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Samsung Galaxy S4 Active survives lawnmower crunching

Posted by wicked July - 12 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

When I think of a phone made for “rugged”, I will most likely point back to my venerable old Nokia 6250, and not to the Galaxy S4 Active which Samsung purports to be a ruggedized version of its 2013 flagship phone. Believe us that when they thought of the moniker “active”, they were not thinking of being “crunched by a lawnmower” kind of active. But this unit, although a bit worse for wear (just a tiny bit), miraculously survived the lawnmower treatment.

These pictures were taken from a Reddit post, where the owner said that he accidentally dropped his Galaxy S4 Active on a lawn that was being mown by a lawnmower – the heavy-duty kind that you ride on. You could just hear the sickening crunch and rattle when you imagine this piece of technology – although designed to be used outdoors, but never this way – went through the blades of the lawnmower.

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The images show, though, that the phone – with a few cracks and face-altering damages – actually still powered on. The owner professes that the Galaxy S4 active was operational and that it even played music and retained some of its touchscreen ability. It’s not our place to bust on Samsung, but hey, at least when they said it was more durable than most – this proves that their claims do have some mettle.

Of course, some sort of heavy repairs would have to be done at the very least, to get this phone back to working order – if that even is a sensible thing to do with it. A replacement may be called for here, but you’ve gotta give credit where it is due, right? I mean, how many of your phones today would survive an intimate date with metal lawnmower blades spinning at more than 300kph?

VIA: Droid Life

More Sony Xperia Z3 pics leak, this time with details

Posted by wicked July - 12 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

You might call this the first few semi-confirmable pics of what is most likely the Sony Xperia Z3, Sony’s upcoming flagship device. You will remember that we wrote on a couple of pics that leaked that showed what the front panel of the Z3 might look like. This time, there are more pics to ogle at and a bit more detail – and yes, the earlier front panel leak matches.

As this batch of photos conveniently include a snap of the device’s “About” panel, we can really start to speculate on Sony’s Xperia Z3, whose launch is probably coming rather soon. The device in the image carries the internal model moniker “L55t” – which corresponds nicely with the Xperia Z2, which we knew to be the “L50t”. The device, according to the detail page, is currently running Android 4.4.4 Kitkat.

This leak also confirms what most of us already suspected – the Z3 will most likely carry a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor running four cores at 2.5Ghz and an Adreno 330 GPU, judging from the chipset detailed in the images. The pictures also show what seems to be the same 20.7MP Exmor RS lens carried by the Z1 and the Z2.

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As we commented in our earlier coverage of this, the design of the Z3 seems to be very close to the Z2 before it, without any radical changes that we can obviously point out. As the leaks of the image are coming thick and fast, we may still be in for a launch schedule that may be in time for the IFA trade show in Berlin later this year.

VIA: Xperia Blog

OnePlus teases with ‘promised’ wooden StyleSwap covers

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

The OnePlus One smartphone might probably reach “urban legend” status because of the one issue that prospective buyers have against it – availability. Regardless of that, the outfit that put out the first retail CyanogenMod smartphone is still pushing with its “promised” textured back covers for the very “rare” smartphone, the company tweeting about “knocking on wood” and referencing to a July 22nd date.

Over on the OnePlus forum threads, the admins put out a poll regarding materials that users would like to see used in the design of a smartphone. The poll itself was a giveaway, but in March they officially announced (promised?) that they will be releasing at least five different back covers for the OnePlus One smartphone – they will be textured in Silk, Sandstone, Denim, Bamboo, and Kevlar. Pretty cool?

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Not only will they be textured like these materials, they will also be made of these materials – except silk and sandstone for obvious practical reasons. OnePlus is going for a functional aesthetic, especially if you are the type who keeps dropping your phone. Why not go for a Kevlar back cover, for that rugged functional look that still oozes cool machismo.

There is little to dispel that OnePlus will finally be launching these textured back covers on July 22. Pricing has not been announced for the back covers, and OnePlus forum-dwellers have very early made known their hope that the back covers will be priced affordably, else they would just end up like the marketing pushes of the big smartphone manufacturers. Because, hey, OnePlus is different from all of the others, right?

