High-end ZTE Nubia Z7 teased and leaked
Jun06

High-end ZTE Nubia Z7 teased and leaked

It turns out that the ZTE Nubia Z7 won’t be a humongous phablet, as we thought back in November of last year. The Chinese company has already launched its very big handset in March, and called it Nubia X6. However, a Nubia Z7 is still coming. ZTE has in fact posted the image you see below to its official Weibo account, alongside the text “Z7, a little more beautiful”. So the company itself has pretty much confirmed the name of its next flagship smartphone. But what could it be packing under the hood? MyDrivers and its sources come to the rescue on this, while also bringing us two leaked photos showing a part of the Z7’s front (below). Clearly then, this device will be offered in at least two color versions (white and black). It should sport a 5-inch 1080p Full HD touchscreen, a 16 MP rear camera with optical image stabilization, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, 3 GB of RAM, and it will feature Nubia UI 2.0, the latest from ZTE on this front. The Nubia Z7 will apparently be priced at 2,777 yuan, which right now amounts to approximately $444 or €325, a very compelling price point for such a monster. The handset may get official sometime before the end of this month, so stick around for...

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Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 stars in new leaked pictures, may hit stores on June 27
Jun06

Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 stars in new leaked pictures, may hit stores on June 27

With the upcoming Galaxy Tab S tablets, Samsung will once again bring Super AMOLED touchscreens to the tablet space. This hasn’t happened since 2011, so suffice to say it’s been a long time coming. The line has been rumored to consist of two members, a 10.5-inch offering and an 8.4-inch tablet. The former of those has had some more details about it leaked today, along with some new pictures that come from Samsung’s own promotional materials, as you can undoubtedly gather. Interestingly, the 10.5″ device will be incredibly thin, at just 6.6 mm – this might have been possible thanks to the slimness of that AMOLED screen. The tablet will also be very light for a device this size, coming in at just 465 grams. Those numbers compare favorably to Apple’s iPad Air, which will undoubtedly be the Tab S 10.5’s main competitor. In the weight department, the Samsung tablet only wins by 4 grams, but it’s almost 1 mm thinner. The Tab S will be able to sync up with your Samsung phone and it will be possible for you to take calls straight on the tablet – presumably these will automatically go to loudspeaker or a wired or Bluetooth headset if any of those are connected. A notification will pop-up on the tablet when you get a call, and you go from there. The Galaxy Tab S tablets should be unveiled on June 12, and they may go on sale on June 27 according to a leaked release timetable (seen above) from an unnamed retailer. Pre-orders are apparently set to start on June 13, so just one day after the announcement. Via SamMobile and...

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Samsung Galaxy Note Pro, Galaxy Tab 4 10.1, and Asus PadFone X now available at AT&T
Jun06

Samsung Galaxy Note Pro, Galaxy Tab 4 10.1, and Asus PadFone X now available at AT&T

Today three new devices have become available to order from AT&T, and right on time no less. We’re talking about two Samsung tablets and an Asus thing that’s a smartphone that becomes a tablet – once you tuck it into a tablet dock of sorts (which thankfully is included in the box, no need for a separate purchase). The Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 and Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 are both up for grabs starting now. The Galaxy Note Pro is obviously the (much more) expensive one, coming in at a whopping $799.99 with a two-year contract (or $899.99 without). It does, however, feature the biggest screen currently available on a tablet, so if that’s something you’re after, this is definitely the device for you. The Galaxy Tab 4 10.1, on the other hand, is much more affordable at $379.99 with a long-term service agreement, or $479.99 sans that. But obviously with the lower price come lower-end specs compared to the Note Pro, much more so in fact. The Asus PadFone X is priced at $199.99 (with contract), which makes it quite a deal, considering it can be viewed as both a smartphone and a tablet (just not at the same time). And for a smartphone, it is pretty capable...

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Nexus 8 details apparently leaked
Jun05

Nexus 8 details apparently leaked

A Nexus 8 tablet from Google has long been rumored. It’s not in the news every day, but every now and then we hear another mumbling about it. We assume that the search giant will unveil it at its annual I/O developer conference, which takes place on June 25 and 26. It may get official alongside the next version of Android, actually. According to the latest purported leaked info about it, the Nexus 8 should come with 3 GB of RAM and Android 4.5 on board, a version of the mobile OS that will come with unnamed optimizations focused on making it run seamlessly on 64-bit processors. And yes, the Nexus 8 itself should apparently feature a 64-bit CPU. However, unlike what we heard at one time in the past, it will be Qualcomm supplying this chipset, and not Intel. That means the CPU being used may be the Snapdragon 410, which is expected to start sampling before the end of June. We could also be looking at the Snapdragon 610 or Snapdragon 615, but those are only set to begin sampling during the third quarter of this year, putting them in actual shipping devices probably around September at the earliest. So it’s either the 410 for the Nexus 8, or the tablet will come later than I/O. Obviously, there’s also the possibility that this report is simply a figment of someone’s imagination. The images you see above are said to be of a Nexus 8, but one which is inside a protective casing which is intended to keep prying eyes from seeing its actual design. Via...

