Posts tagged with: Rumors
  • by | April 15, 2014 4:41 PM

    LG's G3 may be the next flagship to launch from a major Android player, with rumors suggesting we're just a month or two away from its debut. There have been plenty of rumors and leaks arriving to address our expectations for the phone already, but we haven't had much in the way of reliable images of actual hardware. This week, just such a variety of imagery surfaces, but it's not entirely straightforward just what we're looking at. Take, for example, the renders you see above in white, and below in blue. This is not the LG G3. What it is, though, is an apparent leak of the LG isai FL, ...

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  • by | April 15, 2014 11:02 AM

    Late last week, we brought you the latest in a long series of rumors about Amazon's efforts towards the release of the company's first smartphone. Over the months, there had been talk of multiple models, possible plans for subsidized sales, and a very unusual eye-tracking system using multiple cameras to allow the phone to create a pseudo-3D effect without the need for a special screen. That recent update attempted to sort things out about a possible release schedule, but did little to further our understanding about any of this hardware itself. Today, however, we're finally ready to get ...

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  • by | April 14, 2014 7:20 PM

    Recent leaks have suggested that Google's currently involved with an effort to spruce up the look of Android. Some of the changes we've heard mentioned sound pretty vast in scope, like that so-called Project Hera, while others came off as more run-of-the-mill app updates. While we still don't know the full extent of what Google's working on, a new leak suggests that part of it will involve new icons, with Google working to address the disconnect between how web-based services and Android apps are represented. The leaked screenshot above reveals many such icon changes, with the overall ...

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  • by | April 14, 2014 4:34 PM

    Nokia just introduced its latest batch of Windows Phone models a couple weeks back, welcoming the first of its models that will ship running Windows Phone 8.1. The Lumia 630/635 we've been following since we first heard its codename Moneypenny back in November of last year. Now that it's official, what are we to look forward to from Nokia next? As luck would have it, a crop of new codenames has arrived fresh off the leak wagaon, and from the look of things Nokia is up to its old habits. According to @evlekas, new Nokia codenames include Ara, Leo, Moonraker, Onyx, Peridot, Superman, Tesla, ...

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  • by | April 14, 2014 3:38 PM

    One week ago, rumors about a possible 2014 follow-up to last year's acclaimed Motorola Moto X really started taking shape. In a series of leaks, first we learned of the name Moto X+1, and then that Motorola may be planning on this year doing for leather what it did for wood with the original Moto X. As we wait to learn more about Motorola's plans, a new leak hopes to shed a little more light on those leather options. According to this, the Moto X+1 will offer shoppers choices between 17 colored backplate options, another four wooden selections available, and four all-new leather backs: ...

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  • by | April 14, 2014 1:36 PM

    There's a lot to like about HTC's One M8, and despite a few choices that missed the mark by a smidge, the phone still comes through as a remarkably high-quality handset, quite worthy to take the crown as HTC's current flagship. Much of the acclaim it's received has been directed towards the premium metal construction, and we've even seen HTC disparage competitor Samsung over the perceived lesser quality of the plastic it uses to build its own smartphones. That's what makes this next rumor so interesting, with claims that HTC is just about to introduce a plastic version of the One M8. Word ...

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  • by | April 14, 2014 12:34 PM

    Of all the possible “spin-offs” that would join the Galaxy S5 as members of Samsung's 2014 family, a Galaxy S5 Zoom has long seemed the most likely to make an appearance. We've been chasing leads on the phone for a couple months now, but the most interesting development came earlier this month, when a source both provided the first possible image of the hardware, along with a new name for the model: the Galaxy K Zoom. We weren't quite sure at the time how much faith to put in any of that, considering the name seemed to come from out of left field and the picture itself didn't look ...

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  • by | April 11, 2014 7:13 PM

    Last fall, the long-rumored Amazon smartphone started sounding pretty interesting, as reports distinguished it from run-of-the-mill slates by suggesting that Amazon would give the phone an elaborate series of eye-tracking cameras, capable of producing pseudo-3D parallax effects without the need for a specialized display. That rumor's now back alongside news that Amazon's been showing off the hardware to developers, and some new updates on the company's plans for the phone help us narrow-down when to expect an official announcement. Back in March, we heard that Amazon would launch the phone ...

