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Samsung’s next Tizen phone may be more upmarket

Posted by wicked July - 6 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

Samsung Tizen Conference

The Tizen OS powered Samsung Z1 has been selling rather well in the few markets where it is available. Therefore would shouldn’t be too surprised to hear that a successor could be in the works, and industry insiders are suggesting that the next Tizen smartphone, tentatively named the Samsung Z3 (SM-Z300H), will feature slightly more upmarket hardware specifications.

According to the report, the Samsung Z3 will feature a 5-inch HD Super AMOLED display, 1.5GB of RAM and will be powered by a 1.3GHz quad-core Spreadtrum SC7730S SoC, which is a decent jump that should put the handset closer to the middle tier of the market.

Other internals include 8GB of storage space, an 8MP rear camera with LED flash, 5MP front facing camera, a 2,600mAh battery, and dual-SIM compatibility. The Z3 apparently sizes up at 141.5 x 70 x 9.5 mm and will weigh approximately 140 grams. The phone is also said to feature an updated Tizen 2.4 operating system.

Recently, Samsung announced that it would be releasing a Gold Edition of the Z1 smartphone, to celebrate over 1 million units sold so far. The smartphone was also the best-selling phone in Bangladesh back in Q1 and has continued to exceed sales expectations thanks to its low price point.

Pricing details for the Z3 were not included in the rumor, but we can probably expect a slightly higher price point to accompany the improved specifications. We’ll have to see if this new handset can continue to appeal to the entry-level market. The next Tizen smartphone is expected to launch sometime in the second half of 2015.

LG G Pro 3 could have pupil recognition and 4GB RAM

Posted by wicked July - 6 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off


LG is widely tipped to launch its LG G Pro 3 phablet later this year and ahead of the launch, several leaks have revealed the specs of LG’s upcoming flagship big-screen smartphone. Over the weekend, two leaks revealed the specs list of the G Pro 3 along with a feature that will have every tech lover salivating at the mouth.

The G Pro 3 is the successor to last year’s G Pro 2 phablet

If both reports are correct, the LG G Pro 3 will be equipped with a 6-inch display offering 1440 x 2560 pixels resolution (QHD), which works out to be a pixel density of 490 pixels per inch. The handset is expected to be one of a raft of devices powered by Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 820 chipset and should include 4GBR AM, 32GB internal storage and a microSD card slot to expand the storage.

On the back, the LG G Pro 3 is expected to have a 20.7MP rear camera with laser autofocus, dual-LED flash and possibly the color spectrum sensor from the LG G4. Presumably, the handset will also include Optical Image Stabilisation and 4K video recording although this is yet to be confirmed. On the front, the LG G Pro 3 will have an 8MP camera, which should capture outstanding selfies and will be one of the highest on current flagship smartphones.

The G Pro 3 could be inspired by LG’s G4 flagship

The first G Pro 3 rumor suggested that LG would include a fingerprint scanner while the second rumor confirmed the fingerprint scanner before adding that the handset could also support pupil recognition. The addition of pupil recognition would make the G Pro 3 the first smartphone to support iris detection as manufacturers try different methods of providing smartphone security.

If these rumours are correct, the G Pro 3 will represent a significant upgrade over last year’s G Pro 2 with the G Pro 3 expected to have a better display, faster processor, fingerprint sensor, better camera, iris scanner and a lot more. While some manufacturers opt for incremental updates, LG is seemingly set to offer the best features possible in the G Pro 3, which is likely to cost $760 USD once it does launch before the end of the year.

Now watch: LG flagships in video:

Speculation: Is there a connection between the BlackBerry Venice and Samsung?

Posted by wicked July - 5 - 2015 - Sunday Comments Off

Note: While this piece does contain various supportive evidence to buttress the theories contained within, the content itself is purely speculative and should not be taken as fact. Furthermore, the very product the piece revolves around, the BlackBerry Venice, has yet to be confirmed by BlackBerry itself.

BBM Material Design AA

BlackBerry Messenger is already available on Android. Will the hardware be next?

Some years ago, the RIM BlackBerry product line could be seen everywhere. In the days before the modern smartphone, it was the go-to source for business productivity, for secure messaging, and for top tech. Things changed when Apple introduced the iPhone, and further metamorphosed once Google’s Android entered the scene. As time moved on, even the most loyal of BlackBerry users began to consider other options, even if a certain POTUS is smitten with the darling device. RIM, now having changed its name to BlackBerry, has been in a protracted period of turmoil not unlike that which has befallen HTC.


