The latest rumors from the Korea Herald peg Samsung to release a variant of their Gear 2 smartwatch with a universal subscriber identity module, (USIM) which essentially means the device will be able to make and receive phones calls on its own, no phone needed. Samsung recently filed a patent for a device called the Gear Solo that matches this description, so we’re assuming that’s what the name will be. You’ll have the Gear Fit, Gear 2, and Gear Solo.
Nothing else was really released about the device, but it’s expected to launch only in Korea at first. Even if it did make its way to the US, I’m not sure too many people will be keen on adding a smartwatch as an extra device to their plans. We’ll find out one way or the other.
source: Korea Herald
via: Phone Arena
Once believed to be part of the Galaxy Tab4 series, the SM-T800 will stand on it’s own as one of Samsung’s first AMOLED tablets since the Galaxy Tab 7.7.
We already had an idea of the specs from a GFXBench of the SM-T805, but Sam Mobile is confirming specs for another variant, the SM-T800. The SM-T800 is a Wi-Fi-only version, while the SM-T805 could be an international version since it sports an Exynos octa-core. Although it’s also believed to sport LTE, which makes no sense since those models usually have the Qualcomm chipset.
We are only a few days from the global launch of the Samsung Galaxy S 5, so it’s time to start pondering what their next flagship, the Galaxy Note 4, will include. Samsung has announced each previous Note (phone) model in the fall, so we really don’t expect anything different. Although, they did move up the Galaxy S 5 a bit this year, so they could do the same with the Note 4.
The first set of rumors on the device are just starting to circulate. As to the design, the early consensus seems to think we will get the faux letter back or the 3D pattern found on the Galaxy S 5. Generally, Samsung keeps the same design for the S series phone, but last year was the first year they changed things with the Note bringing in the faux leather back. I think they either keep things the same as the Galaxy S 5 or they go completely different. The faux leather back will most likely be done.
From time to time, Google will change the course of Android that both adds functionality and changes the way we use our most favorite mobile OS. Honeycomb brought us Android on the tablet. Ice Cream Sandwich changed up the UI and brought us guidelines that made Android a more unified experience, Jelly Bean brought us Project Butter with it’s buttery smoothness, and KitKat added Svelte, the ability for Android to run on a wide variety of devices, to the mix.
According to a rumor that Android Police discovered, the next iteration of Android, whether it’s 4.5 or 5.0, will be bringing the experience of Android, Chrome, and Search together on a more unified front for the first time.
In 2013, Motorola focused on wood being the material worth emphasizing with the Moto X. With its Moto Maker platform to produce custom devices, Motorola needed something to differentiate the Moto X. However, upon launching, the wood backs did not exactly maintain the buzz from when the Moto X was revealed in August. The hype cooled off because wood backs came long after the device’s release.
Now, in 2014, it seems that Motorola will be shifting its focus to another material. That material? Leather. On Twitter, @evleaks tweeted “2013:wood::2014:leather.” Of course, this is a very vague tweet on the surface. But what other company used wood in 2013? None, just Motorola.
So it looks like leather will be adding leather to its Moto Maker platform this year. Will it be available for the current Moto X? I would not think so. I believe that the leather backs will debut on Motorola’s next device, either the Moto X + 1 or the rumored 6.3-inch device.
The Samsung Galaxy Style Ace still hasn’t officially been announced, but that didn’t stop the company from showcasing the device in Germany. The device is said to feature a 4-inch WVGA display, 5 megapixel rear camera, VGA front-facing shooter and 4 GB of internal storage. Other hardware details are limited, but it’s supposed to be one of the first affordable smartphones to run on the latest Android 4.4 operating system.
Huawei’s next flagship, the Ascend P7, will be unveiled next month on May 7 at a press conference held in Paris. The device has been leaked quite a few times now and recently, a new series photos of the upcoming Ascend P7 surfaced online.
The new leak comes from a French website which showcases an alleged prototype of the Ascend P7. From the photos leaked, it seems that the device looks pretty much similar to its predecessor. As for the specs, the device is rumored to sport a 5-inch full HD display, a 13MP rear facing camera with an 8MP front facing camera, and a 1.6GHz quad-core processor.
We now know what Motorola’s next device will be named. Thanks to @evleaks on Twitter, we are looking at a device named the “Moto X + 1” and it is “coming soon.” He attached the image above, which will likely be used on promotional materials.
