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17 Dec 12 Oppo debuts premium Android phone



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The Oppo Find 5 was teased several months ago, but recent news from Beijing has made the device official, and revealed some truly impressive specs.

A 5-inch, 1080p display is probably the most noticeable feature of the phone, but this is backed with a quad-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 chip.

The primary camera is 13MP with a host of intriguing software features, including super-slo-mo recording at 120fps. The front camera is 1.9MP and there’s the usual array of near-field communication (NFC), Wi-Fi direct and more, all running on Jelly Bean, specifically Android 4.1.2.

It’s 8.8mm thick, but this also allows the Find 5 to accommodate a 2500mAh battery, along with Dolby 3D sound, for some reason.

In fact, probably only the big downer is the lack of a microSD slot, meaning that you’re stuck with the default 16GB of memory.

The Find 5 is definitely getting a US release, although Oppo phones haven’t made it to some countries in Asia before. The specs for the spectrum tech used in the phone are GSM 850, 900, 1800, 1900MHz and UMTS 850, 1700/2100, 1900, 2100MHz, so parallel importing may be an option for some users.

Via CNET Australia

Article source: http://asia.cnet.com/oppo-debuts-premium-android-phone-62219829.htm

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10 Apr 12 Android beats Apple in China mobile platform race: report



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Tue Apr 10, 2012 5:16am EDT

SHANGHAI (Reuters) – Google Inc’s Android mobile operating system (OS) was the top smartphone platform in China last year, growing its market share by about 35 percent in the world’s largest market for mobile phones, a Chinese technology research firm said.

At the end of 2011, Android had 68.4 percent of the smartphone OS market by the number of smartphones sold, up from 33.6 percent at the end of the first quarter of last year, Beijing-based research firm Analysys International said in a report on Tuesday.

The cementing of Android’s dominance in China came at the expense of Finnish mobile phone maker Nokia whose Symbian OS saw its market share more than halve to 18.7 percent last year.

Apple Inc, whose iPhones are seeing strong demand from wealthier Chinese cities, posted a modest growth in 2011, with the market share of its iOs operating system rising from 4.1 percent in the first quarter to 5.7 percent at the end of the fourth quarter.

Apple has said that China, which has 988 million mobile phone subscribers, remains a key growth market for the company.

Android’s rise also comes as smartphones become cheaper in China due to the sales initiatives of local mobile device makers ZTE Corp and Huawei Technologies, who sign contracts with Chinese telecoms companies to offer cheap Android handsets.

(Reporting by Melanie Lee; Editing by Muralikumar Anantharaman)

Article source: http://www.reuters.com/article/2012/04/10/net-us-android-apple-idUSBRE8390AK20120410

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