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Droid Worldwide Weekly 24/05/13 – HTC J One, Galaxy Grand Quattro, Amazon Appstore and More!

May 24, 2013 - Written By Tom Dawson

HTC J Butterfly to Get Sense 5.0 in Coming Weeks

When HTC announced the J Butterfly, it was the first device with a 1080p display and some impressive hardware. The US later saw this as the Droid DNA but, in Japan it’s still going strong. It’ll get a little stronger with the addition of Sense 5.0 as well. Which is said to bring with it Zoe and BlinkFeed that we saw on the HTC One and should be hitting devices some time in June.

Samsung Galaxy Grand Quattro Hits Indian Market

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As they often do, Samsung has renamed their Galaxy Win for the Indian market. Although, that doesn’t mean that the device is not a Winner, far from it. For the reasonable price of RS 16,900 the Galaxy Grand Quattro lives up to its name and brings with it a quad-core CPU. The specs are all good but, that display resolution is a little disappointing to say the least. Take a look at the specs below:

  • 4.7-inch (800 x 480 Pixels) TFT capacitive touch screen display
  • Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
  • 1.2 GHz Cortex A5 quad-core processor – Snapdragon 200
  • 5MP Auto Focus Camera with LED Flash, 720p HD video recording
  • 0.3MP (VGA) front-facing camera
  • Dual SIM (GSM + GSM) with dual standby
  • 9.65mm thick and weighs 143.9 grams
  • 1GB RAM, 8GB internal memory, Expandable memory up to 32GB with microSD
  • 3G (HSDPA 7.2 Mbps; HSUPA 5.76 Mbps), Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth v 3.0, GPS
  • 2,000 mAh battery

Lemon Aspire A1 Packs 5.3-inch Display; Headed for India

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For those looking for a bigger device, without spending all that money on the Samsung above, the Lemon Aspire A1 with its 5.3-inch display might be just what you’re looking for. Take a look below for the specs, all this for just RS 14,999!

  • 5.3-inch (960 x 540 pixels) capacitive touch screen IPS display
  • 1.2 GHz dual-core Cortex A9 processor
  • Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
  • Dual SIM (GSM + GSM)
  • 8MP rear camera with LED Flash
  • 2MP front-facing camera
  • 10.3 mm thick and weighs 197 grams
  • 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio
  • 1GB RAM, 4GB internal memory, 32GB expandable memory with MicroSD
  • 3G, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS
  • 2500 mAh battery

HTC J One for KDDI Au Brings With it MicroSD Support

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The HTC One is a great device – we reviewed it here – but, for some that needed some more storage, the One was not the right device. Well, those in Japan looking to pick the device up on the KDDI Au network will be happy to know that their variant does indeed come with support for a MicroSD card. As well as the device supports FeliCa NFC-based wireless payments and 1Seg digital terrestrial TV. Take a look at the video below:

Samsung’s Wallet App Launches in South Korea

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Samsung teased their upcoming answer to Google Wallet and Apple’s Passbook, and now it’s finally available to those in South Korea. You can download the app from the Samsung App Store. Currently you can add your credit and debit cards to the app to buy online. The wallet app itself is compatible with the following handsets: Galaxy S 4, Galaxy S III, Galaxy Note, Galaxy Note II, Galaxy Note 10.1, Galaxy S II HD LTE.

Optimus G Pro Headed to Asia Soon

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The Optimus G Pro has launched in South Korea and now in the US, which would leave major market left; the rest of Asia. LG are holding an event in Macau, China and it looks set to be very similar to the LG event they held in the States. Which points to a wider release of the Optimus G Pro across Asia. There’s no word yet, on which territories it’s coming to but, we’ll know more next week.

More Details on The Release of Sony’s Xperia ZR and a Facebook Competition

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While the UK won’t be getting their hands on the Xperia ZR, other parts of Europe will be. Including the Netherlands which will be first to get it for €479, with Belgium and the Nordic countries following shortly after. The Xperia ZR is essentially a more waterproof version of the Xperia Z. If you can’t wait you can try your hand at this competition over on Facebook which Sony task you with describing how the Xperia ZR would feature in your perfect pool party.

XOLO Q1000 to Hit India Soon

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XOLO are no stranger to the Indian market, and they apparently have a new device launching soon in the Q1000. It’s a 5-inch device with an HD display that packs some decent horsepower into it. There’s no word on pricing just yet but the device will be available in the coming weeks. Let’s take a look at those specs shall we?

  • 5-inch (1280 x 720 pixels) HD IPS display at 295 PPI with scratch resistant Dragon Trail Glass
  • 1.2 GHz quad-core processor with PowerVR SGX544 GPU
  • Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • Dual SIM (GSM + GSM)
  • 8MP rear camera with LED Flash, BSI sensor
  • 1.2MP front-facing camera
  • 8.8 mm thick
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • Full HD 1080p video playback
  • 1GB RAM, 4GB internal memory, 32GB expandable memory with MicroSD
  • 3G (HSDPA: 42.2 Mbps, HSUPA: 11.5 Mbps), WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS
  • 2,100 mAh battery

ZTE to Launch Nubia Z5 with 16GB of Storage and Lower Price Tag

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You might remember the Nubia Z5, it was one of the first 1080p displays on the market and it was the first in a line of high-end devices from ZTE. Problem was, it was a little too pricey for most people. Now, the company is said to be releasing a version of the device with just 16GB of storage in order to sell it for less. As well the 5-inch 1080p display the Nubia Z5 packs a Snapdragon S4 Pro,  2GB of RAM, a 13MP main camera and runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.

Malaysia Adds 4G WiMax to the Samsung Chromebook

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Chromebooks are great for education because the OS largely gets out-of-the-way but, the biggest factor is internet speed and in some areas of the world, the best way to achieve fast speeds is over-the-air. So, this is why Malaysia’s Yes carrier is bringing 4G WiMax to the Samsung Chromebook. It’ll cost just RMB988 with a 24-month RMB88 a month 3.5GB data plan. Those in the  1BestariNet education program will get a reduced monthly price of just RMB69.

Amazon’s Appstore Updated with Support for Around 200 Countries

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The Amazon Appstore has quickly become a quality place to get hold of Android apps and now, it’s going truly global. While Google only offers 134 Countries for paid apps, now Amazon offers 200. That’s a lot. So, there’s a good chance that wherever you are in the world, reading this, the Amazon Appstore is now open to you. Head here to find out.

Micromax A110Q Canvas 2 Plus is Now Official

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The latest smartphone from Micromax is finally official for the Indian market. The device comes with a 5-inch IPS FWVGA display, a quad-core 1.2 Ghz MediaTek MT6589 CPU, 1GB of RAM, an 8MP rear-facing camera and 2MP front-facing camera, 4GB of storage with microSD support, Dual-SIM support, Android 4.2 and a 2,000 mAh battery. The best thing about the device? It costs just RS 12,100. That’s a killer deal!

HTC Announce Dual-SIM Desire 600

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The Desire name has become quite popular throughout Europe and other parts of the world and now HTC are bringing it back with the Desire 600. This is a fairly mid-range device, with some questionable specs (such as the qHD resolution) but, it does come with Sense 5.0 and BoomSound, so that’s something. The device is confirmed for Russia, the Ukraine and the Middle-East. You can read more here.