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Microsoft announces the super affordable Lumia 550 with Windows 10

Microsoft announces the super-affordable Lumia 550 with Windows 10

Continuing in the footsteps of previous Lumia 500-series smartphones, the just-announced Microsoft Lumia 550 is the company's newest addition to the super-affordable line. Slated for a December launch, the Lumia 550 will cost $139 and bring Windows 10 for Mobile to the masses.On the inside, as can be expected, the Lumia 550 is a conservative, entry-level solution that is aimed at first time smartphone users and people on a budget. Microsoft actually spent less than 10 seconds on the phone, and official pages are not available yet, so the best we can do is go on a leaked slide that provides a quick rundown of the specs. Here's what it reads:
        5-inch, 720 x 1280 pixel resolution screen (294 ppi) with Corning Gorilla Glass 3
        A 1GHz, quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 processor with LTE
        1GB of RAM, 8GB of built-in storage, optional storage expansion through microSD
        5-megapixel main camera with LED flash, 2-megapixel selfie snapper
        1,950 mAh juicer with quick charging support
        Windows 10 for Mobile
In short, an all-around respectable specs sheet, specifically considering the $139 outright price tag, and a chance for the masses to get a taste of Windows 10 for Mobile on an exceedingly affordable device. Read more here:

Microsoft announces the Surface Pro 4, 50% more powerful than the MacBook Air


Today, October 6, Microsoft announced the Surface Pro 4. This productivity-oriented workhorse tablet that features a sleek and elegant design, Intel-powered hardware, and a bunch of accessories, such as type covers, a dock station, and a powerful stylus to enhance the user experience.The Surface Pro 4 features a large 12.3-inch display with a 2160 x 1440 resolution, which is on par with competing tablets in the Pro category, such as the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 and the Apple iPad Pro. The 12.3-inch display is able to sense 1024 levels of pressure from its stylus. Its pixel density adds up to 267 pixels per inch, which is very good for the size. The screen is covered in 0.4mm Gorilla Glass and has a very thin 1.1m backlight unit. It also has a special Touch Chipset, developed by Microsoft and dedicated to the stylus and touchscreen operations.The tablet boasts thin screen bezels and its overall look is reminiscent of the Dell XPS 13, an almost border-less fashion piece of a laptop. The device is built out of aluminum alloy and has the typical sleek, but solid appearance of Microsoft's Surface Pro line.Read more here:

Microsoft Lumia 950 and 950 XL price and release date


Microsoft just showcased its first Windows 10 Mobile handsets - the Lumia 950 and its XL sidekick - along with the newest Surface convertible. The phones will be the poster kids for Microsoft's brand new push in mobile hardware, after it introduced the screen size-agnostic Win 10, and wrote off the Nokia merger, starting with a completely clean slate.  The 950 and 950 XL are every bit as cool as the rumors indicated, with high-res 5.2" and 5.7" displays, Snapdragon chipsets, 20 MP PureView cameras with ZEISS optics, the works.  How much for these beauties? Well, $549 for the Lumia 950, and $649 for the Lumia 950 XL. That's in line with other flagship and midrange handsets in the Android-iOS duopoly land, so we'll see how the new Windows 10 Mobile gear fares in the market once it hits the shelves next month.Read more here

HTC One M9+ relaunched with 21 MP OIS camera and laser AF


HTC just relaunched the One M9+, upgrading it in the process to what might turn out to be its best phone ever. How about the same beautiful brushed aluminum chassis in two-tone color options, but with an vastly improved camera area, the only place where the One M9+ was lacking before?You got it, as HTC equipped the new One M9+ with a 21 MP camera (up from a 20 MP shooter before), indicating that this may be a different sensor than the Toshiba one found in the M9 versions so far. Not only that, but for the first time HTC is offering optical image stabilization to the 21 MP sensor, and added ultrafast 0.1s phase-detection autofocus plus laser AF to boot, making it one of the best-equipped camera in the Android world.The rest of the specs stay the same, which is to say a great all-around package with a 5.2-inch Quad HD (1440 x 2560) resolution display, giving it a density of 565 pixels per inch, and a 64-bit MediaTek 2.2 GHz octa-core Helio X10 chipset. We will also get 3 GB of RAM, a 4 MP UltraPixel selfie cam in the front, and a 2,840 mAh battery to back it all up. Naturally, you will also receive two BoomSound stereo speakers at the front, and a finger scanner embedded in the elliptical home key.Read more here:

