The Lenovo K900 revealed at CES 2013

Lenovo Mobile is on the roll right now releasing and announcing budget and capable handsets here and there. And speaking of announcements, the company has just revealed its latest flagship Android model at the 2013 International CES in Las Vegas, Nevada.

The Lenovo K900 is the company’s first Android phone powered by an Intel Processor. Unlike most phones in Lenovo’s line up, the K900 is powered by Intel Atom Z2580 chipset with a dual-core CPU clocked at 1.8 GHz. It has 2GB of internal memory and a PowerVR SGX544 GPU.

It is also quite thin with a side profile measuring a mere 6.9mm. The phone will sport a 5.5-inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 1080x1920 pixels with a pixel density of 401 pixels per inch which will be protected by a Gorilla Glass 2 panel from Corning.

In terms of imaging, the K900 is reported to have a 13MP autofocus camera with dual-LED flash capable of capturing video at 1080p at 30 frames per second. The camera will also have geo-tagging, touch focus and face detection features as standard.

Connectivity wise, the K900 will feature the usual bells and whistles of most Android super phones including Bluetooth, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, and a micro-USB port. It will also have an accelerometer, a proximity sensor and a compass as standard.

Pricing and availability is of course not yet disclosed but expect the phone to be available sometime in April.

HTC Butterfly Stings Like a Bee

HTC has finally put its hand in the arena of the Phablets with the HTC Droid DNA and the recently announced HTC Buttefly. It seems that the Taiwanese manufacturer is ready to go head to head with the rest of the 5-inchers in the market today like the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 and the LG Optimus Vu.

The HTC Buttefly is practically the GSM version of the HTC Droid DNA and offers almost identical specs with the CDMA phone from Verizon. For starters, the Butterfly packs a 5.0-inch LCD3 capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 1080x1920 pixels and a pixel density of approximately 441 ppi which is protected by a layer of Corning’s Gorilla Glass 2.

The Butterfly is powered by a 1.5 GHz Krait Quad core processor with an Adreno 320 GPU. It will run on Android 4.1 Jellybean and will have 16 GB of storage (11 GB user available) and 2 GB or RAM.

Connectivity on the other hand is your typical smartphone full house with Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Wi-Fi Direct, DLNA, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi hotspot. Connectivity speeds are available in HSPA+ and up to LTE speeds. The camera of the Butterfly has an 8MP image sensor, capable of capturing images with a maximum resolution of 3264x2448 pixels. The rear facing camera will also have autofocus, LED flash, and will be capable of recording simulataneous HD video and image recording, geo tagging, and face & smile detection.

There is also a 2.1 MP front facing camera that will enable users to make video calls with the quality of the video at a resolution of 1080p at 30fps. On the other hand, video recording on the rear camera is around 1080p at 30fps, with stereo sound recording and video stabilization.

Last but definitely not the least, the HTC Butterfly will feature a built-in accelerometer, gyro sensor, proximity sensor and compass. There’s also A-GPS support and GLONASS, HTML5 support for the mobile browser, TV-out and 25 GB worth of Dropbox storage.

Lumia 620: Nokia’s Cheapest WP8 Device Yet

Nokia has just announced earlier today its newest addition to its Windows Phone 8 lineup – the Lumia 620. And this device is the company’s most affordable WP8 handset yet, which puts it in the position just below the Lumia 920 and 820 with a price of around 230 euros or approximately P12,300.

In terms of its specs, it’s clearly placed just below the Lumia 820. For starters, the Lumia 620 has a 3.8-inch TFT capacitive touchscreen compared to the 820’s 4.3-inch IPS screen. It also has a lower pixel density at 246 pixels per inch. Moreover, its RAM is halved with only 512 MB worth of RAM compared to the 820’s 1GB. There will also be support for microSD expansion of up to 64 GB.

