A couple weeks ago images surfaced of a new device from Motorola thought to be the DROID 5 bearing a slide-out QWERTY keyboard. New images of the device have surfaced on Chinese web site Weibo.com, still sporting that physical keyboard. We do get some additional details about the device which appears to have a 4.3-inch 1280×720 resolution screen, a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus processor, 1GB of RAM, and 16GB of internal storage with a microSD slot available. Reports indicate the DROID 5 will support wireless charging and NFC, but will not be water- or dust-resistant like its predecessor.
No information on markets, pricing or a launch date is available yet. Hit the break to view the gallery of images. Read more
Samsung hinted the “next step” was coming for Exynos processors, and we now know what it is. Are you sitting down? Samsung just announced a Heterogeneous Multi-Processing (HMP) solution for the Exynos 5 Octa. What on earth is that? To put it simply, HMP will allow the use of all 8 cores of the octa to be used at the same time.
Currently the octa includes 4 Cortex-A15 cores and 4 Cortex-A7 cores, which is referred to as ARM big.LITTLE technology. In it’s current state, apps run on either the Cortex-A7s (LITTLE) or the Cortex-A15s (big), but now apps will get the benefit of all 8 cores at the same time. This will obviously enhance both performance and efficiency.
HMP will be introduced in quarter 4, but they didn’t specify if current devices could be updated or new hardware is required. I assume the latter. Hit the break for the full press release.
Nowadays you can’t introduce a flagship phone without offering a mini version can you? Just yesterday we heard that Sony is going to introduce the Xperia Z1 Mini (codenamed the Honami Mini) in the coming months. Now we have a little more evidence. The above image is believed to be the Z1 Mini. If you guessed that smaller one that’s colored purple, you are right. Boy, you catch on quickly.
Usually mini versions don’t sport the greatest specs, but Sony is packing a lot in this bad boy. The display is going to be 4.3-inches and 720p, but it’s going to sport the Snapdragon 800, 2GB of RAM, 8GB of storage, and the same 20.7MP G Lens found in the Xperia Z1.
I think it’s a safe bet that we will see it at CES in January. This just might be the best dang 4.3-inch phone on the market next year.
via: Xperia Blog
The next big thing in mobile is going to be flexible displays and LG and Samsung will be the main competitors duking it out. Word out of Korea is that we could see offerings from both companies by the end of the year. LG’s Vu line hasn’t set the world on fire, but the Vu 3 could have a flexible display. As to Samsung, they don’t want to wait until the Galaxy S 5, so they are readying a Galaxy Note 3 variant with the same type of display.
Last month, it was reported that both Samsung and LG were going to start mass producing flexible displays this November. If that’s the case, then it’s unlikely this latest report will hold up.
You have seen the leaked images and read the rumors about a blue HTC One coming to a store near you. HTC USA has made it official now, the Metallic Blue HTC One will be available starting this Sunday, September 15th, exclusively at more than 1,400 Best Buy and Best Buy Mobile stores or online through BestBuy.com. Even better, the award-winning HTC One will be available with 4G LTE service from AT&T, Sprint or Verizon. The new Metallic Blue version of HTC’s flagship joins Silver, Black and Red as an available color option.
This seems like news of the obvious, but Twitter tipster @evleaks posted today “confirmation” that HTC’s device named the T6 will be marketed as the HTC One Max. The connection between the HTC One Max and the T6 was first discovered several months ago and since then has become the common-sense assumption of most. Of course, in announcing the confirmation of the name, @evleaks did not provide a link or any source with HTC. @evleaks does tend to be a reliable source of leaks and tips.
The HTC One Max is expected to be a top-tier device sporting a Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, an UltraPixel camera, a 5.9-inch 1080p screen, and will run HTC Sense 5.5 atop Android 4.3.
Update: @evleaks sent out another Tweet telling us that the “HTC One max is Sprint-bound.”
source: @evleaks (1) / @evleaks (2)
Motorola has launched their first big ad campaign for their Moto X, and it goes under the name “Lazy Phone.” To kick it off, there are three new television commercials that showcase the X’s innovative features, including Touchless Control, Quick Capture, and Active Notifications. Comedian TJ Miller is the star of the spots, which seem very Samsung-ish, to me.
You can check out the three commercials embedded after the break.
Rumors had originally suggested that the Moto X would be available for T-Mobile exclusively through Google Play, however today we learned that this is not the case. The device recently appeared on Motorola’s website, available for $599.99. The listing says that the T-Mobile specific device is “exclusive to Motorola.com,” so this certainly confirms the previous rumor that T-Mobile won’t be carrying the device at all.
The off-contract price is a bit higher than the $579.99 that AT&T is asking for the device, but is the same as Verizon. The device is currently out of stock, and we’re assuming that the T-Mobile Moto X is the same phone specs-wise as the other variants. We’ll be sure of all the information once the device is available for purchase.
Sony’s Z1 is starting to make waves as pre-orders for the device became available in many European countries last week. Now, we’re hearing that Sony’s smaller version of the device, the Z1 Mini, is set for a release within the upcoming months. The official name is still a rumor, but this is what we’re counting on for now.
So far, we’re expecting a 4.3 inch HD (1280 x 720) display, a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, a 20.7 MP camera with Sony G Lens, 2GB RAM, 16GB internal storage, and a 2,400 mAh battery.
It’s certainly not a surprise that Sony will be offering the device, as major competitors such as Samsung and HTC are offering “Mini” devices of their flagships as well, including the Galaxy S 4 Mini and the One Mini. An announcement for the Xperia Z1 Mini should be coming soon.
We now have official word from Sprint that the LG G2 will be available to customers by the holidays, and that you’ll be able to start pre-ordering the device on Oct. 11.
It’s a way later than what we’ve suggested from other carriers, but remember, this is the first time we’ve heard any official word on release dates for the phone. Earlier reports were simply rumors, and can (and most likely will) change.
Here’s the info that we have gotten about T-Mobile, Verizon and AT&T.
- T-Mobile: Rumored for September 18th
- Verizon: Rumored for September 12th
- AT&T: Rumored for September 13th
Hit the break for the full press release from Sprint.