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Samsung Galaxy Alpha now leaked with 4.8-inch HD screen

Posted by wicked July - 29 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

A few new details are coming in regarding Samsung‘s supposed iPhone 6 killer. Now this semi-metallic smartphone is believed to have a screen size of 4.8 inches, instead of the previously leaked 4.7, and is being confirmed to have a resolution of 1280×720 pixels.

This pretty much puts it on the same page as the Galaxy S III, which was somewhat implied in the previous leak. The screen resolution is being confirmed by the developer console for the device as well as the user agent profile on Samsung’s own website. Furthermore, the name of Galaxy Alpha is also being confirmed by that same source. While this brings a bit of stability to the rumor, presuming, of course, it is all true, it is also slightly disappointing. With a larger diagonal size, the Galaxy Alpha’s screen will have a slightly lower pixel density than if it were 4.7 inches as earlier believed.


But why is this rumored Galaxy Alpha being billed as an iPhone rival? It isn’t much about screen size but also about the design. This smartphone will supposedly bear a metallic frame, though still with a faux leather rear cover, a nano SIM card slot instead of the convential micro SIM, and a 32 GB internal storage without any expansion option. Taken individually, these features can also be found in other devices like the HTC One M8 or a Nexus, but together, they more easily remind one of an iPhone. That it will be coming from arch nemesis Samsung and in almost the same size definitely fans the flames of the rumor.

That is, of course, if Apple really does have a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 planned for this year, which itself is already a contentious topic. If it turns out to be a dud, then the Galaxy Alpha will end up as an odd duck in Samsung’s lineup. But then again, Samsung never really needed any justification for its innumerable and sometimes inexplicable smartphones, so it can simply pass this off as yet another experimental foray into a new smartphone design.

VIA: SamMobile

New leaked Sony Xperia Z3 photos show start of production

Posted by wicked July - 28 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

Ah, leaked photos, we love you and hate you at the same time. You ratchet up the anticipation while not giving us much new details as expected. The new photos of what is supposedly Sony’s new flagship phone, the Xperia Z3 does not give us anything new really, except to show that mass production of the anticipated gadget has already started and that it will come in at least one basic color, for now.

The leaked photos seem to be coming from a manufacturing facility where the Z3 is allegedly preparing for mass production or maybe it’s already in the middle of the production process. The photos also show that the white backing of the phone has a glossy finish and looks a lot like the current flagship, the Xperia Z2, with its simplistic and minimalist design. You can even see a cameo from the photographer, but let’s hope it’s not a clear enough look or someone’s getting fired for sure.

Previous leaks earlier this month seemed to confirm some of the speculation with regards to the specs of the Z3. It will most likely run on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor at 2.5GHz and an Adreno 330 GPU. It will supposedly have a 5.15-nch full HD screen, 3GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, and a main camera with 20MP while the front facing one is at 2.1MP.


Just like its outward appearance, there seems to be not much difference with the Z2, so Sony should have something different up its sleeve to convince users to upgrade to the new flagship. The Xperia Z3 is expected to be announced at the IFA this coming September 5, although the OEM has not made any announcements to confirm this, or any other detail about the upcoming smartphone.


LG’s G Vista coming to AT&T, according to leaked manual

Posted by wicked July - 27 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off

LG Vista

According to a leaked AT&T manual, LG’s G Vista phone will be headed to the carrier, alongside Verizon.

In the picture above, which was taken from the manual, you can clearly see AT&T’s logo right on the back of the device.

AT&T’s variant (model number D631) will have a 5.7-inch display with 720p resolution, an 8MP rear shooter, and a 1.3MP front camera.

As far as internals go, it’s pretty much standard mid-range: A Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 chipset with a 1.2 GHz quad-core Cortex A7 CPU, 1GB RAM and 8GB internal storage with a microSD card slot. It’ll run on 4G LTE with a 3200 mAh battery, and will ship with Android 4.4 KitKat.




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Possible pre-production Moto X+1 photos leaked

Posted by wicked July - 26 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

We’ve been waiting a while now for the device that Motorola has called the Moto X+1, possibly the new flagship phone of the Lenovo-owned company after the Moto X. We still don’t know what the “+1” means, but there have been a number of leaks and information showing us what the phone might look like, and this specific leak is probably the closest we’ve gotten to the real thing so far.

The source of the leak claims that this is a “near-final” prototype, and just from the looks of it, we can say that it is closer to legitimate than fake. The design language is pretty much Motorola in most respects – there is no sign that Lenovo people made any radical changes to the aesthetic and physical aspect of the phone. What we have here is a device that looks very much like the Moto X, down to the signature wooden back plate/cover.


