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Early image claims to show upcoming Samsung flagship, but there's reason to be skeptical
It’s that time of year again, boys and girls — the first purported Samsung Galaxy S4 render has emerged online. This morning Samsung fansite SamMobile posted a photo of a render showing what it claims is the next flagship phone from the Korean manufacturer. The image, which the site says was passed to it by a Samsung insider, appears to be a photo of the render as displayed on a monitor or other LCD display.
The alleged Galaxy S4 (or Galaxy S IV, if you prefer) shot shows a Galaxy Note 2-like design, with accentuated, rounded corners and no physical buttons. The device also has an extremely minimal horizontal bezel, along with the usual assortment of buttons, ports and sensors in the usual places.
There’s no way of verifying the authenticity of this image, but SamMobile has a pretty decent track record when it comes to Samsung leaks. Nevertheless, given how many inaccurate Galaxy S3 renders did the rounds last year, we’re inclined take this latest pic with a hefty dose of salt for the time being.
Even if this image is a legitimate Samsung creation, there’s no guarantee that the device it shows will become the Galaxy S4. Samsung is notoriously secretive with its flagship products, even going as far as designing and developing multiple variations of the Galaxy S3 to reduce the likelihood that the real thing would leak. So there’s a chance this design might be just one of many on the table at this early stage. (Remember that buttonless Galaxy S3 we saw just weeks before the announcement?)
In a related post, the site reports that Samsung will show an early Galaxy S4 prototype to a handful of partner executives and other big-wigs behind closed doors at next week’s CES. If Samsung ships the S4 this spring, as is expected, we wouldn’t be surprised if a few VIPs got an early look at what the company’s cooking in Las Vegas. CES has always been a big business-to-business show, after all.
For now, all we have is an image that may or may not be an upcoming Samsung phone. But if this is the Galaxy S4, we know a few Android nerds who’ll be celebrating Samsung’s new-found affinity for on-screen buttons.
A supposedly leaked press image of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S IV has found its way online. The image, which was published by the Sam Mobile blog, is said to be from a Samsung insider. Nonetheless, the website states that they are not a hundred percent sure if the image is the real deal. The source allegedly is in possession of more images of the device.
It had been noted that the design of the pictured device is akin to those found on the Samsung Galaxy S III and the Samsung Galaxy Premier.
The device has on-screen buttons, a thinner bezel as compared to previous Galaxy S smartphones, as well as a larger display. Notably missing is the home button that was also found on earlier models of the handset.
As for the specifications, these are not listed next to the image. For the past few months, however, it had been rumored that the next Samsung flagship smartphone will pack a 4.99-inch SuperAMOLED FULL High Definition resolution, with 1080 x 1920 pixels. It will likewise sport a Exynos 5450 Quad-Core CPU with a clock speed of 2.0GHz. This will work with a Mali-T658 and 2GB of RAM. Dual cameras will also be onboard: a front-facing one will feature a 2 megapixel sensor whereas the main one, located at its rear, will have a 13-megapixel sensor. The Samsung Galaxy S IV will likely have Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean out of the box.
Meanwhile, another rumor from the Samsung Lebanon suggests that the next flagship handset will not be released prior to May. However, as Sam Mobile points out, information published on Samsung’s Facebook Fan Pages are not always accurate.
The Samsung Galaxy S IV is one of the year’s most anticipated smartphones, particularly after the good performance of its predecessor, the Galaxy S III last year. Among the other awaited phones for 2013 are the Sony Xperia T, Motorola Droid Razr M HD, Nokia Lumia 820, Samsung Galaxy Victory 4G LTE, Nokia Lumia 900, HTC 8X, Blackberry London, Samsung ATIV S, Nokia Lumia 920, and the Apple iPhone 6.
The folks from LG surely will have a few neat new devices to show off this year at CES 2013 in Las Vegas. The show kicks off this weekend and today LG’s taken a moment to share a quick teaser video with all their fans. We’ve seen multiple leaks suggesting a 5.5-inch 1080p Optimus G2 is in the works, so that’s what we’re hoping the teaser image you see below is.
CES is more than just mobile, and we’re expecting LG to have TVs, appliances, and all sorts of goods, so the video really could be anything. At first we see a few hints of a smartphone and they clearly tease a thin bezel device as shown above, but the rest of the video is anyone’s guess really. Take a look below.
Around the 0:17 second mark we see a nearly bezel-free smartphone — which is suggested to be the new 5.5-inch 1080p quad-core Optimus G2. Then they show what appears to be an appliance of some sort. The G2 is rumored to have a 13 megapixel camera so the effect at 0:21 seconds in could also be hinting towards that. The video doesn’t reveal much but here it is.