The rear camera has a 5 MP sensor capable of capturing images with a maximum resolution of 2592x1936 pixels. There is autofocus, LED flash, geo-tagging and video recording at 720p at 30 frames per second. There’s a front VGA camera for video calling.

In terms of performance, the Lumia 620 is powered by a 1 GHz dual-core Krait processor on a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 chipset with Adreno 305 GPU.  There is a built-in accelerometer, proximity sensor, compass and A-GPS support and GLONASS. The phone’s browser would likely support HTML5 and there will be a 7GB free SkyDrive storage that comes with purchasing the phone. It will run on the latest build of Windows Phone 8 and will have a standard Li-Ion battery rated at 1300 mAh.

The complete specs sheet of the Lumia 620 is shown below.

2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA 850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100
4G Network (To be Announced)
Status Expected release on Q1 2013
Dimensions 115.4 x 61.1 x 11 mm, 76 cc (4.54 x 2.41 x 0.43 in)
Weight 127 g (4.48 oz)
Display Type TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors with Nokia Pure Black technology
Display Size 480 x 800 pixels, 3.8 inches (at 246 ppi pixel density)
Audio 3.5mm jack with Dolby headphone sound enhancement
Card slot microSD, up to 64 GB
Internal 8 GB storage, 512 MB RAM
GPRS Class B
EDGE Class B
Speed HSDPA, 21 Mbps; HSUPA, 5.76 Mbps
WLAN Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, dual-band
Bluetooth Yes, v3.0 with A2DP, EDR
USB Yes, microUSB v2.0
Primary 5 MP rear camera, 2592х1936 pixels, autofocus, LED flash with Geo-Tagging. Front facing camera with VGA resolution
Video Yes, 720p@30fps
Secondary Yes, VGA
OS Microsoft Windows Phone 8
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon S4
CPU Dual-core 1 GHz Krait
GPU Adreno 305
Sensors & Extras Accelerometer, proximity, compass, A-GPS support with GLONASS, Radio, browser with HTML5 support
Messaging SMS (threaded view), MMS, Email, Push Email, IM
Other Features Lime green, orange, magenta, yellow, cyan, white, black
 SNS integration
 Active noise cancellation with dedicated mic
 MP3/WAV/eAAC+/WMA player
 MP4/H.264/H.263/WMV player
 7GB free SkyDrive storage
 Document viewer
 Video/photo editor
 Voice memo/dial
 Predictive text input
Battery Standard battery, Li-Ion 1300 mAh (BL-4J)
Stand-by Up to 330 h
Talk time Up to 14 h 40 min (2G) / Up to 9 h 50 min (3G)
Music play Up to 61 h

Samsung Galaxy S4 in the Works

Hot on the heels of the Apple iPhone 5, it appears that Samsung has no plans to let Apple or any of its competitors to grab the pole position for the most number of smartphone sales in the market. With the Samsung Galaxy S3, just short of a year in stores since its launch of the second quarter of 2012, the South Korean electronics giant is already hinting of its successor.

Recently, rumors have surfaced that Samsung is already working on the Galaxy S4. At first it seemed that it was all rumors and there was little truth to the news, but a few weeks of brewing revealed that there is possibly a good chance that all the rumors are true. In fact, a spec sheet of the reported handset has already been posted on several hardcore tech websites.

And based on preliminary specifications, it is evident that Samsung is once again raising the bar very high with the S4 scheduled to improve not only on design but also in performance. For starters, the 4.8-inch screen of the S3 is further increased with the new Galaxy S having a 5.0-inch display with a pixel density of 441 pixels per inch, with a layer of Corning’s Gorilla Glass 2 on top.

Connectivity wise, data connection speeds will play around HSDPA to even LTE speeds, with Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, Bluetooth v4.0 with A2DP and NFC. There might also be a 13 Megapixel camera at the back with autofocus, LED flash, simultaneous HD video and image recording, geo-tagging, touch focus, face and smile detection, image stabilization and a video capture rate of 30fps at 1080p resolution.

