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. (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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Xiaomi rumored to be working on a $50 smartphone


While Samsung continues to push forward the high-end smartphone market with the Note 3 and Motorola begins revolutionizing the low-end smartphone market with the Moto G, other companies have plans to join on in the fun as well.

Namely, this includes Xiaomi.

Rumors suggest that the Chinese company is planning to bring extremely affordable smartphones to Japan and maybe even other markets as well. While this most likely doesn’t include western markets, the company is looking to slap a $50 price-tag on these devices.

It’s all pretty unbelievable, but this is still in the rumor stage, so take it with a grain of salt. What are your thoughts on a $50 dollar smartphone?

Source: Android Authority

Insider claims to confirm several Samsung Galaxy S5 specs


A Samsung insider claims to have all the details about several specs for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5 smartphone. First up, the idea of the device being available in both metal and plastic versions seems to have been confirmed. This would follow in the footsteps to some degree of Apple and the iPhone 5c and iPhone 5s devices, although it remains to be seen whether that will be a winning strategy for Apple. According to this same source, the metal version of the Galaxy S5 will come with a metallic back plate with metal on the sides and front. It is unknown whether the metal version will get a different name. Read more

Image of Nokia Normandy prototype leaks, not much to see


We do know that Nokia has been working on a forked Android device codenamed Normandy. We do know that it sports many colors just as all of Nokia’s Windows Phone devices do. We do (sort of) know what the user interface looks like. We even know some specs thanks to an AnTuTu benchmark leak.  And now we know what the engineering prototype looks like. The image above was tweeted by @seamissu earlier today and @evleaks was kind enough to retweet it, likely meaning that this is valid.

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Verizon’s DROID Ultra Limited Edition surfaces (again)


This afternoon, @evleaks tweeted an image of what is Motorola’s DROID Ultra with a different look. The image above shows the Ultra with a red stripe going down the center and the capacitive buttons lit red. This is the same device that leaked on eBay in September@evleaks asks his followers if they remember this “Employee Edition” of the device. What could it mean? Well, perhaps Verizon is considering releasing this Limited Edition model to the general public. Read more

Meizu MX3 to run Ubuntu as well as Android 4.2.2

Mx3 ubuntu

Meizu’s upcoming phone, the MX3, will apparently run Ubuntu as well as Android. This dual-boot feature will be extremely useful especially for developer-types who like to make use of both operating systems for programming.

How do we know this? The Meizu Weibo website recently leaked photos of the device running Ubunto— the information comes just a few days after Canonical founder Mark Shuttleworth said that there is a Ubuntu device in the works that would be coming from a high-end manufacturer.  

The device is expected to come to the United States in Q3 and will also run Android 4.2.2.

Source: Phone Arena

Android-powered Asus Transformer Pad (TF502T) launching soon


Asus is expected to launch its Transformer Pad TF502T soon— the tablet will be extremely similar to the company’s VivoTab RT TF600T in design and specs, but will run Android rather than Windows 8.

It is expected to be 8.3mm-thin, will feature a 10.1-inch Super IPS+ display with 1366 x 768 pixels, a keyboard dock, the NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor, NFC capabilities, an 8MP shooter,2GB RAM, 32GB internal storage, 32GB of Asus WebStorage for three years, and will ship with Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean.

The Windows counterpart of the device is currently going for $299.99 on Amazon, so the Android-powered version, considering its similar specs, should go for around the same price. Release/announcement date is still unannounced.

Source: Phone Arena

Samsung’s Galaxy S5 could include head-tracking gesture controls

Samsung Galaxy S5

Smart Stay and Smart Pause are just two of Samsung’s interesting and unique features that are included on many of their devices, but the functionality of these tools have sometime been questioned. Although the concepts are great, they sometimes do not work as well as advertised…

Either way, the addition of these features have proven to be successful for Samsung, especially in the marketing department, and the company is showing no signs of slowing these additions down. According to a recent patent application filed by Samsung, the Galaxy S5 will reportedly include head-tracking gesture controls. The device will be able to carry out functions determined by a wink or nod of the head. SamMobile offered an example: the phone could be able to go to the last webpage in a browser if the phone detects a head movement to the left, or the browser could go to the next page after a move of the head to the right side.

It all seems a bit silly, and I’d have to guess that people would look a bit ridiculous jerking their heads around and winking at their phones to control their devices. The idea is cool, but is it practical? We’ll just have to wait and see.

Source: SamMobile

Samsung’s Galaxy Note 10.1 powered by Verizon’s LTE service hits the FCC

Samsung 2014 Note Pro

Samsung made a pretty big deal of its upcoming Galaxy TabPROs and NotePRO tablets at CES this week, but that’s no reason to ignore the LTE-powered Galaxy Note 10.1 which should be released in just a few months.

The tablet passed through the halls of the FCC this week and all signs are pointing to a release on Verizon in the US.

The LTE edition of Samsung’s hit tablet has LTE bands 4 and 13 (which are used by Verizon). The Wi-Fi version is currently being sold by Samsung for $599.99— expect the LTE variant to come with a pretty hefty price tag.

Source: FCC

Wi-Fi-only Sony Xperia Z Ultra appears on AnTuTu and FCC, coming soon?

xperia_z_ultraA Wi-Fi-only model of Sony’s first phablet, the Xperia Z Ultra, is on its way, according to recent appearances in the AnTuTu benchmark, as well as FCC certification databases. Perhaps Sony is ready to join the small tablets market with the 6.4-inch Z Ultra, without it’s baseband modem, and with it’s thin 6.5 mm frame?

The device is also waterproof, and can be written on with a regular pencil. Pricing and availability are obviously uncertain at this point, but we’re hoping it’ll be cheaper than the LTE version. More info should be coming soon, and we’ll keep you updated.

Source: FCC
Via: Phone Arena