According to a Chinese report Apple is cutting back even further on their production of the iPhone 5c. Assembly partner ProTek (Pegatron) has cut production to 80,000 units a day from 320,000 units in October, and Foxcon is currently producing 8,000-9,000.
This is probably due to the high demand of the iPhone 5s. A data graph from Fiksu shows the iPhone 5s is 6.4% of all iPhone usage and the 5c is coming in at 2.1%. The iPhone 5c supply is readily available as for the iPhone 5s is showing 1-2 week shipping time from Apple's site.
The Nokia Lumia 2520 is Nokia's first tablet and it will be launching in the US next week on the 22nd at AT&T for $399.99 with a two year contract. The Lumia 2520 will come equipped with Windows RT 8.1, 32GB internal memory with a micro-SD slot, 8,000 mAh battery, a 6.7 megapixel rear camera with a Carl Zeiss lens, and a 2 megapixel front facing camera.
The Lumia 2520 will have an amazing 10.1 inch 1080p display and will come with Nokia's Power keyboard which doubles as a cover and a kickstand. At launch AT&T will only be offering the Lumia 2520 in black. It looks like the Surface Tab 2 might just have some competition.
If you're like me, you hate having to carry around your wallet and smartphone, as an all-in-one solution would be so much better? On one hand, I want a digital currency to roll through, something I can have "on" my smartphone, like Bitcoin - but I don't see the powers that be letting that happen anytime soon.
Well, until then, we have nio Card on Kickstarter, which is an upgrade for your smartphone, turning it into a wallet with NFC and high-tech sensors. This means that when the nio Card and your smartphone are within range of each other, you'll also gain a bunch of exclusive nio apps that will "keep your digital life secure and your personal possessions safe."
The nio Card is only 4mm thick, and connects through Bluetooth for the utmost simplicity. This means that the nio Card will fit anywhere, your pocket, wallet, bag, and more. You can store your banking details, passwords, and more through the nio Safe app, which can only be accessed, and opened by you, or your nio Card. Better yet, nio can even offer up dual-factor authentication for super, business-class security.
Can it get any better? Yes it can: there's also 2GB of USB storage built-in, meaning you can keep some of your personal data on the built-in storage. I did say it can get better, with the nio Card being capable of replacing so much of the contents of your pants (yeah, I went there) and your bag (or handbag). It can replace your credit card, keys, and your wallet.
Last month the FAA in the US announced they would lift the restriction of gadgets on the plane during landing and takeoff. The European Aviation Safety Agency is doing the same. EASA says you still won't be able to make calls or send texts and your device will have to be in airplane mode.
Patrick Ky, EASA Executive Director: "This is a major step in the process of expanding the freedom to use personal electronic devices on-board aircraft without compromise in safety"
The restriction will be lifted by the end of November. The EASA are also saying they are looking into introducing phone calls during flights in the future.
We heard about the Jolla smartphone quite a while ago now, with the company being formed from ex-Nokia staff. The Jolla smartphone is being centered around the Sailfish OS, which is an interesting competitor to Android.
Rightware's Power Board has a benchmark result showing off the world's first Jolla smartphone benchmark result, in Browsermark, which includes some useful information for those who want to check it out. We can see that the Browser engine that the Sailfish OS browser is built on, is using Gecko Engine v20.0 and for those who like the nitty gritty details, the user agent string that Browsermark received from the benchmark being: Mozilla/5.0 (Linux; U; Jolla; Sailfish; Mobile; rv:20.0) Gecko/20.0 Firefox/20.0 Sailfish Browser/1.0 like Safari/535.19.
Bluetooth 4.0 is just more than an a better way to connect wirelessly, it is also a energy saving revision of the popular wireless communication protocol. Bluetooth 4.0 is designed to consume less energy when at idle as well as while in use, and this is an important feature for today's power-hungry smartphones.
A few of Nokia's Lumia Smartphones feature Bluetooth 4.0, including the Lumia 520, 620, 625, and 720. Bluetooth 4.0 came to those devices in the recent Amber Update package. Unfortunately other Lumia devices running Windows Phone 8, did not receive the Bluetooth 4.0 update and Nokia is now planning to fix that.
A new "Black" update is on its way to Windows Phone 8 Lumia devices and as soon as it arrives, Nokia says that all WP8 Lumia phones will be updated to support Bluetooth 4.0. It is unknown as to when the "Black" update will arrive, but if the company is releasing information on it already, we can not help be believe that it will be arriving soon.
Verizon announced today that it has lowered the price of any Motorola Moto X phone that is customized using the companys Moto Maker tool. The new lowered price of a customized Moto X will be just $49 which is a 50-percent price drop over its normal $99 retail price at Verizon.
