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Acer announced a new Android tablet and a 24-inch all-in-one (AiO) PC DA241HL running Android. The Iconia A3 tablet will come in both Wi-Fi and 3G versions and will be released in Europe, Middle East and Africa in early October (Wi-Fi version) and early November (3G version) while the 24 inch AiO will be available in select countries from mid-October.

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Acer Iconia A3 specifications:

  • 10.1 inch 1280x800p IPS display
  • 1.2 GHz Cortex-A7 Quad-core processor
  • 5 MP rear camera with Full HD video recording
  • 16/32 GB of memory with Micro SD card slot expansion
  • Micro HDMI port, Dolby Digital Plus with 5.1 channel surround sound
  • Battery: 9 hours of video playback
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean with Acer’s custom UI on top

It is not clear if the tablet has a front facing camera or not. The company hasn’t mentioned the RAM inside the tablet. The Wi-Fi only version will sell for €249 while the 3G version will sell for €299. Acer also unveiled the 24 inch all-in-one (AiO) PC with 24 inch touch panel on-board. It is powered by Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS.

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Acer DA241HL 24 inch AiO specifications:

  • 24 inch Full HD touch panel
  • Nvidia Tegra 3 Quad-core processor
  • HDMI out, USB port, MHL connectivity
  • Tilting angle support of 20-75 degrees
  • App download support via Google Play Store
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS

It can connect with a Windows 8 PC via the HDMI or USB cable, to become a monitor with 2-point multitouch. It is expected to compete with HP Slate 21 AiO which ships with a small display and a powerful Tegra 4 processor. It will start selling for €429.

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IFA is about to begin, and we have already started receiving official announcements for products. Alcatel has unveiled two new Android Smartphones and a tablet in its One Touch series. One Touch Idol S is a midrange Smartphone while One Touch Idol Mini is an affordable Smartphone. One Touch Evo 8HD is also a budget device. The smart devices run on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS and are powered by dual core processors.

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Alcatel One Touch Idol S

  • 4.7 inch IPS HD display with 1280x720p resolution
  • 1.2 GHz dual core processor
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 4 GB internal storage expandable to 32 GB via Micro SD card slot
  • 8 MP rear camera with LED Flash and Full HD video recording and 1.3 MP front-facing camera
  • 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS/AGPS, DLNA
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS

The 4.7 inch display features Dragon Trail Glass with an oleophobic coating. The device comes in three colors – Slate, Fresh Rose and Cherry Red.

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Alcatel One Touch Idol Mini

  • 4.3 inch FWVGA IPS display with 480x854p resolution
  • 1.3 GHz dual core processor
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 4 GB internal storage expandable to 32 GB (single SIM), 8 GB non-expandable storage (dual SIM)
  • 5 MP rear camera with LED flash and VGA front-facing camera
  • 3G, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS/AGPS
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS

It will come in two variants – Single SIM and dual SIM and will also come in three colors – Slate, Silver and Cranberry Pink. It also has an oleophobic coating on its display.

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Alcatel One Touch Evo 8HD tablet

  • 8 inch IPS display with 1024x768p resolution
  • 1.6 GHz dual core processor
  • 1 GB of RAM
  • 4 GB internal storage expandable to 64GB via a Micro SD card slot
  • 3 MP rear camera and 2 MP front-facing camera
  • 3G, 4G, Bluetooth, GPS, Micro USB and Wi-Fi
  • 4160 mAh battery with 200 hours standby time and 3.5 hour charging time
  • Dimensions: 152.5x222x9 mm and weight 415 grams
  • Android 4.2 Jelly Bean OS

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Alcatel has not announced the pricing or availability details regarding the devices. It is expected to be available in Q4. The battery details of the Smart phones are also not available as of now and are expected to be revealed at the time of hands-on. Stay tuned for more incoming news from IFA starting in two days.

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Korean manufacturer LG has come back to the tablet market with the official announcement of its LG G Pad 8.3 Android tablet ahead of IFA. This is the first such tablet by LG since the launch of Optimus Pad in 2011. It is the first 8 inch tablet to offer a full HD display, said LG. It runs on 1.7 GHz Snapdragon 600 processor and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean OS.

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Here is a complete list of specifications:

  • 8.3 inch WUXGA display with 1920x1200p and 273 PPI pixel density
  • 1.7 GHz Quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor
  • 2 GB LPDDR2 RAM
  • 16 GB EMMC internal storage
  • 5 MP rear camera and 1.3 MP front facing camera
  • 4600 mAh battery
  • Dimensions: 216.8 x 126.5 x 8.3 mm and weight 338 grams
  • Android Jelly Bean 4.2.2 OS
  • Black/White colors

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Jong-seok Park, President and CEO of LG Electronics Mobile Communications said:

Complementing our G Series Smartphones, the introduction of the LG G Pad 8.3 further strengthens LG’s premium line-up consisting of our most cutting-edge devices. Our G Pad is just another example of LG delivering devices with the unique selling points consumers around the world will appreciate.

