Microsoft's upcoming Surface Pro tablets will probably feature a bit less storage than you were hoping for. The 64GB model will only come with 23GB of free space, which means Windows 8, and all of the other stuff Microsoft pre-installs, will take up 41GB of space, which is more than 50 percent of the 64GB model's capacity.
In a lot of ways, that is pretty ridiculous. Microsoft had a similar issue with the Surface RT, in which Windows RT accounted for half of the 32GB model's capacity. Even still, that is only 16GB. Windows 8 will be taking up 41GB, or more than double that of Windows RT.
Microsoft has said you can free space by making a backup bootable USB drive and deleting the recovery partition. However, if you don't do that, you'll only have 36 percent of the advertized storage space available in the 64GB model. What are your thoughts on this?
Google has Nexus 4's back in stock, at least for a limited time. The estimated ship time is 1-2 weeks, but Google is at least giving you the option of buying the device again. Previously, the web pages for the Nexus 4 8GB and Nexus 4 16GB had shown the device as "SOLD OUT" and didn't provide any way of ordering.
LG has committed to producing more devices as quickly as they can, though they have blamed Google for underestimating the number of devices that would be demanded. For $300, it's near impossible to find a better device that is unlocked and without a contract. If you're not completely sold on the Nexus 4, you might want to wait for MWC in February.
MWC should bring lots of new devices, some of which may be even better than the Nexus 4. You could also try and wait it out for the rumored Nexus 5, though that probably won't show up until Google I/O, if it even shows up at all. You can get the 8GB Nexus 4 here and the 16GB Nexus 4 here.
Well, shortly after rumors popped up that Apple was planning on releasing an iPad with 128GB of storage, the company has gone ahead and announced two new iPads, both which feature 128GB of storage. The two versions are exactly what you would expect: one with Wi-Fi and one with Wi-Fi and LTE support.
Pricing was also announced, with the 128GB Wi-Fi model ringing up at $799. If you want LTE support, be prepared to lay out $929. The two models will be available in both black and white, like the rest of the iPad line. Hardware also remains the same at the dual-core A6X processor and 2GB of RAM.
The new devices will be for sale starting Tuesday, February 5, 2013.
It's no secret that Samsung is the top predator in the Android food chain at the moment, and the South Korean company has set its sights on the low-cost smartphone market with its new Galaxy Express 4G LTE capable smartphone.
The value-driven handset bears a striking resemblance to Samsung's flagship Galaxy S III, and rightfully so. Using existing tooling is the perfect way to save money on the manufacturing process. The Express comes to the table featuring an unknown 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage.
A 4.5 inch WVGA Super AMOLED Plus display, 5MP rear camera and 1.3MP front camera round out the hardware features. The Express features quad-band 4G LTE support in the 800, 900, 1800 and 2600 spectrum ranges, and ships with Android 4.1 Jellybean, skinned with Samsung's TouchWiz Nature UX. I have been unable to find any pricing information so the jury is still out on this "budget" smartphone.
Research in Motion will officially launch its next-generation BlackBerry 10 platform on Wednesday along with the line's first two smartphones. The BlackBerry Z10 and X10 have both been well covered in the media thanks to a convenient and steady flow of information leaks.
The launch is posed to be the first major mobile announcement of the year and comes weeks ahead of the Mobile World Congress, where we usually see new platforms launched. Analyst think that Wednesday's press conference is less about the new phones and more about showing investors that it is committed to the new direction BlackBerry is taking.
RBC Capital Markets analyst Mark Sue recommends that investors "keep hands and feet inside the vehicle at all times"... "A lot of information on RIM's new BB10 devices has already been leaked so we expect the stock to settle back down post Wednesday's launch," Sue wrote in a note to clients on Monday morning. "It's an ultra competitive market and most consumers have made up their minds on BlackBerry, so we believe RIM really needs to wow the audience. Variability of future unit growth depends on RIM's pace of future launches and innovation beyond the first two devices."
