iFive 3 Is A Peek At Retina iFive Mini 3

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The iFive 3 is a 9.7-inch tablet with the same specs as the 7.85-inch iFive Mini 3. Both have Retina-class 2048 x 1536 IPS screens.


The main difference is the battery capacity. The 3 has a 8400mAh battery, the Mini 3 will have 5200mAh. I’d be very surprised if anything else changed because it’d upset the economies of scale Five Technology gains from keeping all else the same.

Note also that the 3 here is running Android 4.2.2 while the Mini 3 will have Android 4.4 KitKat.

A forum poster has a long thread about it [Google Translate].

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Lenovo expands smartphone lineup with first LTE model and a 6 inch phone

Chinese PC maker Lenovo has been offering smartphones in its home country and other select markets for the past few years. While there are still no plans to bring those phones to the United States, Lenovo is unveiling 4 new models in advance of next week’s Consumer Electronics Show, the biggest gadget show of the year in the US.

Lenovo’s new phones include the company’s first model to sport 4G LTE capabilities and a new model which blurs the lines between phone and tablet with a large 6 inch screen.

Lenovo Vibe Z

Lenovo Vibe Z with LTE

The Lenovo Vibe Z is the company’s new flagship phone. It sports a 5.5 inch, 1920 x 1080 pixel IPS display, a 2.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, up to 16GB of storage and Android 4.3 software.

It has a 13 MP rear camera and a front-facing 5MP camera with an 84 degree lens for wide-angle shots and a 3000mAh battery for up to 33 hours of talk time.

The Vibe Z will launch in February in select countries including Indonesia, Malaysia, the Philippines, Saudi Arabia, Thailand, and the United Arab Emirates. It’s expected to sell for $549 and up.

Lenovo S930 and S650

Lenovo is also expanding its mid-range S series phones with a new S930 featuring a 6 inch, 1280 x 720 pixel display and a smaller S650 with a 4.7 inch, 960 x 540 pixel screen.

Lenovo S930 / Lenovo S650

These phones feature MediaTek 6582 quad-core processors, 1GB of RAM, 8MP cameras, 8GB of storage, and Android 4.2 software. The S930 will have a starting price of $319 and the S650 will sell for $229 and up. Both phones supports 802.11n WiFi, Bluetooth 3.0, and HSPA+ connectivity.

The 6 inch model has a 1.6MP front-facing camera and a 3000mAh battery. The 4.7 inch phone has a 0.3MP front camera and a 2000mAH battery.

They should be available in markets where Lenovo sells phones starting this month.

Lenovo A859

At the budget end of the spectrum, Lenovo is launching a model with a 5 inch, 1280 x 720 pixel display, an 8MP rear camera, 1.6MP front camera, 8GB of storage, 1GB of RAM, and a MediaTek 6582 quad-core processor.

Lenovo A859

The phone supports dual SIM cards, features WiFi, Bluetooth and 3G and has a 2250mAh battery.

It’s available now in select countries for $219 and up.

Pipo U8T Coming Soon

good tablet from china

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Over two months since it was first officially hyped, the Pipo U8T is about to go on sale [Google Translate].


This is the first tablet to combine the powerful Rockchip 3188 CPU with 3G. It’s unknown, however, if the 3G will work outside of China. The report mentions China Unicom 3.5G. Additional specs are at the report.

Since people have expressed interest in this, I’ll continue to monitor China for reviews.

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