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MWC

  • Lenovo flaunts S-series trio of budget Android phones

    Lenovo has just unveiled three friendly, budget smartphones at MWC 2014 to further widen its S-series offering. The trio, namely the S860, S850 and S660, comes with Android 4.2 out of the box and all has dual SIM functionality. The Lenovo S860 is meant to be all about the battery, and people who live off their smartphones 24/7. As mentioned by NDTV, it’s supposed to last you up to forty days on standby and 24 hours of talk time on a 3G connection. It even comes with an on-the-go battery charger. The S860 touts a 5.3″ HD display, 2GB...

  • Sony’s SmartBand life-logging wearable coming in March

    Sony is yet again showing off its latest piece of wearable tech, the SmartBand, at the MWC 2014. After the company gave us a nibble of information at CES in January, Sony’s now marketing the SmartBand with its dedicated Lifelog app that’s meant to be something more than your average fitness tracker. It’s been announced that the SmartBand will start rolling out to over sixty countries in March together with Sony’s Lifelog app. Apart from the usual fitness trackers that track your sleep, calorie intake, steps and so forth, the SmartBand is meant to do that and way more....

  • Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2 hands-on review: powerful, rugged and impressive

    Samsung has always enjoyed dabbling with the rugged crowd: be it theoriginal Xcover or the Beam range, it’s enjoyed offering up more robust phones. The Samsung Galaxy Xcover 2 brings with it a whole new gamut of features and functionality and really shows straight away that it’s not a phone to be messed with. And here’s some more good news for you tough fiends – the Xcover 2 release date is set for 7 March, which is barely any time at all to save up the €319 (£275 / AUS$405 / $415) it’s slated to cost. Let’s get the key features that make it...

  • Alcatel One Touch Fire hands-on review: the feature phone killer?

    The Alcatel One Touch Fire isn’t your ordinary low-end handset, oh no this one comes running the new, purely HTML 5-based Firefox OS from those web browser guys over at Mozilla. Announced alongside the ZTE Open, both handsets are destined for emerging markets including Latin America and Eastern Europe, as well as Spain, with the aim of ridding the world of feature phones. If you’re lucky enough to be residing in one of the regions that will be first to experience Firefox OS, you can expect the One Touch Fire to arrive this summer, sporting a sub-US$100 (£65/AU$100) price tag. It’s unlikely that the...

  • Samsung Galaxy Young hands-on review: super-budget smartphone

    Samsung knows there’s a lot to be gained in the cheap phone game, so has released the basic Galaxy Young. Similar in many ways to the new Samsung Galaxy Fame, and likely to be sold side by side in some outlets, the Young skimps on a number of specs in order to bring an ultra-low price to consumers. As the name clearly suggests, this is a smartphone designed for the whippersnappers, those who don’t want to do anything more than download a few apps, show off to their friends and generally do smartphone things that don’t involve trawling through a million menus...

  • HP Slate 7 hands-on review: welcome to the party [MWC]

    After its aborted efforts with WebOS and the TouchPad two years ago, it appears that HP thinks now is the time to get involved with tablets. Here is the Slate 7 – a 7-inch tablet running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. And why not? After all, though we think of tablets as a market that’s ‘Apple plus others’, it’s worth remembering that it’s actually in its infancy both in terms of the technology itself and the number of people globally that actually have a tablet – think how complex or widespread the PC or a mobile phone were after only a few years. And, of course,...

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 hands-on review: supersize me

    Fed up with the likes of Apple and Google stealing its tablet thunder, Samsung has launched the latest in its stylus-powered range. TechRadar nabbed a decent chunk of hands on time with the new device, and it’s clear that the tablet is different from the rest of the larger devices Samsung has on offer, taking most of its design cues from the likes of the Samsung Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2. Clad in the familiarly light polycarbonate, the device brings a smaller form factor that’s designed to be held in one hand. But like the iPad mini before it, the...

  • The Nokia 105 $20 feature phone is dirt cheap and loving it [MWC]

    Mobile World Congress 2013 has a spectacular slew of smartphones and tablets, but let’s not forget about the little guys, the feature phone. Nokia’s gone and released the 105, a US$20 baby-brother with a colour screen (wow, colour) and a FM Radio. There’s also the US$85 301, but the focus here is this throwaway gem. Here’s what you need to know: The Nokia 105, pocket change redefined  Features include the above-mentioned FM radio, a flashlight, speaking clock, 12.5 hours of talk time, 35 hours standby and a 1.45-inch “true colour screen”. It’s going to be released in China, Egypt, India, Indonesia, Nigeria,...

  • Nokia Lumia 720 and 520 revealed: from ultra thin to super cheap [MWC]

    Mobile World Congress says yes to two new Nokia Lumia’s, the 720 and 520. Read all about these cheap and cheerful Windows Phones below: Lumia 720 Here’s the official skinny on what Nokia is deeming a mid-range device. The Lumia 720 has a 4.3-inch display, 512MB RAM, a 1Ghz CPU and 8GB storage. It’s a mid-range Windows Phone, at a mid-range price, namely US$340. It has some cool features though that will distinguish it from the rabble. Namely that it’s 9mm thin with NFC and wireless charging. No LTE though, presumably it would have pushed up the price. Nokia’s skinny Lumia 720Possibly...

  • Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0: sticking to stylus? [MWC]

    Outed at Mobile World Congress 2013 (MWC), Samsung has launched the Galaxy Note 8.0, the tiny stylus-toting successor to the Note 10.1. Here’s what we know about it so far: The Note 8.0 will run Android 4.1.2, Jellybean to everyone else. It’ll be the TouchWiz version, that messy UI Samsung is still overlaying on its devices. CPU is a 1.6Ghz quad-core puppy with 2GB RAM and the 1200×800 display will use the S-Pen, Samsung’s answer to the stylus. According to The Verge, the device house somewhere between 16GB and 32GB of internal memory. It has a 5-megapixel camera on the...