Rumor: #OnePlus mini Complete Hardware Specs, Release Date and Price leaked

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The smartphone manufacturer OnePlus is reportedly planning to launch another smartphone this year, which made its way to the rumour mill a couple of times including few renders. Now, we have received complete information regarding the forthcoming OnePlus handset, which is expecting to become official as the OnePlus mini. Here are the full hardware specifications of this unannounced smartphone.

According to the source, the OnePlus mini will have 5-inch IPS display with 1920 x 1080 pixels resolution, there will be a 2.5D glass and protected by Corning Gorilla Glass 3 or 4. The leak claims that this will be the same panel used in the recently announced Xiaomi Mi4c. We have to wait and see whether or not the features like Sunlight display will be available from OnePlus. The device is expecting to be powered by MediaTek Helio X10 (MT6795T) Octa-core chipset with 2GB of LPDDR3 RAM clocked @ 933MHz. There will be 32GB eMMC 5.0 storage with the option to expand via microSD-XC slot, this is a strange decision because it is the first OnePlus device to support a microSD slot. The device will also come with a rear mounted Fingerprint sensor.

The Camera Department includes a 13MP Sony IMX258 rear sensor with f/2.0 aperture, which is also capable of recording 4K videos at 30fps. There will be a Dual Tone LED flash too but no information on Laser Auto Focus. The 5MP front shooter will offer wide-angle lens, it will be capable of recording 1080p videos. The source claims that there is no clear indication whether or not OnePlus mini will utilize the Helio X10’s Slow motion video recording @480p feature.

On the connectivity front, the OnePlus mini will offer USB Type-C with Quick Charge 2.0, MT6630 Wireless SoC, Bluetooth 4.1, GPS with a-GPS, a 1.2W front-facing speaker but more surprisingly, the device is said to come with NFC onboard to support Android Pay and IR Blaster to control home appliances (which can be controlled by IR sensor). Unfortunately, none of these features are available in high-end OnePlus 2. A 3000 or 3100 mAh battery will power the whole device.

OnePlus mini has few more surprises up its sleeve that it will come with IP67 certification for dust and water protection. The display is going to utilize so-called DRAM (Display RAM) as well as CABC (Content Aware Back-light Control) to save critical power for longer lasting times between the charges.

More Details:

To add more to this, the Helio X10 processor will be paired with relatively underpowered GPU so, to handle the graphically-intensive tasks like games, OnePlus mini will render 3D games at lower 720p resolution then up-scale the image back to 1080p using MediaTek’s MiraVision technology (to reduce the heat usually generate by SoC during game play). MediaTek will release a kernel source code for the first time in its history once the device becomes available in the market to make a smoother way to develop custom ROMs for the device.

The OnePlus mini is expected to be official sometime in November or December. Since it comes from a mid-range segment, the source claims a $250 price tag, which would be perfect for a smartphone with these hardware features. Stay tuned to us for more info on OnePlus mini.

Via: whatsontech

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Meizu MX5 Unboxing

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Meizu is hardly a known name, particularly in the western markets, but the company is still well known among certain circles for its aggressive pricing and Apple-esque looks. In particular, the company is best known for its MX and M Note product lines. The M2 Note was announced at the beginning of the month for just $130, and now Meizu has also formally taken the wraps off the Meizu MX5.

The new flagship packs a pretty solid punch thanks to its Helio X10 Turbo 8-core processor, PowerVR G6200 GPU, and 3GB RAM. Other specs include 16, 32, or 64GB storage, a 5.5-inch 1080p display, a 20MP camera with a Sony IMX220 sensor and dual-tone LED flash with laser autofocus, a 5MP front cam, a 3150 mAh battery with fast charging tech, and Meizu’s Flyme 4.5 which is based on Android 5.0 Lollipop.

Turning to the aesthetics, the MX5 might not look substantially different from its predecessors but it does offer a more premium build thanks to a switch to a full metal jacket. This differs from the MX4, which had a metal mid-section and a plastic rear. Another change is in the physical key up front, which has been altered slightly to take on a more Samsung-style look. The MX5 is also just 7.6mm thin and weighs 149 grams.

