Those of you looking for a more compact and economical version of the Samsung Galaxy S 4 will have to wait a couple of months longer. The Galaxy S 4 Mini was originally going to release in May, but has been pushed back to July. The little brother of the Galaxy S 4 will come with a 4.3-inch qHD (960 x 540) display, and 8MP camera. We expect to see two versions, a one SIM option and a dual-SIM option. The single-SIM option will sport a quad-core CPU, while the dual-SIM will sport a dual-core CPU. No word on why there is a delay, but I would imagine with the Galaxy S 4 launching shortly, Samsung would like to see that phone in the spotlight for a little while.
Have you been itching for a unique online gaming center/marketplace that’s similar to say, Microsoft’s Xbox Live? Well it appears that Google may very well be on its way to developing something special in the works. Our friends at Android Police stumbled upon what a unique “Games” folder in the MyGlass app which contains all the essential ingredients for a gaming-based service: full multi-player capabilities, achievements, real-time chats, leaderboards, invitations and lobbies— yeah pretty much the whole nine yards there. Of course this significant leak may just be something for the Android heads to tinker and experiment with… but then again, this could be the start of something really special. Nevertheless, we’ll be keeping our eyes and ears fully open when we hit Google I/O in May.
We already know that Samsung has finally come to the realization that well, plastic isn’t all that attractive on its flagship devices, but it appears that Samsung is intent on making some major changes even faster than we previously thought. Serial leaker evleaks got its hands the first shots of a mystery device which sports an all-metal unibody design, complete with unusually boxy corners. Oh and it doesn’t stop there either—- there is a distinct slot for an all-too-familiar accessory with Samsung Galaxy Note-based products. So it’s possible that we are looking at a test version of a new Galaxy Note (Galaxy Note III?) on the way? Or it could be some Sammy engineers just fiddling around over in the labs for fun. Whatever it is Samsung— we’re on to you and watching very closely…
An image alleging to show a leaked Staples document reveals some information about availability of the Samsung Galaxy S 4 at the office supplies retailer. According to the information in the internal memo, the Galaxy S 4 will be available for AT&T customers on April 26th. The T-Mobile version will be available a few days later on May 1st, but Verizon customers will have to wait another month until May 30th. The document does indicate in several places that the Staples reservation process does not guarantee delivery of the device on those dates, just the availability of a unit for a customer to buy when inventory does show up. » Read the rest
When Samsung announced their latest flagship device, the Samsung Galaxy S 4, one of the criticisms leveled was that it continued the design philosophy of using plastic for the body of the smartphone. The cacophony surrounding this choice grew so loud that Samsung’s executive vice president for the mobile division even took to offering a defense for Samsung’s choice to use plastic while other manufacturers were opting for materials like aluminum and glass. Sources are now indicating Samsung may respond to that criticism when the next Galaxy Note device, the Samsung Galaxy Note III, is released.
These sources claim an internally produced metal version of the Galaxy S 4 was very popular and well received by those who managed to spend some time with it. However, manufacturing dictates and deadlines precluded the use of metal for the Galaxy S 4. There is some time for Samsung to get everything tooled up for the Galaxy Note III and to produce it using something other than plastic. There are some hints that the shape may change as well to something more in line with the HTC One or other devices that are not so rounded as Samsung’s Galaxy line.
Do you think Samsung will make a move to change from plastic to metal for their top tier lines? Do you think they should?
All of Toshiba’s tablets last year had the NVIDIA Tegra 3 chip so it’s no surprise their next effort will sport the Tegra 4. Two new Toshiba tablets appeared on the WiFi Association and Bluetooth Special Interest Group (SIG). The models are AT10-A-A-REGZA and AT15. Not much is known about the AT15, but the AT10 showed up in AnTuTu benchmarks (pictured above) as the AT10LE-A with a whopping score of 28,058. That’s on par with the Galaxy S 4′s Exynos chip. Expect the AT10 to sport a 10-inch display, but we have no idea when Toshiba will release it. I wouldn’t expect to see them before the summer though.
The last information we heard about the fabled X Phone’s release date had it pegged for July. Unfortunately, that release date appears to have been pushed back to at least August, but it could possibly be even later before we see the device. The device is reportedly still in the early prototype phase, so it just wouldn’t be ready for a mid-summer release. Unfortunately, this probably means we won’t see it at Google I/O, either, but I suppose it’s best for Google and Motorola to put out a device that can storm the holiday season instead of rushing something out the door that doesn’t live up to Google’s standards.
Well what do we have here? It’s looking like Huawei has yet another flagship device in the works that looks like it’s going to possibly redefine the brand as we know it. A mysterious EDGE smartphone has been leaked that features a 4.9-inch 1,920 x 1,080 display, a quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, a 2,600mAh battery and a 13MP camera. Sure that sounds ho-hum compared to the competition but Huawei has managed to squeeze all those sexy specs into a 6.3mm profile and a sleek aluminum body.
Rumor has it that Huawei expects to release this Android 4.2-powered device sometime in the second half of 2013, but we’ll be sure to provide more deets as we get them.
Microsoft sure is doing its best to stay quiet regarding its launch plans for its Office for Android, but it finally appears that we have an idea of when to expect the productivity suite and tools to hit our Android devices. The gang at ZDNET obtained a leaked roadmap for the mobile port of Microsoft’s Office product, also affectionately known as “Gemini”. The major thing to note right off the bat is that “Gemini” is not only being stalled for a launch later this year, but it’s looking like it will be ready around the fall of next year. As Microsoft’s Win32, Surface RT and Mac versions takes precedent, it will likely have the Android’s app version being developed on the back-end and won’t be ready for the masses until October 2014.
The long wait is definitely a bummer for sure. Here’s hoping that Android port will be worth the wait.
Oppo is proud to have once built the world’s thinnest smartphone, and even though their current phone’s don’t hold that title, it looks they’re working on taking it back. The latest leak has Oppo’s new R809T phone coming in at 6.13 mm, or 0.24 inches thin. For lack of a better word, that’s ridiculous. Of course, it’s not amazing if you can’t cram in some worthwhile specs in that thin body, and Oppo is said to have a MediaTek quad-core processor with 1 GB under a 720p, 4.5 inch screen. It’s not bleeding edge technology, but impressive nonetheless. It’s set to debut in China for 2500 yuan ($403) off contract on April 26th, but no word if it’ll make it’s way to other countries. We’ll definitely keep you updated if we hear anything else about it.