It wasn’t that long ago that we caught mention of the Asus Padfone 2 from a leaked slideshow. Now, instead of seeing a few bullet points on a slide, we can allegedly see benchmark results of the not-yet-announced Padfone 2. It was originally assumed that we’d see the successor to the original Padfone in late 2013. However, with these benchmark results, its release may be sooner than we think. The shot of the benchmark results reveal the Padfone 2 name, the device running on Android 4.0.4 (another key it may release sooner rather than later), and a quad core 1512 MHz processor. Of course with only a benchmark screen capture, the price and release information are not known. However, we’ll keep you updated on what appears to be a beast of a multifunctional device.
In a segment that may be slowly dying, LG thinks there may still be room for more. Enter their latest in mobile photo printing devices, the Pocket Photo. LG is claiming their mobile printer is the smallest of its kind measuring just 2.8 x 4.7 x 0.9-inches. Photos from a compatible device are transferred to the Pocket Photo via NFC coupled with an Android app. Filters can be applied to the pictures through said Android app, however it’s unknown at this time just how robust the feature is. This micro-printer will be hitting Korean stores for $169 (USD), although there’s no word on a release outside of Korea.
Who doesn’t like a nice teardown every now and then? Our friends at iFixit just did one on the Kindle Fire HD and found it to be as easy to repair as the Nexus 7. Based on a scale of 1 to 10, iFixit gave it a 7. Other notables were that the rear case was easy to open, the design is simplistic with fewer components, and the LCD and front glass will need to be replaced together since they are fused together. Hopefully you will never have to do this yourself, but if you find yourself in need or maybe the geek in you is just curious, hit the source link to find out more.
Everybody has been waiting patiently for iPhone 5 benchmarks and it looks like we have our first one from Primate Labs’ GeekBench. Apple is touting the new A6 processor in the iPhone 5 to be twice as fast for general operations and graphics. In the latest score on GeekBench, it hit 1601, which is actually 2.5 times faster than the iPhone 4S (629) and about double that of the iPad 3 (766). The A6 is a dual-core that runs at 1.02GHz and the iPhone 5 sports 1GB of RAM as well.
How does it perform against Android devices? Well there were earlier reports stating that the iPhone 5 beat every Android device because the listed benchmarks showed all Android devices with scores lower than 1601. The best Android device was the Nexus 7 with a score of 1591 followed by the international quad-core Galaxy S III, which was 1560. Somehow things have changed as their main benchmarks page now has the international Galaxy S III with a score of 1628 and the Nexus 7 at 1604. In fact, it looks like they are updating their page every so often so things could change again.
The citizens of Singapore will now be able to have a device the rest of the world doesn’t for now– a Jelly Bean-poweredSamsung Galaxy S III LTE smartphone. That’s right friends, Samsung is currently getting ready for the launch of the device by the end of September. Even more exciting is the fact this version of the smartphone will feature a quad-core Exynos processor instead of the dual-core Snapdragon S4 chip, while also featuring a whopping 2GB of RAM. Customers in Singapore can expect to pay around S$998 (US $801.86) for the newly launched device.
Oh and Samsung Singapore also took some time to make owners of the existing Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone happy too as it confirmed the existing smartphone will get the Jelly Bean update sometime in the near-future. Considering there are multiple leaks of the Jelly Bean build out there at this time, we suspect the update is due out for arrival soon— very soon.
In the midst of the whole Samsung Galaxy S III mayhem and pandemonium, it’s never to early to think about the next follow-up of the Galaxy S series, right? Well, a few individuals connected to the Korean giant seem to think so. According to the Korea Times, the Galaxy S IV smartphone will be revealed at Mobile World Congress for 2013 and be on sale in stores by March. The Korea Times also highlights the device will grow in size, as an OLED display will come in at 5-inches and feature LTE. The end goal of this new smartphone will be to send a “clear message” to Apple, while ushering in a new era of smartphones.
Naturally, we’ll take this one with a grain of salt— but then again, it’s never to early to get in on the hype of Sammy’s next big thing.
It looks like we have another follow-up to a certain Samsung device. If you recall last month, we casually made a mention of a mysterious Samsung GT-i9260, which was originally believed to be a possible successor to the current Galaxy Nexus smartphone– but is more likely to be some sort of an enhanced version of the current Galaxy Nexus or the Galaxy Premier smartphone. Originally, we were treated to some major specs identified in the original leak such as an A9-based dual-core processor, 8MP camera and the addition of an SD card slot— and now we have a User Agent Profile that gives us even more details. According to the User Agent Profile, the GT-i9260 has a resolution of 1280 x 720, which almost mirrors the current Galaxy Nexus. However, something that is a bit unusual is the fact that the CPU listed is identified as the “ARM11″ unit, which may indeed stand for a ARM’s Cortex-A11 processor since you know— the original ARM11 CPU powered the original Android smartphone and all. Nevertheless, this processor is listed and is expected to be clocked much faster than the processor found in the Galaxy Nexus.
So all in all, this device could either be a minor refresh of the current Galaxy Nexus or we can see a brand new Galaxy Premier smartphone (which I personally think is the more likely scenario). Either way, now that we have the User Agent Profile, it shouldn’t be too long before we get additional details.
Earlier this month Sony commited to making their new Sony Xperia T available to UK markets before the end of September. Details are still being worked out, but it should be sometime between September 27th and the 29th when buyers will finally be able to get their hands on a unit. One new detail that has emerged is that the version slated to be available this month will be tied to specific carriers or a couple major retailers. A SIM-free version of the phone is not expected until three to four months later in January 2013. By then, the Xperia T will likely no longer be a high-end device in the smartphone market. Sony has still not revealed any information regarding a release date for North American markets.
We all know that there’s no love lost between Samsung and Apple. So how does Samsung rebound from that paralyzing $1 billion verdict? They did so by getting back to basics, touting features of their Galaxy S III against the soon-to-be-released iPhone 5 in a print ad. Appearing today in national newspapers, Samsung is flaunting its flagship phone mano a mano against the iPhone 5, prizefight style. The only thing missing is that booming voice from Michael Buffer. In what initially appears to be a blowout “win”, it’s actually a little biased marketing favoring Samsung. Samsung backhandedly and conveniently left out the iPhone 5′s exclusive features while listing the Galaxy S III’s extensive list. Readers that come across this ad will generally fall into two categories: They’ll either not notice what Samsung did here thus making the Galaxy S III appear superior or they will notice that there are a few features missing from the iPhone 5 side and formulate their own opinion of the sneaky marketing by Samsung. What do you think – good move, bad move, or pretty much as expected in the cut-throat mobile device market?
Since officially announcing their new top of the line LG Optimus G handset, LG has been busy giving us peeks at the device. These teasers have included images and videos like the one that surfaced earlier this week about the phone’s camera capabilities. Add another clue to the list, this time in the form of a TV commercial for the Korean market. Check it out after the break. » Read the rest