And just like that, it’s September 4. D-Day. H-hour. The first day of the rest of our lives. But a day that’s bound to remain in Android history, not unlike September 3, when Google took the entire world by surprise and announced Android 4.4 KitKat.
Looks like someone at Sony made a blunder of catastrophic proportions with mere hours to go until maybe the company’s biggest smartphone unveiling to date. Not that the Xperia Z1 (aka Honami) was much of a mystery before today.
Aside from jumping the gun ahead of IFA 2013 and showcasing the world’s first 4K video recording capable smartphone, a very budget-conscious 10-inch tablet and a ginormous all-in-one PC running Android, Acer is apparently laying it all out there as far as its future plans go, too.
Just because Alcatel came forward with the One Touch Idol S and Idol Mini a few days ago, that doesn’t mean the company is all done with showing off its IFA 2013 guns. Not even close, as the French are actually only now pulling out the big guns, both figuratively and literally.
Although the upgraded version of the Fonepad has stopped being a secret ages ago, Asus seems keen to keep a tight lid on it for a while longer. Probably until the new Transformer Pad, PadFone mini, MeMoFone HD 5 and MeMoPad HD 8 will themselves become official, which should happen any day now.
Amidst the not-so-shocking news of Microsoft buying Nokia’s handset business, HTC has announced a number of products, and among them is the Desire 601, which previously leaked under the codename Zara.
As Samsung’s Galaxy Note III has basically starred in a new rumor every couple of days for the past month or so, you’d think the phablet would be as transparent as glass by now. And it is in many ways, only a number of tidbits are yet to be revealed or confirmed.
The Sony Xperia Z1 refuses to keep a low profile as we inch closer and closer before its official announcement, with Sony’s upcoming flagship now appearing in some crystal clear press shots.
For an OEM that’s not very much used to media attention or online buzz, Oppo sure knows how to build solid hype ahead of the N1 unveiling. And it does so aided by official marketing tools, such as the company’s Facebook, Google+ or YouTube accounts, which is even more commendable.
You can’t close in on the once undisputed leader of a smartphone market as large and important as India by releasing one new product every six months, so Micromax enriching its Canvas line-up is probably not surprising news.
Samsung’s fat amalgamation of smartphone and camera just got much faster at sharing photos, thanks to the introduction of an LTE-enabled variant.
And so it begins. Technically, we’re still a full week away from the IFA 2013 official kick-off. But since things are to get awfully crowded on the Berlin stage seven days from now, it shouldn’t come as a surprise that certain exhibitors are already starting to reveal their new products.
Just as everyone thought the Sony Xperia Z1 (aka Honami) rumor bonanza was bound to stop, since there appeared to be nothing left unraveled, two reports from China appeared on our doorsteps, bringing nothing really new to the table, but refusing to go unnoticed nevertheless.
What’s that you say, HTC has plenty of mid-end, budget-friendly smartphones out and about and it needs one more as much as John McAfee needs more easy money? Sorry to burst your bubble, but it appears the Taiwanese do think their mid-range line-up could benefit from one new addition.
Huawei’s current crown jewel is undoubtedly the Ascend P6, an uber skinny 4.7-inch phone with upper mid-range specs and budget-conscious price, but the Honor 3 might well threaten P6’s privileged spot in the company’s product line-up.
Fresh rumors out of the rumor oven suggest that Samsung might launch the Galaxy Note III on September 27 in Taiwan, and some leaked pictures show off what is allegedly the device’s display panel.
The HTC One Max starred in a ton of unconfirmed reports, leaks and so on back in July and early August, but about ten days ago it oddly dropped off our radar. Fret not though, as the long lost brother of the highly acclaimed HTC One is now back with a vengeance.
Okay, we all knew this was coming, so let’s not even pretend to be surprised. GooPhone, a Chinese OEM specialized in ripping off Apple designs, is reportedly working on an iPhone 5C clone already, which they are planning to launch as soon as next month.
Although Sony has been unable (or unwilling) to control the leaky faucet that’s brought us more Honami reports, unofficial pics and camera samples than one can count in the past few weeks, the upcoming high-end 5-inch phone continues to thrive in the spotlight.
After spectacularly leaping to number two in Indian smartphone sales and even closing in on Samsung, the market’s leader, we’re sad to inform you Micromax looks unable or unwilling to further step its game up.