Rumor: Sony ‘Honami’ to go by the name “Z1″ in retail stores, expected launch date of Sept. 4

 

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We’ve heard the code-name ‘Honami’ so many times that at this point, most would have expected that Sony come right out and announce it as the official name for their next flagship.

However a well-known XDA-developer, “DooMLoRD,” says that the Honami very well may be known as the Sony Z1 (Z One) in just a few short weeks, as the device’s official retail name.

There are so many One’s, Z’s, X’s, etc. that it’s almost getting hard to keep track of the latter part of the alphabet at this point…

Either way, we would tell you to take this rumor with a grain of salt for now, but as soon as “DooMLoRD” posted the rumor on XDA’s forums, Sony’s Mobile PR division followed him on Twitter— that counts for something, right?

More to come soon as we approach the rumored September 4th unveiling date.

Source: GforGames

 

New image of HTC One Max shows fingerprint scanner

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Last week we saw a leaked image of what was called a non-final render of the HTC One Max. It was later dismissed by HTC Senior Global Online Communications Manager Jeff Gordon as completely fake. Today’s latest image might tell us why Jeff Gordon said that. As you can see the One Max is pictured along with its siblings, the One and One Mini, but something is very different with the Max. That little square below the camera lens is supposedly a fingerprint scanner. Now something like this could easily be photoshopped, so take it with a grain of salt. However, if you want a clue as to if this is real or not, wait to see if Jeff Gordon chimes in again. If he doesn’t, it might be just be real.

source: ePrice

Is this the backside of the new LG Nexus 5?

LG_Nexus_5_Leaked_Image_902Last week we got word that the new Nexus 5 will indeed be manufactured by LG and somewhat based on the G2. Now we have an image of the backside of the said device. We have no idea if it is real or not, but we can say that it confirms the rumor that there won’t be any G2-like volume/power controls on the back. As you can see, the volume and power buttons appear to be on the left side. The other thing that was reported last week was that it would sport a glass back. It’s hard to tell if this device has a glass back, but it does appear to have a shine or gloss to it. Lastly, as Christopher Wilkinson pointed out in the comments below….Where the hell is the Nexus logo?

What about specs? It was first rumored that it would be a scaled down version of the G2 as in the Snapdragon 600 vs the Snapdragon 800. Then it was reported that the Nexus 5 would indeed have the Snapdragon 800. Now we are going backwards again and hearing that it will not only be a Snapdragon 600, but the camera will be scaled back to 10MP. Non of this is surprising since Nexus devices are generally affordable.

So there you have it. The supposed first leaked image of the Nexus 5. Let us know what you think.

source: Techtastic

Samsung Galaxy Note III to ship in September followed by Galaxy Gear smartwatch in October

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We already know that Samsung will introduce the Galaxy Note III and the Galaxy Gear smartwatch on September 4, but when will we be able to purchase them? It looks like the Note III will ship rather quickly as in the same month. It has also been confirmed that Samsung won’t offer the Note III with a 16GB capacity, and instead opt for 32GB. Considering how much useable space was on the Galaxy S 4 16GB model, this is probably a very good move. As to the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, it will likely ship in October. No word on what regions for either of these devices, but we will let you know as soon as we hear it.

source: SamMobile

Sony Honami Mini, codenamed Ray 3, leaked

sony-honamiWe’re all expecting the Sony Honami to be launched next month. Perhaps we’ll see another device as well, as information about a smaller Honami Mini has leaked via a forum. Codenamed Ray 3, the Honami Mini packs in a Snapdragon 800 at  2.3GHz, 4.3GHz HD 720p resolution, 2GB of RAM, 20-megapixel main camera with Sony G Lens, 16GB of internal memory and a 2,400mAh battery.

Interestingly, the Honami Mini is not so much a downgrade from the Honami as just a more compact design. The processor and camera are the same as what we’re expecting on the Honami. The source says that the device will launch on September 4 and will be showcased at the IFA 2013 event in Germany.

