We are only a few days from the global launch of the Samsung Galaxy S 5, so it’s time to start pondering what their next flagship, the Galaxy Note 4, will include. Samsung has announced each previous Note (phone) model in the fall, so we really don’t expect anything different. Although, they did move up the Galaxy S 5 a bit this year, so they could do the same with the Note 4.
The first set of rumors on the device are just starting to circulate. As to the design, the early consensus seems to think we will get the faux letter back or the 3D pattern found on the Galaxy S 5. Generally, Samsung keeps the same design for the S series phone, but last year was the first year they changed things with the Note bringing in the faux leather back. I think they either keep things the same as the Galaxy S 5 or they go completely different. The faux leather back will most likely be done.
From time to time, Google will change the course of Android that both adds functionality and changes the way we use our most favorite mobile OS. Honeycomb brought us Android on the tablet. Ice Cream Sandwich changed up the UI and brought us guidelines that made Android a more unified experience, Jelly Bean brought us Project Butter with it’s buttery smoothness, and KitKat added Svelte, the ability for Android to run on a wide variety of devices, to the mix.
According to a rumor that Android Police discovered, the next iteration of Android, whether it’s 4.5 or 5.0, will be bringing the experience of Android, Chrome, and Search together on a more unified front for the first time.
Qualcomm continues to lead the way in mobile processors with the announcement of the Snapdragon 808 and Snapdragon 810. Designed for premium mobile devices, these new processors are 64-bit.
Both are designed in 20nm technology with Qualcomm’s 4th Generation Cat 6 LTE Advanced multimode modem providing speeds up to 300 Mbps. The big difference between the 808 and the 810 is that the 810 supports 4K Ultra HD displays, while the 808 supports WQXGA (2560 x 1600) displays. The 810 sports 64-bit quad core ARM Cortex-A57 CPUs and Cortex-A53 CPUs. You will also find an Adreno 430 GPU. The 808 combines two ARM Cortex-A57 cores along with a quad Cortex-A53 CPU. It also gets the new Adreno 418 GPU.
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In 2013, Motorola focused on wood being the material worth emphasizing with the Moto X. With its Moto Maker platform to produce custom devices, Motorola needed something to differentiate the Moto X. However, upon launching, the wood backs did not exactly maintain the buzz from when the Moto X was revealed in August. The hype cooled off because wood backs came long after the device’s release.
Now, in 2014, it seems that Motorola will be shifting its focus to another material. That material? Leather. On Twitter, @evleaks tweeted “2013:wood::2014:leather.” Of course, this is a very vague tweet on the surface. But what other company used wood in 2013? None, just Motorola.
So it looks like leather will be adding leather to its Moto Maker platform this year. Will it be available for the current Moto X? I would not think so. I believe that the leather backs will debut on Motorola’s next device, either the Moto X + 1 or the rumored 6.3-inch device. Read more
Samsung’s newest wearables are now up for pre-order through Amazon. The Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo smartwatches along with the Gear Fit smartband can all be pre-ordered today. The Gear 2 costs $299 while the Gear 2 Neo and Gear Fit both carry a $199 price tag.
Hit one of the source links below to pre-order yours.
Source: Amazon [Gear 2] [Gear 2 Neo] [Gear Fit]
Need something a little bit more premium feeling than the HTC One (M8) and its aluminum construction? Enter TAG Heuer’s Merediist Infinite smartphone. The company that manufactures primarily watches and other high-end accessories is the smartphone and it features a solar panel to charge the device. To start charging, the device needs natural light; however, artificial light will work to a lesser degree. To do this, TAG Heuer is putting one of Wysips’ solar panels in-between the glass and LCD components of the display.
Only 1911 units will be produced to sell and the price tag will show just how premium TAG Heuer is making the Merediist Infinite. The device will be made of titanium, rubber, and carbon fiber.
As you prepare to break the bank for TAG Heuer’s device, hit the break to watch an introductory video. Read more
The Samsung Galaxy Style Ace still hasn’t officially been announced, but that didn’t stop the company from showcasing the device in Germany. The device is said to feature a 4-inch WVGA display, 5 megapixel rear camera, VGA front-facing shooter and 4 GB of internal storage. Other hardware details are limited, but it’s supposed to be one of the first affordable smartphones to run on the latest Android 4.4 operating system.
Huawei’s next flagship, the Ascend P7, will be unveiled next month on May 7 at a press conference held in Paris. The device has been leaked quite a few times now and recently, a new series photos of the upcoming Ascend P7 surfaced online.
The new leak comes from a French website which showcases an alleged prototype of the Ascend P7. From the photos leaked, it seems that the device looks pretty much similar to its predecessor. As for the specs, the device is rumored to sport a 5-inch full HD display, a 13MP rear facing camera with an 8MP front facing camera, and a 1.6GHz quad-core processor. Read more
Sony’s Xperia Z1 which was announced late last year, has been available for sale for quite some time now, however you had to sign a contract to get your hands on it. Sony has now released the unlocked Xperia Z1 with support for US LTE on T-Mobile and AT&T’s networks as well as on Canadian LTE network. This means that you can now get a SIM free Xperia Z1 without having to sign a contract.
Everything put aside, the unlocked Xperia Z1 would cost you a whopping $620. Considering that it was released last year in September, the price is quite high.
Despite a bumpy start in the wearables market with the original Samsung Galaxy Gear, the company still has lots of resources to try for a better round with their new Gear 2 and Gear Fit. Although we have learned this past week that Samsung was effective in annoying Apple with their “Next Big Thing” ads, for wearable tech there is little competition to deal and certainly no one as big a target as Apple was in the smartphone market. That means Samsung has to be creative in choosing the marketing path to take with their new devices. Their latest ad for their Gear devices suggests they are shooting for an emotional connection. Read more