LG G Pad confirmed to pack Snapdragon 600 rather than originally rumored Snapdragon 800


Sources have confirmed that the upcoming LG tablet, known as the “G Pad,” will not come with the originally rumored Snapdragon 800 processor, and will instead pack the Snapdragon 600. A few other important details about the device have been released as well, including that the tablet will have an 8.3-inch WUXGA display with 350 knit brightness and 60% color reproduction rate. It will be available in two variants including WiFi and LTE, and that the WiFi variant will be for the Korean Market, and the LTE variant will be available from Verizon Wireless. More details to come on the tablet as we approach the rumored unveiling date at IFA 2013 in Berlin.

Via: TechKiddy
Source: NewsTomato


Mysterious Sony device leaked for your viewing pleasure— all fingers point to the Xperia Z1 (Honami) mini


2013 has been a resounding success for Sony, so it should come as no surprise it is continuing its momentum by working on additional devices for release before year’s end. One of those devices that we’re expecting happens to be a miniature beast of a device— such as you know, the mysterious Honami mini that we’ve heard so much about lately? Well after hearing some of the rumored specs such as a Snapdragon 800 quad-core chip, 4.3-inch HD 720p resolution and 20-megapixel main camera with Sony G Lens, we now have a pretty good idea of how this puppy looks— at least in its early form. Thanks to XDA member Xleaky, we can see a slightly fuzzy image of a diminutive  Sony device that’s a smidge smaller than the Blackberry Q10 smartphone. Additionally, Xleaky also asserts that “you didn’t see this from me… but 4th of Sep is gonna be exciting! Thats all I’m saying!” 

So what does this mean exactly? No one knows exactly really. There could be a chance that the leak could be a fake (which tends to happen more often than not)— but then again, there could be a chance that we’re getting a good idea of what this Honami mini looks like, as well as something to look forward to at IFA Berlin 2013. So now the question is: you folks excited yet?

source: Xperia Blog

HTC One Android 4.3 prerelease firmware leaks, makes for an awesome custom ROM


Interested in getting Android 4.3 on your HTC One? Thanks to developer LlabTooFeR on XDA, you won’t have to wait until that late September release from HTC. Instead, you can now grab a custom ROM from LlabTooFeR that’s based on an unofficial, pre-release build of HTC’s Android 4.3 update, which has a handful of minor tweaks for speed and stability. He also said he’ll be releasing the untouched build in a few days, so if you’re not a fan of the tweaks in custom ROMs, you can stick to a completely stock option.
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Pictures of Motorola Droid 5, still with QWERTY keyboard, leaked



What you see above is what is thought to be the Motorola Droid 5. As you can see, it has that old-school QWERTY keyboard that we saw on the Droid 4 back last year. What we can also see is wireless charging capabilities, a shockproof water/dust resistant design, and a screen that looks to be around 4.3-4.5 inches.

The Droid 5 comes on the heels of the announcement of another QWERTY keyboard laden phone, the LG Entact. We don’t know much more about the device, but we’re sure more info will be leaked before a launch.

Source: Weibo (1)(2)
via: Engadget


Sony Honami metal frame leaks, shows several angles of upcoming Xperia Z1

honami metal frame

This leak probably isn’t going to wow anyone, but it’s just a bit more confirmation that Sony has an upcoming device in the pipeline very, very soon. The metal frame of an unnamed Sony device, likely the Xperia Z1, has shown up on the website of a repair shop, ETrade Supply. It shows off the location of the volume rocker, power button, microSD card slot, etc. and also confirms that everything has a water-resistant coating on it. Basically, it’s a reconfirmation of some of the details we have already heard about several times about Honami.

Either way, this device looks like it’s shaping up to be a worthy successor the Xperia Z. Hopefully we’ll find out more on September 4th.

source: ETrade Supply

via: Xperia News

ZTE U988S to pack NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor, set for China release soon


It’s been nearly 8 months since NVIDIA’s Tegra 4 processor has been released, and just now we’re seeing the first mobile device using the technology. ZTE’s U988S will reportedly have the Tegra 4 packed inside, and is rumored to cost approximately 1,999 yuan, or $326 USD. A really nice price, considering how great the specs are. The ZTE U988S will include a 5-inch 1080p full HD touchscreen, a 13 MP rear shooter, 2 GB RAM, Dolby sound, and will ship with Android 4.2 Jelly Bean.

It’s going to be China Mobile-branded, so it most likely won’t make its way over to North America— it would probably do ZTE some good to make it available over here as well, though.

Source: Unwired

Sony tweets zoomed-in picture of upcoming Z1 (Honami) super phone


We’ve seen seen leaked images of the upcoming Sony Z1 (originally code-named Honami) a million times now, and it looks as though Sony has decided to leak out their own images of the super phone to generate some more hype. The device will be one of the most anticipated of the year, and we’re only a few weeks away from its rumored release at IFA in Berlin, Germany. Check out the full embedded tweet after the break.

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One Sony Xperia Z1 tester isn’t impressed


Sony’s upcoming Xperia Z1 seems to be incredible on paper, but one tester doesn’t seem to be impressed. The Xperia Z1 is going to sport a 20MP G Lens so you would think it will be amazing right? Unfortunately the tester didn’t see a “wow factor” in it. He also said the display on the Xperia Z Ultra is “better with richer colors and contrast.” As the tester pointed out, he probably doesn’t have final firmware, so let’s hope Sony straightens things out before release. Hit the break for the full text of his short review:

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2MB security update possibly rolling out to Nexus 7, 10, and Galaxy Nexus


Just yesterday an OTA update which addressed security issues was rolled out to the T-Mobile Nexus 4 and is now being pushed to other Nexus devices, including the Nexus 7, 10, and the Galaxy Nexus. The changes are unconfirmed at this point, but the update is known as JWR66Y. We do have the download link below to manually update your yakju Galaxy Nexus.

Source:  XDA – Galaxy Nexus / PhoneArena

LG unveils ridiculous, record-breaking display with 538 pixels per inch


The battle for the best smartphone screen in the world wages on— yesterday, LG revealed a 5.5-inch IPS-LCD panel which uses a WQHD resolution of 2560 x 1440. The density, which is the highest of any mobile screen to date, is 538 pixels per inch.

That’s not all though— the screen is also the thinnest to date, at 1.21 mm, beating out their own record of 2.2 mm set just a month ago. The bezel has also shrunk considerably as well, which is a huge accomplishment considering the increasing market demand for near-microscopic bezels.

This is more of just an arms race, as some have put it, as the technology is currently unrealistic while looking at the processors and batteries we have available in mobile devices. Phones would be way too overworked and wouldn’t be able to handle the crystal clear display.

LG hasn’t said when we should expect to see this display in phones, but late 2014 or within the next few years would be our best guess for now. Check out the full press release after the break.

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