ZTE’s Nubia X6 rear camera will feature Optical Image Stabilization technology

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A few days ago, we saw a photo of ZTE’s Nubia X6 front panel featuring a very thin bezel. The company has now posted a new teaser photo of its upcoming smartphone.

According to the teaser image, the smartphone’s rear camera will feature an Optical Image Stabilization technology, short for OIS. It seems that the OIS feature is starting to become one of the key features of the higher end smartphones. Other than this, the device is rumored to come with a 5.5 inch QHD display with a resolution of 2560 x 1440 pixels, 13MP or 16MP rear camera, quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor and 2 or 3 GB of RAM. 

OnePlus One will feature a 5.5-inch screen in a 5-inch body smaller than Sony’s Xperia Z1

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That’s a picture of Sony’s Xperia Z1, which is a great phone. The important thing, though, is that there’s a OnePlus One below it. According to a recent announcement on their forums, OnePlus has chosen a 5.5-inch screen to be used in their upcoming device, but thanks to some some really crafty engineering (and probably magic) they’ve managed to cram a phablet sized screen into a phone that would normally sport a 5-inch screen, like the Xperia Z1. This device will likely have one of the best screen-to-bezel ratios on any phone once it’s released.

Pete Lau, founder of OnePlus, also divulged some of the tech that’s going into the screen. It’ll be a full 1080p screen, not 2k, because of battery and processor efficiency, and the DPI will be somewhere north of 400. It features a Touch On Lens module that decreases distance between the touch sensor and display panel, and it’s 300% more resistant to shattering than other competing screens as a nice bonus.

The OnePlus One is shaping up to be a pretty fantastic device. Snapdragon 800 CPU, 5.5-inch full HD screen, and a fully tweaked and optimized Cyanogenmod ROM, plus a sub-400 dollar price point are going to give Google’s own Nexus line some serious competition.

source: OnePlus Forums

New Samsung patents point the way to flexible display devices

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New patents from Samsung were recently published by the U.S. Patent and Trademark Office revealing a little bit about some of the ways the company sees flexible displays being deployed. One such device appears to resemble the slap bracelets that were popular back in the 90’s. The display when rolled out is flat, but can be wrapped around a person’s wrist forming a bracelet or, depending on what is displayed, a watch. In their patent application, Samsung describes how such a device could perform a variety of functions, like playing music when touched or moved in a certain way or tracking health information using biosensors. The possibilities will probably be limited more by the sensors and power source that can be packed into such a device as opposed to the display since the whole device could become the display.

Samsung, Microsoft join the Wireless Power Consortium to adopt Qi wireless charging

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Both Samsung and Microsoft today have announced that they are joining the Wireless Power Consortium. In doing so, the companies will adopt the Qi wireless charging standard. Samsung already belongs to, and in fact co-founded, the Alliance for Wireless Charging group; however, the A4WP agreed to work with the Power Matters Alliance (PMA) last month in order to make wireless charging a less fragmented system.

For Samsung, this is interesting as it shows they are willing to utilize another wireless charging standard. For Microsoft, however, it is a no-brainer since Nokia’s handsets utilize the WPC’s Qi wireless charging system. The WPC, A4WP, and PMA all have different standards, but this deal can move the three closer together in creating an overall cohesive experience for wireless charging.

Hit the break for the full press release.

HTC’s All New One specs and sales guide leaks

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When it rains, it certainly pours. This can certainly be said with HTC’s not so kept secret, the All New HTC One. Today a sales guide leaked of the device giving short descriptions on several of its features and also confirmed most of the specs. The new One will weigh in at 160g with the dimensions being 146.36 x 70.6 x 9.35, that’s a tad thicker than its 2013 predecessor. As previously rumored, the screen size will indeed be a 5″ 1080p LCD paired with the Snapdragon 801 processor. While there’s not much else regarding the camera, we do know that the front-facing lens will be upgraded to 5MP’s. As to the battery, it will come in at 2600mAh. For more info, check out the sales guide below after the break!

HTC ‘Power To Give’ project helps cure Aids, Alzheimer’s Disease and Cancer through your smartphone

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A few weeks ago, HTC announced the ‘Power To Give’ project which is aimed at utilizing the unused processing power of your smartphone to process data and solve scientific problems.

This means that when your phone is idle, you can put the unused processing power into good use by donating some of it to help support research aimed at finding a cure for AIDS, Alzheimer’s Disease, and cancer. All you have to do is to download the ‘HTC Power To Give’ application from the Play Store and join the cause. The app will only work when your phone is being charged and has a battery level of 85%. During the night, “your phone will join an enormous secure computing grid” which aids research projects around the world.

The company has also posted an infographic detailing how the project works along with a video. We have both as well as download links right after the break.

Advertisement for LG G Pro 2 features Magic Focus feature

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Smartphone cameras are getting more and more features over time, and one of the most recently added and popular features is auto-focusing. Near and far focus features are found on the Samsung Galaxy S 5, and the LG G Pro 2 has its own “Magic Focus” feature.

The device has a 5.9-inch 1080p IPS display, a 13 MP camera, 16 or 32GB of storage with a microSD card slot,  3GB of RAM,  a quad core 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 800 SoC, Android 4.4 KitKat and a 3,200 mAh battery.

