Rumored LG G Pro Lite Dual is likely a dual-SIM variant of Optimus G Pro

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While LG may be readying a device with a massive display, they could also be working on dual-SIM variant of the LG Optimus G Pro. Hi-Tech.Mail.Ru leaked a few details on the device along with a possible press image (above). The Russian site suggests that the 5.5-inch, 1080p display from the current device would remain; however, the camera would be lowered down to 8 megapixels from the 13 megapixels on the Optimus G Pro.

The reasoning for the “Lite” name is unknown because the device will still have many of the LG G2′s fancy software features. The rumored G Pro Lite will have Guest Mode, QSlide, and KnockOn. Also, the battery size is said to remain at 3,140mAh. And while it’s not stereo sound, the rumor is the device will have dual speakers to improve sound for both high and low frequencies. The expected release date in Russia is set for the middle of October.

Source: Hi-Tech.Mail.Ru (Russian)
Via: GSM Arena

LG Vu 3 set for October launch with several QuickView cases

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We’ve been expecting LG’s successor to the oddly shaped LG Vu soon, and it looks like they’ll be releasing the third iteration in the Vu lineup in October to take on Samsung’s latest phablet. The LG Vu 3 is rumored to sport a Snapdragon 800 processor, 13 megapixel camera, and 1280 x 960 resolution screen, which keeps it in line with the weird aspect ratio for this family of devices. On top of those specs, LG is trying to hit a lower price point than what Samsung can, despite having some pretty high end tech in the Vu 3.

Alongside the phone itself, LG is launching several QuickView cases which are slightly different than what Samsung offers. These cases are semi-transparent around the middle of the front cover, allowing the screen to show through important information without having a window or having to open the case. It’s really a pretty neat concept that looks surprisingly good.

Still, with Samsung’s latest Note shipment numbers, I find it hard to believe that a device as weird as the Vu is going to be able to offer any meaningful competition in that niche market. Of course, I thought the original LG Vu was going to fail, too, but three phones later, LG is still manufacturing them. There’s obviously some people out there that like these phones, I’m just unfortunately not one of them.

source: etnews

via: GSM Arena

Padfone Infinity launch event invitations sent out by ASUS

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ASUS is preparing to launch their Padfone Infinity this week and they recently sent out invitations for their special launch event to be held in Taipei. As we stated previously, the device will be very similar to its predecessor but feature a Snapdragon 800 processor, a microSD slot, and an all-white version will be available. There will be no resolution upgrade for the screen, according to sources.

For those of you who can’t wait to see the new phablet, launch is September 17th.

Check out the promotional video for the device below.

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Samsung officially announces the Galaxy Note 3

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Well folks, the wait for the next big phablet is over. Samsung has officially taken the wraps off of its latest Galaxy Note 3, complete with updated hardware and a handful of new features. The biggest difference it the screen; Samsung successfully managed to fit a bigger screen into the body of the phone without adding much extra bulk. The Note 3 will have a 5.7 inch, full 1080p display, but the Note 3 is a bit slimmer than the Note 2, weighing in at only 168 grams while being only 8.3 mm thin. As you can see in the picture above, the bezel on this thing is impressively small, as Samsung claims to have widened the screen as opposed to adding any height to it. » Read the rest

Samsung Galaxy Note III possibly releasing to Taiwanese markets on September 27th

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We’re incredibly close to that impending Galaxy Note III announcement, but that’s not going to stop the rumor mill. The latest details come from Chinese website ePrice and claim the Note III will hit the Taiwanese market on September 27th following preorders beginning on September 16th. There’s no indication if that means it will be a simultaneous global launch or if we’ll see it later in the States, but judging by how our carriers tend to release phones, I doubt we’ll see the Note III widely available by the end of September.

Regardless of when it launches, September is going to be a busy month for phones. Samsung and Sony both have high-profile devices set to be announced, and they’ll be running up against a new Apple iPhone in the same month. It’s an exciting time if you’re in the market for a new phone.

source: ePrice

LG G2 announced this morning at NYC launch event

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LG announced their newest flagship, the G2, this morning at their NYC launch event, and we were there to get you the full scoop.

Unsurprisingly, the specs that were announced are pretty much in line with all of the details that were leaked earlier, throughout the weeks and months leading up to this event.

