Meizu’s new $300 phone for the Chinese market comes with a surprisingly nice Sony camera

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Originally posted on Gigaom:

Meizu announced its latest flagship phone on Tuesday. Called the MX4, it’s a mid-range phone with some decidedly high-end components targeted at Asian phone buyers, although interested Americans can import the device from Meizu’s website as well as resellers on eBay. It will go up against Xiaomi’s Mi4 in the increasingly competitive Chinese mid-range handset market.

The Meizu MX4 will cost 1,800 Yuan ($292) and buyers will get a lot of bang for their buck: The skinny aluminum-bodied phone will come with a 5.36-inch 1920 x 1152 screen, an LTE modem, and a Sony Exmor RS 20-megapixel camera on the back. The camera used on the MX4 is the same 1/2.3-size module also used in Sony’s Experia Z1. Similar devices, like the Mi4, use a smaller Sony sensor that’s limited to 13-megapixels and can’t pull off nifty tricks like 100fps shooting.

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Meizu decided to use an eight-core MediaTek processor in the MX4…

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BlackBerry Ltd expected to launch Passport device on Sept. 24

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Originally posted on Financial Post | Business:

BlackBerry Ltd. has scheduled an announcement for Sept. 24 that is widely believed to be the launch of its Passport device.

On Tuesday, the Waterloo, Ont.-based smartphone maker posted a notice on its official blog about the event to be held in Toronto, London, and Dubai on the same day.

The company did not specify what would be launched or unveiled on Sept. 24th, but Donny Halliwell, BlackBerry’s editor for the Inside BlackBerry blogs, wrote: “Be among the first to ‘See the bigger picture.’ I’ll leave speculation up to you.”

It is likely the launch of BlackBerry’s larger Passport device — a cross between a smartphone and a tablet.

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The gadget was first unveiled during BlackBerry’s annual general meeting in June and was expected to launch in Europe this month.

The Passport features an 11.5-centimetre square-shaped screen, a touch-enabled keyboard, and is designed for the “working…

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Sony’s inter-changeable lens for Smartphone attachable camera.

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Originally posted on NpGadget:

Sony was one of the company to think out of the crowd and introduced to the world their smartphone cameras. Those were QX10 and QX100. They provide users to capture great pictures with that camera lens and using smartphone as a view-finder. Now, the followup camera QX1 has now hit the web, noted from Xperia blog and Sony Alpha rumors. 


Like QX10 and QX100, the new QX1 will enhance the photo taking experience on android devices. But unlike last years model, the camera itself comes in two parts: Sensor and Lenses. Ya, you heard it right, lenses are detachable and inter-changeable from the sensor. It allows users to attached E-mount lenses that are used on Alpha series of Sony’s mirror-less cameras. Also, it is believed to use A6000 sensor found in Alpha series cameras.

Now for the price, its certainly won’t come cheap. According to the information, the pricing starts at around $395…

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Sony wrap around its IFA announcement with Z3 family: Xperia Z3, Z3 Compact, Z3 Tablet Compact and also GCM10 Gaming Controller Mount

Originally posted on NpGadget:

Before 6 months, Xperia Z2 was announced and now Sony got us another flagship Smartphone, Xperia Z3. A little thicker at 8.2 mm and IP65/68 rating for dust and water resistance. The bezels are also shrunken a little bit. Other features are nearly the same as that of Xperia Z2. Here it is:

  • 2.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM 8974-AC
  • Adreno 330 GPU
  • 5.15-inch 1080p display
  • 3GB RAM
  • 20.7MP main camera
  • 4K video capture (3840×2160 pixels/30p) with SteadyShot image stabiliization
  • Digital noise-cancelling technology for an immersive audio experience
  • 2.1MP front cam
  • 16GB storage
  • 4G LTE support
  • Water and dust resistance (IP68)
  • Android 4.4.4 KitKat
  • Weighs 152g
 

 
Xperia Z3 Compact is also announced with everything previously leaked.
  • 2.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 MSM 8974-AC
  • Adreno 330 GPU
  • 4.6-inch 720p display
  • 3GB RAM
  • 20.7MP 1/2.3-type EXMOR RS CMOS with G Lens, CMOS image, BIONZ for mobile
  • 4K video capture (3840×2160 pixels/30p) with SteadyShot…

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Samsung rolls out new Note 4, with matching Gear VR, bringing mobile virtual reality to the smartphone market

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Originally posted on The Province:

Samsung added some sizzle to its smartphone announcement today, rolling out a virtual reality headset, along with its new Note 4 tablet smartphone hybrid and a new Galaxy Edge with a display that curves over the edge of the phone.

