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5-inch HTC Desire 820 Mini accidentally leaked by website

Posted by wicked October - 21 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

A new configuration for the recently launched 64-bit smartphone HTC Desire 820 was apparently accidentally leaked by HTC’s official Chinese language online store, but has been summarily taken down. But not before it was captured via screenshot – a 5-inch smartphone which they are calling the HTC Desire 820 Mini.

You can guess our initial reaction to this, which was somewhere along the lines of “What has this world come to if a 5-inch phone is considered a ‘mini’?” The original HTC Desire 820 – launched and released in September this year – was a big phone considering its 5.5-inch screen. In that sense – and only in that sense – would a 5-inch phone be considered a mini, as it is indeed a smaller version of the original model.


But we whine too much. If HTC wants to call it that, who are we to force our purist views on them? The rumored spec list on the Desire 820 Mini includes a 1.2Ghz quad-core processor – probably from Qualcomm, although we won’t know at this point if it will also be 64-bit capable as its bigger predecessor. It will also sport a 720p HD display, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage.


If this is a trend, then the word “mini” will lose all sense of definition. We rather like Samsung’s definition of what a “mini” is, and maybe Sony’s definition for its “compact” suffix. We also grant that there might not be a lot of marketable terms for HTC to use in naming a phone model smaller than the original. Given that, there is precedent for it – the OPPO N1 Mini is also a 5-inch beast, but acceptable only on the basis that the OPPO N1 was a gigantic phone with a 6-inch screen to begin with. What do you guys think?


Sony Xperia Z4 flagship phone details leak

Posted by wicked October - 20 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

Sony’s current top of the line smartphone is the Xperia Z3 and the device is just now getting ready to hit market. In fact, there are still pre-order deals out there on the Z3, one of which will get you a free PS4 game. Despite the fact that the Z3 is just launching now, Sony is already looking ahead to next year and the Z4.

Some details on the Xperia Z4 smartphone have leaked and one of the interesting things to come with the leak is word that this will be the only flagship device launched in2015. We are used to Sony launching two flagship smartphones each year.

The Z4 is tipped to launch early next year, likely in March at MWC in Spain. If rumors are accurate, the Z4 will have a Snapdragon 810 processor with eight cores and support 64-bit OS. Internal storage will be 32GB and it will certainly have storage expansion with memory cards.

Mated with that octa-core CPU will be 4GB of RAM and the device is said to be the first Xperia smartphone to feature LTE Cat 6 connectivity along with Bluetooth 4.1. The camera will get an IMX220 20.7MP sensor with a curved Exmor RS CMOS sensor. The display is tipped to be a 5.5-inch 2560 x 1440 unit. It’s worth noting that the source of this leak also leaked details on the Z3 compact that were accurate.

SOURCE: Androidorigin

Motorola DROID Turbo for Verizon leaks once again, this time in black and red

Posted by wicked October - 19 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off


In less than nine days, Motorola will be unveiling another handset to put on the market. This one, however, is expected to be a carrier exclusive. We are talking about the DROID Turbo that is heading straight to Verizon. A few images were found within the coding for the Verizon’s page teasing the device. It shows the device in black and in red. Regardless of the back panel color, the front remains black.

Hit the break for more.



Source: GadgetzArena
Via: Android Headlines

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Nexus 6, Android 5.0, Lollipop: tipped, teased, and leaked

Posted by wicked October - 15 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

If the latest rumor were true, then we might just be counting down the hours before Google‘s great Android reveal involving the Nexus 9 tablet and possibly the Nexus 6 smartphone and the name of the next Android version. Naturally, we are now getting a flood of hints that point out the possible answers to all those questions, including the possible name of Android L, which might be Lollipop after all. Whatever it’s name is, Google has seemingly confirmed that it is indeed Android 5.0.

That confirmation comes via a teaser that plays on the sometimes insane amount of hype that has been poured over guessing the name of Android L. The plot is that there is a casting call for the next “L” mascot, which is taking place behind door number 5.0. The video comically pictures different possible names like Lemon Meringue Pie, Lemon Drop, Lava Cake, Lady Finger, and, strangely, Oreo (which we presume will someday make it to the official roster). Noticeably absent, however, is Lollipop, hinting that it is the one behind the casting door. That said, the dessert table also seemingly has a plate of Lady Fingers (plus one giant Lady Finger munching on them) and no Lollipop in sight, so there’s just enough ambiguity to keep people scrambling for an answer.

That ambiguity might have been dispelled by an accidental leak, now removed of course, in a Chromium bug report. The bug itself isn’t directly related to Android L, but the screenshot attached to it betrays a debug icon that is unequivocally a lollipop. Then again, Google’s developers have also referred to Android L as LMP in similar bug reports, so both names are on equal footing. Plus, as the video above proves, Google is quite game with the whole hoopla around Android names, so we can’t really be certain that the icon won’t change by the time Android 5.0 rolls out.


