Samsung makes the Galaxy Round official, sports a curved 5.7 inch screen and 3 GB of RAM

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Looks like Samsung won the curved phone race. The recently leaked Galaxy Round was just made official by Samsung, and it’s an odd piece of technology, to say the least. It’s a 5.7-inch Note 3-like device with a curve right down the middle of the device. Samsung is claiming they’ve made some specific software adjustments to make use of the curvature, such as showing certain notifications when the phone is tilted to the side while laying flat, and gesture based actions in the applications in the software. I’m not sure how well it’ll work, but hey, at least they’re trying.

The specs are just about identical to the Note 3, excluding the S Pen. It’s got a 1080p screen, 3 GB of RAM, a quad-core processor, and a 13 megapixel camera. There’s nothing concrete, bu I imagine this is that rumored limited edition curved Note 3 that we’ve been hearing about. It’ll go on sale tomorrow exclusively in Korea for a little over one million won, which equates to about $1,000. That’s pricey, and very limited. It’s pretty clear that this is essentially a test run device for Samsung. Still, depending on how well the device is received, it’s always possible this could start to become the norm in the next few years. I personally don’t think it will, but crazier things have happened. More pics, a roll effect video, and full presser after the break.

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Microsoft also asked Samsung and Huawei to put Windows on Android tablets, dual-booted Galaxy Tab coming?

dual_boot_galaxyLast week, we heard the crazy report that Microsoft was asking HTC to put Windows Phone OS on Android tablets. Apparently, HTC wasn’t the only manufacturer Microsoft talked to. A new report says that Microsoft also had discussions with Samsung and Huawei asking them to dual-boot their Android devices with Windows Phone OS for smartphones, and Windows RT for tablets – for free.

Why would Microsoft do this for free, plus compensation for necessary adaptation costs? Because they desperately want it to appear that their operating system is growing in popularity. In addition, it seems that Samsung already has a Windows RT/Android dual-booted Galaxy Tab 2014 edition in the works. It’s going to be around 12 inches, very thin, and with a “crazy good” retina display, according to sources.

Stay tuned for more info.

Source: Unwired Review

Samsung denied relief from sales ban in U.S. by Obama administration

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Stung by a recent ruling by the Obama administration that struck down a potential sales ban of some Apple devices in the U.S., Samsung is smarting even more after the Obama administration declined to strike down a sales ban of some Samsung devices as ordered by the U.S. International Trade Commission. The ITC previously ruled that Samsung had infringed on Apple patents related to detection of headphone jacks and on a multitouch feature. If there is any silver lining, it is the limited number of devices that will be impacted as newer Samsung devices incorporate different designs that get around the Apple patents. Read more

Say hello to Samsung’s first curved smartphone

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Samsung is so very close to unveiling their first ever curved smartphone, and if you’re wondering what it will look like, wonder no more. It’s supposed to be a limited edition Galaxy Note 3, and it could be called the Galaxy Round. The curve seems a little more dramatic than I pictured in my mind, but it could also be an optical illusion. It will be interesting to see how it feels in the hand and especially when using it as a phone.

A second picture was leaked that shows the backside, which looks very similar to the Galaxy Note 3. You can also see that it’s LTE-Advanced, which means this is going to the South Korean market. The big question is if it will be released in other areas?

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Nexus 5 release date and pricing leaks in Japan

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We’ve been getting more and more information on the Nexus 5, and don’t expect the news to slow down anytime soon. After we reported on the fact that multiple battery options will be available, we are now receiving information regarding the device’s release date and pricing from Japan.

Note that since this information is from Japan, this does not necessarily mean that the same will be true in the United States. Here’s what we have:

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HP announces Chromebook 11, includes Pixel-like design and IPS display

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Although Chromebooks haven’t taken off quite as much as Google would have liked them too, they still certainly offer a low-cost alternative to a high-end notebook.

Today, HP announced the Chromebook 11, which will feature an IPS-display and gorgeous design, all for $279.

The notebook will be the first Chromebook with an IPS display, and will also have the Chromebook Pixel’s multicolored light-bar on the lid. It will come in either white or black plastic, with an accent color of either blue, red, yellow, or green.

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HTC making ridiculously priced limited edition 18-carat HTC One

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In honor of the 18th annual MOBO awards, HTC is teaming up with Gold Genie (the same company that already made some pretty flashy HTC Ones) to produce an extremely limited edition 18-carat gold HTC One. By limited, we mean they’re making five of them. One of the phones is going to the winner of the MOBO award for Best Newcomer, but the other four will likely go up for sale not too long after that. Of course, gold is a pretty pricey material, so you’re going to pay for it if you want it. It’s priced at $4400, which is even more than Gold Genie’s original custom HTC One phones.

I’m not sure if this is a good marketing idea or just a weird idea, but at this point with HTC, I guess it can’t hurt. Read more

Motorola DVX to offer dual-SIM capability and to be $250 off contract

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The DVX will be Motorola’s answer to an affordable version of the Moto X, but how affordable? According to Chinese leaker Houdabao, it will cost only $250 off contract. Other than the fact that the DVX will have a removable back cover, we haven’t heard to many other specs. Houdabao also offered up that the display will be 4.5-inches, but it will be LCD, not Super AMOLED. It will also have Motorola’s X8 mobile computing processor and dual-SIM support.

We don’t know exactly when the DVX will be available, but a previous leak indicated October. Either way, expect the DVX to be launched globally unlike the Moto X.

source: Weibo
via: Phone Arena

HTC One Max to be announced in China on October 15

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HTC Sent out invites for events in both Hong Kong and Taiwan for what will most likely be the HTC One Max. The dates for both events are October 16 and 18, respectively. Seems odd, but it was also confirmed that the official global launch will take place in China on October 15. The invitations say, “One finger opens up a big view” and “You are invited to immerse in the sound with us,” which are obvious references to the fingerprint scanner and BoomSound.

Those of us in the U.S. might get a chance to buy the HTC One Max since it’s rumored to hit Verizon.

source: Engadget

Motorola to offer a phablet called Xplay and the DROID Quantum in 2014

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The latest leak regarding Motorola has them working on a new phablet called the Xplay. It will sport a 6.3-inch display, and lets also hope Motorola will finally offer 1080p because it’s going to need it. The same leaker also suggests a DROID Ultra successor is in the works called the DROID Quantum. Unfortunately the leaker didn’t offer any other info. I wonder if we will see either or both of these devices in January at CES?

source: weibo
via: gforgames