Last month, Pebble announced it had sold over 1 million units of its smartwatch and has some “big things” planned for 2015. Now it would appear that our wait for these things could be over sooner than previously anticipated. Earlier today, the manufacturer kicked off a mysterious countdown on the homepage of its website.
Following a year of leaks, rumors and speculation, the team behind YouTube have today taken the wraps off its brand new Music Key subscription service. If you’ve never heard of the scheme, don’t worry. It’s essentially a revamped music listening experience for both online and mobile devices.
Huawei has today taken the wraps off its Honor Tablet — an 8-inch slate with a ‘twist’. According to the Chinese manufacturer, the device has been designed to supersede your smartphone, therefore, you’re able to make and receive phone calls, send SMS text messages and browse the internet with this unit.
LG has finally taken the wraps off of their latest flagship, the LG G3. We’ve heard nearly every detail about the device from leaks already, but LG has confirmed a few things that we weren’t completely sure about. The G3 has most of the high-end hardware we’ve come to expect from LG, including a top-of-the-line processor and that extremely high resolution screen we’ve heard so much about.
ZTE wanted to make sure HTC was not the only company making an announcement today. While HTC’s event will go on later this afternoon, ZTE has used the morning to announce the Nubia X6. This phablet has a 6.44-inch LCD display with 1080p resolution. That means there are 344 pixels per inch. In the image above, you see just how thin the Nubia X6 is. The device is 7.9mm thin. On both the front and back of this slim handset, ZTE has provided two 13MP cameras. The back camera has optical image stabilization technology (like the LG G2).
Under the hood is Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 801 processor (MSM8974AB) clocked at 2.3GHz paired with 3GB of RAM. Later on, there will be another model that has a quad-core processor clocked at 2.5GHz. The Nubia X6 also supports dual-SIM and LTE connectivity. USB 3.0 and Bluetooth 4.0 are both present.
The phablet will have a massive 4250mAh battery and no microSD card slot. All of the storage will remain on the device. No release date has been confirmed and right now it seems only China will be getting the ZTE Nubia X6.
Samsung’s next flagship, presumably the Galaxy S 5, could be revealed at an event held in London in mid-March. According to Italian journalist Flavio, a reliable source has said that Samsung is holding a “global launch (S5?) event” in two months. This makes sense as the company chose to launch the GS4 in New York City last year. It seems as if they want to separate themselves from Mobile World Congress’ crowded field.
As for the device’s specifications, we have heard that it could feature iris scanning technology and a 2K display. Samsung has said it wants to return to the same approach it took with the Galaxy S III. When the Galaxy S 4 was released, many felt it was too similar to its predecessor. Look for the Galaxy S 5 to feature a new design, potentially a metal body. Also, it will launch beside the next Galaxy Gear smart watch.
Just in time for 2014′s Consumer Electronics Show, Polaroid has unveiled a new line of tablets in the United States. The Q Series line will include 7, 8, and 10-inch sizes. The names are quite simple — Q7, Q8, and Q10. The tablets will feature quad-core processors that run Android 4.4 KitKat. With those kind of specifications, it seems that this is what Polaroid wants to shift their focus on for 2014. The company touts the Q Series as a media consumption tablet that is very portable. Like the Nexus 10 tablet, it has front facing speakers. Also, the Q Series line will feature an HDMI port. The prices will start at $129.00 and go up to $179.00. Clearly this is a budget tablet; however, the quad-core processor and Android 4.4 KitKat seem to say otherwise.
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After receiving certification in India last week, Samsung has decided to pull the cover off of the successor to its Galaxy Camera. The Galaxy Camera 2 (pictured above) has the same 16MP sensor, 21x zoom capable lens, and 4.8-inch display from before. The changes come in other ways. The battery is now fatter at 2000mAh and the weight has dropped to 9.2 ounces. To power Android 4.3, a quad-core processor clocked at 1.6GHz with 2GB of RAM is on board.
Samsung also took the cover off of the NX30 camera (pictured below), the NX20′s successor. This cameras sensor is 20.3MP and takes just 80 milliseconds to find what needs to be focused on. The display is based on one of Samsung’s Super AMOLED touchscreens and it can tilt and swivel to your desire. Samsung has not yet given a release date or price on either camera. Hit the source link to view the press release on each device.
After announcing the device in November, Samsung has given the Galaxy Grand 2 a launch date. The device will be available in India starting next week, the first week of the new year. The retail price translates over to between $370 and $400. It will be available in black, white, and pink colors. The Galaxy Grand 2 has a 5.25-inch 720p screen. Inside is a quad-core processor with 1.5GB of RAM. If the 8GB of storage doesn’t satisfy prospective buyers, memory can be expanded due to the microSD card slot. Out of the box, the handset runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.
HTC has announced a new device without most of us even noticing. But don’t worry, they likely chose to do so intentionally. The Desire 400 is a dual-SIM handset with a 4.3-inch screen that is headed for Asian markets. The phone has landed on HTC sites in Russia and Ukraine. According to the Russian site, the screen will have a 800×480 resolution and be powered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 400 processor clocked at 1.2GHz with 1GB of RAM. On the back is an 8MP camera while a 1.6MP camera sits on the front of the handset. Thankfully it has a microSD card slot since there is just 4GB of storage inside.
The Ukrainian site, however, states the device will have a 5MP camera with a VGA camera on the front. Also, a dual-core processor will be inside. This is likely just adjustments made for different regions. Both have HTC’s Sense user interface and BlinkFeed. There are three color options: white, black, and light blue. Stay tuned for more information on this little device.