Considering all the other cool kids on the block are developing refreshed versions of their flagship phones with Snapdragon 800 processors, it’s only fitting that Sony gets in on the party as well. In a series of tweets by notorious info leaker Eldar Murtazin, a test unit of the new Xperia Z variant with the faster processor can only be described as “really fast”. Additionally, the same test unit featured an even sweeter display than the original. In a follow-up tweet, Murtazin describes the refreshed unit as having an LCD3 screen similar to the HTC One smartphone, though he doesn’t believe the same display will make it to the production models.
Considering Sony is expected to utilize the same chipset in other upcoming flagships like its quietly-hyped Xperia ZU smartphone, we’re going to go ahead and take this leaked information as true. Hopefully it won’t be too long of a wait before the refreshed device hits the Android world.
source: Xperia Blog
Just as consumers are now starting to enjoy 1080p displays on current high-end smartphones out there, it appears that phones with even better displays are on the way for 2014. According to various insider sources, the general public will see more premium phablet devices utilizing 6-inch displays with a WQXGA resolution. In other words, it will be common to see devices utilizing a 6-inch screen sizes will feature a resolution of 2,560 x 1600. Moreover, the displays will feature a pixel density of an unheard of 500ppi (or greater), placing the displays head and shoulders above what is currently out at this time, including Apple’s Retina Display technology. What this means is that consumers can expect to see even clearer texts, deeper colors and richer content overall on select phablet devices.
Of course it is already fairly difficult for the human eye to discern most 720p displays to the average 1080p display now, so it is unsure whether consumers will be able to tell the difference between a 1080p display to a 1600p display. Still– who wouldn’t want a 2,560 x 1,600 display that’s found on say, a Nexus 10 tablet on upcoming flagship smartphones, right?
source: ET News
via: Phone Arena
If you truly know Samsung, then you’re probably well aware at its stubborn reluctance to shy away from
cheap, outdated and stale designs premium materials and constructing a revolutionary build for its flagship devices. However, it may appear that Samsung will finally make some major changes by introducing some quality materials and even a new design direction for the build of its next Galaxy S (Galaxy S 5) smartphone. Reports from various insiders indicate Samsung is currently working on a new “Design 3.0″ language (possibly teased in other upcoming flagships, mind you), which signifies a completely new direction for Sammy and brings a new-found “freshness” to the popular line of smartphones. Complimenting the new design is possibly the introduction of aluminum materials for the build of the upcoming phone. Taking a page from competitors like the iPhone, HTC One and Xperia Z smartphones, Samsung will take aim to make the smartphone body as attractive on the outside as its guts on the inside by incorporating an aluminum unibody form factor for the smartphone.
Of course there are some questions to Samsung’s new intention for its upcoming golden ticket of a device. Will the aluminum body add some unnecessary weight? Are we going to see the last of a removable battery? Can we expect some sort of scratch-resistant material? Hopefully we’ll get a better idea of what to expect as we approach 2014.
source: Android GS
In an effort to revamp its smartphone lineup, LG is rumored to drop the ‘Optimus’ name from its premium devices and move the name to mid to lower-end devices instead. According to various reports, LG is in the midst of devising a new brand identity for its flagship models, which should help to generate more chatter and excitement among consumers. There’s no indication yet of when we’ll see the new flagship name (or if this sudden change indicates a new LG flagship that’s on the way), but the hope is that we’ll have a clearer understanding sooner than later.
Complimenting the more uniform naming arrangement for its smartphone models, LG is also rumored to go with a more common design language for not just its upcoming handsets— but other types of devices as all— all in order to bring more consistency and familiarity with customers. So while this is exciting (and unusual to say the least), no one knows exactly what this means really. Will the LG smartphones and say appliances feature some sort of sleek curvy design? Will each be featured in a few exclusive colors? Again no one knows exactly… but it certainly will be exciting to see what direction it is LG may be headed towards.
via: Phone Arena
As Samsung continues to push the envelope with its popular Galaxy Note family of devices, is it possible that we may see an even larger edition of the S Pen-wielding toy? It sure seems to be the case as the latest rumors out there indicate a 12.2-inch device is on the way for release somewhere around Q3 of this year. According to ET News, the tentatively titled Galaxy Note 12.2 will not only be larger in design, but will include some high-end specs including a stunning display with a 2,560 x 1,600 resolution— the same one that’s found in the Nexus 10 tablet. In addition, rumor has it that the display will be manufactured by Sharp in some of the batches and will feature IGZO display technology.
