MediaTek outs MT6753 chipset with a 64-bit octa-core processor

Back in August, MediaTek announced its flagship chip – the MT6795. It has an octa-core Cortex-A53 processor clocked at 2.2GHz and PowerVR G6200 GPU. The latest lineup of chipsets also has the MT6735 (octa-core 1.7GHz Cortex-A53, Mali-T760MP2), MT6732 (quad-core 1.5GHz Cortex-A53, Mali-T760MP2) and MT6735 (quad-core 1.5GHz Cortex-A53, Mali-T720).

Indeed MediaTek prepared very well with a variety of platforms, all of them targeting specific devices and all of them featuring rich connectivity options including LTE.

Today MediaTek is adding a new member to this rich lineup – the MT6753. The new SoC offers octa-core Cortex-A53 processor ticking at up to 1.7GHz and Mali-T760 GPU. The new chipsets supports LTE Cat.4 and covers more LTE bands than ever. It also features CDMA 2000 1x and EVDO Rev.A.

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HTC Nexus 9 hands-on: First look

GSMArena team, 24 October 2014.

Introduction

The Nexus 9 by HTC was a hotly anticipated device on several fronts – it’s the first tablet with Android 5.0 Lollipop, it brings HTC back into the tablet game, it’s the first big Nexus tablet in two years and it’s the first Nexus tablet that goes after a more premium market.

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Google Nexus 9 by HTC official photos

HTC hasn’t made a tablet since 2011′s Jetstream and we have to say we’ve missed it. The company’s well-known premium touch has been carried over to the Nexus lineup, which in recent years focused solely on mass market affordability. The new Nexus 6 (by Motorola) smartphone and Nexus 9 tablet (by HTC) show Google has enough confidence in its home brand to push for the higher segments of the market.

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LG G3 to get Android 5.0 Lollipop update by the end of 2014

The LG G3 is going to sport Android 5.0 Lollipop by the end of the year, according to an LG representative for the Netherlands and Belgium cited by TechTastic. He didn’t give a more specific time frame, as we suspect the company is going to make an official announcement regarding its update plans.

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The LG G3 is probably going to be joined by the LG G Pro 2 since both are the company’s flagships as of now. However, we suspect more devices will be blessed with Android 5.0 Lollipop goodness such as the LG G3 S, G3 Stylus, G2 and the mid-range L90 and L70.

We don’t know yet how LG plans to alter its most recent Optimus UI to better suit the new spirit of Android. The company likes to add a lot of additional features, so it’ll be interesting to see how it manages to incorporate them in a hopefully clean and useful fashion.

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Apple may pay Foxconn more for each iPhone 6 Plus

A media report from Taiwan claims Apple could be ready to pay more to Foxconn for its manufacturing services for the iPhone 6 Plus. This would hopefully have the effect of encouraging the Taiwanese company to make more iPhone 6 Plus units.

Those are needed because the market demand for Apple’s first phablet apparently exceeded expectations. So Apple needs some more iPhone 6 Plus inventory, and fast. Hence the presumed pay hike to Foxconn.

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Right now, the giant electronics manufacturer is said to earn $ 20 for each iPhone 6 Plus it makes. But Apple wants to increase that to $ 24-25. That would obviously boost Foxconn’s results for the fourth quarter of this year. But some of the cash difference may make into its workers’ pockets, to encourage them to produce more goods.

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Motorola Droid Turbo leaks out in live photos

Motorola Droid Turbo for Verizon Wireless made yet another unscheduled appearance. This time around, the soon to be revealed Android powerhouse showed up in number of live photos.

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In line with past leaks, the images showcase the upcoming device in black color scheme. The photos also confirm the handset’s specs.

Speaking of specs, they include 5.2-inch QHD (2,560 x 1,440 pixels) display, Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 chipset, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage, 21 MP rear camera with dual-LED flash, and huge 3,900 mAh battery. The handset will run Android 4.4.4 KitKat when it launches.

Motorola Droid Turbo will launch in less than a week, on October 28. We will be covering the event live, so be sure to tune in for the full scoop on the smartphone.

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Archos 50 Diamond with 4G LTE announced for 2015

At an event in Paris today, Archos officially announced the 50 Diamond. This is actually quite a high-end phone for the French company that usually focuses on extremely cheap devices.

The Archos 50 Diamond comes with a 5-inch 1080p IPS touchscreen, a 16 MP rear camera with LED flash, and an 8 MP front snapper. Powering things up is a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 chipset with an octa-core CPU sporting four Cortex-A53 cores that can go up to 1.7 GHz and another four of those that are only clocked at 1 GHz.

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2GB of RAM are in, and the built-in storage space is 16GB, yet there’s also a microSD card slot for adding capacity. The phone supports Cat.4 LTE (150Mbps theoretical peak download speed, 50Mbps up), and it has dual-SIM functionality (dual-active).

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ASUS Japan teases new Zenfones and Zenwatch

ASUS is teasing a launch of a smartphone and a smartwatch on its Japanese website. We’ll know for sure what the company has in store for Japan on October 28, but until then we can only assume what ASUS is preparing.

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The company unveiled the ZenWatch at IFA 2014 sporting a a 1.63″ AMOLED display with a resolution of 320 x 320px, resulting in 278ppi and a Snapdragon 400 chipset with a 1.2GHz CPU and 512MB of RAM. Based on the teaser image and what we saw on the IFA showroom floor, this might be just a local launch but we can’t help but hope for a brand new device.

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