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(Update: 2 short videos, too!) BlackBerry Venice images leak, could land in November

Posted by wicked August - 20 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

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Update: Evan Blass, who has seemingly been the source for all BlackBerry Venice leaks so far, has just given us another taste at BlackBerry’s new Android smartphone. The gif attached to a recent tweet, which is actually quite lengthy, gives us our best look yet at the new device.

So now that you’ve seen it in video form, what say you? Are you any more excited to get your hands on the device? Tell us your thoughts in the comments below!

Original post: Over the past few weeks, we’ve heard a lot about BlackBerry’s upcoming Venice slider smartphone and further renders of the device have leaked along with more information about when we can expect BlackBerry’s new flagship hit the shelves.

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According to perennial tipster Evan Blass (aka @evleaks), BlackBerry’s slider will hit the shelves in November and will be stocked by all four major US carriers. If true (which is likely, given Evan’s pedigree for leaks), it’s interesting that all the carriers are willing to back the handset and it could be a key step in making sure BlackBerry’s new device sells in volume.

The Venice is expected to have a large display that slides up to reveal BlackBerry’s iconic hardware keyboard and based on previous leaks, along with today’s images, we’re expecting the Venice to have curved edges on the display like Samsung’s Galaxy S6 Edge.

After revealing the release date and carrier plans, Blass went on to leak some more renders (including a couple that have previously leaked), which reveal that Google Play will be a key part of the handset, which is expected to run on a mostly-stock Android OS. With Android M (aka Android Marshmallow) set for release in the coming weeks, the Venice may even run Google’s new OS at launch and we’d certainly hope so given it will launch a couple of months after Android M.

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Alongside the Android OS, the BlackBerry Venice is expected to sport a flagship feature set that includes a 5.4-inch Quad HD (2560×1440) pixel display – likely an AMOLED panel if the curved display is being provided by Samsung – and a Snapdragon 808 processor – like the LG G4 – coupled with 3GB RAM.

The BlackBerry Venice is without doubt a throwback to the past in a modern device and as we’ve seen from Samsung, the keyboard might be dead but it isn’t stopping manufacturers from trying to bring it back. Samsung has already launched a “BlackBerry-inspired” keyboard cover for the S6 Edge but based on the final image that Blass shared, the Venice keyboard looks simply fantastic.

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Many people claim that BlackBerry should have adopted Android years ago and the Venice aims to right this; the handset looks to offer a sleek unique design and will be one of the few flagship handsets to feature a keyboard. With Android on-board, a premium specs list and the choice of touch or physical keyboards, this could be a handset that makes BlackBerry popular again.

Personally, I can’t wait for this device to be officially announced but what do you think? Do the Venice leaks entice you enough to potentially be on your buy list? Would you use the keyboard? Let us know your views in the comments below!

New images leaked of reported LG Nexus 5 2015 version

Posted by wicked August - 17 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

There’s still a huge lack of information on the planned 2015 refresh of the Nexus 5, still by the same manufacturer that put out the first one, Korean gadget manufacturers LG. It looks like both the Nexus 5 and the Nexus 6 will be refreshed this year, with Huawei getting the rights for the rumored phablet-sized 2015 Nexus 6. The Nexus 5 will reportedly stay with a 5.2-inch screen, and we have some images of reported company renders (aside from the full-on shot above) for you to ogle at.

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LG has been a fan of the rear-placed power and volume buttons, so it’s a bit interesting that they are not doing that on this phone model – at least from what the initial leaks show us. There is, however, what looks like a rear-placed fingerprint scanner that is also present in the same renders for the Huawei Nexus 6.

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From what we can see here – which is not really much – we have front-facing speakers, for better audio when on speakers. Also, notice that the telltale USB port at the bottom is in the shape of a USB Type-C port, where you won’t have to worry if you’re slipping the micro USB cable to the port right side up.

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On the full-on shot of the back, we see what seems to be a plastic back cover (?), but that detail is surely not final. There’s also what seems to be a dual tone flash LED, and just possibly, a laser focus feature. We’re pretty sure that white back casing will turn out to have different options, or at least a different color (hopefully).

