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Worldwide Android News Weekly 07/12/13 – Xiaomi MI3, ZTE Geek, Red Find 5 and More!

July 12, 2013 - Written By Tom Dawson

Press Image of ZTE Nubia Z5 Mini Leaks Out

 

We’re not sure that ZTE have the whole “Mini” concept worked out quite right, with the Nubia Z5 Mini coming with a 4.7-inch 720p display, and a powerful Snapdragon 600 CPU. Nevertheless, the Nubia Z5 Mini will come running Android 4.2.2 and be a premium smartphone for the coming. There’s no more news on a release date but, the Press Render above has leaked out, and it looks like a nice phone for sure.

THL’s W11 “Monkey King” Comes with TWO 13MP Cameras

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THL might not be a name you think of for originality but, they do make some quality smartphones every now and then. One of those is the W11 “Monkey King” which features a quad-core MT6589T, a 5-inch Full HD Display and, wait for it, two 13-megapixel cameras. One at the front, and the other round the back. While there are some interesting specs here, the build quality and the small 2,000 mAh battery might disappoint.

Sharp’s Serie SHL22 Launching in Japan Soon

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Sharp is no stranger to the Japanese market, and with the new Serie SHL22, they’ll be making some waves for sure. With a fast f/1.9 lens and a sizable battery at 3,080 mAh battery, this is a great phone for those looking to take lots of photos. Sharp’s own IGZO technology is used in the 4.9-inch 720p display so battery life here should be brilliant. It’s coming to KDDI any day now and you can take a look at the teaser video for more.

Samsung’s Galaxy S4 Mini and S4 Zoom Come to India

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Both the Galaxy S4 Mini and the S4 Zoom are similar devices but, they differ in how good their camera performance is. The S4 Zoom is much better with 10x Optical Zoom and a 16-megapixel sensor. Both come with 4.5-inch qHD display, dual-core CPUs and the usual trappings. Both are running the same software as the S4, with the S4 Zoom getting much better camera software. Both devices are coming to India soon, with the S4 Mini costing RS 27,900 and the S4 Zoom costing 29,900.

Xiaomi Mi3 Prototype Leaks Out with THREE GB of RAM!

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We all know that the Mi3 is coming, and now it appears to have leaked out a little early. Rumors are saying that this device is packing 3GB of RAM and a Full HD Display. There’s no telling just what size the display is but, there’s word that it’ll be a massive 5.5-inches like the Lenovo K900. Powering this beast is going to be a quad-core Snapdragon 800 as well, making for an impressive smartphone for sure.

ZTE Geek Launches in China With Intel CPU

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The Intel-powered ZTE Geek is going up for sale in China. If you don’t what’s in the smartphone, you’re getting a 5-inch 720p HD display with a Intel Atom Z2580 (Clover Trail+) dual-core processor that’s clocked at 2GHz with 2GB of RAM. The rear-facing camera is an 8-megapixels shooter while the front-facing camera is a 1-megapixel shooter. It’s up for sale for just RMB$1888 and you can get it with a wireless charging kit for RMB$2288.

OPPO Find 5 Limited Edition in Red Goes on Sale

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The Find 5 was a good-looking handset to begin with but, now that OPPO have given it a fresh coat of paint in red, it looks even better. The device is only going to be available in 5000 units, so you had better be quick! Unlike the new China Mobile version, this is still powered by the S4 Pro, so don’t expect a speed boost over the original Find 5.

Red HTC One Coming to Finland Soon

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The Red HTC One is coming to Finland is just a matter of weeks. It can be pre-ordered from Giganti for €630, which isn’t exactly cheap. It’s shipping somewhere around July 22nd. The HTC One is a great device, we reviewed it here and loved it, but is it that much in another color? Well, that’s up to you and your wallet to decide isn’t it.

Xolo Play With Tegra 3 Coming Soon

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The Tegra 3 might be getting a little old now but, it’s still a great CPU for playing games, which is why Xolo have called their new 4.7-inch smartphone, the Play. While there’s no details on pricing just yet, it’s thought that this shouldn’t be too expensive. The Play is to launch in the next couple of days. Take a look at the specs below:

  • 4.7-inch HD (1280 x 720 pixels) capacitive touch screen IPS display at 312 ppi
  • Android 4.1.1 (Jelly Bean) OS
  • 1.5 GHz quad-core Nvidia Tegra 3 processor with 416 MHz 12 Core NVIDIA ULP GeForce GPU
  • 8 Megapixel camera with BSI sensor, LED Flash, 1080p video recording
  • 2 MP front-facing camera
  • 3.5 mm audio jack
  • 10.4 mm thick and weighs 167 grams
  • Full HD 1080p video playback
  • 3G HSPA+ 21 Mbps, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS / aGPS
  • 1GB RAM, 4 GB internal memory, up to 32 GB expandable memory with microSD
  • 2000 mAh battery