Nokia X benchmark hints at 3 megapixel fixed-focus camera and Android 4.1

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If the Nokia X ever gets announced, there’s not going to be anything left about the phone to surprise us. The latest leak comes from a CamSpeed benchmark, which is a benchmark typically to measure camera performance. Nokia’s X phone has shown up in some scores with a 3 megapixel, fixed-focus camera. The original specs we’d heard suggested the phone would have a 5 megapixel camera, so this lowers that bar just a bit.

The benchmark also showed the device running Android 4.1. A few rumors floating around said it would run Android 4.4, but it’s looking like that isn’t going to be the case. Considering how heavily Nokia plans on skinning Android for this phone, they may not have felt it necessary to use the latest and greatest software. Read more

Galaxy S 5 shows up in AnTuTu benchmark with 1080p display and other humdrum specs

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The Galaxy S 5 recently showed up in AnTuTu benchmarks, and the majority of the specs aren’t anything to go crazy about. It has a 1080p display, a 2.5GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16MP rear camera, and 2MP front-facing camera. Now we already received one report that the GS5 will sport a 1080p display instead of the often rumored 2560 x 1400 display, but where is the Snapdragon 805 or 3GB of RAM?

The consensus is that this is an engineering sample or one that was appropriately placed to fool everyone. So for now, we aren’t “fooled” just yet, but we will be if this is what gets announced on February 24th. More screens after the break.

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Image of HTC’s BlinkFeed for the M8 leaks

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Thanks to @evleaks, we now have a look at what BlinkFeed will look like on the HTC M8. The image, posted just a little while ago, also shows how the company will approach Android 4.4 KitKat. Below are transparent on-screen buttons, something present on a device like the Nexus 5. Also, the notification bar has all white icons on top of a transparent background. As for BlinkFeed, it seems more modern and clean. Stay tuned for more information about the HTC M8 as it is nearing a rumored March announcement. Read more

Huawei P7 “Sophia” shell and design leak, shows extremely small bezels and some sharp corners

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Huawei has been hard at work developing a follow-up to their Ascend P6, and today we’re getting a pretty good look at the design of the Ascend P7, code named “Sophia.” This early render shows a device with some very, very thin bezels, no capacative buttons, and a pretty angular design.

A second leak at Phone Arena shows off the backside shell of the device in person, and it pretty closely resembles the render. The corners aren’t quite as sharp as the render leads on, but the overall angular design is still present in the physical model.

As far as we can tell, the specs of the device are still the same as what we’ve heard previously. 5-inch screen, 1080p resolution, 13 megapixel camera, and a customer quad-core CPU clocked at 1.6 GHz. So far, it looks like Huawei is going to continue making solid, well-designed devices into 2014, although it’s still not likely we’ll ever see this make its way to US markets.

source: Phone Arena 1

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LG G3 may see an official launch around May or June to compete with the Galaxy S5

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LG typically waits until late summer to announce new flagship devices, normally at IFA. This year, they may be shaking things up by announcing their anticipated G3 a few months earlier, though.

The latest reports from ZDNet Korea say that LG has accelerated their release schedule for the device by two to three months, which would see the device being released around May or June. By speeding up the release of the phone, LG can put the G3 in more direct competition with Samsung’s Galaxy S5, which is likely to hit shelves around April.

Out of all of the device manufacturers that are trying to bolster their market share against Samsung and Apple, LG has the best chance of making something happening. Maybe that early release this year will be enough to knock off Samsung’s flagship as the best selling Android device three years in a row. Regardless, I feel like 2014 is going to be a very exciting year.

source: ZDNet Korea

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LG Optimus G Pro will receive the KitKat update in Q2 2014

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A screenshot of a direct message on Twitter between an LG Optimus G Pro owner and LG India surfaced on the internet yesterday. The G Pro owner, Prabhjit Singh Walia, had sent a message to the South Korean’s Indian Twitter account asking when the LG Optimus G Pro will receive the Android 4.4 KitKat update.

According to a screenshot of LG India’s reply, the device will be receiving the Android 4.4 KitKat update by the end of second quarter 2014, though we haven’t heard of an official statement from LG yet. If true, it means that we might see an Android 4.4 KitKat for the Optimus G Pro by the end of June 2014.

LG will skip the Android 4.3 Jelly Bean update and push out the Android 4.4 KitKat update directly to a few devices. These include the LG Optimus F3, LG Optimus F6, LG G Pad 8.3, LG G Pro Lite, LG Optimus F7, LG Optimus L9 II, LG Optimus Vu II and the G2 will receive the KitKat update by march.

Source: GSMArena

HTC looking to enter smartwatch game in 2014

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HTC clearly isn’t dominating the smartphone market, so it looks as though it’ll be trying its hand in the smartwatch game. According to a recent Bloomberg report, HTC’s chairman, Cher Wang, said the company has been researching the possibility of entering smartwatch industry for years, and is optimistic that a product will be released this year. Wang also cited the fact that the company has to solve many of the battery and LCD-light problems that many manufacturers are currently having with their own smartwatch models. We’ll just have to wait and see what HTC has up its sleeves, and if this offering is any better than what it’s putting out in the smartphone market.

Source: Bloomberg 

HTC M8 may feature an upgraded 5MP camera

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After leaking this morning, we have some new information regarding the camera on the HTC M8. According to developer @LlabTooFeR on Twitter, the successor to the HTC One will feature a 5MP camera rather than the previously rumored 2.1MP one. With the twin cameras and dual LED flash on board, HTC seems to be heavily focusing on the camera with its upcoming flagship device. Currently, HTC is rumored to be holding an event in New York City next month. Read more

Samsung to stage a quiet launch event for Galaxy S5, and don’t expect a quad-HD screen or iris scanner

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Samsung launched the Galaxy S 4 last year with a pretty big event. There were a ton of theatrics, and the entire show was a pretty weird event. This year, though, it looks like Samsung is going to slow everything down and have a more traditional, quiet launch event at MWC, according to the New York Times.

Samsung’s entire attitude about the launch of the S5 isn’t just going to cause a different launch event, either. All of the rumors we’ve been hearing point towards a moderate update over the the Galaxy S 4, although it is pretty likely we’re going to see a fingerprint scanner on the device somewhere. Read more