With Sony on a path of releasing at least two flagship devices each year, about six months apart, we are waiting for the pending release of the Xperia Z3 following the Xperia Z2 from earlier this year. However, we have word about another high-end Sony device that is supposedly coming out some time in 2015. The device is supposedly a Sony Xperia Z3X and it is unclear whether it will be a successor to the Xperia Z3 or a variant.
Case manufacturer Spigen posted on Google+ today a render of a Nexus 5 sporting a Neo Hybrid case. The ad copy encourages fans to “Be Ready” for the Nexus 5 “Revolution.” Spigen has already obtained a listing on Amazon for the case, though most of the information was just a placeholder.
Case manufacturers and other accessory manufacturers often receive units or drawings in advance of a product launch so they can have their wares available on the day of release. The posting of this image is a good sign that we are only a few weeks away from the release of the Nexus 5.
A new “tipster” source surfaced yesterday and claims to have some details about Meizu’s forthcoming Meizu MX3 smartphone. According to @srcleaks, the images above and below show the front and back of the MX3 along with dimensions for the device. The image of the front is fairly consistent with the last render that surfaced back in March. The device appears to be similar in looks to an HTC One or possibly an iPhone, especially with the large bezels at the top and bottom.
We have already spotted a black version of the Motorola DROID ULTRA as well as a white version as Motorola gears up to unleash a new batch of DROID devices upon the world. Joining those two versions may be a red version of the device as seen in a render discovered by @evleaks. Like the previous images, the render reveals a carbon fiber type look to the device’s case, which is marked with the Verizon logo on the back.
We are still waiting on more details about the specs for these devices. The answers may not come until Verizon’s press event scheduled for July 23rd in New York City. Joining the DROID ULTRA in Verizon’s lineup could be the DROID Mini and the DROID MAXX.
Do you think Motorola’s strategy to release multiple color options for a new device will be successful?
Yet another leaked image of a Motorola device has surfaced thanks to Twitter account @evleaks. This time it is not a Moto X Phone, the subject of so many leaks and rumors this week. Instaed, the device in the render appears to be a Motorola DROID MAXX that @evleaks claims is headed to the Verizon network. The DROID MAXX is expected to be similar to the Motorola DROID ULTRA, if not the same, with the exception being a high capacity battery.
The DROID MAXX is expected to ship as a Kevlar framed device with capacitive buttons. Other than the possible connection to the DROID ULTRA, other specs are not yet known for the device. However, it does appear Verizon has several Motorola devices in the pipeline for release sometime in 2013, with several apparently poised to carry the DROID name. While all manufacturers seem to be more inclined recently to work to ensure their devices are available on all carriers, it seems that Verizon and Motorola are working especially close together to make the latter half of 2013 a season of DROID.
A recent image discovered by a Chinese source shows a ZTE Nubia Z5 Mini, ZTE’s answer to the “mini” device market. Even though many of our readers are unlikely to get their hands on ZTE devices, in markets like China where they are a major player, ZTE seems to be following an increasingly common pattern. First they introduce a new, large, flagship device. In ZTE’s case, it was the ZTE Nubia Z5 released in the Chinese market earlier this year. A few months later, they are back with a smaller version of the device, the ZTE Nubia Z5 Mini.
Later this week Sony is expected to unveil its newest flagship device, codenamed Honami, at a press event in Paris on July 4th, so it seems in order that some new images would leak. The latest find supposedly came from a system dump of the system, so they are being described as “official” renders of the device.
LG is poised to announce next week the availability of the LG Optimus G Pro as part of the AT&T product portfolio, so it is no surprise that an image has shown up purporting to be a render of the device. @evleaks, the frequent tipster of Android device images, posted a pic today showing the device with a small AT&T logo on the back of the device. On the front of the device, the home button appears to have an AT&T blue highlight surrounding the button. In just a few more days we should be able to verify how accurate the rendered image is.
Yesterday the ‘net was abuzz with news of an alleged image of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S IV based on a tweet from normally stalwart source @evleaks. As happens when dealing with rumors and leaks though, every now and then something turns out to be completely bogus. That is what has happened in the case of the leaked images of the Galaxy S IV. Online retailer Expansys has revealed they were the original source of the image which was created as a placeholder by one of their web designers.
The episode has turned into a bit of a nasty affair as Expansys has suggested @evleaks actually stole the image and added the watermark to it. Sources indicate that @evleaks maintains the image came in via normal channels and was not stolen. While the dust settles, Expansys has been active on Twitter trying to follow-up all the retweets with directions to the correct source of the image. Meanwhile, it appears @evleaks has deleted the original tweet and has been quiet about the matter on Twitter.
How will you treat leaks from @evleaks in the future? Do they get a mulligan on this one or have then severely damaged their reputation?
This newest Galaxy S IV leak is both awesome and incredibly disappointing. It’s an extremely attractive design with absolute top-of-the-line specs for a smartphone, and it’s also extremely fake. While the bottom stereo speakers on the metal frame would be a fantastic addition to Samsung’s newest flagship, it’s extremely unconventional and very unlike Samsung’s traditional plastic designs. The angles on those speakers and the bottom USB port are weird, to say the least, especially since they’re viewable from the front and the very bottom, and the lighting and shadows are completely impossible. But who knows, maybe Samsung’s figured out how to defy physics with their S IV? We can hope, right?
It’s also worth noting that the Samsung logo uses a weird, non-Samsung font, and Bluetooth 5.0 isn’t a thing. It is possible that this was just an early mock-up at the beginning of the design phase for the phone, and if that’s the case, I hope metal frame, dedicated camera button, and ridiculous specs managed to make it to the end product. We’ll just have to wait a little longer to find out.