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Alcatel One Touch Pop 7 out at T-Mobile on June 18, Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition is cheaper
Jun04

Alcatel One Touch Pop 7 out at T-Mobile on June 18, Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition is cheaper

T-Mobile is doing a couple of things to its tablet roster, which will supposedly make the thought of purchasing a tablet from a carrier more palatable to people. First off, the magenta carrier is announcing a $100 price cut for the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition. This goes in effect today, but will only be valid until June 15. This means you can now get the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition for $0 down followed by 24 monthly payments of $25, adding up to a total cost of $600. Although T-Mobile says that’s $99.99 less than the previously advertised price, the math doesn’t quite add up. When it started pre-orders for this tablet, the carrier was asking for $99.99 down and $23 per month for two years. That adds up to $651.99, and not $699.99. So you may only be saving $51.99, but that’s something nevertheless. There’s another tablet coming to T-Mobile soon, and it’s the Alcatel One Touch Pop 7 (pictured above). This was first unveiled at CES in January, and it’s a rather low-end offering. That said, at least it’s going to be reasonably cheap. It will be out at the ‘uncarrier ‘on June 18, and you’ll need to pay nothing upfront and 24 monthly payments of $7 for it, which makes for a grand total of $168. The Alcatel One Touch Pop 7 has a 7-inch 1,024×600 touchscreen, a 1.3 GHz dual-core MediaTek MT8312 processor, 1 GB of RAM, a 2 MP rear camera, a 0.3 MP front camera, 4 GB of internal storage, microSD expansion, an IR blaster, Wi-Fi, GPS, and 3G. It runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. Via...

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Super-premium Samsung Galaxy F purportedly pictured, could it be the S5 Prime?
Jun04

Super-premium Samsung Galaxy F purportedly pictured, could it be the S5 Prime?

For months now, a super-premium version of the Samsung Galaxy S5 has been rumored. In fact, do you remember the Galaxy F? We first told you about it all the way back in September of last year, when it was rumored to become the absolute top of the line for the Korean company. Yet time has passed and it hasn’t seen the light of day. Nor has the Galaxy S5 Prime, a device that’s been in the news recently as a possible response from Samsung for the LG G3 with its ultra high-res screen. Well, these two could actually be one and the same. The Galaxy S5 Prime and the Galaxy F, that is. So maybe Prime was the codename, and Galaxy F will be the commercial moniker. What you see above is purportedly a leaked render depicting the Samsung Galaxy F. It certainly looks like it’s made out of metal, which was one of the main differentiating factors we heard the Galaxy F would have. Then again, LG pulled off a metal-looking back cover for the G3, and that’s not actually made out of metal. So we’ll have to wait and see exactly what this is. Do note, however, that this image could very well be fake. The display of the phone in it seems to be oddly pixelated, especially for a handset that’s supposed to come with the sharpest screen ever created (bearing 2,560×1,440 resolution). So don’t take this for granted just yet. Especially since it also looks decidedly different from the last pictures that leaked claiming to show the Galaxy S5 Prime – so either one of the leaks was fake or maybe the Prime and the Galaxy F are two distinct things after all. Via...

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LG G3 outsells Samsung Galaxy S5 in its first days of availability
Jun03

LG G3 outsells Samsung Galaxy S5 in its first days of availability

Well, well, well. It looks like LG is winning in the war against its arch-enemy, Samsung. Since going on sale in South Korea last week, the LG G3 has been consistently outselling the Samsung Galaxy S5. And we’re not talking about the S5’s sales right now, a few months after it was released. No, the following numbers compare the G3’s performance to the Galaxy S5’s sales in its first days of availability, back in April. And the situation is very good indeed for LG. The G3 has been averaging around 25,000 to 30,000 units sold per day since its release, compared to just 7,000 to 8,000 for the Galaxy S5. That’s quite a difference, more than a 3-to-1 ratio in fact. Compared to its flagship for last year, the G2, the G3 sold twice as much. What’s more, LG has been able to pull this off while also spending significantly less than Samsung on marketing. So it looks like that QHD (2,560×1,440) screen really is incredibly sought after, at least in Korea. Or maybe it’s the G3’s overall compactness that tipped the scales. Though the huge number of leaks of the G3 might have had something to do with the situation too, building up hype for the handset even before it was announced. Via...