We’ve heard reports and rumors (linked to below) of both a 5-inch and a 5.5-inch LG superphone in the works. Both sporting Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, quad-core processors, 13 megapixel cameras and possibly even 3GB of RAM. While we’ll have a few more days to wait before LG reveals it all, check out timeline below for everything we know thus far. LG’s stepping their game up and we’re excited to see what they have on display.
- Samsung and LG may release 1080p smartphones early next year
- LG’s own 1080p smartphone leaks in benchmark results
- LG Optimus G2 with a 5-inch 1080p display rumored for May release
- AT&T LG E940 1080p quad-core phone hits GLBenchmark
- LG Optimus G2 rumored to have 5.5-inch 1080p display and coming in May
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Polaroid Announces A New 7" Tablet For Kids That You Should Not, Under Any Circumstance, Even Considering Buying
Well, it’s CES time again – time for manufacturers to show off what they’ve been working on for the last several months in hopes of coaxing you into opening your wallet to them. Normally, we get a slew of fantastic, exciting, and innovative devices in the CES storm; however, there are also a few that just aren’t worth even considering. This new Polaroid tablet for kids is one of them.
NEEDS MOAR BEZEL!
You may or may not have already heard about it today. For those who haven’t, here’s the skinny: it’s a 7″ tablet with a display resolution of 800×480, half a gig of RAM, a 1GHz single-core processor, 8GB of storage, a 2MP rear shooter, and Android 4.0.
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HTC has been doing a pretty good job at keeping a tight lid on their upcoming HTC M7. A device rumored to be packing the highest-end of specs, the M7 will essentially be the GSM version of the HTC Droid DNA for the “rest of us.” Where normally we see major global device announcements at Mobile World Congress, CES may have a little something special for us as well.
According to tipster extraordinaire Football4PDA — who accurately leaked details on the HTC One X+ and Droid DNA in the past — HTC could make the M7 officially official at CES in just a few short days. While this sounds highly unlikely, it’s not too far fetched given HTC could be attempting to get the jump on MWC and the buzz that’s likely to be surrounding the Galaxy S4 and other high-end devices. What’s more, the tipster also mentioned the M7 could come with software buttons ala the Galaxy Nexus, and not capacitive buttons along the bezel. Can’t say I was too happy at that development (if the bezel is just empty space, why not use it?), but keep in mind this was all “indirect” information and not from Football’s normal sources.
As an Android fanboy first and HTC lover second, I can’t even begin to describe how hyped I am for this next generation of devices. While I can’t say I was too crazy about the DNA’s design (too Verizon-ie), I’m hoping HTC pulls out all the stops for their next flagship, showing the rest of OEM’s what true smartphone design is all about.
The rumor mill is currently crowded with all sorts of speculations and rumors for upcoming smartphones, especially the ones with 1080p displays. HTC has already shown us its offerings with the J Butterfly and the Droid DNA on Verizon, and so have Oppo and Huawei (at CES). But what about display tech giants like LG, which has its own 1080p 5-inch display panel on offer? Well, it seems like the company will take to the CES 2013 event next week to unravel an array of mobile display panels ranging from 4.7-inches to 5.5-inches. The company will also show off bigger television display panels of up to 84-inches.
The new 4.7-inch display panel apparently will feature a super narrow bezel, at a mere 1mm. This should aid the manufacturers in decreasing the bezel size and providing more comfort when it comes to using the device. However, a very small bezel also has the obvious flipside where holding at the edges of the device could register a touch, so it’s not necessarily a game changing technology.
Next up is the company’s brand new 5.5-inch 1080p Full HD display panel with a pixel density of 403ppi (for comparison’s sake, the 5.5-inch Galaxy Note II has a pixel density of 267ppi). This should inevitably go into LG’s next phablet, although we fear if the company isn’t taking the market too seriously. The company’s Optimus Vu and Vu II were average sellers in the global arena, despite the company bragging of its sales. So let’s hope that changes with the announcement of these new display panels.
Also prepping an announcement is the company’s 7-inch (1920×1200) display panel with a pixel density of 324ppi. That’s substantially crisper than the iPad Mini and the Nexus 7. LG has tried its hand with tablets by launching devices like the Optimus Pad, which hasn’t quite been a hit. So perhaps with state-of-the-art display technology onboard, LG could make some noise with its offering. LG might also sell these display panels to third party manufacturers. We really see a potential for this one, and we believe it could go a long way in making 7-inch tablets even more attractive. LG has plans for notebook panels as well. The company will reveal a 12.9-inch (2560×1700) QSXGA display, well suited for an ultrabook. The display resolution will make it an attractive offering for manufacturers, but those extra pixels might take a toll on the device’s battery life, so manufacturers have to be wary of that too.
