htcone-e9-shotsIt looks like there are more images of the HTC One E9 that has surfaced to whet your appetite – and that would mean additional speculation to add to an already potent mix. This particular round of leaks would center upon an entry in the Chinese regulatory authority that is better known as TENAA, where it looks as though the HTC One E9 would gain a bump in screen size to 5.5” – not to mention an improved resolution count to QHD , which in turn, would definitely raise the pixel density count at the end of it.

In addition, the HTC One E9 is widely expected to run on a high end Mediatek MT6795 chipset that will be accompanied by the likes of 3GB RAM and 32GB of internal memory. At the back lies a 20MP camera that is tucked away behind a large circular lens, while selfie lovers will have to make do with either a 13MP front-facing camera or a 4MP UltraPixel shooter.

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LG-logoSo, you have seen just what the different smartphone manufacturers have managed to come up with where their various handsets are concerned now that the dust of Mobile World Congress 2015 has settled. Has anything there caught your fancy, so much so that you would need to rush out and pick up the Galaxy S6, or would you be willing to sit tight and wait for something else, perhaps the LG G4, when it arrives later this spring? After all, LG has already set a 10 million units sales target for the LG G4 this year.

This is extremely optimistic to say the least, especially when you consider how the LG G3, a smartphone that was released in June last year, had not even sold that number of units, mustering a range of approximately 6 to 7 million units so far. LG looks set to do their bit by putting in extra promotional effort throughout various key locations in Europe, the US, and Korea.

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vzw-nexus6I am quite sure that many people have already heard word concerning a Verizon-branded model of the Nexus 6 for quite some time already. Well, one can only say that the stock-powered Android phablet has been a rather difficult “creature” to spot – where even Google CFO Patrick Pichette did admit last month that they were unable to obtain enough inventory in order to cover demand for the device. The Nexus 6 can be considered to be a success in this sense, and it seems that Verizon subscribers can hope to see it arrive soon.

After all, that is what it looks like through a leaked marketing material that points to such a possibility. The label that is on the package itself did mention that it is Merchandising material from Verizon, and there was the specific phrase “Nexus 6 Launch” spotted there. True or otherwise, all that we can do is sit tight and wait.

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oppo-r1xJust in case you happen to have the Oppo R1C in your mind whenever you take a look at the Oppo R1x, do bear in mind that the latter is the same as the former, where the Oppo R1C was introduced to the world earlier this year, although it had yet to hit the market then. The Oppo R1x will arrive with a high-strength CNC frame that would place it on par with that of the Oppo R5, and apart from that, it’s chassis will measure all of just 6.85mm thin, while weighing 130 grams.

The sapphire-faceted back panel on the Oppo R1x is a surefire head-turner, and the UV-embossed layer located right below the glass does allow it to have a chameleon-like color from various angles. Hardware specifications include a 5” Pixel Eye HD screen, a a Qualcomm MSM8939 Snapdragon 615 SoC with four Cortex-A53 CPU cores which have been clocked at 1.7GHz, and another quartet at 1.0 GHz, 2GB RAM, 16GB of internal memory that can be further expanded via a microSD memory card slot, a 13MP camera at the back and a 5MP camera in front.

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google-lollipopA quick look at the calendar shows that we are still in March – early March, in fact, and April is still some ways of. Still, this has not stopped the fact that an alleged leak of a Nokia 1100 has been benchmarked, and in that particular benchmark, it revealed that the Nokia 1100 would sport Android 5.0 Lollipop as the mobile operating system version of choice – how cool would that be if it were to be true?

Other hardware specifications in the alleged leaked benchmark sheet point to a quad-core MT6582 processor which has been clocked at 1.3GHz, a 720p resolution display, and most probably 512MB RAM. We would take this bit of information with more than just a pinch of salt – perhaps and entire tablespoonful.

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blackberry-leap[MWC 2015] BlackBerry might not be the tour de force that it once was in the world of smartphones, but this does not mean that the company is a pushover, either. We have learned that this particular edition of Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain, has seen a new BlackBerry device introduced – the all new BlackBerry Leap smartphone for 4G LTE networks. Touted to be an affordable all-touch smartphone that is housed in a modern and powerful design, it will specially target career builders as well as companies who value both security and privacy when bringing productivity to a whole new level.

Hardware and software specifications include a 5” edge-to-edge HD display, a 2,800mAh battery life, BlackBerry OS 10.3.1, a best-in-class BlackBerry keyboard, BlackBerry Blend, BlackBerry Assistant, dual app storefronts that come preloaded for access to a huge selection of apps for work and play (BlackBerry World and Amazon Appstore), among others. [Press Release]

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lumia-640-xl-5I suppose if you have been on the lookout for a Windows Phone-powered device for the longest time, you would have had set your eyes on what Nokia – and subsequently Microsoft, have up their sleeves. Microsoft’s most recent foray in this department comes in the form of the Lumia 640 and Lumia 640 XL, where they will arrive in single-SIM and dual-SIM LTE and dual-SIM 3G variants. The Lumia 640 XL will be out as a single-SIM 3G variant, with pricing set to vary by market and operator; while the Lumia 640 is tipped to cost approximately 139 euros for the 3G model and 159 euros for the LTE model. As for the Lumia 640 XL, it will cost around 189 euros for 3G and 219 euros for LTE.

Both of these handsets are said to be powered by a quad-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor, with 1GB RAM accompanying it. The Lumia 640 XL will be the larger of the two – obviously, which means they will feature a 5.5″ and 5″ HD display, a 13MP Zeiss and 8MP camera, and 3,000mAh and 2,500mAh batteries, respectively. While these handsets will arrive with Windows Phone 8.1 right out of the box alongside the Lumia Denim update, do expect them to also play nice with the Windows 10 update when that happens. Check out the photo gallery right after the jump for both handsets.

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htc-one-m9[MWC 2015] HTC used to be the bee’s knees when it came to smartphones – Android-powered ones especially. They did go through a phase where the company looked to be in trouble, but a revival of sorts happened with the introduction of their flagship, the HTC One (M7). That proved to be a more-than-decent flagship device, even among its peers, and needless to say, the HTC One (M8) was a class act that followed. With plenty of rumors of a new model ready to replace the HTC One (M8), all of that waiting has finally arrived in the form of the HTC One (M9), never mind the huge number of rumors and leaks that surrounded the handset before it became official. Now just what will the new HTC One (M9) bring to the table?

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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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