Fingerprint scanning a possibility for Samsung Galaxy Note III


Samsung’s Galaxy Note III device is scheduled to be announced this week, so it is only fitting that rumors abound concerning what we will discover. The latest technology that seems to have been identified is some type of fingerprint scanning capability for the Galaxy Note III. Twitter tipster @evleaks managed to get his hands on a list of APK files included on the forthcoming device. The list is quite long thanks to Samsung’s TouchWiz interface and buried in the list is a file named FingerprintService.apk. The presence of this file would seem to imply Samsung is planning to provide the ability to scan fingerprints as part of the device’s security capabilities.

Implementation of fingerprint scanners in smartphones is not a new concept as seen on the Motorola ATRIX 4G. More recently we have been witness to the on again, off again rumors regarding a fingerprint scanner included in the HTC One Max.  Even Apple is supposedly exploring fingerprint scanner options for their devices. All of this activity is likely driven by the increased focus on security as smartphones and tablets begin to displace traditional computer form factors and carry more sensitive information.

source: @evleaks

Many images of the Sony Smart Shot ‘Lens Cameras’ leak


Over the weekend we heard that Sony’s upcoming Lens Cameras would be part of a new line called Smart Shot. Both the QX10 and the QX100 will most likely be unveiled this Wednesday along with the Xperia Z1.

Just like the Xperia Z1, we have seen so many leaks, there really isn’t much left to tell us. Now we have several images of both cameras. Hit the break for the complete gallery.

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Press Images of the Sony Xperia Z1 leak


The worst kept secret this year has to go to the Sony Xperia Z1, codenamed the Honami. There has been so many leaks and teasers, that I’m not even sure Sony needs to hold their press event this Wednesday.

Now we have the full press render to feast your eyes on. There isn’t anything here that is going to shock you. You can clearly see the G Lens logo, a microSD slot, and a two-tone design. Hit the break for a few more images….

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Image of Galaxy Note III leaks, rumored to have extremely thin bezel


The successor to Samsung’s phablet, the Note II, is only a few days away from an official announcement, but you won’t have to wait to see what the back of the device looks like. A picture of the Galaxy Note III has leaked online, and according to the tipster, the device has extremely narrow bezels.

The phone is rumored to have a 5.68-inch full HD super AMOLED display for developed markets and full HD LCD for developing markets, a Snapdragon 800 processor in 70-80% of devices while there will be an Exynos 5220 in 20-30% of devices, a 13 MP camera, 3 GB RAM, the option for 32/64 GB internal storage, Hifi Music Playback at 24bit/192kHz, a 3300-3420mAh battery, and Android 4.3.

We already know that the phone is going to be an absolute beast, so it’s just a matter of time before we can get our hands on it.

Hit the break for a more zoomed in photo of the device.

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Sony lens-camera devices will reportedly be called Smart Shot

smartshotSony is planning on releasing a few concept imaging devices at the IFA in Berlin next week. The DSC-QX10 and DSC-QX100 will be two attachable lens-camera devices that mount onto a smartphone to provide a built-in imaging sensor, Bionz processor, Wi-Fi/NFC, SD card slot and battery. A new report from SonyAlphaRumors tells us that these lens-cameras will be called “Smart Shot,” a mashup of smartphone and Cyber Shot.

As a refresher, the QX10 will have a 1/2.3 inch 18MP CMOS sensor and f/3.3-5.9 lens, while the QX100 has the same sensor and lens as the Sony RX100MII. Both devices will be able to capture video in 1080/30p as well as incorporate optical steadyshot stabilization.

Source: XperiaBlog, SonyAlphaRumors

Samsung Galaxy Note 12.2 leaked ahead of IFA expo

galaxy_note_122An extra large tablet, dubbed with product code Samsung SM-P900, or as we know it the Samsung Galaxy Note 12.2, seems to have been leaked to the public. With a 2560 x 1600 pixel screen, a diagonal of 12.2 inches, and Samsung Exynos 5 Octa, it’s sure to be a powerhouse of a device aimed at professionals. Looking at the picture above, it seems to follow the design trend of the Note line, with a central physical button and menu and back buttons on the left and right, respectively.

A lot of big details are still missing, but we should learn more about the tablet at the Samsung event on September 4.


LG announces G Pad 8.3 before IFA, set for a global Q4 release



In an effort to distinguish its own product from those that will be unveiled at IFA this week, LG officially announced their G Pad 8.3 yesterday. The 8-incher will feature a 1920 x 1200 WUXGA full HD screen, a whopping 4,600mAh battery, a quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor clocked at 1.7 GHz, 16 GB internal storage, and 2 GB RAM. It packs a lot, but it’s still just 8.33mm thick and weighs 338 grams.

The tablet will run Jelly Bean 4.2.2 out of the box, and features a lot of the same software enhancements loaded up on the LG G2 inlcuding QPair, QSlide, KnockOn, etc.

The device will be available globally in Q4 in two color options: black or white. Expect to hear more once we see it in full at IFA. Hit the break for the full press release.

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HTC Zara to officially ship as ‘Desire 601′

HTC_Zara_Leaked_Image_826We’ve heard about the HTC ‘Zara’ quite a few times now, and we’re getting information today from @evleaks that the device will officially ship as the Desire 601.

We’ve also heard about the HTC Zara Mini a few times as well, which we now know will be code-named Z3, and could eventually be a part of the Desire series as well. It’s confusing, and it wouldn’t be surprising to find out that there really is only one device we’re looking at here.

To echo what we already know about the Desire 601, it’s going to be relatively mid-range with a 4.5-inch screen, a Snapdragon 400 processor clocked at 1.2GHz, a 8MP shooter (possibly not UltraPixel), 1GB of RAM, 8GB internal storage with a microSD slot, and a 2,100mAh battery. We expect to see Sense 5.5 laid over Android 4.3 which is pretty nice but not surprising.

More to come when the device is officially confirmed.

Source: @evleaks

Moto X to have $99 price tag on-contract come Q4, will add ‘at least’ 4 new wood-grained backs


According to @evleaks, the Moto X will drop its price to $99 on-contract come Q4 2013 (which begins at the end of September), and will offer up 4 new wooden-grained backs to choose from. The one catch is that the wooden-back options will cost an extra $50, but the overall cost is still less than it is right now, so it might be a good idea to wait a bit until the price drops. They look very nice from the images— it makes sense that Moto will go the extra mile with this one.

Source: @evleaks

Samsung UK hyping Galaxy Gear/Galaxy Note 3 via Facebook contest

Unpacked_EventSamsung UK has posted an image on their Facebook page, which offers users the chance to win “what will be unpacked” in Berlin on September 4th. Since the copy says that they will “reveal something new and groundbreaking,” we’re guessing that this is most likely referring to the Galaxy Gear (and not the Note 3). Either way, we do know Samsung will be offering the chance to win one or multiple devices to those that like their Facebook page. You’ve got to be in it to win it, so what are you waiting for?

Source: Samsung Facebook