All in all, it seems like LG has all its bases covered when it comes to its lineup of displays. The company’s faltering smartphone business however desperately needs a push so as to rank up against big guns like Samsung and HTC, with the latter going through a financial crisis of its own. Let’s hope we get to see these display panels in action soon.
Via: GSM Arena
Huawei isn’t doing too good of a job keeping their plans for CES 2013 a secret. We’ve seen multiple leaks all of types of their upcoming smartphone and tablet plans. This year they have an impressive Huawei Ascend Mate 6.1-inch phablet in the works, as well as a 5-inch 1080p full HD Ascend D2 to replace the original. Today both devices have leaked yet again in a series of press materials.
We already know plenty about both these devices, as they’ve leaked multiple times in benchmarks as well as the actual devices themselves. For full details on both upcoming android 4.1 Jelly Bean smartphones hit the links below. The image you see above is a press render for their quad-core 6.1-inch 1080p Ascend Mate smartphone that looks to rival the Note II. With a huge display, thin bezel, and a 4,000 mAh battery we’re expecting good things from that device.
Then as you see below, is another look at the Huawei Ascend D2. The original Ascend D Quad (we reviewed) was quite the smartphone, and they look to improve on it with the D2. Offering a 5-inch 1920 x 1080p full HD display, 1.8 GHz quad-core power, 2GB of RAM, and a 3,800 mAh battery for hours of usage. This device leaked earlier last week too, but this appears to be the official press image they’ll be tossing around in a few weeks for CES.
Huawei hasn’t been very shy about their plans for early 2013. They’ll be bringing 1080p HD smartphones with quad-core processors and awesome batter life to market to rival their competition. Mainly being Samsung and ZTE in their respective home country. Huawei’s top end devices still haven’t made it to the US as of late, but eventually that might change. We’ll be sure and get hands-on video of both these smartphones at CES in early January so stay tuned.
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The manufacturing white label behind products from LG Electronics and many, many other companies, LG Display will have something new for us in Las Vegas as well. In a press release, the company announced it will show off Ultra HD (4K) panels in 55-, 65- and 84-inch sizes (shown above), complete with its FPR passive 3D tech built in. Since LG Display makes panels for quite a few of the HDTVs on shelves, it follows that we’ll be seeing actual products shipping in those sizes in the coming year from several brands. It also will show off its work in other areas, with a 30-inch 4K monitor, a 5.5-inch 1080p screen for smartphones, a 1,920 x 1,200 7-inch tablet display, and a new QSXGA (2,560 x 1,700) screen destined for laptops that packs all of those pixels into just 12.9-inches.
PPI isn’t everything however, and LG Display is bringing several displays notable for their tiny bezels as well, including a 23.8-inch monitor in its Neo-Blade Series, a 13.3-inch laptop screen with a 2mm bezel, and a 4.7-inch mobile screen with a 1mm thick bezel. Finally, the new year also brings tweaks to its OLED displays, which will show off an ultra light and thin design at just 3.5kg and 4mm thick — and hopefully actually being released in the US this year. Check out the release after the break for the full list of goodies, we’ll be getting our own look at them in just a few days.
ZTE has unveiled a phablet with a 1080p-resolution display, the Nubia Z5. ZTE had first kicked off their Nubia brand in late October, which included a mention of the Z5. At that point they didn't say much more than it having a 13 megapixel camera, 5-inch display, and quad-core processor, but now we've got a much closer look at the specs.
- 7.6 mm thin
- 5-inch 1920 x 1080 with 2.67 mm bezel (443 PPI)
- 1.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm 8064 processor with 2 GB RAM
- 13 megapixel f/2.2 camera
- 2300 mAh battery
- Android Jelly Bean 4.1
As you might expect, this handset is due for China first, without any mention of international availability. The real kicker here is that the Nubia Z5 will cost a rather steep 3,456 yen (or $1,260) when it goes on sale in January. Pretty slick, but odds are we'll see plenty of smartphones with 1080p screens in 2013. You can find more info about the Nubia Z5 over at ZTE's minisite.
The Google TV platform continues to struggle, but manufacturers like LG might be able to save it. The Korean manufacturer has just announced a new series of 3D-enabled HDTVs with Google TV integrated, and they are looking good! These come with a new design, more sizes and even more features.
LG’s new Google TV sets will be available in 42, 47, 50, 55 and 60-inch form factors, bringing more options for users that were simply not satisfied with last year’s 47 and 55-inch TVs. They are thinner, the bezel is smaller and even the bases look darn sexy. These will also feature Google TV 3.0, which will sport all the recently announced features (like the new PrimeTime and Voice Search), OnLive compatibility and some other features that will come with LG’s custom Google TV UI.
The last part is actually big news – we haven’t seen custom UIs really expand in the Google TV platform. It could ultimately be good or bad… but with stock Google TV currently not bringing the most polished experience, LG just might be right about making this attempt.