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Verizon’s Moto G now just $49.99 sans contract
Jun03

Verizon’s Moto G now just $49.99 sans contract

The 3G-only Moto G for Verizon is now cheaper than ever. And that’s saying something, since this handset debuted at Big Red with a $99.99 price tag and no contract strings attached to it. Now though, it’s effectively half off. Best Buy is offering you the chance to get a Moto G to use on Verizon’s prepaid plans for only $49.99. That’s a great deal for a great midrange phone, hampered only by its lack of 4G LTE. However, if you can live with that one shortcoming, the Moto G is very capable for the price, and could serve you well. It has a 4.5-inch 720p HD touchscreen with Gorilla Glass, a 1.2 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, a 5 MP rear camera with LED flash and 720p HD video recording, a 1.3 MP front camera, 1 GB of RAM, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, an FM radio, 8 GB of non-expandable storage, a 2,070 mAh battery, and waterproof nanocoating inside and out. It runs Android 4.4 KitKat. Best Buy currently lists the Moto G as being “on sale”, and it’s not clear how long this will last. So if you want one, do order one as soon as possible, making sure you’ll benefit from the heavily discounted...

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Oppo N1 Mini isn’t cheap
Jun03

Oppo N1 Mini isn’t cheap

Last week Oppo officially announced the N1 Mini without actually telling us a lot about its specs. Just a few details were made public, and we’ve been left guessing what exactly the handset is packing. While Oppo still hasn’t done anything to change that situation, at least we now know how much the N1 Mini will cost. And it’s anything but cheap. The price in China is 2,699 yuan. That currently amounts to approximately $431 or €317. Sure, it’s 1,300 yuan less than the ‘full size’ Oppo N1, but it’s only 100 yuan (about $15) cheaper than the upcoming HTC One E8, which sports flagship specs. All in all, it doesn’t look like the N1 Mini will be a best seller with that price. According to MTKsj, the Oppo N1 Mini will have a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor (MSM8928), probably clocked at 1.6 GHz. Its 5-inch screen will have 720p HD resolution (which we knew already), though it will only sport 2 GB of internal storage. Hopefully this is a mistake and we’re talking about RAM. If not, then expect to see 1 GB of RAM in there, and very little space for installing apps and such. The camera is a 13 MP rotating unit, and the battery has 2,140 mAh capacity. The Oppo N1 Mini runs Color OS 1.4, which is based on Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. It will be released in China on June...

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Sony Xperia T3 revealed as world’s thinnest 5.3″ smartphone
Jun03

Sony Xperia T3 revealed as world’s thinnest 5.3″ smartphone

Earlier this year Sony announced the Xperia T2 Ultra midrange phablet, and now it’s apparently already time for us to meet the Xperia T3. No more Ultra branding this time around, and the T3 comes with a much more manageable screen size compared to the T2. Hence, we can’t really call the new T3 the successor to the T2, since they seem to be intended for different people. As always, Sony keeps confusing us with its naming scheme. That aside, the Xperia T3 looks like a nice midranger, though in this day and age we probably shouldn’t refer to it as a phablet. That’s because it has a 5.3-inch touchscreen, so it’s just over there at the line – between phone and phablet. One thing Sony seems particularly proud of is that the Xperia T3 is the world’s slimmest 5.3-inch handset. That said, we don’t know very many other 5.3-inch devices on sale right now, so this is an easy prize to get. The Sony Xperia T3 has 720p HD screen resolution, an 8 MP rear camera with LED flash, a 1.1 MP front camera, a 1.4 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor, 1 GB of RAM, 8 GB of internal storage, microSD card support, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC, and a 2,500 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.4 KitKat. Its dimensions are 150.7x77x7 mm, and it weighs 148 grams. Therein lies the problem. While it is impressively slim, undoubtedly, the Xperia T3 manages to be less than 1 mm narrower than the 5.5-inch Samsung Galaxy Note 3 Neo, which is also less tall than it. So aside from one measurement (that of thickness), the Xperia T3 certainly isn’t a very compact device – even compared to similar midrangers such as the Note 3 Neo. The LG G3, on the other hand, is 2.4 mm narrower and 4.4 mm less tall, while coming with a 5.5-inch display. Sony expects to release the Xperia T3 globally at the end of July, offering it in black, white, and purple. Pricing hasn’t been announced, but we wouldn’t expect it to be extremely cheap compared to its competitors – for that would be a first for...

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