s duos 3 box Samsung Galaxy S Duos 3 Is An Affordable KitKat DeviceMovies do come in sequels, and other follow up stories if the franchise proves itself to be successful enough to warrant such a move, and the same can be said about smartphones, too. Say what you will about high end smartphones, there will always be the entry level market that will see a far bigger customer base, and Samsung knows this. A couple of years ago, they released the Galaxy S Duos, while last year saw the roll out of the Galaxy S Duos 2. This time around, the Galaxy S Duos 3 (model number SM-G313HU) has already been spotted to go on sale on an Indian retailer despite the handset not having an official mention on the Samsung website just yet, sporting an asking price of $130 thereabouts after conversion.

The Galaxy S Duos 3 will run on a dual-core 1.0GHz processor and Android 4.4 KitKat as the mobile operating system of choice. Other hardware specifications include a 4” display at 480 x 800 pixels resolution, HSDPA, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity, a 5MP shooter at the back and a VGA front-facing camera, an LED flash, 512MB RAM, 4GB of internal memory, and a 1500 mAh battery. Will it arrive in other regions? Only time will be able to tell.


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iphone 3gs battery An iPhone 3GS And Its Swollen BatteryChildren can be exceptionally adorable at times, and they also happen to say the darndest things when you least expect them to. One great attribute about children would be their innocence – and how they are upright honest with you regardless of the matter at hand. Hence, when Sorin Stroilescu saw his old and faithful iPhone 3GS that was sitting on a shelf broken, he thought that the culprit was one of his daughters. Sitting down and berating them, they denied that they had anything to do with it. Sorin then checked up on the situation and realized that they were telling the truth after all – as the iPHone 3GS’ battery swelled up by itself, pushing out the screen in the process.

This grotesque look of what used to be a flagship smartphone is a definite turn off, and imagine what would have happened had Sorin actually be using the handset when the “big bang” happened? I wonder if consumer electronics should come with a “Best Used By” date after all, just like other kinds of fast moving consumer goods.


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lgg3 LG G3 To Surpass 10 Million Units SoldLG’s most recent flagship device happens to be the LG G3 which has since picked up a fair amount of bouquets ever since it was released late this May, arriving in its home country of South Korea first before making its way to other markets. The smartphone is now said to be available in just about every other mature smartphone market worldwide, and is well on its way to go beyond the 10 million units sold checkpoint.

The Korea Times claimed that LG had already confirmed in a recent statement that the LG G3 “will exceed the 10 million sales mark”, and this particular achievement is of note since it would be the very first smartphone from LG to pass that magical number. As to when that will happen, it remains to be seen, although we would like to think that this is sooner rather than later.


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htc desire 510 HTC Desire 510 Is OfficialWhile high end smartphones are always worth checking out and drooling all over the various hardware capabilities, it makes perfect sense to be able to deliver a mid-range smartphone where the masses are able to identify with – as well as afford. HTC knows this, which is why they have come up with the HTC Desire 510 that ought to fit the bill for many people who are on the lookout for a reliable and functional smartphone.

Not only that, the HTC Desire 510 also goes one up on the rest of its peers by offering an extremely fast LTE category 4 performance, letting you groove to speedy Internet downloads without missing a beat. The quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor will run proceedings from underneath the hood, where it will be accompanied by a 4.7” display, 8GB of internal memory that can be augmented via a microSD memory card, HTC BlinkFeed support, and Android 4.4 KitKat alongside HTC Sense. Pricing and availability details have yet to be put in stone, but we do know that selected regions in Europe and Asia will be on the receiving end, as well as various handpicked carriers in the US. [Press Release]


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opera 100m Opera Browsers Has 100 Million Active Android Users And CountingWhen you have 100 million users of a particular product, you can be quite sure that these users are more than happy (exceptions to the rule would be such a product being sold in a highly controlled environment, making it a monopoly) to continue using it for its features and value for money, if you had to fork out dough for it, of course. What are we talking about here? Why, it would be the Opera browser on the Android platform, where Opera Software was pleased as punch to announced that 100 million smartphone owners are currently browsing the web using Opera’s products.

In fact, the largest parmet of such active Android users who rock to the Opera browser reside in India, which is followed by the world’s most populous country, China, the world’s most populous Muslim country, Indonesia, Russia and Mexico. This is a huge figure, taking into consideration how it was just half that number last year. Here is to the next 100 million, Opera! [Press Release]


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ascendp7leak Huawei Ascend P7 To Arrive With Sapphire DisplayWhat do you think that the next big thing in smartphones will be? Of course, I am referring to the high end side of things, and not just any regular mid-range device. While Sony has continued to take the waterproof and dustproof approach, it seems that Apple figured out that a sapphire display might be the next best thing since sliced bread, and their upcoming iPhone 6 is touted to feature a display that is made out of the second hardest known material to man after diamonds. Well, Huawei does not want to miss out on such an opportunity, hence they too, are working on delivering the Huawei Ascend P7 with a sapphire display.