One of the most interesting new additions is the implementation of “cards”. These highly ressemble Google Now’s cards, but they will be much more entertainment-oriented. LG mentions one will be able to see information about TV content, weather and they will even work as folders for Google TV apps.
The idea sure has much potential, but we will have to hold our judgement until the units are showcased at CES 2013, where LG will give us a first-look at two models (GA7900 and GA6400). Hopefully we will learn more about price and availability then, since right now those are anyone’s guess. We will be there to bring you all the news and details, so stay tuned for CES in the coming weeks!
I am definitely getting one of these bad boys, are you?
[via GTV Source]
You guys remember Google TV, right? LG does. While the platform hasn’t exactly seen stellar adoption rates, the company is still pushing forward with it by integrating it into its new line of television sets. Previously, only two sized models including the software: 47″ and 55″. Next year, 42″, 50″, and 60″ options will be added to the mix. The hardware will also feature a ridiculously thin bezel, just in case the RAZR M didn’t satisfy your dreams of a world without borders.
In addition, while there aren’t an details yet, LG is also touting “Google TV 3.0″ for these new sets.
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With all three major Chinese phone makers now showing their quad-core cards, it’s only natural for us to take a friendly portrait of their latest flagships: from left to right we have the Meizu MX2 (due December 19th), the Xiaomi Phone 2 (already out) and the freshly announced Oppo Find 5 (due January). At 8.86mm thick, the Find 5 is subtly slimmer than our two other 10.2mm-thick phones when compared visually, but the five-inch 1080p screen is clearly a winner in terms of size and pixel density — the latter is made more obvious by the fine details on the tactfully designed icons; just too bad you won’t be able to fit much 1080p video content into the 16GB built-in storage. As for aesthetics, we’re currently leaning towards the Find 5 for its less obvious bezel around the glass panel, and the phone’s shape is also a nice change from the usual rectangle-with-evenly-rounded-corners form factor. Still, the feel and contour of the Meizu MX2′s crystal back cover gave the most comfortable grip out of the three, only to be hampered by the Flyme OS’ eccentric UX. Obviously, we shall do a more detailed comparison once we have our review unit, so stay tuned.
Today OPPO introduced the world to their latest smartphone offering, the Find 5. The Find 5 features a focus on minimalist, industrial design and top-teir specs to match. The highlight of the handset is its 5-inch, 1080p IPS display, which matches the likes of HTC’s Droid DNA/Butterfly. The screen sports a pixel density of 441 ppi.
Other specs include a quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro clocked at 1.5GHz, 2GB RAM, and 16GB of internal storage. A 13MP rear camera features hardware-supported HDR photos and 120FPS video capture. The OPPO Find 5 runs Android 4.1 Jelly Bean.
OPPO says that they “create products in the intersection of romance and technology,” and hopes to create an intimate connection between the user and phone with quality materials and design. The body of the Find 5 is made of a single piece of stainless steel manipulated 12 times then plated in a black chrome finish. Clean lines and minimal bezel aim to make the phone a delight to hold.
There isn’t a whole lot of info on when and where the Find 5 will be available. A press release only states it should reach global markets sometime in early 2013.
Quality Meets Style with the OPPO Find 5 – The Fifth Element Unfolds
OPPO Find 5 Unveiled With 5” 1080P Screen, 13 Megapixel HDR Camera and More
BEIJING －December 12, 2012 －At the OPPO Find 5 “The Fifth Element” Launch Event held in 798 Art District today, OPPO introduced one of this year’s most mysterious and anticipated mobile products, the OPPO Find 5. The all new, industry leading OPPO Find 5 was announced to an audience of over 500 members of the international press, OPPO fans, developers, and partners, in what marks a spectacular end of year for the mobile industry.
See – like you’ve been blind all along
The OPPO Find 5 features a 5.0” 1080p IPS screen with a staggering 441 PPI pixel density, allowing you to experience a world of crystal clarity and the most realistic colors. With OGS technology that combines touch sensors with display, colors are more vivid and lifelike, and you’ll feel as if the screen contents are floating on its surface.
Despite its large screen, the OPPO Find 5 is easy to hold thanks to its super slim 3.25mm bezel. When the screen is off, the front becomes a borderless sheet of pure black, mysteriously calming yet satisfying to the eye.
Touch – and your fingers won’t stop
Industrial design has always been one of OPPO’s core strengths. An example is the Find 5 front frame. Although it only weighs a mere 6.3 grams, the front frame alone takes four hours to craft. Starting with a 210 gram piece of stainless steel, it undergoes 12 manufacturing processes, after which it is given a black chrome plating in a 1470 °F (800 °C) vacuum environment. The result from this demanding process not only protects the screen from impact, it also contributes to the Find 5’s amazing look and feel.
