Qualcomm Snapdragon 610 and 615 Announced for Q3 2014, 801 Expected This Quarter

Qualcomm has revealed three new SoCs during MWC, the new Snapdragon 610 and Snapdragon 615, both featuring the ARMv8 64-bit 28nm processing technology and the third generation LTE modem for 4G connectivity and dual-SIM support. The last, but not least, Snapdragon revealed is the high-end Snapdragon 801 having several enhancements compared to its Snapdragon 800 predecessor.

“One thing that’s going to be a hallmark of our Snapdragon story is that we’re going to be providing Snapdragon solutions that essentially maximise our user experience at every tier so smartphone can prevail,” said Qualcomm EVP Murthy Renduchintala at MWC in Barcelona today.

The main difference between the Snapdragon 610 and Snapdragon 615 is the number of cores, having the 610 coming in with dual-core technology and 615 providing quad-core technology. Besides that, both Snapdragon SoCs feature the same Andreno 405 GPU found on the Snapdragon 800, having support for DirectX 11.2 and Open GL ES 3.0, with added support for hardware accelerated geometry shading and hardware tessellation, which Qualcomm said will provide more detailed, realistic mobile games and user interfaces.

The Snapdragon 801 features higher quality imaging with support for larger, faster camera sensors and improved image post-processing, as well as higher speed SD card memory support and dedicated dual SIM hardware support. As the Snapdragon 800, the Snapdragon 801 includes 4G LTE and 802.11ac Wi-Fi connectivity , in addition to a quad-core Krait 400 processor for advanced performance and an Adreno 330 GPU for premium graphics.

“The Snapdragon 801 is a key platform for us, key drivers are to improve user experiences, [include support for] h265 video, supporting more sophisticated camera solutions and dual SIM configurations,” said Renduchintala. “The camera performance is, from a sensor point of view, 45 percent faster, the graphics solutions have been improved by over 28 percent, [with a] 14 percent CPU capability improvement as well as 14 faster memory solutions.” he added.

While the Snapdragon 610 and 615 processors are expected to be released in the third quarter of 2014, the Snapdragon 801 is expected to be available in consumer handsets starting this quarter.

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PadFone Infinity Lite Announced By Asus

Asus has announced another PadFone handset, shortly after revealing the Padfone Mini and PadFone E devices, named PadFone Infinity Lite. It is said that the handset announced is not that different from the Infinity 2 which was announced in Q2 last year.

The difference, from what is reported, between the PadFone Infinity Lite and Infinity 2 stands in their processor. The PadFone Infinity 2 sports a Quad-Core 2.2 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU, while the PadFone Infinity Lite comes with a slightly less capable processor, the Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 clocked at 1.7 GHz. Besides the CPU, the Infinity Lite is also said to come with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out-of-the-box, however it is likely to be updated to the more recent Android 4.4 KitKat at a certain point.

As all Asus PadFones, the Infinity Lite consists of a smartphone and a tablet dock. It has a 5-inch screen display boasting a 1080 x 1920 pixels resultion (having the tablet dock sporting a 10.1-inch display with the same resolution), a 13 MP rear camera, 32 GB of storage space, 2 GB of Ram, and a 2,400 mAh battery (5,000 mAh for the tablet dock).

The PadFone Infinity Lite has been announced in Taiwan, having the release date set in March for a price tag of around $463 / £276 for the handset. The docking station is said to be sold separately at around $230 / £138. Asus did not say when, or if, the handset will be available internationally however.

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Rumour: Galaxy S5 AnTuTu Result Shows Snapdragon 800, Android 4.4.2

IBTimes reports of a Galaxy S5 AnTuTu benchmark that has shown up on an Italian technology website. The AnTuTu benchmarks reveal a lot of detailed information about what is rumoured to be the Galaxy S5 handset. The rumoured specifications are:

  • a 1080 x 1920 resolution display
  • A Snapdragon 800 SoC at 2.5GHz
  • Adreno 330 graphics
  • 15.9 MP rear camera
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16GB of internal memory
  • Android 4.4.2 KitKat OS

All of those hardware internals reportedly give an AnTuTu score of 35666. The results suggest the Galaxy S5 will be a significant step up from the Galaxy S4 in terms of performance as well as being faster than Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3 flagship.

