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HTC One X now available at Safaricom shops

August 23, 2012 Leave a comment

The HTC One X is now available at Safaricom shops and is retailing at around Kshs 60,000/-. The One X was released before the Galaxy SIII, but boasts of many equally good or even better features.

A look at the key features of this phone:

  • Quad-band GSM and dual-band 3G support
  • 21 Mbps HSDPA and 5.76 Mbps HSUPA
  • 4.7″ 16M-color Super LCD 2 capacitive touchscreen of HD resolution (720 x 1280 pixels); Gorilla glass
  • Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich with latest HTC Sense 4.0
  • 1.5 GHz quad-core Cortex-A9 CPUs, low-power companion core, ULP GeForce 2 GPU, Nvidia Tegra 3 chipset
  • 1 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage
  • 8 MP autofocus camera with LED flash; face detection and geotagging
  • 1080p and 720p video recording @ 24fps with stereo sound
  • 720p front-facing camera for video-chat
  • Wi-Fi b/g/n and DLNA
  • GPS with A-GPS
  • Stereo FM radio with RDS
  • Accelerometer, proximity sensor and auto-brightness sensor
  • Standard 3.5 mm audio jack
  • microUSB port (charging) and stereo Bluetooth v4.0
  • MHL TV-out (requires MHL-to-HDMI adapter)
  • DivX/XviD video support
  • Beats audio enhancements

The One X has a  polycarbonate body that gives it an extra solid feel and grip, compared to the Galaxy SIII’s glossy feel, but at the same time it locks the battery and gives no memory expanison options (no microSD card slot).  

The One X makes use of  Corning glass as well just like the Galaxy SII, making its lustrous screens safe, using the second-gen Gorilla Glass which is both safer and slimmer.

The HTC One X comes with a pretty large 1800 mAh battery, but this falls short of the 2100 mAh that powers the  Galaxy S III. But to make up for this short fall the HTC pack a ‘fifth’ core,  a low-power companion core that helps it save some extra juice.

The HTC One X, just like the HTS One S, comes with Android 4.0.3 and Sense 4.0 – both the latest and greatest Google and HTC have to offer.

In a nutshell the One X is superior hardware wise, while the Galaxy SIII has proved itself considerably on the software front, especially with the impressive Direct Call and Smart Stay features.

Device reviews have summarised the two flagships thus: The HTC One X – this is what a droid flagship should look like. The Samsung Galaxy S III – that’s what a droid flagship should perform like.

HTC’s Taiwanese owners strategy of focusing on fewer high-end products is under a test with their latest offering into the smartphones market.

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Huawei launches the Media Pad and the Honor

August 6, 2012 Leave a comment

Huawei has finally launched two devices that have been in the ‘coming soon’ list for the last few months; the Media Pad Tablet and the Huawei Honor.

The Media Pad is already available at Safaricom shops, retailing at a competitive price of Kshs 34,999/-. It also comes bundled with 1.5 GB free data.

The Media Pad boasts of the latest Android OS, 4.0 ICS. It comes loaded with a dual-core 1.2 GHz Scorpion processor. Other features include:

  • IPS LCD capacitive touchscreen, 256K colors
  • 190 x 124 x 10.5 mm in dimensions, around 390 g in weight
  • Display size of 800 x 1280 pixels, 7.0 inches (~216 ppi pixel density)
  • 8 GB inbuilt storage, 8 GB ROM, 1 GB RAM
  • 5 MP, 2592×1944 pixels with autofocus plus a secondary camera 1.3 MP, 720p@30fps
  • MSM8260 Snapdragon Qualcomm chipset
  • Li-Po 4100 mAh standard battery

Will the Media Pad compete with the already established tabs like the Galaxy tabs?

Safaricom shops are also selling the Huawei Honor, which marks Huawei’s entry into the ‘high end smart’ phones category.

Retailing at just Kshs 31,999/-, the Huawei Honor will seek to compete with the likes of Samsung Galaxy SII and the Sony Ericsson Xperia Arc S.

The Honor was released late last year and should have landed here earlier.

The Honor comes with the following features:

  • Android OS, v2.3 (Gingerbread), upgradable to v4.0
  • 1.4 GHz Scorpion processor
  • Qualcomm MSM8255T Snapdragon chipset
  • 122 x 61 x 11 mm in dimensions, with about 140 g in weight
  • TFT capacitive touchscreen display type, with about 480 x 854 pixels, 4.0 inches (~245 ppi pixel density) display size
  • 1 GB inbuilt storage, 512 MB RAM and a 4 GB ROM.
  • 8 MP, 3264×2448 pixels with autofocus and LED flash .
  • A VGA secondary camera.

With a bundling of a 1.5 GB free data, the Honor should be able to give buyers an extra choice.

Let the competition for the high end smartphones category begin!

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