While the Note 4, with a stepped up camera, improvements to its S pen and other features took centre stage at the company’s announcement in Berlin, on the eve of the giant consumer tech show IFA, it was the virtual reality glasses – the result of a partnership between Samsung and Oculus – that upped the ante in the hotly contested mobile market.

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Gear VR, Samsung’s new virtual reality headset

With Apple set to release its newest iPhone less than a week from now, Samsung has veered into virtual reality, a growing trend and one that so far has been limited to those consumers with the inclination and deep enough…

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This is why Apple is finally making a huge iPhone

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Originally posted on Quartz:

As smartphone screens have grown larger, Apple, the no. 2 phone seller in the world, has resisted selling very big phones—until now. Apple is expected to announce two new iPhones next week, both larger than current 4-inch models, and one reportedly with a 5.5-inch screen. (That’s big.)

This seems to be the right move. Large-screen phones aren’t for most people, but enough people like them that they’re the fastest-growing segment of the mobile market, according to a new forecast from research firm IDC.

So-called phablets—which IDC defines as “smartphones with screen sizes from 5.5 to less than 7 inches”—are expected to triple in sales over the next four years, to nearly 600 million units worldwide in 2018. Meanwhile, “regular” smartphone shipments will increase about 16% to 1.25 billion in 2018.

Put another way: IDC expects phablets to represent less than 15% of total smartphone sales this year, but about one-third of sales…

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HTC Adds Another Mid-Tier Handset, With Support For 64-Bit

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Originally posted on TechCrunch:

The gadget releases have been coming thick and fast out of the IFA consumer electronics tradeshow in Berlin this week, especially yesterday from Samsung and Sony. Today it was Microsoft’s turn to unbox some new kit. Smartphone maker HTC has also now fired out an IFA release, although the Taiwanese company is still battling to turn its business around so has a more modest IFA offering of just the one mid-tier device.

HTC’s new Desire 820 follows on from the pair it released back at the MWC tradeshow in February, but sits towards the upper end of this mid-tier range.

Design-wise the LTE handset offers the same attention to detail the company is know for — with an attractive, colorful two-tone plastic shell that has more than a little of the iPhone 5c’s looks about it. There’s also a generously proportioned 5.5 inch, 720p display, plus front-facing stereo speakers to tick the entertainment-on-the-move box.

Internally there are beefier

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Samsung at IFA 2014

Originally posted on scribentium:

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The 2014 IFA exhibition is currently underway in beautiful Berlin, Germany and while it is still in its early stages, that did not stop Samsung from making its presence felt.

In years past, IFA has presented itself as a rewarding platform for Samsung and it is considered by many, Samsung included, the home of the Note line. This year was no different and Samsung, determined to remain the prime-time player at IFA, had a total of 4 new products ready for the spotlight.

THE GALAXY NOTE 4:

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The first announcement was perhaps the most obvious; the Galaxy Note 4. Perhaps it was due to this obviousness that the device didn’t really blow anyone away. Yes, it is slightly different with Samsung stating they adopted a new “design language”, but it is still very much the Note people love. In typical Samsung fashion, the screen of the…

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Hands On with the Unique Sprint Aquos Crystal Smartphone from Sharp

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Originally posted on TIME:

Recently, Sharp became the latest multi-faceted electronics company to get into the American smartphone game. In conjunction with Sprint, it launched the Aquos Crystal phone, a 5-inch, bezel-less Android handheld that will be available both as a contract phone and a pre-paid option for Virgin and Boost Mobile customers.

The Aquos Crystal is undoubtedly a flagship phone, but it will be available at a budget phone price. Sprint customers can get it for $19.99 with a two year contract, $0 down and $10 per month on Sprint’s Easy Pay, or $149 outright on Boost and Virgin. That price makes the phone, which already has an impressive standout feature, even more attractive.

The bezel around smartphone screens has gotten smaller and smaller each month as makers try to fit in large displays without making the phones themselves larger. Sharp found a way to eliminate the bezel on three sides…

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Apple Sends Invites For iPhone 6 Launch Date

Originally posted on The Tech Cult:

So Apple finally sends out invites for another historic event of the year. On Thursday, Apple had sent invitations to various press and news channels for an exclusive event to be held on 9th of September at 10 am. The event is to take place at Flint Center for Performing Arts. Apple is taking care to conduct the event at its hometown Cupertino. Specualtions are high that it might well be the iPhone 6 launch date.

The invitation that was sent out however contained a minimalistic message. The invitation just said the date of the event and the message read “Wish we could say more”. However everybody is expecting that Apple will launch its latest iPhone in this event.

Also Read: Fresh iPhone 6 Leaks Create Buzz Globally

Ever since words have leaked that Apple is in the process of making iPhone 6, the release date of the device…

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