Since Samsung confirmed a Galaxy Note 3 with a curved display for this month, we can’t be too far off. Samsung Sinjonggyun representatives told reporters that it would be “released next week.” Expect it to very expensive and to be very limited.
Earlier in the week it was revealed that LG will not sit back and watch Samsung take center stage because they will unveil their own smartphone with a curved display. ZDNet in Korea found out it will be called the LG Z. The Z series will most likely be used for these type of phones moving forward. They are also reporting that it will have a 6-inch display, which contradicts the report we heard earlier in the week indicating that LG was going to mass produce 4.5-inch flexible displays. No word on when LG will officially announce the Z just yet, but one as to wonder why they would go with “Z” since it’s already being used by Sony?
sources: DDaily / ZDNet Korea
Samsung is known to take some time to prepare their latest version of Android before releasing a very stable version to the public. While the HTC One Developer Edition already has Android 4.3, the Samsung Galaxy S4 is expected to receive the software sometime later this month or next month. SamMobile’s insider has you covered. They have received Android 4.3 test software for the Galaxy S4, which seems pretty stable at this point.
SamMobile actually says that the test software runs faster and is more lag free than 4.2.2. Samsung Knox and Wallet are present in this software, as well as a new Reading Mode and an improved keyboard. If you’re interested and want to try out the test software, head to the source link for instructions on how to download, at your own risk.
@Evleaks recently tweeted (you guessed it) another leak!
This time, we have images suggesting that Target will be offering a T-Mobile tie-up later this year, featuring “brightspot.”
This includes a $50 deal with unlimited talk/text, and 1GB of 4G data. The picture also shows a SIM kit, which can activate any unlocked compatible GSM phone, activate compatible Apple iPhone 4 and 4S, and includes both standard and microSIM.
This picture shows the Galaxy S III with the deal, but other devices are expected to come with brightspot, including the LG Optimus F3, LG Optimus F6, and the Lumia 521.
An official announcement has yet to come, but the news may come very soon considering the leaked information.
Wireless charging has been getting more and more attention as of late, and yesterday we showed you that remote wireless charging was even possible. Today, we have news that Qualcomm has joined the Power Matters Alliance and has plans to develop the standard for hybrid wireless charging.
This news comes only a month after Qualcomm joined the Wireless Power Consortium (WPC). Qualcomm will reportedly take on a “senior leadership role” at the Power Matters Alliance, and will work on ways for PMA devices (PowerMat) to receive wireless power using both low-frequency induction and high-frequency resonance.
If they are successful, more devices will be compatible with a wider range of wireless charging docks/stations/mats.
It’s all good news for consumers, who will have many more options on the market very soon.
T-Mobile has issued a new directive to their employees informing them the company is putting an end to Classic plans at national retailers. Earlier this year T-Mobile commenced their Uncarrier strategy to start moving to unsubsidized devices and Simple Choice plans for service. Buyers who were interested in T-Mobile but wanted a traditional, subsidized device for a set contract period could avoid the new Uncarrier philosophy by purchasing their device through a national retailer like Best Buy. It is not clear what T-Mobile may provide to the national retailers as a replacement, unless they are just going to expand the Uncarrier and Simple Choice options beyond their own web site or other T-Mobile owned channels.
According to the internal document, the deadline for the transition is November 1, 2013. Starting September 30th, retailers are to start the process of returning their postpaid inventory to T-Mobile. Locations selling T-Mobile devices will continue to handle device exchanges during the month of October and all “buyer’s remorse” returns are to be done at national retailer locations.
You may recall that T-Mobile is scheduled to unveil Phase III of their Uncarrier strategy in late October. Others believe T-Mobile may target family plans and tablets as part of Phase III. With this latest move, it may be possible T-Mobile is planning to roll some new options for their major partners into the next phase as well.
Leaks abound about the Nexus 5 like alleged screenshots and rumors the device will support a nano SIM card slot. The latest bit of news is another leaked image of the device. What makes this image noteworthy is the lack of notoriety – it looks just like previous images of the device. This seems to lend credence to previous leaked images that have been spotted.
According to reports, the image surfaced on a web site forum and was subsequently deleted, but not before it was grabbed by several visitors.
Over the weekend, we learned that LG is possibly working on a new device known as the LG G Pro Lite Dual. As the name implies, it will likely be a dual-SIM variant of the Optimus G Pro. Today, Hi-Tech.Mail.Ru learned that the rumored device may include a stylus. While it may not have the pressure sensitivity of Samsung’s S Pen or even the capabilities of it, it would be a welcome addition since the G Pro Lite Dual is purported to have a 5.5-inch display.
The LG G Pro Lite Dual is slated for an mid-October release in Russia and the specs are assumed to be watered down from the Optimus G Pro, hence the “Lite” moniker.
Source: Hi-Tech.Mail.Ru (translated to English)
The lower cost version of the Moto X, dubbed the Motorola DVX, could be available next month. We already know that it will have replaceable back panels, which means owners will be able to easily change the color of their DVX. Now we have more images of the device thanks to a revision of the FCC filing.
As you can see, the DVX is going to look a lot like the Moto X, but it will most likely be a little smaller. The Moto X has a 4.7-inch display, and I suspect this device has a 4.3-inch display matching the DROID Mini. The only cosmetic differences is the rear speaker is on the left side of the DVX, as opposed to the right side on the Moto X. There is also a Motorola logo at the top left front. As far as internals, we really don’t know anything other than it appears the DVX is a 3G-only device with compatibilities for GSM 850/1900 bands.
A mini version of the Xperia Z1 is on the way folks, and it looks like it will be called the Xperia Z1 f (SO-02F). It’s also codenamed the Honami Mini. A brochure from NTT DoCoMo shows the full specs along with images of the device alongside the Xperia Z1.
Past practice with Android manufacturers has been to put lower specs in the “mini” versions of the flagships, but Sony is going a completely different route by offering flagship specs in the Xperia Z1 f. It’s going to have a 4.3-inch (1280 x 720) display, a 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, 20.7MP rear camera, 2.2MP front camera, and it will be IP55/IP58 dust and water resistant.
We were thinking that we would never see another HTC Butterfly, but late last week, word got out that HTC will unveil the Butterfly 2 this January. Now the front panel has leaked, which shows that HTC it changing the button style to match the One line. The original Butterfly, which debuted late last year, had a three button configuration (back, home, task)m and interestingly enough the Butterfly S had the same exact button arrangement even though it was released several months after the One. The front panels show that the Butterfly 2 will go with the same theme as all the One variants, which is a capacitive back button to the left and the home button to the right, along with the HTC logo at the center.
The Butterfly 2 looks to be a complete beast with a 5.2-inch 1080p display and a Snapdragon 800. That’s the good news. the bad news is that it’s unlikely that it will ever be sold outside of Taiwan. I can wish though. Hit the break for one more image.