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September 03, 2013

Low Budget HTC Desire 300 Announced

HTC Desire 300 had been announced by HTC as a low end smartphone. The HTC Desire 300 will join other devices in the Desire Series as the Taiwanese company continues to push out mid-range and low-range smartphones.

The HTC Desire 300 packs with a 4.3-inch display with 800 x 480 pixel resolution. The resolution is considers as a low end quality since the Full HD 1080p had set the standard for the rest. The Desire 300 is powered by 1GHz Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor and 512MB of RAM. The 512MB is suitable for daily usage but not for multitasking activities.

HTC Desire 300 has a 5-megapixel camera on the back while a VGA basic camera on the front. I guess not much people will use the front-facing camera since it is just a basic camera. A few years back, video call feature was popular in Malaysia. With the introduction of smartphone and applications, video call no longer popular as some already forgot that there is a video call feature.

HTC Desire 300 runs on Sense 5 user interface with features include BlinkFeed. It isn’t too bad for a low end smartphone to run on Sense 5 user interface. HTC Desire 300 has a MicroSD slot that supports up to 64GB of internal memory if you think the 4GB of internal memory isn’t enough for usage. HTC Desire 300 has a 1650mAH of battery.

HTC Desire 300 will be launched in October later of the year. It remains to be seen whether HTC Malaysia will bring this low end device here. The price tag should be around RM500 to RM700 for most.

Microsoft Ready To Take On Android With Nokia Acquisition

Finland-based company, Nokia finally announced that its Devices and Services Units had been purchased by Microsoft. Microsoft and Nokia are the close partners since the introduction of Windows Phone operating system where Nokia is the exclusive partner of the Redmond-based company.

Nokia announced that its Devices and Services Units will operate as usual as there are some changes on the top level of the company. Microsoft will bring in several new faces to Nokia and some old faces in Nokia will be removed or transferred to other departments.

At the same time, it is unlikely that Nokia will release Android smartphone in the future. The acquisition of Microsoft had killed off the changes for Nokia to the Android camp. Just take a look at Motorola. Motorola was acquired by Google and the company had introduced the Motorola Moto X based on Android. It doesn’t make sense for Motorola to introduce any Windows Phone or Windows devices in the future. The same goes to Nokia and Microsoft.

Nokia fans and Android fans out there, the Nokia era is now completed ended as Microsoft era is going to begin very soon. Google took more than 18 months to introduce the new logo of Motorola that represents the company as part of the Google. Microsoft might do the same as well but it will depend on the time as the whole acquisition process isn’t an easy one.

Android camp will now see Nokia as a serious competitor as it has a huge back up. Whether Microsoft able to guide Nokia to take the smartphone by storm, we shall see a little bit later on.

Key Features You Can Expect From Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Display. From the front panel of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 that was leaked two days ago, the device is likely to come with 5.7-inch display. It seems like Samsung is willing upgrade the display of its Note 3 device to only 0.2-inch larger than its predecessor. The display resolution of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is Full HD 1080p like the Galaxy S4. It is best to describe Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is an upgraded device of the S4.

Processor. The processor of Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is an interesting topic. In the past, Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is powered the Exynos 4412 quad-core processor. However, things might change very soon. Rumors mentioned that the Exynos 5 Octo has the overheating issue and Samsung is working on the issue. This doesn’t mean that the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will not have Exynos 5 Octa model but its only contribute to some selected markets. Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is likely to come with Snapdragon 800 which performs better and better power saving. Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is likely to follow the footsteps of Samsung Galaxy S4 LTE-A, world’s first Snapdragon 800 powered device.

RAM & Internal Memory. For the RAM aspect, there were rumors mentioned that Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will have either 2GB or 3GB of RAM. Samsung might introduce the Note 3 as the world’s first smartphone with 3GB of RAM in order to add this as one of its selling points. 2GB of RAM is no longer attractive since tons of devices out there with 2GB of RAM. For the internal memory, Samsung is likely to remove the 16GB version. When Samsung Galaxy S4 launched, users found out that the 16GB version has only 9GB left for usage as most of the memory had been used by bloatware. In order to avoid such embarrassment, Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will come in 32GB and 64GB only.

Camera. Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will come with a high quality camera with the quality of either 13MP or 16MP. Recent rumors suggested that the Note 3 might come and might not come with the Optical Image Stabilizer. The OIS has been found in HTC One, Nokia Lumia 1020 and the Sony Xperia Z1. If Samsung did not release the camera with OIS, this might hint that Samsung is slowly behind its competitors in the camera smartphone competition.

Design. There are only little things to say about the design of Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Samsung will use the design of Galaxy S4 in the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 but the bezel will become thinner. The overall size of the front panel still larger than the S4 a little bit. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will become more compact that the S4 after the display becomes larger but the front panel only being enlarged a little bit. The soul and spirit of Galaxy S4 remains in Samsung Galaxy Note 3.

OS. No doubt that Samsung is the best when it comes to the release of software update. Samsung always did what it promised and the software versions of the Android devices from Samsung are miles ahead of competitors. You can expect the same for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Samsung is going to preload the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean in the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 and will continue to use this as its competitive advantage. We shall see Samsung introduces the TouchWiz based on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean at the Samsung Unpacked 2013 Episode 2 in Berlin.

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