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Apple iPhone 6 May Have 5-inch Full HD Display

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Rumors about the Apple iPhone 6 continue to emerge and it has been frequently suggested that the handset will include a much larger display. The iPhone 5S and iPhone 5C with their Retina 4-inch display don’t seem to be relevant with latest trends in the market. Multiple Android and Windows Phone 8 devices are boasting better display than Apple’s latest models.

It is believed that Apple will opt for the 5-inch full HD display for the iPhone 6, which is commonly used by high-end devices in 2013. The amount of pixel density and display size could give rivals like Samsung, Nokia, HTC and Sony a tough competition. However, there’s an expectation that high-end smartphones in 2014 will be equipped with 2k screen resolution, which again puts Apple one step behind the competition.

Competitors have been coming up with better and larger displays – Nokia Lumia 1520, Sony Xperia Z Ultra and Samsung Mega 6.3 already use display larger than 6-inch. There’s a possibility that upper mid-tier Android devices will begin start to use 5-inch 1080p display, when 2k panels are available commercially.

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M8 Could be Commercially Known As HTC One II

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After its decent success with the HTC One, the Taiwan-based company is eyeing to launch a new flagship model. Codenamed the M8, the phone could eventually be designated as the HTC One II.

Reports say that the phone will appear next year and we can expect it to be quite popular among smartphone users like the original HTC One, which was previously called the M7. There’s still a possibility that HTC will give the phone a completely new naming scheme and the M8 may not be included in the One series.

The device may feature the new Sense 6.0 UI, which delivers multiple new feature enhancements, such as the ability to disable BlinkFeed. As for what HTC Sense 6.0 UI might actually look is still a total mystery, but there’s still a chance that we would see a total interface overhaul.

The old faithful bean-spiller, @evleaks, gave us this information through his Tweeter account. The phone could be well on its way for tech events early next years, including CES 2014 and MWC 2014

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Differences Between Black and White Variants of Google Nexus 5

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Google officially announced the Nexus 5 last week and it comes with the new Kit Kat (Android 4.4) operating system. Although the shipping starts to slip due to low stock, many consumers will be getting the device throughout the whole week. The Google Nexus 5 comes in two color options; white & black and matte black.

The matte black Nexus 5 is extremely comfortable to use with its rubber surface. Meaning, it is not too slippery for most users. The texture is quite nice and users will find it comfortable to hold and operate. Unfortunately, the surface is also a fingerprint and dust magnet, although not quite as bad as phones with outdated silicon cases.

Many would have expected to get an all-white Nexus 5, but this isn’t how the company envisions it. Only the rear soft touch matte plastic is white, while the glossy plastic on the sides and front fascia are all black. Meaning, the white version actually has two-toned design. It may not be quite as textured as the all-black one, but users won’t find it too slippery. But those are worried about dropping the Nexus 5 should considering choosing all-black variant.

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Samsung’s High-End Clamshell, the W2014 launched in partnership with China Telecom

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For many smartphone users, flip-phone design is nothing more than a thing of the past. But in some parts of Asia, things are rather different. Samsung is gearing up to launch a new clamshell device aimed for consumers in China. The new SCH-W2014 is a powerful device that even one-ups the company’s international flagship, the Galaxy S4, in terms of raw performance.

The phone is powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor clocked at 2.3GHz and 2GB of RAM. Other hardware specs include dual-SIM slots, 2Mp front-facing camera, 13Mp rear-facing camera and 32GB of internal storage. There’s obviously a not-so-impressive side of the phone, it is equipped with a couple of mediocre 3.4-inch WVGA display based on the Super AMOLED panel. Considering that it would retail above $1,600, we would think that the W2014 should feature better display. If you think that the phone is ridiculously expensive, Samsung’s earlier high-end clamshell model were available for $2,500.

The South Korean company has been making clamshell smartphones for years now, but it has yet to plan of releasing such a handset in the global market.

Samsung W2014 specifications at a glance:

  • 3.7-inch Super AMOLED display (on the inside and the outside) with 480×800 pixels
  • 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor
  • 2GB of RAM
  • Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
  • 13-megapixel rear camera
  • 2-megapixel front-facing camera
  • Dual-SIM support (GSM+CDMA)
  • 1900mAh removable battery
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Huawei G600 Review

Huawei G600 is positioned as mid-range handset with higher premium value, The Huawei’s new smartphone is equiped with with the qHD screen, a dual-core 1.2GHz processor and Android 4.0.4.

Design

Huawei G600 isn’t the thinnest Android handset in town at 10.5mm thick. It’s also a rather big device, albeit nowhere near high-end handsets in the market, such as the Samsung Galaxy Note II. If you love bright splashes of colors on the casing, you will be disappointed by the boring color finishes offered by Huawei.

