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This one is going up as rumor, but it may as well be official. @Evleaks has released a pic of a Sony handset going by the designation Xperia Z1S, and all signs point to the Z1S being the "mini" version of Sony's flagship Z1. Since October there's been rumor of a "mini" version of the Z1 hitting the states and @evleaks has pretty much verified the veracity of that rumor.
A quick run down of the specs reveals the Z1S packing a 4.3-inch 720p touchscreen, a 20.7 MP rear shooter, a 2 MP front camera, a 2.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor (MSM8974), 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of on board storage, and a 2,300 mAh battery. It will ship with Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. No word on when or if it will be upgraded to Kit Kat, but we'd venture to guess that it will in fact be updated in due time.
Samsung isn't going to settle when it comes to their display of choice on the unannounced Galaxy S5. According to Tencent it appears that Sammy has chosen to go with Sharp's 5.25" 2K Ultra HD 560ppi LTPS display panel in place of their own 2K AMOLED. Tencent claims that the reason is that Samsung's SDI subsidiary has encountered production/yield issues with it's own 2K AMOLED displays, and they simply cannot make enough of them to meet the projected demand for the S5's sales volumes. They also mention that Samsung is focusing its attention on getting its flexible AMOLED into full production with mass market distribution by 2015, thus forcing them to turn to Sharp for their 2014 flagship screens.
Will Samsung's top tier handsets all come equipped with Sharp's screens? That is yet to be determined, but seeing that Samsung has a 3% stake in Sharp, its a pretty safe bet that Sharp's displays will be the display of choice until Samsung can get production/yield issues ironed out.
Jan 06, 2014 - 12:19 PM - by dgstorm
T-Mobile made some big waves in the mobile carrier industry last year. It now looks like they are fired up to continue that trend. First, in a huge move that will finally start giving them some real power in the industry, T-Mobile announces they finalized their deal to buy 700 MHz A-Block spectrum from Verizon Wireless at a cost of over $2.3 Billion. This new spectrum will improve their network coverage inside buildings and some rural areas across the United States. It primarily will improve coverage for 158 million people in cities including New York, Dallas, LA, Houston, Philadelphia, Atlanta, Detroit, and Washington D.C. T-Mobile already owns A-Block spectrum in Boston, but this new spectrum will offer them low-band spectrum in nine of the top ten and 21 of the top 30 markets in the US. This network improvement is something that other carriers (especially AT&T) might be concerned by, because it effectively puts T-Mobile on a more even playing field than before.
That's not the only new wave T-Mobile is making this year. T-Mobile's CEO, John Legere, went out of his way to taunt AT&T for their new $450 carrier switching initiative. He called their move "desperate" and hinted at even bigger announcements from T-Mobile very soon. Here's a quote with his statement,
Ouch! Legere even teased AT&T about how he spent AT&T's "break-up" money from the failed merger. That's definitely rubbing salt in the wound!
This is a desperate move by AT&T on the heels of what must have been a terrible Q4 and holiday for them. I'm flattered that we have made them so uncomfortable! We used AT&T's cash to build a far superior network and added Un-carrier moves to take tons of their customers - and now they want to bribe them back! Consumers won't be fooled...nothing has changed; customers will still feel the same old pain that AT&T is famous for. Just wait until CES to hear what pain points we are eliminating next. The competition is going to be toast! ~ T-Mobile Newsroom
Source: T-Mobile Press
Jan 06, 2014 - 11:27 AM - by dgstorm
It looks like the rumored Google-Audi auto alliance is even bigger than expected. Google just officially announced the Open Automotive Alliance. They are teaming up with Audi, GM, Honda and Hyundai to bring Android-powered connected cars of the future. Automobiles equipped with new Android-based User Interfaces will become available before the end of the year.
The idea goes beyond just using Android to power the Infotainment side of things. Supposedly, they are working on using Android to make customizable dashboards and more. In fact, NVIDIA just announced they are partnering up with this initiative also to bring chipsets designed specifically for automobiles. Here's the full press release for more info,
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MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif.; INGOLSTADT, Germany; DETROIT, Mich.; TOKYO, Japan; SEOUL, South Korea., January 6, 2014 – Extending the success of the Android ecosystem, which has seen over one billion devices activated to date, a coalition of auto and technology companies announced today a new industry alliance aimed at bringing the Android platform to a device that’s always been mobile: the car.