The overall design of the Find 5 is minimalist, relying on straight lines and simple shapes that removes distractions, while at the same time being built using the best materials and techniques available, giving OPPO Find 5 a simple and understated, yet refined and premium look and feel.
Cherish and share, the beauty from every journey
On the backside, OPPO Find 5 comes with the most advanced 1/3.06-type 13-megapixel camera sensor available on the market, adept at taking great photos in low light conditions. With market-leading Stacked CMOS technology, it features an f/2.2 aperture, 4-layer coating and blue glass filters. On the front, Find 5 it is fitted with a 1.9-megapixel camera.
OPPO Find 5 is the world’s first smartphone with hardware supported HDR photography and video recording. It redefines smartphone video recording, with its capability of recording video in 120 FPS, five times the speed that the human eye can perceive. Apart from videos being silky smooth in normal playback, they will also be smooth during slow-motion playback and clear during freeze-frames. In addition, the camera on the Find 5 is capable of taking 100 photos at 5 per second with Burst Mode.
OPPO Find 5 will bring you into a new era of wireless sharing. With NFC functionality, gently touching two phones will pair them in less than a tenth of a second, 50 times faster than Bluetooth pairing. OPPO’s NFC SmartTags with preset actions will add simplicity and convenience to your life. Find 5 also supports Wi-Fi Display and DLNA, two technologies that allow you to wirelessly project screen contents onto your television in HD.
Listen, and rhythm will touch your heart
Find 5 comes with the powerful Dolby 3D surround sound technology and the exciting Dirac HD technology, combination of hardware and software usually only found in high-end audio and cinema sound systems. With Dirac, you will clearly hear a difference, and become immersed in music the way the artist originally wanted to express it.
Love, for it is the Fifth Element
OPPO never set out to create the most powerful phone. Internally, we have always said that we create products in the intersection of romance and technology, and Find 5 is a product that OPPO employees worked passionately and relentlessly on. Just like Plato was convinced of quintessence, an element beyond thematerial world, there is more to the Find 5 than the mere sum of its parts. There is an element beyond the purely rational, and that element is love. OPPO Find 5 is infused with of our love, a love we wish to explore with the world.
OPPO Find 5 is set to launch in early 2013 across selected markets.
OPPO Find 5 Specifications
- Network: UMTS/HSDPA/HSUPA/HSPA+/HSPA+42 (850, 1700, 1900, 2100MHz), GSM/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900MHz)
- Processor: Qualcomm APQ8064 Quad-Core 1.5GHz
- Display: 5.0” 1080P 441PPI IPS (1,080×1920)
- Memory: 16GB ROM, 2GB RAM
- Camera: Main: 13 megapixel Stacked CMOS sensor with HDR, Front: 1.9 megapixel, 120 FPS video recording, f/2.2 aperture, blue glass filters
- Connectivity: 802.11a/b/g/n Wi-Fi (802.11n 2.4GHz and 5GHz), Wi-Fi Direct, Bluetooth, NFC
- Features: Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean), GPS, Wi-Fi Display, DLNA, Gyroscope, Digital compass, Microphone, Sensors (light, proximity, magnetic and gravity)
- Battery: 2500 mAh built-in lithium-ion battery
- Included Accessories: Power adapter, USB Cable, Headphones
OPPO is a globally registered technology brand with a long history of serving customers in North America, Europe and Asia. With offices in 6 different countries, we deliver products that receive praise from all over the world. Our core value is to explore with courage and never stop finding, and since entering the mobile market in 2008, we have been restless in our pursuit of the latest technology, the highest quality and the most user friendly products. For more information, please visit http://en.oppo.com.
Smartphones with quad-core processors and massive 5-inch 1920 x 1080p full HD displays are going to be the talk of 2013. HTC’s already released their DROID DNA, and reports of similar offerings have came from Samsung, LG, and a few others. Today however Sharp is showing off their new 5-inch 1080p smartphone, and comparing it to the competition. It features some pretty impressive specs too so lets take a look.
Known as the Sharp Aqous SH930W this Android 4.1 Jelly Bean powered smartphone is smaller than most thanks to an extremely thin bezel. They sadly only compare it to the Galaxy S III, HTC One X+, and of course the Galaxy Note II, none of which have a 1080p HD display like the DROID DNA. However, it still shows just how impressive the Japanese companies new smartphone actually is.
Sharp has scaled back on some of the top end specs the DROID DNA comes with, and are going to offer it at a lower price point for their customers. You’ll be working with the same 443 ppi 5-inch 1920 x 1080p HD display but they’ve dropped 4G LTE, dropped the quad-core, and instead it’s powered by a 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor — which is still plenty powerful. You still get 2GB of RAM, an 8 megapixel camera, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Sharp increased the internal storage to 32GB (compared to 16GB on the DNA) and the battery is still pretty small dialing in at 2,100 mAh.
