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Huawei Ascend Mate 2 4G At International CES


It’s been a week since International CES in Las Vegas, Nevada. I was taking a look back on what the “WOW factor” was for me, and the Ascend Mate 2 4G from Huawei stood out.

Samsung has been the biggest name in the Android device arena when it comes to smartphones, especially when it comes to bigger displays. Huawei has designed a device that can easily compete with Samsung’s Note series and give them a run for their money.

When first getting my hands on the Ascend Mate 2 4G, I was automatically drawn in by the display. Usually a bigger screen doesn’t do much for me, but a 6.1” display will grab your attention, especially since I’m an iPhone 5S (4” display) user. When playing around with the handset and talking with the Huawei rep, the first feature she pointed out was the 4050 mAh battery that gives you up to 60 hours of battery life. A power user can go up to 12 hours of display with data access. This is perfect for the majority of us who live on our smartphone. Not to mention you’re even able to charge another device right from smartphone as well. Perfect for topping off Bluetooth accessories, etc.   Read more

Purple Galaxy S IV Comes To Sprint

Purple Galaxy S4

Sprint is adding some color to their Galaxy S IV line-up with “Purple Mirage”. Currently Sprint has the Galaxy S IV available in Black Mist and White Frost.

The Galaxy S IV in Purple Mirage will cost $199.99 with a new qualifying agreement. The Galaxy S IV is powered by Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) and has a 5-inch full HD Super AMOLED display.

Other features include:

  • 1.9 GHz quad-core processor
  • 13 megapixel rear-facing camera
  • 2 megapixel front-facing camera
  • 16 GB internal memory (9GB available)
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • 2,600 mAh Lithium Ion Battery

It’s nice to see Sprint adding a little color to their line-up, if you’re interested in getting your hands on the “Purple Mirage” Galaxy S IV head to Sprint store near you or check it out on line at www.Sprint.com.


BlackBerry Z10 Landing In AT&T Stores Starting March 22


BlackBerry fans it’s starting to become a reality that the BlackBerry Z10 will soon be here. Starting tomorrow, Tuesday, March 12th AT&T customers will be able to place their pre-orders for the BlackBerry 10 handset. The BlackBerry Z10 we will be available in AT&T stores March 22nd.

“AT&T customers were the first to experience BlackBerry smartphones and services in the U.S. and we are thrilled to bring the next evolution, the BlackBerry Z10, to the nation’s fastest 4G LTE network,” said Jeff Bradley, senior vice president, Devices and Developer Services, AT&T Mobility. “Customers who have grown to love the tried and true BlackBerry experience will continue to enjoy the easy typing and the secure platform they expect with a fresh platform that lets them get more out of their smartphone with easy access to all their messages in BlackBerry Hub.”

The BlackBerry Z10 will cost $199.99 with a new qualify two-year agreement. If you want to pre-order you can follow this link to AT&T.


Samsung Wants Everyone To Join Them On March 14th

Samsung Unpacked Image

Samsung is holding another one of their press events titled “Unpacked” on the 14th of March. To help gain interest in the event, this morning Samsung tweeted “Be ready 4 #TheNextGalaxy @TimesSquareNYC #UNPACKED” with an image attached.

The tweet wants Samsung fans to be at Time Square on March 14th at 7PM EST, where you can watch Samsung’s Unpacked event via a live stream.

If you don’t live down the street from Time Square don’t worry, you can also watch it in your pajamas on your couch. The stream will be available at www.youtube.com/SamsungMobile.

Start saving up your money for the Galaxy IV.


ZTE Grand Memo Announced

ZTE Grand Memo

Mobile World Congress might as well be Android World Congress as another Android handset is gearing up to hit the market come the second quarter of 2013. ZTE has unveiled the Grand Memo, a 5.7-inch handset.

“The ZTE Grand Memo’s large, high definition screen makes it perfect for media and entertainment, but its uses reach far beyond that,” said Mr. He Shiyou, ZTE EVP and Head of the Mobile Devices Division. “With ZTE’s custom Mifavor UI, a powerful processor, and LTE connectivity, this device offers users a wide array of benefits that go well beyond the capabilities of the typical handset.”

ZTE Grand Memo Black

The ZTE Grand Memo will be using the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with quad-core Krait CPUs.

“Qualcomm Snapdragon platforms are at the heart of over 770 announced smartphones and tablets, and we are thrilled to work with ZTE to bring the Grand Memo to consumers,” said Raj Talluri, senior vice president of product management at Qualcomm Technologies.


  • Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
  • 5.7-inch HD display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with quad-core Krait CPUs
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • 16 GB of internal storage
  • 13 megapixel intelligent AF camera with face recognition and panorama
  • 1 megapixel front-facing camera
  • 3200 mAh battery

As always there are no launch details or pricing on the Grand Memo, but check back as more details are released.