The tablet comes with features like QPair app, Slide Aside, QSlide and KnockON. QPair app allows any Smartphone to seamlessly connect and sync with your tablet the messages, calls and QMemo notes on both the devices. Slide Aside enables multitasking by sliding currently running apps off to the side using a three-finger swipe. QSlide lets you run three different apps in one single window and KnockON allows you to turn the device ON and OFF on tapping the display twice.

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According to the press release, LG G Pad 8.3 will go on sale in North America, Europe and Asia as well as other regions in Q4 2013. The company noted that the price will be announced at the launch event. The G Pad event at IFA on September 6 is where it will be officially introduced.

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HTC recently announced that it would unveil several mid-range devices by the end of the year. Nearly a week ago, HTC Zara was revealed by evleaks in a tweet along with its press render. It added that the Smartphone is “supposedly a mashup of One and Desire families.” The Smartphone will be a mid-range Smartphone and is scheduled to arrive sometime in the fourth quarter alongside the heavily rumored HTC One Max phablet. The front is a plastic HTC One,and the camera imitates the design of Desire family.

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Here is a list of specifications revealed by Evleaks:

  • 4.5 inch display with 960×540 pixel resolution
  • 1.2 GHz dual core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 MSM8930 processor
  • 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB inbuilt storage with storage expansion via Micro SD card
  • 8 MP rear camera
  • 2100 mAh battery
  • Android Jelly Bean 4.3 OS with HTC Sense 5.5 UI on top
  • Beats Audio

In related news, the Zara Mini has also been leaked by three independent sources simultaneously. It was spotted in the Tenaa filing which is the Chinese equivalent of the FCC, showed up on a Chinese website in hands-on photos and the usually expected reliable leaker evleaks also jumped in with the Codename Z3 of the device. HTC Z3 or Zara Mini is an entry level device, and it combines design of HTC One with older devices. Availability is yet unknown, but it is expected to debut at about $200.

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Here is the list of leaked specifications:

  • 4.3-inch 800 x 480 TFT LCD display
  • Dual-core 1 GHz processor, possibly Snapdragon 400
  • Meager 512MB of RAM
  • 8 GB of storage, expandable
  • 5 MP CMOS rear camera with 720p video recording, 1.3MP front camera
  • Dual-SIM, compatible with GSM/WCDMA
  • 132x66x9.88mm, weighs 125g
  • Gravity, proximity and light sensors
  • Android 4.1.2
  • Black, white colors

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In related news on upcoming HTC One Max, the presence of a fingerprint sensor on its back has been confirmed via the leaked images of China Unicom variant on the Taiwanese site ePrice. A toggle in the quick settings confirmed that the space at the back is for the fingerprint reader. It is also expected to bring the dual shot feature in the camera. To remind you, its leaked specifications by LeakROMS include a 5.9 inch Full HD display, a quad-core processor possibly Snapdragon 800, 2 GB RAM, NFC, Ultrapixel rear camera, 2.1 MP front camera, Android 4.3 and HTC Sense 5.5 UI.

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Asus announced the third iterations of its hybrid Asus Padfone Infinity A80 earlier this year. Now its successor Asus Padfone Infinity A86 has been spotted in images alongside its predecessor. The leaked images from ePrice shows a similar design to its predecessor but is said to upgrade the processor to Snapdragon 800. A placeholder has also been spotted in the Asus support pages while is usually a precursor to an upcoming device.

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The rumored specifications of the Smartphone-tablet hybrid remain remarkably similar to its predecessor except for the upgraded processor. It is expected to come with a 5 inch Full HD 1080p display, 13 MP rear camera, 2 GB RAM and 64 GB of internal storage. The tablet dock is also expected to be similar to the current generation Padfone Infinity.

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Forever plugged-in leaker Evleaks also leaked some specifications of the rumored Padfone Infinity A86 in which it revealed the model number A86, Snapdragon 800 processor, presence of a Micro SD card slot, a noise-cancelling microphone and white color.

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The Asus Padfone Infinity was also spotted in a GFX benchmark listing. According to the benchmarks, it will be codenamed Padfone T004 and will run on Android 4.2.2. The presence of a Full HD display was also confirmed by the benchmarks. No details are available about its pricing or availability but the IFA launch this month is as good a bet as any. It is suggested to be available by September end.

To remind you, its predecessor A80 has a 5 inch Full HD display on the Smartphone which can turn into a 10.1 inch tablet when docked to its Padfone Infinity Station. It is powered by a 1.7 GHz Quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, Adreno 320 GPU, 2 GB RAM and comes in 32/64 GB variants. It supports LTE and NFC connectivity.