Performance-wise the SGS4 will be powered by 2 GHz Cortex A-15 quad-core processor on an Exynos 5450 Quad chipset. There will be at least 16 GB of onboard storage and 2 GB of RAM. There will also be an accelerometer, gyro and proximity sensor, compass, a barometer and will most probably run Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

Other notable features that the phone may have include the S-voice natural language commands and dictation software, Smart Stay eye tracking, active noise cancellation with dedicated mic and a 50GB dropbox account.

Scheduled announcement of the device is set on the first quarter of 2013.

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January 30, 2013 will be Blackberry’s Renaisance

Research in Motion, the company behind the Blackberry line of smartphones has just announced that they will unveil their very much awaited Blackberry 10 on January 30, 2013. Many analysts have indicated that this new operating system may be the Canadian telecom company’s saving grace as the company’s market share in the smartphone industry has slowly dwindled in recent years while its losses has ballooned due to its inability to keep up with more updated and intuitive platforms such as iOS, Android and of course its main rival in the corporate smartphone segment – Windows Phone.

However, RIM has caused disappointment to a lot of BB fans this year when it failed to unveil the newer and fresher version of its mobile operating system. And instead, the company announced that the new OS will just be released the following year. According to reports, RIM postponed the release OS 10 as the company wanted to further improve and further polish the operating system and unveil it to the public only once they feel that it’s completely bug free and optimized.

The first version of Blackberry OS 10 was first handed down to developers, last May 2012; and just two months ago, additional features of the operating system were circulated in a special event that also showcased the Dev Alpha B handset. Notable new features of OS 10 include an updated home screen, an advanced version of the inbox called Blackberry Hub, a new version of BBM and gesture-based controls to name a few.

Two devices are also expected to be shown on January 30. One of them is the earlier rumored “London” that sports a 1.5GHz dual core processor, 1GB of RAM, an 8MP camera and 16GB of internal storage. And we might even see the Blackberry Laguna. Nevertheless, only time will tell if RIM will stay true to its words and give us OS 10 come January 30, 2013. In any case, all we can do is wait.

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Huawei Announces Honor 2

Slowly but surely, the Chinese company Huawei is proving to the world that it can be a force to be reckoned with when it comes to the smartphone race. Just last week, the company announced their first ever Windows Phone device – the W1. And this week, Huawei unveiled the Honor 2 Android smartphone.

The Honor 2 is the company’s first quad-core phone and will be powered by the company’s own K3V2 chipset with the quad-core processor clocked at 1.4Ghz. It will have 8GB of internal memory and 2GB or RAM and will run on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Expected to be released before the end of 2012, the Honor 2 features a 4.5-inch IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels with a pixel density of 326 pixels per inch.

In terms of connectivity, it will have HSDPA connection speeds and support for Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n with DLNA, microUSB support and Bluetooth v3.0 with A2DP. The device has an 8MP rear camera capable of capturing images at a maximum resolution of 3264 x 2448 pixels with autofocus, geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection, HDR and LED flash. There’s also a 1.3MP camera at front which can record videos at 720p at 30 frames per seconds.

Sensors on the device include an accelerometer, gyro sensor, proximity sensor and compass. The browser on the Honor 2 will support HTML5. There will also be support for GPS (A-GPS) with GLONASS and an FM radio tuner.  

Prices are expected to be at around $300 or at around P12,000-P13,000, which is pretty amazing given its specs. However, it is still uncertain when the Honor 2 will reach the Philippines, for those who can’t wait, Huawei is already offering several handsets in the market today including the first generation Huawei Honor, the Ascend smartphone line, the Vision and of course the MediaPad.

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W1: Huawei’s First Try on WP8

The Chinese multinational networking and telco equipment manufacturer is once again strengthening its smartphone product line with the rumoured W1 – the company’s first phone powered by Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 mobile operating system. And actually, the W1 would be the first phone on Huawei’s history that will be powered by an operating system created by Microsoft. Images of the phone were first seen from evleaks twitter account a few days ago.

