sony-mwc-teaseMobile World Congress 2015, or MWC 2015 for short, is about to begin in Barcelona, Spain, when Sunday rolls around. Having said that, it seems as though Sony intends to make a mark for themselves at MWC with a teaser of a tweet that reads how they are about to reveal something “slimmer, lighter, brighter”.

The teaser image, as you can see above, shows off the right hand of a person holding a white colored device, and this might be a phablet or a tablet, although that remains open to speculation. Still, it might very well be the Sony Xperia Z4 tablet which has been leaked not too long ago.

Should it be the real Sony Xperia Z4 tablet, then chances are you would have given your nod of approval, too, to the rounded metal edges that carries a family resemblance. Apart from that, it is said to feature a 2K display that ought to blow your eyes away.

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nubia-z79-leakFor those who do happen to be on the lookout of a brand new ZTE handset, perhaps you might be enthralled with what is in the pipeline, and that would be the ZTE Nubia Z9. When the Nubia Z9 arrives, it will no doubt surpass the existing flagship model from the China-based company – the ZTE Nubia Z7, of course.

What you see above happens to be a cameo in a fashion presentation, although that has been deemed to be good enough as a “confirmation” of sorts of a near future release – and with Mobile World Congress 2015 happening right around the corner, one cannot help but suspect that it might just be introduced there.

Surely we would be interested to know more about this particular handset, but so far, there has been no beans that were spilled – so we will just have to sit tight and keep our fingers crossed.

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android-one-lollipop-indiaIt seems that the Android One program by Google over in India is about to make the jump to the Android Lollipop platform – which is something that just about everyone has been looking forward to for some time already. After all, over in the Philippines and Indonesia, many of the more affordable handsets there under the Android One program have already begun to ship with Android 5.1 Lollipop software right out of the box, so why not the same in India? All of your patient waiting and perseverance has paid off, it seems.

You might want to prepare yourself to bid Android 4.4 KitKat goodbye really soon, as according to Google’s Caesar Sengupta, the company has begun to roll out Lollipop to Android One phones in the world’s second most populous country. Right now, Lollipop is being pushed to a small number of handsets, but there are plans to increase the number of users as each week passes by, now how about that? No idea on whether it will be Android 5.0 Lollipop or Android 5.1 Lollipop that we are talking about here though.

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lava-winq1000Lava of India has just rolled out a smartphone that will definitely go down well with those of you who happen to be on a tight budget, and do not really mind working alongside Windows Phone 8.1 as the mobile operating system of choice. Basically, we are talking about the Xolo Win Q1000, which so happens to be a 5” smartphone that runs on the Windows Phone 8.1 platform.

Lava of India has also priced the Win Q1000 at a rather competitive INR 8,499 – which would mean it will not cost more than $140 at prevailing exchange rates, although the date of availability remains to be known as at press time.

Interested parties will be able to find a quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 SoC with an Adreno 302 GPU,a 5-inch IPS display with 720 x 1280 resolution and 294 PPI pixel density, a microSD memory card slot just in case the 8GB of internal memory is not enough, 1GB RAM, a 2MP camera in front and an 8MP camera at the back.

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sim-card-gemaltoPeace of mind is something that everyone is looking for, and I would suppose that those who are insanely rich would find it rather difficult to attain such a state of mind, taking into consideration just how much that they have to lose should their fortune get wiped out. Then again, those who are not too well off, too, have plenty to worry about, ranging from where to get the next meal to whether one can meet the rent at the end of the month. Not only that, we also have to worry about our privacy in this digital age, and it was not too long ago that a report which touted that documents leaked by NSA whistleblower Edward Snowden did show off how the American NSA and the British GCHQ (Government Communications Headquarters) hacked into a major SIM card manufacturer’s systems in order to obtain encryption keys half a decade ago. Dutch SIM card manufacturer Gemalto wants to assuage fears among its customers that their SIM cards are secure despite the reported security breach.

It is nice to see Gemalto step forward and make such an announcement, since they happen to be one of the biggest SIM manufacturers in the world, with their efforts resulting in supplying more than two billion SIM cards annually, even catering for all four major US carriers not to mention hundreds of other mobile service providers. [Press Release]

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vibe-mwcIt looks as though the folks over at Lenovo are busy with the upcoming Mobile World Congress that is happening early next month. In fact, there has been whispers going around that up to half a dozen new handsets from Lenovo will be released – with the sixth new Vibe device, which will be known as the Vibe Max, will be part of the deal.

The Lenovo Vibe Max will apparently be a large screen device that measures 6”, sporting QHD resolution. It is starting to shape up to be a performance oriented device for all intents and purposes, as this also happens to be an Android-powered smartphone – the first of its kind, in fact, from Lenovo, which will come with a stylus. Known as the AnyPen, we are excited to see just what else it comes with right out of the box.

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Passport_RedAT&T has finally announced that they will make available two handsets from BlackBerry that are well worth every penny – the BlackBerry Passport and BlackBerry Classic, hitting online sales channels at AT&T as well as at its retail stores this coming February 20th.

The BlackBerry Passport will be available for nothing – although the caveat would be having to tie yourself down to an AT&T Next plan at $21.67 per month, while those who opt for AT&T Next 18 will have to fork out $27.09 monthly, or $32.50 per month with AT&T Next 12. Picking it up unlocked would cost you a rather hefty amount though at $649.99.

As for the BlackBerry Classic, it will be available for $0 down on an AT&T Next plan at $14 monthly with AT&T Next 24, $17.50 monthly with Next 18 or $21 monthly with AT&T Next 12. The smartphone can also be yours for $49.99 a pop with an accompanying two-year agreement, or walk away with it as an unlocked handset for $419.99. [Press Release]

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oppo3000Ah, here is a mid-range 4G LTE capable handset from China – and it looks set to remain only available in that part of the world, for the moment, at least. I am referring to the Oppo 3000, which has just been unveiled in the world’s most populous country, and do not expect the Oppo 3000 to follow in the footsteps of some of its more illustrious family members, such as the Oppo R5 that once held the title of being the slimmest smartphone in the world.

The Oppo 3000 will arrive with standard features such as a 4.7” 720p touchscreen display, a 5 MP wide-angle front-facing camera that allows you to capture decent selfies, and an 8MP Sony IMX179 camera sensor right at the back which will feature f/2.0 aperture and has a five-element lens. It will run on a quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm 64-bit Snapdragon 410 SoC with an Adreno 306 GPU, 1GB RAM, 8GB of internal memory, Dual SIM, a microSD memory card slot, NFC support and a 2,000 mAh battery.

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Passport_RedAre you still pacing up and down, being worried that you do not have a decent Valentine’s Day gift for your other half? Put on that thinking caps of yours – there surely must be something that he or she needs. Wait a minute – what if a new smartphone is long overdue? You might as well kill two birds with a single stone with word that the BlackBerry Passport is receiving a discount from BlackBerry themselves, where those living in the US would be the beneficiary of a $100 discount, while folks living in Canada would be able to bring home the BlackBerry Passport for $125 cheaper.

Of course, this will only be available directly on the Canadian manufacturer’s official online store, and the validity of this price cut would remain all the way through Monday, February 16. Better late than never, don’t you think so? Choose from black, white and red shades.

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torque-euHaving a new smartphone is always an event that is well worth looking forward to, as any geek and gadget loving fan would be able to tell you. Having said that, it looks as though the European market is being prepared to be on the receiving end of the spanking new Kyocera Torque, in which it will not be the 2013 model, but rather, be more in the same vein as that of the Kyocera Brigadier.

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