Everyone wants in on the mini market with smaller models of their full-size devices. Samsung, Sony, and HTC have all released downsized devices. This time around it seems that the LG G2 will be getting a downsized sibling. While the G2′s screen is 5.2-inches, this model’s would be 4.7-inches. And this device will pack the same Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with 2GB of RAM. It is unknown if the display will be 720p or 1080p. A reveal could be in the works for CES 2014 in January; however, that is nothing but an assumption.
ZTE has announced a pair of two new phones, titled the Nubia Z5s and the Nubia Z5s Mini. The Z5s is the more high-end of the two, sporting a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU under a 1080p display, complete with 2 GB of RAM, a 13 megapixel camera with OIS and an f/2.0 aperture, and Android 2.2 out of the box. It’s a far cry from a budget smartphone which traditionally comes from ZTE. You’ll have two options as far as internal storage and network connectivity; a 16 GB 3G model or a 32 GB LTE model. Naturally, the LTE model raises the price a bit, but it’s still only priced around $567. ZTE managed to pack in some beefy specs at that price point, so it should definitely give other manufacturers solid competition in the international market. » Read the rest
Do you own one of Verizon’s latest Motorola Droid devices? If you’ve got the Droid Ultra, Maxx, or Mini, you should soon be getting a notification to update your device OTA. While it’s not KitKat, it still includes some pretty handy improvements for the device, including camera tweaks, connectivity enhancements, and a handful of other updated and improved features.
What really makes this device unique is that it installs Google Drive onto your device for you, and if you use it from your device, you’ll be given 50 GB of free storage space for two years. Considering major carriers like Verizon tend to block those kinds of promotions (like what we’ve seen with Dropbox on Samsung devices), it’s great to see this offer being made available to Droid owners on Big Red’s network.
Keep an eye out for the update on your device, and hit the links below if you want to check out the full changelog.
source: Droid Ultra and Ultra Maxx
HTC’s new strategy of launching three devices under the HTC One name, including a regular, mini, and max version, may pay off for them in the end, but maybe it hasn’t been so successful thus far because all three devices were released at different times.
ZTE has taken on a similar strategy, as they’re releasing a Blade Q smartphone line, but the mini, regular, and ‘maxi’ size will be launched at relatively the same time.
The Blade Q Mini will be 4 inches, the Blade Q will be 4.5 inches, and the Blade Q Maxi will be 5 inches. All three devices feature the same dual-core 1.3GHz MediaTek processor, HSPA+ data, 4GB of internal storage, a 5-MP rear shooter, and an IPS-based display.
The only difference that can be seen besides screen size is the absence of a front camera on the Mini.
A European launch has been confirmed for the budget-friendly line, but price and other information has not yet been released.
Hit the break for the full press release below.
Incoming news from China this afternoon— some press images of a white Nexus 5, the iPad 5, and the iPad mini 2. It is expected that Apple announces the upcoming tablets on October 22nd.
If you’re interested, it looks like the iPad 5 will have the Touch ID fingerprint scanner, while the iPad mini 2 will not— the mini will also not feature a Retina display.
You can find the iPad photo after the break.
@evleaks just tweeted a press image of the Galaxy S 4 mini, and from the photo, it is suggested that it’s on Verizon’s network. Nothing too surprising here as we expected the device to come to Verizon anyway, but this is just some more confirmation. Everything is all but official at this point, and we’re just waiting for an announcement from either Samsung or Verizon.
Oh, and also, really great aesthetic move on that home button, Big Red.
We’ve seen the trend of mini versions of flagship phones growing over the past year or two, starting with the Galaxy S III Mini. We’ve seen an HTC One Mini and a few other manufacturers produce lesser versions of their flagship models with a squished screen and, problematically, a similar price tag. DigiTimes is reporting that many of these manufacturers are going to be rethinking that strategy in the coming months after poor sales of these “miniature” phones; both Samsung and HTC have had to cut the price of their Mini phones soon after launching, partly because of their inflated pricing, and partly because of stiff competition from other smaller, cheaper mid-range phones. » Read the rest
Yesterday we found out that the Sony’ Xperia Z1′s mini sibling would likely be making an appearance NTT DoCoMo’s Winter Presentation next week. Today pictures of the Sony Xperia Z1 f leaked in a brochure that is making rounds on the internet. Along with it we see black, white, pink, lime, and purple as the color choices. Specs aren’t supposed to be toned down despite being “mini.” From a previous leak, the Xperia Z1 f will have a 4.3-inch display. On the inside it’ll have a 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, a 20.7MP rear camera, 2.2MP front camera, and a dust and water resistant body to protect it. Hit the break for more images from the brochure. » Read the rest
Another day, another Snapdragon 800-powered Android smartphone. Sharp announced their latest flagship offering for Japanese carrier Softbank, called the Aquos Xx, and it’s got specs to compete with any other phone on the market. You get the de facto standard flagship processor, a Snapdragon 800, 2 GB of RAM, a full 1080p, 5.5-inch screen, and a 16.3 megapixel rear camera. On top of that, it sports an incredible thin bezel. As of right now, it’ll only be available in Japan this December, but depending on how it sells, it’s possible we could see it in other markets. » Read the rest
Root access on the Sprint, U.S. Cellular, and T-Mobile variants of the Moto X has been relatively simple and straightforward, as Motorola hasn’t put too many safeguards in the way of consumers messing with their devices for these carriers. However, Verizon and AT&T customers haven’t been so lucky. However, that might change very soon for Verizon customers, as developer Justin Case of TeamAndIRC has achieved root on their Moto X, and the procedure also applies to the new DROID phones. The root isn’t permanent at this time and you might want to hold off on any OTA updates if you’re planning on going through with the root.
It’s great news nonetheless and hopefully Justin Case comes out with a more stable method sooner than later.