As we’ve seen time and time again, upcoming devices’ designs and specs are leaked much earlier than their intended reveal. While many companies like Samsung are good at keeping things a secret, others are not as fortunate. Sony is among the many that has not been so lucky as their newest flagship, the Sony Xperia Z1, surfaced across the web before its IFA 2013 event in Berlin. So today someone snapped a photo at a Sony Mobile office in Asia that exposed some of their rules. With these rules now being posted for employees to see, Sony hopes to at least slow down the amount of leaks for their devices.
2013 has been a resounding success for Sony, so it should come as no surprise it is continuing its momentum by working on additional devices for release before year’s end. One of those devices that we’re expecting happens to be a miniature beast of a device— such as you know, the mysterious Honami mini that we’ve heard so much about lately? Well after hearing some of the rumored specs such as a Snapdragon 800 quad-core chip, 4.3-inch HD 720p resolution and 20-megapixel main camera with Sony G Lens, we now have a pretty good idea of how this puppy looks— at least in its early form. Thanks to XDA member Xleaky, we can see a slightly fuzzy image of a diminutive Sony device that’s a smidge smaller than the Blackberry Q10 smartphone. Additionally, Xleaky also asserts that “you didn’t see this from me… but 4th of Sep is gonna be exciting! Thats all I’m saying!”
So what does this mean exactly? No one knows exactly really. There could be a chance that the leak could be a fake (which tends to happen more often than not)— but then again, there could be a chance that we’re getting a good idea of what this Honami mini looks like, as well as something to look forward to at IFA Berlin 2013. So now the question is: you folks excited yet?
source: Xperia Blog
Those of you Verizon customers out there looking for a new smartphone in the immediate future will probably be excited at this tidbit of news we’re about to share. The gang at Phone Arena obtained a leaked road map of Big Red’s August lineup and boy it’s certainly a doozy. Verizon intends to launch smartphones that will cater to all sorts of customers, starting with the imminent release of the Motorola DROID and DROID MAXX smartphones which will arrive on August 20th, followed by highly anticipated unveiling of the Motorola X smartphone (August 23rd), LG Exalt, Motorola DROID mini, the waterproof Kyocera Hydro Elite (online-only) and Samsung Convoy 3 (all on August 29th). As exciting as those (almost) concrete dates are, the one that will carry the most weight will be the August 29th release of the HTC One smartphone… a phone that we thought we’d never see the light of day for Verizon customers.
So yeah… it looks like you Verizon customers will probably need to start scraping up those extra dollars since it may be well, an expensive month for you all.
source: Phone Arena
Sure the sweet-looking HTC One mini has been announced, but most Americans don’t quite know if they’ll have a shot of getting the intriguing new device. Fortunately, AT&T users who are in the market for a new device can start scraping up a spare buck or two thanks to a mystery variant of the smartphone that hit the FCC hallways recently. This PO58220 variant of the device features what seems to be AT&T-compatible HSPA+ and LTE frequencies, all but confirming that the fine customers on Ma Bell will have yet another juicy smartphone to choose from. Sadly, as exciting as this tidbit of news is for AT&T customers, it’s still looking like the rest of you probably shouldn’t hold your breath and expect this device to hit your network anytime soon.
Although these are the best pictures to date that we’ve received of the Moto X, they’re certainly not revealing anything groundbreaking to us that we didn’t already know about it. (It feels as though we’ve seen hundreds of photos of the device throughout the past few weeks.) The device will be announced on August 1st and is expected to ship later in the month. To say we’re excited would be an understatement.
Check out the second image (profile) of the device after the break.
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?
source: The Verge
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.
source: GSM Insider
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.
source: GSM Insider
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.