The successor to the ASUS Padfone Infinity showed up in benchmarks late last month, and now we have some pictures. In the images (above and below), the white phone is the newer A86, while the black one is the current A80 model. There really isn’t too much that you will find different with the A86, at least cosmetically. The main difference will be internally as the A86 will sport a Snapdragon 800 SoC instead of the A80′s Snapdragon 600.
The A86 is expected to land in Taiwan by the middle of September, and unlikely to be offered in the U.S.
Shortly after the Moto X launch, T-Mobile Marketing Chief Mike Sievert said that it would “initially be available through Motorola’s channels,” but it looks like things might have changed. The image above shows the T-Mobile Moto X to be available through Google Play only.
Now we have heard that the Moto X will eventually be offered in the Play Store, but will it only be compatible with T-Mobile or will it be a GSM version that’s compatible with both T-Mobile and AT&T? Unfortunately T-Mobile isn’t speaking up, so we are left guessing.
Not too long ago, we heard about an upcoming new device from HTC, dubbed the Zara. Now, we’re hearing about a smaller version of the Zara… being called the Zara Mini. The device passed through the Chinese FCC equivalent with the model number HTC 301e, and it is considerably less powerful than the HTC Zara, with a 480 x 800 4.3 inch screen and 512 MB of RAM. It still might have the same processor as the Zara, a dual-core Snapdragon 400, but it’s sporting a 5 megapixel camera, which points at what’s probably not going to be an UltraPixel shooter. It’s also worth mentioning this device will come with Android 4.1.2, which is starting to show its age for a Q4 2013 device. At this point, though, the Mini has more confirmed specs than the regular device, if this filing is accurate.
We have already heard that Motorola is working on releasing a lower-cost variant of the Moto X, and now we’re finally starting to see some traces of the device. A Sina Weibo user has leaked a photo of what looks like swappable back-covers for a lower-cost Moto X, which means that those looking to get it would not have to go through Moto Maker to get their new phone. Nothing else about the phone was released, except the fact that there may be dual-SIM support. It’s only a matter of time before we start seeing some hard evidence of the cheaper Moto X…
At the beginning of the month, a blue HTC one was leaked, and according to rumors, it was slated for Verizon Wireless. That could still be the case, but it looks like Sprint liked it so much, they are going to release it on September 10th. This is according to a leaked roadmap.
Sprint is already offering the One in silver, black, and red, so this added blue edition will put them in the lead for the most offered colors out of the U.S. carriers. Currently priced at $99, you won’t find a better deal on any other phone. If only Sprint had decent coverage.
We’re incredibly close to that impending Galaxy Note III announcement, but that’s not going to stop the rumor mill. The latest details come from Chinese website ePrice and claim the Note III will hit the Taiwanese market on September 27th following preorders beginning on September 16th. There’s no indication if that means it will be a simultaneous global launch or if we’ll see it later in the States, but judging by how our carriers tend to release phones, I doubt we’ll see the Note III widely available by the end of September.
Regardless of when it launches, September is going to be a busy month for phones. Samsung and Sony both have high-profile devices set to be announced, and they’ll be running up against a new Apple iPhone in the same month. It’s an exciting time if you’re in the market for a new phone.
Yesterday we had a report from a source in China indicating the HTC One Max may not have the fingerprint scanner we thought had been spotted in earlier leaked images. However, several new images out today from ePrice appear to definitely show a fingerprint scanner on the device. The unit pictured appears to be headed to China Unicom, so it could just be a variant for that particular market. The images also show the HTC One Max with a removable back cover and access to microSD and dual SIM slots.
HTC has certainly been unpredictable for basically the past year, with troubling sales figures, angry executives who ditched the manufacturer, rumors of a sale of the company, and more— now we’re seeing some really odd phone accessories.
Today, the HTC Mini+ showed up on HTC’s website, which is essentially a phone accessory that provides added functionality to your device— a “sidekick,” if you will. The Mini+, which comes with built-in NFC capabilities, a laser pointer, and an IR blaster, serves as a Bluetooth handset/remote control for your smartphone meant for taking calls and showing instant notifications for things such as emails, texts, events, etc.
The product is certainly aimed at a small niche market and is only compatible with select HTC devices including the One Mini, Butterfly S, Desire 200, Desire 500, and will eventually work with the international HTC One. Who knows, something like this may eventually catch on, especially with phones becoming bigger and bigger, and with multitasking becoming even more prominent than ever before. We’ll just have to wait and see…
Pricing and release date is still unknown for the HTC Mini+ in the US, but we’ll be sure to let you know as soon as we find out.
No, that’s not another mock up of Apple’s latest rumored iPhone 5C. It’s actually a render of Goophone’s latest iPhone clone device, which is based on the yet unconfirmed iPhone 5C. Specs are obviously going to be different from the actual device, as this Goophone 5C is rumored to have a 960 x 540 screen, dual-core MediaTek processor, and most importantly, Android 4.2. Speculation says this device will only cost $100 if it hits the production stages, but that’s still not definite yet; Goophone says they’re waiting for Apple to make the device official before they start cloning.
I guess there really is a market for everything.
A new leak from sources in China indicate the fingerprint scanner spotted last week on an HTC One Max will not be present on the device. That would not be the first time a rumor has been squashed regarding the mega-size device HTC that’s getting ready for the market. Some additional details that surfaced seem reasonable though, so they may yet prove to be accurate. Foremost among these is the apparent confirmation that the device will come loaded with Android 4.3 and HTC’s Sense 5.5 UI running on top of that. Sources also indicate the Chinese version of the device will support TD-LTE, which increases the odds that international and North American versions of the device will support LTE for those regions. It also appears HTC is readying a dual-SIM version of the device, likely for Asian markets.
Other hardware specs are still what we think they are, with the device powered by a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, and an UltraPixel camera with optical image stabilization. The Chinese source also indicates one of the accessories HTC is working on is a case or sleeve that will not only add protection, but an additional 1250 mAh battery as well.
Although no word on actual markets or pricing has leaked yet, we do expect HTC to reveal the device by late September so it can start selling in the fourth quarter of 2013.
source: 3G Mobile