The ZTE Grand S Flex, hinted back in June, and intro’d at CES 2013, has been announced for Europe and will sport a number of attractive features to give you that big phone feel while remaining in the mid-range class. Among the features you’ll find a 5-inch HD display and 1.2. GHz Qualcomm CPU. Throw in Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and an 8MP camera along with a 2300 mAh battery and you have yourself a pretty good mid-range contender. Check out the full list of specs below and note that the device is already available in the Czech Republic, Spain and Slovakia with a projection to hit Germany very soon. The device is going for around $320 euros ($433 US) which is a bit steep for yesteryear’s specs but we’ll leave that up to you to decide for yourselves. Hit the break for the full list of specs, and feel free to let us know what you think about the device in the comments below.
Samsung announced its next generation of SoCs with great fanfare with the Exynos 5 Octa back at CES last January. However, the chip has failed to appear in many devices since then, as it’s only in one variant of the Galaxy S 4, and it looks like it won’t even be in the Galaxy Note III.
However, Samsung tweeted today from @SamsungExynos that they would be releasing an updated version of the Exynos 5 Octa. Although they haven’t gone into detail about what’s changing about the hardware, this definitely means that they’re fixing whatever issues were behind the first version not showing up in a multitude of devices.
As we wait for some more information, we wonder whether Samsung is going to just announce the hardware changes or also announce the chip’s placement in some of their future devices. More to come next week.
Google have recently confirmed that ASUS will venture into the Google TV area for the first time with their first product to be debuted during next weeks CES in Vegas. While Google and ASUS have yet to announce the name, there’s a good chance it could be the “Qube,” the Google TV dongle that recently passed the FCC. Also, Google also announced that they are expecting new Google TV products from Chinese manufacturers Hisense and TCL, as well as LG, Vizio, Sony and many others.
This years CES will certainly bring forth many new devices and surprises. Stay tuned got Talk Android’s covered on CES as our very own Robert Nazarian will provide up-to-date news coverage from CES Vegas!
source: Google TV Blog
With the era of 1080p, quad-core phones approaching us, Samsung appears ready to unveil the next iteration of its extremely successful Galaxy series: the Galaxy S IV. Samsung’s latest entry to its Galaxy S line is rumored to sport a 5-inch, 1080p display, quad-core Exynos Adonis processor and a 13MP camera. The specs alone positions it to rival HTC’s DROID DNA and LG’s Optimus G series.
In addition to the news of the S IV, a Galaxy S II Plus is also mentioned. Among the noteworthy features of the Galaxy S II Plus are items like a qHD display and Jellybean running the show. For most customers, it should satisfy those looking for a lower cost alternative to the pricier top-tier phones of today. Its announcement is slated for late December to January.
Source: Unwired View
CES brings us fantastic new gadgets each year, but there’s no secret that plenty of strange and even utter crap gadgets grace the showroom floors. This…well I’m not really sure where this falls. Introducing Rhydeen’s Android Rear-View Mirror. On the one hand, the Android fan boy in me thinks “Oh yeah, that is freaking legit. Android can run on anything”. However, there’s also that whole notion of the terrible accidents this could play a role in. The world simply isn’t ready for Angry Birds on the freeway. OK, to Rhydeen’s credit, what they previewed at CES was not what they intend to bring to market. By release I’m sure they will have thoroughly tweaked the UI. That being said, the company expects to have a finalized mirror by 2013 but honestly, even if they prevent it from performing dangerous feats, who wants fingerprints on their rear-view mirror?
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Toshiba certainly brought their A-Game to CES 2012 when they unveiled their new flagship tablet, the Excite X10. The X10 definitely has something to boast about among the rest of the tablets in the market today much in the same way that the Droid Razr has some bragging rights within its smartphone community, and that is that it’s thin as hell! The 10.1-inch device is a breakthrough milestone as stated by the Toshiba rep we spoke to at the event. Not only is it rightfully claiming to be the world’s thinnest tablet, it’s also one of the lightest. The device comes in at 1.1 lbs or 535 grams and only .3 inches (7.7mm). That’s pretty darn thin if you ask us. The device offers a premium tablet experience thanks to its multiple port access on hand despite how thin the device is. There’s a micro sd card slot, micro HDMI out and a micro usb sync port for syncing and sharing.
