Samsung will very likely show off a bendable tablet design at MWC this year, but don’t expect to see it out in the open. The Korean media says Samsung has a prototype ready to show off this year, but only to a select group of people behind closed doors. The tablet will reportedly be able to bend at a 90 degree angle to function similarly to a laptop, as seen in the figure above.
There’s a lot we don’t know about this device, especially since there haven’t really been any leaks from Samsung about it. We do know that Samsung is in a race with LG to put flexible screens on any and every device, though, so a bendable tablet makes perfect sense. Hopefully after MWC blows over we’ll hear a bit about this device.
A couple days ago we reported on some images of Huawei’s MediaPad X1 7-inch tablet as it made its way through the Chinese regulatory process. Huawei appears to be targeting the Nexus 7 tablet with this new device, although it is still not clear which markets will have access to the device. Ahead of MWC 2014, some more images have surfaced of the device giving us a better look. Read more
Unless you have been living under a rock or hiking in a no service area, you are no doubt aware Nokia is expected to announce a new, low-end smartphone powered by Android next week at MWC 2014. Even Nokia appears to have abandoned all pretense at subtlety with their announcement about the time and date of a live webcast and conference from Barcelona. Up to now though, all of the leaked images of the Nokia X have been press renderings. We have also seen a picture, with associated exif data, taken with the Nokia X. A new wrinkle has surfaced from Chinese web site Coolxap in the form of pictures of the device. Read more
Yesterday, Samsung posted the kernel source for Sprint’s Galaxy Note 3 and we expected the OTA to follow soon. As expected, Samsung already started rolling out the Android 4.4 KitKat update to Sprint’s Galaxy Note 3.
The over-the-air (OTA) update is sized at 503 MB with the build number of N900PVPUCNAB. The update brings the Sprint Galaxy Note 3 up to Android 4.4.2 KitKat and introduces a few changes, such as the ability to choose the default texting app, improved location settings, camera shortcut on the lockscreen and much more.
The US Cellular Galaxy Note 3 should start receiving the update soon as it was expected to arrive yesterday. Until then, update your Sprint Galaxy Note 3 to the latest Android version and stay tuned for more updates.
Samsung officially unveiled the Galaxy Camera successor at the CES last month and the company has just started selling it in South Korea.
The Galaxy Camera 2 includes a 16.3 MP sensor with a 21x zoom capable lens and a 4.8 inch display. It sports a 1.6GHz quad core processor, 2GB of RAM, 8GB internal storage, micro-SD card slot for up to 64 GB of additional storage, and runs on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. In addition, it includes Bluetooth, NFC, GPS and WiFi connectivity. Read more
With less than a week before Mobile World Congress, Acer has just announced two Liquid Series phones, the Liquid E3 and the mid-range Liquid Z4.
The Liquid E3 (pictured above) sports an unknown 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, 1GB RAM, 4.7-inch HD IPS display, 13MP f/1.8 lens with ultra-fast focus rear camera , 2MP front camera and comes with 4 GB storage and Android 4.2.2 out of the box, which will be updated to KitKat soon. Read more
Yesterday evleaks posted the supposed press render for HTC’s “All New One” device in its gold color scheme, and today they have now posted the gray version. As you can see above, the gray looks more of a dark-metallic gray as show on the render. In my opinion it looks more black than gray, but I suppose that’s besides the point.
Now that you’ve seen both the gold and gray (as we can assume that the silver option will look identical to the silver of the original HTC One) colors, does this make you anymore excited for HTC’s eventual unveiling? If you ask me, perhaps HTC is intentionally leaking these out to at least steal “some” of Samsung’s thunder for when they unveil their new Galaxy S 5 next week.
A new champ in terms of thinness for smartphones is ready to step into the ring as Gionee’s Elife S5.5 3G model is now available for pre-order in China. An LTE version is expected to be available in June. When the device starts to ship, it will eclipse the Vivo X3 which currently slides in at 5.75mm. For reference, an iPhone 5S is 7.6mm think.
Although it is thin, Gionee says the device should be capable of going a whole day on a single charge thanks to a 2300mAh battery. The Elife S5.5 will come equipped with a 5-inch display, a 1.7GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM and Gionee’s own Amigo Android-based operating system.
Gionee indicates the device will eventually be available in up to 40 countries. The 3G model is currently listed for about $370.
The next generation of Samsung’s Exynos processor will be unveiled next week in Barcelona. In a tweet from the official Exynos Twitter account, Samsung says “Continuing our market-leading innovation and leadership, we bring you our latest innovations. Please stay tuned.” What exactly will be of the Exynos Infinity processor? It could mean 64-bit architecture is on its way. After all, that is something still missing from Samsung’s current portfolio. Read more
We previously learned about the fingerprint scanner that Samsung will be utilizing with the Galaxy S 5. Now, thanks to SamMobile, we know that the device will have a 16MP camera with a ton of modes and effects. But before we dive into the software options, there is something externally Samsung will be adding to the overall camera. Rather than requiring users to tap the screen to snap a photo, a touch-sensitive button will be featured on the side, simulating a real camera. According to the source, this feature is dubbed Side Touch and the sensor will be located on the bottom right side. Side Touch will not be usable in Portrait Mode and Easy Mode or while recording video. Samsung has also reportedly revamped the user interface of the camera app to match the handset’s over software redesign. Read more