Posts tagged with: CES 2014
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    Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about the Microsoft Surface Pro 2, and its recent processor upgrade. ZTE is next as the company has already laid out their plans for CES 2014. LG follows the news as their G Flex now appears in renders for AT&T and T-Mobile. Samsung follows the news as we've got some odd rumors of the Google Nexus 10 update to land at CES 2014. We end today's show talking about the HTC M8, which is the successor to the HTC One, and the rumors of interchangeable lenses coming with the phone. All this and more after the break. Stories: - Surface Pro 2 receives ...

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    Right now, we're in that nebulous pre-CES period, where while the show hasn't technically kicked-off just yet, manufacturers are itching to get their new products out on display and into the public eye. For several of them, that's meant not waiting until CES 2014 is underway in full swing, and making some of their announcements a little early; we've already gotten such looks from companies like Archos, Lenovo, and ZTE, and even Samsung got started a little prematurely with news of the Galaxy Camera 2. But make no mistake: in spite of the news that's come our way already, there's still ...

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    CES 2014 is just around the bend. Anton D. Nagy, Michael Fisher and yours truly will be in attendance, and coverage will begin shortly after we land in Las Vegas Sunday afternoon. This particular show has been growing in size and attendance almost every year since its induction in 1967. But for us mobile guys, the show has become far more sparse with juicy details and big product announcements. It's far too easy for a major device to get lost in the mass of new announcements at a show like CES. As such, companies like Motorola, HTC, Samsung, and have taken to one-off events to announce ...

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    Last year, the team behind Pebble took to the stage at the CES to announce the first shipments of their smartwatch, going out that month. Over the year that's followed, we've seen Pebble rise to the top of the smartwatch mountain – it may not be the most feature-rich smartwatch around, but it hits the ball out of the park when it comes to compatibility and battery life. More recently, we've learned of increasingly ambitious plans for the smartwatch, like the arrival of an app store sometime early this year. Now our sights are set on this coming Monday, as Pebble teases “something ...

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    Archos got us started with announcements of CES products super early, and we brought you news of all its Connected Home and Connected Self stuff – including a smartwatch – back at the start of the week. Today we see it follow those up with a couple new smartphones, and at least one of them might be worth giving a second look. The two are the Archos 50 and 45 Helium 4G, both running the same Snapdragon 400 you'll find in the Moto G, but at a slightly higher 1.4GHz clock. The 50 has a five-inch 720p display, 8GB storage, and an 8-megapixel camera with 2-megapixel front-facer. The 45, on ...

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    ZTE is one of those manufacturers that sees quite strong sales on a global level, but fails to really assert itself in our minds as a smartphone heavyweight. Still, we've been paying more attention to it lately, going hands-on with the Nubia 5, and hearing about some of the rumored next steps for the company, like its own smartwatch. With CES at the front of everyone's minds, companies are getting early starts on announcing their new lineups, and today ZTE shares its CES roster, including that rumored smartwatch. The ZTE BlueWatch will integrate a pedometer and connect over Bluetooth, and ...

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    2013 brought us a new Nexus smartphone, and a new Nexus 7, but no new Nexus 10. For a while there we were bouncing around the possibility of seeing a new one, either another Samsung model or maybe even something from ASUS, but we rounded-out the year empty handed. Could that Nexus 10 refresh still be in our future? One rumor says “yes,” and suggests that its debut might be mere days away, with Google and Samsung showing the device off at the CES. This account is seriously short on details, but it does offer one compelling spec: that the new Nexus 10 might upgrade to an OLED display. ...

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    As we were rounding-out last month, an unexpected follow-up to an unusual Android arrived on the fringes of our radar, with an Indonesian database revealing Samsung's work on an apparent sequel to 2012's Galaxy Camera. After 2013 only brought us the expensive Galaxy NX, we were curious to see how a more affordable, consumer-focused model might arrive. With not much evidence to go on, we had no idea how long it might be before Samsung made this device official, and as it turns out, it's not wasting any time: the first Samsung Android of 2014 to launch is none other than the Galaxy Camera 2. ...

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    We still may be days away from the official start of CES 2014, but smartphone OEMs sure like to grab the spotlight when they can, so you had better believe that we'll be seeing plenty of these companies trying to get a leg up on the competition by making some of their announcements a little early. Today that means some news from Lenovo, which has a few new 4.7-to-6-inch phones all ready for us to check out. Well, perhaps “new” is too strong a word, because the first guy here is one with which we're already familiar, having first heard the company talk about its LTE-supporting Vibe Z ...

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    Our apology for the late upload. Sadly we've experienced some bad technical difficulties that just got fixed. Watch today's Pocketnow Daily as we talk about Samsung's new Exynos S processor, and what this could mean for their smartphones in 2014. We then talk about Samsung's new mobile RAM chips to power 64-bit processors as well. Then we talk about Asus as the company has already begun teasing its smartphone line-up for CES. Windows Phone 8 returns to the news as we've seen a Jailbreak for the Lumia 920 being teased. We end today's show by talking about the possible joint venture between ...

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    One week ago, we were lamenting just how little we seemed to know about Sony's upcoming smartphone plans. An international Z1 Mini is still the most promising product on the horizon, and while we ended up seeing quite a few models mentioned as contenders for in-development hardware, we lacked a lot of specifics. With CES just around the corner, will Sony have anything new to debut? One rumor says “yes,” and follows that up with some claims about another handset a few months later. OK, first up we have a model assigned codename Sirius. This would be the first of the two to launch, and ...