IDC’s data gives a good look at the more-recent decline of BlackBerry handsets.


The company did make some minor waves when it decided to release its industry leading BlackBerry Messenger (BBM) for Android, having previously allowed Android apps to be side-loaded onto its newer hardware. Up until a few days ago, the idea of Samsung and BlackBerry collaborating on a product might have seemed far-fetched, but looking back in time a few months, things were decidedly of a different doing, at least on the rumor mill.

Something with Samsung

This past January, an interesting story began circulating. Originating from Reuters, it alleged that Samsung was in talks to purchase BlackBerry for $7.5 billion. The report said that top executives from both companies had met to discuss the deal, and cited both insiders and confidential documents as sources. The story was widely covered, and at one point BlackBerry’s stock had a major upturn. In the end, however, both companies vehemently denied such negotiations, and the topic was essentially finished. Still though, some of us at Android Authority felt the idea was deserving of further consideration.

What if, however, there was more to these two company’s rumored doings than anyone had initially realized. What if, somewhere along the way between then and now, Samsung and BlackBerry had actually entered into a partnership that would see the production of a long rumored BlackBerry Android phone. A phone BlackBerry itself has said would not be outlandish to consider. And what if this phone, called the Venice, was going to be announced in the near future on AT&T?

Truth-be-told, it’s actually not such an outlandish idea to believe that Samsung might play a part in BlackBerry’s first Android phone. As you will read, there are several reasons in fact.

Conspiracy Theory 

As many commentators around the internet have pointed out, the now-infamous press render of BlackBerry’s alleged Venice shares more than striking similarity to the Galaxy S6 Edge. Take a look for yourself:

BlackBerry Venice AA

And now compare it to the Galaxy S6 Edge:


Gizmodo Japan

Logically speaking, there are a number of reasons why a partnership between Samsung and BlackBerry would make a lot of sense:

1. Samsung’s fortunes are fading

While sales of the Galaxy S6 have been fantastic, they have fallen below the lofty goals that analysts had previously speculated. Likewise, competition in China is getting fiercer by the day, with new devices being prepped from companies like Huawei, Xiaomi, Oppo, and ZTE that are becoming more and more desirable. Having a long-term contract with an established company like BlackBerry would be a great source of security in terms of finances, especially in the cut-throat component market where OEMs are constantly shopping between suppliers to get the best guarantee and cost-performance. While BlackBerry certainly isn’t selling tens of millions of devices now, it potentially could should a refocus on Android pay off.

2. BlackBerry needs to cut costs

While the company has more-or-less staved off the total tail-spin it was facing before current CEO John S. Chen took control, it is definitely not in a position of power by any means. If Samsung were to offer it a lower manufacturing cost structure than its current partners, this savings would be most-certainly welcomed. Heck, Samsung could even be used to build most of the device itself, something that becomes more plausible if you factor in the display issue. If Samsung is manufacturing the display, why not give the entire contract to it, especially given that BlackBerry’s current manufacturing contract with Foxconn might not be the most desirable one there is.

3. Samsung is eager to sell more AMOLED

The Korean OEM has never been one to shy away from the benefits of SAMOLED displays, be it a function of power savings, color saturation, thinness, or even the ability to curve them. It commands near-total control over the OLED display market right now, yet the number of customers lined up to make use of the panels are quite limited at best. Whereas HTC once embraced AMOLED, it has since preached the power of S-LCD3. Motorola has made use of Samsung’s technology in several of its products, but then again none of them are mass market hits. By including a SAMOLED display in a BlackBerry however, especially a curved one, Samsung is thereby making use of its latest (and thereby most costly) technology.

Galaxy S6 Edge AMOLED display

Meet the Sheet: Could the super thin, flexible SAMOLED display be used in a BlackBerry device?

4. BlackBerry needs to turn heads (shoulders, knees, and even toes)

BlackBerry needs to make a truly impressive product if it wants to turn the tides with an Android device. Don’t get me wrong here, there are more than a fair share of BB fans around the world, and there is no reason to assume they wouldn’t follow the company into Android territory. The problem is, however, that Android territory is already a very crowded marketplace, and once a customer makes the decision to use Android, the need to stick with BlackBerry becomes questionable, especially given that the OEM’s BBM platform has been available to Android users for some time.

