Large 8-inch display, LTE in mid-range Huawei tablet
Huawei is using Mobile World Congress to demonstrate more than just smartphones, such as the Ascend G6 4G, by also announcing the launch of the MediaPad M1. The eight-inch tablet, which can be used to make phone calls like others in the MediaPad range, is a mid-ranged device that the company hopes will sell thanks to its LTE connectivity. Electronista spent some time with the tablet, and found it to be a little underwhelming.
Seventh batch of Xiaomi phones sells out quick
Xiaomi has managed to sell 150,000 of its Mi One or M1 smartphones in just 12 minutes and 41 seconds on Tuesday. Priced at 2,000 yuan (about $317), the phone runs on Android that's heavily with a third-party MIUI interface. The phone is sold in batches, with this latest one being the seventh since the phone's introduction last August.
Singapore carrier sells camera-less iPhone 4, 4S
M1, a cellphone operator in Singapore, is now offering a selection of iPhone 4 and 4S handsets that have had both of their cameras removed. This process was necessary in order for army personnel to keep the phones while on base. The modification voids Apple's original warranty, though one from a third party is offered for S$321 (about $252). It will reportedly have similar warranty terms and coverage to Apple.
New competitors provide more data
M1 and StarHub will join SingTel in carrying the iPhone on December 9th, the first two companies have announced. M1 is offering four different plans, priced between $36 and $198 SGD ($25 to $142 US) per month. Paired with a two-year, $36 per month contract, a 16GB iPhone 3GS costs $518, while a 32GB model costs $658. Under the most expensive plan, any iPhone is free.
Dell Mini 3 confirmed for Brazil, China
Dell today formally entered the smartphone race by launching the Mini 3. The full-touchscreen phone depends on a customized version of Android and will have different features based on the region. While most details aren't available, the China Mobile version will be limited to EDGE data but use the government-supported OPhone interface and app store. Other countries should get localized 3G and should also have Wi-Fi as well.