HTC Butterfly 3 is now official with Snapdragon 810 and 20MP Duo camera


HTC has just announced the Butterfly 3 smartphone to succeed last year's flagship in polycarbonate attire, the Butterfly 2. And before you asked - yes, it is essentially the same phone as the J Butterfly which has been official in Japan since May.So the new HTC Butterfly 3 comes with a 5.2-inch QHD LCD display, Snapdragon 810 chipset, and 3GB of RAM. Internal storage is quoted at 32GB and could be expanded by up to 2TB via microSD - theoretically, that is, as we're yet to see a card beyond 200GB.It's all about imaging with this one, rocking a 20.2MP primary camera on the back, with a secondary sensor to capture distance information. This results in what HTC calls a Duo setup, allowing for post-shot autofocusing and a few other creative effects. The lens is a Sapphire crystal-protected f/2.2 27.8mm-equivalent, and has a dual-tone dual-LED flash to help in the dark. Naturally, it supports 4K video recording.On the front you'll find a 13MP selfie shooter, again with a BSI sensor. The lens has a faster f/2.0 aperture, though it's a smidge narrower 28.2mm equivalent. The front cam can shoot videos up to 1080p.The smartphone measures 150.99 x 72.99 x 9.99mm, according to HTC's specsheet, but we'd go ahead and drop those 9s for a much neater 151 x 73 x 10mm. It weighs 161g, while packing a 2,700mAh battery, but most importantly carries an IP57 rating for dust and water protection.The HTC Butterfly 3 runs Android 5.0 Lollipop with Sense 7 on top. It will be launched in Taiwan on October 20, priced at TWD 19,900, or roughly $600. Global availability and pricing is yet to be revealed.

Huawei Mate S is official with a 5.5inch display and Kirin 935 SoC


"Huawei just pulled the wraps off the Mate S – a smaller alternative to the Ascend Mate7 with a few nifty touches of its own. The Huawei Mate S is built around a 5.5-inch AMOLED display with FullHD resolution and “a screen color saturation of 105 percent”, which is not that big of feat as most other mobile displays already surpass the RGB color gamut. A lot more tangible is the 2.5D Gorilla Glass 4 that covers the display. Using a Force touch sensor the Mate S incorporates an improved version of the Knuckle control feature, which debuted on the P8, for new and ingenious ways to control your smartphone. A fingerprint sensor on the back ticks another checkbox on the specsheet." Read more here:

Sony Xperia Z5, Compact and Premium price and release date


Sony just unveiled its most ambitious smartphone project to date - a complete Xperia Z5 portfolio, which includes a 4.6" Z5 Compact, a 5.2" Z5, and a whopping 5.5" 4K Z5 Premium. The trio is outfitted with a fast Snapdragon 810 chipset and an exclusive 23 MP Exmor RS camera sensor that lets them focus record fast.  That's not all there is to those puppies, though, as they have an ergonomic fingerprint scanner fitted in the side power key, and are waterproof, not to mention the usual two-day battery life you can expect from most Sony phones now. How much for all that glory? Well, the prices are yet to be announced, though it's hard to imagine anything much more than the usual $600-$700 range for the Z5, about a Benjamin less for the Z5 Compact, and $700+ for the Z5 Premium. Availability is a different story, though, as Sony announced that the Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact will launch globally from October 2015, while the Xperia Z5 Premium can be bought from November 2015 onwards.  Both the Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Premium will be available in versions with Dual SIM card slots, denoted simply as Z5 Dual and Z5 Premium Dual.

Huawei announces Honor 7i in China

Huawei has announced the new Honor 7i. The biggest feature of this phone is the rotating camera module that can be plucked out and pointed forward to take self portraits. Using the main camera for self portraits will result in much higher quality images, and the rotating camera also allows taking photos from different perspectives by simply pointing the camera module instead of turning the entire phone. The module is supposedly rugged and Huawei claims will last for two years even if you open it 132 times a day, which is quite a lot. Powering the camera is a Sony 13 megapixel BSI sensor with 28mm f2.0 lens.The Honor 7i is also the first phone to have a fingerprint sensor on the side of the phone. The sensor is on the left of the phone and Huawei claims it is the smallest sensor on any phone. The sensor can be used to unlock the phone and take pictures by touching with your thumb.The phone has an aluminum frame on the side with glass on the back and covering the 5.2-inch 1080p display on the front. Inside is the new Snapdragon 616 with 3GB RAM and 32GB storage although there is also a version with 2GB RAM and 16GB storage. Both variants have a microSD slot. Powering it is EMUI 3.1 and a 3000mAh battery. via

Sony announces the Xperia C5 Ultra and the Xperia M5

Sony has announced two new smartphones, the Xperia C5 Ultra and the Xperia M5. The Xperia C5 Ultra is the successor to the Xperia C3 that was optimized for taking self portraits. The C5 Ultra has a 13 megapixel autofocus camera on the front and back, much like the HTC Desire EYE. The front camera also has 22mm focal length to fit more people in and also an LED flash like on the C3. Other than the camera, the C5 Ultra has a 6-inch, 1920x1080 resolution IPS display with really thin bezels on the side, 1.7GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6752 chipset, 2GB of RAM, 16GB internal memory, microSD card slot, LTE, 2930mAh battery with a promised battery life of up to two days, and Android 5.0 Lollipop. Read more here:

Motorola Moto X Style and Moto X Play announced with 21MP cameras

As it turns out, Motorola’s teaser invites did have a hidden message, and the company went out and announced three phones today. We already told you about the Moto G (3rd gen) and as it appears, the constant leaks surrounding it were mostly a distraction from even more intriguing announcements. Motorola unveiled today the Moto X Style and Moto X Play – a flagship and an upper-midranger with plenty of “best-in-class” features, as the presenters were keen to point out on numerous occasions. Read more here:

Motorola Moto G (3rd gen) officially launched, two versions after all

The Motorola Moto G (3rd gen) is finally official, putting an end to the endless rumor marathon. We already knew what to expect, but a very important detail eluded us, but it is now set in stone. So fret not, the Motorola Moto G (3rd gen) does have 2GB of RAM, only not all versions of the smartphone. There are two options you can choose from and the 2GB of RAM come coupled with 16GB of storage, while a more modestly equipped 1GB/8GB variant is also available. A microSD slot allows expansion by up to 32GB in either model. A 5-inch 720p display adorns the front of the smartphone, and it’s protected by Gorilla Glass 3. The Snapdragon 410 provides computing power with a 1.4GHz quad-core processor and Adreno 306 GPU inside. You get LTE support, as well as the obligatory Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and GPS. The smartphone boots the latest Android 5.1.1 too, so no surprises here either. The primary camera is a 13MP unit, aided by a dual-LED dual-tone flash. On the front, there’s a 5MP selfie shooter. The Motorola Moto G (3rd gen) measures 142.1 x 72.4 x 11.6mm, though the thickness does go down to 6.1mm towards the edges. It weighs 155g, and Motorola have upped battery capacity to 2,470mAh, compared to the 2,070mAh of the predecessor. Perhaps what’s most important in terms of hardware, is the IPx7 certification, which makes the handset capable of surviving after being submerged in up to 1m of water for up to 30 minutes. Read more here:

OnePlus 2 goes official with Snapdragon 810 and $329 price tag

"After numerous leaks and hype-filled teasers, OnePlus 2 is finally official. The successor ofOnePlus One features a magnesium frame and metal buttons. Both solutions are a drastic improvement over the company’s first generation smartphone.Pricing of the OnePlus 2 kicks off at $329 for a model with 16GB of built-in memory. The 64GB top-end version will cost $389.OnePlus 2 will have StyleSwap covers with various finishes that include bamboo, kevlar, black apricot, and rosewood. Black with sandstone finish will be the default choice out of the box. As expected, OnePlus 2 features Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 SoC, coupled with either 4GB of RAM and 64GB of built-in memory or 16GB of storage and 3GB of RAM. The handset’s display has remained unchanged in size and resolution from OnePlus One - it is a 5.5” 1080p unit. The latter is brighter and with more accurate color reproduction than the screen found in OnePlus One. The camera of the smartphone is a 13MP unit with optical image stabilization, laser focus, and 1.3 µm pixels. Video capture capabilities include 4K clips, as well as 720p slow-motion footage at 120fps. A 5MP front-facing unit will be in charge of selfies.The fingerprint sensor found in OnePlus 2 is said to be faster than the one found in iPhone 6. Users can store up to five fingerprints in the device. A 3,300mAh battery powers the handset. USB Type-C is the standard connectivity port on OnePlus 2. There will be a bundled adapter which will allow users to take advantage of microUSB accessories. OnePlus 2 will also feature dual-nanoSIM functionality, as well as 4G LTE connectivity. Physical measures of the device are 151.8 x 74.9 x 9.85 mm. Its weight tips the scale at 175 grams. Once again OnePlus will require an invite for its latest smartphone. However, this time around the manufacturer promises that invites will be much easier to get a hold of due to larger inventory. OnePlus 2 will be available to order in a number of key markets on August 11. More countries will get the device later this year." via

Zeus Quest Remastered: New hilarious adventure game under development.

Zeus Quest Remastered is a top class ‘Point and Click’ adventure game. (Sci-Fi + Greek Mythology + Humor) You control Zeus (Boss of Olympus) which is a wacky character. You try to fix a time machine to save the planet from explosion. Everything happens in Greek mythology timeframe. The characters and dialogues are hilarious and are translated into 6 languages. There is English Speech in some cut scenes. Everything is fully animated with 60fps. enjoy Vector art, a unique cartoonish style.


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

ZTE Nubia Z9 is official with bezelless display


"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

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


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)
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:

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