ZTE Grand Memo to come in two variants; one with Snapdragon 800 & other with S4 Pro

ZTE-Grand-Memo_frontThere has been a lot of confusion regarding the ZTE Grand Memo smartphone since the official announcement few days ago. While, company claimed the phone to be running on all new Snapdragon 800 processor at the press event, the Qualcomm came out to reveal that Grand Memo will have Snapdragon 600 not 800.

ZTE’s Grand Memo announcement press release was no help either; the release also stated the presence of Snapdragon 800 in the phone. Journalists present at MWC were baffled to find Memo on display at the ZTE booth running on neither Snapdragon 800 nor Snapdragon 600, but S4 Pro processor with half of the claimed RAM capacity. Read more about ZTE Grand Memo to come in two variants; one with Snapdragon 800 & other with S4 Pro

Google will continue selling devices via Google Play

nexus-4-us-google-playGoogle has revealed that it will continue selling Nexus devices via Google Play and this model is ‘here to stay’. Given the Nexus One web sales debacle and recent Nexus 4 supply issues, one might anticipate that Google would be rethinking its strategy of selling Nexus phones online, but apparently Google isn’t worried.

“We’re getting better at fulfilling demand and kind of operating the store in a way that consumers expect us to,” Jamie Rosenberg, VP of Google Play, noted at a roundtable session at Mobile World Congress 2013. Read more about Google will continue selling devices via Google Play

LG announces world’s smallest wireless charger ‘WCP-300’

Wireless_charger-wcp-300Wireless charging will soon be present in almost all flagship smartphones and it makes sense that the manufacturers to start focussing on wireless chargers. After a beautiful Nexus 4 wireless charger, LG has now announced the so-called world’s smallest wireless charger – WCP-300 today.

Despite the small size, company claims that the charging area on WCP-300 is 1.7 times wider than company’s previous generation wireless charger. Read more about LG announces world’s smallest wireless charger ‘WCP-300’

NVIDIA shows off Tegra 4i, Phoenix dev phone in video

phoenix-demoNVIDIA has released a small product demonstration video for company’s recently announced Tegra 4i chip with on-board LTE and Phoenix reference smartphone. The first devices running on this new chip are expected to be released later this year.

Codenamed Project Grey, Tegra 4i is company’s first processor to come with integrated 4G LTE modem. The lack of integrated LTE modems has cost NVIDIA significant business in the US and European markets as manufacturers opt for Qualcomm chips for their LTE phones. Read more about NVIDIA shows off Tegra 4i, Phoenix dev phone in video

Firefox OS Booth

Sony, LG & Huawei partner Mozilla for Firefox OS phones

Firefox_Booth_MWC-2013Mozilla came to Mobile World Congress 2013 with a lot of news including information about its new handset partners. Company announced that Huawei and LG are the latest manufacturers to join its initiative and will release Firefox OS based smartphones later this year. We are now also hearing that Sony will another entrant in Firefox OS arena and it has partnered with telecom operator Telefonica to pool resources for a Firefox OS smartphone in 2014.

Sony has been focusing only on Android for the last few years, but hasn’t really seen much of success but it sees a big chunk of smartphone market in emerging countries and wants to tap that using Firefox OS phones. Read more about Sony, LG & Huawei partner Mozilla for Firefox OS phones

ZTE Grand Memo

ZTE announces Grand Memo with Snapdragon 800 CPU (Updated)

ZTE has become the first manufacturer announce an Android smartphone with Qualcomm’s flagship Snapdragon 800 processor launched a Snapdragon 600 powered smartphone at MWC. This high-performance CPU will come as a part of ZTE’s Grand Memo smartphone. (See update below)

ZTE Grand Memo features a 5.7-inch 720p display, 1.7GHz quad-core processor, Android 4.1, and 13MP rear camera. The phone also packs 3200 mAh battery and 16GB of internal storage. ZTE will also be releasing a LTE variant of the phone, which will have 1080p display instead of 720 in HSPA version.zte-grand-memo

On an interesting note, ZTE has include a Mi-POP feature on the phone, which is actually a small set of controls that appear on the screen wherever is most comfortable for users, Read more about ZTE announces Grand Memo with Snapdragon 800 CPU (Updated)

Asus Fonepad

Asus FonePad announced, packs 3G & voice calling

To go on sale in March, starting $249

Asus has taken the wraps off its first Intel-powered Android tablet at MWC today. Dubbed as Asus FonePad, the tablet comes with in-built 3G and voice-calling support.

Asus FonePad features a 7-inch display, Android 4.1, 1GB RAM, and Intel Atom Z2420 processor. The tablet also packs 3MP rear camera, 1.2MP front camera, 8/16GB of internal storage, and microSD card slot. Asus is planning to launch different versions of the tablet in Europe and APAC region, which will have slightly different specs.ASUS_Fonepad

“It is ideal to have a larger screen with entertainment, social media and other online activities now playing an increasingly important part in our mobile lifestyles,” said Jonney Shih, ASUS Chairman. “The incorporation of 3G mobile data with full telephony support makes the Fonepad the perfect combination of a tablet and phone in one single device.” Read more about Asus FonePad announced, packs 3G & voice calling