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More images of the Sony Xperia Z3 emerge

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

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We know you still haven’t seen enough of the Sony Xperia Z3, so here are some new images for you! These come from leaks extraordinaire @evleaks and give us a good look at the back and side of the mysterious smartphone.

The rounded edges and familiar back are in tow. We are seeing a smartphone that looks more polished than its predecessor, but keeps that iconic Sony design we can recognize from a mile away. Also on board is the volume rocker, a prominent power button, a dedicated camera button and what seems like a microSD or SIM card slot.

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The surplus of Sony Xperia Z3 rumors and leaks may numb your excitement for such photos, but we must point out these do stand out in the crowd. The first set of images didn’t offer great quality, and the second group was nearly as bad (but still better).

Rumored specs include a Snapdragon 801 processor, 3 GB of RAM, a 5.15-inch 1080p display, 16 GB of internal storage, 20.7MP/2.1MP cameras and Android 4.4. Those are some stunning components. And while Sony doesn’t seem to be joining the QHD display party, 1080p is nothing to scoff at.

Do remember these are all leaks and rumors. Though they have all been pretty consistent, nothing is official until it is. Take it all with a healthy dose of sodium and let’s stay tuned for more details.

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.

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VIA: SamMobile

Xiaomi Mi3S makes appearance at GFXBench, specs showed

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

A device tagged as the Xiaomi Mi3S showed up at the databases of benchmarking app GFXBench, and it has included specs of the supposed device. This is in light of Xioami’s upcoming event on July 22 where they will be expected to launch a new handset – and most people are still not sure if it will be the Mi3S, or the Xiaomi Mi4, the latter also backed by numerous leaks.

But to the point at hand, GFXBench shows a device with a 5-inch display at 1920×1080 native resolution. The spec list also but confirms the leaks that the Mi3S will be coming out with the more powerful Snapdragon 801 quad-core processor with the Adreno 330 GPU, also boasting of a generous 3GB helping of RAM.

There’s a bit of a mix-up with the cameras, with the GFXBench data putting the cameras at 12MP and 7MP, rear and front-facing respectively. The earlier leaks said that the cameras will be at 13MP and 8MP. The data also puts internal storage at 12GB, with whole device running Android 4.4.3 Kitkat.

With Xiaomi’s event coming up in two days, we are really not sure if they will be launching the Mi3S or the Mi4 – or both, for that matter. But we can see the general trending of the smaller China-based manufacturers trying to challenge the big boys in terms of specs and price range. The Mi3S is touted to arrive at around USD$300.

SOURCE: GFXBench

Moto G2 image leaked, some probable specs mentioned

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

The Moto G was an experiment in niche marketing that went very well for Motorola – and by extension Google – as it has been known to be one of, if not the best performing Android phone you buy under USD$200 unlocked. And Motorola is – in our opinion – rightly pursuing this path by developing a second generation Moto G, with improved specs and a rumored cheaper price (yes!).

It looks like Motorola will be staying with the 720p screen that made the Moto G pleasant to look at – it will still be a 1280×720 display (320 dpi), but no word on whether it will still be a 4.5-inch screen. In a world awash with 1080p and QHD screens, the Moto G’s 720p screen is… well, not bad at all, especially at the price you’re getting it.

The Moto G2 is expected to have a more muscular engine though, with a quad-core ARM V7 (VFPv4 NEON) processor and an Adreno 305 graphics processor. Still no word on RAM allocation, internal storage, and battery size (in mAh), but it’s still early days for the G2. The source confirms that it will have an 8MP rear shooter, and will have dual-sim capabilities. As for physical design and aesthetics, all we have to go on will be this single frontal image of what is supposed to be the Moto G2. Not much detail to discuss here, except maybe that it still looks sleek and premium – you wouldn’t be ashamed of pulling one out of your pocket in this day and age.

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The original Moto G was a stand-out at USD$179. With rumors indicating that the Moto G2 will cost even less – Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside being quoted rhetorically asking, “Why can’t these devices be $50?” – we may see the Moto G2 closer to USD$100, and at that price, we’d definitely get one. Launch date for the Moto G2 is said to be either late in the holiday season of 2014 or early 2015.

VIA: Android Headlines

Sony Xperia Z3 vs Samsung Galaxy Note: just as tall but narrower

Posted by wicked July - 14 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

If you aren’t yet tired of seeing leaked photos of the upcoming Xperia Z3, here’s yet another one. This time, however, the supposed Sony flagship is shown beside the first Samsung Galaxy Note, just to give you an idea of how big, or actually how not-big, the smartphone really is. Of course, presuming this is the real deal.

