It looks like Motorola won’t be the only ones having a big day on September 4th because Huawei is looking to steal some of the spotlight. Invitations have been sent out for an event that will most likely be the unveiling of the Ascend Mate 7.
As per normal practice, the invitation only reveals just a little bit of info. In this case, it’s a fingerprint, which has to mean a fingerprint scanner will be present on the phone. The Ascend Mate 7 is expected to have a 6-inch display and have two variants for resolution, a QHD (2560 x 1440) and Full HD (1920 x 1080). Expect Huawei’s own Kirin 920 octa-core processor, a 13 MP rear camera, and a 5 MP front-facer for your selfies.
Motorola certainly has been busy these past few weeks, and its schedule isn’t getting any easier with the upcoming releases of the Moto X+1, the Moto G2, and Moto 360. However, there seems to be a device we’ve been missing. An anonymous source sent in screenshots of a new Moto device for Verizon to update the Droid line called the DROID Turbo. The specs are almost too good to believe. A Snapdragon 805 processor running at 2.65GHz, 3GB RAM, 32GB of storage, a 2K 4.6″ display, and a 20 MP camera certainly raise a few eyebrows, but to add to credibility of the source, the model number is XT1254, which would fit as the next iteration of the Droid line. It also sounds awfully familiar to yesterday’s Moto S leak. The XT1254 also has a Bluetooth SIG page, which basically confirms its existence.
It’s no secret now that Motorola will be responsible for the upcoming Nexus 6 phone, which is starting to look like a beast (specs-wise) of a device — something rarely seen in Nexus devices.
This new Motorola device, which is currently going by the codename “Shamu,” will apparently be called the “Moto S” once is comes to market.
Because this device (according to the photo at the top) seems like it’ll be branded as the Moto S, we believe that this could be the first Android Silver device, and not necessarily a Nexus phone, but there’s more to come on that for sure, so stay tuned.
The phone, which is looking to be a Verizon exclusive (for now), has some conflicting reports on specs, but some remain constant. Hit the break for all the details.
Earlier today a video from Sprint was accidentally released showing what appeared to be the HTC One (E8) coming to the network. The cheaper, plastic-bodied version of the HTC One (M8) flagship was released in China earlier this summer. It was unclear whether the device would make it to the U.S. market at the time.
We learned earlier today about specifications for the upcoming Moto X+1, and now we have new images to put its 5.2-inch display into perspective. The image above shows what is allegedly the Moto X+1 (left) next to the original Moto X. The height is certainly larger and the bezels on the sides have been shrunk. It also seems that the top and bottom of the device will feature quality speaker grills. The original Moto X has a 4.7-inch display, so the jump to 5.2 inches is definitely noticeable.
The same source, HelloMotoHK, also posted an image of what is said to be a new DROID device. The design is more rounded and similar to the Moto line of devices. This could have to do with a Moto Maxx device being in the works. Still, though, the image suggests that on-screen navigation buttons are not present. Identical buttons from last year are back in action.
Hit the break for another image of the Moto X+1 and the image of an alleged new DROID device.
When the Moto X was announced, there were complaints that the specifications were not cutting edge and on par with other flagship handsets. Motorola stood by its device. Nevertheless, it did not perform how the company had hoped. So with the Moto X+1 right around the corner, Motorola has a chance to deliver what everyone really wants. A recent benchmark showed that the device would have Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 801 processor. Another benchmark making its way around today, though, says otherwise.
Late last month, we got a chance to see the front panel of the Meizu MX4, which sported some of the thinnest bezels we have ever seen. Now today we are getting a better look at the phone.
As you can see, the MX4 is definitely taking design cues from the iPhone, but it also resembles the Xiaomi Mi 4. This photo is supposedly the “standard version” of the MX4, implying there will also be a higher-end model. The good news is that we can expect the same narrow bezels on this version.
With the launch of the Galaxy Alpha, Samsung has shown they are willing to implement metal on their smartphones, and based on solid reports, we are also expecting the Galaxy Note 4 to also sport a little metal. What about an “all metal design” though?
Reports from Samsung’s supply chain indicate that Samsung will in fact offer an all metal Galaxy S 6. However, they may want to, but will they be able to? With most metal case suppliers already tied to Apple, can Samsung get enough supply? Samsung’s main suppliers are likely to be China’s BYD Electronics and Taiwan’s Eminence Precision Industrial Co. It’s unlikely that either company could offer more than 1 million units per month.
HTC took to its blog yesterday to announce the limited edition One M8. Collaborating with PHUNK Studios, an “internationally acclaimed art and design collective based out of Singapore,” HTC released 64 specially designed M8s in select global markets. Sporting a theme called “Wonderment,” the phone will offer a sneak peek to PHUNK’s upcoming exhibition that will seen throughout Japan.
AT&T has released the latest version of Android 4.4.4 to their Moto X customers. The update isn’t very significant, bringing only a few security and backend fixes, but one interesting change is the addition of the ability to turn off the carrier name in the status bar.
The rollout for 4.4.4 is a wide release, meaning all you have to do is head to Settings > About phone on your Moto X and check for updates, and you may very well get it on your first try.