We’ve been expecting LG’s successor to the oddly shaped LG Vu soon, and it looks like they’ll be releasing the third iteration in the Vu lineup in October to take on Samsung’s latest phablet. The LG Vu 3 is rumored to sport a Snapdragon 800 processor, 13 megapixel camera, and 1280 x 960 resolution screen, which keeps it in line with the weird aspect ratio for this family of devices. On top of those specs, LG is trying to hit a lower price point than what Samsung can, despite having some pretty high end tech in the Vu 3.
Alongside the phone itself, LG is launching several QuickView cases which are slightly different than what Samsung offers. These cases are semi-transparent around the middle of the front cover, allowing the screen to show through important information without having a window or having to open the case. It’s really a pretty neat concept that looks surprisingly good.
Still, with Samsung’s latest Note shipment numbers, I find it hard to believe that a device as weird as the Vu is going to be able to offer any meaningful competition in that niche market. Of course, I thought the original LG Vu was going to fail, too, but three phones later, LG is still manufacturing them. There’s obviously some people out there that like these phones, I’m just unfortunately not one of them.
via: GSM Arena
New information has surfaced from China indicating LG’s forthcoming tablet device, the LG G Pad, could sell for $299. The tablet device sports an 8.3-inch 1920×1200 display, a Snapdragon 600 processor, 2GB of RAM and will run Android 4.2.2 when shipped. The LG G Pad will incorporate some useful multi-tasking/multi-window features, like Slide Aside which uses a three-finger swipe and QSlide that will enable the use of three different apps in one window without exiting any of them. The device will be capable of being turned on and off with just a couple taps thanks to KnockON. The LG G Pad will come with QPair software which will enable users to pair the G Pad with a smartphone so calls and text messages can be delivered to the tablet. The connection via QPair will not be limited to other LG devices.
LG has not yet announced an official release date other than some time in the fourth quarter, but an October release would not be unexpected.
According to a leaked inventory shot, Best Buy is going to offer an unlocked Galaxy Note 3. Not only that, they will offer it on September 19, which is only two days away. The Note 3 isn’t supposed to be available in the U.S. till early next month, so this is quite surprising.
Also very interesting is the model number of N9000, which happens to be the Exynos 5 variant. Now before you go jumping up and down, keep in mind that it won’t support LTE or 4K video. Of course, the price of $999 doesn’t make me feel all warm and fuzzy either.
Today’s been a Nexus 5 day. First, we got to see some really cool leaked photos of the upcoming device, and now the Nexus 5 has been spotted on the GFXBench benchmark site. It seems like the codename of the phone is the LG Hammerhead. From the information, we can tell that it has an HD 1080p display and a 2.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor. In addition, the device runs KitKat 4.4.
That’s not it. Two unannounced devices, LG-D820_S and LG-D820_C have received WiFi Certification. These are most likely two different versions of the Nexus 5, as previous leaks have shown. These two devices could vary by storage capacity, or LTE/HSPA+. We’ll have to wait and see, but it’s getting exciting to see these leaks.
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And here we go again folks, the ‘ol “leave your unreleased prototype” device at the bar for all the world to see. In all seriousness, we love this right? Looks like an unattended “Nexus 5″ was left at a bar counter and luckily the bartender knew what he had in his hands as he took a couple of photos and short videos before the owner came back to retrieve the device.
According to a recent report, Samsung is preparing a software update for their Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 and Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 tablets to add multi-user support. Multi-user functionality is supported by Android 4.2, but despite shipping with Android 4.2.2, Samsung did not include this feature on these Galaxy Tab 3 tablets. Screenshots purporting to be from a Galaxy Tab 3 device show the multi-user account function available in Settings.
No information is available concerning other improvements or new features that Samsung may include in the update nor is there any information on an expected date for the update to start rolling out.
As we head into the 4th quarter, all eyes are going to be on both the Nexus 5 and the HTC One Max. Unfortunately for HTC, most people are going to concentrate on the Nexus 5. Word is the One Max will be introduced to the world sometime in October, the same month as the Nexus 5.
We now know the model number is HTC 8088 thanks to a page leak. The specs were also specified, but the only problem is the processor wasn’t listed, just the clock speed. Last night the big news was the One Max would have the Snapdragon S4 Pro instead of the Snapdragon 800. That would mean that HTC is trying to price the One Max as low as possible, but we are also hearing that it will cost around $800 off contract. That seems a little too high, so one of these reports has to be false.
Rumor has it that LG is working on a phablet that is similar to the Xperia Z Ultra in that it will have a 6.4-inch display. However, it will have a higher pixel density than the Ultra. This new phablet will feature a 1920 x 1080 display with a ppi of 418, while the Ultra tops out at 342. It will also have the Snapdragon 800 SoC, 3GB of RAM, and an 8MP camera. The megapixel count seems a little low since the G2 has 13MP.
We have slightly bizarre news for this Sunday night. @evleaks is reporting that the HTC One Max phablet will not have the Snapdragon 800, and will have the Snapdragon S4 Pro instead. This would be a real Debbie Downer, and if true, one has to wonder why HTC would do this? It could mean that the One Max won’t be competing with the likes of the Galaxy Note III or the Xperia Z Ultra, but instead competing with the Samsung Galaxy Mega.
Generally, phablets are priced higher so HTC might be trying to bring the larger screen option to the budget minded folks like Samsung is doing with the Galaxy Mega. At least they opted for a quad-core as opposed to the dual-core Snapdragon 400 found on the Galaxy Mega. Again, assuming this is all true, why would HTC put a fingerprint scanner on a phone that isn’t a flagship phone? I guess we will just have to wait and see what the full story is.
Last week we got a good look at the upcoming Kindle Fire HD refresh, and today we have a press render of the new Kindle Fire. You won’t see a front-facing camera, which is why we believe it is the non-HD version of the Kindle.
It shouldn’t be too long till Amazon unveils the new Kindles. Last year, they did it on September 6th, so obviously they are a little late this year. Invitations could go out this week for an event later in the month. Stay tuned.