SOURCE: OnePlus

Kyocera leak shows sapphire display phone in the works

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

Sapphire crystal displays might soon be the in thing, probably much to Corning’s dismay. Now even Kyocera might be outfitting one of its upcoming smartphones with the almost indestructible material, as seen in this leaked lab test video, which might actually be a perfect fit given the company’s line of devices.

Saphire crystal glass has recently caught the attention of the mobile industry, primarily due to rumors of Apple employing the material for its upcoming iPhone 6 smartphone. Or smartphones, if you consider that there will be two size variants. Apple already uses just a small serving of the material to protect its camera lens and, more recently, to cover its Touch ID sensor. Sapphire glass is durable, scratch resistant, and clear. But Corning, who manufacturers the popular Gorilla Glass screens, says that it is also more expensive, heavier, and more harmful to the environment, while not really denying sapphire’s enticing qualities.

The video below shows Kyocera testing out those qualities itself, in what can be best described as a torture test for smartphones. On one hand you have a smartphone with a regular impact-resistant glass, most probably Corning’s, and on the other corner you have a Kyocera Sapphire. Scratching with a stone, dropping the display over a sharp object, and all manner of rather painful simulated “accidents” are unleashed on the two devices, with the sapphire one obviously surviving unscathed. Well, almost unscathed.

Kyocera manufacturers quite a number of smartphones, but its mainstay line are rugged and element-resistant ones. It definitely makes sense that the company would be looking into something like sapphire crystal to improve its smartphones. However, the determining factor will most likely be one of price. Kyocera’s handsets aren’t exactly the most expensive in the market, but utilizing sapphire glass could very well push those price tags up, which could be a bitter pill to swallow for some of Kyocera’s loyal customers.

VIA: CNET

Xiaomi Mi4 likely to be revealed in July 22 event

Posted by wicked July - 10 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Those curious about Xiaomi‘s next big move need not wait much longer. The Chinese manufacturer will be holding its annual conference on the afternoon of July 22 and the invitation it sent out is clearly giving hints not only of the Xiaomi Mi4 but also of a non-plastic material.

The invitation has a large number 4 emblazoned over what looks like a brushed metal surface, once again hinting that the Xiaomi Mi4 will be ditching plastic. The text of the invitation also talks about “The journey of a piece of steel metal”, adding more weight to that theory. The Xiaomi Mi4 was already leaked to be going with a metal frame, but it is the first time that there was any official hint about it. Curiously, this suggests that the manufacturer might have gone with steel, which is a rather odd choice over the usual lightweight aluminum.

The Xiaomi Mi4 might then turn up to be a rather interesting device. Rumored specs include a 5-inch 1080p screen and what may be either a Qualcomm chip or an NVIDIA. The latter is somewhat debatable because even if Xiaomi went with the Tegra K1 in its first MiPad tablet, NVIDIA has announced its disinterest in the consumer smartphone race. Still, either of the two will make for a better choice compared to cheaper brands. Previous leaked photos revealed very thin bezels but also suggested a return to rounded corners.

Xiaomi itself is an interesting company to watch in the Android world, especially after it managed to bag ex-Googler Hugo Barra. The company’s smartphones are one of the fastest selling devices in China, selling thousands in just minutes, and it is expanding to more countries, first in Singapore and now in India. Xiaomi will be holding its annual company conference at the Beijing National Convention Center on July 22. The event starts at 2 p.m., or around 7 a.m. London (6 a.m. UTC) and 2 a.m. Eastern.

SOURCE: Xiaomi (1), (2)

LG G3 Smart Keyboard update enhances typing experience

Posted by wicked July - 10 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

The much praised LG flagship G3 smartphone has a lot going for it, in terms of intuitive design, state-of-the-art hardware and user-friendly features. One of its most praised attributes is its Smart Keyboard, with its enhancements that make the typing experience easier and even fun at times. The latest update to this virtual keyboard adds even more features that are seldom found in OEMs built-in or native keyboards.

While a lot of keyboards have a predictive text input, the LG G3’s Smart Keyboard is unique in that it can even suggest and predict what emoji you would need. If you seem to be typing curse words, then the keyboard might suggest an angry emoji to emphasise your point. It also has a Text Tone Suggestion that studies your typing habits and then suggests words that you use often, depending on the application. If you usually start your SMS with a “Hi,” then the next time you try to send a message, it will give you that suggestion.

