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Alcatel One Touch Idol S and Idol Mini go official

Alcatel has extended its collection of smartphones with the introduction of One Touch Idol S and One Touch Idol Mini. Both the devices come with a compact design along with a slim profile. The Idol S is the slimmer of the two with its profile measuring just 7.4mm, while the Idol Mini is also very slender at 7.9mm.

The highlights of the Alcatel Idol S include a 4.7-inch IPS display with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. The device is powered by a dual-core processor clocked at 1.2 GHz along with 1 GB of RAM and features an 8 megapixel rear camera that is capable of recording 1080p videos at 30fps.

Th Alcatel One Touch Idol S comes with a 1.3 megapixel front camera and runs on Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. The device has 4 GB of internal memory and there is a microSD card slot for further expansion. Alcatel's latest mid-range addition has a wide range of connectivity option and the smartphone will be available in Slate, Fresh Rose and Cherry Red color options.

On the other hand, the Idol Mini is an entry level smartphone, sporting a relatively small 4.3-inch display with a resolution of 480 x 854 pixels. The smartphone also features a 1.3 GHz dual-core processor, 512 MB RAM, 5 megapixel rear camera and 4GB inbuilt memory with microSD card support.

The Idol Mini runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and comes with HSPA+, Wi-Fi, A-GPS and Bluetooth 4.0 radios.

The Alcatel Idol Mini will also be available in a dual-SIM variant with its hardware specifications remaining mostly unchanged. The only difference is the dual-SIM Idol Mini does not come with a microSD card slot and has 8 GB of internal storage.

Alcatel Idol Mini will also be up for grabs in three different color options - Cranberry Pink, Silver and Slate. There are no details on the pricing and the availability of either new smartphone at the moment.

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Alcatel outs One Touch Pop C1, C3, C5 and C7 cheap droids

Alcatel is going all in at this year's IFA, outing the Idol S and Idol Mini along with Hero and Idol Alpha and now it's introducing the low to midrange Pop C series smartphones.

The One Touch Pop C7 is the most interesting of the bunch with a 5" screen and 1.3 GHz quad-core chip. The Pop C5 has a 4.5-incher, the C3 has a 4-incher of WVGA resolution and dual-core 1.3 GHz processor and finally, there is the C1, which offers a 3.5" HVGA display and dual-core 1 GHz processor.

All devices will sport Android Jelly Bean 4.2.

The Pop C1 and C3 will be available this October, the Pop C5 in November, while the 5-incher C7 is expected at the end of the year.

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Check out our full IFA 2013 coverage right here.

Alleged BlackBerry C-series smartphone surfaces

A new BlackBerry 10 smartphone has appeared in the wild. The unannounced entry-level handset allegedly belongs to the C-series, also known as the Cafe series.

The leaked smartphone, codenamed Americano, is rumored to sport a 4.2-inch LCD display with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels. The upcoming BlackBerry device is said to feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 CPU and LTE connectivity.

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In the meantime, BlackBerry is having a tough run in the market, losing ground with an increasing pace. According to a recent report, the Canadian company will lose close to $1 billion by the end of Q2, 2014. The firm announced that it will lay off 4,500 employees to reduce its operating expenditures.


Alleged front panel of upcoming Galaxy Note 3 surfaces

The latest leaked images of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 show off what is allegedly the front panel of the devices. While no measurements were provided alongside the images, according to previous leaks the device is set to feature a 5.7-inch diagonal - up from the 5.5" on the Note II.

While the panel follows Samsung's design strategy, the corners are more defined than on the Note II as well, which lends itself to a more business-oriented marketing approach (think BYOD).

We'll find out more about the Note 3 at IFA in Berlin on September 4, where Samsung is expected to officially announce the device.

There's word that the phablet will be powered by either a Snapdragon 800 or Exynos 5 Octa chipset, feature 3GB of RAM and run on Android 4.3, so be sure to check back with us then for all the juicy details.

Update: Several higher resolution shots have since emerged of the same panel, except this time someone remembered to bring a ruler. The display size of the Galaxy Note 3 has now been confirmed at 5.68 inches.

Also revealed is smaller side bezel of only 2.2mm, and an overall panel thickness of 1.8mm.

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Alleged iPhone 5S specs show only minor changes

The much awaited Apple event is tomorrow, so it's time for final leaks. Chinese site CTech has dug up the specs of the iPhone 5S, the higher end of the two models expected to be announced tomorrow, and compared it to previous iPhones.

Now, we can't read Chinese (and since it's in an image, Google Translate isn't very helpful) but the gist is pretty clear

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