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Huawei is guaranteeing 15 hours of talking time and 500 hours in standby mode with its new Ascend D1 Quad XL smartphone.

Those times are guaranteed by a battery with a 2,600-milli-ampere-hour capacity in the 4.5-inch, 145-gram device.

Computing is powered by a 1.4-gigahertz quadcore processor, with Android 4.0 pre-installed as an operating system. The phone costs about 449 euros (around Rs 31,600) and is available immediately.

Smaller Samsung Galaxy S3 introduced

Samsung is releasing a smaller version of its Galaxy S3 smartphone. The sleek Galaxy S III mini has a 4-inch screen with a 480 X 800-pixel resolution, as opposed to the original’s 4.8-inch screen. Instead of a quadcore processor, the smaller version has a 1-gigahertz dual-core chip and a built-in camera that makes do with 5, not 8, megapixels.

Expensive notebook released for gamers

Gamers who have to be on the move for work might be able to make use of the intense graphics and high resolution of Toshiba’s latest notebook. The Qosmio X870 is 17.3 inches across and comes with the i7-3630QM Intel processor and Nvidia’s graphics accelerator, the Geforce GTX670M.

But this all comes at a price. Packed with a 750-gigabyte (GB) hard drive, a 128 GB SSD drive, and 8 GB of RAM, the X870-13Z will cost about 1,899 euros (around Rs 1.33 lakh).Playstation Plus made available for Vita owners

User of Sony’s handheld Playstation, the Vita, can now book the Service Plus option. It includes access to free games, like Uncharted: Golden Abyss and Gravity Rush. The titles can be downloaded straight onto the Vita and played without restrictions so long as the person remains a Playstation Plus customer.

The service also allows players to transfer props and trophies into a cloud computing system. It costs 50 euros (65 dollars) a year. People who already have a Plus subscription for their Playstation 3 can get the new Vita features at no extra cost.DPA



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