HTC Butterfly S Hello Kitty Edition Becomes Official in Taiwan


As HTC continues to fill in random niches in the smart phone world we’re going to see random and albeit, odd divergences. Today we see a limited edition to HTC’s plastic flagship refresh the Butterfly S. The plastic phone sports a 5-inch screen, 16GB internal storage with a micro SD slot, and a 3200 mAh battery. Besides the updated specs and the micro SD slot, the phone still comes with Beats Audio, BoomSound and the Ultra Pixel Camera its older cousin has. However, that’s not the selling point HTC is going for here.

As you can see from the picture above, the HTC Butterfly S comes in a pretty, Hello Kitty edition. That’s right, Hello Kitty is plastered all over the phone. It still sports the Beats Logo in top of red trim for the camera, capacitive buttons, and front facing speakers. Besides that you’ll be rocking a Hello Kitty wallpaper too. Of course, if you’re wanting to rock a Hello Kitty phone you’ll have to be one of the lucky people to hail from Taiwan. If not, well you can hit the source link to scope it out.

source: HTC

Meizu MX3 is formally launched, brings 5.1-inch display and up to 128GB of storage



After seeing a leak here… and another one there— Meizu’s MX3 is officially official and is intent on making a major splash out in the mobile world. As Meizu’s newest flagship model, the MX3 comes with a svelte design (139.9×71.9×9.1mm in total thickness) and comes with all sorts of serious meat inside. Among the noteworthy features are a 5.1-inch display with a 1080p display and 415ppi, a Samsung Exynos 5410 octa-core processor, 2GB of RAM, an 8MP camera with 2MP FFC and Android 4.2 underneath Meizu’s Flyme custom UI skin. As nice as those features sound, the real kicker is with the MX3’s built-in storage capacity— the device will be available in a 16GB model all the way up to an astounding 128GB, which should probably help to alleviate most consumers storage issues with their mobile devices.

For now, it looks like this device will only be available in Chinese markets for now at a price ranging from CNY2,499 (roughly $410 USD) for the 16GB model to CNY3,999 (roughly $650 USD) for the 128GB version, though the device is also expected to arrive in a WCDMA version which should make it cellular-friendly with European and American markets.

source: Phone Arena

Many images of the Sony Smart Shot ‘Lens Cameras’ leak


Over the weekend we heard that Sony’s upcoming Lens Cameras would be part of a new line called Smart Shot. Both the QX10 and the QX100 will most likely be unveiled this Wednesday along with the Xperia Z1.

Just like the Xperia Z1, we have seen so many leaks, there really isn’t much left to tell us. Now we have several images of both cameras. Hit the break for the complete gallery.

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Samsung Galaxy Gear smartwatch unofficially outed ahead of September 4th launch



Yes ladies and gentlemen— the Galaxy Gear smartwatch has been leaked for your viewing pleasure, giving the masses an idea of what to expect ahead of the major launch(es) in Berlin and New York City. Thanks to the above photos obtained by sources associated with the fine folks at Venture Beat, we can at the very least see the smartwatch loosely resembles Sammy’s Galaxy series of smartphones— except it is molded into a seriously compact profile and houses a sweet OLED display that comes in somewhere in the neighborhood of 2.5 or 3 inches. Additionally, it is reported the device features built-in Wi-Fi, a 4MP camera, S Voice, a dual-core processor, some health-related goodies like a heartrate monitor or tracking your calorie intake, Bluetooth 4.0 LE and oh yes— Android 4.3 fired up on-board.

Now before you make your final judgement on the final design of the device, it is important to know that what you see above may not be the final product. The gang at GigaOM indicates that the images obtained by Venture Beat reflect prototypes that other developers have already been able to get their hands on and enjoy— so there’s a chance that the Galaxy Gear smartwatch you see above won’t be the one you see come September 4th. Whatever the final product looks like, let’s hope it will have better battery life than what we’re suspecting at the moment. Fortunately, we’re only a few days away before we see the final product and you can bet that we’ll be on-hand to give you all the coverage and deets once the formal launch is here.

source: GigaOM | Venture Beat

Press Images of the Sony Xperia Z1 leak


The worst kept secret this year has to go to the Sony Xperia Z1, codenamed the Honami. There has been so many leaks and teasers, that I’m not even sure Sony needs to hold their press event this Wednesday.

