Amazon’s new smartphone to use Omron’s OKAO Vision technology


Amazon is inviting folks to a launch event on June 18th when it is expected the company will reveal their first smartphone device. As we have previously reported, Amazon is hoping to bring something unique to market by loading the device down with several sensors that will enable both 3D effects on the screen as well as the potential for new interactions based on face and head tracking of users. It has now been revealed that Amazon will be using OKAO Vision face sensing technology from Omron.
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Analyst weighs in with predicted specs, release date of Amazon smartphone


KGI Securities analyst Ming-Chi Kuo has a reputation for accurately predicting device manufacturer plans long before announcements are made. He has mainly made his mark with regard to Apple products, although he has covered Samsung on occasion. He is now turning his sights on Amazon and the rumored smartphone coming from the retail giant. In a note to clients, Kuo says,

“we predict Amazon (US) will launch its own brand smartphone in 3-6 months, using the same hardware strategy as used for its e-reader and tablet.”
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More details about LG G Pro 2 discovered in AnTuTu benchmarks


Later this week we anticipate the official announcement of the LG G Pro 2, which should become one of LG’s flagship devices along with the LG G2. While some details have been leaking out about the device, like the photographer friendly features, the latest bit of information focuses more on some of the base hardware. According to some new entries in the AnTuTu Benchmark, the LG G Pro 2 will ship with a Snapdragon 800 processor running at 2.26 GHz mated to an Adreno 330 graphics chip, 3GB of RAM, and a full 1080p HD screen. No word yet on the exact size of the screen, though it is believed to be close to 6 inches putting in the large format, frequently called phablet, category of smartphone.
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Image surfaces showing supersized 7-inch smartphone from Huawei


A new image has surfaced showing a new device from Huawei which indicates they are not content to stop at 6.1 inches for the size of a smartphone. The Huawei Ascend Mate 2 was announced last month at CES 2014 with a massive 6.1-inch screen. The new device supposedly has a 7-inch screen that will run at 1920×1200 resolution. Other hardware reportedly included in the device includes a 1.6GHz quad-core processor and 2GB of RAM. Sources also report that Huawei considers the device, despite its size, a smartphone and not a tablet. Early pricing rumors suggest the device will sell for 1,200 yuan ($198 USD).

If this were to ever find its way outside of the Asian markets, is it something you would be interested in buying?

source: Weibo
via: G for Games

Xiaomi rumored to be working on a $50 smartphone


While Samsung continues to push forward the high-end smartphone market with the Note 3 and Motorola begins revolutionizing the low-end smartphone market with the Moto G, other companies have plans to join on in the fun as well.

Namely, this includes Xiaomi.

Rumors suggest that the Chinese company is planning to bring extremely affordable smartphones to Japan and maybe even other markets as well. While this most likely doesn’t include western markets, the company is looking to slap a $50 price-tag on these devices.

It’s all pretty unbelievable, but this is still in the rumor stage, so take it with a grain of salt. What are your thoughts on a $50 dollar smartphone?

Source: Android Authority

LG G Flex Confirmed For T-Mobile, Sprint and AT&T? (Video)

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Who would have thunk it? The LG G Flex appears to be gaining more traction than we initially thought it would. Due out in Europe this December, it appears that US carriers T-Mobile, Sprint and AT&T may be getting on the flex train too. Of course, Verizon is nowhere to be found since they either tend to announce a device much later than other carriers as to be fashionably late or something, or they may not even bother carrying the handset at all, which is more likely given their track record. Our trusty boy over at @evleaks is claiming that this is a “confirmed” deal and we can definitely expect the three out of four carriers to take on the new curved smartphone.

And with @evleaks’s pretty accurate track record we have no problem believing this is most likely going to happen. And while we’re not ultimately sure how well the device will do, both over seas and in the U.S., our curiosity is still certainly piqued. Most are touting that the device is a “gimmick” and still officially in an experimental phase but we have confidence in LG as they’ve managed to deliver with their Nexus series devices for Google as well as their Optimus lineup. As always, only time will tell and will determine whether the new technology will trend well and take off or go the way of 3D on smartphones.  
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Livestream Available For Moto G Event Thanks to Google and Motorola

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What could be better than announcing the new Moto G smartphone by Motorola? How about the ability to livestream that bad boy? As we mentioned in an earlier post, the company will be unveiling the new smartphone on November 13th however, place and time was unknown. The joint venture has announced the event will be held in Sao Paulo, Brazil beginning at 9am EST. And for those unable to attend in person, you’ll be given the opportunity the livestream the entire event from their official Motorola Mobility Google + page.

As far as known specs go, the device will sport a 4.5-inch 720 x 1280 display with a quad-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon by Qualcomm. In addition, the device will house a 5MP rear facing camera and there’s high speculation the device may be available for free on contract with several carriers. Overall, not a bad deal for the slightly scaled down Moto X. Feel free to leave your thoughts about the device in the comments below. Check out the source link as well for the full livestream on Nov 13th.

source: Motorola Mobility G+


ZTE Grand S Flex Coming To Europe, Sports 5-Inch Display and 1.2 GHz Dual-Core CPU

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The ZTE Grand S Flex, hinted back in June, and intro’d at CES 2013, has been announced for Europe and will sport a number of attractive features to give you that big phone feel while remaining in the mid-range class. Among the features you’ll find a 5-inch HD display and 1.2. GHz Qualcomm CPU. Throw in Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and an 8MP camera along with a 2300 mAh battery and you have yourself a pretty good mid-range contender. Check out the full list of specs below and note that the device is already available in the Czech Republic, Spain and Slovakia with a projection to hit Germany very soon. The device is going for around $320 euros ($433 US) which is a bit steep for yesteryear’s specs but we’ll leave that up to you to decide for yourselves. Hit the break for the full list of specs, and feel free to let us know what you think about the device in the comments below.

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Amazon smartphone project seems to be back in the works according to latest rumors


The Amazon smartphone is one of those on-again, off-again devices when it comes to information about its mere existence. Last month the device was supposedly coming to market for free and then that rumor was shot down only a couple days later. We are now learning the device has surfaced again in a manner consistent with the previously reported Alphabet Projects, although the names of the projects have been changed. The top model, said to include a 3D user interface, has apparently changed from being “Project B” to now being named “Smith.” In addition to this top-tier model, Amazon is supposedly working on a cheaper smartphone as well.
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New render image may show HP smartphone


An image surfaced on Monday that allegedly shows an HP smartphone. This discovery is timely as we reported at the beginning of the month an official with HP hinted the company was working on a smartphone. Now would be a good time for a company like HP to try to expand their market lines given the ongoing contraction in the PC market. No details regarding possible specs were available.

This would not be the first time HP has come close to releasing a smartphone device. Last year an HP Android-based smartphone was discovered on GLBenchmark, only to disappear. In 2011 HP had plans to launch the webOS powered HP Pre3 in the U.S., but canceled those plans after a short European launch.

source: phoneArena