Hopefully more will be revealed concerning such a display for the Huawei Ascend P7 when IFA 2014 kicks off in Berlin, Germany, sometime early next month. For now, we will have to be content with the leaked hardware specifications that so far include a quad-core 1.8GHz Cortex-A9 processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB of internal memory, and a 13MP/8MP camera combination.


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healthkit concerns Doctors Raise Concern Over iPhone 6’s HealthKitSo, your smartphone is, well, getting smarter all the time, which means there will be more and more features that are thrown into the mix to make it all the more useful in our lives. The thing is, where do we draw the line when it comes to the smartphone picking up extremely personal details about ourselves, including our health details? Apple’s HealthKit is one such example, where it will appear on the upcoming iPhone 6 alongside iOS 8, sporting the ability to track personal information such as heart rate, blood pressure, and blood glucose levels. Doctors are rather concerned that those who have an overactive imagination might read too much into the issue, and actually think that they have something worse when they are afflicted with a minor ailment.

Dr. Dushan Gunasekera, a London-based doctor, has this to say, “When iOS 8 is launched, Apple will need to make an effort to show users what [HealthKit users] should be aiming for, failing that a patient’s doctor will have to… technology is certainly not yet at the point where it can replace a real doctor. The human body is a complex object that changes from day to day and from hour to hour. Being so complex means that it will take a trained professional to look at all of your stats to make a diagnosis if something is wrong. Apple needs to make it clear that a Health app isn’t a replacement for regular checkups, it is instead a way of monitoring some of your stats in-between appointments that can affect your overall health.”


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lumia830 leaked Nokia Lumia 830 LeakedHere we are with yet another leak of an upcoming Windows Phone device, which would also happen to be the very first to hail from Nokia Devices, which is now better known as Microsoft Mobile. We are referring to the Nokia Lumia 830 that has yet to see an official announcement, so a leak of its paperwork that has been sent to Anatel, the Brazilian version of the FCC will have to suffice for the moment.

It looks like many other details of its older generation Lumia devices have been retained, including the volume, power/lock, and a dedicated camera button that are located along the right side of the device. Not only that, there is the thick bezel that still remains, alongside the capacitive navigation buttons.

As for the audio and micro-USB ports, those remain on the top of the device, while the back plate is thankfully, removable, allowing one to gain access to innards such as the battery, SIM card slot, and microSD card slot.


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meizu antutu Meizu MX4 On AnTuTu Benchmark Scores 52,811 The Meizu MX4 is one smartphone that has yet to be released to the masses, but this does not mean we do not know anything about it. If anything, it seems that there is going to be a “Pro” version of the smartphone that will run on a Samsung Exynos 5 Octa CPU, but for now, what has been caught on the AnTuTu benchmark site (version 5) points to a rather massive score of 52,811 points, and this is only the vanilla version. Ever wonder if the “Pro” version were to be realized, just what kind of monstrous figures will we be able to see on the benchmark?

Apparently, the vanilla version of the Meizu MX4 will run on a big.LITTLE octa-core chip from MediaTek, where it will come with support for 4G LTE connectivity, having been clocked at a speed of 2.2GHz. Other than that, the accompanying 5” display will feature a resolution count of 1,152 x 1,920 pixels.


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zte nubia s5 lte ZTE Nubia 5S Mini LTE Headed For The U.S.ZTE has just rolled out their latest smartphone that will rock on to the LTE spectrum over in the U.S., namely the ZTE Nubia 5S mini LTE. This particular smartphone will go one up on the base model, which would be the ZTE Nubia 5S mini, by featuring LTE connectivity that ought to help you enjoy far faster Internet speeds compared to regular 3G whenever you are on the move.

In terms of hardware specifications, the ZTE Nubia 5S mini LTE will boast of a 13MP camera at the back alongside a 5MP shooter in front that will be able to capture great looking selfies. Available later this month for $279.99 a pop as an unlocked handset, other hardware specifications of the ZTE Nubia 5S mini LTE include a quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor alongside an Adreno 305 GPU, a 4.7” HD display, 16GB of internal memory that can be further expanded via a microSD memory card slot, a 2,000mAh battery, running on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean as the mobile operating system of choice.


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