While it was widely speculated, it’s now confirmed that the rumored HTC M4 is indeed the HTC One Mini. Seen alongside the HTC One above, the One Mini looks like an exact carbon copy of the One, just smaller of course. You can expect the One Mini to have a 4.3-inch display and while we don’t quite know the resolution or panel type of the screen, I’m assuming it’ll be a 720p S-LCD 2 or S-LCD 3 panel.
The One Mini will still have the nice aluminum body just like it’s big brother, but there will also be a plastic ring around the side. It also looses the IR blaster that the One has, but it looks like the BoomSound feature is still in tact. The One Mini will most likely have the same processor as the HTC First, a dual-core Snapdragon processor and will ship with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. Stay tuned for more news on this device as it becomes available.
This is absolutely just a rumor, but it seems as if some are pinning October to be the launch month for the next iteration of Android (Key Lime Pie). This isn’t too far from my initial guess of November considering Google tends to release a new Nexus device alongside a new operating system around mid to late Fall. Nonetheless the sources also mention that Google plans on making Android 5.0 optimized to work fluidly on lesser powerful devices with 512MB of RAM.
I think this is great as it shouldn’t take a quad-core beast for Android to be completely smooth, look at the iPhone and Windows Phone for example. Either way lets just wait and see what the big G has in store for us Android fans in the next couple of months leading towards fall.
If you truly know Samsung, then you’re probably well aware at its stubborn reluctance to shy away from cheap, outdated and stale designs premium materials and constructing a revolutionary build for its flagship devices. However, it may appear that Samsung will finally make some major changes by introducing some quality materials and even a new design direction for the build of its next Galaxy S (Galaxy S 5) smartphone. Reports from various insiders indicate Samsung is currently working on a new “Design 3.0″ language (possibly teased in other upcoming flagships, mind you), which signifies a completely new direction for Sammy and brings a new-found “freshness” to the popular line of smartphones. Complimenting the new design is possibly the introduction of aluminum materials for the build of the upcoming phone. Taking a page from competitors like the iPhone, HTC One and Xperia Z smartphones, Samsung will take aim to make the smartphone body as attractive on the outside as its guts on the inside by incorporating an aluminum unibody form factor for the smartphone.
Of course there are some questions to Samsung’s new intention for its upcoming golden ticket of a device. Will the aluminum body add some unnecessary weight? Are we going to see the last of a removable battery? Can we expect some sort of scratch-resistant material? Hopefully we’ll get a better idea of what to expect as we approach 2014.
With the success of the HTC One helping reverse some troubling financial results for HTC, the company is now engaging in a strategy similar to Samsung’s in releasing versions of their top of the line device for certain target markets. The newest device that appears to be headed to market from HTC is the HTC One Mini, a smaller version of their flagship, that sources indicate should be available in August. The HTC One Mini will come equipped with a smaller 4.3-inch display running at 720p and a less powerful processor. However, it will bring design cues similar to its larger sibling, HTC’s Sense 5 overlay, and a camera incorporating UltraPixel technology.
The move by HTC will enable it to compete against the recently announced Samsung Galaxy S 4 mini and iPhone devices for buyers who are interested in smartphones that don’t come with large screens like the HTC One or Samsung Galaxy S 4. HTC has declined to comment regarding the leaked news of an August release date for the new device.
According to SamMobile, who is generally extremely reliable with Samsung leaked information, Samsung is delaying the Android 4.2.2 update for both the Galaxy S III and the Galaxy Note II, citing issues with the newer version of TouchWiz in a tweet tonight. Granted, Samsung has some newer, less powerful devices rolling out with Android 4.2.2 on board, so whatever problem they’re having will definitely be fixed sooner rather than later, so I think we can still expect a timeline for the update within a few months. Getting the update to the phones through the carriers is another story, but at least Samsung will have done their part.
If you are one of those smartphone buyers that has to look at devices other than top of the line devices like the Samsung Galaxy S 4 or HTC One due to a need for a rugged device, Verizon may have a smartphone on its way to help you enjoy the benefits of their 4G LTE network. A new render posted by @evleaks shows the new Casio Commando smartphone with support for 4G. The device is believed to be coming to Verizon in July if the on-screen image is an accurate indicator. The device is thought to be water and dust resistant and capable of surviving drops and other mishaps, although other specifications are not known.
Once again, thanks to evleaks Huawei’s Ascend P6′s specs and screen shots of its new Emotion UI have been leaked. According to evleaks, the Huawei Ascend P6 will come with a 4.7-inch 720p HD touchscreen, a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, an 8 MP BSI rear camera with macro capabilities starting at 4 cm, and a 5 MP front-facing camera with “face enhance.” Nothing out of the ordinary as the specs are just about aligned with current other flagship device specs. The most interesting part was the leaked shots of its Emotion UI.
As you can see the shots kind of reminds you of a “wooden” like theme. At least it does for me. Certainly not my taste, but I’m sure it will interest other people. Hopefully Huawei just keeps their device currently updated with each Android update.
In an effort to revamp its smartphone lineup, LG is rumored to drop the ‘Optimus’ name from its premium devices and move the name to mid to lower-end devices instead. According to various reports, LG is in the midst of devising a new brand identity for its flagship models, which should help to generate more chatter and excitement among consumers. There’s no indication yet of when we’ll see the new flagship name (or if this sudden change indicates a new LG flagship that’s on the way), but the hope is that we’ll have a clearer understanding sooner than later.
Complimenting the more uniform naming arrangement for its smartphone models, LG is also rumored to go with a more common design language for not just its upcoming handsets— but other types of devices as all— all in order to bring more consistency and familiarity with customers. So while this is exciting (and unusual to say the least), no one knows exactly what this means really. Will the LG smartphones and say appliances feature some sort of sleek curvy design? Will each be featured in a few exclusive colors? Again no one knows exactly… but it certainly will be exciting to see what direction it is LG may be headed towards.
Releasing a Mini version seems to be the rage these days. Now Oppo is diving right in with what appears to be a Find 5 Mini. The rumored specs include a 3.7-inch HD LCD display, a quad-core 1.2GHz MediaTek CPU, and 1GB of RAM. From the picture below, you can see that they will offer four colors options. It should be unveiled next month, and pricing could be between €199 and €299 ($263 to $395).
The world pretty much knows it’s only a matter of time before we see the Galaxy Note III, but we at least have an idea of how the new iteration of the device will look like, thanks to a recent leak obtained by the fine folks at SamMobile. While the device shares some slight similarities with other larger Sammy devices, it is more likely that this device is a prototype of Sammy’s new reference design strategy thanks to a couple of things that stand out. The first item to point are the unique corners— while not exactly appealing, they are slightly rounded and give a good hint of what we can expect to come. The next few items are the ones that are almost a dead giveaway of a Galaxy Note III unit: the bezel is not only thin, but it also helps to ensure the stunning 5.99-inch Full HD display is in full view.
Of course this could just be yet another mystery device that may have been inadvertently leaked, but fortunately we won’t need to wait very long as IFA 2013 is right around the corner.