The company has released a video highlighting the Magic Focus feature, which can be found after the break.

Check out Oppo’s very cool Find 7 event invitation

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When manufacturers send out invites for their events, they usually consist of an image sent over email. It’s good enough, it gives you the date and little bit about what we might see, but some manufacturers are stepping it up a bit. Last year, Vivo sent out a really cool invitation for the Xplay 3S event, and now Oppo is doing the same for their Find 7 event, which is March 19.

Oppo sent out a box that at first glance, you might think a phone was in it. Instead, it contains a map, QR codes, and a pyramid. Using another phone, the user scans the QR code, and shortly after, the fun begins augmented reality style.

Hit the break to check out the video.

The upcoming ZTE Grand S EXT might sport the best combination of metal and plastic we have seen

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The ZTE Grand S EXT was spotted on the Red-Dot 21 design directory with a pretty slick unibody. It will apparently sport Nano Molding Technology (NMT), which combines metal and plastic by molding them together. It gives you a premium feel at a lower cost.

We have no idea when this phone will launch, but it sure is intriguing. Hit the break for one more image.

Sony Xperia T2 Ultra makes an appearance both in and out of the retail box

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Sony’s hype machine has been all about the Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z2 tablet as of late, but don’t forget about the Xperia T2 Ultra (D53XX). It appears close to release since we now have a shot of the retail packaging along with a few other candid shots. This model is destined for China Unicom and sports the model number of XM50h.

It will feature a 6-inch 720p IPS display, 1.4 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 (MSM8928) processor, Adreno 305 GPU, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, 13MP rear camera, 1.1MP front camera, dual-SIM capability, and 3,000mAh battery. This might be mid-range, but it should last a long time on the battery.

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Leaked ‘All New HTC One’ ad reveals ‘Duo Camera’ function

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You have seen everything there is to see about the All New HTC One right? What’s that? You still don’t really know much about what the two back cameras will do? That is about the only thing we haven’t heard too much about, and considering it might be the most important feature on the phone, it would be nice to know a little more.

Well wonder a little less this morning because a leaked ad for Telstra in Australia gives us more details. First, it will be called the “Duo Camera” which seems appropriate. As far as the benefits, it will allow you to choose where to focus, highlight the best parts, soften backgrounds, and add 3D effects after you have taken the shot.

Samsung’s “most advanced” DDR3 memory has entered production

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Today, Samsung has announced that the “most advanced” DDR3 memory with 4GB has entered production. It uses new twenty nanometer process technology to save up to twenty-five percent of energy consumed when compared to the twenty-five nanometer process technology. By doing this, Samsung can improve upon its DRAM production as it can now produce the ten nanometer class. What exactly does this all mean? The next wave of devices will have memory that is far more dynamic than today’s technology.

To get to the real nitty-gritty stuff, hit the source link below.

Source: Samsung Tomorrow

Could Google drop Snapdragon in favor of Intel’s chip for Nexus 8?

 

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With Google’s Nexus 8 tablet rumored to be released this July alongside Google I/O, several other rumors about the device has surfaced. One glaring rumor is that Google is opting for Intel’s Moorefield CPU rather than Qualcomm’s Snapdragon, which is currently being used in their Nexus 7 (2013) and Nexus 5 devices. The Moorefield chip clocks in at a max of 2.33 GHz and is powered by a PowerVR G6430 graphics engine, so either way, there’s no doubt that the rumored Nexus 8 will be a powerhouse whichever direction Google decides to take.

Of course, these are just rumors so take all of this with a grain of salt. Either way, we’ll all know for sure this coming Google I/O 2014!  On a side note, do you guys think Google will unveil a new OS, or next iteration of Android (4.5, 5.0)? Or will they still stick with KitKat and just bump it up a notch to 4.4.3?

source: AndroidPit

Sound file in ‘all new HTC One’ suggests wireless charging capabilities for device

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Information about the all new HTC One has been leaking for weeks now, and there doesn’t seem to be a shortage in sight. We’ve just received word that the new device is expected to feature wireless charging capabilities.

This isn’t a surprise, but it’s valuable information nonetheless.

The hint was discovered after sound files from the new device were looked into— among notification and alarm sounds was an .ogg file called, “Wireless Charging Started.”

The file name pretty much gives it all away. With all of these leaks coming so quickly, don’t be surprised when more comes out in the next few days.

Via: Phone Arena
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Pebble App Challenge launches, will provide $5,000 to top developer

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Pebble’s standalone app store has officially launched, and the company is doing a lot to help developers begin producing useful apps for the up and coming smartwatch platform.

In fact, Pebble is starting its own “Pebble App Challenge,” which will award $5,000 to the first place app developer, and a Pebble Steel for each of the top 16 finalists.

The contest will accept submissions from today, March 10, until 5 p.m. PST on March 23. The public, developers and Pebble owners will be able to vote for their favorite apps between March 24 and March 27, with the top 16 moving onto the final rounds.

In April, Pebble users only will be able to vote for a different “app matchup” each day until one app, the winner, is left.

If you think you could do well in the competition, think about signing up at the link below.

Source: Pebble