While we just about know everything we need to know about HTC’s upcoming beast here in the States, it seems there will be some slight differences in the overseas’ variant of the device. According to various reports, new renders have surfaced highlighting HTC’s new 5-inch device
will is likely to be identified as the DLX in Asia, likely based off the HTC J Butterfly in Japan, as opposed to retaining the DROID DNA seen here in America. As seen in the photo above, it seems as if the render matches up quite nicely with what we’ve already seen— so this tidbit of news indicates the DLX is possibly be the real deal. The render leaks also highlight some good news for those of you in the Asian markets– the HTC DLX is expected to debut in China on December 6th and later on in Taiwan on December 10th in white, black and brown color variations.
Ladies and gents, let the salivating of this device commence!
source: Phone Arena
Earlier today the President of India announced the government-subsidized Aakash 2 tablet, a follow up to the country’s unsuccessful original Aakash tablet that was announced a couple of years ago. The second iteration of the device has been completely redesigned, effectively allowing for a decent low-cost tablet alternative for college students.
What exactly qualifies as “low-cost”, you ask? Well, when the 7-inch tablet hits the market in the coming months, it will be priced at 2,236 INR, or about $40 US. Moreover, the Indian government will be offering the Aakash version 2.0 to students at a subsidized price of 1,132 INR, which equates to around $20 US.
Don’t think you’re getting a complete pile of garbage for that price either. Datawind, the Canadian-based manufacturer responsible for producing the device, has managed to pack in some adequate hardware, including a 1GHz Cortex A8 processor, 7-inch capacitive display, 512MB of RAM, a 3,000mAh battery, 4GB of internal storage, as well as a MicroSD slot for further expansion. Additionally, the device will run Android 4.0 at launch.
Sure, it isn’t the most powerful device by any means, but considering the inexpensive price point and the targeted customer base, this tablet could prove to be incredibly beneficial. The new slate is expected to make its way to over 220 million Indian students over the next few years, with 244 select engineering colleges to receive first access as a part of the country’s “Aakash in Education” program. Jump past the break for the official PR.
In an attempt to keep up with its incredibly quick release schedule, Samsung has officially delivered the source code for a duo of new devices. Both the Galaxy Express on AT&T and the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 on T-Mobile are the newest members to join the kernel source club, meaning stable custom ROMs could be on the foreseeable horizon. So, if you’ve got either of these two devices and consider yourself a tinkerer, you can hit the source link below to get in on the developmental action.
Source: Samsung, (2)
ZTE, the manufacturer of the $160 quad-core smartphone, will soon launch the Nubia Z5 and pictures of the device have already been leaked. The device suspiciously looks like an HTC One X with its matte white coloring and unibody design. Since we’re merely dealing with a few leaked photos here, it doesn’t reveal anything on the specs front but we do know the device will sport a 5-inch, 1080p display while rocking a 13MP rear camera. We do know, by looking at the photos, that it’ll be even thinner than an iPhone 5,which if you’re familiar with that device, is a massive feat considering this bad-boy is rocking four cores. ZTE’s goal was to compete with the likes of Nokia, HTC and Apple, and I don’t see how they won’t at least make it interesting with this offering. Quality and reliability will most likely be the deciding factors. We’ll find out more when it’s launched in December.
According to a leak from the GL Benchmark database, it looks like Acer is working on the successor to the Iconia Tab A210. The model revealed in the benchmark, the A220, will be powered by a quad-core Tegra 3 processor clocking in a 1.3GHz. Granted, it’s a bit lower by today’s standards, but this may be a move to squeeze more battery life out of the device. It also looks like the device will run Android 4.1.2. Since it’s only a benchmark leak, we obviously can’t tell much more other than what was revealed in the actual benchmark, but we’ll let you know as we learn more.
source: GL Benchmark
Remember that pathetic attempt at an apology that Apple published a little over a week ago regarding Samsung and the Galaxy Tab? Apparently the UK courts didn’t find it too amusing and has ordered Apple to pay Samsung’s legal fees. While it’s not that rare that the loser in a UK case has to front the legal fees for the other party, slapping the “Indemnity” title to it certainly makes it stand out. In such instances the company will have to pay more under the Indemnity basis vs. the “Standard” basis.
