Hot off the heels of having a very successful 2012 campaign, LG is set to come into 2013 with a bang by introducing a new flagship device to the masses as early as next week. According to DigiTimes, the Korean manufacturer has developed the Optimus G2 smartphone, which is a full 5.5-inch device featuring a 1080p display and newly minted Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Prime MSM8974 chip. Although additional details are slim for now, it appears that LG is clearly intent stealing all of the phablet attention as we’re also expecting to see offerings from Huawei and Sony as well.
Ladies and gentlemen– let the next round of the phablet wars begin. Let’s just hope Samsung is ready for what looks to be an exciting battle.
Let’s take a moment to reflect on the best phones of 2012… OK, done. Now we’re free to
drool over look at what’s coming in 2013. The latest Samsung Galaxy S IV rumor says it will be released in April equipped with Galaxy Note II-like S Pen functionality. This may explain why early leaks have suggested the phone will be bigger (up from 4.8-inch to a 5-inch display) and slightly thicker (from 8.6mm to 9.2mm). It doesn’t, however, explain why we always use imperial measurements for screen size and metric for thickness. From what we’ve seen so far the S IV is shaping up to to be a worthy successor to the S III. The rumored 2GHz quad-core processor will pack quite a punch, especially if it incorporates the big.LITTLE architecture Samsung has been working on.
Ever since Google acquired Motorola Mobile in early 2012, Android enthusiasts have been waiting anxiously to see what kind of amazing super-phone the combined companies would create. Well, according to a new report by the Wall Street Journal, we could be finding out as early as next year. According to some insider sources, Google is working very closely with Motorola to build the ultimate superphone, code named “X Phone”. Larry Page is said to have told the Motorola team to “think big” and has promised significant funds for the device. Dennis Woodside, Motorola’s chief executive has said that the company is currently “investing in a team and a technology that will do something quite different than the current approaches.” What is this “different” approach that the X Phone will be taking? It’s anyone’s guess really, but the fact that the phone is called the “X Phone” could be an homage to Google’s super secretive, super forward thinking “X Labs”, a branch of Google engineers that develop hardware and ideas that will change the future.
We know that NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 chip is one hell of a processor, but what about it’s successor? We already know that NVIDIA plans on bringing in even more speed, but now it appears that we may likely see even more speed that ever before. According to Chinese website Chip Hell, the new Tegra chip will have a 28-nanometer part featuring “4-plus-1″ quad core architecture with a fifth battery saver core that will likely be based off ARM’s Cortex-A15 infrastructure. In addition, the imminent chip will be powered by a brand new 72-core GeForce GPU which should offer 20x the performance of the Tegra 2 and 6x that of the Tegra 3. Adding to this is the fact that the new chip will be capable of handling up to a 2,560 x 1600 resolution display at full 1080p and 4K support.
As exciting as the new chipset is going to be, we can only hope that we see more support for the upcoming chips that we’ve seen in years past. There are no further details for now, though rumor has it that we can possibly see a formal announcement of the new technology as early as CES 2013.
It’s no secret that Sony has a superphone in the works for 2013, but it appears that we now have an idea of what this device may look like. Thanks to some leaked images from Mobile Review, you can see how the Sony “Yuga” looks in plain view— and she sure is a beauty too. Similar to the Nexus 4 or LG Optimus G smartphones (as well as previous renderings we had seen before), the device is almost entirely coated in a glassy-type material coupled with a sleek black finish. In addition, Mobile Review indicates the smartphone will be powered by a Qualcomm Snapdragon-based processor— refuting any type of rumor highlighting the device would possibly be powered by a Samsung Exynos processor.
So now that we’re beginning to see more and more information pour out for this impressive device, all that’s needed now is a better idea of when Sony will finally come out and formally show this device to the masses. Considering Sony has a history of unveiling premium devices at certain January trade shows, we suspect that we’ll likely see something then.
source: Mobile Review
Recently there have been rumblings of Sony releasing some hefty Android juggernauts in the coming year of 2013. Codename’s of Sony’s Yuga/Odin have been flying around lately and is expected to be one hell of a device. With Sony recently taking HTC’s #2 spot and only behind Samsung when it comes to Androids top manufacturers, I’m sure they’re preparing for a big push this next year to challenge that top spot.