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Location based check-in application Foursquare has released a major update for its Android app. It now offers the users location-based recommendations via push notifications. The feature works even when the user has not checked-in. These new background notifications help users discover more when they check-in on their favorite place.

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Foursquare explained how these would work and what would the additional battery drain:

When sitting down for dinner in a new restaurant, the app will suggest a popular dish on the menu. Likewise, when a user enters a new city for the first time, the app might recommend some of the best places to visit. From our internal tests on a bunch of phones, it only increases the drain about 0.7 percent per hour, or, over the course of a day, the equivalent of about a 20-minute game of Angry Birds.

Previously the applications suggested the tagged locations nearby to your place of check-in, but now it will keep working the background and will ping you whenever you are in the neighborhood of an interesting place. Foursquare aims to provide as much information about the whereabouts to the users as possible and keep them engaged in the application.

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In related news, the previous rumors that Microsoft has approached Foursquare for an investment opportunity have been dismissed. According to the sources, Foursquare’s spokesperson Brendan Lewis has dismissed the reports.

Foursquare has over 4 billion check-ins and more than 32 million tips that have been shared globally via the service related to the places or services worth discovering. The update is being rolled out to the users gradually and you can download it from the Google Play Store as soon as it is available for your region. For the time being, it is being rolled out to the Android users only and will be coming to iPhone in the coming weeks.

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A new Kickstarter project Pressy aims to convert your 3.5 mm Audio Jack become an extra button for your Android Smartphone. Pressy lets you configure one-touch actions like turning on the flashlight, taking a quick photo, record a phone call or toggle Wi-Fi/Bluetooth. It is great for people who want a dedicated physical key for an action.

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It works like this: The user needs to insert the Pressy button into the headphone jack, fire up the free app, configure the button’s usage and press as per your need. Pressy app can even hook up with Tasker, so that a user proficient in Tasker can accomplish virtually anything.

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Coming to actions, it lets you perform all sorts of action and you can add your custom ones as well. You can select different actions for single, double and long clicks. The app also lets you use your audio jack for the intended functionality so it is dead simple. It comes pre-set with 3 actions, but you can always configure to your heart’s content and as many times as required.

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Pressy works with all Android devices with Android 2.3 Gingerbread and above. At the time of writing this article, Pressy has gathered nearly four times its original goal of $40,000 with 45 days to go in its Kickstarter campaign. You can pledge $17 for a piece yourself and it even ships outside the US if you add $5 to it. Hurry because the $15 special price ended soon. Pressy will ship in March 2014 to all the backers.

The nifty gadget once again highlights the question of the absence of dedicated buttons on Android Smartphones and its success proves that users need these buttons. Pressy will definitely highlight the point to the OEMs, and we expect them to try and differentiate themselves by coupling one Pressy button with every phone in future deals or incorporate any other workaround of their own to lure Smartphone buyers.

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The first photo of the alleged phablet from Nokia has been leaked by Windows Phone Central. The phablet is featured alongside the recently launched flagship Nokia Lumia 1020. Earlier evleaks confirmed that the Nokia’s alleged Bandit phablet will be dubbed as Nokia Lumia 1520. Its gray flip case suggests that it will feature a polycarbonate unibody design.

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As can be seen in the image, it features a 6” front glass panel which was also leaked a few weeks ago. Nokia Lumia 1520 i.e. Bandit is rumored to feature a 6 inch Full HD display and will pack the latest Snapdragon 800 processor, 20 MP camera on its back (with Pureview Technology) and wireless charging support. It is expected to be running on the upcoming latest Windows Phone 8 GDR3 update which brings the support of a Full HD display and quad core processors to Windows Phone 8. The phablet is rumored to be unveiled sometime in September by Nokia.

In related news, the specifications of Nokia Asha 502 and Asha 503 which will try to replicate the success of the bestseller Nokia Asha 501 have been leaked. Reliable and renowned leaker evleaks previously leaked the codenames of Nokia Asha 502 as Nokia Pegasus and Nokia Asha 503 as Nokia Lanai. Evleaks also leaked the codenames of the entire upcoming Nokia line. Both the Asha feature phones are rumored to work on 3G and expected to sport dual SIM capabilities.

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Nokia Asha 502 aka Pegasus is expected to sport a 3.2 to 3.5 inch scratch resistant display with RAM between 128 and 512 MB and processor to be clocked at 1 or 1.2 GHz. It will sport a 5 MP rear camera with the new Nokia Camera app and will bring the 3G connectivity missing in its predecessor Asha 501. It will be thinner and lighter and will feature a polycarbonate design.

