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Samsung Galaxy A9 phablet leaks out with a 4,000 mAh battery

Samsung Galaxy A9

The #Samsung #GalaxyA9 phablet has leaked out before as a bigger version of the Galaxy A8 that was released not too long ago. A newer leak is now reaffirming what we partially knew, while also confirming the existence of a massively sized 4,000 mAh battery onboard.

The device is supposedly packing a 6 inch 1080p display on board, which should put it in the league of the Motorola Nexus 6 (Quad HD display) as well as the Sony Xperia Z Ultra.

The Galaxy A9 is also shown to be packing a Snapdragon 620 octa core chipset, a 13-megapixel camera, 3GB of RAM and Android 5.1.1 Lollipop, which is unfortunate given that Marshmallow has almost become mainstream by now. Going by the poster, it seems like the Galaxy A9 will be an exclusive to the Chinese markets, at least initially. However, we’re not ruling a global and American release at this point.

Do you like what you see with the Galaxy A9 here? Share your thoughts in the comments section below.

Source: Mobile.it – Chinese

Via: GSM Arena

LG G Pro 2 Lite for Verizon makes its way to the FCC

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A new FCC listing has revealed the existence of the LG G Pro 2 Lite with support for Verizon’s network bands, hinting at an imminent release. As the name probably indicates, the smartphone will be a midrange offering with a similar appearance as the bigger G Pro 2 phablet, but packing a slightly under powered hardware.

We’re guessing the phablet will be targeted towards LG’s key markets including the U.S. carrying an aggressive price tag. The device will also reportedly make its way to AT&T and Sprint in the U.S. so it seems like Verizon won’t have exclusivity on the G Pro 2 Lite.

The listing has managed to reveal that the smartphone will come with a 5.7 inch 720p display, making it slightly smaller than the LG G Pro 2. Other specs include a 1.2 GHz quad core Snapdragon 400 SoC, a 13-megapixel camera on the back, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage with a microSD card slot, Android 4.4.2 KitKat and a 3,200 mAh battery.

LG G Pro 2 Lite

There’s no ETA for the arrival yet, but we expect LG to make the device official at next week’s event where the LG G3 is going to be announced. The carriers should spill details on availability shortly after that.

Source: MyLGPhones

Via: Unwired View

Samsung executive claims the company will launch more phablets in 2014

Samsung Galaxy Mega

Speaking at the company’s quarterly earnings call, the Executive Director of Samsung, Hyunjoon Kim claimed that the market should expect more tablet sized smartphones (like the Galaxy Mega series) in 2014. So we should expect more 6 inch+ devices from Samsung this year, which are mostly tablets but also function as smartphones. The Galaxy Mega 6.3 was a moderate success in some markets due to the aggressive pricing, so it’s only natural to expect a successor launching later this year.

Hyunjoon Kim didn’t give out more details on the number of smartphones launching, but it’s clear that there will be more phablets launching this year compared to 2013. The Galaxy Note series will obviously be the company’s premier phablet line, so we expect the Galaxy Note 4 to carry the baton forward. Samsung is also expected to launch an under powered version of the Galaxy Note 3 at the MWC next month and will reportedly call it the Galaxy Note 3 Neo. The Korean manufacturer has really tapped into what was once considered a niche market with its phablets and it will hope to make further inroads in the phablet industry this year.

Source: ZDNet Korea

Via: Talk Android

Phablet sales on the rise as over 20 million devices were sold in 2013

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According to a new survey conducted by Juniper Research, phablets have been widely successful in the market so far with over 20 million units sold in 2013. We saw quite a few phablets launching last year, including the likes of the Sony Xperia Z Ultra, the LG G Flex and the Samsung Galaxy Note 3.

The research further claims that this figure will reach 120 million by 2018, suggesting a massive increase in production and demand for phablets. Juniper’s research took devices with a display size of over 5.6 inches into consideration, which covers almost every phablet out there.

