More evidence of an updated Snapdragon 800 CPU appears in benchmarks


About a week ago, we saw evidence for a refreshed version of Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 CPU. Today, we’ve got another leak in the form of an AnTuTu benchmark that’s in line with what we’ve heard previously; a bumped up 2.5 GHz clock speed, slightly faster Adreno 420 GPU, and the same APQ8084 model number. No word on if Qualcomm will market this is an upgraded Snapdragon 800 processor or as something completely different (Snapdragon 1000?) but I’m sure we’ll hear about it before any official announcement.

This is probably one of the first of many leaks we’ll see about this processor before Qualcomm makes anything official, but since we haven’t seen any mention of this processor powering any holiday devices, I think it’s a safe bet that we won’t see it until next year.

source: My Drivers

via: PocketNow

NVIDIA CEO says the Shield 2 is on the way, next-gen Tegra chip under the hood


In an interview with Engadget, NVIDIA CEO Jen-Hsun Huang talked about the new Tegra chip (named Project Logan) and the Shield 2. Huang tells Engadget that “we should expect a new Shield whenever there’s a new Tegra and we create a new Tegra every year.” There you have it. Expect Project Logan to launch in 2014 alongside the next Shield gaming device.

Over the weekend, we learned that NVIDIA would be consolidating its gaming platform to include game streaming, GRID streaming, and Shield; therefore, the next Shield would likely take into effect all of these new possibilities. If you’re interested in Huang’s interview, hit the source link below.

Source: Engadget

Qualcomm invites you down the rabbit hole with slow-mo demo using HTC One devices


Qualcomm may be producing one of the most advanced chips for mobile devices on the market today, but that doesn’t mean they can’t combine modern technology with some old school videography to produce a unique way to show off the power of their chips. Their most recent example is a slow motion rig that utilizes 130 HTC One smarphones mounted on a circular track dubbed “The Ultimate Smartphone Photobooth” to produce a “bullet time” slow-mo effect. Read more

T-Mobile’s HTC One receiving Android 4.3 starting today


Owners of the HTC One on T-Mobile, Jason Mackenzie held true to his word! After unexpectedly having to bump the update a few days, users of the T-Mobile HTC One can now get their hands on the latest version of Android. The software update also brings software enhancements to HTC’s Sense skin. The actual size of today’s update is massive. Make sure you’re connected to WiFi because you’ve got 560.18GB to download. As usual there is the option to install now or later, but we’re pretty sure you would want to do that… now!

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Samsung Galaxy S 5 to have the same plastic structure, but with faux leather back


With rumors of the Galaxy S 5 landing in January, it’s no surprise that there are already hardware rumors coming in as well. Today’s tidbit involves the body of Samsung’s next flagship device. According to GalaxyS5Info, the handset will not have the metallic casing that everyone was hoping for since the GS4’s announcement. Instead, the plastic will stay; however, the backing will be made out of the same faux leather found on the Galaxy Note 3. Samsung may launching the newest incarnation sooner rather than later because reportedly the GS4 is missing internal targets.

Source: GalaxyS5Info
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LG to begin working on Chrome OS projects, files for ‘ChromeOne,’ ‘ChromeDesk,’ and ‘ChromeStation’ trademarks

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A lot of tech manufacturing giants see some potential in the Chrome OS brand— LG has been tied solely to Android on the Google front thus far, but new trademark filings suggest the company may be working on some Chrome OS projects in the future.

The company has filed trademarks for “ChromeOne,” “ChromeDesk,” and “ChromeStation.” Could we see three new pieces of hardware running the OS?

It’s not that far-fetched, as LG has been working with Google for quite a while now— they made the Nexus 4, and are the manufacturers for the upcoming Nexus 5. They’ll look to add to the competition in the market for Chrome OS devices with HP, Samsung, Acer, and Lenovo.

Source:  Engadget

Amazon to implement product-oriented, ‘Google Goggles-like’ 3D object recognition in upcoming Amazon phone

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More and more information has been getting out about Amazon’s upcoming smartphone— we now have details suggesting the device will feature real-word 3D object recognition, much like Google’s “Goggles” application.

Amazon’s version, however, would link images of 3D objects to product pages on Amazon, obviously prodding users to purchase the item they’re looking at.

In Amazon’s patent application for the service, it is called “user guided object identification.”

This will obviously all depend on actual user implementation— it could just be a cool little gadget, or something that people actually use to shop. My guess is the former…

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HTC plans to enter tablet and smartwatch markets soon


HTC desperately needs a way to succeed— the company is struggling, and everyone knows it.

One possible solution, however, would be to expand its business into the smartwatch and tablet-making industries. CEO Peter Chou and chairwoman Cher Wang hinted that this could be the case in a recent interview with the Financial Times. As it turns out, HTC actually worked with Microsoft on a smart-watch back in 2004.

And it wouldn’t be a complete HTC interview without a snarky comment— Wang said that when their upcoming tablet makes its appearance, it will be “nice and disruptive.”

Source: Financial Times

Press image for Sony Xperia Z1S leaks

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This phone remains a mystery. While the Z1 was released not that long ago, it’s unlikely that the Z1S is another Sony flagship. This could, however, be the US version of the Z1 mini. The Japanese version is known as the “Z1 f.”

Other rumors suggest that this is the T-Mobile version of the Z1, because of the styling of the 4G LTE logo on the screen.

An official announcement is expected to come in the next few weeks, with more details as well. We’ll keep you posted.

Source: @evleaks

HTC One Max press images for AT&T and Verizon leak



While we already saw press images of the Sprint and Verizon HTC One Max variants, it was unknown if any other carriers would be getting the latest phablet. But now according to Twitter’s @evleaks, AT&T will also get the One Max. In the image above, you may notice something different. Just like Verizon, AT&T will opt to stamp their logo on the bottom bezel. This differs from the Sprint version as HTC’s logo will remain. And as we eluded to the last time, notice the dates on the devices. That may hint the release date for the different carriers. Hit the break for the Verizon press image (it is identical to last week’s). Read more