HTC One Max to have the Snapdragon S4 Pro instead of an 800?

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We have slightly bizarre news for this Sunday night. @evleaks is reporting that the HTC One Max phablet will not have the Snapdragon 800, and will have the Snapdragon S4 Pro instead. This would be a real Debbie Downer, and if true, one has to wonder why HTC would do this? It could mean that the One Max won’t be competing with the likes of the Galaxy Note III or the Xperia Z Ultra, but instead competing with the Samsung Galaxy Mega.

Generally, phablets are priced higher so HTC might be trying to bring the larger screen option to the budget minded folks like Samsung is doing with the Galaxy Mega. At least they opted for a quad-core as opposed to the dual-core Snapdragon 400 found on the Galaxy Mega. Again, assuming this is all true, why would HTC put a fingerprint scanner on a phone that isn’t a flagship phone? I guess we will just have to wait and see what the full story is.


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Kindle Fire press render leaks

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Last week we got a good look at the upcoming Kindle Fire HD refresh, and today we have a press render of the new Kindle Fire. You won’t see a front-facing camera, which is why we believe it is the non-HD version of the Kindle.

It shouldn’t be too long till Amazon unveils the new Kindles. Last year, they did it on September 6th, so obviously they are a little late this year. Invitations could go out this week for an event later in the month. Stay tuned.

source: @evleaks

Nexus 5 camera could sport Optical Image Stabilization

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Now that we know that the Nexus 5 is made by LG and is probably based on the G2, it’s likely to sport Optical Image Stabilization (OIS). The phone is shown in all its glory via the FCC, and it appears it has the same camera module found on the LG G2.

A great camera is one feature that never found its way onto a Nexus device. The Galaxy Nexus had a terrible camera, and although the Nexus 4 was much better, it was nothing to write home about. If you remember, back in February, Senior Vice President of Engineering, Vic Gundotra said the following about Nexus phones…..“We are committed to making Nexus phones with insanely great cameras. Just you wait and see.” Well it appears that we just might see pretty soon. I’m looking forward to a Nexus device that can take amazing pictures, how about your guys?


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Padfone Infinity launch event invitations sent out by ASUS

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ASUS is preparing to launch their Padfone Infinity this week and they recently sent out invitations for their special launch event to be held in Taipei. As we stated previously, the device will be very similar to its predecessor but feature a Snapdragon 800 processor, a microSD slot, and an all-white version will be available. There will be no resolution upgrade for the screen, according to sources.

For those of you who can’t wait to see the new phablet, launch is September 17th.

Check out the promotional video for the device below.

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OPPO continuing to tease N1 ahead of official announcement

oppo_n1The OPPO N1 is allegedly coming out in just 10 days, on September 23. There’s a lot of hype for this device, and OPPO is fueling the hype by posting trailer videos. The latest one, Trailer #4, shows short clips of the N1 being built, taking us through the manufacturing process. There’s not much new to take out of it, but it’s still interesting.

In addition, Chinese media sources, along with finding some leaked press shots, have learned that the N1 will be capable of taking long exposure shots, up to 8 seconds long. Also, the price for the N1 will be at around CNY4000, or $650 US. While waiting, check out Teaser #4 after the break.


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HTC One Max gets pictured again revealing a fingerprint scanner

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At the end of last month, a really nice image of the HTC One Max leaked that showed a fingerprint scanner. Now we have yet another image that confirms it, and we also get an idea of how it compares in size to the smaller HTC One.

With Apple announcing their own version of a fingerprint scanner for the iPhone 5S, this means the two operating systems will feature it. The only problem for Android is the One Max isn’t going to be a high profile device. Not only is HTC suffering when it comes to sales, this phone is a niche product, which further dampens things.

What’s also interesting is Apple’s scanner is on the front of the device, while HTC chose to place it on the back of the device. Apparently HTC agrees with LG’s belief that most people naturally place their finger at the back of the device.


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ZTE Nubia Z5 NX501 passes through FCC, could launch in United States relatively soon

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A device going by the name “SRQ-NX501″ recently passed through the halls of the FCC, which is more than likely the ZTE Nubia Z5 NX501.

The device will work on both GSM and WCDMA networks, and is Bluetooth and WLAN capable.

The China version of the device comes with a 5-inch display, a full HD 1080p resolution, a 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor, has 2GB RAM, features a 13MP camera, and ships with 4.1.2 Jelly Bean.

Rumors say that the American variant will feature an upgraded processor, the Snapdragon 800. This is quite the surprise, since in the past, Chinese devices making their way over to the United States normally have downgraded specs, including RAM and processor speed.

Via: GSMInsider
Source: FCC

Temporary root achieved on Verizon Moto X and new DROID phones

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Root access on the Sprint, U.S. Cellular, and T-Mobile variants of the Moto X has been relatively simple and straightforward, as Motorola hasn’t put too many safeguards in the way of consumers messing with their devices for these carriers. However, Verizon and AT&T customers haven’t been so lucky. However, that might change very soon for Verizon customers, as developer Justin Case of TeamAndIRC has achieved root on their Moto X, and the procedure also applies to the new DROID phones. The root isn’t permanent at this time and you might want to hold off on any OTA updates if you’re planning on going through with the root.

It’s great news nonetheless and hopefully Justin Case comes out with a more stable method sooner than later.

Source: Phandroid