Specs leak for the highly anticipated Motorola X phone, featuring HD screen, 2GB of RAM and dual-core processor

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Unsurprisingly, infamous twitter user @evleaks has been gracious enough to list the specs of the new Motorola X phone, and its looking to be a solid mid-to-high end device. The Google-owned company has put together a phone running Android 4.2.2 Jellybean powered by 2GB of RAM, a dual-core 1.7GHz MSM8960 Pro processor, and comes with 16GB of internal storage. For those of you worried that a dual-core processor won’t satisfy your needs, it should be noted that in benchmarks the device out-performed the Samsung Galaxy S 4 and the HTC One. On the outside they’ve put a generous 10-megapixel rear camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. The display has a 1196 x 720, 720p resolution and its safe to assume it will be of the standard IPS variety.  » Read the rest

New Nexus 7 may support Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile LTE bands

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The rumors for the unannounced new Nexus 7 just keep flooding in. This time, we have an FCC filing that shows the new version of our favorite 7 inch tablet will sport LTE bands for Verizon, AT&T, and T-Mobile. And no, that doesn’t mean there will be three different models for each carrier; this is one model of Nexus 7 that has all of the radios built in for (potential) carrier hopping. Well, except for Sprint. Sorry Sprint guys.

The filing shows LTE bands 2, 4, 5, 13, and 17, which covers all of the major US carriers. All of them use some band 4, especially T-Mobile, and Verizon and AT&T use band 13 and 17 respectively. Of course, there’s still that tricky issue of not having LTE coverage, and the filing shows that this Nexus has bands for AT&T’s HSPA+ network. So, essentially, the device may be built for AT&T’s network, but will “support” other networks as well. Take it with a grain of salt, but keep your ears open.

source: Droid Life

Leaked photo from Galaxy Note III suggests 13 megapixel camera

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As anticipation for the Samsung Galaxy Note III builds up, you can definitely expect more rumors to pop up. The latest leak comes from a picture from a Picasa album with embedded information in the file showing a model of Galaxy Note III, and the picture was uploaded with a 2322 x 4128 resolution. For those of you at home wondering how this proves anything about the camera, that resolution is what a 13 MP camera takes in 16:9 resolution. Nifty, right?

This is essentially the same camera in the Galaxy S 4, which is by no means a bad thing. Hopefully we’ll start to see some rumors fly out about Sammy’s latest phablet, since I’m sure it’s going to be a smash hit over the holidays this year.

source: Picasa

via: GSM arena

Mystery ASUS K009 unit shows up at the FCC doorstep, tries its best to hide its Nexus 7 colors in the process

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You know what they say gang: when there’s smoke, there’s probably a fire. So it’s only fitting that we get more details about another version of the Nexus 7 refresh that we’ve been hearing so much about lately. A mystery ASUS K009 unit recently passed through the FCC testing labs and highlights a bunch of really interesting features of the device including a sweet quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro (APQ-8064) processor, a 4,000mAh Li-ion battery and some welcomed 4G LTE radio frequencies on-board. So all in all, this device looks to be another version of the refreshed tablet that’s on the way. Of course the same unit is listed for “marketing purposes”, but the hope is that we are getting our first glimpse of what should be another variant of the new Nexus 7 models.

source: FCC
via: Engadget

 

 

More screenshots of HTC’s Butterfly S; Will feature front speakers with “BoomSound”

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More screenshots of HTC’s upcoming Butterfly S device have surfaced and confirms that the all popular “BoomSound” feature will be on the device. While nothing else is rumored about the phone, we should expect it to have at least a 5-inch screen considering the first Butterfly was just that. We can also expect the Butterfly S to have the same features as it’s HTC One brother with the likes of BlinkFeed, an Ultra pixel camera, and Sense 5.0. As for hardware, this device will most likely don the Snapdragon 600 processor along with 2GB’s of RAM.

