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ASUS reportedly to unveil selfie-serving new Zenphone at Computex

Posted by wicked May - 30 - 2015 - Saturday Comments Off

Some have become famous because of it. Some have gained notoriety because of it. Some have turned it into an art. Some have used it for advocacies. Some have even risked life and limb to take one. Yes, the selfie is still here and looks like it wants to stay. No matter how you feel about them, you can’t deny the fact that it’s already part of our social zeitgeist (and even our dictionary). Asus will reportedly be releasing a new smartphone that will help fuel it even more.

Asus released a teaser on their Facebook page, saying they will be unveiling the newest member of their Zenphone family during the Computex event next week in Taiwan. The hint that they gave was that it would “illuminate the beauty that’s in you through the front camera of the ZenFone”. So yes, it may just be a rumor for now, but obviously it has something to do with a selfie feature. Now as to what it will be called is still up for speculation, but the strongest candidate is Asus Zenfone Selfie, which is as straightforward as you can get.

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What will make it a selfie smartphone is that the front-facing camera will reportedly have the same pixels as the main one, which is pegged at 13MP. It will also be equipped with dual-LED flash to help you with low-light situations. The current Asus Zenfone 2 also has a 13MP main camera but the front one is just at 5MP.

Aside from the Zenfone Selfie (I wonder if they will really call it that), Asus will reportedly launch some new ZenPad Tablets during Computex next week. One is rumored to be a high-end 8″ tablet with a 4:3 dsplay. So, are you excited to have a selfie smartphone?

SOUCE: Asus

VIA: Sogi

HTC One ME9 might be known as just the HTC One ME

Posted by wicked May - 26 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

Remember the HTC One ME9? The next smartphone from HTC has been leaked the past weeks and now Upleaks is saying the phone could be called as the HTC One ME. Dropping the ’9′ from the name makes sense because it might confuse people since there’s the HTC One M9 and HTC One M9+ already. Leaked unit is also known this early as the HTC Hima Ace according to Upleaks who share another set of photos and specifications.

The HTC Hima Ace or the HTC One ME is believed to have the following: 2.2GHz 64Bit MediaTek MT6795 processor, 3GB RAM, 32GB built-in storage, microSD slot for expansion, 5.2-inch WQHD display, 20 megapixel main camera (probably a Toshiba T4KA7), 4 megapixel UltraPixel Selfie Camera or a 13MP Front Camera, Bluetooth 4.1 connectivity, BoomSound with Dolby Sound, fingerprint sScanner, and a 2900mAh Li-ion Battery. The phone is expected to run HTC Sense 7.0 and Android 5.0 Lollipop out of the box. Phone is also rumored to have a metal frame and Polycarbonate back cover.

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Expected new release date is this coming June contrary to the July launch we mentioned last week for those in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and India. Still no word if the model will be available in Africa, the Middle east, Europe, and USA. HTC One ME will be available in Classic Rose Gold, Meteor Gray, and Gold Sepia.

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You can use the phone with a compatible HTC DotView Case. Expected price is 3500 Chinese RMB which is around $563 in the US.

SOURCE: @upleaks

Asus ZenPad 8 renders leaked, along with some stat guesses

Posted by Tom May - 25 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

The Asus ZenPad 8 tablet was revealed today in a leak of press render images.

This follows the recent ZenPad 7 tablet and has now has led to speculation that Asus will launch the two products at the same time.

The ZenPad 8 is expected to be an 8-inch display with a 4:3 aspect ration and a 1536 x 2048-pixel resolution.

Other rumours include front-facing speakers and an Intel processor.

Full details are expected at Computex 2015 in June.

Via ubergizmo

New look at Google Photos starts to reveal direction for the app

Posted by wicked May - 25 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

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As Google edges closer to separating their Photos app from the Google+ platform, an early version of the new app has surfaced for sources to take a look at the direction being taken by Google. Many core features appear to carryover from the way they operate in Google+, but other features are being added along with some new adjustments for users to polish up their photos.

