Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S 4 is expected to be released in a range of different models internationally. We brought news that the Galaxy Mega was officially announced by Samsung last month, while the Mini, Zoom, and Activ are expected to be announced by Samsung by the end of this month. Tentative release dates have been leaked for these phones.
Black and white versions of the Galaxy S 4 Mini, which as its name suggests is a smaller version of the Galaxy S 4, is expected to be released in Week 29 of this year, which falls between July 15 and July 21.
The Galaxy Mega features a larger display for the budget-minded consumer, and will come in variants of 6.3- inches and 5.8- inches. It’s expected to be released in Europe and Russia between now and June 23. The black 6.3 inch version should come this week, followed by the white 5.8 inch version next week. The white 6.3 inch Mega will come the week of May 20, and the black 5.8 inch version will arrive the week of June 17.
As the size of smartphones continues to increase, so does the demand for phablets. Vivo, a Chinese manufacturer, announced yesterday that it plans to release the Vivo Play, a phablet with a 5.7-inch screen and a 1080p display. It’ll also be fully loaded with a quad-core Snapdragon 600 chipset; but unlike many of Vivo’s competitors, the asking price for one of these phones is likely to be 2,998 yuan— that’s $490 USD.
It’s pretty expensive, but it just might be worth it considering what you’re getting for your money. The Vivo Play’s Snapdragon 600 chipset is the same one that’s in the HTC One, clocked at 1.7GHz with 2GB of RAM. It’ll also feature “Fun-touch” UI rather than leave the job to stock Android. This UI has been said to be similar to the flat-structure of iOS. The 13MP back-facing camera has an F/2.2 aperture lens, and the 5MP front-facing camera has an 88° FoV. At 7.99mm thick, the Vivo Play weights 187g and is packed with a 3,400mAh battery. According to rumors, the phone will also feature some sensing capabilities similar to the Galaxy S 4.
The phablet will go on sale later this month in two colors: black and white, along with two options for built-in memory: 16GB or 32GB. It’ll only be available in China, but you should be able to grab one on eBay if you’re willing to pay the price.
Fancy the newly-released HTC First smartphone with that unique Facebook Home launcher, but didn’t want to pay the $100 asking price from AT&T? Well you’re in luck as AT&T has announced a special promotion where it is offering the landmark device for a whopping 99¢ for those of you who choose to sign your lives’ away to Ma Bell for the next two years. Yes you read that right— the device is not even going to cost customers a buck for new or existing customers who sign up for the device on-contract! Even more astounding is AT&T also chose to reduce the outright price of the device from $450 to a not-too-shabby $350. So all of a sudden, the 1.5GHz Snapdragon dual-core processor, sexy 720p display and a nearly-stock build of Android 4.1.2 under Facebook Home looks even more attractive than ever before.
If you’re looking for a device for $350, then the First smartphone may very well be a solid alternative to say, the Nexus 4 smartphone for many customers– especially if they are interested in a unique Facebook experience. Hit the source link to grab more details.
We have another 5-inch phone to tell you about, but this one has a feature that everyone can appreciate. The Sharp AQUOS Phone Xx SoftBank 206SH can hold up for two full days on it’s 3,080mAh battery. Other than the sheer size of the battery, some of the power consumption improvements come from the continuous grain (CG) silicon display as opposed to amorphous silicon found on traditional LCD TFT panels. This not only allows for a thinner display and better graphics, but also reduced power consumption.
It also includes a 1.7GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU, a 13.1MP camera with f/1.9 optics, 1-Seg digital TV, IR blaster, LTE, and Android 4.2. It’s also waterproof. No word on pricing, but expect to see this bad boy in late June.
Looks like we have some new exclusive colors coming to the Verizon DROID RAZR HD and DROID RAZR M smartphones. As seen in the above image courtesy of serial leaker evleaks, a metallic sky blue-ish color of the the DROID RAZR HD is on the way, as well as the same color variant of the DROID RAZR M, according to sources. Specs-wise, each device will feature the same internals as the original—- so it just looks like Verizon is just going probably unleash the new color of the smartphones as a limited-edition model.
No word yet on when we’ll see each model, but we suspect it will be soon… very soon.
source: evleaks Twitter
LG has an event scheduled for May 30 in Macau, and although fans might be hoping for the Optimus G2, it probably won’t be the featured star. There really isn’t much to go on from the invitation other than the prominent “G”, which could bring you to the conclusion that it will be the G2, but it is still too soon for the G2 to be unveiled. I expect the recently leaked Optimus GK to be the star of this one. It’s a smaller version of the Optimus G Pro and it features a 5-inch Full HD IPS display, a 1.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 CPU, 3GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, microSD for expanded storage, 13MP camera, 2MP front camera, and 3,100mAh battery.
Who knows, it could be something completely different as well. What do you guys think?
According to SamMobile, Samsung will be releasing their newly unveiled Galaxy Tab 3 this week in Eastern Europe. The 3G/WiFi model can be expected around June 10th. The 8.0 and 10.1 models of the Galaxy Tab 3 are expected to drop around June 3rd, with the 3G models of those just a few weeks after that.
These aren’t the high end tablets Samsung is expected to bring to market this year, but the Galaxy Tab line has always been a mid-range series of tabs, which isn’t a bad thing. No word on American availability, but I’m sure it won’t take too much longer. Anybody planning on picking up one of these tablets?
T-Mobile recieved its first update for the Samsung Galaxy S 4 earlier today and AT&T seems to be following suit. The update is arriving as build number I337UCUAMDL. Neither AT&T nor Samsung have released a changelog, but at a small 21.39 MB, minor performance related improvements and basic tweaks are probably all that’s included.
AT&T S 4 users, you can update your phone by going to Settings > More > About device > Software update. Once you have the latest build, let us know in the comments if you notice anything different. We will update you with more information once the official changelog arrives.
Sony’s new mid-range offering the CX190 (not to be confused with the recently leaked Sony C3) has found its way online in the form of a Picasa sample shown above. Currently codenamed the Xperia C, the modest device is rumored to pack a dual-core Qualcomm processor (either the MSM8627 or the MSM8230), 1 GB of RAM, 4 GB of storage and a microSD card. It is also expected to have a 4″ display with a 480 x 854 resolution.
The device will run Android 4.1.2 and house a 5 megapixel camera capable of recording video in 720p HD. With these specs its safe to assume that the CX190 will be available for a fairly low price point. While nothing has been officially announced, rumor has it that Sony will announce it at the IFA electronics expo in Berlin at the end of August.
Last week we showed you pictures of Huawei’s new ultra-thin phone, the P6-UO6. Today we bring you more photos of the Chinese manufacturer’s newest offering, this time in a sleek black variation. While Huawei hasn’t made any official announcements regarding the P6-UO6, the phone will reportedly come in black, pink and white variations and will be available in Asian markets, with no word on whether or not we’ll see it stateside.
Thanks to the photos, we now know that the device has what appears to be a microSIM and microSD slots on the right side of the device, with the 3.5mm audio jack awkwardly placed on the left. As reported before, the device is powered by a quad-core processor, 2 GB of RAM, an 8 megapixel rear camera and a 5 megapixel front-facing camera. Hit the break for more photos.