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Here’s the best Moto X+1 leak we have seen so far

Posted by wicked August - 21 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

We are found only a couple weeks away from Motorola’s September 4th event, where the Moto X+1 (among other devices) is said to be announced. The device has been no stranger to the rumor mill. We have all kinds of images, rumored specs and details, but today’s leak is a bit more special.

This happens to be the clearest image of the Moto X+1 we have seen, showing the device in decent definition. It also shows the previously-rumored wood design (shown below), giving more credibility to both reports. Another reason why this post is important is because Evan Blass (@evleaks) is giving it to us as his “retirement gift”.

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The popular leakster recently announced his retirement. He will seek greener pastures and more stability. We definitely thank him for this awesome image and hope he finds what he needs.

As for the Moto X+1 leak – another interesting detail is that this image clearly showcases the Verizon logo in the back of the devices. Previous rumors indicate the Moto X+1 is to reach Verizon on September 25th; definitely a day to mark on your calendars. You know, just in case!

Rumored specs include a Snapdragon 801 processor, 2 GB of RAM, a 5.2-inch 1080p display, 32 GB of internal storage, 12MP/5MP cameras and a 2900 mAh battery.

Like with any rumor, we would advice that you take any of this information with a healthy dose of sodium chloride. No official details on the Moto X+1 have been announced yet. Let’s keep our eyes open and wait for the September 4th announcement.


Source: @evleaks;

What is the Motorola “Quark” XT1254? Is It Really the “DROID Turbo?”

Posted by Kellex August - 18 - 2014 - Monday Comments Off

At the end of last week, a reader of ours pointed out that device made by Motorola under the model number XT1254 had passed through Bluetooth SIG with a description confirming that it was an Android smartphone. No other details were attached, so we ignored it. Then over the weekend, a couple of supposed CPU-Z screens of a Motorola device with a codename of “quark_verizon” surfaced under the same model number, causing the tech world to freak out, toss around conspiracy and fanboy theories involving the rumored Motorola Nexus, and generally sound silly. Names like “DROID Turbo” were mentioned, as were a handful of next-level specs.

So what is this mystery device? Well, let’s see if we can’t find out. 

Overview

The CPU-Z screens with the name “quark_verizon” first surfaced through Android Authority, along with a couple of extra details. The benchmarks show a device running a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 clocked at 2.65GHz, Adreno 420 GPU, 3GB RAM, 24GB of available storage (likely 32GB total), Android 4.4.4, and a display with a resolution of 2560×1440 (640×360 dpi, edit:  display size is unknown). They also tossed out the potential name of “DROID Turbo” and the device having a 20MP rear camera, thanks to “anonymous” sources.

As previously mentioned, the codename “quark_verizon” and model number XT1254 are also shown.

If you didn’t notice, the “4G LTE” logo in the notification area is indeed Verizon’s.

Much like last year’s DROID line, this phone does not appear to have on-screen navigation buttons. As can be seen by CPU-Z screen, the resolution of the display is a full 2560×1440. If there were on-screen buttons, that would show as something like 2392×1440, like it does on the LG G3. You also can’t see the on-screen buttons, which do show on devices that have them with CPU-Z open.

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Model number of XT1254.

Motorola, like most manufacturers, has always tried to keep model numbers in order from year-to-year and from device-to-device. For example, the Moto X last year carried model numbers of XT1053 (unlocked/T-Mobile), XT1056 (Sprint), XT1058 (AT&T), and XT1060 (Verizon). The DROID MAXX and ULTRA live under model number XT1080, while the DROID Mini is the XT1080M. The original DROID RAZR was the XT912 and the RAZR HD was the XT926. We have also seen unreleased Motorola devices under the model numbers XT1096 and XT1097 show up within the last couple of weeks. These are largely thought to be variants of the new 2014 Moto X.

So what is the XT1254 then? We haven’t seen a Motorola model number close to XT1254 yet – this is a massive and surprising jump in the sequence. The only thing we know from looking at this, is that it is a Motorola device headed for Verizon (thanks to the codename). But with such a large jump, is this a phone that is months and months away from a potential release?