Once past the initial launch screen, which Google has animated, on first launch users will be walked through some setup items. Notably, users will still be able to select auto backup to the Photos app. Once into the main app itself, users will find an updated interface with several view options to choose from. A familiar “comfortable view” will be available that tiles photos by day like on the web interface. Users will also get sort options for day or month views.

When going through their photo library, users will be able to pinch into photos or swipe out of them. A new capability for dragging to select multiple photos will also be included.

For filters and sharing prep, Google appears to being replacing “autoawesome” with a new “Assistant” feature. The Assistant will be capable of generating stories and animations on its own. However, users will now get access to more manual controls for creating albums, movies, animations or collages.

Amidst all the filters and adjustments, Google did not forget the stalwart cropping interface. That now gets some presets to different aspect ratios and a nice rotation wheel will be available.

Finally, an analysis of the app shows access to photos when not using the app will be possible at photos.google.com. That address is currently redirecting to plus.google.com/photos. Most users are waiting to see how the new storage option may make it easier to share photos to the places users visit on the web.

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source: Android Police

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Huawei bringing fingerprint scanner to budget smartphone

Posted by wicked May - 24 - 2015 - Sunday Comments Off

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A new budget smartphone from Huawei leaked this morning with some interesting hardware reportedly inside and a truly budget price. Perhaps the most notable item included in the new device is a push-to-read fingerprint scanner on the back of the device. That is followed closely by word that the device will be capable of supporting all network bands.

According to Huawei’s vice president Wu Zhou, all of the manufacturer’s future devices will include fingerprint scanners and support for all network bands. This is an indication that costs for this hardware has fallen sufficiently low to make it viable even in budget phones.

According to sources, the new device will come with a price tag equal to only $161 USD. No other details are available about what other hardware might come in such a low-price device.

source: MyDrivers.com
via: phoneArena

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New GeekBench report reveals that the Galaxy A8 will feature a 5.5-inch display

Posted by wicked May - 21 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

 

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A second GeekBench report emerged earlier today and this time it’s the Galaxy A8 we’re looking at. If this benchmark is anything to go by, it appears the handset won’t actually feature a 5.7-inch display as previously expected. It will, instead, sport a 5.5-inch panel.

All other specifications appear to be the same as previously reported with the handset packing an octa-core Snapdragon 615 processor, 2GB RAM, 16GB of internal storage, a 5-megapixel front camera, a 16-megapixel rear camera and a 3,050mAh battery.

Check out the full list of GeekBench results in the image below:

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Source: Tablety

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Huawei said to be readying the P9 with Kirin 950 processor, fingerprint sensor

Posted by wicked May - 21 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

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The Huawei P8, despite being launched less than two months ago, is already seeing its successor receive attention. Alleged acquaintances of Huawei factory workers claim to have knowledge of the upcoming P9’s specifications.

Codenamed IP03, the Huawei P9 will reportedly have a curved rear along with a fingerprint sensor. This would be similar to what is found on the Mate 7.

The following is what the Huawei P9 is expected to offer:

  • 5.2-inch display
  • 16MP rear camera with optical image stabilization (OIS)
  • Kirin 950 processor
  • Fingerprint sensor

It is highly unlikely that the Huawei P9 debuts at the company’s June 2 event. This handset is at a few months away from being announced.

Via: GizmoChina

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HTC One ME9 photo leaked, compatible with a DotView Case

Posted by wicked May - 20 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

Another day, another leak from Upleaks. It seems that any piece of information from the master leaker is considered true because this mystery guy hasn’t really posted anything that didn’t turn out to be a false report. Just yesterday, we featured the Sony Lavander as earlier shown off by @upleaks on Twitter.

