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Month: February 2014

Everything you need to know before getting the Privacy centered BlackPhone

With all the news we are hearing about the National Security Agency (NSA) in the US tracking information from smartphones without us knowing,  a lot of people are worried about their privacy being compromised. A new smartphone aims to give everyone a peace of mind by being Privacy focused as much as possible–the BlackPhone.

BlackPhone

Announced during the Mobile World Congress 2014, Silent Circle and Geeksphone officially released the specs and details on the BlackPhone. The phone is running on an Android based PrivatOS, which will be discussed later onto this article. But first, let’s talk about the specs.

Sony outs the second Xperia Tablet at the 2014 MWC; Thinner and Lighter than ever

Last year, Sony released the Xperia Z Tablet with top notch specs plus a sleek, thin body. This week at the 2o14 Mobile World Congress, the Japanese tech giant decided to announce the successor to the Xperia Z Tablet, dubbed as the Xperia Z2 Tablet together with the new flagship phone, the Xperia Z2.

Xperia Z2 tablet

Last year’s Xperia Z Tablet may not have been as successful as Apple’s iPad Air, but the former is impressively thin at 6.9mm compared to the latter’s 7.5mm thickness. But for Sony, this may not be thin enough, as the new Xperia Z2 Tablet comes with a very thin 6.4mm-thick body. It’s also 69 grams lighter (WiFi variant) than its predecessor. Despite the thinness, the device would still feel very solid to hold–we know this for a fact with the Xperia Z Tablet.

Nokia comes out with the X family, 3 Windows themed Android smartphones for less

There has been a lot of talks about Nokia’s first Android device, which officially came out at the 2014 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. The now Microsoft acquired Finnish company shocked everyone by releasing not just one, not two, but three Android devices.

Nokia X Series

For starters, the Nokia X, X+ and the XL aren’t your usual Android smartphones. Neither of the three phones come with Google Play support, but instead Nokia’s very own App Store for Android Apps, as well as the popular Yandex Store and Microsoft’s OneDrive. There’s also a heavily-skinned User Interface giving users that feel of using a Windows Phone instead of an Android, and even the Live Tiles are present here. Judging from the outside, the three phones gives a Lumia feel with the colorful polycarbonate bodies.

BlackBerry partners with FoxConn for the Z3 and Q20; announced during the 2014 MWC

Blackberry sales are a bit of a disappointment over the past two years–even with the release of the new Blackberry 10 devices. But, new CEO John Chen is not giving up on the company with the announcement of two new devices slotted for this year in partnership with Taiwanese manufacturer FoxConn: the all touch Z3 and the QWERTY Q20.

BB Z3

About until more than 5 years ago, you’d only see Blackberry phones on the hands of businessmen, celebrities and politicians because of the hefty price tag in exchange for more security, top notch push e-mail capabilities and the solid QWERTY keypad every Blackberry fan loves. Then came the Curve 8520, the first affordable Blackberry. During Blackberry’s 2014 MWC press conference, the company is taking a step further in producing budget friendly phones, as the upcoming Z3 will sport a sub $200 price point, unlocked.

Sony announces the Xperia Z2 at the 2014 MWC; What has changed with the new Xperia flagship?

Sony has a complete, different timeline when it comes to unveiling flagship phones compared to Samsung and Apple. The latter two unveils a new flagship phone once a year, while Sony on the other hand goes as often as twice a year. The Japanese tech giant officially released the Xperia Z last February 2013, followed by the Z1 seven months after. Just the other day, the company released the new flagship, dubbed as the Xperia Z2.

Sony Xperia Z2

Judging from the outside, the Xperia Z2 very much resembles what its predecessor looks like: a phone with a glass back panel and an aluminum body. A lot of people aren’t huge fans of a glass back panel, as it is a recipe for a fingerprint nightmare. But it does give the phone a more premium, luxe feel to it, just like the iPhone 4S and the Nexus 4. The Xperia Z2 might give a familiar look and feel, but Sony promises spec bumps for the new Xperia flagship. Head over the break to know what’s new with the Xperia Z2.

Samsung Hits and Misses with the Galaxy S5; Is the new Galaxy S flagship worth the Upgrade?

Although the 2014 Mobile World Congress in Barcelona isn’t done yet, probably the announcement everyone had their eyes on was with Samsung’s Unpacked5 event, in which the Korean tech giant finally unveiled as expected the most talked about 2014 MWC smartphone release–the Galaxy S5. Samsung did not just give the new Galaxy S flagship an aesthetic refresh, but internal tweaks and new features as well, compared to its predecessor. The SGS5 even boasts features that are present with other phones from different brands, but is definitely new for the Galaxy line.

S5

Over the past couple of weeks (even up to months), the internet has been a witness to tons of rumors, leaks and unofficial analyses from different sources about the Galaxy S5. From an initial plan on including an Iris scanner to a home button based fingerprint scanner, as well as opposing rumors from different analysts about the S5’s screen size, processor, camera and other features–things we have all written about on previous posts.

Alcatel introduces three new smartphones: OneTouch Idol 2, Idol 2 Mini and OneTouch Pop Fit

With three new smartphones announced, the Alcatel is expanding the OneTouch line of smartphones with the Idol 2, Idol 2 Mini and the OneTouch Pop Fit. Catch the specs and details after the break!

Alcatel OneTouch Pop Fit

First is the wearable Alcatel smartphone announced, running on Android JellyBean 4.2. Dubbed as the OneTouch Pop Fit, the device features a small-ish 2.8 inch QVGA screen upfront powered buy a dual core processor on the inside, with 512 MB of RAM and 16 or 32 GB of built-in storage. Other specs includes a 2 megapixel camera, 3G support and 1000 mAh battery housed in a splash resistant body.

Samsung outs Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo; drops the Galaxy name on the Gear smartwatch

In an expected news, Samsung announced the successor to their smartwatch announced last year together with the SG Note 3 phablet, the Galaxy Gear. Reliable leak provider @evleaks tweeted that the 2 new smartwatches from the Korean tech giant will run on Tizen OS, instead of Android. What came off as unexpected is that the Samsung opted to drop “Galaxy” from name of the devices, hence dubbed as Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo.

Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo

The Gear 2 smartwatches got a very noticeable improvements compared to the aesthetics of its predecessor, as well on the inside. The Gear 2 smartwatches are now more health conscious as it now comes with new features such as heart rate monitor and pedometer, as well as a dedicated music player, an IP67 certification for water and dust resistance and an IR blaster that can be used to control your TV. Samsung has also decided to reposition the Home button on the front just a little below the display, as the original Gear’s home button can be found on the side of the device.

Archos outs quad core 80 Helium 4G tablet, 50c Oxygen and 2 more smartphones in a Press Release ahead of 2014 MWC launch

In a press release dated February 20, 2014, the French consumer electronic company Archos officially announced a quad core 4G tablet in the name of the Archos 80 Helium, among 3 more smartphones four days ahead of their official 2014 MWC launch, happening in Barcelona, Spain.

Archos 80 helium

Originally unveiled during the CES 2014 last month, the Archos 80 Helium tablet will be launched officially in just four days. The tablet features an 8 inch IPS touch display powered by a quad core processor bundled with 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of expandable storage. There’s also a 5 megapixel BSI main camera with LED flash, a 2 megapixel front facing camera, LTE support, Android JellyBean 4.3 and a Li-ion 3500 mAh battery.

Acer outs Liquid E3 and Liquid Z4, mid-range and entry-level smartphones to debut during the MWC 2014

Seemingly excited for the 2014 Mobile World Congress happening in just a couple of days, Acer proudly announces 2 new smartphones will make its official appearance during the said event–the mid range Liquid E3 and the entry level Z4. Catch the details and pricing after the break!

Acer Liquid E3

First is the Liquid E3. The device features a 4.7 inch HD touch display upfront powered by a 1.2GHz quad core processor paired with a 1 GB of RAM. There’s a 4 GB of internal storage, a 13 megapixel main “ultra-fast focus” camera  with an LED flash and a 2 megapixel front facing camera with its own LED flash, perfect for those inevitable selfies.

LG Netherlands announces the LG G2 mini ahead of the official 2014 MWC unveiling!

LG teased everyone last week through a facebook photo of what seems to be a mini version of the current flagship, the LG G2, slated for the 2014 Mobile World Congress happening in Barcelona, Spain. But in a surprising news, LG in Netherlands today announced the official details and specs of the upcoming LG G2 mini. Catch the specs and release of the device after the break!

LG G2 mini

Just like the bigger LG G2 and LG G Pro 2 sibling, the LG G2 mini features a rear placement for the volume keys, as well as the power button. Upfront, there’s a 4.7 inch screen, running on either a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor or Nvidia’s Tegra 4i, both clocked at 1.2GHz with 1 GB of RAM.

Microsoft Rolls officially out OneDrive, comes with up to 15 GB of free Cloud Storage

Following the trademark dispute between Microsoft’s cloud storage SkyDrive and the British Sky Broadcasting Group (BSkyB), the former was forced to change the name of the cloud service to OneDrive. Microsoft’s renamed cloud service officially rolled out today, and we have details about it.

OneDrive

The name change was announced by Microsoft by the end of January through blog.OneDrive.com. And early this morning, Microsoft started sending out an e-mail announcement that the all new OneDrive has officially rolled out.

Source confirms the Samsung Galaxy S5 to feature a fingerprint home button reader!

The Samsung Galaxy S5 is probably the currently most talked about and most hyped upcoming device, with all the number of rumors and leaks of specs and features by different sources and analysts. With just less than a week before the Unpacked5 event by Samsung during the first day of the Mobile World Congress 2014 in Barcelona, Spain, a source confirms one feature that is greatly expected of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy flagship.

fingerprint

As confirmed by SamMobile, the upcoming successor to the Galaxy S4 is pulling an iPhone 5S by including a fingerprint reader in the device’s home button. Previously, word has it that the Galaxy S5 will sport an Iris-scanner in answer to Apple’s TouchID, but the idea was later dropped due to impracticality. It was later on said that Samsung instead opted for a fingerprint scanning feature embedded in the screen.

