Gionee Announces the Elife E8 as the Successor to E7

Chinese OEM Gionee Smartphones, have announced their latest flagship device in an event held in Beijing in the form of the Gionee Elife E8. The E8 succeeds, our favorite smartphone to come from Gionee, which was the Elife E7 and the device while bearing absolutely no resemblance to its predecessor, has similar genes.

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The Elife E8 comes with a ginormous 24 MP camera sensor on the back that is capable of shooting a mammoth 120 MP pictures thanks to picture stitching. The front camera of the device is a 8 MP sensor confirming that the Elife E8 is indeed the new king of photography at least, as far as the numbers go. Given how well the E7 performed, we are pretty excited to check out the E8 and its camera.

In terms of other specs, the phone brings a 6 inch 2K display with a Super AMOLED panel, there is a biometric sensor at the back of the device, while the chipset powering the device is a MTK6795 Octa Core processor that we have seen in the likes of HTC M9+ recently. The internal memory on the device is 64 GB and you do have an option of expansion, thanks to the Micro SD slot in there. The SIM configuration is a a Dual SIM LTE one making sure that the phone is future ready. The battery here is 3520 mAh with fast charging. You do have NFC On board, and the RAM is 3 GB.  In terms of the software, the device comes with Android 5.1 out of the box with Amigo on top of it.

The Elife E8 will be priced at 3999 RMB, though there is no clarity on the global availability.

LG G4 Set to Launch on April 28th

With HTC missing the opportunity to consolidate its position as one of the top Android players with the M9 receiving very average reviews, it is a great opportunity for LG this year to overtake them and place itself firmly in the second spot just behind Samsung when it comes to popular Android manufacturers. This is why the next flagship from LG, that is the LG G4 is going to be an absolutely a crucial cog in the wheels that drive the mobile business for LG.

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The device is now expected to be announced on April 28th with LG sending across an invitation to the leading global media of the tech industry. It is rather strange that LG did not announce the device earlier at the MWC where both Samsung and LG had their devices out, though you could perhaps reason that down to LG not wanting others to steal its thunder. Not a lot is known about the LG G4 other than the fact that the device could feature a bendable panel, a bit like the LG G Flex and will be powered by a Snapdragon 810 SoC. Since the invite has ‘See the Great Feel the Great’ moniker written on a leather sort of a back, perhaps it is an indication that the device will have some sort of a leather like back.

LG Announces G Flex 2 at CES 2015

After somewhat taking us by surprise with the LG G Flex which was in the true sense the first smartphone that could bend and have a self-healing body, LG has decided to bring in its successor at the most glamorous tech event in CES. There had been several leaks as well as teasers in the form of posters and official artwork which kind of showed off the phone and what LG had in mind, but the phone was finally made public yesterday in LG’s press event in Las Vegas.

LG G Flex 2

The smartphone in every way is an upgrade over the LG G Flex both in terms of design and specifications. The LG G Flex 2 takes heavy design cues from the LG G3 in terms of a clean bezel-less display. The phone has an interesting new P-LED display with a 1080 P resolution, which is an improvement over the 720 P display from the original G Flex.

The screen size is now 5.5 inches when measured diagonally, which makes the phone a little more handy and pocketable. There is Gorilla Glass 3 on to ensure security of the display too. It is powered by Snapdragon 810 and has 2 GB of RAM and runs Android Lollipop out of the box. There is a 13 MP rear camera on the device with laser auto focus and OIS. There is a micro SD expansion along with 16 or 32 GB of internal storage. There is LTE on board along with all the other regular connectivities. The device will initially be available in Silver and Red variants and will go on sale first in South Korea followed by other countries.

Google Nexus 6 Goes up for Preorder in India via Flipkart

After much speculation, Google Nexus 6 is all set to the Indian shores. After listing it on the Google Play Store as coming soon, the leading E-Com portal in India, Flipkart has also listed the phone as coming soon for exactly the same prices. The Nexus 6 would retail for Rs 43,999 for the 32 GB variant and 48,999 for the 64 GB variant. Both of the colors, midnight blue and cloud white variants of the device can be preordered on Flipkart, though the final delivery of the device will not happen until sometime next month beginning.

