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Samsung Supposedly Considering Leasing Program For Galaxy Phones, Just Like Apple

Sep 22, 2015 - 4:52 PM - by dgstorm

We wouldn't fault you if you didn't know about Apple's new iPhone leasing program. Suffice it to say, it's a pretty aggressive offer that allows owners of an iPhone to get an unlocked iPhone on an monthly plan (starting from $32). It even allows you to upgrade to a new iPhone each year if you want to. Apple even includes their Apple Care service for free with the monthly plan. You also have the option of simply keeping what you have and then paying off the full retail price of the phone and ending the lease.

Either way, it's a handy way for folks to get a new iPhone constantly without being beholden to carrier contracts. The reason it is relevant here on an Android site is that Samsung is reportedly going to follow Apple's lead on this concept. According to the latest scuttlebutt, Samsung is thinking about offering their own lease program for Galaxy smartphones, and it will probably be very similar to what Apple is offering on the iPhone.

We have to say, it's actually a pretty neat idea. It basically obligates you to a $30-$40 per month lease, but it lets you get a shiny new flagship every year. Of course, if you find yourself happy with your current device, you can simply pay it off and end the lease.

What do you folks think? Could these direct from the OEM leases, finally be the death-knell of the two-year contracts with carriers?

Source: Forbes
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Samsung Gear S2 Pricing and Release Leaked

Sep 17, 2015 - 11:47 AM - by dgstorm

We have a Samsung Gear S2 rumor for you folks. While Sammy already revealed the device officially at IFA 2015, they didn't share pricing or availability dates. The leaked intel we have today claims that the Gear S2 will be coming to the US October 2nd, and here are the prices revealed:
  • Samsung Gear S2: $350
  • Samsung Gear S2 3G model: $400
  • Samsung Gear S2 Classic: $400

On top of this news, we also have word that the 3G model of the Gear S2 will only be available in the United States and Korea (at least initially). We will share more details when they are officially announced.

Source: PhoneArena
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Amazon Reveals New Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 10 Android Tablets

Sep 17, 2015 - 11:36 AM - by dgstorm

Along with the new super-cheap Fire 7-Inch tablet, Amazon just announced two new Fire HD tabs. These are the Fire HD 8 and Fire HD 10 respectively. The price on these tablets are quite a bit more than the $50 7-inch tab, but they are still affordably priced for what you get. Here's a breakdown of specs and price for each of Amazon's new Fire HD tabs:

Amazon Fire HD 8 - $149.99 - Available for pre-order now and will launch on September 30th
  • 8-inch HD (189 ppi / 1280 x 800) display
  • Quad-core processor up to 1.5 GHz.
  • 720p HD Front-facing camera and 5 MP rear-facing camera with 1080p HD video recording
  • "All-new Amazon Underground, a one-of-a-kind app store experience where over $10,000 in apps, games and even in-app items are actually free - including extra lives, unlocked levels, unlimited add-on packs and more"
  • 8 GB or 16 GB of internal storage - Free unlimited cloud storage (for photos taken with Fire devices)
  • MicroSD card slot for up to 128 GB of additional storage
  • Fire OS 5
  • Thinner case design
  • Dual-band Wi-Fi
  • 8 Hour battery life
  • Dual stereo speakers, Built-in microphone

Amazon Fire HD 10 - $229.99 - Available for pre-order now and will launch on September 30th
  • Widescreen 10.1" HD (149 ppi / 1280 x 800) display
  • Quad-core processor up to 1.5 GHz
  • 720p HD Front-facing camera and 5 MP rear-facing camera with 1080p HD video recording
  • "All-new Amazon Underground, a one-of-a-kind app store experience where over $10,000 in apps, games and even in-app items are actually free - including extra lives, unlocked levels, unlimited add-on packs and more"
  • 16 GB or 32 GB of internal storage - Free unlimited cloud storage (for photos taken with Fire devices)
  • MicroSD card slot for up to 128 GB of additional storage
  • 8 hours battery life Wi-Fi
  • Dual-band Wi-Fi
  • Dual stereo speakers, Built-in microphone

You can now use the microSD card for offline viewing of streaming Prime Videos, and Amazon has adjusted its DRM so you can also store those movies and TV shows on it. The 8-inch variety comes in black, magenta, tangerine, and blue, while the larger 10-inch only comes in white or black.

