At the end of August, we found out that Google and would be taking its next Nexus tablet very seriously by offering a variety of accessories upon launch. The image above is a render of the tablet’s keyboard folio. The initial pairing process for the keyboard with the tablet will be done through a built-in near field communication (NFC) chip. From there, a Bluetooth 4.0 connection will takeover. The keyboard itself will not directly connect to the tablet. Instead, HTC is giving it a 450mAh battery with the charging port being on the hinge of the case. A small indicator life will display the status of the keyboard.
It is only a matter of time before HTC announces its upcoming T1 tablet that will have beastly specifications. Being that all signs point the T1 as the Nexus 8, an October launch seems likely as Android L is expected to arrive then. From Google itself, accessories for Nexus devices have remained scarce. With this tablet, however, Google and HTC are making sure they offer plenty of accessories. Leaked information reveals that a Magic Cover will be available in either leather or thermoplastic polyurethane (TPU). The leather material will come in Natural or Black choices. The TPU Magic Cover will be offered in Coral Amethyst, Mint Indigo, Lime Stone, Indigo Black. In addition to this, a folio keyboard will be made specifically for the tablet.
There may not have ever been a September quite like the one we will see next month. Everyone including Motorola, ASUS, LG, Samsung, Lenovo, and T-Mobile all have something to offer in September. And let us not forget that Apple will be making some noise as well. One name that has been absent is HTC, but it looks like they are bound to join the September fun. According to @upleaks, HTC will have both a smartwatch and a fitness tracker arriving soon.
In need of a premium device without the premium price? Customers of Sprint can go ahead and purchase the HTC One (E8) from the carrier starting today. In either Misty Gray or Polar White, the One (E8) costs $99 with a two-year contract and $499 if you forgo a signature.
The device is much like the One (M8), but HTC has targeted a lower price point with cheaper solutions in certain areas. Most noticeably, the One (E8) has a plastic unibody. The Duo Camera setup with dual LED flash has been nixed and there is a single 13MP camera. The front camera, though, does maintain its 5MP to ensure quality selfies. The One (E8) is speedy thanks to its Snapdragon 801 processor.
If you are interested in purchasing the HTC One (E8), you can head over to Sprint’s site.
Screenshots of the upcoming Nexus 9 has leaked online revealing that it is going to be pretty darn powerful. According to one of the screenshots, it will back a 64-bit Tegra K1. This could very well be the first tablet to sport the SoC. The Shield Tablet features the Tegra K1, but it’s only the 32-bit version.
NVIDIA unveiled the 64-bit version a couple of weeks ago. This chip sports the same 192-core Keplar architecture-based GPU in the 32-bit version, but it’s paired with NVIDIA’s own 64-bit, dual core “Project Denver” CPU. It also supports up to 8 GB of RAM.
Anyone up for a riddle? What do you get when you combine Nextbit, a new company founded by two former Google execs and other tech industry rockstars, and Cyanogen, the creators of arguably one of the most well-loved custom ROMs available today? It’s a trick question, because as of right now, nobody knows. Nextbit is making itself out to be the creator of, “…groundbreaking technology that will take [mobile] to the next level,” and if their team serves as any indicator of the kinds of ideas running the company, it may just be right. Tom Moss and Mike Chan are the heads of the young start-up; they are former members of the original Android team at Google, and they have been earnestly assembling a team of engineers and designers from Google, Amazon, Apple, Dropbox, and most recently HTC. HTC’s Former senior VP of Design Scott Croyle has recently joined the Nextbit team at the same position.
The latest device announced by HTC is the Desire 510. Since launching the HTC One (M8) earlier this year, the company has opted to release some devices for the low-end and mid-range markets. The Desire 510 is another one of those devices with low-end specifications. While there are certainly some low points to the Desire 510, there is one part of it inside that stands out.
HTC just recently started teasing the new Desire 820 on it’s Weibo account and it looks like the company is continuing its push with even more image teasers. Today, the company posted a timeline photo on its Weibo account showing dates where HTC it’s done some cool things in the tech world. At this point, HTC added the Desire 820 to the list but doesn’t specify what cool feature or spec it has. However current rumors peg the device at running Qualcomm‘s Snapdragon 615 octa-core processor. Both companies came out with a bit more information all-but-confirming these rumors.
It is expected that a Nexus tablet will arrive this fall to coincide with the release of Android L. We have seen it referred to as Flounder, Volantis, and Nexus 9. The tablet, regardless of what you call it, is widely expected to be manufactured by HTC and a tablet matching its profile has received WiFi certification on August 15.
The certification is filed under the “Tablet (Wi-Fi and other)” section rather than WiFi-only. This means that Google is presumably going to carry both a WiFi version and an LTE-ready version. Here, have multiple stock keeping units (SKUs) and that likely confirms the different various; however, it could also indicate a choice of color or storage for this Nexus device.
Source: Wi-Fi Alliance [PDF Download Link]
In a new twist on the ALS Ice Bucket Challenge, Samsung has posted a video of their flagship Samsung Galaxy S 5 getting dunked under some ice water. Using a computer generated voice, the device notes the icy water is “freezing” before issuing a challenge to the iPhone 5S, the HTC One (M8) and the Nokia Lumia 930. Of course, one of the features of the Galaxy S 5 is a level of water resistance, something none of the challenged devices claim.
Do you think this was a smart marketing move by Samsung or is it bad form to try to ride on the back of a charitable organization’s efforts to raise funds? Hit the break to view the video of the Galaxy S 5 getting dunked.