind a 25mm-equivalent f2.0 lens. The front camera isupgraded to 5MP though, again with a wide-angle 25mm glass." via gsmarena.com

ZTE Nubia Z9 is official with bezelless display

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"Just as promised, the ZTE Nubia Z9 is officially here. The handset was made official today in Beijing and, from the looks of it, it definitely lives up to expectations.The definitive feature we were all hoping and waiting for is very much present. The ZTE Nubia Z9 features a 1080p, 5.2-inch 2.5D panel, surrounded by a very thin reflective bezel, which creates the illusion of an edge-to-edge screen. The bezel in question is only 0.8mm and uses clever optics to reflect the screen image. This is very similar to what we expected to see an upcoming Oppo handset, but the Nubia Z9 is a true ambassador of the new technology and visual style.The bezel in question is more than just eye-candy. ZTE has taken the technology one step further and has developed a whole new touch-based interactive gesture system for the frame. The function is called FIT and allows for different user gestures. The animations below showcase some of them, like squeezing the phone twice to take a screenshot, adjusting brightness and activating the camera. The system definitely shows potential and we can't wait to see how developers manage to leverage the new input control.As far as the rest of the specs sheet goes, it is pretty impressive. The Nubia Z9 measures 147.38 x 68.34 x 8.94mm, with a flat back and no protruding camera. Its body is made of metal, making for an exquisite look. Under the hood, there is a Snapdragon 810 SoC. As for RAM and memory, there are actually three version of the device. The Classic model has 3GB of RAM and 32GB of onboard memory. It the Elite and Exclusive versions, this is bumped up to 4GB and 64GB respectively." Read more here:

LG G4 is official, strong on design and photography features

LG just unveiled its next generation flagship - the G4. The highly anticipated smartphone was announced at dedicated events, held simultaneously in London and New York.LG focused on three main areas in its presentation – design, display and camera. The genuine leather back which was the headline feature in numerous leaks is indeed the key styling element. LG is proud to have employed vegetable tanning, which is typical of the luxury leather industry and only 10% of leather goods are processed this way.Not all G4s will ship with a leather back though, and the removable plastic cover will come with a hammered pattern in either ceramic white or metallic gray. Each one will be curved though, albeit only slightly, with a 3000mm radius. The company claims that the gentle curve results in better handling and a 20% increase in rigidity.The LG G4 packs a 5.5-inch display of QHD resolution. LG has opted for a Quantum LCD panel, which is said to deliver outstanding color accuracy. LG claims the new display boasts 20% wider color reproduction, 25% improvement in brightness and 50% higher contrast than the G3.The new flagship is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 808, a notch below the 810 top dog. It’s a 64-bit chipset and packs a hexa-core processor in a dual-core Cortex-A57 and quad-core Cortex-A53 arrangement. LG claims that it has worked closely with Qualcomm in customizing the SoC and has achieved a level of performance higher than the Exynos 7420 in daily tasks. 3GB of RAM and 32GB of storage are on board, and expansion via microSD is possible.The smartphone boots Android 5.1 Lollipop out of the box with the company’s latest UX 4.0 overlay. LG is keen to point out that UI has been stripped of bloatware and one such example is the use of Chrome as the sole browser in most markets.The camera of the G4 took center stage in the announcement, and it has all the merits to deserve it. It utilizes a 16MP sensor with a 1/2.6” diagonal, which sits behind a bright f1.8 lens. This means an 11% increase in gathered light over the f1.9 lens in the Samsung Galaxy S6.The G4 also comes with optical image stabilization which works over three axes, as opposed to the already capable two-axis system on the G3. Additionally, the OIS system is now able to compensate movements up to two degrees in range, compared to the predecessor's single degree. More here:

Sony Xperia Z4 launches with 5.2” FHD display in Japan

After many weeks of rumors and leaks, Sony has formally unveiled its next flagship - Xperia Z4. The new Xperia Z4 is the successor of the Xperia Z3 but has only been announced in Japan market for now.The Sony Xperia Z4 has a slightly tweaked OmniBalance design with 6.9mm profile with a metal frame running around the sides. Just like the predecessor, the Xperia Z4 brings IP68 certification for dust and water resistance.The corners are built with resin to provide strength and entire phone has two-layer coating to retain the overall shine.√Sony sticks with 5.2-inch 1080p display and still hasn't succumbed to the QHD wave. Under the hood, it houses a 64-bit octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset armed with 3GB of RAM and 32GB of on-board storage. A microSD card slot will let you expand the storage by up to 128GB. By default, the smartphone runs Android 5.0 Lollipop.At the back is a 20.7MP camera with Exmor RS image sensor coupled with the BIONZ image processing engine. Clad with G Lens, the 1/2.3-inch image sensor can offer sensitivity all the way up to ISO12800 to capture well exposed images in poorly lit environments. Along with the usual set of HDR and the imaging modes, Sony has added new 'Cooking Mode' for clicking the best images of your food.Front side 5MP wide-angle camera with Exmor R sensor has been optimized to take selfies along with new shake feature to record videos with reduced shake.The Xperia Z4 now supports high quality audio performance for wireless playback. Weighing 144 grams, the Xperia Z4 packs a 2,930 mAh non-removable battery. As of now, there is no word on the price and the launch of this flagship in other markets. via gsmarena.com

Huawei P8 unveiled 5.2inch slim flagship with metal unibody and innovative RGBW camera sensor

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Huawei just unveiled its brand new flagship Android phone for 2015: the Huawei P8. It’s a start to the new Huawei P series (Huawei is dropping the Ascend name for this new family of devices): and the P8 kicks it off with super slim, 6.4mm design and a full-metal unibody. The phone comes in two versions: a 16GB regular one, and a 64GB, 'premium' one. The Huawei P8 is a 5.2-inch phone that comes in four colors: mystic champagne, prestige gold, titanium gray, carbon black. While the phone is not water-proof, it does have nano-coating that makes it spill-resistant.
Here is a quick run-down of the Huawei P8 specs:

Platform: Android 5.0 Lollipop with EMUI 3.1
Screen: 5.2" 1080 x 1920-pixel Full HD display
Dimensions: 144.9 x 72.1 x 6.4mm, weight 144g
System chip: HiSilicon Kirin 930 chip with octa-core CPU (4x Cortex A53 @ 2GHz, 4x A53 @ 1.5GHz)
RAM: 3GB
Internal storage: 16GB
Main camera: 13-megapixel main cam with OIS, RBGW sensor, f/2.0 lens
Front cam: 8-megapixel
Battery: 2680mAh Read more here:

Xiaomi announces the ultra affordable Redmi 2A: a $96 dual SIM LTE enabled trooper

Xiaomi announces the ultra-affordable Redmi 2A: a $96 dual-SIM LTE-enabled trooper

Earlier this month, we heard that China-based Xiaomi is about to commemorate its 5th birthday (which happens to be today, by the way) with a new device announcement, and it turns out that this is indeed the case. The so-called "Apple of China" just lifted the veil off of its newest device, the Redmi 2A, a toned-down variation of the recently-announced Redmi 2,which proudly joins the ranks of the affordable members of Xiaomi's entry-level range with its ultra-low starting price of 599 yuan (which is roughly $96). Well, we shouldn't expect stellar hardware or any unique features for this price. Honestly, the price tag itself is a pretty notable aspect of the phone. In particular, the device is powered by a 1.5GHz quad-core Leadcore L1860C chipset, paired with 1GB of RAM, while a Mali T628MP2 GPU takes care of graphics. 
It has a 4.7-inch 720p display at the front, an 8MP camera at the back, and a 2MP selfie shooter. A 2,200mAh battery keeps the lights one; the Xiaomi Redmi 2A is also LTE-capable and has two SIM card slots on board. Note that the phone is also equipped with fast-charging.As we said, the device will be available fort 599 yuan, but Xiaomi will undertake a promotion on April 8 and will sell the device for 499 yuan (roughly $80). Availability will most certainly be limited to the markets that are currently selling Xiaomi's devices on a regular basis. via phonearena.com

