Selfies are in trend right now and it seems like Sony will try to leverage that with its new offering starting tomorrow. This comes after the company posted a teaser on Twitter showing a group of people posing for a selfie accompanied by the following set of hash tags – “#GetTheFullPicture #Tomorrow“. It’s not clear as to what’s exactly new with this smartphone apart from the obvious, but we don’t think it will be a hardware beast like the Xperia Z2 as the company wouldn’t want to saturate the market with multiple flagship devices.
It is being said that the device would sport a front facing LED flash which is unusual for a smartphone, but Sony won’t mind starting off a new trend given the significance of selfies these days. Front cameras traditionally don’t rely on flash at all and the users have to make do with the brightness offered by the display. So this could be a decent addition to the device’s repertoire as companies look to make their smartphones as unique as possible. Would you be interested in a handset like this? Let us know in the comments below.
LG far from reinvented the wheel when unveiling the funky-looking, slim-bezeled, rear physical button-toting G2 last summer, but somehow the gigantic 5.2 incher felt like the biggest mobile innovation in years.
Sure, it nowhere near challenged Galaxy S4 or Note 3’s booming sales numbers. Yet it once and for all put LG on the map, building on the (mild) successes of the Optimus G and Nexus 4. Then came the equally as spectacular, cheaper Nexus 5 and, just like that, LG became Sammy’s main rival in the Android décor.
Proving it indeed has what it takes, the G3 has been making the rumor rounds constantly (as in almost every day) for the good part of the last two or three months. And no one’s bored. Or uninterested in the formality that is tomorrow’s unveil.
Whatever it is, it looks outstanding. Thin, elegant, distinguished, with a personal, unique identity and personality, no longer similar to Samsung flagships and unmistakable, even when compared to its predecessor.
Back to materials, plastic made to resemble metal is the safest bet. Or maybe plastic with actual metal on the sides. Dimensions? Incredibly enough, 146.3 mm long and 74.6 mm wide. At 5.5 inches of usable screen real estate. For contrast, the 5-inch HTC One M8 is 146.4 mm long and the 5.1-inch Galaxy S5 72.5 mm wide.
Oh, and let’s not forget the wasp waist (8.9 mm thick), or the smoothly redesigned rear keys, seasoned with a one-of-a-kind laser focus camera sensor.
Rumors? What rumors? It’s a guarantee. The G3 sports a vibrant 5.5-inch LCD panel with 2,560 x 1,440 pixels resolution, aka Quad HD, or 2K. End of story.
Technically, that’s a tad less punchy than what the Galaxy S5 packs (a 2.5 GHz Snapdragon 801), but the G3 will no doubt up the memory ante, to 3 GB RAM. A 2 GB variant is also possible, in a combination with 16 GB built-in storage (the 3 GB model shall feature 32 GB of space).
As far as cameras go, I already slipped the biggest innovation. Laser auto focus. How exactly does it work? No idea, but LG will probably explain it over and over again, trying to make up for the fact the rear-facing camera’s megapixel count (13) is inferior to GS5’s (16) or Xperia Z2’s (20.7).
Front snapper? Not that it makes much of a difference, but apparently, a run-of-the-mill 2.1 MP sensor is in the cards.
Software, battery life and others
Pre-loaded Android 4.4 KitKat was obviously a guarantee right off the bat, but what’s interesting to see is exactly how much LG plans to customize and tweak vanilla KK. A few LG-specific features popped up in the rumor mill here and there, along with some of the UI modifications, yet all in all, I presume there’s more to come.
More accessories too, in addition to Quick Circle cases and wireless charging docks, plus maybe a 2 TB microSD card. Wait, what? Sorry, I was dreaming with my eyes open and thinking out loud. Yes, the G3 might technically support 2 TB of external storage. But the most you can add nowadays is 128 gigs and that won’t change anytime soon.
What else? Ah, battery life. Rumor is G3’s cell will tip the scales at 3,000 mAh, 400 and 200 mAh north of M8 and S5’s tickers. But exactly as large as G2’s juicer, so I wouldn’t anticipate drastically improved autonomy. Maybe drastically damaged, due to the Quad HD display. Guess that’s one risk LG needed to take.