The folks from ePrice got their hands on the training material you see below, and according to them the device will be on sale come mid December in multiple regions, starting with Japan. According to them it will be priced right around the $580 mark. The phone has just been announced so we aren’t sure what other regions will get to enjoy this 5-inch phablet from Sharp. Stay tuned for more details.
[via Unwired View]
Amidst the fierce competition in the Chinese mobile market, Meizu has managed to keep up with its annual cycle to unveil its latest flagship device, the MX2. Announced at the launch event in Beijing earlier today, the MX2 comes with a Samsung-made 1.6GHz, Cortex-A9 quad-core SoC dubbed “MX5S,” along with 2GB of RAM, a 30-percent faster GPU, a 4.4-inch 347ppi (1,280 x 800) gapless display with 3.15mm bezel and efficient “New Mode 2″ technology (the description of which sounds like IGZO to us), an improved eight-megapixel BSI F/2.4 camera and a choice of 16GB, 32GB or 64GB of built-in memory. There’s also a front-facing camera, dual-mic noise cancellation, MHL video output, S/PDIF audio output, a non-removable 1,800mAh battery, Bluetooth 4.0 and HSPA+ radio at 2,100MHz (2G at 900/1800). As before, the white double injection-molded back cover can be taken off to access the SIM card slot, but there should also be various color options in the near future. Read on for more info, and do also check out the official introduction video after the break.
Update: We now have some hands-on photos courtesy of Stone Ip from Engadget Chinese. They’re in the second gallery below.
Gallery: Meizu MX2 hands-on
Via: Engadget Chinese
The ASUS Padfone 2 is a great device no matter what color it’s in, but some people take their gadgets’ coat of paint so seriously that they might even pass on buying one if it’s not to their liking. As Apple took the liberty to confirm early on in the portable electronics boom people seem to love the color white. It seems ASUS knows that as the company is apparently ready to bring out a version of its aforementioned Padfone 2 in the neutral color.
VR-Zone spotted the device sitting out in the wild with a white cloak covering not only its backside, but its front, too. We can’t quite tell from the photos, but it looks like there could be a chrome finish wrapping around the sides of the device, but for the most part this thing sparkles bright. The accompanying tablet dock is white as well, though folks are saying that the front of the device will still employ a black bezel ala the iPad line.
For all that’s changed on the outside, though, you’ll have to remember that the innards stay the same. It’s still a Padfone 2, and you won’t be gaining anything by buying this version over the black version except for the satisfaction of knowing that you had a choice in the first place.
This little beauty should go on sale soon, though, so we’d keep our eyes fixated toward the store shelves — we have a feeling the black version won’t mind making a little room at some point.
[via Unwired View]
Amazon encountered a marvelous and extraordinary achievement by the launch of Kindle Fire HD 8.9. The 8.9-inch model is highly efficient when it comes to the overall package but lacks in some features when compared with Pad and Nexus 7. Still the question is whether all these features make it an exception?
This model looks exactly same as the 7 inch one if the bezel is removed. It is a murky and indefinite device without a lot of visual flair, but the black matte has a soft touch feel similar to the Nexus 7, more pleasing to the senses over the cold metallic touch of iPad. This model is more slimmer and thinner compared to the smaller Fire HD,weighs 1.25 pounds slightly more and is more graceful than the iPad but considerably larger than the iPad mini. Pretty perfect medium between the two most common tablet sizes, it provides a more comfortable grip, though it’s a little too heavy for one-handed use just by facet of its length; no matter which side you hold it on, it tends to tip towards the other end.
But this stalwart and fashionable device has some flaws when it comes to performance and many other features. The power button being hidden on the right side, next to the volume buttons and headphone jack, it makes it tougher to find the them. What will make you more confusing and bewildered is the black plastic strip on the back also wraps slightly around the edges, looking like another button.
The 1920 x 1200 panel has a pixel density of 254ppi, which is lower than both the iPad and Nexus 10, but it’s nearly difficult to differentiate when it comes to sharpness. Text on this device is crystal clear, lucid and neat even at very minute sizes, and I almost never saw an individual pixels or jagged edges on icons. The screens are intensely reflective and Amazon heralds about the anti-glare lamination of the display.
The Fire HD 8.9’s Dolby-driven audio and dual speakers blast sound out the back of the device, is audible in a room with loads of other surrounding disturbances. When turned on, and you’ll be excited and driven into the mood with the sound coming from the Kindle Fire HD 8.9.
