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HTC First Drops to $0.99

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Facebook Home was released not too long ago, and just after that came the dedicated Facebook Phone, a device that had Facebook Home pre-installed and fully supported it. It turns out that there isn’t much of an interest in a device that is centered around Facebook, because the device has dropped from $99 to $0.99. Even though the device runs Facebook Home by default, it has a decent 4.3-inch 720p display, a Dual Core 1.4GHz processor, 16GB of storage, 1GB of RAM, and support for LTE. It also supports 1080p video recording. Initial impressions of the HTC first weren’t good, with many people complaining about the camera. I can’t see this succeeding simply because of all the complaints about Facebook Home. As good as Facebook may or may not be, either way no one wants a device that revolves around one product or service. Chat heads is good, but that’s about the only useful feature of it, and that’s built into messenger on every Android Device that has it.  

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HTC Releasing a Cheaper Version of HTC One

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Android users who want a top of the line phone but haven’t been a big fan of Samsung have been a bit out of luck over the past year or so. That changed last month when HTC released the HTC One. With their flagship phone getting a lot of positive buzz, HTC has reportedly decided to make a cheaper version that is more accessible to Android users, the HTC M4. The HTC One currently goes for about $200 with a new contract on most carriers. The original phone offered a quad core processor and two gigs of RAM, with a 4.7″ 1080p display. The base unit came with 16 GB of storage. It has been regarded as the one of the best phones on the market for Android users by many who have reviewed it. The HTC M4 will look nearly identical to the HTC One, but will offer a slightly more compact size. The phone will by 4.3″ with a 720p display. It’s likely that it will be made with plastic instead of aluminum for the body. The processor will be downsized for a quad core to a dual core of the same version, but it will hold onto …

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HP Slatebook 10 X2 and Slate 21 AiO, Tegra 4 devices?

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It seems that HP may be looking to launch two new Android devices this year. HP Slatebook 10 X2 and Slate 21 AiO have been leaked thanks to AnTuTu benchmarking scores. Both devices have scored admirably which may suggest that HP is taking a leave from making budget tablets. Now that the HP Slate 7 is out of the way, the manufacturer can truly turn its attention towards other high end endeavors. Previous rumors suggested that HP may opt for Intel’s Clover Trail processors but the recent surprising reveal of the HP Slatebook 10 X2 and Slate 21 AiO suggest that the company is partnering with Nvidia. Both the devices are packing a Tegra 4 processor, which is the top offering from the chip manufacturer. The tablets/devices are also running on Android version 4.2.1. While both the tablets share the same processor, the HP Slatebook 10 X2 scored higher at 27,259 than the Slate 21 AiO which scored 23,584. But we have to keep in mind that the benchmark results are never consistent and they can vary from test to test. The HP Slatebook 10 X2 seems to be a tablet/notebook combo with a removable keyboard dock. Of course this …

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Huawei Ascend P6-U06, thinnest of them all

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If you are into really thin smartphones, you will be really happy to hear that Huawei is making the thinnest smartphone there is. The Huawei Ascend P6-U06 is going to be the world’s thinnest smartphone, if the rumors and leaks are to be believed. Even if you don’t really gauge the thinnest of a smartphone before making the final decision, the Huawei Ascend P6-U06 is still a very attractive option. The Huawei Ascend P6-U06 has popped up on Telecommunication Equipment Certification Center MIIT (which is the Chinese equivalent of FCC) and is being hailed as the slimmest smartphone. Previously Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra held the title, measuring only 6.45 mm. But the Huawei Ascend P6-U06 is far ahead measuring just 6.18 mm. This makes it officially the world’s slimmest smartphone, a title which may be able to attract many potential customers. Oppo is also in the race to take the slim throne with its R809T, but the race will only settle when one of the phones comes out. The Huawei Ascend P6-U06 is not only thin but also weighs only 120 grams. If you are thinking that the internal specs must have taken a hit from all the “thinness”, …

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LG Optimus GK is a manageable G Pro

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LG Optimus GK is a small manageable LG Optimus G Pro and it is going to be headed towards South Korea, for now. LG has been making amazing smartphones for a while now but it has yet to reach the popularity which it deserves. The LG Optimus G Pro was a surprisingly stellar smartphone but its large size may have been an issue for many who wanted a little manageable smartphone. The LG Optimus GK aims to rectify that by shrinking the size to 5 inches yet maintaining everything which made the Pro G amazing. This clearly shows that LG is following Samsung in a way, but that is completely understandable. The LG Optimus GK will have the same screen size as the Galaxy S4 but it is actually a bit taller and thicker than it. If it is anywhere near the design quality of its bigger brother, we are sure that we will be able to love it. The LG Optimus GK packs a 5 inch IPS display which boasts a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels (read: Full HD). There is something called Zerogap Touch on the LG Optimus GK, we are guessing that it is a zero …