Software

Huawei G500 runs Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) and since the phone has a front-facing snapper, users can use the Face Unlock feature. Like other Huawei’s handsets, the phone features a custom UI, but it is a fairly lightweight overlay. The multiple homescreens arrangement is the usual Android staple, which is filled with numerous widgets and apps.

Performance

With the 1.2GHz dual-core processor under the hood, Huawei G600 is a pretty capable little beast and it should handle most apps well, except for high-octane 3D games. Nevertheless, basic functionalities such as Youtube and social networking should be comfortably well within its capability. The processor is supported by 768MB of RAM, which offers enough room for slick multitasking performance.

Display

There’s a 4.5” display on the front and the qHD (540 x 960) resolution is well suited for watching good-quality videos. Although the display is generally roomy, it doesn’t force your thumb to stretch too far. The screen has been significantly toughened against accidental scratches, thanks to the Corning Gorilla Glass layer.

Battery

The phone comes with a beefy 2000mAh battery and it should be able to deliver 380 hours on standby and 6 hours of talk time.

Camera

Any user of a mid-range blower would appreciate the amount of pixels offered by the 8Mp sensor. There’s also a front-facing snapper for quick video calls.

Verdict

Huawei G600 is certainly a decent option for budget-conscious consumers who want to get a decent mid-range smartphone. Performance levels and features seem to live to company’s earlier claims.

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HTC Desire X Review

On paper, the HTC One X looks like a winner with its respectable specs in the entry-level category.

Design

HTC is known for its unique design sense and the Desire X seems to have some easily recognizable parts. For example, it seems to share the same unibody chassis used by the HTC One family. The power button is placed on the top, next to the 3.5mm headphone jack. The Beats Audio speakers are placed on the back while the microUSB port can be used for charging and synching. The phone weighs at just 114 grams, which is slightly lighter than other mid-range handsets.

Features

It’s easy to be impressed by the Desire X’s features, especially when we consider its status as an entry-level model. The handset is decently powerful with its 1GHz dual core processor and 768MB of RAM. It also has 4” WVGA display and 1650mAh battery. HTC saves manufacturing cost here by not adding a front-facing shooter, but the 5Mp rear-facing camera is generally adequate for any situation.

The Desire X uses Ice Cream Sandwich (Android 4.0) and the HTC Sense 4.0a UI, while the sound quality is boosted by the Beats Audio. The phone performs really well in terms of display quality, responsiveness, system performance, battery life and camera. The battery delivers enough juice for nearly two days of moderate usage and photos taken by the 5Mp camera unit don’t look too different compared to those taken by the HTC One X with its 8Mp camera module.

Verdict

When you’ve tried the HTC Desire X for the first time, you wouldn’t mind of using it full time. It should meet all user expectation in the entry-level category and apart from the lack of 4G performance; the Desire X should perform things competently. If you are an early adopter, the Desire X will make your decision-making process easier. The smartphone is a decent mid-range model that punches really hard in its category.

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HTC Desire V Review

HTC Desire V is a lower mid-range smartphone and another challenger in the dual-SIM arena.

Design

With its aluminum constructions and slim body, the Desire V seems to have the usual HTC design cue. We can easily see that all HTC smartphone look the same, except for the One family that is one step above the rest. The power button and 3.5mm headphone jack is found on the top, while the volume rocker is placed at the right side.

Display

The Desire V’s display is generally average; blacks aren’t washed out and colors are accurate, although the viewing angle is not comparable to handsets with IPS screen.

Web Browsing

Browsing with the phone is acceptable but not necessarily perfect. There are some issues with closing Flash videos, panning performance and typing on the address bar. The 5Mp camera takes decent shots; while autofocus and shutter speed are reasonably fast. Despite the capable image sensor, the phone doesn’t allow us to record HD videos, which is a letdown for a phone in this category.

Performance

The 1GHz single core processor and Adreno 200 GPU won’t make the phone a multimedia powerhouse. Benchmark results are decent enough and you might not help but wonder why things get lagged so much. The Android 4.0 interface seems to be significantly modified and this could contribute to the occasional stutters.

Battery life

The 1650mAh battery should be adequate for 2 days-worth of moderate usages, which include some app downloads, browsing through WiFi, occasional gaming, dozens of SMS message, a few minutes of voice calls and some emails. Given the amount of abuse you throw at it each day; the phone should deliver respectable operational time.

Verdict

You won’t find anything marvelous about the phone, apart from the fact that it is the first dual-SIM handset released by the Taiwanese manufacturer. Overall, the built-quality is adequate and the audio-quality is generally above average.

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BlackBerry Curve 9320 Review

BlackBerry Curve 9320 is an entry level device, which are popular in emerging markets. RIM lacks anything particularly interesting in the top-end segment, but its Curve family has been successful in many emerging markets.

Display

The Curve 9320 is equipped with a 2.44” (320 x 240) TFT display. It’s decent for a low-end handset, but certainly not impressive due to its small display size and resolution. The display is not protected by scratch resistant layer, you should purchase a sperate screen protector immeditaly.

