HTC Desire 625 – a cheap alternative available at Verizon Wireless

If you don’t have enough cash for an HTC One M9 laying around and, to be honest, if you don’t want the hassle of a faulty camera and overheating issues, you can choose the much more affordable HTC Desire 625. It is an exclusive for Verizon Wireless that almost anyone can afford.





The Desire line usually manages to get the important aspects of the flagship and transform them into an affordable device. And they usually cost much less than a flagship too.


HTC Desire 625



HTC Desire 625 is the most recent addition to this line and it presents itself as a smartphone with a plastic white and gold body, but a nice and smooth finish. It costs just about $192 in the US where you can get it at Verizon on contract for $8 per month for 24 months too.

What’s inside the HTC Desire 625?


When it comes to specs, this device cannot be farther from the 2015 flagship. Under the chassis you will find a measly Snapdragon 210 plus 1.5 GB of RAM. Everything is projected on a 5” screen at 720x960p resolution and powered by a 2000 mAh battery. The good part is the 16GB of internal storage plus a microSD card slot. The device also has a rear 8MP camera that will not make the best photos, but you know, 2014 is not that far away and last year’s mobile cameras are not that bad..


HTC Desire 625 comes with Android 5.1 and Sense 7 UI on top. You also get 4G LTE support for all Verizon-friendly areas.


Source: Verizon Wireless


Xiaomi ‘s first smartphone made in India, Redmi 2 Prime launched today

Xiaomi has recently launched its first “Made in India” smartphone, the Redmi 2 Prime. The device was manufactured at Xiaomi’s first factory in India, Visakhapatnam.


The new device costs around Rs 6,999 and it represents an upgraded version to the already known Redmi 2. It has 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage memory plus a microSD card slot which expands it up to 32GB.


xiaomi redmi 2 prime



Xiaomi Redmi 2 Prime tech specs:

  • 7” IPS sharp display with 720x1280p
  • 64-bit 1.2 GHz Qualcomm snapdragon 410 processor
  • Adreno 306 GPU
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 16 GB storage
  • Android 4.4 KitKat MIUI 6
  • 4G Dual-SIM
  • 8MP rear camera
  • 2MP front-facing camera
  • 2200 mAh battery.


Xiaomi Redmi 2 Prime will have an affordable price of Rs6,999 , which means roughly around $125.


Source: NDTV


Ubuntu Phone goes global – cheap and special, but do you really want one?

Ubuntu Phone! They’re a new thing this year, and they just got viral globally. It appears that the smartphones are finally set to launch everywhere, not just in Europe and China. The Spanish manufacturer BQ will start shipping the Aquarius E5 Ubuntu everywhere, and other manufacturers using the OS on their phones may soon follow.


Ubuntu phone

Why should you be excited about the Ubuntu phone?


Let’s be honest, most of us will not remember this device by its name but by its OS, at least for now. The E5 Ubuntu edition has a rather low cost at €199.90; price tag which mirrors its tech specs: 5” 720 x1280p screen, 1.7 GHz quad core MediaTek chip with 1 GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory. But it’s not all about the specs, right? It’s all about the joy and exclusive feeling of having a Linux-OS smartphone.


The OS is selling itself on the change in app-to-app user function as it uses some customizable scopes to bring related contents to a single home screen. You won’t be using as many apps because you would plug in your services to a scope.


If you’re in the US, you may just want to pass on this device if you are really connected to your virtual world. The $200 Ubuntu phone has no LTE and the HSPA+ antennas don’t support AT&T and T Mobile frequencies. Even if you live in other countries, you may want to check if your preferred carriers have 900 and 2100 MHz HSPA+ support if you need the device to work on the Internet.


Source: The Verge

Mobile News

New “Powered by Cyanogen” Andromax Q smartphone coming soon to Indonesia

Cyanogen OS got its name known rather infamously after the breakup with OnePlus, but it has been making many many friends ever since. The newest such friend is Indonesian company Smartfren, which partnered with the company for its first smartphone powered by Cyanogen. The new carrier phone that will launch on the Indonesian market with the company’s custom build of Android is named Andromax Q. It may sound like a robot name, but it is how it is.


Andromax phone


This device will be a budget phone with low specs and it will cost around $100-150 off-contract and around $100 on contract.

The device will run on Android 5.0 Cyanogen OS, but that’s about as exciting as this could ever be. What you get out of it is a 4.5” 854x480p screen, 1 GB of RAM with a Snapdragon 410 processor and 8 GB of storage, all topped with a 5 MP camera and some LTE bands. The Chinese company Haier is responsible for manufacturing this smartphone.

The official Smartfren site does not list a possible launch date; therefore it may be possible that the producer will be selling only in retail. More of these low-cost smartphones for a budget will make their appearance soon and they will most likely run on Cyanogen OS in order to cut software development costs.

Source: Smartfren via Androidpolice


Sony announced the low-end Xperia E4, a MediaTek device with a dual-SIM counterpart

Sony recently announced the low-end device Xperia E4, the device that is breaking usual design patterns. This device is changing Sony’s usual strong angles and monochrome “dress code” with a curvier plastic body. The color palette is somewhat changed as well, with the white version having a white housing and black bezel screen.


Sony Xperia E4


Sony Xperia E4 has a 5-inch screen with a qHD LCD panel at 960x540p. Under the chassis you will find a MediaTek MT6582 1.3 GHz quad-core processor with 1 GB of RAM and 8GB of storage plus a microSD slot. Your selfie and photographic needs will have to be satisfied by a 5MP main camera and a 2MP frontal snapper. The device is powered by a 2200 mAh battery and runs on the older Android 4.4 OS.

Sony Xperia E4 will go on sale from the middle of February. The device will be available in white and black models but there is no known price as of yet. Bummer.

Source: Sony

News Updates/Software

Motorola Moto E shows up on Best Buy – you can’t buy it yet though

Motorola’s second generation Moto E is not officially launched yet, but it was already spotted on Best Buy at the price of $99 for Sprint prepaid service attached. Considering that the Best Buy listing does not show shipping as an option, it is safe to say you can’t buy one yet.


Moto e


The device also shows off a bit of a spec list, although incomplete. You can see what it’s made of here:

  • Moto E has 8 GB of storage
  • A 4.5 inch 540x960p screen
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • A Qualcomm 1.2 GHz processor (probably a Snapdragon 200)
  • Wireless 3G/4G/4G LTE
  • Measurements are 5.12 x 2.64 x 0.47-inches, 5.04 ounces.

It is not sure yet if Motorola will make an official announcement or if they will just bring the device in stores without previous notice.

Source: AndroidPolice