The leaks are pointing towards 5+” full HD displays paired with a quad-core Cortex-A15 processors along with 13 MP Exmor RS cameras on the back. Here’s what the Sony tipster had to say:
We think we may have an idea of what Sammy may have set for CES 2013, but it’s gone ahead and decided to tease us anyways that we should have a lot to look forward to next month. It recently released a teaser video indicating that it has “something new” up its sleeve. Of “something new” is a bit vague and can be a wide-open number of possibilities, but still– you can’t help but get giddy at the thought of even cooler devices on the way.
You can see the full teaser vid once you hit the break.
As we rapidly approach the new year, we are rapidly gaining new details of Sammy’s “Next Big Thing”. Also known as “Project J”, the Galaxy S IV is expected to have top-line features like a brand new quad-core Exynos processor, a 13MP camera and most noteworthy— a revolutionary display. While the expected 441 ppi density of the display is sort of been there, done that already, the Galaxy’s S IV’s potentially unique display will have something competitors will not have: an unbreakable plane. Similar to earlier reports we’ve heard in the past, analysts expect to see not only an unbreakable display panel in the Galaxy S IV, but they expect that consumers will eventually see possibly a bendable-type display material as well. Adding fuel to the rumor fire, Samsung is reported to begin production organic light-emitting diode (OLED) displays in the first half of 2013, which will be seen in the Galaxy S IV or Galaxy S V smartphones, as indicated by analyst Mark Newman of Stanford Bernstein in Hong Kong:
“Eventually, they’ll have unbreakable and flexible displays. Either the Galaxy S IV or S V will have unbreakable and even possibly flexible and foldable displays by 2014. That’s going to be a game-changer.”
You know what they say folks— when there’s smoke, there’s fire. It’s looking more and more like the next Galaxy(s) are going to be straight up beastly (and revolutionary) devices. Your move Apple & HTC?
In some surprising news, it looks like we’ll be seeing more and more devices powered by MediaTek processors in the near-future. Hot off the heels of ZTE potentially developing a smartphone featuring a MediaTek 8-core processor, Sony has requested samples of MediaTek’s MT6589 quad-core SoC. This specialized chip is an ARM Cortex A7-based unit that can be clocked up to 1.2GHz and has a PowerVR SGX544 GPU that can handle 1,280 x 720 displays— but the catch is the quad-core chip is relatively affordable compared to other units like those from Qualcomm, NVIDIA and even Samsung.What this means is that Sony may be trying to implement the processors into potential new designs and support the possibility that consumers may see some new (budget-minded) devices as soon as next year.
Bear in mind, however– that while Sony has requested SoC samples for testing– this doesn’t necessarily mean it will actually produce new smartphones utilizing MediaTek’s quad-core processors– it is only in the preliminary stages… for now. However, if testing does indeed go well, don’t be surprised if we see some new (budget-minded) Sony smartphones on the horizon.
source: Phone Arena
Considering Samsung continues to churn out powerhouse after powerhouse, it’s fairly conceivable that it has its sights on developing even better and more powerful processors for future devices, right? It sure seems to be the case as Sammy is rumored to be developing an even faster version of its quad-core Exynos processor line. According to the gang at SamMobile, Sammy is currently developing a new system-on-a-chip (SoC) processor dubbed the Exynos 5440— which is based off ARM’s new Cortex A15 technology. The processor has a reference board identified as “SSDK5440″ and should be head and shoulders above the Exynos 5250 processor— which is also Cortex-A15-based, but “only” a dual-core processor. Indeed it looks like the latest information seems to line up with earlier rumors involving Sammy’s “next big thing”.
Unfortunately there are no additional details like what the processor speed will be or what GPU will compliment the processor, but the thought of an even faster processor sure will many mouths salivating. We’ll be sure to provide additional details as we get them.