The original Galaxy Note was short by today’s Note standards and measured 146.9 x 83 x 9.7 mm. For some comparison, the current Galaxy Note 3 is taller but slimmer at 151.2 x 79.2 x 8.3 mm, while the Galaxy S5 is both shorter and narrower with dimensions of 142 x 72.5 x 8.1 mm. In the picture above, the Xperia Z3 is noticeably a lot narrower than the Galaxy Note, giving hope that it will come in a somewhat more hand-friendly size than Samsung’s S Pen phablet. That said, the current Sony flagship, the Xperia Z2, isn’t exactly far behind at 146.8 x 73.3 x 8.2 mm. Chances are, the Xperia Z3 will be within the same ballpark.

Of course, that isn’t the only area where the two might be similar. Aside from a slightly higher 2.5 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, the Xperia Z3 is believed to be quite similar to the Xperia Z2. Sony seems to have hit the peak of its smartphone camera technology, with the same 20.7 megapixel Exmor RS sensor it has been using since the Xperia Z1. One area where the Xperia Z3 could one up its predecessors would be with a 2K resolution display, though going with the more multimedia-friendly Snapdragon 805 would have been a better choice then.

While we have had numerous leaked photos that try to prove the existence of the Xperia Z3, the biggest mystery of all is perhaps the reason or nature of its existence. Sony has promised to refresh its flagship every 6 months, in line with other major manufacturers. But the Sony Xperia Z2, while not bad in itself, feels more like a simple incremental upgrade to the Xperia Z1 and these recent leaks give little hope that the Xperia Z3 will be any different. We do have barely 2 months to go before an expected IFA 2014 unveiling, and hopefully we’ll see more promising signs before then.

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VIA: Xperia Blog

Unknown Motorola phablet leaked, running Android L

Posted by wicked July - 11 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

There have been rumors that Motorola is working on putting out a phablet, but those have not been substantiated – until now. A couple of new videos have been making its rounds in tech circles showing a device that is apparently larger than a Nexus 5 and seems to be running – at least from visual checks – some sort of version of Android L.

On first inspection, the screen seems to be bigger than the 5-inch screen of Google’s Nexus 5 device – one was conveniently included in the videos for comparison. It looks to be in full HD resolution, with some speculating that it might be a Super AMOLED screen. As you might remember, the rumors about the Moto X+1 is that it has a larger screen than the Moto X’s 4.7-inch display. Is this the first real look we are getting of the Moto X+1?

As Moto employees have apparently confirmed this to be a “legit device” (via a Hangouts chat), the only other question would be is this is truly the Moto X+1 or just another device Motorola is planning to launch this year. What do you guys think? Ogle at the videos below while you’re thinking.

The device is said to be running on Verizon’s network, although some tape is seen in the videos to hide some incriminating information about whoever leaked these videos. All indications from this unnamed device fits the Moto X+1, but we’re still left wondering if it really is it.

VIA: SlashGear

Xiaomi Mi4 assembly line images leak with spec rumors

Posted by wicked July - 7 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

Rumors about Xiaomi’s new smartphone are coming in thick and fast, this time coming seemingly straight from the assembly line of the Chinese smartphone manufacturer. What we’ve had recently were some blurry monochrome pics of the front panel and a nondescript white back panel. So there is a bit more to share now.

To take a look at what we already know about what we assume will be Xiaomi’s fourth flagship phone which we think will be called the Mi4 – although interestingly, the Chinese blog sources are still thinking if this new phone will be called the Mi “3S” with the naming convention a la Apple. Much has been made about its rumored premium metal frame, and one of the new leaked photos will certainly point to that direction.

The source also mentions at the very least a 1080p resolution 5-inch screen (as seen in the photos), powered by a yet unnamed quadcore processor, although the choices seem to be either NVIDIA or Qualcomm – hopefully the latter’s spanking new Snapdragon 805s. The source also mentions a probable 13MP camera and 4G network capability. And if the pictures are anything to go by, it looks like Xiaomi is retaining the three physical buttons below the screen.

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There were past rumors that the launch of the new flagship smartphone would likely coincide with IFA 2014 in September, but this source says that the unveiling could actually happen this month in July, judging from the advanced assembly line progress as seen in the new pictures. The sooner we get a look at this admittedly nice looking smartphone, the better it will be for all of us.