Unfortunately, that’s all the deets that we have for now, but we’ll be sure to give you guys any new info we may stumble upon.
source: ET News
We told you before that there would be an onslaught of
Nexus HTC and Samsung Google Edition bad boys, as well as the imminent arrival of the sweet MOTO X phone, but now it’s looking like there’s more that’s on the way after all. According to sources close to the gang at Android Authority, Google is in talk with at least one additional hardware partner to develop a Google Edition flagship device. Sure this might sound a little surprising to hear and one could speculate the number of potential candidates out there, but it’s not too hard to identify which manufacturer and smartphone will join the ranks of the unofficial Nexus family. If you recall just earlier this week, we’d mentioned to you that Sony is quietly working on a special Xperia Z variant that’s due in the immediate future, though Sony (and Google for that matter) has decided to stay mum for now.
Oh and that isn’t all folks. The same unidentified source believes that the upcoming X brand is only going to be limited to one device this year, not a line of devices that was previously thought before. So for now, it appears that we will not see an allotment of sweet smartphones for now, but who knows— maybe we will see a new line of cool devices next year and beyond.
source: Android Authority
So now that the HTC One Google Edition is very likely on the way, it’s only natural that HTC will be prepared to accommodate the presumably high demand and avoid various shipping problems by unleashing a boatload of Google Edition units, right? As Lee Corso would say, “not so fast my friends”— it appears that HTC will be releasing only a limited number of units for the general public. As indicated by an unknown Pocket-lint source, HTC will unleash “around 1 per cent of total sales of the device so far”— so if total sales are at 5,000,000+ units so far, then we should hypothetically expect something like 50,000 One Google Edition units available to the general public. If this is true, then there would almost certainly be some pandemonium for this specialized version of the device– which may or may not be a positive thing for HTC at this time.
Of course there is nothing totally concrete just yet, so we’ll just have to wait and see how everything plays out upon the device’s imminent release.
Just because the HTC One X is so last year doesn’t mean it’s not going to be treated to some welcome updates, possibly in the near-future. According famed developer LlabTooFeR, HTC is currently working on an extensive update that should not only bring Android 4.2.2, but will update the Sense UI software to version 5.0. Additionally, the new Sense UI update will bring the premium goodies that are Zoe and Blinkfeed as well, which brings enhanced camera capabilities and a brand-spanking new social feed to the device.
Of course everything needs to be confirmed by HTC above anything else, but here’s hoping we see something soon… very soon.
There’s some new information that has surfaced regarding Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Note III smartphone, courtesy of our friends at SamMobile. According to an insider, the upcoming phablet will come with all sorts of bells and whistles including a 5.99-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display with diamond pixel structure, a 13MP camera, Exynos 5 octa-core chip with Mali 450 GPU (also featuring 8 cores), a whopping 3GB of RAM and the latest version of Android (presumably Android 4.3?). In other words— the device will roughly be a larger variation of the existing Samsung Galaxy S 4 smartphone. Design-wise, it is expected the G-Note III will follow a similar look to the Galaxy Mega 5.8, though the bezel will probably be reduced in order to accommodate the larger display— though no one knows yet if the device will feature the oh-so-mouthwatering flexible display technology we’ve been hearing more about lately.
While there’s no concrete date of the device’s release, it’s looking like we will see the device by late summer (August or September), so we’ll just have to sit tight and play the waiting game for now.
If you know Samsung when it comes to its tablets (or any of its devices), then you’ll know that it is not happy unless it has unleashed an onslaught of various models for the masses. Following the newly unveiled Galaxy Tab 3, it’s looking like Samsung will have no fewer than 4 additional tablet models— the Galaxy Tab Duos 7.0, Galaxy Tab AMOLED 8.0, Galaxy Tab 11 and the Nexus 11— that will arrive for 2013. Each tablet model will range from 7-inch to 11-inch models and come jam-packed with features like rumored expandable microSD slots and 2MP front-facing cameras. The real intriguing device among the bunch is the Nexus 11— which will build upon the largely successful Nexus 10 and is possibly slated to feature an octa-core processor and wait for it— a microSD slot capable of up to 64GB of extra memory. Considering Google is pretty strict with microSD slots on its Nexus line, we’ll go ahead and hold our breath until it actually happens.
Hit the flip to see the full list and specs of each upcoming device.