We just reported that HTC will be updating its Sense UI to version 5.0 with the release of its next batch of flagship phones; namely, the yet to be confirmed M7. Sense 5.0 is rumored to have a cleaner and simpler UI, and we may be getting the first glimpse of it in these images from a Chinese website. There’s not much to see here, but it does look like HTC is working toward a more minimalistic design scheme, and we’re liking it a lot! Jump past the break to see the updated Keyboard. What do you guys think? Are you liking HTC’s new design direction?
HTC has had an incredibly successful year bringing in some hits here and there, but it appears that the Taiwanese manufacturer is looking to take things to another level in 2013. While we’ve heard whispers about a mysterious M7 smartphone in the works before, we are now starting to get an idea of what the device is capable of and its awesome features. According to the folks at HTC Source, the M7 is designed to be loosely based off the existing DROID DNA smartphone, having items like a black shell casing and a “very nice looking beveled edge” along the screen. In addition, the smartphone will feature a quad-core Snapdragon processor, a 4.7-inch 1,920 x 1080 display capable of 468ppi and 32GB of internal storage— all being operated by Jelly Bean topped off with Sense 5.0, which promises to to have a “simple and clean” UI.
As it stands, there are no additional hardware features to share for now— though it appears the smartphone is currently in testing on Sprint’s LTE network, giving NOW Network customers yet another device to possibly look forward to. Is it possible we may be looking at the latest addition to the HTC EVO series for Sprint? Perhaps we’ll see it at CES in just a few days…
source: HTC Source
After rumors sprouted suggesting Sprint could be gearing up to launch its own prepaid network, the nation’s third largest wireless carrier has confirmed the news, noting the new service would launch January 25th. Users will be able to pick from two different plans with the top tier offering unlimited talk, text and data for $70 per month. Unlike it’s Boost and Virgin counterparts, Sprint As You Go will not throttle users’ data speeds.
Initially, four phones will be available: Two smartphones and two feature phones. The LG Optimus Elite and Samsung Victory will be sold off-contract for $150 and $250, respectively.
To explain where exactly the new service slots into Sprint’s current offerings, a spokesperson provided the following statement.
“This is essentially a retail initiative for Sprint-branded stores only, created for customers who have an affinity for the Sprint brand and have indicated they want a no-contract option. As for our prepaid brands, this actually allows us to strengthen the focus on our primary prepaid sales channels.”
Sony’s Xperia Z, code named as “Yuga,” for quite sometime now has been rumored to be Sony’s next flagship device for 2013. The Z will be a 5 inch 1080p device and thanks to this leaked screen shot of a promo video for the device, we should expect it to have a full HD display.
The device is also expected to have a 13MP Exmor RS camera with fast capture and HDR. To top it all off, the Z will also be water-resistant.
I’m really interested in seeing what Sony has to offer in mobile phones this year. With specs like these, it’s hard to look past them and go straight for Samsung these days. Let’s just hope their devices are developer friendly and free up the bootloaders.
source: Xpera Blog
More rumors and leaks today as we inch closer to CES 2013 next week. The subject of the latest speculation is Samsung’s Galaxy S IV device, which will likely become one of the most anticipated devices for at least the first half of 2013. Earlier today SamMobile received what appears to be a legitimate picture of the Galaxy S IV. The rendering suggests a much smaller bezel, which may be part of Samsung’s plan to bump up the screen size while keeping the overall device size closer to the Galaxy S III dimensions. Noticeably absent is a physical home button, suggesting on screen buttons will be used for the device. This latest picture appears consistent with the render we reported on last week.
According to sources, Samsung is planning to show an early prototype of the Galaxy S IV to a small group of executives and partners during CES 2013. Unfortunately for the public, this will all occur in private meetings, probably under heavy guard, to prevent more details from leaking. Tipsters suggest Samsung’s Vice Chairman Jay Lee will be leading the closed door session.
We first spotted Acer’s affordable 7-inch Iconia B1 tablet last month, where it was rumored the device would launch globally at a staggering $99 price point. Well, new information has leaked out today suggesting the device would in fact launch as the Iconia B this month. The tablet is slated to make its world debut in India for 7,999 INR, which equates to around $150 US, a bit more than originally rumored.
If you’re unfamiliar, the Acer Iconia B runs Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean and sports a 7-inch 1024 x 600 display, a 1.2-GHz dual-core MediaTek processor and 512MB of RAM. Users will also get 8GB of on board storage with expansion available through the included micro SD slot.
Samsung’s multi-talented tablet device, the Galaxy Note 10.1, has been pretty quiet lately, save for a few updates in certain regions here and there. Well, after spending a few months in the shadow of its little brother, the Note 2, the tablet peeked out of the FCC with Verizon LTE bands and support for 3G connectivity. Neither Samsung or Verizon has said anything about this little surprise, but I’m sure they won’t keep too quiet about it for very long. Hopefully we’ll see another carrier or two pick up a data-enabled version of this device, too.
Hot off the heels of having a very successful 2012 campaign, LG is set to come into 2013 with a bang by introducing a new flagship device to the masses as early as next week. According to DigiTimes, the Korean manufacturer has developed the Optimus G2 smartphone, which is a full 5.5-inch device featuring a 1080p display and newly minted Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Prime MSM8974 chip. Although additional details are slim for now, it appears that LG is clearly intent stealing all of the phablet attention as we’re also expecting to see offerings from Huawei and Sony as well.
Ladies and gentlemen– let the next round of the phablet wars begin. Let’s just hope Samsung is ready for what looks to be an exciting battle.
If you’re still dying to grab the Nexus 4 but were unable to due to the influx of orders that crammed Google Play, then you may be in luck as T-Mobile is planning on carrying the device on every store starting this month. Thanks to an image obtained by TMONEWS, we should expect every T-Mobile store to carry the device, presumably for the same $200 on contract price tag.
Will this finally be your chance to nab the elusive device?
Amidst all their troubles, including plans to cut back on shipments and models, HTC has been generating a small amount of buzz around one of their devices. Leaked specifications for the new HTC M7 device point toward it becoming the new flagship device for HTC, on par with or surpassing the DROID DNA as a successor to the HTC One X. The question remains as to whether HTC will be able to keep moving forward with such a high end device.
According to one rumor, HTC is preparing to announce the M7 at CES 2013 next week. Twitterer @Football4PDA tweeted earlier today that inside information indicated this would be the case. Along with the CES 2013 rumor, @Football4PDA also mentions the device will have screen buttons instead of hardware buttons.
Check back here at TalkAndroid for our coverage of CES 2013 as we track down this elusive HTC device.