The good news is the battery will be removable. No confirmation on fingerprint recognition or water protection yet, so they’re automatically long shots, while a complex Dolby sound enhancement solution with 1 watt speaker is a must.
Pricing and availability
The “when” of the equation is, as usual, the last tidbit expected to break cover, although LG can’t afford to wait. Ideally, they’d launch the G3 immediately after its intro. But we don’t live in an ideal world, so at best, I assume the big guy will see daylight in late June. Worst case scenario, July.
What LG also can’t afford is raise the pricing bar too much. A premium compared to the G2 is a certainty, but let’s hope the Koreans will manage to keep outright costsbelow $700 stateside. $650 would be positively dreamy. As would $200 with 24-month Verizon, AT&T and Sprint contracts. Can they pull it off? Stay close and you’ll find out here first.
Makers of the OnePlus One have officially announced that the much awaited smartphone will be unveiled on the 23rd of April. The company hasn’t detailed as to where the event will be held, but it’s safe to assume that it will have a livestream for the global audience to follow the happenings.
The manufacturer has already spilled the beans on several aspects of its hardware, so users know what to expect from the event. The handset will feature a 5.5 inch 1080p display panel combined by a quad core Snapdragon 801 chipset, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, a 13-megapixel camera and a 3,100 mAh battery. The smartphone will reportedly feature Android 4.4 KitKat with some customization from the CyanogenMod team.
The makers have promised that the handset would cost under $500 or even $400 during launch, which could be crucial if the smartphone is to succeed in the market. The OnePlus One will not remain a China only affair, which is one of the main reasons why it has sparked significant interest from the global customers. There’s still about a month of waiting to do for the announcement of the handset, so we hope to learn more along the way.
A new teaser posted by Samsung Russia on Twitter has revealed that the company will be launching a new device tomorrow. There’s no word on what this device will be as the manufacturer has only posted the image that you see above, but it appears to be a new smartphone.
The teaser also reveals five dots in different colors, with one of the colors matching the device shown in the picture, which reaffirms claims of a new handset being announced.
But the fact that this is event has been teased only by the Samsung Russia page makes us feel if this will be a local announcement for a device which will be limited to the region. It can’t be the Galaxy S5 as the smartphone is already up for pre-order in several locations, nor can it be the Galaxy Note 3 as it has been available for quite some time now. So perhaps a new midrange device is on the cards, which has massive demand in markets like Russia.
We’ll keep you posted tomorrow when Samsung shares details about this mystery device in its event announcement.
We’re sure you know about the Nokia X trio of smartphones by now after the Finnish manufacturer announced the handsets at the MWC earlier this Monday. However, bad news awaits customers in the U.S., Canada, South Korea and Japan as the company has announced its intentions to not launch the smartphones in these regions. The trio of Nokia X devices will reportedly be targeted towards crucial markets of Asia, Europe, Africa, the Middle East and the Latin American region.
This information comes straight from the Nokia VP for mobile marketing, Jussi Nevanlinna so it can’t get any more official than this. This is quite disappointing news for fans of the aforementioned regions and we think Nokia missed a trick by leaving these regions out of the list. The demand would definitely be there in these countries despite the likes of Samsung and LG dominating the Android sphere. But given the low price tag at €89 ($122), €99 ($135) and €109 ($149), Nokia probably thinks these devices have a better shot at succeeding in developing markets.
An official Samsung Galaxy J teaser video is now available online, giving consumers a preview of what to expect from the upcoming smartphone. Just fit, just fast, just elegant, just simple, and just for you are some of the phrases that Samsung want to associate with the handset in the teaser video.
Samsung does not reveal too many details about the device in the clip. That said, the video does showcase some of the handset’s aesthetic properties. These include a slim profile and what appears to be a brushed-metallic finish on the phone’s rear plate.
