There’s been a large amount of buzz surround Samsung’s latest rumored device, the Galaxy Gear smartwatch. It sounds like an extremely interesting device, but the details have been a little scarce, so it’s hard to imagine exactly how it’s going to work. Fortunately, some sources from GigaOM have spilled some details on a few specifics about the Galaxy Gear that shed some light on the smartwatch.
As closely as people watch benchmark and certifying organization sites, it is hard to believe a smartphone device could make it to the point of being shipped without someone having figured out at least a little something about the device. Samsung has achieved that feat though with not one, but with four new devices. The shipping manifest lists the following devices with their respective screen sizes:
- SM-G730A – 4-inch screen
- SM-G3815 – 4.5-inch screen
- SM-G9105 – 5-inch screen
- SM-G7102 – 5.2-inch screen
Upon discovering these devices, sources did some poking around and were able to find UAProf strings on the Samsung web site that revealed some additional information about the screen resolutions for a couple of the devices. The SM-G730A will have a WVGA 800×480 resolution screen, consistent with all other Samsung 4-inch phones. The SM-G3815 will come with a qHD 960×540 resolution screen.
Other than the screen sizes and the additional information found in the UAProf strings, no other details are available and with Samsung’s changes to their model numbering system, we cannot even figure out whether they might be a variant or successor to any particular model currently on the market.
Since the devices were shipped for testing and evaluation purposes, perhaps more details will surface soon.
It looks like Asus is working on an unknown Asus Eee Pad, nicknamed Taurus, with a very high-end display. Including on-screen buttons, the 10 inch screen which popped up on the GFX Benchmark site has a resolution of 2560 x 1600 which brings the pixel density count to a Retina display topping 299ppi. That’s better than Apple’s 264ppi count for the 9.7 inch glass on the fourth gen Apple iPad.
The device also packs in a quad-core 1.9GHz Tegra 4 CPU. There’s a good possibility we’ll see more of the device at the IFA show in Berlin next month.
Source: GFX Bench
Via: Phone Arena
We’ve heard the code-name ‘Honami’ so many times that at this point, most would have expected that Sony come right out and announce it as the official name for their next flagship.
However a well-known XDA-developer, “DooMLoRD,” says that the Honami very well may be known as the Sony Z1 (Z One) in just a few short weeks, as the device’s official retail name.
There are so many One’s, Z’s, X’s, etc. that it’s almost getting hard to keep track of the latter part of the alphabet at this point…
Either way, we would tell you to take this rumor with a grain of salt for now, but as soon as “DooMLoRD” posted the rumor on XDA’s forums, Sony’s Mobile PR division followed him on Twitter— that counts for something, right?
More to come soon as we approach the rumored September 4th unveiling date.
Last week we saw a leaked image of what was called a non-final render of the HTC One Max. It was later dismissed by HTC Senior Global Online Communications Manager Jeff Gordon as completely fake. Today’s latest image might tell us why Jeff Gordon said that. As you can see the One Max is pictured along with its siblings, the One and One Mini, but something is very different with the Max. That little square below the camera lens is supposedly a fingerprint scanner. Now something like this could easily be photoshopped, so take it with a grain of salt. However, if you want a clue as to if this is real or not, wait to see if Jeff Gordon chimes in again. If he doesn’t, it might be just be real.
Last week we got word that the new Nexus 5 will indeed be manufactured by LG and somewhat based on the G2. Now we have an image of the backside of the said device. We have no idea if it is real or not, but we can say that it confirms the rumor that there won’t be any G2-like volume/power controls on the back. As you can see, the volume and power buttons appear to be on the left side. The other thing that was reported last week was that it would sport a glass back. It’s hard to tell if this device has a glass back, but it does appear to have a shine or gloss to it. Lastly, as Christopher Wilkinson pointed out in the comments below….Where the hell is the Nexus logo?
What about specs? It was first rumored that it would be a scaled down version of the G2 as in the Snapdragon 600 vs the Snapdragon 800. Then it was reported that the Nexus 5 would indeed have the Snapdragon 800. Now we are going backwards again and hearing that it will not only be a Snapdragon 600, but the camera will be scaled back to 10MP. Non of this is surprising since Nexus devices are generally affordable.
So there you have it. The supposed first leaked image of the Nexus 5. Let us know what you think.
We already know that Samsung will introduce the Galaxy Note III and the Galaxy Gear smartwatch on September 4, but when will we be able to purchase them? It looks like the Note III will ship rather quickly as in the same month. It has also been confirmed that Samsung won’t offer the Note III with a 16GB capacity, and instead opt for 32GB. Considering how much useable space was on the Galaxy S 4 16GB model, this is probably a very good move. As to the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, it will likely ship in October. No word on what regions for either of these devices, but we will let you know as soon as we hear it.
We’re all expecting the Sony Honami to be launched next month. Perhaps we’ll see another device as well, as information about a smaller Honami Mini has leaked via a forum. Codenamed Ray 3, the Honami Mini packs in a Snapdragon 800 at 2.3GHz, 4.3GHz HD 720p resolution, 2GB of RAM, 20-megapixel main camera with Sony G Lens, 16GB of internal memory and a 2,400mAh battery.
Interestingly, the Honami Mini is not so much a downgrade from the Honami as just a more compact design. The processor and camera are the same as what we’re expecting on the Honami. The source says that the device will launch on September 4 and will be showcased at the IFA 2013 event in Germany.
Source: GSM Insider
The ever-reliable anonymous tipster evleaks has tweeted official press images for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 in navy blue plaid, confirming that the phablet will indeed be coming to AT&T. Branding can be found at the top left of the screen and on the rear of the device. Not much information on the phone is currently available, but we do know it should be hitting shelves in the U.S. relatively soon.
We always knew questions like this were going to eventually come up as the technology used in Google Glass became more and more prominent— in a Reddit AMA session (Ask Me Anything) on Friday, Houston Rockets GM Daryl Morey was asked, “Do you think Google Glass could ever be integrated into live games, for example by having the officials wear them and letting the TV audience see what they saw?”
Morey, an MIT grad, was definitely interested in the idea, and even told the Redditor to ask Adam Silver, who will be stepping in as the NBA’s next commissioner come February.
Now the actual chance of something like this actually happening is very low, as some professional sports leagues are still getting used to the idea of something as low-tech as instant replay (MLB). It may be a welcome change somewhere way, way, way down the road, but don’t expect anything anytime soon. Just a nice idea for now…