The white Nexus 4, Samsung Galaxy Note 3, and a waterproof LG Optimus G are among this week’s most exciting rumors.
May 11-17, 2013
White Nexus 4 (May 16, 2013)
Google will reportedly announce the white version of the LG Nexus 4 on June 10, according toAndroid And Me. After being tossed around the rumor mill for months, the handset is said to be the first to run a to-be-announced Android 4.3 Jelly Bean build.
LG Optimus GJ (May 15, 2013)
LG is rumored to announce a waterproof version of the Optimus G on May 22,according to ePrice.
The specifications should be nearly identical to the current model, but with IPX7 waterproof rating. Indeed, the so-called LG Optimus GJ could withstand being submerged in 1 meter of water for up to 30 minutes.
Samsung Galaxy Note 3 (April 17, 2013)
Samsung may opt to stick with the same familiar plastic build and not the “higher quality” aluminum materials of the HTC One, according to SamMobile. While it does conflict with the blog’s earlier reports, Samsung has long stuck by plastic, so this amended rumor doesn’t come as a surprise.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is rumored to feature either a 5.99-inch or a 6.3-inch display. Additional specifications for the device are reported to include an eight-core processor, a 13-megapixel rear camera, a 2-megapixel front camera, and 3GB RAM. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will presumably arrive in the fall, perhaps around October, which is in keeping with Samsung’s release cycle.
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Verizon HTC One (May 15, 2013)
An HTC smartphone that recently received Wi-Fi certification could be Verizon’s take on theHTC One. As spied by Blog of Mobile (translate), the PN073XX features dual-band WI-Fi and LTE connectivity. Verizon has a press event slated for May 22 at CTIA in Las Vegas, so it makes sense to assume this is the big reveal; the Droid DNA also happens to be free (with contract) through May 21.
May 3-10, 2013
Nexus 7 (May 10, 2013)
A more powerful Nexus 7 tablet may not have arrived at Google I/O but that doesn’t mean it’s not coming. According to KGI Securities analyst Mingchi Kuo, the rumored tablet will carry the same affordable $199 price tag, the 7-inch tablet may feature a 5-megapixel rear camera, faster Qualcomm processor, higher resolution display, and support for wireless charging. DisplaySearch analyst Paul Semenza told CNET in March that the next model may reach 323 pixels per inch, which could mean up to 1,900 x 1,200 pixel resolution.
Amazon 3D phone (May 9, 2013)
Amazon is reportedly working on a pair of new smartphones, including one capable of creating 3D capabilities and hologram-like images. Details are light, but the phone is said to employ eye-tracking technology that makes images appear to be floating “like a hologram and appear three-dimensional at all angles.”
Previous Amazon smartphone rumors indicate that the retail giant has scrapped plans for 4.3-inch screen in favor of a larger 4.7-inch display. Early reports had the phone arriving as soon as the second quarter, though it appears Amazon will now miss that mark. Presumably, both Amazon phones will employ a forked version of Android, similar to the Kindle Fire tablets. Allegedly, Amazon has tasked Foxconn with building the Kindle Phone.
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Sony i1 (May 1, 2013)
Early details for a Sony “Homani” i1 suggest we could be in for an incredibly powerful and gorgeous experience later this summer. Leaked hardware specifications are purported to include a 2.3GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, 32GB internal storage, 2GB RAM, and a camera up to 20-megapixels. Other features may include a form factor with glass, metal, and traces of carbon fiber.
Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom (May 10, 2013)
A Samsung Galaxy S4 Zoom is may arrive as soon as June, reports Russian tech site Hi-tech.ru (translate). Features are alleged to include a 4.3-inch qHD AMOLED display and a 16-megapixel camera with 10X optical zoom. Documents found on a Bluetooth special interest group Web site list the device as model number SM-C101.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 (May 10, 2013)
Leaked benchmarks for a Samsung SM-T311 are linked to an upcoming Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 8.0. Specifications could include Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean OS with Samsung’s TouchWiz interface, an 8-inch WXVGA (1280 x 800 pixel resolution) display, a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 2GB RAM, and a 4,500mAh battery.
