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Brazilian police value stolen prototype of Xperia C5 Ultra at $12M

Posted by wicked July - 30 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

If you think that stealing a prototype of an upcoming gadget is a piece of cake, think again, especially if you live in Brazil. Whoever was caught with a stolen prototype of the soon to be announced Sony Xperia C5 Ultra will not just be faced with jail time (we assume) but probably a hefty fine as well. That’s because they have valued the prototype not at the supposed market price but rather on the development cost of the device, which is at $12M.

The prototype of the Xperia C5 Ultra, the upcoming bezel-less device from Sony, was apparently stolen from a certification forum last July 17. The Brazilian police set up a minor sting operation, researching for the man on Facebook. They then set up a meet with him, pretending interest in buying the prototype. When he took the phone out when they eventually met at a restaurant, he was then arrested. Instead of valuing the device at its eventual market price, which is reportedly around $893, the police instead looked at the development cost for the smartphone to come up with the $12M figure.

Just a few days ago, a supposed user guide for the Xperia C5 Ultra was allegedly leaked, and it showed that the device will indeed be bezel-less (well, if you believe the user guide). It will also reportedly have 2GB RAM, 16GB built-in storage, a 13MP camera, a front-facing camera of unknown MP but with front-facing flash as well. Rumors have also said that the C5 Ultra is also the Sony Lavender.

Sony will reportedly announce the Xperia C5 Ultra soon, even before the Xperia Z5 or the H2 phones. No word yet from Sony either regarding the smartphone or the theft in Brazil of the supposed prototype.

VIA: Xperia Blog

New CAT S40 rugged introduced, ready for rough and tough use

Posted by wicked July - 30 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

CAT phones have always been known as tough, rugged, and durable. Global brand and top manufacturer of construction and mining equipment Caterpillar has just introduced its latest phone offering named as the Cat S40. The newest Cat is another rugged smartphone from the company as a continuous response to the market’s demand for rugged mobile devices.

The CAT S40 is a followup to last year’s S50 phone. This year’s model features the following rugged features: a Super Bright Display, Corning Gorilla Glass 4 screen, Glove-On Working Technology, large capacity battery, waterproof warning sensors, and wet-finger tracking technology. The phone is IP68-compliant which means it can withstand dust, shock, water, and drop from up to 1.8 meters.

There is a rugged phone market just in case you didn’t know. According to Caterpillar, about 10 million of rugged phones were sold in 2014. The number is expected to be higher this year as such rough and tough phones are becoming more appealing to a lot of mobile users, young and old alike. A recent survey by Cat even confirmed that about 80% of mobile phone users had their handsets damaged in one way or another. If you notice, phone makers like Samsung, Panasonic, and Kyocera are trying to enter the rugged market by releasing phones ideal for more active use.

Cat S40 will be available with a £399.99 ($620) price tag this coming August 1 in more than 60 countries around the world.

SOURCE: CAT

Rumours no more! Official stats and pics of OnePlus 2 are here

Posted by Tom July - 29 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

It’s finally here – the official information for the hotly-anticipated OnePlus 2 smartphone.

The OnePlus 2 is billed as a “flagship killer” as it’s the high-spec, mid-price model we were all expecting.

The OnePlus 2 has a full HD 5.5-inch IPS LCD display with a 178-degree viewing angle.

It weighs 175g, is powered by a 3300mAh lithium polymer battery and runs on a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 processor.

There’s also dual SIM support, as well as 4G LTE connectivity, and it supports 4K video recording and 720p slo-mo capture.

It also supports USB Type-C charging, has a fingerprint scanner on the home button and runs OxygenOS – the OnePlus OS based on Android 5.1.

On the memory front it’ll have 64GB storage and 4GB LIDDR4 RAM.

The OnePlus 2 will be out on 11 August and will cost $389.

Via pocket-lint

LG G Flex 3 rumors out this early, months away from scheduled 2016 launch

Posted by wicked July - 29 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

It may be too early for a follow-up but the other South Korean giant, LG, is rumored to be working on the G FLEX 3. The previous model was only introduced last January so the next-gen is not expected this soon. No confirmation yet about the new device but we’ve got some important details about it including a fingerprint scanner, a 6-inch 2K screen, and a 4GB RAM.

