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Sony Xperia Z3 now available for purchase through T-Mobile

Posted by wicked October - 30 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

While those who pre-ordered the Sony Xperia Z3 through T-Mobile are now finally enjoying their new smartphone, those of us who did not are now finally able to order online as the official purchasing period has begun. The new flagship device from Sony has been gaining good reviews and now you can get your own by signing up with the US carrier (if you aren’t with them yet). While the device doesn’t come anymore with the free digital copy of DriveClub (since it was only for pre-orders), the Xperia Z3 has so much going for itself.

The smartphone sports a 5.2-inch 1080p display and runs on a 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 processor. It has a pretty impressive 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory, with space for more with its micro SD card slot. Mobile photography enthusiasts will have a field day with its 20.7MP main camera and the capability of taking videos with 4K resolution. Sony also has a whole slew of built-in photography and video apps to make your multi-media imagery all the more fun to use and share.

Even if you won’t have DriveClub, Sony is throwing in a few freebies when you buy the Xperia Z3. You’ll get 6 free movie downloads: 22 Jump Street, Amazing Spider-Man 2, Cloudy with a Chance of Meatballs 2, Captain Phillips, 30th Year Anniversary Edition of Ghostbusters, and Moneyball. You’ll be able to download the films until February 28, 2015. And with the front facing stereo speakers of your smartphone, watching the movies would be a nice experience.

You will be able to purchase the Xperia Z3 through T-Mobile for $0 down and just pay $26.25 per month for the next two years. But if you want to pay for it in its entirety, it will cost you its full retail price of $630.


SOURCE: T-Mobile

Vietnamese video shows Samsung Galaxy Note 4 Gold edition

Posted by wicked October - 30 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

As it is, Samsung Galaxy Note 4 has already been receiving rave reviews (and heavy marketing play) so it’s not surprising that people are clamoring for more of it. But would you plop down a ton of cash for a 24-carat Gold edition of this fabulous phablet? That is a “dilemma” that might become a reality soon as a video from a Vietnamese tech channel seems to have outed a gold edition, but we’re still not sure if this is a legit product or maybe someone is just wishing for something like it.

The Gold Galaxy Note 4 makes an appearance in the YouTube channel “SChannel” but since it’s in Vietnamese, we’re still not sure about the details of this product, or whether it is a real one at that. The only clue we have so far is that it has “Distributed by Golden Mobile” engraved on the side. Maybe it is a very special edition created only for Asian markets. Maybe it is an exclusive golden device that will be given as gift items. Maybe a third-party partner will be manufacturing it for a certain market. Maybe it’s just the fevered imaginings of a Galaxy Note 4 fan who has a penchant for gold-plated phablets.

Whatever it is, based on the video, it sure is a beauty. Well, if you’re into having golden devices that is. It shows off the Galaxy Note 4 in all its 24-K glory. But aside from the color, it looks like any other Note 4, black in the front and back but with its metal carvings being the one with all the gold. We assume also that it has the same specs as released by Samsung, with its 5.7-inch Super AMOLED display, Snapdragon 805 / Exynos Octa-Core processor, 3GB of RAM, 16MP main camera, among other things.

Pricing and availability of this supposed 24-K edition of the Galaxy Note 4 is unknown at this time. We sure would like to see Samsung confirm first if this is an actual product before we even start dreaming of owning this device.


VIA: G Games

Project Ara boots up! DevCon2 set for 14 January 2015

Posted by wicked October - 30 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

When Phonebloks revealed its vision last year, people swooned at the dream but they stopped at just that: a dream. A pipe dream even. But now, more than 12 months later, with Google also at the helm, that dream is almost a reality. Phonebloks went to Boston to visit NK Labs, the guys designing Google’s Project Ara, to see how things are coming along with the prototype . And guess what? It works!

It’s far from done, of course, but this is the first functional prototype of Project Ara seen in a form that closely resembles the vision that the likes of Phonebloks and Motorola, now Google, ATAP had for the modular smartphone. You plug in modules, functional components, as needed. For the first prototype, the modules consist of the LED display module, battery, application processor, loudspeakers, and a USB charging port. And voila! You get the first public demonstration of a Project Ara device booting up, caught on video!

