5.25-inch Samsung device surfaces in Europe, mid-range specs inside

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A mystery Samsung device has been spotted in Europe with the model number SM-G7105, much like the Chinese one that had the model number SM-G7106. This new leak has the 5.25-inch smartphone packing 4G LTE radios, a 1.2Ghz quad-core processor, 1.5GB of RAM, and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. The cameras come in at 1.9MP for the front and 8MP on the back. There are no additional details, but we think it’s safe to say that this is slated to be a mid-range smartphone.

Source: Ameblo
Via: SamMobile

Sony files patent for “smart wig” with computing technology and sensors built in

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Just when you thought you’ve seen it all, especially after the Motorola filed a patent for a “smart tattoo” to be placed on one’s throat, Sony comes along to outdo it all.

The company filed a patent today for special wigs with computing technology and sensors built in. It’s definitely not as permanent as the tattoo concept, but perhaps a bit more bizarre. We’re one step closer to being complete cyborgs. Here’s an excerpt from the patent application:

Wearable computing device, comprising a wig that is adapted to cover at least a part of a head of a user, at least one sensor for providing input data, a processing unit that is coupled to the at least one sensor for processing said input data, and a communication interface that is coupled to the processing unit for communicating with a second computing device. The at least one sensor, the processing unit and the communication interface are arranged in the wig and at least partly covered by the wig in order to be visually hidden during use.

Like I’ve said before, we can’t really judge whether this is totally insane or not, because most of the things we now see as mundane would have seemed pretty insane back in the day.

Source: Techaeris 

Galaxy S III mini will officially be sold by Verizon

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Just last month, there was a leak that showed that Verizon would be offering Samsung’s Galaxy S III mini. Today, a listing on Samsung’s website confirmed the information. Verizon will join AT&T as the official major US carriers of the device, which will go for $49.99 on Verizon. The Galaxy S III mini will come with Android 4.2.2, and Samsung’s software including S Voice, Easy Mode, Group Play, and Share Shot.

The device comes with a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB RAM, a 4-inch Super AMOLED WVGA display, a 5MP camera, 8GB memory, a microSD card slot that can support up to 64GB of storage. The battery has a capacity of 2,000mAh.

Release date hasn’t yet been announced, but it should show up any day now.

Source: Samsung

Eight-core and quad-core versions of LG’s Odin processor to be made available

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LG will be getting into the processor game pretty soon, as rumors are swirling regarding a new processor from the manufacturer called “Odin.”

It was originally thought that LG’s L2 would feature Odin, but instead offered a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU.

Now, DigitalTimes is reporting that LG has said that Odin has two versions. One has a quad-core processor clocked at 2.2GHz and has an ARM Mali-T604 GPU, and the other has eight cores with ARM’s Mali-T760 GPU. The SoCs are currently being tested, but an announcement date is not mentioned.

Source: Digital Times

LG G Flex for Sprint passes through the FCC

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Have no fear if you were interested in picking up the LG G Flex over here in the United States. We know AT&T and T-Mobile will likely carry the curved phone, but now an FCC filing has Sprint offering it as well. This filing has the model number LG-LS995 and the other variant was LG-D959; therefore, we can assume these two are related. Also, all three LTE bands are packed for the Sprint variant. While it isn’t certain that the G Flex will be available in the United States, these FCC filings elude to it happening. We expect a launch in early 2014.

Source: FCC
Via: Engadget

Job postings hint that Chromecast could be going international

Chromecast_Ready_To_CastWith Google’s Chromecast starting to gain more support, international consumers are wanting to get their hands on the $35 dongle. Job postings in London, Paris, and Hamburg that involve Google-branded hardware like Chromecast according to Digital TV Europe. Two of the United Kingdom based jobs directly involve the device. One is a technical account manager and the other is a “developer advocate.” Over at the Mountain View headquarters in California, Google is seeking an international product manager for Chromecast. So it’s safe to say that Chromecast will be extending itself beyond the United States within the next few months.

Source: Digital TV Europe
Via: Ausdroid

Massive ZTE Nubia Z7 leaks, shows a 6.44 inch screen

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If you’re in the market for an enormous phone like the Xperia Z Ultra, you’re about to have another option to look at. The ZTE Nubia Z7 has leaked, and it looks like it’s just as big as the Ultra, for better or worse. Rumored specs say this thing has a 6.44 inch screen, identical to what Sony’s mega-phablet offers. There will also reportedly be a slightly faster Snapdragon 800 CPU, a 1080p screen, 3 GB of RAM, a 13 megapixel rear camera, and 128 GB of internal storage and Android 4.4.

If you aren’t impressed by those specs in a smartphone, I seriously doubt any phone is going to make you happy. Obviously, the specs are still just a rumor at this point, so take them with a grain of salt, but there’s nothing wrong with keeping your hopes up.

source: 3G Mobile

via: G for Games

HTC “M8″ APKs leak, 249 of them to gaze upon

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Yep, there’s a lot to look at. After a few days of expressing his distaste with a popular drugstore chain, @evleaks is back in action with a pleasant gift — the system APKs for the HTC “M8″. We can spend all day talking about them, but there’s just too many and nothing seems out of the ordinary. Here’s what we know about HTC’s 2014 flagship already: the specs are going to be boosted, a fingerprint scanner may be utilized, and all four carriers will get it at launch. Take a look at the image above and let us know if there’s any that jump out at you.
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Huawei Ascend P6S photos leak, specs too

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Huawei’s upcoming device for its Ascend line has leaked in multiple photos. The Ascend P6S is set to have an octa-core processor with 2GB of RAM underneath a 4.7-inch IPS 720p display. The device is going to have a brand new chipset that allows power consumption to be lowered while also improving performance by 80%. The new chipset is likely to be based on ARM’s big.LITTLE architecture that allows for eight cores to be running the show with less power consumption and impressive performance. The front camera will be an impressive 5MP camera and the rear will be 8MP. The leaks show the device running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean; however, Android 4.4 KitKat is expected in January so there’s a chance it could launch with the latest version of Android.

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Samsung Galaxy S5 expected to include 64-bit processor, 128-bit processors on the horizon

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You may have noticed that smartphone manufacturers seem to be in a race to not only one-up each other, but also to keep pushing the limits of hardware specs. In the field of displays, there is an on-going push to increase the pixels-per-inch (PPI) count on mobile devices. Samsung has been touting 3GB of RAM in their latest devices. When Apple released the latest versions of their smartphones, they triggered a race to include 64-bit processors in top-tier devices. In a story in The Korea Herald, sources indicated that Samsung’s next version of their top of the line smartphone, the Samsung Galaxy S5, will come with a 64-bit processor. That bit of news probably is not a surprise to anyone who has been following the hardware race.

At the same event, ARM’s executive vice president of commercial and global development, Antonio Viana, predicted that 128-bit processors were probably on the horizon and could be hitting the market within a couple years. Viana thinks that technologies like facial recognition will push device manufacturers to incorporate ever more powerful hardware to meet the computing requirements.

Do you see a 128-bit processor in your future or do you think 64-bit will be plenty?

source: The Korea Herald
via: PocketNow