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Worldwide Android News 20/03/15 – Galaxy S6 Prices and Pre-Orders, Meizu M1 Note and More!

March 20, 2015 - Written By Tom Dawson

 

Leaked Chart Shows Prices of Galaxy S6 for Bahrain, Kuwait and Qatar

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When Samsung announce a new smartphone there’s anticipation all over the world concerning when people will be able to get their hands on it. Samsung often releases their devices worldwide, so it’s no surprise that we’re seeing leaked prices for markets in the Middle East. A leaked chart (found just below) has detailed pricing for all the different colors of the 32GB and 64GB models of the Galaxy S6. It doesn’t look like these regions will get the 128GB model, but this could change over time. April 10th is the start of the international launch for the Galaxy S6, so people don’t have too much longer to wait.

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Meizu M1 Note to Launch in Malaysia Soon

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The Meizu M1 Note is a fine smartphone for those looking for something colorful, with a large display and for something that doesn’t break the bank. We reviewed the 5.5-inch Full HD device not too long ago, and were fairly impressed with it overall. Now, it’s heading to Malaysia in the next week or so and will apparently start at MRY699 which is roughly $160 or so US Dollars. That’s a pretty great price for something like this and we’re sure it’ll be popular over in Malaysia just as it has been in China. The Meizu line of devices run their FlymeOS on top of Android 4.4 KitKat, and like we said, you can find out more from our review here.

Sony’s Xperia E4 Dual Available To Order at Expansys Australia

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Sony might not have released the Xperia Z4 just yet, but they have introduced a much curvier smartphone for Sony fans on a budget. The Xperia E4 was announced not too long ago and while the specs aren’t impressive, this is a budget handset and it’s something of a looker for a more affordable device. It’s now available for those down under, to order from Expansys Australia in its dual-SIM form for $185.99AUD. That’s not a wonderful price by any means, but this is for a device that’s completely yours when you pay for it, and you get the majority of features found in other Sony smartphones.

XOLO Launches LT2000 Complete With4G LTE in India

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XOLO is certainly no stranger to the Indian smartphone market, and they clearly see 4G LTE as the future in India. As such, they’re announcing the LT2000, a 5.5-inch 720p device powered by a Snapdragon 410 CPU, which means 4G is here out of the box. It’s also got an 8-megapixel camera as well as an upgrade to Android 5.0 guaranteed. All of this is to cost just RS 9,999 which is a pretty good deal for a device like this, especially considering it’s futureproofed with 4G LTE.

LG’s Fancy Google Cardboard Available for Australian G3 Customers

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Last year, Google introduced Cardboard, a cheap Virtual Reality headset to try out with the Nexus 5. It was an interesting experiment, and one that LG thought was worth giving customers to try out as well. In Australia, LG have put together a plastic version of Google’s blueprint and made it available for free to certain G3 customers. Details of which can be found below and on LG’s website.

  • Existing warranty holders: Those who have signed up at LG.com.au for the G3 warranty will be contacted and given the opportunity to receive the device free of charge.
  • Facebook fans: Keep an eye on the LG Australia Facebook page and enter the VR for G3 game of skill competition for your chance to win.
  • Optus new purchasers: The first 500 customer to buy online from Optus will be given a VR for G3 as a bonus gift with their LG G3 purchase (visit: www.optus.com.au/lg-g3).

Gionee’s Elife S5.1 Hits Turkey Under the General Mobile Discovery Air Name

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General Mobile in Turkey have managed to secure the rights to distribute the Gionee Elife S5.1 as the Discovery Air. Essentially, this is every bit the same smartphone, with its 5.1mm thick frame, 4.8-inch Super AMOLED HD display and the same MediaTek CPU. This is a device we’ve heard a lot about of the last few months and those interested in Turkey, can take a look at General Mobile’s site here.

Huawei to Open Second Store in Columbia

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Some time ago, we covered the news that Huawei is to focus on markets in Latin America to drive growth and gain more of a brand presence. That involved opening up a store towards the end of last year, and now they are to open another store. Not unlike the premise of Apple Stores, these stores are for users to experience and purchase the latest smartphones and tablets from Huawei. This new store is to open later this year in Plaza de Las Americas and it should look something like the above picture.

Google Korea Holds Press Conference to Highlight Play Store Growth in South Korea

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Google Korea held a press conference this past week in Seoul, highlighting the fact that sales of apps and games have grown 4x since the opening of the store in the region. During the press conference Google explained that the majority of sales for these apps and games have come from overseas. They also introduced new tools and explained how to use them, making it easier for Korean developers to translate their apps for overseas markets. Those interested in reading more can take a look at Business Korea’s piece here.

Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge Go Up for Pre-Order in Turkey, While the Philippines Will See Release April 18th

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There’s understandably quite a bit of activity surrounding the Galaxy S6 as it works its way to market on April 10th. In Turkey, the operator Turkcell has started pre-orders for both the Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge, and unsurprisingly they aren’t going to be cheap. Meanwhile, in the Philippines the device is to go on sale starting April 18th, those interested in pricing and such can take a look at a page set up by Samsung here.