Phandroid » Rumors Android Phone News, Rumors, Reviews, Apps, Forums & More! Sat, 19 Apr 2014 16:36:34 +0000 en-US hourly 1 OnePlus One press renders leaked – interchangeable wood, carbon fiber, and denim back covers too Sat, 19 Apr 2014 02:04:46 +0000 OnePlus One 1

We’ve had our reservations about the OnePlus One. An upcoming smartphone that’s made a name for itself for being different from “the other guys,” we haven’t actually seen any product. To top it all off, the leaks we have seen appear to be nothing more than a rebranded Oppo Find 7. But all of that may have changed tonight.

Some new “leaks” are once again piquing our interest, allegedly showing the upcoming smartphone, not only in a variety of press renders, but some of the removable back covers that will be available for the device as well. We have to admit, the phone and the “StyleSwap” covers look pretty damn cool. Take a look.

OnePlus One StyleSwap back covers

Design wise, the phone looks very similar with the Oppo Find 7 only the display looks as if it’s floating on the front of the device. An interesting design choice, we’re wondering if this might be in an effort to keep the display from shattering should the phone fall on one of the 4 corners. You’ll see USB cables featuring both micro and Lightning connectors. Only white and black were pictured, but we’re guessing the red “Never Settle” back cover we saw in a previous leak will also be available around launch.

With CynogenMod Inc. on board, it’s strange we see a UI more in tune with Xiaomi’s MIUI than AOSP. It’s possible CM could be loaded for western markets, while that custom UI we’re seeing in the above images is for China.

After taking a good look at the device, what do you think? This is the final puzzle piece as we await the phone’s launch on April 23rd.

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[OnePlus BBS Forum | via Android Authority]

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Motorola working on an even lower spec’d Moto G, could it be the $100 Nexus? [RUMOR] Fri, 18 Apr 2014 21:31:24 +0000 moto-g-14

Looks like Motorola may have found their market. In an attempt to build upon the success that was the low-cost Motorola Moto G, the soon-to-be Lenovo owned OEM may soon release an even lower spec’d smartphone to help further capture the low-end market.


Uncovered by Brazilian site TechnoBlog, this unnamed phone (Moto E, perhaps?) will come in 3 slightly different variants (XT1021 with single SIM, XT1022 dual SIM, and XT1025 dual SIM with digital TV). If the Moto G wasn’t quite so low-end for you, this Moto G Lite drops them as far as anyone should be willing to go. Here’s a quick spec list:

  • 4.3-inch display
  • 1.2GHz dual-core processor
  • 5MP camera
  • 1GB RAM
  • 4GB internal storage
  • 1,900mAh
  • Android 4.4 KitKAt

Currently, the phone is rumored to launch in May, although whether or not we’ll see this outside of emerging markets remains to be seen. We should note an earlier rumor from today that mentioned we could see a new $100 Nexus smartphone. Given Motorola’s history with releasing Google Play edition variants of their devices in the Play Store, we can’t help but wonder if it could be the smartphone leaked with the specs above. But it seems the real question is: how low can Motorola go?

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Will Google bring a MediaTek-powered Nexus for under $100? Fri, 18 Apr 2014 18:00:24 +0000 Nexus-logo-featured-LARGE

The Nexus line has always brought us affordable devices without any carrier or OEM influence (well, except for that one Verizon Nexus phone which shall not be named). New rumors suggest Google feels like they haven’t gotten the cost of admission low enough, though, with murmurings of a budget option coming by way of MediaTek.

According to a report by MTKSJ, Google will look to target that nice $100 price point that the Moto G was introduced at. Unfortunately it doesn’t sound like this device will be quite as stout as the Moto G is for the cost. MediaTek silicon isn’t often impressive in the few devices that use them, with quad-core and octa-core chipsets in various phones often feeling more sluggish than some dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon devices.

We can’t pass judgment on anything that isn’t officially known to exist, though, so we’ll just leave it at that. It’s not surprising to see Google attempting to emulate the same success the Moto G had for Motorola, which became the company’s best selling smartphone of all time. Let’s just hope they don’t have to cut too many corners to achieve that.

