Huawei G Play Mini becomes official in Italy

Today Huawei has made a new smartphone official in Italy. It’s called G Play Mini for whatever reason, and it’s already available to purchase for €229 ($ 254) without a carrier contract.

The Huawei G Play Mini is rather intriguing, because it has the exact same specs as the Honor 4C which got official in China yesterday, but the design is slightly different. This is most obvious in the upper part of the front side of the two devices.

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Why the company chose to pair the internals of the Honor 4C with another design and name instead of simply releasing that in Italy is still a mystery.

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Watch the Microsoft Build event live here

Microsoft’s annual BUILD conference is just minutes away and we will be keeping a close eye on the announcements and especially the all-important keynote presentation. It is set to start at 5PM GMT and, naturally, Microsoft has promised a live stream, which we will provide as soon as possible, so you can tag along and listen in to the future on Windows.

gsmarena 001 Watch the Microsoft Build event live here

The company’s immensely popular OS is undoubtedly going to be the central topic at the conference. But, unlike previous years, when the discussion has been mostly centered around PC’s and tablets, Windows 10 marks a major expansion in the company’s strategy and thus promises to cover plans and projects spanning across a wide array of devices and tech branches.

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Initial Lenovo A6000 Plus batch sold out in 15 minutes

The first batch of the Lenovo A6000 Plus smartphone, which was launched in India a couple of weeks ago and went on sale on Flipkart yesterday, was depleted in just 15 minutes.

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“Lenovo in association with Flipkart sold out 1 lakh [100,000] units of the recently launched A6000 Plus in 15 minutes”, the Chinese company said in a statement.

For those who aren’t in the know, the handset is essentially an improved version of the already existing A6000, and carries a price tag of INR 7,499 ($ 120).


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LG G4 hands-on: First look

GSMArena team, 28 April, 2015.


The LG G4 is finally and officially here. Now that we got the full scoop, it seems that LG’s next flagship smartphone is all about three things – design, display and camera. The LG G4 body is slightly curved and comes with an optional leather back for some extra flair; the IPS display uses quantum dots for improved color accuracy and the camera has a new lens with improved OIS and wider aperture.

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The new LG G4 is closely related to the LG G Flex2 – to the extent we’re not quite sure which one is the flagship. We see again a curved body design, though the curvature is much more subtle. The screen size is the same, but the G4 comes with a much higher resolution.

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Oppo addresses R7 rumors with official images, specs

Oppo R7 has really been a constant presence in the rumor mill, especially the last few days. A lot of users are excited about the prospect of an edge-to-edge, curved screen, but some new official information might leave a lot of them disappointed.

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It appears Oppo has decided to stop the rumor madness around the upcoming R7 and has sent us some official information about the device, which debunks most of the previous rumors and speculations. Judging from a set of official renders of the device, we can safely say, that the display is not what we expected. Apparently, the R7 won’t come with a curved, edge-to-edge display, like a recent Oppo patent and a lot of alleged videos and photos have been suggesting. Don’t get disappointed though – the bezelless phone might still be in the making, just under a different name.

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BlackBerry Classic white version launches

BlackBerry announced a white color version of the Classic smartphone, which was launched back in December last year, and was available only in black.

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As for the availability, the Canadian company has said the white variant will start rolling out this week in Hong Kong through authorized distributors, and the UK through ShopBlackBerry and Amazon. It will also be available in Italy, Vietnam, Indonesia, the United Arab Emirates, and Saudi Arabia in the coming weeks.

Specs-wise, the BlackBerry Classic is powered by a Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon chipset with dual-core 1.5 GHz Krait CPU, and sports a 3.5-inch touchscreen display. It comes with 2GB RAM, 16GB expandable internal memory, and 2MP front- and 8MP rear-facing camera. The device also features a traditional QWERTY keyboard as well as a trackpad.


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WSJ: Qualcomm unit will help Chinese phone makers sell abroad

According to report in The Wall Street Journal, a dedicated unit by Qualcomm will help Chinese smartphone manufacturers sell their hardware overseas. The chipmaker recently settled a massive antitrust investigation in China by paying a fine of $ 975 million.

gsmarena 001 WSJ: Qualcomm unit will help Chinese phone makers sell abroad

The move is part of Qualcomm’s efforts to strengthen its relationships with manufacturers in China. A company executive told WSJ that the San Diego-based maker of the popular Snapdragon chipsets has set up a globalization office in Shenzhen, which will help local companies touch base with markets abroad.

As a result of the antitrust settlement, Qualcomm will reduce the royalties it collects from manufacturers in China and be more transparent about its local business ventures. The tech giant will also start a $ 150 million fund that will invest in local startups.

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