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Nokia P1 Android smartphone: All That’s Known About the Nokia’s Secret Upcoming Phone

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The yesteryears smartphone king, Nokia was in News recently for its upcoming Android smartphone, Nokia P1. We all know Nokia for its tough and rugged mobiles like 3310 and Express Music and judging by the interest shown in Nokia P1, people are awaiting the Finnish smartphone maker’s Android foray eagerly.

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SBC, COM, and dev kit tap octa-core, Cortex-A53 Samsung SoC

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sModule’s SBC, COM, and development kit run Ubuntu 12.04 or Android 4.4 on a 1.4GHz octa-core, Cortex-A53 Samsung S5P6818 SoC.

Shenzhen-based sModule Technology is a subsidiary of CoreWind that has primarily made wireless modules, but has recently jumped into Linux- and Android-ready computer-on-modules and development kits, as does CoreWind itself. Recently, sModule released several boards based on the octa-core, Cortex-A53 Samsung S5P6818, clocked at 1.4GHz: a $75 iBox6818 SBC, a $56 Core6818 COM, and a CORE6818-equipped, $119 SBC-x6818 development kit.

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Google to launch a Google-branded Android phone by Christmas 2016

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According to The Telegraph, Google is developing its own phone which it plans to release later this year. Unlike the Nexus phones, which have been designed and manufactured by partners such as Huawei, HTC, LG, Asus and Motorola, the report claims that Google wants to have complete control over hardware and software. Also see: Nexus 5X review and Nexus 6P review.

Clearly, the prospect of a Google-branded flagship Android phone is an exciting one. Currently, Nexus phones enjoy swift (or at least relatively swift) software updates when new versions of Android come out. Manufacturers of other Android phones can be slow to roll out new versions of Google’s software and often overlay their own interfaces and demote Google’s apps and services in favour of their own.

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Low power Sitara SBC has dual GbE’s and M.2 for WiFi/BT

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Advantech’s 3.5-inch “RSB-4221” SBC runs Android or Linux on a TI Sitara AM3358 SoC and features dual GbE, USB and serial I/O, and an M.2 slot for wireless.

Here at HackerBoards.com (previously LinuxGizmos), we have covered numerous Sitara AM335x-based SBCs and also a lot of 3.5-inch SBCs, so it’s surprising that Advantech’s RSB-4221 is the only AM335x-based 3.5-inch SBC we’ve seen aside from Embedian’s SBC-SMART-BEE and SBC-SMART-MEM. The Embedian boards aren’t even fully comparable since they’re sandwich style COM-plus-carrier combos rather than integrated SBCs, and they have lower-end AM3352 and AM3354 models instead of the RSB-4221’s AM3358, which adds a PowerVR SGX 530 3D GPU and dual PRU-ICSS chips.

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The new Moto E3 has four cores, a 5-inch screen, and Android 6

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Very much in line with the way it enlarged the Moto G this year, Lenovo is taking the ultra-affordable Moto E and beefing it up for 2016. The Moto E3, as the new model is called, moves from the 4.5-inch display of yesteryear to a new 5-inch HD screen, adds a quad-core processor with 1GB of RAM, and steps up the main camera to an 8-megapixel resolution. This is augmented with a 2,800mAh battery, 8GB of storage, a microSD card slot for expansion, and a splash-proof construction for extra peace of mind. Lenovo even claims the Moto E has a "built-in smudge-resistant screen protector," though how that differs from just building a good screen with something like Gorilla Glass, I'm not really sure.

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