CES 2014 - CES 2014 - We heard about this a while ago now, but the Alcatel One Touch Idol X+ smartphone has been announced at CES 2014. The new Idol X+ smartphone features an 8-core processor clocked at 2GHz, and a 5-inch 1080p display.
We have a 13.1-megapixel rear-facing camera backed up by a 2-megapixel front shooter, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal flash storage and a decent 2500mAh battery. We have some speakers placed at the bottom edge of the Idol X+ which should provide a decent listening experience. One of the disappointing sides of the Idol X+, is that it only features Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, and not Android 4.4 KitKat, and no 4G LTE support.
In a continued battle against personal data theft, security experts are seeing an increase in mobile phone number theft by criminals. Phone numbers are lucrative targets because many people keep the same number for a long time, and mobile security threats are increasing. Threats such as rogue app downloads, auto-dialers, and paid SMS services, among other threats, can quietly tack on monthly charges.
"Phone numbers are unique identifiers that tend to last for a long time," noted Michael Fertik, Reputation.com CEO, in a statement. "You change your phone number much less often than your IP address and probably even your home address."
Cyber criminals want to collect as much personal information as possible, with full names, birthdates, Social Security numbers, phone numbers, and other sensitive data routinely stolen. Users are increasingly using mobile devices, which opens them up further to potential security threats that are difficult to combat. More than 4.6 million Snapchat users had their phone numbers published online, with similar breaches also reported throughout 2013.
CES 2014 - Looking at the image below, we have near undeniable proof that Samsung is expected to unveil a 'Pro' line of its Galaxy range of tablets at CES in Las Vegas over the coming days.
You can see from the picture above, that we should expect the Galaxy Note Pro and Galaxy Tab Pro slates, something we should hear about later in the morning. We don't know what to expect, but we should expect some more professional-looking slates from the South Korean giant - maybe a tease of what to expect with the Galaxy S5's design.
The iPad is currently stuck at the 9.7-inch ceiling, but this could all change with a new iPad rumored to be on the horizon. The new iPad Pro, a name it could go by, is being reported by Evercore analyst Patrick Wang.
Wang's report states that supply chain sources are backing up the claim of an enterprise iPad. Wang's sources state the Cupertino-based giant is looking to launch a 12-inch iPad in the fall of 2014, targeting the enterprise market with a new "hybrid" device that would bring the tablet and notebook worlds together.
Wang talked about the bill-of-materials (BOM) of this new iPad, estimating that the cost of the A6 processor inside the new high-end iPad costs just 4% of the total materials, while the MacBook Air's processor, which is made by Intel, costs 22% of the total. The iPad obviously has much higher costs involving its touchscreen, taking 30% of the BOM, while the MBA's display uses just 11% of the total BOM.
The analyst believes that this enterprise iPad would feature the A8 processor, as well as more storage - with a 128GB model on offer. He says: "Arriving in fall '14, Apple goes Enterprise with an 12" iPad. Powered by the A8 chip (perhaps 4C), this expands ARM's reach and, once again, transforms the traditional notebook market as we know it. Expect a 2-1 hybrid - think iPad + MBA - similar to how most iPads are used in the workplace and in the same spirit of MSFT's Surface."
CES 2014 - Days before CES 2014, Corning has announced its new Gorilla Glass tech, something it calls 3D-shaped Gorilla Glass. This new tech from Corning will protect the new curved devices hitting the market, like Samsung's Galaxy Round and LG's G Flex smartphones.
The new 3D Gorilla Glass uses a new manufacturing process that is capable of making glass in unique shapes, without the scratch-resistant properties becoming weaker, or getting thicker. Corning is now capable of making everything in-house, including making glass for flat and curved displays. Right now, Corning's Gorilla Glass is protecting millions of smartphones already out, and many more slated to arrive in the coming months and years.
When Microsoft launched the Surface Pro 2, its Windows 8.1-based slate featured a quad-core processor clocked in at 1.6GHz. The software giant has beefed up the CPU a little bit, pushing it up to 1.9GHz.
The Turbo clocks have been increased as a result, increasing from 2.6GHz to 2.9GHz. Microsoft didn't stop there either, where it also cranked the built-in Intel HD Graphics 4400 chip from 1.0GHz to 1.1GHz. Microsoft was able to do this all while keeping its 15W TDP in check, which is nice to see. There are also some new CPU features that should be mentioned, too: vPro, VT-d, TSX-NI, Trusted Execution Technology and a few other enterprise-related goodies.
Days before CES 2014 kicks off in Las Vegas, Polaroid has taken its time to announce its Q Series of slates. There will be three models, coming in at 7, 8 and 10 inches.