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Huawei’s Nexus 6, LG’s Nexus 5 to have the same rear fingerprint scanner

Posted by wicked August - 17 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

What we have here for you today are some leaked renders of what is purportedly the Huawei Nexus 6, the 2015 version of Google’s flagship smartphone. The big news? We’re probably going to see the same rear fingerprint scanner on Huawei’s Nexus 6 as the one planned for LG’s Nexus 5 refresh.

We know that LG has an affinity for the rear-placed finger incidentals, like the power button and the volume rocker – which has been in rear placement since the LG G2, and still on the G3 and G4. And while the leaks for the new LG Nexus 5 do not show rear-mounted power and volume buttons, they do show a rear-placed fingerprint scanner right below the camera sensor bump. See the image below.

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In these new leaks of what is reportedly the Huawei 2015 Nexus smartphone – these are supposedly renders from the company based on detailed factory schematics provided for makers of accessories – we can see that there is that tell-tale round depression for the rear-placed fingerprint scanner.

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The renders also show us what seems to be a 5.7-inch screen on the new phone, although there has been no confirmation yet from Huawei whether this is the final configuration or not. Rumor has it that the China-based outfit is experimenting with either a 5.5-inch display or the aforementioned larger version. Oh and by the way, do you notice the USB Type C port?

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LG Nexus supposedly pictured in the wild

Posted by wicked August - 17 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

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Google has long been rumoured to be making two new Nexus devices to debut alongside Android M later this year and the smaller of the two, which should be made by LG, has allegedly been captured in the wild. Thanks an image posted in the nexus Indonesia Google+ community, we may have our first look at the new Nexus 5 in all its glory.

The picture shows the back of a white Nexus handset and at the base is a sticker with a red logo that looks like LG’s logo. This – coupled with the matte non-metallic rear finish – suggests that if accurate, the handset pictured is LG’s Nexus and not the metal-clad Huawei Nexus.

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At the top of the handset is a camera lens and just underneath it appears to be a circular fingerprint sensor. Further credence is handed to the fact that it closely matches recently leaked renders of the LG Nexus, suggesting this is the design we can expect from the upcoming Nexus handset.

The LG Nexus is expected to be the smaller of the two upcoming Nexus devices, with a 5.2-inch Full HD display amongst the rumoured specs. Other notable specs include a Snapdragon 808 processor and a 2700mAh battery. There’s not a lot of other rumoured specs but what we are expecting is that the LG Nexus will be a direct successor for the Nexus 5, which was pulled from sale earlier this year.

What do you think of the rumoured LG Nexus pictured? Let us know your views in the comments below guys and don’t forget to check out our Google Nexus rumour roundup for all the latest info.

Sony Xperia Z5 rumor roundup

Posted by wicked August - 13 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off
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The Sony Xperia Z4 (or Z3+) may have been a great device for the Japanese market, but it was certainly not the flagship phone we were all hoping for. The truth is the newest Xperia device is only an incremental upgrade over its predecessor, the Z3. Sony is known for releasing a couple flagship series per year, though. Now all eyes are on the Sony Xperia Z5 and Z5 Compact, which are said to be the high-end phones we have all been expecting to see coming from the mighty Japanese manufacturer.

As you can expect, rumors and leaks have begun surfacing and we can now get a slight idea of what to expect. Let’s take you through all the bits of information we currently know. By the way, this Sony Xperia Z5 rumor roundup will continue to get updated as more details emerge. Sony fans and other interested readers should keep this page bookmarked and look out for changes as they continue to appear!

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Disclaimer: Keep in mind these are all rumors. None of the information you will find in this article has been confirmed by Sony, so please don’t quote us on these details just yet. With that said, let’s get down to business! 

Design

Sony has been known to play a key role in 007 films’ product placement, and this year seems to be no exception. Sony shared an image last month, sending out a teaser that mentioned an Xperia device with the number “5” in its name. It was a phone that would be “made for bond”, which led us to believe there would be major changes to the design.

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Sony is not one to stray from its classic design language, though, and it seems the case will be similar with the Z5 series. The latest image leaks from @vizileaks display a couple Sony smartphones next to the iPhone 5s (for size comparison reasons). These phones (likely the Xperia Z5 and Xperia Z5 Compact), have the same square, sleek design the brand is now so popular for. The device still has a dedicated camera button, the volume rocker and a power button placed on the right side.