At the same time, if BlackBerry wants to attract more customers, which it clearly does want hence the embracing of Android, it needs to make a product that stands out from the pack. When even the Chinese, who have long been characterized as “copy cats” are making creative, innovative products that stand out, what can BlackBerry do? Including the S6’s edge display is by far the best way to make the Venice stand tall and proud, and you can be sure everyone will take notice of such a bold move from a company most have put out to pasture.

5. The Enterprise market is BlackBerry’s specialty

Security has always been a big issue in the business world, and one of the main reasons BlackBerry was so cherished was the enterprise-focused security suite build into the platform. One such example is the BES12 enterprise mobility management software, which features a range of tools and security options to help businesses keep on top of employee hardware. Samsung developed its KNOX platform in an effort to make in-roads, and indeed it paid off with Google adopting it and the U.S. Government allowing it.

Late last year, the two companies joined forces to promote their services. Samsung would stand to benefit from any such partnership as far as security goes, something that couldn’t come at a better time amid the current crisis of vulnerability the Korean conglomerate now faces. Given that Samsung has already shown an eagerness to pre-load Microsoft apps onto its devices, it wouldn’t be a stretch to find it also seeking to bundle BlackBerry security elements as well. BlackBerry could get a larger market for its services, and Samsung in turn, would get a fantastic package to impress potential enterprise-level clients.

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LG could also be the one producing the screen for the BlackBerry Venice.

Margin of Error

Given that LG also has shown a display prototype that has curved sides on either end, it’s technically possible that LG could be the supplier of this alleged product’s panel. Given that no product as of yet makes use of LG’s technology, it would be of great financial benefit for the Korean OEM to find a taker and maker as soon as possible so as to cash-in on its hard work.

There is also a possibility that the Venice won’t have any curved display at all, but rather curved glass that gives the illusion. Sharp made use of this kind of trick when it announced the Aquos Crystal last year, and more recently Oppo did as well. Making the display looked curved might be a bit more of a stretch in ingenuity, but depending on the way light was refracted, anything is possible.

 V for Venice

Slider Crackberry

BlackBerry fan-site N4BB has listed the following specs for the Venice, along with a release date of around November:

  • 5.4-inch Quad-HD display
  • 18 MP rear-camera
  • 5 MP front-camera
  • 1.8 GHz Hexa-core (Snapdragon 808 chipset) 64-bit
  • 3 GB RAM

That the BlackBerry Venice itself exists seems to be a non-issue, for the company showed it off during this year’s Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, albeit it as a “Slider” and, naturally, running BlackBerry’s OS. Still the presence of a curved display could be seen even then, and a lot can change in a few months to say the least. Back in March, rumors of Nokia getting cozy with Android were still limited to a single tablet, yet now there is talk of much more.

That BlackBerry would want to finally accept the reality of its situation and spring for Android would be the best possible move for it. The emergence of a vested, established player in the mobile industry into Google’s market would be a major boon to consumers looking for a secure platform, and it would also help to reinvigorate a company that has much to offer, if only were it to find a market to sell to.

slider_ronlouks Cnet 

There is also a potential benefit for Samsung that hasn’t been discussed, namely a possibility to make use of a certain, mysterious patent it filed earlier this year. The design looks oddly reminiscent of the Venice, and it’s possible the pop-out-part could be shifted to the bottom, internals rearranged, and a Samsung Slider (or BlackBerry Galaxy) produced.

Wrap Up

While this piece should in no way be taken as anything more than pure speculation, hopefully we have made a reasonable case as to just why Samsung (or LG) might be interested in assisting with a BlackBerry product (be it Android, or otherwise). The question then comes down to just how many Android fans would be willing to purchase a BlackBerry, and likewise, how many BlackBerry customers would be willing to jump ship along with their sailor and swim to a more storied shore. Any thoughts?


Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 leaked picture shows fingerprint scanner

Posted by wicked July - 3 - 2015 - Friday Comments Off

xiaomi redmi note

Earlier today, a leaked photo supposedly showing off the Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 was posted to Weibo, which contains what appears to be a fingerprint scanner on the back of the handset. See below.

Although today’s flagship smartphones often have the fingerprint scanner embedded in a home button on the front, the placement of the fingerprint scanner on the back is not completely unusual. Huawei’s choice to put the sensor on the back of the Mate 7 was a rather comfortable, ergonomic solution.

Xiaomi Redmi Note 2 leakThe source also points out that the smartphone is built from a plastic material, so it won’t be made of metal as previous rumors had indicated. But this perhaps isn’t so surprising for a budget smartphone.

The picture has since been taken down and, interestingly, the source claims that Xiaomi was behind the request.

