We already heard a rumor that LG might be readying a LG G2 Mini, and now reports out of Korea suggest we might get an LG Gx, which is sort of a G2 with a larger 5.5-inch display. That in itself, doesn’t seem all that crazy, but the report suggests this new Gx would “replace” the G2. The LG G2 has only been out for a few months, so I wouldn’t expect it to get replaced that quickly. If you remember, last year LG launched the Optimus G in the fall of 2012 and the Optimus G Pro in the spring of 2013. So if LG were to announce this phone, I would expect it to be an additional handset just like the G Pro was.
Remember Samsung’s watered down devices such as the Galaxy Note 3 Lite and Galaxy Tab 3 Lite? A new report from ET News in Korea claims that the Galaxy Note 3 Lite has already entered production. Apparently Samsung is slated to produce 500,000 units in January and about 1.5 million in February. This would allow Samsung to announce the Note 3 Lite at Mobile World Congress in February and a release in March or April.
It is rumored that Samsung had started production last month but decided to push back the release since the device would be close to the Note 3 release and change the perception of the Note brand as premium. Sources are even saying that Samsung expects this device to consume 30% of Note 3 sales. The Note 3 Lite is rumored to have a 5.49 or 5.68-inch LCD, not AMOLED to keep costs down, display. Being that it is a low-end device, a 1080p display is not expected alongside Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 processor.
As expected, ASUS unveiled the PadFone Mini in Taiwan. The phone will sport a 4.3-inch qHD (960 x 540) display and the tablet dock will come in at 7-inches (1280 x 800 display). The rest of the specs (of the phone) include a 1.4GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, microSD slot for expanded storage, 8MP rear camera, 1,500mAh battery, and Android 4.3. The dock also includes a 2.300mAh battery.
There is also a Hi-Light “Owl Mode” for better photos in low light. It’s priced at NT$11,990 ($405), which is unbelievably cheap when you consider what you’re getting. The initial plan is for it to be available in China, Russia, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Singapore and Indonesia, but don’t count the U.S. out. Hit the break for a quick video.
If you have been looking for a large screen smartphone, but want that latest stock Android experience and hopefully faster access to updates, Google has added yet another device to their Google Play Edition lineup that may meet your requirements. The Sony Z Ultra, a 6.4-inch behemoth is now available in the Google Play store for $649 in the U.S. and capable of running on the AT&T or T-Mobile networks. The Sony Z Ultra comes with a Snapdragon 800 processor running at 2.2 GHz and 2 GB of RAM to help push the full 1080p HD screen. In addition to being really big, the Sony Z Ultra is dust and waterproof. It also has a unique screen covering that lets you use a pencil or ballpoint pen as a stylus.
If you are interested in super-sizing your smartphone and want something that blurs the line with tablet devices, hit the source link to place your order.
source: Google Play
So the LG V510 wasn’t a Nexus device after all, but it might be the next best thing. It’s the G Pad 8.3 Google Play Edition and it’s already available in the Play Store for $349. This version of the G Pad 8.3 is identical to the non GPE version except for one glaring difference…..you get Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box.
The rest of the specs include an 8.3-inch (1920 x 1200) Full HD IPS display, a quad-core Snapdragon 600, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, a microSD slot for expanded storage, 5MP rear camera, 1.3MP front-facing camera, and 4,600mAh battery.
source: Google Play Store
Everyone wants in on the mini market with smaller models of their full-size devices. Samsung, Sony, and HTC have all released downsized devices. This time around it seems that the LG G2 will be getting a downsized sibling. While the G2′s screen is 5.2-inches, this model’s would be 4.7-inches. And this device will pack the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with 2GB of RAM. It is unknown if the display will be 720p or 1080p. A reveal could be in the works for CES 2014 in January; however, that is nothing but an assumption.
To get their name into the entry-level device market, Qualcomm will be launching a special processor during the last half of 2014. The Snapdragon 410 is aimed for devices that cost about $150. The processor stands out because it is based on 64-bit architecture, something Qualcomm discredited a few months ago. The Snapdragon 410 supports LTE networks and high quality graphics an impressive price.
A few days ago, Samsung teased that its “next big thing” was coming soon. Well, it’s here, but it’s a little underwhelming for anyone outside of Taiwan; the big news today is that Samsung’s Galaxy J will officially be available in Taiwan at some point in the near future. It’s the same phone we saw them release in Japan just a few months ago, so no improved specs or anything outside of specific radios for Taiwan’s networks.
That’s not to say the Galaxy J is a slouch, as it’s pretty much a hybrid of the Galaxy S 4 and Note 3 without there’s no S Pen. The processor is a very capable quad-core Snapdragon 800 with 3 GB of RAM, a 1080p display, and 32 GB of internal storage. The rear 13 megapixel camera is capable of shooting 4K video, and you’ll get Android 4.3 and the suite of Samsung apps and overlays. Overall, it’s a Galaxy S 4 on steroids with similar aesthetics to the Note 3.
If you live in Taiwan, this would be a great device to consider picking up. However, there’s no word on pricing yet, and with the Galaxy S 5 bound to be announced in just a few months, this interim device may not see sales numbers like its bigger brothers.
Courtesy of @evleaks, we’re getting a good look at the Asus Padfone Mini. It looks fairly similar to the original Asus Padfone, although a bit more refined. The phone piece of the Padfone will sport a 7 inch screen, and the tablet looks like it’s roughly 7 inches. Unfortunately, no word on specs, but we’d heard that the Padfone Mini would have a quad-core Snapdragon 400 CPU. We should hear an official announcement from Asus about this phone/tablet hybrid fairly soon.
The successor to the Oppo Find 5, the Oppo Find 7, is rumored to be announced within the next couple of months, but the supposed specs for the device were leaked back in June. Today we got a new round of specs which are a little different from the previous set, and they certainly are impressive.
The device is rumored to sport a 5.7-inch screen with a resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 pixels. Not bad at all! Not only that, the Find 7 will also include a 13MP rear facing camera and a 5MP front facing one. It also features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, 3GB of RAM, and LTE support.