HTC One M8s – Europe’s cheaper slightly different but still the same HTC One M8 version

HTC announced a One M8s device destined for Europe. It is basically less expensive than the M8 version because, even if on the outside it looks exactly the same as HTC’s 2014 flagship, the insides are not just as mirrored with the mother-device, having a different processor and a changed camera.




Instead of getting the Snapdragon 801 processor you will get a Snapdragon 615 clocked at 1.7 GHz and the Ultrapixel rear camera turned into an ordinary 13MP camera. The front camera is a little different as well, with less sharpness at F2.0 versus F/2.8, but it still has a 5 MP sensor. M8s does have a slightly bigger battery at 2840 mAh versus the previous 2600 mAh battery.

Design-wise the changes are small, but observable. The metal chassis is just a bit thicker at 9.55mm versus the previous 9.35mm, and you will not get a 32GB version, you will have to be OK with 16GB plus a microSD card.

Apart from the above changes, HTC One M8s is the same solid 2014 flagship with a 5.5” 1080p LCD screen with 2GB of Ram, LTE AC Wi-Fi and Android 5.0. The device will reportedly cost £380, a decent cut from the usual M8 £550.

There is no official launch date yet and no word whether the device will be available outside Europe.

Source: Anandtech

News Updates/Software

European HTC One M7 gets update to Android 5.0.2

European HTC One M7 owners can rejoice in the fact that their devices are getting an update to Android 5.0.2 this weekend. This OS version will be running on the same Sense 6 UI version, which means that the changes will not be as drastic as they are on AOSP ROM versions.




The download itself will have 804.8MB and this means you will have to be prepared and maybe connect to a WiFi network before hitting the Download button.

This brings the ROM version to 7.19.401.2. Some devices have already received the update so most of the European owners can manually check if their phone has not prompted you yet.

Source: XDA Devs


Nexus 6 available for purchase in 12 more countries – see where and how much it costs here!

If you wanted a Nexus 6 but you couldn’t find it on Google Play in your region, you may be in luck now, not that you will receive it that soon after you order it since the device remains an elusive tech unicorn of sorts. Most of the US customers were not able to throw their money at Google’s accounts in order to receive their device because of the scarce number of available devices. New batches appear here and there, but they disappear immediately – a sign that the device may be this year’s success in Google’s back yard!

Starting today, if you’re from one of the following 12 countries, you will be able to order the Nexus 6 in hopes of receiving it by, let’s say, Christmas?

In Europe, you will be able to buy Nexus 6 32GB at 649 € and the 64GB version for 699€ from Spain, Netherlands, Belgium, Italy, France and Germany. In Sweden you will find it at 6295 SEK and 6795 SEK respectively.

In the UK you can purchase the 32 GB device for £499 and the 64GB version for £549.

In Australia you can buy Nexus 6 32 GB at $869 with tax and the 64GB version is available at $929 with tax.

In Canada you can purchase Google’s flagship for $749 (32GB) or $799 (64GB).

In Japan you can find the Nexus 6 at ¥75,150 (32GB) and ¥85,540 (64GB).

If you’re from India, you can find the Nexus 6 available at Rs. 44,000 (32GV) and at Rs. 49,000 INR (64GB).

Conclusion: Nexus 6 is expensive-ish, big, and you still can’t really buy it, because Google! Hey, at least you can look at it in your mother tongue, right? Maybe you will even be lucky enough to get your phone sooner than the rest of us!

Source: AndroidPolice

Hybrids Uncategorized

Panasonic’s LUMIX Smart Camera DSC-M1 is a camera-smartphone hybrid

Panasonic is following on Samsung’s steps and launches its own super-camera ready to mount on a phone. We are talking about the LUMIX Smart Camera DSC-M1, a little point and shoot camera that compresses an entire Android phone on its back.


Lumix DSC-M1



The smartphone face of the camera is a high-end device with a 2.3 Ghz Snapdragon 800 processor and 2 GB of RAM, a 4.7” 1080p display and a stock version of KitKat. It appears that the camera sensor is one of the best around, with its 1” length and 20 MPs. It is found behind the Leica F/2.8 28 mm lens with a manual focusing ring.

The device has physical buttons that allow users to engage with the camera app and make it resemble a full-on camera. The device presents manual controls for aperture, exposure, aperture and ISO 4K video shooting in full DSLR style.


Lumix Smart Camera phone is a bit thick for its overall appearance at 21 mm, even if it is a little small for a camera, by comparison. It also has a microSD slot and is powered by a 2600 mAh battery and its only weak point could be the one intended to be its most powerful one: the lens doesn’t move so users will not be able to zoom in or out on their subjects.

LUMIX DSC-CM1 has a nice metal and faux leather body and it will go on sale starting November in Germany and France. It appears the device will be sold for around $1164 (900 euro). The device will propagate on the European market, but AndroidPolice thinks it will never reach the US market.

Source: Panasonic 


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