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Report: Samsung working on more mid-range handsets, the Galaxy E5 and E7

Posted by wicked December - 11 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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Along with news of the Galaxy Grand 3 and the release of two new A series handsets, news has also appeared regarding two new smartphones in Samsung’s upcoming E series line-up, the Galaxy E5 and E7. So much for trimming down its number of models and re-evaluating its approach to smartphone development.

Anyway, according to industry insiders, the Galaxy E5 and E7 appear to share a lot in common with Samsung’s recently released Galaxy A3 and A5, as well as the rumored A7, and fall right into the mid-tier category. Interestingly, both will apparently ship with Android Lollipop out of the box.

Starting with the E7, the handset features a 5.5-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 720p. It reportedly packs a mid-range 64-bit Snapdragon 410 processor, 2GB of RAM, a 13 megapixel rear camera, 5 megapixel front facing camera, 16GB of internal storage and a 2,950mAh battery. Dimensions are 151×77×7.2 mm.

The Galaxy E5 apparently sits in the middle of the E range. It features a display measuring 5.0-inch and presumably has the same display resolution at the E7. The E5 contains the same internal hardware, except for a lower resolution 8 megapixel rear camera and a smaller 2,300mAh battery. The E5 should also be slightly smaller and lighter than the E7. The source states that the batteries will be non-removable, but wouldn’t didn’t give details about whether the E range would feature the same metallic build quality as the A series.

Given that Samsung has only just released the A series and that the E series appears to be targeted at a similar market segment, an official announcement from Samsung is still probably months away. What do you make of all these mid-range Samsung smartphones?

Rumor: HTC to release a new tablet ‘based on Nexus 9′

Posted by wicked December - 11 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

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Since its inception in the early days of Android, Google’s Nexus program has always been about creating “reference” hardware by which developers and OEMs alike can see how Android is meant to look and run. As OEM and carrier skins got/get/are getting more and more expansive, Nexus units are often coveted by enthusiasts who want a clean and unadulterated OS. Indeed the devices have been proceeded or followed by OEM-skinned variants: the original HTC Nexus One and HTC Desire, the LG G(1) and Nexus 4, etc.

Now thanks to a new rumor, it seems that HTC will be following-up on its Nexus 9 hardware with its own flagship tablet. Take a look:

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Among the various “Hima” listings (believed to be the successor to the HTC One M8) including mysterious “Hima Ace” and “Hima Ultra”, the latter of which could be a new HTC M7 Max-type device, we can see the HTC Butterfly 3, the RE Camera 2, and the Tablet “based on Nexus 9, and maybe running HTC Sense”.

Assuming this leak is genuine, this would be excellent news for HTC fans, as well as those customers smitten with the Nexus 9’s 4:3 aspect ratio. It would mark HTC’s independent return to tablets, a market it briefly toyed with a few years back with the Flyer and Jetstream.

Given that HTC has changed to a company interested in manufacturing premium hardware (both inside and out), the potential of a non-Nexus Nexus 9 device is promising. Imagine the same hardware inside a premium casing with solid buttons, a non-bouncy back, and clad in an all-metal unibody design. Top this off with Lollipop and HTC’s own Sense skin and the end result could be quite impressive indeed!

Would you be interested in a new HTC tablet made with Nexus 9 specs?

Rumor: LG to kill the G Pro line, focus more on G4

Posted by wicked December - 8 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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When it comes to phablets, few – if any – will forget the Galaxy Note series. These days, Apple has also been seeing some positive power. For some however, LG is the place to be, and the G Pro line has provided all that the mainstay G series has lacked, namely a luxuriously large screen.

Despite rumors persisting of an LG G Pro 3, there is now talk that the company’s new management has decided to scrap the line all together, instead opting to focus on the G4 as the core flagship.

While the news hasn’t been confirmed by LG itself, suffice to say it wouldn’t come as a surprise if/when it does: the original Optimus G Pro was created as a larger counterpart to the original G. The G Pro 2, with its 5.9 inch screen, also gave glorious glances compared to the 5.0 inch screen on the standard G2. But the G3 has a 5.5 inch screen, and thus it’s technically a phablet already. For LG to pour resources into making something only marginally larger with similar specs would mean a lot of extra time and resources spent for a product that wouldn’t have a proper place. On the other hand, LG could try to make a 6 inch+ device (Galaxy Mega anyone?) but that’s probably out of the mainstream reach.

Still, with recent talk of the G Flex 2 starting to ramp up, perhaps there is still some magic left to long for!