Impressive and exciting as that may seem, there’s still a bit of work to be done. In particular, in Spiral 1, the first iteration of the platform, there isn’t much space left around for developers as the base modules occupy about 50 percent of the area. The much awaited Spiral 2 prototype solves that problem and gives developers much more room to play in and offer functionality to users. That prototype will be shown to the public for the first time at the second Project Ara Developer Conference next year.

Dubbed DevCon2, the conference will be held on 14th of January. More than just an update from Google’s side of things, it will also showcase progress made on third-party modules for the device. A big and healthy ecosystem of such modules is necessary for Project Ara to truly take off. And perhaps more interesting to end users, Google plans on using the conference to reveal its 2015 market pilot for Project Ara, hinting that the first truly modular commercial smartphone might be in consumers’ hands next year.

SOURCE: Phonebloks, Google

Nexus 6 available for pre-order, immediately out of stock

Posted by wicked October - 30 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

The awaited Nexus day has arrived! Or has it? The Nexus 6, Google’s first phablet and an acknowledgment of the ridiculed device size, has finally gone on pre-order from Google Play Store after a still unexplained delay relative to the Nexus 9 and Nexus Player. But alas, even then things are not so peachy. In less than 24 hours, the smartphone, both the 32 GB and the slightly more expensive 64 GB kind, have been marked as out of inventory already.

On one hand, it’s not hard to see the Nexus 6 selling like pancakes. It has many things going for it, except probably the size. One, it’s a Nexus device. Two, it’s the first Nexus device from Motorola. This potent combination has led to a smartphone that bears the marks of a Moto X and yet has even more powerful hardware, like a 5.96-inch Quad HD AMOLED screen, a 2.7 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 805, a 13 megapixel f/2.0 rear camera with Optical Image Stabilization, and a 3,220 mAh battery with Motorola’s Turbo Charging assist.

On the other hand, sold out in less than a day? Either Google has some serious supply issues, which is unlikely, or something else is up. Given that this isn’t the first time this thing happened, we’re just left wondering and scratching our heads as to the true issues behind this brief appearance. The Nexus Player similarly went through such a phase, but that was immediately attributed to the device’s lack of FCC blessing. The Nexus 6, on the other hand, has been sighted there since Monday. Perhaps a new marketing strategy to drum up hype and anticipation for the smartphone? Hopefully not.

Regardless of the reasons, buyers who didn’t make it through the extremely short window are left with no other recourse than to wait. For how long, only Google, and perhaps Motorola, knows. Any pre-order delay will likely cause a delay in shipping also. There are hopes that the Nexus 9 and Nexus Player, along with Android 5.0 Lollipop, will start shipping next week, but a mid-November date for all of these is starting to look more plausible.

SOURCE: Nexus 6 on Google Play Store (32 GB Midnight Black), (64 GB Midnight Black)

Oppo R5 smartphone takes world’s slimmest phone medal

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

It’s an unofficial prize of course, but at 4.85mm the Oppo R5 has claimed the world’s slimmest smartphone crown.

The R5 has snatched the prize from Gionee and features a 5.2-inch full HD AMOLED display and inside, an octacore 64-bit Snapdragon 615 SoC processor.

There’s also 2GB of RAM, a 13MP rear camera, a 5MP front-facer and LTE connectivity.

Storage is capped at 16GB and there’s no 3.5mm headphone jack, so it’s USB adaptors or Bluetooth for audio.

It’ll be out in December for $499 and available in silver, gold and grey.

Via engadget

OnePlus One pre-order flooded, take two on November 17

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

It isn’t surprising to learn that OnePlus had technical difficulties when it opened the floodgates of its pre-order system, causing some probably now irate would-be customers to lose their slots and end up One-less. The startup, however, has come clean, at least according to them, about the problems they had. And in reparation, OnePlus will be conducting another special pre-order period on the 17th of November, hopefully more prepared for the onslaught of interested buyers.

