Lenovo announces the S930, S650, A859, and Vibe Z smartphones ahead of CES


Lenovo went ahead and sent out a presser announcing four new smartphones that will be showed off at CES. Let’s start with the Vibe Z (pictured above), which is the higher-end model. It features a 5.5-inch full HD (1920 x 1080) IPS display, a 2,2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, 13MP rear camera (f1.8 aperture), and 5MP front-facing camera. It sports a titanium body that weighs only 140 grams and is only 7.9mm thick. It also has a laser-etched, fabric-feel rear cover.  It will be available starting in February in Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates and the Philippines for $549.

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Moto G on Verizon to be available for $99 as soon as they arrive


According to a story we reported on yesterday, the Motorola Moto G was going to be going on sale starting January 9th for only $99 off contract with Verizon. The new smartphone will be available through Verizon retail locations and Best Buy at this price. Apparently the leaks regarding this pricing have prompted a reversal of the policy of holding the devices until January 9th and at least Best Buy will sell them as soon as the devices are physically delivered to their stores.

Best Buy spokesman Jonathan Sandler told the LA Times, “the phone is currently landing in stores and is available for sale as soon as it arrives.” Verizon has not commented on the availability of the Moto G or the special pricing.

source: LA Times

[Deal] Get the Sony SmartWatch 2 from Best Buy for $159.99


If you are ready to take the plunge and invest in a smartwatch type wearable device, you may want to check out a special that Best Buy is running right now on the Sony SmartWatch 2. The device is Sony’s successor to their original SmartWatch and normally retails for $199.99. Best Buy is currently listing the device with a nice discount of 20% for only $159.99.

The Sony SmartWatch 2 has a 1.6-inch transreflective LCD display, is IP57 certified for water resistance, and will work with many Android 4.0 or better devices including a full range of Sony smartphones. Along with Bluetooth 3.0 technology, the SmartWatch 2 comes with support for NFC.

If you are interested in the Sony SmartWatch 2 and want to try to grab it during this special offer, hit the source link.

source: Best Buy

Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 specs confirmed


The Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 could be unveiled next week at CES, or most likely in February at Mobile World Congress. Either way, we now know a lot more about this beast. It will come in two variants, Wi-Fi (SM-P900) and LTE (SM-P905).

Thanks to an AnTuTu benchmark, The LTE version is confirmed to have a 12.2-inch WQXGA (2560 x 1600) 16:10 display, a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 (8974-AA), Adreno 330 GPU, 3GB of RAM, 8MP rear camera capable of recording 1080p video, 2.1MP front-facing camera, IR blaster, Bluetooth 4.0 +LE, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, and Android 4.4.2. The Wi-Fi version will likely have identical specs, but they could offer an Exynos processor instead of the Snapdragon.

Since KitKat is onboard, you can expect a new version of TouchWiz, but we don’t know much about it other than there might an improved UI more suited for tablets.

source: SamMobile

Motorola starts the New Year off right, drops no contract price of Moto X to $399 permanently


Most of us here at TalkAndroid thought the best phone of 2013 was the Moto X, and it just got better. Motorola is dropping the off contract everyday price of the phone to $399 (16GB). That price is for all U.S. carriers. The bamboo option remains at a $100 premium, which means you could buy a new 16GB wooden Moto X for $499 off contact.

One of the biggest hang ups with the Moto X when it was released, was the price, but Motorola has slowly dropped the price with various promotions. If you’re looking to buy a Moto X, now is a good time, but I wouldn’t be surprised if there isn’t a $299 promotion in the spring.

source: Motorola

Sony looks ahead to 2014 with successor to Xperia Z1, smartwatches


Sony posted a New Year’s message on its blog today— the general theme of the post included looking ahead to the future, but also looking back at all of the company’s accomplishments from the past year.

In terms of what’s coming down the pike, Sony plans to keep its “Omni-Balance” design as a major part of all of its devices— this scheme involves symmetry of parts, flat front and back panels, and a stylized outer trim.

The company also plans to keep the Xperia Z1 as its main flagship heading into 2014— the device has yet to land in the U.S., but a Z1 sequel could be unveiled at CES next week, so you’ll want to stay tuned for more information. (A miniature Z1 could also be released, but we’ll have to wait and see.)

Wearables seem to be in Sony’s plans for 2014 as well. A successor to the SmartWatch 2 is sure to come, possibly with an entirely new form factor and brand new features.

Source: Sony Blog

Android, Chromebooks lead charge in changing commercial market for computing devices in 2013


The NPD Group has released some sales numbers and analysis for computing devices sold in the commercial channel for Jan. – Nov. 2013 that show a changing landscape led by demand for Android and Chromebook devices. According to NPD, sales of computing devices – desktops, notebooks, and tablets – increased 25.4 percent compared to the same period for 2012. NPD notes that Chromebooks and Android tablets “collectively had the biggest impact on sales growth” for the year so far. Perhaps the most stunning number to come out of their analysis is the fact that Chromebooks now account for 21 percent of all notebook sales in this channel. With one out of every five notebooks being deployed to business and institutional buyers being a Chromebook, we should probably expect to see that start to influence the retail consumer market as well. Read more

LG Lifeband Touch could be unveiled at CES


Expect a heavy dose of wearables at CES this year, and one of those newcomers could be the LG Lifeband Touch. This one doesn’t appear to be a smartwatch, but more of a fitness/activity tracker much like a Nike FuelBand. Interestingly enough, LG showed the Smart Activity Tracker at last year’s CES, but nothing came of it. It would not only track your activity, but it would provide notifications from your phone. They even have a website setup for it, but ironically, it has a link to the FuelBand on Amazon.

We will be at CES so be sure to look out for a hands on video if LG does unveil it.

source: @evleaks / LG Smart Activity Tracker site

Samsung Galaxy F could launch alongside the Galaxy S 5


We have heard rumors about a possible Galaxy F phone, which would actually be higher than the Galaxy S 5 on the totem pole. Will the Galaxy S 5 be metal or not has been the big question, but all things seem to point towards not. That would mean the Galaxy F would get the metal body, but everything else as far as the design would be identical to the Galaxy S 5.

My guess is that the Galaxy F could have a $100 premium over the Galaxy S 5. We have already seen hints that Samsung is having a difficult time selling more phones, so this is one way for them to increase margins.

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Moto G will be available at Verizon Wireless on January 9 for $99 off contract


Retail packaging for the Moto G leaked along with a Best Buy memo stating that it shouldn’t be sold until January 9. The best of all this is the price. According to the tipster, the price will be $99 off contract, which is absolutely incredible. The Moto G has been selling for $179, so this is a little surprising, but perhaps it is a sale price for a limited time? Hit the break for the memo.

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