Leaked Australian Ad Explains HTC One 2014 'Duo Camera'

Tue, 03/11/2014 - 19:24 -- Marshall Walker

It looks like the second-generation HTC One (aka HTC M8) is going to follow in the 3D footsteps of the HTC EVO 3D. GSM Arena has obtained a leaked advertisement from the Australian carrier Telstra which details the HTC One's "Duo Camera". According to the leaked brochure, the HTC One will have two cameras so users can enable 3D and bokeh effects.

HTC One Duo CameraThe leaked advert has also revealed that the new HTC One will feature a 5-inch, full HD scratch-resistant screen, dual "BoomSound" speakers, and it will cost AUD 840 (RRP) off-contract, which is around $760.

Asus Announces Android 4.4 Timeline for Some PadFone Devices

Fri, 02/28/2014 - 18:42 -- Marshall Walker

Asus has announced that it will be upgrading some of its PadFone devices with Android 4.4 KitKat. The announced devices will also be receiving the company's new Zen UI. Here's the complete list of devices including the regions the updates will be rolling out in:

Asus PadFone 2 Android 4.4

  • Padfone 2 (Q2 2014)
  • Padfone Infinity in Russia and Asia (Q2 2014)
  • Padfone A80 in Europe (Q2 2014)
  • New PadFone Infinity models (Q3 2014)

Unfortunately, Asus did not reveal anymore details, and some of these upgrades are arriving really late.

Save 10% on Samsung Galaxy S5 Cases

Thu, 02/27/2014 - 10:49 -- Marshall Walker

Trusted accessory maker Griffin Technology is now accepting pre-orders for its new line of Samsung Galaxy S5 cases. You can also save 10% if you pre-order before March 15, 2014. Just use the promo code GS5 during check out. Here's a quick look at all three Galaxy S5 cases available from GriffinTechnology.com.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Survivor Case

The Survivor case is Griffin's most trusted and durable case available. It features a shatter-resistant polycarbonate frame surrounded in shock-absorbing silicone that has survived concrete drop tests, and it meets the conditions outlined in the US Department of Defense MIL-STD-810. It also includes a built-in screen protector and hinged plugs to keep your device's various ports dust and debris free. The Survivor case is now available for pre-order for $50 from GriffinTechnology.com.

Samsung Galaxy S5 Officially Unveiled

Mon, 02/24/2014 - 16:56 -- Sammy Snyder

Samsung today officially unveiled the Galaxy S5 at its Unpacked event at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. The new handset will be available on April 11, 2014 in 150 countries. The phone will be offered by Sprint, AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, MetroPCS and U.S. Cellular in the U.S., and through EE, Three and Vodafone in the U.K. You will also be able to pick up the handset at Amazon, Best Buy, Costco, RadioShack, Sam's Club, Target and Walmart.

Samsung Galaxy S5As for specs, the S5 has a slightly larger 5.1-inch Super AMOLED display with 1920 x 1080 resolution. It is powered by a 2.5GHz quad-core processor with 3GB of RAM and Android 4.4. It also boasts an improved 16-megapixel rear-facing camera with 4K video capabilities and real-time HDR processing. Other features include better battery life, a fingerprint scanner, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, a new heart-rate sensor on the back, and all of the Samsung extras like S Voice and S Health 3.0.

Nokia Announces Three New Android Phones at MWC

Mon, 02/24/2014 - 10:20 -- Alex Gardner

Nokia was expected to announce its first Android phone at Mobile World Congress, but instead it shocked attendees by announcing three new Android phones on Monday -- the Nokia X, the Nokia X+ and the Nokia XL.

Nokia Android PhonesThe three new handsets will not ship with the standard Google services Android fans are used to, but instead they will feature mostly Microsoft services such as Bing. Nokia users will also only have access to the Nokia and third party stores, but not Google Play. However, some popular features such as SwiftKey and BBM will be available on Nokia's X family of Android devices.

Huawei Unveils MediaPad X1 Tablet, TalkBand B1 and Ascend G6 Smartphone

Sun, 02/23/2014 - 17:11 -- Marshall Walker

Mobile World Congress is in full swing and Huawei has unveiled a whole new lineup of gadgets including the MediaPad X1 tablet, the TalkBand B1 smartband, and the Ascend G6 smartphone. Here's a quick look at all three devices.