Other rumours about the Samsung Galaxy S5 are suggesting we may still see a 2560 x 1440 QHD display and an upgraded Snapdragon 805 SOC. I guess we’ll just have to wait and see but with Samsung’s Unpacked 5 event taking place on Monday 24th of February in Barcelona at 20:00 CET we are sure to find out more about the Galaxy S5 before February is over.

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Galaxy S5 To Begin Production in January With Next-Gen Galaxy Gear Not Far Behind

 

Samsung Galaxy S5 news have been picking up lately, meaning that the S4 will soon have a new upgrade as early as next year. Rumor has it that Samsung will start getting busy as soon as we pass into the next year.

It appears that Samsung is on-track to begin mass production of the smartphone as early as January, and could even consider starting shipping in March or April release. This means we could see the phone announced as early as CES in January 2014 or Mobile World Congress the month afterward.

The Galaxy S5 is rumored to be similar to the Galaxy Note 3 in terms of specs, as Samsung will look to at least match the Note 3′s Snapdragon 800 processor, alongside a possible Exynos Octa-Core variant capable of 64-bit computing, 3GB of RAM and more.

It is also said that Samsung will unveil the next generation of the Galaxy Gear smart watch alongside the Samsung Galaxy S5. It has been reported that Samsung’s first Galaxy Gear smart watch was released too early on the market to try and beat a possible Apple competitor (the iWatch).

The Galaxy Gear’s depreciation can be seen in its sales, with only 50,000 sales and over 800,000 units shipped to retail stores. We’ll just have to wait and see what the next version has to bring.

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HTC M8 Specs Have Been Revealed

There have been a lot of rumors lately about HTC’s upcoming flashgrip, the M8. As per previous insights, the M8 is a codenamed attributed to the handset, having the HTC One codenamed the M7. The M8 is rumored to be coming out in March 2014 and could be the One’s successor, having improved specs. Thanks to Antutu via Unwired View, we now can have a view at the M8’s specs.

The HTC M8 has a 5-inch 1080p Full HD touchscreen, a 2.3 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 MSM8974AB processor (a little over 100 MHz compared to the HTC One CPU), a 4-MP UltraPixel rear camera, a 2.1 MP front camera, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, and it will run Android 4.4 KitKat from day one.

Taking all of the above into account, the HTC M8 is not much of an improvement from its little brother, the HTC One, the only difference being the screen and and CPU speed. Even so, the handset will launch just a bit sooner than the Qualcomm 805 CPU, rendering the 800 outdated in terms of newest tech and especially performance. There are some rumors that the M8 will include a fingerprint scanner on the back as the HTC One Max.

Whatever HTC’s plans are, we are more likely to have an official statement about the HTC M8 next year at the Mobile World Congress in February.

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Google To Announce Android 4.4 KitKat

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Google released two long-awaited and hotly anticipated products. Already detailed earlier, the Nexus 5 runs on Mountain View company’s latest mobile OS. Android 4.4 KitKat has been in the news for quite some time now. It’s high time we learnt more about it, and officially now.

One of the key features of the new release is optimizations made to the OS, so as to be able to run smoothly on legacy devices with just 512 MB of RAM. Don’t get too excited, your old 2011 Smartphone won’t get the update. The significance of this update is that entry-level devices in the future should have no problem running Android 4.4 smoothly, despite their aging hardware.

Google has brought in a new sensor batching technology that cuts down on power consumption. Wireless printing has found its way into the features list, with support for HP hardware. Android 4.4 KitKat comes with the updated Hangouts app, capable of sending and receiving text messages and placing HD video calls. Google has updated the ‘People’ app, adding more functionality to it. It’s search functionality has been revamped, allowing you to look across multiple accounts with relative ease.

Google Now has also received a massive update, taking advantage of some of the hardware features offered by Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 SoC. The voice recognition engine has been tuned to be 25% more accurate than before. Also, all those envious of Moto X owners need not be anymore, for the Nexus 5 can also be woken up using just your voice commands.