Digging for a couple of hours around the web over the last couple of days has returned nothing new on this XT1254 device. It clearly just showed up for the first time within the last week.

Codename of “quark.”

The now-retired @evleaks pointed out back in February of this year that Motorola was busy during Mobile World Congress “working on the Quark X.” He didn’t elaborate on what that meant, as far as I can tell, but that shows you how far back the name existed. Since then, there have been no new mentions of this codename.

The name “quark” has even more meaning, though, if you do a little bit of research. Intel has an entire line of mobile processors that fall under the name “Quark.” These processors, at least their highest end models, are expected to ship in Q2 of this year. However, these processors are generally thought of as made for smaller, low-power devices like wearables. Clearly, the device depicted here is not a low-end wearable or powered by an Intel chipset.

Was @evleaks referring to the new Moto X? Was he referring to a new DROID, but didn’t know it? We have zero answers there.

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What about the Moto X vs. this phone?

The oddest thing about all of this is the level of a phone we are talking about. Let’s assume this is a new DROID and it does indeed run a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 with tons of RAM and a Quad HD display. The new Moto X, which is Motorola’s flagship for 2014, can’t even stand up to those specs, assuming the benchmarks we have seen are correct. The Moto X is thought to have a 5.2-inch 1080p display, Snapdragon 801 processor, and 2GB RAM. Are you telling me that Verizon worked a special deal to release a DROID-branded phone that stomps all over the Moto X? Seems odd, but hey, you never know. They did manage to release last year’s DROID line a couple of weeks before Motorola unveiled the Moto X, even though those phones were the Moto X in DROID disguises.

Then again, that whole situation only matters if this phone is released any time soon. For all we know, it could be months out.

DROID line is a mystery.

Last year, Motorola and Verizon announced that going forward, Motorola would have the exclusive to their exclusive on DROID devices. Until we hear differently, we have to assume that Verizon is still fully committed to the DROID line, only we have heard nothing on a DROID front so far this year. We know that Motorola is going to announce a new Moto X and Moto G on September 4, while giving us launch details on the Moto 360. But what about new DROIDs? We haven’t had new ones since last year’s launch of the DROID MAXX, ULTRA, and Mini, so it’s about time for replacements. Is the XT1254 one of them? Maybe, maybe not.

As of today, the “DROID Turbo” and XT1254 are nothing but a Bluetooth SIG listing and an anonymous benchmark. Should we happen upon additional details, we will be sure to pass those along.

What is the Motorola “Quark” XT1254? Is It Really the “DROID Turbo?” is a post from: Droid Life

Specs for Verizon bound Droid Turbo may have been leaked

Posted by wicked August - 16 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

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Motorola has been really busy in the news the last couple of weeks. The Moto 360, Moto X+1, and Moto G2 all have announcement dates that are a mere three weeks away. It turns out that there may be even more on the horizon from Motorola.

An anonymous source has sent in screenshots (pictured below) of a possible Motorola device that would be running on Verizon that is allegedly called the Droid Turbo. The specs are incredibly impressive and include:

  • Snapdragon 805 clocked at 2.65GHz
  • 3GB RAM, 32GB of storage
  • 1440 x 2560 resolution with a 360 x 640 DPI (which, according to math, makes it a 4.59″ display)
  • Android 4.4.4
  • 20MP rear camera, 2MP front camera

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The other notable stat from the screenshots is that the model number is XT1254 (quark_verizon). The “XT” has been used in Motorola’s RAZR line up before. Based on that and the fact that the word “Verizon” is in the screen shot, we would wager a guess that this is likely Verizon’s Droid RAZR device for this year. Or at least one of them since Verizon and Motorola releases multiple variants of the Droid RAZR series every year.

The one weird stat is the 4.59″, 1440p display that’s capable of an absurd 640 PPI which seems a bit ridiculous at first glance. However, it appears as though there are displays out there that fit that many pixels on such a small screen. Of course, it’s also been rumored that Alcatel is working on a phone with a similar screen so it’s not the first we’ve heard of a 4.6″ screen at 1440p resolution. Even if we haven’t actually seen one yet, it appears as though we will, eventually.

