A low-cost, dual-core Oppo Neo R831 Smartphone

We areat present fully acquainted with Oppo, BBK’s spearhead. If such flagship devices as Finder, Find 5 or the more recent Oppo N1 have made the firm one of the top Chinese smartphones developers, still this manufacturer would be ill-advised to forget the market’s other segments, namely the mid-range and entry-level segments, as fans aren’t wealthy enough to spend a whole month’s wages on an Oppo smartphone.

The Oppo Neo will be one of those unpretentious devices with minimal capacities for maximal performances. Yet Oppo being Oppo, each new device will have to have its own novelty to mark the occasion and make it clear to newcomers that they are a different kind of manufacturer.

The innovation on the Neo will be a modest one – no swivel camera, no O-Touch rear touch panel but a display which can be operated with special gloves called Gloves Mode, the kind of technology we’d very much like to have in France. The glass pane will be very sensitive, which makes wonder if Oppo hasn’t started using the new graphene-based technology, hyperconductive nanotubes set under an extremely thin and resistant screen.

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As for the rest, ths smartphone is fitted with a 4.5in display with a 854x480p resolution (217ppi, 16 million IPS colors), a very mysterious 1.3GHz dual core with a 512Mo RAM and a 4Go ROM, a 5Mpx rear camera (2Mpx front), and the 3G WCDMA in ‘Smart’ Dual SIM 900 at 2100MHz. Wifi, Bluetooth but also the NFC will be there too (to raise the level a bit). I could see you beginning to pucker your noses.^^

Oppo will also feature a motion recognition system which you will be able to access the way you scroll any old notification bar on Android. You’ll have the possibility to draw programmable letters which will execute precise tasks, like for instance V to have an internet connection, or O to start the camera.

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The whole will be run by a high-performance and integral ROM ColorOS Android 4.2.2, very much like Xiaomi’s ROM MIUI. The battery array will be 1900mAh, which is quite enough to charge this modest device for at least 72 hours. Its dimensions are 132×65.8×9.2mm for a weight of 130 grams (4.58oz).

The Oppo Neo R831 has already hit the stands. After Indonesia, the Neo is now swerving towards India for approximately $160 (120€) and will soon be available in Europe on the Oppostyle shop. The Neo won’t probably win over the die-hard geeks I think you are, yet it will offer an interesting alternative if, with a modest budget, you’re looking for a smartphone that will do a neat and basic job.

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[TUTORIAL] How to instal an Android ROM with Recovery

First, we’ll remember there are two types of Firmware ROM, the integral ROM called ROM Stock which consists of an .img and .bin folder, and the Rom Custom (customized), or ROM Update which are not integral ROMs but whose System folder has been updated, enhanced or reworked by a developer.

Last week we studied how to flash a ROM Stock Android with a Flash Tool.

The Flash on the ROM Custom differs altogether and is completed by a direct intervention on the telephone, therefore to begin with, you’ll need to find an adequate ROM. We are now fully acquainted with Needrom.com which abounds with many different models. This kind of ROM is designated by an Update badge. You’ll only need to download it as such. You won’t need anything more than your telephone.

Prerequisites :

A fully loaded Smartphone or tablet.
– Your ROM, which you’ll have to keep in the .zip format.
– An SD card on which you’ll make a copy of the ROM as such, for instance in a file you’ll name ‘Zip Files’.
– A modified Recovery menu. The basic one you already have enables you to flash builder updates but not customized ROMs. A simple solution has already been examined when we had a look at CTR for MTK. If you already have a modified Recovery for your device, you’ll be able to instal easily thanks to the free software from the MobileUncle Tools Play Store and its Recovery Update menu.

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At the present moment, there exist three different types of Recovery, CWM Clock Work Mode (the oldest type), TWRP Team Win Recovery Project for the 100% tactile, and CTR Carliv Touch Recovery, which is a tactile CWM. Even if the three menus look different, their installation procedures are identical as the menus’ contents are very much alike in spite of slight differences. I will use TWRP for my demo because it’s the recovery I feel the strongest affinity with.

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Once you’re ok with all that, you’ll have to restart in Recovery mode.

When you’re Smartphone is off, just keep your finger on the high_volume and power buttons until your Smartphone’s first logo goes out. A variant on Zopo devices will have you proceed with your device plugged on USB to your PC so that your battery keeps being powered.

You’re now on the main menu.

Start with a complete Wipe of all caches and Dalvik-cache so as to avoid any software conflict (Wipe cache and Advanced/Wipe Dalvik Cache).

Go back to the main menu then click on Install (from ZIP).

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Inside the explorer, look for your ROM folder and select it. Drag your finger on the blue ‘Swipe to confirm’ bar, which will launch your installation. The operation will last a few minutes only.
Before you leave, go back to Wipe and do a Factory Reset if you want to start from scratch again. It’s a safe measure that will eliminate all possible compatibility problems.

You may now restart and enjoy your device !