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Rumour: Possible ASUS Google Nexus 10 2013 Edition Tablet Specifications Revealed

PhoneArena reports that the Nexus 10 specifications have been revealed by an anonymous tipster. Though right away its worth noting that the authenticity of the leak has been called into question by PhoneArena and readers on Reddit. With those caveats in mind it is worth noting these specifications may not be entirely true but nonetheless they do make interesting and feasible reading considering past reports.

The screen is described as maintaining the same 2560 x 1600 resolution as the same predecessor but with Corning Gorilla Glass 3. The CPU and Graphics are provided by the Snapdragon 800 SoC, which means Adreno 330 graphics and probably a 2.3GHz quad core. There are a pair of cameras, 32GB of internal storage and 3GB of RAM. The battery is a rather chunky 9500 mAh Lithium polymer battery and the OS is expected to be Android 4.4 KitKat. N WiFi, Bluetooth and NFC are also all included.

Images courtesy of Phone Arena

Nexus 5 To Launch November 1st In Black And White

According to EVLeaks Google’s Nexus 4 successor, the Nexus 5, will be launching on November 1st. The smartphone will be launched in both white (pictured above) and black (pictured below).

The Nexus 5 is expected to have a 441 PPI 1920 x 1080 5 inch display powered by the Snapdragon 800 SoC. This SoC includes the MSM8974 CPU which is a 2.3GHz quad core and there are also Adreno 330 graphics. Storage is provided by either 16 or 32GB of internal memory and 3GB of RAM is also provided.

Pricing reportedly starts from $349 on the Google Play Store which according to my crude exchange rate and tax calculations means the UK should see it from £269.99.

To see more preliminary specifications, check here.

Images courtesy of EVLeaks

LG Announce G Flex Smartphone With Curved 6 Inch Display

LG has finally announced the G Flex smartphone with a curved display which has been in and out of the news over the past couple of months. The LG G Flex is LG’s equivalent to Samsung’s Galaxy Round which also has a curved display. The LG G Flex has a 6 inch 720p OLED display, Snapdragon 800 SoC and 2GB of RAM. There’s also a 13MP camera and a couple of rear control buttons beneath it. LG’s G Flex curves from top to bottom, not side to side like the Galaxy Round, Engadget reports. Like LG’s G2 the G Flex is reported to have high-fidelity audio playback and recording, dual window app functionality and tap to wake. Furthermore, LG are claiming a “self healing” function on the phone which allows the coating to repair hairline scratches on the rear of the phone within minutes.

LG are taking a similar route to what Samsung  did with the Galaxy Round as the LG G Flex is only being unveiled in South Korea with no global availability announcement or plans. This suggests that the LG G Flex could well be a test model for LG to see how well the whole “curved smartphone thing” works.

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Qualcomm Says Microsoft’s Surface 2 Is No Match For Nokia’s Lumia 2520

Nokia recently unveiled its Lumia 2520 Windows 8.1 RT tablet and its main rival is going to be Microsoft’s new Surface 2 Windows 8.1 RT tablet. Qualcomm recently chipped in with their thoughts, via CNET, expecting the Lumia 2520 to do much better than the Microsoft Surface 2 thanks to the Snapdragon 800 SoC the Nokia tablet uses.

“The performance on [the 2520] is brilliant,” Raj Talluri, senior vice president of product management for Qualcomm’s application processors, told CNET. “It’s really at the next level. It’s not even really a contest [compared to Surface 2] … In every area, it’s much bigger, faster, and lower power.”

Microsoft’s Surface 2 uses an Nvidia Tegra 4 1.7GHz quad core SoC while Nokia’s Lumia 2520 uses a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad core SoC clocked at 2.2GHz. Nokia’s Lumia 2520 should therefore be more powerful at productivity and gaming tasks than the Surface 2.

Despite the competitive rhetoric from Qualcomm the fact of the matter is neither tablet will probably do that well since consumers are reluctant to get on board with Windows RT. Dell, HP, Toshiba and HP have all so far ditched Windows RT tablets and unless things pick up with Windows RT tablet sales more vendors could follow suit.