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  • by | April 11, 2014 4:50 PM

    Making a smartphone with the intent of having it sell for a budget-conscious price is a tricky balancing act. Sure, you can build a stupid cheap handset just by giving it ancient hardware, but there's a law of diminishing returns there – at some point, you're not saving any more money by going with lower-end tech. At the same time, even if you go with conservative but still decent hardware, if you're not pricing the phone low enough, it's still not going to sell. Some manufacturers have been very successful at finding this balance; companies like Motorola and Nokia certainly come to ...

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  • by | April 11, 2014 3:00 PM

    Smartphones with beyond-1080p 2K displays are by now very much a reality, but we've yet to see much in the way of examples from manufacturers popular in the West. That's left us anticipating when our favorite OEMs are finally going to come out with 2K phones of their own; will Samsung make the move with the Galaxy Note 4? Or what about LG with its G3? The latter there is probably the strongest contender at the moment, and we've already seen evidence from multiple sources that appeared to suggest the G3 would indeed end up with a 2560 x 1440 panel. Today the latest support for that theory ...

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  • by | April 11, 2014 1:02 PM

    Unless you've been living under a rock, you probably know that today marks the day when Samsung's Galaxy S5 makes it presence felt at smartphone retailers around the globe. The brand new flagship becomes available today at stores in 150-some countries, giving smartphone fans everywhere a chance to get their hands on this hardware. Given Samsung's might, the prominence of the Galaxy S brand, and the fact that the GS5 didn't make any major missteps, and we're expecting the handset's retail reception to go over quite swimmingly. It will be some time before we have some hard sales number to ...

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  • by | April 10, 2014 7:57 PM

    How many different ways are there to build a tablet? Sure, you can add stuff like a kickstand, or go with a lopsided design like Sony's experimented with, but when we're constraining things to a traditional rectangular, flat form factor, our options seem pretty limited. That's one of the reasons we're so intrigued by a new Samsung design patent to surface, revealing a tablet with a finger-sized hole in one corner. As this is a design patent, Samsung doesn't need to explain what the hole is there for, and it doesn't. Instead, we get four pages of imagery, devoid of explanation. How do we ...

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  • by | April 10, 2014 5:45 PM

    Last year, rumors were flying around hot that Microsoft was putting together a pint-sized version of its Surface tablet, the presumed Surface Mini. From the sound of things, we'd be getting a device with a display in the seven-to-eight-inch range, and that the aspect ratio might change to an iPad-style 4:3. But then by the time 2014 started looming over the horizon, these Surface Mini rumors began drying up, and we haven't heard anything noteworthy in several months now. All of a sudden, though, the Surface Mini is back in the spotlight with new rumors discussing the tablet's hardware, ...

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  • by | April 10, 2014 3:29 PM

    Google Glass has been available to participants in Google's Glass Explorer program for over a year by now. Participants willing to be Google's real world Guinea pigs and fork over $1500 for the headset have been able to get an early start on enjoying this next big wave of wearable technology, but the path to getting your hands on Glass hasn't been entirely straightforward. With broad commercial sales not yet open, buying Glass first meant being chosen specifically by Google, though later we saw availability open up a little. While we're still waiting for that day when Glass might be ...

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  • by | April 10, 2014 11:46 AM

    Is it nearly time for LG to debut its next Android flagship? While the G2 was first revealed in August of last year, rumors have been adamant that LG is moving its schedule up quite a bit for 2014, and that the presumed G3 could launch as soon as sometime this quarter. June has been mentioned more than once as a possibility, putting us a mere two months away from the phone's premiere. Before it gets here, though, there's plenty we'd like to learn, and so far the hard evidence has been limited to a UAProf and a couple potential screenshots. We're still itching to get a look at the hardware, ...

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