We learned that the LG G Flex might have a 6-inch screen with 2K display, Qualcomm S820 processor, 32GB built-in storage, 20.7 megapixel rear camera, 8MP front-facing camera, fingerprint scanner which could also be the power button, and a metal body. This kind of leak is actually super early since the smartphone is believed to be scheduled for a March 2016 release. That’s less than a year from now but this phablet seems to be gaining early media attention now.

Others may comment on the Snapdragon SD820 processor which may cause possible heating issues but as we already said, Qualcomm has already responded, and the newest phones now use the latest version of the chipset. The official launch is eight months away so it’s too early to tell if the rumors are true. Just the same, expect similar information, leaks, and several sightings to come out.

For now, you can enjoy the LG G Flex 2 from different carriers and enjoy watching extreme endurance tests like this one. I just know one thing: the  next LG G Flex 3 will still be beautifully bent.

SOURCE: Weibo

What the OnePlus 2 DOESN’T have, and why that matters

Posted by wicked July - 29 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

Ok, so the cat’s out of the bag, so to speak. The OnePlus 2 – made by the same guys who made the OnePlus One (haha) – is out in the open, the pricing is out in the open as well, and we had a short time to go hands on with it. It is by far, the most ridiculous piece of smartphone hardware you can get for a price range that starts at around USD$329. But that for that price, you will have to let go of some creature comforts – like NFC, a fast charging feature, and a wireless charging feature. Is that going to be ok for you?

China-based device manufacturer OnePlusenfant terrible of the smartphone industry last year – is growing up, and so is its flagship smartphone. The company got some wide coverage and acceptance last year because it was able to put out a smartphone with flagship level specs at a price nearer to USD$300, something unheard of in the industry. This year, they are trying for a repeat of that in the OnePlus 2 – a monster phone with great pricing. It seems reasonable that they try to find things to forego so that they can keep the pricing down.

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First up, the phone doesn’t have NFC – which means you can’t use it for wireless or contact-based payments, and surely not when Android Pay launches. OnePlus says that in their survey of OnePlus One users, NFC was rarely used. Sure, this is a calculated risk for the company – as most people will expect NFC as a given on any smartphone. But OnePlus is not Samsung or LG – it is trying to keep the price down while still giving you great specs. We need to remember that.

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Secondly, no wireless charging. This is expected, because wireless charging – while convenient when available – is still not a standard. It would have been cool to have it, but to keep the price down, this is no biggie. Fast charging, on the other hand, is a big issue. Even the USD$200-priced ASUS ZenFone 2 has it, so it is curious why this feature isn’t available. The Snapdragon 810 chipset inside the OnePlus 2 is certainly capable of Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 feature, so it must boil down to either the USB Type-C port not being compatible with it, or the phone’s software is just not there yet. Best hope is that the feature will be part of a software update, quite like the LG G4.

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Ultimately, you have to look at what you do have. For less than USD$400 (crazy, we know), you get Qualcomm’s best chipset in the SD810 – barring any overheating issues, fingers crossed. You get 4GB of LPDDR4 RAM – I mean, everyone and anyone can have 4GB of RAM, but that’s LPDDR3 at best. You are getting the speediest RAM in the market to date. Then you have a 5.5-inch Full HD 1080p screen, and a spanking new OxygenOS that is as close to stock AOSP 5.1 Lollipop as you can get. For all of these things, at this price point, I will be willing to start paying out of my pocket with cash or with plastic, and forego wireless charging in the meantime.

Moto G 3rd Gen, Moto X Play, Moto X Style: which one is for you?

Posted by wicked July - 29 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

So we finally see what Motorola is up to, at least in the mainstream smartphone segment of the market. Their strategy lies in three handsets which look very visibly similar to each other – there is the 3rd generation Moto G, then the Moto X Play, and the Moto X Style. So how does one know which one is the right fit for your own budget and usage? Well, put them side by side and compare. We got you covered.

First things first, the similarity in aesthetics and external design in these three is such that one might easily be taken for the other (and the other) – and that, we think, is intentional from Motorola. They’re trying to create one “look” for their smartphones that will probably evolve through the next few years without changing as much. Also blame it on that metallic vertical element at the back, almost LG-like, but only serves as mounting for the devices’ cameras.

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The Moto G is definitely the “budget friendly” unit of the three. The Moto X Play is midrange mainstream, it can basically do all that you need it to do. The Moto X Style is when you need that extra oomph and robustness. The variance starts with the display, and it gets better as you move up the ladder. The Moto G’s 5-inch HD (720p) display works with the budget line, while you get full HD (1080p) with the X Play. The X Style gives you QuadHD goodness for that extra cash you’re paying.

