Posts tagged with: IFA 2014
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    Back in February, just a few days before we saw Samsung officially unveil the Galaxy S5 at MWC 2014, we were still neck-deep in rumor territory, and one of those late-stage theories we heard suggested that the GS5 would debut with some sort of unusual camera control. Rather than having a physical shutter button, this so-called “Side Touch” system would employ touch sensors, but we never ended up seeing anything come of the claim. Now a similar rumor is back, claiming that Side Touch will instead debut on the Galaxy Note 4. The description of Side Touch is the same as before – it ...

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    Will HTC make a big showing at IFA this year? This week's launch of the One M8 for Windows (not to mention the Butterfly 2), with IFA so nearby, might be seen as HTC subtly rejecting the idea of using the expo as a venue for introducing new hardware, but we wouldn't be so sure. At least, the Verizon launch exclusivity puts a US focus on the phone that might not fly so well at IFA. But if not this new Windows Phone model, then what might IFA get from the OEM? A not-so-subtle teaser just been released by one of HTC's social media accounts may have answers, seeming to reveal a new Desire 820. ...

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    The non-flagship sector of smartphones has become a competitive one, with almost every Android company worth noting having released multiple handsets tackling the budget space. LG, though it has no lack of non-flagship class smartphones, has just gone official with two more Androids: the LG L Fino, and the LG L Bello. LG has brought over some of the signature features of the G3 flagship, such as the rear-mounted buttons and the "Floating Arc" design, to create low-end smartphones that look pretty nice. The camera is one of the signature features of both the L Fino and L Bello as well, ...

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    IFA 2014 is just a couple weeks away, and smartphone companies everywhere have already been getting us psyched-up for their respective showings by dropping a few hints here and there of what we can expect. Some have been relatively straightforward, like that ASUS smartwatch teaser from yesterday, while others can be a bit more inscrutable. Today, Huawei's got a clever one out, and it might just take a little brainstorming before we're fully able to get to the bottom of it. That first image seems clear enough, hinting at a device with some sort of fingerprint authentication, but what about ...

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    ASUS has been talking about releasing a smartwatch for a while now, and this past spring the company's CEO offered Q3 2014 as a likely launch window. Rumors have since suggested that this would be an Android Wear device, and one that would stand out from the pack both by means of an extremely low price tag, as well as a noticeably slim build. The other day brought us notice that ASUS is hosting an IFA 2014 press event; might this smartwatch make an appearance? We're leaning very strongly towards “yes” after seeing the teaser the company distributed on social media early this morning. ...

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    LG introduced the world to its Android Wear-powered G Watch back in March, right around the same time the platform itself and Motorola's Moto 360 debuted. In the months that have followed, the G Watch has gone up for sale (joined by Samsung and its Gear Live), while we anxiously await for the 360 to join it. But now that Motorola's offering seems to nearly be ready for release, LG could already be thinking about a second-gen Android Wear model, as rumors suggest that the company could introduce a G Watch 2 at IFA next month. The idea of a little over five months between G Watch launches ...

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    What company comes to mind when you're thinking “smartwatch innovator?” Pebble? Samsung? They may be a couple of the highest-profile players, sure, but it's easy to forget about some of the smartphone makers who tried dipping their toe in this pool even earlier – companies like Motorola with its MOTOACTV in 2011, or Sony (then Sony Ericsson) with its LiveView all the way back in 2010. Since then, Sony's released some updated models, including last year's SmartWatch 2 (above). The wearables market has grown by leaps and bounds since last summer, and now we hear that Sony could nearly ...

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    IFA 2014 is set to be a very hot event this year. In previous years we've seen Samsung take the cake with its Galaxy Note launches, but we've also seen some great Sony and Nokia announcements as well. This year is poised to be an even bigger year for mobile, and Asus has just decided to let us know it wants a piece of the pie. Asus has just sent out press invitations for its event to happen on September 3rd. Sadly the invite doesn't shed any light on anything the company is announcing, but we have seen a very aggressive Asus this year with 8 smartphones and 7 tablets launched in the past ...

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    Even though Huawei is still many steps away from being popular in the United States, the company is huge in Asia, and it's also gaining a lot of traction in emerging markets like Latin America. We've seen some interesting innovations from this company in every tradeshow that we cover, and we know that IFA is the company's next frontier. It seems that Huawei has already begun to tease what we should expect to see at its IFA event, and there's nothing small about these rumors. Huawei's press event will happen on September 4th, and the press invitations show us a seven being drawn with the ...

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    Last week we took a break from the rumors surrounding Motorola's efforts to deliver a new Moto X, and instead started looking at what might be in the future for some of its more budget-focused models. Some benchmark data sure seemed to point at development work towards a new low-to-mid-range handset with a five-inch 720p display. And while there was no hard evidence linking it to the name, rumors suggested that this might be a new Moto G. As we wait to get the full details on this device, a new rumor attempts to shed a little light on what the launch situation might look like. Reportedly, ...

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    As we start pushing into mid-August, expectations for IFA 2014 continue to grow, and we're sure to keep learning about more and more events being scheduled by companies to show off their latest mobile products. We've already been clued-in to a few, like announcements scheduled by Samsung and Sony, and this week we catch wind of Microsoft's plans, as it distributes an invite that may just be hinting at an announcement for the Lumia 730. Remember, this is the model we've often heard described as a “seflie” phone, with an emphasis placed on the performance of its front-facing camera. With ...

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    Going back several months now, we've heard a lot about what to expect form Samsung and its next phablet, as rumors attempted to detail the Galaxy Note 4. With its Unpacked event coming up at IFA 2014, the Note 4's launch may only be weeks away, and despite all this talk of quad HD displays, next-gen SoCs, and maybe even some sort of wrap-around screen, we haven't really had much in the way of reliable leaks picturing the phone's hardware itself. We get this week started with a series of images intent on doing something about just that, showing us a smartphone that may well be Samsung's ...

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    It's been a little while now since we heard anything new about the rumored Gear Solo, said to be Samsung's effort to deliver a smartwatch that features its own cellular radio (like that Timex model we just looked at), freeing its operation from the requirement of having a nearby smartphone. The evidence we were seeing back in May looked pretty solid, with the wearable clearly showing up in an import database as the Gear 2 Solo, but there hasn't been much in the way of new developments since. Was this wearable still happening? When might it debut? The latest word out of South Korea suggests ...

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    One of the most persistent rumors to follow discussion of Samsung's Galaxy Note 4 has been the idea that Samsung could be trying something very unusual with the phablet's display, possibly using its flexible-substrate OLED technology to have the screen flow beyond the confines of the phone's face, and out over to the edges. At least, we've seen Samsung prototype designs that have gone down that road, and with talk about how the Note 4 could introduce new form factors to Samsung's lineup, the idea seemed like a good fit. We still may get a “regular” Note 4 alongside this wrap-around ...

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    Late last month, word got out about Sony's schedule for its IFA announcements, revealing plans for a press conference on September 3. But while sometimes an invitation will take the opportunity to give us a little tease of what news to expect, all we knew about Sony's shindig was the time and date. Would we be left to speculate on our own about what might new products might be taking the spotlight? Maybe not, as now an image of a Sony IFA press invite has surfaced, and it seems to confirm some of our expectations. Now, we're not sure we're already seeing any new products, or anything like ...

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