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Samsung's new Android camera features more megapixels than you probably need

Jon Gold | June 24, 2013
Plus, Huawei flirts with the press and sneers at Nokia, Nexus 7 falling down on the job, and HTC makes a plastic One.

Of course, that's all purely speculative, but, as a guy that grew up with those little Nokia candy bar phones, I have to admit I'm curious to see what kind of Android handset they might come up with.

I was a big fan of the Nexus 7 when I first got my hands on it at Google I/O 2012. While I didn't think it was the most singularly impressive tablet on the market, even at the time, it's price-to-performance ratio was tough to argue with.

So it's kind of a shame that it sounds like there's something pretty wrong with the midsize tablet -- as the reports of sharply degraded performance continue to mount. Android and Me's Dustin Early writes of 10-second delays, missed touch input and assorted other horrors in a heartfelt essay.

Interestingly, an anonymous forum poster on Apple Insider claims that it's a problem with a Samsung-built flash controller that causes read/write performance to crater so badly. Make of that what you will.

Just as I wrote about Samsung considering metal and glass last week, I'm coming to you with the news that HTC has gone the other way and made what's essentially a plastic version of the One. OK, so it's actually an upgraded version of the Butterfly J -- dubbed, in HTC style, the Butterfly S -- but you've got to admit that it looks a lot like a plastic One

Packing a bigger battery and faster processor than its well-regarded metal-and-glass cousin, the Butterfly S is set to go on sale in Taiwan next month. No U.S. availability is yet known.

 

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