HTC One E8 (M8 Ace) gets officially confirmed in China
May29

HTC One E8 (M8 Ace) gets officially confirmed in China

The images that leaked yesterday showing the upcoming plastic-clad HTC M8 Ace were actually from HTC’s official website for China. Or rather, from a special page on that website – a page which has ‘gone live’ today. That’s right – despite it having a June 3 unveiling date, the new plastic flagship from HTC is actually already listed on the company’s Chinese website. What an odd launch. Because of this development, we can now see the device in better looking pictures, though they’re essentially the same we’ve seen yesterday. There’s still some controversy over what the handset’s actual name will be, since Google Translate isn’t of much use in these cases. The M8 Ace codename could either turn into HTC One E8 or HTC One Vogue Edition or something combining those monikers in some manner. The model number does appear to be E8, so maybe that will stick. Perhaps we’ll get 100% sure on June 3. Until then, let’s recap the smartphone’s specs. It should have a 2.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, a 13 MP rear camera with a single LED flash, a 5 MP front camera, BoomSound front-facing stereo speakers, and it will obviously run Android. Past rumors also talked about a 5-inch 1080p Full HD...

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Upcoming ZTE device could be the first to sport LTE-capable MediaTek CPU, leak shows
May29

Upcoming ZTE device could be the first to sport LTE-capable MediaTek CPU, leak shows

According to leaked information coming out of China, the very first smartphone to feature MediaTek’s first LTE-capable processor will be made by ZTE. MediaTek unveiled the MT6595 true octa-core chipset with 4G LTE support back in December, and it was supposed to be out in shipping devices at the beginning of this year. That still hasn’t happened, though, but it’s apparently going to – and pretty soon. What you see below is an upcoming ZTE smartphone which may be the first in the world to use MediaTek’s 4G capable chip. It doesn’t have a name yet (or it simply hasn’t been leaked), but it could be part of the Chinese company’s RedBull-branded lineup, comprising of cheap yet decently specced offerings (a la Xiaomi’s wares or Huawei’s Honor sub-brand). The handset comes with a 5-inch 720p HD touchscreen, the aforementioned processor, 2 GB of RAM, an 8 MP rear camera, a 5 MP front camera, 16 GB of internal storage, and a 2,300 mAh battery. If it will in fact be part of the RedBull line, then we should probably expect it to be priced somewhere between 799 and 999 yuan (that’s around $128 to $160 at the current exchange rates). And unfortunately that means we aren’t likely to see it being officially sold anywhere but in China. Via...

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HTC One M8 Plus and One M8 Advance high-end beasts rumored for the fall
May29

HTC One M8 Plus and One M8 Advance high-end beasts rumored for the fall

Remember the HTC M8 Prime? This has been rumored to arrive in a few weeks or months to take on the also-rumored Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime as well as the just introduced LG G3. But according to the latest leaked information, HTC may in fact be working on not one, but two super high-end smartphones for the near future. Neither of these is codenamed M8 Prime, though, which makes us wonder whether the Prime is a third device, or just one of these two. First up, we have the One M8 Plus. This looks to be the Prime by another name, save for one important detail – a purported leaked image of the Prime showed a Duo Camera setup on the back a la the One M8, but the latest info speaks about a normal 13 MP camera with optical image stabilization taking the place of the UltraPixel unit. The HTC M8 Plus will also have a metal shell, a 2,560×1,440 touchscreen (which may be smaller than the 5.5-inch panel in the LG G3), a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 processor, and 3 GB of RAM. The handset will be water-resistant, though for now it’s unclear what exact spec it will adhere to from this point of view. The HTC M8 Advance will basically have the exact same specs as the Plus, but it will be made out of plastic and will be aimed at Asian markets. This sounds like the exact same scenario that HTC is readying for the upcoming One M8 Ace – which will complement the One M8 in the company’s portfolio. Both the M8 Plus and the M8 Advance should apparently be released either in August or in September, before Apple’s next iPhone debuts. The M8 Plus could be sold under the name One+ or One Plus, but nothing’s certain just yet. Via...