There are a few improvements to the design though – the Moto X+1 is touted to have a 5.1-inch screen as compared to its predecessor’s 4.7-inch screen. From the pictures, the phone looks to have done away with capacitive touch buttons. If you noticed, there are also two white dots on the sides of the camera module – the source says that these are dual LED flashes. Other specs have been thrown around and discussed here in this blog repeatedly, but all signs point to a premier flagship-type phone.

The feeling from this leak is that Motorola is pretty near in finalizing the product, which industry hacks are expecting to be launched side-by-side the Moto 360 wearable device. As with other leaks, we haven’t really seen any screen turned on and phone details being confirmed, so anything is still possible with this device. But what we’re seeing here is most probably the closest we have come so far to seeing the Moto X+1 in existence.

VIA: Android Police

Did Facebook leak on Instagram a new photo sharing app?

Posted by wicked July - 26 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

Some Instagram users were surprised and baffled when a link to a “one tap photo messaging app” called Bolt suddenly appeared on their feed last night? Did we miss a big announcement from the powers that be about another new photo sharing app? Or was it another one of their “accidental leaks” to test out new features or apps, which Facebook is notorious for doing so?

Several of the users who saw the banner app ad were able to screencap it before it eventually went away. Those who clicked on the “Free” button were then led to a dead link inside the Google Play Store. This raised questions whether it was an honest mistake on the part of Instagram and Facebook or whether they were testing something else or whether there is actually an app called Bolt that will be launched soon.

If Bolt is a real app that will be introduced to the market soon, it might be their answer to another new photo messaging app that is making the buzz in the social media world. Taptalk claims it is the “fastest photo chat app in the world” as you do not need to go outside the your photo anymore to be able to share it. There is a camera viewfinder above the photo and if you tap it, you can send the photo directly to any one of your friends on your list, and you can even add a caption. Bolt’s one line description seems to indicate it will have that similar feature. However, they might find a legal battle on hand for the name if Bolt is a real app, since there is already an existing free calling app for Android with the same name.

But another way of looking at this “accidental leak” is that Bolt is not real but is being used to test the “app install ads” feature inside the photo sharing app. Facebook just recently rolled out similar ads on their newsfeed, so it’s not that far-fetched a theory (which came from TechCrunch journalist Sarah Perez). But given how people reacted to promoted posts inside Instagram, this might not be something that will be coming soon.

VIA: The Verge

Alleged Sony Xperia Z3 images show its side and back

Posted by wicked July - 24 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off


It is only a matter of time before Sony unveils its upcoming flagship handset. The Xperia Z3 has leaked in pictures and we have already learned about the specifications. So Sony would be doing the right thing by announcing it sooner rather than later to prevent any further leaks. Today, though, we have some more images that allegedly show the handset’s side and back panel.

All on one side, it looks like the Xperia Z3 will have a lot going on. At the bottom is a dedicated camera button. Moving up, just below the chrome power button, is the volume rocker. And at the top seems to be a microSD card slot. And the image of the back panel shows that Sony is not making any major changes as it looks very similar to the Xperia Z2.

Are you interested in the Xperia Z3? Let us know in the comments.

Source: @evleaks (Official site)

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Samsung Galaxy Alpha leak: semi-metallic mini Galaxy S5

Posted by wicked July - 24 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Word has been going around that Samsung is preparing a certain Galaxy Alpha, not the premium Galaxy F/Galaxy S5 Prime that has not yet come to pass (unless you count the Galaxy S5 LTE-A in Korea). A bunch of leaked photos and specs have recently come out that paints a somewhat curious picture of this smartphone, which some are poising to be a more direct iPhone rival.

That last bit alone might already raise eyebrows, ruffle feathers, and cause smirks, but let’s try to see why some see the Galaxy Alpha this way. First is the fact, or rather the rumor, that this will finally be the metallic smartphone that many have been hoping Samsung would make for years now. This is somewhat confirmed by this batch of leaked photos, at least partly. It seems that Samsung really finds it hard to detach itself from old habits, so even if the phone uses aluminum at the sides, it retains that perforated faux-leather back cover it started with the Galaxy S5. Not completely premium looking, but the textured cover does afford a better grip.

As for the specs, the Galaxy Alpha seems to sit in between the high-end Galaxy S5 and its mid-level Galaxy S5 mini counterpart. There is a 4.7-inch screen said to be similar to the Galaxy S III, which could mean many things, including a 720p resolution. The CPU and RAM are unknown but internal storage is rumored to be fixed at 32 GB. The curious thing about that is that there will be no microSD card slot this time, definitely something new for Samsung, though probably much to Google’s liking and, yes, similar to an iPhone. Other similarities include a fingerprint scanner, which the Galaxy S5 already has anyway, and, surprisingly, a nano SIM card slot. LTE support is included, believed to be courtesy of the new Exynos ModAP chip.

