The last time the Sony Xperia Z Ultra passed through the FCC it was on the same day as Sony’s official announcement about the new device. That was back in June and at the time, there was no information in the FCC filings about LTE bands. That has changed as the device resurfaced yesterday at the FCC, this time with documentation showing the presence of HSPA+ and LTE bands that would be compatible with T-Mobile, AT&T or carriers in the Canadian market. Whether those carriers actually add it to their portfolio of available devices remains to be seen, but it does look promising for the device to be available somewhere in the North American markets.
Last month we heard about the HTC Zara, which will be another mid-range device. Taking cues from the HTC One, it looks gorgeous.We already reported the rumored specs last month, but things are a little different today.
It was previously thought to have a 4.7-inch (960 x 540) display, but it’s now rumored to be 4.5-inches with the same resolution. A Snapdragon 400 is still a go, but instead of 1.4GHz, we now have a slower 1.2GHz clock speed. As far as the camera goes, last month’s report had a 1.6MP Ultra Pixel, but today we are getting a different story with 8MP. That seems rather high for an UltraPixel or maybe it won’t be an UltraPixel?
Yesterday we found out that Sony’s upcoming flagship, codenamed the “Honami”, could be called the Xperia Z1, and today we get a press render. We have already seen a number of images of the said device, so what’s one more? Unfortunately it doesn’t tell us anything new other than there will be at least three colors available.
Sony is one of those underrated companies because they don’t get a lot of exposure, at least here in the U.S. If they can get the Xperia Z1 on a few U.S. carriers at the time of the launch, they could make a lot of noise. What do you guys think?
It’s hard to believe that it’s already mid August, and we don’t seem to have any concrete evidence on which OEM is going to make the Nexus 5. Early rumors indicated Motorola and then quickly switched to LG. Now we have @evleaks chiming in saying it will be Motorola. Yesterday, a supposed first image (backside) of the Nexus 5 surfaced. The phone in the image was made by LG, but it didn’t convince anyone. It didn’t even have a Nexus logo on the device.
@evleaks tweeted an image of a very similar phone and claims it is the upcoming LG Optimus L9 II. They went on to suggest that the “Nexus 5 (Nexus 4 v2) looks to be a Motorola handset.” LG has stated in the past that they weren’t working on Google Edition or Nexus devices, so this sounds logical. However, this kind of flip flopping is really unusual this late in the year. Any predictions? I already predicted there wouldn’t be a Nexus 5 this year, and so far, I’m not looking to good on that one.
There’s been a large amount of buzz surround Samsung’s latest rumored device, the Galaxy Gear smartwatch. It sounds like an extremely interesting device, but the details have been a little scarce, so it’s hard to imagine exactly how it’s going to work. Fortunately, some sources from GigaOM have spilled some details on a few specifics about the Galaxy Gear that shed some light on the smartwatch.
As closely as people watch benchmark and certifying organization sites, it is hard to believe a smartphone device could make it to the point of being shipped without someone having figured out at least a little something about the device. Samsung has achieved that feat though with not one, but with four new devices. The shipping manifest lists the following devices with their respective screen sizes:
- SM-G730A – 4-inch screen
- SM-G3815 – 4.5-inch screen
- SM-G9105 – 5-inch screen
- SM-G7102 – 5.2-inch screen
Upon discovering these devices, sources did some poking around and were able to find UAProf strings on the Samsung web site that revealed some additional information about the screen resolutions for a couple of the devices. The SM-G730A will have a WVGA 800×480 resolution screen, consistent with all other Samsung 4-inch phones. The SM-G3815 will come with a qHD 960×540 resolution screen.
Other than the screen sizes and the additional information found in the UAProf strings, no other details are available and with Samsung’s changes to their model numbering system, we cannot even figure out whether they might be a variant or successor to any particular model currently on the market.
Since the devices were shipped for testing and evaluation purposes, perhaps more details will surface soon.
It looks like Asus is working on an unknown Asus Eee Pad, nicknamed Taurus, with a very high-end display. Including on-screen buttons, the 10 inch screen which popped up on the GFX Benchmark site has a resolution of 2560 x 1600 which brings the pixel density count to a Retina display topping 299ppi. That’s better than Apple’s 264ppi count for the 9.7 inch glass on the fourth gen Apple iPad.
The device also packs in a quad-core 1.9GHz Tegra 4 CPU. There’s a good possibility we’ll see more of the device at the IFA show in Berlin next month.
We’ve heard the code-name ‘Honami’ so many times that at this point, most would have expected that Sony come right out and announce it as the official name for their next flagship.
However a well-known XDA-developer, “DooMLoRD,” says that the Honami very well may be known as the Sony Z1 (Z One) in just a few short weeks, as the device’s official retail name.
There are so many One’s, Z’s, X’s, etc. that it’s almost getting hard to keep track of the latter part of the alphabet at this point…
Either way, we would tell you to take this rumor with a grain of salt for now, but as soon as “DooMLoRD” posted the rumor on XDA’s forums, Sony’s Mobile PR division followed him on Twitter— that counts for something, right?
More to come soon as we approach the rumored September 4th unveiling date.
Last week we saw a leaked image of what was called a non-final render of the HTC One Max. It was later dismissed by HTC Senior Global Online Communications Manager Jeff Gordon as completely fake. Today’s latest image might tell us why Jeff Gordon said that. As you can see the One Max is pictured along with its siblings, the One and One Mini, but something is very different with the Max. That little square below the camera lens is supposedly a fingerprint scanner. Now something like this could easily be photoshopped, so take it with a grain of salt. However, if you want a clue as to if this is real or not, wait to see if Jeff Gordon chimes in again. If he doesn’t, it might be just be real.
Last week we got word that the new Nexus 5 will indeed be manufactured by LG and somewhat based on the G2. Now we have an image of the backside of the said device. We have no idea if it is real or not, but we can say that it confirms the rumor that there won’t be any G2-like volume/power controls on the back. As you can see, the volume and power buttons appear to be on the left side. The other thing that was reported last week was that it would sport a glass back. It’s hard to tell if this device has a glass back, but it does appear to have a shine or gloss to it. Lastly, as Christopher Wilkinson pointed out in the comments below….Where the hell is the Nexus logo?
What about specs? It was first rumored that it would be a scaled down version of the G2 as in the Snapdragon 600 vs the Snapdragon 800. Then it was reported that the Nexus 5 would indeed have the Snapdragon 800. Now we are going backwards again and hearing that it will not only be a Snapdragon 600, but the camera will be scaled back to 10MP. Non of this is surprising since Nexus devices are generally affordable.
So there you have it. The supposed first leaked image of the Nexus 5. Let us know what you think.