Well look at what we have here. A new handheld gaming device from ASUS, called the Gamebox, hit the AnTuTu benchmarks. On the surface, it would appear to be a NVIDIA Shield competitor, but it’s not all that different from the Shield. It sports a 1.9GHz quad-core Tegra 4, a GeForce ULP graphics chip, 2GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, and Android 4.3.
Last week, reports indicated that HTC would be making a high-end Nexus tablet this year, and today we are getting a little more information. According to DigiTimes, HTC will be making the Nexus 10 followup. Now last week’s report indicated that whatever HTC was working on, it would not come until the 3rd quarter. If it’s really the Nexus 10, that is a little surprising since it would be close to 2 years from the original Nexus 10 launch.
Unfortunately DigiTimes didn’t offer a timetable, but they did offer something else quite interesting in that apparently HTC was offered the original Nexus 7, but they turned it down. At that time, HTC had taken themselves out of the tablet market. The HTC Flyer (pictured above) was their last tablet.
As we get closer to MWC 2014 and the likely release of the Sony “Sirius” device as the Sony Xperia Z2, we have some new images that reveal some of the camera functions on the new device. Perhaps of greatest interest to many, even if usefulness may be limited until the market matures, is the presence of 4K video recording. XDA member iRimas, who has the device, grabbed the screenshots showing some of the settings for 4K video and some other features. Read more
We already saw a pretty clear image of the HTC M8 dual camera last week, but now a new image has surfaced. Unfortunately it’s from the blurrycam, but you can see a little more detail from each lens. The same leaker also offered up closer images of the new on-screen buttons, but they are again blurry, not to mention that we already posted much better images here and here. Just hit the source link if you want to see the blurry versions.
We still don’t know if the HTC M8 will be called the HTC One 2, the One+, or something entirely different. Rumors indicate it will be announced after Mobile World Congress.
HTC isn’t giving up on the compact smartphone market just yet. Over on Twitter, @evleaks posted what would be the specifications for the HTC M8 Mini. Yes, the M8 Mini. Prior to today, we have not heard anything of substance about the device; however, @evleaks has graced us with its specifications.
This Mini will have a 4.5-inch 720p display. On top of it all is Android 4.4.2 KitKat with Sense 6.0. Powering the device is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 with 1GB of RAM. Along with 16GB of internal memory is a microSD card slot. Bluetooth 4.0 support is present along with a/b/g/n/ac for WiFi. And thankfully, it will sport on-screen buttons. Interestingly, the camera specs are 13MP/5MP, presumably for the rear and front, respectively. This would be a huge bump from the camera on the HTC One.
HTC may be launching this device alongside the M8 in New York City next month. Read more
Flappy Bird, an Android and iOS application that took the gaming-world by storm over the past couple of weeks, will reportedly be shut down and removed from app stores by tomorrow, according to the app’s developer.
Qualcomm’s Snapdragon series processors are known to be some of the best CPUs on the market for mobile devices, but the company isn’t known for manufacturing any other internals for phones and tablets. Qualcomm will look to change that this year.
The company plans to dominate the market for internal components for smartphones, and it’s expected that a fully-built Qualcomm phone will be unveiled by the end of the year.
The RF360, a new RF device by Qualcomm, will reside between the baseband and the antenna in new devices. Qualcomm says that it consumes less power, takes up less space and supports the rapidly proliferating number of LTE bands used throughout the world.
This device, alongside the RF Pop, a power amplifier, will make it into handsets this year and should mark a major change in mobile technology. We’ll just have to wait and see how all of this pans out and see whether OEMs embrace Qualcomm’s new RF devices or not.
Samsung was being investigated by the U.S. Justice Department because of suspicions that the company was using a special class of patents to attack rivals— the investigation will now come to a close, the the Department will continue to monitor the company in terms of patent regulation.
The news comes in the midst of a series of patent infringement complaints filed by both Apple and Samsung, with the most recent filed against Apple— Samsung won, and some older iPhone and iPad models were banned from being sold in the US.
Legal issues were determined to not require any kind of investigation, so the Justice Department has stopped looking into the matter.
Judging by how nice the design of the Ascend P6 was, it wouldn’t be a stretch to assume that the device’s successor, the P7, will look just as nice, or even better.
Thankfully, in a series of leaked photos, we got a nice look at the back panel of the phone, which should be released at Mobile World Congress at the end of February.
In terms of specs, here’s what we have so far:
A 5-inch 1080p display, 2GB of RAM, a 13MP rear shooter, a 1.6GHz HiSilicon chipset.a 2,460mAH battery and Huawei’s EmotionUI 2.0 Android skin.
Hit the break for a larger photo of the device’s back panel.
Finally! The Nexus 7 looks like it’ll be coming to Verizon next week— the most likely date is Feb. 13, but that could change. It’s been a long road, with a bunch of different excuses coming from Verizon as to why it has taken them so long to offer the tablet.
There isn’t any information on whether the tablets will be sold online, in-store, or both, but all that information should be available soon.
Source: Droid Life