The ZTE Geek U988 is outed in plain view, casually reminds us that it’s still the world’s first Tegra 4 smartphone in the process

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So the world’s first Tegra 4-based smartphone is a little late hitting the shelves— big deal. At least the latest leaks show that the ZTE U988S— also known as the Geek U988S— is very much real and looking like a nearly-finished product, thanks to what appears to be a set of promotional photos that have surfaced for your viewing pleasure. As you can see, the device still features that smooth red color which houses the 5-inch 1080p display, 1.8GHz Tegra 4 processor, 2GB of RAM and 8MP camera. As great as it is seeing a clear view of the upcoming smartphone, there’s still no telling when the smartphone will hit Chinese (and international) markets, so we will still have to deal with a little bit mystery for a little while longer.

source: GSM Insider

Could HTC merge with Huawei?

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As HTC continues to battle a two-year financial slide, one analyst has suggested a merger with Huawei could be a way out for HTC. HTC and their fans had high hopes the HTC One would prove to be a product with enough popularity to at least turn the ship around financially. During the first half of 2013, HTC also started to concentrate on some unique marketing strategies, usually aimed squarely at market leader Samsung. To their credit, the HTC One is generally regarded as a premiere smartphone and has garnered extensive praise throughout the industry. Sales of the device did have a positive financial impact on HTC during the second quarter of 2013 when it was finally released, but not to the extent hoped for. Despite plans to model a sales strategy similar to many other major manufacturers, HTC sales are predicted to stay flat for the third quarter, leading some to question what other steps the company could take to prevent a complete collapse.
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HTC One MAX rumors, expected to compete with Galaxy Note 3

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While the HTC One Mini is going to be a smaller, little-brother version of the original HTC one, the HTC One MAX is expected to be an enlarged version of HTC’s flagship device, quite similar to what Samsung is doing with their Galaxy series.

The device is expected to launch this September with a 6-inch full HD display, a 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB RAM, 32/64GB internal storage options and a 3,200 mAh battery.

Samsung is certainly going to have some devices to beat out this fall as this new HTC addition, as well as upcoming offerings from LG and Sony will certainly push consumers in many different directions.

Source: Mobile Geeks

Xperia Z to head north to Canada in late July, exclusively available on Bell Canada

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It looks like Sony’s Xperia Z is going to be heading north up to Canada, as Sony has confirmed the device will be available from Bell Canada later this month. The phone will be available to customers in three color options, including black, white, and purple (?). Pricing has yet to be officially announced.

Adel Bazerghi, Senior VP of Products at Bell Mobility had this to say regarding the announcement: “With its amazing durability, Xperia Z raises the bar for superphones and Bell is proud to be the exclusive Canadian carrier of this innovative and much anticipated mobile device. Combined with the largest LTE network and Bell’s Mobile TV, which includes more than 30 news, entertainment and sports channels, Bell and Sony are making the mobile experience even better.”

Tim Hernquist, VP of Marketing for North America at Sony Mobile Communications, said that ““With Xperia Z, we are thrilled to bring a breakthrough superphone to Bell in Canada. The Xperia Z brings over half a century of Sony innovation to a superphone for an experience that truly stands out.”

Source: Xperia Blog

 

 

Sony “Honami” smartphone’s 20MP camera rumored to have smaller sensor than previously expected

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We already know that Sony’s next beast of a device is gonna have some awesome specs, but we are starting to get some critical deets for one of the most important parts of the smartphone— it’s awesome camera. While we know the i1 will probably have a 20MP camera, it will likely have a smaller-than-expected sensor compared to say… the Nokia Lumia 1020 smartphone. Rumor has it that the sensor will “only” come in at 1/2.3″ in total size, compared to 2/3″ that was previously expected. Despite the smaller sensor, the camera will still be topnotch as the 20MP cam will have a f/2.0 with 5mm focal length and utilize the BIONZ processing engine, which effectively allows the camera to take photos with a resolution of up to 5248 x 3936 pixels.

Of course this is all speculation, but it finally appears that we’re starting to get a better idea of what to expect when Sony unleashes its next flagship in only a matter of months from now.

source: Esato
via: Phone Arena

Test drive an NVIDIA Shield at a select few SHIELD Movie Theater Experience Centers

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Still on the fence about picking up an NVIDIA Shield? Would getting one in your hands and actually trying it out change your mind? NVIDIA is setting up a few locations where you can scratch that itch and calling them SHIELD Movie Theater Experience Centers. You’ll be able to pick up and play with the devices, as well as talk to some experts about what makes the device so great. There are only four locations, and you’ll have to go either on a Friday, Saturday, or Sunday, but the locations are going to be set up all throughout the month of August, so if you live in one of these areas, you’ll have a few opportunities to test one out. You can check out the locations below.
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Motorola hints at fast Moto X camera

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Motorola tweeted something curious today. They posted some blurry shots of a kid on Twitter, saying today’s cameras were a bit too slow. After that video demonstrating some awesome new camera tricks the Moto X will supposedly have, I think it’s safe to say that Motorola is betting big on their new camera tech. Either that, or they’re just really disappointed in how slow smartphone cameras are and they’d really appreciate it if someone else could fix it. Guess we’ll find out soon. Check out the tweet below.

source: Twitter

via: 9to5 Google

Apple rubbing off a bit on Samsung? Samsung fights LG over use of the word “unpack”

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Throughout all of the intense court battles that Samsung has had (are still having, and will continue to have) with Apple, it looks like Samsung’s learned a thing or two from their competitor.

In what might be the most ridiculous “patent” battle of any mobile phone manufacturer, Samsung has recently filed an objection with the Intellectual Property Office against LG to prevent them from using the phrase “Unpack event” in their marketing materials.

Apparently Samsung thinks they were the first company to ever use the word “unpack,” and they deservedly so should be the only company to use it. The Intellectual Property Office has since ruled that “unpack” is a common verb and can’t be registered as a trademark, something a fifth grader probably could have told Samsung.

In response, LG explained that they weren’t even planning on using the term in their actual media event, only in the invitations.

The two companies have clashed many times in the past, but the fact that they are clashing over something so trivial goes to show just how serious competition is in the mobile industry these days.

Source: ETNews

LG G2 comparison pictures leak, device alongside Samsung Galaxy Note 2

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YET AGAIN pictures have leaked of the highly anticipated, upcoming LG G2, and in the photos, it’s being compared alongside the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. Why they couldn’t find a Galaxy Note 3 and compare them alongside one another is beyond me (kidding), but this is still pretty cool.  Check out all the leaked photos (the one above is not one of them) and all that we’ve found below after the break.
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True Apple fanboy at heart, man steals a bunch of iPhones, leaves Samsung Galaxy at scene of crime

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There are internet trolls that will swear by the Apple brand for their entire lives, there are people that own literally nothing but Apple products in their homes, and then there are the fanboys like 25-year-old Travis Montgomery Snider.

Mr. Snider is not only guilty of being an Apple fanboy, but of being a disguised Apple fanboy. The gentleman stands accused of a smash and grab robbery, breaking the display case of a Springfield, VA wireless retailer, and running off with a bunch of brand spankin’ new iPhones. But here’s the kicker— it looks like the device he was sporting around before, his Samsung Galaxy phone, was left at the crime scene. After he successfully pulled off the exchange, it’s clear that his “Android-loving” days were all a hoax. Disappointing…

Whether it’s his uncontrollable desire for iPhones or the fact that he left pretty obvious evidence at the scene of the crime, it’s pretty clear that Mr. Snider is a darn fool. The authorities have since tracked him down (duh!) and arrested him on Monday.

Source: Washington Post