The phone features innovative design elements such as volume and power buttons on the back of the device, where your index finger is located when you are in a phone call. This gives the user easy access to “Quick Memo” as well as the ability to snap a “selfie” using a button on the back. This new feature comes with promises of less smartphone drops. Instead of operating the smartphone with the same fingers that are holding it in your hand, you will now use your fingers which reside on the rear of the device.

Now let’s get to the specs:

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Back image of Galaxy Note 3 leaks, shows battery and dual-SIM for Chinese variant

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It feels as though we’ve heard everything about the upcoming Galaxy Note 3 phablet already including benchmarks, internals, camera samples, full prototype images, and even a rumored September 4 unveiling date.

Now, it looks like we have another picture on our hands, this time of the back of the device, showing off its battery and two-SIM slots. (It’s the Chinese variant.)

It’s hard to make out the battery capacity in the picture, however when considering the battery capacity on the first two Notes and the hardware that will be included in the Note 3, it would make sense to see a battery capacity of about 3,500mAh. Time will tell, but we pretty much already know that this phone is going to be an absolute beast.

Source: SamMobile

Sony’s Product Design Director describes the inspiration behind the Xperia Z Ultra’s design

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In case you missed it yesterday, Sony announced their newest entry into the phablet market yesterday with the Xperia Z Ultra. Aside from being massive (6.44-inches!) and having a ton of cool features, its also a gorgeous phone, with some very innovative design. After Sony’s launch events yesterday, Sony’s Product Design Director, Jun Katsunuma, went into detail on the inspiration behind the Xperia Z Ultra’s 6.5-millimeter thick, double-glass design.

“The frame is made of plastic, then we picked a PMMA (a transparent thermoplastic) for the plate, but this time we use aluminum in the side plates, which means it’s totally different, then we could realize this super thinness [on the Xperia Z Ultra].” » Read the rest

Sony announces its Xperia Z Ultra smartphone, comes jam-packed with Android 4.2.2, Snapdragon 800 chip and 6.44-inch display

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We already knew about one of Sony’s worst-kept secrets of the year, but the manufacturer has finally come out of the shadows and introduced its Xperia Z Ultra  handset— which will probably shape up to be one of the most influential devices of the year when all’s said and done. The device is ultra in every sense of the word as it comes jam-packed with tons of premium goodies inside. Right off the bat, you’ll probably notice the large bright and colorful display, which is understandable because it the display is actually measured in at a whopping 6.44-inches. What’s even more astounding is that it isn’t like the display is an average 1080p display either— the display features Sony’s Triluminous display technology (found in Sony’s TV sets). The end result is a display with deep blacks, bright colors and incredible detail for any image it is you see on the screen.

There’s much more to the device than the large display as well. Sony is pulling no stops to introduce cutting edge technology into the Xperia Z Ultra and is the first to utilize a quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor that’s marked at a scintillating 2.2GHz, easily making it among the fastest smartphones in the smartphone game. Rounding out the additional goodies are a built-in 4G LTE radio (with HD voice capabilities), 2GB of RAM, a 3,000mAh battery and 16GB of on-board storage (complimented with a microSD out). As if those juicy specs weren’t enough to tickle your fancy, this might: Sony managed to cram all those features into a 6.5mm profile— effectively making it the world’s thinnest Full HD smartphone. Oh and yeah, the device is IP58-certified, making it completely waterproof.

The device is set to arrive sometime in Q3, though there’s no concrete cost of the device just yet nor do we know which markets will receive the new toy, but we should see more information as we get closer to the Xperia Z Ultra’s release. While we wait for more information, why not hit the break for the full presser.

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Sony Xperia ZU image leaks ahead of tomorrow’s unveiling

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As the clock winds down to Sony’s expected announcement on their take on a “phablet” device, a new image has leaked showing a “stylus” in action on the device. The image was posted on the Chinese portion of ePrice and shows a user drawing with a pencil on what appears to be a sticky note on top of the screen of the new Sony device. According to some sources, there is a rumor floating around that the Xperia ZU, or Z Ultra, will be able to accept input using a pencil or possibly even a ballpoint pen as opposed to a dedicated stylus device like one finds on the Samsung Galaxy Note II. This latest image would certainly seem to support that concept.

We should have more on Sony’s announcements scheduled for June 25th, so check back here at TalkAndroid to see what they may be up to.

source: ePrice
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