Samsung was brave enough to launch one of the first phablets in 2011, which turned out to be a masterstroke by the company. So it’s no surprise that the Galaxy Note is one of the highest selling phablets in the world today, despite the presence of several other phablets in the market. However, things could be slightly different in 2014 where we expect a lot more phablets to be announced, so the competition is certainly going to get tougher.

Source: Juniper Research

Via: Talk Android

Analyst predicts phablets to outshine small sized tablets next year

Galaxy Note 3 PhabletThe word phablet was coined soon after Samsung launched the first gen Galaxy Note smartphone in 2011 which was partly a tablet and a smartphone, due to its odd size. It was immediately written off as a niche device and some reviewers didn’t seem pretty convinced with the idea. However, two years on, the Galaxy Note is among the most widely spoken about devices every year and Samsung’s marketing department has to take a chunk of the credit for that. This has led other companies like Sony, LG, HTC and even Nokia to venture into the phablet segment with their own devices, albeit to very little success compared to the Galaxy Note.

And we might see this trend going forward as analyst Bob O’Donnell from Technalysis Research now claims that the phablet segment could soon overtake the small sized tablet category which includes the likes of the Nexus 7, the Apple iPad Mini and the Amazon Kindle Fire among several others. Of course, this is merely a prediction at this point and only time will tell if any of this bears weight, but it’s not completely impossible looking at the pace at which manufacturers are launching smartphones with a display of over 5.5 inches. The fact that phablets are more portable than a budget tablet and act as a regular phone (calls, texts etc) makes it an alluring option for people willing to have the best of both worlds. We can expect more phablets launching next year with a majority of them coming from LG, Samsung and Chinese manufacturers, but don’t expect the likes of Sony,  HTC or maybe even Motorola to lag far behind either.

Source: Forbes

Via: GSM Arena

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 vs Sony Xperia Z Ultra vs HTC One Max – Specs Comparison

The ultimate phablet smackdown. El Plato Supreme. The Catalina Wine Mixer. You can call it many things, but it’s definitely big. Both literally and figuratively.

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It’s the duel for possibly the most coveted gold medal of the mobile industry nowadays. Sure, many still consider phablets niche devices, but the numbers don’t lie. Nor do The Oxford Dictionaries, where smartphones “having a screen which is intermediate in size between that of a typical smartphone and a tablet computer” have recently been inducted.

Talking about numbers, you’d probably reckon Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 has it easy in its quest for domination. Yet starting yesterday, Sony’s Xperia Z Ultra, for some reason rebranded as just Z Ultra, runs Android 4.4 KitKat in a Google Play edition.

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Game-changer? We shall see in the following lines, where HTC’s One max will also get a chance to shine and show off its strengths against the two other contenders. Strengths that many have overlooked so far. Showtime:

Galaxy Note 3 vs. Z Ultra vs. One max –design and build quality comparison

Apples and oranges. At first glance, it looks like these three have very little in common design-wise, thus probably targeting very different audiences. Want to go big, but not too big and have no problem with plastic? Then the Note 3’s your man.

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Think life in plastic is so not fantastic and have taken a liking to HTC One’s smooth all-metal body but always dreamed of extra screen real estate? Vote One max. Finally, the Z Ultra is the go-to bad boy for extreme folks whose “bigger is better” views on life have no limits.

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Ironically, the biggest fellow is at the same time the slimmest, which actually helps it tip the scales at 5 grams less than the One max. Talk about architectural marvels, eh? Bottom line, I think I’m going to call this battle a three-way tie, albeit gun to my head, I’d probably choose HTC’s contestant. What can I say, I’m partial to aluminum and 6.4 inches is simply too bonkers for me.

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Note 3 vs. Z Ultra vs. One Max – specs comparison, take two, display

Why does everything have to be so darn complicated? I mean, come on, how can one say this or that screen is better when all three are Full HD, rock outstanding viewing angles and are as vibrant and bright as my $800 39-inch LED TV at home?

