Samsung Galaxy Alpha is now unofficially available in the US

Samsung Galaxy Alpha made its way to the United States, albeit unofficially. The online retailer Expansys has listed the sleek-looking, metal-clad smartphone as available to ship across the Atlantic.

gsmarena 001 Samsung Galaxy Alpha is now unofficially available in the US

The compact flagship is priced at $ 699.99 for a factory-unlocked device with 32GB of built-in memory and Exynos chipset. Black, gold, and blue colored versions of the handset on the other hand, are available for pre-order.

US carrier compatibility of the device is not detailed. T-Mobile and AT&T Wireless however, are all but certain to play nice with the smartphone.

There is no word on the official arrival of the Samsung Galaxy Alpha to the United States just yet – the Korean giant is currently focused on launching the Galaxy Note 4 in the country. Therefore, picking up an unofficial import might be the safest bet for eager users for some time to come. You can find out all about the SM-G850 in our detailed review.

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iPhone 6 gets two certifications in China, still needs another

A couple of days ago a report surfaced saying that the new iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus don’t yet have a release time frame set for the Chinese market. Apparently not even China Mobile, the world’s biggest carrier by subscriber count, knows when the two models will arrive in its country.

It all has to do with the two iPhones not having been certified for sale in China by the Ministry of Industry and Information Technology, the rumor went. And this has pretty much been confirmed today through an article published by China’s state news agency.

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So far four iPhone 6 models have passed what’s known as China Compulsory Certification (3C), and have also won approval from the State Radio Regulation of China. The 3C system is similar to the European CE, in that it’s a mandatory certification that approves various products to be sold in the Chinese mainland.

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Oppo R1S goes on sale in Malaysia as Oppo R1L, costs €290

Oppo R1S went official in China back in April. It’s a worthy upgrade over its Oppo R1 predecessor with better camera, better Snapdragon 400 chipset and LTE Cat.4 connectivity.

Today Oppo has launched the smartphone in Malaysia, where it is called Oppo R1L. It has identical specs and costs RM 1,198 or about €290.

gsmarena 001 Oppo R1S goes on sale in Malaysia as Oppo R1L, costs €290

In case you need a refresh, the Oppo R1L features a 5″ 720p IPS display and comes in a super slim 7.1mm shell. It is powered by the wide-spread Snapdragon 400 chipset with a quad-core 1.6GHz Cortex-A7 processor and 1GB of RAM. It has a 13MP rear and 5MP front camera, both capable of 1080p video recording. It supports LTE Cat.4 connectivity, the most important upgrade on its predecessor.

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Updated Amazon Fire HDX 8.9 goes official with Snapdragon 805

Alongside the Fire HD 6 and Fire HD 7, Amazon also unveiled an updated Fire HDX 8.9 tablet. The retail giant’s latest flagship slate is now available for pre-order with shipments scheduled to reach customers on October 21.

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The Amazon Fire HDX 8.9 features Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 chipset with 2.5GHz quad-core CPU and Adreno 420 GPU, coupled with 2GB of RAM. The slate is available in versions with 16, 32, or 64GB of built-in memory.

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BlackBerry Porsche Design P'9983 gets official

After leaking back in August, the new BlackBerry Porsche Design P’9983 has been officially announced today. It’s the successor to the P’9982 from last year, which itself succeeded the original P’9981 from 2011.

The new smartphone comes with a 3.1-inch 720×720 touchscreen, an 8 MP rear camera, and a 2 MP front-facing camera. It’s got 2GB of RAM and 64GB of storage that can be expanded via a microSD card slot. 4G LTE support is in, as are dual-band Wi-Fi (802.11n), an FM radio, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, and NFC.

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The P’9983 is powered by a pretty old Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus chipset, which comes with a 1.5 GHz dual-core CPU and an Adreno 225 GPU. Keeping things juiced up is a 2,100 mAh battery. The phone runs BlackBerry OS 10.3. Its dimensions are 119 x 67.1 x 10.6 mm, and it weighs 140g.

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Lumia Cyan and Denim updates come to O2 Germany in Q4

O2 Germany has decided to push the Lumia Cyan and Denim updates at the same time. The roll out will happen as a single update package to eligible Lumia smartphones by the end of the year.

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This is bad news for Lumia owners using O2 Germany services since they’ll have to wait a bit longer for their devices to jump to Windows Phone 8.1 (Cyan update). In the end, the carrier is saving itself the trouble of testing and launching two separate updates and has considered that combining them is for the better.

Interestingly, a Reddit user from Ireland notes that O2 Ireland has already rolled out the Lumia Cyan update to its customers. Guess O2 Germany is experiencing difficulties that aren’t yet disclosed.

Anyway, the Lumia Denim update will come some neat features including launching Cortana from anywhere in the UI, new camera modes and 4K video recording at 24fps.

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NFC on the iPhone 6 only works with Apple Pay

The Apple iPhone 6 and iPhone 6 Plus come with NFC connectivity that makes the Apple Pay service work. However, that’s just about what the connectivity protocol will be used to, at least in the beginning.

gsmarena 001 NFC on the iPhone 6 only works with Apple Pay

This is confirmed by an Apple spokesperson for Cult of Mac, who declined to reveal the company’s future plans of additional uses of the NFC chip. Allegedly though, the company is considering opening the NFC on the iPhone 6 duo to third-party developers in the future.

PC Advisor spoke to experts at RapidNFC, who reveal that the NFC chip inside the Apple iPhone 6 is manufactured by NXP and is capable of providing public open access to developers. This means the iPhone 6 could take advantage of it for other uses such as easy pairing with external speakers and tech gadgets. Just why Apple chose not to include that at launch is anyone’s guess.

Apple showed in some of its promo videos that the iPhone 6 NFC could be used to unlock hotel rooms, for example. The company also revealed a number of companies that get early access to test the NFC opportunities that the iPhone 6 provides. Hopefully, the company will make better use of the new connectivity options in its next iOS revisions.

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