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Worldwide Android News Weekly 10/27/13 – Oppo N1, LG G2, 2560 x 1440 Displays, TCL Hero N3 and More!

October 27, 2013 - Written By Tom Dawson

Oppo N1 Now Available in Indonesia

 

The N1 is Oppo’s latest and greatest smartphone so, it stands to reason that you’d want to be able to get the N1 no matter where you are in the world. Well, it looks like Oppo is kicking off with Indonesia. The device is now available there for 6.999 million Indonesian rupiah. This makes the N1 a little more pricey in Indonesia but, you’re still getting a lot of phone for your money. With a great 5.9-inch display, Android 4.2 and a brilliant camera, this is a decent phone if you don’t its size.

Lenovo IdeaTab S5000 Goes On Sale in China

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Lenovo have quickly gained a name for themselves when it comes to reasonably priced Android tablets and this latest model is no exception. With a decent display and reasonable performance this is a great first tablet for someone or for those not looking to spend lots of money on something. It’s available to purchase from Lenovo in China and it’s available for RMB 1,588 ($260) for WiFi only and RMB 1,888 ($310) for WiFi + 3G. You can take a look at the specs below:

  • 7-inch IPS (1280 x 800)
  • 1.2GHz MediaTek MT8135 quad-core
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16GB ROM
  • 5-megapixel / 1.6-megapixel
  • Bluetooth 4.0, 3.5mm audio jack, WiFi connection, USB port
  • 191—116—7.9mm, 246g
  • Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean
  • 3,450mAh battery

TCL Hero N3 Now Up for Sale in China

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TCL is a very popular brand in China and while we know them as Alcatel for the most part in the West, TCL is the name that counts in China. Now, the Hero N3 has officially gone on sale, which should be good news to fans of TCL’s devices. The Quad-Core MediaTek MT6589T inside doesn’t set this apart from others but, the 6-inch Full HD display and 13-megapixel camera do. For those looking to get their hands on the device, you can now buy it in China for somewhere in the region of RMB 1,999.

Samsung Fined $340,000 in Taiwan for Smearing HTC Online

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Samsung has become an immensely popular brand across the globe. Such success has been fueled by their incredible marketing campaigns that they’ve been running however, in the past year or so, things seem to have gotten out of hand at Samsung. The company has been fined $340,000 US by the Taiwan FTC for posting fake material online abusing HTC’s name and their products. This sort of thing is never nice to hear about and it’s a shame that HTC has had to put up with this negative advertising from Samsung. You can read more here.

Micromax Canvas Turbo Available in India Now

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The latest from Micromax is a very powerful device sporting some serious horsepower. The Canvas Turbo features a 5-inch 1080p display, the MT6589 CPU, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of Storage, Android 4.2 and more. Including a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera with a 5-megapixel front-facing camera. It’s available in India now for RS 19,990.

LG G Pro Lite and the G Pad 8.3 Launch in Hong Kong

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The new G Pad 8.3 and the G Pro Lite have now launched in Hong Kong. With the G Pad 8.3 available starting at HK$2,698. The G Pad 8.3 features and 8.3-inch display and a Snapdragon 600 CPU. Delivering a great display at 1080p and performance, the G Pad 8.3 is a great device for those looking for a larger tablet. Meanwhile, the G Pro Lite is a 5.5-inch device that cuts some corners to come in at a smaller price, you can read more here. The price for the G Pro Lite has yet to be confirmed.

Zen Ultrafone 701 FHD Available in India

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The Zen Ultrafone 701 is a great device for those looking for something a little larger with specs to match. It’s got a Full HD display and an impressive spec sheet. We suppose it helps that it’s not too expensive, either. Coming in at RS 17,999 this latest from Zen is great value for money. You can take a look at the specs below:

  • 5-inch (1920 x 1080 pixels) Full HD IPS OGS display with Corning Gorilla Glass 2 Protection
  • 1.5 GHz quad-core processor
  • Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • Dual SIM (GSM + WCDMA) with Dual Standby
  • 13MP auto focus camera with LED Flash, 1080p Full HD video recording
  • 8MP front-facing camera
  • 3G HSPA+, Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetoot, aGPS
  • 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio
  • 1GB RAM, 16GB internal memory, expandable memory with micro SD (up to 64GB)
  • 2050 mAh battery

iBall Andi 4.5z Now Available in India

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If the Ultrafone 701 is too expensive for you, this might be a decent enough alternative. It’s only 4.5-inches in size and you might like the fact that it’s a little smaller. Naturally, this means the specs aren’t as good but, iBall have delivered a great compromise when it comes to price. coming in at less that RS 10,000 depending on where you buy it, this is a decent enough device to purchase. Take a look at what it has to offer below:

  • 4.5-inch (960 x 540 pixels) capacitive touch screen IPS display at 245 ppi
  • 1.3 GHz dual-core processor with PowerVR SGX544 GPU
  • Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • Dual SIM (GSM + GSM)
  • 8MP auto focus rear camera with LED Flash
  • front-facing camera
  • 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio
  • 512MB RAM, 4GB internal memory, 32GB expandable memory with MicroSD
  • 3G (HSDPA: 21 Mbps, HSUPA: 5.6 Mbps), WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS, USB OTG
  • 1700 mAh battery

Japan Display Shows Off 2560 x 1440 Displays

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Japan Display is known for some incredible displays as it is but, these latest displays are really something. Coming in at either 5.4-inches or 6.2-inches, these new displays offer dizzying pixel densities of either 543ppi or 473ppi, respectively. You can read more about these incredible displays here.

LG G2 Up For Pre-Order in Australia

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Our friends over at AusDroid have noticed that the G2 is up for pre-order down under. The latest from LG can be pre-ordered from Harvey Norman for $597 AU for 16GB and $644 AU for the 32GB version. Every pre-order will get a free Quick View case to boot. Meanwhile, Dick Smith is charging $657 for the G2 and it also comes with a Quick View case for a short period of time. You can take a look at what we thought of the G2 in our review, here.