Sony ‘Honami’ camera UI shown in leaked image

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Another day means another leak of the upcoming Sony “Honami’ flagship. This time we get a glimpse of the camera UI. It gives us further confirmation of the expected 20MP sensor. You will also notice a newer icon with the letter “M” in it, which is for manual settings. It also appears they have changed up the settings. This new UI has from left to right, Settings, Flash, Front/Rear lens toggle, and secondary settings. Are you guys getting excited for the ‘Honami’?

source: Gadgety
via: Xperia Blog

Samsung Galaxy Mega 5.8 DUOS leaked for your viewing pleasure

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You know that since we saw the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 DUOS leak yesterday, it wouldn’t be long before we saw a 5.8 DUOS leak too. Well the folks at GSM Insider (via the fine team @leakschina) stumbled upon the dual-SIM variant (SCH-P709) of the larger-than-life Galaxy Mega 5.8 smartphone. The device is expected to feature a dual-core processor, qHD display (sigh), an 8MP camera and Android 4.2.2 fired up on the device. Judging by the leak, it looks like it’s headed straight for China Telecom as an exclusive device, so you’d best not hold your breath and expect this variant to hit other markets at this time.

source: GSM Insider

Samsung patent reveals possible plans for Asus PadFone competitor device

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A recent filing out of the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office by Samsung has recently been approved for a “wireless communication terminal.” It only takes a couple seconds of looking at it to realize that it resembles the Asus PadFone, however Samsung’s design is a bit more “T-shaped” than their competitor’s. The patent didn’t seem to have any sort of special smartphone to come with the tablet, so it looks like it will be standalone…for now.

Obviously this is the only information we have on it for now, so don’t expect any kind of specs, name, release date, or price for a little while. Check back for updates as it arrives. Look after the break for another image from the patent filing. » Read the rest

Samsung looks to release inexpensive Galaxy Folder in Korea with clamshell form factor

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The innovation of the clamshell form factor was the first revolutionary change that the mobile phone market saw years and years (and years) ago. And now it looks like Samsung wants to bring it back with their new “Samsung Galaxy Folder,” which will be an inexpensive, low-end device that will launch exclusively in Korea.

It’ll be Android-powered, naturally, and feature the good old T9 phone keypad, LTE support, Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor, and a new UI specifically designed for the obviously different form factor of the device. The display is rumored to be a small 800 x 480 pixel display.

The photo featured above is not of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Folder, but rather a luxury “Jackie Chan phone” that launched in China and was ridiculously expensive, at about $2000-3000 USD. (We’re still not sure how they managed to sell any of them.)

However, the new Samsung Galaxy Folder is expected to be very cheap, and will be a good test for the flip-phone market. If it does well enough in Korea, perhaps we’ll see an international launch in the near future, or at least a  similar device from Samsung later on.

Source: Unwired View

 

Leaked publication suggests Android 4.3 and 5.0 updates to come to recent Samsung flagships

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Google has yet to even officially announce the upcoming release of Android 4.3, and we’re already receiving rumors that Samsung is working on updates to the newest version of the OS for some of its top devices, including the Galaxy S 3 and Galaxy Note 2, which will supposedly skip the Android 4.2.2 update and jump straight to 4.3.

Since Google is planning on releasing the new version in the near future, it makes sense for Samsung to skip right over 4.2.2, especially because of the minor OS changes in the update.

The leaked publication also suggests that the Galaxy S 4, Galaxy S 3, Galaxy Note 3, and Galaxy Note 2, will all be upgradable to the next major version of Android, most likely 5.0 Key Lime Pie.

More information will obviously come in the next few weeks and months about this, so we’ll be sure to keep you updated as the news comes in.

Source: Temefy

Leaked Sony ‘Honami’ press render reveals G Lens branding

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The Sony Honami has a new leak and this time it’s a press image. Other than a decent picture of the phone, you can see G Lens branding next to the lens. If you aren’t familiar with G Lens, it’s Sony’s proprietary glass brand they use on their cameras. Furthermore, since G Lens is onboard, you can expect the Honami to also have the BIONZ image processing engine. It’s a separate processory with powerful algorithms. At this point, we suspect that it will be similar to the Bravia Engine in that it will be software based because it’s for mobile.

The Sony Honami looks to be a pretty amazing beast, but will it make any waves in North America?

source: ePrice
via: Xperia Blog

Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 DUOS leaks, dual-sim version of Samsung’s latest phablet

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Samsung’s latest phablet, the Galaxy Mega 6.3, is slated to see a new variant join its rank with dual-sim slots. It’s still the same massive, 6.3 inch device, just with two sim card slots instead of one. The leaked pictures of it are unsurprisingly identical to the standard version aside from the slightly adjusted internals. The device has reportedly already received Bluetooth certification with the model number SCH-P729, so it shouldn’t be too much longer before you can pick one of these up. Like other Samsung devices with dual-sim slots, you can expect this one to carry the DUOS branding and be called the Galaxy Mega 6.3 DUOS.

Anybody planning on picking one of these up?

source: Phone Arena

New render image may show HP smartphone

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An image surfaced on Monday that allegedly shows an HP smartphone. This discovery is timely as we reported at the beginning of the month an official with HP hinted the company was working on a smartphone. Now would be a good time for a company like HP to try to expand their market lines given the ongoing contraction in the PC market. No details regarding possible specs were available.

This would not be the first time HP has come close to releasing a smartphone device. Last year an HP Android-based smartphone was discovered on GLBenchmark, only to disappear. In 2011 HP had plans to launch the webOS powered HP Pre3 in the U.S., but canceled those plans after a short European launch.

source: phoneArena

Verizon will reportedly introduce “VZ Edge” upgrade plan in August

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vz_edgeT-Mobile made headlines with the JUMP! program that they announced last week to allow early upgrades. Verizon looks to be following, with a new program called VZ Edge. Droid-Life got their hands on a training slide that outlines the new program that allows customers to avoid contracts and upgrade fees. VZ Edge will reportedly allow customers to purchase a new smartphone using Verizon’s monthly installment options, as long as 50% of the previous phone has already been paid off.

There are a few question marks with this program, like how often Verizon will allow you to change your device, and if current unlimited-data plan users will be able to keep their package. All questions should be answered on August 25, when VZ Edge is schedule to launch, according to the document above. In addition, AT&T has an announcement tomorrow, which we expect to be another early upgrade program announcement.

Source: Droid-Life