Although many people aren’t so fond of MediaTek chips, most of the specs are quite good. Design is also solid, even if a little to iPhone-like for most of our tastes. What really makes the MX5 shine, however, is the price tag. The base 16GB model will be offered at 1800 yuan or about $290, with the 32GB model at roughly $322 and the 64GB at $387.

With support for many of the same high-end features you’d get from more expensive flagships — like cat 4 LTE, 4K recording, full metal builds, etc — we have to give Meizu credit here.

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MIUI Express/Lite MIUI 6 Version Released: An Extraordinary Visual Feast!

Since MIUI 6 is released, many of you have been asking when will your non-Xiaomi device get MIUI 6. The bad news is that there’s no word about it yet, the good news is that you can have a taste of MIUI 6 on your phone now using MIUI Express!

[Highlights]
– Brand new MIUI 6 UI
– Cloud message supports voice messages
– Support swiping up using two fingers in Messaging to enter private messaging

[New]
– Brand new MIUI 6 UI
– Cloud message supports voice messages
– Private messaging (Swipe up using two fingers)
– Smart IP dialing
– Added phone ringtone option in Settings

[Optimization]
– Theme details page
– Settings page UI
– Home screen layouts for some devices
– Ported some devices’ icons

[Fix]
– Sometimes, dialing pad didn’t show the numbers
– For some devices, system lockscreen wallpaper would show when lock the phone for the first time after applying a new theme
– Could not add some messages to blocklist again if they were restored to Messaging from blocklist once
– Home screen icons would lose after installing a new app if the last screen is full with apps
– Prompt for logging into Xiaomi account would show twice
– Sometimes Contacts would crash if exited contact details page quickly
– Search box in dailing page was too narrow in some devices
– Contacts would crash if choose to select contacts avatars from photo package
– Could not select in some messages when editing them
– Mail supported adding recipients to blocklist
– Messaging didn’t response after selecting all text in a message for some devices
– Closing Toolbox would cause crash in home screen editing mode
– Notification shade always showed an app is installing after its update was completed
– Dual-SIM devices SIM 2 could not sync call logs
– Some devices would crash after adding widgets
– Phone could not be unlocked after lock/unlock it quickly twice
– Some devices could not set MIUI Express as default launcher
– For some devices, call logs with a person did not update timely if called them from the contact details page
– Swipe up using one finger would cause crash in some dual-SIM devices
– For some devices, if set contacts avatars in MIUI Express, they would display abnormally in stock system
– Some devices didn’t show call logs
– Syncing contacts to Mi Cloud would cause crash
– Updating weather info would cause crash
– Sometimes, widgets in the dock would disappear in home screen editing mode
– It often returned to home screen automatically when using an app
– Sometimes, diall pad didn’t respond

Download: MIUI Lite MIUI 6 Version.apk (18.88 MB)

Learn more about MIUI Express here: http://en.miui.com/thread-23008-1-1.html


Xiaomi Redmi 1 ROM collection (07.07.2014 UPDATE)

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All my RedMi 1 ROMs can be now found by accessing the following link:

RedMI ROMs

I will do my best to update them on a weekly/monthly basis.

List of ROMs available:

IOS7 (heavily themed) – !!! BEWARE – REPLACES ORIGINAL MIUI BOOTANIMATION WITH THE APPLE LOGO !!! – DOWNLOAD AND FLASH THIS ZIP TO RESTORE THE MIUI LOGO 

Vivo FunTouch OS (07.07 UPDATED) – !!! NEW !!!

YunOS (Alibaba.com OS)

Oppo ColorOS

CyanogenMOD

Lewa OS

MIUI

Samsung ROMs

Lenovo Vibe OS

Enjoy and please feel free to get in touch or comment!!!

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Security warning: Mediatek-based phones could be facing a potential security hole

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French blogger Korben has discovered that certain smartphones with Mediatek chipsets seem to shut down and reset themselves upon receiving an equals symbol “=” (without the quotation marks) via text message.

