According to SamMobile, the Samsung Galaxy Grand Lite (GT-I9060) will become official at Mobile World Conference in February. Receiving information from an insider, they say it “is something of a cross Grand and Grand 2 – it will have a 5-inch WVGA screen, 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB internal storage with microSD slot, and a 2,100mAh battery.” The Grand Lite will have a 5MP around the back and a VGA one up front. The device will ship with either Android 4.2 or 4.3 Jelly Bean and come in your choice of black, lime green, and orange. As usual for the Grand line, the Grand Lite is expected to have dual SIM support for countries like China and India.
Some might say that these new “curve” devices are more novelty-based than actually useful, but the technology is certainly appealing and will definitely have something to show us in the next few years.
But for now, we’re stuck with the LG G Flex and the Samsung Galaxy Round— LG is now sending out invites for their international launch event for the G Flex. The event will take place on December 3rd in Hong Kong. The device is rumored to be coming to the United States in early 2014 on AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile, and will be in France next month.
It’ll most likely be a pretty expensive device, as it’s going for about $940 in South Korea and features a self-healing back panel, a 6-inch 720p display, a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, and a 13-megapixel shooter.
Source: Cult of Android
Huawei’s “G750″ (most likely the Glory 4) has some leaked pictures going around the web, and the device is rumored to have MediaTek’s octa-core MT6592 CPU running inside— MediaTek says that the processor can run all eight cores simultanoeusly— an impressive feat.
The processor supports 4K video playback and cameras with 16MP stills and full HD.
The device is supposed to have a 5.5-inch display but only with 720p resolution, 2GB RAM, and 32 GB internal storage. The device is expected to ship with Android 4.2.2 (according to a leaked photo) but that can always change. Hit the link below from GSM Arena for more photos.
Via: GSM Arena
Pantech is rumored to be working on another phone in their Vega lineup with a 5-inch screen and a fingerprint scanner. The fingerprint recognition thing seems to be the hot new feature on smartphones, since we’re seeing it on many new flagship phones and even Pantech’s Vega Secret Note. There’s not much else known about the device, except that it will likely have a full HD screen (also a standard for smartphones now) and we’re expecting a December release. I’m sure we’ll hear more about it as we get closer to the launch date.
What do you guys think about fingerprint scanners? Are you happy that it seems like it’s becoming a standard feature, or does it seem gimmicky to you?
via: Unwired View
A photo of Oppo’s R829T back-side has been released online, and shows off a reflective material used on the back panel. Oppo is reportedly calling it a “holographic mirror design.” There also appears to be a metal frame around the device. The top left corner features the 13MP shooter and LED flash, and internally, the phone has a MediaTek MT6589 processor, which is a quad-core Cortex A7 clocked at 1.2GHz. The phone also has 1GB RAM.
Launch date and price are not yet available but stay tuned for more information.
When the Nexus 7 (2013) was introduced earlier this year, it did not take long before reports of problems like touchscreen inaccuracies and GPS issues surfaced eventually leading to some fixes from Google. Another group of early adopters may be going through the same thing as Nexus 5 owners are discovering some problems with audio quality. The problems seem to be connected to the built-in microphone with the biggest impact being on call quality during phone calls.
Everyone knows Samsung is working on a Galaxy S5. We don’t need rumors and leaks to tell us that it will happen eventually. One thing that we aren’t too sure about, though, is the Galaxy Gear. When it launched, it was panned with mediocre reviews and it was definitely lacking a few killer features, although Samsung has updated it to try to bring a little more functionality for users. Samsung has defended the Galaxy Gear and they’re very positive about the device, even if it didn’t sell millions and millions of devices, and it looks like they’re already planning on a Galaxy Gear 2.0.
According to rumors, Samsung wants to launch the new Galaxy Gear alongside the Galaxy S5 next year. Obviously the newer Gear will have a handful of newer features, but one area Samsung really wants to address is the thickness of the watch. I can imagine battery life will probably be something else they’ll try to improve to really convince mainstream buyers to want one. Since we’ve heard a few different things about when the Galaxy S5 will be released, the new Gear launch date is up in the air as well, but I wouldn’t be surprised to see Samsung launch the devices together like they did with the Gear and Note 3.
What do you think Samsung will change in the newer Gear? Let us know in the comments.
Yesterday Google started a phased rollout for a new version of the YouTube app on Android taking the version number up to 5.3. Immediately noted in the update were some slight changes to the user interface. However, digging into the apk for the update revealed several new features that appear to be on the horizon for YouTube including the framework for the YouTube subscription service, an offline video mode, some background music listening options, and “uninterrupted playback.”
Right on the heels of the white DROID Mini leak, @evleaks has tweeted an image of a white DROID Ultra. Currently both devices, sold exclusively by Verizon, are only available in black or red; however, white could join the fun just in time for the holiday season. We’ll keep a lookout for both the DROID Mini and Ultra are set to be released.
It doesn’t seem that its curved display is attracting consumers. Sales figures for Samsung’s Galaxy Round are said to be just under 10,000 units. As we know already, their Galaxy Gear smartwatch isn’t doing so hot either. For one, availability for the Galaxy Round is nowhere near that of a flagship like the Galaxy S 4. Also, a curved display is not going to automatically convert attention into sales. And as always, cost is driving away consumers. If Samsung actually makes the Galaxy Round compelling at a reasonable price with worldwide availability, they would likely see much better numbers. Perhaps adding a self-healing back plate like the LG G Flex would help?