New specs leak for Sony Xperia Z3

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We have already seen a few images of the Sony Xperia Z3 surface, including some that contrast it with a Samsung Galaxy Note, but details about the hardware have been scant. Tipster @evleaks has supposedly unearthed some details about the hardware. According to a new post, the Xperia Z3 will feature a Snapdragon 801 running at 2.4GHz and mated with an Adreno 330 GPU. This is not a major step up from the Xperia Z2 and if accurate would be a disappointment for those who were hoping to see the Snapdragon 805 used. Other specs are more in line with what has been suspected for the device, including 3GB of RAM, a 20.7MP camera, and a 5.15-inch screen running at a full 1080p. The Xperia Z3 appears to be slated to come with Android 4.4.4 preloaded.

source: @evleaks (official site)

Samsung’s Galaxy Alpha production may be limited due to metal design

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Everyone is waiting for Samsung to release a handset that is constructed of primarily metal. For years, consumers have been complaining about the company using plastic or even faux leather. With the rumored Galaxy Alpha, that is all seemingly going to change. It is apparently going to be Samsung’s very first handset with a premium design thanks to the metal construction. But a new report out of Korea claims that production may be limited to this brand new design choice.

A worldwide launch, something Samsung is a very big fan of, would not be possible with the metal design. The report notes that Samsung’s manufacturers in China can only output about 1 million units per month. This is nowhere near what Samsung is used to. If this really is the case, Samsung’s best option would be to contract more companies to produce the Galaxy Alpha. That way, Samsung performs a global launch while finally making everyone happy with a new design.

Source: Udn.com
Via: VR-Zone

More details surface about ZTE Olympia headed to T-Mobile

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ZTE has been creating some buzz over the last few days including a rumor that T-Mobile was testing a large smartphone from ZTE codenamed Olympia. Sources are now indicating the Olympia is the ZTE Z970, a smartphone sporting a 6-inch display. The previously leaked picture of the device revealed some larger bezels and one person has said the Samsung Galaxy S 5 will almost fit within just the screen real estate of the Olympia. Thus, the device has been described as feeling “huge”. » Read the rest

Kyocera Hydro Life coming to T-Mobile’s network later this year

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Later this year, T-Mobile will be adding the Kyocera Hydro Life to its phone lineup. No exact word on specs, but since it’s in the Kyocera Hydro line, it’s probably going to have some type of waterproofing or water resistance. Typically, Kyocera doesn’t launch many high-end phones on US carriers, but there’s always a chance this one could surprise us.

If you’ve been looking for a durable device on T-Mobile’s network but don’t want to shell out the big bucks for a Galaxy S 5, keep an eye out for the Hydro Life. We’ll keep you updated as we find out more.

source: evleaks

Verizon launches “Smart Rewards” program nationwide to reward customers for doing mundane Verizon tasks

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Yesterday, Verizon announced a nationwide launch of its new initiative called “Verizon Smart Rewards” in order to keep customers latched on to the service happy.

The program, which had been previously available in just a few states, will offer customers rewards in exchange for points that customers earn for their everyday interactions with Verizon Wireless. (Basically you’ll be getting rewarded for sticking with Verizon over any other carrier.)

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Korea’s LG G3 LTE-A finally unveiled, features Snapdragon 805 processor

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Previously thought to be the LG G3 Prime, the G3 LTE-A Cat 6 has been unveiled in Korea, and will be for sale on July 25.

It’s a bit better than the international G3′s hardware, with an improved chipset. You’ll get the Snapdragon 805 with 3GB RAM, as well as the Adreno 420 GPU. In South Korea, the phone will also have 225 Mbps downlink capabilities because of its Qualcomm Gobi 9×35 cat 6 LTE-A modem.

Not surprisingly, the device matches up perfectly with the Samsung Galaxy S5 LTE-A for some international competition. We’re still unsure when (or whether) the rest of the world will be able to get their hands on the two phones.

Via: GSM Arena
Source: LG

Samsung Galaxy Avant comes to T-Mobile on July 30, remote device unlocking in tow

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If you’re looking for a new budget phone, than you might want to check out the Samsung Galaxy Avant. We first heard about it back in June, and it’s expected to launch on T-Mobile on July 30 with a couple of new features.

It will feature a Remote Device Unlock, which will give you the ability to unlock the phone either permanently or temporarily. This would be done through a pre-installed app on the phone. All you will need to do it launch the app, and tap “Continue” which will then give you the opportunity to unlock the phone temporarily or permanently. You would then get confirmation that the unlock was successful and proceed to reboot the phone.

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Want an updated factory image of Android L Dev Preview? Not gonna happen, a Googler says

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If you’re one of the many who jumped ship from their stable Android version to try out the Android L Developer Preview, you definitely noticed it’s not exactly the most polished thing in the world (not even close, actually).

No reason to be mad at Google, though — it’s just a developer preview, and we’re lucky to have something before launch.

As most Android enthusiasts tend to do, we looked ahead, and hoped for Google to upload an updated factory image of the L Developers Preview. But according to Googler Rich Hyndman, it ain’t happening.

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Samsung releases official statement regarding deforming back covers on Galaxy Tab S tablets

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Just a few days ago, we let you know about an overheating problem in Samsung’s new Galaxy Tab S tablets. The overheating was causing a deformation on the rear cover of the device.

Now, Samsung has released an official statement on the problem. Hit the break for the official word. » Read the rest

Verizon’s launch date for HTC One Remix (One Mini 2) finally known

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Verizon’s version of the HTC One Mini 2, dubbed the HTC One Remix, will be finally launching this Thursday, July 24.

This information comes from @evleaks, who has become pretty trustworthy regarding the accuracy of his information. The rumors on this device started in the middle of May, so it’s a bit refreshing to get some useful information on the phone.

Source: @evleaks