find9It does look as though the folks over at Oppo will be working on revealing a new handset that will continue from where the Oppo Find 7 left off. What you see on the right happens to be a screenshot that hails from Chinese carrier Guangzhou Mobile, where this particular model will carry the moniker Opop Find 9 – perhaps it has something to do with the mobile operator and its upcoming 4G LTE Cat.9 network, who knows? What we do know is, this 4G LTE Cat. 9 network is being tested out at the moment, where it sports a theoretical maximum speed of 330Mbps, where real world testing has ended up with a peak download speed of 292Mbps.

The Oppo Find 9 was one of the handsets mentioned that supported such a network, and it looks like this would mean Opop would be skipping the even numbered model at the end of the day. Rumored hardware specifications point to a Snapdragon 810 SoC, not to mention a whopping 4GB RAM underneath the hood. Time will reveal more concerning the Oppo Find 9.

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redmi-note2-leakWell, well, what do we have here? Apparently, more information concerning the Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 that we might have missed in the past. Sure, there were leaks as well as image teasers where history is concerned, but right now, it looks as though there will be a fingerprint scanner thrown into the mix as well if one were to study the latest leaked image above closely. This fingerprint sensor on the alleged Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 will be located under the LED flash at the back of the device.

As for the rest of the hardware specifications, we are looking at the likes of a Full HD 5.5” display, a 64-bit MediaTek MT6795 SoC with an octa-core CPU and a PowerVR G6200 GPU, a 13MP shooter behind and a 5MP front-facing camera, a 3,000mAh battery and either Android 5.0.2 Lollipop or Android 5.1 Lollipop right out of the box. Pricing and availability details are expected to be announced at the end of this month.

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If you happen to be a huge fan of the Nokia Lumia 1020 when it first came out, mainly because of the 41-megapixel sensor, then chances are you would be pleased as punch to hear that there is a very real possibility of a brand new Lumia handset in the pipeline, if this extremely blurred image on the right by Evan Blass can be believed.

Evan Blass is famously known as evleaks, and he tweeted, “Don’t give up hope, Windows fans.” Not the most cryptic of texts, that is for sure. Perhaps many people have already given up hope on seeing a new Lumia 1020 successor rolling off production lines, but then again, this leak might very well be an amateurish Photoshop job which would see the liberal use of many filters. Ah well, as with all other rumors, it is only a matter of time before it is confirmed – or debunked.

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fb-msgerFacebook Messenger for Android was certainly quite the hit, having hit a whopping 1 billion downloads ever since Facebook separated the Messenger feature as a standalone app last summer. In fact, at a Facebook investor meeting yesterday, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg was quoted by Re/Code that Facebook Messenger has now successfully achieved a whopping 700 million users worldwide, now how about that when it comes to making it big?

In March this year, Facebook Messenger had already laid claim to 600 million users, and if simple mathematics were to be taken into consideration, this would mean having added on another 100 million users in under three months. Do take note, however, that all of these are not necessarily active users, but rather, the total number of registered users instead.

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It is not too long since LG Greece revealed to the masses that the LG G2 Mini, whose name does point out the obvious that this will be a handset which is a smaller version of the once flagship LG G2, will be on the receiving end of the Android Lollipop update some time later in June. It looks like there was not much waiting that was required, as the update has already begun to make its way to folks living in that part of the world.

TechValue reported the above, and in the video that you see here would deliver Android 5.0.2 Lollipop to the LG G2 Mini, and it does look as though the same update will eventually make its way to the rest of the LG G2 Mini owners who happen to live in the Old World.

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lenovo-tenaaNow here is a device that has gained TENAA certification recently, which means it is being prepared for a general release some time down the road. Known as the Lenovo PB1-770N, it straddles the phablet territory, where it will come with a huge 6.8” display (for a phablet, and not so for a tablet). In terms of hardware specifications, we are looking at Dual SIM support, connectivity in the form of 4G LTE, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0, a 3,500mAh battery, and a version of Android as the mobile operating system of choice – all of it crammed into a form factor that measures 7.7mm thin.

It all remains for the folks over at Lenovo to make an official announcement where the Lenovo PB1-770N is concerned, and I believe that whatever remaining questions there are left remaining will be answered. Perhaps it is time to play the patience card now.

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zte-star3-renderFancy picking up a smartphone that has a resolution count which is higher than what your TV in the living room has? If you have answered in the affirmative, then perhaps you might want to check out the upcoming ZTE Star 3, where it has been touted to be the first smartphone in the world that will ship with a 4K display.

So far, whispers on the street point to the ZTE Star 3 launching with a 5.5” display that will boast of a resolution of 2160 x 3840 pixels alongside a PPI of 806. In the same rumor, it was also suggested that a TFT Panel with a special crystal structure will be used, as this technology claims to lower the overall power consumption while making sure that the display strength is improved. We do know that Sharp’s 4K smartphone display is only ready for mass production next year, so chances are the ZTE Star 3’s 4K display will hail from elsewhere.

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meizumx5leakIt would be nice if there were to be an official announcement made somewhere, but until that is done, rumors will remain as just that – rumors. In other words, the Meizu MX5 Pro, looks set to hit the market alongside the Meizu MX5, where the former is whispered to join in the smartphone party fun with a 6″ QHD display as well as a chipset that has been sourced from Samsung.

The 6″ screen is said to come with a QHD that will sport the 15:9 aspect ratio of QHD, which is slightly out of the ordinary. Apart from that, the Exynos 7420 chipset is said to be in action, which is what powers the Samsung Galaxy S6, while there will also be 4GB RAM that will make up part of the innards, which would be a bump up from the regular 3GB in the standard Meizu MX5. In addition, the camera looks set to be similar – which would be a 20.7MP/2160p shooter, and we look forward to an official announcement to be made as early as next month.

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zte-nubia-z9The ZTE Nubia Z9 is one formidable handset, especially after it sold out in a matter of just 10 minutes upon debuting in China the previous month. It looks set to make its way to the US now, and there will be several models in tow it seems. First of all, there is the ZTE Nubia Z9 Classic that will come with 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal memory with an asking price of $564, whereas there is the Nubia Z9 Elite model that will spruce things up with 4GB RAM and 64GB of internal memory, all going for $645 a pop.

Apart from that lies the Nubia Z9 Exclusive version that will carry a price tag of $725, as it has just about everything similar to the Nubia Z9 Elite where hardware is concerned, save for the added fingerprint sensor. Shared hardware specifications, regardless of the version, will include a Full HD 5.2” display, a Snapdragon 810 SoC, 4G LTE support, a 2,900mAh battery, a 16MP shooter behind with optical image stabilization, and an 8MP front-facing camera.

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oppo-a51-tenaaThe Oppo A51 happens to be a handset that has yet to be announced, although we already know that it has received its certification by TENAA. TENAA happens to be the FCC equivalent over in China, and it does look as though the Oppo A51 is now shaping up to be somewhere within the same level as that of the Oppo A31, although as we will find out later, it will come with improved hardware specifications – which makes sense, really, taking into consideration the kind of naming convention it has.

The Opop A51 is said to arrive with a dual glass, which translates to a non-removable battery, which would place it on part with that of the Oppo A31. Not only that, it will run on a 64-bit Snapdragon 410 chipset, has a 5” display with a 720 x 1280 resolution. 2GB RAM, 16GB of internal memory, an 8MP camera at the back with a 5MP shooter in front, 4G LTE support and a 2,420mAh battery. No idea on pricing or availability though.

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