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  # 1302670 12-May-2015 12:17
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NikT: I pay close attention to these as part of my job. One thing to bear in mind is that while most vendors will advertise 64bit capability at the chipset level (Particularly with newer Mediatek SoCs), this means nothing unless the device runs Lollipop out of the box with full AArch64 compatibility.

No vendor has to date converted a device from 32bit to 64bit via a Lollipop update, so avoid devices that ship with KitKat if 64bit is a selling point for you - This would require a full wipe and is technically possible but I'm not aware of anyone who's gone to the trouble. 64bit is still a bit buggy & unstable on Android without the optimisations the likes of Samsung & HTC have implemented on the S6 & M9, so one to watch out for.

The LTE bands to look for are: Band 3, Band 7, & Band 28, which correspond to 1800MHz, 2600MHz, & 700MHz respectively. Most Chinese devices that do have international variants will use Band 20/800MHz instead of Band 28/700MHz as they're targeting the European market - the ASUS Zenfone 2 is a notable exception.


Good to hear, missus just picked up a Zenfone 2 (ZE551ML) yesterday. 

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  # 1302751 12-May-2015 13:32
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heylinb4nz:

Good to hear, missus just picked up a Zenfone 2 (ZE551ML) yesterday. 


Annoyingly, ASUS has two different versions of Zenfone 2 with that same model number (I believe it's the higher & lower processor clock variant of the 4GB RAM version) as well as five different models per variant with different 4G bands. See: http://www.asus.com/Phones/ZenFone_2_ZE551ML/specifications/

The one you want is the 'Taiwan' version as opposed to the 'Worldwide' version (Taiwan uses Band 28, incidentally that's why HTC has good support for this band):

FDD-LTE: (TW version)
2100MHz(1)/1900MHz(2)/1800MHz(3)/1700MHz AWS(4)/850MHz(5)/900MHz(8)/700MHz(28)

For contrast, the more common 'WW' version:

FDD-LTE: (WW version)
2100MHz(1)/1900MHz(2)/1800MHz(3)/1700MHz AWS(4)/850MHz(5)/2600MHz(7)/900MHz(8)/800MHz(20)

So you do have to forgo Band 7/2600MHz in order to get Band 28/700MHz in the Zenfone 2, but as Band 7 is used for urban infill, it's less important right now. Will become more important over the next few years as 4G rollouts progress & more devices with carrier aggregation for Cat 6 LTE & above hit the market - we're talking 300Mbps.




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  # 1306224 16-May-2015 10:37
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I managed to get a pre-order of the Elephone P7000 through elephone.cc so hopefull it will arrive sometime next month.I might do a review, need somewhere to post it though..




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  # 1306235 16-May-2015 11:27
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lokhor: I managed to get a pre-order of the Elephone P7000 through elephone.cc so hopefull it will arrive sometime next month.I might do a review, need somewhere to post it though..


Post it here. I'd be interested, especially in the screen quality in terms of sunlight readability. To me, that's the biggest deal about cellphones nowadays... they have CPU power to burn, GB of memory, enough battery, but you have to go into the cellphone-shadowing hunch to read them.


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  # 1306323 16-May-2015 15:23
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lokhor: I managed to get a pre-order of the Elephone P7000 through elephone.cc so hopefull it will arrive sometime next month.I might do a review, need somewhere to post it though..


What price?

I've given up on the P7000 now. I'm going to wait for either the Elephone Vowney or the Xiaomi Redmi Note 2, which should be out in the next 2 months.

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  # 1306358 16-May-2015 17:04
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540trickzter:
lokhor: I managed to get a pre-order of the Elephone P7000 through elephone.cc so hopefull it will arrive sometime next month.I might do a review, need somewhere to post it though..


What price?

I've given up on the P7000 now. I'm going to wait for either the Elephone Vowney or the Xiaomi Redmi Note 2, which should be out in the next 2 months.


$160 USD + shipping so ended up being ~$243 NZD




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  # 1306388 16-May-2015 19:10
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lokhor:
540trickzter:
lokhor: I managed to get a pre-order of the Elephone P7000 through elephone.cc so hopefull it will arrive sometime next month.I might do a review, need somewhere to post it though..


What price?

I've given up on the P7000 now. I'm going to wait for either the Elephone Vowney or the Xiaomi Redmi Note 2, which should be out in the next 2 months.


$160 USD + shipping so ended up being ~$243 NZD


Nice one, you got the special price. laughing

 
 
 
 


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  # 1316941 3-Jun-2015 18:59
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Looks like the $160 USD deal for the Elephone P7000 is on again tonight

http://www.elephone.hk/MerchantSnapActivity.html

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  # 1316943 3-Jun-2015 19:08
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I got the Elephone P7000 on snap deal for $160 USD on 13/5 and it still hasn't shipped :/ 




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  # 1316949 3-Jun-2015 19:14
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Have they contacted you at all with any shipping updates? I might try and order it off Allbuy in a few hours but is there anything else from China that's almost as good but a bit smaller?

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  # 1317175 4-Jun-2015 08:41
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Is this phone dual SIM??  Could see if it was in any of the site info..




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  # 1317268 4-Jun-2015 11:00
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old3eyes: Is this phone dual SIM??  Could see if it was in any of the site info..


Looks like it. Doesn't mention what bands the second SIM supports though

https://www.allbuy.com/detail/20050

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  # 1318189 5-Jun-2015 21:14
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So my Elephant P7000 shipped today. 




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  # 1318221 6-Jun-2015 09:30
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Any thoughts on the Lenovo K3 Note?

http://www.gearbest.com/cell-phones/pp_180347.html

US$160 inc free shipping

I'm tempted to replace my S4 but don't want to lose my infrared feature (the remote control and beepngo apps I use every day)



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  # 1318374 6-Jun-2015 18:02
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logo: Any thoughts on the Lenovo K3 Note?

http://www.gearbest.com/cell-phones/pp_180347.html

US$160 inc free shipping

I'm tempted to replace my S4 but don't want to lose my infrared feature (the remote control and beepngo apps I use every day)




Looks pretty good. I guess if you can't live without an IR remote on your phone you might be out of luck though. 




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