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OPPO’s bezel-less tech explained; curved glass, refraction in play

Posted by wicked April - 27 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

We were not really convinced the first time that leaks came out of OPPO’s gorgeous bezel-less wonder in the R7 that it was really without bezel. We were already thinking that it might be structurally impossible to do that. OPPO’s patent application for a refraction-type tech already told us as much. But here’s more fuel to that fire, saying that OPPO is using a curved glass display approach to achieve the “bezel-less” look.

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The still unreleased OPPO R7’s claim to fame is a 5.5-inch display that shows almost no bezels at all – in fact, most have been tempted to use the term “bezel-less” to the leaks that have come out. And that’s fair, we think. When the user of this phone looks directly at this gorgeous beast (whatever the trick is, you can’t deny that this is still darned beautiful), they will see little to zero bezel at all.

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But there is a trick to it – that is to say, there is still some bezel in the R7. OPPO has just gone to great lengths – with curved glass and refraction technology – to hide whatever bezel there is. The trick is that curved glass, much like what is used by the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge, that is attached just over the display refracts light just the right way to mask what bezel there is on the left and right side. We’ve attached a video below and you can check right near the end, what we’re talking about.

But it bears saying that OPPO should be at least commended for trying this. They’re not the first one to try either, but you can’t say that they have not come up with a gorgeous gadget – at least from what we’ve seen so far. All that said, would you buy the OPPO R7?

VIA: MyDrivers

It’s final: Nokia has no more plans to make or sell consumer handsets

Posted by wicked April - 27 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

Over the weekend, Nokia released an official statement reaffirming that it has “currently no plans to manufacture or sell consumer handsets”. The former top phone manufacturer is very much determined not to rejoin the business contrary to what’s being talked about in the industry. Last week, the company which sold its Devices & Services business to Microsoft last year was rumored to join the mobile business again. The former phone giant has been rumored to do all sorts of things like selling off its maps business but Nokia maintains that it will keep its world-leading patent portfolio, as well as, continue to honor the company’s FRAND undertakings.

The mobile is industry is abuzz with Nokia making phones again and that it’s only waiting out its deal with Microsoft. The two had a contract that says Nokia should not sell any phones under the Nokia brand until the end of 2015. The recent Alcatel-Lucent purchase of Nokia brought about this idea but the former Finnish giant is making it clear now that Nokia will only continue to license its SEPs (standard-essential patents) as it shared earlier this month.

Nokia is not going to manufacture nor sell consumer handsets—not anymore. There is no intention to manufacture consumer handsets out of an R&D facility in China. All those stories and comments that incorrectly attributed an executive of Nokia Networks are false according to Nokia.

It’s final. What CEO Rajeev Suri himself made clear last November 2014 is absolute.

So there you have it ladies and gentleman, Nokia has said its piece. Expect no Nokia-branded phone because Nokia isn’t going back to the business…. not yet.

SOURCE: Nokia

T-Mobile relists the Sony Xperia Z3 on website

Posted by wicked April - 27 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

Earlier this April, T-Mobile discontinued its Sony Xperia Z3 deal because we thought it could be paving the way for the Sony Xperia Z4 which was already unveiled a week ago. The Xperia Z3 isn’t exactly a bestseller but we were left wondering why only after six months after its official launch on the network, T-Mobile removed the model from its current lineup. But good news to those who want a Z3, T-Mobile is selling the phone and the black model is listed once again.

The waterproof smartphone which boasts of a 20.7 megapixel camera and gaming integration with PS4 plus the advanced technologies Sony is known for, the Xperia Z3 is now available for only $499. This one is expected since other retailers like Verizon and Amazon are selling this for almost the same price. That’s a lot cheaper than the previous $630 listing. You can also get the phone without any downpayment ($0) but oN a two-year agreement and a $20.83 monthly fee.

Those buying this new device from T-Mobile must first get a SIM Starter Kit worth $15. We’re happy that the Sony Xperia Z3 is back on T-Mobile but we’re really clueless about the reason for stopping sales for a few weeks. T-Mobile has not made an official statement but when asked about the disappearance and absence but the only reply on Twitter was a link to a Sony page on T-Mobile containing all models ready for purchase.

The Sony Xperia Z4 is also rumored to be for Japan only so we’re not exactly banking on to see the latest flagship model on T-Mobile or any other American mobile carriers. Maybe that’s why T-Mobile relisted the Xperia Z3: it won’t have a replacement anytime soon. What do you think?

SOURCE: T-Mobile

HTC ad pokes fun at Samsung, iPhone owners in new ad

Posted by wicked April - 27 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

When you make ads that poke fun at your rivals, sometimes it can hit the mark and be hilarious rather than catty (see early Samsung ads mocking Apple) or it can totally fail and not be funny at all (see latter Samsung ads mocking Apple, still). Based on initial feedback to this new one from HTC, it looks like it fall under the second category with their “Cellami” YouTube video, which mocks both Samsung and iPhone owners.

