oppo r1 refresh Oppo R1L IntroducedOppo refreshes their Oppo R1 smartphone, having unveiled it all the way in South East Asia in the middle of this week in the form of the Oppo R1L. While it is considered to be a refreshed handset, plenty about the smartphone has more or less remained the same, including retaining the 5” display alongside 720 x 1280 resolution, although the quad-core MediaTek silicon has been replaced with a quad-core 1.6GHz Snapdragon 400 CPU.

In addition, the smartphone will also feature a metallic body that sports an extremely slim 7.1mm thin footprint. Keeping it company would be 1GB RAM and 16GB of internal memory, although there is no more way to expand upon that since there will be no microSD memory card slot that comes with it. The rear camera has received an upgrade however, hitting 13MP image quality now from 8MP. As for its pricing, it ought to retail for approximately $370 after conversion.

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htc one champs league HTC One (M8) Champions League Collector’s Edition Says It AllIt looks like the UEFA Champions League has kicked off earlier this week, and Real Madrid have let loose their frustrations on the continental stage with poor FC Basel being on the receiving end of five goals. It is not a good day for my favorite team Arsenal either, as they were on the losing end of business to boot. Ah well, at least we know that there is a new edition of the flagship HTC smartphone, where it is called the HTC One (M8) Champions League Collector’s Edition.

Everything about this handset is similar to that of the vanilla version of the flagship device, other than the fact that it will feature the UEFA Champions League logo engraved on its back, in addition to another engraving of the iconic Champions League trophy that teams have sought after to be the champions of Europe each year. It seems that this special collector’s edition handset can only be picked up as a prize in a competition, bummer.

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iphone 6 bump iPhone 6 And iPhone 6 Plus Camera Protrusion Disappeared?Say what you will, but it certainly does help if one were to take good and proper care of one’s appearance. After all, you do not get a second chance at making a first impression, so before you attend that major interview, why not make sure your hair is properly combed and styled, and your shirt is well tucked in, and there is no 5-o’clock shadow to worry about? Well, smartphones, too, would want to look at their very best it seems, and Apple looks as though they have gone out of their way to airbrush the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus.

On their website, looking at both of the recently released handsets do not seem to show the protruding camera in any way, which is rather weird, especially when you take into consideration that the iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus measures 6.9mm and 7.1mm in terms of thickness, respectively, which would mean the camera lens ought to stick out from a side profile. Would that actually cause people to turn away from making a purchase?

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galaxy grand prime Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime Could Be Another Selfie HandsetSelfie handsets do seem to pick up its pace in recent times, and we have seen the likes of the Sony Xperia C3. This time around, however, we have Samsung and their upcoming model known as the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime. This particular handset was caught in a photo over in Vietnam, where it is tipped to be released in the country some time in October with a rough price conversion of $236 thereabouts. Once it has hit Vietnam, do expect the handset to make its way across different markets down the road.

As for the Samsung Galaxy Grand Prime’s hardware specifications, we are looking at a 5” display at a resolution of 540 x 960 pixels – which is not much to shout about. Underneath the hood lies a quad-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 CPU, accompanied by 1GB RAM and 8GB of internal memory, which can be further expanded thanks to a microSD memory card slot. Lying at the back is an 8MP camera, and Android 4.4 KitKat would arrive right out of the box. Connectivity options include 3G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0.

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spice android one Spice Dream UNO Might Be First Android One Device To Be ReleasedIt is said that Internet giant Google intends to hold an event over in India later this week, where Google will most probably unveil the very first batch of smartphones which were developed to participate in the Android One Initiative. Needless to say, this would target the entry level market, so you will find local names such as Spice, Micromax, and Karbonn being part of the mix instead of the more established ones. Online store Flipkart might have jumped the gun, however, as everything else remains kept under wraps, as Flipkart revealed a product page that depicts the Spice Dream UNO.

Needless to say, this mistake must have been discovered not too long after, as the page itself has been removed, although a fair number of websites have already made mention of it. Some of the leaked hardware specifications for the Spice Dream UNO include a 4.5” 854 x 480 pixel display, 1GB RAM, 4GB of internal memory, a quad-core 1.3GHz MediaTek processor, a microSD memory card slot, a 5MP rear camera with flash, and a 2MP front facing camera, alongside dual-SIM support. It ought to retail for approximately $115 when available.