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Sure, when it comes to pixel density, the Note 3 has the upper hand, with 386 ppi, followed by the One max, with 373, and the Z Ultra finishes the race dead last, with 344. However, the ranks are overturned in usable screen real estate, so ultimately it once again comes down to personal preferences. Here, I’d go with the superior ppi and extra portability of the Note 3, but that’s just me.

Processing speed, RAM and cameras

Sorry, HTC, but I’m afraid your One max has nothing on its rivals. Don’t get me wrong, Snapdragon 600 and 2 GB of RAM make for a decent system, yet it’s not decency we’re looking for. It’s cutting-edge speed and the Note 3 is the textbook definition of just that.

The 5.7-incher packs quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 power and a whopping 3 GB RAM, whereas the Z Ultra is narrowly behind, with an S800 clocked a tad lower (2.2 vs. 2.3 GHz) and a “measly” 2 GB of memory.

Galaxy Note 3 camera

As far as cameras go, the Note 3 prevails one more time, with 13 MP and 2 MP snappers, far superior to the 8 and 2 MP units on the Z Ultra and 4 “UltraPixel” and 2.1 MP shooters on the One max. That’s two points for Samsung, zero for the competition.

Software and battery life battle

Thought it was all over after the speed and camera duels? Well, think again, as the Z Ultra is back in with a shout, thanks to being the only of the three running Android 4.4 KitKat. Best of all, it’s stock 4.4, albeit you may struggle to find the Google Play Edition available soon enough.

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Meanwhile, the Note 3 and One max are 4.3 Jelly Bean-powered and due for their own 4.4 makeovers before long. The million-dollar question is which one will nab the update first? My money’s on Samsung, though it’s never wise to have certainties in life.

The battery clash? In my book, it’s a Note 3-One max tie, as the former packs a 3,200 mAh cell and the latter a 3,300 mAh. Granted, Samsung knows how to optimize software better and has the smaller panel, but HTC retaliates with the less power-demanding processor. The Z Ultra? It doesn’t even play in the same league, with a meager 3,050 mAh ticker.

Pricing, availability and others

The biggest ace up Note 3’s sleeve, possibly bigger than its winning SoC/RAM combo, is availability. You can find Samsung’s baby at basically every street corner of every city in every country in the world and that matters a whole lot for an everyday tech user.

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Not to mention the billboards, ads and promos you’re bound to glance over every day on your way to work, school or wherever. Also, the Note 3 can be had with and without contracts anywhere, costing $150 give or take with American pacts and $700 or so outright.

The Z Ultra and One max are much more difficult to score, albeit the former has got a major push from Google once the GPlay Edition has rolled out. The KitKat chocolaty model is up for grabs at an almost affordable $650 outright, with no carriers picking it up as of now and nothing in this department on the horizon.

Finally, the on-contract One max starts at $110 with Verizon and $100 on Sprint, going all the way up to $650 with no contractual obligations.

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Before making your final decision however, there are a number of little details you should take into account, like the fact the One max sports fingerprint recognition technology (gimmicky, but cool), the Z Ultra is water and dust protected, and the Note 3 has S Pen support. So which one is the best in the end? I’ll let you do the math and come up with your own conclusions.  

HP Seemingly Prepping ‘Bowser’ 10×2 Tab/Notebook Hybrid and Slate 6 Voice Tab with Android

HP may have caught plenty of people off guard with its return to tablets this past spring, but what’s even more surprising is the Palo Alto-based PC maker continues to drive forward with tremendous efforts of snatching a piece of the growing mobile pie.

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The rather underwhelming Slate 7 has clearly been only the first step towards something bigger, albeit the end game still looks rather foggy. That’s not to say devices like the Slatebook 10 x2, Slate 7 HD, 7 Extreme, 8 Pro and Slate 10 HD haven’t upped the ante, they’re just not real flagships, iPad “killers” or trendsetters.

And while the oft-rumored first HP smartphone to run Android remains a myth, at least the company shows increasing perseverance in the tablet and hybrid niches. On that note, it’s time to meet the HP Bowser 10 x2 and Slate 6 Voice Tab, two unreleased and unannounced Android-based gizmos that have showed their faces in public for the first time quite recently by paying GFX Bench a quick visit.

The former, in spite of its very unique codename, seems to be a clear-cut Slatebook 10 x2 doppelganger, at least based on the bits and pieces that we’ve been able to gather in regards to specs. There’s pre-loaded Android 4.3 Jelly Bean “butter”, a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 4 CPU clocked at 1.8 GHz and crystal clear hints towards the thing acting alternatively like a tablet and mini-laptop.

HP Bowser

Interestingly, Bowser’s 10-inch screen is not identical to the one on the Slatebook, or at least not apparently, being listed in GFX Bench as boasting 1,920 x 1,008 pixels resolution. In contrast, the already existing tab/notebook hybrid touts 1,920 x 1,080 pix res, or 1,920 x 1,128 with the customary on-screen buttons.

Bottom line, as odd as it may sound, the HP Bowser 10 x2 could miss out on Full HD resolution by just a dozen or so pixels.

Moving on, though it looks less technically impressive on paper, the Slate 6 Voice Tab might actually be the gadget with the best chances of hitting it big at the box-office of the two. As the codename suggests, we’re probably looking at a 6-inch tab with voice support here, or, as people like to call it, a phablet.

HP Slate 6

Mind you, this means HP’s first ever Android smartphone is very much real and looming on the horizon, albeit its makers will likely try to market it differently so as to not build too much pressure. And you can’t blame them, since the handheld also known as “Pomegranate” (yummy) and “Bedana” is in no way a high-ender.

Mid-ranger tops, with a modest Cortex A7-based quad-core 1 GHz Marvell PXA 1088 CPU under the hood and Vivante GC1000 GPU. Then there’s the even more disappointing 720p panel, which due to its size, will boast a sub-par pixel density of 240 ppi or so.

The on-board software doesn’t sound all that great either, with Android 4.2 being now officially two generations behind the times, but don’t be so quick to write the Slate 6 Voice Tab off. It’s bound to be cheap as chips and I’d like to see you snubbing it then.

Via [GFX Bench] (1), (2)

HTC T6 will retail as the HTC One Max, larger phablet device

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This news may seem old to some, who have called the phablet HTC One device the HTC One Max for a while now, but notable leaker Evleaks has officially confirmed the retail name for the HTC T6.

The HTC T6 arrived months ago, back in early summer – sporting a 6-inch display and some high-end specs, it looked like HTC’s move into the phablet market to compete with Samsung, LG and Sony.

With the “one brand” approach HTC is currently using to market their high-end devices, we were not surprised to hear this would be called the HTC One Max, considering we also have the HTC One Mini.

The HTC One Max specs include quad-core Snapdragon 800 CPU inside clocked at 2.2GHz, 2GB of RAM, 3300mAh battery and 16/32/64GB of internal storage, alongside eight-band LTE, WiFi a/b/g/n/ac and NFC.

It is a beast of a device to compete with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 or Galaxy Mega, Sony Xperia Z Ultra and Huawei Ascend Mate. Even though this 6-inch market has not brought any huge yield, the Galaxy Note has gained significant traction and has lead manufacturers to make even bigger smartphones.

According to other leaks on the HTC One Max, it will apparently come out in Asia first sometime in 2013 and may be scheduled for a European launch, but there is no news on a US release date or any carrier preparing to support the device.

US Cellular Samsung Galaxy Note 3 to arrive in October

The US Cellular Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will be available this coming October, according to an announcement from the company today. US Cellular will join the major phone makers in the United States in offering the newly-unveiled Samsung phablet.