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The only key difference in here is the power button, which is now larger, but there is a reason for that (more on that in the specifications section). Otherwise, the phone still uses that black slab design that happens to make many Sony fans very happy.

Sony has always been good at making its products waterproof and resistant to active lifestyles, so we can expect that from the Z5 series, as well. So far no leaks have corroborated that, though.

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Display

Sadly, we haven’t heard too much about the display yet. The little we have heard comes from website AndroidOriginTheir sources suggest Sony will finally take the plunge and upgrade to QHD resolutions, but only for the regular version (and the Xperia Z5 Ultra, which we haven’t heard many rumors of). The Xperia Z5 Compact would keep a 1080p display. Other sources do say all new Xperia Z5 phones will come with 1080p displays, though. We are not exactly sure who to trust here.

We haven’t heard a thing about size either, but the Xperia Z4 and Z4 Compact have 5.2-inch and 4.7-inch panels, relatively. We can assume sizes will be similar on their direct successors.

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Specifications

This is another area we don’t know much about. The only thing we can put more trust on is the fact that the phone should come with a fingerprint reader, and it is integrated into the power button (hence the larger size).

Aside from this, we have nothing but sourceless rumors coming from multiple sites. Needless to say, we would especially not hold our breath on these details, but here they are. Murmurs say the phone should come with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 820 processor, 4 GB of RAM, a 21 MP camera (likely Sony Exmor) and a massive 4500 mAh battery. I am really praying for that battery size! Unfortunately, that 820 is pretty much impossible, as Qualcomm recently revealed the chip won’t be seen until Q1 2016. More likely, we are looking at 810 or 808.

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Software

There’s not much info on this either, but we can assume the phone will come with the latest Android software. Depending on when the phone is released, that could be Lollipop or possibly even Android M, which should launch along with the new Nexus phones later this year. For what it is worth, Sony has been reportedly testing out redesigned software so it’s possible that the UI experience could get a major refresh for the Sony Xperia Z5 — but it’s really too early to say for sure.

Announcement and release date

Once again, nothing has been confirmed (or even highly suggested) but Sony does have a major press conference scheduled for September 2nd at IFA 2015, in Berlin. Most of us are hoping that is when the new Sony flagship phone will be announced. Regardless, we would say a release is to come before the end of the year. Sony wouldn’t like to miss the Christmas shopping season.

Wrapping up

Sony Xperia Z5 (and Compact) rumors are still very fresh, so keep coming back for more as the details become more clear. Like we said above, this post will continue to be updated as more rumors emerge, so stay tuned to it!

The Xperia Z5 series is looking to be exactly the flagship we were hoping to get with the Z4, so things are starting to look up for the Japanese manufacturer. Those numbers need to start rising, and that won’t happen if Sony sticks with slight upgrades (at least not outside of Japan).

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Are you thinking of getting a Sony Xperia Z5 or Z5 Compact? Hit the comments and let us know what you would like to see your next phone touting. Are you happy with the rumors we have so far?

Galaxy S6 Edge Plus full specs and accessory prices leaked

Posted by wicked August - 11 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

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It doesn’t rain, it pours and so seems to be the case with Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy S6 Edge Plus and Galaxy Note 5 smartphones and although they are set to launch in just a couple of days, we’re hearing more and more about them with every hour that passes. Earlier today we saw Samsung reveal pre-orders for the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus will launch on August 21 (before pulling the listing) and the latest leaks have now revealed the full specs list for the curved phablet along with the cost of the official accessories.

First to the specs and a listing by well-known Romanian retailer evoMAG has revealed the full specs of Samsung’s upcoming curved big-screen device. We’ve already heard most of them before but it’s always nice to get confirmation and looking at the listing, we know the handset will have a 5.67 inch Super AMOLED Quad HD display and will be powered by an Exynos 7420 octa-core processor with 4GB RAM.

The specs list also includes 32GB internal storage that is non-expandable, a 5MP front facing camera, 16Mp rear camera with 4K Ultra HD video recording, LTE Cat 6 offering 300 Mbps download speeds, Wi-Fi n/ac, Bluetooth v4.1, NFC and a fingerprint sensor. The handset will launch running Android 5.1 Lollipop and will reportedly come with Samsung Pay (which ties in with previous reports of a September release for Samsung’s payment solution).

