Sony have been rumored to release a new 5-inch smartphone for a while now and when it arrives it should have the Xperia Z name attached to it. CES is nearly here, and it looks like we're going to be blessed with a tease of Sony's latest and greatest.
Chinese website, ePrice, has said that the debut of Sony's latest phone should be at the Consumers Electronics Show (CES) in January. Sony's Xperia Z is said to sport a quad-core processor, 5-inch 1920x1080-pixel display, 2GB of RAM, a microSD card slot and 13-megapixel rear-facing camera.
The specs alone should get it to the top of the smartphone heap, but we'll see. If Sony are smart and want to seriously compete in the now crowded mobile space, they should ship it with a stock Android ROM and a $399 price tag to compete with the Nexus 4. The Galaxy range from Samsung just has way too much power right now.
If the current rumors are correct, it looks like chipmaker Intel will soon roll out their own virtual cable TV service and set-top box, with their only block left to achieve this is licensing hurdles.
Intel won't just blast out across the US instantly, instead they'll go city-by-city which will give the company more flexibility in working out licensing with content providers who aren't so open to a new player on the market. TechCrunch are reporting the news from a "video industry source".
This source is "directly familiar with Intel's plans and content dealings" has told TC that the chipmaker is very serious about jumping into the living room with consumers. The chipmaker are also tried to convince smart TV manufacturers to use their chips in the initial launch of Google TV a few years ago, but failed and are now trying to do it alone.
RIM's BlackBerry 10 unveiling isn't too far away as we're only hours from January, and that is the month that RIM will either survive or not. The BB10 handsets have been teased before, but today brings something different.
An unnamed Blackberry device has arrived at the FCC with a model number of RFF91LW and has gone through the usual tests, which has been approved for AT&T's LTE and GSM bands as well as a few international frequencies.
According to FCC reports, it looks as though as least three devices were supplied by RIM and we re running OS 10.0.9.
If you've been thrashing that Galaxy S III of yours and would like some better battery life out of it, well, you might be pleased to know that Samsung will be releasing their extended battery for the smartphone in Germany this weekend coming.
The news has arrived from Amazon Germany, where it's listed on Amazon.de known as the Samsung Extended Battery Kit and will be made available on January 5. Pricing should be around 40 euros which is in line with the UK pricing of around 48 euros. There's no more information on whether the extended battery will be made available outside of Germany, but I'm sure it'll just be a matter of time.
Ever thought you'd see Windows RT on a smartphone? How about a three year old device that's only running a single core and 576MB of ram? Neither did we, so that's why we're so excited to see Windows RT on the HTC HD2. For right now, we only have pictures, so there is a possibility that it's a hoax, but given the source, we doubt it is.
CotullaCode released a collection of pictures of the device via Twitter. Ubuntu, Windows Phone, MeeGo, and basically every Android release has been hacked onto the hardware at one point or another, so it's not so surprising that Windows RT has joined the ranks.
More surprising is the hardware: a 1GHz single-core CPU and 576MB of RAM. I'd keep a bit of skepticism until video proof is released, but it certainly opens the prospects of Windows RT of smartphones, which is something I think most people would go for.
Specifications for an upcoming Motorola device, known as the Droid Razr M HD, have reportedly leaked out. The specifications seem almost too good to be true, so take them with a grain of salt. However, a device with these specifications do make sense for Motorola to release, so it is possible they are real.
No image or supporting evidence has been provided, just a text list of specs. According to Phone Arena, the specs are as follows:
Device type: Smart phone
OS: Android (4.1) upgradeable to Android 4.2
Form Factor: Candy Bar
Weight: 5.22 OZ
Physical size: 4.5 inches
Resoultion: 720x1280 pixels
Pixel density: 326 ppi
Colors: 16 777 216
Touchscreen: Capacitive, Multi-touch
Features: Light sensor, Proximity sensor, Scratch-resistant glass
Talk time: 21.25 hours
Stand-by time: 15.65
Capacity: 3300 mAh
Type: Li - Polymer
System chip: Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Plus MSM8960
Processor: Dual core, 1500 MHz, Krait
Graphics processor: Adreno 225
System memory: 1024 MB RAM (Dual-channel, 500 MHz) / DDR2 / 8192 MB ROM
Built-in storage: 16gb
Storage expansion: microSD, microSDHC up to 32 GB
In today's fast paced tech world devices are becoming obsolete almost as quickly as they are launched. Rumored to combine features from the popular Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II, the Samsung Galaxy S IV is said to be ready for launch in April.
The Korean tech blog Enuri, is reporting that the S IV will feature a five inch full-HD AMOLED display with a pixel density of 441 pixels per inch, a quad core Exynos processor and an integrated S Pen stylus.
Having yet to upgrade to the Galaxy S III I am thinking that I will hold out and wait for the Galaxy S IV to hit sprint shelves. We want to know if those of you who have recently upgraded to the S III will upgrade to the S IV in April.