Audi, GM, Google, Honda, Hyundai and NVIDIA have joined together to form the Open Automotive Alliance (OAA), a global alliance of technology and auto industry leaders committed to bringing the Android platform to cars starting in 2014. The OAA is dedicated to a common platform that will drive innovation, and make technology in the car safer and more intuitive for everyone.
The OAA is aimed at accelerating auto innovation with an approach that offers openness, customization and scale, key tenets that have already made Android a familiar part of millions of people's lives. This open development model and common platform will allow automakers to more easily bring cutting-edge technology to their drivers, and create new opportunities for developers to deliver powerful experiences for drivers and passengers in a safe and scalable way.
“The worlds of consumer and automotive technologies have never been more closely aligned, and this alliance will only pave the way for faster innovation,” said Ricky Hudi, Head of Electrics/Electronics Development at AUDI AG. “Working toward a common ecosystems benefits driver safety above all.”
“Partnering with Google and the OAA on an ecosystem that spans across vehicles and handheld mobile devices furthers our mission to bring vehicles into our owners digital lives and their digital lives into their vehicles,” said Mary Chan, President of General Motors' Global Connected Consumer unit. “We see huge opportunities for the Android platform paired with OnStar 4G LTE connectivity in future Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles.”
“Millions of people are already familiar with Android and use it everyday,” said Sundar Pichai, SVP of Android, Chrome & Apps at Google. “The expansion of the Android platform into automotive will allow our industry partners to more easily integrate mobile technology into cars and offer drivers a familiar, seamless experience so they can focus on the road.”
“We are very pleased to join this alliance with Google as a founding member because Honda is committed to providing the very best connected-car experience to
Jan 06, 2014 - 10:26 AM - by dgstorm
NVIDIA had a rough year last year struggling to compete with Qualcomm's monster successes in the mobile world. This year they are coming out with guns blazing though. Late yesterday they had a pre-CES event in which they announced their new Tegra K1 mobile architecture. It's not the Tegra 5, which will come later, but is more of a jump-start bridge to hit the ground running fast and hard this year. The new Tegra K1 boasts some very impressive advances, including a new 192-core GPU. The CPU for this architecture will come in two flavors: one is a 32-bit four-plus-one core using a Cortex A15 CPU, and the other is a 64-bit dual-core processor using an ARMv8 CPU.
The GPU is being touted as the "fastest on the planet," and boasts speeds that are 1.5 times that of current mobile GPU tech. It uses elements from NVIDIA's famed Kepler architecture for the desktop. Here's a press statement with more of the details,
It looks like NVIDIA is working hard to get back in the race. We look forward to seeing what they can come up with throughout 2014! Here's the full press release at the source link below.
Tegra K1 is the first mobile chip to feature the NVIDIA Kepler architecture that powers the fastest graphics card on the planet, the NVIDIA GeForce GTX 780 Ti. For the first time, next-generation PC gaming will now be available on mobile platforms.
Tegra K1 is offered in two pin-to-pin compatible versions - a 32-bit quad-core (4-Plus-1 ARM Cortex-A15 CPU) and a custom, NVIDIA-designed 64-bit dual Super Core CPU. This CPU (codenamed “Project Denver”) delivers very high single-thread and multi-thread performance. Both versions deliver stunning graphics and visual computing capabilities powered by the 192-core NVIDIA Kepler GPU.
With Tegra K1, users will experience:
New Gaming Standards
New Creative Capabilities
- Full support for the latest PC-class gaming technologies – including DirectX 11, OpenGL 4.4 and tessellation - enabling it to run the world’s most advanced game engine, Epic Games’ Unreal Engine 4
- The same graphics features as next-gen gaming consoles (Xbox One, PS 4) and faster performance vs. current gen consoles (Xbox 360, PS 3)
New Efficiency Benchmarks
- Advanced computation capabilities to speed applications for computer vision and speech recognition
- Support for NVIDIA CUDA – the world’s most pervasive parallel computing platform – enabling computer vision, advanced imaging, speech recognition, video editing and more
- Breakthrough energy efficiency, more so than any other mobile GPU at the same power level
- Kepler is the world’s fastest and most energy-efficient GPU architecture, powering all 10 of the world’s most energy-efficient supercomputers
Jan 03, 2014 - 12:32 PM - by dgstorm
The new banana shaped flex-display based device from LG will be coming to U.S. carriers soon. The official announcement will probably be at CES next week. In the mean-time, press images of the device for T-Mobile and AT&T just leaked online, as you can see above. Of course, both devices look identical save for the carrier branding you can see in the display. Their model numbers are very close as well with D950 and D959.