The Moto Maker customization tool has only been at Verizon for just a few days now, and with the recent release of the new budget friendly Moto G from Motorola, Verizon is looking to attract more customers to the more powerful Moto X. There is no discount code to enter, nor no coupon code line to click on. Verizon customers can simply head to the Moto Maker app on Verizon's website, customize their Moto X and then check out at a price of $49. The promotion only last until November 18th so do not hesitate or you will miss it.
If you were waiting on LG's curved, and beautiful-looking G Flex smartphone in the US, it looks like you won't have to wait long. @evleaks is at it yet again, with a single tweet giving the US some hope.
@evleaks has said that the G Flex smartphone is confirmed to hit the US, and it will launch on at least three US carriers: AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile. Other than that, we have no other details, so pricing or the exact ETA on the G Flex is not currently known. We'll be sure to let you know more when the news hits.
Today Motorola's CEO, Dennis Woodside, announced that the company's flagship Moto X smartphone will receive the update to Android 4.4 KitKat in just a few weeks. This comes just hours after the company launched its budget friendly Moto G smartphone that will have to wait until January to receive KitKat.
The update will bring forth a host of new and exciting features to the Moto X including new ways to incorporate all of your messaging apps into one, and new features for your contact list. Unfortunately, Moto X phones purchased through carriers will take longer to update as the carriers will each have to individually approve the update which means weeks of testing.
The people at iFixit have already taken the new Retina iPad mini apart. The new iPad mini with Retina now has a large duel cell 6471 mAh 24.3 Whr battery as opposed to the old iPad mini which contained a 4490 mAh 16.3 Whr battery, which is a nice upgrade. It also contains the same A7 processor as the iPhone 5s and not the more powerful one that is in the iPad Air.
iFixit says the device contains a lot of adhesive and rate it a two out of ten from a repairing point of view. Although they have made the battery larger Apple says the device is still in the 10 hour use range. This is more than likely because of the new 2048 x 1536 Retina screen.
Many people have received delivery estimates and are reporting their Retina iPad minis will be arriving as early as Nov. 15th in the UK and in the US as early as the 18th from UPS, according to 9to5Mac readers. Although Apple is stating Nov 21st for most of their Retina iPad minis. Shipping dates from Apple are 1-3 days or 5-10 business days in launch countries.
iPad mini availability might be tight during the holidays. The iPad air might be easier to get your hands on as opposed to the iPad mini with Retina which is at an estimated 2.2 million units.
We have been seeing leaks, and teasers surfacing around Motorola's Moto G smartphone for well over a month now, and today the wait is finally over. This morning, Motorola launched the all new Moto G, an Android-based smartphone that is designed with high med-range hardware at a budget friendly price.
The Moto G features a 4.5-inch display with a resolution of 1280x720 which equates to a pixel density of 329 pixels per inch. A quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 processor is on-board and clocked at 1.2GHz, while 1GB of RAM is present to keep apps running nice and fast. Photography is handled by a 5-megapixel rear camera, and 1.3-megapixel front shooter that is more than adequate for every selfie you could ever take.
The entire phone is coated inside and out with a water-resistant coating, and the screen is protected by Gorilla Glass 3 which makes this one of the best protected budget friendly phones available. Android 4.4 KitKat is not present unfortunately, but users will only have to live with Android 4.3 for a few months as Motorola says the Moto G will get Android 4.4 KitKat in January. The 8GB version will cost you $179 while the 16GB model will lighten your wallet by $199. Both models run pure Android and are SIM unlocked so you can use it on any carrier.
The original iPad mini featured Apple's A5 processor, but the new Retina-powered iPad mini features the benchmark-crushing A7 processor, which is a 64-bit-capable SoC.
Some Geekbench 3 benchmarks have shown that the new Retina iPad mini is running at 1.3GHz, just like the iPhone 5S. The iPad Air, on the other hand, is clocking in at 1.4GHz, which gives it a slightly better score. The Retina-based iPad mini scores 1390 in Geekbench with the single-core test, and 2512 on the multi-core test. These results are similar to those of the iPhone 5S, which scores 1399/2523, and lower than the iPad Air, which pushed 1466/2856.
If you're on Verizon and wanted to jump on the BlackBerry Z30 smartphone, you only have a few days to wait. Verizon has announced that it will start selling the Z30 online as of Thursday.
The wireless carrier will be selling it for $199.99 on a two-year contract. The BlackBerry Z30 features a 5-inch Super AMOLED display, a 1.7GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of built-in flash, microSDXC support, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera, and the new BlackBerry 10.1 OS.
A new report first released by NokiaPowerUser says that we could see the next wave of Nokia flagship devices as early as the 2014 Mobile World Congress that is set to take place in February 2014. The first of the devices will be the Lumia 1820, and will feature an aluminum unibody chassis, and a "Lytro-like" camera.
