We already know that Samsung will introduce the Galaxy Note III and the Galaxy Gear smartwatch on September 4, but when will we be able to purchase them? It looks like the Note III will ship rather quickly as in the same month. It has also been confirmed that Samsung won’t offer the Note III with a 16GB capacity, and instead opt for 32GB. Considering how much useable space was on the Galaxy S 4 16GB model, this is probably a very good move. As to the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, it will likely ship in October. No word on what regions for either of these devices, but we will let you know as soon as we hear it.
We’re all expecting the Sony Honami to be launched next month. Perhaps we’ll see another device as well, as information about a smaller Honami Mini has leaked via a forum. Codenamed Ray 3, the Honami Mini packs in a Snapdragon 800 at 2.3GHz, 4.3GHz HD 720p resolution, 2GB of RAM, 20-megapixel main camera with Sony G Lens, 16GB of internal memory and a 2,400mAh battery.
Interestingly, the Honami Mini is not so much a downgrade from the Honami as just a more compact design. The processor and camera are the same as what we’re expecting on the Honami. The source says that the device will launch on September 4 and will be showcased at the IFA 2013 event in Germany.
Source: GSM Insider
The ever-reliable anonymous tipster evleaks has tweeted official press images for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 in navy blue plaid, confirming that the phablet will indeed be coming to AT&T. Branding can be found at the top left of the screen and on the rear of the device. Not much information on the phone is currently available, but we do know it should be hitting shelves in the U.S. relatively soon.
We always knew questions like this were going to eventually come up as the technology used in Google Glass became more and more prominent— in a Reddit AMA session (Ask Me Anything) on Friday, Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey was asked, “Do you think Google Glass could ever be integrated into live games, for example by having the officials wear them and letting the TV audience see what they saw?”
Morey, an MIT grad, was definitely interested in the idea, and even told the Redditor to ask Adam Silver, who will be stepping in as the NBA’s next commissioner come February.
Now the actual chance of something like this actually happening is very low, as some professional sports leagues are still getting used to the idea of something as low-tech as instant replay (MLB). It may be a welcome change somewhere way, way, way down the road, but don’t expect anything anytime soon. Just a nice idea for now…
We’re about to see a new color for the AT&T LG Optimus G Pro. Famed leaker @evleaks tweeted out the above picture, showing a yet to be announced Optimus G Pro in pearly white with AT&T logos on the front and back.
Until this point, black was the only option for the device in the US, while white was limited to international versions. The Optimus G Pro is $99 on a two-year contract. The release date is yet to be announced for the white version.
Last week we reported on a roadmap of ASUS smartphone and tablet devices apparently scheduled for release sometime in 2013. New details have emerged about some of the devices. The ASUS FonePad will be renamed the FonePad HD 7 when refreshed later this year and will come with an Intel Atom Z2560 processor matched with either 8GB or 32GB of memory, 1GB of RAM, a 7-inch 1280×800 resolution screen, and a slightly upgraded camera that can snap pics at 5MP versus the current 3MP resolution. The new FonePad HD 7 is expected to ship with Android 4.2.
The second device that we know a little bit more about is the MeMO Pad HD 10. This 10.1-inch tablet will come with an ARM-based processor from Rockchip running at 1.6GHz, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of memory, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, and 3G mobile data capabilities. Like the FonePad HD 7, the MeMO Pad HD 10 will run Android 4.2. Note that the MeMO Pad HD 10 was not listed on the slide released last week outlining ASUS’s strategy.
The last device that we have some more information about is the MeMO Pad HD 8. The resolution for this device is reportedly 1280×800 on an 8-inch screen. Other than the reduction in size, it appears the hardware and operating system will be the same as the MeMO Pad HD 10 device.
ASUS has lots of other devices they are planning to bring to market in the next few months, so you can expect more leaks and information to surface regarding hardware specs.
source: Unwired View
An Amazon mystery device (codename: Apollo) running Android 4.2.2 has shown up on GFX Bench with some pretty high-end specs, leading some to believe that this could be the next Kindle Fire HD. With a 2560 x 1600 pixel display, Adreno 330 GPU, and a 2.15GHz maximum CPU clock speed, one would most likely be right to assume that this new tablet will ship with a Snapdragon 800 processor. The device is also rumored to have an 8MP main camera, a front shooter, 2GB RAM, optional cellular connectivity, and 16/32/64 GB internal storage.
Announcement for the new Kindle Fire models are likely to come in the fall, with pricing and release date remaining a mystery.
Source: GFX Bench
A week ago, it was rumored that Motorola would be making the Nexus 5, but that was quickly washed away with LG as the chosen one. Today we have continued rumors showing LG as making the said device, but with a little more detail. The latest word is that it will be based on the G2 as in the screen size of 5.2-inches and the Snapdragon 800 SoC. Earlier in the week, it was rumored to have the Snapdragon 600. As far as the body, it’s expected that it will resemble the look of the new Nexus 7 and it will also sport a glass back, just like the Nexus 4.
What do you guys think? I would be surprised if the Nexus 5 has the Snapdragon 800. Nexus devices traditionally don’t have the most up to date specs in terms of CPU, just take a look at the new new Nexus 7 for reference. I’m not a fan of the glass back, but it does create differentiation from the other devices.
Back at the Nexus 7 launch event, Google announced that the next installment of the popular Asphalt racing series would be released on August 8th— that day is long gone and we still have yet to see the release of the game. But we do have some good news, as today Gameloft announced a formal launch date via Twitter— August 22nd.
Asphalt 8: Airborne looks like its going to be a great game, especially with its upgraded graphics engine, real-time multi-player and tons of other features built in. Only 7 more days until you can finally get your hands on it!
Verizon hasn’t handled its flagships very well throughout the past few months, but it looks like they may be turning a corner with the upcoming G2. LG’s newest phone came without mention of wireless charging capabilities, but on Verizon’s sign-up page for the device they mention that the CDMA version will come with “exclusive Wireless Charging.” Not only this, but it looks like the rear buttons also have a slightly different design as well. Good work, Big Red.