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By September 28, 2011 Read More →

ZTE announce their first Windows Phone 7 complete with Mango

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ZTE Corporation (“ZTE”) has this week begun displaying its first Windows Phone, the ZTE Tania, at the PT/EXPO COMM China 2011in Beijing.

The Tania supports HSPA+, has a multi-point touch 800Ă—480 WVGA resolution 4.3-inch thin film transistor (TFT) screen and a 1GHZ frequency processor with 3D acceleration. It also has a 512MB cache, 4GB of flash memory, an auto focus 5-megapixel camera, WIFI and A-GPS. The device comes pre-loaded with the latest version of Windows Phone, code-named Mango, and will launch later this year in a number of European countries.

ZTE is the sole Chinese smartphone strategic partner for Microsoft and plans to introduce additional smartphone devices based on the Windows Phone platform in the future.

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By September 28, 2011 Read More →

Archos spec change at the last minute

Archos_G9_tablets-550x217Looks like Archos is having to review their upcoming 1.5GHz G9 Honeycomb tablets. Apparently, Texas Instruments wont be able to keep their end of the bargain with their 1.5GHz OMAP 4 processors as they are being pushed back until next year. This, in turn, is causing Archos to rethink their tablet loadout. Rather than delay the October launch of their 10-inch (and higher-end 8-inch) tablets, Archos will instead rename these versions “Turbo” and equip them with slightly overclocked 1.2GHz versions of the dual-core TI processors found in the lower 8GB model. Come next year, when Texas Instruments is able to get their act together, Archos will re-outfit these “Turbo” versions with the newer TI 1.5GHz OMAP 4 processors.

Not sure what exactly this is going to do to the price tag or if there will be an option to have the devices re-fit with the speedier processor ala Motorola’s 4G shenanigans, only time will tell.

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By September 27, 2011 Read More →

ZTE show of the first Tegra 3 tablet

cesHLDBG41sksZTE showcased, at the CES (China International Exhibition Center) expo event held in Beijing, its latest 7-inch T98 Android 3.2 Honeycomb tablet powered by Nvidia’s Tegra3 chipset.

ZTE T98 features a 7-inch WXGA touchscreen display with 1280*800p resolution, equipped with a 1.5GHz Tegra3 quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB on-board storage, two cameras a 5MP on the back with 1080p HD video rec capabilities and a 2MP on the front for video chat. T98 is 11.5mm thick and it comes with a battery capacity of 4000mAh.

The slate comes with 3G GSM enabled, weird that it doesn’t pack 4G/LTE technology and no mention about NFC support either. There’s no information regarding an availability date, nor any pricing information.

Posted by Gareth

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By September 27, 2011 Read More →

Win an Otterbox Defender Series Case for the BlackBerry Bold 9900

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We recently showed you a quick unboxing video of the Otterbox Defender case for the BlackBerry Bold 9900. The folk at mobilefun.co.uk that sent it to us have kindly said we can give it away so it is time for another Twitter competition.

To win the Otterbox case is quite simple. All you need to do is be following both us and mobilefun on Twitter and retweet this post. Simple.

The winner will be picked at random in the next 7 days and notified via Twitter.

UK entries only please due to postage.

 

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By September 27, 2011 Read More →

Rather exciting lookin: The Dark Meadow trailer

DarkMeadow04Phosphor Game Studios’ The Dark Meadow is an action-adventure monster slaying game set in a creepy abandoned hospital. The Dark Meadow is coming next month, and is boasting some incredibly compelling features such as gesture-based combat, "console-level" story and production, and a six-ish hour campaign that will need to be replayed multiple times if you want to see all the game has to offer.

This looks to be a pretty exciting game, and for good reason too. For the hardware and popularity of the iOS devices there should be more projects like this on there way, as sometimes it feels like a waste to be playing simple 2D physics games on iOS devices when they’re totally capable of this.

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By September 27, 2011 Read More →

Samsung shifts 10 million Galaxy SII smartphones

samsungSamsung’s Galaxy SII with a seemingly no-compromise spec sheet has drawn some big attention, and now Samsung have the numbers to prove it. Just in the last eight weeks, Samsung have enjoyed their sales double from 5 million to 10 million, a truly impressive milestone to say the least, especially when one of the largest markets, the United States, hasn’t even contributed. I know that the Galaxy SII really does deserve the huge sales numbers it has already achieved – I myself own one of the 10 million. If you haven’t read our glowing review of the GSII, check it out now!

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By September 27, 2011 Read More →

Monster BeKnown iPhone app now available

monster logoMonster announced European availability of an iPhone app for BeKnown, Monster’s professional networking application for Facebook. Joining the recently announced Android widget, this latest mobile app for BeKnown allows users to establish and manage a professional network on Facebook, seperate from social contacts, via their iPhone while on the move. Job seekers with other smartphone devices, including Blackberry and Windows Phone, can take advantage of the BeKnown mobile website without the need to use a desktop or laptop.

The Monster job seeking site has been around for a while but the new BeKnown application for iPhone lets users find jobs through their Facebook accounts, making it easier for employers and potential employees to connect together. The iPhone apps is now available for free in the App Store, and the widget for Android in the App Market.

Full press release is after the break.

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By September 27, 2011 Read More →

Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S landing soon

Xperia-Arc-S-White-Sony Ericsson are launching a new a smartphone in October and calling it the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S.  It seems the new Arc S is pumped with a 1.4 Ghz processor compared to its predecessor which clocked at 1Ghz. The Xperia Arc S has a 2d to 3d converter which lets you take photos and use ” 3d sweep panorama” application to display 2d photos in 3d if you plug it into a 3d TV or any other 3d display using a HDMI port. The phone will use Android OS Gingerbread 2.3 and have pretty much the same hardware features the original Arc did including ultra thinness at 8.7mm.  The Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S is available in an array of colours :  pure white, gloss black, misty silver, sakura pink and midnight blue.

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By September 26, 2011 Read More →

Huawei Honor Android smartphone unveiled

huaweiHuawei has shown off their brand new smartphone, marking their first attempt at a truly high end smartphone. Packing specs like a 1.4GHz processor, 4 inch FWVGA capacitive screen, and an HDR capable 8MP camera, this is set to be a pretty serious bit of kit. Other notable features include a sleek 10.9mm body which weighs just 140 grams. It runs the latest (at the moment) version of Android Gingerbread, and from the press images it also seems to have some kind of UI skin.

You may be able to find smartphones which are even more powerful, but I don’t recall any which claim to have a 3 day battery life with what Huawei calls ‘normal usage’. Given its monster 1900mAh battery, it does seem like it’s achievable in day to day use – we’ll be able to find out when it becomes available in the UK sometime in 2012.

The full press release can be found after the break.

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By September 26, 2011 Read More →

Samsung launches mango flavoured Omnia W

omniaw2011-08-03800pxThe Mango update for Windows Phone 7 has been on the cards for a while, but second generation devices which actually ship with the Mango update preinstalled are not available quite yet. The Omnia W from Samsung is their first Mango device, which also features some updated hardware. A 1.4GHz processor coupled with 512MB of RAM is under the hood, topped off with a nice 3.7″ Super AMOLED display. One of Mango’s headline features is support for video calling, so the Omnia W has a VGA front facing camera as well as a 5MP snapper on the back, all wrapped in a slim 10.9mm  casing – if you’re not one for the giant phones coming out lately then this may be worth a look, available later this year.

In case you’ve forgotten about what the Mango update brings to the Windows Phone table, take a read of this breakdown. The full press release is after the break.

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