April 27 – May 3, 2013
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HTC M4 (May 1, 2013)
HTC will reportedly debut a smaller version of the flagship HTC One smartphone, according toPhone Arena. Operating under the codename of “M4,” the handset is rumored to feature a 4.3-inch 720p display, an “UltraPixel” camera, a dual-core processor, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, and LTE connectivity. These reports confirm early chatter of a lesser-powered M7 (HTC One) would soon be announced. Presumably, the M4 will also run the latest version of HTC’s custom Sense UI.
Motorola X Phone (May 2, 2013)
A trio of new images appear to suggest Ma Bell is in line to carry the so-called, and still unconfirmed, Motorola X Phone. The three photos, which come from oft-reliable Twitter source@evleaks, show a smartphone (or smartphones) that somewhat resembles previously leaked photos. Bearing the name “Blackboxed Motorola for AT&T,” it appears to be the same handset found in a batch of images that have since been removed from a Vietnamese site.
New benchmarks surfacing this week show a potential X Phone running Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. These new numbers conflict with scores from last week that tipped tipped Android 5.0.1. The scores, which can be easily rigged, showed a “Google X” with a 1.5GHz processor and a score of 15,479.
Sources indicate that users might be able to customize multiple facets of the rumored device, including the outer materials and colors. Internally, reports suggest that the X Phone is actually part of a larger brand and an approach that could feature user-defined configurations for memory and processor options as well as carrier selection.
It likely won’t be called the X Phone when the project hits prime time, but the project is at least very much real. A job posting on LinkedIn advertised for an “X Phone” product manager.
Nexus 5 (May 1, 2013)
Google may again tap LG as the handset maker of choice for the next generation of Nexus smartphones, according to the Korea Times. No hardware details or time frames were given; however, we might anticipate something in the fall. Given that the trend as of late is to release the Nexus experience in the fall, we might expect specs and rumors to come in short order.
Toshiba AT10LE-A (May 2, 2013)
Toshiba is rumored to be testing a new high-end Android tablet capable of connecting to an external keyboard, reports Techblog. Hardware specifications are said to include Android 4.2.1 Jelly Bean a quad-core Nvidia Tegra 4 1.8GHz processor, 10.1-inch display, microSD, Mini-HDMI output, and stereo speakers. There are no indications yet as to which markets may carry the Toshiba AT10LE-A, nor are pricing details clear.
The Toshiba AT10LE-A seems to run the Android 4.2.1 version, and according to benchmarks that appeared recently Tegra 4 processor, will be clocked at 1.8GHz.
NEC Terrain (April 29, 2013)
AT&T looks to be readying another portrait QWERTY Android, this time in the form of an NEC. Known as the NEC Terrain, the phone should run Android 4.1+ and feature a display in the realm of 2.8-inches to 3.0-inches. No additional details are known however the rubber coating and moniker lead us to believe a rugged experience could be in order.
April 20 – April 26, 2013
Samsung Galaxy S4 Active (April 26, 2013)
According to a Wall Street Journal report, Samsung expects to release a waterproof and dust-proof version of the Samsung Galaxy S4. Known for now as the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active, the smartphone is rumored to touch down in July.
Samsung Galaxy Core (April 26, 2013)
Samsung could also be readying yet another member of the Galaxy family as word of a Samsung Galaxy Core trickles online (translate). Details for the smartphone point to a trimmed-down experience with specs such as a 4.3-inch (800×480) display, a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, 768MB RAM, 8GB internal storage (with microSD expansion), a 5-megapixel rear camera, and a 1,800mAh battery. Resembling pretty much every other Samsung handset as of late, the Galaxy Core figures to run Android 4.1 with TouchWiz UI.
