The #Samsung #GalaxyNote6 is supposedly known as the #GalaxyNote7. Now, this is not exactly news to us, but an alleged teaser almost tries to confirm the new moniker. The reasoning behind Samsung wanting to go with the Note 7 instead of the Note 6 is not known, although the teaser doesn’t convince us one bit.
It is believed that this is a prematurely leaked teaser photo that was supposed to go up in a month’s time. However, there are no standard Samsung markings here, and there’s some mild editing done to the picture as well, which is not that hard to spot. We don’t think this is the real deal, but the fact remains that there are rumors emerging (out of nowhere) to prove that the next Note will be the Galaxy Note 7.
It’s anybody’s guess right now as to what the device will be actually known as, and luckily for us, there’s not much waiting left to do as the Galaxy Note 6/7 is expected to be launched by early August.
The arrival of the #HTC #OneM10 flagship is barely a secret at this point. Several leaks have speculated that the handset will be unveiled on the 11th of April. That’s about two more months from now. Up until now, HTC was relatively quiet about its flagship, but the company has decided to change that now by issuing a formal teaser of the upcoming One M10 flagship.
The teaser image doesn’t reveal much, but shows us the chamfered edges of the flagship. It is accompanied by the hashtag #powerof10, further indicating that this is indeed the One M10. There were reports from a few months ago which suggested that HTC might be looking to ditch the One M branding for its upcoming flagship, but that doesn’t appear to be the case, at least according to this teaser.
It will be interesting to see what the HTC flagship will have to offer, considering what we’ve already seen from the likes of the Samsung and LG with the Galaxy S7/S7 edge and the LG G5 respectively.
Are you excited for HTC’s upcoming flagship release? Sound off 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.
Oppo’s devices rake up quite a lot of interest around the globe as it is one of the few Chinese OEMs to have global ambitions. Today, the manufacturer has posted a teaser for its Find 7 smartphone which is expected to be unveiled on the 19th of March. One of these teasers claims that the Find 7 is ‘>’ or greater than the freshly announced Samsung Galaxy S5. Another teaser image posted on the company’s Twitter page reveals the smartphone’s expandable storage and the removable back.
The removable back here though seems to be different from conventional smartphones as it appears to require a screwdriver or a tool to remove it. This is slightly odd speaking from a practical standpoint, but we’re sure Oppo has its own reasons for this. We expect to learn more about this particular feature during the company’s announcement next month. The smartphone is expected to carry a 1080p display, a Snapdragon 800 SoC and Android 4.4 KitKat.
The All New HTC One is expected to be unveiled next month on the 25th of March, with event invitations already going up. And as with any new release, it is common for the manufacturer to post a few teaser images and videos to hype the inevitable arrival of its new device. HTC has done the same by posting a new teaser video of its upcoming smartphone.
This teaser starts off on a funny note as with any modern commercial where two guys are talking about how great the BoomSound speakers on the HTC One sound. And just as one of the guys begins to talk about the new HTC One, a trumpet starts playing in the background blocking his voice and the phone in his hand (allegedly the new HTC One) is blurred out. Well, this teaser gives us a feeling that HTC is hiding some new BoomSound improvements under the hood, which could be interesting. The smartphone’s twin camera layout on the back is all but confirmed now, so this could be another feature worth waiting for.
Little-known China-based electronics manufacturer Oppo made its first waves in the Android landscape by partnering with CyanogenMod for the swiveling camera-toting N1 handheld, but it became clearer and clearer over the past few months that the 5.9-incher was just the beginning.
Oppo’s next step in its quest to world domination? A littlebig thing called Find 7, rumored to go official later this month, at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and heavily teased by the company’s very apt social media team of late.
And when I say teased, I don’t mean the usual vague bs-ing Western mobile players can afford to employ, but a much more precise hype-building campaign, which reached its peak when Oppo confirmed Find 7’s size and display resolution: 5.5-inch, with 2K, aka QHD, aka Quad HD.
Only the beast popped up in GFX Bench’s database less than 24 hours ago, and, surprise, surprise, its tested screen res was 1,920 x 1,080 pixels. Aka “run-of-the-mill” Full HD. Now, this particular benchmark is not just fairly renowned and prominent, it’s also extremely reliable.
