HP may release 6-inch phablet with quad-core CPU for $200


After struggling in the mobile market, it really looks like HP is embracing Android to reverse its fortunes. They’ve already released several budget Android tablets, and according to the latest rumors, they’re going to be getting into the budget-phablet contest in emerging markets.

The HP Slate 6 Voice Tab, lengthy name aside, is going to be a 6-inch phone/tablet hybrid with a quad-core Marvell processor, a 720p screen, and dual-sim support. It’s also set to be released in the $200 price range. Between the price tag and the dual-sim card support, this likely means it’s going to be HP’s go-to device in places like India and China where premium flagship phones don’t account for much of the market share.

No word on release date just yet, but we’ll keep you updated.

source: Phone Arena

More information surfaces on YouTube’s new music service


We have heard for a few months now that Google will launch some sort of YouTube Music Service. It was originally rumored to be released last year, but the most recent report has it pegged for early this year.

What exactly will the service be, and what will it offer that’s different from Play Music All Access? Well obviously YouTube is more visual so you can expect that to be a key, but rumors indicate that it will much like Spotify in that it will sport a powerful search engine for every music taste. There will also be a function called “Art Tracks” that will offer a collage with photos of the artists as well as covers.

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Sony “Sirius” to Debut Officially as the Xperia Z2 at MWC

Sony-Xperia-Z2Last week we saw a rumor that Sony’s newest device, codenamed “Sirius”, could debut at MWC this year, and be coming to Verizon later this year. More information has come out suggesting that the device will be the Xperia Z2 and has all but officially confirmed the rumor that we’ll see it at MWC. It was rumored to be under the codename “Avatar” but a reliable source says that’s not the case. The phone will boast some amazing specs as well.

It will feature the quad-core Snapdragon 800, a 5.2  inch 2,560×1,440 pixel (Quad HD, QHD, or 2k) display, 3GB of RAM, a 20.7MP camera, and a 3,700mAh battery. It will come with the water and dust protection expected with Sony hardware and it will have KitKat on board. It will also have the Mobile Bravia Engine 3 with improved X-Reality. The rumor about it coming to Verizon, has yet to be confirmed. We’re a little over a month away from Mobile World Congress, and it’s safe to say we’ll know more then.

source: VR-Zone

Galaxy S 5 could have a 2900mAh battery with rapid charging


The speculation on the Galaxy S 5 will continue through its announcement in March, and today’s topic is the battery. The latest word is that it will be a little larger than the Galaxy S 4, which is obviously not surprising. It will come in at 2900 mAh, as opposed to 2600 mAh on the GS4.

What is interesting is that it might be a new lithium-ion technology that stores 20% more energy than most batteries currently on the market. This type of battery uses a silicon anode instead of graphite. Now it not only allows for more storage, but it also offers better longterm life. These batteries will still retain about 80% of their charge after 500 cycles.

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HP preparing to launch 5.5-inch phablet, will compete with Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3


HP is known for its computers, but the company is looking to continue its expansion in the mobile device market with the addition of a Galaxy Note-like phablet to its current lineup.

The company is reportedly preparing to launch a 5.5-inch device that could feature specs which would rival that of the Galaxy Mega 6.3 expected for release next week. If that’s true, expect a price tag around $400.

It’s no secret that the PC market is quickly disappearing. People want smaller devices, and HP knows that. It’s a smart move, but only time will tell if they’ll be able to compete in an already over-saturated market where even well-known competitors like HTC are struggling to survive.

Source: VR Zone

Nokia Normandy press renders leak showing phone UI

Nokia Normany press render

We’ve got another press release showing off Nokia’s rumored Normandy Android phone. This time we can see what appears to be the default home screen on the device which definitely looks more like Windows 8 than Android. We are still seeing the multitude of different color options, however.

We know that Normandy will likely feature a forked version of Android, and now that we can see more of the user interface, I think it’s a safe bet that Nokia is going to try to keep the Windows Phone aesthetic on this device. This could also mean that they’re going to continue pushing Microsoft products (Skype, SkyDrive, etc.) instead of Google’s services. That could definitely put a damper on your plan to pick up a budget Android device with Google Play and Nokia hardware, but it’s only speculation at this point. As a side note, it also looks like this is going to be a dual-sim device, as you can by the status bar on the images.

What do you think? Is the Normandy still looking like an attractive budget device, or would you rather have something closer to stock Android?

source: @evleaks

Latest leak says Nexus 7 finally ready to debut on Verizon


While the Nexus 7 has been a big hit, customers hoping to use the device on Verizon’s wireless network have been left out in the cold. It all started last fall when it was discovered Verizon would not allow activations of the device on their network followed by a hasty explanation involving their certification process. That process was then delayed when “issues” were identified and a decision was made to wait until Android 4.4 KitKat could be installed on Verizon units. According to a tweet from @evleaks, the Nexus 7 is finally ready to join the Verizon portfolio.

Keep in mind @evleaks tweeted essentially the same message back at the beginning of November. Similar to that tweet, this latest tip includes no indication of timing unless you consider “about to be” such a qualifier. The latest rumor does add that the devices will have no Verizon branding, which would be an odd move.

Are you a Verizon customer interested in a Nexus 7 capable of running on their network?

source: @evleaks

Benchmark scores prove dominance of upcoming NVIDIA Tegra K1 chip


NVIDIA’s upcoming Tegra K1 stole the show last week at CES in Last Vegas, and we’re now finally getting to see some benchmark numbers for the chip. Despite the processor being in its early stages, the results are looking up.

MyDrivers.com (above) benchmarked the chip using GFXBench 2.7— here are the results:

-60 fps (beating both new iPads by more than 1/2 their scores)
-Beat the Galaxy Note 3 (Snapdragon 800) and Toshiba eXcite Pro (Tegra 4)
-Beat full-sized laptops running on Intel’s Haswell processors (with Intel HD 4400 and 4200 GPU)

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