Previously leaked HTC phone “Zara Mini” code-named Z3? Could eventually be part of Desire series


@evleaks tweeted earlier today that the images of a recently leaked device (which TechKiddy originally called the HTC “Zara Mini”) is code-named “Z3.” @evleaks also mentioned that the device will most likely be a part of the “Desire” series. So far, we believe that the device will feature a 4.3-inch WVGA display, dual-SIM capabilities, a dual-core processor clocked at 1GHz, 512MB RAM, a 1.3MP front-facing shooter, a 5MP rear camera, 8GB of on-board storage, and a micro-SD card slot. The phone will also most likely ship with Jelly Bean, but it remains to be seen whether it will feature 4.2.2 or 4.3. It would probably do HTC some good if it shipped with the latter, but that’s just me…

Source: @evleaks

ASUS Padfone Infinity A86 gets pictured alongside current A80 model, could launch in September


The successor to the ASUS Padfone Infinity showed up in benchmarks late last month, and now we have some pictures. In the images (above and below), the white phone is the newer A86, while the black one is the current A80 model. There really isn’t too much that you will find different with the A86, at least cosmetically. The main difference will be internally as the A86 will sport a Snapdragon 800 SoC instead of the A80’s Snapdragon 600.

The A86 is expected to land in Taiwan by the middle of September, and unlikely to be offered in the U.S.

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Plug-in mobile camera lenses teased by Oppo


We are about a month away from the N1 unveiling, but Oppo is teasing a new series of plug-in camera lenses. They use 16MP CMOS sensors along with optical image stabilization (OIS). They also support NFC, SD cards and WiFi. The thinner version will sport 10X zoom and the thicker version will feature 15X zoom. I expect to see them alongside the N1 on September 23rd.

source: Sina Weibo (login required)
via: Engadget

T-Mobile Moto X could be offered exclusively through Google Play


Shortly after the Moto X launch, T-Mobile Marketing Chief Mike Sievert said that it would “initially be available through Motorola’s channels,” but it looks like things might have changed. The image above shows the T-Mobile Moto X to be available through Google Play only.

Now we have heard that the Moto X will eventually be offered in the Play Store, but will it only be compatible with T-Mobile or will it be a GSM version that’s compatible with both T-Mobile and AT&T? Unfortunately T-Mobile isn’t speaking up, so we are left guessing.

source: TmoNews

HTC Zara Mini leaks, looks to be a smaller version of previously rumored device

HTC Zara Mini

Not too long ago, we heard about an upcoming new device from HTC, dubbed the Zara. Now, we’re hearing about a smaller version of the Zara… being called the Zara Mini. The device passed through the Chinese FCC equivalent with the model number HTC 301e, and it is considerably less powerful than the HTC Zara, with a 480 x 800 4.3 inch screen and 512 MB of RAM. It still might have the same processor as the Zara, a dual-core Snapdragon 400, but it’s sporting a 5 megapixel camera, which points at what’s probably not going to be an UltraPixel shooter. It’s also worth mentioning this device will come with Android 4.1.2, which is starting to show its age for a Q4 2013 device. At this point, though, the Mini has more confirmed specs than the regular device, if this filing is accurate. Read more

Xiaomi co-founder Bin Lin talks about phone sales and hiring Hugo Barra


Since hiring Android’s Hugo Barra yesterday, Xiaomi’s co-founder, Bin Lin, has offered a little bit of insight into how he’ll fit into the company, as well as their philosophy on selling phones. According to a phone interview with AllThingsD, Lin says Barra will help the company branch out their business globally. Xiaomi currently does extremely well in China and decently in Hong Kong and Taiwan, it’s not a powerhouse outside of that area of the world. Hugo Barra, thanks to his experiences making Android a global phenomenon, knows what features and devices are more likely to do well in other markets. Lin expects the company to start shipping phones to other countries by the beginning of next year at the latest under Barra’s expertise. Read more

Motorola posts kernel source code for Moto X


Not long after releasing the device itself, Motorola has posted up source code for the kernel of the Moto X. They’ve released the files on SourceForge, and although it’s not enough source code to actually develop ROMs or anything similar, it’s enough to tinker with kernel specific details of the device. After Google’s acquisition, though, I can’t say I’m surprised to see Motorola complying with releasing code so quickly.

If you’re interested, you can check out the source at the link below. Otherwise, just sit tight and wait for some tweaked kernels to start showing up on XDA and the like.

source: SourceForge

Motorola could possibly offer “swappable” back-covers for lower-cost Moto X


We have already heard that Motorola is working on releasing a lower-cost variant of the Moto X, and now we’re finally starting to see some traces of the device. A Sina Weibo user has leaked a photo of what looks like swappable back-covers for a lower-cost Moto X, which means that those looking to get it would not have to go through Moto Maker to get their new phone. Nothing else about the phone was released, except the fact that there may be dual-SIM support. It’s only a matter of time before we start seeing some hard evidence of the cheaper Moto X…

Source: Engadget

[Deal] Grab the Verizon Moto X for $139.99 with promo code


The Moto X is now available on Verizon Wireless, and although you can’t customize it to your heart’s content, you can grab a white or black one for a pretty good deal. Normally priced at $199 on contract, if you go to the Verizon website and order a Moto X with the promo code “VERIZON30″, it will be yours for $139.99.

We have no idea how long this promo will last, but it’s unlikely it will be around when the Motomaker customization feature officially comes to Big Red. Let us know if you grab a Moto X with this code, and if so, be sure to check out our Moto X guides.

source: Verizon
via: Android and Me

Samsung Galaxy NX camera to hit market in October for $1,599


Samsung announced today their new Galaxy NX camera will be available for purchase in October for $1,599. The interchangeable lens camera is an attempt by Samsung to merge a DSLR-type camera, including the ability to mount different types of lenses, with a smartphone. The camera portion of the device will have a 20.3 MP sensor, autofocus, an ISO sensitivity up to 25,600, and will be capable of shooting up to 8.6 frames per second in burst mode and 1080p video. The “smart” portion of the device constitutes a 4.8-inch 800×600 720p touchscreen on the back of the device powered by a 1.6GHz processor running Android 4.2.2 with Samsung’s TouchWiz interface.

You may be wondering why anyone would be interested in this device. Samsung would say the presence of WiFi, 3G and 4G LTE capability that makes sharing photos easy is one reason. With access to the Google Play store and the ability to install Android apps, the device does open the door to using popular photo editing apps directly on the device. From a specification standpoint, the camera functions and capabilities are on par with a mid-range prosumer type DSLR. However, dedicated cameras in that market cost less than $1,600 and the prices continue to fall.

Do you think Samsung’s new Galaxy NX camera will find a spot in the bags of shutterbugs?

source: The Verge