So I highly doubt the info revealed is phony. It’s not very likely the GPU performance test has trouble detecting the new, improved, futuristic resolution either, since Vivo’s Xplay 3S, the world’s first 2K handheld, is listed with 2,560 x 1,440.
But I wouldn’t throw myself in the arms of desperation just yet. It’s entirely possible Oppo examined several different Find 7 hardware configurations before settling on the one they’re to offer for sale. Or maybe they intend to beat Apple and Samsung at their own games by rolling out a “Standard” Find 7 version (think iPhone 5c) and “Premium” model (a la iPhone 5s).
Either way, don’t take GFX Bench’s “word” for granted. Just to cover all bases, let’s mention a couple of other specs have emerged via the benchmark, namely pre-loaded Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and a quad-core 2.2 GHz Snapdragon 800 chip.
No 4.4 KitKat? No S805? Sorry, but that’s actually believable, and in line with multiple recent reports.
Back to timelines, it appears the MWC debut gossip was, well, baloney, as Oppo took to Chinese microblogging platform Sina Weibo a little earlier to post the latest in their long string of teasers. Of course, they’re not spelling anything out for us, but one of the images seems to (not very subtly) suggest the release date: March 19.
The “where” of the equation remains unclear, though a Western-located event after MWC doesn’t make much sense. So China it is.
One extra tidbit before wrapping up, as surging rumble has Find 7’s rear-facing camera pegged as a top-notch 13.1 MP snapper with, get this, F/1.8 aperture. To my knowledge, that would be the lowest ever number for an Android, nay smartphone period, which would translate into the largest aperture and thus the highest exposure.
In layman’s terms, despite the somewhat average megapixel count (compared with, say, Sony’s Xperia Z1), the Oppo Find 7 could very well deliver the crispest photos around. Not too shabby for an OEM that no one knew existed until maybe six months ago.
The new teaser, meanwhile, shows a bunch of balls falling over Taipei, Taiwan while phone dialling sounds are played. The balls are labelled 4, 5, and 6. The video ends with a ball falling into a package that bears the address of the annual tech event.
Some commenters on the video have guessed out that the teaser video could be about a range of new smartphones, possibly measuring 4, 5, and 6 inches.
There isn’t any available information from ASUS about such devices, so we will have to wait until their announcement to confirm what those numbers mean.
At any rate, ASUS seems to be gearing up to tempt consumers with a number of new gadgets. It may be recalled that three models of an ASUS dual-boot Windows 8 and Android tablet were spotted at the FCC a few weeks ago. The devices are believed to pack a 3,910 mAh battery and either the Intel Bay Trail Z3740 0r the Z3770 processors.
If you’re not attending CES, but are curious about the new ASUS products, you can watch the press event on live streaming from the ASUS website here. Already, the company has put up a countdown to the event, which will take place on Monday, January 6th, 2014 12:00 p.m. (PST) / 20:00 p.m. (GMT) at Caesars Palace Las Vegas, Augustus Ballroom IV & III, ( Level 3 / Emperors level ), 3570 S Las Vegas Blvd, Las Vegas, Nevada.
Meanwhile, CES 2014 is shaping up to be an exciting event as usual, with plenty of new devices and technologies waiting to be shown off by various manufacturers.
NVIDIA is showcasing the features of the NVIDIA Tegra Note in a new teaser video in an attempt to fuel excitement for the tablet.
The teaser video underscores the NVIDIA Tegra Note’s ultra-fast mobile processor, the quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 4. This processor, according to the manufacturer’s claim, makes the slate the fastest 7-inch tablet in the world.
It also draws attention to the NVIDIA DirectStylus, which is said to be up to three times faster than the styluses that come with other tablets. This stylus boasts of a special system that provides the better control. It demonstrates the DirectStylus in action as it is used in the creation of a digital artwork with both fine points and broad strokes. The same stylus also claims to give better handwriting results due to its precision and flexibility that is shown to be able to mimic the experience of taking notes using a real pen.
Meanwhile, the NVIDIA PureAudio is touted as having the richest sound as well as the widest frequency range among the tablets available today, promising an immersive sound experience.
Compared to more expensive tablets, the NVIDIA Tegra Note says that it is able to provide as much as 50% faster web browsing.
