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Samsung’s SM-J100F spotted on GFXBench – an entry-level smartphone with a 64-bit CPU

According to reports, Samsung will reduce the size of its smartphone lineup for next year by a third in an effort to boost sales and maintain its dominance in the smartphone market. However, this is not an indication that the Korean tech giant doesn’t plan on releasing new devices. One of which is the SM-J100F, which has made an appearance on the GFXBench benchmark database.

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According to the listing, the SM-J100F sports a 4.8-inch screen with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels (194 ppi), a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera with 1080p video-recording cambilities, a 5-megapixel front-facing camera also with 1080p video-recording capabilities, 4GB of internal storage, a Marvell PXA1908 64-bit quad-core processor with each core clocked at 1.2 GHz, and a Vivante GC7000UL GPU. It will probably come with 1 GB of RAM. The entry-level smartphone runs Android 4.4.4 (KitKat) out of the box, and will probably have Samsung’s TouchWiz UI slapped on top.

Samsung is yet to lift the lid on the SM-J100F, and the device is likely to make its debut next year.

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Android sales will not be affected by Apple iPhone 5C, report says

Apple has recently officially unveiled the Apple iPhone 5C, a mid-range version of the Apple iPhone 5S (successor of the Apple iPhone 5). According to a report, the new iPhone will not affect the sales of Android handsets.iphone5c-selection-hero-2013

DigiTimes reports, “Apple’s iPhone 5c is unlikely to significantly affect sales of Android-based entry-level to mid-range smartphones due to its pricing, according to sources in the handset industry in China.

“Unlocked prices of the 16GB and 32GB iPhone 5c, which are set at US$549 and US$649, respectively, are too high for the entry-level and mid-range markets, especially for emerging markets, the sources commented.

“In other words, Apple still aims to maintain its share in the mid-range to high-end segment, while leaving the entry-level to mid-range for other brands, said the sources.

“While Apple may team up with China Mobile to promote the new iPhones in China, Apple’s pricing for the iPhone 5c will allow local brands to continue to penetrate the entry-level to mid-range segment, the sources added.

“On the other hand, rivals including Samsung Electronics, Sony Mobile Communications and LG Electronics will begin to market new flagship models in the fourth quarter to fend off competition from the new iPhones, noted the sources.

“While the release of the iPhone 5s and iPhone 5c will help ramp up Apple’s market share in the fourth quarter of 2013, Android phones will continue to account for 70-80% of the smartphone OS market in the quarter, while iOS will take up no higher than 20%, estimated the sources.”

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HTC Desire P and Desire Q photos leaked

Do you find the HTC One too expensive? Are you looking for more affordable handsets by the Taiwanese phone manufacturer? If this is the case, photos of the HTC Desire P and the Desire Q have been leaked, suggesting that the Taiwanese firm is planning to launch two more offerings either in the mid-range or entry-level markets.htc-desire-p-q

The photos were leaked in Chinese-speaking site, android4tw. According to Focus Taiwan, the two will land in shops in Taiwan in April.

Focus Taiwan reports, “HTC Corp. will release two entry-level to mid-range smartphones models in Taiwan soon.”

It adds, “Chunghwa Telecom Co., the country’s largest mobile provider, told CNA that it will offer the “HTC Desire P” at about NT$10,900 (US$365), starting in April.

“The phone is equipped with a 4.3-inch display, a dual-core processor and an 8-megapixel camera.

“The exact price and the delivery date have not yet been finalized, as negotiations with HTC are still in progress, Chunghwa Telecom said.

“Far EasTone Telecommunications Co., the third-largest telecom operator in Taiwan, said it will introduce the 4-inch “HTC Desire Q” early next month at a price of roughly NT$6,990, aiming to attract entry-level customers who have less demand for data services.

“The introduction of the two new low-end to mid-level models appear to be part of HTC’s latest sales strategy. It said earlier that it planned to launch more affordable phones in China and some developed markets as telecom operators shift their customers from the older 2G mobile network to the mainstream 3G or super-fast 4G LTE networks.”

Sadly, HTC is yet to confirm the existence of the two handsets. If they do exist, we’re not sure if they will be arriving in the UK.

Interested in the HTC Desire P or Desire Q? We’ll keep you posted once we know more.

Official photo of HTC Golf revealed

The official picture of the HTC Golf has fallen in Pocketnow’s hands. With “Golf” as the new handset’s name, we were expecting something different. However, judging from the image, the phone looks like just about any HTC handset out there.

Specs-wise, the entry-level HTC Golf sports a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 3.5 inch display with a resolution of 480 x 320 pixels, 4 GB of internal storage, support for a microSD card, 512 MB of RAM, and a single-core processor under 1 GHz. The phone runs Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) just like the Taiwanese phone giant’s high-end handsets such as the dual-core One S and the quad-core One X.

Apparently, “Golf” is a codename. The handset will be known as the Wildfire C upon launch.

HTC announced a 35% fall in revenue for the first quarter of this year, while rivals Samsung and Apple are still going strong. HTC has a lot riding on its One series, which the company hopes will change the tides in its favour. The HTC Golf is set to compete in the entry-level market.

Do you think HTC has a chance at getting back in the game with its One series? Do you think the HTC Golf will do well as a budget phone? Give us your thoughts.