Alleged specs of the Samsung Galaxy S6 leaks on AnTuTu

Posted by wicked December - 5 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off


It’s common knowledge by this point that the Samsung Galaxy S6 will be launching by the first quarter of 2015. And just as we head into 2015, we’re starting to get a rough idea regarding the hardware of this Samsung flagship (SM-G925F). The latest revelation comes from AnTuTu, which is renowned for leaking out hardware details of smartphones and tablets ahead of schedule.The AnTuTu listing suggests that the Galaxy S6 will sport a 5.5 inch Quad HD display, 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage and a 64-bit Exynos 7420 octa core SoC. Unsurprisingly, the smartphone is shown to be running Android 5.0 by default, probably with the latest version of TouchWiz. The rear camera is revealed to be a 20-megapixel unit while the front consists of a 5-megapixel sensor.

This could prove to be quite the smartphone if the specs sheet remains unchanged by the time of launch. But since this is still a leak, we’re bound to take it with a pinch of salt and suggest you do the same. Will Samsung be willing to go the phablet route with the Galaxy S6 or stick with a 5 inch display which has worked quite well for the company? Only time will tell.

Source: CNMO – Translated
Via: Sam Mobile

Come comment on this article: Alleged specs of the Samsung Galaxy S6 leaks on AnTuTu

2015 is so close you can almost touch it. “It” being the CES mutant flu that will cover Las Vegas during a week of insanity and tech announcements. But outside of the deathly pre-zombie apocalypse we are so close to willfully walking into, 2015’s arrival also means that we are prepping for the wave of rumors of new flagships to arrive. First up, HTC and the “Hima!” According to steady HTC leaker @upleaks, HTC’s new flagship device won’t be the One (M9) after all; instead the device is codenamed “Hima” and will be even more powerful than the “M9″ device that rumors detailed earlier in the week

If we are to take @upleaks for its word, we should expect the HTC Hima to sport a Snapdragon 810 processor (8-core, 64-bit), 3GB RAM, 5-inch FHD display (1080p), 20.7MP rear camera, 2,840mAh battery, and Android 5.0 underneath Sense 7.0. The device will also be ready for VoLTE and Cat.6 LTE, while having either a 13MP front camera or one built on HTC’s “UltraPixel” tech.

That sounds like smartphone heaven to me, assuming the camera on the back is no longer a massive gimmick and the phone isn’t awkwardly and unnecessarily tall. If it’s 20.7MP, that could mean a new Sony sensor, similar to what we have seen in the DROID Turbo and Xperia Z3 devices. Here’s to hoping HTC can make the camera amazing, something Motorola failed to do in the Turbo.

No word on if the metal body or “One” name will return.

HTC is hanging on for dear life here, do you think a device of this magnitude will help bring them back?

Via:  @upleaks

HTC “Hima” Flagship Device Rumored to Sport Snapdragon 810, 5-Inch FHD Display, 20.7MP Camera is a post from: Droid Life

HTC’s Lollipop-based Sense leaks in first screenshots

Posted by wicked November - 20 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

htc lollipop screenshots

The first images of HTC’s implementation of Android 5.0 Lollipop made their way to the web, showing HTC’s take on the recent apps interface and notifications dropdown.

The screenshots below are courtesy of LlabTooFeR, a custom ROM developer that has frequently leaked HTC-related information in the past. According to the leaker, the screens show Lollipop with HTC’s proprietary Sense 6 overlay running on a One (M8). Version 6 of Sense debuted on the M8 back in spring, though it’s possible that HTC will introduce an intermediary Sense 6.5 release to go with the Lollipop update. Sense 7 is only due next year with the One (M8)’s successor.

The screens show how HTC plans to skin the lockscreen, notification dropdown, quick settings, and recent apps overview screens – the general aesthetic is more restrained, with shades of gray replacing Google’s bold color choice. That aside, this is unmistakably Lollipop. Also worth noting is that HTC kept its own nav bar buttons, instead of adopting the new triangle/circle/square combo from stock Lollipop.

HTC promised it would release the Lollipop update for its top devices within three months of the availability of the Android 5.0 source code. The countdown clock is ticking. This year, many OEMs seem to be trying really hard to be among the first to put out Lollipop, and hopefully HTC will beat its own deadline by a margin.

What do you think of these initial screenshots? Like what HTC has done with Lollipop?

Huawei Ascend P8 rumors hint at a ceramic body and 2.5D display

Posted by wicked November - 17 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

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The Huawei Ascend P7 may only be 6 months old, but sources in China are suggesting that a successor could make an appearance as early as January 2015, at next year’s CES. The handset is apparently already undergoing internal testing.

Just like the Ascend P7, the P8 looks to fall somewhere just behind the premium-tier of flagship smartphones. Early rumors suggest that the Ascend P8 will feature a 5.2-inch 1080p display with a ppi of 424. The display will apparently feature a “2.5D” tapered edge, which is becoming increasingly common these days.

Huawei is also said to be taking note of the trend towards more expensive build materials. The Ascend P8 could end up with a metallic body, and a ceramic back and buttons. From the blurry image accompanying the Chinese report (see below) we can also make out a new look camera design and what could be an accompanying fingerprint scanner or dual-LED flash setup. Huawei made excellent use of its fingerprint scanner with the Mate 7 and one would be a welcome addition to its more reasonably sized smartphone range.