The feature set and size definitely sounds eerily like an iPhone, especially when you consider that the iPhone 6, or at least one of the two, is believed to come with a 4.7-inch display. Should these two devices match up a bit, we will surely see another round of tirades and finger-pointing between the two arch rivals and their loyal fans. Samsung, however, might beat Apple to the punch as the Galaxy Alpha is expected to be announced sometime in August, while the iPhone 6 will come later in September.


VIA: SamMobile

New specs leak for Sony Xperia Z3

Posted by wicked July - 23 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off


We have already seen a few images of the Sony Xperia Z3 surface, including some that contrast it with a Samsung Galaxy Note, but details about the hardware have been scant. Tipster @evleaks has supposedly unearthed some details about the hardware. According to a new post, the Xperia Z3 will feature a Snapdragon 801 running at 2.4GHz and mated with an Adreno 330 GPU. This is not a major step up from the Xperia Z2 and if accurate would be a disappointment for those who were hoping to see the Snapdragon 805 used. Other specs are more in line with what has been suspected for the device, including 3GB of RAM, a 20.7MP camera, and a 5.15-inch screen running at a full 1080p. The Xperia Z3 appears to be slated to come with Android 4.4.4 preloaded.

source: @evleaks (official site)

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More details surface about ZTE Olympia headed to T-Mobile

Posted by wicked July - 22 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off


ZTE has been creating some buzz over the last few days including a rumor that T-Mobile was testing a large smartphone from ZTE codenamed Olympia. Sources are now indicating the Olympia is the ZTE Z970, a smartphone sporting a 6-inch display. The previously leaked picture of the device revealed some larger bezels and one person has said the Samsung Galaxy S 5 will almost fit within just the screen real estate of the Olympia. Thus, the device has been described as feeling “huge”.

While sources say the screen will be 6 inches, there are no details about whether AMOLED or LCD technology is used nor is there any word on resolution. The guess is that being a ZTE device it will be more budget oriented so it may only be 720p capable.

The device appears to be plastic phone that feels like a plastic phone despite a brushed metal look applied to the plastic. Reports indicate it is a sealed phone so battery removal and replacement is not possible. One person testing the device did say the battery seems to be able to power the device through a whole day of typical use.

The rest of the hardware seems to be mid-tier. The rear camera comes in at 8MP while the front shooter is only 0.9MP. Sources are guessing it will come equipped with a Snapdragon 400 series processor. It does appear ZTE has the device loaded up with the Google Now Launcher for the UI on top of Android 4.4.2, although some T-Mobile specific apps have been added to the smartphone. Despite the need to drive a larger screen, reports indicate it performs well with snappy responses and app loading.

source: TmoNews

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HP to unveil the 3 new tablets with slightly confusing names

Posted by wicked July - 21 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

Hewlett-Packard is set to add to an already loaded tablet market with three new products – the HP Slate 10 Plus, the HP Slate 8 Plus, and the HP 10 Plus. The three products already have official images, but have not been officially launched, this according to German tech site The devices may be launched within the next few weeks. Let’s take a closer look at how these new tablets stack up.

HP Slate 10 Plus

The first tablet is the HP Slate 10 Plus, and it carries the “Slate” branding that HP has chosen to push for its tablet products since they began selling them. The source blog claims that the devices are made by Chinese tech manufacturer Huawei, and that this specific model is identical to the Huawei MobilePad 10 Link +.

The tablet will have a 10.1-inch IPS screen with 1280×800 resolution powered by a quad-core HiSilicon Balong V9R1 processor running at 1.5Ghz. The device will reportedly have 1GB of RAM and 16GB internal storage. The Slate 10 Plus will also have LTE connectivity, plus a 3MP rear camera and a VGA front camera. The device will reportedly be running a version of Android 4.4.2 Kitkat, although it remains to be seen if HP will have a tweaked version on board. Reported retail price is around USD$430.


HP Slate 8 Plus

The Slate 8 Plus is reportedly a virtual twin of the Huawei MediaPad M1, and replicates most of the Slate 10 Plus’s specs on an 8-inch IPS panel with 1280×800 resolution. It sports the same processor and features as its 10-inch sibling, only that the 8-inch version may not carry LTE-capability due to the 3G modem that is found in the device. Retail price is reportedly around USD$400.


HP 10 Plus

The third tablet is the HP 10 Plus, another 10-inch tablet which curiously does not carry the “Slate” branding. The HP 10 Plus is fully a “WiFi only” model, lacking mobile internet connectivity, but its other specs look more solid than the Slate 10 Plus.

The 10.1-inch IPS display has a 1920×1200 resolution in a 16:10 aspect ratio. This is powered by a yet undetermined ARM Cortex-A7 quad-core chip that will reportedly deliver 1.0Ghz per core. There will be 2GB of RAM for this model, plus the standard 16GB for internal storage. The front-facing camera is 2MP and the main camera comes in at 5MP. It will also reportedly be running Android 4.4 Kitkat. The pricing for this WiFi-only tablet is around USD$320.


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