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Samsung Galaxy A5 Android smartphone with metallic body, Super AMOLED display and quad-core processor

Samsung Galaxy A5 and Galaxy A3 coming next month

These two handsets are Samsung’s slimmest smartphones to date, featuring full metal unibody designs, Super AMOLED displays, as well as quad-core processors.


Xiaomi is third smartphone maker worldwide

Xiaomi is now the world’s third largest smartphone maker

Smartphone sales during the third quarter increased over 25 percent over last year, while Chinese company Xiaomi now occupies third position in terms of sales, after Samsung and Apple.
Microsoft Band fitness tracker with 10 sensors and a price of $199 USD

Microsoft Band fitness tracker goes on sale for $199 USD

This new wearable can last up to two days on a single charge, can track multiple lifestyle parameters and works with all major mobile operating systems, as well as Facebook and Twitter.
13-inch Lenovo Yoga Tablet 2 with Windows and Intel Atom processor

Lenovo announces Yoga Tablet 2 with Windows

The Yoga Tablet 2 family now includes a 13-inch convertible loaded with Windows, powered by an Intel Atom quad core processor and featuring an ultra slim Bluetooth AccuType keyboard cover.


Samsung Galaxy A7 with Qualcomm Snapdragon 615, Full HD display and 12 MP main camera

Samsung Galaxy A7 shows up on GFXBench

This 5.2-inch Snapdragon 615-powered handset could be announced next month and is expected to cost around $500 USD.
Samsung Galaxy Note Edge Android phablet with curved Super AMOLED display and Exynos processor

Samsung Galaxy Note Edge launches in South Korea

The Note Edge hits South Korea as a concept limited edition that will only sell around 1 million units worldwide, although international availability has not been announced yet.


Fitbit Charge wearable

Fitbit Charge wearable to be available later this year

This $130 USD wristband will be joined by the Charge HR and the Surge in early 2015, last one offering multiple smartwatch features for $250 USD.
Samsung Galaxy S5 Android flagship to get Lollipop update starting in December

Android 5.0 Lollipop for Galaxy S5 coming in December

Samsung is already working on its TouchWiz UI-customized Android 5.0 and it looks like the Galaxy S5 flagship will be the first of its smartphones to get this update, just in time for the holiday season.
OnePlus One 5.5-inch Android phablet with Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 SoC

OnePlus One up for pre-order later today

This long-awaited handset will be available for pre-order to anyone later today, but only for one hour.


Google Motorola Moto 360 gets software update with improved battery life

Moto 360 gets software update

Motorola's smartwatch now offers improved autonomy, as well as multiple tweaks and bug fixes.


LG G3 Screen Android phablet with LG NUCLUN processor

LG unveils G3 Screen phablet equipped with LG NUCLUN processor

The 5.9-inch handset features LG's first processor, an eight-core chip called NUCLUN that uses four Cortex-A15 and four Cortex-A7 cores.
LG G Watch R smartwatch hits the US market in November

LG G Watch R hits the US next month

This round smartwatch goes on sale in the UK today and the United States will follow next month, but it will be soon available for pre-order via Google Play.


Microsoft Next Lock Screen app for Android devices

Microsoft launches four new Android apps

The new set of apps coming from the Microsoft Garage project includes a screen lock app and a voice-controlled game that supports up to eight players.
Verizon Wireless Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Developer Edition with unlocked bootloader and TouchWiz UI

Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Developer Edition coming soon

This special edition costs less than the regular Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and comes with unlockable bootloader, but also keeps the manufacturer's own TouchWiz UI.


Toshiba Satellite Radius 11 2-in-1 convertible with Bay Trail processor and Windows 8.1

Toshiba Satellite Radius 11 hits the US on October 26

This Intel-powered lightweight Windows 8 convertible starts at $329.99 USD and offers five distinct usage modes, a TruBrite HD touchscreen and a full-size keyboard.
Microsoft Windows 10 Technical Preview

Microsoft updates Windows 10 Technical Preview

The current build version of Windows 10 Technical Preview is now 9860 and brings "nearly 7,000 improvements and fixes" compared to 9841, but various problems still remain.


Nexus 4 now has unofficial Android 5 Lollipop update

Google Nexus 4 gets unofficial Android 5 update

Although Google plans to roll out the Android 5.0 Lollipop update for older Nexus handsets soon, Nexus 4 users can already get one unofficial release.


Samsung Chromebook 2 with Intel Celeron N2840

Samsung Chromebook 2 now with Intel processor

This new portable uses an Intel Celeron N2840 processor from the Bay Trail-T family and retails for just $249.99 USD.


UMi Zero slim Android KitKat smartphone with 5-inch Full HD display and quad-core processor

UMi Zero official details now available

This 5-inch Android KitKat handset offers a premium design and high-end features for less than $300 USD.


Apple iPad Air 2 tablet with A8X chip and 10 hours of mixed use on a charge

Apple announces iPad Air 2

The new iPad Air has offers improved battery life and a solid performance increase thanks to the new 64-bit A8X chip under its hood, prices starting at $499 USD.
HP TouchPad with webOS, back in 2010

Cloud services support for webOS ends in January

New webOS app submissions and purchases will end next month, while cloud services support shuts down on January 15, 2015.
HTC Google Nexus 9 with 64-bit NVIDIA Tegra K1 SoC

Google announces Nexus 9 tablet

The new slate is manufactured by HTC and features a 64-bit NVIDIA Tegra K1 SoC, 2 GB of memory, 16 GB or 32 GB internal storage, also offering a generous 281 ppi 9-inch screen. Puls smartwatch with 3G connectivity unveils Puls 3G smartwatch

This smartwatch has full 3G phone capabilities, can connect to the Internet, has GPS, and can also monitor vital signs and activies.


Google Nexus 6 smartphone by Motorola with Snapdragon 805 and QHD display

Google Nexus 6 is now official

The 6-inch handset has a premium design and top specs, including a QHD display, 13 MP camera with OIS, and the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 SoC.


Google Android 5.0 Lollipop unveiled by Google

Google unveils Android 5.0 Lollipop

Android L is now officially known as "Lollipop" and has been unveiled next to the new Nexus lineup which also includes Nexus Player, the first device running Android TV.
Verizon Wireless Motorola Droid Turbo with Qualcomm Snapdragon 805, 4G LTE, 21 MP camera and Android KitKat

Motorola Droid Turbo detailed specs now available

The entire specs list of this upcoming handset has been revealed, showing highlights like the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 SoC or a 5.2 inch display with 2,560X1,440 pixels.


Emdoor EM-I8170 Windows tablet with Intel Bay Trail

Sub-$70 Windows tablets show up in China

Windows tablets powered by Intel Bay Trail processors have been spotted in China with prices as low as $65 USD.
Lenovo Tab S8-50 Android tablet with 8-inch IPS display and Intel Atom Z3745

Lenovo Tab S8 now on sale in the US

This tablet features a Bay Trail-T processor and IPS display and can be purchased from Best Buy for $199.99 USD.


Silent Circle Blackphone with encrypted calls, messages, and secure Web browsing

Silent Circle tablet coming soon

The company who launched the privacy-focused Blackphone smartphone promises to deliver a similar tablet in the near future.
HP 8 G2 Android tablet with Allwinner A33 SoC

HP 7 G2 and HP 8 G2 go on sale

These two tablets can be purchased now from Amazon. They run Android 4.4.2 KitKat and use Allwinner A33 processors.

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Author: Notebookcheck, 2005-09-20 (Update: 2014-08- 1)