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The listing only mentions gold as the available colour but this is likely to be carrier specific so expect the handset to be available in other colours and other storage options – the Galaxy S6 Edge comes with 32GB, 64GB or 128GB storage and the S6 Edge Plus will probably follow suit.

Now to the accessories and last week, we saw a leak of an unique keyboard cover for the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus. Earlier this week, we saw another leak that seemingly confirmed the existence of the cover along with a price tag of 60 euros and now UK retailer Mobile Fun has confirmed the cost of a range of official Samsung accessories. The full accessories list includes (US conversion is approximate and rounded to the nearest full dollar)

  • Official Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ Keyboard Cover (Silver) – £59.99 / $94
  • Official Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ Flip Wallet Cover (Silver, Gold, Blue/Black) – £24.99 / $39
  • Official Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ Glossy Cover Case (Silver, Gold, Blue/Black) – £19.99 / $31
  • Official Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ Clear View Cover Case (Silver, Gold, Blue/Black) – £39.99 / $62
  • Official Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ Glitter Cover Case (Silver, Gold, Blue, Pink) – £34.99 / $55
  • Official Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ S View Cover Case (Silver, Gold, Blue/Black) – £34.99 / $55
  • Official Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge+ Wireless Charging Pack (Silver, Gold) – £64.99 / $101


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What do you think of the leaked accessories and prices? What about the specs list of the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus (and the Galaxy Note 5 which should be almost identical except for the lack of curved edges and the addition of an S-Pen)? Let us know your views in the comments below guys and don’t forget to tune in on Thursday morning as we’ll be at Samsung’s London and New York events to see everything the company has to announce.

Galaxy S6 Edge Plus Keyboard will allegedly cost 60 Euros

Posted by wicked August - 10 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

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Last year’s Galaxy Note 4 and Galaxy Note Edge phablets were barely leaked ahead of the launch but this year, Samsung’s new Galaxy Note 5 and Galaxy S6 Edge Plus smartphones have leaked in earnest ahead of their launch this Thursday (August 13).

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We’ve already seen the handset leak in all its glory and attention has turned to accessories, with a leak last week revealing a new Keyboard cover (above) that Samsung has been working on for its new curved phablet. At the time, many people were questioning whether the leak was indeed a hoax as Samsung looked to repay a visit to PDA devices – like the Sony Ericsson P990i – with its keyboard accessory but as it turns out, it’s not a hoax.

As spotted by GSMInfo, Dutch retailer Central Point has published the keyboard cover on its website with a price tag of 60 euros, which equates to approximately $66. The website also listed other accessories for Samsung upcoming big-screen curved smartphone, including a Flip Wallet (priced at €25 / $27), Glossy Cover (€25 / $27) and ClearView Cover (€40 / $44).

The keyboard is interesting not just for its design but for what it means for Canadian firm BlackBerry. The manufacturer has long reportedly been in talks with Samsung about the latter buying it but those talks were quickly denied and it seems that Samsung wants to test the market for QWERTY devices. The company is rumoured to be working with the Canadian firm on the upcoming BlackBerry Venice smartphone, which runs Android and features a vertical sliding QWERTY keyboard with a Galaxy S6 Edge-like dual curved wraparound display.


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Back to this week’s Samsung launch and alongside the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus, we’re expecting Samsung to reveal the Galaxy Note 5. The latest model in the Galaxy Note range is expected to be very similar to the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus but will drop the curved display, gain an extra GB of RAM (4GB versus 3GB on the S6 Edge Plus) and also have the S-Pen (with new Air Command menu), which is missing from the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus and will be accessible via a push eject system.

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Samsung’s teaser for its launch also teased a much larger device, with some rumours pointing towards a tablet with an edge-like display. The curved tablet would certainly be interesting but with very little information available on the device, it may be the most surprising device of the launch event. Samsung was also rumoured to be launching its new Gear A round smartwatch at Thursday’s event but the company is now expected to hold back that announcement until its IFA press event in a few weeks’ time.

Are you looking forward to Samsung’s launch this Thursday? What product are you most excited about? What about this keyboard cover; do you like the design? Would you buy it? Let us know your views in the comments below guys!

New Huawei handset images leak ahead of IFA announcement

Posted by wicked August - 9 - 2015 - Sunday Comments Off

Evan Blass (@evleaks) is back for one of his now-rare appearances, and this time the leakster is giving us a bit of information on what could be Huawei’s upcoming large-screen smartphone, as well as an image. Let’s take a look at it!