HTC invented fictional diseases that are not even subtle digs at Samsung and Apple: “Bi-phonal Displeasure Disorder”, SAD (Samsung Affective Disorder), and iOS (Irritable Operating System). It then gives a supposed cure (fictional too of course) called Cellami (metalidone boomsoundide), but warns that there are numerous side effects like weight gain, permanent thumb loss, blue teeth, oily plastic discharges, etc. The ad features a pale, wan, man who’s obviously “sick” with the aforementioned diseases and is undergoing the Cellami cure.

Of course, the ad’s kicker is that if you’re using their newes flagship, the HTC One M9, then you wouldn’t need to undergo treatment and suffer from the seemingly horrible side effects of Cellami. They claim that you will not be afflicted because “your phone is the best” so you can just “go enjoy your life”.

Reaction to the ad has been…well, sad. Their attempt at being funny ended up with them trying too hard, peppering the ad with all the latest “in” terms and cool-sounding references, but it still falls pretty flat. It’s like your uncle trying to be cool by constantly saying “what the kids today are saying” but ends up sounding and looking, well, uncool. Maybe better luck next time, HTC. Too bad, the One M9 is actually a pretty decent phone. Maybe not the best as the ad says, but still deserving of a much better ad than that one.

Samsung releases two new “What Comes Next” Galaxy S6 videos

Posted by wicked April - 27 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

The Samsung Galaxy S6 is still campaigning to be “the smartphone of your dreams”. After releasing several videos highlighting the power saving capabilities and the great things you can do with its camera, it’s now the turn of the smartphone’s design and under the hood details to take the spotlight. Two more new videos in their “What Comes Next” series were released, all with the intention of showcasing their new flagship devices and jumping on the great buzz that they have garnered with both the Galaxy S6 and the Galaxy S6 edge.

One of the things that has been praised about the new devices is the sleek design, and the video compares it to a car, with its metal frame and Gorilla Glass that is scratch-resistant. The Galaxy S6 edge‘s dual edge design is also highlighted, but they couldn’t compare it to anything because they say it’s one of a kind. It vaguely talks about the whole process of making the world’s first dual edge smartphone. The People Edge feature is also showcased, as it makes it easier to get notifications from the important people you’ve bookmarked even when you’re not looking at your smartphone’s main display.

Under the hood, the Galaxy S6 seems impressive as well. They compare its CPU prowess (14nm AP and 64-bit CPU) to that of a cool sports car, as compared to other phones’ small, RV car-like processing power. So even if you play high-powered games on your device, it will still consume 35% less power than other devices. The 3GB LPDDR4 RAM also makes it easier and faster to switch between multiple apps. Receiving and transmitting data at the same time is now possible and fast they say, thanks to the UFS 2.0 memory of the Galaxy S6. Of course, the smartphone’s screen is something to brag about with its 557ppi Quad HD Super AMOLED display.

The Galaxy S6 and S6 edge are now available in different markets worldwide. The latter costs $100 more than the flagship, but if you’re convinced that you need a dual edge smartphone, then it should be worth it.

Possible LG G4 dual-SIM variant leaks ahead of launch

Posted by wicked April - 27 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

The launch of LG’s flagship, the LG G4, is just a day away and we’re seeing this new leak out of Iran, of all places. The leak shows what is probably a dual-SIM variant of the new flagship from the Korean gadget manufacturer, and both a plastic-backed and the premium leather-backed variant as well. Nice scoop for the guy who got this out first, eh?

We’ve already seen a number of leaks of the LG G4, as well as official teasers which show that the new flagship will probably have a variant that has premium genuine leather used for the back (no cheap faux leather, take that Samsung!). The photos from Iran show both a plastic back and a leather back, plus one with an interesting icon on the bottom right that seems to point to the possibility of a dual-SIM variant.

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That said, here’s what to expect of the LG G4 launch in New York. You can expect the patented rear button placement, and possibly a slightly curved form factor. There will be a stunning QuadHD display, brought to life by either a 64-bit octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 or a hexa-core Snapdragon 808. Recent performance tests and some known overheating issues of the 810 make the 808 route a possibility, though we’re still not sure.

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Couple that with a great camera – as shown by the teaser promos – and all looks fine and dandy for the launch. Hope some of you guys are excited at what LG is bringing to the table. Watch this space!

VIA: Phone Arena

Leather-backed LG G4 takes 3 months to finish

Posted by wicked April - 27 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

We’ll finally have a glimpse and probably our hands on the LG G4 when it’s launched globally tomorrow, April 28. So much has been said and teased already but we’re interested to know about the genuine leather back material that the South Korean tech giant has been showing off a lot lately. So far, we know that the back cover will be leather and will be available in a variety of colors. This is the first time LG is using leather in a smartphone back cover and we’re expecting that feeling of exclusivity and luxury as with most premium leather products.