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motoxpreorder Moto X Pre Orders Kick Off This September 16Have you been on the lookout for the brand new Motorola Moto X smartphone, but haven’t really managed to get down to getting your accounts in order so that you can justify the purchase of one such device? Well, fret not, you have at least until September 16th to do so, as that is when the pre-order for this smartphone will kick off – at 11 a.m. CT, of course. Apart from the new Moto X, other products that will be up for pre-order will include the Moto X – Pure Edition, Moto Hint and Motorola Turbo Charger.

Depending on the product that you choose, the shipping dates for individual devices will vary, and you will only be informed of it at checkout. Oh yeah, there is also some good news – those who have been hankering after the Moto 360 will find that i is back in stock, so the adage of being the early bird getting the worm applies here, since quantities will be limited. [Press Release]

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samsung belgium Samsung Belgium Will Give Out A Free Pear For Each Apple Tweet“An eye for an eye”, or so you have heard, but Samsung Belgium has something cheeky up their sleeves. As you read this, Apple has already announced their latest iPhone 6 Plus, which is a device that is guaranteed to generate a whole lot of chatter through various online channels, including that on Twitter and Facebook. Apparently, Samsung Belgium intends to purchase a pear for every tweet about an apple, and these purchased fruits will be handed out for free to folks who happen to be at the Brussels-North railway station.

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Galaxy Alpha 604x640 Samsung SM A500 To Feature Full Metal Body?Another day, another rumor hits the mill. I am quite sure that many of us would have read about the iPhone 6 to the death by now, so how about a little bit of balnce that swings in the direction of Android? We do know that Samsung rolled out their gorgeous Samsung Galaxy Alpha not too long ago, where that was touted to be the first in a series of Alpha devices. Eventually other Alpha devices are tipped to feature premium design as part of the deal, and there are whispers online which point to the next Alpha series device that will be introduced as the Samsung SM-A500.

It is touted that the SM-A500 will continue to forge a personal identity that will help differentiate itself more from that of the Galaxy S and Note , sporting an entirely metal body instead. Other rumored hardware specifications point to a 5-inch 720p Super AMOLED display, a quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, an 8MP camera at the back with a 5MP shooter in front, 16GB of internal memory, and a 2,330 mAh battery. It will not be dust or waterproof though, but it will have a fingerprint scanner and Samsung’s Ultra Power Saving Mode.

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xiaoice XiaoIce Is Cortanas Little SisterEveryone would have been aware of Microsoft’s Cortana, which is a personal digital assistant that has certainly managed to cause some ripples when it correctly predicted the outcome of the matches in this summer’s World Cup, and here we are with what Microsoft calls XiaoIce, where some have deemed it to be Cortana’s little sister. Windows Phone 8.1 with Cortana, when released in China, is given the nickname “Xiao Na”, and hence, the Bing team decided to come up with XiaoIce with the intention of harnessing Bing’s knowledge repository so that it can better understand the billions of people, places and things out there in the real world.

XiaoIce, which is literally translated to “little ice”, is more of a social assistant that users are able to add as a friend on several major Chinese social networking services, where among them include Weibo’s some 700 plus million users and Touchpal. XiaoIce happens to be a sophisticated conversationalist with a distinct personality, where she is able to chime into a conversation using context-specific facts at her disposal. Sentiment analysis also allows her to adapt her phrasing and responses that will be based on positive or negative cues from her human counterparts. [Press Release]

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 HTC Could Have Desire 820x In The PipelineIf a company were to remain where they are all the time, it is not going to bode them well – at all. Hence, the need to constantly strive in order to improve must be there, and as Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer have proven, they are not going to just sit there and give themselves a pat on their backs with the release of the mid-range HTC Desire 820 at the IFA 2014 event in Berlin, Germany, where this particular smartphone is touted to be the first Android-powered smartphone from them to run on a 64-bit processor, otherwise known as the Qualcomm Snapdragon 615.

Apparently, there are whispers going around that a spanking new HTC Desire 820x is in the pipeline now, which might also translate to the possibility of it running on far more modest hardware specifications. Chances are the Desire 820x, if true, will arrive with a minimum screen size of 5”, run on Android 4.4.4 KitKat, has 1GB RAM, 16GB of internal memory, a microSD memory card slot, a 5MP front-facing camera, and a quad-core Snapdragon 400 1.2GHz processor. Only time will be able to reveal whether this is going to be realized or not.

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