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Week 2 in review: Samsung A and E series, HTC Desire 826, Nokia N1

The past week has been a real busy one, with CES dominating the headlines. If you were busy, or did not manage to catch something from the Las Vegas event we have you covered with a recap, as well as an overview of the most popular phones and one for the most popular tablets and smartwatches that made an appearance at the conference.

Still a lot of other important news surfaced during the week outside of Las Vegas. Samsung made four new Snapdragon 410-powered devices available. These are of course the aluminum-frame Samsung Galaxy A3 and Galaxy A5 as well as the polycarbonate-unibody Galaxy E5 and Galaxy E7. The impressively thin Samsung Galaxy A7 also made an appearance this past week, although it’s yet to debut in the market.

Nokia has been popping up a lot in the news lately, mostly because of its superb Android-powered N1 tablet. Last week it not only destroyed the iPad Mini 3 in AnTuTu benchmark scores but also sold out completely in just a whopping 4 minutes after its launch in China.

Sony also made the headlines with a rumor that it will offer both a FHD and a QHD variant of its future flagship device – the Xperia Z4. This is welcome news to pretty much every Sony fan out there as it satisfies both high-res enthusiast and performance seekers. The Japanese company continued to delight its users with a confirmation of their intention to bring Android Lollipop to three of its Z family smartphones all the way to Z1!

Microsoft and Nokia fans and collectors have been treated to limited Golden Nokia editions of the Lumia 930 and Lumia 830.

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HTC launches Desire 826 with 64-bit Snapdragon processor

Taiwanese smartphone manufacturer HTC has updated its mid-range Desire lineup with the addition of a new smartphone. Dubbed Desire 826, the device was announced by the company at the ongoing CES in Las Vegas. Specifications-wise, the smartphone sports a 64-bit Qualcomm Snapdragon 615 chipset…


Nokia sells 20,000 N1 tablets in China in 4 minutes

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Samsung launches Galaxy E7, E5, A5 and A3 in India

Samsung is currently officially launching the Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3 in India alongside the new Galaxy E7 and Galaxy E5 which it simultaneously has officially announced. We are already familiar with the specs of the A3 and the A5. The A3 has a 4.5-inch qHD Super AMOLED display, 1.2GHz…


Samsung shows its thinnest phone yet - the Galaxy A7

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Golden Lumia 930 and 830 officially announced

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Sony promises to roll out Android 5 to Xperia Z3 lineup next month

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Xiaomi to announce super-thin flagship smartphone next week

Xiaomi has unveiled its plans to host a launch event for a new, super-thin flagship smartphone. The company is holding the event on January 15 at the National Conference Center in Beijing and has outed a teaser image to focus on the upcoming phone’s thinness. There aren’t any rumors…


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