Ascend G6

MediaPad X1

Weighing in at just 239g and measuring in at 103.9mm wide, the MediaPad X1 is the lightest and thinnest 7-inch tablet on the market, and it can even make phone calls! The tablet ships with a high-res 1,920 x 1,200 LTPS display, a 5,000mAh battery, two cameras (3MP f/2.4 rear-facing, and 5MP f/2.2 front-facing), 16GB of internal storage which is expandable to 32GB via microSD, a 1.6GHz quad-core Cortex-A9 CPU, 2GB of RAM and a Mali-450 MP4 GPU. The X1 also supports LTE Cat 4 and is only 400 euros.

Samsung Kicks Off Mobile World Congress With Two Gear Smartwatches

Sun, 02/23/2014 - 13:20 -- Sammy Snyder

Samsung has officially unveiled the successors to the original Galaxy Gear smartwatch at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, Spain. The two new watches drop the "Galaxy" branding and are just being called the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo. Both watches will be available in April and both are powered by the same Tizen operating system found on Samsung's NX300M digital camera.

Samsung Gear 2The second-generation watches feature improved battery life (2-3 days according to Samsung) and a new external design. According to Engadget, who got an early peek at the Gear 2, the "camera is now built into the front of the watch alongside the IR blaster," and the mic is now located on body of the device itself. This means Gear 2 owners will be able to customize their watch by changing out the wristband with other offerings from either Samsung or third-parties.

Samsung Releases Galaxy 5 Unpacked Teaser Trailer

Fri, 02/21/2014 - 10:21 -- Marshall Walker

In case you weren't convinced that Samsung is going to announce the successor to the Galaxy S4 during its Unpacked event at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona next week, the company has released a teaser trailer which makes it pretty clear. The short video features images with various words like "together," "wet," and "create," and each word is immediately followed by the number five before it quickly disappears. As if the number five being predominantly featured in the video wasn't enough of a hint, the video ends with the words "the next Galaxy."

Samsung Galaxy S5 TeaserThe word "wet5" suggests that the Galaxy S5 waterproof rumors are probably true, and the taglines "focus5" and "moment5" possibly hint at an improved camera. However, there is no mention of the rumored full-screen fingerprint scanner that is expected to be featured on the S5.

LG Announces G2 Mini Ahead of Mobile World Congress

Thu, 02/20/2014 - 19:11 -- Alex Gardner

LG has unveiled the 4.7-inch G2 Mini ahead of Mobile World Congress. The new smartphone is a lot less impressive than the larger 5.2-inch G2 model. The G2 Mini's display features a disappointing qHD 540 x 960 screen resolution, and it is powered by a less powerful Snapdragon 400 or Nvidia Tegra 4i processor, depending on the model. The LTE version will sport a 13MP rear-facing camera, while the non-LTE version will only ship with an 8MP camera.

LG G2 MiniOn the up side, the mini variant will ship with Android 4.4 KitKat and LG's suite of added features like Guest Mode. Other specs include 8GB of memory, 1GB of RAM, a removable 2,440mAh battery, a microSD card slot, Bluetooth 4.0, and the LTE model will include NFC capabilities. The G2 Mini also weighs in at 121g.

Samsung Announces Unpacked 5 Event for February 24th

Wed, 02/05/2014 - 12:26 -- Sammy Snyder

Samsung has sent out invitations for its "Unpacked 5" press conference in Barcelona, Spain. The event will be held on Monday, February 24th at the Mobile World Congress. The Korean tech company did not announce what they will be unveiling at the event, but the invites did mention that a "flagship product" will be in attendance. It is unknown if the "flagship" device is Samsung's upcoming Galaxy S5, which Lee Young Hee, executive vice president of Samsung's mobile department, said would be announced "around March and April."

Samsung Unpacked 5The invites also read, SAMSUNG UNPACKED 2014 EPISODE 1, which suggests there will be multiple Unpacked events held this year. Some are speculating that Samsung will only tease the Galaxy S5 at the trade show, and that the company plans to hold a second separate event to showcase its new S device, like it did with Galaxy S4 in 2013.

Samsung could also be planning to unveil its second-generation Galaxy Gear smartwatch at Unpacked 5, Episode 1, and then announce the Galaxy S5 sometime in April.

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