IFA 2014 is basically Comic-Con for smartphone nerds, complete with cryptic teasers and flagship cosplay. Okay, I made that last part up, but the cryptic teasers are the real deal, and Huawai have released one that has the whole internet guessing what they could possibly have up their sleeve.
It’s no secret that Motorola are refreshing their flagship Moto X and mid-range Moto G models by the end of the year. We’ve also been led to believe that they will be manufacturing the Nexus 6 (codenamed Shamu). If that wasn’t enough, rumors have emerged indicating up to five more new phones from the Lenovo-owned manufacturer, including a Star Wars-themed Droid.
A leaked Lenovo roadmap shows what smartphones the company has in store for the rest of the year, including three devices in September, one in October, and one in November. Five devices in three months means the company is definitely trying to create a strong portfolio going into the holidays.
The year 2014 will be remembered for its selfies. Anywhere you turn, in the real world or online, someone taking a photograph of themselves can be found. We have already seen companies aim to master the art of a single camera for both sides, but not quite like this. The image above is allegedly an unannounced Sony device that is all about selfies. The entire devices resembles a women’s perfume bottle and has a massive lens for the camera that swivels 360 degrees so that it can be used as a front facing or rear camera depending upon the position.
While reviewing the user guide for a Bluetooth speaker with a charging dock, the Sony BSC10, readers noted an unusual entry. Amongst the compatible devices listing is an entry for an “Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact” which seems to imply Sony is working on a tablet device smaller than the typical 10-inch plus devices they produce. Sony is not really a big player in the tablet market to begin with and their limited selection tends toward the larger devices.
Of course a lone listing gives us no clues about what the size or specs of a compact tablet from Sony may be, but odds are it will be in the 7- or 8-inch range. In the past, Sony has produced an Xperia Z1 Compact smartphone which turned out to be similar to the regular Xperia Z1 smartphone in a smaller size. So an Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact could end up being similar to the regular size Xperia Z3 Tablet with Snapdragon 801 processor, 3 GB of RAM and a 1080p capable screen.
The Moto G2 will probably be unveiled in a couple of weeks on September 4 alongside the Moto X+1 and the Moto 360. It’s expected to sport a 5-inch display, which is a huge upgrade from the 4.5-incher that was on the original.
Speaking of the display, it has appeared on a Chinese site called Taobao. In fact, you can even buy is for ¥350.00 or about $57.00, not that you would really want to, but if you’re someone who has to have it all, then you might.
The upcoming Samsung Galaxy Mega 2 isn’t supposed to be a specs-beast, but will be a very serviceable midrange phablet for those in the market for one.
Lucky for buyers, its impending announcement seems closer than ever before, as the device’s firmware, SM-G750 (same model number as the device) has shown up online.
Huawei’s upcoming Ascend Mate 7 has been making rounds online lately, but we haven’t seen much of its midrange little brother, the Ascend G7.
The G7, which is expected to have only a 720p display, 1GB RAM, has been teased by company officials in recent days, and now we get to take a look at a few leaked pictures of the phone.
The G7 should be announced officially at IFA 2014 in Berlin next month, but we expect more information on not only this device before then, but on the Ascend Mate 7 as well.
At a New York City event tomorrow, Sprint will be announcing Sharp’s Aquos Crystal, a 5-inch device with extremely small bezels.
Although it’s quite the looker, the specs are unfortunately midrange. Packed inside is an LTE-capable Snapdragon 400 quad-core SoC clocked at 1.2GHz, 1.5GB RAM, 8GB storage space and Android 4.4.2. The battery packs 2040mAh. Some extras include a Harman Kardon sound effects engine, “LiveStage” streaming, and compatibility with the Harman Kardon ONYX Studio Bluetooth speaker.
While pre-orders will begin tomorrow, the phone will be released in the US on August 29.
It looks like Motorola won’t be the only ones having a big day on September 4th because Huawei is looking to steal some of the spotlight. Invitations have been sent out for an event that will most likely be the unveiling of the Ascend Mate 7.
As per normal practice, the invitation only reveals just a little bit of info. In this case, it’s a fingerprint, which has to mean a fingerprint scanner will be present on the phone. The Ascend Mate 7 is expected to have a 6-inch display and have two variants for resolution, a QHD (2560 x 1440) and Full HD (1920 x 1080). Expect Huawei’s own Kirin 920 octa-core processor, a 13 MP rear camera, and a 5 MP front-facer for your selfies.