These details aren’t very surprising, as the device is already available, albeit exclusively, to Japanese consumers. Interestingly, the eagle-eyed reporters at Engadget have spotted that the model number inscribed on the side of the device in the teaser video matches that of the handset that is exclusive to the Japanese market. Said smartphone has the model number Samsung SGH-N075 Galaxy J SC-02F. It also comes with a 5-inch Full HD Super AMOLED display with a pixel density of 441 pixels, Gorilla Glass 3, a 2.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC, and Adreno 330 GPU. Also onboard are 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage capacity, support for both LTE and LTE-A connectivity, a user-removable 2600 mAh battery, and a 20-megapixel main camera with Optical Image Stabilization (OIS). The device is said to be a mix of the Galaxy S4 and the Galaxy Note 3 in terms of its specifications.
It is still unknown whether the international version of the Samsung Galaxy J will pack these very same features and specifications. However, it is expected that the device will still be offer a combination of the features of the Galaxy S4 and the Note 3. We won’t have to wait too long, though, to know what the Samsung Galaxy J would offer. Its unveiling, per the teaser video, will happen tomorrow, December 9, at 1 o’clock in the afternoon.
The Samsung Galaxy S5 launch may be closer than what we have expected. A new rumor revealed by the South Korean publication Naver suggests that the electronics giant may be planning to hold the launch in early 2014, possibly in January. In February 2014, the upcoming flagship device may already hit market shelves.
Naver claims that the weak performance in terms of sales of the Samsung Galaxy S4 is what is pushing the manufacturer to have the Samsung Galaxy S5 launch scheduled earlier than usual. The Galaxy S4, it would be recalled, was announced on March 2013. Prior to that, the Galaxy S3 was announced on May 2012. The earlier launch date would also allow Samsung to have a device that could compete more effectively against the Apple iPhone 5S available sooner in the market.
Citing Samsung insiders as its source, Naver furthermore said that the Samsung Galaxy S5 will feature the 64-bit Exynos 5430 chipset. This allegation is supported by an announcement last month that came from Samsung president Shin Jong-kyun that 64-bit processors will be onboard their upcoming devices from the Galaxy product line.
It had been speculated as well that Samsung will introduce water-resistant and dust-proof features to the S5—features that Samsung had already offered on the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active. These features would render the Samsung Galaxy S5 protected against a submersion in water for around 30 minutes, even without a case.
If the earlier launch date rumor proves to be accurate, Samsung may have an Unpacked Event that would coincide with, or be close to the date of the Consumer Electronics Show (CES) 2014, which is scheduled on January 7th in Las Vegas.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 smartphone will be going live in over 140 countries of the globe as promised by the company during its announcement earlier this month. All major countries of Asia, Europe and other continents will be seeing the smartphone reaching its local Samsung outlets, and we won’t be surprised if there are people lining up outside the stores. Samsung is also launching the Galaxy Gear companion smartwatch along with the smartphone, which is unlikely to create that much noise in the marketplace.
Customers in the U.S. however will have to wait until October to get their hands on the newest Samsung flagship. Sprint is launching the Note 3 on October 4, while AT&T and T-Mobile are launching it a couple of days early. Verizon apparently is waiting until October 10 for the smartphone’s arrival. So American customers only have to wait a couple of weeks till the Galaxy Note 3 craze begins. Pre-orders are already up from all carriers, so make sure you sign up to be among the first to get the Galaxy Note 3 or the Galaxy Gear smartwatch in the U.S.
Foap, a photo-sharing social network that lets users earn from images they captured, has launched on Android. The app has been around since last year on iOS, but only made it to Google Play today.
Users of the app are given access to what is called the Foap market. This is a place where users can sell said photos to potential buyers. Foap accepts photos captured using the smartphone camera, as well as those that employed other camera applications such as Instagram, Camera plus, Eyeem, Social Cam, and Photo Express. Users are paid via Paypal.
Like other social networks, Foap allows users to comment and rate photos uploaded by other members of the Foap community. Such ratings, it appears, are crucial to making a sale, as it is the community, and not a review team, which decides whether a photo is approved or not. Budding photographers can build their portfolio on Foap with a limitless number of photos. From time to time, Foap features certain photographers on social media. Meanwhile, those who are interested in purchasing photos by Foap users can do so, as well.
Users may also take part in photo missions. As per Foap’s posts on Facebook, these photo missions involve particular themes such as Halloween, fall, funny faces, back to school, chocolate dream, to name a few recent ones. The best photo that captures the essence of the theme is awarded with a prize. Foap also teams up with brands like Mango, Puma, Sony Entertainment, and Mastercard in sponsoring these photo missions. To celebrate Foap’s launch on Android, it has opened a Welcome Mission which new users can enter.
Currently, Foap on Android requires Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich to function. The developer promises, however, that Android 2.3.3 will soon be supported. To date, some Android users have reported bugs in the reviews section, but according to the developer, these alleged glitches are only due to the heavy traffic. Foap is free to download from Google Play. Click here to check it out.
The HTC One Max launch could be scheduled in the fourth quarter of 2013, according to new speculations. In an interview with Focus Taiwan, HTC Chief Marketing Officer Ben Ho announced that the company would be unveiling a new variant of the HTC One during such period. As Unwired View points out, HTC has already released the One Mini. Thus, it is supposedly very likely that the upcoming release would be the HTC One Max.
HTC One Max rumors
The HTC One Max is believed to be to be the manufacturer’s largest smartphone ever. Earlier rumors have suggested that the HTC One Max would come with a 5.9-inch 1080p display, a 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2 GB of RAM, a 3200 mAH battery, a choice between 32GB and 64GB of storage space, a microSD card slot, Android 4.2 or 4.3 with HTC Sense 5 UI, and the HTC UltraPixel camera. Its edges could also be made of plastic instead of metal. Given such specifications, it could be pitted against the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.
Recently, popular device leak source @evleaks posted a press render of the phablet. However, HTC executive Jeff Gordon says that the leaked image is not accurate. Reportedly, the press render shows a non-final image of the supersized HTC One.
Meanwhile, in the aforementioned Focus Taiwan interview, Ho also mentioned that the company will be releasing two or three smartphones from the Desire product line. Such series is aimed at the mid-range market segment. According to Ho, the company is trying to avoid launching too many products this year like it did in the past.
August 23 is the date of the Moto X launch on all four major carriers: Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint, and AT&T. This information comes from a report in AdAge, which cites unnamed insiders as its source. The report supports the launch date specified in a leaked inventory screenshot that surfaced yesterday. Said screenshot shows that Verizon stores will receive the Moto X stocks on August 15. The smartphones will be available on store shelves on August 23.
Moto X launch details
The same AdAge report says that the customization options via Moto Maker will be exclusively available on AT&T, but only until the early part of November. After such time, Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint will start offering the “Design Yourself” options as well. This means that when Verizon, T-Mobile and Sprint take the wraps off the Moto X on August 23, the much-awaited smartphone will be available in two colors only, black and white.
Verizon had earlier announced that the “Design Yourself” options will be available later this year, but did not specify when. Meanwhile, Sprint and T-Mobile has kept silent on the matter.
Moto X customization options
The wide range of customization options that the Moto X is offering is one of the smartphone’s key selling points. Even before its launch last August 1, Google and Motorola had been teasing consumers that they will be able to have much control over the design of the Moto X.
Through a special online tool called the Moto Maker, Motorola is allowing consumers to select some design elements of the Moto X. There are 18 color choices for the rear plate, and seven ones for the accent color on the front plate. Various materials, including wood, plastic, and metal, will be available for the rear plate. Apart from these, the Moto Maker lets consumers pick the default wallpaper and the startup message. Lastly, they can choose whether they prefer a 16GB or a 32GB model.
These personalized Moto X handsets will be assembled right in the United States. They may be returned within two weeks if the consumer does not like the outcome of the design. Specially-designed accessories like speakers and cases for the Moto X will also be sold by Motorola, in partnership with other brands.
Check out our comparison of Moto X and other flagship smartphones here.
If you want to catch the LG G2 launch but aren’t in New York City, then here is some good news. LG is streaming the event live online via YouTube. As of the moment, there are around two hours to go before the event begins.
While we wait, let us review some of the details what we know about the new LG flagship handset.
A press render of the device has been posted by famous leak source @evleaks just yesterday. If the image is the real deal, which it likely is, the photo is the clearest glimpse that we have had of the LG G2. Prior to the press render leak, different photos purportedly showing the LG G2 have been released online.
The press render shows a smartphone with very thin bezels. Below the display is the LG logo. Meanwhile, on the rear plate, one finds the camera, power, volume rocker buttons, and another LG logo near the bottom.
As for its specifications, the LG G2 is expected to come with a 5.2-inch 1080p display, a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU, 2 or 3GB of RAM, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, a 13 MP camera with optical image stabilization, a removable 2,610mAh battery, a microSD card slot for expansion, and a nano-SIM card slot. LG will also release accessories like Quadbeat 2 headphones and QuickWindow cases to complement the powerhouse specifications of its new flagship handset.
On August 8th, the LG G2 is expected to be available in South Korea, LG’s home country. Within three months from today, the smartphone will be available from a hundred wireless carriers across the globe. In the United States, all major carriers will offer the device. The smartphone will be available in North America by next month, whereas other markets would have to wait until October to get the LG G2.
Samsung has begun sending out invites for the upcoming ‘Unpacked’ event on September 4, thus ascertaining the launch of the Galaxy Note 3 smartphone. Several rumors have indicated that a launch is imminent right before the commencement of the IFA event in Berlin and this new invite reiterates that. The mention of ‘Note’ the date rather than save the date is an obvious giveaway of Samsung’s plans for the event.
The launch will also mark the arrival of the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, if the newly surfaced trademark filing is anything to go by. So it seems like Samsung will dominate this year’s IFA event much like it did last year. Samsung should have a live stream for the event, with details set to go out shortly.
The Galaxy Note 3 has been rumored to feature a 5.7 inch 1080p AMOLED panel, a 13MP camera sensor, the Exynos 5420 octa core chip and the Snapdragon 800 quad core chipset depending on regions, 3GB of RAM and Android 4.3 Jelly Bean with new TouchWiz tricks.
The HTC Desire 500 has been unveiled in a launch event in Taiwan. This is an entry-level smartphone that nonetheless comes with an expensive price tag. In HTC’s home country, the smartphone retails for $400 off-contract. According to Engadget, the price could be due to a deal between HTC and Taiwan Mobile, a wireless carrier. By pricing the device at $400 off-contract, consumers are encouraged to avail of Taiwan Mobile’s subsidized cost for the smartphone. HTC has not revealed whether the smartphone will be launched internationally, and whether it will have the same price. The same device, however, had been previously spotted on a leaked roadmap of a Germany-based carrier, so there could be hope that the smartphone will be sold outside of Taiwan.
The HTC Desire 500 shares some of the features of the HTC One, the phone maker’s flagship smartphone for the year. Among these are the HTC Sense 5 UI, BlinkFeed and Video Highlights. However, it does not offer the BoomSound speakers that are also on the Desire 600, the Butterfly S, the HTC One, and the HTC One Mini.
Being an entry-level device, the HTC Desire 500 offers entry-level specifications. It packs a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, and 4GB of internal storage that can be expanded through a microSD card. It also sports an 8 MP camera with autofocus, LED flash, dedicated ImageChip processor, and f/2.0 aperture. This is complemented by a 1.6 MP front-facing camera. The smartphone also has a 4.3-inch SLCD screen with a resolution of 480 x 800 pixels. This device is powered by a 1800 mAh removable Li-polymer battery that promises around 12 to 17 hours of talktime and around 400 hours of standby time. Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX, Wi-Fi IEEE 802.11 b/g/n, and DLNA are all supported.
Other upcoming devices
HTC had been busy lately with the launch of the Desire 500, and earlier, the One Mini. Yet, there are still several smartphones which are expected to be unveiled soon. These include the HTC One Max and the HTC Zara. There have not been a lot of information on these handsets. However, it has been revealed that the HTC One Max will be a slightly larger handset that will compete against the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. On the other hand, the HTC Zara will feature a plastic chassis and possibly an affordable price. It had been rumored that the HTC One Max would be launched late this month, but so far, no word on its unveiling has been announced.