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New Nexus 5 Press Photos Show Up

EVLeaks have revealed yet another image of the upcoming Google LG Nexus 5 handset. The image doesn’t really reveal anything new to us that we didn’t already know in terms of the design from the last leak but it at least confirms what the Nexus 5 will look like. The Nexus 5 is expected to have a 441 PPI 1920 x 1080 5 inch display powered by the Snapdragon 800 SoC. This SoC includes the MSM8974 CPU which is a 2.3GHz quad core and there are also Adreno 330 graphics. Storage options will be either 16GB or 32GB and 3GB of RAM is also provided.

To see more preliminary specifications, check here.

Image courtesy of EVLeaks

Sony Xperia Z1 Mini (Z1S) To Launch On November The 12th

Sony appears to be scheduling an event for November 12 in Shanghai, according to Chinese social media sources, which could see the global launch of the Xperia Z1S, also rumoured as the Xperia Z1 Mini. The Xperia Z1S has already been launched in Japan as the Xperia Z1f.

Some of the promotional material for the event shows the slogan “Be moved”, which some are suggesting could be a hint that this is a mobile device. The Xperia Z1f launched in Japan has a smaller bodyshell and a 4.3-inch 720p display, but with much the same spec as the Xperia Z1 flagship down to the Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor and 20-megapixel camera.

There are plenty of arguments as to why Sony would do well to introduce such a handset to the wider global market, not least of all the fact that most other “Mini” devices from rival manufacturers have not echoed their larger counterparts so exactly in the hardware department. Sony has something of a unique product on its hands, in this instance.

Another possible candidate for the event is the rumoured Sony Xperia Tianchi, a 6-inch phablet with a 720p display and an octa-core MediaTek processor, which could be an affordable equivalent to the Xperai Z Ultra. Of course, as the current trend is very much towards multi-device launches, both rumoured handsets could appear at the same event (but the Z1S is the most likely candidate).

Thank you KnowYourPhone for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of @evleaks.

Xiaomi Mi3 Has Sold Out In Under 90 Seconds

One of China’s largest and most popular phone makers, Xiaomi, have announced today that their new flagship Smartphone, the Xiaomi Mi3, was sold out in under 90 seconds. The record time is actually 1 minute and 26 seconds, or 86 seconds, to be exact. In case you’re wondering as to how many Mi3s were sold within the same period, the number is a mind-boggling 100,000. Perhaps this is why Chinese phone makers price their flagship products at relatively affordable prices, somewhere around the $300-$400 mark, since it attracts more customers and ultimately leads to more sales, and more profit in the process. It’s a win-win situation for everyone.

“100,000 Xiaomi MI3s are sold out in one minute and twenty-six seconds,and 3000 MITVs are sold out in one minute and fifty-eight seconds.” Xiaomi tweeted.

The device’s specification, for those of you haven’t heard of the Xiaomi Mi3 up until now, are the following:

  • 5-inch (1920 x 1080 pixels) IPS display with 441 PPI resolution with Corning Gorilla glass protection
  •  1.8 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 4 processor / 2.3 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 (MSM 8974AB) processor
  • Dimensions – 114mm×72mm×8.1mm, weight: 145g
  • MIUI V5 on top of Android
  • 13MP rear camera with LED Flash, Sony Exmor BSI sensor,  f/2.2 aperture, 1080p full HD video recording
  • 2MP front-facing camera with BSI sensor,  f/2.2 aperture, 1080p full HD video recording
  • 2GB DDR3 RAM, 16 / 64 GB internal memory
  • 3G, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4/5 GHz),   WiFi Direct, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, and NFC
  • 3050mAh battery

The 16 GB version of the Xiaomi Mi3 commands a price of 1999 Yuan (roughly $330), whereas the 64 GB version costs 2499 Yuan (just $410). I bet that most people would like to have the Xiaomi Mi3 available in their country as well.

Thank you NextPowerUp for providing us with this information.

