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.”

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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

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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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Google and Verizon sign a global patent license agreement

Google and Verizon Wireless entered into a patent cross-license agreement. The long-term deal between the search giant and the Big Red covers a broad range of products and technologies.

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Unsurprisingly, avoiding future patent litigation is the main reason behind the deal between the two companies. A cross-license agreement will allow both Google and Verizon to focus on innovation.

Both tech giants are interested in reaching similar arrangements with other companies.

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OnePlus teases announcement taking place tomorrow

OnePlus has been in the news a lot today. There was that purported OnePlus One Mini leak, and then the partnership with MaxxAudio for the One. But it now looks like the company is set to announce something new as soon as tomorrow.

OnePlus posted the image you can see below on its official Google+ account today. So clearly something is coming, but what? You might think it will be the OnePlus One Mini, since it just leaked today, but that device could have been nothing more than a Chinese knockoff.

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If it’s not going to be a new phone, then surely OnePlus will start selling another accessory. And this is where those four blue dots come into the picture. They look incredibly similar to the LEDs that many external battery packs use to signal the amount of charge they’re currently holding.

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Honor T1 by Huawei is an 8″ budget-friendly 3G tablet

Huawei launched the latest member of the Honor family of devices, the 3G-capable T1 tablet. The budget-friendly Android 4.3 slate will hit the shelves in Europe later this month for €130.

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Despite its affordable price tag, Honor T1 surely doesn’t look cheap. Its aluminum unibody looks and feels decidedly premium, especially considering the segment it inhabits.

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Hardware specs of the tablet include Qualcomm Snapdragon 200 SoC with 1.2GHz quad-core CPU, 8” 720p display, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of expandable memory. The device features a 5MP main camera and 0.3MP front-facing unit for video calls.

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Samsung rumoured to unveil Galaxy S6 at CES 2015

Although Samsung typically announces its Galaxy S series smartphones in the February-May period, rumor mills are abuzz that the company could unveil its upcoming flagship, the Galaxy S6, a bit earlier this time.

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According to a report from Korean online publication Chosun Biz, which cites analysts from South Korea-based Mirae Asset Securities (MAS), the Galaxy S6 could be unveiled between January 6 and 9. That coincides with the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas. Furthermore, if the latest rumors are to be believed, we might see the curved screen variant debut alongside the Galaxy S6.

MAS analysts also predict that the South Korean company is aiming to sell a total of around 45 million units of the Galaxy S6, including 10 million units of the Edge variant. Needless to say, none of this has been officially confirmed by Samsung, so like all rumors take it with a pinch of salt.

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New photos of Lumia 1030 leak, device said to be here to stay

A few interesting photos found their way to Baidu today. They show a Lumia prototype device, which is said to be the 1030 McLaren. Interestingly enough we saw very similar photos last month of what appears to be the same unit and perhaps even the same photo-shoot.

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Back then, the Lumia at hand was said to be a cancelled successor to the Lumia 1020, but the new info says it’s actually an upcoming Microsoft smartphone.

The newly leaked shots, unlike the initial ones, show a lot more from the device. It appears to be fully working and we can gather bits and pieces for its specifications from the new post. The alleged Lumia 1030 will supposedly feature a 1080p display, 2GB of RAM, 32GB onboard storage and if initial rumors are to be believed, a quad-core Snapdragon chipset.

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