I first reported back in December, that we would see a red Galaxy Tab around Valentine's Day, and it has finally arrived. We have already seen a Garnet Red Galaxy S III, and now Samsung has introduced its popular Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 in the flashy and sexy red color scheme.
This special edition Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 will be shipping with Android Jellybean on board while the other internal specs remain unchanged. A 1024 x 600 TFT display, 1GHz dual-core TI OAP processor, 8GB of storage, and that ever handy IR blaster will still be present.
However, the new garnet red Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 will come bundled with a matching case that is sure to make almost any valentine smile. The device will be available for a limited time from Amazon, Wal-Mart, Office Depot, Tiger Direct, Fry's Electronics and Toys R Us. MSRP is set at $220 and it will go on sale later this week.
French tech blog, NoWhereElse.fr have published images in what they claim are components for the loud speaker modules for the iPhone 5S and iPhone 6. The images comes from what they claim to be a source connected to an Apple component supplier.
The site believes that Apple will shift from their usual one iPhone per year schedule, and release as many as three new iPhone's in 2013. The iPhone 5S will be the usual, slightly-better-than-the-last iPhone, while the iPhone 6 will be a substantial redesign, but no details have been reported on the differences between the two.
The third iPhone that we could see would be the rumored iPhone Math, or iPhone+ and would sport a bigger screen to compete with the 'phablet' section of the market, competing with the likes of Samsung's extremely successful Galaxy Note range of smartphones.
If the rumored reports are true, we could expect Apple to release one of the models somewhere in Q2 of this year, with the second released toward the end of the year.
The iPad maxing out at 64GB for internal storage really peeves some people, and having no options for expandable storage really stops the iPad from selling even more tablets.
But according to 9to5Mac, Apple is preparing to add another SKU to their fourth-generation iPad lineup, which will join the 16GB, 32GB and 64GB models. 9to5Mac's news comes from a source at a well-known US retailer, who shares the devices' SKU information with the site, marked up with internal Apple terminology that described both Wi-Fi-only and cellular-capable devices in both black, and white colors.
The devices' description give it away, naming it with a tease of 'ultimate'. 9to5Mac can't confirm the description means a 128GB model is coming, but developers are also finding references to a 128GB iOS device in the iOS 6.1 beta code, as well as icons being found in iTunes 11, too.
You'll be able to get a new iPad mini just a bit quicker as shipping estimates have been reduced to 3-5 days. This reduction in lead time comes as Apple's CEO continues to state that the iPad mini's supply remains constrained and demand remains high. This indicates that either supply is increasing or demand is weakening.
The previously quoted ship time was one week, so it's only a reduction of a few days, but those few days should help ensure you receive the tablet in time for Valentine's Day. In case you missed Apple's advertising campaign, Apple would really like you to buy Apple products for your loved one.
During Microsoft's earnings call, Peter Klein, CFO for Microsoft, expressed that cheaper Windows 8 and Windows RT devices are on the way. Currently, Microsoft has two Surface tablets, Surface RT and Surface Pro, which both cost an exorbitant amount of money.
"We're working closely with chip partners and OEMs to bring the right mix of devices," Microsoft's chief financial officer Peter Klein said. "We think of Surface as one part of the overall Windows 8 story. It highlights interesting innovation, and demonstrates tightly integrated software and hardware."
Specifics were not given regarding Surface sales, though Klein did say it had seen "limited distribution this quarter." Klein's comments have left an ambiguity about whether or not there could be more Surface tablets coming directly from Microsoft. While it sounds like they are mainly trying to get OEMs to release new models, the door was not shut on Microsoft bringing more budget-friendly Surface tablets to market.
Plenty of rumors have popped up regarding a cheaper Apple iPhone, with the rumors getting more frequent and in greater quantities as of late. The latest rumor out of the mill is that Apple may ditch the A6 processor and go with a cheaper alternative, such as a low-end Snapdragon, in order to maintain profit margins.
