grand-neo-plusNow here is a handset that you might want to check out if you happen to reside in the likes of India, Spain or Italy – the Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo Plus that, based on the naming convention alone, would be the successor to the current Samsung Galaxy Grand Neo device. While it might be “grand” in its calling, this smartphone is nothing more than a functional handset for the budget conscious.

Touting the model number GT-I9060I, this dual SIM device will run on a quad-core Broadcom 1.2GHz processor, carry a 5” display at 480 x 800 pixels resolution, has a 2MP selfie shooter as well as a 5MP camera at the back with LED flash, HSPA+ connectivity, 1GB RAM, 8GB of internal memory, and a 2,100 mAh battery, where TouchWiz UI will run on top of Android.4 KitKat. Coming in black and white color choices, expect to pay approximately $190 a pop for one of these puppies, unlocked.

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huawei-p8Now here we are with more whispers of the upcoming Huawei P8, which will in all probability, be the successor to the Huawei Ascend P7. After all, this particular handset would come with an improvement in its hardware specifications over its predecessor, although as you might notice, it might have dropped the word “Ascend” from the naming convention.

Whispers have it that the Huawei P8 will arrive with a Full HD 5.2” display, accompanied by an octa-core Kirin 930 chipset from Huawei alongside 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal memory, not to mention a fingerprint scanner that would clearly place it on par with that of other flagship devices. The metal chassis that encases the innards will also be worth checking out. Chances are, it will be revealed this coming April 8th, rather than at Mobile World Congress that will kick off at the beginning of March later this year.

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lumia532-win10The new Lumia 532 from Microsoft which was announced just last week is definitely an entry level Windows Phone 8.1 handset that is worth looking into, especially when it is about to be launched to the masses later this February. However, what bodes for the future of the Lumia 532 in terms of its software operating system version? It seems that a quick search over on Bing, as you can see in the screen capture above, points out that the Lumia 532 will be “Windows 10 ready.”

Right now, such metadata is not visible on the product page of the Lumia 532 itself, and the full excerpt of what Microsoft is saying about the Lumia 532 reads like this, “Windows 10 ready, the Lumia 532 smartphone is capable of running mobile games with its Snapdragon processor. Skype, OneDrive, Office and more.”

Needless to say, it will take some time before the Lumia 532 will actually get an update to the Windows 10 platform, since Microsoft has penciled plans to roll out the new operating system sometime later this summer or in early autumn. However, a search on the less powerful Lumia 435 does not yield such similar results, but fret not – Microsoft has plans to update all models of their Windows Phone 8-powered Lumia handsets to Windows 10 when the time is right.

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zte-blade-v2ZTE has a spanking new handset arriving in your direction – which will be a 64-bit smartphone that will be part of the Blade range, and the handset is known as the ZTE Blade V2. This handset will not turn heads with its hardware specifications, and while the rather generic look is decent enough, it does have that bit of elegance to it. All in all, the ZTE Blade V2 looks set to be an improved version of the Blade Vec 4G which was introduced to the masses last year.

What makes the ZTE Blade V2 tick? For starters, there is a quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor running underneath the hood, a 5MP camera in front that has gesture controls, a 13MP shooter behind with a LED flash, 1GB RAM, 8GB of internal memory, Bluetooth and LTE connectivity, and a 5” display with 720 x 1280 pixels. Oh yeah, the 2,400mAh battery ought to keep it chugging for the entire day.

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sharp-tablet-fccNow here is an upcoming device from Sharp that has made its way to the FCC, although the description given in the FCC filing does claim that it is a “Dual mode hand held Mini Phablet.” This would raise the question – does this mean that this will be a smartphone, since a phablet straddles the “land” between that of a smartphone and a tablet? Hence, a mini phablet would mean it would have a form factor that is closer to, yup, you’ve guessed it right – a smartphone.