US Cellular Samsung Galaxy Note 3
US Cellular Samsung Galaxy Note 3

Specifications

The US Cellular Samsung Galaxy Note 3 features a 5.7 inch 1920 x 1080 Super Full HD Super AMOLED display. Inside, it runs on a 1.9 GHz Exynos Octa-core chipset and a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor. The phablet also comes with 3GB of RAM, and a choice between 32GB and 64GB of internal storage space. Expansion is possible via a microSD card slot. There is also a 13 MP rear camera that can capture Ultra HD (4K) video, and a 2 MP front camera. Connectivity options include Wi-Fi a/b/g/n/ac, Bluetooth 4.0 LE, NFC, Infrared Blaster, GPS/GLONASS, MHL 2.0, and HSPA+. The device harnesses the power of a 3,200 mAh battery. Android 4.3 is its operating system out of the box. The ultra-thin device measures only 8.3mm, and tips the scale at 168 grams.

Features

Some notable features include Air Command, Pen Window, Action Memo, S Health, S Voice Hands Free, Screen Write, Scrapbook, Samsung KNOX, Samsung Adapt Display, Air Gesture, and Air View, among others. Samsung has furthermore introduced improvements to the S Pen stylus. In terms of its appearance, the phablet has a synthetic leather rear cover surrounded by a faux stich detail. Such design elements make the device standout among many other devices available today. There will be a number of color options available, including black, white, and potentially, pink. This article by Rodge provides more details on the phablet.

Price

The US Cellular Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is expected to be priced $299.99 on a two-year contract. Verizon and AT&T are both selling the device for the same amount. Meanwhile, T-Mobile will sell the device for $199.99 upfront in addition to 24 monthly payments of $21 each. Check out Adrian’s article for more pricing details in Canada and Europe.

US Cellular Samsung Galaxy Gear

US Cellular has not announced whether it will sell the Samsung Galaxy Gear or not. If it does, the device may be priced at $300 alone, like what AT&T and T-Mobile are doing. It is also possible that they will eventually sell it bundled with the Note 3 for $600, which is the price of the bundle on Verizon.

via justamp

Samsung Galaxy Mega render leaked on AT&T

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The Galaxy Note line already solidified the phablet line of devices for Samsung, but the company decided with the recent hype on even bigger devices they would launch the 6.3-inch Galaxy Mega, making the Galaxy Note look minuet.

Oddly this was not a high-end device, with the Galaxy Mega coming with a 720p display, 1.7GHz dual-core Snapdragon 400 processor and 1.5GB of RAM. It seems Samsung wanted to deep their feet into the even larger phablet market before making a big move.

The Galaxy Mega has been loved by some, questioned by others and hated by the rest. It is beyond the edge of what a regular person would call a smartphone, with it only being 0.7-inches smaller than the Nexus 7.

Even with the different opinions, Samsung has been prepping the Galaxy Mega launch into new markets following its inception in Asia and Europe. We have heard about Canada and now evleaks has released a press image with the AT&T logo.

It is likely we will see the Galaxy Mega come on AT&T service for $49 or $99 on a two year contract or free for an unannounced price. This size is still not fitting for most users, but for the small niche that want a mega device, they will be glad to hear one of them is coming to the US.

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 exposed internals leak

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 has appeared in another leak, this time the photo is exposing its internals and showing what appears to be a very rectangular phablet with small corners.

Samsung has done this sneaky tactic before however and we believe the Galaxy Note 3 will be shaped similar to the Galaxy S4 and this is just a case, to make leaks seem more unrealistic.

The leak shows very little we didn’t already know, the Galaxy S4 will be a beast of a device, there is no question. It will come with a 5.7-inch 1080p display with almost no bezels, 13MP camera, 2GB of RAM (not 3GB sadly) and will come with various processors, including the Exynos 5 and the Snapdragon 800. The S Pen will also make another appearance on the smartphone.

We are still unsure about the three size dispute, Samsung has shown with the Galaxy S4 they want to go after every market imaginable, even if they cannot do it well, the Galaxy S4 Zoom is clear show of why Samsung shouldn’t go ahead with every idea.

