August release date rumored for HTC One Mini

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With the success of the HTC One helping reverse some troubling financial results for HTC, the company is now engaging in a strategy similar to Samsung’s in releasing versions of their top of the line device for certain target markets. The newest device that appears to be headed to market from HTC is the HTC One Mini, a smaller version of their flagship, that sources indicate should be available in August. The HTC One Mini will come equipped with a smaller 4.3-inch display running at 720p and a less powerful processor. However, it will bring design cues similar to its larger sibling, HTC’s Sense 5 overlay, and a camera incorporating UltraPixel technology.

The move by HTC will enable it to compete against the recently announced Samsung Galaxy S 4 mini and iPhone devices for buyers who are interested in smartphones that don’t come with large screens like the HTC One or Samsung Galaxy S 4. HTC has declined to comment regarding the leaked news of an August release date for the new device.

source: Bloomberg

Now you see it… now you don’t: Verizon pulls latest Galaxy S III update due to massive connectivity and battery issues

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For those of you that may be affected, it’s recommended that you call Verizon and try to obtain a replacement device immediately. On the flipside— those of you who haven’t received the new build just yet, DON’T update just yet until a new fix has been put in place. Just saying.

source: Droid-Life

 

Samsung announces the Galaxy S4 Zoom, 10x optical zoom and perfect picture taking

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The Galaxy S4 Zoom is now official folks. This one is for those you of that feel the camera is the most important aspect of your smartphone. As far as the camera goes, it shoots 16MP photos utilizing 10x optical zoom, an optical image stabilizer, and Xenon flash. The rest of the specs are nothing to brag about, but again the camera is the focal point. It has a 4.3-inch qHD (960 x 540) display, a 1.5GHz dual-core Exynos 4212 processor, 1.5GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, microSD slot for expansion, 1.9MP front camera, 2,330mAh battery, and Android 4.2.2. This isn’t going to be the thinnest phone in the world. Because of the camera hardware, it’s 15.4mm thick.

They are touting the new Zoom Ring feature, which lets you access key features such as capturing and sharing a photo via MMS. It can also be used to activate Quick Launch and Shortcut features.

This one will be released overseas first, but the U.S won’t be left out in the cold. Word is that we will see it stateside during the third quarter.

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Samsung delays Android 4.2.2 for the Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II

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According to SamMobile, who is generally extremely reliable with Samsung leaked information, Samsung is delaying the Android 4.2.2 update for both the Galaxy S III and the Galaxy Note II, citing issues with the newer version of TouchWiz in a tweet tonight. Granted, Samsung has some newer, less powerful devices rolling out with Android 4.2.2 on board, so whatever problem they’re having will definitely be fixed sooner rather than later, so I think we can still expect a timeline for the update within a few months. Getting the update to the phones through the carriers is another story, but at least Samsung will have done their part.

source: Twitter

Verizon Casio Commando render leaks

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If you are one of those smartphone buyers that has to look at devices other than top of the line devices like the Samsung Galaxy S 4 or HTC One due to a need for a rugged device, Verizon may have a smartphone on its way to help you enjoy the benefits of their 4G LTE network. A new render posted by @evleaks shows the new Casio Commando smartphone with support for 4G. The device is believed to be coming to Verizon in July if the on-screen image is an accurate indicator. The device is thought to be water and dust resistant and capable of surviving drops and other mishaps, although other specifications are not known.

source: @evleaks

Huawei Ascent P6 specs and pictures of new “Emotion UI” leaked

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Once again, thanks to evleaks Huawei’s Ascend P6’s specs and screen shots of its new Emotion UI have been leaked. According to evleaks, the Huawei Ascend P6 will come with a 4.7-inch 720p HD touchscreen, a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor, an 8 MP BSI rear camera with macro capabilities starting at 4 cm, and a 5 MP front-facing camera with “face enhance.” Nothing out of the ordinary as the specs are just about aligned with current other flagship device specs. The most interesting part was the leaked shots of its Emotion UI.

As you can see the shots kind of reminds you of a “wooden” like theme. At least it does for me. Certainly not my taste, but I’m sure it will interest other people. Hopefully Huawei just keeps their device currently updated with each Android update.

source: evleaks

LG rumored to drop Optimus name from its high-end lineup of smartphones

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In an effort to revamp its smartphone lineup, LG is rumored to drop the ‘Optimus’ name from its premium devices and move the name to mid to lower-end devices instead. According to various reports, LG is in the midst of devising a new brand identity for its flagship models, which should help to generate more chatter and excitement among consumers. There’s no indication yet of when we’ll see the new flagship name (or if this sudden change indicates a new LG flagship that’s on the way), but the hope is that we’ll have a clearer understanding sooner than later.

Complimenting the more uniform naming arrangement for its smartphone models, LG is also rumored to go with a more common design language for not just its upcoming handsets— but other types of devices as all— all in order to bring more consistency and familiarity with customers. So while this is exciting (and unusual to say the least), no one knows exactly what this means really. Will the LG smartphones and say appliances feature some sort of sleek curvy design? Will each be featured in a few exclusive colors? Again no one knows exactly… but it certainly will be exciting to see what direction it is LG may be headed towards.

source: Chosun.Biz
via: Phone Arena

Sprint Vital gets June 14th launch date, $99 with two-year contract and mail-in rebate

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Sprint has announced an official release date and pricing for its latest self-branded ZTE Vital smartphone; you’ll be able to snag the 5-inch smartphone for $99 (after a $50 mail-in rebate) starting June 14th. The Vital isn’t going to compete with the flagship phones of 2013, but for customers who want something with a larger screen without breaking the bank, its an excellent phone.

The Vital is powered by a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor and has a 5-inch 720p screen, 13 megapixel camera, a nice 2,500 mAh battery, and of course support for Sprint’s LTE network. It’s also running a relatively clean version of Android 4.1, so if you have a problem with OEM skins and you’re a Sprint customer, keep an eye out for this device in a few days.

HTC to announce Butterfly S on June 19th

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If you’ve been anticipating HTC’s Butterfly S, you shouldn’t have to wait too much longer. According to some invitations being sent to Taiwanese media by HTC, the Butterfly S will be unveiled on June 19th. The invitation also says that the HTC Desire 600 may make an appearance alongside the Butterfly S. HTC will also probably announce locations and carriers for both devices.

There’s nothing specific about what we can expect to see from the Butterfly S, but considering the original HTC Butterfly is still an extremely capable phone, the upgrade is likely to be incremental. The inclusion of an Ultrapixel camera and Sense 5 with all the features like HTC Zoe and Blinkfeed are likely to be obvious inclusions, but we’ll probably see a bumped up processor, and hopefully we won’t lose the microSD card slot in the process.

We’ll be sure to keep you up to date as soon as HTC announces anything.

source: Sogi

via: Phone Arena

7 inch ASUS tablet running Android 4.3 shows up on Bluetooth SIG

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Android 4.3 didn’t show up at Google I/O, but that hasn’t stopped it from showing up everywhere else on the internet. According to a recent Bluetooth certification, a 7-inch ASUS tablet with the model K008 popped up running the latest, yet-to-be-announced version of Android. We can’t get any other details from the filing aside from Android 4.3, so this raises more questions than it answers.

Not too long ago, we saw what appeared to be a Nexus 7 model get the same certification running Android 4.3, so its possible that this new tablet could be a separate 7-inch tablet ASUS has in the pipeline. Hopefully Google won’t take too much longer to clarify this and announce a new Nexus 7 soon.

source: Bluetooth SIG

via: Mobileaks