Analysts at the Detwiler Fenton firm predict the following:
AAPL would not want a value priced iPhone to offer the same kind of graphics and video support, processing power etc. that its premium priced device would, therefore a less powerful lower-end Snapdragon integrated solution would help segment the product.
Of course, this may not be the case. As with all rumors, take it with a grain of salt. After all, why would Apple want to ditch its current method of offering a budget smartphone? When the new model iPhone comes out, Apple drops the price on the older models, usually continuing to produce the two previous generations.
So far, this method of fleshing out the product line has worked and it saves Apple from having to spend to develop a new device. Of course, with Apple producing the iPad mini, this rumor does gain a bit more credence. In the end, we will only be able to know for sure that Apple is working on a budget device if parts start leaking or Apple announces the device.
Acer has released information on its newest smartphone, the Liquid E1, an Android Jellybean powered mid-range smartphone. It features a dual-core 1GHz processor, 1GB of RAM and 4GB of internal storage.
The Liquid E1 also features a 4.5-inch 960x540 screen, 5-megapixel rear camera and a 0.3-megapixel front facing camera. While the specs are solid, the new phone is not something that will pose much competition for the flagship phones currently sailing in the Android arena.
The fact that the new phone includes Jellybean does however make it a desirable phone for those looking for a more budget friendly smartphone that is up-to-date. Acer has not yet released any information on pricing, but we should know something before next month's Mobile World Congress.
Thanks to @evaleaks, we're looking at the press image of the next high-end smartphone from Huawei. The Ascend P2 continues on from the Ascend D2, where we see the device feature a 4.5-inch, 1080p display.
The Ascend D2 had a 5-inch screen, so we're seeing a slight reduction in screen size, but a bump in resolution. Huawei's Ascend P2 will include an in-house-built quad-core CPU running at 1.8GHz, 2GB of RAM, a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera and a hopefully-lasts-all-day 3000mAh battery. We should expect it to arrive with Jelly Bean.
Huawei will most likely have more to say at Mobile World Congress next month in Barcelona.
#YOLO is everywhere, and if you don't know what it means, then this joke is wasted on you - for the others, YOLO, yo. Well, Kenya's Safaricom have just unveiled the Yolo smartphone, which is Africa's first Intel-powered smartphone.
Yolo will feature Intel's Z2420 Atom processor which reaches speeds of up to 1.2GHz, HSPA+ network connectivity, Android 4.0 ICS, a 3.5-inch display, 5-megapixel rear-facing camera which is capable of capturing 1080p video. It doesn't blow away the best smartphones out there, but it's a start for Intel in Africa.
We will most likely see an 8" Samsung Galaxy Note at the Mobile World Congress next month, but what the tablet would look like was unclear until now. A photo has surfaced that is said to be the new Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0.
The pictured device looks similar in design to the popular Galaxy S III and even resembles the Galaxy Note II somewhat. An S-Pen slot seems to be seen at the bottom right corner. Reports are "confirming" that the rear camera will be flash-less and that the screen is a 1200x800 model of unknown pixel density.
The photos are a bit blurry, but the device is definitely something we have not seen before. It really makes us wonder if companies like Samsung, Apple, and HTC build one off variants of the upcoming models just to throw off insiders who leak information to the press. We'll just have to wait and see.
I wasn't originally going to place the 'RumorTT' stamp on this post, because I think we're going to see Apple launch a completely redesigned iOS in the near future, but KitGuru expect Apple will release iOS 7 with the fifth-generation iPad.
The fifth-generation iPad... you read that right. We only saw the release of the third-generation iPad last year, and late last year we saw the release of the fourth-generation iPad. What can we expect from the fifth-gen iPad? Well, a better screen - bigger, expected to jump up to 10 inches. We should see the resolution stay the same, or get bumped up slightly.
