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.
It’s no surprise that Google has taken the preliminary steps to get to know you a little better, but now it is taking things to another level by potentially answering a question before you ask. That’s right folks— Google is potentially working on something that pre-guesses what users are likely to be looking for and pings an update before users will ask the question. According to Technology Review, Google is trying to get an understanding of the needs of its users as they go about their normal lives. Essentially, this new technology would be even more dependent of a user’s GPS and would assist in making all the little things just a wee bit easier— like telling users how many people are lining up to buy their sandwiches at the local supermarket. So in essence, as users go about their normal day, Google will begin to pick up on the habits and give you answers before you ask. Cool? Definitely. Scary? Absolutely.
The fact that Google is possibly working on this enhanced technology all but points to one thing: Google clearly has its vision of the future for Google Now… one with an enhanced search experience. The scary thing is it’s going to be here— whether we like it or not.
And while we’re on the topic of Google Nexus tablets, there’s now more uncertainty about whether or not the Mountain View giant will or will not bring a $99 tablet. The not-so-credible DigiTimes highlights that Taiwanese supply-chain makers claims that consumers will indeed see a $99 version of the Nexus tablet sometime this quarter, despite certain folks who think the claim is full of crap. The problem with this claim: DigiTimes also reports that ASUS has come out and clearly stated that “it has no plans to launch US$99 Nexus”. So basically you have supply-chain makers saying it’s very much real and ASUS saying it’s not real.
Boy oh boy who to believe here. Personally– I’d hold my breath on a $99 Nexus tablet, unless you know— we see it on a wireless carrier or something.