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Nokia Lumia 1520 Full Specifications And Pricing Revealed

Some fresh reports from NokiaPowerUser have revealed the specifications and pricing for the upcoming Nokia Lumia 1520 handset, pictured above. The key specifications can be seen below:

  • Display: 6 inch AMOLED PureMotion HD+ display at 1920 x 1080 which is 367~ PPI
  • CPU: 2GHz MSM8974 Snapdragon 800 quad core processor
  • GPU: Adreno 330 graphics
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Operating System: Windows Phone 8
  • Internal storage: 32GB or 64GB
  • Cameras: 20.7 megapixel rear with Zeiss Optics (panorama compatible)
  • Connectivity: MicroSD and Nano-SIM
  • Network support: 4G (LTE), 3G (HSDPA) and 2G (GSM 850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900 all versions)
  • Dimensions:  152 x 81 x 8.7mm
  • Weight: 176/185 grams (AT&T/Global versions)
  • Battery:  3400 mAh with inbuilt wireless charging for the global variant
  • Colours: Black, White, Yellow and Red

The handset is expected to launch on October 22nd and will be made available first on AT&T on November 2nd. On contract the device will cost $299 while SIM-free and off-contract it costs $699. Global availability is expected for December.

See more details on the Nokia Lumia 1520 here.

Image courtesy of EVLeaks

HTC One Max Spotted in Public

The most wanted phone that has the word “leaks” attributed alongside its name is undoubtedly the HTC One Max, according to recent statistics. However, multiple photos of the One Max “taking a stroll” in the public were made public today. The facts point out that the One Max is a huge phablet, and also that it has a fingerprint reader at the back, below the camera module. And people love it.

The fingerprint sensor at the back understandably garners most of the attention, with the rest of the device nearly identical to the normal-sized sibling, the HTC One. The Beats logo is gone too, after the two companies ended their partnership with HTC selling back their stake. Also, a retail posting of the HTC One Max finally confirms all of its internal specifications. It lists the 5.9 inch (Super LCD 3) display and the 1080 x 1920 resolution (FHD) featured on it. It also confirms the 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600 processor powering the device, a disappointment for those who were hoping for the 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 to be under the hood. 16GB of native storage is listed as is the UltraPixel camera. And a very un-HTC-like 3300mAh battery is also confirmed to be powering the phablet.

There are only a few days left until HTC  officially reveals their first phablet, so hang in there.

Thank you NextPowerUp and PhanAndroid for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of NextPowerUp and PhanAndroid.

Samsung Make Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition Official

Samsung have just revealed a new video showing off its latest tablet – the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition. Compared to the original Galaxy Note 10.1 that was released in 2012 the new 2014 edition features numerous adjustments and alterations according to IBTimes. Samsung have opted for a faux-leather style backing cover with simulated stitching around the edges which is different to the plastic back on the 2012 version. The bezel has also been upgraded, this time from plastic to metal, while some buttons (menu, home, back) have been added to the bezel which has been slimmed down, along with the overall thickness of the tablet.

The display has been upgraded from a 149 PPI 1280 x 800 display to a 299 PPI 2560 x 1600 display. There’s also a panel upgrade from PLS TFT to LCD. Internal storage is the same with 16/32/64GB options and with up to 64GB additional storage via microSD. RAM has been upgraded from 2GB on the 2012 model to 3GB on this new model. The camera has been upgraded too, from 5/1.9 megapixels for the back/front facing cameras to 8/2 megapixels.

The Internals have been boosted to the Snapdragon 800 chipset though the specifications of the 2014 Edition vary between LTE and 3G variants. The LTE variant has a 2.3GHz quad core Krait 400 CPU with Adreno 330 graphics while the 3G variant has a 1.9GHz quad core Cortex A15 CPU and 1.3GHz Cortex A7 CPU with an unknown GPU. For reference the 2012 edition had a quad core 1.4GHz Cortex-based Samsung Exynos 4412 processor. The implementation of Android also gets a refresh has been updated to 4.3 from 4.1.

Finally the battery is improved from a 7000mAh Li-Ion battery on the 2012 edition to a 8220mAh Li-Po battery on the 2014 edition. Both are non-removable. Pricing from the 2014 edition is expected to start at around $550, the 2012 edition currently costs around $500.

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ZTE Nubia Z7 NBA Edition Leaked

Both the ZTE Nubia Z5 and ZTE Nubia Z5 Mini have been released in the United States a few weeks before and the Chinese telecommunication giant signed a partnership with NBA team  Houston Rockets. ZTE’s  latest handset, Nubia Z7 has been leaked through the Chinese social network.

The press shot of ZTE Nubia Z7 was spotted on Public Relation manager of ZTE Nubia’s Weibo page . He posted the rear look of the Nubia Z7 and asked his followers whether they like the design of Nubia Z7.

The image shows that there is a camera, Nubia logo and NBA logo on the rear-side of the Z7. It seems like the Nubia Z7 has NBA edition and will launch in the American market. Sources mentioned that a NBA star is going to be the product ambassador of ZTE Nubia Z7 NBA Edition.

According to sources, the Nubia N7 NBA Edition is powered by the Snapdragon 800 MSM8974AB SoC, with faster graphics and memory bandwidth, which would make it the second device in the market to feature Qualcomm’s superior Snapdragon 800 variants, such as Xiaomi who announced the Mi3 already, but the device won’t go on sale until next year, according to reports.

Thank you NextPowerUp and GSM Insider for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of GSM Insider.

 

Nokia Lumia 2520 Tablet Pictured

EVLeaks have managed to grab a press shot of the upcoming Nokia Lumia 2520 tablet. The Nokia Lumia 2520 picture doesn’t reveal much other than we’ve got a 10.1 inch display, with a front facing camera, quite chunky bezel and a Winodws logo at the bottom-centre which is probably also a button. The press shot shows the Lumia 2520 Tablet in Cyan but it is also expected to be available in black, white and red varieties.

Chiploco reports that the Lumia 2520 runs a quad core Snapdragon 800 CPU and the display it powers operates at a full HD 1920 x 1080 resolution. The built-in 6.7MP camera uses “Carl Zeiss” optics. The internal storage totals 32GB but can be expanded via MicroSD. The operating system is expected to be Microsoft’s Windows 8.1 RT.

WPCentral states that the Nokia Lumia 2520 is to be made public at Nokia’s October 22nd press event in Abu Dhabi. It is expected to arrive in shops and at retailers for the third week of November starting from $499. The Nokia Lumia 2520 will be made available on AT&T, Verizon and other major carriers in the USA.

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Sony Xperia Z1F (Mini) Made Official, 4.3 Inch Screen And Snapdragon 800

Pocket-Lint reports that Sony has just made official it’s smaller version of the Xperia Z1 handset – the Xperia Z1F. The all new Sony Xperia Z1F takes the Xperia Z1 design and shrinks most things down a little – making it a “mini” version for those who are confused by the random F. Firstly the screen drops from a 5 inch full HD 1920 x 1080 display to a 4.3 inch HD 1280 x 720 display. Internally the differences stop there as it still has a powerful 2.2GHz quad core CPU from the Snapdragon 800 chipset, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, NFC, Qi wireless charging and a 2300 mAh battery. There’s also a rear 20.1 megapixel G Lens camera and the whole device weighs 140 grams.

Sony is making the Xperia Z1F available in four colours, three pictured above, which are: black, white, pink and lime. Sony is initially launching the Xperia Z1F in its native Japan but it will probably hit other markets shortly after. The device will launch with Japanese carrier DoCoMo in early December this year. Sony will undoubtledly announce plans for other key markets, Europe and North America, by then.

Image courtesy of Ascii (Japan)

Samsung Make Galaxy Round 5.7 Inch Curved Smartphone Official

Samsung have finally made the Galaxy Round 5.7 inch curved smartphone official. We reported a couple of days ago that the handset would be announced this week and Samsung have duly delivered. The official Samsung blog, Samsung Tomorrow, revealed the phone – but only to the South Korean market initially. South Korea will get the new handset from tomorrow (October 10th).

The handset features a concave inward-curving 5.7 inch 1920 x 1080 display which is one of Samsung’s Super AMOLED panels. Internally a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC powers the whole unit with a 2.3GHz quad core CPU, 3GB of RAM and 32GB of internal storage. There is a 13MP rear camera and 2MP front camera. A rather large 2800 mAh battery powers the whole device which measures in at 151.1mm x 78.6mm x 7.8mm and weighs 154g.Samsung are equipping the Galaxy Round with Android 4.3 and a feature called the “roll effect” which allows the rolling motion on the curve to interact with the phone. There is also a “Gravity Effect” that allows you to switch songs by tapping either side of the display.

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Samsung’s Galaxy Round certainly isn’t going to be gentle on your pocket and in South Korea the luxury brown model will cost 1,089,00 South Korean Won which is about $1010.

