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Worldwide Android News Weekly 10/20/13 – Hugh Jackman, Explosive Mi2S, HTC Desire 709d and More!

October 19, 2013 - Written By Tom Dawson

LG Optimus L4 II Tri LG-E470f is Official, Tri-SIM Device for Brazil

 

If dual-SIM devices just aren’t enough for you, then you’ll be happy that LG is launching a Tri-SIM device in the form of the LG Optimus L4 II Tri LG-E470f. However, you shouldn’t expect much from the specs of the device. Packing a 3.8-inch display with 480 x 320 pixel resolution, with a 1GHz MediaTek MT6575 chipset, 512MB of RAM and 4GB of internal memory this is not the best LG L series out there. However, thanks to those poor specs its pricing should be competitive. It’s set to launch in Brazil shortly and should be coming to other markets soon, too.

5.5″ Changhong Z9 Comes With 5,000 mAh Battery!

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Changhong have a smartphone for those looking for serious battery life with the Z9. Packing a whopping 5,000 mAh battery, a quad-core MT6589T CPU at 1.5 Ghz, 1GB of RAM and Android 4.2, this is a powerful machine. It’s got a 13MP camera round the back and a 8MP camera round front, making this one of the best featured devices on the market. It’s available online in China so, go and seek one out for yourself!

Philips Xenium W9588 Leaks Out; Yet Another Flip phone

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It seems that Flip phones are on their way back in China as Samsung is releasing a couple of handsets that flip. Meanwhile, Philips looks ready to release their own flip phone, the Xenium, which you can learn about above, has recently leaked out. It should be launching soon and looks pretty cool to us – what about you?

Newpad F7, A 7-inch Tablet With Calling Capability Launching Soon

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Newpad F7 is a 7-inch Android tablet, running Android 4.2.2 that can also take phone calls, and features 3G connectivity. It’s not everyday that a tablet like this launches for a price as good as this so, be sure to snap one of these up when you can. It’s got a quad-core CPU but, the 1024 x 600 display isn’t all that great. For the price though, there are much worse tablets out there, many of them without the ability to make voice calls.

Karbonn Bringing Four New Phones to India; A99, A16 and A12+ and A18+

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Karbonn is launching a new range of smartphones to cover most budgets and hit all the sizes that people want these days. The A99 as pictured above, comes in at RS 6,190 and features the following specs:

  • 3.97-inch (480 x 800 pixels) capacitive touch screen display
  • 1.3 GHz dual-core processor
  • Dual SIM (GSM + GSM) with Dual Standby
  • Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) OS
  • 5 MP rear camera with LED flash
  • 0.3MP (VGA) front-facing camera
  • 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio
  • 3G, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, micro USB
  • 512 MB RAM, 4GB of internal memory, 32GB expandable memory with microSD
  • 1,400 mAh battery

Karbonn-A16The A99 is up for sale at a little lower for RS 5,990 and comes with similar specs as the A99:

  • 3.9.0-inch (480 x 800 pixels) capacitive touch screen display
  • 1.3 GHz dual-coreMediaTek MT6572 processor with Mali 400 GPU
  • Dual SIM (GSM + GSM) with Dual Standby
  • Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) OS
  • 5 MP rear camera with LED flash
  • 0.3MP (VGA) front-facing camera
  • 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio
  • 3G, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, micro USB
  • 512 MB RAM, 4GB of internal memory, 32GB expandable memory with microSD
  • 1350 mAh battery

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The A12+ is a 4-inch device with a little bit of a different design and similar specs:

  • 4.0-inch (480 x 800 pixels) capacitive touch screen display
  • 1.3 GHz dual-core processor
  • Dual SIM (GSM + GSM) with Dual Standby
  • Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) OS
  • 5 MP rear camera with LED flash
  • 0.3MP (VGA) front-facing camera
  • 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio
  • 3G, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, micro USB
  • 512 MB RAM, 4GB of internal memory (1.24 GB user memory), 32GB expandable memory with microSD
  • 1400 mAh battery

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The A18+ is coming soon and brings things up to 5-inches. The specs haven’t changed much but, at RS 8,290 it offers a larger device at a decent price.

  • 5.0-inch (480 x 854 pixels) capacitive touch screen display
  • 1.3 GHz dual-core processor
  • Dual SIM (GSM + GSM) with Dual Standby
  • Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean) OS
  • 5 MP rear camera with LED flash
  • 1.3MP front-facing camera
  • 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio
  • 3G, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, micro USB
  • 512 MB RAM, 4GB of internal memory, 32GB expandable memory with microSD
  • 2000 mAh battery

Lava E-Tab Ivory Launches With Voice-Calling

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The E-Tab Ivory from Lava is a great device that features voice calling and a metallic finish. It’s a shame about that large bezel on the front of the device however. At RS 10,199 this isn’t one of the best deals out there. However, it does come preloaded with a whole bunch of apps and a couple of games. You can take a look at the specs below:

  • 7-inch (1024 x 600 pixels) capacitive touch screen display
  • Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) OS
  • Dual SIM (3G + 3G)
  • 1.2 GHz dual-core MediaTek MT8377 processor with 500 MHz Power VRSGX531 Ultra GPU
  • 2MP rear camera
  • 0.3 MP (VGA) front-facing camera
  • Dimensions – 194.0mm x 120.5mm x 10.8mm; Weight: 360 grams
  • 3.5mm audio jack
  • 1GB RAM, 4GB internal memory, expandable memory up to 32 GB
  • 3G, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS
  • 2800 mAh battery with up to 5 hours of running time

HTC Desire 709d Launches in China

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HTC is focusing on lower-end devices in China and the 709d certainly fits that bill. It looks a cool device however, the specs leave a lot to be desired. Launching in China, the device will be available soon and while it comes in at 5-inches, it has little in common with the HTC One or the One Max. Take a look at the specs below:

  • 5-inch 960 x 540 Display
  • Dual-Core Snapdragon 200 at 1.2 Ghz
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 8GB of Storage with MicroSD support
  • 8 Megapixel rear-facing camera with flash
  • BoomSound Speakers, BlinkFeed and Zoe Support
  • Android 4.1 with Sense 5
  • 2,100 mAh battery

Sony Xperia C Dual-SIM Android Smartphone Launches in India

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The Xperia C is a dual-SIM device that’s going on sale across India. In three colors (as pictured above) it’s a good-looking device but, it’s a shame that the rest of the specs don’t support it. Especially at the the price of 21,000 RS. This makes the Xperia C more expensive than most other smartphones available in India, while offering little more.

  • 5-inch (960 x 540 pixels) capacitive touch screen display
  • 1.2 GHz quad-core MediaTek MT6589 processor
  • Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • Dual SIM (GSM + GSM) with dual standby
  • 8MP rear camera with LED Flash, Exmor R sensor, 1080p video recording
  • 0.3MP (VGA) front-facing camera
  • 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio
  • 8.88mm thick and weighs 153 grams
  • 3G HSPA+, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, DLNA, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, MHL
  • 1GB RAM, 4GB internal memory, expandable memory up to 32GB with microSD
  • 2390 mAh battery with Battery STAMINA Mode

Hugh Jackman to be Brand Ambassador for Micromax

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The Indian smartphone brand, Micromax, has managed to get Hugh Jackman to be their brand ambassador from here on out. This means that Jackman will appear in a number of commercials and more. Micromax is hoping that this will help them get the brand awareness needed to move forward in the market. Speaking about the new partnership, Jackman has the following to say:

I am extremely thrilled and honored to be part of the Micromax family. I am a huge lover of India as it is one of the most exciting countries in the world and we also share our love for cricket. Phones are genuinely time saving devices that can help you live a better life while juggling around with different situations. The new Canvas phone from Micromax is a leap in innovation with great sense of fun and amazing features that helps me balance my work with all the different roles that I play in my everyday life.

Kobo Arc, 7-inch Android eReader Launches in India

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The Kobo Arc is finally launching in India. It’s a decent ereader tablet that features the Google Play Store as well, so you can download all of the apps and games that you want. Kobo has a lot of books and magazines to offer in their store as well, making the Arc a decent tablet for those looking to consume content on the go. At RS 11,999 this isn’t a bad buy and the quality should be quite good. You can take a look at the specs below:

  • 7-inch (1280—800 pixels) IPS display at 215 ppi, 178 degree viewing angles; ultra-durable glass resistant to damage, scratches, bumps and drops.
  • 1.5GHz Dual-Core Ti OMAP processor
  • 1.3MP HD front-facing camera
  • Built-in front-facing speakers and SRS TruMedia for immersive audio
  • Dimensions – 120mm x 11.5mm x 189mm, weight 364 grams
  • 1GB of RAM, 16GB / 32GB / 64GB
  • Wi Fi 802.11 b/g/n , Micro USB and WiFi Direct.
  • 3.5 mm stereo jack and integrated dual stereo speakers with Dolby Digital Plus audio engine
  • Accelerometer, ambient light sensor.
  • Up to 10 hours of continuous reading/video with WiFi off; 2+ weeks on standby.

Xiaomi Mi2S Explodes in Owner’s Bag

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A Mi2S device from Xiaomi apparently exploded inside of a user’s bag. Melting into an unrecognizable state. The phone exploded while in someone’s bag and so damaged other pieces of hardware, too. The incident has been gaining traction on Sina Weibo all week. This is probably just another isolated incident, and not a pandemic. Batteries get hot and can often explode. Hopefully, this doesn’t happen to any of their newer devices that have just gone on sale.

Umi X2S to Be First True Octa-Core CPU Smartphone

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MediaTek recently announced that they were producing their own Octa-Core CPU, with all eight cores working at the same time. This UMI X2s is said to feature the MediaTek MT6592 with 8-cores inside of it. As well as this, the device is to bring a 5-inch 1080p smartphone, 32GB of memory, a 13MP rear-facing camera and more. It’s only been teased at conferences right now and should be launching very soon.