Back in the middle of June, a render was also leaked to social media, along with an announcement that the Redmi Note 2 would launch on June 29th, which has sadly been and gone without a peep. The render appears to match the latest picture rather closely.

An earlier rumor suggested that the smartphone will ship with a 5.5-inch 1080p display, an octa-core MediaTek MT6795 CPU, 13MP rear-facing camera, 5MP front-facing camera and 4G LTE support.

Fingerprint scanners are becoming an increasingly popular and useful feature in smartphones and one could help elevate Xiaomi’s handset above other phones in its price bracket. Any thoughts to share on the Redmi Note 2 rumors?

Trademark filing for Galaxy S6 Edge Plus surfaces, gives more weight to the rumor

Posted by wicked July - 1 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off


There has been considerable talk among the rumor circles of a follow-up to the Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge. Called the S6 Plus, the device is less a formal sequel than it is a slightly larger variant. As time has gone by, leaks began to appear of the device itself which looks almost identical to the progenitor but with extremely minor modifications to the design such as a bottom microphone to the left of the USB port.

Today we have our first potential proof of the device’s existence courtesy of a filing at the USPTO:

USPTO Galaxy S6 Edge Plus

The Plus has literally been stylized as the Galaxy S6 Edge+. Before everyone gets excited, it’s important to point out that these kinds of filings happen on an regular basis and may not be indicative of anything more than a desire for brand protection. Samsung itself was recently discovered to have filed for trademark protection another potent name: the Galaxy S6 Note, though nothing has surfaced product-wise.

The Galaxy S6 Edge Plus is said to be 5.4 inches, 5.5 inches or 5.7 inches, and ship with Android 5.1.1 when it (supposedly) launches in Q3. It may be the rumored Project Zero 2 that has been discussed as of late, which goes by the model number SM-G928 but ships with a Snapdragon 808 hexa-core CPU, 32GB of memory, a 16-megapixel rear camera and 5mp front, as well as includes a 3,000 mAh battery and slightly larger dimensions than the S6 Edge (9mm taller and 3mm wider).

Galaxy S6 Edge

Some have begun to claim that Samsung might be prepping this device for the sole benefit of having a new product to go head-to-head with the iPhone 6S Plus, or the rumored premium product rival LG is said to be planning. Given the lack of Note Edge-esque features on the S6 Edge, the larger screen size is of questionable usefulness save for the coolness factor, an issue compounded when considering that the Galaxy Note 5 will presumably launch around the same time.

Still, assuming the Galaxy S6 Edge Plus comes to be, it would be the first time Samsung has released a mainstream flagship phablet: the Note series is generally accepted as appealing to a different audience, namely those consumers interested in productivity. A move like this could be a bold step to try and make the phablet form more accessible to those who want one without the extra bells and whistles (and at times, bulk) of the Note mainstay.

Special thanks to Michel at for the tip!

Rumor: Microsoft to drop Windows Phone for Android?

Posted by wicked June - 30 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off


A sizzling hot breaking rumour suggests that Microsoft could drop its Windows Phone platform and instead adopt the Android OS with its own applications and services preloaded.

The rumor goes on to state that both Microsoft and Google would form a partnership that would see the former offer Android devices preloaded with Microsoft apps while the latter would develop versions of Google Maps, YouTube and Search designed for Microsoft’s desktop OS. Preloaded apps are likely to include Office, Skype and OneNote, which were all preloaded on the new Galaxy S6 and Galaxy S6 Edge as part of Microsoft’s deal with Samsung.

The rumor comes as Microsoft has agreed to sell part of Bing Maps to private taxi service Uber. As part of a restructuring led by CEO Satya Nadella, Microsoft has also agreed to close its Web display ads business and turn this over to AppNexus and AOL, the latter who was just acquired by US carrier Verizon Wireless. Potentially referencing the big changes afoot in Redmond, a letter from Nadella to Microsoft employees said the company needs to be prepared to make tough choices in areas where things are not working.

The potential decision to switch to Android follows news that Microsoft is reportedly considering a multi-billion dollar write-off of its hardware business. The company bought Nokia’s Devices and Services division in 2013 for $7.2 billion, which turned into a $9.4 billion deal once it closed but lower than forecast handset sales are forcing Microsoft’s top brass into a decision.