Usually we’d say that this is just a rumor and to take it with a grain of salt. However, there is a Bluetooth SIG page for this device that’s dated for August 13th so that means we’re all but certain that this device is real. The only questions we really have left are when will it be released and what is it actually going to be called (likely the Droid Turbo but we don’t know for sure). Until Motorola drops more details, all we know for sure is that this is most likely real and that it’s heading to Verizon.

New images of Moto X+1 emerge – bigger and better

Posted by wicked August - 15 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

Motorola is set to announce its best upcoming devices only a few weeks from now, on September 4th. Along with the Moto G2, Moto 360 and a bluetooth headset, we are also expecting a new Moto X. Previously rumored as the Moto X+1, this device is showing itself again in today’s leaks.

The Moto X+1′s front panel is the subject of multiple photographs leaked by hellomotoHK. The panel looks much like what we have seen in previous leaks, corroborating the rumored characteristics. The photos display what looks like a dual-speaker setup, with an obvious increase in size that can be further appreciated when compared with the current Moto X.

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The screen is said to measure in at about 5.2 inches, which would be a healthy jump from the previous version’s 4.7-inch display. There is one major difference we find between these images and previous leaks, though. It seems the speaker cut-outs are much larger than what we have seen in the past.

Has Motorola decided to add bigger, better speakers to compete with HTC’s popular BoomSound speakers? The question is still up in the air, as no official announcements have yet come. Taking all these leaks and rumors with a grain of salt is the smartest decision, but do stay tuned for more details to come during the September 4th event.

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As for other specs, rumors say the Moto X+1 should come with a Snapdragon 800 or 801 processor, 2 GB of RAM, a 1080p display, 32 GB of internal storage, 12MP/5MP cameras and a 2900 mAh battery. Not bad, if you ask us!


Source: HelloMotoHK;

Report: The Galaxy Alpha could be the first in a new wave of metal Samsung smartphones

Posted by wicked August - 15 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

Samsung’s newly announced Galaxy Alpha made the headlines for being the smartphone giant’s first smartphone to come with a metal casing. However, according to rumors coming out of South Korea, the Alpha may be the first in a new wave of metal handsets from Samsung.

Sources from within Samsung’s supply chain are suggesting that the upcoming Galaxy Note 4 will also arrive with a premium metal frame. The same report also hints that next year’s Galaxy S6 flagship might appear with a new “all-metal design”, which would mark a major turnaround in build quality compared with this year’s questionable Galaxy S5 design.

Furthermore, a number of other smartphone manufacturers are believed to be hopping over to metal builds in the near future, in order to compete with the likes of Apple and HTC. Xiaomi’s upcoming flagship smartphone can be found amongst the rumors.

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Rumors suggest that the Galaxy Alpha could be the first phone born from a new metal design ethos at Samsung.

Major metal case manufacturers based in China are apparently capable of producing around 1 million solid metal cases per month, which falls well short of the expected levels of demand that would be put on the market if Samsung, let alone other manufacturers, all chose to adopt metal cases in the near future. Instead, perhaps we will see smaller limited ranges of metal flagship devices put into production.

However, with global market trends suggesting that expensive flagship devices are falling somewhat out of favour, it is uncertain whether piling on additional manufacturing expenses is really what Samsung, and other manufacturers, should be doing in the current market environment.

Of course rumors are rumors, and at this stage it is impossible to tell what Samsung really has planned for its next flagship. Even so, is metal casing the big feature that Samsung needs to help turn its recent poor fortunes around, or do you think that the company is missing something else?


Via: GforGames;
Source: blog.sina;

Motorola “Shamu” Nexus Allegedly Shows Up in Questionable Benchmarks, Outing Specs

Posted by Kellex August - 13 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

According to two reports at the end of July, Motorola has been given approval to make the next Nexus phone, a 5.9-inch whale codenamed “Shamu.” Since the Android world has begged for years to have Motorola make a Nexus, you can imagine that the hypebeast engine has been kicked into overdrive. And when I say “overdrive,” I mean that any potential sighting of the device means people are going to get excited, freak out, and then want to share it with the world, even if it looks highly questionable. And that’s exactly what we have thanks to benchmarks spotted over the last couple of days that allegedly out the device’s specs. 