I’m sure money won’t be a problem but the intent of the Indemnity tag is to humiliate Apple even more so than what they’ve already experienced. Don’t think they’ve been humiliated during the process? Just read their attempt at the apology. Kind of reminds you of the little kid you make apologize to the other kid, yet they don’t actually use the word “sorry.” Little embarrassed there, Apple? Or just arrogant? Well, that arrogance will now cost even more. The UK courts have not taken too well to that half-assed apology and called them on it even going so far as saying Apple was criticizing the courts decision in the “apology” verbiage – thus now the Indemnity basis. Only Apple would make something more out of a given situation. Any publicity is good publicity, right Apple?
source: The Verge
I think we can all agree the endless patent lawsuits aren’t good for consumers. Well, hopefully Apple and HTC have seen this light, as they confirmed they’ve settled their patent disputes and have entered a 10-year licensing deal to avoid more lawsuits. The CEOs of both companies made statements that they are pleased to have reached an agreement and are ready to continue innovation, not litigation.
Apple has certainly abused the patent system lately, but this is a step in the right direction. No amount of patents and lawsuits are going to force consumers to buy your products, and I’m sure Apple knows that. Now we should all just hope for this kind of agreement to happen with some other Android OEMs as well. Hit the press release after the break for more about the licensing deal.
There you go, folks. That’s about as good a look as you’re going to get of the upcoming Droid DNA, short of actually holding one in your hands. It’s consistent with the earlier rendering of the device we’ve already seen, so this is more than likely going to be what Verizon reveals on the 19th. With HTC’s recent drop in revenue, superphones like this are exactly what I think they need to earn back some smartphone market.
This morning Verizon Tweeted a link to the DroidDoes website announcing that they will unveil the DROID DNA via a Google Hangout next Monday, November 19 at 12:00pm EST. Of course it will be officially shown off to the press this Tuesday morning in New York City, and we will be their on hand to give you all the details. There shouldn’t be anything too surprised as most of the information about this phone has already been leaked. Plus, it’s essentially the J Butterfly, which was officially announced a couple of weeks ago for Japan.
We are expecting it to have a Super LCD 3 display with 1080p (1920 x 1080) resolution and 440ppi. If that’s not enough, it will also sport a 1.5GHz quad-code Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, microSD, 8MP rear camera, 2MP front camera, waterproof, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. It’s also supposed to come in at close to 9mm thick, which is very impressive. The only real question I have is battery. The J Butterfly sports a 2050mAh, but I am hoping for a little higher. That display will take its toll on any battery.
While everyone is highly anticipating the release of Google’s next 2 Nexus devices, the Nexus 4 and Nexus 10, many questions has risen within the community on how Google will handle it when it’s available this Tuesday on November 13th. There were some questions whether there will be pre-orders or if Google will even ship these devices on the 13th when ordered. Thanks to the folks at Android Police, they got an answer straight from Google themselves:
AndroidPolice: Is Google going to start shipping on the 13th or open pre-orders? In other words, when will the first customers be able to hold the new Nexuses in their paws?
Google PR Rep: They’ll start shipping on that date.
AndroidPolice:Alright, thanks. Do you know when the pre-orders will start then?
Google PR Rep: Right now, it’s “Notify me” and on 11/13 it will switch to available for order.
There you have it guys, if you were to order right on the 13th then you should expect your device to ship on that same day. Although I would suggest to order it as early in the day as you can, because if you order it at night then the device will most likely ship the next day. Also, Google’s standard shipping is a 2-day flat rate, thus you should expect the device around Thursday or Friday. If you want it even earlier, I believe overnight shipping may also be available should you opt for that. Sadly, no information was given as to the exact time the devices will be available to purchase. Keep in mind that the Play Store runs on Pacific standard time as Google’s HQ is located in California. My best guess is that it’ll be available either right at 12:00am PST or perhaps sometime in the morning to give everyone a fair shot at ordering it as early as possible.
Are you all excited to order the N4 or N10? If so, I would bookmark the order pages from the Play Store and keep those fingers fresh for a non-stop round of F5’s!
via: Android Police