Source: GSM Insider

Press images for Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 leak for AT&T

Galaxy_Mega_6.3The ever-reliable anonymous tipster evleaks has tweeted official press images for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 in navy blue plaid, confirming that the phablet will indeed be coming to AT&T. Branding can be found at the top left of the screen and on the rear of the device. Not much information on the phone is currently available, but we do know it should be hitting shelves in the U.S. relatively soon.

Source: @evleaks

Google Glass a fit for NBA Refs? Houston Rockets exec speaks

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We always knew questions like this were going to eventually come up as the technology used in Google Glass became more and more prominent— in a Reddit AMA session (Ask Me Anything) on Friday, Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey was asked, “Do you think Google Glass could ever be integrated into live games, for example by having the officials wear them and letting the TV audience see what they saw?”

Morey, an MIT grad, was definitely interested in the idea, and even told the Redditor to ask Adam Silver, who will be stepping in as the NBA’s next commissioner come February.

Now the actual chance of something like this actually happening is very low, as some professional sports leagues are still getting used to the idea of something as low-tech as instant replay (MLB). It may be a welcome change somewhere way, way, way down the road, but don’t expect anything anytime soon. Just a nice idea for now…

Source: AllThingsD

 

Photo leaked of AT&T LG Optimus G Pro in white

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We’re about to see a new color for the AT&T LG Optimus G Pro. Famed leaker @evleaks tweeted out the above picture, showing a yet to be announced Optimus G Pro in pearly white with AT&T logos on the front and back.

Until this point, black was the only option for the device in the US, while white was limited to international versions. The Optimus G Pro is $99 on a two-year contract. The release date is yet to be announced for the white version.

Source: @evleaks

More details emerge about ASUS FonePad HD 7, MeMO Pad HD 8 and MeMO Pad HD 10

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Last week we reported on a roadmap of ASUS smartphone and tablet devices apparently scheduled for release sometime in 2013. New details have emerged about some of the devices. The ASUS FonePad will be renamed the FonePad HD 7 when refreshed later this year and will come with an Intel Atom Z2560 processor matched with either 8GB or 32GB of memory, 1GB of RAM, a 7-inch 1280×800 resolution screen, and a slightly upgraded camera that can snap pics at 5MP versus the current 3MP resolution. The new FonePad HD 7 is expected to ship with Android 4.2.

The second device that we know a little bit more about is the MeMO Pad HD 10. This 10.1-inch tablet will come with an ARM-based processor from Rockchip running at 1.6GHz, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of memory, WiFi, Bluetooth, GPS, and 3G mobile data capabilities. Like the FonePad HD 7, the MeMO Pad HD 10 will run Android 4.2. Note that the MeMO Pad HD 10 was not listed on the slide released last week outlining ASUS’s strategy.

The last device that we have some more information about is the MeMO Pad HD 8. The resolution for this device is reportedly 1280×800 on an 8-inch screen. Other than the reduction in size, it appears the hardware and operating system will be the same as the MeMO Pad HD 10 device.

ASUS has lots of other devices they are planning to bring to market in the next few months, so you can expect more leaks and information to surface regarding hardware specs.

source: Unwired View

Upcoming Amazon Kindle Fire HD will likely ship with Snapdragon 800

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An Amazon mystery device (codename: Apollo) running Android 4.2.2 has shown up on GFX Bench with some pretty high-end specs, leading some to believe that this could be the next Kindle Fire HD. With a 2560 x 1600 pixel display, Adreno 330 GPU, and a 2.15GHz maximum CPU clock speed, one would most likely be right to assume that this new tablet will ship with a Snapdragon 800 processor. The device is also rumored to have an 8MP main camera, a front shooter, 2GB RAM, optional cellular connectivity, and 16/32/64 GB internal storage.

Announcement for the new Kindle Fire models are likely to come in the fall, with pricing and release date remaining a mystery.

Via: PhoneArena
Source:  GFX Bench