Now we have the full press render to feast your eyes on. There isn’t anything here that is going to shock you. You can clearly see the G Lens logo, a microSD slot, and a two-tone design. Hit the break for a few more images….

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Image of Galaxy Note III leaks, rumored to have extremely thin bezel


The successor to Samsung’s phablet, the Note II, is only a few days away from an official announcement, but you won’t have to wait to see what the back of the device looks like. A picture of the Galaxy Note III has leaked online, and according to the tipster, the device has extremely narrow bezels.

The phone is rumored to have a 5.68-inch full HD super AMOLED display for developed markets and full HD LCD for developing markets, a Snapdragon 800 processor in 70-80% of devices while there will be an Exynos 5220 in 20-30% of devices, a 13 MP camera, 3 GB RAM, the option for 32/64 GB internal storage, Hifi Music Playback at 24bit/192kHz, a 3300-3420mAh battery, and Android 4.3.

We already know that the phone is going to be an absolute beast, so it’s just a matter of time before we can get our hands on it.

Hit the break for a more zoomed in photo of the device.

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TalkAndroid Weekly Recap for August 26 – September 1, 2013


We had another busy week at TalkAndroid so here’s a recap of all the top stories. We are getting ready for IFA 2013, so we saw a number of leaks regarding the Xperia Z1, the Galaxy Note III, and the Galaxy Gear. LG’s G Pad was teased as well, but they went ahead and announced it a little early. By far the biggest shock of the week was Hugo Barra’s departure from Google. It’s a major loss for the Android team, but a big gain for Xiaomi. The Moto X finally landed on Verizon, but what’s the deal with T-Mobile and Sprint? It’s time to get caught up and get ready for another exciting week.


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Nexus 7 update apparently did not completely resolve touchscreen issues

Nexus7_1Remember the touch screen issues the Nexus 7 was having? And remember the JSS15Q update that Google pushed out that supposedly solved those problems? Well, some new buyers of the hyped tablet are complaining that the update in fact did not fix the touchscreen problems. Some are saying that the problems could be due to incorrect calibration, or even a worst case scenario being a grounding problem that cannot be fixed with a software update.

If you  have a Nexus 7 with touchscreen issues, Consumer Report recommends that you return the tablet for another unit. We recommend the same. You can check out what the problem looks like in the video after the break.

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Sony lens-camera devices will reportedly be called Smart Shot

smartshotSony is planning on releasing a few concept imaging devices at the IFA in Berlin next week. The DSC-QX10 and DSC-QX100 will be two attachable lens-camera devices that mount onto a smartphone to provide a built-in imaging sensor, Bionz processor, Wi-Fi/NFC, SD card slot and battery. A new report from SonyAlphaRumors tells us that these lens-cameras will be called “Smart Shot,” a mashup of smartphone and Cyber Shot.

As a refresher, the QX10 will have a 1/2.3 inch 18MP CMOS sensor and f/3.3-5.9 lens, while the QX100 has the same sensor and lens as the Sony RX100MII. Both devices will be able to capture video in 1080/30p as well as incorporate optical steadyshot stabilization.

Source: XperiaBlog, SonyAlphaRumors

Samsung Galaxy Note 12.2 leaked ahead of IFA expo

galaxy_note_122An extra large tablet, dubbed with product code Samsung SM-P900, or as we know it the Samsung Galaxy Note 12.2, seems to have been leaked to the public. With a 2560 x 1600 pixel screen, a diagonal of 12.2 inches, and Samsung Exynos 5 Octa, it’s sure to be a powerhouse of a device aimed at professionals. Looking at the picture above, it seems to follow the design trend of the Note line, with a central physical button and menu and back buttons on the left and right, respectively.

A lot of big details are still missing, but we should learn more about the tablet at the Samsung event on September 4.