October 29 really can't get here quick enough with new reports coming from LG's head of Mobile Product Planning at an Optimus Vu launch in New Delhi saying:
Google will unveil the LG Nexus on October 29 and the phone will be available in the Indian markets by the end of November.
We knew this, but having India availability just a month after the announcement is quite the change. This could mean Google are serious about bursting into more markets quicker than ever before, like the Samsung Galaxy S III did. It could also mean that LG want to tap that Indian market, where most other players aren't as strong.
For now, we'll reserve judgment, as this was from an executive at another event, and not for the Nexus 4 - but it does seem to make sense at the moment.
Windows 8 arrives at the end of the week and there is now another announcement of devices, this time from LG. First up we have the V325 all-in-one PC which sports a 23-inch screen with up to 10-point touch sensitivity.
What will most likely end up as a Korea-only option is a built-in TV tuner, which can be activated without turning the entire machine on. A third-generation Intel Core i5 processor is baked in, as well as NVIDIA's GeForce GT640M.
Next up we have the 11.6-inch H160 hybrid which sports its own auto-slide button, measures in at 15.9mm thick even though it has a built-in keyboard. The 11.6-inch screen is an LG-made IPS panel, with the company expecting around 10 hours of battery life from the device. Connectivity wise it's not a slouch, with Wi-Fi, HDMI output as well as USB, and there should be a microSD card slot in there, too.
Playing games on iOS and Android have been as common as checking your Facebook or Twitter as nearly everyone with a smartphone and some spare time have played at least one game on their device. For those who take their gaming a little more serious, on-screen controls aren't ideal, especially when it comes to first-person shooters like Gameloft's N.O.V.A. series. PowerA's MOGA will finally give gamers the control they want when they game on their mobile device, and best of all, it's available right now.
The MOGA Mobile Gaming System is compatible with only Android devices right now running Android 2.3 and above and will house your Android device of choice within the top bracket, which may be a familiar angle for you Nintendo DS & 3DS owners.
The first Windows Phone 8-powered smartphones reach Best Buy, cheaper than the iPhone and Galaxy S III
AT&T's Windows Phone 8 handsets have reached Best Buy's pre-order list, with the Nokia Lumia 920 available in an assortment of colors for $149.99 on a two-year contract. Contract-free pricing for the Lumia 920 sets at $599.99.
HTC's high-end Windows Phone 8X smartphone is also available for pre-order, available in indigo-blue for $99.99 on contract, and $599.99 outright. Best Buy aren't showing any shipping dates for both smartphones, stating they will "ship when available".
The Lumia 920 is priced quite well, at just $149.99 on a two-year contract, bettering the price offered by Apple's iPhone 5 and Samsung's Galaxy S III which are both priced at $199.99 on two-year contracts.
We're only days away from Apple's iPad mini unveiling, Microsoft's Windows 8 and Surface launch, as well as Google's October 29 event, and to top it all off we're now hearing about Apple's iPad 4.
Yes, iPad 4. This would be Apple's fourth-generation slate, and the photo above is of the purported iPad 4's lightning dock connector. The photo compares it to Apple's fourth-generation iPad dock, to the iPad mini dock, where the connector looks to be a completely new design.
This would then lean credit toward a fourth-generation iPad sporting a totally redesigned interior in order to house different components. It shouldn't just be a refreshed lightning dock connector for the third-gen iPad, but something new entirely. Apple are going to need it as competition in the tablet space is heating up, and fast.
RumorTT: Google and Samsung to unveil Nexus 10 at October 29 event, would sport 10-inch 2560x1600 display
This week is really going to be important for Google coming off of their sharp dive on the stock market last week, and if The Next Web is right, it could be quite the week indeed.
TNW are reporting that Google, along with Samsung, could unveil "Manta", which would sport a 10-inch 2560x1600-pixel display. This display would give it iPad-beating specs with 300ppi, and would arrive as the Nexus 10 to be sold alongside ASUS' Nexus 7 tablet.
Along with the news of LG's Nexus 4, Google would be really rounding out the Nexus family of devices. Google are poised to unveil a refreshed Nexus 7 sporting 3G, as well as the increased internal storage of up to 32GB to be put on offer. The Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 should be unveiled with Android 4.2 onboard.
Well, HTC is about to get a whole lot more awesome with the release of their "DLX" smartphone, which is headed to Verizon. We heard about this last week as the J Butterfly which is headed to the Japanese market.
HTC's DLX is the company's 5-inch smartphone, which sports a 1080p display. Along with its awesome high-res display, we're pleasured to see Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 quad-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz, 1.5GB of RAM, 1.5GB of internal storage, a 12-megapixel rear-facing camera, and 2,500mAh battery.
Software wise, something else great to see is that the DLX will come with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box. The above specs are according to the smartphone's spec sheet, but the pictures from today's report point to 2GB of RAM, which could spice things up just a bit. DLX is also 4G LTE-capable, and should be on Verizon in the near future.