The Galaxy Note 3 will be launched at IFA 2013 alongside the Samsung smartwatch, called the Galaxy Gear. We also believe two new high-res Android tablets will be released, one may be the Nexus 10.

Source: Weibo

LG Optimus Vu Has Apparently Sold 1 Million Units

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The LG Optimus Vu is a little known handset, especially after the Galaxy Note took the world by storm in 2011. Interestingly, the device is also a phablet and features a slightly smaller display with a rather strange aspect ratio (4:3). The device packs all the goodies/bloatware that come with an LG device, and wasn’t a huge success in the market. But LG doesn’t think so, with the manufacturer claiming that over 1 million units of the smartphone have been sold so far. It has taken a little over nine months for the smartphone to reach this status, while the Galaxy Note II has done this in just 90 days. The problem with the Optimus Vu was that it arrived shortly after the original Galaxy Note did in 2011 and the Note stood as a colossus against every other competitive offering, with the Optimus Vu being one of them. LG also launched a successor to the Optimus Vu shortly after the first gen Vu launched, and that was known as the Optimus Vu II. This was launched in September 2012, so LG basically refreshed the original Optimus Vu in a matter of six months, so as to remain competitive in the market.

It is very possible that LG has taken into account sales numbers of both the devices to come up with the estimate, which makes sense. Samsung however has absolutely no competition from the likes of the Optimus Vu and the rest of the phablets out there. Although, entries of devices like the Huawei Ascend Mate, Oppo Find 5 might be a cause for concern.  It goes without saying that people have taken a particular liking towards Samsung’s offerings over LG’s and that has been the case since the past few years now. We expect the trend to continue in the coming days, even as LG prepares to launch its 1080p smartphone in the market.

A sale of over a million units for a single smartphone over a period of 90 days is a remarkable achievement. Sadly for LG, its sales haven’t been the best in the market. Even flagship smartphones like the Optimus 4X HD and the Optimus 3D Max failed to take off after the announcement at MWC last year. It is hoped that the company’s upcoming flagship could change the fortunes for the company. The company brags of its rich IPS panels, which provide decent clarity compared to standard LCD panels. So this could be instrumental in the device’s success in the market.

Source: MK (Translated)
Via: Phone Arena

LG to Focus on Smartphones and Phablets Development

LG will try to focus its efforts on developing smartphones and phablets and put on hold the development of tablets that can contend with Apple’s widely-popular iPad. In particular, it will concentrate on its line of Android smartphones called Optimus. LG had previously held the number 3 spot in the list of top phone makers, but had been knocked off the spot by the Cupertino company last year.

Although it is giving attention to the Android-based Optimus, the company is not closing its doors on developing phones that carry Microsoft OS. LG also makes PCs based on this OS.

Early this year, LG launched the Optimus Pad LTE, its second tablet device. The specifications of the device was not half-bad, with its dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 1280 x 768p IPS LCD display, a 2 MP front camera, an 8 MP rear camera, 32 GB of internal storage, and support for DLNA. However, the company didn’t achieve the level of success that it wanted in the industry whose value is expected to rise up to $78.7 billion this 2012.

The company was further discouraged by Microsoft’s recent launch of a Windows tablet called Surface. Surface is a convertible tablet that boasts of Windows 8 Operating System, a 128 GB SSD for storage, 4 GB of RAM, as well as an Intel Core i5 processor. According LG, the company is currently not working on a device that will compete head-on with that device, or with the other competitive tablet PCs, for that matter, like the Asus Transformer and the Samsung Galaxy Tab.

Meanwhile, LG’s smartphone sales are looking better than its tablet sales, especially with those devices that come with quad-core processors and High Definition 720p displays. The company had also just recently launched the LG Optimus 4X HD, which sports the Android 4.0 OS, NFC functionalities, a High Definition IPS display and a speedy quad-core processor. For the mid-range and low-end segment, it also has L Series phones on offer.

via bloomberg