The new Polaroid Q7, Q8 and Q10 tablets will all be Wi-Fi-only, and will come with Android 4.4 KitKat installed - whic his a nice touch. Inside, we'll find a quad-core processor, Bluetooth, HDMI out, dual cameras, and front-facing speakers for listening to your media. Polaroid has put some great pricing on these new Q Series slates, starting at just $129, and going up to just $179.
CES 2014 - Today Lenovo unveiled its newest addition to its already impressive smartphone lineup. The all new Vibe Z is Lenovo's first LTE-based smartphone and includes features such as gesture controls, photo enhancement software as well as other exciting technology.
The Vibe Z measures in at just 7.9mm thick and features a 5.5-inch 1920x1080 IPS display. A quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor is on-board and has been clocked to 2.2GHz, while 2GB of RAM keeps everything running nice and smooth. 16GB of on-board storage is present, and Android 4.3 is the Vibe Z's operating system of choice. Most importantly, the Vibe Z is Lenovo's first foray into LTE, with the device being capable of super-fast data upload at up to 50 Mb/s and downloading at up to 150 Mb/s to satisfy the most data hungry of individuals. The Vibe Z operates on GSM/UMTS networks up to 2100 and also comes with 802.11ac Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 4.0.
"We created the new Vibe Z with its elegant design, high performance and custom software so that people can truly have the best smartphone experience now at the speed of LTE," said Liu Jun, senior vice president, Lenovo Business Group, Lenovo. "Along with the Vibe Z, our new S and A Series smartphones offer consumers choices of screen size and features so they can pick the Lenovo smartphone that's right for them."
Motorola has just given everyone a nice present for the new year. Starting today, the Motorola Moto X retails for just $399 off contract when purchased through the Motorola website, or any carriers who offer the phone for sale.
To refresh everyone's memory on the Moto X, the Android-based smartphone features a 4.7-inch 1280 x 720 OLED display and is powered by a dual-core Snapdragon S4 Pro running at 1.7GHz. 2GB of RAM is present to keep things running nice and smooth, while 16GB or 32GB of internal storage is present for keeping all of your apps, photos, and files safe. Photographic duties are handled by a 10-megapixel RGBC camera that features Quick Capture mode which helps you avoid missing important shots.
Since the dawn of the tech era, obsolete prototypes of revolutionary hardware have caught the eyes of collectors all over the world, and Apple prototypes have always been at the top of this list. Recently an original iPhone prototype surfaced in an auction on eBay, and wound up fetching quite the premium.
Claimed to be one of five prototype models in existence, the iPhone sold for $1499, but no details were given on how the seller managed to get his hands on the rare device. The phone appears to be a legit prototype, but Apple has not confirmed or denied this fact. Wither way, someone just got a cool piece of history at a fair price.
Motorola's Moto G was designed from the beginning to answer the problem of a decent smartphone at a budget friendly price, something that manufacturers like Apple and Samsung seem to care nothing about. Today a new rumor has surfaced that suggest that the Moto G is going to become cheaper than ever before for Verizon customers.
A Google+ user who works at Best Buy in their mobile center has posted an image of what appears to be a Motorola Moto G in clam shell packaging for Verizon's Unlimited Talk and Text no-contract service. While this is not all that exciting in itself, the post claims that the Moto G will retail for $99 free from a contract! With the Moto G currently retailing for $179 off-contract everywhere else, this is a substantial savings opportunity. If true, this would put Google and Motorola at the forefront of affordable high-quality smartphones.
We're right on the edge of 2013, which means in a few days time we'll be enjoying one of the biggest trade shows on Earth: the Consumer Electronics Show 2014 in Las Vegas. Before this all starts, LG has shown off a few Windows 8-based devices it will properly unveil at the event.
There's a new Tab-Book 2 line, which features a hideaway QWERTY keyboard underneath its 11.6-inch display. There's also a 27-inch all-in-one PC thatwill be unveiled, too. Two mobile devices will be unveiled, which are based on models released in the last 12 months, with the new 13-inch Ultrabook weighing in at just 980g.
This 13-inch Ultrabook will feature an Intel Haswell-based Core i5 processor, and a choice of either a 128GB or 256GB SSD. The two Tab-Book 2 devices will be thinner and lighter, too.
Despite what companies like Apple wants to believe, a new report has been released that shows that many mobile customers want a cheaper smartphone. AdDuplex, a cross promotion marketing network has just released a report that states that Nokia's Lumia 520 and 521 now dominate the Windows Phone market with a 30-percent market share.
This news comes just under a year after the Lumia 521 was released, and slightly before the Lumia 525 takes the role of flagship budget phone for Nokia. Just a few months ago, the 520/521 combo was said to account for only 23-percent of all Lumia smartphones on the market. Many industry analyst are predicting that as smartphones get more powerful, we will begin to see a shift towards mid-range and upper low-end models dominating as they will be more than powerful enough to handle most users day-to-day needs.
