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Sep 14, 2015 - 12:42 PM - by dgstorm
The latest HTC rumor suggests their late 2015 flagship, (the HTC Aero A9), will be announced at the same time as the newest Nexus devices, and will include Android 6.0 Marshmallow "out of the box." If true, this means that September 29th is going to be an exciting day in Android-land. We will see the launch of the Nexus 5X, the Huawei Nexus 6 and the HTC Aero A9. This suggests that HTC has been working a bit more closely with Google on their latest smartphone. Here's a recap of rumored specs for the A9:
- Mediatek deca-core Helio X20 Soc
- 5.2-inch QHD display
- 4GB RAM
- 3500 mAh battery
- Android 6.0 Marshmallow
If these specs and Android rumors are true, then the HTC Aero A9 is going to be an impressive device. Don't let that Mediatek CPU concern you, it is likely to be a very powerful new competitor to the other chipset alternatives in the market.
Sep 02, 2015 - 11:34 AM - by dgstorm
Acer showed off something new at IFA this year. They are hitting the market with a new Android smartphone and tablet that they claim are geared and optimized for gaming. The smartphone is called the Predator 6 and the tablet is called the Predator 8.
Both devices will essentially have the exact same design aesthetics, with one being a bit larger than the other. Here is the spec breakdown for each device and you can see the full press release in the thread below:
Acer Predator 6 Gaming Smartphone - launch date and pricing details unknown for this device at this time
- 6-inch FullHD display
- Deca-core MediaTek SoC (probably the Helio X20, although that is unconfirmed at this time)
- high-end Mali-T880 GPU
- 4GB of RAM
- 21 megapixel rear camera
- Quad front facing speakers
- Haptic feedback motors for at authentic gaming rumble
Acer Predator 8 Gaming Tablet - US launch on November 6th at $299 - global launch in October with a €349 price tag in Europe and ¥2499 in China
- 8-inch 1080p display
- Intel Atom x7-Z8700 processor - The Atom x7 is a 64-bit quad-core CPU chip with Intel’s Gen8 graphics architecture - this is Intel's most powerful mobile processor to date
- 2GB of RAM
- Lightweight aluminium body
- Four front facing speakers with support for virtual surround sound
- Tactile feedback for supported games
- 2×2 MIMO WiFi
- 32GB or 64GB of internal storage, supported by a microSD card slot
Any gamers intrigued by these devices?
Sep 01, 2015 - 10:40 AM - by dgstorm
Later yesterday Samsung officially unveiled their new Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic round faced smartwatches. Just as was previously rumored, it looks like Sammy took queues from Motorola, and they are finally getting wise to the better aesthetics of a round watch face. The new Gear S2 and Gear S2 classic both use a round watch face.
The Gear S2 features a sleek and modern design aesthetic that is a far cry from the bland and boring of the previous Samsung Gear watches. The Gear S2 Classic takes the same round face, but adds a more traditional watch face that Samsung describes as a “timeless watch design.” (Timeless? Does that mean it stops functioning? :D)
You can get the Gear S2 in a dark gray watch and strap, or silver watch with white strap, while the S2 Classic is only available in black, with a matching genuine leather black strap. Both devices will include a round 1.2-inch 360 x 360 resolution (302 ppi) circular AMOLED display, include physical rotating bezels and have home/back buttons.
Unsurprisingly, the watches are also NOT Android Wear. They use Tizen, and have a 1GHz dual-core processor. They also contain a battery worth 2-3 days on a single charge, as well as NFC capabilities, mobile payments and wireless charging. Pricing and availability details where not revealed yet, but we will get to see them at IFA on September 3rd.
Here at HQ, we think Samsung should have lead with this design years ago? What do you folks think?
Aug 31, 2015 - 11:20 AM - by dgstorm
We are keeping this hot new leak train rolling this morning! The latest intel is about LG's next 2015 flagship. Even though one of LG's execs recently downgraded the next 2015 LG device from "super premium" to "high class," that doesn't mean it won't be a stout device. In fact, that might be the case in more ways than one.
The latest rumor shares some of the specs for the device and they seem a bit beefy. From the sound of these specs, this next LG will be closer to being another G Pro device than a regular G flagship. The intel indicates that LG is planning on including a 5.8-inch 2K QHD display and dual-rear cameras.
It was only last year that LG paused production of their G Pro line. Could this be a return to form for that line of phablet-style devices?
Source: LG's Upcoming Flagship To Differentiate Itself Through Camera Prowess?
Aug 27, 2015 - 11:32 AM - by dgstorm
For folks who actually want to be productive with their tablets, LG's latest invention might prove useful. It's called "The Rolly Keyboard" (model KBB-700), and it's basically a foldable bluetooth keyboard that is nearly the same size as your standard PC keyboard.
The Rolly is a Bluetooth 3.0 keyboard in which 4 rows of keys fold up on a central "stick." You can check out the video above for a demo of the device. No details on pricing or availability were revealed at this time, but we will get to see it live at IFA in September.
How many of our members out there could use something like this?