The other thing to note in each display is a date: AT&T's is March 17, and T-Mobile's is February 12. This might not mean much, but it could be a hint at the final launch dates of the devices. We will keep an eye out during the big tech event for any further details.
Jan 03, 2014 - 11:03 AM - by dgstorm
Is this a sign that T-Mobile's Uncarrier initiative has been drawing customers from other carriers? Very likely. AT&T just issued a press release revealing an aggressive new discount promotion designed to entice T-Mobile customers in a big way. In fact, with these numbers, you could almost argue that AT&T is bribing folks to leave T-Mobile. The offer involves up to $250 in trade-in on your current T-Mobile device. The promotion will also provide a $200 bonus incentive credit if you opt for a new AT&T Next plan or buy a device at full price. For folks able to take advantage of both offers this is where the potential $450 total savings comes in.
It's definitely a bold move on AT&T's part to say the least, but if the current T-Mobile rumors are true, it might be a smart strategic move for AT&T. Recent industry rumblings suggest that T-Mobile's next phase of their Uncarrier initiative involves the company buying other carriers' customers out of their current contract by paying the early termination fees for the customer. There are even hints that T-Mobile might be planning to unveil this new phase of their Uncarrier plan at CES next week.
If true, then it is likely this "special offer" from AT&T is simply a preemptive strike designed to catch T-Mobile off guard. Either way, it could set off a price war between carriers in 2014. In the end, consumers are the ones who gain the most from these massive maneuverings, so sit back and enjoy the show!
Here's a link to the full AT&T presser below for the details.
Jan 02, 2014 - 6:05 PM - by dgstorm
The HTC One 2 (aka the M8 - or whatever it will be called), has seen several rumors over the past few months. The newest one comes from famed leaker, @evleaks, and may just confirm the specs of this new device from the embattled Taiwanese mobile OEM. Here's the breakdown:
- Snapdragon MSM8974
- 5" 1080p display
- 2GB RAM
- UltraPixel rear camera
- 2.1MP front camera
- Android 4.4 KitKat
- Sense 6.0
These specs are not bad, but they read more like a list of last year's end-of-year top-tier, rather the cutting edge of the future. Of course, it's possible things will change shortly before launch, and we will keep you apprised as we find out more. More than likely we will hear something from HTC either at CES or MWC.
Source: Twitter - @evleaks
Jan 02, 2014 - 11:23 AM - by dgstorm
Lenovo officially unveiled four smartphones. They announced one flagship model called the Vibe Z which is their first LTE smartphone. The other three devices are their mid-range and budget-friendly phones with fairly attractive off-contract prices. They are the Lenovo S650 ($229), S930 ($319) and A859 ($219).
Here's the specs on their new flagship, the Vibe Z:
- Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 Quad-core processor @ 2.2 GHz
- Android 4.3 OS (Jelly Bean)
- 5.5-in Full HD 1920×1080 IPS, 400 ppi “20/20 Vision display”
- 2GB RAM
- 16 GB internal storage
- LTE, GSM/UMTS
- 802.11ac WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0
- 13 MP rear camera, f1.8 aperture lens
- 5 MP front camera, 84° wide-angle shots
- 3000 mAh, talk time up to 33 hours
- “laser-etched, fabric-feel rear cover”
As you can see, they didn't skimp on the powerhouse specs, and even include a few new "buzzwords." Lenovo plans to try and bring their smartphones to additional markets later this year, but there is no specific word on that yet. For now, the Lenovo Vibe Z will hit the following retail markets at $549 starting in February: Indonesia, Thailand, Saudi Arabia, United Arab Emirates, and the Philippines. We will keep an eye out for any other markets in the future. For more info on the other devices, check out the full press release below,
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Lenovo Launches Its First LTE Smartphone with Vibe Z
Expands Smartphone Lineup with Four New Devices
Blazing-fast Vibe Z blends LTE, beautiful design and advanced technologies into premium package
New S Series smartphones offer versatility with supersized or pocket-sized options
A Series all-rounder offers high performance in affordable device
RESEARCH TRIANGLE PARK, NC – January 2, 2014: Lenovo (HKSE: 992) (ADR: LNVGY) today introduced its first
LTE smartphone, the Lenovo Vibe Z, a gorgeous razor-thin, blazing-fast device equipped with gesture controls, photo enhancement software and other premium technologies. To complement the Vibe Z, Lenovo also launched a trio of smartphones, starting with the S930, a supersized 6-in device primed for media addicts, the S650, a 4.7-in compact and stylish workhorse, and the “tweener” A859, a 5-in high performance all-rounder.
