Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 (GT-N5100) Now Available at Base Stores

The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 is now available in Germany. Mobile phone provider Base is offering the Samsung tablet with GSM and 3G support and with 16 GB internal storage for €599 with plan. Buyers of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 have to close a 24-months contract including a mobile data flat rate tariff with 500 MB high-speed traffic for €10 per month.

Base has launched the 3G version GT-N5100 of the Galaxy Note 8.0 which comes which enables users to connect to the Internet via the E-Plus mobile network while on the way. Other German stores such as Amazon or Media Markt are taking pre-orders of the this device for purchase prices around €500 without plan. The Samsung tablet will be on stock at Media Markt on April 19. The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 GT-N5110 comes just with Wifi support for Internet access and is available for purchase prices starting at €400 without plan.

Both tablet versions have an 8-inch touchscreen, are powered by a quad-core CPU, run on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and feature a 5-megapixel camera and S-Pen support. Click on the picture below to see a gallery of live pictures of the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 made by Areamobile:

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0

Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0, Picture: Areamobile

Vodafone Websessions: Vodafone Offers New Prepaid Mobile Data Plans for Tablet and Notebook Users

Vodafone will launch new prepaid mobile data plans for tablet, notebook and web stick users. Henceforth, there are four different Vodafone Websessions tariff options with a certain amount of traffic for a 30-days term each. Prices for an on-line session with Vodafone Websessions will begin at €4.99.

Vodafone Websessions for Tablet and Web Stick Users

Vodafone Websessions for Tablet and Web Stick Users, Graphic: Vodafone

Until today, Vodafone offered various Websessions tariffs that differed by the duration the mobile Internet access was available. From next week on, there will be four different Vodafone Websessions tariff options with a term of 30 days each and with mobile data traffic of 200 MB up to 5 GB – depending on the tariff option chosen. Charges for the new Vodafone Websessions will range from €4.99 to €34.99 (check the graphic above).

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Huawei Ascend Mate Hits Stores in Germany

The Huawei Ascend Mate will be available at Media Markt starting this Friday, April 5. Huawei has confirmed that the 6.1-inch phablet is already shipping in Germany. The Mate screen’s resolution is 1280 x 720 pixels. Other features of the Huawei Ascend Mate include the quad-core CPU K3V2 with 1.5 GHz, 2 GB RAM, 8 GB internal memory, a microSD card slot, Bluetooth 4.0, A-GPS, Wifi n and HSPA+. The smartphone is running on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with Emotion UI.

Huawei Ascend Mate

Huawei Ascend Mate, Picture: Areamobile

The purchase price of the Huawei Ascend Mate at Media Markt stores will be €480 without plan. Other web stores in Germany will sell the phablet for similar prices, but not earlier than the end of April. Originally, Huawei announced the Ascend Mate for July.

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Samsung Galaxy S4: Germany Will Get Just the Snapdragon Version with 4G

The Samsung Galaxy S4 will be launched in Germany on April 26. As pointed out by Areamobile this week, Samsung will offer its customers in Germany just the 16 GB memory Snapdragon version of the Galaxy S4 which is supporting 4G (LTE). And you might want to wait until May before ordering the new Samsung smartphone since currently all German carriers accept pre-orders only from customers also closing a new mobile phone contract. In this short article you will get information on the Samsung Galaxy S4 specs and its availability in Germany.

Samsung Galaxy S4 Launch Event in New York

Samsung Galaxy S4 Launch Event in New York, Picture: Samsung

Hardware Specifications of the Samsung Galaxy S4

On March 14, Samsung staged a downright Broadway show at Radio Music Hall in New York in order to demonstrate the new software features of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and did not waste many words on the technical specifications of the device. But still, the hardware of the Galaxy S4 is top-notch: The smartphone runs Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, is powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 600 quad-core processor with 1.9 GHz and 2 GB of RAM and offers the first 5-inch full HD Super AMOLED touchscreen with 441 dpi in the smartphone market. Add to that a 13-megapixel camera, 16 GB internal memory plus a microSD suport for up to 64 GB additional storage capacity, Bluetooth 4.0, MHL, IR, GPS, NFC, Wifi ac with DLNA as well as 3G and 4G connectivity and a 2.600 mAh battery.

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Overview: Best Prepaid Plans for Mobile Phone Users in Germany

There is a whole bunch of discount providers offering prepaid SIM cards in the German mobile phone market. While most of them sell their prepaid starter packages at their own web stores, which makes it necessary that the customer indicates a residence and a banking account in Germany, some prepaid SIM cards and prepaid vouchers are available at supermarkets, kiosks and gas stations. This is a selection easy-to-get prepaid price plans in Germany.

Using a mobile phone in Germany

Source: Vodafone

Buying a prepaid SIM card at one of these locations is easy. Customers just pay the purchase price, insert the SIM card into the cell phone’s SIM card slot and activate the SIM card. Sometimes the customer has to show his or her ID when buying a prepaid SIM card – this can also be an ID from another country. For activating the new prepaid SIM card the mobile phone user has to indicate his or her name, date of birth and address. Because these price plans come without a monthly fee they are suited for people, who are not making so many mobile phone calls themselves but want to be available for others all the time.

