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Acer to give Iconia tablet new lease at life

Acer is putting out another player to mix it up with the budget tablet market as it gives its Iconia brand tablets another chance. The Iconia A3-A20 mixes entry level specs with a sleek new look to give the 10.1-inch tablet a fresh aesthetic. The question is really, will this strategy work?

BLU Studio C series brings a splash of color to budget line

BLU Products is at it again. The US-based maker of unlocked smartphones is debuting some new devices and it isn't content with just one or two. It's new "Studio C" smartphone series is composed of four, yes, four, smartphones that all have three things in common: they're mid-range, dirt cheap and extremely colorful. Oh, and they fortunately all run Android 4.4 KitKat.

Unknown device runs MediaTek SoC, hits over 43k in AnTuTu

AnTuTu’s cred has not been all that great these days, especially as anybody who’s anybody in the smartphone manufacturing industry – particularly South Korean giant Samsungtried at one point or another to “game” its devices’ benchmark results to get higher scores. Still, anyone with enough Android knowledge would know that the higher tier scores belong to Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chips. But what do we have here? A MediaTek-based device beating premium Snapdragon-based devices?

Archos 50b, 50c Oxygen are budget quad, octa-core smartphones

Archos styles itself as a pioneer in the media player and Android tablet category, but are relatively new to the smartphone industry, jumping in with their Platinum series smartphones in 2013. This year, Archos dives in head first into the rapidly saturating budget Android smartphone market with quad-core and octa-core variants of the smartphone they call Oxygen. Let’s take a look at what they have to offer.

BLU VIVO IV offers a luxurious facade at budget price

BLU Products might be more known for low-priced, low-powered smartphones, but its new VIVO IV is definitely an exception. This smartphone sports some high-end hardware, depending on your opinion of the processor, yet manages to keep the price below your usual flagships. It even tries to look and feel like a luxury smartphone to boot!

OPPO R1S spotted with Qualcomm Snapdragon inside

It was only the other day that the OPPO R1 was trying to make its way to the US and now it seems that a new variant is already available. It is also entirely possible that this LTE-capable OPPO R1S seen at TENAA is, in fact, the very smartphone spotted at the FCC, retrofitted with a Qualcomm SoC instead of the original MediaTek.
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