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The processors of these new babies are distinctly better than last year’s crop of Motorola phones. But the common thread is that they will all give you 4G LTE connectivity – from the Moto G’s Snapdragon 410, the octa-core Snapdragon 610 on the Moto X Play, to the hexacore Snapdragon 808 on the Moto X Style. RAM support is basically 1GB, 2GB, or 3GB, in that order – although you can get the Moto G with 2GB RAM so you have some extra multitasking muscle.

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Motorola is going with its proprietary TurboPower quick charging feature, different from the one Qualcomm is offering with their chipsets. Notice though, that the Moto X Play will have the compatible TurboPower charger at extra cost, while it is included in the package of the Moto X Style.

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Software for these variants will all be based on the latest and greatest Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, so the experience will be pretty much the same – although the transitions will be more “buttery smooth” with the faster processors and higher RAM.

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The pricing – you were all waiting for it, right? – will be as follows: the 3rd Gen Moto G will maintain its sub-$200 price point, which we pointed out as critical for Motorola to keep its budget phone crown, at USD$179.00 off-contract, and it is available right this minute through Motorola’s online store. The Moto X Play will be at an estimated price of USD$299.00 off-contract, but there are complications. It will not be sold in the US market as the X Play, and will probably come as a DROID unit (with Verizon) in August. The Moto X Style, which will be known as the Moto X Pure Edition in the US, will arrive in September for the upper midrange pricing of USD$399.

VIA: SlashGear

Ramos announces Onemos MOS1 smartphone

Posted by wicked July - 29 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

Chinese startup Ramos Digital Technology has just launched a new smartphone in Beijing. A special tech event was held less than two weeks ago, featuring its first ever smartphone: the Onemos MOS1. Yep, you read it right–Onemos MOS1. The company promised that the unit would be available in August both online and in retail stores. We’re hoping to see what Ramos has been boasting about lately including its five-edged crystal metal frame– a result of some complex process.

To make the crystal metal frame, some 208 complex procedures are required to be done. This includes sand-blasting, anodizing, CNC, and nano-molding as described by Ramos. Doing all those things would result into a unique design. Both the back and front parts of the Onemos phone are made with double 2.5D curved Corning Gorilla Glass 3.

This device is not a premium phone but specs are almost high end. Features are impressive enough for an affordable smartphone which can rival some of the premium phones today: 5.5-inch 1080P GFF AHVA color screen, 401 ppi resolution, 13MP camera, 5MP front cam, F/2.0 super aperture, Qualcomm 64bit true 8-core processor, 32GB built-in storage, 2GB RAM, and LTE connectivity.

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The Onemos MOS1′s battery life is expected to be longer than usual because of the BYD 3050mAh super safe battery used. Its Qualcomm QC2.0 quick charging technology offers at least 15 percent of extra juice only within ten minutes. Phone runs MOUI 1.0 which is based on Android 5.0 Lollipop OS. You can choose from the metal gray, moonlight silver, and champagne gold.

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SOURCE: Ramos Digital Technology

Samsung Galaxy J5 now available in Germany via Orange

Posted by wicked July - 29 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

We first sighted the Samsung Galaxy J5 on GFXBench and the device soon found its way to TENAA–China’s FCC equivalent. When the first close up images of the mid-ranger phone were leaked, we knew that it would be unveiled very soon. True enough, the smartphone became official last June. This time, we’ve got news that the device is now ready in Europe under Orange.

Samsung Germany has just listed the Galaxy J5(model number SM-J500FN) on the website with a €234.99($261) price tag. The South Korean tech giant didn’t make any changes on this German version as the specs are still the same: 5-inch Super AMOLED screen, 720 x 1280 resolution, 294ppi pixel density, 1.2GHz quad-cored 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor, 1.5GB RAM, 8GB built-in storage, microSD card slot, 13MP rear camera, f/1.9 aperture, 5MP front-facing cam with LED flash for clearer selfies, and a 2600mAh battery.

You can’t compare this with the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge and even the upcoming Galaxy Note 5 because unlike those premium phones that use metal or glass back material, the Galaxy J5 (SM-J500F) only uses plastic. This may be a mid-ranger but smartphone already supports 4G LTE connectivity and runs Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box.

You can now purchase the Samsung Galaxy J5 from Orange.

