FCC filings for Sony Xperia Z2 and new tablet show up

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As we inch closer to MWC 2014, one of the devices surrounded by some buzz has been the Sony Xperia Z1 successor. Dubbed the Sony Xperia Z2, the device has been going by the name Xperia Sirius with a model number D6503. We have already seen some leaked images of the device, so it should be no surprise to see it starting to show up in certifying organization databases. This is true for the FCC where the Sony PM-0740-BV, thought to be the same device, showed up with a wide range of wireless capabilities. Perhaps most notable is the presence of several LTE bands that would make the device compatible with Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile depending on which exact band is enabled.

In addition to the smartphone device, a new tablet device from Sony also shows up in the FCC database with the model number TM-0043-BV. The FCC filing shows the same connectivity options as the smartphone. Previous reports had suggested the tablet was going by the codename Castor and would be released in the second quarter in Japan. With an FCC filing in place, it looks like it may make it to U.S. shores as well.

source: phoneArena

Corning announces antimicrobial Gorilla Glass

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Smartphone, tablet and other touch device users are in a constant battle to keep their screens clean. This usually involves wiping off the buildup of fingerprints and oils from our fingers, along with assorted liquids that may have splashed on the screen. Corning has been working on some technology to help keep screens clean at a more basic level with the introduction of antimicrobial Gorilla Glass.  » Read the rest

Sprint launches ZTE Optik 2 tablet at just $29.99 with contract

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zte_optik_2If you want a tablet and you’re low on cash, you’re not going to find a better option than this. Sprint recently announced the ZTE Optik 2, which is just $29.99 with an eligible upgrade or a new line of service with a data plan. It obviously doesn’t have the highest specs on the market, but it’s still a full functioning, 7-inch tablet on Android 4.1.2.

Inside the ZTE Optik 2 is a 1.2GHz quad core Snapdragon processor along with 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage which can be upgraded through the micro-SD slot, a 4,000 mAh battery, and a 5MP rear camera and 2MP front camera. Sprint’s competitive tablet data plans start from as low as $5 and extend up to $79.99 for 12GB of data. Sprint is also offering a special 2GB data plan for just $15. These are 3G speeds, so don’t expect LTE, but the ZTE Optik 2 is certainly worth a look.

Source: Sprint

Verizon LG G Pad 8.3 with LTE appears on FCC

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LG G Pad 8.3_5It’s long been believed that Verizon is preparing their own LTE-capable version of the LG G Pad 8.3, and yesterday’s findings give those rumors more credit. Yesterday, a mysterious tablet with model name VK810 cleared the FCC, with service for Verizon’s 4G service running bands 4 and 13. The physical descriptions directly match LG’s G Pad 8.3, leading us to believe that this is in fact it.

There’s no hardware hints besides that the LG VK810 supports GPS, Bluetooth LE, and Wi-Fi a/b/g/n connectivity. We are likely to eventually see  a Snapdragon 600 SoC, 2GB of RAM, 8.3-inch display, and a 4600mAh battery on the final device.

Source: FCC
Via: PhoneArena

 

Samsung will create high-end big-screened tablets for business purposes

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Samsung appears to be all in for the tablet category in 2014. They already announced 4 tablets at CES, but there is going to be a lot more to come. Samsung Executive Director, Kim Hyunjoon, confirmed the company is working on high-end tablets with much larger screens than what we typically see in the marketplace. We are talking around 20-inches. These tablets will more than likely be aimed at the enterprise level, but if consumers show any interest, I am sure Samsung will oblige.

It was also revealed that Samsung will continue to offer Galaxy Tab spin-offs. We just saw the TabPRO line at CES, but apparently they are working on some other offshoots. I would imagine the Lite series would fall into this and possibly the kids version.

source: ZDNet Korea
via: G4Games

New Nexus 8 Information Surfaces: To Debut Mid-2014 and Will Be Made by Asus

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nexus_8_promotionalShortly after the release of the Nexus 5 and Android 4.4, news circulated the internet suggesting that Google was working on an eight inch Nexus tablet. This news was all but confirmed with a photo that was found online. Google quickly squashed rumors though with a touched up photo that made it look like a Nexus 7. The idea of the Nexus 8 was dead. However, if current rumors are correct, it may have risen from the grave.

If recent reports are any indication, Google is taking a hit on the second generation Nexus 7 due to competitors having lower-priced devices. That hit, may have pushed Google to consider a bigger Nexus. According to supply chain sources, Google may debut an eight inch Nexus by mid-2014 (typically the time frame the Nexus 7 debuts). Asus would also be making this tablet and it would run on Intel’s Bay Trail-T platform. More information regarding the new Google tablet is said to be unveiled over the next month.

Of course, it’s good to remain skeptical given the back and forth this tablet has already had. We’ll update you as soon as we know more.

source: DigiTimes

Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 with Verizon LTE passes through FCC

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According to a new FCC and Bluetooth SIG filing, you can expect Samsung’s latest super-tablet to come in a Verizon version. The filings list a Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 with LTE band 4 and band 13, both of which are used by Verizon Wireless. The device also has a model number SM-P905V, so that V on the end could also signify Verizon network-capability.

Not too long ago, there was some evidence that Verizon was also going to be selling an LTE Galaxy Note 10.1, so it’s possible that Verizon is going to be selling both devices sometime soon. We should see some clarification from Big Red sometime soon.

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Huawei MediaPad 7 Youth2 aims to compete in the affordable tablet market

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Huawei has stepped in to the crowded affordable tablet market with an updated device, the MediaPad 7 Youth2. With a metallic frame, the MediaPad 7 Youth2 comes with a 1024×600 7-inch display, a quad-core 1.2 GHz processor, 1GB of RAM and 4GB of internal memory. The tablet does support microSD cards for additional storage. The tablet will come with Huawei’s Emotion UI 1.6 running on top of Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. The device will come equipped with 2G/3G antennas, so Huawei suggests it could double as a phone letting users eliminate one of their devices. The tablet also comes with built-in support for GPS. » Read the rest