Huawei Ascend P8 rumor

Is this Huawei’s next Ascend smartphone?

However, the rumor looks a little dubious as it suggests that the P8 might end up being powered by a 16nm FinFET Huawei Kirin 930 SoC manufactured by TSMC. However, the consensus is that TSMC isn’t scheduled to begin 16nm mass-production until much later in 2015.

Overall, the source’s suggestions point to a small upgrade over the Ascend P7, with attention to build quality being the most noticeable change from the last generation. As usual the Huawei Ascend P8 looks to be competitively priced, with a rumored price-tag of 2,999 CNY ($490).

Could there be a global version of the Droid Turbo?

Posted by wicked October - 29 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

motorola Droid turbo verizon

The newly announced Motorola Droid Turbo is an exceptional smartphone, but its exclusive ties to US carrier Verizon have left some feeling that they might miss out. However, the handset might be heading out to other countries around the world too, as an invite for a launch event has appeared in Brazil.

The invitation, which was sent to Brazilian media, suggests that a launch event will be taking place on the 5th of November at 10AM. The message invites guest to a “technological experience without boundaries”, suggesting a high-end launch of some kind, and is accompanied by an unmistakable image of the Droid Turbo’s nylon back cover.

Brazil Droid Turbo Event

Left: Invitation. Right: Droid Turbo at the Verizon launch event.

Furthermore, a mysterious Motorola XT 1225 with 64GB of memory and the same 3,900 mAh battery as the Droid Turbo recently passed through Anatel, Brazil’s telecommunications regulator. The model number has also just cropped up in an XDA forum post. Motorola also has an active history in Brazil, having launched the Moto G in the region not too long ago. The bigger question is will the smartphone ship out globally as well?

Additional rumors are suggesting that the Droid Turbo might be renamed to the Droid Maxx come its Brazil launch, and there’s a chance that the name could stick in other regions too. Motorola filed for the “Moto Maxx” trademark at the US Office of Patents and Trademarks back in July, suggesting that this could be the name of the handset if it retails through other US carriers.

It’s all a little unknown right now, but I would be surprised if such a great smartphone remained exclusive for long. Hopefully everything will be a lot clearer come November 5th.

Motorola Droid Turbo might hit shelves on October 30th, here’s a peek in the box

Posted by wicked October - 27 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

motorola droid turbo

Sources are suggesting that the powerhouse Motorola Droid Turbo is set to go on sale on October 30th. We already know that the smartphone will be unveiled on October 28th, apparently leaving just a two day delay between the announcement and the handset’s arrival in stores.

The smartphone has been leaked various times already, so there probably aren’t many surprises left for the launch event. If you missed out on the specs leaks, the Motorola Droid Turbo is packing some pretty serious hardware:

  • Snapdragon 805 clocked at 2.65GHz
  • 3GB RAM, 32GB of storage
  • 1440 x 2560 resolution display
  • Android 4.4.4
  • 20MP rear camera, 2MP front camera

If you’re planning on heading down to the store on launch day but can’t wait until the 30th to see inside the retail box, the following tweet should satisfy.

The handset is expect to retail exclusively through Verizon and could already be in store stockrooms awaiting release. The estimated retail price is $599, although subsidised contract options should be available too. Will you be picking one up come launch day?

HTC Android 5.0 Lollipop update timetable

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

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HTC has already announced plans to update its flagship HTC One (M7) and (M8) handsets to Android Lollipop within 90 days of the official release, but we have been left wondering when or if the company’s wider selection of smartphones will also receive the Android 5.0 treatment.

The latest source suggests that HTC will indeed be brining Lollipop to most of its new handsets and will likely pack its new Eye Experience software in with the update, although not all features will be available on every device. The follow list might be subject to change, as handsets are apparently still under evaluation.

  • The HTC One (M7) and (M8) remain the first in line for the update. GPE versions of the handsets will receive an update in late November-December, as expected, and Sense based versions will see an update in January-February.
  • The January to March contains a host of HTC devices. Lollipop should arrive for the Desire EYE, One (M8) Dual SIM, One (M7) Dual SIM, One (E8), One (E8) Dual SIM, and Butterfly 2 in this period.
  • HTC’s One Mini 2 and Desire 816 will follow later, with an update expected in the March-April time frame.
  • Lastly, the One Max, One Mini, and Butterfly S are in line for Lollipop somewhere between March and May next year.

Oddly, HTC’s newly announced 64-bit Desire 820 appears to be left off the list. This and HTC’s MediaTek processor powered handsets are still under evaluation, according to the source, and may or may not receive an update.

If you’re curious about which others smartphones will be receiving Lollipop, be sure to check out our list of the most recent information.

Source: llabtoofer;

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