Wednesday, March 26, 2014

HTC One 2014 start selling before the announcement

HTC is going to unveil the HTC One 2014 (M8) today in simultaneous events in London and New York. And while Carphone Warehouse in the UK and a couple of carriers in the US have announced they will get the first batch of HTC One 2014 units minutes after the smartphone goes official, an online US retailer has beat them. Welectronics already has the HTC One (M8) in stock and ready for shipping.
 HTC One 2014

The cost for getting the smartphone early is rather high though - $999.99. The store has an unboxing video to prove that it has actual handsets. A close inspection of the video suggest the retailer actually has the Verizon HTC One 2014 model, which might not work everywhere else around the world.

About two weeks ago a similar Verizon unit hit eBay for $499.99 and quickly found a lucky owner. It seems Verizon is the one to blame for quite a few of the recent leaks of the device and it should have handled the whole situation better.

OnePlus One smartphone launch date set for April 23rd

Startup phonemakerOnePlus has announced on its official forum that it will unveil the OnePlus One smartphone this April 23. The company has been quite eager to build up hype for its first smartphone revealing a large portion of its specifications already.

Just yesterday, the company unveiled that it has decided to update the chipset of the OnePlus One. According to the previous plans, the phone isexpected to have a Snapdragon 800 chipset, but it has now been confirmed to have the newer Snapdragon 801.

Additionally, the OnePlus confirms the One will feature replaceable back covers, a 3100mAh battery and a 6 piece 13 megapixel Sony Exmor camera with an f/2.0 aperture. Further rumors tip the OnePlus One to come out with an aluminum unibody design and is expected to cost less than $400, but the latter isn't backed by official confirmation just yet.

Samsung SM-G870 Galaxy S5 Active shows up

The trustworthy @evleaks tipster has delivered yet another exciting rumor. Apparently Samsung is working on a SM-G870 model of the S5, which should be released as Galaxy S5 Active.

The Galaxy S5 flagship was announced at the MWC in Barcelona in February. It features a top-notch hardware and is water and dust proof, so lots of people decided the Active version is probably retired.
Samsung SM-G870 Galaxy S5

Well, if @evleaks is right, then we are getting an Active version of the flagship after all. We are not yet sure if Samsung will just upgrade the water resistance, but it might as well add some military certifications such as impact resistance or MIL-STD-810G certification - that's salt, dust, rain, humidity, vibration, solar radiation, transport and thermal shock resistance.

According to Evleaks, the phone will launch on AT&T and Sprint among other carriers later this year.

The ZTE Nubia X6 is official, comes with a 6.44-inch Display.

The ZTE Nubia X6 phablet, which was unveiled today in Beijing is Inarguably, the best Chinese manufacturer’s product to date. Apart from just the super-sized 1080p display, this 7.9mm-thin device features a quad-core Snapdragon 801 chipset clocking at 2.3GHz, 3GB RAM, and a special pair of cameras – a 13MP rear camera with a f/2.0 aperture, 5-element lens and OIS, with a 13Megapixel front-facing camera with backside illumination and f/2.2 aperture size. This must be one of the most selfie-centric smartphones in existence! 

Additionally, the phablet has a twin-SIM slot, 3G and LTE network support, dual-band Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, and three noise-canceling mics for calls and recording. This monster phablet is powered by a 4250mAh battery.

The ZTE Nubia X6 will be offered in three variants with different storage options - 32GB ($485), 64GB ($565), and 128GB ($645). There is no microSD slot for expanding, but the phablet supports USB On-The-Go, which means that  users can mount a flash disk. Also, the prices that we mention are equivalent to the announced Chinese prices in US dollars. 

The Nubia X6 probably will be sold outside of China, which might be a little unfortunate for big screen lovers.

Tuesday, March 25, 2014

BlackBerry reportedly Working On Full HD 1080p Smartphone

The current Blackberry smartphones come with a HD resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, but it would appear that this is about to change.

The company is said to be working on a new full HD smartphone that will come with a resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels, and the device is expected to be released with the next version of BlackBerry 10.
BlackBerry OS 10.3 was made recently, and it comes with support for full high definition displays with a 1080p resolution.

At the moment there are no specifics on other specifications on this new full HD BlackBerry smartphone, we presume the device will be a full touchscreen device.
There are a few rumored new BlackBerry phones in the works, they are yet to revealed.

