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Sony rumored to out new budget phone, possibly the Xperia E3

Still on IFA 2014 fare, and still hot on Sony’s trail – we are hearing rumors that apart from a new flagship line, Sony will be launching a new budget smartphone device in Berlin in the new Xperia E3. In line as an upgrade to its token budget devices (with the “E” suffix), this device may not be the star of the show, but it is important in Sony’s strategy to hit multiple tiers and markets.

Samsung to launch Galaxy S DUOS 3, gets KitKat upgrade

Just a little over 10 months after Samsung came out with the Galaxy S Duos 2 – primarily for the South Asian market – it is now coming out with the Galaxy S Duos 3, upgrading the model’s operating system to Android 4.4 KitKat. Unfortunately, nothing much else was upgraded in this model.

Sony Xperia Z3 Compact press photos show bright colors

We’re right at the edge before we fall into the abyss of total IFA 2014 madness, but we’re bringing you some leaked press photos of the Sony Xperia Z3 Compact for now. This is the rumored miniaturized version of the Sony Xperia Z3 flagship device that should launch within a day or two in Berlin. We can decide right now that this device exists, not just a rumor anymore. And judging from these pics, we gather people are going to like this device.

OnePlus may start accepting pre-orders in October

The OnePlus One smartphone is a great device, but because of business risk mitigation and the manufacturers wary of competition, it has become a niche market device, and something of an urban legend. Consumers are certainly divided on the company’s “invite only” policy, but signs are pointing to an improvement – a pre-order system might be online by October.

Is sapphire glass all it’s cracked up to be?

With IFA 2014 set to start in a few days in Berlin, one of the buzzwords being bandied about is sapphire glass, particularly because it is rumored to be one of the features of the anticipated iPhone 6. Another OEM has beaten Apple to the punch as Kyocera recently announced the availability of its Brigadier with Sapphire Display through carrier Verizon. But as a supposedly scratch and drop resistant material, is sapphire glass all it’s, well, cracked up to be?
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