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Droid Worldwide Weekly 05/04/13: Gamestick, HTC One, Xperia SP, L and More!

April 5, 2013 - Written By Tom Dawson

Gamestick to be Sold Exclusively at GAME Throughout the UK

The UK retailer that gamers like myself are trying to shake is going to be the exclusive retailer of the Android powered Gamestick. Think of the Ouya but, the console is less of a console. For £79.99 you can pre-order the device with one controller and the HDMI stick, another £34.99 will get you a second controller and a charging dock. At £79 I would urge you to just plump up the extra and get the Ouya for £99, or buy a Steambox.

HTC Desire P and Q Now Official for Taiwan

It would appaear that HTC have taken a leaf out of Sony’s book and are realing smartphones with every letter they can lend a hand to. Regardless, the Desire P and the Q offer some decent specs without bursting the wallet. Take a look at the Desire P – which is to cost around NT$10,900 and its specs:

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  • 4.3-inch Super LCD2 display
  • 1Ghz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Play processor
  • Adrene 203 GPU
  • 768MB RAM
  • 4GB internal storage, expandable via microSD
  • 8MP rear camera
  • 1,620 mAh battery
  • Beats Audio

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As for the Desire Q, things don’t seem anywhere near as rosy, take a look at the specs:

  • 4-inch 800 x 480 Display
  • 1 Ghz single-core CPU
  • 512MB of RAM
  • 4GB of storage with microSD cuspport
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS and 3G
  • 1,650 mAh
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich at launch.
  • Beats Audio

It’s perhaps a good thing that the Q is only going to cost around NT$6,990 as the low-specs here will really hold back in those parts of Asia, having said that the Desire P and the Q will probably last longer than most other smartphones out there.

Sony Xperia SP, L and Tablet Z Coming to UK in Coming Months

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Here’s something else for my fellow UK readers, Sony are releasing some more devices to our small island in the coming months. By the end of April, we should see the Xperia SP and the Xperia L launch in the UK and you can take a look at them over at the Carphone Warehouse. And the Xperia Tablet Z is hitting the UK by the end of May for the princely sum of £399 for the base 16GB Wi-Fi model, £449 for the 32GB Wi-Fi model and £499 for the 16GB LTE version. Ouch.

Huawei Ascend G510 Up for Pre-Order in India

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The Ascend G510 is something we saw back at this year’s MWC and now, it’s up for pre-order in India at online retailer Flipkart for RS 10,990. It’s got some decent specs – as you’ll see below – and while it might not turn any heads, it’s definitely a device that will see you through the everyday and then some.

  • 4.5-inch (854 x 480 pixels) capacitive touch screen IPS display
  • 1.2 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8225 processor
  • Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
  • 9.9 mm thick and weighs 150 grams
  • 5MP auto focus camera with LED Flash, 0.3MP front-facing camera
  • 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio
  • 3G HSDPA 7.2Mbps, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Bluetooth 2.1, GPS / aGPS
  • 512MB RAM with4GB internal memory and expandable memory up to 32GB with microSD
  • 1,750 mAh Battery

7-inch Videocon VT75C Tablet with Voice Calling coming to India

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Some more good news for our Indian readers, there’s another 7-inch tablet in town, the Videocon VT75C is a special case as it features voice-calling and Android 4.1 out of the box. Let’s look at those specs:

  • 7-inch (800 x 480 pixels) capacitive multi-touch display
  • Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS
  • 1 GHz processor
  • 2MP rear camrea, 0.3 MP (VGA) front-facing camera
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • 512 RAM, 4 GB internal memory, expandable memory up to 32 GB
  • 2G EDGE (via SIM card Slot), 3G (via external dongle), WiFi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1, USB OTG, HDMI port
  • 3000 mAh battery

It’s bittersweet really, as the specs don’t say too much but, the device is up for sale at just RS  5,965 over at Infibeam. That resolution is a far-cry from the basic 1024 x 600 we’ve been seeing on cheap tablets like this. This might be one to miss…

Android 4.1.2 Headed to Indian Galaxy S IIs

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The Galaxy S II is a popular device around the world, and India is no exception, even today it holds its own as a quality device at a lower cost. Users in India will be very pleased to hear that the update to Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean is rolling out in their part of the world right now. It might not seem like the big jump to 4.2.2 but, on top of Android 4.0, it brings a lot of new features. Let us know if you’ve gotten the update on your Galaxy S II.

Sony Xperia ZL Goes on Sales in Germany

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Europe has always been a popular place for Sony, and Germany must not be an exception, as the Xperia ZL has just gone up for sale over at Phonehouse.de in Germany. While the Xperia ZL isn’t as nice as the Xperia Z, it’s a great device with some good design in there as well. Whether or not it’s worth the hefty asking price of €549 is up to you. If you need a refresher for specs in the ZL, we have you covered:

  • 5-inch 1920—1080 resolution
  • 1.5GHz quad-core procesor
  • 13MP rear facing camera; 2MP front-facing camera
  • Android 4.1 – Jelly Bean
  • 16GB of internal storage
  • 2370mAh battery
  • Playstation certified
  • With 4G LTE
  • Dimensions: 131.6 x 69.3 x 9.8mm
  • Wirelessly share photos and music between devices, speakers and your TV

5-inch Optimus G Pro Hits Japan

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Japanese readers will probably know this already but, the 5-inch version of the Optimus G Pro is now available through NTT-DoCoMo. While South Korea may have gotten the 5.5-inch Optimus G Pro, Japan will be getting the more “compact” version of the Pro, thankfully though, the specs are just as awesome:

  • 1.7GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 Processor
  • 2GB DDR
  • 32GB / microSD (up to 32GB)
  • 5.5-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080 pixels / 400ppi)
  • Rear 13.0MP with LED Flash / Front 2.1MP
  • Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean
  • 3,140mAh (removable / wireless charging capable)
  • 150.2 x 76.1 x 9.4mm

Will you be picking this latest phone from LG up?

HTC One Availability Announced for Australia

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G’day mates! OK, I’ll stop. Australian readers should be happy in hearing that the HTC one is indeed heading over there and will be available on a variety of carriers. The HTC One is a great phone and for a lot of people, it beats out the Galaxy S IV so, without further a do take a look at the options for getting your hands on it in Australia:

Telstra: With a 2-year contract at $60 per month, you’ll have to fork out a $10 handset payment per month. The full cost off contract is $768. Customers who pre-register before April 23 will receive a free set of Beats Solo headphones.

Optus: With a 2-year contract running $60 per month, you’ll have to pay a $3 monthly handset payment. Optus pre-orders start today!

Vodafone: With a 2-year contract at $60 per month, you will have a $5 monthly handset payment. Vodafone has the HTC One listed on their site here, and it’s ready for you to pre-order. They’re also offering a pair of Beats Solo as a bonus for those who pre-order.

Virgin Mobile: This $59 monthly 2-year contract comes with a $3 monthly handset payment. Their pre-order page should be up soon.