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You can pick the phone alternatively from the Google Play Store too in India, though Flipkart is just as reliable. It would be interesting to see whether the device will remain a Flipkart exclusive given that it is manufactured by Motorola and so far, all the Motorola phones have been exclusive to Flipkart in India. Flipkart has also run an offer, where you can exchange your smartphones for as much as Rs 10,000 for the new Nexus 6, bringing the value down substantially. You also have enough EMI options to sweeten the blow of what is a mindblowing price.

The Nexus 6 brings a 6 inch QuadHD display with Single SIM configuration. It is powered by a Snapdragon 805 SoC with 3 GB of RAM and takes major design cues from the Motorola Moto X second generation. The device has 3220 mAh battery and has a 13 MP rear camera, as the standout configuration.

 

HTC to Release Android 5.0 Lollipop Update for Google Play Edition Devices Next Week

Its raining lollipops for sure. The likes of Motorola Moto G II Generation, Nexus 5 have one way or the other received the Android 5.0 update and the likes of LG G3 and Motorola Moto X are slated the get the same in the coming days. Even Sony to their credit did showcase the AOSP build of their KitKat update, with HTC also committing to releasing the Android L Update, things are definitely moving forward and fast.

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HTC’s Mo Versi, member of the HTC Product engagement team took to Twitter to confirm that HTC will also start rolling out the update for the Google Play Edition devices, including the HTC M8 and M7, starting next week. It is not clear whether both the M7 and M8 will get the update at the same time or one after the other, but it is clear that both the devices will be getting Android L. It makes sense that the rollout will be this quick given that all the Google Play Edition devices run Android 5.0 in unadulterated form.

In case you are not patient enough to wait for an OTA to your HTC M8 for Android L, you can use the firmware that developers have already uploaded on XDA for the device. The thread can be found here.

Motorola DROID Turbo with 5.2 inch Quad HD Display Announced for Verizon Wireless

What can be dubbed as the most anticipated smartphone of the final quarter of year 2014 so far, Motorola has formally announced the DROID Turbo exclusively for Verizon Wireless in the USA. There were several noises coming out post the launch of the device, that the device is so well spec’d and made, that it should have what Motorola should have considered while making the Nexus 6 and not what they ended up going with. The DROID Turbo takes a few cues from the Droid Razr which in a way marked the comeback of Motorola as a major OEM after its struggles.

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The DROID Turbo comes with a 5.2 inch Quad HD AMOLED display which is protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass 3. It is powered by a Snapdragon 805 SoC clocked at 2.7 GHz and has a 21 MP rear camera. The front facing camera is a 2 MP unit, while the RAM is 3 GB and you can pick between the 32 or 64 GB of internal storage. The USP of the phone is its 3900 mAh battery, which promises the device will remain alive for at least 48 hours under moderate usage. The phone also ships with a Turbo Charger, that class to charge the phone enough in 15 minutes, to give you about 8 hours of usage.

There are several awesome back cover variants in which the device is available, including: black Ballistic Nylon, aluminum variant and metallic Red. There is also a Metallic Black color variants with GFRP and aluminum and Dupont Kevlar. The Turbos is also water resistant, so you should have no issue taking it out on a wet cold evening. The phone will be available from October 30th either on a contracted price starting at $199.99 or an unsubsidised price of $599.99

HTC One M7 Gets Unofficial Android L Port

Google announced its latest Android update in the form of Android L at Google I/O last month. However, post the announcement, Google only made the Developer preview of the new update available for Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 tablet. This left plenty of Android devices out in the soup with questions raised if Android L would even be made available for them. One such device was the Nexus 4, but Google did assure that it would be getting the update with the consumer release. Since then, Google has made several important binaries of Android L open and available to the developers.

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As a result, several more devices can now get the unofficial ports of the Android L update and get a first look at the Material Design on their own smartphones. Heading the queue is the HTC M7 which now has a flashable ROM to take the device to the next Android sweetness. The ROM comes from one of the senior developers at XDA and once again proves how important community support is to quench the ever increasing thirst for customization among the Android lovers.

