Sony’s Z1 is starting to make waves as pre-orders for the device became available in many European countries last week. Now, we’re hearing that Sony’s smaller version of the device, the Z1 Mini, is set for a release within the upcoming months. The official name is still a rumor, but this is what we’re counting on for now.
So far, we’re expecting a 4.3 inch HD (1280 x 720) display, a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, a 20.7 MP camera with Sony G Lens, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, and a 2,400 mAh battery.
It’s certainly not a surprise that Sony will be offering the device, as major competitors such as Samsung and HTC are offering “Mini” devices of their flagships as well, including the Galaxy S 4 Mini and the One Mini. An announcement for the Xperia Z1 Mini should be coming soon.
We now have official word from Sprint that the LG G2 will be available to customers by the holidays, and that you’ll be able to start pre-ordering the device on Oct. 11.
It’s a way later than what we’ve suggested from other carriers, but remember, this is the first time we’ve heard any official word on release dates for the phone. Earlier reports were simply rumors, and can (and most likely will) change.
Here’s the info that we have gotten about T-Mobile, Verizon and AT&T.
- T-Mobile: Rumored for September 18th
- Verizon: Rumored for September 12th
- AT&T: Rumored for September 13th
Hit the break for the full press release from Sprint.
Back in May, Bloomberg reported that HTC was readying a 7-inch tablet for a release in either September or October. Now we have a possible image of the device, and it might satisfy those hungry for a tablet that has the same type of quality build found on the HTC One. Even Hugo Barra wants to see it. This device looks very similar to the One, which isn’t surprising since both the HTC One Max and the HTC One Mini adopted the same looks.
Before we go thinking the image isn’t legit, it just might be. If you turn up the brightness of the image, you can see the person who took the photo (see below). What do you guys think? If it is real, let’s hope they don’t overprice this thing.
Last week, a mysterious LG device cleared the FCC dubbed the D820. It was immediately assumed it was the Nexus 5 since the back plate looked awfully similar to an unknown Nexus device that made a surprise appearance in a Google video. It seemed almost a lock that it would be the next Nexus, but @evleaks is raining on our parade by saying that it’s nothing more than a CDMA variant of the LG G2.
I’m willing to buy that, but it does seem strange that it would have not only different dimensions than the “normal” G2, but the camera lens is in a different spot. @evleaks didn’t produce an image of the D820, but he did show us the D821, which is supposedly identical. Unfortunately the backside isn’t shown.
Back off talk of an Amazon phone, the company said. A spokesman for Amazon Inc. said on Saturday that the online shopping megacompany will not launch a smartphone in 2013. Not only that, but despite recent rumors, if Amazon were to launch a smartphone, or a “Kindle phone” in the future, it will not be free.
The spokesperson declined to comment further, but it’s an interesting development considering the long running rumors suggesting an Amazon smartphone was coming. As the rumors kept on piling up recently, I guess Amazon decided it was appropriate to let the public know what was actually going on.
Source: Jessica Lessin
For the second time in a week, a video for one thing reveals information about something else. First, it was Google’s video of the unveiling of the new Android KitKat statute that inadvertently revealed the new Nexus 5. Now, Samsung’s video of the Unpacked 2013 Episode 2 event from Berlin, where they revealed the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition, was discovered to have included video of a tablet optimized version of the official Twitter app. Reports indicate Twitter may be trying to get the genie back in the bottle, with the help of Samsung, by getting the video pulled. Nevertheless, Android fans have been scrambling for more information and have even managed to snag a copy of the apk.
We’ve seen plenty of outdated, mid-range devices get offered for free on carrier sites, but seeing the Kindle Phone without a price tag would certainly be new to us. Reports suggest that the offering would not be the conventional “free phone” (+ new 2-year contract) deal, but customers could be required to sign up to a membership of Amazon Prime. A source has stated that “Amazon wants the device to be free whether or not people sign up for a new wireless plan at the same time.” Amazon could be dealing with carriers in the near future about working something out, however it’s likely that Amazon will offer the device on their site as well.
Source: Jessica Lessin
Verizon Wireless is going to look to mix it up a bit by adding a blue version to their current offering of HTC Ones. Pricing is still expected to be $199 on contract, and have the same specs as the regular model. The only catch is that this blue version may be a Best Buy exclusive, but nothing is confirmed yet.
Source: Droid Life
A couple of days ago, the next Nexus phone made a guest appearance in a Google video, and we just want to know who is manufacturing it? An LG logo appeared to be at the bottom of the device, but there were some rumblings that it could be made by Sony since the camera lens is in the same exact spot as the Xperia Z1. Well I think we can safely say that LG is the chosen one based on a FCC filing for an LG phone with a model number of D820.
Just take a look at the inside of the back cover (above) and tell me it doesn’t line up with exactly what we saw in the video. It also appears to be running firmware M89974A with “aosp_hammerhead-userdebugKyeLimePieFACTORYeng.sangjoon84.lee.20130618.015154″ as the software version. Not sure why Key Lime Pie is listed, but it’s safe to assume this is KitKat folks.
Rumors of the Samsung Galaxy S 4 Mini have been swirling around for a while now, and we’re today we’re seeing FCC documents of a device which appears to be the Sprint variant of the phone (We’ve already seen Verizon and AT&T versions). The body is a bit bigger than the other S 4 variants, however. We might be seeing a carrier-specific device here, but if it were the S 4 Mini we wouldn’t be surprised.