In a few weeks we will finally get our hands on the HTC M7, or whatever they will call, but we are already wondering when it will actually be available. Well Pocketnow was tipped that it will go on sale on March 8th. They could be releasing it in the UK and Europe first, but since they are holding events in both London and New York, I would imagine a U.S. release won’t be far behind.
All the images that we have seen of the M7 have been black, but it’s unlikely they will only offer one color, especially since this is going to be a worldwide launch. Word is that the second color option will be silver/white.
It’s clear that HTC is trying to get ahead of Samsung’s Galaxy S IV launch, but will it be enough? Releasing the phone early is a good idea, but throwing some marketing dollars in the mix probably is an even better idea.
The closer we get to Mobile World Congress, the more leaks we’re going to see, especially something as high-profile as Samsung’s Galaxy Tab lineup. Engadget’s recently discovered three new models of Samsung tablets in their user agent profiles, dubbed the GT-P3200, GT-P5200 and the GT-P8200. If Samsung follows their standard naming conventions, these will fall into the Galaxy Tab line, but there’s not much else as far as details go. The low end 3200 sports a 1,024 x 600 resolution on its screen, which is pretty lackluster, especially for Samsung. The 5200 showed a 1280 x 800 resolution, and the 8200 packed a Nexus 10 matching 2,560 x 1,600 resolution. Some leaked AnTuTu benchmarks for the GT-P8200 suggest it’ll carry a 1.7 GHz processor, would back up that extraordinary screen resolution. Like with all other rumors, though, it’s best to take them with a healthy dose of skepticism. And we fortunately won’t have to wait long to see what Samsung officially unveils next month.
Late yesterday we reported on a leaked image that purported to show a new white version of the LG Nexus 4 smartphone. The question on everyone’s mind was whether it was a legitimate image. Today more images have surfaced showing a white, well mostly white, LG Nexus 4 device. The images showed up on a Vietnamese web site and show the device being held in someone’s hand as they rotate the device around for different views in a series of fifteen shots. Not impossible to fake, but these latest images would require a lot more effort to produce if someone were trying to pull a hoax on the tech world. » Read the rest
Google has been granted a patent for multiple flashes on a mobile device. A series of LED flashes is bound to be more powerful than the single LED most smartphones have these days and it opens a host of photographic possibilities. For small or close-up photography a ring flash will go a long way toward smooth, consistent and shadow free lighting. A multiple flash layout also opens the door for second curtain or slow sync flash, which allows for much better nighttime shots.
The patent also addresses different positions and configurations for the flash units. One such configuration would make it more like a pop-up flash as seen on many point and shoot cameras. Moving the flash farther from the lens would also have the added benefit of reducing the number of red-eye shots. This new patent creates a lot of possibilities, including the end of mediocrity when it comes to cameras on Google’s Nexus handsets. This could, of course, find its way to Motorola. Anyone count the flashes on that mythical X Phone yet?
Using the hash tags #ComingSoon and #EscapeFromHoth, Rovio tweeted an image (above) of a sling-shot equipped millennium falcon. Putting two and two together, it looks like Rovio is planning an update to Angry Birds Star Wars. No details as of yet, but at the very least Android gamers can expect more time-wasting pig-slaughtering levels. Perhaps, as the image suggests, the rebellion will shift to an underground environment, but that’s just speculation. All we know for sure is Rovio is planning something.
We might have our first view of the white Nexus 4 on the same day the standard black model returned to the Play Store. We heard there might be a white version in the works last year but this is the first time we see any “evidence” of the existence of such a device. Speaking of evidence, there’s not much. Phone Arena reported the image above was submitted by an anonymous source. Examining the EXIF data shows the image was taken by an LG-E975, better known as the Optimus G. While that little piece of information adds an element of intrigue to the story, it does little to validate the authenticity. Put your debunking hats on and hit the source for the full size image. I’ll keep my fingers crossed they release a version with more storage, not more white.
You’ve seen some pictures, and more pictures, and read the leaked information about the Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0, Samsung’s latest version of a device utilizing their S Pen. All indications up to now were that the device would be officially unveiled at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. However, European site Mobile Geeks has discovered several online retailers listing the Galaxy Note 8.0 as being available starting on February 19, 2013, about a week prior to MWC. It appears two versions of the GT-N5100, the 3G capable model, will be available with either 16GB of 32GB of memory. There is no information available regarding the GT-N5110 wi-fi only model, but we would expect it to be available at the same time if the dates are accurate.
The question now is whether these sites listing the Galaxy Note 8.0 have revealed actual availability information or whether they are just creating placeholder pages in anticipation of the device being available later in February after MWC.
It’s funny, just yesterday I was wondering what Google will do with the Nexus 7 at Google I/O. I automatically thought they would probably step up to a full 1080p HD display, but wasn’t sure about the rest. Well word is they will definitely add a 1080p display to the second generation 7-incher. The other rumor is that it will probably be thinner with a more industrial design. No word on the internals, but since ASUS will be doing this year’s Nexus 7 again, I am thinking we might see the Tegra 4. My other prediction is that we will see last year’s version get a price drop to $149 for 16GB and $199 for 32GB. It’s still a very formidable tablet for most people.
As to the version of Android, the sources tell us it will still be Jelly Bean. I am certainly expecting a bigger software bump to Key Lime Pie, but then again, Google could wait until the fall to launch the next big version. That would certainly be a disappointment, but I guess we will just have to wait and see.
Say hello to the Xperia C5303 HuaShan smartphone— Sony’s next great mid-range device for 2013. Rumored specs of the device includes a 1.7 GHz Qualcomm MSM8960T processor, an HD display and Jelly Bean 4.1.2 as some of the noteworthy features powering the intriguing smartphone. Design-wise, the smartphone features a look that’s consistent with the Xperia Z and ZL smartphones such as the on-screen virtual buttons and a circular metal power key in the middle of the right side. In addition— the smartphone seems to have some extra heft in its chassis, indicating that it is probably a device that will likely be water and dust-proof.
Despite the world now seeing this attractive phone in all its glory, Sony is staying mum for now and won’t give up any additional details about the device at this time. The good thing however is that we shouldn’t fret— Sony is expected to showcase the device at MWC this year, so it’s literally a matter of weeks before we see this thing in person.
After seeing the leaked press image of the HTC M7 a few weeks ago, little was left to the imagination as we caught a glimpse of HTC’s next super phone in all its glory. Still, a computer render doesn’t give quite the same impression as handling the physical product, which is what we have for you today (well…sort of). A new video has surfaced of the M7′s chassis (back and front) being compared to other HTC flagship phones. Most notably, it seems to share a lot in common with the HTC Droid DNA that we love so much, albeit, packed into a smaller package to suit the M7′s 4.7-inch screen. Besides that we can see that the phone seems to have a dedicated camera button on the right edge, nestled below the volume rocker and even more intriguing, seems to have a front facing speaker, which is something of a rarity in the smartphone world, but certainly could come in useful. Check out the video below and let us know what you think of the M7.