Sony Xperia ZR (April 26, 2013)
Sony may introduce a 4.6-inch variation of the Xperia Z in the near term, reports Xperiablog. Previously rumored under the moniker “Dogo”, the C550X looks to feature a 720p HD display, 1.5GHz quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, 8GB internal storage, a 13-megapixel (Exmor RS) rear camera, and 2,300mAH battery. While the processor is listed as a Qualcomm design, it is unclear whether it will be a Snapdragon S4 Pro or Snapdragon 600 series. Like the Xperia Z, the so-called Xperia ZR is also rumored to be water-resistant.
Previous rumors for the handset line up closely with the Xperia ZR specs; however it’s not an exact match. Details uncovered in March suggested the Dogo would feature a Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 CPU, though it was listed with 32GB internal storage. For what it’s worth, this handset was also tied to the name “Xperia A” and was said to feature an IR blaster and NFC support.
Other rumors we’re tracking
Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini (April 19, 2013)
Samsung looks to have delayed the release of the Galaxy S4 Mini by eight weeks, reportsSamMobile. Rumored to come in two colors (Black Mist and White Frost), Samsung may offer the handset in both single-SIM and dual-SIM flavors.
Dovetailing with previous rumors, the Galaxy S4 Mini could feature a 4.3-inch qHD display, an 8-megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, AGPS, and provide 8GB, 16GB, and 32GB storage options.
LG Optimus G2 (April 18, 2013)
The LG Optimus G2 could prove to be too thin for a conventional form factor, or so says tech site MyDrivers (translate). Word on the street is that the volume and power buttons will be moved to the rear, as they do not fit properly on the sides. First discovered by its model number, the LG D801 has been found to score considerably high on benchmark tests; all sources indicate LG may be readying one of the most powerful devices to date.
Rumored as the LG Optimus G2, details include Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean, a 1.7 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, a 13-megapixel rear camera, 2GB RAM, and an Adreno 330 GPU. Expected to offer a full-HD 1,920×1,080-pixel display, it’s possible that the D801 will boast a screen size of 5 inches or larger.
Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 (April 18, 2013)
The first details for what is expected to be the Samsung Galaxy Ace 3 have arrived, suggesting that another midrange experience is on the horizon. Preliminary specifications are reported to include a dual-core 1GHz Broadcom processor, a display resolution of 480×800 pixels, 4GB internal storage, and a 5-megapixel camera. As often has been the case with European models of this kind, the Galaxy Ace 3 is rumored to come in a variety of colors and single-SIM and dual-SIM editions.
Huawei Edge (April 11, 2013)
Huawei may dial up the Edge as the handset maker’s flagship device for summer 2013. Recently leaked (translate) details suggest the smartphone will run Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and feature a quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, a 4.9-inch 1080p HD display, and 2,600mAh battery. Reportedly, the Huawei Edge will come in 16GB and 32GB models and could come in a svelte 6.3mm chassis.
Android-powered notebooks (April 2, 2013): Rumors out of Digitimes suggest that Google is building an Android-powered notebook PC that could arrive as soon as the third quarter. Reportedly, the “Androidbook” is one of Sundar Pichai’s projects and could help accelerate Google’s foray into the PC market.
Casio C881 Gz’One Commando (April 1, 2013): A Casio C881 Gz’One Commando has been recently spotted in FCC documents, tipping Verizon’s hand for an upcoming military-spec device. Presumably a successor to last year’s C771 Gz’One Commando, the details look to include CDMA and LTE support, as well as NFC, Bluetooth, and Wi-Fi.
Sony Togari (March 27, 2013): Sony may introduce a massive 6.44-inch smartphone this fall with rather impressive specifications. Components are reported to include 3GB RAM, a 2.3GHZ Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU, Adreno 330 GPU, 32GB of internal storage, and 13-megapixel Exmor RS camera. Powered by a 3,500mAh battery, the Togari should also feature a stylus, NFC, LTE, and an IR blaster.