This is not so much a security hole in that there is a risk of data being compromised, but it makes phones vulnerable to remote attacks because being repeatedly spammed with the equals symbol could render a user’s phone unusable, or receiving such a text message during a phone call could terminate the call.

An incomplete list of smartphones affected by the flaw is available below:

  • Wiko Stairway
  • Wiko Darkmoon
  • Wiko Dark Side
  • Wiko Darknight
  • Wiko Iggy
  • Wiko Ozzy
  • Wiko Darfull
  • Wiko Cink King
  • Wiko Cink Five
  • Wiko Cink Peax
  • Wiko Cink Peax 2
  • Wiko Cink Slim
  • Alcatel One Touch Idol X
  • Alcatel One Touch Idol Ultra
  • Alcatel One Touch 997D
  • Alcatel One Touch Pop C3 (4033D)
  • Alcatel One Touch S-Pop (4030D)
  • Alcaltel One Touch Star (6010D)
  • Zopo ZP950
  • Acer Liquid E 2 DUO
  • Fairphone
  • Archos 40 Titanium

You can test if your own Mediatek-based smartphone is susceptible by messaging an equals symbol to yourself.

According to the blog wiity, the solution to this is fairly simple, in that all the user has to do is download an alternative messaging app to handle SMS messages rather than use the standard one that comes with the phones. Still, this is an extremely strange flaw that could prove to be a major hassle if an attacker attempts to exploit it.

Korben discusses and demonstrates the flaw in the video below:

Leave a comment below with your phone name and model if you find this applies to you.

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Xiaomi RedMi Note Enhanced for just £125 (150 EUROS)

8-Core MTK 6592 1.4/1.7GHz processor

1GM/2GB RAM
5.5″ HD IPS display
3,200 mAh lithium-polymer battery
13MP rear facing camera | 5MP front facing camera

8-Core. Unlimited possibilities.
MTK 6592 CPU.

MTK 8-core processor available at 1.4GHz or 1.7GHz, 78% higher processing performance than its predecessor
(53% improvement for the 1.4GHz edition), Cortex-A7 architecture individually allocates tasks to each core, reducing power usage and heat.
Games, webpages, and apps, look stunning and run smoothly.

78% improvement in performance over its quad core predecessor.

Mali-450 GPU.
Better graphics performance.

Up to 1.4x better graphics performance than the Mali-400.
See rich textures and subtle shading as you explore immersive game environments.

Stunning 5.5” HD IPS display.
Go big. Wherever you are.

Games, eBooks, and videos, are vibrant, clear, and bigger than ever.
178° in-plane switching (IPS) technology delivers stunning colour consistency from almost any angle.
With Glass-film-film (GFF) architecture, pixels sit closer to the glass, which allows colours to pop off the screen.
Images are not only brighter, but are also less affected by glare.

Take amazing photos.
13MP rear facing camera | 5MP front facing camera

A 28 millimetre wide-angle lens lets you capture more with each shot. More scenery, more friends, more of the moments that matter to you. Redmi’s ƒ/2.2 aperture and 28mm wide angle lens let you focus in on objects in the foreground of your shot, while softly blurring objects in the background.

Dual SIM

1 WCDMA slot for 3G data and 1 GSM slot for 2G data.

3200 mAh lithium-polymer battery.
Bigger screen. Longer battery life.

Combined with the latest power management technologies, we’ve achieved our most impressive battery performance yet.

MIUI. Make Android yours.
Customise without confusion.

MIUI lets you change everything with just a couple taps. You don’t have to be a coder to get Android just the way you want it. We listen. The features in MIUI are based on the feedback we get from our over 50 million users. We work all the time (and drink a lot caffeine) to fix bugs, refine features, and get new updates on to your phone as fast as we can.
Learn more about MIUI >

Packed with features.

Take your digital toolbox with you wherever you go.

  • Gyroscope
  • Compass
  • Wi-Fi Direct
  • Accelerometer
  • Proximity sensor
  • USB On-The-Go
  • Bluetooth 4.0 LE
  • Ambient noise reduction mic
  • SD card slot

Redmi Note

8-core. Unlimited possibilities.