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HTC One Mini 2 already available in the UK
May28

HTC One Mini 2 already available in the UK

Last week the HTC One Mini 2 went up for pre-order in the UK, but it had a very distant shipping date attached to it – June 30. Thankfully, though, you don’t have to wait more than a month if you want to get a One Mini 2 in your hands. That’s because one third party mobile device retailer already has it in stock, in all of its physical stores. We’re talking about Phones 4u, the well known high street retailer. It’s announced that the HTC One Mini 2 is now up for purchase in all of its more than 700 stores. If you want to order the device online, it may only arrive next week – so if you simply can’t wait, just head to your nearest Phones 4u store to pick one up (do call in advance though, to make sure it’s still in stock). The HTC One Mini 2 is being offered for £359.95 SIM-free, £349.95 on Pay as you go, as well as on Pay monthly plans. If you go with a 4G option that costs at least £29.99 per month, you’ll get it for free. In the case of 3G-only contracts, the minimum you’ll need to shell out each month is £25. The 3G plan is at Vodafone and brings you 300 minutes, unlimited texts, and 250 MB of data every 30 days. The 4G option comes from EE, and contains 1,000 minutes, unlimited texts, and 1 GB of data each month. In both cases, you’ll need to sign a 24-month contract. Via Telecompaper and Android...

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AT&T finally starts taking pre-orders for the Asus PadFone X on June 6
May28

AT&T finally starts taking pre-orders for the Asus PadFone X on June 6

AT&T and Asus first announced the PadFone X in January. Yes, January. And the device still isn’t available to this day. In fact, the carrier only made the PadFone X’s specs public at the end of March. And here we are, exactly two months later, and we finally get a release date. Sort of. It’s June 6, but AT&T’s press release says that’s when pre-orders will start. An actual shipping date isn’t mentioned, so maybe we’ll find that out on a different occasion. Or perhaps the carrier misspoke and June 6 is actually when you’ll be able to pick up a PadFone X. It’s all a bit unclear at the moment, but regardless – the good news is that the PadFone X can’t be more than a few weeks away at this point. So if you’ve been patiently waiting for this device for months, then your time has almost come. AT&T has priced the Asus PadFone X at $199.99 with a two-year contract, or $22.92 per month with AT&T Next 18, or $29.80 with AT&T Next 12. If you go with the Next options, you won’t pay anything upfront. The tablet dock is included in the price, by the way. The Asus PadFone X has a 5-inch 1080p Full HD touchscreen, a 13 MP rear camera, a 2 MP front camera, a 2.3 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, and a 2,300 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.4 KitKat. The dock features a 9-inch 1,920×1,200 touchscreen, a 1 MP front camera, and a 4,990 mAh...

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Oppo N1 Mini pictured ahead of May 30 announcement
May28

Oppo N1 Mini pictured ahead of May 30 announcement

The Oppo N1 Mini is due to be officially unveiled in just a couple of days, as has been made clear yesterday by the Chinese company itself. We already know most of this handset’s specs, and a while back we even saw a few bad quality pictures showing it, courtesy of it getting certified by the FCC. Now though, as we get closer to the actual launch, we get to see the Oppo N1 Mini star in quite a few leaked images, that look more like official press renders than anything else. Here they are for your viewing pleasure: As you can see, the N1 Mini keeps the design language of its bigger sibling intact, complete with unique swiveling camera. The one odd thing about this smartphone is that it’s hardly ‘Mini’ in any way, what with its 5-inch screen and all. That said, compared to the 6-inch N1, perhaps that moniker is somewhat warranted. Oppo has gone with some very interesting colors for the N1 Mini, which aren’t traditional in any way. That may help the company reach some prospective buyers who are sick of having to choose between just black and white for their phones. Previously leaked specs for the N1 Mini talked about it sporting a 720p HD touchscreen, a 13 MP camera with LED flash, 4G LTE support, and a 2,140 mAh battery. Via C Tech Via Android...

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LG G Flex 2 and Vu 4 coming this year
May28

LG G Flex 2 and Vu 4 coming this year

Now that LG has made the G3 official, you may be thinking that 2014 is over for the Korean company – at least when it comes to big releases. Not so. During the press conference announcing the G3 in Korea, LG officials have admitted that they’re working both on a G Flex 2 as well as on a Vu 4. Both of these devices will get launched sometime during the second half of this year. The G Flex 2 will obviously be the follow-up to the G Flex from last year, one of the world’s first smartphones with a curved screen. It’s unclear whether LG plans to keep the display as it was in the original, or if the G Flex 2 will wow us with some other form factor. Given the name, though, it’s a must for it to have a flexible or bent touchscreen. The Vu line has somehow survived over the years despite it being unashamedly niche. And to think that at one time LG thought this would comprise of its competitors to the Samsung Galaxy Note series… Thankfully, the company has made the G Pro handsets in the meantime. But there is going to be a Vu 4, even if it may only be released in South Korea. We don’t have other details right now, but we’ll keep you posted. Via...

