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  • Nathan Mittelstaedt
  • Marketing Manager

The Friday Afternoon Rumour Mill

There have been a lot of juicy tidbits of news on the next pieces of technology coming out this summer, and so we thought we’d share some of the latest updates.

 

Perhaps the biggest news of the week, PhoneArena.com is reporting on a trio of new HTC phones & tablets. The first one appears to be a souped-up version of the HTC One X or perhaps a successor, codenamed PM63100 and destined for AT&T in the U.S. It will feature a quad-core Tegra 3 processor running at 1.7 Ghz. Perhaps even more interesting is a rumoured 1080p MONSTER phone/phablet/tablet, HTC6435, with an as yet unknown quad-core 1.5Ghz processor which beat the aforementioned PM63100 in GLBenchmark by a score of 13685 to 8214, and roughly doubling the performance put out by the HTC One X. Yet another HTC device, a new tablet dubbed the “Vertex”, will supposedly feature a 1,280 x 752 screen and a 1.3Ghz Tegra 3 processor.

Chinese manufacturer ZTE is also keeping busy, teasing the release of a new gaming-centric smartphone, with full details coming in another 6 days.

While we are still waiting for official press shots, the latest Xperia phone from Sony, the LT30 Mint, showed off its camera capabilities with a couple of test shots. The Mint will supposedly feature a Snapdragon S4 processor, 4.6” HD screen, 1GB RAM, 16GB of storage, and an expandable microSD card slot to go with its 13MP camera.

Rumours of a sequel to last year’s smash hit, the Samsung Galaxy Note, are continuing to grow, as Korean website MK News reported that Samsung is planning on announcing an Android 4.1, 5.5” Galaxy Note successor late August at IFA 2012. Previous rumors have indicated an October shipping date.

Also in the news is Amazon and their plans to launch a Kindle Fire successor as well as enter the smartphone arena with a direct competitor to Google & Apple’s smartphone market dominance. The new Kindle Fire is reported to feature a 1280x800 display, and could launch as early as July/August. Specs on the Kindle Smartphone remain elusive, although it will supposedly be manufactured by Foxconn. Meanwhile, the next generation Kindle e-readers may face delays due to a manufacturing issue.

Meanwhile, no rumour mill would be complete without the latest iPhone 5 & iPad Mini rumours. A consensus seems to be forming among the tech community that the new iPhone & iPad Mini will feature a new docking connector, which will be smaller than the 30 pin connector used in the vast majority of Apple devices. Also, the longer 4-inch form factor gained more credence, as a new spy shot surfaced showcasing the front casing of the new iPhone.

  • Nathan Mittelstaedt
  • Marketing Manager

New Video & Promotion On The LG Prada 3.0

This week, Expansys is cooperating with Groupon Hong Kong to bring you a special deal on the LG Prada 3.0. To prepare for this deal, we've also put together a quick youtube video highlighting some of the main functions and user interface of the LG Prada 3.0, including NFC interfacing with Hong Kong's Octopus card system.

Key features of the LG Prada 3.0

  • 1.0GHz Dual-Core handles apps and software with high requirement
  • 4.3 Inch NOVA Display brings superior performance in bright sunlight conditions
  • PRADA's signature Saffiano pattern with LG's innovative technology
  • Convenient NFC function supports most smartcards like Octopus card
  • 8MP camera allows you to be a great photographer taking breath-taking pictures
  • 8GB of built-in storage for carting along your favorite games, movies, music, and pictures

Our GroupOn offer includes the LG Prada 3.0 for HK$2588, and can be purchased here.

 

  • Nathan Mittelstaedt
  • Marketing Manager

Using HTC One X together with HTC Media Link DG H100

HTC One X + Media Link

A few customers have been inquiring as to how they can get their Media Link working with the HTC One X. Here is a quick fix that should work:

http://www.htc.com/uk/help/htc-desire-hd/#download

 

The steps there are a little backwards, though, and won't work if you follow HTC's instructions exactly. Try using these instructions instead:

1. Download the HTC Media Link ROM Update for HTC Desire HD (1.11.0.0)
2. Hold the power button on the Media Link and then plug it into your PC using the included USB cable. After 2-3 seconds, it should start flashing orange and green.
3. Open the Media Link ROM Update executable file.
4. Follow the instructions on the screen until the Media Link has been updated to ROM version 1.11.0.0
5. Plug in Media Link to TV and use as normal.

  • Nathan Mittelstaedt
  • Marketing Manager

Using HTC One X together with HTC Media Link DG H100

HTC One X + Media Link

A few customers have been inquiring as to how they can get their Media Link working with the HTC One X. Here is a quick fix that should work:

http://www.htc.com/uk/help/htc-desire-hd/#download

 

The steps there are a little backwards, though, and won't work if you follow HTC's instructions exactly. Try using these instructions instead:

1. Download the HTC Media Link ROM Update for HTC Desire HD (1.11.0.0)
2. Hold the power button on the Media Link and then plug it into your PC using the included USB cable. After 2-3 seconds, it should start flashing orange and green.
3. Open the Media Link ROM Update executable file.
4. Follow the instructions on the screen until the Media Link has been updated to ROM version 1.11.0.0
5. Plug in Media Link to TV and use as normal.

  • Nathan Mittelstaedt
  • Marketing Manager

Using HTC One X together with HTC Media Link DG H100

HTC One X + Media Link

A few customers have been inquiring as to how they can get their Media Link working with the HTC One X. Here is a quick fix that should work:

http://www.htc.com/uk/help/htc-desire-hd/#download

 

The steps there are a little backwards, though, and won't work if you follow HTC's instructions exactly. Try using these instructions instead:

1. Download the HTC Media Link ROM Update for HTC Desire HD (1.11.0.0)
2. Hold the power button on the Media Link and then plug it into your PC using the included USB cable. After 2-3 seconds, it should start flashing orange and green.
3. Open the Media Link ROM Update executable file.
4. Follow the instructions on the screen until the Media Link has been updated to ROM version 1.11.0.0
5. Plug in Media Link to TV and use as normal.

  • Nathan Mittelstaedt
  • Marketing Manager

New Product Video: JCB Pro-Smart

Here's a video we shot of the new JCB Pro-Smart, which shows that it can handle both a dunk in the water as well as a full box of seaweed crackers.

Full specs on the JCB Pro Smart, as well as reviews, and our latest prices, can be found here.

  • Nathan Mittelstaedt
  • Marketing Manager

This Week In Technology

 

Nokia Lumia 800 Product Photo 

As you can probably tell from looking at our past posts, it has been some time since had a new post for our HK blog. As such, we thought we'd start over again with a brief overview of some of the latest gadget and tech news reported by the Hong Kong and global blogging communities.

Although HP has reported that they will continue to support WebOS, users of the HP Touchpad will soon have another option to their native O/S, as a team of modders have managed to successfully port Google's Android 4.0 Operating System to to the Touchpad using CyanogenMod7. While the port is still far from stable, it has given us all yet another reason to be jealous of anyone lucky enough to get ahold of one of those $99 Touchpads.

The Nokia Lumia 800 was released with much fanfare, which in London included using a skyscraper as a giant projection screen. Here in Hong Kong, the festivities were a bit more tame in nature, with a road show being staged in Mong Kok featuring people dressed in digital bow-ties and vests.

Also, it was announced that Meizu, the Chinese company probably best known for ripping off the iPhone, will release its latest project on January 1st, 2012, in China. The Meizu MX will feature a 4 inch Sharp ASV TFT with a 960x640 resulution, Exynos 4210 1.4Ghz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, and will be running Google's Android 2.3.5 Operating System.