Google has also released three ads that are hinted to be about “Android 2.0″. No, that’s not the next version number, since we’re way past that point. It instead refers to that big “two-point-oh” milestone that is often meant as the next big step forward or innovation, probably hinting at a new marketing direction for Android. In any case, the videos do not make explicit reference to any specific product, aside from a smartwatch, though it does make hints about smartphones. One refers to all kinds of phones for all kinds of folks, probably hinting at a device that appeals to the phablet-loving crowd. The device in that clip shows a curved back that seems quite similar to the Moto X design.

The second clip is less clear, showing a smartphone whose rear camera is set at the center. Only the Galaxy Nexus has had that design, but, again, so does the Moto X.

Armed with these latest bits of knowledge, are you prepared to face the next Nexus and Android head on? Of course, until Google officially gives the word, all of these are still speculation and hearsay, but we might finally be able to put them all to rest tomorrow, if Google does make that much awaited announcement.

VIA: SlashGear, Myce

New image and details for Verizon’s DROID TURBO surface

Posted by wicked October - 15 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off


The line of leaks surrounding the Motorola DROID TURBO from Verizon got a little longer today with another image and details about the device surfacing. You may recall the name of the new device is rooted in a desire for the smartphone to charge quickly and it appears Motorola may have succeeded. Despite having a large 3,900mAh battery that should last two days, users should be able to juice up the device for eight hours of use with only 15 minutes of charging.

Externally, the device appears to most closely resemble the DROID MAXX from last year. Red and black versions will be available and the back panel will have a distinctive pattern thanks to Kevlar reinforcement. Although not certified as water resistant, the DROID TURBO should be able to survive “everyday spills and 20 minutes in a downpour.”

Other hardware includes a 2.7 GHz Snapdragon 805 processor, 32GB of internal memory, 3GB of RAM, and a display that measures 5.2-inches with a quad HD resolution resulting in 565 ppi. The smartphone will come with a 21MP camera and will be capable of recording 4K video.

It appears the DROID TURBO will ship with Android KitKat 4.4, although sources did not specifically include operating system information in the leaked marketing materials. Despite being a Verizon exclusive, it appears buyers will have to wait 1-3 months for support for Wireless Calling 1.0 to be available on the device. The DROID TURBO is also slated to get a variety of Moto X type features like Moto Voice, Moto Actions and others along with some Droid model line specific apps and features like Zap Zone for local sharing.

The DROID TURBO is shaping up to be a high-end phone for Verizon and at least from a specs standpoint, able to hold its own against anything else on the market.

Anyone out there planning to check out the DROID TURBO when it is released later this month?


source: Android Central

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OPPO N3: 7075 aluminium alloy, electric rotating camera

Posted by wicked October - 13 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

Although the scheduled media event is still a good few weeks away, OPPO isn’t missing a beat in trying to tease its fans with what the OPPO N3 might be. It has practically confirmed now the material to be used for the smartphone, a durable yet lightweight aluminium alloy used in aircraft as well. But the most interesting bit doesn’t come from the horse’s mouth. The OPPO N3 is now believed to sport a rather strange electric rotating camera.

There was some speculation and even one or two teasers that the OPPO N3 would bear some space-age kind of material to seemingly prove its mettle. Now, the company’s own Facebook account has revealed that to be true, pointing to the 7075 aluminum alloy. This material was primarily used for planes but also graduated into other vehicles, from spacecraft to bicycles. This alloy is known for its durability but also for being less resistant to corrosion and more expensive. It will be interesting to see how OPPO plans on reconciling those differences.


But perhaps more attention, if not ridicule, will be showered on the smartphone’s camera. While it will have a rather high main camera, one with a 16 megapixel 1/2.3-inch sensor, like the N1 before it the OPPO N3′s camera will similarly rotate to provide both back and front coverage. However, there is now word that the upcoming model will do it differently, if not more strangely. According to the latest rumor, the rotation will be driven by a motor instead of through the user’s manual control. It is doubtful that such a mechanism will be faster than manually turning the camera, but perhaps the change has been triggered by people breaking off their cameras in trying to turn them. Or perhaps they realized that the feature wasn’t as intuitive and that users needed some guidance in discovering and using the feature.

Whether or not that pans out, we will definitely know on October 29. The rest of the expected specs for the OPPO N3 is like a laundry list of every desirable feature, like a fast Qualcomm Snapdragon 805, 3 GB of RAM, and a less overwhelming 5.5-inch but still only Full HD screen. Still no news of CyanogenMod on the device, but the OPPO N3 is admittedly an intriguing device in itself already.

