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New Xiaomi tablet leaded: $100 price tag and LTE connectivity

Posted by Tom November - 25 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

The follow-up to the popular Xiaomi Mi Pad has been spotted on TENNA.

The Chinese company’s next tablet will reportedly cost $100 and will come with LTE support for a fast on the go connection.

First reports suggest it’ll have a 9.2-inch 720p display, run on a Snapdragon 410 processor, and have 1GB of RAM and 8GB storage.

More news as it’s announced.

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Specs and images of Sony Xperia Z4 show up

Posted by wicked November - 25 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Not quite a year ago at CES 2014, Sony explicitly indicated they believed the market for flagship smartphone development was going to be on a semi-annual basis, so that is what they set for an internal target. After the release of the Xperia Z2 early in the year, Sony did indeed follow-up about six months later with the Xperia Z3. Sticking to that pattern, sources indicate Sony is ready to announce the Xperia Z4 at CES 2015 on January 5th in Las Vegas. Along with the Xperia Z4, Sony reportedly will also release a larger Xperia Z4 Ultra.

To go with this latest tip, sources provided some alleged details of the devices and images of the new look Sony is going for with their next round of flagship devices. Despite earlier rumors that Sony would opt for a Snapdragon 810 in the Xperia Z4, word now is that they are sticking with the more widely available Snapdragon 805. The processor will help power a 5.4-inch quad-HD display. Sony is supposedly still planning to load the Xperia Z4 with 4GB of RAM to help run Android Lollipop.

The larger Xperia Z4 Ultra will not be much different save for the size of the device. The Z4 Ultra appears to be getting the same combination of a Snapdragon 805 chip and 4GB of RAM. The larger display will be a 5.9-inch panel. Sources indicate Sony will put all of this in a device that is only 5.7mm thin.

One area where Sony hopes to set itself above the competition will be the camera sensor. The company has been working on a new generation sensor, the IMX230, capable of capturing 20.7MP images. The new sensor includes image plane detection auto-focus technology and 192-point auto-focus. Sony is reportedly developing a second sensor in the same family that is “only” 16MP capable. According to sources, these specs match the alleged camera sensors for the Xperia Z4 and Xperia Z4 Ultra respectively.

With CES 2015 just over a month away, we should see more rumors and leaks about new Sony flagship devices. What do you think of what has surfaced so far?

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More info about OnePlus One successor surfaces

Posted by wicked November - 24 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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This past September, information leaked indicating OnePlus was already tossing around ideas and plans to launch a successor to the OnePlus One sometime during 2015. That really was not a surprise given the way the industry works even for a phone as difficult to obtain as the OnePlus One has been. Now a source familiar with OnePlus’s plans has shared some more details about what is being considered.

According to the source, the next version of a OnePlus smartphone will be more customizable. This will be especially true thanks to the StyleSwap covers the company uses for their devices. For the OnePlus One, buyers supposedly could get coveres in wood, denim and Kevlar materials. Like the phone, these various covers were elusive, a situation the company hopes to correct with the next version of their smartphone.

The next OnePlus phone is projected to be a relatively inexpensive devices, especially when compared to other devices with similar hardware. The company is apparently targeting $500 as the ceiling for the price no matter what hardware improvements are made. The source also indicates OnePlus has some “surprises in store when it comes to hardware,” a nebulous claim at best.

This is not a whole lot to go on as far as figuring out what OnePlus has planned for their next device, but it does look like they are planning to stick to the formula they used for the OnePlus One.

source: The Times of India

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First images of possible Xiaomi Mi5 leaked

Posted by wicked November - 15 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

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The name Xiaomi is not well known in many Western markets, but on the strength of their fans in China, the company recently took over the number 3 spot for smartphone market share during the third quarter of 2014. To help keep those sales growing, the company is working on a new flagship device, the Xiaomi Mi5. Some new images have surfaced on Weibo allegedly showing the new device.

No details about the hardware were released with the leaked images, but we can see that Xaiomi appears to be taking a page out of the HTC design book with this latest device. Along with the photos that captured the device, Weibo user iLevon also posted what is claimed to be a press render.

The release of the Xaiomi Mi5 is probably still a few months away, so we will have to wait to find out how accurate this leak is. Whenever the device is announced, it will probably come with a nice set of hardware at a reasonable price. Likely, especially if you are in the U.S., you will not be able to buy it either.