The LG G4 uses premium cow leather. LG chose to use this high quality leather for comfort during use and for excellent ventilation. A leather back offers a more comfortable grip according to LG. Unlike artificial leather, the LG G4′s leather material will last longer. It may be leather but it’s actually soft and light you won’t feel any added weight than expected. Looking at the leather back closely, you’ll notice very fine stitching for a more elegant but natural design you’d commonly see in luxury leather goods.

LG explains that the leather has 0.001-micrometer pores. The leather goes through a core process that is 10 times longer than it takes other companies to make a normal rear cover which usually takes four days. All in all, it takes 12 weeks or roughly 3 months to finish production. This very long process shows craftsmanship to be valued and at its finest.

The LG G4 leather back cover goes through a number of handmade work from stitching to the leather coating to smearing and some post-processing treatment to improve resistance to heat and moisture. Comfortable elegance is what LG is promising and with the way the company is manufacturing each and every piece, the LG G4 can be considered a work of art. This also means the LG G4 could be priced higher than the average price of past LG G phones.

South Korea will immediately be able to buy the LG G4 on April 29 with a rumored $825 price tag but let’s wait and see tomorrow.

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SOURCE: LG

Samsung opens new factory to keep up with Galaxy S6 edge demand

Posted by wicked April - 27 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

A few weeks ago we learned that Samsung can’t keep up with demand for Galaxy S6 and now even the dual-edged Galaxy S6 edge supplies are running out fast. Pre-orders for S6 edge reached 5 million when the latest flagship phones were launched last March. We don’t have the exact numbers right now but it seems there are more demands for the S6 edge and Samsung needs to act fast to deliver units not only in South Korea but the rest of the world.

Sources are saying that the company already opened a third factory and started production for the curved smartphone screens. This way, the company can double production up to 5 million screens compared to the average 2 million monthly. The factory is said to be new and is actually expected to open this coming June. But with the demand rising, Samsung had no choice but to open it earlier.

We’re not expecting Samsung will officially make an announcement regarding this one but it must prove to the consumers that it will be able to deliver the orders for Galaxy S6 and S6 edge especially since the phones went up for sale on April 10 in all 20 markets.

The new Samsung factory is believed to be located in Seoul near another facility making those curved displays. The new production line is expected to increase the number of phone displays being manufactured for shipment to other countries like Germany, the United States, and the United Kingdom.

Samsung’s display business is big that even Apple depends on Samsung for screens of MacBooks and iPads. Eighty-five percent (85%) is owned by Samsung Electronics while the other 15% is owned by Samsung SDI Co.. The company is also believed to be expecting to sell 70 million units S6 edge this year while the Galaxy S6 should exceed that of the older Galaxy S phones.

VIA: Bloomberg

Casio EX-TR60 camera Bluetooths selfies to smartphones for HD sharing

Posted by Tom April - 27 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

The Casio EX-TR60 digital camera uses Bluetooth Smart to send snaps to smartphones for instant sharing – perfect for those who want higher definition selfies on Instagram and Facebook.

It knows its audience and as such features a Selfie Pad sensor for easy ‘me’ pics and it has inbuilt ‘Selfie Art’ settings.

Bluetooth Smart is a low-energy transfer system and the camera can also be controlled remotely via the smartphone.

The LCD display rotates 360-degrees and it has a stand that allows all selfie angles to be covered.

It has an 11.1MP sensor and comes in green, pink, violent and gold.

It’ll launch April 27.

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Via fareastgizmos

 

Lenovo K80 launched to lock horns with ASUS ZenFone 2

Posted by wicked April - 27 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

So how many mid-tier phones do you know out there with dual-channel 4GB RAM? “Not a lot” is the answer you’ll get, most probably. In truth, the ASUS ZenFone 2 was indeed the first one out there to utilize this much RAM. Then that was followed by Xiaomi’s Mi Note Pro phablet. But those two are not in the same category. Now Lenovo is coming out with the K80, yes, with 4GB of RAM and a lot closer to where the ZenFone 2 is, market-wise.

The Lenovo K80, as soon as anyone give the specs a once-over, they will realize that it was born to compete with ASUS’s mid-tier champion. The Lenovo K80 has a 5.5-inch full HD (1080p) display, same as the ZenFone 2. It even uses the same brand of processor – the K80 will have a 1.8Ghz quad-core 64-bit Intel Atom processor, slightly slower than the 2.3Ghz in the ASUS phone, but definitely not by much.

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The Lenovo K80 will offer something better, and at this point it is the gargantuan 4,000mAh battery, probably guaranteed to last you 2 days on a charge. The K80 will also have LTE connectivity, and the same 64GB internal storage as the top-of-the-line ZenFone 2. The phone is not so slim at 8.5mm, and while that itself is not at all ungainly fat, it’s probably because of the big battery, which is a decent trade-off.

Lenovo is planning to leverage on the pricing – the top model K80 will be sold in China at around USD$290, around 20 dollars less than the top dog ZenFone 2. There will also be a 2GB variant of the K80 which will sell for around USD$240.

VIA: Phone Arena