Hold up! Oppo’s not quite done with teasing just yet for the day. The company’s Sina Weibo account has quietly announced the Ulike 2, a white 4.5-inch phone designed with ladies in mind: not only does it have a common eight-megapixel main camera on the back, but there’s also a staggering five-megapixel front-facing imager with beautification features (like face slimming, skin whitening, skin smoothing and more) to keep the self-portrait addicts busy. Other specs include a gapless 960 x 540 LCD (with 2.2mm-thick bezel), 1GB RAM, 16GB built-in storage, micro-SIM slot, a 2,020mAh battery, and TD-SCDMA radio for China Mobile’s network. There’s no telling how much this Android 4.0 phone will hurt your wallet, nor is there any official information on the underlying processor, but we shall find out when it hits the Chinese market on December 19th, if not at the Find 5′s launch event on the 12th.
Nexus isn't the only news in town today. Apple's 7.9-inch iPad mini is on doorsteps, and we've picked one up to take a look at it next to the Google Nexus 7 tablet from ASUS. Some quick thoughts, in random order:
- Yep. The iPad mini is thinner. Much thinner. But because of its aluminum back (and it's a very sexy back), it's much more slippery. The Nexus 7's extra thickness (not that it's all that portly) and rubberized texture make it more comfortable, at least in some very short-term testing.
- Apple made a big deal about the iPad mini having a thinner bezel — the space between the usable display and the edge of the device. And the iPad mini certainly looks cool with that thin bezel. I'm not sold on the usability just yet. Maybe it's because I'm just used to having to keep my thumb off the screen (Apple's got some software tweaks to compensate for that, apparently), or maybe it's in combination with the thinness, and toss in the iPad's extra width over the Nexus 7, but it seems more uncomfortable to hold. That may change over time.
- Pixels. The Nexus 7 wins this battle hands-down, with its 1280×800 resolution at 7 inches, compared to 1024×768 at 7.9 inches for the iPad mini. That's 216 pixels per inch for the Nexus 7, versus 163 for the iPad. And that density makes a big difference, if you have discerning eyeballs like we do.
We've got some quickie video after the break, where you can see the difference in size, along with a quick walkthrough. Have at it.
Turns out people like Samsung’s plus-sized Galaxy Note II. In fact, looks like 3 million people love the phablet. That’s a pretty impressive number, but it becomes even more impressive when you consider that the device has only been on the market for a little over a month. That’s a lot of people running out to get their Note IIs in a rather short period of time.
The extra-large phone has a 5.5-inch screen. Samsung has taken some steps to make the phone appear a little smaller, which could help explain why this is the particular phablet that is taking the world by storm. They included a smaller top and bottom bezel, which helps trim a little size. Samsung also included rounded edges, which helps make the phone look less massive than it actually is.
The inclusion of the longer, thinner S Pen could be another reason for the jump in popularity of the Note II. It makes using the lager device much easier. While the S Pen is compatible with the original Note, the different size of the pen means it won’t fit in the stylus slot of the Samsung’s original phablet.
Maybe the size of the screen has nothing to do with the phone’s massive success. Maybe it’s the beastly specs under the hood of the device. Maybe it’s the 1.6GHz quad-core processor, 2GB of RAM, and either 16, 32, or 64GB of memory space options that make people want it. Either way, Samsung’s Galaxy Note II is here to stay. 3 million units is an impressive number, and it tells us that there is certainly a market for larger smartphones.
AUO has shown off a new screen for mobile devices. This 4.46-inch screen features what AUO claims to be the smallest border on any screen. The displays use proprietary technology that uses low-temperature poly-silicon (LTPS) technology. AUO’s technology allows them to build a screen with a tiny 1 mm border.
Besides the tiny border, the display also has a 720p resolution. AUO also claims that the minuscule 1 mm border actually makes content on the screen appear larger. AUO is also bragging on its other display technologies, including AMOLED, IGZO, and AHVA.
One of the newer technologies is AHVA, which stands for Advanced Hyper-Viewing Angle. As you can probably guess, this allows users to see the screen from wider angle without a loss in quality. So far, AUO has developed AHVA panels ranging in size from three-inches to 15.6-inches. The screens have been used in devices such as digital cameras, smartphones, e-readers, car displays, tablets, and ultrabooks. AUO currently has a 4.97-inch AHVA screen in mass production.
AUO is certainly busy with other technologies. AUO has a 4.65-inch AMOLED panel that has a resolution of up to 317 ppi. AUO also talked about a 10-inch panel aimed at tablets using IGZO technology. That screen has a 2560 x 1600 resolution.
