Samsung announced its next generation of SoCs with great fanfare with the Exynos 5 Octa back at CES last January. However, the chip has failed to appear in many devices since then, as it’s only in one variant of the Galaxy S 4, and it looks like it won’t even be in the Galaxy Note III.
However, Samsung tweeted today from @SamsungExynos that they would be releasing an updated version of the Exynos 5 Octa. Although they haven’t gone into detail about what’s changing about the hardware, this definitely means that they’re fixing whatever issues were behind the first version not showing up in a multitude of devices.
As we wait for some more information, we wonder whether Samsung is going to just announce the hardware changes or also announce the chip’s placement in some of their future devices. More to come next week.
A new “tipster” source surfaced yesterday and claims to have some details about Meizu’s forthcoming Meizu MX3 smartphone. According to @srcleaks, the images above and below show the front and back of the MX3 along with dimensions for the device. The image of the front is fairly consistent with the last render that surfaced back in March. The device appears to be similar in looks to an HTC One or possibly an iPhone, especially with the large bezels at the top and bottom.
There is no question that it’s quite popular to make large phones, but it’s also becoming a trend to make a mini version of them. HTC officially announced the HTC One mini this morning, which has the same premium feel and features as the HTC One with lower specs. HTC put together a 60-second First Look video showcasing all the wonderful attributes of the mini. Hit the break to check it out.
A couple of sketches of Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note 3 (SM-N900) has leaked online, alongside a list of specs that are expected to come with the device.
The list shows that the new phablet will run Jelly Bean, however it doesn’t note whether it will be either 4.2.2 or 4.3. Then there are the obvious specs such as GPS, Bluetooth 4, USB 2.0, and a 1080p video camera. It then shows that it will either pack a Exynos Cortex A15, the Cortex A7 Octa Core, or the Snapdragon 800 quad-core. These could just be guesses, or they could be noting that the device will come in a bunch of different variants.
They’re also expecting to see a 13MP camera, and an AMOLED display with a resolution of 1080 x 1920 pixels. An official announcement is expected to come in Berlin in September during the annual IFA tech expo.
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Android 4.3 is likely to be officially available next week for the Nexus 4, but if you just can’t wait a few extra days, a leaked version is available. The build is JWR66N and was installed on a phone bought on Craigslist from a Googler. The build is in TWRP backup format so you will need the custom recovery installed. Currently the radio and bootloader are missing, but will be added soon. We also don’t know how final this firmware is so there could be other bugs. I will simply wait, but for those of you that just can’t, hit the source link.
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LG is dropping the “Optimus” name from their premium smartphone lineup and going with just the letter “G”. Therefore, the successor to the Optimus G will be called the G2. Moving forward their premium lineup will be part of the G Series of devices. As to whether Optimus will be used on other lines, I would have to say no. They just announced they dropped “Optimus” from their 4:3 premium smartphones which will now be called “Vu”. We can only assume it will be dropped in all other series moving forward.
Now that we got that out of the way, why on earth are they planning another 4:3 phone?
Presser after the break.
HTC finally pulled the wraps off HTC One mini today. As expected it has all the great features found on the HTC One with lower specs and a smaller package. It has a 4.3-inch 720p (1280 x 720) display at 341 ppi, a 1.4GHz dual-core Snapdragon 400 CPU, Adreno 305 GPU, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, 4MP UltraPixel front camera (BSI, f/2.0, 1/3” sensor size), a 1.6MP front camera, BoomSound, Bluetooth 4.0, 1,800mAh battery, and Android 4.2.2 along with Sense 5.0.
Two things worth noting is there is no NFC on this device and no image stabilization. The body is aluminum, but the side and front edges are polycarbonate. As far as software goes, you will have all the same features found on the HTC One such as BlinkFeed, Zoe, and Video Highlights. It will become available in some regions this August with a global rollout slated for September. Full presser after the break.
Evernote and its companion app, Skitch, have both received updates today that are some pretty handy productivity features. First up, Evernote has now been given the ability to edit Office documents, such as files from Word, Excel, or PowerPoint, thanks to integration with MobiSystem’s OfficeSuite app. The files are stored in Evernote, edited in OfficeSuite, then immediately mirrored back in Evernote. There have also been quick reminders added, so you can set a due date for any individual file. If you use your Android device as a productivity tool, this update is going to fit you perfectly.
In addition to the Evernote updates, Skitch has also received an update that’ll allow you to annotate your PDF files on the go, for Premium users, at least. There are also a handful of stamps available to mark your PDF files for feedback, which is a welcome addition.
Overall, it’s definitely a handful of worthwhile updates for some already great applications.
All indications are that we will see the new Nexus 7 next week, but who wants to see it a little early? Unfortunately we don’t know if it’s a near final product or an early prototype. Among the pictures, the unit has listed specs, which do appear questionable.
The obvious is that it’s made by ASUS and includes a 7-inch LCD display. It has rear and front cameras, 5MP and 1.2MP respectively. Where things get fishy is that it has a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro. With the latest rumor that the price of this tab will go up to $229, that doesn’t make sense. Most rumors indicate a Snapdragon 600, but who knows, maybe there will be multiple versions.
The next item is the RAM, which shows 4GB. We have yet to see a device with 4GB nor have we ever seen a rumor of one, so I’m not buying it. One interesting spec is dual speakers, but they are placed at the back. I would love to see an IR blaster, but no mention of it. Hit the break for more images and video.