Unexpected huge demand is always blamed for these mishaps. OnePlus claims that even though they had prepared their servers for heavy workload, they were still overwhelmed by the amount of traffic they incurred, leaving some users hanging at certain points in the pre-order process. This is both expected, since this always happens at events like these, but is also a bit surprising. It seems that despite OnePlus’ many shortcomings and almost dated device, many are still flocking to the OnePlus One. That said, we can never really be sure how many of those are legit owners and how many are opportunistic resellers.

In any case, OnePlus will be holding yet another pre-order session, this time taking place on November 17, 3 PM GMT. Whether that will also last just an hour, they aren’t saying, but it will most likely be so. They promise to come better prepared this time, but don’t expect miracles. If Motorola, which is a much larger company with more resources than a startup, still had problems, we can expect to see some kinks in OnePlus’ next system too. Hopefully not so much, lest they have an angry mob at their gates.

As for those who may or may have not gotten their orders in, OnePlus provides a short FAQ for their worries. If their payment from PayPal went through, then it means that their order has been placed even if they didn’t get their confirmation email immediately. They can wait up to 72 hours and check their My Order status before sounding the alarm. Canadian orders had an amusing hiccup, as the system labeled their addresses as going to the US instead, which, of course, will be fixed. And for those who have mistakenly placed two orders, they can cancel one of those 24 hours after placing the order and before the order ships.


Oppo N3 and R5 smartphones get official

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

Oppo has been teasing us with the N3 smartphone and its rotating camera for a while now. Thankfully, the tease is over with Oppo unveiling the N3 officially today and spilling all the beans on what the device has under the hood. The N3 wasn’t all the Chinese maker had to offer, it also unveiled the Oppo R5.

The official details on the Oppo N3 include the rotating 16MP camera packing a 1/2.3-inch sensor. One of the cooler features of the camera for people that like to take panoramic shots is that the rotating lens can be set to move itself slowly taking those panoramas without the user having to move the camera.

The N3 packs a 5.5-inch screen with 1080p resolution and uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor. Power comes from a 3000 mAh battery and it has a fingerprint scanner. Pricing for the N3 is set at 3999 RMB, or about $654 in the US.

As for the Oppo R5, this smartphone is one of the thinner devices out there, and may have the title of thinnest to its name with a profile 4.85mm thick. It has a 5.2-inch screen with 1080p resolution. Power comes from a Snapdragon 615 processor, which is a 64-bit octa-core unit operating at 1.7GHz. The rear camera is a 13MP snapper and power comes from a 2000 mAh battery. Pricing for the R5 is set at 2999 RMB or about $491.


SOURCE: Slashgear

This is the Verizon DROID Turbo, coming 30 October

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

Verizon and Motorola have finally unveiled the DROID Turbo and it is everything that we have expected it to be, which is both good and bad. Good, because it matches up to the high expectations set up by leaks and rumors. Bad, because there are no pleasant surprises hiding in corners. Needless to say, the DROID Turbo has shaped up to be quite the Android smartphone, to the point that Verizon customers might be tempted to opt for this instead of Motorola’s own flagship, the Moto X.

Like any DROID incarnation, Verizon plays on the line’s strength and endurance and the DROID Turbo does not disappoint. It has that Kevlar-reinforced rear cover, which now comes in a choice of Metallic Glass Fiber or Ballistic Nylon. On the front, you’ve got the strongest Corning Gorilla Glass 3. And while the Turbo’s IP rating is unknown, it does boast of water-repellent nanocoating to ward of the occasional splash.


The battery on the DROID Turbo takes center stage as well. A huge 3,900 mAh, it is advertised to last 48 hours on a single charnge. That’s mighty impressive considering today’s power-hungry smartphones, but a claim that still needs to be tested in the real world. That said, even if battery life proves to be shorter than 48 hours, you can quickly get juiced up with Motorola’s Turbo Charging feature, promising an additional 8 hours of battery life for just 15 minutes of charging. Of course, you’ll have to use the charger that comes in the box.

