Worldwide Android News Weekly 08/23/13 – Optimus G Pro, Oppo R819, Play Store Gift Cards, Hello Kitty and More!

August 23, 2013 - Written By Tom Dawson

LG Offering Trade-In Discount for Optimus G Pro on Older Models in India

The Optimus G Pro is one of the first big-screen devices from LG and they launched it in India back in July of this year for RS 42,500. Now, the company is looking to sell more units of the device by offering RS 7,000 for old models. There’s easy EMI options as well as being able to buy the device at best price and not the MRP. To find out where to get the offer and walk away with a new LG Optimus G Pro check this list.

Limited Edition Hello Kitty Butterfly S to Run Just 3,100 Units


Recently, HTC launched the Butterfly S in Asia, with updated features such as BoomSound, BlinkFeed and improved specs. According to Taiwanese sources, there is to be a limited edition Hello Kitty version of the device that will be available in just 3,100 units. The device will be white and feature the Hello Kitty character on both the rear and front of the device. This is a great limited edition for Asia and Hello Kitty is certainly a nice character to have on your device.

Google Play Store Gift Cards Coming to Australia


The Google Play Store has been selling gift cards in the UK and the US for some time now. They’re finally coming to Australia soon though, if a recent update to support literature spied by Android Police is anything to go by. There’s no telling just when they’ll become available down under but, you should expect to see them in all the usual places shortly.

Samsung Galaxy Golden Official in Korea


While flip phones might have gone out of fashion in the West some time ago, they’re still very much in vogue in Asia. So much so that Samsung has just officially announced a new one in South Korea. The Galaxy Golden features two 3.7-inch displays at 800 x 480, a dual-core 1.7 Ghz CPU, 1GB of RAM, Android 4.2 and more. It’s going to be available soon for 799,700 Won in South Korea. The specs aren’t too great here but they’re enough to run Android 4.2 comfortably and it’s certainly a cool phone, that’s for sure.

Oppo Announce the R819 With Stock Android Option


Chinese Oppo have fast become a big name in the Android world. This latest device should only help, too. The R819 is a mid-range device with a 4.7-inch display, a quad-core MediaTek CPU, an 8-megapixel camera from Sony, Android 4.2.1 and more. It also offers dual-SIM support and the option to run stock Android if the user wants. It’s going up for sale some time in September and should be launching around much of the globe. There’s no word yet on which Chinese carriers will be carrying the device but, we’re sure they’re lining up for this cool device.

Vivo X3 Surfaces in China

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It seems that 2013 has been more about thin phones than it has about anything else. Especially when talking about Asian manufacturers like Vivo. The Vivo X3 is to be made by BBK and will come in at just 5.6mm, which is quite a bit thinner than the iPhone 5 and nearly every other smartphone on the shelf right now. Not just that but, leaked devices that are in the wild right now are said to perform well with the Quad-Core MediaTek CPU. The device should be launching this Fall all across Asia.

Nexus 7 (2013) Now Available in Australia

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While the new Nexus 7 may have launched in the US some weeks ago, the 2013 version of the 7-incher is just working its way round the globe. This time around it’s stopping off in Australia. Online retailer, Kogan, has the device listed at $279 AU and $329 AU for the 16GB and 32GB versions, respectively. There’s a limit of just two per customer and there’s no telling how long their stock will last for, so you might want to hurry.

Xolo Tease Super-Slim Smartphone, Coming Soon



With all these slim devices hitting the market, you didn’t think that Indian brand Xolo would be left out, did you? They’re teasing a new super-slim device that should be launching real soon. According to Fonearena the device could be using the MT6589T chip from MediaTek running at 1.5 Ghz and feature a 13-megapixel camera. With the Fall fast approaching, we can expect to see more of these releases in the future.

Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 Announced for South Korea



It’s strange to think that South Korea hasn’t gotten the Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 just yet but, we’re sure they’ve got more interesting products than most of us here in the West. The Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 is a slightly larger version of the Galaxy Tab 3 and packs a little more oomph. Make no mistake though, this is not the Galaxy Note 8.0 minus the S-Pen. This is more of a budget-minded device and for those not interested by the stylus, this is a pretty solid buy, especially at 400,000 Won If you’ve forgotten, here are some of the specs of the device:

  • 1280×800 resolution display
  • 1.5GHz dual-core processor
  • 1.5GB of RAM
  • 16GB of internal storage

Galaxy S4 Active Coming to Vodafone in Australia as Carrier Exclusive


If the Galaxy S4 is a “life companion” than the S4 Active is more “life proof”. The rugged and water-resistant device is coming to Australia soon but, it’s only going to be available from Vodafone, which might be a little bit of a bummer if you were waiting for this device. We reviewed the Active and found it to be a pretty great device. It’s got pretty much all of the same specs that the Galaxy S4 proper has and it’s even got a cool paint job.

Xiaomi Now Worth $10 Billion



The company that is known for delivering quality smartphones at great prices is now worth a whole lot of cash itself. After yet another successful round of funding, the company is now worth a whopping $10 Billion US. That’s a pretty big market evaluation. While the amount raised in funding hasn’t been confirmed just yet, it’s sure to be a fair amount this time around. The company known for the Mi 2 smartphone is apparently to launch an octa-core device later this year and there seems no slowing down of the company at all.

Huawei and ZTE Win Bulk of China Mobile’s 4G Spending



China Mobile has finally decided to splurge on a 4G network. They’ve allocated $3 Billion US to spend on the network and it’s reported that Huawei and ZTE have secured the lion’s share of the funding. The two Chinese firms have secured more contracts than foreign companies and Huawei and ZTE are presumably very happy with themselves right now. It might have taken China some time to get 4G together but, we’re glad to see them using domestic names to get it done.