Moto X wooden backs leak again, reminds us they’re coming

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New images of the Moto X‘s wooden back option have been leaked courtesy of @evleaks. The timing of this leak coincides with a report that the wooden backs will be available just in time for the holiday season. In the image above, you can see two variants of wood. The left seems more natural like a tree while the other has more of a refined look. These specific ones are stamped with Verizon’s logo, but the option will be available to all through the Moto Maker site. Who knows, maybe it will arrive Monday for the next Moto X sale?
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LG G Flex 2 to come in 2014, could bend fully to 90 degrees

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The first two “flexible” display devices on the market were really just to show off new technology— they have been more marketing-based than actually usable and interesting.

However, this doesn’t mean that the future of curved displays will be dull as well.

According to new rumors, LG’s G Flex 2 may have a display that can bend up to a full 90 degrees. This means that device will be nearly indestructible (from normal use), and it could be the first fully functional touch-screen clamshell device. If the display is possible, we’re sure manufacturers will be able to build a nice form factor around it to make it all come together.

The device will hit the market at some point in 2014, and you can bet LG will aim to have it hit stores before Samsung’s successor to the Galaxy Round is released.

Via: PhoneArena
Source: ZDNet

Galaxy Tab 3 Lite to join Galaxy Note 3 Lite, Galaxy Grand Lite in 2014

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Samsung has some more variants hitting the market soon, with the Galaxy Tab 3 Lite (SM-T11) joining the Galaxy Note 3 Lite as well as the Galaxy Grand Lite. The device should be unveiled in the beginning of January.

Specs are currently unavailable, but it should be one of the cheapest Samsung tablets ever. The company plans to grow a command over the low-end tablet market.

The Galaxy Tab 3 Lite is expected to be available in both Wi-Fi and 3G variants. The Wi-Fi version will come in the second week of January, while the 3G version will come in the third week. Samsung is planning to eventually roll out colors including Cream White and Ebony Black.

All information is widely speculative thus far, so stay tuned.

Source: SamMobile

T-Mobile to get LG Optimus F3Q with slide-out QWERTY keyboard

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No, the slide-out QWERTY isn’t dead just yet because LG is going to launch the Optimus F3Q on T-Mobile soon. Unfortunately, these slide-out QWERTY devices usually don’t sport specs any better than mid-range. We don’t know for sure what the specs of this device are yet, but don’t expect much since the Optimus F3 (non QWERTY version) is a mid-ranger in itself.

source: @evleaks

 

 

New batch of specs for Oppo Find 7 leaked

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The successor to the Oppo Find 5, the Oppo Find 7, is rumored to be announced within the next couple of months, but the supposed specs for the device were leaked back in June. Today we got a new round of specs which are a little different from the previous set, and they certainly are impressive.

The device is rumored to sport a 5.7-inch screen with a resolution of 2,560 x 1,440 pixels. Not bad at all! Not only that, the Find 7 will also include a 13MP rear facing camera and a 5MP front facing one. It also features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, 3GB of RAM, and LTE support.


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Samsung patents backside touch controls for transparent display devices

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Curved glass screens? That’s so 2013. The real next big thing, according to Samsung, is going to be devices with transparent screens. Samsung has filed a patent for controls on the backside of a device that has a transparent front display, and that’s really just a mind-blowing sci-fi pipe dream at this point. These displays will allow users to interact with them on both the front and back, and supposedly you’ll be able to see what’s behind the display thanks to their slightly transparent nature.

Some of the interactions listed in the patent involve opening a folder by tapping the back of the screen, expanded truncated text, simultaneously moving objects like icons and widgets on a device, controlling video playback, and unlocking the device, all without ever touching the front of the device. Obviously this isn’t something we’re going to see implemented in a device anytime, but it’s a nice glimpse into Samsung’s vision of the future. (or maybe just something to sue other companies with, but let’s hope not)

If you’re interested, you can hit the source to see some visual diagrams for how much of this will work according to Samsung.

source: Patent Bolt

Samsung prepping several new smartphones for release in Q1 of 2014

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A new report from a Korean news source indicates Samsung is preparing several new devices for release during the first quarter of 2014. Among the devices mentioned is the Samsung Galaxy S 5 despite that prediction being contrary to an earlier report that the device would not be ready until April. Even if the Galaxy S 5 does not make it to market before the end of the quarter, other devices may receive a warm welcome from buyers.

One of the devices is the Samsung Galaxy Grand 2, just officially announced on Nov. 25th by Samsung. The Galaxy Grand 2 is targeted at the mid-range market, packing a 5.25-inch display, 1.5GB of RAM, a 1.2 GHz processor and running Android 4.3. According to the report from Korea, the Galaxy Grand 2 may only be available in Korea initially. Another device Samsung is prepping is the Galaxy Note 3 Lite, a scaled down version of their latest Note series smartphone. The Galaxy Note 3 Lite is expected to have an LCD display instead of AMOLED with a size of either 5.49-inches or 5.7-inches.


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Don’t expect to see the Galaxy S 5 before April 2014, F Series still in development stage

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There have been a number of reports saying the Samsung Galaxy S 5 would be released a little earlier than normal, but Eldar Murtazin says that it’s slated for the end of April 2014. This is pretty close to what happened with the Galaxy S 4. It was unveiled in Radio City Music Hall on March 14th, and was available for purchase in late April. If you think about it, it would be tough for Samsung to release the GS5 any earlier considering that it might sport a 2K display and either a fingerprint scanner or eye scanner.

Eldar was also asked about the often rumored ultra high-end F series. He said it is real, but still in development. We have heard the F Series would include devices with flexible displays, so I would say we still have a ways to go until we see anything concrete.

source @eldarmurtazin

Samsung SM-G900S shows up with 2K display and Android 4.4, could be Galaxy S 5

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Benchmarks are useless in my opinion, but their databases aren’t because we can find out about devices before they are released. Take for instance, the Samsung SM-G900S, which showed up in GFXBench with a 2K (2560 x 1440) display, a Snapdragon 800 processor, an Adeno 330 GPU and Android 4.4. This very well could be the upcoming Galaxy S 5.

The Snapdragon 800 is a little puzzling, but not surprising since the 805 isn’t ready yet. I should note that it’s clocked at 2.4GHz so it doesn’t appear to be the same as this year’s 800.


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Chrome apps on Android and iOS may be as close as January 2014

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When Google introduced Android 4.4 KitKat to the world, one of the benefits they touted was Project Svelte, a concerted effort to minimize the memory footprint to encourage the system’s deployment to older or less powerful hardware. Trying to make Android run easier on more hardware is not the only way Google is trying to reduce fragmentation and in effect “flatten” the world. They are also working on efforts that blur the line between the desktop and mobile platforms like Android and iOS. The latest example is news that Google is poised to enter the beta stage in January 2014 with “Mobile Chrome Apps,” a  project to build a toolkit for developers so they can more easily deploy the apps they have built for Chrome on the desktop over on mobile operating platforms like Android and iOS.
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