It looks rather similar to the current 4.7″ HTC One and 4.3″ One Mini with some subtle changes. First you’ll notice that the volume rocker is positioned lower on the right side and comes with separated up/down buttons. Over at the top, the power/IR blaster buttons seems to be missing which is possibly moved towards the left side for easier reach in one hand. In terms of specs, the One MAX is rumoured to be running on a Snapdragon 800 processor and comes with a large 5.9″ Full HD display.
Phablets continue to grow bigger, blurring line between smartphones and 7″ tablets. At the moment, the Sony has drawn first blood with its 6.4″ Xperia Z Ultra that’s priced at RM2,299 and soon we will be seeing the Note III which is set to be unveiled on 4th September. If all three comes with similar hardware, which one would you pick if you’re in the market for a large screen smart phone?
HTC has released more videos and it is now clear that Robert Downey Jr. (Mr. Tony Stark) is the star of its upcoming commercial. This is part of HTC’s Here’s to Change campaign which is part of their rebranding exercise. So do expect more videos lined up with random ramblings with HTC acronyms. If you’re bored, you can try out the HTC generator here. The full ad is to be revealed on August 15th on YouTube.
Hopefully we shall see a device being revealed by end of this week which is speculated to be a HTC One Max with a rumoured 5.9″ screen.
If you haven’t seen it yet, head after the break for all 3 teaser videos revealed so far.
LG has finally revealed its current flagship device that’s simply called the G2. The new LG G2 naming departs from the usual Optimus monicker used in its Android range of devices. Being a flagship device, it comes with the latest hardware including a top notch Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.26GHz with 2GB of RAM and bigger 5.2″ Full HD IPS display which gives a pixel density of 423ppi.
On-board it has 32GB of storage which unfortunately lacks microSD expansion slot. In the imaging department, you’ll get a 13MP camera with Optical Image Stabiliser and over at the front it has a 2MP camera. While HTC is boasting in the audio department with its BoomSound dual-stereo speakers, the LG G2 claims to be the first hi-fi smartphone that is capable of pushing 24 bit 192kHz sound.
During video recording, the G2 has an interesting feature called Audio zooming which lets you focus on a specific sound source that’s being picked up by 3 built-in microphones. Design wise, it is 70.9 wide (1.1mm more than the Galaxy S4) and 8.9mm thick (1.0mm more than the Galaxy S4) which isn’t too bad for a bigger screen and larger capacity battery. It is juiced up with a generous 3,000mAh battery and it weighs 143 grams which is similar to the HTC One.
Another interesting design of the G2 is at the back of the device. In terms of single handed use, the volume rocker and power button is usually harder to reach in the conventional position. As seen on earlier leaks, the back features a volume rocker and power button that’s located right beneath the camera lens. This apparently is easier to reach as it is more natural for the index finger to locate when the device is in the hands. The volume rocker also doubles up as a dedicated camera and memo short cut button as well.
Along with the device, the LG G2 also comes with its own accessories such as a Quick Window Case that lets you view notification, clock and perform basic task while the screen is covered. This isn’t exactly new as found on the Galaxy S4’s S-View Case except that LG went with a square hole instead of a rectangular design. The list of smart features continue such as Dual-Recording as seen on Optimus G Pro, Capture Plus which lets you save the entire web page length as a clip and Tracking Zoom which lets you do Picture-in-Picture video recording. A nice touch on the G2 is Knockon, which lets you wake the device or put to sleep by knocking the screen gently twice.
For more information, head over at LG’s G2 product page.
Check out the LG G2 videos and photos after the break.
Before BlackBerry announces its next big thing, its upcoming BlackBerry Z30 also known as the A10 or Aristo has gotten itself a rather detailed hands-on review. The 5 minute long video from Vietnam gives a closer look around the device which is the new big brother of the current BlackBerry Z10 full touch screen device.
If the earlier leaked spec sheet is the real deal, the Z30 runs on a faster dual-core 1.7GHz Qualcomm processor with 2GB of RAM and comes with a bigger 5″ Super AMOLED display that pushes 1280×720 pixels resolution. You’ll get a 8MP camera at the rear and a front facing 2MP camera. Storage wise, it comes with 16GB with expandable microSD slot up to 64GB. Powering the device is a purported 2,800mAh battery which is rather generous and overall is 9.4mm thick. In terms of design, the placement of buttons and ports remain unchanged from the Z10 however the back features a carbon-fibre like weave design just like the back of the popular Motorola RAZR series.
Watch the Z30 hands-on video and detail photos after the break.
If you’re looking for the next iteration of the popular iPhone, it is time to make a date on 10th September. According to AllThingsD, the next iPhone will be unveiled in a special event in less than 20 days. Will it be an iPhone 5S or a mid-range iPhone which is rumoured as the iPhone 5C as shown above? Who knows it could be both.
After the revealing the iOS 7, the iPhone hasn’t been breaking away from the competition like it used in previous generation. With the new iOS offering a fresh breath of life in the experience, it would be interesting to see what would Apple bring to the table in terms of hardware in the upcoming models. For the iPhone 5S, we won’t expect much change in terms of design but hopefully the internals would impress.
For now, 10th September isn’t official yet but that’s not stopping anyone from keep an eye out on them. Check out more photos of the purported iPhone 5C after the break.