Based on preliminary reports, the W1 will be powered a 1.2 GHz dual-core krait processor, 4.0-inch screen and a 5MP camera with autofocus and LED flash. It will also have 512MB of RAM and will have an Adreno 225 GPU on a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 chipset. It’s also nice to know that the W1 will have support for memory expansion of up to 32GB, which is a very nice improvement of WP8 over its predecessor.

A more detailed list of the W1's features is shown below.

2G Network GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900
3G Network HSDPA
Display Type TFT capacitive touchscreen, 16M colors
Display Size 480 x 800 pixels, 4.0 inches (~233 ppi pixel density)
Multitouch Supported
Alert types Vibration, MP3, WAV ringtones
Loudspeaker Supported
3.5mm jack Supported
Expandability microSD, up to 32 GB
Internal Memory 4 GB, 512 MB RAM
GPRS/EDGE Supported
WLAN Supported: Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n
Bluetooth Supported: v2.1 with A2DP, EDR
USB Connection Supported: microUSB v2.0
Primary Camera 5 MP, 2592х1944 pixels, autofocus, LED flash
Camera Features Geo-tagging, touch focus, face detection
Video Capability 720p@30fps
Secondary Camera To be announced
Operating System Microsoft Windows Phone 8
Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon S4
Processor Dual-core 1.2 GHz Krait
Graphics Adreno 225
Sensors Accelerometer, proximity
Messaging Supported: SMS, MMS, Email, Push Email
Browser With HTML5 Support
Radio To be announced
GPS Supported: with A-GPS support and GLONASS
Java No
Colors Blue
Additional Features  SNS integration
 MP3/WAV/WMA/eAAC+ player
 MP4/WMV/H.264/H.263 player
 Document viewer
 Photo viewer
 Voice memo/dial
 Predictive text input
Battery Standard battery, Li-Ion 2000 mAh

The handset is expected to be announced next month. There is no information yet about the possible price of the device, but given that it’s a WP8 device, expect prices to start from $450 (at the most conservative price point). It's also uncertain whether the W1 will reach the Philippines, so for now, Filipino consumers would have to settle with the company's droid phones which includes the Honor, Ascend G300, Vision and of course the MediaPad. 

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Lenovo Mobile Upgrades the P700

Lenovo Mobile Philippines just released an upgraded version of its very capable smartphone the Lenovo P700 with a more powerful and uniquely named P700i. Both phones are almost identical with the exception of the dual-core MediaTek MT6577 processor in the P700i.

Price-wise, the P700i will sell for Php10,999, the same price as the original P700, which is a little bit of a bummer if you’ve just recently purchased the P700. As a consolation prize, Lenovo slashed Php1,000 from the P700’s price tag which will now sell for Php9,999.

The P700i will be available in either Dark Blue or white and will have the same spec sheet as its predecessor which is outlined below.
  • Dual SIM, Dual Standby
  • Android OS 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 4.0 inches IPS-LCD Capacitive Multi-Touchscreen
  • WVGA 800x480 pixels, 16M colour display
  • 3G / HSPA Technology
  • 1GHz Dual-core CPU (MT6577 Processor)
  • 512MB RAM, 4GB ROM
  • 755MB Internal Memory + 1.85GB USB Storage
  • Expandable memory up to 32GB via microSD card
  • 5.0 Megapixel with Auto Focus + VGA Camera
  • 2500 mAh Battery Capacity
  • USB and Bluetooth Tethering
  • Portable WLAN Hotspot
  • GPS with AGPS support
  • Wireless FM Radio, FM Transmitter
  • Gravity Sensor, Proximity Sensor, Light Sensor
  • Voice Call Recorder
So do you think that the P700i is a phone that brings the most value to your money? If you're looking for a phone with an affordable price tag and decent performance, then this phone might be the one for you :)

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Acer Aspire S7 & Nokia Lumia 510

Acer has announced this week that they will be starting to sell the Acer Aspire 7 before this month ends. The Aspire S7 debuted in Taipei, Taiwan earlier this year at COMPUTEX – one of Asia’s premier IT conferences.