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Download Android 4.4 Kitkat Beta for the iOcean X8 now

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Do you have an iOcean X8? Want to run the beta version of Android 4.4 Kitkat on it? Then take advantage of this download right now.

Last week iOcean told us that they had released a beta version of Android 4.4 Kitkat for the flagship iOcean X8, an octa-core smartphone with Gorilla Glass panels front and rear. After the announcement I went on the iOcean forums and got it.

iOcean X8 Android Kitkat Beta download

Before downloading and installing this Android 4.4 Beta version on your iOcean X8 please keep in mind that this is a Beta and there are loads of bugs. If you are not 100% happy with running a buggy OS then do not install this ROM.

Download Android 4.4 for the iOcean X8

P.S. THIS IS NOT A SAFE ROM, IF YOU DON’T KNOW YOUR WAY AROUND ROM FLASHING AND RESTORING. I AM NOT RESPONSIBLE FOR ANY DAMAGES YOUR PHONE MIGHT SUSTAIN.

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How to get native root for your Redmi Note (WCDMA/TD) via Recovery (Updated for 23.0)

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This simple step-by-step guide is based on the approach taken for Redmi 1S, but of course adapted for Redmi Note.
It has been successfully tested on Redmi Note TD by @B2204 with MIUI JHECNBA17.0 and on Redmi Note WCDMA by @discodave with MIUI JHDCNBE23.0.

It does NOT rely on a program like VRoot.exe running on your Windows computer; only one or two zip files are installed via the built-in recovery of Redmi Note.

Caution:

  • This is a safe process, but I am not responsible for anything bad that happens to your phone
  • After enabling root with this approach the system cannot be upgraded by OTA
  • But you can upgrade by installing again the stable version via recovery without wipe; after this root is gone and you can upgrade to a new firmware and most probably execute the same steps to root again

Summary:
By flashing the attached zip files via recovery the su binary gets installed, proper permissions are set and the MIUI version number x.0 is appended to x.0.1 so that the firmware behaves like a developer version and unlocks the stock root.
Root can then be turned on in Security app -> Permissions -> Root permission.

Prerequisites:

  • Redmi Note with stable MIUI ROM (JHECNBA17.0 / JHDCNBA17.0;  JHDCNBE23.0 / JHECNBE23.0)
  • Developer options activated (in Settings -> About phone tap 5 times on Android version)
  • SD card inserted in your Redmi Note (and properly formatted inside Redmi Note)
  • Stock Android system recovery <3e>

Preparation steps:

  • Download the following two files on your PC (because download via Browser on phone often is not working properly)
    – [only necessary for stable version 23.0] Install_su_RedmiNote.zip (attached below)
    Root_RedmiNote.zip (attached below)
  • Connect your Redmi Note via USB, choose ‘Files’ mode from notification shade for ‘Connected via USB’
  • Copy the files Install_su_RedmiNote.zip and Root_RedmiNote.zip to the folder ‘Computer\HM Note 1TD\SD card’ (root of external SD card)
  • Disconnect your Redmi Note properly from PC (use ‘Safely remove hardware…’)

Install_su_RedmiNote.zip (192.57 KB)
Root_RedmiNote.zip (1.29 MB, Downloads: 871)

Perform the following steps for stable MIUI version 23.0 first with the file Install_su_RedmiNote.zip and then again with the file Root_RedmiNote.zip (it is even not required to reboot after updating the first file). For stable MIUI version 17.0 it is only required to perform the steps once with the file Root_RedmiNote.zip

Update steps:

  • Launch Updater app, press menu/options button and from menu choose ‘Reboot to recovery mode’
  • After reboot into recovery a picture of an Android lying in repair mode is shown, press the Power button to show the recovery menu
  • Navigate in the recovery menu with button ‘Volume Down’ until the entry ‘apply update from sdcard‘ is highlighted and press ‘Volume Up’ button to select the entry
  • Select during first cycle the file Install_su_RedmiNote.zip (during second cycle through the steps the file Root_RedmiNote.zip) which you copied before to your SD card: again navigate with button ‘Volume Down’, select with ‘Volume Up’
  • Some output is shown during the update describing the progress
  • After successful update navigate back to the main menu of the recovery
  • Select ‘reboot system now’

Post check and activation steps:

  • Check that in Settings -> About phone the MIUI version number x got extended by adding x.1
  • Go to Security app -> Permission and activate Root permission
  • Enjoy your rooted Xiaomi Redmi Note

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European smartphone market fragments

The top two smartphone manufacturers, Apple and Samsung, are increasingly being challenged in Europe as a result of market fragmentation across the region, according to new research.