2013 is going to be an amazing year for smartphones, but it looks like ZTE is ready to put their fighting boots on and step into the ring. Are fighting boots a thing? Well, they are now and ZTE is wearing them.
ZTE's upcoming Grand S looks to sport a 6.9mm-thick frame, all while packing in some seriously - but as yet rumored - hardware. We're looking at a 5-inch smartphone sporting a 1080p-capable screen, 13-megapixel rear-facing camera, 1.5GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro and 2GB of RAM - yeah, that good.
ZTE is said to show off their new Grand S at CES in just a couple of weeks time in Las Vegas at CES so we should find out some more then.
A device made by ASUS with the product name of P1801-T has taken a tour of the FCC. Not much is known about the device, but Engadget suspects that it could be the Transformer AiO prototype that was seen back at Computex in June. Their reasoning behind this suspicion is solid and based upon the naming convention.
The prototype ran dual OSs, but these sorts of details aren't revealed in the FCC filings. It's expected to have an 18-inch screen. Benchmarks have surfaced on GLBenchmark showing the device running Tegra 3 graphics and a Cortex A9 CPU. The screen resolution is put at 1920x1080.
It appears, from the original PR, that the device could be paired with an x86 desktop counterpart and operate as a wireless display. If done right, this could allow the tablet to function as a desktop PC whenever you are home (or in your office). This would make an 18-inch tablet a bit more palatable.
Samsung is being a good manufacturer and is updating the original Galaxy Note product to Android Jelly Bean. Along with the update, the original Note will be getting the Premium Suite upgrade, which brings with it many of the features users have come to love on the Galaxy Note II.
While an official date has not been set for the release, the fact Samsung has confirmed it should point to a release in the not-too-distant future. The Note will now have Air View, multi-window apps, and Easy Clip function. Users will also be getting access to Google Now, since the device is being updated to Android Jelly Bean.
All-in-all the original Note owners should be happy that Samsung is continuing to support their device. The new features coming to the device are sure to please the power-users and common-folk alike. If you have the Galaxy Note, we'll be sure to let you know when the update becomes available.
Smartphones were apparently a top gift this year, with Christmas Day seeing a record 17.4 million Android and iOS devices activated. This figure is 2.5 times that of the Christmas Day 2011. We have gained this information thanks to Flurry Analytics, who use a database of over 260,000 apps to detect upwards of 90 percent of all new activations every day.
When compared to the baseline number of activations for December, Christmas Day saw a 332 percent increase. Tablets were a large contributor to this figure, with around half of new activations being tablets. On the normal days of December 1 to 20, tablets only accounted for about a one-fifth of activations.
The information might not be perfect, but it should be pretty close.
Toshiba is working on developing a camera sensor for smartphones and tablets that will allow you to chose the point of focus after the photo has been taken. This is quite similar to the way that the popular Lytro camera works.
The camera is designed to use 500,000 small lenses layers on top of the camera's sensor with each taking a slightly different focused image. Users can take a photo, then tap the screen to select the main point of focus and never again wind up with a useless blurry image.
Unlike the very elongated body of the Lytro, these "Selective Focus" cameras would fit in your pocket. Toshiba is hard at work trying to bring this to tablet and phone OEM's but we do not expect to see the first product sporting this new camera until late 2013 or maybe CES 2014.
Apple and Intel have a very interesting relationship, as Intel are the ones powering their Mac range of products now. Gone are the years of PowerPC-based Macs, Intel have come to the rescue with their Core range of processors.
Now this relationship is reportedly growing, where Intel are working with Apple for the Apple Smart Watch which should arrive in the first half of next year if the current rumors are anything to go by. There's no information on it, but there is the above concept design which should hopefully come close to the final design.
Apple's iWatch or whatever they decide to name it, would connect to another iOS-powered device like the iPhone in your pocket displaying something on the screen. Replace 'something' with a phone call, Facebook, iTunes or just the time - because, you know, it is a watch after all. Mobile Geeks' insider sources have talked some specs, which are speculation right now, where we would find a 1.5-inch RiTdisplay with OLED technology.
Our Ask the Experts section has a new question, with Nikki in the UK wanting some help choosing the right tablet for her needs.
I am wanting to buy a tablet but have no idea what sort!
I want one for the usual; surfing the web, emails, FB, photos, movies etc, but I'd ideally like one with at least Microsoft Word, or a way I can record/write anything I need to, a good variety of apps, adequate memory and speed.....and if I was really to be demanding a USB port (but that is not a 'must have').
I'd appreciate any advice on options, cost is not really an issue, but nothing too unreasonable (probably 600 pounds max :)
Thanks in advance,
A: You can view the answer to Nikki's question right here.
An Amazon customer is claiming the online retail giant sold him an iPhone 5 that was stolen merchandise. Ben Dreyfuss is claiming to have received a stolen iPhone which he purchased for his mother.