Watch: A brief introduction to China’s various dumplings

Forget (at least for now) about Chinese cookies. Forget about ravioli. Eat the Moon and be happy instead. CCTV kindly shows us some different types of jiaozi unique to various regions across China including Anhui, Guangdong and Jiangxi.

Jiaozi is staple dish during the New Year holiday, especially popular in northern China. It’s a ground meat and/or vegetable filling wrapped in a rolled piece of dough. Taking the shape of a crescent moon, the dumpling symbolizes the hope for a year of plenty. The Chinese word for ‘horn’ is ‘jiao’.

Jiaozi are simply delicious.

Gionee M2, a Chinese Smartphone with an awesome battery life

In these hard Smartphonian times (the Chinese New Year), we’ll examine a bit more closely what’s happening next door. The Gionee M2, which comes from a 100% Chinese make and is now famous for its GLG and its ex-Gionee X817, has recently gone on sale in India. This Smartphone has an elegant design not far from what we’ve seen on the POMP C6s. It’s also fitted with a large 4200mAh battery array which can be used on other devices. Many of our members have been dreaming of a smartphone with a great charge capacity, an impressive battery array which could last for several days of intensive use. So when we learn a Smartphone can not only self-charge but can also charge buddies, it’s not unreasonable to say that our dream is at last within reach !

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The M2 is a well-conceived quad-core with an imposing 4200mAh battery array able to charge other devices thanks to its USB OTG connectivity. Charging via the OTG isn’t big news in itself as many devices featuring this connectivity can also do it but none can rival the Gionee M2. As for its other characteristics, the Gionee M2 has been devised to be as efficient as possible without taxing its battery too much. Accordingly, the M2 is fitted with a 5in, 854x480p display and a 1.3GHz, MT6582 Quad Core processor and a 1Go RAM and a 4Go ROM as well as an SD card extension (up to 32Go), a 2mp front camera and an 8mp rear camera (which can take up to 99 photographs in continuous shooting mode). The M2 will also be 3G (as yet unknown) WCDMA and will feature a slot designed for two SIM cards. Naturally, the Gionee M2 will be sold, like all smartphones today, with Wifi, Bluetooth and the A-GPS support.

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However, the most convincing argument in its favor will surely be its durability, such as 24 hours of 3G surfing, approximately 500 hours of standby mode and around 30 hours of telephone communication, performances we haven’t seen since the first classical GSM mobile phones. The significant addition, in short, is all the ‘intelligence’ of today’s smartphones.

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The Gionee M2 goes on sale in India for only $177 (approximately 133€) and is less expensive than its big rival Lenovo P780 and its 4000mAh battery array. The Gionne M2 might also become a white-label product at an even cheaper price. So, Chin’Addicts ? What do you think of this li’l Gionee M2 ?

Huawei Ascend P7 Sophia 4.4.2 in the making

Called Sophia, and according to rumors dating back to December 2013, a new Huawei Smartphone is being devised and it could well be a worthy heir to the Huawei Ascend P6. Some details about the Huawei Sophia-L00V100R001C17B103 have been revealed on the screenshot below.

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It shows us that the Huawei Sophia is a Chinese device run by an Android 4.4.2 KitKat (OS) whereas its user interface is Emotion UI 2.3. This Emotion 2.3 is Huawei’s latest version. Besides, the screenshot above also reveals that the Huawei Sophia is a Dual-SIM device even if a Mono-SIM version may still come out.

As regards the device’s technical capacities, the Huawei Ascend P7 Sophia is a 5in device with a 1080p, TFT Full HD display, 2Go RAM and 16Go ROM + micro SD, a main 13Mpx rear camera (8Mpx front).

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The processor will be a 1.6GHz, Quad Core Hisilicon 910 very much like the Kirin 910 already embedded in the Ascend Mate 2 (chipset Cortex A9). However, the Balong should be backed up by a GPU Vivante GC5000 series instead of the Kirin’s Mali450-MP. This SoC will also be different in that it will be compatible with the 4G LTE, a detail that will surely interest you. It will have a 2600mAh battery array.

Summary of technical features :

√ 5in TFT FHD display

√ 2Go RAM

√ 16Go internal storage

√ Micro SD slot

√ 13Mp main camera (autofocus and LED flash)

√ 8Mp secondary camera

√ 1.6GHz, quad-core Hisilicon Balong 910 processor

√ Android KitKat 4.4.2 (Emotion UI 2.3)

√ LTE Cat.4, 2460mAh

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Full HD Wifi sport camera with remote control test by GLG

This video test will focus on the waterproof Full HD Wifi sport Camera and its G386 remote control. We think this device likely to stun a lot of sport cameras amateurs.

√ HD recording 1080p, 30 photos per second
√ Micro USB port
√ Micro SD card port
√ Mini HDMI port
√ Li-on battery array
√ Infrared remote control
√ Wifi array, connection is possible to smartphone and tablet

Available at this address at the 1db boutique >>> Full HD sport camera with remote control