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Sep 04, 2014 - 9:22 AM - by dgstorm
Here are the details from the Sony smartphone announcement. We have three new devices, a flagship, a mid-range and a budget model. They are the Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact, & Xperia E3 respectively.
The Xperia Z3 seems like more of a slightly upgraded refresh of the Z2.
- 5.2-inch, 1080p display
- 20.7-megapixel camera
- More rounded aluminum frame
- New, wide-angle 25mm lens with extra-high ISO 12,800 light sensitivity
- Quad-core 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 processor instead of the 2.3GHz version in the Z2
The Xperia Z3 Compact is the mid-range smaller cousin of the Z3.
- Same quad-core 2.5GHz Snapdragon 801 chipset as the Z3
- Same 20.7-megapixel rear camera (complete with Sony's Exmor RS sensor)
- Same rounded waterproof chassis
- 4.6-inch Triluminos display running at 720p
The Xperia E3 is the budget-friendly device of the crowd.
- 4.5-inch, 854 x 480 screen
- Quad-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 CPU
- 2,330 mAh battery
- 1GB RAM
- 4GB expandable memory
- 5-megapixel camera.
These devices should come sometime this fall.
Sep 04, 2014 - 9:21 AM - by dgstorm
Samsung wasn't finished announcing stuff after the two Note devices and the Gear S. They also shared the new Gear VR headset. Samsung partnered up with Oculus to bring this technology to market. The device works hand in hand with the Galaxy Note 4.
Luckily, the hardware in both the headset and the Galaxy Note 4 supposedly helps create a rich VR experience.
The famed video game developer John Carmack even took to the stage to help announce this impressive device.
Sep 04, 2014 - 9:20 AM - by dgstorm
Just as predicted, Samsung also announced their Gear S Smartwatch. The defining characteristic of the Gear S is that it has its own nano-SIM card and 3G connection so it can be used as a replacement for your smartphone.
After an initial setup through a Samsung smart phone, the Gear S can operate exclusively as your smartphone. You can also text and use apps. It uses the Tizen OS for all of its functionality and has a 2-inch curved display.
It also includes several health sensors to be used as a fitness device.
Sep 04, 2014 - 9:19 AM - by dgstorm
Image above is from Engadget.
It was no surprise that Samsung would announce the Galaxy Note 4, but what came as a shock was that they also announced the new Galaxy Note Edge as well.
The Note Edge is basically a special addition version of the Galaxy Note line, which includes a YOUM 5.6-inch Quad HD+ bent display (the "plus" in Quad HD+ refers to the 160 rows of extra pixels used on the side display).
Other than the display, the specs are the same as the Galaxy Note 4.
Sep 04, 2014 - 9:19 AM - by dgstorm
[Update: The phone has been confirmed for AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint and US Cellular in October.]
Samsung officially unveiled the Galaxy Note 4. Here's the full hardware spec-list:
- Super AMOLED screen Quad HD (2,560 x 1,440)
- Rear-facing camera is now 16MP
- Battery 3,220mAh.
- Front-facing camera is a 3.7MP sensor and an aperture of f/1.9 (wider viewing angle for improved selfies and wefies.
- Korean Note 4 will have Octa-core Exynos 5433 chipset, which is split up into a 1.9GHz quad-core processor for bigger activities and a 1.3GHz quad-core for the smaller tasks
- Everywhere else the Note 4 will have a 2.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon 805 with a 600MHz Adreno 420 GPU Both versions will have 3GB of RAM
- 32 and 64GB storage options.
- Add up to a 64GB with a microSD card
- S Pen - enhanced and more pressure sensitive
- fingerprint scanner on front
- heart rate monitor on the back underneath the camera next to the flash
- UV light sensor on the back
- Smart Optical Image Stabilization on the camera
- Android 4.4 KitKat with the same Samsung UI as seen on the Galaxy S5
It will come in black, white, gold and pink.
For more discussions regarding the Galaxy Note 4, please head over to our dedicated section right here on Droidforums: Samsung Galaxy Note 4 | Android Forums at DroidForums.net
Pricing has not been shared just yet, but the device should hit shelves by October. We will keep you updated.
Aug 29, 2014 - 11:16 AM - by dgstorm
Aug 29, 2014 - 11:14 AM - by dgstorm
For folks who were hoping the Sony Xperia Z3 would come to a US carrier, we have some good news and bad news for you today. The good news is that it is coming to a US carrier. The bad news is only bad news if you aren't on Sprint, because that's the carrier who will be picking it up.
Of course, it's still possible some of the other carriers will pick it up too. In fact, in the past, both AT&T and T-Mobile have sold some of the Xperia line phones. It's good to see Sony devices finally spreading out, but we don't expect massive success in the US for Sony until they work out a deal with Verizon.
