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Droid Worldwide Weekly 10/05/13 – Thin Smartphones, HTC One, Sharp AQUOUS 206H Sony and More!

May 10, 2013 - Written By Tom Dawson

UMeox Intro the X5 Brand Smartphone, World’s Thinnest at 5.6 mm

 

We’ve been hearing that the world’s thinnest smartphone was about to break cover any day now, and the bets were on Huawei achieving those honors but, it looks like a relatively unknown company has beat them to it. The dimensions for this X5 Brand sit at 118 x 60 x 5.6mm. All this suggests a device packing a 4-inch display and while there’s no word on CPU will be powering the show, we wouldn’t be surprised to see a quad-core of some sort. One thing’s for certain though, a smartphone this small is not going to have decent battery life – so bring a charger with you.

Amazon App Store Now Open for Business in China

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Amazon has been providing an alternative to the Google Play Store for some time in the West and now it’s come to China at long last! So, you can see what apps are on offer, or exclusive to the Amazon App Store. Our Chinese readers can find out more here.

iMito QX1 TV Stick

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From Chinese manufacturer iMito comes the latest TV stick. There’s been a trend of these right now and this one seems to have a little more to offer than all the rest. It’s got a quad-core Rockchip RK3188 ARM Cortex A9 processor, 2GB of RAM, 8GB of storage (expandable via microSD), Wi-Fi 802.11b/g/n, Bluetooth 2.1 and a mini HDMI plug all powered by Android 4.2. For a lot of people, these TV sticks are the best way to get online services into your TV. Let us know how popular these TV sticks are in your country!

Budget-minded Karbonn A25 with 5-inch Screen Hitting India Soon

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It looks like Karboon are getting ready to launch another device in India soon, and all for just RS 6,590! It’s a 5-inch smartphone so, definitely one for those looking for something on the larger side of things. Let’s take a look at the specs below:

  • 5-inch (480 x 800 Pixels) capacitive touch screen display
  • 1 GHz dual-core processor
  • Dual SIM (GSM + GSM) with Dual Standby
  • Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS
  • 5MP auto focus camera with LED flash
  • 0.3 MP (VGA) front-facing camera
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • 2G (EDGE), Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi 802.11, micro USB
  • 512MB RAM, 512 MB internal memory, 32GB expandable memory with microSD
  • 2,000 mAh battery

Zync Launches Quad 10.1, Full HD Jelly Bean Tablet

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If there’s one thing we want to hear when talking about tablets, it’s high resolution. While Full HD is not touching the Nexus 10’s resolution, it’s still great for HD movies and text will look crisper than the 1280 x 800 tablets of old. Zync have launched the Quad 10.1 in India with Android 4.1 and a Full HD display for just RS 14,990 which sounds like a pretty good deal to us! Take a look at the specs below (quad-core CPU included!):

  • 10.1-inch (1920 x 1200) Full HD LCD capacitive touch sreen 10 point multi-touch display
  • 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, Mali-400 MP4 GPU
  • Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
  • 5MP auto focus camera
  • 2MP front-facing camera
  • Weighs 471 grams
  • 2GB RAM, 16GB internal memory, expandable up to 32 GB
  • 3G via USB dongle, Wi-Fi 802.11 /b/g/n , Wi-Fi Direct, Micro USB port (with OTG) and HDMI
  • 3.5 mm audio jack and microphone
  • 8,000 mAh battery

Sharp AQUOS 206SH Announced; Promises 2 Day Battery Life

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While our smartphones are getting more and more powerful, our batteries have pretty much stayed the same, which makes for smartphones that don’t last the distance when it comes to keeping up with our busy lives. Enter the Sharp Aquous 206SH that promises a two day battery life. The smartphone is powered by a 1.7GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor, comes packing a 5-inch CG Silicon TFT LCD display with a very impressive 443 ppi, a 13-megapixel rear camera with a stunning  f/1.9 aperture. As well as all this it has 1-Seg digital TV, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0 and LTE connectivity and has Android 4.2 running the show. Apparently, the device is also waterproof as well! Wow, Japanese readers that are on Softbank are in for a real treat soon!

Sony Xperia C3 Coming to China? 

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We’ve heard rumors of Sony bringing a low-cost smartphone to China thanks to the help of the MediaTek MT6589 CPU, and now it looks like this device might be the Xperia C3. You can read more about it from our post here.

HTC One Continually Delayed in India

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The HTC One has finally launched throughout the West and it seems to be having an effect on HTC’s financials but, the device has still to launch in India. We heard a release date of April 22nd, which came and went. Then there was word of a May 7th date, then May 15th and now some are reporting that HTC are saying stock won’t be available in the territory until the end of this month. It seems that while the component shortages have been sorted out for the West, India seems to be suffering for it still. The device is a great offering from HTC – you can read our review here – and if you’re happy to wait for it, then I suggest you do so.

Xiaomi’s Founder Speaks out About the Company’s Plans and their goal to become “the Apple of China” 

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Our Chinese readers are going to instantly recognize the Xiaomi name, others might remember them for their awesome devices that don’t make it too far out of China. Well, this year the company has even more ambitious plans and their Founder sat down with The Next Web to talk about it all. If you’re interested in what he had to say then head over to here to read the full article.

Sony Xperia A Heading to Japan’s NTT DoCoMo Soon

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We’ve been hearing whispers that Sony are looking to release a new smartphone or two and it looks like the Xperia A is going to be the first one. Apparently, the device is heading to Japan’s NTT DoCoMo network and is very similar to that of the Xperia Z, with a 5-inch 1080p Display and a 2,300 mAh battery. What we don’t know about the device yet though is whether or not it’ll come with a Snapdragon 600 or the older S4 Pro. Let’s wait and see shall we.