A benchmark at GFXBench got this whole thing started yesterday when a device under the name “Motorola Shamu (Google Nexus 6?)” showed up. If the question mark in the name doesn’t scream “questionable” and “WTF? Since when do benchmarks have question marks in their names?” then feel free to proceed.

If there is any chance that this is really the Motorola “Shamu,” then this is what GFXBench says about it. The device is running Android L, which would make sense since this will be the reference device and launch partner for the new version of Android. This phone apparently has a 5.2-inch QHD display, with a resolution of 2560×1440. Wait, isn’t “Shamu” supposed to symbolize the fact that the phone is going to be oversized? Remember, two reports both stated that the phone would be oversized, or a “phablet,” with one even saying specifically to expect it to be around 5.9-inches. Yet, GFXBench says 5.2.

Moving on. The device listed here has a Snapdragon 805 processor, clocked at 2.65GHz with an Adreno 420 GPU. It also has 3GB RAM, 24GB of available storage (likely 32GB total), 12MP rear camera, 2MP front camera, and your typical sensors.

To add to the story, an AnTuTu benchmark also showed up this week with a device named “Google shamu,” that has the exact same specs, but differs slightly with a 13MP camera.

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The whole situation is very confusing, but hey, this is what we have thus far.

Oh, here is how the “Motorola Shamu (Google Nexus 6?)” measures up to the competition in at least one benchmark.

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Let us know your thoughts.

Via:  GFXBench | AnTuTu
Cheers Justin!

Motorola “Shamu” Nexus Allegedly Shows Up in Questionable Benchmarks, Outing Specs is a post from: Droid Life

HTC Butterfly 2 has BoomSound, Duo Camera and IP57 protection

Posted by wicked August - 12 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

Already launched in Japan as HTC J Butterfly HTL23, the smartphone is now leaked as Butterfly 2 for Asia-Pacific market. According to the few pictures from upleaks, HTC Butterfly 2 has the same design as the Japan version, comes in Rouge, Canvas and Indigo color.

Although there isn’t detail hardware specs from the source, we can assume that the Butterfly 2 will also feature the same specs – a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 2.5GHz quad core processor (MSM8974AC), 5-inch Full HD S-LCD3 display, dual camera, dual-tone flash LED, IPX5/IPX7 waterproof, IP5X dust proof 2GB RAM, 32GB internal storage and microSDXC card slot.

The dual camera on the Butterfly 2 is different from the pair on the HTC One M8 flagship model. Instead of two 4.1 megapixel Ultrapixel camera sensor, the Butterfly 2 is paring a 13 megapixel and another 2 megapixel camera sensor. You can still find HTC’s Duo Camera features like UFocus and Duo Effects on Butterfly 2 version.

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HTC J Butterfly HTL23 specification

- Android 4.4.x
- Processor: Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 2.5GHz quad core (MSM8974AC)
- Display: 5-inch Full HD S-LCD3
- Size: 70 x 145 x 10 mm
- Weight: 156g
- Battery: 2700 mAh
- 2GB RAM / 32GB ROM
- 13 megapixel + 2 megapixel camera
- 5 megapixel front facing camera
- microSDXC card slot (up to 128GB)
- Bluetooth 4.0 / NFC / IRDA
- WiFi a/b/g/n/ac
- NFC
- IPX5/IPX7 waterproof, IP5X dust proof (see here)

While there is no info on the availability date for the Butterfly 2, the J Butterfly HTL23 in Japan will be available by end of this month. HTC Butterfly 2 should be ready to be announced anytime!

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SOURCE: upleaks

Moto G2 (or G+1) rumored to be available by September 10

Posted by wicked August - 12 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

The Moto G2 or G+1 (the official name is still unknown) is rumored to be available in the market by next month, according to one of the retailers who received the news from Motorola themselves. The 5-inch smartphone is being touted as the successor to the Moto G, called by some as the best Android phone for under $200.

