Earlier this year rumors surfaced that Xiaomi was working on a new smartphone for the high-end market, the Xiaomi Mi-3, that resembled the HTC One and would come with a Snapdragon 800 processor. Fast forward a few months, and new images and details have leaked showing the initial reports were off base or Xiaomi took the device in a different direction. The latest images to leak show a device much more akin to a Nokia Lumia 920 smartphone, eschewing any signs of rounded corners. The similarity is enhanced by the yellow color of the device, a color featured in recent ads for the newest Lumia. However, the Xiaomi Mi-3 will apparently be available in other colors including green, white, navy blue, cyan, orange and pink.
In addition to the new design revealed by the latest images, sources also indicate Xiaomi is going to release the device with an eight-core processor. The source of the processor is not clear though, with sources trying to determine whether it will be produced by Xiaomi “in-house” or whether they may be looking to Samsung’s Exynos line of processors.
Xiaomi appears to be ready to announce the new Mi-3 smartphone on September 5th. The device will likely only be available in the Chinese market as Xiaomi is still a young and relatively small smartphone manufacturer.
I’m actually shocked Samsung hasn’t already launched a tablet for kids. Samsung has always offered a diverse amount of products to satisfy everyone. Unfortunately, they forgot about the kids, but Samsung is about to redeem themselves with the Galaxy Tab 3 Kids tablet.
It has a 7-inch WSVGA (1,024 x 600) display, a 1.2GHz dual-core CPU, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, a microSD slot for storage expansion, 4,000mAh battery, and Android Jelly Bean (not sure which version). It bares the model number of SM-T2105 and it showed up in a Korean back-to-school brochure. One more image after the break.
We are slowly getting details about LG’s upcoming G Pad tablet. Over the weekend, we found out it will feature a Snapdragon 600 CPU, and today we get a better idea of the LCD display. It’s expected to come in at 8.3-inches with a resolution of 1920 x 1200 and will feature the latest GF Ditto technology, which is also known as GF2 touchscreen technology. It utilizes a double-sided indium tin oxide (ITO) film as opposed to glass. Translation – thinner. It will allow LG to make the G Pad ultra thin, but they could opt for a bigger battery instead.
Apple was the first to implement this technology with the iPad mini, and they will most likely utilize it on the upcoming iPad 5. This is obviously the first time LG is implementing GF2, but they are also the first Android manufacturer to do it.
In surprising news, the Galaxy Note III won’t sport optical image stabilization (OIS) because of production issues. This is actually pretty bad news since most of the high end phones such as the HTC One and the upcoming LG G2 have OIS. What does OIS do exactly? Since most people have a hard time holding their phone still when taking a shot, OIS is able to remove that shake and yield a better photo. It’s most important indoors or in lower lighting conditions.
Samsung plans on adding OIS in the Galaxy S 5, which is their more popular line, but the Note line is a pretty important device. Does this deter you from picking up the Note III?
Sources have confirmed that the upcoming LG tablet, known as the “G Pad,” will not come with the originally rumored Snapdragon 800 processor, and will instead pack the Snapdragon 600. A few other important details about the device have been released as well, including that the tablet will have an 8.3-inch WUXGA display with 350 knit brightness and 60% color reproduction rate. It will be available in two variants including WiFi and LTE, and that the WiFi variant will be for the Korean Market, and the LTE variant will be available from Verizon Wireless. More details to come on the tablet as we approach the rumored unveiling date at IFA 2013 in Berlin.
2013 has been a resounding success for Sony, so it should come as no surprise it is continuing its momentum by working on additional devices for release before year’s end. One of those devices that we’re expecting happens to be a miniature beast of a device— such as you know, the mysterious Honami mini that we’ve heard so much about lately? Well after hearing some of the rumored specs such as a Snapdragon 800 quad-core chip, 4.3-inch HD 720p resolution and 20-megapixel main camera with Sony G Lens, we now have a pretty good idea of how this puppy looks— at least in its early form. Thanks to XDA member Xleaky, we can see a slightly fuzzy image of a diminutive Sony device that’s a smidge smaller than the Blackberry Q10 smartphone. Additionally, Xleaky also asserts that “you didn’t see this from me… but 4th of Sep is gonna be exciting! Thats all I’m saying!”
So what does this mean exactly? No one knows exactly really. There could be a chance that the leak could be a fake (which tends to happen more often than not)— but then again, there could be a chance that we’re getting a good idea of what this Honami mini looks like, as well as something to look forward to at IFA Berlin 2013. So now the question is: you folks excited yet?
source: Xperia Blog
Interested in getting Android 4.3 on your HTC One? Thanks to developer LlabTooFeR on XDA, you won’t have to wait until that late September release from HTC. Instead, you can now grab a custom ROM from LlabTooFeR that’s based on an unofficial, pre-release build of HTC’s Android 4.3 update, which has a handful of minor tweaks for speed and stability. He also said he’ll be releasing the untouched build in a few days, so if you’re not a fan of the tweaks in custom ROMs, you can stick to a completely stock option.
What you see above is what is thought to be the Motorola Droid 5. As you can see, it has that old-school QWERTY keyboard that we saw on the Droid 4 back last year. What we can also see is wireless charging capabilities, a shockproof water/dust resistant design, and a screen that looks to be around 4.3-4.5 inches.
The Droid 5 comes on the heels of the announcement of another QWERTY keyboard laden phone, the LG Entact. We don’t know much more about the device, but we’re sure more info will be leaked before a launch.
Source: Weibo (1), (2)
This leak probably isn’t going to wow anyone, but it’s just a bit more confirmation that Sony has an upcoming device in the pipeline very, very soon. The metal frame of an unnamed Sony device, likely the Xperia Z1, has shown up on the website of a repair shop, ETrade Supply. It shows off the location of the volume rocker, power button, microSD card slot, etc. and also confirms that everything has a water-resistant coating on it. Basically, it’s a reconfirmation of some of the details we have already heard about several times about Honami.
Either way, this device looks like it’s shaping up to be a worthy successor the Xperia Z. Hopefully we’ll find out more on September 4th.
source: ETrade Supply
via: Xperia News
It’s been nearly 8 months since NVIDIA’s Tegra 4 processor has been released, and just now we’re seeing the first mobile device using the technology. ZTE’s U988S will reportedly have the Tegra 4 packed inside, and is rumored to cost approximately 1,999 yuan, or $326 USD. A really nice price, considering how great the specs are. The ZTE U988S will include a 5-inch 1080p full HD touchscreen, a 13 MP rear shooter, 2 GB RAM, Dolby sound, and will ship with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.
It’s going to be China Mobile-branded, so it most likely won’t make its way over to North America— it would probably do ZTE some good to make it available over here as well, though.