Hardware manufacturer Acer is likely familiar to Android fans thanks to their tablet devices. Recently a new device appeared on GLBenchmark indicating Acer is planning to get into the smartphone market. Dubbed the V350, the device is powered by a dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor running at 1.5GHz and has a 720p screen, although there is no indication what the screen size will be. Other details like the amount of memory is still unknown, but the unit submitted to GLBenchmark was running Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean. Acer submitted another model earlier this week, the V360, but the V350 appears to be the higher end unit, projected to end up somewhere in the mid to upper-tier of the market.
A new report regarding Sony’s heavily leaked Yuga C660X has surfaced today, suggesting the elusive handset could eventually launch as the Xperia Z. In addition to the new naming scheme, the device is said to sport a water and dust resistant coating, with an Ingress Protection (IP) rating of IP55 and IP57. In the past, Sony has equipped its Xperia V and Xperia Acro S with the same type of coating.
The handset’s rumored 5-inch 1080p display will be outfitted with Sony’s OptiContrast technology, something that isn’t all too surprising considering the latest fleet of the company’s devices features the same display tech. What’s more is that the Xperia Z will reportedly be just 7.99mm thin, equating to one of the thinnest devices ever for Sony.
Of course, there’s no word on a release date, or even when we’ll get a chance to take a look at this bad boy, but we’d expect to hear something official in Q1 of 2013.
By now you’ve most likely heard of the Samsung Galaxy Android Camera. In keeping with the Android Camera spirit, Polaroid is getting in on the action it would seem. This latest leaked information reveals a mirrorless, interchangable-lens camera powered by Android 4.0. The camera will sport a 3.5-inch touchscreen, an 18.1 megapixel sensor, a pop-up flash, built-in Wi-Fi, a microSD card slot, HDMI outputs, and HD video recording. We’ll have to keep an eye out for any further news regarding this newest player in the Android camera segment. Let’s just hope they get the price right.
source: The Verge
Another day, another tidbit of news regarding the suddenly not-so-secret Sony “Yuga” smartphone. After seeing some teaser photos of the superphone yesterday, we are now treated to a an actual preview of the device, complete with all the spec details you can handle. Thanks to our friends at Mobile Reviews, we now know the “Yuga” will come fully loaded with a 5-inch 1080p display, quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro chip, 2 gigs of RAM, a microSD card slot, LTE and 12MP camera. In addition to the premium hardware features, the smartphone will come preloaded with Android 4.1 and Sony’s custom UI slapped on top.
So now that the cat is just about out of the bag, it’s just a matter of time before Sony comes out and gives up the deets. Q1 2013 can’t come here soon enough!
source: Mobile Reviews
It’s no secret that Sony has a superphone in the works for 2013, but it appears that we now have an idea of what this device may look like. Thanks to some leaked images from Mobile Review, you can see how the Sony “Yuga” looks in plain view— and she sure is a beauty too. Similar to the Nexus 4 or LG Optimus G smartphones (as well as previous renderings we had seen before), the device is almost entirely coated in a glassy-type material coupled with a sleek black finish. In addition, Mobile Review indicates the smartphone will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon-based processor— refuting any type of rumor highlighting the device would possibly be powered by a Samsung Exynos processor.
So now that we’re beginning to see more and more information pour out for this impressive device, all that’s needed now is a better idea of when Sony will finally come out and formally show this device to the masses. Considering Sony has a history of unveiling premium devices at certain January trade shows, we suspect that we’ll likely see something then.
