It looks as though the Oppo R5 has lost its throne as the slimmest smartphone in the world to the newly announced Vivo X5 Max. Well, all is not lost, if one were to take into consideration that the Vivo X5 Max is available in China only at the moment – with no word of it being prepared for a release outside of China down the road, which means the Oppo R5 can be the slimmest smartphone that one can pick up outside of Asia. Still, the extremely thin profile has been put through a fair number of “punishments” in the video above to show just how tough and robust it is – despite being so thin.

Perhaps Apple has a thing or two to learn from Oppo in terms of making a thin handset that does not bend when placed in one’s pants pocket. The different kinds of stress tests would include a car run over the Oppo R5, where it emerged from that without any scratches – hard to believe, don’t you think so?


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freescale wireless Freescale Looks To Boost Wireless Charging SpeedsFreescale more or less figured out that wireless charging does have its fair share of advantages, and I am quite sure that many a company out there will agree with them as well, such as automotive manufacturer Toyota. However, Freescale has started to fall behind in this field of wireless charging due to the recent advances concerning such chipsets which have managed to speed up wired charging speeds by a massive and significant amount. Freescale intends to balance the imbalance, so to speak, by offering a new kind of hardware that could enable one to wirelessly charge devices up to 3x faster.

It is said that this speed increase will be similar to those found in the newer USB chargers, where they are able to deliver a higher voltage to your device, which results in approximately 14 watts of power as opposed to the traditional 5 watts.


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tauri Tonino Lamborghini 88 Tauri Is Now Official Fancy driving a Lamborghini? I am quite sure that this is a dream that many of us have, although very few will achieve it. I remember reading somewhere about why we never see ads for a Lamborghini on TVs – that is because those who are able to afford it would not be watching TV in the first place. Well, if you cannot afford a four-wheeled Lamborghini, why not settle for a smartphone instead in the form of the Tonino Lamborghini 88 Tauri?

This particular model will come with a 5” 1080p display that has an oleophobic which has a smudge-free coating over the Gorilla Glass 3 layer, alongside a 10-point touch panel, a quad-core 2.3GHz Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB RAM, a 20MP camera at the back with a dual LED flash, an 8MP shooter in front, and a 3,400mAh battery, with Android 4.4.4 KitKat in tow. All of this for $6,000 a pop – any takers?


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 New Google Glass Patent Hints At Futuristic DesignNow here is something that Google Glass enthusiasts will definitely fall in love with – a spanking new design that looks really, really good, ditching the huge battery that used to reside behind your ear, ending up as a pair of smaller ear hooks on either side. Apart from that, the new design revealed in the patent points to a similar, sleek looking metal band that will be able to wrap around your brow, while there is a shiny crystal of glass which will let you see the virtual display.

It must be noted that the whole display/camera unit has made its way from the right side of your head all the way to the left, and I am quite sure that this is as much an engineering design as it is an aesthetic decision. As for the camera on the Google Glass, it will still retain its position right next to the display, being ready at your beck and call to shoot just about anything, at any time.

Do you like what you see with the new Google Glass design? Only time will tell as to when this particular design will hit the market, if ever.


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xolo win 1000 Xolo WIN Q1000 Ready To Rock And RollIf there is a smartphone that you might want to consider in the future, which will run on the Windows Phone platform and yet does not break the bank, might we dare suggest you take a look at the Xolo WIN Q1000? Xolo happens to be one of the first new Indian Windows Phone OEMs, and with the Xolo WIN Q1000 in the pipeline, your interest might just be piqued.

In fact, the Xolo WIN Q1000 has already seen 10,000 units imported according to importation site Zauba, where this particular device is said to boast of a larger 5” display compared to its spiritual predecessor, which would be the Xolo WIN Q900 that carried a 4.7” display. Other than that, it will feature a Dual SIM slot, strongly suggesting that the rest of the hardware specifications would have been upgraded to be different from the standard issue Windows Phone handsets from different OEMs.


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nophone Over 2,000 NoPhones Ordered This Coming Holiday SeasonWhen is a phone not a phone? I suppose that seemingly paradoxical question is easily answered with the presence of the NoPhone. The NoPhone happens to be a successfully funded Kickstarter project, where it intends to be a smartphone substitute for folks who are unable to live without a smartphone.

