We typically caution against getting overly excited about rumors so it’s only fair to advise against getting too down about them as well. The Samsung 4.99-inch full HD AMOLED screens that seemed like a sure thing just a few days ago don’t feel quite so certain today. The latest round of Samsung super-screen rumors, courtesy of DigiTimes, suggest the company is having a hard go of producing 441 PPI (pixels per inch) screens for its handsets. They cite an industry insider as attributing the problem to “lacking high-end technology.” The unnamed source said Samsung had even sought help from 3M with LITI (Laser Induced Thermal Imaging) technology to no avail.
As most tech blog readers will tell you, you probably shouldn’t take a DigiTimes rumor to the bank but they have nailed a few early rumors in the past. And no, I’m not making a broken clock is right twice a day joke either… or am I?
With the era of 1080p, quad-core phones approaching us, Samsung appears ready to unveil the next iteration of its extremely successful Galaxy series: the Galaxy S IV. Samsung’s latest entry to its Galaxy S line is rumored to sport a 5-inch, 1080p display, quad-core Exynos Adonis processor and a 13MP camera. The specs alone positions it to rival HTC’s DROID DNA and LG’s Optimus G series.
In addition to the news of the S IV, a Galaxy S II Plus is also mentioned. Among the noteworthy features of the Galaxy S II Plus are items like a qHD display and Jellybean running the show. For most customers, it should satisfy those looking for a lower cost alternative to the pricier top-tier phones of today. Its announcement is slated for late December to January.
The latest test build for the International Galaxy Note II (GT-N7100) just leaked. It’s Android 4.1.2 and its firmware version is N7100XXDLJ2. Unfortunately the 2 in the Android version number is not in the second position, so don’t expect the latest and greatest that the Nexus devices are rocking. However there are some changes which include:
New Additions in Notifcation Toggles
Notification Panel can now be customized
Continues Input in Samsung Keyboard (Like Swipe or Android 4.2 Keyboard)
New Ink Effect On Lockscreen
New Group Cast Application
Again this is not the final build, and the official and final build will probably drop in December or January. You can install it if you wish, but there could be some bugs. Hit the break for flashing instructions.
Think that LG is content with releasing the Optimus G smartphone this year and calling it a day? Well think again as LG seems to have yet another superphone that’s likely on the way. Thanks to a leaked GLBenchmark score, we see that LG has a mysterious device called the F240K and looks to have all the major bells and whistles of a typical superphone. According to the benchmark, the F240K features a full 1080p (1920 x 1080) display, just like that found in the recently announced HTC DROID DNA smartphone. In addition to the noteworthy 1080p display, the F240K seems to feature a processor (most likely the quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro) clocked at 1.5GHz and will run on Android 4.1.2— not the now-outdated Ice Cream Sandwich.
There are no additional details of the F240K like its display size or how much RAM it’ll have, but now that the device has been outed– we suspect that it won’t be long before we see additional leaks pop up and give us a better idea of what this puppy entails exactly.
Another day, another leaked Android device. This time we find the unannounced ZTE Grand X Pro in a render leaked by our friends over at evleaks. No information has been provided regarding the specs of this device, but considering the “Pro” moniker found in its name, we should expect it to be a refresh of the ZTE Grand X LTE that was launched earlier this summer. From the render, it looks like the device will be running a slightly altered version of stock Android 4.0.
There’s too little information at this point to really get excited about the device, but I’m liking the new design philosophy that ZTE is taking. Much cleaner lines, smaller bezels, and a bigger screen. Hopefully the improved design will be matched by improved specs. Maybe we’ll get some more details at CES or MWC in early 2013.
Sony appears to have some big time ambitions for 2013. According to a Financial Times Deutschland interview, Dennis van Schie who is the CVP of Sales & Marketing asserts that Sony clearly intends on having a flagship that will outdo the likes of both the iPhone 5 and even the Galaxy S III. He asserts Sony “will create in the near future a flagship model that can compete with Apple’s iPhone and Samsung’s Galaxy S III“. This device will likely have current flagship models like the Xperia Ion variant and Xperia TL pale in comparison to this new and upcoming device. Rumor has it that the device will remain on the cutting edge side of things by featuring a Snapdragon quad-core processor, a 5-inch 1080p screen and perhaps a 12MP camera.
Naturally it sucks that owners who purchased a variant of the Xperia Ion and Xperia TL will have to cope with the fact their device is going to be all but forgotten take a backseat to another flagship device instead. On the other hand, it sure is exciting to see yet another 1080p phone on the horizon, isn’t it? Expect to see more details leak out as we possibly see the introduction of the device at the start of 2013.
As we gear up for a busy holiday shopping season, there’s nothing better than finding out what deals will be available ahead of time. Come Black Friday, Sprint will be offering a trio of steals, including a Samsung Galaxy Nexus or Samsung Galaxy Victory 4G LTE for free with a new two year contract. These two devices will be available throughout the weekend, so you won’t have to camp out overnight on a full stomach.
Like we heard previously, subscribers will be able to pick up a Samsung Galaxy S III for just $50 when signing up for a new commitment, though you’ll need to show up bright and early on Friday to get your hands on one.
The first leak of an Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean build for Samsung Galaxy S II devices has surfaced. Labeled as build I9300XLSJ, the firmware update was originally posted by XDA Developers forum member izap. The update includes all of the normal enhancements one would expect from a Jelly Bean update like performance improvements courtesy Project Butter, new home screen modes, a new notification bar, and Google Now. Because the file is coming from Samsung, it also includes some of their specific enhancements like the TouchWiz Nature UX interface, access to the Samsung Cloud services, and a couple widgets originally developed for the Samsung Galaxy S III. » Read the rest
A month or so ago it seemed the HTC J Butterfly was going to be a very limited device, but it’s just too good to limit this bad boy. I finally got my hands on the DROID DNA, which is essentially the same phone, and I must tell you that this might just be the finest phone ever made. We also heard that it will be known as the DLX in other Asian markets, and now it seems as though it will actually be called the Deluxe globally at least according to @evleaks. I know that many of you in Europe were wondering if it was every going to arrive, and it looks like it will. Unfortunately we don’t have a time frame, but we are hopeful it will happen by year’s end. This is just too good of a phone to not share the love everywhere.
Are you on AT&T, but fancy owning a mid-level smartphone instead of say a Galaxy S III or Galaxy Note II? Well great you’re in luck as it appears Ma Bell has a modest Pantech device on the way called Magnus. Thanks to notorious leaker evleaks, we have a clear image of the device— also known as Batsu or model number P9090— operating on what looks to be a needlessly customized version of at least Ice Cream Sandwich at the very least. In addition to the on-screen display with the trademark 3 soft keys, the device seems to have a small likeness to the Pantech Flex smartphone, though the display on the Magnus seems to be a smidge bigger and is highlighted by the usual AT&T tramp stamp. Additional details like the processor speed, RAM and storage size are not available at the moment, but now that the cat’s been let out the bag, we suspect we’ll get more details about this puppy sooner than later.