[MTKSJ via Electronista]

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Samsung says Galaxy Note 4 will launch with a new form factor, could it look like this? Thu, 17 Apr 2014 21:23:04 +0000 galaxy-note 4-concept-2014

Concept image based on recently filed Samsung patent

The Samsung Galaxy S5 didn’t do much to change the Korean manufacturer’s current design language. Launching last week across the globe, we saw the same plastic build quality (we aren’t knocking it), soft touch leathery finish on the back (similar to Note devices), and chrome siding that could be seen as a throw back to the original Samsung Galaxy S. Holding the phone side by side with previous iterations, and you’d be hard pressed to tell the difference.

But we’ve noticed that when Samsung does get around to changing the design for their devices, they don’t do it with their flagships, but rather with their Galaxy Note line which launches later in the year. Maybe that’s why we’re excited about the prospect of something “different” for the Galaxy Note 4, and what it could mean for future Galaxy devices down the road.

In an interview with Reuters, Yoon Han-kil,  senior vice president of Samsung’s product strategy team, talks about the company’s plans for this year. After mentioning that Samsung will be launching their first Tizen-based smartphone towards the end of Q2, he even divulged a little info on their plans for the Samsung Galaxy Note 4. Concerned with a “slowing high-end market,” it appears as if Samsung will look towards a new design for the next Galaxy Note iteration, this in an effort to help drive sales. According to Yoon, the next Galaxy Note will launch with a “new form factor,” though remained mum on exact details. He went on to say:

“Our ultimate goal is to make products that consumers really aspire to have. This is how we are trying to find a breakthrough in the stagnant premium market.”

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 patent

I guess the only question now is exactly what Samsung could be planning with the Galaxy Note 4. We’ve already seen the OEM experiment with their flexible OLED display technology with the Samsung Galaxy Taco Round. It’s entirely possible Samsung could be experimenting with implementing that into the Galaxy Note 4, in fact, we’ve already seen one possible idea Samsung has been experimenting with in a recently uncovered patent filing.

Samsung Galaxy Note 4 patent

The patent shows a device that’s flat, but features curved display edges, wrapping around the sides of the device. It’s very modern looking, and unlike anything we’ve seen from Samsung in the past (and that’s a good thing). If this is what we can look forward to in the Galaxy Note 4 (or even looking ahead to the Samsung Galaxy S6), would any of you consider going #TeamSamsung for your next Android?

[Reuters | Concept render | Patent 1, 2]

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Is this our first look at the OnePlus One? Wed, 16 Apr 2014 15:56:18 +0000 one-plus-one-leak

With as much info as OnePlus themselves have dropped about their upcoming smartphone so far, we’re amazed it’s taken this long to get our first real look at the thing (even if we don’t get much other than its backside). The shot you see to the right was posted to Chinese social network Weibo, giving us a look at its chassis.

What we see is a rather ordinary red material with OnePlus’s “Never Settle” mantra stamped on back. Some might immediately look at this as obnoxious branding, but don’t forget that the OnePlus One is being designed to allow people to customize the look of their phones using StyleSwap (which is a fancy way to say they support interchangeable covers).

We can also see the 13 megapixel Sony Exmor sensor on back accompanied by an LED flash unit. Pictures of the base motherboard were also leaked, though it doesn’t show us much other than OnePlus being proud enough to etch their own logo into the thing.

This peep show comes to an end right there, though, because there was nothing else to be told. We’ll have to wait for more information to drop to know more, otherwise the April 23rd unveiling should give us all we need.

[via GizChina]

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Newly leaked LG Isai could hint to the LG G3′s upcoming design Tue, 15 Apr 2014 19:29:24 +0000 LG isai FL blue

In the wee hours of last night, @evleaks dropped a nice little leak for us to drool over. What you’re looking at is what Mr. Leaks claims to be the upcoming LG Isai FL, a phone that is sure to make the bezel-hating crowd scream in glee. But not so fast — this model is only for Japanese carrier “au” by KDDI.

LG isai FL white

While it’s rare to see a Japanese smartphone make its way to other parts of the globe, it’s entirely possible we’re simply looking at the Japanese variant of the rumored LG G3. You’ll notice what appears to be LG’s trademark rear button placement which is  found on the LG G2 and the LG G2 Mini (and the LG G Flex), and given last year’s Isai (L22) was the G2, it’s likely the above pictured L24 is the G3. Really, we can only speculate at this point.