HTC One ME9 or the Hima Ace was leaked also last week complete with what looks like an official render and specs. The HTC One ME9 is said to feature the following: 64Bit 2.2GHz MediaTek MT6795 2.2GHz, 3GB RAM, 32GB built-in storage, 5.2-inch WQHD display screen, 20 megapixel Mmin camera, 4MP UltraPixel Selfie Camera/13MP front camera, BoomSound with Dolby Sound, fingerprint scanner, Bluetooth 4.1, microSD slot for expansion up to 128GB, a metal frame and Polycarbonate back cover, HTC Sense 7.0, and a 2900mAh Li-ion Battery. As usual, the phone is expected to run Android 5.0 Lollipop already.

We’re hoping for a July release in Asia specifically in Hong Kong, Taiwan, and India. Unfortunately, phone won’t be ready in the USA, Europe, the Middle East, and Africa. Upcoming HTC phone will be out in three color variants: meteor gray, gold sepia, and classic rose gold.

The HTC One ME9 (Hima Ace) will be compatible with an HTC DotView Case. Expected price is 3500 Chinese RMB which is about $564.

SOURCE: Upleaks (1),(2)

Rumored Galaxy S6 Active’s QHD screen confirmed in UA profile

Posted by wicked May - 20 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

Just a few days ago we talked about how the Samsung Plus program page showed that the rumored Samsung Galaxy S6 Active was supposed to have launched alongside the new flagship and the Galaxy S6 edge last month. While there is still no official word that this variant will actually happen (although based on past experience, it will), a User Agent profile confirms that it will indeed have a QHD screen and also indicated the model number of the upcoming smartphone.

According to the User Agent profile, the phone will carry the model number SM-G89OA and it will have a 1440×2560 resolution display. The upcoming smartphone is also rumored to have a 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display which brings the pixel density to 577ppi. It will be running on Samsung’s own Exynos 7420 SoC with an octa-core 2.1 GHz CPU and a Mali-T760 MP8 GPU. Just like the original Galaxy S6, it will have 3GB RAM, a 3500mAh battery and a 16MP and 5MP rear and front camera respectively.

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Of course the major change from the original is that it has an IP67 rating so it means you can submerge it in 3.28 feet of water up to 30 minutes. This is the whole point of the Active series (not that you will always deliberately dunk it in water though) and since the Galaxy S6 does not have water and dust resistance, it will very well likely be announced soon.

Last month, an AT&T inventory list was seen also containing the SM-G890A model and leaked pictures have also been seen lying around. So let’s expect the announcement from Samsung anytime soon.

VIA: Phone Arena

Sony Lavender image leaked ahead of launch

Posted by wicked May - 18 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

Upleaks, the anonymous and famous tech leaker, has some good news for us. It’s not confirmed yet but Sony is believed to be introducing a new selfie-focused smartphone ideal for the well…selfie addicts. Details are scarce but we have an idea this could be called the Sony Lavender or the E55 Series. Based on the name alone, we’re guessing the phone will be lavender or anything with a purplish shade.

Rumored specs of the Sony Lavender E55 Series include 13 megapixel front and main cameras, a bigger than the Xperia C4′s FHD display, 2GB RAM, 1.7GHz Octa-Core MediaTek MT6752 64Bit processor, dual SIM card support, and a super-narrow bezel. We’re assuming too that this Sony Lavander smartphone will run Android 5.0 Lollipop already out of the box.

What’s with lavander you may ask? We don’t know really but Sony has released a purple Sony Xperia A2 last year which looked really nice and calming. Some of the most common colors include the basic black, white, blue, or pink for the girly version but a purple one is unusual.

Upleaks posted the image last May 15 but he tweeted he “deleted Sony logo due to several reasons”. This is no doubt it is a Sony device because it looks like any other past model from Sony. No mention on pricing and availability too but since a similar model was introduced same time last year, it’s okay to assume this Sony Lavander will be announced anytime soon. We’ll see.

VIA: upleaks

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