It sports a similar form factor to the average smartphone out there today, but what it lacks would be that of a display, and everything else that makes a smartphone, well, a smartphone. In other words, this is but a slab of plastic, but it has its uses – such as letting thieves relieve you of your NoPhone as they think that this could be a newfangled device, where it is actually priced at at $12 a pop. The NoPhone has seen more than 2,000 units sold in time for the holidays, where orders placed by December 7th is tipped to arrive by December 25th.


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Samsung logo Next Generation Samsung Galaxy S Device Could Sport A Curved DisplayIt was not too long ago that there were shipers of Samsung sporting a curved display in a future iteration of its Galaxy S flagship device, where it has been given the codename Project Zero to boot. Apparently, rumor has it that it will be curved not only on a single side, but on both sides to boot.

The upcoming flagship is also touted by the folks over at SamMobile that it is the Samsung Galaxy S6, although that certainly does not come across as a surprise at all. Apart from that, we might be treated to the presence of something called the Galaxy S6 Edge too, which would be a variant of the namesake, although it remains to be seen whether it will be curved on one side or the other.

As for its hardware specifications, the rumored Samsung Galaxy S6 is said to come with a 1440 x 2560 (Quad HD) display, a 5MP camera that faces the front, a rear camera of 16MP or 20MP count, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 or Samsung Exynos 7420 processor, and being made out of metal – at least, in part.


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oneplus one teardown 7 OnePlus One To Get Lollipop Based ROM In IndiaOnePlus looks set to introduce the OnePlus One smartphone in India this coming December 2nd, but it does look as though there is going to be a snag somewhere in there. Appparently, the OnePlus One will roll out with CyanogenMod right out of the box, but it will not be on the receiving end of any subsequent CyanogenMod updates. OnePlus will be the ones to offer such software updates in the future.

The reason behind this seemingly bizarre move? OnePlus claims to be working on a “stable, fast, and lightweight” ROM that will be based on Android 5.0 Lollipop, and intends to introduce a “community build” for One users in India sometime in December with a production-ready build being in the pipeline for February 2015. Cyanogen has signed a deal with Micromax to provide India’s handset maker with exclusive rights to use CyanogenMod in that part of the world, so this will not affect OnePlus One owners outside of India. [Press Release]


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desire 620g HTC Desire 620 Announced Officially In TaiwanThe HTC Desire 620 has finally landed on home soil, which is in Taiwan. It is said to come in two different variants, of course, where the LTE-enabled HTC Desire 620 will run on a 1.2GHz 64-bit quad-core Snapdragon 410 processor, while the other, the HTC Desire 620G which will not feature LTE connectivity, runs on a 1.3GHz octa-core MediaTek MT6592 processor.

Apart from their different “hearts” beating deep within the chassis, just about everything else concerning the HTC Desire 620 and Desire 620G would remain similar – ranging from a 5-inch display with 720 x 1280 pixels resolution to dual SIM capabilities, an 8MP camera at the back, a 5MP front-facing camera, 1GB RAM, 8GB of internal memory, a 2100 mAh battery, and Android 4.4 KitKat with Sense 6 UI running on board.

There is no word on availability on a global scale just yet, but the HTC Desire 620 is tipped to arrive in Taiwan this December 1st, with the HTC Desire 620G being prepared for a mid-December release.


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gs5 1dollar Samsung Galaxy S5 Going For Just A DollarCould this be the mother of all Samsung Galaxy S5 sales? This Black Friday would see the Samsung Galaxy S5 being sold for a mere $1, which can be yours if you decide to tie yourself down to a 2 year contract as well. Do take note that this particular deal will be made available to those who are with Verizon, Sprint or AT&T.

Should you happen to be a member of Verizon Edge, AT&T Next or Sprint Easy Pay, you are able to select “$0″ down (if well-qualified), and be on the receiving end of a $50 gift card in the process. Subsequently, you will then need to fork out the monthly installment payments in order to be in good standing as a customer. It is speculated that MWC 2015 could see the Samsung Galaxy S6 roll out, which could be why this might be one way of helping Samsung clear their remaining stock of the smartphone.


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