source: Mobile Review
We now have some additional Sony news to share with you all. As previously indicated recently, we knew that Sony has at least one major flagship device that is in the works behind the scenes, though we couldn’t quite confirm what the expected specs would be— until now. Thanks to the gang at Phone Arena, we now know that Sony has named a mysterious device the C660X “Yuga”, which will be a 5-incher and be completely surrounded in Dragonglass glass panel (Dragonglass is similar to Corning’s Gorilla Glass). The news doesn’t stop there either— the upcoming device is reported to feature a specialized quad-core processor not from NVIDIA, Qualcomm or Mediatek— but rather the “Yuga” will feature a Samsung Exynos variant processor, which is a shocking departure from the normal processors that are used, but not completely unexpected considering we knew Samsung intends to have its processors all sorts of manufacturers’ smartphones. Additional details about the “Yuga” includes the following:
Samsung Exynos 5 Quad3 GB
5 inch OLED display FHD
Water / Dust resistant
What’s unclear though is if this device will be identified as the Xperia 5 (or Xperia 6) or if it will be given some other name. Also, no one seems to know when this device is expected to be released– though we have a hunch we’ll see it in Q3 or Q4 of 2013. Still– we certainly know that Sony has some clear intentions on snagging a big share of the market place— and this device could certainly go a long way with achieving that goal. Stay tuned with Talk Android as we try to get further details of what could be a potentially game-changing device.
source: Phone Arena
A user over at Android Central posted a picture he is alleging is the magnetic pogo charger for the Nexus 10. The user, known as jstevenkim, went on to say the charger will be available on Amazon and eBay within the next 10 days for around $19.95 to $24.99 USD. There’s no way of telling if this is legit (other than waiting 10 days to see what happens) but, like Mulder, I want to believe. I want to believe the Nexus 10 pogo-pin connector will get more use than the similar port on the Galaxy Nexus.
Sadly, this is closer than the Nexus 7 has come to getting a pogo charger. Although, we did see a dock which uses the pogo pins for charging, and possibly audio output, pop up on ASUS Japan but it’s yet to be made available for sale. I’m not sure if the pogo charger will really charge a device that much faster than micro USB, but it seems cool. Why should Apple be the only one with a magnetic attachment for their (Mac) chargers anyway?
Source: Android Central
If you went into a cave three years ago and just came out, you probably would be shocked at the size of some of the displays that smartphones have been sporting. I remember when the DROID X was released and everyone was saying it was huge. Now that same screen size is on the DROID RAZR M (M for micro). Then there was the original Samsung Galaxy Note, which boasted a 5.3-inch display. Of course the follow up, the Galaxy Note II, pushed the envelope a little more at 5.5-inches. What’s next? Is it 6-inch displays? Well it’s not too soon to be talking Galaxy Note III, and the latest rumor is that it will sport a whopping 6.3-inch OLED display. When it comes to 6-inch displays, the Note III won’t be alone as Huawei already confirmed a 6.1-inch offering.
A year and half ago, everyone said the sweet spot was 4-inches. After spending a month or so with the DROID DNA, I now think it’s 5-inches, but as long as people are going to buy them, I see no reason why the manufacturers should slow down. However, at some point doesn’t it have to stop? Are we heading towards the Nexus 7 being a phone?
source: Korea Times
Believe it or not, that picture is not a Galaxy S III. It’s actually Samsung’s new Galaxy Grand Duos, the follow up to the dual-sim touting Galaxy S Duos. Unfortunately, it’s got no compatible 3G with US markets, so it’s likely to stay an international phone. It sports a 4.5 inch, GSIII-esque screen, a 1.2 GHz processor, and the cameras from its bigger brother. There were also leaks of a Galaxy S II Plus, and while it is compatible with GSM signals in the US, it’s nearly identical to the original Galaxy S II. Hopefully we’ll dig up a little more information on these in the next few weeks.
Recently there have been rumblings of Sony releasing some hefty Android juggernauts in the coming year of 2013. Codename’s of Sony’s Yuga/Odin have been flying around lately and is expected to be one hell of a device. With Sony recently taking HTC’s #2 spot and only behind Samsung when it comes to Androids top manufacturers, I’m sure they’re preparing for a big push this next year to challenge that top spot.
The leaks are pointing towards 5+” full HD displays paired with a quad-core Cortex-A15 processors along with 13 MP Exmor RS cameras on the back. Here’s what the Sony tipster had to say: