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Oct 08, 2013 - 12:18 PM - by dgstorm
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that the HTC One Max flagship phablet from HTC will officially launch next week on October 15th. They also re-confirmed earlier intel that the device will be coming with a rear fingerprint sensor. Some of the primary features touted for the device by the WSJ are as follows:
- 5.9-inch display
- Similar to the HTC One
- Ultrapixel camera for better pictures in low-light
- Blinkfeed, which integrates social media feeds into a single interface
Also, here's a few more potential specs gleaned from previous rumors,
- Conflicting rumors on Quad-core Snapdragon 800 or 600 processor, or even the Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064 (1.7GHz, quad-core)
- 2GB of RAM
- Android 4.3 Jelly
- LTE and GSM
- 16GB of storage
- 3,300mAh battery
The picture above is from a press invite for an HTC event on October 16th. There will be a global launch in China on the 15th, one in Hong Kong on the 16th, and one in Taiwan on the 18th. The translation for the ad above says the following,
What do you guys think of this device... worthy of your attention?
One finger opens up a big view
You are invited to immerse in the sound with us
Oct 08, 2013 - 11:55 AM - by dgstorm
Google's Chromecast only had one real negative when it was launched. That was that it was only available in the United States. Google still hasn't begun offering the nifty little device in international markets just yet, but we are using the past tense because Amazon has come to the rescue. That's right, you can now order the Google Chromecast through Amazon and they will ship to international markets.
Here's a link to Amazon to order yours: Amazon.com: Google Chromecast HDMI Streaming Media Player: Electronics
Oct 08, 2013 - 11:41 AM - by dgstorm
Here's a new rumor regarding the lower cost Moto DVX device. Supposedly, this new budget-friendly Moto X variant which is designed for emerging markets like China and India will be very inexpensive, yet will still come with the same X8 Core Architecture found in the Moto X. This new report indicates the Moto DVX will come with a 4.5-inch display and will include the same Snapdragon dual-core, and the two low-power support processors (one for language and one for contextual functions). Furthermore, the retail price of this device is supposedly going to be somewhere between 1200-1500 yuan, or about $195 – $245.
According to the report, the main reason for the cost difference is that the DVX will actually be built overseas and not in Motorola's new Texas-based American plant. This dropped the build price dramatically, which allows Moto to sell it for much cheaper in those emerging international markets. What is even more intriguing is that there is additional intel which suggests a version of this phone without the dual-sim slot might actually hit North America at some point. We will keep an eye on this for any confirmation, but for now, take this rumor with a grain of salt.
Oct 08, 2013 - 11:25 AM - by dgstorm
A new smartphone from Samsung just got certified in Korea. This one has the model name SM-G910S, and it is suspected to be the first Flexible Display device from Samsung. It may be announced by Samsung shortly with the moniker Samsung Galaxy Round. Here's the spec-list which was revealed in the certification process:
- LTE and NFC
- Android 4.3 Jelly Bean
- 5.7 inch Full HD flexible display
- Quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor
For a while now the rumors of a Samsung flex display device have been flip-flopping. One moment it will be some variant of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3, and the next moment it is its own device. Based upon the rumored "Galaxy Round" name we heard recently, it seems as if the pendulum is swinging into the later category, rather than the former.
Oct 08, 2013 - 11:13 AM - by dgstorm
We have some new intel out of Motorola for this morning. According to the latest report, Moto is actually prepping their own large-sized phablet device, which will be called the Xplay. Supposedly it will be sporting a 6.3-inch display at a full HD 1080p and will launch in 2014. That's not all we have though. The same "source" of this info indicated Motorola is also already working on the next progeny of the Droid Ultra. This one will be called the Droid Quantum and is scheduled for sometime in 2014 as well.
Not a single other relevant piece of information was shared on this subject, but we will keep an eye out for it now. Perhaps we will see something pop up at one of the first trade shows of next year like CES in January.
Oct 08, 2013 - 10:58 AM - by dgstorm
We have a preponderance of new Nexus 5 rumors. Some of this intel is simply a confirmation of what we have seen before, while other tidbits are quite new. First up, a leaked manual gives us another look at the specs for the 16GB model:
- Qualcomm MSM 8974, quad-core, 2.2GHz, Adreno 330 GPU
- 2GB RAM
- 16GB/32GB; base version has 12.55GB of free space out of the box
- 4.96-inch Full HD display (1,776 x 1,080 excluding the navigation bar) - pixel density would be 444 ppi (IPS LCD, made by LG Display)
- 8MP camera (2,448 x 3,264) with continuous autofocus
- 16GB Storage
- 2300 mAh Battery
This 16GB device is now rumored to cost $299.99, which is down from the previously rumored $349.99 (no contract). We are a bit skeptical of this; however, some of the other new Nexus 5 intel seems to support this separately. Supposedly a 32GB Nexus 5 is also in the works, and this one has two really interesting things going for it. One, it will have a 3000 mAh battery. Two, it will sell at a retail price of $399.99. If this is true, it would be a fantastic value. Imagine a Snapdragon 800 equipped Pure Android device from Google with 32GB of Storage, a 3000 mAh battery, all at a price of just $400 bucks OFF contract! The only thing missing would be a microSD slot, because Google is loathe to add those, and there is no word on if the battery is removable or not, although that seems unlikely.