We've been hearing nearly every rumble of the coming iPad mini, but one point has eluded most until now, price. We know it'll most likely replace the iPad 2 in the market, that it'll want to compete with the Nexus 7 from ASUS and Google, and that it won't be as fast, or sport a high-end screen like the third-gen iPad.
Well, now 9to5Mac are reporting that Apple's starting price for the new iPad mini should float around the $329 price, somewhere in between the fifth-generation iPod touch priced at $299, and the Wi-Fi-only 16GB iPad 2 at $399.
The two higher capacity iPad mini's should be priced at around $100 extra per step, so 32GB for $429 and 64GB for $529. The base price for the new iPad mini could be higher, but 9to5Mac reckons it will hit $329. I do agree, as Apple have an uphill battle with their iPad mini. The Nexus 7 is doing wonders for Google and ASUS, with customers completely smitten with their Jelly Bean-powered 7-inch wonder tablet.
We've been hearing more and more about LG's upcoming Nexus 4 smartphone, with a few pictures and spec leaks but now we're looking at a picture of the Nexus 4 with its back cover off.
There's not much to see here, but we can see a big spot blank thanks to its included 2100mAh battery which is unfortunately not user-replaceable. There are only a few screws between that battery being snug in the Nexus 4, and being replaced - so things could change very quickly.
The other bits of the Nexus 4 seem pretty standard, a plastic frame is used, gold contacts for the antennae, cutouts for the rear speaker, an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera with LED flash. Underneath that we're talking about Qualcomm's Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core 1.5GHz SoC, and the other goodies, RAM, internal storage, and more.
It's only a few more days until the October 29 event, so stay tuned!
Microsoft has beaten everybody else to the punch and conducted a drop-test with its new Surface RT tablet. They recorded video using the device and dropped it from a height of roughly 30-inches. The device records the entire fall, and even manages to survive the drop and continue recording as it is picked up.
Since the recording was done with the internal camera, there's no view of the damage sustained by the screen or chassis, but I'd venture to guess that it was pretty minor, considering it was dropped only from 30-inches. Furthermore, nobody in the video reacts particularly horribly about sustained damage, so it's probably a good bet it survived.
Microsoft needs to do stunts like this to drum up support for Windows 8 and the Surface tablets as they launch a week from today. After yesterday's dismal financial results, a lot is riding on these new products that are coming down the pipeline. Only time will tell if they will end up being successful.
An analyst is suggesting that the iPad mini may spell the end of the iPad 2. The iPad mini is likely to feature many of the same specifications as the iPad 2, such as its resolution of 1024x768, and may even come with a better processor and RAM, all the while coming in with a cheaper price tag.
Apple has a habit of keeping the old model around, at least with the iPhone, so that they can have devices at varying price points. They did this with the iPad 2 when the new iPad came out. The current $399 price for the iPad 2 is well above the rumored $249-299 price tag that is expected to ship with the iPad mini.
Rob Cihra, an analyst at Evercore Partners, expects Apple to reduce its offerings and stream line its product line up. Apple has traditionally kept a slim line up so as to keep confusion to a minimum. This is why there are very few models of MacBook Pros, iPhones, and iPads. What are your thoughts? Is the iPad 2 going away when the iPad mini shows up? Let us know!
Acer have just announced that they are to start selling their Iconia Tab A110 in the US on October 30 for $229.99. Acer's Iconia Tab A110 sports a 7-inch 1024x600-pixel display, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean as its stock OS.
Inside the 7-inch slate, we find NVIDIA's Tegra 3 quad-core processor, 8GB of internal storage, 1GB of RAM, microSD card for expandable storage, microHDMI output, and a touted 7.5-hour battery life. We're also looking at a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, and no rear-facing camera - similar to that of the Nexus 7.
All of this arrives in a thin table that weighs 0.86 pounds and is just half an inch thick. Senior director of product marketing for connected devices, Acer America, Paul Tayar, says:
Today's consumers are increasingly mobile and want easy and instant access to entertainment at all times. The Iconia Tab A110 is another example of how Acer is meeting the needs of consumers, by providing tablet form factors that combine portability and performance for fun and gaming, at affordable prices.
Google didn't have the day they wanted to yesterday, seeing their shares drop around 10% within under an hour of their earnings report hitting the market. But, during the Mountain View-based company's Q3 2012 earnings call, CEO Larry Page plugged their recently-announced Chromebook, as well as the Nexus 7.
Page told the assembled investors, press and analysts on the call that they should "all run out and buy the Nexus 7 for $199". Page stated:
I switch between my Nexus phone, Nexus 7 tablet and my new Chromebook that we just announced today many times a day.
While this abundance causes disruption, it also creates amazing opportunity. And Google is super well-placed to take advantage of these disruptive opportunities.
Why? Because our search query volumes have grown this quarter as measured year over year. And we are seeing tremendous innovation in advertising which, I believe, will help us monetize mobile queries more effectively than desktop today. Indeed our mobile monetization per query is already a significant fraction compared to desktop...
HTC are hopefully making a come back in the near future, where they've just unveiled a new smartphone in Japan that definitely have specs to stand out amongst the sea of smartphones from Apple, Samsung, LG and the countless other companies.