No. 1 PC manufacturer Lenovo will continue to battle Hewlett-Packard in the PC consumer market, and the company won't become stagnant by avoiding newer ventures. Lenovo plans to attack the smartphone market across the world in 2014, as the company has strong market presence in China.
"I'll be very clear: Our aspiration is someday to be No. 1 in the mobile space," Lenovo executives told the media. Earlier in the year, there were rumors that Lenovo wanted to purchase the BlackBerry phone unit - but the deal never materialized, and BlackBerry is no longer for sale. The smartphone market is highly saturated in the United States, but Lenovo can gain market share in the US and across Europe if done properly.
Just a few years ago, many doubted Lenovo would be able to climb the sales charts in the PC market - and the Chinese electronics maker is spending more time researching server products for the enterprise.
There were rumors of this all the way back in September, but it looks like a 12.2-inch tablet from Samsung is becoming a reality. A photo of the 12.2-inch slate was posted on a Korean forum, with some specs.
Now we have a report coming out of South Korea, stating that the new "Galaxy Note Pro" or "Galaxy Note 12" slate would launch early next year. ZDNet Korea is now reporting from an unnamed industry source that the slate will feature a massive 12.2-inch 2560x1600-pixel display, 2.4GHz processor, 3GB of RAM, a gigantic 9500mAh battery and Android 4.4 KitKat.
We should see this tablet at CES 2014 in just a couple of weeks time, where we will hopefully have some hands-on time with it.
The very first CyanogenMod-based smartphone is now available, with the Oppo N1 now on sale for $599. The Oppo N1 smartphone is capable of running either Android, or the heavily-modified CyanogenMod.
There's a limited edition CyanogenMod version which comes in a baby blue color, sporting the company's logo. The N1 is the only device on the market that comes with CyanogenMod pre-installed, but better yet - Google has cleared Oppo to have Google Play and Google apps on the N1 smartphone. This is the first step for Cyanogen Inc., who recently raised $23 million from investors.
We've heard that the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5 would feature a 2K pixel display, but LG doesn't want to be left out of the high resolution fun, with new rumors of its upcoming flagship G3 smartphone also sporting a 2560x1440-pixel display.
The news is coming from ZDNet Korea, which reports that the G3 will feature a Quad HD display, or 2K panel. ZDNet Korea also reports that the LG G3 smartphone would feature a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera and an 8-core processor, making it one of the most powerful smartphones on the market. We shouldn't expect the G3 until the second half of 2014.
ASUS will be holding a press conference at CES 2014 in just a couple of weeks time, on January 6, 2014 in Las Vegas. The Taiwanese company will be pushing another "two-in-one" device.
You can see the teaser video above, which shows the Statue of Liberty sporting a tablet, which switches colors between green and blue. A caption shows up, asking "Green or Blue? One or Two?", so we should expect a dual-boot slate running both Windows, and Android. We've seen this before with ASUS' Transformer line of slates, but what should we expect for this new device?
If there is a single definitive trend for smartphones in 2013, I would have to say that it is the "mini" version of flagship phones. Both the Galaxy S4 and HTC One both have Mini variants, and now LG is rumored to be planning a shrunken version of its flagship G2 as well.
Today a mini version of the LG G2 has surfaced in the form of a leaked benchmark result that shows the phone being branded as model number LG-D410 and running Android 4.4 KitKat. Interestingly enough the new micro G2 will feature a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 400, which is almost half the power of the 2.26GHz Snapdragon 800 used in the full size G2. Additionally, screen resolution on the 4-inch device will be a messily 960x540 pixels, something far from even 720p.
A new report from Digitimes is suggesting that Apple will release a 12.9-inch iPad targeted at the educational community as early as next October. While Digitimes is not always the most reliable source, the Wall Street Journal has mentioned a 12.9-inch Apple slate a few times this year as well.
The 12.9-inch iPad would be built by Quanta Computer, not Foxconn like previous models. Reports suggest the mega iPad will feature a display resolution of 2732x2048, not quite 4K, but much higher than anything previously seen on an Apple Device. Given Apple's previous endeavors into the education arena, a 12.9-inch iPad makes sense, but with previous tries to integrate iPads into schools hitting bumps in the road anything could happen.
Dish Network is reportedly considering beginning talks to acquire T-Mobile, a deal that would land Dish the #3 spot for US mobile carriers. Reuters is reporting that three sources close to the matter all say that the satellite TV company is in works now preparing a bid for big purple.
On the other hand, some sources are reporting that Sprint is looking at buying T-Mobile, which would land the company some much needed spectrum, as well as a much larger customer base. Unfortunately, Sprint would face a tough battle to purchase T-Mobile after AT&T failed to do so earlier this year after it was faced with strong FCC opposition.