If you sometimes use a language other than English when you type emails or messages, the Smart Keyboard will detect this and then change to the language you’re using. You don’t even have to go to the settings options, it will just turn your keyboard to French or Italian or Spanish. But maybe try to not confuse it too much by using all three languages at the same time. The Real-time Path Input lets you spell out words not by typing out the letter but by tracing the finger fluidly across the keyboard. It will also recommend words as you trace your fingers across the Smart Keyboard.

The Smart Keyboard has been heralded before for the fact that it can adjust to fit your hands’ height and thumb position, something that people with too large or too small hands genuinely need. LG President and CEO Dr. Jong-seok Park said they are also going beyond that and improving even more a “fundamental feature” that smartphone owners need. They have done extensive research to see what users really need and want from a virtual keyboard and applied it in the latest update.

SOURCE: LG

ZTE Nubia Z7 family gets into the flagship naming game

Posted by wicked July - 10 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

ZTE probably won’t float to the top of your list if you try to think of serious contenders in the Chinese smartphone industry, at least from the vantage point of the US where ZTE’s products fall more on the budget side. In China, however, ZTE is trying to reclaim lost time and presence by unveiling all the same time the three members of its latest flagship series, the Nubia Z7, the misnamed Nubia Z7 Max, and an even more dubious the Nubia Z7 mini.

The Nubia Z7 is the nominal head of the family and it definitely means business. It sports a 5.5-inch QHD screen, that’s a resolution of 2560×1440 pixels, a powerful 2.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801, 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of storage, and a 13 megapixel rear camera. If that sounds a bit too familiar, then we won’t fault you for thinking immediately of the LG G3, which seems to be the closest target of this ZTE smartphone. However, that’s just about the hardware and it remains to be seen whether ZTE will be able to match LG’s flagship in design and features. The Nubia Z7 isn’t exactly thin or small, measuring at 139 mm x 71 mm x 9 mm, figures you might want to keep in mind for the next members of this Nubia family.

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The Nubia Z7 Max might not exactly be a max, at least compared to how others like HTC have differentiated their “Max” variants from the main flagship. This supposed giant stands at 152.7 mm x 76 mm x 8.7 mm, not that far from the numbers above. The display isn’t a max either, as it is the same 5.5-inch size but, and here’s the clincher, it only has a 1080p resolution. In all other aspects, like the Snapdragon 801, 2 GB of memory, 32 GB of storage, and 13 megapixel camera, the Nubia Z7 Max is practically the same as its namesake.

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Things really take a strange turn with the Nubia Z7 mini, which you can hardly call “mini”. Why? Because it has a 5-inch 1080p display, that’s why. The official ZTE product page also lists its dimensions as 140 mm x 69.3 mm x 8.2 mm, hinting that there is definitely something wrong with ZTE’s figures. Once you are able to look past those rather unbelievable figures, you might this smartphone to be rather decent, as it has, once again, those exact same specs. The only difference is that internal storage is capped at 16 GB and the fact that ZTE strangely marks the CPU as a 2.0 GHz Snapdragon 801.

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The ZTE Nubia Z7 is clearly marketed as a high-end flagship and carries a price tag to match at 3,456 RMB, roughly $560. The other two are meant for the mid-range market, despite having almost the same set of specs, costing 1,999 RMB or $322 for the Nubia Z7 Max and 1,499 RMB or around $242 for the Nubia Z7 mini. No news yet on whether ZTE plans to bring this line to the US, but it has brought some of its Nubia devices to the country in the past so there is a possibility, no matter how remote.

Moto X gets a temporary discount on Net10 Wireless

Posted by wicked July - 10 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Yes, Motorola is doing it again. For the n-th time now, the Moto X is getting a limited time discount, this time exclusive to a wireless provider. Until July 16 only, Buyers can get a 16 GB Moto X from Net10 Wireless, without a contract, for only $299.99.

That’s a pretty sweet $100 deduction from the normal price of that particular model. And you won’t have to settle for some drab carrier design as you can customize your Moto X to your heart’s content via Moto Maker, You can even add a wood back if you want, but of course it will cost you an additional $25. And there is no catch at all, except that you need to put in your order before July 16.

