Upcoming Samsung Galaxy J1 (SM-J100) gets leaked specs

gsmarena 001 Upcoming Samsung Galaxy J1 (SM J100) gets leaked specs

After the already announced Galaxy A series, and the probably soon to be unveiled Galaxy E series, it looks like Samsung will launch the Galaxy J line. This is all part of the company’s new plan to simplify its many, many smartphone offerings in the future, at least when it comes to naming them.

The first handset in the J line will be the Galaxy J1, which bears the model number SM-J100. We’ve already seen a couple of leaks about this phone, in two different iterations. And today a full list of its specs has been leaked.

The Samsung Galaxy J1 will have a 4.3-inch 480×800 TFT LCD touchscreen, a 5 MP rear camera, and a 2 MP front snapper. It will be powered by a Marvell PXA1908 chipset, which has a 1.2 GHz quad-core CPU.

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Meizu Blue Charm Note gets pictured at TENAA

Thanks to TENAA, the Chinese equivalent of the FCC, we may now have the first images actually depicting the upcoming Meizu Blue Charm Note. The handset is due for an official unveiling next week, perhaps along a smaller variant. In the meantime though, we can feast our eyes upon the photography that resulted from TENAA’s certification process.

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Meizu Blue Charm Note

The Meizu Blue Charm Note is expected to go up against Xiaomi’s Redmi Note, as such its specs won’t be flagship-level but should prove decent enough for most use cases.

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Samsung Galaxy S6 imported into India for testing

With CES 2015 right around the corner, hype is naturally building around this year’s flagship announcements. Samsung is unsurprisingly in the spotlight again as the Korean tech giant is said to unveil the next addition to the extremely successful Galaxy line – the Galaxy S6. Today the handset, also known as “Project Zero” was spotted on Zumba – an India import tracking website.

gsmarena 001 Samsung Galaxy S6 imported into India for testing

Apparently if the entry is to be believed a SM-G920F unit, which is the model number for the upcoming device, has found its way to India for research, development and evaluation purposes. This of course is very encouraging and can serve as a sort of indication that the smartphone will probably be unveiled at the annual electronics show.

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ZTE unveils fully voice-powered Star 2 smartphone

ZTE has announced a new smartphone today. It’s called the Star 2, and interestingly this is not the device we’ve seen getting certified for sale in China by TENAA only a few days ago. Design-wise, it’s very close to its predecessor, the Star 1, which was unveiled back in April.

But the Star 2′s main claim to fame is its extensive voice control support. This isn’t just an app – you can do a lot of stuff just by voice. Opening, exiting, and switching between apps, snapping pictures, playing music, and much more. For example, if you lift the phone to your ear, it will ask you who you want to call. The voice control system is active even when the phone isn’t connected to the Internet, and ZTE boasts that it has a response time of 1.2 seconds and a 90% success rate even in noisy environments.

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ZTE Star 2

When it comes to hardware, we’re looking at a 5-inch 1080p touchscreen, a 13 MP rear camera with dual-LED flash, as well as a 5 MP wide-angle front camera. Running the show is a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 chipset with a 2.3 GHz quad-core CPU, 2GB of RAM, and 16GB of built-in storage that’s expandable via microSD cards.

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LG G3 in India is now getting Android 5.0 Lollipop update

The LG G3 is the company’s flagship and naturally it is the first to get the latest Android 5.0 Lollipop treatment. The new firmware update kicked off in Korea earlier this month, followed by a plethora of countries throughout Europe – Austria, the Baltics, Belgium, Croatia, Germany, Hungary, Italy, Portugal, Romania, Spain and the UK.

Naturally the updates were made available to the unlocked devices first, but those purchased through a carrier should be getting the Lollipop soon as well.

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BLU Studio 7.0 goes official with large screen and low price

BLU took the wraps off the affordable Studio 7.0 tablet with 3G connectivity. Curiously, despite its considerable size, the Miami-based manufacturer calls the slate “the world’s first 7-inch smartphone.”

gsmarena 001 BLU Studio 7.0 goes official with large screen and low price

BLU Studio 7.0 packs a 7” display with the rather lowly resolution of 1024 x 600 pixels. The device features MediaTek chipset with 1.3GHz dual-core CPU, Mali 400 GPU, and 1GB of RAM. Network connectivity of the slate includes quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE and tops out at 21Mbps HSPA+.

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The rest of the device’s specs include 8GB of built-in memory, microSD card slot, 5MP main camera, and 2MP front-facing snapper. Android 4.4.2 KitKat is the default OS out of the box.

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4.7-inch Meizu Blue Charm allegedly gets pictured

gsmarena 001 4.7 inch Meizu Blue Charm allegedly gets pictured

On December 23, Meizu is holding an event during which it may introduce two new cheap smartphones – at least that’s what many rumors originating in China have told us so far. These handsets will be launched under a new brand, Blue Charm, a move which kind of reminds us of Huawei and its Honor sub-brand.

One of the handsets is apparently going to be called Blue Charm Note, as it will have a 5.5-inch touchscreen and will clearly be meant to compete with Xiaomi’s Redmi Note.

The other device has the codename K52, and this might be it shown in the picture on the left. The smaller Blue Charm handset will reportedly come with either a 4.6-inch or a 4.7-inch 1080p touchscreen, as well as dual-SIM support (according to the two SIM icons shown on its screen in the image).

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