The ROM though, currently is is in Alpha stage and as expected has several bugs and important things that do not work. It is obvious you cannot use it as a daily driver at this early stage. You could flash the ROM like you would flash any ROM, in case you have a spare device lying around or simply follow the developments over on the forum. You could alternatively, also use a third party launcher like Nova Launcher to get the Android L look.

XDA Thread for the HTC M7 unffocial Android L Port

HTC Announces the Desire 616 and HTC One E8 in India

HTC has announced two new smartphones for the Indian market. The Desire 616 is a mid range smartphone that aims to take on the likes of the Moto G but with a larger form factor, whereas the HTC E8 is a plastic variant of the flagship device that the M8 is with a slightly curvier design profile, plastic chassis and a single lens camera setup on the rear of the device.

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The Desire 616 is a Dual SIM device that features a 5 inch 720 P display with a 1.4 GHz Octa Core SoC with 1 GB of RAM. The device has a 2,000 mAh battery, rear firing speakers as well as 4 GB of internal memory that can be expanded with a micro SD card. Out of 4 GB internal memory just 2 GB is available to the users. You have an 8 MP camera with single LED and a front facing 2 MP camera too. The Desire 616 would go on sale next week for a price of Rs 16,900 in grey and white colors.

The E8 on the other hand is a premium device and is basically an M8 with a plastic casing. It would be available towards the end of the month for Rs 34,900 in four colors that include red, blue, white and grey. The device has the same internals as the M8 and also brings the likes of Boomsound, Sense 6 as well as Android 4.4.2 out of the box. The Ultra pixel camera here has been replaced by a 13 MP camera, there is no IR blaster and no secondary depth measuring rear camera. The E8 despite all these tear downs, looks like a gorgeous piece of hardware and would be interesting to see how it is received in the market.

LG G3 Retail box Shows up; Expect QHD Display

It would not be a wrong assertion to call the LG G2 one of the very best device of the year 2013. the phone kind of brought LG back in to the mobile game and later in the year the Nexus 5 certainly helped them establish as a major brand once again. As a result, obviously every major launch by LG now will be scrutinized because people expect good devices with plenty of innovation from LG. Hence, the next flagship from LG i.e. the LG G3 has already been under a lot of spotlight even before it has been spotted or released.

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The Verge has got hold of some exclusive shots of what looks like the retail box of the LG G3 and the report claims that the device will come in a gold variant, a trend started by the iPhone 5s, and also would pack a QHD display. This is a big news because of all the major OEMs, LG would be the only one to bring QHD display to the board on its flagship as all of HTC M8, Samsung Galaxy S5 and the Sony Xperia Z2 are all packing a 1080 P Panel. According to the report, the phone is expected to bring exactly the same frontal design as the isai L24 which is expected to be released in Japan this summer.

Rest of the rumored specs include a Snapdragon 801 Quad Core SoC, 3 GB of RAM, 13 MP Camera and 32 GB of internal storage with expansion possible via Micro SD card. The phone is expected to come with Android 4.4.2 Kitkat and a redesigned Optimus UI too.

 

Motorola Announces Moto G Forte in Mexico

Motorola has finally announced the Motorola Moto G Forte in Mexico. The device has been in news for a couple of weeks as once again the sources of leaks on the internet were proved to be absolutely correct. The device has been officially launched on in Mexico as of now, and there are no clear plans at all at the moment to bring it to any other country.

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From the onset, the device is exactly like the Moto G from the inside and in fact outside. You can think of the Moto G Forte as a Moto G with a rugged case. The case helps in better gripping of the device and makes it look a little manly if you may. However, the device is still not IP 56 or IP 67 certified, so no, you can still not take it for a swim or in a dust-storm.

As stated from the inside the specifications are exactly the same. The device runs Android KitKat 4.4 out of the box unlike the Moto G that was launched at Android 4.3 but updated right a few days later. The screen is the same 720 P 4.5 inch display with capacitive buttons. The Forte is powered by the QuadCore Snapdragon 400 SoC like the Moto G with 1 GB of RAM. The rear camera is the same 5 MP with LED flash and packs 2070 mAh non removable battery. It is worth noting that the Grip Shell case that comes with the Moto G out of the box, which in fact is the main differentiator, is available for Rs 999 in India already. So, if you have a Moto G, you can actually easily convert it to a Moto G Forte.