The first two or three times that Motorola gave the Moto X a price cut, everyone was all fired up But after half a dozen or so of the same thing, some are beginning to wonder what is up. Motorola isn’t giving any indication that it is interested in a Moto X refresh, having just opened up Moto Maker in Germany, the first time it has done so outside the US. With the smartphone’s birthday fast approaching, it is anyone’s guess whether there will really be a Moto X+1 anytime soon.

In any case, if you are still quite interested in getting this admittedly significant piece of Android history, hit the source link below to see Motorola’s tweet and link to a pre-configured Moto Maker page. As a bonus, the manufacturer is also throwing in a 50 percent discount for cases.

SOURCE: Motorola

Verizon accepting pre-orders for LG G3, shipping by July 17

Posted by wicked July - 10 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Verizon is finally joining the LG G3 party as they announced that they are now accepting pre-orders for the much heralded Android smartphone. While there is still no announcement when it will actually be available at their retail stores, the product page reveals that the units will start shipping out to those who pre-ordered by July 17.

Mobile carrier competitors, AT&T and T-Mobile had already previously announced when the LG G3 will be available and Verizon is the latest one to tell their subscribers that they can already start dreaming of the smartphone that has been called one of the best Android devices by several tech websites and gurus. For a 2 year agreement with Verizon, subscribers need only pay $99.99 to avail themselves of the unit. If they are already subscribed to Verizon Edge, they need to pay a monthly fee of $29.99 for 20 months, but with a monthly discount as well, depending on the data plan they have.

LG’s flagship phone has a 5.5-inch Quad HD screen with a 2560×1440 resolution, and that’s just one of the things that people are loving about the device. For mobile camera enthusiasts, they can look forward to the laser auto focus feature that gives the 13MP camera the ability to take sharp pictures even when there’s low light. There’s also the Optical Image Stabilization that helps reduce the blurriness of photos, even while taking shaky and action shots.

In terms of connectivity, since the LG G3 is XLTE ready, Verizon assures subscribers that they will be able to take advantage of the network’s 4G LTE bandwidth. Productivity is also a highlight for the latest LG device, as it has its own Smart Keyboard which makes typing on your phone a bit easier. It also has a Virtual Personal Assistant, because voice-activated commands and reminders are now the way to go.

SOURCE: Verizon

ASUS PadFone S, ZenFone 5 LTE go live in Taiwan

Posted by wicked July - 10 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

ASUS is expanding its product lineup in its Asian base of Taiwan with two new devices that sound and look like two existing models but, at the same time, not quite. The new PadFone S and the ZenFone 5 LTE do resemble the AT&T PadFone X and the plain ZenFone 5, but ASUS has put some twist to perhaps make them more attractive to that local market.

As mentioned before, the ASUS PadFone S is the same PadFone X that AT&T launched, except meant for international markets. Apparently, however, that’s not the only difference between the two. ASUS has upgraded the PadFone S CPU to a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801, compared to the Snapdragon 800 on the US version, but with the same 2.3 GHz clock speeds. In all other matters, the two are exactly the same, so you get the same 5-inch 1080p screen, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of storage, and a 13 megapixel rear camera. Of course there is also the 9-inch tablet dock that makes this device line unique.

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ASUS has also changed the processor of the ZenFone 5 LTE, but this time with a bigger effect. Swapping out the 2 GHz Intel Atom Z2580 for a slightly lower 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 gave this smartphone one important new feature, as implied by its name. This ZenFone supports LTE networks, Taiwan’s bands to be exact, something none of the other ZenFone smartphones can do. That said, without the Intel chip, this pretty much becomes a rather plain ASUS smartphone, with the same 5-inch 720p screen, 2 GB of RAM, and 8 megapixel rear camera.

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Both ASUS smartphones will be launch in Taiwan today. The ZenFone 5 LTE will be sold for around 6,990 TWD, around $235 in the US. The PadFone S, on the other hand, will have a price tag of 9,999 TWD, roughly $335. The tablet dock for the PadFone S is sold separately for 5,000 TWD or $170.

SOURCE: ASUS (1), (2)
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