As the name suggests, the Aspire S7 is the bigger brother of the Aspire S3 and S5 ultrabooks. But unlike the two, the S7 will run the latest version of Microsoft’s Windows operating system. The S7 will come in two versions, a 13.3-inch model and an 11.6-inch version. The 13.3-inch Aspire will feature a glossy Gorilla glass lid while the 11.6-inch model will fashion an aluminum lid.

Both ultrabooks will feature a touchscreen display which is typical for devices running on Windows 8 and will have a very slim profile measuring at only 12mm and weigh less than 3 pounds. They will also both feature the same backlit keyboard and HD displays with a native resolution of 1920x1080 pixels. As for performance parts, the smaller S7 will have an Intel Core-i5 CPU while its larger counterpart will have an i7, both will have 4GB of RAM and at least 128GB SSD and will retail for around $1400 and 1650 respectively.

In other news, a leaked photo of a rumored Nokia Lumia 510 surfaces on the internet today. The phone which was first spotted in China a few weeks back will reportedly feature a 4.0-inch screen, an 800 MHz processor and 256MB of RAM. And since it’s a Windows smartphone, it will probably feature the basic bells and whistles of devices in its class.

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The Lumia 510 as the name implies will target entry level smartphone consumers and will probably be first released in specific countries like China. Lastly, based on the leaked photos, the phone still has the old homescreen UI found in Windows Phone 7.

RAZR i: The INTELigent Moto

Motorola has just announced a new handset this month to add to its growing list of Android devices. But unlike other RAZR phones in the company’s arsenal, The Motorola RAZR i XT890 is not powered by your usual ARM-based processors. Instead the RAZRi is powered by a 2 GHz Intel Atom processor.

This phone is one of a few handsets in the market that is powered by such a processor. This however, is not Intel’s first attempt to get a bite off of the mobile phone processor industry. You may have remembered in the past that Intel tried to win smartphone manufacturers over with various mobile platforms such as the McCaslin, Menlow and Moorestown, all of which had trouble keeping up with ARM’s SOC processors.

Although Intel has been known to produce very powerful processors in the past, this strategy have proven unsuccessful in the mobile processor wars. In contrast to ARM’s battery efficient processors, Intel’s were power guzzlers and it took the company a while to realize that.

Intel therefore went back to the drawing board and created a new processor that would fit the demands of smartphones and other mobile devices. And this is represented by the announcement of the RAZR i.

Other than the new processor, the RAZR i packs relatively the same features as other Android phones in Motorola’s lineup.  For starters, this phone runs on Android v4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, has a 4.3-inch screen with a resolution of 540x960 pixels. The screen is Super AMOLED advanced capacitive touchscreen protected by Gorilla glass.

It has 8GB of onboard storage with a microSD expansion slot capable of supporting up to 32GB cards. It has 1GB of RAM and supports Wi-Fi 802.11 s/b/g/n standards as well as v2.1 Bluetooth. The RAZR i has an 8.0 megapixel rear facing camera able to capture images at a resolution of 3264x2448 pixels and is equipped with autofocus and a LED flash. Software improvements in the camera include touch-focus, geo-tagging, face detection, image stabilization and HDR. The camera can also capture videos in high-definition at 1080pixels at 30 frames per second.

The phone also has a front-facing VGA camera, an accelerometer, A-GPS, proximity sensor and built-in compass. The RAZR i is available in Black or White and will sell for around US$545 or roughly PHP22,000+ in the Philippines (that is, if it arrives here at all).