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source: Weibo
via: TechnoBuffalo

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Sony Xperia Z4, Z4 Compact, Z4 Ultra, and Z4 Tablet information surfaces

Posted by wicked November - 14 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

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Sony is the first company to announce it is holding an event at CES 2015. There, it is expected that new devices will be introduced to the Xperia line. To be exact, new phones and a tablet are going to be unveiled. Sony could be opting with CES 2015 for announcements as it allows the company to get ahead of everyone else doing so at Mobile World Congress in February. You will not have to wait until January, though, to find out what Sony has up its sleeve. Why? Because someone decided to spill the beans on the Xperia Z4, Z4 Compact, Z4 Ultra, and Z4 Tablet.

Hit the break to find out what is to come from Sony next year.

In the middle of October, we learned a bit about the Xperia Z4. It will act as Sony’s flagship device for the year and carry high-end specifications to prove it. The 5.5-inch display will have 2560×1440 resolution, much like today’s high-end phones. Powering this beast is said to be the Snapdragon 810 processor clocked at 2.8GHz with 4GB of RAM. The internal storage is set at 32GB. Of course, a Sony-made camera sensor will be present. Rather than relying solely upon a charging port, the Xperia Z4 will have wireless charging by the Qi standard. The Xperia Z4 does not have anymore flaps for ports; however, the IP68 certification remains.

The Xperia Z4 Tablet will succeed the Xperia Z2 Tablet and Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact. Sony returns to the 10.1-inch display with 2560×1440 resolution. The company is testing 3840×2160 resolution, but it has not gone beyond that (for now). The bezels are slim and the design stays true to the Xperia line. The specifications are very similar to that of the Xperia Z4 — same processor and internal storage. The camera on the rear is 13MP and the front will have an 8MP camera. Twin stereo speakers make the jump from the Z3 Tablet Compact to the Xperia Z4 Tablet.

What do we have left? The smaller and larger options. The Xperia Z4 Compact’s display does not change from this year’s 4.6-inch size. What does change is the resolution — 1920×1080. The specifications on the inside are boosted and we assume that means it will mirror that of the Xperia Z4. The same thing goes for the Xperia Z4 Ultra, but the 6.4-inch display’s resolution will be 2560×1440 or the illustrious 3840×2160.

Source: Android Origin

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Meizu MX4 Pro shows up in clear photos one week before launch

Posted by wicked November - 13 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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The MX4 Pro is expected to be announced formally on November 19. Although there is about one week until that time, a lot can happen. In the mobile industry, more time means more leaks. That is what happened here. The handset from Meizu showed up online in one lucky person’s hand. It certainly shows its size, a measurement said to be around the 5.4- or 5.5-inch mark. The back panel is pretty simple. It has just a circular camera lens cutout and below that is the flash. The front side will not be much different, but a fingerprint sensor is expected.

Source: Gizchina
Via: GSMArena

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Potential ZTE Nubia Z9 photo shows incredibly thin bezels on the sides

Posted by wicked November - 12 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

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What do we have here? Maybe the Nubia Z9. Someone snapped a photo (above) of what is potentially the upcoming flagship ZTE smartphone. On the left and right sides, there are incredibly thin bezels. The top and right, though, not so much. It has giant white space. So this device is going to be tall. The top features the camera, ambient light sensor, and earpiece. The bottom is bare as it only has the Nubia series’ home button.

Nothing is confirmed at this time, but this could be an indication that we are going to find out more soon.

Source: Weibo
Via: GSMArena

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Android 5.0 Lollipop shows up on a Moto X 2014

Posted by wicked November - 6 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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Motorola made a small splash last year when their update to Android 4.4. KitKat reached the Motorola Moto X even before Google could get the system update out to their own Nexus 4 smartphone. Motorola appears to be on track to duplicating that feat, or at least coming very close, after a copy of Android 5.0 Lollipop was found running on a Moto X 2014

Confirmation that Motorola has a copy of Android Lollipop already up and running on the Moto X 2014 comes from an anonymous source who supplied screenshots to try to verify the truth of the claim. Sources have redacted information that would reveal the carrier, baseband or kernel information. However, Lollipop build was apparently generated just last week.

