Samsung may release a 3G-enabled smartwatch called the Gear Solo

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The latest rumors from the Korea Herald peg Samsung to release a variant of their Gear 2 smartwatch with a universal subscriber identity module, (USIM) which essentially means the device will be able to make and receive phones calls on its own, no phone needed. Samsung recently filed a patent for a device called the Gear Solo that matches this description, so we’re assuming that’s what the name will be. You’ll have the Gear Fit, Gear 2, and Gear Solo.

Nothing else was really released about the device, but it’s expected to launch only in Korea at first. Even if it did make its way to the US, I’m not sure too many people will be keen on adding a smartwatch as an extra device to their plans. We’ll find out one way or the other.

source: Korea Herald

via: Phone Arena

Specs confirmed for upcoming Samsung (SM-T800) AMOLED tablet

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Once believed to be part of the Galaxy Tab4 series, the SM-T800 will stand on it’s own as one of Samsung’s first AMOLED tablets since the Galaxy Tab 7.7.

We already had an idea of the specs from a GFXBench of the SM-T805, but Sam Mobile is confirming specs for another variant, the SM-T800. The SM-T800 is a Wi-Fi-only version, while the SM-T805 could be an international version since it sports an Exynos octa-core. Although it’s also believed to sport LTE, which makes no sense since those models usually have the Qualcomm chipset.

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All aboard! Galaxy Note 4 rumor train is starting to leave the gate

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We are only a few days from the global launch of the Samsung Galaxy S 5, so it’s time to start pondering what their next flagship, the Galaxy Note 4, will include. Samsung has announced each previous Note (phone) model in the fall, so we really don’t expect anything different. Although, they did move up the Galaxy S 5 a bit this year, so they could do the same with the Note 4.

The first set of rumors on the device are just starting to circulate. As to the design, the early consensus seems to think we will get the faux letter back or the 3D pattern found on the Galaxy S 5. Generally, Samsung keeps the same design for the S series phone, but last year was the first year they changed things with the Note bringing in the faux leather back. I think they either keep things the same as the Galaxy S 5 or they go completely different. The faux leather back will most likely be done.

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Leak suggests Motorola will move emphasis from wood to leather in 2014

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In 2013, Motorola focused on wood being the material worth emphasizing with the Moto X. With its Moto Maker platform to produce custom devices, Motorola needed something to differentiate the Moto X. However, upon launching, the wood backs did not exactly maintain the buzz from when the Moto X was revealed in August. The hype cooled off because wood backs came long after the device’s release.

Now, in 2014, it seems that Motorola will be shifting its focus to another material. That material? Leather. On Twitter, @evleaks tweeted “2013:wood::2014:leather.” Of course, this is a very vague tweet on the surface. But what other company used wood in 2013? None, just Motorola.

So it looks like leather will be adding leather to its Moto Maker platform this year. Will it be available for the current Moto X? I would not think so. I believe that the leather backs will debut on Motorola’s next device, either the Moto X + 1 or the rumored 6.3-inch device. » Read the rest

Amazon has Samsung’s Gear 2, Gear 2 Neo, and Gear Fit available for pre-order

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Samsung’s newest wearables are now up for pre-order through Amazon. The Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smartwatches along with the Gear Fit smartband can all be pre-ordered today. The Gear 2 costs $299 while the Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit both carry a $199 price tag.

Hit one of the source links below to pre-order yours.

Source: Amazon [Gear 2] [Gear 2 Neo] [Gear Fit]

TAG Heuer announces a luxurious solar-powered smartphone

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Need something a little bit more premium feeling than the HTC One (M8) and its aluminum construction? Enter TAG Heuer’s Merediist Infinite smartphone. The company that manufactures primarily watches and other high-end accessories is the smartphone and it features a solar panel to charge the device. To start charging, the device needs natural light; however, artificial light will work to a lesser degree. To do this, TAG Heuer is putting one of Wysips’ solar panels in-between the glass and LCD components of the display.

Only 1911 units will be produced to sell and the price tag will show just how premium TAG Heuer is making the Merediist Infinite. The device will be made of titanium, rubber, and carbon fiber.

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New photos of Huawei’s upcoming Ascend P7 leak

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Huawei’s next flagship, the Ascend P7, will be unveiled next month on May 7 at a press conference held in Paris. The device has been leaked quite a few times now and recently, a new series photos of the upcoming Ascend P7 surfaced online.

The new leak comes from a French website which showcases an alleged prototype of the Ascend P7. From the photos leaked, it seems that the device looks pretty much similar to its predecessor. As for the specs, the device is rumored to sport a 5-inch full HD display, a 13MP rear facing camera with an 8MP front facing camera, and a 1.6GHz quad-core processor. » Read the rest

Sony releases the unlocked variant of the Xperia Z1

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Sony’s Xperia Z1 which was announced late last year, has been available for sale for quite some time now, however you had to sign a contract to get your hands on it. Sony has now released the unlocked Xperia Z1 with support for US LTE on T-Mobile and AT&T’s networks as well as on Canadian LTE network. This means that you can now get a SIM free Xperia Z1 without having to sign a contract.

Everything put aside, the unlocked Xperia Z1 would cost you a whopping $620. Considering that it was released last year in September, the price is quite high.

Source: Sony

Samsung goes for touching story to market Gear 2 and Gear Fit

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Despite a bumpy start in the wearables market with the original Samsung Galaxy Gear, the company still has lots of resources to try for a better round with their new Gear 2 and Gear Fit. Although we have learned this past week that Samsung was effective in annoying Apple with their “Next Big Thing” ads, for wearable tech there is little competition to deal and certainly no one as big a target as Apple was in the smartphone market. That means Samsung has to be creative in choosing the marketing path to take with their new devices. Their latest ad for their Gear devices suggests they are shooting for an emotional connection. » Read the rest

Motorola ‘Moto X + 1′ name surfaces, the world ponders what it could be

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We now know what Motorola’s next device will be named. Thanks to @evleaks on Twitter, we are looking at a device named the “Moto X + 1″ and it is “coming soon.” He attached the image above, which will likely be used on promotional materials.

In all likelihood, the Moto X + 1 is the successor to last year’s critically acclaimed Moto X. There is also a chance that this is the 6.3-inch device Motorola is reportedly working on. Regardless, the hype for Motorola’s next device has just been raised to another level. The Moto X carried a humongous amount of hype and this device may do the same. » Read the rest