Late last week new images popped up on the PhoneHK Forum showing a new HTC device. The mystery device has red accents on the side rails, popular on HTC devices manufactured for Verizon. One of the images shows a Beats Audio logo. Overall, it has a similar look to the HTC One X. No other information was available to go along with the photos. However, some are speculating it may be the HTC6435LVW which appears to have a 5-inch screen and posted some impressive numbers on GLBenchmark.
It’s that time of year again. Samsung fansite Sammobile has revealed specs for a new Samsung phone with the model number GT-i9260. As we all know, the Galaxy Nexus is the GT-i9250, so this along with the leaked specifications indicate this device will be a mid-level spec bump. Among the improved specs are a 1.5GHz Cortex A9 dual-core CPU, 8 megapixel rear facing camera, 1.9 megapixel front facing camera, and the addition of an SD card. The bumped specs are slight improvements, which is disappointing if this is going to be the next Nexus phone.
Perhaps Google is going to introduce high end and mid-level Nexus devices since the Nexus 7 has been a huge success in part due to its low price. Or perhaps the addition of an SD card indicates this will be a Samsung TouchWiz powered device, since we all know Nexus devices no longer have SD cards. Let’s also not forget the rumor that there could be as many as five Nexus devices announced later this year.
Are you excited about the prospect of the next Nexus? Do you think this will indeed be the next Nexus or a TouchWiz phone? Hit up the comments and let us know what you think!
Samsung Galaxy S II owners are probably content enough to have gotten the Android 4.0 update but those same owners will certainly be giddy after hearing this tidbit of news. According to SamMobile, Samsung is currently testing the preliminary builds of Android 4.1— also known as Jelly Bean. In fact—the same source claims testing has gone well for Samsung and Samsung should release the latest version of the Android OS (Android 4.1.1) by September or October— if all goes well. Of course this is expected to apply to the international variants of the smartphone— so you American owners of the device will have to add a few months after the initial launch.
Oh and you Galaxy Note owners won’t be left out of the blue either as that device is set to receive the Jelly Bean update as well— though a specific time frame for that device is anyone’s guess. If this is indeed true Samsung— well done to you. Well done.
We know the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is very much real and on it’s way, but the actual design of the upcoming device is a mystery to say the least. Well friends, we may have an idea of what this thing may look like. A supposed picture of the Galaxy Note 2′s bezel has surfaced and low and behold— shows a squarish design as opposed to the curvy profile we’d previously expected. On the other hand, the bezel “seems” to match up well with the device’s rumored 5.5-inch screen.
Naturally this may be just some made up image, but boy you gotta admit— it sure looks real!
So much for all that mystery and uncertainty surrounding the upcoming Samsung Galaxy Note 2 (N7100) smartphone. Our friends at GSMArena obtained a supposed leaked photo which highlights the device’s front panel. While it’s not certain if the photo is real or not, the device you see pretty much matches up with earlier rumors indicating the Galaxy Note 2 would channel its inner Galaxy S III. Moreover, GSMArena reports its source included some Galaxy Note 2 features which also lines up with what we’ve reported before. The Galaxy Note 2 will feature a 1280 x 800 Super AMOLED RGB display on a 5.5-inch screen, 1.5GHz quad-core Exynos processor and Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box. And speaking of Ice Cream Sandwich– it’s also of note that Samsung just about has its Jelly Bean update ready and will release the update for the Galaxy S III alongside the Galaxy Note 2 announcement on August 29th.
Motorola’s upcoming DROID RAZR HD sure is doing its best to tease us isn’t it? We’ve seen a leak here and another there… a benchmark here and another there. Heck, we even know it’s on its way sooner than we think because of how it just finished taking a stroll through the FCC. But now we may have a better indication of when exactly it is to arrive. According to Hot Hardware (via our friends at DROID Life), MOTO is intent on bringing not only the DROID RAZR HD smartphone— but the DROID RAZR MAXX HD variant as well sometime in October. The rumored October launch sounds about right because of the fact the original DROID RAZR was launched around that time last year. There’s also no word on what carrier(s) it will launch with, but given Motorola’s success with its DROID RAZR line on Verizon’s network, it’s probably a safe bet it will launch there first.
Naturally, this could be pure speculation and we may see the device launch earlier or even later. But we suspect Motorola doesn’t want to wait too long— especially with Apple expected to release its new phone next month and ummmm… Samsung’s hot-selling Galaxy S III dominating the market share.
source: DROID Life
Considering Samsung and now LG have established their positions in the phablet game, it was only natural for manufacturing giant HTC to join the party. Notorious story leaker Digitimes reports HTC’s device will come in at 5-inches and sport a mind-boggling 1794 x 1080 pixel display, good for a true 1080p HD screen. There are no further details at this time, but reports point to HTC fully launching the device sometime in September or October of this year.
Naturally this could all be hearsay and probably just a tease, but the idea of an HTC-developed 5-inch phone sure is intriguing. Any of you HTC fanatics crazy about the idea of owning a Sense-infused phablet?
It seems the as yet announced Sony Xperia SL is going to be available in more than just the blue and pink colors that we’ve seen so far ( a good thing, to be sure). Photos have surfaced showing the phone sporting black, grey and white paint schemes. Photos and more info after the break. » Read the rest
As we wait… and wait… and wait for Amazon’s next big thing, Amazon makes it clear it’s looking at bigger and better things beyond that device in the near-future. According Demos Parneros, president of U.S. Retail for Staples Inc., Amazon will introduce up to five or six tablet SKUs (stock-keeping units). In addition, we’ll see devices of all types and sizes, such as a 10-inch model that has long been rumored. While there was no mention of this, it probably wouldn’t be too far fetched to see a long-awaited smartphone be among these devices that will be released by Amazon as well. To support that idea, it also looks like Amazon is employing the best and brightest to help develop and customize these new products. Reuters reports Amazon’s Lab126 research and design center in Silicon Valley has posted new job listings, which suggests Amazon is working on new mobile devices that will run on wireless carrier networks. To highlight this point even further, seven job postings by Lab126 in recent months sought hardware and software engineers who have experience with cellular products including cell phones and smart phones.
Ladies and gents, this is probably as big of a sign as it gets to show Amazon is really looking to stamp its mark as a major consumer brand among everyday folks.
Despite recent rumors that the device has been canceled, Samsung appears to still have plans in place to release a 64GB version of the Samsung Galaxy S III before the end of 2012. According to a Samsung spokesperson, “the 64GB model of the GALAXY S III will be available during the second half of this year. The market availability and timing may vary and will be determined at the time of release.” Readers may note from the statement the lack of commitment to releasing the phone in all markets.
Considering a 64GB model could be paired with a 64GB microSD card for a stunning 128GB of memory, it this a model you would be willing to wait for? We’ll continue to watch for further news regarding this version of the Galaxy S III.
source: Android Central