Source N4BB, Ubergizmo

First Tegra 4i smartphone to cost just €200 in Europe

The first smartphone powered by the Tegra 4i chipset, made by French manufacturer Wiko and is called WAX. It comes with a quad-core Tegra 4i with four Cortex-A9 cores clocking at 1.7 GHz. Its GPU has 60 cores instead of the Tegra 4's 72.
wiko wax

We met the handset at the MWC last month and really liked the screen. We also had the chance tobenchmark the Tegra 4i chipset - , which looks even more enticing now, given the pricing.
Moving along - the Wiko Wax packs built-in LTE - the 4i is the first NVIDIA TegraSoC with on-die LTE.

The Wiko Wax will be priced at €200 and hit retail shelves in the coming month. So far its availability has already been confirmed for Italy, but France and Germany are also expected to get it soon.

The rest of the specs will include a 4.7 inch 720p display, 5 Megapixel front and 8 Megapixel rear camera, 1 Gig of RAM, 4 GB of on board storage with a microSD card slot.

Nokia and Microsoft deal expect to be finalized next month

Microsoft and Nokia have issued statements regarding the acquisition of Nokia's Devices and Services division (read. smartphones business) and related patent licenses. Both of the companies are expecting the final round of regulatory approvals to finish by next month, rather than by the end of March as previously expected.
Nokia and Microsoft

The deal, announced in September of last year, will see  Microsoft acquiring Nokia's Devices and Services division and granting exclusive use of its patents for a period of at least 10 years. The deal has since gone through the usual gauntlet of regulatory and regional approvals, but this has taken slightly longer than initially expected.

Microsoft said that it has received regulatory approvals from fifteen markets across five continents. The European Commission and the US DoJ have long since given their approval, and it seems that the only obstacle remaining are certain Asian antitrust authorities.

Earlier this month, Korean manufacturers petitioned the FTC not only in regards to Microsoft's exclusive use of Nokia's patents, but also Nokia's ability to increase royalties on cross-licensed patents in the future. Since the Finnish manufacturer will no longer be making smartphones, it could increase its patent license royalties without have to worry about retaliation from other manufacturers.

Zuckerberg And Musk Backing Computer That Thinks Like Humans

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg and Tesla’s Elon Musk have backed a new project to build software that thinks and learns like humans.

The project which is called Vicarious, is a four year old start up from San Francisco, and Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg have invested over $40 million us dollars in the company.

As well as Musk and Zuckerberg, other investors in Vicarious include Paypal’s Peter Thiel, Facebook co-founder Dustin Moskovitz and Ashton Kutcher.

T-Mobile Sony Xperia T2 Ultra Shows up At The FCC

As we previously heard that the Sony Xperia T2 Ultra would be heading to US mobile carrier T-Mobile, now the device with a T-Mobile model number has appeared at the FCC.

The Sony Xperia T2 Ultra features a 6 inch HD display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, the processor comes in the form of a quad core of 1.4GHz Snapdragon processor.
Sony Xperia T2 Ultra

Other specs of the Xperia T2 Ultra include 1GB of RAM and 8GB of built in storage, should you need additional storage, the handset comes with a microSD card slot which takes up to a 32GB card.

The Xperia T2 Ultra also features front and rear facing cameras, on its front we have a 1.1 megapixel camera, on the back there is a 13 MP camera, and it also features a 3000 mAh battery and Android 4.3.0 Jelly Bean.

T-Mobile are yet to confirm that the Sony Xperia T2 Ultra will be available on their network.

Tuesday, February 25, 2014

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet goes official

Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet just went official on the MWC 2014 in Barcelona. Just as the Xperia Tablet Z, the new Xperia Z2 Tablet is dust and water resistant, with scratch-proof glass panels.

The Xperia Z2 Tablet packs a 10.1" Full HD display with 1920 x 1200px employing Sony's latest display technologies - Triluminos display with Live Color LED plus X-Reality mobile picture engine.

Sony has chosen the Snapdragon 800 chipset for the Xperia Z2 Tablet - it offers you four Krait 400 cores clocing at 2.3GHz, Adreno 330 graphics and 3GB of RAM. The default storage is 16GB, expandable via a microSD card slot.

Xperia Z2 Tablet's camera department might seem the same - 8.1MP rear and 2MP front cameras, The rear sensor has been upgraded with the latest Exmor RS sensor. Both of the cameras are capable of 1080p video recording, HDR capturing is also available.

The slate will be available in two version - an LTE-enabled Wi-Fi only. The rest of the connectivity options include NFC, GPS with GLONASS, Bluetooth 4.0, IR emitter and microUSB 2.0 with MHL 3.0 support.
Sony Xperia Z2 Tablet runs on Android 4.4 KitKat with the latest version of Sony's proprietary launcher.

Z2 Tablet will be available in white and black. It is expected to hit the shelves this March, the pricing has not been mentioned.