Mobile World Congress wouldn’t be the same without a new round of processor’s being announced and showcased. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 801, 610, and 615 have gotten the spotlight this time around. The Snapdragon 801 is very similar to the 800, receiving only a performance boost. The clock speed of the CPU has been boosted from 2.26GHz to 2.45GHz and the GPU from 450MHz to 578MHz. This processor has already been selected by Sony for the Xperia Z2.
The Snapdragon 610 and 615 are joining Qualcomm’s 64-bit family. While the 610 utilizes four 64-bit ARM Cortex A53 cores, the 615 goes to eight of those same cores. Both have the Adreno 405 GPU. These two processors are slated for devices coming late in 2014.
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ZTE is putting a device into the mid-range battle with the new Grand Memo II LTE. It has a 6-inch 720p display and runs Android 4.4 KitKat right out of the box. ZTE opted to use Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 400 processor clocked at 1.2GHz with 2GB of RAM. Although the device has 16GB of internal storage, that can be expanded thanks to a microSD card slot. The 3200mAh battery should last very long considering the mid-range specifications. A 13MP camera is on the rear and a 5MP camera sits up front.
While it will have Android 4.4 KitKat as I mentioned before, ZTE’s MiFavor 2.3 UI is covering any stock goodness. After being released in April over in China, the Grand Memo II LTE will have a rollout in Europe, North America, and Asia Pacific at an unspecified time.
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While the Nokia X ended up being about what expected, it’s still disappointing that we didn’t get a more traditional Android handset from the company. However, since it is still an Android device, there are some workarounds you can use to make the Nokia X look a little more like a stock Android device, like sideloading an APK of a custom launcher.
When asked if sideloading a custom launcher would be possible on the X, a Nokia executive clarified that any APK could be sideloaded and there were no abnormal restrictions on the device. Since the device doesn’t ship with the Google Play Store, this would be the only way to get a majority of the apps available on Android. This includes different keyboards, custom launchers, or any other applications, including Google Apps, although many Google Apps will likely rely on APIs that aren’t present on Nokia’s forked and heavily skinned version of Android. Read more
The second generation YotaPhone is being shown off at MWC this year, and although it’s not slated to be released until later in 2014, we can at least see where they’re planning on going with the follow-up device. This YotaPhone features a larger 4.7 inch e-ink display on the back, along with a boosted resolution. The new device sports a 960 x 540 resolution as opposed to the original’s 640 x 360. Not only are they planning on boosting the quality of that e-ink display, but the new screen will also be significantly more accurate to touches and swipes than the older screen was. Read more
Sony’s SmartBand is in a group of its own. Not quite smartwatch, but more than just a fitness tracker, the device may have somewhat of an identity crisis on its hands. Along with the Sony Lifelog app, the device will be available in over 60 countries next month. The band itself will be able to track your exercises, steps, and sleep. That information is sent and logged in the Lifelog app so that you can keep track of it. On top of that it adds location data and social content. With the push of a button you can note important data moments so that you can come back and review it later.
Sony has always been known for its high quality and premium priced devices. Even so, Sony is looking to push a more affordable smartphone as well. Enter the Xperia M2. It packs a familar Xperia look and feel but at an affordable price. The specs aren’t anything to gawk over. It will come with a 4.8-inch qHD display, a Snapdragon 400 processor, a 2300 mAh battery, NFC, an 8MP camera, and LTE. No word on if the phone will have KitKat onboard or not. It will include three blockbuster movies as well as a month of Sony’s unlimited music service.
The device will be available in black, white and purple and is expected in April. It will have a dual-SIM option for those worldly folk. No word on pricing yet, but Sony says, stresses even, that it will be affordable. Even with the wave of affordable devices hitting the market, Sony is pushing the media aspect of this device, so if you’re not yet loyal to any smartphone manufacturer and are in the market for a cheap smartphone, the Xperia M2 might be the way to go.
As MWC 2014 kicks into full gear, we’re going to see a whole slew of announcements. This announcement is coming out of Sony’s camp as it announces the next generation Xperia Z2 tablet. As you would expect, the tablet features updated specs. They are as follows.
- 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 CPU, Adreno 330 GPU
- 10.1-inch Full HD (1920 x 1080) TRILUMINOS display, with X-Reality and Live Color LED technology
- 3GB of RAM
- 8.1MP Exmor RS rear camera, 2.2MP from camera
- Sony Front Surround™ audio technology
- IP55/IP58 rating – waterproof and dustproof
- 6.4mm thick, 426g for Wi-Fi model and 439g for for LTE/3G model
- Digital noise-cancelling technology for an immersive audio experience
- 6000 mAh battery (up to 10 hours of multimedia use estimated)
- Quick charge 2.0 technology (75% faster than devices without fast charging abilities)
- Optional 4G LTE support
On top of the newer specs, the tablet will come with OfficeSuite Pro 7 on board, so you can edit and manipulate Microsoft Office files right out of the gate. There is a robust security architecture that offers protection for both your corporate and personal data. Camera enthusiasts will find Xperia’s camera suite of apps as well.
The tablet will feature the same sleek and slim design the original tablet had. As far as availability is concerned, we’re looking at March of this year. No word on pricing but we can bet it will be in line with the previous model. We have the presser for you after the break.
It was rumored that Nokia had more handsets in the pipeline other than the Nokia X, and that rumor proved to be true. This morning in Barcelona, Nokia announced 3 new Android handsets. Unfortunately all of them are lower-end and are using Nokia’s own (forked) version of Android without Google services.
The Nokia X (pictured above) and X+ are essentially the same, but the X+ includes more storage and an SD card.The Nokia XL (pictured below) gives you a bigger display (5-inches vs 4-inches) along with an added front-facing camera. Full specs for all devices and a video after the break.
Sony has officially unveiled the successor to the Xperia Z1 at the MWC 2014 event in Barcelona. The Sony Xperia Z2 design looks very similar to its older sibling but it is packed with a far more stronger hardware and software which makes it distinct from its predecessor.
The Z2 is powered by a 2.3 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor, 3GB of RAM and features a 5.2-inch 1920 x 1080 Full HD display with TRILUMINOS and X-Reality technology, 20.7 MP camera just like the Z1, a staggering 4K video recording, water and dust resistant, 4G LTE support and comes with Android 4.4 on board. Read more
Well what do we have here? After yesterday’s minor leak on video, we now have the Galaxy S 5 in the best pics yet. The S5 isn’t a dramatic change over last year’s Galaxy S 4, but it also appears a little bigger. Many were also wondering if the faux leather back from the Note 3 would make it to the S5, but as you can clearly see, it hasn’t. A fingerprint scanner is supposed to be embedded in the front home button, and this year’s S5 will be waterproof and dustproof. Hit the break for more images.