Images courtesy of Samsung Tomorrow

Sony Xperia Z1 f And Samsung Galaxy J Revealed In Latest Docomo Leak

Thanks to an NTT Docomo brochure leak, the Sony Xperia Z1 f, which is a smaller version of Sony’s current Android Z1, was revealed. And today we’re seeing further evidence of the miniaturized handset’s existence from what looks like a similar Japanese carrier leak. Today’s brochure images shows the Z1 f, codenamed “Itsuki”, in black, white, lime green and pink colors.

The Z1 f is likely to have the internal hardware almost identical to the full-sized Xperia Z1: a Snapdragon 800 CPU, 2GB of RAM, a 20.7-megapixel camera and IP58-rated water and dust-resistance, with only the screen being downscaled to a 4.3-inch 720p panel.

In the meantime, the same leak revealed a  glimpse of the Samsung Galaxy J, which seems to be a Japan-centric version of the Snapdragon 800-powered Galaxy S4 we’ve seen up until now. The chassis’ appearance is a bit of a departure from the current Samsung design language, and the specs have been bumped up somewhat, too. The Galaxy J sports 3GB of RAM, compared to the regular S4’s 2GB. Leaked images show the handset in “coral pink,” “satin white” and “lapis blue.”

Nothing is certain if we will see either device released internationally, the Galaxy J in particular, which is likely to be a Japan-specific model. We will just have to wait and see what information arises regarding the Sony Xperia Z1 f and Samsung Galaxy J.

Thank you Android Central for providing us with this information.

Images courtesy of Android Central.

Official Press Images Of The Nokia Lumia 1520 Have Been Leaked

For those who were impatiently waiting for Nokia to introduce their newly anticipated Lumia 1520 phablet, @evleaks have posted on their Twitter page an official image of the new Nokia Lumia 1520. Not only is this device the Finnish company’s first attempt at making phablets, it is also a first for Microsoft’s Windows Phone platform.

The Windows Phone 8 powered smartphone is very colorful and eye-catching, just like any other Lumia phone. You can clearly see extra added layer of Live Tiles, making the Windows Phone 8 powered aesthetically fantastic. The Nokia Lumia 1520 to come with Windows Phone 8 mobile OS with GDR3 update. With the upcoming GDR3 update, you will see handsets to be launched with this update would feature bigger high-resolution displays, a quad-core processor and sizzling camera at the rear.

We expect the Nokia Lumia 1520 to feature a 6-inch FHD 1080p resolution Super AMOLED display. The phone will have top of the line Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 SoC( quad-core) with 2GB of RAM and 16GB/32GB of ROM (expandable up to 64GB via a microSD card slot). The camera will have a 20MP PureView shooter and a 2.1MP front facing camera.

Nokia is hosting Nokia World on October 22 in Abu Dhabi, UAE. The expected off-contract pricing is North of $700 ( £437 ).

Thank you GizBot for providing us with this information.

Image courtesy of @evleaks.

Nexus 5 Service Manual Has Been Leaked

Numerous articles have been posted which contain bits and pieces of what could Google’s next-generation Nexus, whose name has not yet been decided. Today, a 281 page document which is nothing but the service manual for LG’s upcoming Nexus Smartphone was leaked. Apart from troubleshooting guides and circuit schematics, the service manual holds the complete, confirmed and final specifications for the upcoming Nexus 5.

What we know so far of the next-generation Nexus device from LG is that it includes a 4.95-inch display, a 2.3 GHz Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB of RAM, inductive charging and NFC. This particular model’s LTE bands (1, 3, 5, 6, 7, 8 and 20) are optimized for Asia and Europe.

Now for the new information leaked. There’s an eight-megapixel camera with OIS on back and a 1.3-megapixel shooter on the front. Storage is capped at 32GB and the battery tops out at 2300 mAh. The IPS display has a 1080p resolution and screen tethering is supported via Slimport (just like the Nexus 4). While it’s packing the an array of sensors for a phone, gyroscope accelerometer, compass, proximity and light, there’s also one that detects pressure.

Lastly, there’s the obligatory notification light and a Micro SIM slot. For those of you who want to see the full 281 page Service Manual, it can be found here.

Thank you Endgadget for providing us with this information.

