Acer is looking to create its very own phablet dubbed the Liquid S according to some clues left behind in an interview. Mobile World Congress(MWC) took place February 25th through 28th and the Taiwanese manufacturer had a small showing with devices such as the Liquid E1, a 4.5 inch Android smartphone running Jelly Bean.
In an interview for the official MWC paper, the President of Acer’s smartphone business hinted at an upcoming phablet:
“Unlimited exploration: the line between tablet and phone is blurring, a new breed of smartphone, the Phablet, is an irreversible trend to create new lifestyles. With above 4.7″ and quad-core+ processors, those giants offer extremely high resolution for multi-tasking, gaming, browsing and more. Acer will launch its Liquid S series as part of this growing segment.” » Read the rest
In advance of MWC 2013, LG has officially released the specifications for their new LG Optimus G Pro smartphone on their Korean site’s newsroom. LG had previously announced the availability of the device for the South Korean market and the specs are consistent with that model. LG is stepping up to a 5.5-inch display with the device, incorporating a curved glass design capable of displaying 400 ppi full 1080p HD. Running the device will be 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon processor mated with 2GB of RAM and 32GB of internal memory. Besides a 3,140 mAh removable battery, the device will also accept up to a 64GB microSD card. For cameras LG has included a 13MP rear-facing camera and a 2.1MP front-facing camera that can record full HD video. » Read the rest
LG is trying to ramp up excitement for their new phones before MWC, and they’re doing a pretty good job. This time they’re showing off the design of the Optimus G Pro, which takes some serious design cues from the Note 2, but not in a bad way. One thing you won’t see that’s in the other popular phablet is a curved glass design, which LG says creates a 2.5 effect on the screen. Aside from that, it’s got the same finish as the other more familiar phones in their lineup. It’s closely based around the Japanese version of the phone we’ve seen, down to the specs, but hopefully we’ll see this hit more markets than just South Korea. Be sure to keep an eye out for this at Mobile World Congress.
LG is following suit with Android’s most successful manufacturer, Samsung, they’re going big. LG confirmed the the Optimus G Pro for South Korea will come with a 5.5-inch full HD screen. As expected, this Galaxy Note II-sized device will beat the Galaxy S IV to market. This larger variant sounds like the one we expect announced at Mobile World Congress. If ginormous phones are your cup of tea, you’ll want to keep a close eye on our MWC coverage.
At this point the Optimus G Pro’s main advantage over its Samsung counterparts is its full 1080p screen but the rest of its specs are nothing to scoff at. It has a 1.7 GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB internal storage, microSD slot, LTE connectivity and a nice 3,140 mAh battery. The South Korean version is, but for its half-inch larger screen, identical to the Japanese version.
We’ve seen some pretty interesting details about LG’s new powerhouse phablet, the Optimus G Pro, that was announced last month. First we heard that LG was going to announce the bigger, 5.5 inch version of the phablet alongside a handful of other devices at MWC, but now we’re hearing rumors that LG might try to get the Optimus G Pro pushed out by the end of the month to try to beat Samsung’s highly anticipated Galaxy S IV to market, and hopefully snatch up a few sales before the S IV potentially steals LG’s thunder.
I think this is a pretty great move on LG’s part. The Optimus G Pro packs some serious horsepower, including a full-HD screen and a bigger battery than the Galaxy Note 2. By launching before Samsung has a chance to sweep the market, it’ll get some early buyers and possibly sway enough people to stick with LG phones over Samsung phones. Can’t wait to see how this one’s going to play out.
The whispers are suddenly starting to become screams and shouts about a new Sony phablet that’s on the way. In case you’re not familiar, Sony has a smartphone codenamed “Togari” that is expected to measure in with a 6.44-inch panel surrounding the device. According to Ramu from the Esato forums, Sony plans on equipping its phablet beast with a Snapdragon 800 series processor, a 6-inch (or larger) full HD screen, a 3,500mAh battery and wait for it—- an actual stylus that would compliment the device is possibly in the works as well.
So while it is still a little early to tell, it appears that Sony certainly is intent on making a Galaxy Note III killer and take a major bite of the phablet market share. We know you are all itching to grab more deets, so head on down to the source link to get a better idea of what Sony is cooking.
First of all, who knows what this image could be. There have been no confirmations whether this is a smartphone, much less real. The only thing we know is that the photo above was posted on the Chinese-language Digi-wo forum by someone who claims it’s a screen for a 6.44-inch 1080p Sony “phablet” device.
Obviously this is as much of a rumor as anything, but still interesting to see what Sony may be up to. Personally, anything over 5 inches for a phone is far too much, but to each his own!
Huawei’s Ascend Mate was a pretty highly anticipated device leading up to CES this year, and now Huawei’s made it official. The monster of a phone packs a 720p, 6.1-inch display, a Huawei-manufactured quad-core chip, and an extremely generous 4,050 mAh battery. Because it’s no fun to have a big phone if it dies within three days off the charger, right? On top of that, the Ascend Mate will feature dual-band antennas for WiFi, which helps quite a bit when dealing with data caps. This beast will hit Chinese shelves in February, and other countries in March. No word on what other countries that’ll be, but hopefully this device gets the attention it deserves. Hit the break below for the press release, and be sure to check out the rest of our CES coverage here.
Phablets are the new fad for phone manufacturers. It’s been a pretty successful fad, so we’re starting to see those manufacturers try out newer and bigger things. ZTE, for instance, released an incredibly powerful 5-inch, 1080p device called the Z5, to compete with Samsung’s Note II and HTC’s Droid DNA. ZTE didn’t really trump either device with the Z5, so now it looks like they’re upping the ante a bit by preparing a 5.7 inch powerhouse. The phone, right now only known by a model number P945, will sport a 720p display and a quad-core processor. It’s a shame to see a downgrade in resolution to get that higher screen resolution, but time will tell if that’s going to make a huge difference on the phone’s success. Aside from that, it’s got standard high-end specs and a tentative Chinese release for either the first or second quarter of 2013. Hopefully we see it on American shores soon after that.
It’s no surprise that Huawei is planning on bringing a pretty big device to the masses in the immediate future. After seeing a tease here and another one there, we know that the new device is going to feature some topnotch specs— but we hadn’t seen a picture of what the UI and display would look like… until now. MyDrivers recently got their hands on some actual photos of the device and as you can see, the Ascend Mate sure is a beauty. You can see the device is surrounded by a some sort of a charcoal metallic body that doesn’t look the least bit plasticky, along with the placement of the microUSB, microSD and headphone jack ports. In addition, you can the Ascend Mate’s gorgeous display highlighting the rich and vibrant colors of the customized Android display as well.
Huawei is certainly pulling no strings as it wants to generate major excitement for its new device, while highlighting it will be far superior to Sammy’s massive offering. As of now, all eyes are pointing towards a CES 2013 unveiling— so we won’t need to wait too long to see the cool toy.