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As you can see, this is a large-screen smartphone that looks to be the successor to the Huawei Ascend Mate series. It’s not yet verified if this is the branding the device will be released under, though. In fact, not much is revealed about this mysterious smartphone. All Evan Blass could tell us is that the device will be launching at IFA 2015, on September 2nd.

At first it was believed this smartphone would be a part of the D-series and feature Force Touch, but Blass later confirmed neither bits of information were correct, leaving us in the dark.

What we can capture from the image is that the new Huawei handset will come with a sizable display, a fingerprint reader on the back and what looks to be a full metal body. We had actually seen a leaked video of this phone before, but we couldn’t confirm its validity. I mean, even the branding in the back was off, but now that this image is around we can see a huge resemblance.

Maybe the weird brand in the video is just being kept as a place-holder, something Huawei has been known to do in the past. Just remember all this information is unofficial, so don’t hold your breath on the image, the video or any of this information just yet.

We are sure more leaks and rumors will show up before IFA, so keep it tuned to the Android Authority home page for more details to come. Also, you can be sure we will be in Berlin covering all the goodies, so you will hear from us as soon as this phone goes official (if it does).

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Is this a prototype Huawei Nexus?

Posted by wicked August - 6 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

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For the past month, we’ve heard rumours suggesting that Google was planning two Nexus handsets for later this year and was working with LG and Huawei to make the two handsets. LG’s Nexus is expected to be the lower spec version of the two and today, we’re getting a first glimpse of what might be a prototype Huawei Nexus smartphone.

The video in question comes from Steve Hemmerstoffer, the man behind the @onleaks account, who has a pretty decent track record when it comes to leaking as-yet unannounced smartphones. Based on the design of past handsets, the Huawei Nexus definitely looks like it has been designed by Chinese manufacturer Huawei but does seem to sport a matte rear cover like the Ascend Mate 7 and Huawei Honor 7.

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One of the features in Google’s upcoming Android M operating system is native support for fingerprint readers and it’s unsurprising to see the Huawei Nexus sport one on the rear, underneath the camera like Huawei’s previous handsets and future Nexus devices are also likely to have the feature. The camera sensor also looks similar to that found on the Nexus 5 and doesn’t sport the design traditionally used by Huawei in its smartphones.

The Huawei Nexus is expected to also be a first for Huawei thanks to its Quad HD display, which should be accompanied by a large battery, pure Android experience and a Snapdragon 820 processor. The LG Nexus on the other hand is expected to have lesser specs but should still have a smaller Full HD panel, an octa-core processor with 2GB/3GB RAM and possibly a 13MP camera, like the one found in the Nexus 6 and Motorola Moto G.

Would you buy the Huawei Nexus if it looked like this leak video? Let us know your views in the comments below!

Samsung Galaxy Note 5 leaked in much clearer set of photos

Posted by wicked July - 28 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

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We have seen plenty of great Samsung Galaxy Note 5 renders, but the few actual photos out there leave plenty to be desired. The eminent launch of Samsung’s new over-sized smartphone(s) is coming and we have been hoping to get a clearer look at the handset. Grab a seat and stick around, for that day has finally arrived!

The new Samsung Galaxy Note 5 leaked images come from nowhereelse.fr, a well-recognized French website. This new set of ninja photos consists of 8 shots, displaying the phone in varied angles. Though the pictures are not exactly press quality and do have some photographic noise, they do offer a good look at what we could be seeing.

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We are not exactly getting much new information from this leak, but it does corroborate past rumors. The phone seems to sport that metal edge with glass on both the front and back, adopting the same design language the Korean manufacturer introduced with the Samsung Galaxy S6. The metal frame models the same chamfered edges and the back is curved on both sides. Everything is where we expect it to be.

Sadly, it does still seem like Samsung is getting rid of the removable battery and expandable storage option. Is this a big deal to you? I know it is to me, so hit the comments and let us know what you think about this possible change.

If you have been out of the loop, you should definitely take a look at our Samsung Galaxy Note 5 rumor roundup. This article will tell you everything there is to know, so far, about the new phablet. We will continue to update it as more details emerge, so try keep it tuned to the post, as well as our homepage.