Say goodbye to the days of having to decide on whether you want to purchase the 16 or 32 GB model of your device.
The same technology from the “stacked” 3D chips found in Intel’s new Haswell processors could be found in flash memory modules in flagship mobile phones by 2014, according to Samsung. The company has already stacked 24 ‘NAND’ modules on top of one another, which makes memory faster (and larger) than ever before experienced on a mobile device.
V-NAND chips start with 128 GB of memory and can go all the way up to 1 TB. The question of whether a phone has a micro-SD card slot will never be asked again!
You’re probably thinking that we’re years off from this reaching mobile phones— think again. Samsung has already sent out the technology to mobile phone makers to sample it, and reportedly is already prepared to produce them in mass quantities.
The V-NAND chips will most likely be found in SSD memory later this year, and will eventually make its way to the mobile device world by 2014. Sometimes we forget how fast technology is moving… Check out the presser after the break. Read more
As the smartphone market prepares for the release of another flagship device, this time LG’s G2 smartphone, we have another example of how manufacturers are compressing the time between announcement and availability. LG will be holding an event in New York City tomorrow to unveil the new LG G2. Reports from Korean-based MK News indicate the new device will be in stores in that country on August 8th, only one day after the official reveal. That is consistent with previous rumors about the release schedule that put Korean availability soon after the phone was announced by LG.
According to reports, LG is planning to make the device available on 100 carriers worldwide within two to three months of the official release. This will supposedly include four major carriers in the U.S. – AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint.
TalkAndroid will be on the ground at the LG event tomorrow, so be sure to check back for all the details about LG’s new flagship device.
source: Unwired View
No the HTC Fetch isn’t a phone. It’s actually a very cool device for keeping track of your keys, bag or even your smartphone. The Fetch BLA100 tag will connect to your smartphone via Bluetooth and if it goes outside 15 meters from your phone, your phone will alert you with an audible sound. If for whatever reason you never heard the sound, you can look up the last known position of the tag when it was connected to your phone via Google Maps. If you know the vicinity of where your keys or bag is, but not the exact location, you can sound an alarm on the Fetch by using the smartphone app.
The Fetch can also be used in reverse, so if you leave your phone at a restaurant and walk away (keys in pocket), the HTC Fetch will also alert you. If you’re not sure exactly where you left your phone, the Fetch has a remote shutter button that will take a picture to help you find the location. The picture would then be uploaded to a secure site for you to see the surroundings. You will obviously have to be back within range and connected for this feature to work.
Pantech finally took the wraps off the Vega LTE-A. It’s quite a beast with it’s 5.5-inch FHD (1920 x 1080) IPS display and Snapdragon 800 SoC. It also has a fingerprint sensor, which isn’t something we have seen on a smartphone for sometime. It was rumored that LG was going to implement one on the G2, but it appears they won’t. If done right, I think a fingerprint scanner would be great, but again, if done right. Pantech has incorporated a small touch panel on the back side. Just slide your finger along it to unlock your phone. If it works 99% of the time, I will take it.
The other interesting feature is that the whopping 3,100mAh battery can be fully charged from 0 to 100% in 94 minutes.
The Pantech Vega LTE-A will be available in South Korea on SKTelecom by the middle of this month. Unfortunately no pricing was specified. Hit the break for the full list of specs.
It might be a good time to peruse through your contact list and see if anyone you know works for Motorola. If so, Motorola has a deal for you. Motorola employees can reward their friends and family with a pretty substantial discount on the Moto X. How does free sound? In return you agree to buy your phone through the motomaker customization website and provide feedback on your experience. The catch is that only the AT&T version of the Moto X is available on the motomaker website at this time.
Yesterday we got a chance to see the HTC One Max (T6) up close for the first time. If that wasn’t enough for you, we have another image, this time giving us a better idea of its size. Sitting on top of the Max is the Motorola XT882, which has a 4-inch display. The Max’s 5.9-inch display makes the Moto device look like a little toy doesn’t it?
You will also notice what appears to be a switch on the upper left side of the Max. Word on the street is that this is a release for the back cover. Could the Max have a removable battery?
HTC’s marketing department is getting busy again, this time apparently starting to feed the rumor mill concerning the HTC One Max. Over the weekend a couple images leaked of the HTC One Max, a phablet type device intended to compete against devices like the Samsung Galaxy Note II. Not to be outdone, HTC released a Vine video today that says “Here’s to change” and “Big things ahead.” At the end of the video you can catch the image of a gentleman in a suit carrying a briefcase hopping of a helicopter. This could possibly be the first hint of Robert Downey, Jr. in an HTC ad since he was signed by the company in June as an ambassador.
EETimes analyst Alice Sun has become well-known for her informed insights into the mobile phone and tech industry, and last week claimed that HTC’s chairwoman, Cher Wang, had decided to sell the company.
Sun has been very reliable with her information in the past, however HTC’s China head, Ray Yam, shot down the rumors through a text message:
“Based on recent inquiries related to rumors that HTC is looking to sell the company, we want to confirm that those rumors are untrue. HTC is committed to innovation and will continue to deliver new designs and products to consumers worldwide. We appreciate the support and affirmation of our customers and have new initiatives underway to further build our global presence and a full resurgence of the HTC brand.”
Wang also had some assuring words for her colleagues at HTC’s corporate family day event which seemed to echo what Yam had said.
Although this is just a rumor at this point, the fact that it came from a reliable source certainly brings it all into question. Only time will tell.
Samsung sent us an invite for Unpacked Episode 2 in Berlin, Germany. The last few years, Samsung has scheduled an event around the IFA Conference, so we aren’t surprised. If you are looking for any clues, Samsung couldn’t have made it more obvious with “Note the Date”. The Galaxy Note III probably might be the main star of the show, but it probably won’t be the only star. Expect to see a couple of tablets and possibly the Galaxy Gear smartwatch. It’s still a month away, so there’s plenty of time for a bunch of leaks. Keep it right here for all the latest as it happens.
Last week we showed you LG’s Quick Window case that they will be releasing alongside their flagship phone, the G2, which is expected to be announced this week. The cases will be available in seven different colors, and features an opening in the front of the case which will display things like the weather, incoming calls, messages, etc. The window also gives users the ability to control their music, set up and stop and alarm clock, with various clock designs to choose from.
In preparation for the G2’s official announcement this Wednesday, LG has released a promotional video for the Quick Window cases, which will be available in black, white, pink, purple, blue, mint and yellow. Check out the video after the break. Read more