Oppo confirms Find 7 smartphone, mid-range Find 5 mini could be in development

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Oppo doesn’t plan on stopping with their N1 smartphone. The company has confirmed that the rumored Find 7 handset does exist via Twitter. The image above is a teaser that Oppo posted and confirms that their next device will be the Find 7. According to the previous leak, the Find 7 will have a 2560×1440 resolution on a 5.7-inch display. Interestingly, it will also have Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon 805 processor with 3GB of RAM. A 13MP camera will be on the back with a 5MP one facing the user. And 4G LTE connectivity will finally be available in China with the Find 7. For now, the Find 7 could be announced at the Consumer Electronics Show in January; however, nothing is confirmed at this time.

If the Find 7’s specs were a little too much for you, then the Find 5 mini may be the device for you. It is the rumored smaller sibling to their Find 5 smartphone that launched last December. Unlike other devices with the “mini” name, the specs will indeed be lowered. The Find 5 mini is said to have a 4.7-inch display with a 960×540 resolution. A quad-core MediaTek processor clocked at 1.2GHz with 1GB of RAM is packed inside. The camera will be set at 5MP. Stay tuned for updates on these two.

Source: VR-Zone

HTC One Max shows up in black on HTC Hong Kong site

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When originally released, the HTC One Max was like a Ford Model T in that you could get it in any color you wanted as long as that color was silver. That appears to be slowly changing as a new image on the HTC Hong Kong official site reveals a new black version of the super-sized smartphone. This comes almost two weeks after a red version of the HTC One Max was revealed in some marketing collateral for the Taiwanese market.

Similar to the situation with the red HTC One Max, there is no information for this black version about how widely it will be distributed around the globe. However, the HTC One Mini is available in black, silver and blue while the original HTC One can be purchased in silver, black, red, blue and gold. With the HTC One Max now available in silver, red, and black, albeit in limited markets for now, it may yet shed its relation to Henry Ford.

source: Unwired View

Microsoft negotiating massive deal with Samsung, $1 billion on the table

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According to Russian Blogger Eldar Murtazin, Microsoft is offering Samsung $1 billion to support their Windows Phone operating system by manufacturing devices. As we all know, Samsung is the leading Android OEM by a landslide. But on the Windows Phone front, Microsoft is struggling to have a company come forward that isn’t Nokia (who may be releasing a device based on Android). Nokia was involved in something similar with Microsoft when Steve Ballmer and the guys up in Redmond decided to pay more than $250 million every quarter to keep the Finnish manufacturer with Windows Phone. Samsung likes to spread its name, so escalating Windows Phone production wouldn’t be out of the ordinary.
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Samsung SM-T331 could be Galaxy Tab 4 with AMOLED display

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A new Samsung tablet with the model number SM-T331 has surfaced at Zauba with a value of Rs. 33,884 or $550. Unfortunately we have no idea what the specs are, but with that price tag, there is no way it’s the rumored Galaxy Tab 3 Lite.

We can only assume it’s a Galaxy Tab 4 based on the model number. The Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 has a model number of SM-T210 and the 8.0’s sported SM-T310, T311, and T315. I guess it’s quite possible this tab has an 8-inch display, but more importantly,  it also could sport an AMOLED display. It was reported that Samsung would drop LCDs for next year’s tablets in favor of AMOLED. We will keep an eye on this one.

source: Zauba
via: TheDroidGuy

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Lite said to be entering production, could be 30% of Note 3 sales

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Remember Samsung’s watered down devices such as the Galaxy Note 3 Lite and Galaxy Tab 3 Lite? A new report from ET News in Korea claims that the Galaxy Note 3 Lite has already entered production. Apparently Samsung is slated to produce 500,000 units in January and about 1.5 million in February. This would allow Samsung to announce the Note 3 Lite at Mobile World Congress in February and a release in March or April.

It is rumored that Samsung had started production last month but decided to push back the release since the device would be close to the Note 3 release and change the perception of the Note brand as premium. Sources are even saying that Samsung expects this device to consume 30% of Note 3 sales. The Note 3 Lite is rumored to have a 5.49 or 5.68-inch LCD, not AMOLED to keep costs down, display. Being that it is a low-end device, a 1080p display is not expected alongside Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 processor.

Source: ET News (Korean)
Via: G 4 Games

Nokia’s first Android phone is codenamed Normandy

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There are a lot of people hoping and praying for an Android phone made by Nokia, and those prayers could be answered. Back in November, a Nokia phone leaked (courtesy of @evleaks and pictured above) with the codename Normandy, and it turns out it runs Android. Unfortunately there is some bad news in that Nokia is testing it with a forked version of Android similar to what Amazon does. This means no Google apps. Throw in the fact that it’s expected to be a low-end phone, and all of a sudden there is nothing to get excited about.

The other question is if it will ever be released? Nokia would need to release it before the Microsoft deal takes place because it’s unlikely Microsoft would want to continue with it. Nokia employees are saying “full steam ahead” and that it will be released in 2014. This should be interesting.

source: TheVerge

Plans for Google’s barge in the San Francisco Bay at a stand-still for time being

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Rumors about Google’s barge in the San Francisco Bay have been swirling for the past month, adding to the speculation that the search giant will be using the massive floating structure as a showroom of sorts for Google Glass or a number of any other new Google products.

However, new information states that the barge’s construction will not be complete until well into 2014, mainly because the Coast Guard had to inspect the barge and ended up actually requesting a change to the interior of the vessel.


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Huawei Ascend P7 specs get confirmed thanks to internal document leak

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Huawei’s Ascend P7, the follow-up to the Ascend P6 as seen above (Huawei is really clever with their naming schemes), has been more-or-less confirmed thanks to an internal document that leaked. The Ascend P7 is going by the code name Sophia and will feature a pretty hefty update to what Huawei usually offers. We’ll likely see a 5-inch, full HD screen as well as Huawei’s Emotion 2.0 UI. The processor will be one of Huawei’s in-house chips, but it’s a quad-core clocked at 1.6 GHz. There’s also 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of internal storage space on board, plus a microSD card slot. The device will also reportedly have a very high 8 megapixel front-facing camera, which is supposedly going to be used to take “best selfie videos.”
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Image of LG V510 carries LG logo, no Nexus branding in sight

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Remember @evleaks‘ tip that the LG V510 was indeed a Nexus tablet? Well, now a new image of the purported device shows that it may not be a Nexus tablet after all. In the image above, you see LG’s logo smacked right in the middle of the back. Also, this device seems to be made out of shiny plastic, not the same material as Nexus devices. This was supposed to be the rumored Nexus. Prior to @evleaks‘ tweet, it was believed that this model number belonged to an LG G Pad 8.3 with LTE packed inside. Since @evleaks‘ information came from a tipster, it may be wrong; however, I’d like to believe that the LG V510 is the Nexus 8. After all, wouldn’t it be great for Google to hit that 8-inch sweet spot?

Source: MyLGPhones
Via: Phone Arena

Smaller LG G2 may be in the works, matches internal specs of bigger sibling

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Everyone wants in on the mini market with smaller models of their full-size devices. Samsung, Sony, and HTC have all released downsized devices. This time around it seems that the LG G2 will be getting a downsized sibling. While the G2’s screen is 5.2-inches, this model’s would be 4.7-inches. And this device will pack the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with 2GB of RAM. It is unknown if the display will be 720p or 1080p. A reveal could be in the works for CES 2014 in January; however, that is nothing but an assumption.

Source: Techblog (translated)
Via: Phone Arena