According to new documents, Sony may be working on a WiFi-only model of their Xperia Z Ultra. Sliding through the FCC is a device that is listed as a “mini-tablet” and a “portable handset.” This mystery device has 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, and even a GPS; however, there is no cellular radio. With a screen that is sized at more than 6-inches, is Sony trying to aim for a new market with a small-screened tablet? We’ll just have to wait and see. Stay tuned for more info on the possibility of this interestingly unique device.
Remember when Samsung’s Galaxy Mega was known as the Samsung Fonblet? It now seems that the company wants people to keep saying “fonblet” instead of “phablet.” While speaking at Korea’s Analyst Day, CEO J.K. Shin repeatedly said the new word and it even appeared on a slide during the presentation. The word “phablet” made its way into the Oxford dictionary due to its becoming of a standard term in the industry whenever there is a handset with a very large display. Of course, it is likely that this new term will never gain traction; however, no one ever thought the Galaxy Note series would ever takeoff the way it did. Alright, maybe that’s a little bit of an exaggeration.
While we already saw press images of the Sprint and Verizon HTC One Max variants, it was unknown if any other carriers would be getting the latest phablet. But now according to Twitter’s @evleaks, AT&T will also get the One Max. In the image above, you may notice something different. Just like Verizon, AT&T will opt to stamp their logo on the bottom bezel. This differs from the Sprint version as HTC’s logo will remain. And as we eluded to the last time, notice the dates on the devices. That may hint the release date for the different carriers. Hit the break for the Verizon press image (it is identical to last week’s).
Worried that the HTC One Max won’t have enough battery life to satisfy you? If you are indeed concerned, there’s good news. A power flip case will launch beside the device with a 1200mAh battery. That would bump the total size of the One Max’s battery to 4500mAh. The case not only juices up your device, it also acts as a stand if you’re interested in watching a movie or video chatting. Connecting the case to the handset are the three pogo pins that everyone was questioning for so long. And yes, the fingerprint scanner is still exposed to be touched.
HTC’s entrance into the phablet game is finally here. This morning the HTC One Max was unveiled with a general release date of “rolling out across the globe from mid – end October. See specific regions for details.” But have no fear if you’re in the United States and interested in HTC’s massive device. If you take a look at the press images for the Verizon and Sprint models, the date displayed might give away the release dates. The Verizon model (above), which has their logo instead of HTC’s, shows November 7th. Hit the break for the Sprint version and its possible release date.
HTC is hoping that the One Max is the phone that saves their sinking ship of a company, and they’re packing the device with some great internals in hope that consumers will come to them for their next phone.
An editor at Nowherelse.fr, Steve Hemmerstoffer, tweeted out a specs sheet for the phone which show that it will ship with Android 4.3, Sense 5.5, a 5.9-inch, 1080 x 1920 (FHD) display, a quad-core 1.7GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 600, 2GB RAM, NFC capabilities, and a microSD slot that will hold up to 32GB of information. The battery should be very powerful, at 3200mAh.
The deal for Beats Audio to purchase its remaining shares back from HTC hasn’t been completed yet, so the phone will also include Beats speakers. Something new, though, is the fingerprint scanner added on the back of the device. The Wall Street Journal reported that the phablet will be unveiled to the public on October 15th.
This will surely be a competitor to the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, LG G2, the upcoming Nokia Lumia 1520 and the Sony Xperia Z Ultra, so it will be interesting to see how its sales figures pan out after some disappointing numbers all around for the company in recent months.
HTC’s upcoming phablet has been photographed yet again. This time around, however, it is sporting a Verizon logo instead of the HTC logo in the middle. A Verizon Wireless employee out in New Jersey was able to snap two photos of the handset. The first (above) shows off its massive display which is believed to be 5.9-inches. The second (after the break) gives a look at the HTC One Max compared to the iPhone 5. Also, the Verizon employee says that the device does indeed have a fingerprint sensor and the back is removable. Under the hood will be the Snapdragon 800 processor. Hit the break for the other image of the HTC One Max.
Over the weekend, we learned that LG is possibly working on a new device known as the LG G Pro Lite Dual. As the name implies, it will likely be a dual-SIM variant of the Optimus G Pro. Today, Hi-Tech.Mail.Ru learned that the rumored device may include a stylus. While it may not have the pressure sensitivity of Samsung’s S Pen or even the capabilities of it, it would be a welcome addition since the G Pro Lite Dual is purported to have a 5.5-inch display.
The LG G Pro Lite Dual is slated for an mid-October release in Russia and the specs are assumed to be watered down from the Optimus G Pro, hence the “Lite” moniker.
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.
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.
via: GSM Arena