Smartphones

Microsoft Goes Low-End With Lumia 650

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Microsoft announces the Lumia 650-- a successor to the low-end Lumia 550 featuring a featuring an anodised aluminium border and a 5-inch 1280x720 resolution OLED display.

Lumia 650Specifications are fairly basic, being a quad-core 1.3GHz Snapdragon 212 processor, 1GB RAM, 16GB storage, 2000mAh battery and 8MP rear-/5MP front-facing cameras. It supports NFC and LTE connectivity and is fairly thin and light, being 6.9mm thick and weighing all of 122g.

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Vaio Presents Windows Phone

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The independent Vaio chooses a perhaps unusual operating system for its second smartphone-- Vaio Phone Biz is a sleek handset running on Microsoft-powered software, namely Windows 10 Mobile.

Vaio Phone BizFeaturing a style similar to the company's laptops, the Phone Biz is a 5.5-inch smartphone featuring a 1920x1080 resolution display, an octa-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm 617 CPU, 3GB RAM and a 13MP rear-facing camera. Also included is typical Microsoft software such as Office 365 and OneDrive.

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Lenovo to Make Project Tango Smartphone

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Lenovo announces it is working on a Project Tango-enabled smartphone at CES 2016, a collaboration with Google in consumer mobile devices equipped with depth perception.

Project Tango LenovoGoogle revealed Project Tango back in 2014. A brainchild of the search giant's Advanced Technology and Projects (ATAP) group, the project involves granting devices “human-like understanding of space and motion" through sensors and camera vision co-processors. So far it has only been seen in the wild in the shape of a couple of prototype devices-- a 5-inch smartphone and a 7-inch tablet, both carrying 2 back cameras, IR depth sensors and software handling 3D image capture.

Details on the Lenovo Tango-enabled device are lacking, since the company is still working on the final design. However it does say the device will be "less than 6.5-inches" in size and powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor.

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OnePlus Presents Lower-Cost OnePlus X

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The OnePlus 2 gets a lower-end sibling-- the OnePlus X, a lower-cost smartphone with high-end design features such as a glass back and a 5-inch 1920x1080 resolution AMOLED display.

OnePlus XThe OnePlus X will actually be available in 2 versions, the Onyx (features the aforementioned glass back) and a ceramic version limited to just 10000 European customers. Like all other OnePlus devices actually buying the X involves online invites, a system the company says allows for tight inventory management.

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HTC Presents One A9

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HTC launches a midrange addition to the One smartphone family-- the One A9, an Android 6 (aka Marshmallow)-powered handset featuring an aluminium unibody perhaps all too similar to the Apple iPhone.

HTC one The device has a 5-inch 1920 x 1080 resolution display and is powered by an octa-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 617 processor, 3GB RAM, 32GB storage (expandable via microSD slot) and a 1250mAh battery. The rear-facing camera has a 13MP sensor behind a f/2.0 lens, and comes complete with optical stabilisation and dual-tone flash.

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