Nokia teases everyone for the Android powered Nokia X for the MWC 2014

Just less than a week away from the 2014 Mobile World Congress happening in Barcelona, Spain, participating smartphone makers has already started sending out invites and teasers for the devices they will showcase during the said annual event. Nokia is no stranger to this, as they are expected to unveil a number of devices, including the much talked about Nokia X aka Normandy, the company’s first Android-powered device.

Nokia MWC Invite

The Finnish company sent out their first invite (pictured above) as early as late January featuring a nature-esque theme. They then outed a series of photos through their Weibo account of what seems to be leading to a treasure map of what seems to be a hint for the Nokia X A110.

HTC to Announce something big on March 25, possibly the HTC M8?

In previous post we did a couple of weeks back, we wrote about @evleaks sending a tweet about the Taiwan-based smartphone maker HTC to announce the HTC One’s successor by the end of March in NYC. It turns out that @evleaks is true about the HTC event, after all. Catch the details after the break.

HTC March 25

In a tweet sent in by HTC UK (@HTC_UK), the company is indeed holding an event come March 25. Although there’s no official word on the agenda of the event, rumor has it that HTC is finally unveiling the HTC One’s successor, codenamed M8.

The 11-incher Lenovo Yoga 2 now selling starting at $519 or under Php 23k!

Lenovo added a new member to their uber flexible “Yoga” line of convertible laptop/tablet hybrids last month during the CES 2014 held in Las Vegas, USA. Dubbed as the Lenovo Yoga 2, the refreshed 11 inch variant of the Yoga convertible is now being sold, and we have all the details. Catch it after the break.

The flexible hybrid Lenovo Yoga 2

Just like the other Yoga convertibles, the Yoga 2 can be used in four different ways–Laptop, Tablet, Stand and Tent mode. The Windows 8.1 convertible features an 11.6 inch multitouch display powered by an Intel Pentium N3520 processor bundled with 4 GB of RAM. There’s also a 500 GB worth of built-in storage, 720p HD webcam, Dolby speakers and a battery that promises up to 6 hours of web browsing or HD playback on a single charge.

Samsung Galaxy Core Advance out in Korea for $390 or Php 17k, may hit Philippines soon!

Last December, Samsung announced a new Android smartphone in the name of the Galaxy Core Advance, aimed for the mid range market. The device is now being sold in Samsung’s home country, and is expected to reach the international market shortly after. Catch the specs and price of the Galaxy Core Advance after the break!

Samsung Galaxy Core Advance

Up front, the Galaxy Core Advance flaunts a 4.7 inches screen, with physical menu, home and back buttons as well as a dedicated button for voice recording found on the side of the device. Under the hood, there’s the capable dual core processor clocked at 1.2GHz, 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of internal storage. There’s also a 5 megapixel rear camera and a VGA resolution front facing camera.

Sony Xperia Tablet Z2 Specs leaked! 3 GB RAM, Quad Core Processor, Waterproof Tablet

Last year, Sony wowed everyone in the tablet making industry when they released the ultra thin Xperia Tablet Z. Although the Xperia Tablet Z did not perform that well in terms of sales compared to Apple’s iPad, Samsung’s Galaxy and Note tablet line or the Google Nexus 7, the Xperia Tablet Z is still a heavyweight tablet specs wise and is also an eye candy.

Sony Xperia Tablet Z

In a tweet sent by @evleaks, the successor of the 6.9 mm thin tablet may be looking at a 2014 Mobile World Congress happening in Barcelona, Spain by the end of the month.

Power Mac Center brings Same Unit Repair Program for iPhones in Philippines!

It is a total nightmare when your iPhone malfunctions out of nowhere, more so if you accidentally drop it and the screen gets broken. Although you can simply head to the nearest Apple Store to have your precious smartphone repaired, unfortunately, this isn’t the case for the Philippines. But not until today, as Power Mac Center, the only premium Apple Authorized service provider in the country, launches the Same Unit Repair (SUR) program in the Philippines for supported iPhone models.

Broken iPhone

Unlike before, whenever there’s hardware issue with an iPhone here in the Philippines, repair turnaround would take weeks to even months, as some repairs would require unit replacements to be shipped from Apple in Singapore. But with the official roll out of Power Mac Center’s Same Unit Repair program, it will take about just 72 hours or 3 days for your iPhone to get fixed and ready for claiming.

LG Announces the L Series III; 3 new Low-end to Mid-range Smartphones running Android KitKat 4.4

Just less than 10 days before the much talked about 2014 Mobile World Congress to be held at Barcelona, Spain, LG has announced the 2014 refresh of their L Series line of low to mid-range phones. The L Series III and the LG G Pro 2 will make its World debut during the said event, together with the expected unveiling of the LG G3 flagship and the LG G2 mini.

LG L Series III

Dubbed as the L90, L70 and L40, the LG L Series III phones will ship with Android KitKat 4.4 out of the box. Among the three devices, the L90 packs the biggest screen at 4.7 inches, while the L70 comes with a bit smaller 4.5 inches. The L40 has the smallest screen size among the L Series III, with just 3.5 inches.