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Last year’s Isai (left) compared with the LG G2 (right)

Given the LG G2 already had some of the smallest bezels on the market, LG really only has themselves to 1-up. With a rumored 2K display and Snapdragon 801 processor — would the Isai design make a worthy upgrade to last year’s LG G2?

[Google+ | via BGR | Image credit: DroidSans]

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Trademarks reveal Samsung Galaxy Adore, Galaxy S Fitness and Galaxy V: Tue, 15 Apr 2014 15:48:27 +0000 samsung-logo

What? Samsung is trademarking a ton of phone names on a random, rainy day? You don’t say! Another round of trademarks have sprouted from the USPTO, with the South Korean company apparently playing around with the following:

  • Galaxy Adore
  • Galaxy S Fitness
  • Galaxy V:

And that last one isn’t a typo — it really does have a colon mark at the end of it. Of course, trademarks aren’t required to tell us diddly squat about what they may or may not be used for, so we’re left to our own devices to guess.

The Galaxy Adore? How adorable — likely a forgettable entry-level or mid-range device to round out Samsung’s portfolio for the year. The Galaxy S Fitness could specialize in fitness, natch, with heart rate monitors and other fitness-related features in tow.

As for the Galaxy “V:”? Beats us. Quite frankly we’d be surprised to see Samsung use such a weird naming scheme reminiscent of Sony’s explosion of letters over the past few years. Of course, none of these names are guaranteed to see the light of day attached to an actual product. Be sure to share your own guesses in the comments below.

[via SamMobile]

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LG G3 allegedly pictured in the wild, benchmark shows 2K display Mon, 14 Apr 2014 22:47:28 +0000 lg-g3-2560x1440-640dpi-display pic

We’ve been seeing quite a few leaks lately pointing to the very real possibility that LG will be opting for a QHD “2K” display in the upcoming LG G3. Last week, a screen shot from the device showed us, not only a new minimal, “flatter” user interface, but it was the second time we were presented with alleged screenshots captured in — you guessed it — 1440 × 2560 resolution.

If you needed further confirmation that LG will be kicking off the 2K spec arms race, Ubergizmo has allegedly received the first photo of the device pictured in the wild (well, a portion of it anyway). The picture, taken of the device just after it finished an AnTuTu benchmark to completion, lists off a few of the device’s specs, including its 1440 x 2560 resolution display (although the reported 640 dpi could be an AnTuTu glitch). What’s more is LG was reportedly able to confirm the resolution of the device to UberGiz.

Last week, we saw the a possible LG G3 variant for Sprint pop up in a user agent profile (LG LS990). While the device listed a Snapdragon 800 processor, it’s entirely possible it was prototype device for network testing and LG will ultimately pop in an 801 in time for its consumer release.

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HTC One M8 said to be coming in plastic variant Mon, 14 Apr 2014 15:49:51 +0000 htc-one-m8-tips-tricks-featured

Want a plastic HTC One M8? Me neither, but according to the latest rumors we could be getting one sometime soon. TMT Post is reporting that HTC is planning to introduce a plastic version of their 2014 flagship smartphone.

What will the differences be? Well, it’ll be the same exact phone, except without all that plastic that makes it feel like something that costs a whole lot of money. The new version will apparently be lighter, cheaper and should quell the fears of anyone who thinks metal hampers the mobile experience.

Apparently the device will sell for the equivalent of about $483, whereas the original is about $700. Those are pretty steep savings indeed, though it’ll be up to you to decide if that extra wadge of metal is worth another $200.

[via G for Games]

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Samsung wants to “Kapture the Moment” with event on April 29th; Galaxy S5 Zoom? Mon, 14 Apr 2014 12:39:52 +0000 We might be right into the thick of the Samsung Galaxy S5 launch, but that doesn’t mean the South Korean company doesn’t have other goodies in the pipeline. It looks like Samsung might be looking to formally introduce the Samsung Galaxy S5 Zoom by the end of this month, with invitations for an April 29th press invites for a Singapore event going out.

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The event asks folks to “Kapture the Moment,” which is almost a dead giveaway as to what they’ll be wanting to discuss. Unfortunately for Samsung we already have a pretty decent idea about the makeup of their second camera phone. Here are some of the early specs that were outed in a benchmark listing early on:

  • 4.8-inch 720p SAMOLED display
  • Exynos “hexa-core” SoC
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 20 megapixel camera with 10x zoom and Xenon flash
  • 16GB internal storage
  • NFC
  • Android 4.4.2 KitKat.