The flipside of the device is definitely something that commands a look as it offers a premium surface with magnesium alloy backing. The glass is none other than the popular Gorilla glass technology so as to add to the durability of the device. OS wise, we’re looking at Android Honeycomb 3.2 with a confirmation that the device will receive Ice Cream Sandwich. In addition, the rep says depending on when the official release date is, this bad boy could ship with ICS already on-board. Under the hood is the ever popular TI OMAP 4430 for its dual-core 1.2 GHz CPU. In the camera dept you’ll find a 5 meg camera capable of capturing 1080p video recording. There’s two offerings in the size dept, a 16 gig and a 32 gig. The 16 gig will run you $529 and the 32 gig will cost you a whopping $599. Ouch, that’s a bit steep if you ask us. Check out our hands-on video of the monster tab and don’t forget to let us know what you think of the device in the comments below. And if you’ve missed any of our special CES 2012 coverage, be sure to check it out here. » Read the rest
The folks over at BGR have received a tip or two suggesting that AT&T will be launching a new tablet next week at CES. The tablet, the Pantech Element, will be the first to rock some AT&T 4G LTE speeds not at a kidney selling price and comes in an 8 inch variety. The tablet will run the latest variation of Honeycomb and will be waterproof. Okay it’s not the take your tablet and take pictures with it in the ocean waterproof but more water resistant/splash proof provided you close all the port doors.
Besides the 8-inch display and the water resistance it boasts the following specs: » Read the rest
Who can deny that LG kicked things off right with their popular low-end to mid-level handsets in the Optimus line? Well, the company is looking to follow-up with their original device as we’ve seen the manufacturers website manifest the LG Optimus 2, a 3.2-inch display device running Android’s Gingerbread 2.3. The device will also sport a 3.2 MP camera, 1500 mAh battery and a number of other standard features like WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS. We’re guessing we’ll most likely see this device officially intro’d next week at CES. So, stay tuned and feel free to leave your comments in the comments section below.
With CES a week away, folks are gearing up to see what the world of technology has in store for us. People at CEA are hoping to make your planning and visit a lot smoother with the Core-Apps developed official CES 2012 application. It will come with map access, lists of vendors and exhibits that will be there, scheduling tools and so on. If you are wanting to stay in the know as to what is going on with CES then this is the app for you. You can hit the break below to get your copy of the app. For those of you that aren’t able to go don’t worry we have you covered as we will be there live in person. So keep it here for all of your Android CES news! » Read the rest
Sony Ericsson’s Xperia Arc HD aka “Nozomi” continues to make headlines and this time a blurry yet decent enough pic of the device has emerged thanks to the Chinese blog, TechOrz. According to TechOrz’s source, the device is undergoing carrier testing and is expected to be announced at next year’s CES event in January. The screen shots reveal a clear overhaul on Sony Ericsson’s on board UI though we’re still not entirely sure what official version of Android it will be released with. In addition, the device still shows a glow effect on the hardware which runs around the entire lower half of the chassis (see pics). We’re still not entirely sure what function that serves. I’ve got my chips on a notification feature.
Here’s to hoping we see this bad boy at CES and can get our hands on the device ourselves for a walk around and review. As far as specs go, expect to see a 1.5 GHz dual-core chip set, 1 GB of RAM, a 4.3-inch 720p display with a huge 12 mp camera. We’ve got our fingers crossed that the handset will launch with ICS on board, however, if it launches with Gingerbread we’re hoping Sony Ericsson can deliver the new update in a timely manner. » Read the rest