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Worldwide Android News Weekly 09/20/13 – Nexus 7 LTE, Meizu MX3, Yotaphone and More!

September 20, 2013 - Written By Tom Dawson

Meizu MX3 Hits China and Hong Kong September 28th

The smartphone that many of you have been waiting for is going to be available in China and Hong Kong from September 28th. Powered by a similar Exynos 5 Octa CPU and an interesting display size, the MX3 is a powerful device. Running the Flyme OS 3.0, this is a different from both Android and MIUI, it’s what you could call a little more classier. The device is built from premium components and should be one of the best smartphones to launch this year in Asia. The Meizu MX3 will cost HKD 2999 for 16GB, and HKD 3299 fort 32GB and HKD 3699 for 64GB. The Meizu MX3 will cost RMB 2499 for 16GB in China, RMB 2699 for 32GB and RMB 3099 for 64GB.

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 Launches in China; All Variants Powered by Snapdragon 800

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The Galaxy Note 3 is a popular device and it’s just gone up for sale across China. However, those looking forward to getting some Exynos Octa action will be disappointed. In China, all the variants ship with a Snapdragon 800 CPU. That includes the unlocked SM-N9006, the SM-N9002 for China Unicom, the SM-N9009 for China Telecom and the SM-N9008 for China Mobile. Interestingly, the SM-N9002 is the only dual-SIM version of the phone, with the others being SIM-only variants. Which version did you buy?

Galaxy Mega 6.3 Goes Purple in Hong Kong

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Fans of both color and larger devices should be pleased to hear that the Galaxy Mega 6.3 is now available in purple in Hong Kong. With the same dual-core CPU, 1.5GB of RAM and display resolution as the Mega 6.3, this is just a more colorful version of the Mega 6.3. We reviewed the Mega 6.3 a little way back and you can read what we had to say about it here.

Philips W8568 Gets Certified in China; One More Flip Phone Coming to Asia

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It would seem that flip phones are back “in”. Especially in China and Asia as a whole. With Samsung’s new flip phone, the Golden and now this upcoming Philips device, are they making a comeback? As for the Philips W8568, we’ve got a 4-inch 960 x 540 display, a MT6589 quad-core CPU from MediaTek and just 512MB of RAM. To us, this looks very much like a budget-minded device, as oppose to the slightly better Galaxy Golden. With only one display, this device looks pretty mundane from Philips. However, for a good price, this could be a big seller. Only time will tell.

Rumored Gold HTC One is a Custom Paint Job from GoldGenie

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Recently, we heard of a Gold HTC One coming to Russia as a limited edition. Well, it’s nothing of the sort, it’s a just a limited edition phone that you can order for £1,895. For that sort of money you’re getting a 24-carat gold-plated HTC One. Take a look for yourself.

Google’s Nexus 7 LTE Goes Up for Sale in Numerous Parts of the Globe

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The new Nexus 7 is not only a great device, but one that signifies Google’s willingness to expand on a global level. The 32GB LTE version of the device has gone on sale in numerous parts of the globe. It’s now available to purchase from the following countries:

  • Australia
  • Canada
  • Germany
  • Italy
  • Spain
  • France
  • UK
  • Japan
  • Korea

You can read our review of the new Nexus 7 (WiFi) here and let us know if you’ve picked one up from the Play Store in your corner of the world.

Alibaba to Partner with China Telecom to Ship Apps with Devices

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Chinese giant Alibaba is struggling to get its services out there. At least in the same way that rivals Tencent and Baidu are anyway. There’s word that the e-commerce giant is to partner with China Telecom to have apps and services like its Laiwang social media network installed on devices on the network. For Alibaba, this could be a very good way of getting their name out there a little better. Of course with Baidu and Tencent so strong in markets Alibaba is competing in, it might not be enough for them.

HTC’s Butterfly S Launches in China

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The Butterfly S has now gone on sale in China. The device that’s more like a One-themed update to the Buttefly is available in a handful of colors, and comes with some great new features. It’s got the same Snapdragon 600 as the One, the same UltraPixel camera, BoomSound and of course, Sense 5. Overall, this is a decent device and it’ll be on sale in two version, a single-SIM and a dual-SIM model. However, the single-SIM has a 3,200 mAh battery while the dual-SIM only has 2,300 mAh, which is very strange indeed.

Russia’s Yotaphone to Launch in November

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There’s something to be said of Russia’s Yotaphone, the device that has two displays – one 4.3-inch e-ink display round back and a normal display round the front. It’s a great concept and while specs are still to be ironed out before launch, we’re looking a 4.7-inch Android device with glanceable information and true e-reading on the e-ink display around back. It’s a great way to get quick updates without ruining your battery life. The company is finally going to be ready to launch this unique smartphone sometime in November of this year, retailing for somewhere between 22,000 to 25,000 rubles ($670 to $760) it’s not going to be cheap but, it might be just what you’ve been waiting for.