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VIA: PhoneArena

SOURCE: Samsung

Motorola releases new Moto G budget smartphone with better specs

Posted by wicked July - 28 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

Last year’s Moto G was already a champion, if you were looking for a decent device that would not really hurt your wallet. Now Motorola is bringing us the 3rd generation of this budget smartphone and instead of just bringing a slightly better version, it looks like the OEM has imbued the new gadget with new features and specs that will make the price tag even more worth it, including LTE, water protection, and for the first time ever, a Moto Maker option for the Moto G.

The first important improvement that they’ve made is that the new Moto G now come with LTE connectivity baked in. So now, you won’t get left out of your carrier’s high speed internet (well, that is, if your carrier actually has a pretty good network). Another major change is that this version has IPX7 water resistance. This means that it can be immersed in 3 feet of water for 30 minutes. It doesn’t mean you will intentionally do it (unless you’re testing it), but if you find yourself in that situation, you can be assured it will survive.

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Previously, only the Moto X and the Moto 360 smartwatch are allowed into the Moto Maker world, but now you can also include the Moto G here, as you can choose the colors, memory, and other accents according to your tastes and the options given to you in the store. Coincidentally, Moto Maker is also now available in Brazil, where apparently the Moto G became a best-selling device for a year.

The new Moto G also now sports a 13-megapixel camera, which is a huge difference from the 8MP of the previous model. It also has a 5-inch 720p HD display and runs on
Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor. You can either have it at 1GB or 2GB RAM, and either 8GB or 16GB storage. Price for the 3rd gen Moto G starts at $179.99 and you can customize it in the Moto Maker page

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SOURCE: Motorola (1), (2)

Moto X Style, Moto X Play: twin successors of a flagship

Posted by wicked July - 28 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

Motorola definitely did something unexpected today. We were expecting the Moto G, and it gave us a Moto X. But not just one Moto X. Motorola has in fact outed two Moto X smartphones, the Moto X Style and the Moto X Play. The Moto X Style is simply the high end Moto X we’ve come to expect. The Moto X Play, on the other hand, is a strange beast that sits in between the Moto X Style and the Moto G. So does the new smartphone strategy play out?

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The Moto X Style is simply put Motorola’s bet for the 2015 flagship race and we aren’t disappointed. Instead of a dreaded Snapdragon 810, the Moto X Style sports once more the “Motorola Mobile Computing System” it first unveiled in the first Moto X, but this time based on the Snapdragon 808, similar to the LG G4. 3 GB of RAM is plenty, though we could have probably done with 4. Storage configurations range from 16 to 64 GB and, lo and behold, there is even a microSD card slot. The display is definitely no underdog. At 5.7 inches, Motorola pulled out all the stops this time and bequeathed it with a 2560×1440 QHD resolution.

The cameras are another selling point for the Moto X Style, with a 21 megapixel f/2.0 shooter at the back and a 5 megapixel selfie cam on the front, complete with its own LED flash. Battery is a decent 3,000 mAh, which can last a whole day of mixed usage. Motorola makes up for the lack of a removable battery with its customary Turbo Charging feature. And of course, the “Style” part of the name is partly due to the Moto Maker choices you have at your fingertips.

It should be noted that in the US, the Moto X Style will go by a more conventional name, the Moto X Pure Edition. This particular model supports all the LTE bands of major carriers in the US. One other key difference is that Bamboo is now a standard inlay option instead of an extra. Of course, if you’re no fan of wood, you can still pick out your own.

The Moto X Style will have a price range of around $200 to $300. The Moto X Pure Edition, however, will sell for $399.99 off contract.

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Moto X Play

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This smartphone is a rather strange beast. While it bears the Moto X name, it is, slightly less powerful than the Moto X Style. It is, however, also more long lasting, with a bigger battery that supports the slightly lower spec sheet. In short, this is one smartphone you can use to play all day, so to speak. The Motorola Mobile Computing System here is powered by a mid-rang Snapdragon 615 and paired with 2 GB of RAM. Storage choices are only 16 and 32 GB but there is a microSD card slot as well. The display is also lower and smaller, a 5.5-inch 1080p screen.

The Moto X Play makes up for it with the battery, a large 3,630 mAh that can last one and a half day. And Motorola happily didn’t skimp on the cameras either, putting the same 21 megapixel f/2.0 shooter on the back, with a 5 megapixel camera on the other side. Sadly, that front cam doesn’t have the flash that the Moto X Style has.

The Moto X Play will go for $299 without a contract.

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