A new HTC device was certified in China with the model number WF5w. This phone obviously isn’t official, but the Chinese certification page lists the physical dimensions at just 152 grams and 7.49 mm thin. That bests HTC’s current thinnest smartphone, the E9+, by a small margin.
The phone reportedly runs Android 5.0.2 with a 5.5-inch, 720p display. There’s an octa-core processor on board, 2 GB of RAM, 13 megapixel front and rear cameras, and 16 GB of internal storage with an SD card slot. The phone isn’t bad by any stretch, but it’s clear the thinness will be the most unique feature here. Read more
It isn’t long to go until its May 28th, the opening day of Google I/O 2015, and that means that we are getting closer to finding out what Android M will bring, and the surprises Google has in store for us.
Asus is expected to unveil its new ZenPad series tablets at Computex next week, which will feature 4:3 aspect ratio screens and Intel chips.
Rumors have been circulating recently that companies are lining up to acquire Blackberry. The shortlist includes Microsoft, Xiaomi, Huawei and Lenovo for now — last month, Samsung was reportedly also on the list but backed out after getting a $7.5 billion asking price.
Android M is due for an announcement very soon, but we’re still hearing rumors about what’s going to come with the latest version of Google’s mobile OS. The newest rumor has more to do with how Android M will affect certain Nexus devices than general software enhancements, but it’s still very useful information when considering which device to purchase. Read more
As Google edges closer to separating their Photos app from the Google+ platform, an early version of the new app has surfaced for sources to take a look at the direction being taken by Google. Many core features appear to carryover from the way they operate in Google+, but other features are being added along with some new adjustments for users to polish up their photos. Read more
A new budget smartphone from Huawei leaked this morning with some interesting hardware reportedly inside and a truly budget price. Perhaps the most notable item included in the new device is a push-to-read fingerprint scanner on the back of the device. That is followed closely by word that the device will be capable of supporting all network bands. Read more
We know AT&T is planning on completely doing away with traditional two-year contracts, but that leaves a good bit of confusion over what happens to customers who wouldn’t be approved for device financing but would normally be approved for the contract option. It looks like the carrier will be taking a page from T-Mobile’s playbook and will offer a down payment option with their Next 12 payment plan to take care of customers that don’t have the credit for normal Next finance plans. Read more
While Samsung decided to push the boat out with its Galaxy S6 and S6 edge smartphones in terms of design and construction materials, HTC were content to rely on the same formula that saw its One M8 and One M7 smartphones garner well-deserved awards and praise. Unsurprisingly to some (although not to Rob), it would seem that HTC’s apparent complacency when it came to the design of the One M9, is coming home to roost.
A second GeekBench report emerged earlier today and this time it’s the Galaxy A8 we’re looking at. If this benchmark is anything to go by, it appears the handset won’t actually feature a 5.7-inch display as previously expected. It will, instead, sport a 5.5-inch panel.