Read: Android could ignite the Nokia of old

When Microsoft bought Nokia, the company predicted that it would ship 1.8 billion handsets per year and own 15% of the smartphone market by 2018, which would deliver an operating margin of 5% to 10% and operating income of $2.3 billion to $4.5 billion. Speaking in a Securities and Exchange Commission (SEC) filing, Microsoft said that it’s unlikely they’ll hit their forecast. Both CEO Nadella and CFO Amy Hood have touched on the need to take further action to reduce costs and improve the product portfolio and Microsoft’s 10-Q filing with SEC spells bad news for Windows Phone fans. The filing reads:

“In the third quarter of fiscal year 2015, Phone Hardware did not meet its sales volume and revenue goals, and the mix of units sold had lower margins than planned…Given its recent performance, the Phone Hardware reporting unit is at an elevated risk of impairment. Declines in expected future cash flows, reduction in future unit volume growth rates, or an increase in the risk-adjusted discount rate used to estimate the fair value of the Phone Hardware reporting unit may result in a determination that an impairment adjustment is required, resulting in a potentially material charge to earnings.”

It seems more than likely that Microsoft will undertake a large write off on its hardware business but whether this will spell the end of Windows Phone is unclear. Microsoft is set to release its Windows 10 OS next month and it’s highly unlikely that Microsoft would scrap the mobile part of its new OS without giving it a fair chance to succeed. However, while past executives have been happy to make excuses for the underperforming Windows Phone division, Nadella appears to want results otherwise Windows Phone could go the way of Windows Mobile and cease to exist.

It’s worth noting that, at this stage at least, this is still a rumor and while a source at Microsoft has confirmed that Android is under discussion, it’s worth treating this with a little pinch of salt. We’ll obviously be watching this closely in the weeks to come and whatever Nadella and the Senior Leadership Team at Microsoft decide, it’s likely to be a decision that affects the entire industry. What do you think? Should Microsoft drop Windows Phone and offer its own flavour of Android? Let us know your views in the comments below.

Huawei Honor 7 rumored to have two different metal variants

Posted by wicked June - 29 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

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Yet another leak has dropped for Huawei’s upcoming Honor 7 smartphone, which is expected to launch on June 30th. According to Chinese media, the smartphone will arrive in two variants, each featuring a slightly different body build and internal hardware.

This isn’t the first that we have heard of this rumor. Previous leaks have suggested that the Honor 7 will ship with two models – one premium and one entry level. Originally it had been hinted at that the entry level model would feature 3GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, while the premium variant would bump this up to 4GB of RAM and 64GB of internal storage. The latest leak now says that there will be a slight difference in build materials between the two as well.

Huawei Honor 7 metal

The entry level model is expected to have a metal frame with rounded corners, presumably meaning that the back cover will be plastic. However, the premium model is said to come with a full metal build. If true, the two models should help Huawei compete with high-end build materials used by other premium smartphone manufacturers, while still catering to consumers who have become fans of Huawei’s lower cost handsets.

Other expected specifications for the Honor 7 include a Kirin 935 processor, 5-inch 1080p display, 16 megapixel rear camera and 3,280mAh battery, along with a fingerprint scanner and dual-SIM compatibility. Quick-charging technology was also recently rumored to be heading to the handset.

The final retail price is unknown at this point, but is expected to be in the region of 1999 Yuan ($322) for the entry level model, while the premium handset may cost closer to 2699 Yuan ($435).

Hopefully all will be revealed soon, as an announcement is expected tomorrow, June 30th.

Meizu MX5 details leaked ahead of launch

Posted by wicked June - 29 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off


Meizu is apparently preparing to launch its next flagship smartphone tomorrow, June 30th, but the hardware specifications and even a few press pictures have already leaked, leaving few surprises for the big unveiling.

The leaked images show a design that differs very little from the last generation handset. Although we can see that the small circle home button has now been replaced by a larger oval with the Meizu MX5. According to the leak, the handset’s fingerprint scanner will be housed in the new home button, and probably accounts for its larger size.

As far as specifications are concerned, the MX5 again aims to bridge the gap between the mid and high ends of the market. The handset is said to feature a large 5.5-inch 1080p display and is powered by MediaTek’s MT6795T Helio X10 processor, which features eight Cortex-A53 CPU cores and a PowerVR G6200 GPU.


The Meizu MX5 also sports 3GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, a 20.7MP rear camera and a 5MP front facing camera, a 3,150mAh battery, and Android 5.0.2 Lollipop on board. The Helio X10 is also Category 4 4G compatible for data download speeds of up to 150Mbps. A microSD card slot has not been confirmed yet, so we’re hoping that there’s a way to bump up the moderately sized internal memory.

