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    Samsung pins its hopes on Galaxy Alpha's metal frame

    Samsung has launched its new Galaxy Alpha with a metal frame, in a bid to boost sales after the plastic design of its smartphones has been blamed for the company’s recent struggles.

    The Wednesday launch of the latest Galaxy smartphone comes after a difficult second quarter for Samsung. While overall smartphones sales grew by almost 27 percent, Samsung’s shipments dropped. In May, the company also appointed a new head of its design team.

    Samsung has pitched the Galaxy Alpha with its metal frame as a new start, and the design as something “entirely new” compared to the design of its existing products, which have been justifiably criticized for looking cheap irrespective of what they cost.

    However, in reality the shape of the home button still makes it look very much like a Samsung smartphone, and the plastic back has inherited the dimpled design of the Galaxy S5. For some, the changes Samsung has made aren’t nearly big enough.

    “Overall it’s a good phone but I was disappointed with the design, even with the metal frame it feels too plastic,” said Francisco Jeronimo, research director for European mobile devices at IDC.

    Samsung has also decided to make the Galaxy Alpha thin and light: it weighs just 115 grams and is 6.7 millimeters thick.

    Under the hood, the smartphone is based on Android 4.4.4 and powered by an Exynos processor with four ARM Cortex-A15 cores running at 1.8GHz and four Cortex-A7 cores running at 1.3GHz. The screen measures 4.7 inches and has a 1280 by 720 pixel resolution.

    The smartphone also has a 12-megapixel camera on the back and a 2.1-megapixel front camera. It has 2GB of RAM and 32GB of integrated storage, but no microSD card slot. The LTE connection supports download speeds up to 300Mbps, as long as there is a network that can handle it as well.

    Panasonic P81 launched in India for Rs 18,990: Octa-core phablet with 13MP camera

    After a string of teasers, Panasonic has finally pulled the wraps off its newest smartphone dubbed P81. The Panasonic P81 is company’s first octa-core priced at Rs 18,990. The device is now available for Rs 17,999  via  Snapdeal. The online retailer promises to ship the device in two business days.

    The P81 poses a sleek at 7.9mm profile and follows the phablet trend with a 5.5-inch IPS display with 720p resolution. Just like most of the mid-range smartphones entering the Indian market, it comes with dual SIM functionality. It comes powered by an octa-core processor that clocks at 1.7GHz coupled with 1GB RAM. The chipset isn’t specified, but considering the price point and octa-core capability, it could be Mediatek.

    On the camera front, one can expect a 13-megapixel rear snapper with auto-focus and LED flash, and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. It gets 8GB onboard storage, expandable up to 32GB via microSD card slot. The device runs on older 4.2.2 Jelly Bean flavor of Android, and also gets a layer of Play Life UI.

    Other connectivity options include 3G, Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth 3.0 A2DP. The device will also support FM radio. All of this will be fuelled by a 2500mAh battery.

    The device comes packed with app freebies worth Rs 9,900, and accessories worth Rs 2000 along with a leatherette design.

    HTC announces new One X, One S and One V smartphones

    Taiwanese mobile phone giant HTC has announced the new One series of smartphones, including the X, S and V handsets.

    The One X, previously referred to as the HTC Edge or Endeavor, has a powerful quad core 1.5 GHz processor and runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with the HTC Sense 4 user interface overlay.

    HTC One X and One S


    The smartphone comes with a 4.7-inch 720p high definition touchscreen (1280 x 720 resolution) and an 8-megapixel camera with 1080p video recorder. It has 1GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory.

    HTC said that the One X will also be available in select 4G LTE markets with an LTE-enabled Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, including on AT&T in the US.

    The One S also runs Ice-Cream Sandwich with HTC Sense 4, but has a dual core 1.5 GHz processor. It comes with an 8-megapixel camera, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory.

    Users of both new devices can benefit from an additional 25GB of storage for two years, available through HTC's partnership with cloud storage provider DropBox. The phones also come with Beats Audio software for an enhanced audio experience.

    HTC said that the One V is a lower end smartphone that has a "unibody design", a 3.7-inch screen and a rear camera, but no front-facing snapper.

    "The best moments in life are captured with a photo or remembered by a song, so it was key for the HTC One series to improve these emotional experiences with an amazing camera and authentic sound experience," said HTC Corporation chief executive Peter Chou.
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