According to the retailer, the Moto G2 can be officially purchased at retail stores by September 10. Some retailers will actually receive the units by end of this month, but may or may not be allowed to sell them before the official release date. There has been much anticipation for this new smartphone from Motorola and the continuous leaks have fuelled the excitement. What we know so far is that it will have a 720p display on its 5-inch screen and it will be running on a quad-core 1.2GHz Cortex-A7 CPU and Adreno 305 GPU with a Snapdragon 400 chipset.

The Moto G2 is rumored to have an 8 megapixel main camera that will allow 720p video recording and a 2 megapixel front-facing camera that will let you take selfies and video chat with your loved ones. It is expected to have 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage (with possible microSD expansion), which is not much compared to the newest smartphone models, but for its price range, it should be good enough.

As for its price, in Europe it is expected to retail at around €250 (that’s around USD$340) so it is a bit more expensive than the Moto G which was priced at $179. If the September 10 shipping date is true, then the Moto G2 (or G+1) will probably be announced at the upcoming IFA in the first week of September.

VIA: GSM Arena

Samsung said to launch autonomous Gear Solo at IFA

Posted by wicked August - 9 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

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Samsung may be looking to announce more than the Galaxy Note 4 at IFA 2014. “Industry sources” claim the Korean giant is ready to announce a new smartwatch. This wearable device would be unlike most current devices of its kind. Named the Samsung Gear Solo, it is meant to stay true to its name, holding no need to tether to a smartphone.

Named the Samsung Gear Solo, it is meant to stay true to its name, holding no need to tether to a smartphone

Previously rumored with the same moniker, the Gear Solo is said to sport its very own USIM (universal subscriber identity module) card slot, allowing it to connect to cellular networks. This is where the main downfall lies, as the device is said to only support 3G and not 4G LTE. Regardless, the device’s connectivitiy will set it aside from all other Gear smartwatches, making us suspect the price will also be driven higher.

No other details are given by these “industry sources”, but we believe this will not be an Android Wear device. Mainly because Android Wear is not designed to be a standalone product. We can assume this smartwatch is all about Tizen, Samsung’s very own operating system.

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I can see it becoming a very good tool for those with active lifestyles. Carrying your smarpthone around for running sessions would no longer be a necessity, for example. Those hiking trips would suddenly become lighter, in a setting where you want to carry as little as possible.

These are details we will probably learn more about next month, though. The Samsung Unpacked Chapter 2 event is scheduled for September 3rd. While these anonymous sources claim the device will be displayed on the 4th, we believe that is some kind of confusion.


Via: Yohnap News;

Moto G successor reportedly will offer a 5-inch display, better camera too

Posted by wicked August - 5 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

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Towards the end of July we reported on claims from two separate sources that suggest the next-gen Moto G is on its way in the not-too-distant future. Not only this, we also saw an alleged first look at the device and some of its specs. Now thanks to a GFX Benchmark sighting, we may have a few more details about what the rumored Moto G successor will bring to the table.

If the benchmark data proves correct, the Moto G successor (XT1063) will offer up a 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400, Adreno 305 GPU, 1GB RAM and 8GB storage, just like its predecessor. Where the device differs is in screen size and camera, with the benchmarks suggesting will see an increase from 4.5-inches to 5-inches with a resolution of 720 x 1280. As for the camera, the rear will bump up from 5MP to 8MP, and the front will offer a 2MP shooter.

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Alleged look at 2nd-gen Moto G

It’s worth noting that the above benchmark specs match pretty closely to what we already heard about the device, although the previous rumor alluded to just a 4.6-inch display. Either way, it sounds like the next-gen Moto G won’t be significantly better than the original, although there could be a few other surprise features thrown into the mix like perhaps LTE, microSD and NFC, but that’s just speculating on our part.

For now, it’s important to remember this is just a rumor and so we wouldn’t put too much faith in its accuracy just yet. What do you think, is this a big enough ‘upgrade’ for the next-gen Moto G? What improvements would you like to see or do you feel that the budget handset is already more than good enough as it is?


Via: Phone Arena;

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