Coming to Nokia Asha 503 aka Lanai is said to have a display around 3.2 to 3.4 inches and is rumored to be powered by a 1 or 1.5 GHz processor with a separate GPU. The RAM is expected to be between 128 and 512 MB. It is expected to sport polycarbonate body and replace the hardware back key with a capacitive one and in turn enable the entire front to be covered by a curved glass. It will also have a 5 MP rear camera with LED flash. Both the above Asha feature phones will be pre-loaded with Whatsapp which was missing in Asha 501.

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With a few days to go until the official unveiling of the Galaxy Gear, the detailed specifications of the Galaxy Gear have been revealed by Among Tech citing its sources in Samsung’s Texas warehouse. In previous reports, GigaOM revealed the specifications of the Galaxy Gear Smartwatch which is expected to be unveiled on September 4 at the Samsung’s Unpacking event at IFA 2013, Berlin.

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According to Among Tech, the Galaxy Gear will pack a 4 MP front camera with 720p video recording and 2.5 inch 320×320 resolution display. It will have 1 GB of RAM, speakers placed on the strap and will come in two variants of 6GB and 8GB internal storage. The unhappy news is that it will offer a battery life of just 10 hours. This is really worse considering that even some of the Samsung’s Smartphones offer a better battery life. Unlike Smartphones, people can’t go on charging their Smartwatch twice or thrice in a day.

In related news, known leaker evleaks has leaked the first screenshots of the Galaxy Gear Manager app confirming its presence as an administrator for the Smartwatch. The images mostly contain the details from the past rumors such as its model number SM-V700, NFC pairing and other settings. According to these screenshots, users can connect their Smartphones to Galaxy Gear via a single tap using NFC and the eventual connection takes place via Bluetooth.

Galaxy Gear Manager

Using Galaxy Gear Manager, users can change the clocks, add applications or change settings of the existing apps directly from their Smartphones. The Smartwatch also comes with a nifty ‘Find my Watch’ feature which helps users in finding it in case they lose it. Despite such detailed specifications and details, we still don’t know whether it will support only Samsung Smartphones or any other Smartphone. We’ll find out on September 4 anyhow so you won’t have to wait long.

To recap, Samsung Galaxy Gear is rumored to pack a 1.5 GHz dual core processor, Mali 400 GPU, inbuilt speakers and is expected to run on Android Jelly Bean OS. It will use NFC and Bluetooth LE for connectivity and will have sensors for health applications, swipe and gesture features and related battery optimizations. It was also rumored earlier that it will work will phones but won’t have a call facility onto itself. It will come with a non-flexible display.

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Kobo announced three new tablets and an e-reader to compete with Amazon’s Kindle and Barnes & Noble’s Nook. The tablets are 7 inch Kobo Arc and its HD counterpart, a 10 inch Kobo Arc HD and the Kobo Aura e-Reader. All the tablets come in black color, feature Google Play Store for apps and games and runs on Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean OS. The tablets will start shipping on October 16 in North America and will be available internationally by 2013 end.

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The basic Kobo Arc 7 packs a 7 inch 1024x600p display with a 1.2 GHz Quad core MediaTek MTK 8125 processor, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB internal storage and VGA front camera. It has Micro USB, Micro HDMI out and 3.5 mm audio jack. It promises a battery life of nine hours and is priced at an affordable $149.99.

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Its HD brother Kobo Arc 7 HD has a 7 inch 1920x1200p display with 323 PPI pixel density and Full HD video playback. It packs a 1.7 GHz Nvidia Tegra 3 Quad core processor, 1 GB of RAM, 1.3 MP front-facing camera and eight hours of battery life. Users can choose between a 16 GB version for $199.99 and 32 GB version for $249.99.

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Kobo Arc 10 HD comes with a 10 inch 2560x1600p display with 300 PPI pixel density and 1080p video playback. It runs on a powerful 1.8 GHz Quad core Nvidia Tegra 4 processor and has 2 GB of RAM. It has 16 GB of internal storage but no Micro SD card expansion like the above two tablets. It has a 1.3 MP front facing camera and promises a battery life of 9.5 hours. It is priced at $399.99.

Kobo Aura

Last but not the least, Kobo Aura e-Reader features an improved 6 inch 212 DPI E ink display that comes with minimum flashing while flipping pages. It has a built-in front light technology which is seen across all latest mainstream e-Readers. The e-book reader promises a two month of battery life, and its internal storage of 4 GB can be expanded to 32 GB via Micro SD card slot. It will come in pink or black colors for $149.99.

Kobo also announced a book discovery feature ‘Beyond the Book’ which allows readers to discover content related to key subjects within the book. Dyslexie is a new font option for dyslexic readers. Kobo Kids digital bookstore will have about 100,000 titles for children and allows parents to set-up accounts, pre-select books and set reading goals. The Kids Store and digital Magazines will launch in September in North America, the UK, France and Italy and internationally by 2013-end. Kobo has also entered into a partnership with read-it-later app Pocket in which it will be built natively into its readers and tablets.