Sony Xperia Z3 may be on its way to Verizon

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Yesterday after Sony officially unveiled their new Sony Xperia Z3 smartphone, T-Mobile indicated they would carry the device in the U.S. market. It appeared that they may be the only carrier to offer the Sony device in their portfolio. According to documents obtained by PCMag.com, the device may be headed to Verizon as well. The documents indicate the name of a forthcoming device for Verizon is the Z3v, possibly an attempt to not make the pending addition to Verizon’s lineup so noticeable. However, PCMag.com reports the documents they received show a Verizon logo on the back of an Xperia Z3 device. There are also references to support for NFC, wireless charging, 32GB of storage, 3GB of RAM and a microSD slot. A screen shot shows Amazon Music, the Amazon AppStore and the Amazon Kindle app all loaded on the device.

If Verizon does pick up the Xperia Z3 for their portfolio, it will be the first time they have had a Sony device available for consumers since 2011 when they carried the Sony Xperia Play. At this time, Verizon has not responded to requests for comment or confirmed they will get the Xperia Z3.

source: PCMag.com

HP unveils new Chromebooks powered by Intel and NVIDIA chips

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This fall, HP will be releasing two new Chromebooks that are actually updates to models they already offer in 11-inch and 14-inch sizes. Both refreshed models will feature new processors and color options to set it apart from the competition. While the internal storage for both Chromebooks is not very much, owners will receive an additional 100GB of Google Drive space. Both also feature 1366×768 displays.

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Huawei Ascend Mate 7 is finally made official

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After months of rumors, Huawei has finally officially announced the Ascend Mate 7. The Mate 7 boasts a 1080p, 6-inch screen with some extremely tiny bezels and some pretty decent specs.

The phablet is powered by Huawei’s own custom octa-core processor, 2 GB of RAM, and an enormous 4100 mAh battery. You’ll get 16 GB of internal storage space plus a microSD card slot, a 13 megapixel rear shooter and 5 megapixel front camera, and the typical WiFi, Bluetooth, and other radios. Huawei also included a fingerprint scanner located on the back of the device. Read more

Lenovo officially releases new Vibe smartphones

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At IFA 2014 today, Lenovo officially released two new smartphones from their Vibe line of devices. The Lenovo Vibe X2 and the Lenovo Vibe Z2 will be hitting store shelves in China, Asia Pacific, Eastern Europe and the Middle East in October. The Vibe X2 will retail for $399 USD while the Vibe Z2 will retail for $429.

The Vibe X2 is “the world’s first layered smartphone” as we saw in some leaked photos. The device is powered by a MediaTek MT6595 octa-core processor running a 2.0 GHz, supports 4G LTE, and has a 5-inch screen running at 1920 x 1080 resolution. The Vibe X2 has 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory. Lenovo gave the device a 13MP rear-facing camera and a 5MP front-facing camera. The unit is powered by a 2300mAh battery. Lenovo includes their custom VIBE UI 2.0 interface on top of Android 4.4 KitKat. Along with the device, Lenovo is also making a couple accessories available, including a battery and a speaker, that can be attached via a Vibe Xtension. The Vibe Xtension effectively creates a fourth layer for the device. The Vibe X2 will be available in white, red, gold and dark grey. Read more

Ruggedized Samsung Galaxy Tab Active announced at IFA 2014

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Although Samsung’s announcements during their big Unpacked 2014 event at IFA 2014 have been the focus of many, the company is taking the opportunity presented by the tech show to release some other devices. One of those is a ruggedized Samsung Galaxy Tab Active that Samsung developed to target business users who need tablets in challenging environments. The 8-inch tablet comes with an anti-shock covering that provides protection against drops of up to 1.2 meters. Not surprising, Samsung obtained IP67 certification for water and dust resistance for the tablet. Some of the other changes to the standard tablet may be more helpful than the protective qualities added. Read more

Lenovo TAB S8 announced; $199 price tag

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Lenovo’s latest tablet is a bottom-shelf priced tablet with near top-shelf specs: The TAB S8. The greatness starts with the display. At 8 inches and 1920×1200, the screen is sharper than FHD. The bezels are miniscule, causing the screen to almost run from edge to edge of the device. The front panel also features Dolby-enhanced dual front speakers and a 1.6 MP HD camera. On the back, there is a respectable 8 MP camera. Read more

Amazon Fire TV heading to Europe, UK and Germany first

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The US has had their fill of Amazon Fire TV for a while now, but Europe’s getting their first experience with the set-top box. Amazon’s launching Fire TV first in Germany, and then the UK. In Germany, it’ll begin shipping September 25 for €99, or €49 with Amazon Prime, while in the UK, it’ll be £79, or £49 with Prime.

This deal’s only valid for the next five days, so if you’re across the ocean and interested, act fast.

Source: Engadget

First Samsung phone with Snapdragon 410 coming?

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Samsung seems to be ready to release an Android phone that will be their first with Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 410. It’s called the SM-G5309W, and we know a little bit about it now that it’s shown up on China’s Telecommunication Equipment Certification Center. There’s nothing flashy about the design, but the insides include Android 4.4 KitKat, a 5 MP front-facing camera, 8 MP rear camera with flash, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of storage space, and microSD card support. And of course, the SM-G5309W comes with a quad-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 410 chipset (including an Adreno 306 GPU).

The device is made for China, but we could see variations reach other areas.

Source: TENAA

Via: Phone Arena

Watch the Samsung Unpacked 2014 Episode 2 event

 

samsung_unpacked_event_2014_ep_2_videoIf you were not able to watch Samsung’s big unveiling of the Samsung Galaxy Note 4 and other new products during their IFA 2014 presentation, the video of the nearly two-hour event is now available on YouTube. The event was simulcast to audiences in Berlin, Beijing and New York along with individuals in front of their computer screens around the world checking out the live stream.

If you missed it or had to step away or just want to go back and double-check something, hit the break to view the complete event. After you are done, check out more coverage from TalkAndroid of IFA 2014. Read more