The latest smartphone sales data from Kantar Worldpanel ComTech, covering the three months to April 2014, showed that major brands are facing increased competition from smaller manufacturers vying for position within this lucrative market. 

Lesser-known players and revitalised brands are both now gaining “real traction”, according to Dominic Sunnebo, strategic insight director at Kantar Worldpanel ComTech.

“Established brands like Motorola and Sony are showing resurgence, and newcomers to the European market, such as Huawei and Wiko, are challenging the established names,” he said.

Huawei, the Chinese manufacturer, saw its smartphone sales rise by 123% in the big five European markets – France, Germany, Italy, Spain and the UK – in the past year. It now holds an average market share of 3%, rising to 5% in Germany and Spain. 

French brand Wiko also enjoyed triple-digit growth across Europe, and now has an 8% share in its home country, with further expansion planned across the continent, including into the UK.

Kantar noted that the British market has yet to experience the high levels of fragmentation witnessed elsewhere in Europe, but the entry of Wiko could potentially change that.

Sunnebo further observed that Europe and the US were starting to follow some common trends from other parts of the world, where there was a separation of tariffs and handsets.

“Consumers are starting to realise the true cost of handsets, and as a result they are shopping around to find cheaper alternatives,” he said.

“This shift in behaviour plays directly into the hands of lesser-known brands like Huawei and Wiko, who are able to offer competitive technologies for a fraction of the price.”

In China, the world’s largest smartphone market, local vendor Xiaomi outsold Samsung for the second time in April 2014.

Xiaomi RedMi, the company’s budget handset, was the top-selling smartphone in the country, with 41% of buyers acquiring their first ever smartphone and another 23% switching from Samsung.

How to get Root for Redmi 1S WCDMA

This simple step-by-step guide is based on the procedure for Mi3 from @Helgo9 but of course adapted for Redmi 1S. It has been successfully tested on Redmi 1S WCDMA by @imranz with JHCCNBD23.0 and by @matthi with JHCCNBD24.0, furthermore by @adinovic on Redmi 1S CDMA with JHCCNBD23.0. Many thanks go to @sta-s2z.

Prerequisites:

  • Redmi 1S with stable MIUI ROM
  • Stock MI-Recovery 2.0.1
  • update.zip file (attached)

update.zip (1.26 MB) 

Summary:
By flashing the attached zip file via recovery the already existing su binary gets the proper permissions and the MIUI version number x.0 is appended to x.0.1 so that the firmware behaves like a developer version and unlocks the stock root.

Root can then be turned on in Security app -> Permissions -> Root permission.

Steps:

  • Download the file update.zip to your PC (because download via browser on phone often is not working properly)
  • Connect your Redmi 1S via USB
  • Copy the file update.zip to the folder ‘Computer\HM 1S\Internal storage’ (root of internal storage)
  • Disconnect your Redmi 1S properly (‘Safely remove hardware…’)
  • Boot into Mi-Recovery
  • Select and confirm ‘English‘ (or Chinese if you are capable to understand)
  • Select and confirm ‘Install update.zip to System‘, this will take one second
  • Select and confirm ‘Reboot’
  • After reboot go to Security app -> Permissions and activate Root permission
  • Enjoy your rooted Redmi 1S

Caution:

  • This is a safe process, but I am not responsible for anything bad that happens to your phone
  • After receiving ROOT the system cannot be upgraded by OTA
  • But you can upgrade the firmware by flashing the stable version again without wipe, after this the root is gone and you can updgrade to new firmware and most probably execute the root steps from above again

Credits to AndroidFuchs from en.miui.com