Sunday, January 18, 2015

BlackBerry set to launch a limited edition Gold Passport

BlackBerry is about to launch a limited edition Gold Passport. Only 50 pieces of the decked out smartphone will be available to order worldwide

A listing for the upcoming luxury version of the smartphone is already live in BlackBerry’s online store in Canada. The handset is priced at $999.
The Gold BlackBerry Passport will feature metal trim and frets adorned by the precious metal. Each device will be engraved with ‘Limited Edition’ moniker, as well as a production number.
BlackBerry Passport is already available in gold, though not directly from the manufactures. A Vietnamese jeweler showcased the smartphone with 24K gold plating a couple of months ago.
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Saturday, January 17, 2015

BlackBerry Classic is now available to buy in India

For Indian lovers of that classic BlackBerry form factor, here's some good news. BlackBerry has finally decided to launch the Classic in the subcontinent today. Furthermore, the device is already available to buy, so you don't have to wait one moment longer if you've been craving it.
The BlackBerry Classic is up for grabs at Snapdeal and at all BlackBerry Exclusive Stores. To get the latest iteration of a candybar BlackBerry with a full physical QWERTY keyboard underneath the screen, you'll need to pay INR 31,990. That translates into approximately $517 or €444.

The Classic was made official last year as the successor to the Q10 from 2013. It comes with a 3.5-inch 720x720 touchscreen, an 8 MP rear camera with LED flash, a 2 MP secondary cam, and support for Cat.4 LTE (with theoretical peak download speeds of 150Mbps).
It's powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset, with a 1.5 GHz dual-core Krait CPU and Adreno 225 GPU. It has 2GB of RAM, 16GB of expandable storage, and a 2,515 mAh battery. It runs BlackBerry OS 10.3.1.

OnePlus One to get CM-based Android 5.0 next month

Cyanogen founder Steve Kondik revealed that OnePlus One will receive stable Android 5.0 Lollipop update next month. The ROM will be based on CyanogenMod 12 build.

The Cyanogen-based ROM will not be available to OnePlus One users in India. As you probably know by now, Micromax has partnered with Cyanogen to offer its software exclusively on its Yu sub-brand. TheYureka smartphone is the first device from the Indian manufacturer to boot a Cyanogen-based ROM.
OnePlus One users in India will receive an Android 5.0 Lollipop update developed by the Chinese manufacturer. OnePlus recently released an Android 5.0 alpha ROM for overly anxious users.
Steve Kondik also shed some light on the tussle between Micromax and OnePlus in India. As it turns out, Cyanogen got “stuck” in the fight between the two companies. The developers had short exclusivity agreements with both companies - Cyanogen licensed its ROM for free to both Micromax and OnePlus.

Sony Xperia Z4 gets certified by Japanese wireless authority

While CES has been the traditional scene for new Xperia Z announcements, this year the company seems to be keeping its ace for the Mobile World Congress. Meanwhile, the Xperia Z4 has been certified in its home country in three versions – NTT DoCoMo, KDDI and SoftBank.
Al three support LTE, including VoLTE, which is the new generation in voice call technology and is slowly gaining support from carriers. The phones also support Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac.

The new flagship is expected to keep the defining features of the Xperia Z3 – a 5.2" Triluminos display, water resistance and the traditional Xperia design language. The new flagship will most likely be powered by a Snapdragon 810 chipset, which will bring Cat. 9 LTE connectivity, that's 450Mbps.
The Xperia Z4 Ultra and Z4 Compact will use the same chipset, but they will have screen sizes that are polar opposites – 6.44" and 4.7". The Xperia Z4 Compact will have the usual 20.7MP camera, a 5MP selfie camera, and a whopping 3,000mAh battery. The bigger Xperia Z4 Ultra will have a 16MP camera, 3,500mAh or 4,000mAh battery.
Thanks to Claudiu for sending this in!
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HTC Nexus 9 will be offered by O2 UK starting on Monday

This coming Monday, on January 19, the HTC-made Nexus 9 tablet will become available at O2 UK. Obviously you've been able to pick up a contract-free Nexus 9 for a while now, but if instead you wanted to get it with a data plan from an operator, then this surely is for you.
You'll be able to purchase the Nexus 9 for as low as £29.99. To do that, you'll need to pick a plan that offers you 3GB of data each month and costs £32. If you're feeling generous (towards O2, that is), then you can go for a higher data allotment, all the way up to 8GB per month.

This does mean you'll pay more, as you may have expected. There are intermediary options too, of course, a myriad of different contracts - one to suit every taste, it would seem (except if you need more than 8GB each month).
The Nexus 9 will be offered by O2 on its Refresh tariff. That means that you'll be able to upgrade the device before the end of your contract if you pay off its remaining value. This somewhat mitigates one of the problems of such long-terms contracts with operators, allowing you to switch hardware when you get bored (or when the next Nexus tablet hits the market).
It's still unclear which color versions O2 will have in stock. The Nexus 9 comes in three variants - black, white, and sand - the last of which only went on sale a few days ago. We'll find out on Monday though.
If you have an older device around that you don't use anymore, then you can turn that in for O2 to recycle. And if you do that, you can receive a small price reduction for the Nexus 9.