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    CES-time means product announcements galore – and while you may have your interests firmly focused on a few big manufacturers, there are going to be dozens and dozens more hawking their wares. That spells plenty of announcements from companies that don't generally dominate our coverage; bringing along a whole slew of new products to introduce – even in the absence of any singular hot-button item – can go a long way towards catching our attention. We're looking at one of these players at the periphery today, as we hear about what Archos has in store for the show. In advance of the ...

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    It's no secret that Samsung is working on a 64-bit chip for its mobile devices; Apple introduced its own with the A7 in the iPhone 5S, we just saw Qualcomm follow-through with its own 64-bit Snapdragon 410, and now we've been expecting Samsung to unveil a 64-bit Exynos of its own. While this so-called Exynos 6 is likely still in the works, we're now hearing about a different branch Samsung's SoC ambitions could end up taking in 2014, with rumors about a new in-house-designed Exynos S chip. Whereas the Exynos 6 would continue to use stock cores designed by ARM, just as past Exynos models ...

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    What do you think of when it comes to ASUS devices? The Nexus 7? Maybe the PadFone/FonePad? While the company has been experimenting with smaller devices (like last month's PadFone Mini), ASUS is still largely seen as a tablet manufacturer. It may be interested in changing that perception, as the company releases a new teaser video for its CES event, one that sure could be hinting at a new range of ASUS smartphones. The “What's your number?” spot embedded below shows a whole lot of bouncing balls, giving us quick close-ups on three labeled 4, 5, and 6. That's generating a lot of ...

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    If you've got a car, and you've got a smartphone, odds are good that you've taken advantage of the one to help you out with the other. That could be as simple as using Bluetooth to stream music from your phone to your car's audio system, or maybe you even have a full-fledged car dock and often find yourself popping in your phone for use as a navigation aid. Whatever the nature of that relationship, it's a common one, and one that's likely to get a lot more intimate in the future; just as Apple readies its own iOS in the Car project, rumors now suggest that Audi and Google plan to introduce ...

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    Samsung is hoping to be one of the early Android OEMs making the move to 64-bit devices, as it works to release hardware running 64-bit versions of the company's Exynos SoCs. We've been talking about these chips first finding their way into commercial hardware as we start moving into 2014, but just when will that be? The question is back on our mind this evening as we see Samsung tease some sort of Exynos announcement for the CES. The thing is – will this necessarily be about 64-bit chips? Samsung's tweet and the accompanying image you see above don't make any obvious reference to 64-bit ...

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    An extra-large Samsung Android tablet has been a long time coming; as far back as July, we've been seeing evidence suggesting that Samsung was at work on a 12.2-inch tablet, and in the months that have followed, we've tracked the hardware getting closer and closer to its launch date. Last month, that meant looking through its FCC paperwork, and most recently we've heard a little about how the model might arrive, with the possibility that it could become available in mid-February as the Galaxy Note Pro 12.2. Today we look to a few hardware specifics, and hear some new rumors about launch ...

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    The recent changes T-Mobile's been making to its service offerings have been a lot more interesting than just “get X gigabytes for Y dollars,” and by tackling things like subsidies and contract, have really been trying to shake-up the status quo for the US smartphone market. Every few months, we've been learning of more details behind this new “Uncarrier” direction for the company, and the next Uncarrier 4.0 announcement, ready to arrive on January 8 during the CES, could be one of the biggest yet, at least if the rumors of its content are true. Supposedly, T-Mobile may attempt to ...

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    With such a focus on smartphones for the Americas and Europe, we sometimes find ourselves overlooking products from OEMs that largely keep their wares constrained to Southeast Asia. That's really a shame, because some of those companies have been putting out some pretty compelling hardware that we only wish we had better exposure to. Meizu is one such manufacturer that's been on our radar more lately, as we caught wind of its flagship MX3 and plans to join the still-quite-new but ever-growing 2K party. We might just end up giving Meizu even more attention in the new year, as we learn of ...

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    If you've been following the rumors about what Samsung working on for its 2014 smartphone lineup (and we sure hope you have), you're no doubt aware that the company sounds like it's going to be seriously busy. We've heard claims made that it's preparing to launch a whole bunch of models, with many of these announcements coming very early on in the year, clustered around the trade shows we'll be covering. Of course, that's assuming that all of these individual rumors have gotten their timetables right. Today we hear some support that suggests they've largely been on the right track, with ...

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    Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch arrived to a mixed reception. While hardware elements like a high quality display and integrated camera were praised, its high price and limited compatibility helped put a damper on interest. If you were hoping to get something a little different than what Samsung ultimately delivered, it sounds like you may not have that long to wait, with a new rumor suggesting that Samsung could plan to launch its follow-up smartwatch as soon as early next year. We've known that Samsung is interested in one day releasing another smartwatch to follow the Galaxy Gear, but ...

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    The Sony Xperia Z1 has just been announced and we're yet to welcome it in our review labs -- though we've got some sweet hands-on coverage in Berlin -- but the rumor mill is already in motion and talking about a certain Xperia Z2. We can't really verify this information so treat it accordingly. Apparently, the model number of the said phone is C770X and the codename is Avatar. The report mentions a CES 2014 announcement date, and a 5.2-inch full-HD screen, Snapdragon MSM8974AB chipset, 3GB of RAM, 20.7MP camera (same as Z1), 3,200mAh battery, and Android 4.4 KitKat. As we said: put ...

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