The phone was discovered to be hot when Dreyfuss' mother tried to activate the phone with Verizon. A represenative informed her that the phone had been blacklisted due to theft.
Dreyfuss tweeted that the iPhone in question had been listed on Amazon's warehouse deals section as Refurbished. He claimed that it originally was an Amazon Trade-in, which would mean that someone stole the phone and Amazon acquired it through a buyback program. Amazon has instructed Dreyfuss to return the phone and has apologized for the mix up.
Apple have already replaced their third-generation iPad with the fourth-generation iPad not long ago, but it looks like we'll also be receiving a fifth-generation iPad in March according to the latest rumors.
Japanese blog Macotakara are reporting that a redesigned, fifth-generation iPad could arrive as soon as March 2013:
However Chinese news ZOL (CBS Interactive) reported next iPad mini in AppleInsider's article, according to my inside source, iPad(5th) may be released in March, 2013.
Source told that, design of this new iPad will be like iPad mini in detail, and be thinner and lightweight.
Considering the fourth-generation iPad was only released two months ago, this would be three iPad's in twelve months. Are Apple beginning to feel the Android squeeze? Are they preparing for Microsoft's Surface Pro early next year? Whatever is happening, Apple aren't too confident anymore.
Rumors are running rampant at the moment concerning upcoming Windows RT tablets. Nokia is the newest victim with leaks appearing about it's upcoming 10.1 inch tablet. Rumors are circulating that the tablet will feature a keyboard cover that doubles as a battery providing 10 hours of battery life.
The 10.1 inch slate will will be ARM based, feature a screen similar to Microsoft's Surface RT display, two USB ports and an HDMI port. The tablet is also said to feature a fast charging circuit that "Boost" battery capacity by 50%.
No word has been released yet on whether or not the tablet will have SD card provisions or USB 3.0 capabilities. We are hearing reports of the tablet featuring cellular data support through AT&T. The unveiling is rumored to take place at the Mobil World Congress show in February 2013.
Google Nexus 10 owners might like to know that the Mountain View-based search giant are teasing a dock for the 10-inch slate from the company, where it has been teased in a holiday-themed video from Google.
The video is called "Happy Holidays from Android" and shows off the otherwise unannounced accessory alongside a craft-based dock for the Nexus 4 which is made with paper, and the Nexus 7-specific dock that we already know about. AndroidCentral spotted the ad, noticing the dock looking quite small next to the Nexus 10, and looks like it sports a high-back to hold the tablet's design.
Since the teased dock doesn't seem to feature a molded cradle, it could be possible that it would work with the Nexus 7 and Nexus 4 devices. Google didn't show off any of the connectivity, unfortunately, but it shouldn't be too far away from reaching us.
Archos have unveiled their latest tablet, named the 97 Titanium. The 97 isn't just there for looks, it represents the size of the screen if you add a dot in between the 9 and 7 for 9.7 inches.
Throwing the name to the side for a minute, it has some impressive specs. The 97 Titanium sports a 9.7-inch 2048x1536-pixel display with a pixel density of 264ppi, so we're getting into the fourth-generation iPad class here, folks. It packs a dual-core 1.6GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of on-board storage which is expandable via microSD cards.
A 5-megapixel rear shooter is in play, backed up with a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. Underneath all of this speccy goodness, we have Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Best of all, it doesn't look like Archos have spoiled the stock Jelly Bean look with their own UI splashed on top, which is actually quite impressive and gets a flicker of strong interest from yours truly.
We heard about Huawei's 6.1-inch smartphone not long ago, but it looks like a Huawei executive has been showing off the new phone ahead of its expected unveiling at CES in Las Vegas next month.
Richard Yu is the Huawei exec showing off the device, which is the 6.1-inch Huawei Ascend Mate. The tease happened in a Huawei store in Guangzhou, where he pulled the behemoth out and started showing it off to consumers.
Part of the demonstration involved showing off a movie on the phone - which is what you'd want that huge 6.1-inch screen for, right? There's a video above you can check out, too.
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Motorola and Google are working on an "X Phone" that will be released sometime next year. The "X Phone" looks to put competition to the likes of Samsung and Apple. As of late, the two companies have been increasingly hard to beat when it comes to market share and design.
An X Tablet is expected after the launch of the X Phone. The X Phone production will continue alongside of the development of Droid devices for Verizon and devices for other carriers. According to the WSJ, "Dennis Woodside, a former Google top sales executive who is now Motorola's chief executive, declined to discuss products under development. But he said in an interview that the company is 'investing in a team and a technology that will do something quite different than the current approaches.'"
Motorola has run into difficulties with the device when they tried implementing a flexible screen and ceramic materials. Google is taking the Apple approach with Motorola by trying to more closely merge software with hardware. We have already seen examples of this with the Nexus line of devices, and should see next year the fruit of their labor on the "X Phone."