Finally, the pics shown above are leaks which are supposedly from the Android System Info app on the Nexus 5. What do you guys think of Google's next Nexus phone?
Source: PhoneArena - (1) & (2)
Oct 07, 2013 - 4:56 PM - by dgstorm
According to the latest report directly from Samsung, they are developing a more powerful OIS 13MP camera for their future smartphones. This new camera will supposedly feature much brighter shots and improved stability performance. Specifically, this new camera can correct angular errors up to 1.5 degrees off-target. This is nearly twice the jostling that existing cameras can handle. The new tech will also be able to achieve eight times the brightness level of its predecessor in low-light conditions.
This new camera tech will be coming to market sometime in 2014, and was produced in concert with other unnamed "leading smartphone makers." This likely means it won't be limited to just Samsung devices.
This advancement makes you wonder how long it will be before there is almost no difference between a traditional camera and the camera on a smartphone. Is it possible that will ever happen? Sound off with your expertise.
Oct 07, 2013 - 4:30 PM - by dgstorm
For anyone with Sprint, Verizon or AT&T who plans on purchasing the new Motorola Moto X, you will probably want to head into your Best Buy store, as they have the best deal on the device. Best Buy is currently offering the Moto X for all three of these carriers for only $99 on a new contract. This deal gets even sweeter though. This price doesn't just apply to new contracts. It also applies if you are an existing customer renewing your contract. This is a very solid price on a very solid device.
Here's a link to Best Buy for you to check out this offer: moto x - Best Buy
Oct 07, 2013 - 12:42 PM - by dgstorm
Just last week we reported rumors that Samsung was considering investing in Best Buy to help the floundering retailer. Both companies came forward recently to refute this. According to an emailed statement, they have not been negotiating for any kind of merger or investment agreement. Here's a quote with the details,
While a firm denial sometimes can actually mean the opposite, in this instance, it seems likely to be true. Of course, we will continue to monitor this and let you guys know if anything changes.
UPDATE: Representatives from Samsung and Best Buy got in touch with BGR via email to offer the following statement:
“In the past few days, there have been reports that ‘Samsung is considering to acquire stakes in Best Buy’. Please take note that these rumors are not true. There have been no talks whatsoever regarding stock acquisition of either company.”
Oct 07, 2013 - 12:21 PM - by dgstorm
The LG G Pad 8.3 will be LG's newest flagship tablet to enter the market. We tipped you guys off regarding this tablet a couple of weeks ago, here. We now have a new report which confirms the device will officially launch in Korea on October 14th. Beyond that it is expected to receive a global rollout by the end of the year, although nothing more specific than that has been confirmed.
Above is a hands-on video from SlashGear on this product.
Source: SlashGear via AndroidTablets.net
Oct 07, 2013 - 11:51 AM - by dgstorm
According to a late Friday leak from @evleaks, Verizon may soon be getting the MotoMaker customization options process for their version of the Moto X. As a refresher, originally when the Moto X first launched, AT&T had the exclusive on the MotoMaker customization options which allows you to choose from a huge variety of different custom backplates built-in for your own personalized Moto X device. All of the other carriers, including Verizon, Sprint and T-Mobile only offered the black or white version of the Moto X. At that time there were rumors that Verizon would eventually get the same MotoMaker options as the AT&T version. If this newest leak is accurate then that temporary exclusivity for AT&T will end and Verizon will be the first U.S. carrier to add the MotoMaker service.
What do you guys think? If you were considering getting the Moto X on Verizon would you wait a bit longer until this became an official option?
Source: Twitter - @evleaks via MotoXForums
Oct 07, 2013 - 11:28 AM - by dgstorm
LG may have fired the first shot in the flexible display world, but frequently it's the more potent/accurate shot the counts the most. In this instance, Samsung has countered with their own announcement of flexible display technology, but theirs is not only thinner and lighter, it is also likely coming sooner. According to the latest reports, Samsung has officially confirmed their own flexible screens are also entering mass production; however, Samsung's seems to be much more refined than LG's. Samsung's plastic displays will measure only 0.12 millimeters thick, and weigh only 5.2 grams. Compared to the LG display thickness (at 0.44 millimeters thick and 7.2 grams), Samsung has them beat by an order of about three times in thinness and half the weight. Additionally, LG’s flexible panel can be bent around a circle of a 700 millimeters radius, while Samsung’s has a 400 millimeters bend radius, making Samsung's display more flexible as well (smaller is better in this instance).
Samsung's new flex tech will be used in a 5.7-inch display size initially, and Samsung can potentially ramp up production to about 8,000 sheets per month, which which equates to roughly about 1 million 5" panels a month at 100% yields. Obviously, this is an upper limit and will not reflect the actual realized potential. Additionally, according to the latest intel, Samsung is actually poised to announce their first device "within days," so we are likely to see their stuff sometime this week or early next week.
Above is an old video from January 2011 when Samsung first started showing off their flex-tech plastic displays. Of course we will keep you guys informed as soon as we hear more.
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