So what do you think of the new Intel-powered RAZR phone? Does it have what it takes to get ARM a run for its money? Well, one thing’s for sure, the positive feedback of both smartphone manufacturers and consumers with the new Intel Atom processors will definitely ignite stiffer competition between Intel and ARM which can in turn drive prices even lower. Which is a good thing right?

X and S Replaces Titans in HTC Lineup

Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer HTC has just welcomed two of the newest members of its Windows Phone family. Directly opposite the HTC One X and One S from the company’s Android lineup are the HTC Windows Phone 8X and 8S. The company has been in the fore front of the Windows Phone race with the company representing over half of all the WP7 phones in the past two years or so.

And even though Microsoft is now favoring Nokia over other manufacturers when it comes to the use and development of the Windows Phone operating system, HTC hopes to still retain its fan base with the arrival of the 8X and the 8S. And with the announcement of the Nokia Lumia 920 and 820, the stakes are now even higher for HTC to attract more consumers to buy their handsets. But are the features 8X and 8S enough to win over Windows Phone fans from Nokia’s camp or even Android and Apple fans?

Here’s a quick overview of the features and design of the two WP8 devices from HTC.


The 8S is the WP8 equivalent of the HTC One S Android smartphone. The phone has a two-toned body around 10.3mm thin with a 4.0-inch S-LCD capacitive display protected by Corning’s Gorilla Glass. It has an internal memory of 4GB and 512MB of RAM.

It has Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and v2.1 Bluetooth. The 8S is powered by dual-core 1GHz Krait processor on a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 chipset. The S-LCD screen is able to produce around 16M colors with a pixel density of 233 pixels per inch. The phone has a rear facing camera able to capture images at 5MP resolution and video at 720pixels at a rate of 30 frames per second. The camera is equipped with autofocus functionality, geo-tagging, touch focus and face detection plus a LED flash for taking pictures in low light conditions.

Furthermore, the phone has an Adreno 225 dedicated graphics processor, an accelerometer and a proximity sensor.  It also has A-GPS support and GLONASS as well has HTML5 native support for browsing. Just like the iPhone and the Lumias, the 8S will support MicroSIM cards only.

The device will be powered by 1700mAh Li-ion battery and will come in a variety of colors including: domino, fiesta red, atlantic blue and high-rise gray. HTC has also brought the Beats audio sound enhancement feature on board the WP8 phones so no more Beats-envy for WP8 users. J


Just like the 8S is for the One S, the 8X is of course the WP8 counterpart of the HTC One X. Unlike the 8S, the 8X has a unibody design and has a thinner profile at 10.1mm and a larger screen at 4.3 inches. This phone also has a higher screen resolution set at 720x1280 pixels compared to the 480x800 pixel resolution of the 8S.

It also has an improved GPU, an Adreno 225 to be specific. And on top of that, it features an 8MP camera with autofocus, geo-tagging, touch focus and can capture video at 1080p at 30 frames per second with continuous focus. The front facing camera has a resolution of 2.1 megapixels.  The 8X also has NFC capabilities and a beefed up 16GB of internal memory and 1GB of RAM on a Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon processor.

For the similarities, this phone also feature the same Beats Audio sound enhancement feature that improves bass and treble for audio files. It offers the same support for Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n and v2.1 Bluetooth with A2DP, EDR. A-GPS support and GLONASS are also available in the 8X as well as a built in accelerometer, proximity sensor and compass.

The phone also supports MicroSIM cards only. The display is also protected by Gorilla glass from Corning and the processor is a 1.5 GHz Krait with two cores. The phone’s browser also supports HTML5 just like in the 8S. In terms of colors, the device will come in California blue, graphite black, flame red and limelight yellow.

So what do you think of the two WP8 phones from HTC? Do you think they can win Windows Phone fans and other smartphone users to make the switch? Your guesses are as good as mine. For now, only time can tell if these two phones will be a hit to smartphone users.


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