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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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Alcatel now enters the budget Android market with its Alcatel OT-918

June 20, 2012 84 comments

Safaricom has unveiled the Alcatel OT-918 into what is fast becoming a competitve entry level smartphones market.

The OT-918 will be selling at Kshs 8,499/- and will come bundled with free Kshs 1000 airtime and 1.5GB free data.

The Alcatel OT-918 has the following specs:

 

  • Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread)
  • 650 MHz  processor
  • 3.15MP camera ( 2048×1536 pixels)
  • 1300 mAh Li-Ion battery
  • 3.2″ TFT capacitive touchscreen display
  • 320 x 480 pixels (~180 ppi pixel density)
  • 150 MB internal storage, 512 MB ROM and a 256MB RAM
  • 14.4 Mbps HSDPA, Edge class 12, GPRS class 12
  • GPS, A-GPS
  • Wi-Fi plus a Wi-FiHotspot
  • HTML Browser

The OT-918 will strengthen Safaricom’s strategy of increasing its data usage focus by using smartphones that are both affordable and easily available.

Other new phones in the entry level smartphones catagory include the new Huawei Ideos Y100 and the Samsung Galaxy Pocket.

Its an Android revolution!!

 

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