If the accidental “reveal” of the next Nexus smartphone during the Android KitKat reveal wasn’t enough for you, either LG or the FCC appears to have come to your rescue by releasing pictures of what appear to be the LG D820 instead of the LG VS980 in a recent application. LG submitted documentation to the FCC for the Verizon edition of the LG VS980, aka the LG G2, to address some last minute changes to the hardware, specifically the antenna. Normally, the images are withheld until a device is released to the public, so it is not clear why the FCC went ahead and published these to their web site. In any case, what got published is not the LG G2, but instead appears to be the new Nexus 5.
At least a couple of the photos show a blurry D820 label and the orientation of the headphone and microUSB jacks are not consistent with the G2. In addition, the camera hardware and location is consistent with what was seen in the KitKat video. Sources also believe some of the bits shown reveal wireless charging and NFC hardware present in the device.
It isn’t news that Motorola will be releasing a new tablet relatively soon, but we don’t really know what to expect from the company. CEO Dennis Woodside offered some insight into the new device, and said that “a new set of products” will implement both design and technology built into the Moto X.
This probably means that we’ll be seeing the Moto Maker once again, in products other than the Moto X. We’ll also probably see software features such as Touchless Control and Active Display as well. Some features might be left out, such as the Quick Capture camera feature, as it wouldn’t make too much sense in a tablet.
Expect to hear more about Motorola’s upcoming products in the coming weeks.
This is starting to get a little crazy. Last week we saw an FCC filing for the LG D820, which was immediately assumed to be the Nexus 5 since the back plate looked very familiar to the Nexus device that made an unannounced guest appearance in a Google video. Then a few days later, @evleaks came out and said it’s just another LG G2 CDMA variant and it’s the same phone as the D821. They provided an image of the D821, but they didn’t on the D820. Now @evleaks is saying they were wrong, and the reason is the D821 filing is now public at the FCC.
The D821 isn’t the same device as the D820 whatsoever. It’s not a CDMA device as @evleaks originally thought, although it appears to be another G2 variant. It’s for a GSM operator supporting GSM 850/1900 and WCDMA 850/1700/1900, as well as LTE 5/7 bands. The D820 has support for a total of 7 LTE bands as well as GSM and CDMA support. So the D820 is looking more like a Nexus 5 again.
You can go back to your partying now!!
sources: @evleaks / FCC
Yet another Chinese smartphone manufacturer is making a bit of splash today with the discovery of a leaked image of the Oppo N1. The Oppo N1 is going to sport a 5.9-inch display, a touch panel mounted on the back of the device, and supposedly will be built with a metal frame. Inside the device Oppo plans to include a 3500 mAh battery. Oppo has also hinted at some external wireless optical accessories, which might be a bit of creativity relative to the rest of the market.
Oppo is scheduled to announce the new device on September 23rd. It will join devices from Huawei, Meizu, and Xiaomi as new devices from China that hope to show the country is ready to compete in the high-end smartphone market. Of course, few of these devices make their way out of the Asian markets and even fewer to U.S. or North American locations. Perhaps the Oppo N1 will be one of the exceptions.
source: Weibo (registration required)
via: G for Games
A couple weeks ago images surfaced of a new device from Motorola thought to be the DROID 5 bearing a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. New images of the device have surfaced on Chinese web site Weibo.com, still sporting that physical keyboard. We do get some additional details about the device which appears to have a 4.3-inch 1280×720 resolution screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus processor, 1GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage with a microSD slot available. Reports indicate the DROID 5 will support wireless charging and NFC, but will not be water- or dust-resistant like its predecessor.
No information on markets, pricing or a launch date is available yet. Hit the break to view the gallery of images.
Nowadays you can’t introduce a flagship phone without offering a mini version can you? Just yesterday we heard that Sony is going to introduce the Xperia Z1 Mini (codenamed the Honami Mini) in the coming months. Now we have a little more evidence. The above image is believed to be the Z1 Mini. If you guessed that smaller one that’s colored purple, you are right. Boy, you catch on quickly.
Usually mini versions don’t sport the greatest specs, but Sony is packing a lot in this bad boy. The display is going to be 4.3-inches and 720p, but it’s going to sport the Snapdragon 800, 2GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, and the same 20.7MP G Lens found in the Xperia Z1.
I think it’s a safe bet that we will see it at CES in January. This just might be the best dang 4.3-inch phone on the market next year.
via: Xperia Blog
The next big thing in mobile is going to be flexible displays and LG and Samsung will be the main competitors duking it out. Word out of Korea is that we could see offerings from both companies by the end of the year. LG’s Vu line hasn’t set the world on fire, but the Vu 3 could have a flexible display. As to Samsung, they don’t want to wait until the Galaxy S 5, so they are readying a Galaxy Note 3 variant with the same type of display.
Last month, it was reported that both Samsung and LG were going to start mass producing flexible displays this November. If that’s the case, then it’s unlikely this latest report will hold up.
This seems like news of the obvious, but Twitter tipster @evleaks posted today “confirmation” that HTC’s device named the T6 will be marketed as the HTC One Max. The connection between the HTC One Max and the T6 was first discovered several months ago and since then has become the common-sense assumption of most. Of course, in announcing the confirmation of the name, @evleaks did not provide a link or any source with HTC. @evleaks does tend to be a reliable source of leaks and tips.
The HTC One Max is expected to be a top-tier device sporting a Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, an UltraPixel camera, a 5.9-inch 1080p screen, and will run HTC Sense 5.5 atop Android 4.3.
Update: @evleaks sent out another Tweet telling us that the “HTC One max is Sprint-bound.”
source: @evleaks (1) / @evleaks (2)
Rumors had originally suggested that the Moto X would be available for T-Mobile exclusively through Google Play, however today we learned that this is not the case. The device recently appeared on Motorola’s website, available for $599.99. The listing says that the T-Mobile specific device is “exclusive to Motorola.com,” so this certainly confirms the previous rumor that T-Mobile won’t be carrying the device at all.
The off-contract price is a bit higher than the $579.99 that AT&T is asking for the device, but is the same as Verizon. The device is currently out of stock, and we’re assuming that the T-Mobile Moto X is the same phone specs-wise as the other variants. We’ll be sure of all the information once the device is available for purchase.
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.