Software

The Curve 9320 uses BlackBerry OS 7.1, which brings all the usual features. The homescreen looks ordinary with navigation bar above and shortcuts at the bottom. Users can open recent apps by pressing the BlackBerry key for a few seconds. The phone comes with a few built-in apps, such as Facebook, Twitter, Maps, YouTube, Documents To Go, Calculator, Password Keeper and BlackBerry Protect.

Camera

The phone uses 3.2Mp rear-facing camera with Extended Depth of Field Technology. It snaps decent shots for a low-end device and the LED flash can help to remove some of the graininess when taking picture in dim places. The camera has fixed focus and close up shots may end-up blurry. You can only record VGA videos and the stabilization feature should make videos look less shaky.

Messaging

BlackBerry Messaging is often the sole reason for buying a BlackBerry device. In the BlackBerry 9320, users can easily enable the feature using the physical BBM button.

Connectivity

Cnnectivity options include WiFi, HSDPA 7.2Mbps, HSUPA 5.76Mbps and Bluetooth 2.1 + A2DP, while the A-GPS is usable for the navigational feature and location-based apps.

Other features

The 806MHz processor and 512MB of RAM are adequate for running a number of apps simultabeously. The 512MB of onboard storage is inadequate in many cases, but the external memory slot supports up to 32GB of microSD card.

Verdict

The BlackBerry Curve 9320 is an attractive handset in the entry-level category due to its dedicated BBM key, good loudspeaker, decent battery life, 3G connection and FM radio, although the small screen size and display resolution are small.

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BlackBerry Curve 9220 Review

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The Canadian phone maker has been in the limelight with its struggle in regaining the lost market share. RIM lacks anything particularly interesting in the top-end segment, but its Curve family has been successful in many emerging markets.

Design

The Curve 9220 comes with a 3–row QWERTY keyboard, while an additional row contains some useful shortcuts. The smartphone feels generally solid when used, although it reeks of plastic. Dedicated camera and video keys are found on the sides, but they can be used only when the phone is unlocked.

Display

The BlackBerry Curve 9220 has a 2.44” QVGA display; while passable in the low-end category, it is nothing to write home about. The screen is bright and nice, although visibility is slightly impaired when used outdoor. This could be caused by the high gloss finish.

Processor

The device runs an 800MHz single-core chip, which is supported by 512MB of RAM. The arrangement is generally adequate for running most BlackBerry apps.

Software

The BlackBerry OS 7.1 is running the show and it adds a number of new capabilities over the proven OS 7.0. While the OS 7.1 supports the NFC functionality, you can’t use this feature on the Curve 9220 due to the absence of hardware support. FM Radio is another important enhancement of the OS 7.1, which is useful in areas where streaming radio is not available. The Auto Suggest feature helps users to look up relevant keywords when they use the Internet.

Camera

The Curve 9220 has a 2Mp camera module with fixed focus. The EDoF technology allows users to capture photos instantly, but images taken are somewhat blurry even in bright sunlight. Graininess and dim colors are further amplified on photos taken in low light conditions and indoor

Verdict

The BlackBerry Curve 9220 may disappoint you with its lackluster camera performance and poor choice of materials, but the phone is still attractive for some due to its solid battery life, proven software platform and low price tag.

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LG Motion 4G Review

LG Motion 4G is a phone that offer tremendous value. But like many entry-level smartphones, the LG Motion 4G has its quirks.

Design

Like any smartphone, the LG Motion 4G is dominated by its screen. The 3.5” display looks a bit dim and it is not terribly impressive either.

Call quality

The phone offers rock solid reception quality and voice calls should be clear and loud enough. With the built-in noise cancellation feature, your voice can be heard more clearly in noisy places. The phone is one a few low-end handsets equipped with 4G (LTE) support.

Software

As an Ice Cream Sandwich, the phone offers a considerably more responsive web browser, than the Gingerbread. LG heavily skinned the stock Android interface with unique app drawer and launcher. It is quite unfortunate that the phone is loaded with tons of bloatware with some apps that don’t even work smoothly out of the box.

Multimedia

For a $99 smartphone, the LG Motion 4G offers an impressive multimedia support. The phone has 6GB of internal storage and a microSD card slot, which allow you to keep plenty of songs, images and videos. The 5Mp rear-facing camera is a rarity for in low-end category with 1080p HD recording capability. It’s a little unfortunate that the camera is only capable of snapping VGA images in burst mode.

Verdict

The phone offers tremendous value for the price, but the mediocre display may not be appealing for some. If you are going to stare at the display a lot, there are better entry-level alternatives. However, if your wallet isn’t thick enough, this is still one of the best affordable 4G smartphone out there. While it won’t win any expert recommendation, with its good camera and 4G support, the LG Motion 4G still offers a solid value.

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