Source: LG DEVELOPS FULL-SIZE KEYBOARD FOR POCKETS | LG Newsroom
Aug 24, 2015 - 11:42 AM - by dgstorm
While the name won't surprise, the aesthetics just might. LG just unveiled their next generation LG G Pad II Android Tablet. The specs aren't spectacular, but they are nothing to scoff at either. Here's a breakdown:
- Processor: 2.26GHz Quad-Core Qualcomm® Snapdragon™ 800 Processor
- Display: 10.1-inch WUXGA (1920 x 1200 / 224 ppi)
- Operating System: Android 5.1.1 Lollipop
- Memory: 16GB eMMC / 2GB RAM / microSD
- Camera: Rear 5MP / Front 2MP
- Battery: 7,400mAh Size: 254.3 x 161.1 x 7.8mm
- Weight: 489g
- Network: DL 42 Mbps / UL 5.76Mbps (3G)
- Connectivity: LTE Cat. 4 CA / Wi-Fi 802.11 a, b, g, n, ac / A-GPS / USB 2.0
- Color: Brilliant Bronze
- Other: Reader Mode / Dual Window / QuickMemo+
It's interesting they are calling the color of this device "Brilliant Bronze" because it looks more Burgundy or Maroon from the pic. Here's a quote with the scant details on availability:
Details of price and availability will be announced locally at the time of launch. Visitors to IFA 2015 can see the LG G Pad II 10.1 for themselves in Hall 18 of Messe Berlin from September 4-9.
Aug 21, 2015 - 11:31 AM - by dgstorm
It looks like Sammy is trying to kick Apple in the groin with their latest promotional offer. It's called the "Samsung Ultimate Test Drive" and it aims to get a Samsung into the hands of any iPhone user in the least bit tempted to try out a Samsung device.
The promo actually offers iPhone users the chance to use a new Samsung flagship device for 30 days if they cough up just $1. The program will only work for iPhone users, and in fact, you have to sign up for the program from your iPhone for it to work properly. The three eligible Samsung devices are the Galaxy S6 Edge, the S6 Edge+ and the Galaxy Note 5.
You would think that the offer would be free instead of just a buck, but the dollar price for the 30 day tryout actually makes sense. If you do not return whichever Samsung device you choose within 30 days, you will be charged the full retail price for it. The best way for them to secure the phone and setup that future possible transaction is to already charge your card the $1.
Either way, if you have iPhone using friends who might be interested in this deal, send them this link: Samsung Promotions
Aug 19, 2015 - 3:39 PM - by dgstorm
Samsung's forays into the smartwatch world have been met with limited success. The primary reason for that could probably be attributed to a square and unattractive design. As soon as Motorola debuted the Moto 360 with a round face, Android fans finally stood up and took notice. From then on, other manufacturers, (like LG) moved to the round face as well. It looks like Samsung has finally decided to join the "in" crowd.
Samsung just shared the above teaser trailer for their next smartwatch. It confirms earlier rumors and reports that Sammy's next design would be round-faced. It also seems to confirm rumors that the device would include a rotating bezel. Could we be seeing an innovative idea from Samsung? :eek:
Here's what Sammy said,
What do you think of Samsung's chances of breaking through in the smartwatch market?
What’s next is circular.
The new Samsung Gear S2 is coming.
Ready to turn.
Aug 18, 2015 - 11:50 AM - by dgstorm
Apparently Google is doing more than "blessing the rains down in Africa." They just announced some new Android One based devices that will soon be available in Africa. The devices have a fancy name designed to catch consumers' attention: Infinix's HOT 2.
The phones are available now in six different African countries, including Ghana, Ivory Coast and Kenya. They are priced just under $90 USD equivalent. Here's a quick breakdown of specs for the device:
- Quad-core MediaTek CPU
- 1GB RAM
- 16GB storage
- A microSD and dualSIM card slots
- 8-megapixel primary camera
- 2-megapixel forward camera
- 5-inch HD screen
- 2,200mAh battery
You can also get a "premium" version of the device with a gold paint job and 2GB Ram.
We have two comments regarding this device. One, these specs are not too shabby for a sub-$100 device. Two, why can't more Google devices have microSD slots? Grrrrr....:mad:
Aug 14, 2015 - 3:55 PM - by dgstorm
Google just shared their new teaser video for Android M. They basically dance and sing around the Google front lawn where all of the other Android Desserts are. Here at HQ, the consensus is that the ending of the video teases Marshmallow as the dessert of choice, but it's entirely possible it is also a big fake-out. We wouldn't put it past Google to troll us for fun.
What do you guys think the final dessert marketing name of Android M will be?
Aug 13, 2015 - 4:22 PM - by dgstorm
Aug 12, 2015 - 10:14 AM - by dgstorm
It's possible that Google and BMW might get into a trademark fight very soon. We reported a couple days ago that Google has split itself off into a few different companies with a new umbrella corporation called Alphabet at the top. Unfortunately for Google, the German auto-maker BMW already owns the trademark and alphabet.com domain name.
Normally, this isn't as big of a deal as you might think. Companies can share the same trademark as long as their respective products are not easily confused by consumers. For the most part that shouldn't be a problem between Google and BMW; however, Google is developing self-driving cars, and of course, cars are the main product for BMW, so there could be a problem here.
According to the source of this report, BMW is considering taking legal action against Google. It's also interesting that the alphabet.com domain has been overloaded ever since Google's press announcement on this subject. To be honest, we aren't even sure why BMW owns the domain or what they would use it for. Let's just cross our fingers that another patent war doesn't break out...
Source: Google reveals Alphabet, but BMW already owns that trademark
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