Microsoft unveils Atom based Surface 3, the Pro 3’s little brother

 

Microsoft unveils Atom-based Surface 3, the Pro 3’s little brother

 

 

Microsoft is adding a new Surface table to their arsenal. In an attempt to capture the attention of students, families, or anyone not enamored with the Surface Pro 3’s $799 starting price, Microsoft has the Surface 3 (non-Pro). Starting at $499, the device sports a 64-bit Intel Atom x7 Cherry Trail quad-core SoC, sports 2GB RAM, and 32GB memory on-board. The Surface 3 will ship with Windows 8.1, but is upgradeable to Windows 10 once that version is available. Expect to see Surface 3 in stores this May 5. It's available for pre-order starting today. Aside from the aforementioned specs, the Surface 3 has a 1920 x 1280 resolution 10.8-inch display, which has a 3:2 aspect ratio. On launch, the WiFi version will be available. Later this year, Microsoft will have an LTE-ready version available via T-Mobile and Verizon, though no date or timeframe was given for that one.At 622g (1.37 pounds), it’s the lightest Surface tablet Microsoft has ever made. The 8.7mm profile rivals other larger tablets, and you’ll still be able to slip Microsoft’s impressive keyboard on the bottom. Surface 3 naturally supports Microsoft’s stylus, but it won’t be included with your purchase. Mini DisplayPort and USB 3.0 will serve as your main plug-and-play ports, while microUSB is around for charging (it seems Microsoft isn’t quite ready to hop on the USB-C bandwagon). A microSD card reader is also included, while an 8MP camera is housed around back.There are a lot of unanswered questions with Surface 3; things like battery life or how well the odd screen size works with Microsoft’s Surface keyboard folios can be answered in a review. Once we’ve got one in-hand for a longer duration, we’ll be sure to answer those for you. via slashgear.com

 

'Frutakia 2' just released on iOS. Award winning gameplay fun.

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ZTE Nubia Z9 Max and Z9 mini are official, titanium frames, stylish bods

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"ZTE pulled off the same trick it did last year with the Z7 Nubia Max andmini, and announced a Z9 Nubia Max and a Z9 mini variant as well. The Max is a 5.5" 1080p handset with Snapdragon 810 chipset, 3 GB DDR4 memory, and 16 GB of storage plus a microSD slot. The camera duo is a 16 MP rear and 8 MP front-facing shooters. ZTE Nubia Z9 Max throws in a Hi-Fi audio experience with 7.1 channel surround, thanks to the premium AK4375 sound processor. All of this is backed by a 2900 mAh battery pack, and stuffed in a premium titanium frame with a thin aluminum alloy casing covered with reinforced patterned glass as a back surface. The phone is running Android 5.0 with nubia UI V2.8 on top. The Z9 mini takes it down a notch with a 5" 1080p screen, Snapdragon 615 chipset, 2 GB RAM, 16 GB of storage plus an expansion slot, but the same 16 MP and 8 MP camera combo like on the big brother. This one sports a titanium frame in its turn, too, and is powered by the same 2900 mAh battery pack.  The cherry on the top with these two is, undoubtedly, design, and the Z9 mini comes to prove it with swappable back covers in numerous textures and patterns, including wood and denim. The handsets are dual SIM devices, and will be available in black and white glass for the Nubia Z9 Max, and whatever texture you desire for the back cover of the Z9 mini." via phonearena.com

BlackBerry Leap is official with a 5inch HD display


The BlackBerry Leap is now official, announced at the company's MWC 2015 press conference. Nevertheless, the latest member of the BlackBerry smartphone family is an budget-minded mid-range offering and sports a 5" HD display resulting in a pixel density of 294ppi. Under the hood of the BlackBerry Leap, there's a rather outdated Snapdragon S4 Plus chip with a 1.5GHz dual-core Krait CPU and 2GB of RAM. Internal storage is 16GB with a microSD card slot that can take additional 128GB. The phone measures 144 x 72.8 x 9.5mm and weighs 170 grams. The battery under the textured soft back cover is 2,800 and isn't removable. BlackBerry says the leap can last up to 25 hours of heavy use. Speaking of the back, there's an 8MP auto-focus camera with LED flash. It can record 1080p videos at 30fps and has a 5x digital zoom. The Leap runs BLackBerry 10.3.1 out of the box. Check out the company's promo video of the phone here:

MWC 2015: Samsung Galaxy S6 and S6 edge hands on

Samsung Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge are among the most important product launches for the company in quite some time. At a time of unprecedented levels of competition, the duo has the task to bring back the good times for the Korean giant. The past quarter has been difficult for Samsung's mobile division. Its market share and profits declined for the first time in years due to increased pressure from the likes of Apple, LG, HTC, Huawei, and Xiaomi among others. Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 edge are Samsung's answer to the competitors and, at quick glance, the newcomers are ready for the challenge. Here is a look at their key features and specs. Read more here:

Huawei MediaPad X2, Watch, Talkband N1 and N2

"Huawei brought out several devices today, but their event was heavy on wearables. The MediaPad X2 tablet should be enough to keep fans of traditional devices happy, but with one brilliant smartwatch and two premium smart bands, it's clear how the company sees the future. The Huawei MediaPad X2 is a 7" tablet with LTE connectivity and an octa-core processor, courtesy of the company's in-house chipset. The Huawei Watch is the first smartwatch with a sapphire screen, a perfectly round AMOLED screen. It's highly customizable with a selection of case colors and wristbands, plus 40 watch faces. Then there are two smart bands – the TalkBand B2 and TalkBand N1. The TalkBand B2 is a Bluetooth headset that goes into a wristband to be worn on your hand and offers a number of sport tracking features. The TalkBand N1 is looks like a pair of headphones that forms a sort of pendant you wear around your neck." Read more here:

Microsoft unveils 5inch Lumia 640 and 5.7inch Lumia 640 XL

"Stephen Elop took the stage to open the Microsoft MWC 2015 event and right off the bat unveiled the Microsoft Lumia 640. After a brief intermission for a Windows 10 demo, Elop came back to unveil the larger Microsoft Lumia 640 XL. Both phones will launch Windows Phone 8.1, but Microsoft's intention is to bring them and other modern Lumias to Windows 10. The Microsoft Lumia 640 is bigger and has a better screen than other 6-series devices, it packs a 5" IPS display with 720p resolution (294ppi). The display enjoys Gorilla Glass 3 protection. The phone is powered by a Snapdragon 400 chipset (quad-core Cortex-A7 at 1.2GHz) with 1GB of RAM. There's also 8GB of storage, expandable with up to 128GB microSD cards." Read more here:

Lenovo Vibe Shot and A7000 go official at MWC 2015

"Following the launch of its trio of tablets yesterday, Lenovo has now unveiled two smartphones - the Vibe Shot and A7000. The Lenovo Vibe Shot aims to blend a great camera experience within a smartphone frame, while the A7000 is a mid-range offering with Dolby Atmos technology inside. The Lenovo Vibe Shot features a refreshing design and the back of the phone is reminiscent of a point-and-shoot camera. It's built around a 5" 1080p display and Lenovo has equipped it with Gorilla Glass for protection on both front and back. The back holds a 16MP camera with a six-piece modular lens and a tri-color LED flash. The sensor features low-light back illumination and optical image stabilization, too. In order to focus faster, the camera boasts infrared focus feature. The Vibe Shot features a physical shutter button on the right side, as well. Powering the Vibe Shot is a Snapdragon 615 chipset with a 64-bit quad-core CPU and 3GB of RAM. Additionally, there's 32GB of storage, further expanded by the microSD card slot that's on board. The battery is non-removable 2,900mAh Li-Po." Read more here:

Thinner than thin, meet the Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet

:Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet comes with a 10.1" IPS display of 2560 x 1600 pixels resolution, which results into a nice pixel density of 300ppi. The display is enhanced by Sony's Triluminos technology and X-Reality Mobile engine. The slate is powered by the Qualcomm's latest and greatest Snapdragon 810 chip, which packs an octa-core 64-bit processor with four Cortex-A57 cores clocked at 2.0GHz and four Cortex-A53 working at 1.5GHz. The GPU in charge of graphics is Adreno 430 and there is 3GB of RAM onboard. The rest of the Xperia Z4 Tablet specs include 32GB expandable memory, a rear 8MP Sony ExmorRS camera and 5MP wide-angle front selfie snapper, stereo speakers and GSM, 3G and 4G LTE connectivity. The slate is powered by a 6,000 mAh battery and Sony says it will last 17 hours on video playback. Sony Xperia Z4 Tablet is IP68-certified, which translates in to a dust-tight shell and waterproof design with endurance for up to 30 minutes into 1.5m deep fresh water." Read more here:

Alcatel announces new phones and tablets, all called PIXI 3

"Alcatel has definitely brought a lot of new devices to this year's MWC. Yesterday we reported on two new devices, bearing the name OneTouch IDOL 3 and it appear we only skimmed the surface. And if thought those two differently sized namesake phones were very confusing wait until you see the next badge. A total of three tablets and two phones will all share the model - PIXI 3. And the difference across the lineup isn't only in the screen size. First up there are the two new smartphones. Both are named PIXI 3 (5.5), which signifies their screen size. The most obvious difference is that one of them supports 4G LTE, while the other one doesen't. But the differences don't stop there. The lower-end model comes with a 540 x 960 pixel panel, while its bigger brother boats an HD resolution of 720p. Chipsets are also quite different - a MediaTek MT6580 in the low-end and a QCT 8909 in the other device. Both phones will have 1GB of RAM and will run Android L out of the box, but the differences are abundant. Below is a full list of the specs of each one." Read more here:

Motorola Moto E (2015) brings LTE, 64bit chipset

"Motorola just made the second generation of Moto E official – the screen size grew to 4.5", the chipset moved to a 64-bit one and also got 4G LTE connectivity. Oh, and the 5MP camera can now record 720p video and there's a VGA front-facing camera. There's no mention of a dual-SIM version yet though.The Moto E (2015) is slightly bigger, but practically the same thickness and weight as its predecessor. The screen is still at qHD (540 x 960px), which means it's not very sharp, at least it's an IPS LCD with Gorilla Glass 3 and a anti-smudge coating.The chipset is a Snapdragon 410 – a 64-bit quad-core Cortex-A53 at 1.2GHz with 1GB of RAM and Adreno 306 GPU. That's for the 4G LTE version though, the 3G version will arrive with an old-school Snapdragon 200, which goes back to 32-bit Cortex-A7 cores and the slower Adreno 302 GPU.The phone, of course, runs Android 5.0 Lollipop, which looks unmodified so it should get updates quickly, despite the change of ownership. There's 8GB of built-in storage (double what the 1st gen had) and a microSD card slot.The main camera is a 5MP shooter with an f/2.2 aperture and can record 720p video at 30fps. There are two microphones on the handset for stereo audio. There's a VGA camera on the front, not exactly a selfie dream but better than nothing (which is what the original model has).The Motorola Moto E (2015) has the same water resistance coating used on its bigger bros and a larger 2,390mAh battery (up from 1,980mAh). The phone costs $150 and is available in Black and White. You can also get a Motorola Band in Golden Yellow, Turquoise, Blue, Raspberry, Purple, Red if you want to add a touch of color. The 3G version will presumably cost less, though pricing isn’t available yet. There's nothing on a dual-SIM version either (perhaps that will be the 3G version?)." via gsmarena.com

Frutakia 2 review. Simple game but truly ultra addicting



Today we tested the latest game of Crazysoft ltd, called Frutakia 2. It’s the successor the old original game released back in 2003! Yes, 2003!! The update was a little late, it took
almost 12 years but better late than never. I was one of the many happy clients of the original game in 2003 running on my Palm OS devices. The game was fun and I had played it hundreds of times… The new game brings the old one into this age. Full HD graphics, colorful effects and the same fast frantic gameplay. (Read more inside..)

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