VIA: Weibo, MyDrivers

White version of Meizu MX4 Pro surfaces on Chinese site

Posted by wicked October - 12 - 2014 - Sunday Comments Off


An image of a smartphone alleged to be a Meizu MX4 Pro has surfaced on the Chinese site Weibo showing the device in white. The device has a large rectangular button on the front that is consistent with previously leaked images suggesting this could be the actual design of the Meizu MX4 Pro. The large button is supposedly needed to house a fingerprint scanner that Meizu plans to include in the device.

The Meizu MX4 Pro is expected to come with a beefy set of hardware including three or four gigabytes of RAM and an octa-core processor. The display is thought to be a quad-HD unit around 5.4-inches in size.

Sources have put the price of the Meizu MX4 Pro at 2499 yuan ($408 USD) when released in China. Earlier reports indicated the device could be officially unveiled on October 26th although some sources are now saying the date may be pushed back to some time in November.

source: Weibo
via: Android Headlines

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DROID TURBO may have 3,900mAh battery

Posted by wicked October - 10 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off


A new leak about the upcoming Motorola DROID TURBO for Verizon indicates the battery will be a massive 3,900mAh unit. This should provide plenty of battery life for the DROID TURBO. Last year’s DROID MAXX had a 3,500mAh battery and was one of the larger batteries on the market. Combined with a possible QHD display and 3GB of RAM, the DROID TURBO could find itself competing at the high end of the market.

The image came courtesy the TaoBao web site, an online retailer in China and was posted by Twitter user @owen199208211. The model number of the battery in the image is EQ40 which is the same model number listed in an FCC database entry filed earlier.

As with leaked information from unusual and only vaguely identified sources, the big question is whether the image is a fake or not. Hopefully we will know the answer before the end of the month as some think Verizon is ready to release the new DROID TURBO the last week of October.

source: @owen199208211
via: Droid Life

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Verizon DROID Turbo gets detailed in leaked manual

Posted by wicked October - 9 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

We’ve heard and seen leaks about Motorola‘s new DROID device heading for Verizon and so far it has painted a rather surprising picture of a smartphone that could very well have been Motorola’s flagship. Now a leaked manual supposedly for the Verizon DROID Turbo has popped up that seemingly confirms that more than premium image of the device. But despite being a carrier-exclusive (at least as far as we know), it seems that the DROID Turbo still offers that same “vanilla” Android experience as the Moto X.

Of course, manuals rarely detail technical specs of a device, but it does mention a few things. In particular, it mentions the “5.2″ ultra high-definition display”, meaning at least 2560×1400. While the new Moto X does have that same screen size, it was only limited to a resolution of 1920×1080 Full HD. There is also noted to be a 21 megapixel dual LED flash camera at the back, versus the 13 megapixels on the Moto X. That said, it does share some traits in common, like support for Moto Turbo Charging for super fast charging in a pinch.

As to the physical design of the device, the DROID Turbo might disappoint in some aspects. First is the rather unfortunate return to a single front-facing speaker, versus the dual setup that the new Moto X sported. Capacitive navigation buttons also take up bezel space (which could have probably been given to a second speaker) instead of the Google-preferred software ones. One rather interesting detail about the phone’s design is that the volume rocker actually doubles as a nano (yes, not mirco) SIM card slot, an ingenious way to economize on space.


Hardcore Android fans might be happy to know that the same OS experience on the Moto X remains unchanged on the DROID Turbo, at least based on this manual. While there will of course be an amount of bloatware from Verizon, the overall user interface looks largely untouched, aside from a different wallpaper and a new cicular clock homescreen widget. The now staples of the Moto software experience are happily also here, including Moto Voice, Moto Assist, Moto Display, and even Moto Actions.


It still boggles mind why Motorola would have a smartphone that practically unseats its own flagship just a few months after unveiling it, and especially one that’s exclusive to a carrier. Conspiracy theorists might see some plotting by Verizon behind the scenes. That is presuming this manual is accurate. But even without it, previous leaks have already suggested that the Verizon DROID Turbo is probably what the new Moto X could have been.

VIA: SlashGear
SOURCE: @MotoFirmware

New Nexus 9 tablet image leaks

Posted by wicked October - 6 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

Another image of what appears to be the HTC Nexus 9 tablet has leaked. The leaked image comes only a day after the Nexus 9 tablet is thought to have been spied going through the FCC for its approvals. With the FCC hurdle cleared (presumably), the tablet could be hitting the market at any time.

The newly leaked image shows a device with flat edges and rounded corners with what appears to be matte plastic. Some rumors had pegged the tablet to use a metal body and that doesn’t appear to be the case. Along with the leaked image comes an apparent confirmation that the tablet will use matte plastic as the Nexus 5 by LG did.

Those are the only new tidbits about the tablet that we have learned. Previous rumors tipped that the tablet has integrated WiFi, NFC, and it may use the NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor.

We expect the tablet to have an 8-inch Full HD 1080p display and it may run Android L for the operating system. Interestingly, the tablet is tipped to feature 2.4GHz and 5.xGHz WiFi.


SOURCE: Twitter