In other Meizu news, the company’s last-gen MX4 flagship recently became the latest Ubuntu powered smartphone to launch, although the company is running an invite system to help keep control of stock. We can’t imagine that this will be the case for the MX5.

As with previous Meizu products, pricing will be a key factor in the handset’s launch, but we don’t have those details just yet. We’ll likely find this out and more at the launch in China.

Sony E5663 leak: 4.6-inch 1080p display & 13MP front cam

Posted by wicked June - 27 - 2015 - Saturday Comments Off


Sony could soon be offering a smaller smartphone that will arguably become the best compact flagship smartphone on the market. The E5663 model number has leaked previously and after a trip to benchmarking applications, GFXBench and GeekBench, the specs for what could be Sony’s next Compact flagship have leaked.

The leak reveals that the Sony E5663 will be equipped with a 4.6-inch 1080p Full HD display and will be powered by an octa-core 64-bit MediaTek MT6795 chipset clocked at 1.9GHz. As XperiaBlog point out, this chipset is capable of shooting Full HD video at 480 frames per second and this bodes well for the two cameras on the E5663, which could be Sony’s best mobile snappers yet.

The rear camera is a 20MP camera, which is presumably the same sensor found on past Sony handsets like the Xperia Z3 while the front facing snapper is where Sony has really bumped up the megapixel count. Past Sony handsets have had a 5MP front facing camera or less but the Sony E5663 will have a 13MP front facing snapper, making it one of just a handful of smartphones to have such a large camera on the front.

Interestingly, the model number reveals that this handset is most likely destined for the Indian market and if it is only for India, it’s a shame as this could be the handset that makes Sony exciting again. The Xperia M4 Aqua and Xperia C4 Dual both launched in India with model numbers E2363 and E5363 respectively and the use of the number 63 at the end suggests a handset bound for the growing lucrative Indian market. A handset bearing the same model number also appeared on Indian Import Database website Zauba, which further suggests a launch in India.

The specs of the Sony E5663 suggest a handset that will follow Sony’s Compact philosophy of offering its flagship devices in a smaller size and with the past handset, the Xperia Z3 Compact, only offering a 720p display, the 1080p display on the E5663 could also mean the next true Sony flagship could have a higher than 1080p display for the first time.

Sony has already introduced the Xperia Z3+ (aka the Xperia Z4 for Japan) but a less than positive reaction to the mediocre upgrade has meant we’re expecting to see a true flagship launched later this year around IFA in September. Previous reports have suggested Sony would introduce some handsets exclusively in the Indian market and with no other mention of this handset, it’s possible it will be exclusive for India but we may also be looking at a Compact version of the true flagship. Either way, this is certainly an interesting device and we’ll be on the lookout for further information.

The best of Sony…

(Update: video!) 2015 Moto G spotted in leaked images

Posted by wicked June - 22 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

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Update, June 22: A video apparently showing a Moto G (3rd generation) prototype has also surfaced. Check it out below (via HDBlog).

Original post, June 21: The second half of the year is nearly upon us and we are expecting more than enough good announcements. Among the most important ones is the 3rd-generation Moto G, which will likely follow its predecessors’ footsteps by offering the best bang for your buck. We don’t know much of the upcoming device and are limited to speculations, which is why we are so excited to show you today’s leaked images. These are way better than anything we have seen of this smartphone.

The device at hand (XT1543) looks like your average Motorola handset. The design is streamlines and very basic. The textured back makes it look a little more unique. It also seems to have a new metal-looking strip right below the camera, which is something completely different. It looks a bit like what LG does, but we are sure the Moto G (if this is, in fact, the rumored device) will only have it for aesthetic purposes.


Rumored specs include Android 5.1.1, a 5-inch screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 processor, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, LTE, an 8 MP rear camera and a 5 MP front-facing shooter. All these specs make total sense, and they are just what we would expect from a Moto G. The best improvements are probably the processor and cameras.

Do keep in mind these are still nothing but rumors and leaks. Nothing is for sure until the manufacturer makes its announcement, so take this information with a healthy dose of salt. The images were taken from “a Chinese digital forum”, so we can’t exactly give them our approval, but they sure look convincing.

We are excited to see what Motorola has for us this year. The new Moto G, Moto X and possibly the Moto E should be coming very soon. You can bet we will be all over it as soon as more details emerge. For now, you can hit the comments and let us know what you think of these leaked images.

By the way, you can also take a look at our reviews on the Moto G 1st-gen and Moto G 2nd-gen. Just in case you want to learn more about them.

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