Unlike many rugged smartphones you’ll see in the market, the DROID Turbo does not skimp on anything. The 5.2-inch display boasts of QHD resolutions, while the Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 running at 2.7 GHz and the 3 GB of RAM ensures that Android 4.4.4, soon upgradeable to Android 5.0, will be running smoothly. The rear camera is as expected, a 21 megapixel shooter with an f/2.0 aperture and dual LED flash, while the front camera remains a lowly but still decent 2 megapixels. And on the software side, you get everything that you might have fallen in love with in the Moto X, including Assist, Display, Voice, and Actions.


• Display: 5.2-inch 2560×1440 Quad HD AMOLED
• CPU: 2.7 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 805
• RAM: 3 GB
• Storage: 32/64 GB
• Camera: 21 MP f/2.0 dual LED flash / 2 MP
• Battery: 3,900 mAh with Turbo Charging
• OS: Android 4.4.4 KitKat, upgradeable to Android 5.0 Lollipop
• Water resistant: Yes

If you’re a Verizon subscriber and this has all gotten you excited, better calm down just a bit. The DROID Turbo won’t be available until October 30. The 32 GB model, which comes in color options of Metallic Black, Metallic Red, and Black Ballistic Nylon, will cost $199.99 with a new two-year contract or $25 per month on Verizon Edge. The 64 GB one, on the other hand, which only comes in Black Ballistic Nylon color, costs $249.99 with a new two-year agreement or $27 monthly on Edge. As an added bonus, Verizon will be offering one free screen replacement in case the display gets damaged within the owner’s 2 year contract period.

SOURCE: Verizon, Motorola

Unlocked Sony Xperia T3 hits US Sony store

Posted by wicked October - 28 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

Fans of Sony Xperia smartphone have a new device that they can pick up in the US. The new smartphone is an unlocked version of the Xperia T3 that launched this summer and it is available to order directly from the Sony Store. The version offered in the US is model D5106 and it supports LTE bands 4,7,17.

That means the device will support AT&T and T-Mobile networks. Sony offers the T3 in three colors including black, purple, and white. The T3, as the price suggests, is a mid-range device that isn’t packed with the latest and greatest hardware.

The smartphone has a 5.3-inch screen supporting 720p resolution. The processor is a 1.4GHz quad-core Snapdragon unit and it has 1GB of RAM. Internal storage is 8GB with a microSD card slot for expansion. Sony fits the T3 with an 8MP rear camera and a 1.1MP front camera.

The big feature of this device is that it sells unlocked for $399.99. That’s not all that much more than some smartphones will cost you on contract. Sony is also now selling the Xperia M2 D2306 LTE smartphone for $279.99 supporting the same LTE networks as the T3.

SOURCE: Xperiablog

Samsung site reveals full HD display, 64-bit proc for Galaxy A7

Posted by wicked October - 28 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

A couple of things we’ve already written about here – first, about the rumored Samsung Galaxy A7 which will be part of the Korean company’s metallic we’ll-prove-you-wrong A-series, and secondly about the Internet being full of people with nothing better to do than dig into websites’ source codes and user access profiles to get information. As per usual, the Internet proves us right on both counts.

Motorola and Verizon have recently been bitten by this bug when some people dug up the Verizon website’s code to reveal pictures of the yet unannounced DROID Turbo. This time, it’s Samsung’s website that gave up the details on the upcoming Samsung Galaxy A7 – mainly confirming that it will be sporting a full HD 1920×1080 display and that it will be using an ARMv8-A CPU, which is a 64-bit proc.


And at least in the Chinese market, the Galaxy A7 will be launching with a dual-SIM variant, as is common even to high end phones launched in some Asian markets. Interestingly, the Galaxy A7 will be launching with Android KitKat out of the box, so the 64-bit proc might not yet come into play until Samsung chooses to update the devices to Android 5.0 Lollipop.

Samsung continues to be committed to pushing this “A series” – a group of phones intended to show the world that Samsung can indeed make metallic phones, among other reasons. The Samsung Galaxy Alpha was first out of this line, and the A-series phone models just keep on coming. It really does look like someone’s out to prove something to the rest of the world.

VIA: Sam Mobile

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