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HTC M8 Ace leaks again showing all of its color versions
May28

HTC M8 Ace leaks again showing all of its color versions

The HTC M8 Ace is supposedly going to be officially unveiled on June 3, which is next week. So until then you can expect to see a lot more of it, because the leaks are intensifying. This time around, we get to see the upcoming plastic version of the One M8 flagship yet again, in more colors than ever. It looks like the M8 Ace will launch in blue and red too, not just the traditional hues of grey and white. Alongside the images you can see below, some of the M8 Ace’s specs got confirmed one more time. The handset will come with a 2.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, a 13 MP rear camera with LED flash (without UltraPixels or the Duo Camera setup seen in the One M8, and just a single LED compared to two), a 5 MP front camera, and BoomSound front-facing stereo speakers (obvious from the pictures). It will obviously run Android, and we hope it’s going to be version 4.4 KitKat, which is the latest from Google. The HTC M8 Ace will make its debut in China, though it will probably be sold in other countries too at some point. So far it’s been rumored to cost around 3,000 yuan in China (approximately $479 or €352 at the current exchange rates), way less than the Samsung Galaxy S5 – which is going to be its main competitor. Via @UpLeaks here and here,...

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LG G3 now official with 5.5″ 2,560×1,440 screen, compact body, metallic look
May28

LG G3 now official with 5.5″ 2,560×1,440 screen, compact body, metallic look

Finally, the day has come. The LG G3 has been announced, following months of leaks, speculation, and rumors. Thanks to the latest information, that we’ve gotten over the past few weeks, there’s nothing that really surprises us here, but make no mistake – this is one of the top devices of the year, giving the Samsung Galaxy S5 and HTC One M8 some much needed competition in the high-end Android space. The LG G3’s face is almost 77% screen, more in fact than its predecessor (which was already hailed for its small bezels). That’s probably why the Korean company thought it would get away with a 5.5-inch display in a mainstream flagship phone. Because of its small bezels, the G3 is smaller than other 5.5-inchers out there, but it’s still bigger (even if only slightly) than its main competitors, so it remains to be seen whether people will like its size. As anticipated, the G3’s screen has 2,560x,1440 resolution and 538 ppi pixel density. It also comes with a 13 MP rear camera with OIS+, dual-tone dual-LED flash and ‘laser’ autofocus, a 2.1 MP front camera, a 2.46 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, either 2 GB of RAM and 16 GB of storage or 3 GB of RAM and 32 GB of storage, microSD card support, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, an IR blaster, NFC, and a 3,000 mAh removable battery. It runs Android 4.4 KitKat with a simplified, flattened LG-made UI overlay on top. Its dimensions are 146.3×74.6×8.9 mm, and it weighs 149 grams. It’s still made out of plastic like the G2, but the back cover (which is now removable for easy battery swapping and whatnot) comes with a metallic-like finish which makes sure there won’t be any fingerprints visible like in the case of its predecessor. The G3 will be offered in white, black, gold, red, and violet. It will be out in South Korea tomorrow, with a global rollout to 170 carriers planned for June. In the US, all the ‘big four’ carriers will sell it – so regardless of whether you’re on AT&T, Verizon, Sprint, or T-Mobile, you’ll soon be able to buy one. That said, Sprint will have the exclusive on the gold color. In the UK, the LG G3 is already up for pre-order at Clove, which is asking for £499 for one. The well known online retailer mentions July 1 as the shipping...

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Oppo N1 Mini will be announced on May 30
May27

Oppo N1 Mini will be announced on May 30

The Oppo N1 Mini will officially be unveiled on May 30 – in just three short days from today. This comes straight from the Chinese company itself. On Weibo, the social network known as ‘China’s Twitter’, Oppo used its official account to announce an event for May 30, during which it will share an important little thing with us. That’s the gist of the wording which accompanies the image you can see below, which contains a sketch of a device with a rotating camera a la the full size N1. We’ve already told you that the N1 Mini will come with the same rotating camera mechanism as its bigger brother that’s already on sale. So this can basically only be about the N1 Mini, even if Oppo doesn’t mention it by name in its posting. The Oppo N1 Mini has previously been rumored not to be that much of a ‘Mini’, supposedly sporting a 5-inch 720p HD touchscreen, a 13 MP swiveling camera with LED flash, 4G LTE support, and a 2,140 mAh battery. Its dimensions are going to be 148.4×72.2×9.2 mm, and it should weigh 151 grams. It may get an octa-core processor, but whether it will be made by MediaTek or Samsung remains to be seen. Though we’ll find out everything there is to know about the Oppo N1 Mini this Friday, so stick around for...

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