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Oppo R809T announced, not record breaking

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A while back we did a piece about the Oppo R809T, the smartphone which was at that time thought to be the slimmest of them all.  But that is not the case, as the Oppo R809T is officially announced; it became clear that the smartphone won’t be breaking any records. The smartphone became official today thanks to Sina Weibo (which is Chinese version of Twitter) and it cleared that the smartphone is actually not as slim as the initial rumors suggested. Previously the Oppo R809T rumored to have just 6.13mm thickness, effectively making it the slimmest smartphone in the world. The announcement states that the Oppo R809T is actually 6.93mm thick. While the jump in thickness a little significant, Oppo R809T is still one of the slimmest smartphone out there. If you are in for a slim mid-range smartphone, Oppo R809T is an excellent choice. Oppo R809T packs a stylish 4.7 inch High Definition 720p resolution display and is powered by a 1.2 GHz quad core processor. There is 1 GB of RAM on the smartphone which will be enough to smoothly operate Android version 4.2. This is the interesting part; Oppo R809T comes with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean right …

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DUALSHOCK 4 has some great tricks

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Sony is being naughty; right after the XBox reveal announcement the company has released a new video showcasing various additions to the DUALSHOCK 4 controller. And to be honest they way Sony is doing things; it won’t surprise us a bit if the controller turns out to be the console. We have yet to see the actual solid box, while many fan boys will argue that you don’t need great design to play great games, I believe that great design is very much important in the aesthetic value of a device. Either Sony has yet to finalize the console or the company is waiting for E3 to showcase it and try to steal the show from Microsoft. Nonetheless the new DUALSHOCK 4 controller does have some interesting features. The Light bar The light bar on the DUALSHOCK 4 controller will act as a beacon which will allow the PS4 to detect who is who. Remember playing Burnout Revenge’s crash mode? Or playing Tekken with your friends? Well this time around the game will detect who has the controller and will adjust the screen display accordingly so that it makes more sense. No you don’t have to worry about who is …

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 announced today

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 is yet another tablet from the seemingly unending line of tablets from the Korean manufacturer. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 was recently announced and is supposed to be heading towards almost all regions starting May 1st. Although the tablet is a relatively nice device, we fail to see any reason to upgrade to it, especially if you own a Nexus 7 or the previous Samsung Galaxy Tab 2. Samsung has once again disappointed those who were hoping for an upgrade in the specs. The 7 inch Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 uses the very same design which we have seen on almost every Galaxy device. Although this time around the tablet features three buttons, one physical home and two capacitive ones. Sometimes I think that Samsung wants each and every device to look like the Galaxy S3. At this rate Samsung TVs will start to look round and pebbly too. That is not the only problem I have with the Samsung Galaxy Tab 3, the 7 inch screen has  a low resolution of only 1024 x 600 pixels and the rear camera is a joke; clocking at 3 MP while the front one is only 1.3 MP. …

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CEO says Galaxy S4 CPU Doesn’t Matter

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The Co-CEO of Samsung Electronics and head of Samsung Mobile, J. K. Shin, has told buyers that it really doesn’t matter what type of CPU is in your Galaxy S4. He further stated that no matter what Galaxy S4 CPU is running, most people won’t notice a difference nor will they care. Well that is true to some extent but Mr. Shin is forgetting that this is not 1998, it’s 2013 and people are more tech savvy than they ever were. When it comes to the speed of their smartphones, people will care especially if the models are retailing for exactly the same price. Would you buy an inferior product at the same price at which the better one is being sold? This is logic and stating that the Galaxy S4 CPU doesn’t matter is insulting our intellect and comparing us with the blind Apple fans. The Galaxy S4 CPU may have not mattered if all the versions were scoring close benchmark results. The U.S and Europe versions have the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, which is not a slow chip by any means and it even beats every smartphone where there are no benchmark results. But the international Galaxy S4 has the …

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LG Optimus F5

LG Optimus F5 releasing globally, France first on 29th

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LG has a weird way of announcing news smartphone, I mean no one is working on Sundays, LG. Anyways, the Optimus F5 is officially announced and is going to be globally released. The Optimus F5 which is also called Verizon Lucid 2 is ready to hit the road on 29th of April, starting from France and gradually making its way towards South and Central America, Asia and Commonwealth of Independent States. The LG Optimus F5 was first unveiled only a couple of months ago at Mobile World Congress held in Barcelona, Spain. And it was intended to be the mid-rage offering of the year from LG. The smartphone packs a rather small 4.3 inch IPS display with 256 PPI and a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels. There is a 1.2 GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon process as well as 1 GB of RAM tucked inside. There is 8 GB of internal storage as well as a microSD card slot if you fancy adding more. The smartphone is 4G LTE capable so if you are in the market for a LTE compatible smartphone which doesn’t cost a lot, the Optimus F5 will be one of the better choices. The F5 …

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