karalux-priv-1Back in the day, it was anathema to think that Apple computers would run on Intel processors, and Apple machines would have Microsoft Office running on them. Well, those days have long since arrived and gone, and it looks like to hear of a BlackBerry device running on Android? Now that’s what is going to happen with the BlackBerry Priv, where the folks over at Vietnam-based Karalux have something special up their sleeves for this handset, that is, by offering a gold-plating service.

It is going to be more challenging than usual though, as Karalux shared, “Unlike the previous generations, it is a little bit more difficult to disassemble BlackBerry Priv. Karalux engineers took nearly 2 hours to ‘operate’ its details, and spent 4 more hours with more than 10 different procedures to complete the first gold-plated BlackBerry Priv in Vietnam.”

The handset and gold-plating will cost $1,111 thereabouts, whereas international customers will have to fork out more at approximately $1,350 to bring one of these puppies back home. [Press Release]

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Nokia-C1-RumorNow here is an interesting leaked render of what is allegedly known as the Nokia C1, which is supposed to be the next smartphone which will feature the Nokia logo – never mind the fact that the Finnish company had already sold its smartphone business to Microsoft some time back. Well, the most interesting aspect about this leaked render would be the fact that it sports an Android operating system on the foreground, while another model hiding behind it looks as though it runs on Windows 10 Mobile.

Does this mean that we will have to face not one, but two variants of the same device? Only time will be able to tell, but for the moment, it will be an agonizing wait until 2016 as that is when the alleged Nokia C1 smartphone will launch then.

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mate8-1It does seem very likely that the upcoming Huawei Mate 8 will be the new flagship by the Chinese smartphone manufacturer, and the Huawei Mate 8 is shaping up to be a rather lovely device, too. After all, it has a possible November 26 release date, and images of it has been revealed to tease us further. The Huawei Mate 8 will no doubt make use of metal, and plenty of it, we might add. It also looks as though one will be able to choose from grey, gold, and copper shades.

As for the renders, they do seem to confirm the position of the fingerprint sensor which will be underneath the camera, in addition to the pair of speaker grilles that surround the USB port that will be at the bottom of the device. The screen itself looks close to being bezel-less and all that we need to do now is sit tight and wait for the real deal to be released.

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yuphoria-newThere is nothing quite like building on an old success, don’t you think so? It was not too long ago that the YU Yuphoria was released, and this mid-range device did seem to be a pretty good value for money proposition. Well, this time around it looks like the Indian firm has a successor in the works, or perhaps an enhanced edition. It will forgo the original Yuphoria’s model number of YU5010, as this new device spotted on the GFXBench database will be designated as the Yuphoria YU6000.

In terms of hardware specifications, it will be powered by a MediaTek MT6753 chipset with a 1.5 GHz octa-core Cortex-A53 CPU and Mali-T720 GPU, accompanied by a 4.6” 1080p touchscreen, carry an 8MP selfie camera, a 12MP or 13 MP rear camera, 3GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal memory. No word on a possible release date just yet.

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oneplus-x-ceramicThe OnePlus X might be in your hands already (assuming you have had an invite), but then it is very possible that it was only one of two versions. After all, what has been released to date has been the glass variation, which means the other model that has yet to hit the market would be the ceramic edition of the OnePlus X, where no doubt this will be a limited edition model.

It remains unknown as to how one will be able to pick this model up, but then again it is also safe to make the assumption that one will also need an invitation to obtain one, too. After all, this is OnePlus that we are talking about. The Ceramic edition of the OnePlus X will cost £269 or €369 a pop, depending on which part of the world you reside in. This particular variation of the handset will not go on sale in North America, and there will only be 10,000 units manufactured.

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ellipsis10It looks like the folks over at Verizon have stepped up to the plate by offering a brand new tablet for the masses which will follow up from their 2013 offering, which was the 7” Ellipsis. This time around, the tablet on offering would be known as the Ellipsis 10, and based on the name alone, it is rather obvious that this is a 10” device.

It will run on Android 5.1 Lollipop however, so forget about Marshmallow at the moment. It will also be accompanied by the likes of 1,920 x 1,200 resolution, where it sports a 5MP camera at the back, with a 2MP front-facing shooter, a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, “angular firing stereo speakers”, 16GB of internal memory, 4G LTE connectivity and a beefy 9,100 mAh battery. It will retail for $199.99 a pop with a new two-year contract, or you can pick it up or $299.99 all-in. [Press Release]

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geekbench-geminiIt looks like the Xiaomi Mi 5 is not going to arrive after all, as it will be known as the Xiaomi Gemini instead. This particular device has shown up in a Geekbench listing, where it depicts the handset as being powered by a MSM8996 chipset, which happens to be the very same “heart” that is of the Snapdragon 820. Needless to say, this is quite a performer, having picked up a 2,140 score in the single-core test, and if one were to take Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810 into comparison, the latter has a score of around 1,300.

Existing heavyweights from the Exynos camp that happen to power many a Samsung Galaxy device would hit a score in the region of approximately 1,500 points, although the highest scoring model of them all would be the Apple A9 chip that sits comfortably at the top with a 2,500 score thereabouts. As for its multi-core numbers, the Xiaomi Gemini is not all that impressive, as it lags behind the Galaxy S6 generation.

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Samsung_logoIt looks like the closer a particular handset gets to being released, there will definitely be more and more rumors surrounding it which will appear. As for the Samsung Galaxy S7, well, plenty has been said about it so far, and here is something else for us to chew over – apparently, it will be released next year. Just when, to be exact? How does February 21st sound to you? The latest rumor claims that particular date, which means it will be revealed earlier than its predecessor earlier this year, which would be approximately 8 days thereabouts earlier.

Perhaps the new timing has something to do with the Mobile World Congress schedule, as MWC 2016 will only kick off on February 22nd in Barcelona next year, whereas this year, it began on March 2nd. Hence, if this particular rumor were to turn out to be true, then it would mean that Samsung would like to hold its major event right before MWC starts. As with any other good rumor, one ought to take it with a pinch of salt.

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qualcomm_logo2016 is definitely going to be an interesting year when it comes to flagship Android smartphones, as Qualcomm has revealed the proper specifications for their upcoming Snapdragon 820 chipset. However, it does pay to be patient as Qualcomm has also mentioned that the Snapdragon 820 will only ship in actual devices from next year onward, so that is when we can expect to see majority of the flagship Android-powered smartphones carry this particular chipset.

The Snapdragon 820 will feature custom-designed CPU cores, which would be a quad-core CPU with 64-bit Kryo cores that can be clocked up to speeds of 2.2GHz. Qualcomm claims that the CPU will be able to deliver double the performance of the Snapdragon 810, and it will also be mated to an Adreno 530 GPU, sporting a X12 LTE modem, support for Cat.12 LTE downloads, support for 2×2 MU-MIMO 802.11ac connections, and support for 4K displays as well as up to 28MP cameras, now how about that?

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lumiaupdateleakSo, you happen to be rocking to one of the older Lumia handsets from Nokia, and would love to check out what all the hoo-haa is about concerning Windows 10 Mobile. If you happen to live in Poland, then here is a spot of good news for you to kick start your week – the Windows 10 Mobile update will be heading to the likes of the Lumia 630, 635, 640, 735, and 830 this coming December 14, whereas those who happen to be making use of the Lumia 520, 532, 625, 720, 820, 920, 925, 930, 1020, and 1320, will have to wait until February 1st next year.

Again, bear in mind that the Windows 10 Mobile update will only affect those smartphones which were purchased from Orange in Poland, so if you happen to own any of the above mentioned devices but from different people, then you would have to give the updates a miss.

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