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Droid Worldwide Weekly 06/21/13 – Huawei Ascend P6, Carrier Billing, TCL Idol X, Galaxy Mega 6.3 and More!

June 21, 2013 - Written By Tom Dawson

Oppo Find 5 to Get Limited Edition in Red

The Oppo Find 5 is a stunning device, with its 1080p Display and sleek shell, there seems little that Oppo could do to make it better, right? Well, one way would be to offer the device in another color and, as the photo above would suggest, that could very well be happening. There’s apparently a limited edition of the Find 5 on its way that looks stunning in red. If it is on its way, expect it to drop in China first.

Google Play Carrier Billing Comes to Hong Kong, Ireland and Italy

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For some, Carrier Billing is a much cleaner method to keep on top of all those apps and game purchases. Although, it’s not available everywhere, which can be a problem depending on where you are in the world. The above list recently got an update as carrier billing is now available to those on 3 in Ireland, Hong Kong and Sweden and Wind has been added for those in Italy as well.

LG Make Optimus L4 II Official

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LG seem to be quite happy with their budget-minded offerings and continue to roll out additions to their Optimus L line. With the Optimus L4 II, they’re releasing another device that should be pretty accessible in terms of pricing. This isn’t going to be a device you brag about to your friends perhaps, but the money you saved might be able to buy him a few beers. Let’s take a look at the full specs:

  • 3.8-inch AH-IPS Display at 320 x 480
  • Single-Core 1Ghz MediaTek CPU
  • 512MB of RAM
  • 4GB of Internal Storage, with microSD support
  • 3MP rear-facing camera with flash
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean

The device is said to be launching in the Ukraine and Russia before it does so anywhere else, and should cost somewhere in the region of $170 US.

GEAK Debut Eye and Mars Smartphones; 5-inch and 5.8-inch Powerhouses

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GEAK aren’t a name we’ve heard much about but, if these recent smartphones are what they have to offer, then they should be taken a little more seriously from now on. The Eye and the Mars are both devices that feature 13MP sensors with 8MP front-facing camera in the Mars and a 2MP in the Eye. What separates these two devices more than anything else is their screen sizes and their performance. The Eye features a 5-inch 720p display, a quad-core MediaTek MT6589 and 1GB of RAM. The Mars however, gets you an updated 1080p IPS panel and a quad-core Snapdragon 600 with 2GB of RAM to boot. GEAK will ask ¥1,999 ($326) off-contract for the Eye and ¥2,999 ($490) for the Mars when they both go up for pre-order in China come June 25th.

TCL Launches 5-inch 1080p IDOL X at Just 6.99mm Thick

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These days, making the thinnest smartphone around seems to be something of a priority and while TCL haven’t quite done that with the Idol X, they’ve come pretty close at 6.99mm thin. The device has a 1080p 5-inch Display, a quad-core MediaTek MT6589T at 1.5 Ghz, with 2GB of RAM and a 13.1 MP rear-facing camera. Despite all of this fairly attractive specs, the device is only going to cost 1,699 yuan in China.

Huawei Finally Announce Ascend P6

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For some time now we’ve been hearing that Huawei were readying a new Ascend flagship and they finally announced their latest flagship in London this week. The device is just 6.18mm and if you want to find out more about it, please read our post here.

Galaxy Tab 3 Series Get Priced in Europe

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The Galaxy Tab 3 series is finally here and we might just know the sort of price that they’re going to be sold at in Europe. A Dutch website has let slip prices in Euro for the three new tablets. With the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 (powered by an Intel chip) coming in at €379, the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 (very similar to the Note 8.0) running for €299 and last but not least, the Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 going for a reasonable €199.

Galaxy Mega 6.3 Priced in India

maclarengalaxy-mega-6.3-product-image-5Sticking with Samsung here, some news for our Indian readers. The device that’s one of the biggest smartphones on the planet is coming to India, and will cost somewhere in the region RS. 30,990. The device is the larger version of the Mega, with the other version being a little smaller at 5.8-inches. If you need a reminder as to what makes the Mega 6.3 tick, take a look at the specs below:

  • 6.3-inch HD ( 1280 x 720 pixels) TFT capacitive touch screen display
  • 1.7 GHz dual-core processor
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS
  • 8MP auto-focus rear camera with LED Flash
  • 1.9 MP front-facing camera
  • 7.9mm thick and weighs 199 grams
  • 1.5 GB RAM, 16GB Internal Memory, expandable memory up to 64GB with micro SD
  • 3G HSPA+21Mbps, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, WiFi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS+GLONASS, NFC, MHL
  • 3,200 mAh battery

MTV Volt 1000 Launches in India 

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Here’s a little bit more news for our fans in India, the MTV Volt 1000 has been released over there and will cost just RS. 11,999 and will be available from Swipe Online retailers. The device quite obviously takes some cues from Samsung device but, there’s one area the device can’t measure up in, and that’s the specs:

  • 6-inch (854 x 480 pixels) capacitive 5-point multi-touch display
  • Dual SIM (GSM + GSM) with Dual Standby
  • Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
  • 1GHz dual-core MediaTek MT6577 processor
  • 8MP rear camera with LED flash, 1.3MP front-facing camera
  • 10.6 mm thick and weighs 186 grams
  • FM Radio with recording
  • 3G, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS
  • 1GB DDR3 RAM, 4GB internal memory, Expandable memory up to 32GB with microSD
  • 2,850 mAh battery

From July 1st, Roaming in India Will Get Cheaper

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No matter where you are in the world, there are always going to high-prices when it comes to roaming but, there’s some good news for Indians this week. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India have come to an agreement with carriers there, that essentially will mean lower rates come July 1st, along with the addition of Special Tariff Vouchers (STVs) and Combo Vouchers that can offer unlimited roaming. Not all carriers offer this though, so it’s best to check with your network of choice. Rates for STD calls have been lowered to Rs. 1 per minute and to Rs. 1.50 per minute when roaming.

Android Nation Store now In India

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Google have finally taken India seriously, and have opened up their first Android Nation store in the country. Essentially, what this means is that there will be a central store for users to buy devices from Sony, HTC, Motorola, Samsung and others all under one roof. The store is styled like the robot logo and soon you’ll be able to go in store and take a look for yourself!

Sony’s Xperia A Doubles Galaxy S 4 Sales in Japan

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While Samsung are doing pretty well in the West, it seems that the further East you go, the weaker their hold becomes. The Japanese market is a very different one and so it’s not too much of a surprise that a Japanese brand is doing better over there, than a South Korean one. What is surprising however, is that NTT DoCoMo are reporting that the Xperia A sold twice as much as the Galaxy S 4 in Japan. Go Sony!