The new Lumia 2020 will be an 8-inch tablet that features a Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with 2GB of RAM. A 1080p IPS display will be onboard and protected by Gorilla Glass 3. Additional say that both models will be the fastest Lumia devices ever, but what is most interesting, is that Nokia will still be releasing phones in 2014. The entire tech world expected Microsoft to have taken full control by MWC 2014.
Today Apple officially released the new iPad Mini featuring Retina display technology. The new uber-resolution iPad Mini features a 7-inch screen that packs in a resolution of 2048x1536 pixels for a density of 326 pixels per inch. The device is powered by Apple's new 64-bit A7 processor and 1GB of RAM keeps everything functioning nice and smooth.
Measuring in at just 7.5mm thick, the Retina iPad Mini houses a 2300mAh battery, and is available in 16GB, 32GB, 64GB, and 128GB versions with pricing set at $399 for the 16GB model and up to $829 for the 128GB model with LTE connectivity. Initial media releases state that the Retina iPad Mini is in stock in most countries, but some reports are suggesting that stock has yet to reach many US Apple stores which was verified by the online stock checker. Some stores in New York and San Francisco are showing limited stock though, and will most likely be sold out by the time this article goes live.
Xiaomi has done a flash sale for Single's Day. Just last month Xiaomi sold 100,000 of their MI3 smartphone in a minute and a half. This time around they had 380,000 devices in stock which consisted of 110,000 of each of their three different smartphones, the Mi3, the HongMI, the MI2s smartphones, and 50,000 set top boxes. In three minutes time Xiaomi sold over 200,000 smartphones, all of the MI3 and HongMI smartphones. Which made an immense RMB 107 million ($17.5 million) in just three minutes.
According to Xiaomi, "This makes it the first company on Tmall to break the RMB 100 million ($16.4 million) benchmark." Xiaomi also notes that "last year the company that passed this benchmark did so only in the afternoon, making the feat all the more astounding."
The company just recently hired Hugo Barra, Andoid's former Vice President of Product Management at Google. By the end of Xiaomi's Single's Day flash sale they had made RMB 300 million (~$49.2 million) which was just thirty minutes later.
With just a couple of days left until Motorola unveils the all new Moto G Android-based smartphone, Amazon.co.uk has accidentally leaked the phone's specs and pricing. Amazon somehow managed to list the device for same under its model number of DVX/XT1032, and features like "Sharpest 4.5 HD Screen," and "All day quad-core speed."
If the listing is real, then we will see the Motorola Moto G 16GB smartphone retail for just $200-$257 stateside, and that includes Android 4.4, and a custom design made with the MotoMaker. While the Moto G may not be the most powerful phone out there, it will definitely be one of the shining gems in the Android lineup for 2014.
The Nexus 5 is undoubtedly the best Android phone ever made, and rightfully so since it is the brainchild of Google. Today T-Mobile has announced that it will see the Nexus 5 on its online shelves beginning November 14th, while physical stores will get the device six days later.
For T-mobile subscribers or anyone looking to make the switch, T-Mobile is offering a pretty good deal on the Nexus 5. The 16GB model will cost customers $41.99 upfront which will be followed by 24 monthly payments of $17 each. This effectively means you are paying $450 for the Nexus 5 on a 24-month contract that T-Mobile says is not a contract. Unfortunately, no information has been given on whether or not the 32GB Nexus 5 will be making its way to T-Mobile.
Earlier today I reported on leaked benchmarks that show 2 of Samsung's upcoming Tizen-based smartphones are almost as fast as its Android-based Galaxy S4. In the article I stated that it was unclear as to when the phones may launch, and now we have a better understanding of when that might happen.
Speaking with the Korea Herald, a Samsung executive has said that the company will not be releasing a Tizen-powered smartphone until at least the first quarter of 2014. That put's the Intel / Samsung mobile OS off schedule by several months, and the Tizen-based smart TV OS off by even more. No reason was given for the delay, but I suspect that hardware issues are to blame. It could be anything though, and Samsung could be falsely delaying the new OS until it launches its Galaxy S5 with both Tizen and Android.
With uncertainty floating around in the air about an actual launch date for Samsung's first Tizen-based smartphones, some new benchmarks have surfaced that are said to be from the first two devices. Someone has managed to get their hands on both phones and run the Browsermark benchmarking utility from Rightware, and the results are interesting to say the least.
Browsermark 2.0 test your device for real-world performanced based on how well it handles resource intensive protocols inside a web browser. In the results listed on the utility's top score list, the Tizen-based GT-I8800 managed to score 2828.29 points which is slightly lower than Samsung's own Galaxy S4 which scored 2834.70 points. Additionally, the GT-I8805 scored 2499.92 points which is about on par with the Galaxy S3 and higher than LG's new G2 and the original iPhone 5 from Apple.