Even though Google has been forced to cancel their event on Monday, that has not stopped fans from continuing their search for any thing related to the LG Nexus 4 smartphone that was expected to be announced. While we wait on word from Google about rescheduling the event or some other means of revealing their latest technology, you can whet your appetite a bit with yet another leak of a render of the Nexus 4. There is not a whole of note in this latest image. Perhaps a better view of the bezel surrounding the back cover and a screen displaying a stock Android install are all we can glean.
Hang in there for more updates on Google’s plans for their events and to finally see the new Nexus 4 as an official Google smartphone.
Have we mentioned that there's a Nexus 4 coming Monday at Google's "Playground" event in New York? Yeah? Good. Here's one more render from the fine folks at @evleaks. Here we get a better look at the bezel surrounding the crystal reflective back (that's LG's new design feature first seen on the Optimus G, and here it's done in the same style as the original Nexus One live wallpaper).
There's not a whole lot to be gleaned from the screen here, either, save for this one's stock Android instead of an old custom ROM screenshot slapped on top. (That should calm the conspiracy theorists a little, maybe.)
Just a couple days to go, folks.
Just a little while ago, the first purported press shots of the LG Nexus 4 hit Twitter, thanks to EVLeaks. Almost immediately after looking at the image, though, it’s clear something’s… not right.
Let’s start with the notification bar – look familiar? If you’ve ever run the AOKP ROM, it should. Both the centered clock and battery percentage (the one actually in the battery icon – it’s barely visible in the render) are signature customizations of the ROM. If you look closely, you’ll also notice quite a bit of artifacting where the “screen” meets the bezel, as well as around all the navigation buttons.
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Well look at this! Our lucky buddies over at Engadget Chinese managed to get an early hands-on with the brand-spanking new PadFone 2 from ASUS. As we mentioned earlier, the bulkiness of the original model is totally gone and we’re still blown away by the combo’s new weight. But first, the phone: in our hands, it really just feels like an enlarged version of the original PadFone, especially with the ripple pattern on the back, as well as the plastic chin at the bottom along with the slightly tapered aluminum bezel. We do love the new and larger Super IPS+ screen, which is much sharper than the old PenTile Super AMOLED display, and it no doubt has better outdoor performance as well. Additionally, the Android soft keys are no longer virtual — you can access them below the screen at any time, and we dig that.
While docking the phone into or pulling it out of the PadFone Station is hardly a challenge, there’s some sort of magic that keeps the phone tucked into the bay no matter how hard our pals shook the tablet upside down (please don’t try this at home) — the geared rubber grip along the two sides of the bay are somehow responsible for this. The back of the PadFone Station has a rubbery texture that’s essentially identical to its predecessor’s, making it just as comfortable to hold, but only time will tell how durable the coating is. Software-wise it’s just as snappy on the tablet as it is on the phone, and we noticed the switch between phone mode and tablet mode is now a tad quicker as well. It’ll probably be easier to see once we have our English hands-on video, so stay tuned.
Update: We’ve finally managed to upload our hands-on video — it’s right after the break. Watch how we kept shaking the PadFone Station upside down and the phone still stayed inside its bay (again, don’t do this at home, kids!). Also, we have a demo of the phone’s Instant Dictionary feature. It’s very handy.
Update 2: We’ve just been informed that the magical grip mechanism in the docking bay took over two years to develop. Nice one, ASUS!
Gallery: ASUS PadFone 2 hands-on
ASUS PadFone 2 hands-on in Taipei (updated with video) originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 16 Oct 2012 04:09:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
The HTC One VX’s announcement didn’t turn many heads last week. On paper, it looks like many other mid-end devices that strive to be almost high-end. I must say, though, that I have grown very fond of the device after playing around with it here at MobileCON in San Diego.
This affordable smartphone comes to compete straight with the Motorola DROID RAZR M, which is known for being an amazing choice for the mid-tier smartphone market. But I feel like HTC has taken things up a notch by bringing that great build quality they are known for. The device is solid and thin, but has a certain weight that makes it feel strong in your hand.
Much like the Amaze 4G, this device just feels like it will never break. The back is made out of the same rubberized polycarbonate that you find in the HTC One X, and the edges of the phone and the bezel being aluminum.
The 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 Plus processor and 1 GB of RAM make this device very fast. It almost doesn’t feel like a “mid-end” device. Especially considering it is running Android 4.0 and not taking advantage of any of Jelly Bean’s improvements.
But an affordable phone must have its downsides, right? And it does, though they are not the worst ones we could have. While the Super LCD 2 display brings good viewing angles and vibrant colors, this screen only has a qHD resolution (540×960). It is noticeable, especially in a rather large 4.5-inch display. Or if you have been spoiled with a 720p HD screen.
The cameras are also not as great as they could be (5 MP / 0.3 MP), but if you can look through those small discrepancies and want an affordable device without sacrificing much, I would say this is it. Check out the video and let us know what you think in the comments!