This new smartphone is the company's flagship device, sporting a 5-inch 1080p "Super LCD 3" display, a quad-core 1.5GHz processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage expandable with microSD, NFC, LTE, Bluetooth 4.0 and finally, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box.
It has been dubbed "J Butterfly" and apart from sounding like it should have a bandaid on its cheek, it should reach Verizon Wireless ahead of the holidays later this year.
At the moment, Google and ASUS' Nexus 7 tablet comes in two flavors, 8GB and 16GB. Without any form of expandable storage through microSD cards, it makes storing large amounts of data on the tablet impossible.
There are now teases from Staples Advantage that point toward a 32GB Nexus 7 with an availability of October 18 - this is most likely a placeholder date, but it might be a sign of things to come. As you can see the 32GB model is priced cheaper than the 16GB model.
This might be a move from Google to replace the 8GB model with the 16GB model, putting the new 32GB model in the same price bracket as the 16GB model.
Sharp has just entered the tablet game with the announcement of their Aquos Pad, which will be a 7-inch tablet sporting the company's IGZO display. The Aquos Pad should hopefully arrive sometime in early-December.
The 7-inch tablet sports a 1280x800-pixel display, a 2040mAh battery and with the included technologies, Sharp says that battery life should exceed 2.5 times the current battery life in current-gen tablets. The IGZO technology should also arrive in Apple's upcoming iPad mini which will be announced next week.
The IGZO display will pave the way for lower power consumption, greater translucency and a higher touch accuracy. The first device to use the tech will be the company's Aquos Phone Zeta, which is a 4.9-inch smartphone with a 1280x720-pixel display. We should see this sometime in November or December in Japan at first.
For those of you who still can't get an iPhone 5, it looks like there might be a legitimate reason behind the shortage according to The Wall Street Journal. WSJ are reporting that a Foxconn official who wanted to remain anonymous said that the "iPhone 5 is the most difficult device that Foxconn has ever assembled".
Even to this day, workers are continuing to learn how to manufacture the smartphones to meet Apple's increasingly high standards. WSJ's anonymous Foxconn official continued stating that the iPhone 5 "uses a new coating material which makes it more susceptible to scratching", which in turn makes it harder to meet quality checks. The Foxconn official adds:
It's always hard to satisfy both aesthetic needs and practical needs.
Samsung Galaxy S III owners in the US have probably been wondering when their flagship smartphone would be getting the amazing Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS, but there's some good news and unfortunately, some bad news.
The good news is that it's on its way and will arrive in the coming months, the bad news is that you'll still have to wait for those "coming months". Samsung would most likely be trapped from releasing it by the carriers, where they'll each have to finalize the update before shipping it to the public.
The update to the US Galaxy S III will bring over the usual Jelly Bean goodness like Project Butter and Google Now, and some new TouchWiz-based enhancements such as Blocking Mode, Easy Mode and a few new camera settings.
New information reveals that the Nokia Lumia 920 will only be exclusive to AT&T for six months! We had previously reported about AT&T receiving the Lumia 920 exclusively, but that was quickly followed by several other pieces showing off Windows Phone 8 phones destined for other carriers, many in a similar design as the Lumia 920.
It has now come to light, via some AT&T training videos, that the Lumia 920 will only be exclusive to AT&T for six months. After that period, it's very possible and likely that Nokia will shop the device around to other carriers in the United States to widen the customer base who can purchase the new Windows Phone 8 device.
After those six months, it's very likely that users of T-Mobile will get to take advantage of the wireless charging, City Lens, and other cool features that are provided by the Lumia 920. And, better yet, it comes in some really cool and bright colors...who could possibly turn it down?
Users who have preordered the Surface 32GB be warned: it only features about 20GB free once you subtract out the space needed for the operating system, Office, and a few apps. Users who preordered Surface over the iPad because of the double space offered at the same price point will be especially affected by this.
Because of all the space taken up by the default Microsoft installation, the difference in space between the iPad and 32GB Surface really only amounts to a few gigabytes (roughly 5). However, it is true that you can use an SD card with the Surface which will allow increased storage. Apps can not be stored on that external card.
It's pretty incredible that Windows is taking up 12GB of storage when the iPad's iOS only takes up about 1GB. Where does all of this extra bloat come from? Windows RT is a much more capable operating system than iOS, but is it 11GB more capable? It's probably a good idea to take this into account when doing your holiday shopping.
Microsoft is either experiencing high demand for their new Surface tablet or grossly underestimated the needed supply. As it currently stands, the $499 Surface tablet is currently on backorder for at least three weeks. The other two models remain available for delivery on October 26, which is interesting to me.
The $599 model is the same as the $499, but simply includes the keyboard cover. You'd think that if the 32GB $499 model is sold out, so would the $599 model. The only thing I can figure is they actually included the keyboard in the packaging, which seems like a bad idea to me. Microsoft should have focused on moving units.
If you're looking to pick up the new Surface tablet for October 26, you better order quickly in case the $599 or $699 model ends up selling out. Besides, the tablet is probably pretty useless without the nice keyboard cover.