We were thinking that we would never see another HTC Butterfly, but late last week, word got out that HTC will unveil the Butterfly 2 this January. Now the front panel has leaked, which shows that HTC it changing the button style to match the One line. The original Butterfly, which debuted late last year, had a three button configuration (back, home, task)m and interestingly enough the Butterfly S had the same exact button arrangement even though it was released several months after the One. The front panels show that the Butterfly 2 will go with the same theme as all the One variants, which is a capacitive back button to the left and the home button to the right, along with the HTC logo at the center.
The Butterfly 2 looks to be a complete beast with a 5.2-inch 1080p display and a Snapdragon 800. That’s the good news. the bad news is that it’s unlikely that it will ever be sold outside of Taiwan. I can wish though. Hit the break for one more image.
If you are a Verizon customer hoping to upgrade your phone, but hesitant about losing your unlimited data plan, you may want to give some serious consideration to going ahead and pulling the trigger. Like right after you finish reading this article. Inexplicably, the Verizon web site is currently letting customers place orders for upgraded devices, even pre-ordering devices, without requiring users with unlimited data plans to switch over to one of the tiered plans. Several Verizon customers have reported success in placing an order or pre-order for a new device without any apparent impact on their unlimited data plan.
As we can see from the picture above, the white status bar icons are back and identical to the now-removed Korean Keyboard IME screenshot from last week. The antennae toting piece of pie is still there. We also see what appears to be Google Authenticator icons. All of this, debunking the previous screenshot with the transparent icons. If not to debunk it further, the gents over Android Police were able to confirm the accuracy and legitimacy of the leaked bug report.
While LG may be readying a device with a massive display, they could also be working on dual-SIM variant of the LG Optimus G Pro. Hi-Tech.Mail.Ru leaked a few details on the device along with a possible press image (above). The Russian site suggests that the 5.5-inch, 1080p display from the current device would remain; however, the camera would be lowered down to 8 megapixels from the 13 megapixels on the Optimus G Pro.
The reasoning for the “Lite” name is unknown because the device will still have many of the LG G2′s fancy software features. The rumored G Pro Lite will have Guest Mode, QSlide, and KnockOn. Also, the battery size is said to remain at 3,140mAh. And while it’s not stereo sound, the rumor is the device will have dual speakers to improve sound for both high and low frequencies. The expected release date in Russia is set for the middle of October.
Source: Hi-Tech.Mail.Ru (Russian)
Via: GSM Arena
While the HTC One Max will likely pack a fingerprint scanner on its massive body, that may not be the device to look out for. According to ePrice‘s sources, the next HTC Butterfly will be the Taiwanese manufacturer’s “true ace.” The specifications for the rumored device seem to be showing that this is very much a high-end device. Much like the LG G2, the Butterly 2 is believed to have a 5.2-inch Full HD screen. To protect all of those inches will be a waterproof design. And to really make it a beast, HTC is most likely going to use the all-new Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor that is also found in current and upcoming flagships like the G2 and Galaxy Note 3.
The first generation HTC Butterfly was available in Japan and other Asian markets, as well as in the United States as the Droid DNA on Verizon. The refresh of the original device was the Butterfly S, but that never made it beyond Asian markets. While HTC could release this new device in the United States, it is highly unlikely due to the HTC One brand being marketed heavily in North America.
Source: ePrice (Korean)
Motorola promised a more economical version of the Moto X. Dubbed the DVX, it should be landing on Republic Wireless and other carriers in October. We had heard that it will sport interchangeable backplates and that is now confirmed. One of the advantages to that is the ability to change the color of the backplate anytime you want.
Even though the Moto X is more of a premium device, you are stuck with your color choice for two years, assuming you are buying on contract. The DVX gives you more versatility, but we aren’t sure how many color options will be offered. So far black, white, pink, and green are the only ones that have surfaced. That could be the final count, or hopefully, Motorola has some more up their sleeve. They can’t be all that expensive to produce right?
A new tablet device from ASUS has shown up in an FCC filing with model number TF502T. That model number seems to hint at the device being a member of the ASUS Transformer family of devices. Whatever it is, the tablet will have WiFi, Bluetooth and NFC capabilities and a 6760 mAh battery. Earlier this month ASUS announced several new devices during IFA 2013 that it was getting ready to release, including some MeMO Pad devices and new additions to the Transformer line. However, the announced battery size for the 10-inch MeMO Pad was only 5070 mAh, so the device at the FCC does not seem to be consistent with that. The new high-end Transformer Pad was listed as model number TF701 when announced by ASUS. That seems to leave only the Transformer Book Trio device as a possible option for the ASUS device that was submitted to the FCC.
Owners of the HTC One Developer Edition in the U.S. will be happy to know that Android 4.3 is finally here! You’ll get all of the obvious 4.3 additions, including Bluetooth LE, OpenGL ES 3.0, updated photo DayDream and some other great features.
HTC hasn’t added too much to the device on their end, other than some bug fixes, faster system performance and a new battery charging animation while the phone is powered off.
It isn’t an enormous update but the changes that are being made are certainly welcome.
Remember, this is just for the U.S. edition, so if you’re international, you’ll have to wait a bit more. Those in Canada are expected to get it some time next month, along with those in Europe.
The HTC One Max just passed through the TENAA in China, which is the equivalent of the FCC here in the U.S. There really isn’t much info to add about the phone other than this Chinese version definitely has dual-SIM capability. However, we have some official photos, which gives us a very good look of the phone. As you can see, the fingerprint scanner is present, which proves that earlier leaks aren’t photoshopped.
I’m still not clear on the translations, but it looks like the CPU of choice is the Snapdragon 600. We have heard rumors for both the Snapdragon S4 Pro and the 800, so there could also be variants with different processors for all we know. What we do know for sure is that it will come with a 5.9-inch display, 2GB of RAM, a 4MP UltraPixel rear camera, and 3,300 mAh battery. Hit the break for more pics.
New benchmark scores have surfaced on the GFXBench site showing the Nexus 5 is ready to jump into the fray against the top performing smartphones in terms of graphics capability. Currently only two scores have been posted, one for the T-Rex HD offscreen test and one for the Egypt HD offscreen test. These tests are designed to to determine how the device will perform under a heavy load, with the T-Rex test being the more intensive of the two. The score for the Nexus 5 on the T-Rex test was 23.1 frames per second. On the less intensive Egypt HD test, the unit scored 59.2 frames per second.
The scores put the Nexus 5 on par with the PowerVR chipped iPhone 5S and either on par with or slightly edging out leading Android units. The Nexus 5 is shown as being equipped with the Adreno 330 gpu for the tests. Hopefully it will not be long before we can get some results for the onscreen tests.