Ah well, all in all, we will just have to wait until additional information is revealed on an official basis, although for now, we will have to make do with the fact that it supports the likes of quad-band 4G LTE, tri-band WCDMA 3G, Bluetooth, WiFi, GPS. and NFC. Sharp themselves are not too big on the US market, having just a handful of devices released to date, as opposed to their home country in Japan, but we do think that this model will most probably run on the Android platform when it arrives.

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lg-h810It looks as though the trend for smartphone manufacturers would be to roll out a brand new model each year where their flagship device is concerned, and LG with their highly acclaimed LG G3 is well on its way to receive a successor which will most probably be known as the LG G4 later this year. In fact, a leaked document containing an RDF file does point to an LG phone that carries the model number LG-H810. There are whispers on the street that claim that this is the LG G4 which is making its way toward AT&T, where the device will feature a 1440 x 2560 resolution display – which makes sense if it were to keep up with the times.

It seems that the LG G 4 could also feature an SoC that would see action on majority of the early 2015 flagship handsets, namely the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 chipset – which would then place it on par with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S6, Xiaomi Mi Note Pro and the Sony Xperia Z4, among others .Hopefully more will be revealed in due time, especially at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain in early March.

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Nexus-7-11-2Patience is a good thing – and for those who were wondering just when their Nexus 10 or the Nexus 7 (2013) would be on the receiving end of the Android 5.0.2 Lollipop factory image simply because the Nexus 7 (2012) model received that close to a month back, here’s news – it is already published by Google.

The published Android 5.0.2 factory images happen to cater for both the Wi-Fi Nexus 7 (2013) and the Nexus 10, and they happen to be live on the developer site at the moment. Regardless of which model you are going to download the build for, it will be known as build LRX22G, which is a similar build number as that released for the Nexus 7 (2012).

Of course, you can always wait for an Over The Air update, but why bother to do so when you can manually install them yourself?

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purple-xperia-z3-rumorI have always maintained the stand where unless and until an official statement is issued by the hardware manufacturer, all else that is heard online would be nothing but rumors and whispers, and so the same applies to talk of a purple colored Xperia Z3 coming our way. When the flagship Xperia Z3 was first launched, it arrived in black, copper, white and green color options. Hence, throwing in the shade of purple would be very much welcome, thank you very much.

Nothing is confirmed yet of course, as this particular bit of information hailed from Chinese website ePrice, citing that there is a purple variant of the Xperia Z3 that is well on its way. There is nothing official announced yet of course, and if it were to be the case, then you can be sure that apart from the external change in color, everything else underneath the hood would remain the same. It ought to arrive in time for the Lunar New Year as well, and that would be February 19th thereabouts.

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yurekaIt was just last month – or last year, if you would like to be more dramatic, that Micromax did introduce the Yu Yureka, which so happens to be the very first smartphone made in India that will be based upon the CyanogenMod operating system. We have received word that the smartphone itself was released prim and proper this week – taking all of just 3 seconds to go out of stock. Of course, one ought to take into consideration at such dramatization of an announcement by looking into the context of the situation.

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galaxy-j1Samsung has released yet another smartphone to the masses in the form of the Samsung Galaxy J1, where it will carry the model number SM-J100 for those who are interested in detail such as those. Leaked pages of a promotional leaflet have surfaced, where we are now able to dive into what the Galaxy J1 offers.

At the back of this handset would like a 5MP shooter, while the front has a 2MP camera which ought to be able to do its bit to handle some decent selfies. Not only that, the Galaxy J1 would also be on the receiving end of the Ultra Power Saving Mode that was first spotted on higher-end smartphones, although it remains to be seen whether the 4.3” display will be an AMOLED one or not, sporting 480 x 800 resolution.

Apart from that, it will run on a quad-core 1.2GHz Marvell PXA1908 64-bit SoC, 1GB RAM, 4GB of internal memory, and a 1,850 mAh battery. Expect the Galaxy J1 to arrive in four variants – LTE, 3G, dual-SIM LTE, and dual-SIM 3G. It has a January 14 date spotted in the leaked images, so that must be when the announcement of its debut would happen.

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