HTC Droid DNA/Butterfly successor (March 27, 2013): A follow-up to HTC’s Droid DNA phone is being planned, says HTC Chief Marketing Officer Ben Ho. Talking with reporters earlier in the week, Ho said that HTC would soon launch a second-generation Butterfly aimed at those looking for the large-screen experience.
Google’s Android smartwatch (March 21, 2013): Google looks to be joining Apple in thedevelopment of a rumored smartwatch, according to a recent Financial Times report. Details are light, however, the watch is said to be designed by the “Android unit” at Google. An unnamed source said that the watch will “act as an extension to the smartphones using that operating system.” According to a 2011 patent application, the watch will have dual-screened display and a interactive user interface.
Samsung smartwatch (March 18, 2013): Samsung has confirmed plans to release a smartwatch, but details like pricing and availability are unknown. “We’ve been preparing the watch product for so long,” Lee Young Hee, executive vice president of Samsung’s mobile business, recently said during an interview with Bloomberg. “We are working very hard to get ready for it. We are preparing products for the future, and the watch is definitely one of them.”
LG smartwatch (March 22, 2013): LG could be cooking up both a smartwatch and a wearable computing device along the lines of Google Glass, reports the Korea Times. It remains unclear whether the LG watch will run Android or Firefox; both are likely candidates for the hardware maker.
Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Plus (March 21, 2013): Samsung could introduce a Galaxy Tab 3 Plus later this year, according to a SamMobile insider. Reportedly, the high-end Samsung tablet will feature a Super AMOLED FULL HD Display and may come in either a 10.1-inch or 11.6-inch display size. Early rumors pegged pegged the device with a 2,560×1,600 pixel resolution and possibly a quad-core Exynos processor and at least 2GB RAM.
ZTE Quantum (March 19, 2013): Sprint is rumored to be testing a 4G LTE smartphone from ZTE, reports AndroidPolice. Carrying an N8910 model number, the Quantum is said to run Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean and feature a 5-inch 720p display, a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 1GB RAM, and 4GB internal storage. Flanked by a 13.0-megapixel rear camera and front-facing 0.9-megapixel camera, the Quantum could be another lower-cost alternative for Sprint customers.
Sony Xperia L (March 6, 2013): A Sony Xperia L could soon be introduced as a mid-tier Android device, reports Xperia Blog. Details for the handset are reported to include a 4.3-inch, 854×480-pixel display, 1GHz dual-core processor, 8GB internal storage, microSD slot, and an 8-megapixel camera. Said to run Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean, the Xperia L is also known by its C210X model number.
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T-Mobile Prism II (March 3, 2013): T-Mobile may offer the Huawei U8686 as the T-Mobile Prism, indicates oft-reliable @evleaks. Specifications are reported to include Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean, a 1GHz single-core processor, and a display with 320×240-pixel resolution. Typically, a QVGA display falls at around 3.5 inches.
HTC G2 (February 1, 2013): Not to be confused with the another HTC smartphone of the same name, a low-end Android model is also rumored for a spring 2013 release date. Details obtained byUnwired View include a 1GHz processor, a 2.5-inch HVGA display, 512MB RAM, 4GB of internal storage, and 5-megapixel camera. Presumably aimed at first-time smartphone users, the G2 could run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
Samsung Godiva (February 25, 2013): The Samsung Godiva, spied indicates Verizon may offer another member in the Stratosphere family. Details are rumored to include CDMA and LTE bands, GSM roaming, NFC, and support for future AWS networks. A photo obtained by Engadget, however, shows no physical keyboard.
Asus ME371MG tablet (February 7, 2013): Asus will allegedly debut an “ultra-budget” 7-inch Android tablet in the second quarter, reports Bulgarian tech site Tablet.bg (translate). The tablet could have an Intel Atom Z2420 dual-core processor, a microSD expansion slot, 1GB RAM, and a 3-megapixel rear camera. Powered by Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, the ME371MG is listed with a 7-inch 1,280×800-pixel IPS screen, 1.2-megapixel front-facing camera, and 4,270 mAh battery.
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