Latest Nexus 7 leak adds details like Android 4.3, sale date of July 31st

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A couple days ago we reported on some images that were discovered of the new Nexus 7 device that is getting ready for release as well as some pricing information. The thing we could not figure out is what might justify a price increase for the device. The latest leak may answer some of those questions as it appears to confirm some specs for the device. First, the new Nexus 7 will have a quad-core processor running at 1.5 GHz. The new chip will be running Android 4.3 as the operating system. Some other new hardware may be driving the cost up a bit, including a slim port so users can connect the device to their TV to play HD content and support for wireless charging.

Source also indicate that Staples stores will get the devices on July 24th, but they are under strict orders to keep them under lock and key until the official sale date of July 31st. The possibility exists that Google may offer the new Nexus 7 through the Play Store before then.

Are you planning to buy a new Nexus 7 when they are available?

source: Engadget

Sony could be working on a ‘lens camera’ that attaches to smartphones

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Word is that Sony is working on a something called a “lens camera” that can be used on its own or mounted onto a smartphone. This lens camera will transmit pictures via NFC and WiFi directly to the smartphone. Users can also mount it to their phone using a special magnetic mount, which would give users a live view of the lens from the phone’s display.

The lens camera will have it’s own imaging sensor, battery, and memory. Word is that it will have the same sensor that is on the Sony DSC-RX100 II camera, which is a 1-inch 20.2MP Exmor R with a f/1.8 Carl Zeiss lens. In addition, Sony could be working on a second model with a smaller sensor and a higher zoom.

To give you an idea of this concept, hit the break for a couple of videos from Wireless Viewfinder Interchangeable Lens (WVIL). This product first appeared at CES 2011, and could be very similar to what Sony is planning. (the image above is a concept image and not intended to be the actual product)

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New red-striped version of Droid Maxx for Verizon leaks, expected for launch on Tuesday, July 23

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Drod_Maxx_Red_BlackThe upcoming Droid Maxx has yet to be released, and we expect to see it launch next Tuesday, July 23rd, the day before Google’s “breakfast” event with Sundar Pichai, where we expect either Android 4.3 and/or the Moto X to surface.

Now we’re seeing a new version of the Droid Maxx, this time with a red stripe going alongside its backside. The fact that Verizon’s logo is on the backside is good news as well, as we now know it won’t be awkwardly placed on the front of the device. As of now, we expect the device to have a 4.7-inch Super AMOLED display with Gorilla Glass 2 protection, a Snapdragon S4 chip clocked at 1.7GHz. 16GB of internal storage is also rumored, as well as a 10 or 14MP camera, and a 2500mAh battery.

We’ll know if all of this is true on Tuesday at the Verizon/Motorola event.

Source: Phone Arena

Samsung Galaxy Note III poses for the blurrycam

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Sketches were revealed yesterday so why not some blurrycam photos? I am sure we will see a slew of purported images of the Galaxy Note III over the next month, and hopefully a lot better than what we are showing you here. It actually pains me to post this, but I know there are hardcore fans out there that will take anything. Well here you go. There is absolutely nothing we can get out of these photos other than the fact that the Galaxy Note III is a phone. More blurrys after the break.

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Moto X release date for U.S. Cellular leaks, expect to see ramp up of marketing efforts in coming weeks

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With the Moto X bandwagon seemingly increasing in size every day, we continue to receive more and more news about the upcoming device. This time, we present to you a memo which lists the release date for the Moto X for U.S. Cellular on August 26th.

Expect to see an enormous increase in marketing efforts for the Moto X in the coming week or so, especially because Google has an event planned on Wednesday, and we’ve already seen the device a million times at this point through leaked images, and of course our buddy Larry Page. Any day now…

Source: Android Central

New images, rumors of specs surface for Meizu MX3

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A new “tipster” source surfaced yesterday and claims to have some details about Meizu’s forthcoming Meizu MX3 smartphone. According to @srcleaks, the images above and below show the front and back of the MX3 along with dimensions for the device. The image of the front is fairly consistent with the last render that surfaced back in March. The device appears to be similar in looks to an HTC One or possibly an iPhone, especially with the large bezels at the top and bottom. » Read the rest

Samsung Galaxy Note III sketches leak along with specs list

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A couple of sketches of Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note 3 (SM-N900) has leaked online, alongside a list of specs that are expected to come with the device.

The list shows that the new phablet will run Jelly Bean, however it doesn’t note whether it will be either 4.2.2 or 4.3. Then there are the obvious specs such as GPS, Bluetooth 4, USB 2.0, and a 1080p video camera. It then shows that it will either pack a Exynos Cortex A15, the Cortex A7 Octa Core, or the Snapdragon 800 quad-core. These could just be guesses, or they could be noting that the device will come in a bunch of different variants.

They’re also expecting to see a 13MP camera, and an AMOLED display with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. An official announcement is expected to come in Berlin in September during the annual IFA tech expo.

Source: SIM Only Radar

Android 4.3 leaks for the Nexus 4

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Android 4.3 is likely to be officially available next week for the Nexus 4, but if you just can’t wait a few extra days, a leaked version is available. The build is JWR66N and was installed on a phone bought on Craigslist from a Googler. The build is in TWRP backup format so you will need the custom recovery installed. Currently the radio and bootloader are missing, but will be added soon. We also don’t know how final this firmware is so there could be other bugs. I will simply wait, but for those of you that just can’t, hit the source link.

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New Nexus 7 appears in both pictures and video

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All indications are that we will see the new Nexus 7 next week, but who wants to see it a little early? Unfortunately we don’t know if it’s a near final product or an early prototype. Among the pictures, the unit has listed specs, which do appear questionable.

The obvious is that it’s made by ASUS and includes a 7-inch LCD display. It has rear and front cameras, 5MP and 1.2MP respectively. Where things get fishy is that it has a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro. With the latest rumor that the price of this tab will go up to $229, that doesn’t make sense. Most rumors indicate a Snapdragon 600, but who knows, maybe there will be multiple versions.

The next item is the RAM, which shows 4GB. We have yet to see a device with 4GB nor have we ever seen a rumor of one, so I’m not buying it. One interesting spec is dual speakers, but they are placed at the back. I would love to see an IR blaster, but no mention of it. Hit the break for more images and video.

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Motorola DROID ULTRA in red surfaces

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We have already spotted a black version of the Motorola DROID ULTRA as well as a white version as Motorola gears up to unleash a new batch of DROID devices upon the world. Joining those two versions may be a red version of the device as seen in a render discovered by @evleaks. Like the previous images, the render reveals a carbon fiber type look to the device’s case, which is marked with the Verizon logo on the back.

We are still waiting on more details about the specs for these devices. The answers may not come until Verizon’s press event scheduled for July 23rd in New York City. Joining the DROID ULTRA in Verizon’s lineup could be the DROID Mini and the DROID MAXX.

Do you think Motorola’s strategy to release multiple color options for a new device will be successful?

source: @evleaks