Intel’s Bay Trail-T SoC features four Silvermont cores and is geared towards tablets. We are expecting to see devices in the fall, but to give you a better look at what to expect, take a look at the above leaked AnTuTu benchmark. The code name is byt_t_ffrd10 and is most likely a reference device that is running Android 4.2.2. The latest leak is the top one, which has a clock speed of 1.4GHz and comes in at a whopping 49,489. Earlier it came in at 43,416, but with a clock speed of only 1.1GHz. To give you a comparison, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 comes in around 30,000.
Intel has been trying to make headway into the mobile market, and the Bay Trail-T might be just what the doctor ordered.
Trying to figure out what is a phablet and what is a phone is starting to get a little hard. Just a couple of years ago, 5.3-inches was considered a phablet. Phablets were always reserved for secondary flagships, but the Optimus G2 is the main flagship for LG.
We has been rumored that it will come with a 5.2-inch display and the Wall Street Journal just confirmed it. That is only .10-inches smaller than the original Galaxy Note. It was just last week when LG confirmed they have the thinnest HD display in the world, and the size just so happens to be 5.2-inches. LG isn’t confirming that this display will actually be on the the G2, but do they need to?
Another day means another leak of the upcoming Sony “Honami’ flagship. This time we get a glimpse of the camera UI. It gives us further confirmation of the expected 20MP sensor. You will also notice a newer icon with the letter “M” in it, which is for manual settings. It also appears they have changed up the settings. This new UI has from left to right, Settings, Flash, Front/Rear lens toggle, and secondary settings. Are you guys getting excited for the ‘Honami’?
via: Xperia Blog
One can argue whether Google Glass will be the next big thing or not, but for it to succeed, Google will need to provide a prescription version. There are many people who didn’t opt into the Explorer program because there currently is no way to fit a prescription lens. If you currently wear glasses, have no fear because Google was just awarded a patent for a “Wearable device assembly with input and output structures.” It will have an attachable heads up display (HUD) by way of magnets and “In general, frame 712 can be similar to a frame associated with prescription glasses or sunglasses.” I can only assume that this will become available at the same time as the consumer launch. Let’s hope.
Verizon has sent out invites for a July 23rd event in New York City. We know the emphasis is going to be on a few devices because they said, “will unveil the next generation of one of their most popular family of devices.” This could only mean one thing and one thing only: The DROID Ultras that we have been hearing a lot about. We don’t know if they will go under the RAZR branding as well, but we will know soon enough.
What’s most interesting about this invite is that a manufacturer name isn’t mentioned alongside the invitation. All recent DROID announcements were partnered with the manufacturer, which has generally been either HTC or Motorola. In this case, it would be Motorola, but no logo whatsoever. We will know for sure in exactly one week.
Earlier today, AT&T unveiled their new early upgrade plan called Next, but T-Mobile CES John Legere called it “smoke and mirrors” and a “poor copycat.” AT&T’s new Next plan allows customers to pay for devices in 20 monthly installments and also allows an upgrade each year. The only problem is that monthly payments aren’t discounted for those that opt for this route. “They’re charging you twice on the same phone and calling that a good deal,” said T-Mobile executive Andrew Sherrard.
The problem has always been that those that want to pay the full price (off contract) for a phone gets penalized by paying the same monthly price as those that pay the subsidized on contract price. AT&T does nothing to rectify this situation, but T-Mobile does. Now if you are willing to pay the entire upfront cost, AT&T does offer the GoPhone prepaid service, which gives you unlimited calls and texts as well as 2GB of data for $60 per month. That is a pretty good deal, but again, you will have to pay the entire purchase price of the phone. Why AT&T didn’t add the 20 month installment plan to this GoPhone monthly rate, I will never know.
Verizon will announce their Edge plan soon as well, but how will that stack up?
The Sony Honami has a new leak and this time it’s a press image. Other than a decent picture of the phone, you can see G Lens branding next to the lens. If you aren’t familiar with G Lens, it’s Sony’s proprietary glass brand they use on their cameras. Furthermore, since G Lens is onboard, you can expect the Honami to also have the BIONZ image processing engine. It’s a separate processory with powerful algorithms. At this point, we suspect that it will be similar to the Bravia Engine in that it will be software based because it’s for mobile.
The Sony Honami looks to be a pretty amazing beast, but will it make any waves in North America?
via: Xperia Blog
If you are an Angry Birds fan and a Star Wars fan than today is a great day for you. Actually September 19th will be an even better day. They teased it last week, and today they officially announced that Angry Birds Star Wars II on September 19. This new edition is going to cover the prequels and will introduce over 30 never-before-seen characters. Since the Angry Birds franchise is probably the most marketable mobile game ever, they also announced a line of over 30 collectable TELEPODS figures from Hasbro. If you place any of these figures on your phone or tablet camera, they will be scanned into the game. We have seen something similar from nabi utilizing NFC. Hit the break for a video showing you how it works.