A better processor baked in, and hopefully a better form of battery technology is used. A thinner, lighter battery as that is one of the heavier and bulkier components of the iPad right now. What should we expect from iOS 7? Well, that's the best part - everything. Maps was a complete joke with iOS 6 and has been a constant problem for Apple since its release.
RumorTT: Google's 'X Phone' could be released in May, would feature unbreakable case, longer battery life
I expect Google's 'X Phone' to really shake up the smartphone market, big time. If you didn't know about X Phone, it is Google's most advanced phone, that we don't know anything about.
Right now, anything reported on Google's unreleased and unnamed phone is pure speculation and rumor. We've heard that the X Phone would feature a bendable screen, a ceramic case and advanced gesture recognition technology - just to name a few. Google's X Phone will be the first, 100% "Google phone", where everything in the device will be the work of Google.
The Nexus devices are manufactured by a partner, where we've seen Google work with ASUS on the Nexus 7, LG for the Nexus 4 and Samsung on multiple Nexus devices including the Nexus 10. The X Phone would be completely controlled by Google - inside and out - and would be the result of years of hard work. The latest rumor is that we should see the X Phone unveiled as soon as May.
The latest rumor from the Samsung rumor mill is that the Galaxy S4 is coming in April after a March announcement. Part of this rumor also details the naming and suggests that the next Galaxy S device might not be called the S4. The reasoning behind this is that Asian cultures believe the number four to be unlucky.
Because of this, many companies skip releasing a device with a four in the name. 'Four' in Asian languages is pronounced in a similar way as "death," hence why people believe it to be unlucky. Previously, companies have replaced the word "four" with the letter F, so we could see ourselves getting a Galaxy SF.
The rumor places the announcement of the next Galaxy device as roughly a month before the device releases, so sometime in March. The device is said to go on sale between April 15 and April 19. The timing is just about right for the S3 successor to make its debut, so I would give this rumor a little bit of credence. As with all rumors, nothing is confirmed until Samsung comes out and confirms it.
Today Microsoft announced the release of its Windows Phone 7.8 SDK, which is good news for developers who want to test their apps with the revised OS. The primary purpose of this release is to let developers test their live tiles with Windows Phone 7.8.
The updated SDK includes two images, one that simulates devices running 512MB of RAM and another that simulates 256MB of RAM. The SDK includes no new API's over the Windows Phone 7.5 SDK, which is no surprise.
This further enforces the idea that Windows Phone 7.8 will mostly be a cosmetic update and not much new functionality will be seen. On a more exciting note, legacy support is still alive as Microsoft says that the new SDK won't alter existing Windows Phone 7.1 emulator images.
Last year when Finnish phone giant Nokia unveiled its ridiculous 41 mega-pixel 808 PureView, we were to say the least, a bit impressed. Sources are saying that the company's upcoming EOS smartphone will be the first Windows Phone 8 device to sport the uber-camera.
Nokia is said to be ditching the plastic and giving the case a nice aluminium case to give the EOS a "premium" look and feel. Other rumors are saying that we could see up to six new smartphones for MWC 2013, and a possible appearance by PureView on a Lumia 920.
Nokia has yet to release any official news on bringing PureView to its current phone line or upcoming products. The company is also staying silent on its Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2013 plans.
Nokia's budget Lumia 620 could be showing up as early as next week, if suppliers are to be believed. According to online retailer Expansys, "We've had news from our official Nokia supplier that the Lumia 620 is expected on Thursday 31 Jan." Whether or not this is accurate remains to be seen.
The Lumia 620 is a budget version of the Windows Phone 8 line of Lumias that Nokia has produced. It features a 3.8-inch display, 1GHz dual-core processor, 512MB of RAM, 5MP camera, VGA from camera, NFC, and, of course, Windows Phone 8. Reportedly, the black version will be the first one released, with the white model coming at a later time.