What do you folks think? Could Amazon have a hit on their hands? The previous generation Fire tablets sold very well. These don't seem to bring much that is new to the table, but they represent a solid value to those who appreciate Amazon's ecosystem.

We have an image of the 10-Inch Fire HD tab in the thread below.
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Amazon Announces $50 7-Inch Fire Tablet & More

Sep 17, 2015 - 11:13 AM - by dgstorm

Amazon just surprised everyone with official announcements for three new tablets. We will handle the 7-inch tablet separately from the other two. The most amazing thing about the new 7-inch Fire Tablet from Amazon is its price. At only $50 USD, it is easily the most affordable tablet on the market currently. Here's a breakdown of specs so you can see what you are getting for your money:
7-inch 1024x600 resolution display
1.3GHz quad-core chipset
1GB of RAM
Rear and front facing cameras
8 GB of internal storage
MicroSD slot for up to 128GB additional storage
Fire OS 5
7 Hour battery
For folks with a big family, Amazon is offering an even better deal on this ultra-affordable tablet. If you by a pack of 5 of them for $249.99, Amazon will upgrade it to a "6 Pack" by giving you a sixth tablet for free.

The new tablet is available for pre-order and will be released on September 30. Here's the link: http://www.amazon.com/Fire-Display-W...mazon+fire#top
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Amazon Could Be Working On New 10-Inch Kindle Fire Tablet With Stock Android

Sep 16, 2015 - 11:12 AM - by dgstorm

Here's a strange rumor from Amazon-land. The image you see above is supposedly a new 10-inch Kindle Fire tablet from Amazon. Obviously, that's not actually the strange part, as a larger Kindle Fire could be a pretty slick idea. The oddity comes with what OS we might actually see on this tab.

If you peer closely at the pic, it appears that the OS on board is a great deal closer to a stock Android UI instead of the typical Amazon overlay. Of course, it also appears that there are no Google Apps installed, but that is unsurprising considering Amazon wants to have their own "walled garden."

Still, perhaps their engineers realized that the Amazon UI overlay just wasn't as easy to use as the natural form of Android. The Google engineers have basically evolved the tablet interface to a very polished and refined state.

Let's cross our fingers this intel is the real deal.

Source: https://twitter.com/evleaks/status/644119263322722304
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NVIDIA Shield Pro Android TV Console Suffers Minor Recall

Sep 14, 2015 - 5:04 PM - by dgstorm

It looks like NVIDIA is having some issues with their shiny new Shield Pro Android TV console. From the talk in the NVIDIA forums, the only recalled device is the Pro version of the device, which includes the 500 GB HDD. About 1% of owners of this specific version of the console are affected. The main issues include the system failing to upgrade to firmware 1.4, and some corruption in the Android TV interface.

Luckily, NVIDIA is taking care of their customers who experience any of these issues. You simply need to contact their tech support and they can arrange to get you a replacement for your defective console. Here's a link to NVIDIA's support thread to get the process going if you need to: https://forums.geforce.com/default/t...ted-9-8-15-/1/
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HTC Aero A9 to Include Marshmallow From Factory

Sep 14, 2015 - 1:42 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.

Source: AndroidAuthority
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Acer Announces Gaming Smartphone & Tablet: The Predator 6 & Predator 8

Sep 02, 2015 - 12:34 PM - 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?
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Samsung Officially Reveals Gear S2 and Gear S2 Classic

Sep 01, 2015 - 11:40 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?
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LG 2015 Flagship Rumors: 5.8-Inch 2K Display & Dual-Rear Cameras

Aug 31, 2015 - 12:20 PM - 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?
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LG Announces a New Foldable Bluetooth Keyboard Called 'The Rolly'

Aug 27, 2015 - 12:32 PM - 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?

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LG Reveals Their Newest Android Tablet: The G Pad II

Aug 24, 2015 - 12:42 PM - 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.
Source: LG
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