Such prepaid price plans are also suited for people traveling or staying in Germany for just some weeks or months such as exchange students, business men or tourists, because there is no long minimum term commitment. Calling credit can be topped up by buying vouchers at supermarkets, kiosks or gas stations, by SMS or phone call or sometimes by direct debit or by credit card.

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HTC One: Full Review, Specs, Purchase Prices in Germany

This is the one – at least according to the manufacturer. The HTC One will be HTC’s only flagship smartphone model this year. And it has the potential to lead the company back out of its crisis. In my opinion, the HTC One is one member of the triumvirate of superphones of Spring 2013 – another one is the Sony Xperia Z and the third one will probably be the Samsung Galaxy S4 which will be unveiled on March 14.


HTC One, Source: Areamobile

Last Friday, the first HTC One units have been shipped to customers of Telefónica Germany (O2). O2 says, it is the first provider worldwide delivering the HTC One. At Areamobile, we have tested the HTC One for the past week. Today, we have published our full review of the new HTC flagship smartphone – our review is probably a first, too. This article will give you a full review of the HTC One and show you what the HTC One looks like in comparison to other smartphones such as Sony Xperia Z and Blackberry Z10, and where you can buy it in Germany at what purchase prices.

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Sony Launches Xperia Z on February 21 in Germany

It has been confirmed: The Sony Xperia Z will be launched in Germany on February 21. Sony will hold a sale opening event at its Sony store at the Sony Center in Berlin. At Areamobile, we tested the Sony Xperia Z last week and published lots of pictures comparing the new Sony flagship smartphone with the Google Nexus 4 and the Samsung Galaxy S3.

Sony Xperia Z

Sony Xperia Z, Picture: Areamobile. Click on the picture to open the entire unboxing gallery of Areamobile.

The Sony Xperia Z will hit stores in Germany on Februar 21. Upcoming Thursday, Sony will start selling the Xperia Z at its store at the Sony Center located at Potsdamer Platz in Berlin for €650 without plan. Cyberport has announced that the Sony Xperia Z will be available at its web store the very same day for €629 without plan. According to a German Sony press representative, the Sony web store and first retailers will have the Xperia Z at store on February 22.

Web stores in Germany are already accepting pre-orders for the Sony Xperia Z for prices as low as €600 without plan, but it might take some more weeks until they will actually be able to deliver the device. German carriers Telekom (former T-Mobile) Vodafone and O2 will also offer the Sony Xperia Z but haven’t released any information on pricing yet.

At Areamobile, we are calling the Sony Xperia Z the “first superphone of Sony”.
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Blackberry 10: Blackberry Z10 and Blackberry Q10 and New Developer Devices

This week, I could take a first look at the new Blackberry 10 smartphones at the Blackberry Jam Europe in Amsterdam.

Blackberry Q10 (left) and Blackberry Z10

Blackberry Q10 (left) and Blackberry Z10, Picture: Areamobile

The Blackberry Z10 will be the first Blackberry 10 device launched in Germany. It will be available at stores in Germany at the end of February. Vodafone and O2 are the first two carriers that have announced that they will offer the Blackberry Z10 in their shops. First web stores are already listing the Blackberry Z10, purchase prices start at €600 without plan. The Blackberry Q10 with its physical keyboard will be launched in April.

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Huawei Ascend G615: New Quad-Core Smartphone Rivals the Google Nexus 4

Huawei will launch a new quad-core smartphone in Germany in February that will rival the Google Nexus 4. At first, the Huawei Ascend G615 will be available for €299 at the web stores of, and In March, the Huawei Ascend G615 will hit other retail stores, as well.

The Huawei Asend G615 sports a K3V2 quad-core CPOU with 1.4 GHz, 1 GB RAM, a 4.5-inch IPS touchscreen with 1,280 x 720 pixels, 8 GB internal memory, a microSD card slot and a battery with 2,230 mAh for eleven hours of talk time or 360 horus of standby time. Other features of the new Huawei smartphone include a 8-megapixel camera, a 1.3-megapixel front camera, Blueooth 3.0, A-GPS and Glonass, Wifi n with DLNA and 3G with HSPA+ for mobile Internet access. The Ascend G615 will be launched with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, Huawei has announced the release of a Jelly Bean update for March.

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Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus

Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus, Picture: Samsung

The new Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus (GT-I9105) will probably hit stores in Germany in February 2013, That’s what most web stores announce as a release date. Purchase prices for the Samsung Galaxy S2 Plus will begin at €340 without plan. That is a little bit more than what currently buyers have to pay for the previous version Galaxy S2 (GT-I9100) even though the new Plus smartphone is a trimmed-down version of the original S2: It sports just 8 GB internal memory and comes with a Broadcom chipset with dual core CPU instead of an Exynos-SoC of Samsung. On the other hand, the Galaxy S2 Plus will launch with Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean.

Owners of the Samsung Galaxy S2 (GT-I9100) will have to wait until February or March until they can install the new Android version on their device. A Samsung spokesperson told CNet Asia, the manufacturer will start rolling out Android 4.1 Jelly Bean for the Galaxy S2 in February in Singapore first. The update features new Google services such as Google Now, new camera functions and some of the “smart” options like Smart Stay or Popup Play that Samsung introduced with the Galaxy S3. The Android update for the Samsung Galaxy S” will be available via Kies (and not over the air).