In all likelihood, the Moto X + 1 is the successor to last year’s critically acclaimed Moto X. There is also a chance that this is the 6.3-inch device Motorola is reportedly working on. Regardless, the hype for Motorola’s next device has just been raised to another level. The Moto X carried a humongous amount of hype and this device may do the same.
Just yesterday, we got a look at the back of the Galaxy S 5 Zoom. And today we (sort of) have a look at the inside of Samsung’s camera variant for the Galaxy S 5. The people of SamMobile were able to obtain the device’s AnTuTu benchmarks as well as additional information. In doing so, they found out some more specifications for the GS5 Zoom, model number SM-C115. The focus is the camera so we will start there. On the back is a 20.2MP sensor and on the front is one with 2.1MP. It does have optical image stabilization (OIS) technology and 10x optical zoom. To make sure you do not run low on storage, Samsung has included a microSD card slot.
The display is 4.8 inches and SuperAMOLED HD technology with a 1280×720 resolution. Under the hood is Samsung’s Exynos 5 processor that has six cores with big.LITTLE HMP technology from ARM. And right out of the box, Samsung is giving the Galaxy S 5 Zoom the latest version of Android, 4.4.2 KitKat. The bump to Android 4.4.3 will likely come in over the summer.
Last year HTC launched two flagship devices; the HTC One, and the HTC Butterfly. Since HTC typically launches at least two flagship phones per year, if not more, it would make sense to see a follow-up to 2013’s HTC Butterfly, and if the latest AnTuTu benchmark is any indication, we’ll definitely see one later this year.
One of the variants of the Samsung Galaxy S 5 that is making its way to market sometime this year is the “Zoom” version. Like the Galaxy S 4 Zoom, the Galaxy S 5 Zoom is targeted at buyers who are interested in a better camera and don’t mind having a big lens taking up much of the back of the device to get it. We’ve already seen some specs leak indicating the camera will be a 20MP unit. Now an image has leaked allegedly showing the back of the device. Like other recent Samsung devices, this unit appears to come with the same faux leather back.
While there has been chatter that Google is planning on axing the Nexus program a new rumor discovered by the folks at Android Police suggest that Google may be toying with the idea of a premium line of phones and services. Slides discovered from a presentation one last year suggest that Google will be working on an Android Silver program designed with carriers in mind.
In order to qualify for the program, a hand set must “run the latest version of Android with no or very limited customizations.” Think either the Nexus 5 or Moto X. However unlike the Nexus 5, none of these handsets will be Google made/designed. There would be displays in carrier stores with the silver devices available on their respective networks. Unlike the Nexus program, Google will have complete control of how the experience is designed and staff of those stores must be trained/certified in selling Android Silver devices.
We have heard rumor after rumor that Samsung will release a “Prime” or premium version of the Galaxy S 5 with a QHD (2560 x 1440) display, but nothing was mentioned during February’s Unpacked Event. JK Shin denied the existence of a premium Galaxy S 5, but we know Samsung is up to something.
A new Samsung device just showed up on GFXBench with the model SM-G906S that just so happens to sport a QHD (2560 x 1440) display. Yes, that is very similar to the Galaxy S 5 model number of SM-G900. What’s interesting about this is the fact that a couple of the graphics benchmarks come out lower than the Galaxy S 5. Of course, this is most likely a prototype, so the numbers really aren’t that important.
Last month, Huawei’s Kirin 920 processor surfaced in an AnTuTu benchmark. When that happened, it was quite obvious that the processor would be found in an upcoming device from the Chinese manufacturer. Today we have a look at that device. In the image above, you are looking at Huawei’s upcoming flagship handset and it looks like it is made completely out of metal.
The image is believed to have come from a software engineer and provided some specifications as well. The Kirin 920 octa-core processor will have an ARM Mali-T628 GPU with it. The display is has an eye-popping 2560×1600 resolution. The camera on the back is rumored to be 32MP.
If these specifications are true, Huawei sure does have a beast on its hands.
Via: G 4 Games
As expected, Samsung is preparing to release its “mini” version of the Galaxy S 5. According to a new leak, the device seems to sport quite promising hardware.
The smartphone is said to rock a 4.5 inch 720p (1280 x 720) Super AMOLED display compared to the Galaxy S4 mini which has a 4.3-inch display with 540 x 960 resolution. It will be powered by a Snapdragon processor though the source couldn’t confirm which chipset it would be. However, it’s likely to be a quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor. In addition, it will come with 1.5GB of RAM, 16GB storage, 8 MP rear camera, 2 MP front camera, an IR blaster, a 2,100 mAh battery, and will run on Android 4.4 KitKat.