The Google Edition of the Samsung Galaxy S 4 smartphone may not be a Nexus in name, but it certainly is a Nexus in spirit and as such, will probably get early builds of important software updates before other devices. After seeing an earlier Android 4.3 build leak out last month, another build of the imminent update pops up, which naturally has been obtained by the boys at XDA. The build— identified as JWR66V— was concocted on July 11th and turned into a sweet ROM that can be flashed onto the device. It’s unsure of what exactly this build brings, but users are reporting there’s at least an improved battery charge, which also includes an improved wireless battery charging feature. Of course there may be a bug or two (or three), but we’re sure that won’t stop a few of you from trying out some of that sweet, sweet Android 4.3 glory before the rest of us.
Boy, we sure can’t wait for that rapidly approaching August 1st holiday, but in the meantime, the minor wait for the Motorola X’s unveiling won’t stop us from getting important deets on the intriguing new smartphone. According to sources with The Verge, the CDMA version of the smartphone features a 4.5-inch screen, a dual-core Snapdragon processor, Android 4.2.2 (for now), the super-cool “always-on” listening mode and a wrist-flicking gesture which opens the camera app for good measure. While the confirmed specs are based off the CDMA version, it’s probably a safe bet the GSM version will likely have the same specs as well. I mean sure, we still don’t know other important details such as what specific battery will be used, but hey— at least the phone will probably be easy on our wallets and pocketbooks, right?
You know that since we saw the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 DUOS leak yesterday, it wouldn’t be long before we saw a 5.8 DUOS leak too. Well the folks at GSM Insider (via the fine team @leakschina) stumbled upon the dual-SIM variant (SCH-P709) of the larger-than-life Galaxy Mega 5.8 smartphone. The device is expected to feature a dual-core processor, qHD display (sigh), an 8MP camera and Android 4.2.2 fired up on the device. Judging by the leak, it looks like it’s headed straight for China Telecom as an exclusive device, so you’d best not hold your breath and expect this variant to hit other markets at this time.
So the world’s first Tegra 4-based smartphone is a little late hitting the shelves— big deal. At least the latest leaks show that the ZTE U988S— also known as the Geek U988S— is very much real and looking like a nearly-finished product, thanks to what appears to be a set of promotional photos that have surfaced for your viewing pleasure. As you can see, the device still features that smooth red color which houses the 5-inch 1080p display, 1.8GHz Tegra 4 processor, 2GB of RAM and 8MP camera. As great as it is seeing a clear view of the upcoming smartphone, there’s still no telling when the smartphone will hit Chinese (and international) markets, so we will still have to deal with a little bit mystery for a little while longer.
We already know that Sony’s next beast of a device is gonna have some awesome specs, but we are starting to get some critical deets for one of the most important parts of the smartphone— it’s awesome camera. While we know the i1 will probably have a 20MP camera, it will likely have a smaller-than-expected sensor compared to say… the Nokia Lumia 1020 smartphone. Rumor has it that the sensor will “only” come in at 1/2.3″ in total size, compared to 2/3″ that was previously expected. Despite the smaller sensor, the camera will still be topnotch as the 20MP cam will have a f/2.0 with 5mm focal length and utilize the BIONZ processing engine, which effectively allows the camera to take photos with a resolution of up to 5248 x 3936 pixels.
Of course this is all speculation, but it finally appears that we’re starting to get a better idea of what to expect when Sony unleashes its next flagship in only a matter of months from now.
YET AGAIN pictures have leaked of the highly anticipated, upcoming LG G2, and in the photos, it’s being compared alongside the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. Why they couldn’t find a Galaxy Note 3 and compare them alongside one another is beyond me (kidding), but this is still pretty cool. Check out all the leaked photos (the one above is not one of them) and all that we’ve found below after the break. » Read the rest
Man— these Google execs sure are making it difficult to hide the Motorola X smartphone, aren’t they? After seeing at least one Google head honcho rocking the device in plain view, another executive using shows up ecstatically using the device in plain view— this time at an exclusive event hosted by Motorola. While the event was private and only open to a select group of journalists, guest and avid Google Glass user Robert Scoble went ahead and made a recording of what was supposed to be a music performance… except the video clearly shows a unique toy that is used by none other than Senior VP for Product Management at Motorola Rick Osterloh. The unique toy seems to match up with other leaks we’ve seen in the last few weeks, especially with the placement of the camera, as well as the quality and finish of the device. Oh and get this for the icing on the cake: guests “weren’t supposed to share anything about what [they] were doing there“. It’s looking like it’s pretty safe to say that this private event was meant to show some important folks an advanced look of what should be the next big gamechanger in the smartphone industry.
So yeah— at least a few people out there know the true identity of the Motorola X. Hopefully we’ll see the new toy in all its glory sooner than later.
Boy oh boy— if we didn’t know any better, we’d think that Google is purposely trying to tease the public since we keep seeing all these different leaks of its upcoming X smartphone. As you can see in the photo above, the back and front plates of the X smartphone seems to indicate that there will be a dual-SIM set up, thanks to the SIM 1 and SIM 2 identifiers located at the top and bottom sections of the plates. In addition, it appears there are some cosmetic or physical differences with the dual-SIM model as well. A second leaked photo shows 3 different colors of the single-SIM X’s body, while highlighting the placement of the speaker on those three cases is on the opposite side of than where the speaker is located on the dual SIM model.
At this rate, Google might as well just go ahead and show us the final product already. Sheesh.
It’s looking more and more like LG can’t wait to unveil its Optimus G successor to the general public and unveil the upcoming device sooner than we think. According to various reports, despite the fact LG already sent out press invites for an August 7th event, LG plans on introducing the successor— also known as the G2 smartphone— sometime in July for Korean markets, followed by a more gradual worldwide launch. In addition, other reports indicate the G2 smartphone will utilize that suddenly popular Snapdragon 800 chip that all the other cool manufacturers are starting to use and as well as of course, LTE Advanced support.