Another notable feature is tap-to-track, which ensures good photos as it automatically tracks, focuses, and decides on the proper exposure.
NVIDIA also reminds consumers of the name it has made for itself in the gaming industry due to its capability to provide top-quality graphics. The manufacturer promises to bring such knowledge to its tablets, and make the devices truly powerful in the graphics department. This makes the Tegra Note highly suitable for gaming, as demonstrated in the video. In particular, it highlights the games that work best with the device, as they are optimized for NVIDIA Tegra. Among these are Hamilton’s Great Adventure, and Chuck Challenge 3D.
Gamers will be happy to know that the Tegra Note also supports the use of a Bluetooth controller for a gaming experience that is likened to that delivered by a console.
Lastly, the video shows the optional Slide Cover, which protects the Tegra Note. This slide cover is capable of three ways of positioning the device to provide maximum comfort to the user.
A new HTC One teaser has just arrived, in the form of an infographic. Titled “Great Trios in History,” the infographic suggests that the three HTC One phones, the original HTC One, the HTC One Mini, and the new HTC One Max, are at par with the other trios that have have secured themselves definite places in history. Specifically, the infographic says that a new trio is about to be completed, hinting at the upcoming arrival of the HTC One Max.
The trios all have a heading that when reduced to acronyms, spell “HTC.” They come from a wide and well-chosen range of fields, including music, literature, food, politics, and movies. HTC appears to have made an effort to get a representative from each of these to appeal to a larger group of consumers from different age groups. Thus, we see the trios illustrated in caricatures, and saying quirky quips in speech bubbles. Among the trios mentioned are: Snap, Crackle, and Pop; Three Amigos; Harry, Ron, and Hermione of the “Harry Potter” novels; Henry VIII, Catherine, and Anne Boleyn from British history; Beyoncé Knowles, Kelly Rowland and Michelle Williams of Destiny’s Child; Batman, Robin, and Catwoman from “The Dark Knight Rises;” and finally, Luke Skywalker, Chewbacca, and R2-D2 from the Star Wars Trilogy.
HTC fans would probably recall that when the company was about to launch the HTC One Mini, it also released an infographic called “Little Things That Pack A Big Punch.” In such teaser, it cited surprising facts about seemingly small things, such as a tremendously hot pepper, or the most powerful poison in the world.
In the new infographic, HTC does not make any mention of its new smartphone. However, plenty of information has leaked regarding the supersized HTC One. These include a Quad-core 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 600 Krait 300 with Adreno 320 GPU, 5.9 Inch Full HD 1080 x 1920 pixels Multitouch display, 32 and 64 GB internal memory, a 4 MP rear camera, a 2.1 MP front camera, NFC, 4G LTE, Bluetooth, Wi-Fi, and GPS.
What do you think about HTC’s “Great Trios in History” infographic?
Last week we saw a few reports surrounding new batches of Nexus 4 shipping with Android 4.2.2 loaded on the device as opposed to the usual Android 4.2.1. The Nexus 4 device running Android 4.2.2 was spotted in Brazil at a LG mobile phone factory that prepares the handsets for shipment.
The latest report reveals video proof of a Nexus 4 running Android 4.2.2 somewhere in the Czech Republic. The video shows proof of the Nexus 4 on this latest firmware version, which indicates that Nexus 4 devices worldwide should be receiving Android 4.2.2 by the time consumers get a hold of a Nexus 4 device running Android 4.2.2.
The new update seems rather minor, as the video review shows no differences from any other Nexus 4 device. The only thing that indicates that the Nexus 4 is running on Android 4.2.2 is at the 6:34 mark where the reviewer shows the Android version.
Regardless, it’s obvious that this Nexus 4 is running Android 4.2.2. Now the big question is, when will owners of the device receive the update all over the world? Hopefully sooner than later.
In other news, those who haven’t gotten their Nexus 4 yet may want to look T-Mobile’s way, as some of their brick and mortar stores will receive limited Nexus 4 stock by the end of January. While no exact arrival date was given, we’ve seen leaked images showing that stock is indeed on its way to some T-Mobile stores.
If you’ve spotted a Nexus 4 device running Android 4.2.2, be sure to let us know in the comments section below!