Some of the screenshots also reveal some of the tweaks Motorola, or possibly the carrier, made to Lollipop for the Moto X 2014. One thing users will notice is that the device still uses some old icons for the mobile connection instead of the new, solid icons. When the settings shade is pulled down, users will notice that options are available to cast the screen to a Chromecast and a toggle switch has been added for a flashlight function.

Google decided to add in some features to Lollipop that appear to be based off of some Motorola features including a new Ambient Display function and some voice-activated actions. For the Moto X 2014, it appears Motorola has decided to slide in their own software to handle these functions, which may not be a bad thing.

Finally, it looks like the upgrade to Android Lollipop will give camera users a new feature that has been missing from Moto X devices. A new shutter timer has been added to the camera app giving users the opportunity to set a delay of 3 or 10 seconds.

Of course no information about a release date was obtained from the anonymous source, so keep watching for more updates and to see whether Motorola can get the update out before anyone else.

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source: Phandroid

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More Samsung Project Zero details tipped, specs included

Posted by wicked November - 5 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

Samsung, intentionally or not (and some might say covertly), may have just piqued the mobile world’s curiousity when word of its “Project Zero” next gen smartphone leaked out. While we’re still waiting to hear details on how this would be a “start from scratch” for the manufacturer, SamMobile has been able to get hold of more details about the upcoming Galaxy S6 flagship. In truth, the hardware sounds more like just a step forward, which is, of course, not exactly a bad thing, since any new direction for Samsung still requires one foot solidly set on the past as well.

In terms of display, the Galaxy S6 will sport a QHD resolution, possibly 2560×1440. That would be in line with the current trend among high-end smartphones these days and in the coming months. What isn’t yet known is what size it will come in. The current standard bearer, the Galaxy S5, has a 5.1-inch Full HD screen. Tradition would hold that Samsung would either go for a larger one or even stick to the same size like it did with the Galaxy Note 4. That said, since this is Project Zero, there might even be a possibility that Samsung could take a step back in terms of size.

Processor-wise, Samsung will be forward looking. A new Exynos 7420 is rumored to be the chip that will power the Galaxy S6. This one is a full 64-bit processor, unlike the Exynos 5433 on the Galaxy Note 4 which had its 64-bit capabilities disabled just to have parity with the Snapdragon 805 model. And speaking of Snapdragons, the other variant is said to be a Snapdragon 810, also a 64-bit mobile processor. Samsung is also rumored to have included its own LTE modem, the Exynos Modem 333, with the Exynos 7420, putting it one step closer to shedding off its need for Qualcomm’s chips.

The rest of the rumored specs aren’t exactly ground-breaking, like the 3 GB of RAM which is also common place in Samsung’s top devices. What is noteworthy, though, is that the Galaxy S6 storage configurations might now start at 32 GB all the way to 128 GB, removing the 16 GB option that is admittedly starting to feel too small for high-end devices. Of course, 128 GB of storage has also long been a dream and we’ll have to see if Samsung will be able to pull it off. It definitely has the technology and manufacturing experience to do so.

With all these, the question of what exactly does Project Zero have to offer still remains. Will it make a difference in the software running inside or in the business strategy that Samsung will use? And perhaps more important for Samsung’s interests, will it be enough to take it out of its current financial slump?

Moto 360 smartwatch leaks sporting gold and brown bands

Posted by wicked October - 30 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

It’s not uncommon for the folks that control when products go online on the Amazon website to hit the go button a bit early. The result is a glimpse at a product that is coming soon before the product is supposed to be unveiled. This happened today when a pair of Moto 360 smartwatches turned up on Amazon sporting new band colors and were pulled shortly thereafter.

The good news is while they were on the Amazon website; images were grabbed so we can share them despite the products having been taken off the website. The images show the Moto 360 with a gold case attached to a gold link band.

The gold smartwatch was spied in thin and thick band versions with the former 18mm thick and the latter 23mm thick. The Moto 360 was also spied with a brushed silver case attached to a brown leather band.

The brown leather strap version was called Moto 360 Cognac and was listed with a price of $249.99. The gold versions were both listed at $299.99. Since the products are now gone from the Amazon site, we don’t know exactly when they will be available to purchase.

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SOURCE: Slashgear