It’s no secret that Verizon customers have been waiting quite sometime for HTC’s flagship One device to finally hit the Big Red. Sadly, it’s launch seems to be continuously delayed. It was supposed to be August 1st, but it looks like is has been pushed back to August 15th.
How many of you Verizon customers have been patiently, or impatiently, waiting for this device to finally drop?
source: Droid Life
We told you about the Samsung Galaxy Folder a couple of weeks ago. This clamshell Android phone bares the model number SCH-W789, and is also known as the Hennessy. This isn’t the first Samsung clamshell Android phone. They actually offered the SCH-W999 in China a year and half ago. This one is very similar, but with slightly better specs. There will be two screens just like the SCH-W999 and both will be 3.3-inches with a resolution of 480 x 320. It will also have a 1.2GHz quad-core CPU, 1GB of RAM, and a 5MP rear camera. Android 4.1.2 is onboard, which isn’t the latest, but not bad for a phone of this caliber. These specs differ from what we first heard a couple of weeks ago.
It will be available in both China and Korea, most likely in August. China’s Telecom will get the “Luxury Gold” variant. We have no idea how much this one will cost, but the SCH-W999 went for ¥8990 ($1,410) back in December 2011. Not cheap.
source: Blog Of Mobile
Last week we got a chance to see Motorola’s Clear Pixel technology on the new DROIDs. You can read more about Clear Pixel here, but it’s more a less a way to capture more light, which also improves the speed of the sensor. In contrast HTC’s UltraPixel also captures more light, but it’s achieved at only 4MP, whereas Clear Pixel can achieve similar results with 10MP. We all know that megapixels don’t make the picture better, but when it comes to cropping, it’s much better to have 10MP as opposed to 4MP. The difference seems to lie in the microns. The Galaxy S 4 has 1.1 micrometers pixels, and the HTC One has 2.0 micrometers pixels, which is astounding. The Moto X falls somewhat in the middle at 1.4 micrometers pixels. This allows for more megapixels, but with the same low light performance as the HTC One.
However, pictures is only part of the story as we can expect a very high quality video camera as well. Word is that the Moto X has a special camera module that has x4HD video capture, which bins 4 pixels together to create one perfect pixel. This is basically similar to Nokia’s oversampling technology in which they bin 7 pixels into 1. It can also shoot 1080p video at 60 FPS and be played back in slow motion at 30 FPS. On top of all this, you get 3D audio recording with three different microphones.
It’s only natural that we’re already talking about the third-generation Nexus 7, only a week after the second-generation version of the device was released.
It would be fair to assume that Asus would undeniably be the manufacturer of the next Nexus 7, assuming the success of the most recent Nexus 7 outperforms the first. However, some recent reports would suggest otherwise.
A rumor leaked the other day which threw the name “LG” into the conversation for the “N7-3.” It wouldn’t be a huge surprise, as the company has manufactured other Nexus devices in the past (Nexus 4), but to ditch Asus in the Nexus 7 series would be a surprise. Samsung’s name was thrown into the conversation as well, which also makes sense, considering the company is literally running the OEM market right now for Android devices.
The next bit of news is a bit more surprising— Lenovo’s name popped up as well. Numbers suggest the company is doing well overseas, but can you even name two devices Lenovo has made available to the United States, or at least has sold in high quantities? No doubt the company has done a good job in what it has tried to accomplish, but it hasn’t really extended its reach to the point where we could expect them to make the next Nexus 7.
Who would you guys like to see build the next Nexus 7 device? Would you hope Google remains loyal to Asus? Would you prefer them to move over to LG or Samsung? What about Lenovo?
The fall is usually the time when Amazon shows off their new Kindle tablets. It was two year’s ago that they introduced the original Kindle Fire for $199 changing the tablet scene forever. Last year, they upped the ante with three varieties, again at very competitive pricing. For 2013, expect more of the same. Let’s start with the new 7-inch Kindle Fire HD tablet. It will have a 1,920 x 1,200 display and it will sport a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC clocked at 2GHz along with an Adreno 330 GPU. It will have 2GB of RAM, a front-facing camera, WiFI, and optional cellular connectivity. Storage sizes will be aplenty, 16GB, 32GB, and 64GB.
Next up is the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD. It’s display will have a resolution of 2,560 X 1,600 and have the same specs as the 7-inch version, but with an added 8MP rear-facing camera.
Two variants of the the Galaxy Note III showed up in GFXBench’s site revealing the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 clocked at 2.3GHz along with an Adreno 330 GPU. The models are SM-N900S and SM-N900L, destined for SKTelecom and LGU+ respectively. The other big news is that Android 4.3 is onboard just like we reported last week. The Galaxy Note III is shaping up to be a complete beast. We should get to see it in all it’s glory in about a month. Who’s excited?
Not to say that Samsung’s Exynos Octa Processor was marketed as an eight-core processor, but it certainly came off that way, and was probably part of the marketing strategy for the tech-giant. (Only four cores of the processor can be active at once, meaning that it truly isn’t an eight-core processor.) However, the company seems to be working on a true octa-core processor which is scheduled for mass production later this year, and is expected to compete with MediaTek’s new octa-core CPU.
Samsung’s new CPU is also rumored to feature custom ARM cores, which could make this processor an absolute beast. Although we don’t have any other information on it at this time, we can expect to find it in the Samsung Galaxy S 5 next year. (Yes, we are already talking about it.) It’ll be cool to see what Samsung can do this time, as their past processors haven’t really panned out to what they could have been.
Chinese phone manufacturer BBK is plotting to dethrone Huawei as the king of slim smartphones. Their newest offering, the Vivo X3, is the first smartphone thinner than 6mm (0.236 inches) making it slimmer than an iPod Touch 5th Gen and Huewai’s record-holder, the Ascend P6, which measures at 6.18mm.
BBK, while not a wildly popular brand, release extremely solid, cutting-edge phones with an emphasis on high-fidelity sound. Expected to launch in China sometime in August, we still know very little about BBK’s ultra-thin device, although we can assume that it will have a low-capacity battery and will be more expensive than your average Chinese smartphone. Let us know what you think in the comments and hit the break for more pictures of the Vivo X3 next to other smartphones.
When ASUS first unveiled the PadFone a couple of year’s ago, I thought it was one of the coolest devices. At the same time, I didn’t think anyone would ever buy into it. I just didn’t think we would be still talking about it in 2013. Earlier this year, they followed up with the PadFone Infinity A80, which most agree was a huge improvement over the original. It appears ASUS isn’t done yet. According to AnTuTu benchmarks a new one is in the works and could be announced later this year. It’s going under the name of ASUS PadFone Infinity A86 and includes a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC, a 1080p display, and Android 4.2.2.
If you want further evidence of the said device, it also cleared the National Communication Commission (NCC) in China under the codename T004. It showed compatibility for LTE/W-CDMA and GSM (GSM 900/1800MHz and W-CDMA 2100MHz).
Last week we got word that the Moto X will feature Magic Glass as in you won’t find a gap between the Gorilla glass and the back. Now we have some really nice images of the front plate of the phone to feast our eyes on. We actually got to see very similar images earlier in the month, but these are much better quality.
Rumors have the phone at $299, but I have a feeling Google and Motorola will shock us with a $199 to $250 price point. I know the specs aren’t wowing the hardcores, but if you think about it, they are more than enough for the average Joe. What matters most is the performance and user experience. 1080p and/or quad-core means nothing to most people walking into their local carrier store. Hit the break for more images.