Huawei And LG Firefox Handsets Spotted At MWC

LG Firefox

Alcatel and ZTE have already announced their Firefox OS handsets and we know LG and Huawei are two of the other manufactures that are also working with Mozilla. While they haven’t made any official announcements images of the devices have surfaced.

CNET was able to get some images of what appears to be both Huawei and LG’s handsets on Firefox OS. Now it’s not official if those are the devices, but the tip is that the handsets are in a case full of Firefox phones.

Huawei Firefox

We will keep you up dated as more develops.

Huawei Ascend P2 Makes It Debut In Barcelona

Ascend P2

Huawei a company known for their information and communications technology (ICT) solutions has been inching their way into the smartphone / tablet world. Huawei is in Barcelona, Spain to introduce the Huawei Ascend P2.

The Ascend P2 is another Android smartphone that will ready to launch globally in the second quarter of 2013.

“Ascend P2 is the perfect combination of elegance and power, and further proof that there’s no need to compromise when desiring a perfect smartphone. It is evidence of the outstanding smartphone experiences and great technology that we are committed to bringing to consumers globally,” said Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group.

Huawei feels they will have the world’s fastest 4G / LTE smartphone come launch and according to some of features this device has to offer it might be possible. The Ascend P2 has a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor and is capable of having theoretical downloads speeds of up to 150 Mbps all running on Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean).

Other features include a 4.7-inch LCD display, a 13 megapixel rear-facing camera with HDR, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera and a 2420 mAh battery.

No price or release date have been giving at this time.

Samsung Unveils Galaxy Note 8.0 An 8 inch Phablet, Just Because

Galaxy Note 8.0

Samsung has introduced the newest member to the Galaxy line-up, the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0. The Galaxy Note 8.0 is an 8-inch tablet that can be used as a phone as well. Yes an 8″ phone. Imagine making a call on your iPad Mini of Kindle Fire HD.

The Galaxy Note 8.0 looks like a pretty good device. It offers all the same functionally as the Galaxy Note and Galaxy Note II, but with a new age of S Pen intelligence. Not to mention, it’s 8 inches. We are pretty sure this 8″ size, ability to be used as a phone and has a better screen than the iPad Mini was nothing more then marketing. Everyone wants to claim the best and brightest display and it appears for now, size does matter.

Galaxy Note 8.0 Pic 2

The Galaxy Note 8.0 is has a 8 inch WVGA display (1280 x 800 resolution 189 PPI), 1.6 GHz quad-core A9 processor, 2 GB or RAM, with your choice of 16 GB or 32 GB of internal storage and will be running Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean). The Note 8.0 will also have a 5 megapixel rear camera and 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera.

No prices or an official date have been given, but we can expect to see the Galaxy Note 8.0 in the 2Q of 2013 worldwide in EUR, KOR, NA, SEA, SWA, MEA, CHN, TW and LA.


Mozilla’s Firefox OS Is On The Way, Devices By ZTE, LG, Alcatel And Huawei

Firefox OS

Mozilla has officially announced that their Firefox OS for mobile devices will be operating in 18 world markets and be the first Open Web Devices.

When Firefox OS takes off the first markets to get their hands on the Firefox OS devices will be Brazil, Colombia, Hungary, Mexico, Montenegro, Poland, Serbia, Spain and Venezuela. This is just the first wave of markets to roll out; additional markets will be announced at a later date.

Mozilla is working with manufacturers who have already been busy at MWC (Mobile World Congress) like Alcatel, Huawei, LG and ZTE. All of the first Firefox OS devices will be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset.

We already know of two handsets that have been announced to run Firefox OS. These include the ZTE Open and Alcatel One Touch Fire. Both devices are similar in specifications, but look completely different in appearance.

Specifications for both devices:

ZTE Open

ZTE Open-

  • Available in Orange or Blue
  • 3.5 inch display
  • Cortex A5 based Qualcomm processor
  • 600 MHz
  • 256 MB of RAM
  • 512 MB of internal storage
  • 3.2 megapixel camera

Alcatel OneTouch Fire

Alcatel One Touch Fire-

  • 3.5 inch display
  • 1 GHz processor
  • 256 MB of RAM
  • 512 MB of internal storage
  • 3.2 megapixel camera

Handsets for the U.S. running Firefox OS are expected to arrive in 2014. No prices on the handset announced have been given, but check back in for more details as we find out.

Images Of The Nokia Lumia 520 And 720 Appear Before MWC

Nokia Lumia 520

There have been rumors of the Nokia Lumia 520 and 720 for a while now. Today, just prior to Mobile World Congress, images of the two Window Phones have surfaced. No additional leaks as far as specifications or price yet.

Nokia Lumia 720

Look for an official announcement from Mobile World Congress this coming Monday, February 25th as well as a flood of other announcements.