Confirmed: Sony i1 Honami can capture video at 4K resolution

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A little over a month ago, a leaked system dump from the upcoming Sony i1 Honami revealed that it could capture video at 4K (4000 x 2000) resolution. Now we have further evidence that confirms it. The above image is from a planned slideshow presentation regarding the Honami.

We should see this bad boy unveiled at Sony’s press event on September 4. Now I just gotta find a good deal on a 4K TV.

source: esato
via: PhoneArena

HP Slate 8 Pro shows up in GFX Bench with NVIDIA Tegra 4

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A new NVIDIA Tegra 4 powered device showed up on the GFX Bench site from HP. Going by the codename “Bodhi” the device looks like it will be named the HP Slate 8 Pro when it hits the market. However, it is still not clear whether the number 8 in the name refers to a screen size of 8 inches or whether it is just an incremental model increase to replace the HP Slate 7.

The NVIDIA Tegra 4 chip will be running at 1.8GHz, much better than what HP did with the dual-core Cortex A9 found in the Slate 7. With NVIDIA’s newest chip, the device should be able to run in a nice, snappy manner and be able to keep up with some of the newer devices from Samsung or the new Nexus 7. It appears the device will come with a 1600×1200 resolution display, 2GB of RAM, a 5,000 mAh batter, a microSD card slot, and will run Android 4.2.2.

This hardware should help HP step up in the market some compared to the budget-shopper targeted Slate 7.

source: GFX Bench
via: Android Authority

Sony Honami pictures pop up showing off device size and 20 megapixel camera

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I’m not sure if they’re intentional or not, but Sony devices never seem to be able to stay a secret for very long. The latest in the pipeline is the rumored Honami device, which we’ve already seen posing for a few quick pictures before. This time, Honami is comparing sizes with an iPhone 5 and the original Xperia Z again, but we can also see the rear facing 20 megapixel camera in these shots, as well as support for 20 megapixel shots in the camera application. It looks like it’s a bit thicker than the Xperia Z, but shares the same basic design as the Z. There’s another shot showing Honami next to a purple Xperia Z to really see the similarities, aside from the size.

Personally, I’m excited for this device, and I hope the Z made enough of a splash globally for Honami to make its way to a carrier in the States. Hopefully we won’t have to wait much longer for an official word from Sony. Hit the break below to check out some of the other pictures of the device, courtesy of Xperia Blog.
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Samsung tablet being tested with Intel’s Bay Trail CPU, possible Android/Windows 8 hybrid

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Intel’s been trying to elbow into the mobile market, and their latest Bay Trail processors definitely look like a step in the right direction. If no one is using them, though, what’s the point? We’ve seen Intel buddy up with Samsung to ship some devices with their CPUs on board, as was the case with the 10 inch Galaxy Tab 3, and they may have gotten a foot in the door with an upcoming Samsung tablet that features the latest and greatest from Intel. A tablet with the model number of FTXI02W0000026 (which is apparently typical for Bay Trail CPU-powered devices) shown up in a shipping manifest, and while SamMobile seems to think it will be a Windows 8 tablet, there’s a chance that it will dual-boot with Android, too. We’ve already seen Samsung show some interest in that type of device, so, hey, anything can happen, right?

source: SamMobile

More details surface regarding the upcoming LG G Pad tablet

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We got word back in May that LG was looking to re-enter the tablet game sometime during the 3rd quarter of this year. If you remember, LG had the Optimus Pad, which didn’t do so well, and eventually caused LG to stop concentrating on tablets. I guess they just couldn’t stay away as they are readying their next tablet, dubbed the G Pad.

This one will have an 8.3-inch (1920 x 1200) display, a quad-core CPU, and 2GB of RAM. The CPU was unspecified, but I suspect it will be a Snapdragon. There are also plans for it to have both WiFi and cellular options.


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Best Buy inventory screen says Verizon Moto X will arrive August 29

verizon-moto-xWhile nothing is set in stone just yet, a Best Buy inventory screenshot is telling us that we can expect to see the Verizon Moto X on August 29. You might notice that this is the same date the the HTC One is rumored to launch on Verizon as well. A tipster to Android Central sent in the above image, with a note saying that the phone launch had to be pushed back a few days from the original launch date of August 23. The Verizon version of the X is expected to have minimal bloatware and Verizon branding.

Source: Android Central

Focus shifts back to LG as possible Nexus 5 manufacturer

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A few days ago we reported on rumors that Motorola may be the next manufacturer of a Nexus smartphone. Chinese site MyDrivers.com has shifted the focus back to LG as the company tagged to produce the Nexus 5 with a report today indicating the device may be based on the LG G2. There are expected to be some differences though as word is Google will want to keep the price point close to, if not the same as, the Nexus 4, selling for $299 off contract.
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Possible masked photos of the Sony Honami and Xperia Z Ultra leaked

sony_honamiOver the last few years, phone manufacturers have had to take an extra step to make sure their devices leak out to the public before they launch. Many use a different shell or case to hide what the device really looks like to avoid prying eyes.

The picture above is tagged as “Unannounced Sony Device.” It’s believed to be the Sony Honami. Adam Outler, of xda-developers, posted the photo from his Google+ profile. The image has since been removed, but not before Xperia Blog got their hands on it. If you click through the source link, you can see a second image, believed to be a masked Sony Xperia Z Ultra.

Source: Xperia Blog

Release date for non pre-ordered Droid ULTRA/MAXX pushed back to August 27

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Verizon’s been having some pretty bad issues with release dates lately, and it looks like we can add 2/3 of the upcoming Droid family to that list. If you didn’t pre-order your Droid ULTRA or MAXX before today, you’ll have to wait 7 days beyond the normal release date of August 20 to get your hands on it. The Droid MINI is still expected to come with a August 29th release date, as originally reported by Verizon.

Source: Verizon Wireless

Verizon finally launches HTC One sign up page

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Would you look at that! Verizon has finally revealed the sign-up page for the HTC One, just in time for a bunch of other great flagship devices to be released in just a few weeks. Unsurprisingly, we still don’t have a formal release date from Big Red— an early leak had said that the phone would come out on August 1. That date has come and gone… The release date was then seemingly pushed to August 15, and now we’re looking at either a launch on August 23 or 29 according to some sources.

Source: Verizon Wireless