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Sony sends out July 4th Save The Date invites, all but confirms the arrival of Sony Xperia Z Ultra phablet

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Yup, it finally looks like Sony is finally about to reveal its next great device for the masses, the Xperia Z Ultra— which is a larger-scale smartphone set to compete with the likes of the Optimus G Pro and Galaxy Note smartphones. How certain are we, you ask? Well— a nice press invite has gone out from the fine folks from Sony Mobile France highlighting “Sony Mobile reserves a big surprise for you” on July 4th. Moreover, the same invite encourages folks to “not forget to mark your calendars! “, all the while using a nice stylus-type pen to handwrite the note. So yes friends, all that’s left to do is wait for Sony to finally confirm the arrival of the device featuring a 6.44-inch 1080p display, quad-core processor, potential waterproof capabilities and Android 4.2.

source: Xperia Blog

Sony’s Xperia ZU slated for June 25th announcement, specs revealed early

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Remember that monster phablet from Sony, the Xperia ZU? If you’re in the market for devices that big, we’ve got some more details on a release date and the hardware behind the ZU. According to Taiwanese site ePrice, Sony will make the Xperia ZU official on June 25th, which fortunately isn’t too far off. ePrice also listed some specs for the device, including that massive 6.4-inch, 1080p screen. The ZU will be one of the first devices to run Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 CPU, clocked at 2.2 GHz, and will also feature 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot, an 8 MP rear camera, and a 3,000 mAh battery. Compared to phones of similar size, that battery isn’t particularly large, (the Galaxy Note II has a 3,100 mAh battery, for reference) but hopefully some extreme software optimization from Sony and Qualcomm’s latest monster processor will keep battery life as a positive for the device.

As soon as June 25th rolls around, we’ll keep you up to date on Sony’s official announcement.

source: ePrice

The HTC M4 now confirmed to be the HTC One Mini… And here’s what it looks like

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While it was widely speculated, it’s now confirmed that the rumored HTC M4 is indeed the HTC One Mini. Seen alongside the HTC One above, the One Mini looks like an exact carbon copy of the One, just smaller of course. You can expect the One Mini to have a 4.3-inch display and while we don’t quite know the resolution or panel type of the screen, I’m assuming it’ll be a 720p S-LCD 2 or S-LCD 3 panel.

The One Mini will still have the nice aluminum body just like it’s big brother, but there will also be a plastic ring around the side. It also looses the IR blaster that the One has, but it looks like the BoomSound feature is still in tact. The One Mini will most likely have the same processor as the HTC First, a dual-core Snapdragon processor and will ship with Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. Stay tuned for more news on this device as it becomes available.

source: engadget 

Rumor: Android 5.0 to arrive by October; Optimized for devices with at least 512MB of RAM

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This is absolutely just a rumor, but it seems as if some are pinning October to be the launch month for the next iteration of Android (Key Lime Pie). This isn’t too far from my initial guess of November considering Google tends to release a new Nexus device alongside a new operating system around mid to late Fall. Nonetheless the sources also mention that Google plans on making Android 5.0 optimized to work fluidly on lesser powerful devices with 512MB of RAM.

I think this is great as it shouldn’t take a quad-core beast for Android to be completely smooth, look at the iPhone and Windows Phone for example. Either way lets just wait and see what the big G has in store for us Android fans in the next couple of months leading towards fall.

source: HDBlog

Samsung finally comes to its senses and is expected to feature an aluminum body for the Galaxy S 5

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If you truly know Samsung, then you’re probably well aware at its stubborn reluctance to shy away from cheap, outdated and stale designs premium materials and constructing a revolutionary build for its flagship devices. However, it may appear that Samsung will finally make some major changes by introducing some quality materials and even a new design direction for the build of its next Galaxy S (Galaxy S 5) smartphone. Reports from various insiders indicate Samsung is currently working on a new “Design 3.0″ language (possibly teased in other upcoming flagships, mind you), which signifies a completely new direction for Sammy and brings a new-found “freshness” to the popular line of smartphones. Complimenting the new design is possibly the introduction of aluminum materials for the build of the upcoming phone. Taking a page from competitors like the iPhone, HTC One and Xperia Z smartphones, Samsung will take aim to make the smartphone body as attractive on the outside as its guts on the inside by incorporating an aluminum unibody form factor for the smartphone.

Of course there are some questions to Samsung’s new intention for its upcoming golden ticket of a device. Will the aluminum body add some unnecessary weight? Are we going to see the last of a removable battery? Can we expect some sort of scratch-resistant material? Hopefully we’ll get a better idea of what to expect as we approach 2014.

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