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ASUS New PadFone Infinity Revealed – Snapdragon 800, MicroSD and Design Tweaks

ASUS have just unveiled the latest revision of their PadFone Infinity that we told you about nearly a week ago. The new PadFone Infinity was unveiled at an official press event in Taipei and the main changes come as no real surprise Engadget reports. The first major change is that the smartphone has been upgraded from a Snapdragon 600 SoC to a Snapdragon 800 SoC running at 2.2GHz with four cores and the latest Adreno 330 graphics. ASUS have opted to fit the PadFone Infinity with a microSD card slot and as a result they have lowered the internal storage from 64/32GB options on the first PadFone Infinity down to 32/16GB on this new PadFone Infinity. This is because ASUS believes it makes more sense to offer a cheaper PadFone Infinity and allow users to bulk up on extra storage themselves by buying a microSD card.

Another new addition is a secondary microphone that functions as a noise cancellation device. The new phone also has a diamond cut on the metallic rear which gives an overall more solid look than the previous version. The new PadFone Infinity is available in black or white. The new PadFone Infinity receives some software tweaks such as an upgrade to Android 4.2 from 4.1 and overall simplification and improvements of the UI. Current PadFone Infinity users will also see these upgrades too. Information about pricing and availability has not been disclosed yet.

See more close up and hands on pictures of the PadFone Infinity right here, see more details of the press event here.

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Nokia “Sirius” Tablet Spotted In Graphics Benchmark Leak

PhoneArena reports that Nokia’s Sirius tablet has appeared in the listing of a graphics benchmark, more or less confirming its existence. This Nokia Windows RT tablet has had some key details being revealed by the benchmark log. Firstly we know the CPU architecture is ARM which means it will be powered by Windows RT. Next we know it uses a quad core CPU with Qualcomm Adreno 330 graphics which indicates that the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 is the likely choice of CPU.

The Nokia Sirius has also been spotted in a Bluetooth certification and this was achieved on September 12th. Both leaks confirm the Nokia tablet but with different design model numbers of  RX-114 and RM-114 and its not known if these are the same Nokia tablets or different models.

For those of you who’ve yet to see it the Nokia Sirius has been pictured before, seen above, and was also revealed in another article we wrote last week which you can see here.

Image #1 and #2 courtesy of PhoneArena and Image#3 courtesy of Digi-Wo.com

HTC One Max 5.9inch Smartphone Pictures Leak

Pictures coming in from Chinese website Weibo have revealed the HTC One Max – HTC’s attempt at making a larger smartphone to compete with the likes of the Samsung Galaxy Note II/III and the Sony Xperia Z Ultra. The HTC One Max is a 5.9 inch full HD (1920 x 1080) smartphone that run Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and HTC Sense 5.5.

Internally the device is believed to be powered by the Snapdragon 800 SoC/chipset which gives it a quad core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor at 1.7GHz according to EVLeaks. In terms of RAM there is 2GB and storage is offered in either 32 or 64GB varieties.

There’s no word on whether a microSD is present and it isn’t visible from pictures either. The HTC One Max will have an UltraPixel rear facing camera and 2.1MP front facing camera. The battery is 3300 mAh and fuels the various connectivity options – NFC, WiFi and Bluetooth 4.0.

Interestingly the HTC One Max uses a fingerprint scanner on the rear though its unclear how this will interact with the phone itself.

Images courtesy of Weibo

LG Are Working On Xperia Z Ultra Smartphone Competitor, 6.4 Inch Display

Rumours coming in from AndroidSAS suggest that LG is now preparing a competing smartphone to Sony’s Xperia Z Ultra, pictured above next its 5 inch sibling the Sony Xperia Z. The new smartphone from LG will take the Xperia Z Ultra head on in terms of the display offering up a huge 6.4 inch 1920 x 1080 418PPI full HD display making this thing closer to a Google Nexus 7 tablet than a 5 inch smartphone.

The LG 6.4 inch smartphone is expected to be powered by a Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800 CPU paired with 3GB of RAM and it will run the latest Android 4.4 KitKat. The LG handset will reportedly use an 8MP rear camera with rear flash too. The expected naming and release date isn’t disclosed but more details are expected soon.

Image courtesy of Sony