We knew that ASUS was on its way to creating a new FonePad, and today we get to see what they’ve come up with. The company is announcing the new FonePad 7, which features a 7-inch 1280 x 800 display, a 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z2560 dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, a 5MP rear-facing camera with an F2.4 lens, 8GB of internal storage and microSD card support of up to 64GB.
It’s very similar to its predecessor, with of course better hardware like an enhanced processor, camera, and dual-front speakers with Sonic Master technology. We’re sure to hear more of the new FonePad at the IFA this week, so stay tuned to Talk Android for more information on ASUS’s new device.
A Sony site accidentally leaked the press release for their QX100 and QX10 “lens-style cameras,” which was removed shortly after. Unfortunately, Sony has asked our source to remove the press release from their site, and therefore, it is now unavailable. However, we do know that they will be announced tomorrow, Sept. 4 at 4:00 PM (London time)— you won’t have to wait very long to get all the juicy details.
Sony did release a video on their YouTube channel which hypes up the two lens-cameras. Check it out after the break.
Android surprised us all this morning as it announced that the next version of Android will be called “KitKat 4.4,” and not Key Lime Pie 5.0, as was widely rumored (and expected) for months.
Nestle and Hershey will certainly be doing their part in supporting the newest version of Android’s OS, as they have already announced a new Android-branded wrapper which will be shipped with 50 million Kit-Kat bars worldwide, and will feature a promotional giveaway from Google for free Nexus 7s and Play Store credit.
Now, Nestle has released a video which jokingly advertises Kit-Kat bars as a revolutionary new piece of
food technology with a fully “immersive and multi-sensory experience.”
We still don’t have any information on what specific features the new version of Android’s OS will include, but it will certainly be interesting to see what changes they bring. Nonetheless, check out the video after the break— enjoy!
We’ve heard that NVIDIA has been contemplating entering the tablet market with their powerful Tegra 4 processor, which isn’t surprising considering they’re already moving into the Android space with devices like the NVIDIA Shield. Thanks to some leaks from the NCC, the Taiwanese certifications site, we’ve got some confirmation on what NVIDIA has been cooking up.
The tablet above, named the P1640, is NVIDIA branded and has a 1.8 GHz Tegra 4 processor under the hood. The screen is reportedly a 7-inch, 1280 x 768 panel, and the device will run Android 4.2.2. It has several common ports, including the charging port, mini HDMI, and a SIM tray. Since this thing takes a SIM card, it may be a version of the tablet exclusive to a country like Taiwan. Seems like SIM-enabled tablets are pretty uncommon here.
Either way, we’ll be sure to keep you updated as soon as we hear anything else about the tablet.
We will get the official word tomorrow from the horse’s mouth, but it looks like the Galaxy Note III will come with 2.5GB of RAM. This is according to @evleaks, and a little less than the previously rumored 3GBs.
They also tweeted the screenshot above, which confirms Android 4.3. Along with that, you have an AnTuTu score of 24,497, which is based on a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800. Interestingly enough, it doesn’t seem all that high.
Last but not least, they confirmed the display size of 1920 x 1080, but I didn’t think that was ever a question.
Samsung’s Galaxy Note III device is scheduled to be announced this week, so it is only fitting that rumors abound concerning what we will discover. The latest technology that seems to have been identified is some type of fingerprint scanning capability for the Galaxy Note III. Twitter tipster @evleaks managed to get his hands on a list of APK files included on the forthcoming device. The list is quite long thanks to Samsung’s TouchWiz interface and buried in the list is a file named FingerprintService.apk. The presence of this file would seem to imply Samsung is planning to provide the ability to scan fingerprints as part of the device’s security capabilities.
Implementation of fingerprint scanners in smartphones is not a new concept as seen on the Motorola ATRIX 4G. More recently we have been witness to the on again, off again rumors regarding a fingerprint scanner included in the HTC One Max. Even Apple is supposedly exploring fingerprint scanner options for their devices. All of this activity is likely driven by the increased focus on security as smartphones and tablets begin to displace traditional computer form factors and carry more sensitive information.
Over the weekend we heard that Sony’s upcoming Lens Cameras would be part of a new line called Smart Shot. Both the QX10 and the QX100 will most likely be unveiled this Wednesday along with the Xperia Z1.
Just like the Xperia Z1, we have seen so many leaks, there really isn’t much left to tell us. Now we have several images of both cameras. Hit the break for the complete gallery.
The worst kept secret this year has to go to the Sony Xperia Z1, codenamed the Honami. There has been so many leaks and teasers, that I’m not even sure Sony needs to hold their press event this Wednesday.
Now we have the full press render to feast your eyes on. There isn’t anything here that is going to shock you. You can clearly see the G Lens logo, a microSD slot, and a two-tone design. Hit the break for a few more images….
The successor to Samsung’s phablet, the Note II, is only a few days away from an official announcement, but you won’t have to wait to see what the back of the device looks like. A picture of the Galaxy Note III has leaked online, and according to the tipster, the device has extremely narrow bezels.
The phone is rumored to have a 5.68-inch full HD super AMOLED display for developed markets and full HD LCD for developing markets, a Snapdragon 800 processor in 70-80% of devices while there will be an Exynos 5220 in 20-30% of devices, a 13 MP camera, 3 GB RAM, the option for 32/64 GB internal storage, Hifi Music Playback at 24bit/192kHz, a 3300-3420mAh battery, and Android 4.3.
We already know that the phone is going to be an absolute beast, so it’s just a matter of time before we can get our hands on it.
Hit the break for a more zoomed in photo of the device.
Sony is planning on releasing a few concept imaging devices at the IFA in Berlin next week. The DSC-QX10 and DSC-QX100 will be two attachable lens-camera devices that mount onto a smartphone to provide a built-in imaging sensor, Bionz processor, Wi-Fi/NFC, SD card slot and battery. A new report from SonyAlphaRumors tells us that these lens-cameras will be called “Smart Shot,” a mashup of smartphone and Cyber Shot.
As a refresher, the QX10 will have a 1/2.3 inch 18MP CMOS sensor and f/3.3-5.9 lens, while the QX100 has the same sensor and lens as the Sony RX100MII. Both devices will be able to capture video in 1080/30p as well as incorporate optical steadyshot stabilization.
Source: XperiaBlog, SonyAlphaRumors