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Worldwide Android News Weekly 07/19/13 – Panasonic P11, Google Play Music, Lenovo A1000 and More

July 19, 2013 - Written By Tom Dawson

Dual-SIM Butterfly S Coming to China Soon

The Butterfly S is a pretty great phone, and it’s good to see HTC continue to update a fresh product line that’s been so successful in Asia. Those in China will be happy to know that a dual-SIM version of the device is coming there. There’s just one change really, it’s 0.3 mm thicker, to make room for another SIM card. Of course, the rest of the phone is the same with its 1.9 Ghz Snapdragon 600, 2GB of RAM and all the features that make it such a great device.

ZTE Geek U988S to be First Tegra 4 Smartphone, Coming to China Mobile Soon

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It’s been some time since we heard anything of Nvidia and their Tegra 4 CPU but, now we’re seeing ZTE launch a phone packing Nvidia’s most powerful CPU yet. We ran a piece on the upcoming smartphone and it looks set to be an exciting device coming to China Mobile soon. To read more about the device, take a look at our post here – hint, it’s a great-looking device.

Samsung’s Galaxy Mega 5.8 and 6.3 DUOS Leak Out

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If you thought that Samsung didn’t want to sell the Galaxy Mega devices in China, you can think again because both the Galaxy Mega 5.8 and the Galaxy Mega 6.3 have leaked out in DUOS form. That means the devices will be dual-SIM capable and yet still come with the same sort of specs as before. That means a qHD display for the Mega 5.8 and a 720p one for the Mega 6.3. Both devices will come with a dual-core CPU and 1.5GB of RAM.

Huawei Announce MediaPad 7 Youth, a Device that Can Make Calls as well

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7-inch smartphone/tablet hybrids are becoming more and more common. Huawei has just announced the MediaPad 7 Youth, a 7-inch Android tablet that packs a 1080p display, dual-core 1.6 Ghz CPU and more. It’s capable of taking and receiving voice calls as well. There’s nothing to suggest that this will be available outside of China for now but, we think Huawei is looking to make a more international release out of this one.

Nubia Z5 Mini Official; Much of the Old Phone Still Here

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While the Z5 Mini is designed to be a cheaper device, it’s not too far behind the larger version of the device. Coming in at 4.7-inches, with the same quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro, 2GB of RAM, 2,300mAh battery, 13MP f/2.2 rear camera and 5MP front camera the only thing that has changed is the screen resolution – down from 1080p to 720p. The device will have 3G support for China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom. There’s only 16GB of storage here but, at the price of ¥1,888 ($308), how much can you complain?

HTC to Bring Desire 500 to China Soon

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Even with the Desire 600 on shelves, it looks like HTC has more room in their line-up for Desire branded smartphones. The 500 is teased with the tagline of “Energy of the young, imagination of the boundless,” which could make this a smaller device, aimed at those getting their first smartphone. It’s not a bad idea but, hopefully HTC won’t be skimping on the specs too much here.

Lenovo A1000 Coming to India with Voice-Calling in Tow

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While Lenovo’s latest tablets are not the best offerings, they do present good value. Value that is soon going to be making its way to India for RS. 8,980 which makes the A1000 a great device for the price – especially if you’re looking for something with voice-calling as well. Let’s take a look at the specs below:

  • 7-inch (1024 x 600 pixels) capacitive touchscreen display
  • 1.2 GHz dual-core MediaTek MTK8317 processor
  • Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS
  • 10.7 mm thick and weighs 340 grams
  • Normal SIM card slot, Voice calling
  • 0.3MP (VGA) front-facing camera
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • 2G (EDGE), 3G (via Dongle), WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, USB OTG
  • 1GB DDR2 RAM, 4GB internal memory , 32GB expandable memory with microSD
  • 3,500 mAh battery

Google Play Music All Access Now Available in Australia and New Zealand

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One of the more interesting things to come out of this year’s Google I/O was the introduction of a new streaming service from Google. Dubbed All Access, you’ll be able to stream all the music available and even “add” it to your library, which is crazy enough. It’ll cost you $9.99 in Australia or New Zealand, but that offer will only be running for a short time, so grab it quick!

Lava E-Tab Z7C+, 7-inch Tablet with Voice Calling Going on Sale in India

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Voice calling and tablets are becoming common in India, and with prices like this, it’s hard not to see why. This latest offering from Lava isn’t all that great unfortunately but, it is nice to them offering it for just RS 8,500. Here are the – sadly, mediocre – specs:

  • 7.0-inch (800 — 480 pixels) capacitive touch screen display
  • 1 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor
  • Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS
  • 2MP rear camera, 0.3MP (VGA) front-facing camera
  • 9.8 mm thick
  • 3G and voice calling via SIM card slot, WiFi 802.11 b/g, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS
  • 512MB RAM, 4GB internal memory, 32GB expandable memory with microSD
  • 3000 mAh battery

Panasonic P11 Goes on Sale in India

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The Panasonic P11 is a new device from Panasonic for the Indian market, that could be a decent device for those looking for something a little bigger. It’s got some decent specs for just RS. 16,890 and you can take a look at them below:

  • 5-inch (1280 x 720 pixels) HD IPS display
  • 1.2 GHz quad-core processor
  • Dual SIM (GSM + GSM)
  • Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • 9.7mm thick and weighs 160 grams
  • 8MP auto focus rear camera with LED Flash
  • 1.3MP front-facing camera
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • 1GB RAM, 4GB internal memory, expandable memory up to 32GB with MicroSD
  • 3G (HSDPA 7.2 Mbps ; HSUPA 5.76 Mbps), WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS
  • 2000 mAh battery