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Worldwide Android News Weekly 10/11/13 – Samsung Galaxy J, Xperia Z1 Mini, Pantech Vega Secret Note and More!

October 11, 2013 - Written By Tom Dawson

LG G Pro Lite Coming to India

 

This week, LG officially announced a more affordable version of the the G Pro. It cuts some corners but, still delivers a decent experience and manages to pack with it a stylus, too. It’s nothing too special with its MediaTek CPU and qHD display but, there are worse smartphones out there at this size. It’s also been announced that the device is headed to India in the near future. Take a look at the specs below:

  • 5.5-inch (960 —540 pixels) IPS display
  • 1 GHz dual-core MediaTek MT6577processor
  • Android 4.1.2 (Jelly Bean) OS
  • Dual SIM with dual standby with dedicated SIM Switch Key (G Pro Lite Dual)
  • Dimensions – 150.2 x 76.9 x 9.48 mm
  • 8MP rear camera with BSI sensor and LED Flash
  • 1.3MP front-facing camera
  • 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio
  • 1GB RAM, 8GB of internal memory, expandable memory up to 32GB with microSD
  • 3G (HSDPA: 7.2Mbps / HSUPA: 5.76Mbps), WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0 with A2DP, GPS / aGPS
  • 3140 mAh battery

 Sony Xperia Z1 f (SO-02F) Announced for Japan

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We’d been hearing for a long time that a smaller version of the Xperia Z1 was headed to shelves later this year and it turns out that those rumors were true. However, this appears to be a device only for Japan, at least right now. It’s got all the right specs for a device this size and is basically an Xperia Z1 squeezed into a smaller body, making this a seriously unique phone. A 4.3-inch HD display with a Snapdragon 800 and a 20.7MP camera? How good is that? You can read more here and take a look at the specs below:

  • 4.3-inch (1280 x 720pixels) Triluminos Display with X-Reality for Mobiles
  • 2.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 (MSM8974) processor
  • Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • Single Aluminium frame with tempered glass on the front and back
  • 20.7MP Primary Camera with Exmos RS sensor, HDR photos & videos, 1080p video recording.
  • 2.2 MP front-facing camera with 720p video recording
  • 9.4mm thick and weighs 140 grams
  • IP55 / IP58 rating for dust and water resistance
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • 2GB RAM, 16GB internal memory, Upto 64GB expandable memory via microSD card
  • Xi LTE, WiFi 820.11 a/b/g/n/ac , Bluetooth 4.0 with APT-X, GPS/ GLONASS, MHL, NFC
  • 2300mAh Battery with STAMINA mode

Samsung Galaxy J Coming to Japan

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Samsung has been lagging behind in Japan but, it looks like they’re about to change that. The Galaxy J is a beefed up version of their Galaxy S4 which is poised to go head-to-head with the Xperia Z1. Unlike past Samsung smartphones, this has more of a Japanese-feel to it and it’s also got some tweaked software, too. You can read more about it here and take a look at the specs below:

  • 5-inch Full HD (1920—1080 pixels) Super AMOLED display at 441ppi
  • 2.3 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 (MSM8974) processor
  • Android 4.3 (Jelly Bean)
  • 13.2MP rear camera with LED Flash, Zero Shutter Lag, BSI and Full HD video recording
  • 2.1MP front-facing camera
  • 8.6 mm thick and weighs 146grams
  • 3GB RAM, 32GB internal memory, expandable up to 64GB with microSD
  • Infrared LED for smart TV remote
  • Xi LTE (up to 150Mbps), Wi-Fi 802.11ac (HT80), Bluetooth v4.0 LE, GPS and NFC
  • 2600 mAh Battery

Spice Mobility Launches AndroidLand Stores in Bangalore and Noida

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AndroidLand stores have now launched in India, as Fonearena are reporting. The stores offer expert advice, a Google Play Showcase area and more. With a whole array of devices to buy, it’s the best place to go for Android in the region. The store in Bangalore is a massive 2,300 sq ft, with the Noida store a more modest 900 sq ft. Dilip Modi, Co-Founder and Group CEO, Spice Global, had this to say at the launch:

We are excited to launch the first AndroidLand store in India. We are confident customers will love the fun and engaging store concept that we developed in collaboration with Google. We have created a destination for customers to experience Android technology and learn about what they can do with mobile Internet. We believe that this new concept will add value not only to our customers, but also to the entire Android Ecosystem including App Developers and Device manufacturers.

HTC Desire 500 Launches in India for Rs. 21490

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It’s certainly the best smartphone to be called a Desire from HTC but, it’s a decent price nonetheless. Of course, at this price, you would expect a little bit more. It’s colorful and has some of the biggest Sense 5 features however, and for those looking for a small but quality Android smartphone, this is a decent device. Take a look at the specs below:

  • 4.3-inch (480 — 800 pixels) capacitive touch screen display
  • Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS with Sense 5
  • 1.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 200 Processor
  • Dual SIM (GSM + GSM)
  • 8MP Auto Focus rear Camera with LED flash, 1/3.2″ sensor, F 2.0 aprture, BSI Sensor, 720p video recording
  • 1.6MP front-facing camera with BSI sensor
  • 3.5mm audio jack, Beats Audio
  • 3G (HSDPA up to 7.2 Mbps), Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX, GPS, NFC (Optional)
  • 1GB RAM, 4 GB internal memory, Expandable memory up to 64GB with micro SD
  • 1800 mAh battery

Samsung Galaxy Round Hits SK Telecom

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Samsung has beaten LG to the punch with their first flexible display packing smartphone, the Galaxy Round. Essentially, we’re looking at a Galaxy note with a curved display. The curve is noticeable and is certainly a unique look. While Samsung has no plans to release the device globally, South Koreans will be able to buy it on SK Telecom. You can read more here.

Pantech Vega Secret Note Becomes Official in South Korea

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Pantech is about to give Samsung something to worry about when their latest smartphone goes on sale. With specs to match Samsung’s latest, this is a device that has a lot going for it. It also has the first fingerprint reader to show up on an Android device. With a mobile payment system based around your fingerprint coming to the device soon, there’s a lot Samsung will have to compete with at home. You can read more here.

Xiaomi Mi3 and Xiaomi TV Now Up for Pre-Order

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Xiaomi now has their latest smartphone and their smart TV up fro pre-order. However, only 100,00 units of the Mi3 are available, with the Tegra 4 CPU option and just 10,000 units of their smart TV. Were you lucky enough to get one? Let us know in the comments.

Ramos i10 Tablet Surfaces in China; Looks Like a Giant HTC One

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The Ramos i10 tablet might look like a copycat device but, under the hood things are pretty capable, indeed. With a 2 Ghz Intel chip, a 1900 x 1200 display and Android 4.2.2, things don’t look all that bad. It clearly looks an HTC One but, that can’t be a bad thing, surely? There’s two cameras on offer here and the device is said t be going on sale soon.