Samsung UK hyping Galaxy Gear/Galaxy Note 3 via Facebook contest

Unpacked_EventSamsung UK has posted an image on their Facebook page, which offers users the chance to win “what will be unpacked” in Berlin on September 4th. Since the copy says that they will “reveal something new and groundbreaking,” we’re guessing that this is most likely referring to the Galaxy Gear (and not the Note 3). Either way, we do know Samsung will be offering the chance to win one or multiple devices to those that like their Facebook page. You’ve got to be in it to win it, so what are you waiting for?

Source: Samsung Facebook

New, cheaper variant of Samsung Galaxy Note III could be in the works


We are all familiar now with major manufacturers producing several variants of their flagship devices in order to target specific markets and demographics, so news that Samsung may be ready to release a cheaper variant of the new Galaxy Note III intended for emerging markets should not be surprising. According to sources in Korea, Samsung has a version of the new stylus-equipped phablet that costs 20 – 30% less to manufacture than the “normal” version slated to be unveiled next week. It appears changes will include the use of an LCD screen instead of Super AMOLED and a downgraded rear-facing camera capable of 8 MP compared to 13 MP for the normal unit. Samsung could also look at a change like downgrading the processor to a Snapdragon 600.

You may recognize that de-tuning the screen and camera were the same changes Samsung made when producing the Galaxy S 4 Active. So another alternative may be that Samsung is working on a ruggedized version of the Galaxy Note III for buyers who want to use their device in the great outdoors or other hazardous environments.

We should find out more next week.

source: ET News

Previously leaked HTC phone “Zara Mini” code-named Z3? Could eventually be part of Desire series


@evleaks tweeted earlier today that the images of a recently leaked device (which TechKiddy originally called the HTC “Zara Mini”) is code-named “Z3.” @evleaks also mentioned that the device will most likely be a part of the “Desire” series. So far, we believe that the device will feature a 4.3-inch WVGA display, dual-SIM capabilities, a dual-core processor clocked at 1GHz, 512MB RAM, a 1.3MP front-facing shooter, a 5MP rear camera, 8GB of on-board storage, and a micro-SD card slot. The phone will also most likely ship with Jelly Bean, but it remains to be seen whether it will feature 4.2.2 or 4.3. It would probably do HTC some good if it shipped with the latter, but that’s just me…

Source: @evleaks

ASUS Padfone Infinity A86 gets pictured alongside current A80 model, could launch in September


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.

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T-Mobile Moto X could be offered exclusively through Google Play


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.

source: TmoNews

HTC Zara Mini leaks, looks to be a smaller version of previously rumored device

HTC Zara Mini

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.
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Motorola could possibly offer “swappable” back-covers for lower-cost Moto X


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…

Source: Engadget

Sprint will release the HTC One in blue on September 10th


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.

source: PhoneArena

Samsung Galaxy Note III possibly releasing to Taiwanese markets on September 27th


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.

source: ePrice

More HTC One Max images put fingerprint scanner back in play


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.
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