VIA: Weibo (1) (2)

Galaxy Note 4 Exynos proc faster vs. Snapdragon variant

Posted by wicked June - 24 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

Seems like only yesterday when we wrote about the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 appearing in AnTuTu’s benchmark database – check that, it was 3 days ago. The benchmarking outfit is at it again, testing the two rumored processors for the Galaxy Note 4’s two upcoming variants – the Snapdragon 805 for the US version and the Exynos 5433 for the international version. The results are enough to raise an eyebrow at, putting the Samsung-made Exynos chip above Qualcomm’s premier processor.

According to the benchmark results posted by AnTuTu, the Exynos chip smokes the Snapdragon 805, a bit surprising as Qualcomm has traditionally manufactured faster cores. It might just be a point of contention for prospective Galaxy Note 4 users, with the US version unfortunately coming in some 5,000 points lower in AnTuTu’s benchmark 4.0.

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This is not to say that any of the Galaxy Note 4 test units are slow – the specs for the test units as revealed by AnTuTu are top of the line. It’s just that the Exynos chip may be using its resources better than the Qualcomm chip is. Putting this in perspective, both chips blow all the current chipsets away, including Qualcomm’s current flagship product, the Snapdragon 801.

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Curiously, the processor speed charts show NVIDIA’s Tegra K1 way ahead of the pack, but AnTuTu says that this is because the testbed of the Tegra chip had a smaller 1920×1080 display, while both Samsung Galaxy Note 4 testbeds were pushing more pixels, both having 2560×1440 resolution displays.

SOURCE: AnTuTu

Volantis is HTC’s Nexus tablet, specs leaked ahead of Google I/O

Posted by wicked June - 23 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

It’s been a while since a Google-approved Nexus device hit the market, so speculation is rife if indeed we are going to get our hands on one by the time Google I/O developer conference rolls in. Front and center is HTC’s rumored Volantis, and Android Police is betting on solid information that it has the specs and the build of the next Nexus device down pat.

There was speculation on whether the new Nexus device – initially code named “flounder” – would be a smartphone. But all evidence now points to an 8.9-inch tablet to be manufactured by HTC, known internally in its hallowed manufacturing halls as the Nexus 9. Although a number of things could still change with the marketing name and the possible specs of the product, Android Police deems the source pretty solid – enough to publish the leaked images and the possible specs.

The Volantis will be bannered by a 2048×1440 (281ppi) display powered by an NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor (also known as the Logan 64-bit chip). According to the leaked image, it will have a 2GB RAM allocation, an 8MP main camera partnered by a 3MP front-facing camera, and frontal speakers as well. The rumored specs include variants of the tablet in 16GB and 32GB internal storage models, and might also come with options for LTE connectivity.

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Also very conspicuous in the image is what HTC calls “aluminum zero gap” construction. In fact, we agree that the unit takes its aesthetic cues from the iPad Mini, with hints of LG’s Nexus 5 and ASUS’s Nexus 7. Again, all of this may still be technically touted as rumors, but the source is apparently adamant that the hardware for the tablet already exists in the real world, going as far as to say that some of the people working at Google are already carrying the device around. What do you guys think of it?

VIA: Android Police

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 makes appearance in AnTuTu database

Posted by wicked June - 21 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

Samsung has been very active in putting out its latest and greatest devices for its adoring market – the Samsung Galaxy S5 and its variants the S5 Active, the S5 K Zoom, and most recently the S5 LTE-A. One of those not yet released but anticipated for this year us the Samsung Galaxy Note 4, which most industry watchers think will be released at the IFA 2014 consumer electronics trade show. September is still a long ways, so for now, let us be content with the details of two variants of the Galaxy Note 4 which showed up in the database of benchmarking app AnTuTu.

This is one of those solid leaks that had to happen at some point, and it gives us a peek at what’s under the hood of these gadgets. Samsung, as expected, will be providing two variants of its phablet model, and the specs of these two somewhat conveniently found their way to AnTuTu’s database.

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We do not know the final marketing names for the products, but we are able to separate the two via their model names. The SM-N910S is the quad-core version, sporting a Snapdragon 805 CPU, an Adreno 420 GPU, 32GB of internal memory, and a very ample 3GB of RAM. The other unit that showed up was named the SM-N910C, and this one has an octa-core Exynos processor that Samsung makes in-house playing tag team with an ARM Mali-T760 GPU, along with the same amount of RAM.

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Aside from these details, the database also recorded that both variants have 2560 x 1440 displays, and a 16MP main camera. The operating systems are both Android 4.4.3 Kitkat. At least these details have been semi-confirmed. The other prominent rumors include the Note 4 coming with curved glass, and a 5.7 QHD display that has now been all but solidified by this AnTuTu leak.

VIA: Gforgames