These four new devices complement Lenovo’s existing portfolio of phones ranging from feature phones to premium
smartphones across multiple price points. Lenovo, currently the #3 smart connected device maker worldwide, has
expanded aggressively into the global smartphone market, introducing smartphones in 18 countries in the past two years.
“We created the new Vibe Z with its elegant design, high performance and custom software so that people can truly have the best smartphone experience now at the speed of LTE,” said Liu Jun, senior vice president, Lenovo Business Group, Lenovo. “Along with the Vibe Z, our new S and A Series smartphones offer consumers choices of screen size and features so they can pick the Lenovo smartphone that’s right for them.”
Vibe Z Wraps LTE, Style and Top Technologies into One Incredible Device
As Lenovo’s first smartphone featuring LTE
Dec 30, 2013 - 11:49 AM - by dgstorm
For the past several years and especially in 2011 and 2012 the tech news media was practically overwhelmed with constant reports of the patent wars raging across the mobile landscape. It became just as frustrating for editors and bloggers to write about as it did for readers to constantly read about. This year saw a lull in these reports as we weren't inundated with stories about the continuing legal hostilities. Unfortunately, most of the appeals trials are just now ramping up and are set to flood 2014 with more patent war coverage all over again.
Luckily, there may be "light at the end of the tunnel" after-all though. There's a new rumor floating across the inter-web today suggesting that Apple and Samsung may be working on a "cease-fire" to all of the patent war hostilities. According to sources at the Taiwan’s Fair Trade Commission (FTC), Apple and Samsung resumed negotiations and may be...
Continue Reading @ Apple and Samsung May be Negotiating to End Patent War - iPhone Forums
Dec 27, 2013 - 11:56 AM - by dgstorm
It looks like the Moto G from Motorola might be coming to Boost Mobile. A leaked pic just showed up of the device which is supposedly heading to Boost Mobile. The date on the pic shows February 5th, which could be a thinly-veiled hint at the release date, but it's just as possible it could arrive sooner than that. Additional intel suggests that the phone will be coming to both Verizon and Sprint fairly soon too. The Verizon option is a bit surprising, but the Sprint option is not, especially considering that Sprint owns Boost Mobile.
In case you needed a refresh on the value of this device, it comes with some very decent mid-range specs, yet only costs $179 OFF contract. Here's a quick recap of specs:
- Android 4.4 KitKat (in the US)
- 4.5 inch 720p IPS display
- Quad-core 1.2GHz Snapdragon 400 processor
- 1GB of RAM
- 5MP rear camera with LED Flash
- 2,070 mAh battery
At this price-point it's definitely an intriguing device regardless of the carrier.
Dec 26, 2013 - 11:15 AM - by dgstorm
Oppo themselves just confirmed the display specs for their upcoming flagship the Find 7. According to their teaser on Facebook, it will include a 5.5-inch 2560x1440 (538ppi) resolution. That's the only official word from the company, but that doesn't mean we don't have more to go on. According to the latest rumor-mill, the high-end display will not be the only cutting edge tech on the phone. Newer rumors are suggesting the following specs:
- Qualcomm 2.5GHz quad-core Snapdragon 805 with updated Krait 450 cores and Adreno 450 GPU
- 3GB of RAM
- 13MP rear shooter
- 4000mAh cell
As you can see, some of these specs line up with previous rumors, yet some of them are even more advanced than what we heard previously. If this phone gets released soon, it will likely be the most powerful smartphone in the world for some time. We can't wait to see some performance numbers for this beast! We area also crossing our fingers that it will come to the U.S. and Europe!
Source: Facebook - Oppo
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