Incidentally, it is Softbank who is picking up the device, so it will also be sold in Japan through them as well.
Sony's official unveiling of the device will occur on September 3rd. That's the same day Samsung is unveiling the Galaxy Note 4.
Do you hope the Xperia Z3 will come to your carrier of choice?
Aug 28, 2014 - 11:42 AM - by dgstorm
Sony's mobile division is soldiering on with three new devices in their Xperia line. They just teased the Xperia Z3, Xperia Z3 Compact & Xperia Z3 tablet, and the video teaser indicates a September 3rd official reveal date. Their video also teases that all three devices will be water-resistant.
We still have no idea if anyone other than AT&T will carry any of these devices in the US, which is typically the case with Sony mobile products. Sometimes there are exceptions, but those are few and far between. Sound off if you would like to see Sony's products come to your neck of the woods.
Aug 28, 2014 - 10:39 AM - by dgstorm
Trying to cut through the confusion of all the latest Motorola smartphones news is like trying to cut down a tree with a butter knife. Despite this, we are going to attempt to disseminate the latest intel, although we suspect it might simply add more to the confusion. Today's story only refers the Moto S, the Moto X+1 and the Nexus X.
Supposedly, Motorola is testing a 5.2-inch version of the Moto S and a 5.9-inch version of the Moto S. The word on the street is that they will be gauging whether to release a 5.2-inch version of the device based upon public reaction of the Moto X+1. Because of this, Google may be planning to clean up some of the unused devices in the supply chain. According to these supply chain sources, Google may repurpose some of those 5.2-inch Moto S devices into 5.2-inch versions of the Nexus X, even though the primary version of the Nexus X will be a 5.9-inch device.
Beyond this industry speculation regarding hop-scotching devices, we also have additional confirmation that Google plans to launch the Nexus X before Halloween. Sound off and let us know which size Nexus X you would prefer, if this intel turns out to be true.
Aug 28, 2014 - 10:15 AM - by dgstorm
It appears that LG was paying attention to the negative publicity regarding their LG G Watch and the positive publicity regarding the upcoming Motorola 360 Smartwatch. They went back to the drawing board with their LG G Watch R follow-up device.
They just officially revealed the final press pics and specs of the device and they are pretty impressive to say the least. Here's the breakdown, and you can check out more pics in the thread below.
- 1.3-inch P-OLED Display (320 x 320)
- 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400
- 4GB Storage (eMMC)
- 512MB RAM
- 410mAh Battery
- IP67 Certification
- Sensors: 9-Axis (Gyro/ Accelerometer/ Compass), Barometer, PPG
- Color: Black
- Frame: stainless steel
- Strap: 22mm calf skin leather strap
One other interesting facet of this device is that 100% of its face is a Plastic OLED (P-OLED). LG hasn't shared pricing yet, nor did they reveal actual launch dates, but they did indicate a Q4 release.
We will update you as soon as they are more specific. In the mean-time, sound off and let us know if this will give the Moto 360 some decent competition in this sector.
Aug 27, 2014 - 10:26 AM - by dgstorm
Even though none of the videos included in this quick news blast actually reveal the Galaxy Note 4, all of them are meant to hint at the capabilities of the device once Samsung launches it on September 3rd.
Of course, these videos are simply Sammy's way of amping up the hype machine before their big launch, but we can't blame them for that. The Galaxy S5 wasn't exactly a big hit for the company (compared to their other products).
Check out all four of the videos in the thread below and let us know if you plan on snapping up the Galaxy Note 4 when it launches or if you will wait things out to see the Motorola Nexus 6/X.
Aug 26, 2014 - 1:18 PM - by dgstorm
If this latest intel is accurate, then Google is planning to continue their tradition of naming each version of Android after a desert. Supposedly, Android L will be called Lemon Meringue Pie. While this is not really the kind of earth-shattering news that will make or break your day, it's still worth sharing.
We are a bit skeptical of this rumor only because it seems strange that Google wouldn't have already called it Android Lemon Meringue Pie when they announced it as Android L during Google I/O earlier this year. Stranger things have happened, and there is nothing stopping them from returning to their previous pattern.
Despite our skepticism, the intel is very solid. Developers have uncovered several instances of the next Android OS being described as "LMP." These have been found amongst the WiFi certification docs, to the Android Open Source Project repository and more.
Of course, if you remember, the previous iteration of Android was called "KLP" (for Key Lime Pie) right up until they finally launched it as KitKat instead. They could still come up with an entirely new desert name or ditch the deserts altogether.
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