Not too shabby. Oh, and as for that whole “K” thing in the invitation? Rumors are suggesting this will be known as the Samsung Galaxy K once it’s revealed (because “Zoom” just isn’t doing it for them, for whatever reason).


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Amazon smartphone with a 3D display launching this September [RUMOR] Fri, 11 Apr 2014 21:59:10 +0000 amazon-smartphone-tmc-1

The long rumored “Amazon smartphone” has been whispered for longer than we care to remember. But according to the Wall Street Journal, it appears Amazon is finally ready to make this smartphone thing happen, with a release scheduled for this summer.

Sources say Amazon has already begun showing off the phone to developers, and is planning to announce the phone in late June, with a release in September. How will this phone differ from the plethora of Androids already on the market? How ’bout not 1, or 2, or 3 cameras — but 4 of them. Okay, so they’ll be largely used for retina-tracking. What for? Because the Amazon phone will feature 3D-like holograms that seemingly jump off the display.

It sounds crazy, and hella gimmicky, but with Amazon’s new in-house Game Studios at the ready, they might be able to pull this thing off. Looks like Nintendo’s got some competition in the 3D mobile games space.


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Sprint LG G3 shows up in UA profile sporting Snapdragon 800, 3GB RAM, 2K display Fri, 11 Apr 2014 20:14:01 +0000 LG-G2-Mini-G-Pro-2-6

Still shrouded in mystery, with every passing day we’re hoping LG will finally make official the oft rumored LG G3. As far as possible carriers the phone will eventually be available on, we had little doubt the G3 would be making its way on over to Sprint (LG and Sprint have a good history together). Today, a new leak may be finally confirming those suspicions.

A device going by the model number LG LS990 (the previous Sprint G2 was LS980) showed up in a user agent profile. According to what was reported, this phone lines up perfectly with what we’ve been hearing about the LG G3. The only part that seems a little off is the fact that it was still using a Snapdragon 800 processor, the exact same SoC from the G2. Here’s the spec list:

Sprint LG G3 (LG LS990)

  • Processor: 2.3GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 (MSM8974)
  • Operating system: Android 4.4.2 KitKat
  • Cellular connectivity: LTE / EVDO / IS2000
  • Other connectivity: GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth
  • Display: 5.5-inch QHD (1440×2560)
  • RAM: 3GB of RAM
  • Internal storage: 32GB
  • External storage: MicroSD cards up to 64GB
  • Rear-facing camera: 13MP (Highest Image Resolution:4160×3120)
  • Front-facing camera: 2.1M (Camcorder Resolution:1920×1080)

Yesterday, we got a sneak peek at the new UI LG might be going with for their 2K monster. And while a Snapdragon 800 processor may sound a bit disappointing, we’d be willing to bet this is only an early prototype model used for testing. Even if not, would that really be a deal breaker for any of you?

With a 5.5-inch display, it seems LG is creeping ever to slightly into phablet territory. With our sights already set on the Samsung Galaxy S5, HTC One M8, and the Sony Xperia Z2 for this year, it’d be nice to have one more option to mull over. Which phone are you waiting for?


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Alleged photo samples from the OnePlus One leak, and they look great Fri, 11 Apr 2014 19:20:05 +0000 oneplus one photo sample 3

There’s little doubt that the Sony-crafted camera inside the OnePlus One will be up to the task of taking some beautiful photos. We can’t say that for sure without seeing some samples from the device, but someone may have been able to leak a few early samples for us to gawk at.

The 13 megapixel camera was apparently responsible for the photo samples you see above and below. There’s no way to tell if these are legit, but if they are then users certainly don’t have anything to sneeze at when it comes to its prowess.

OnePlus says Never Settle was just as important for the camera as every other corner of this device. It contains a 6-lens setup with f/2.0 aperture for great lowlight performance and sharpness. Whatever it has, though, we’ll be more than pleased with its performance if shots turn out like the ones that you see here. April 23rd is the day that we learn all there is to know about the arrival of this exciting device.

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[MyDrivers via PhoneArena]

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LG G3 UI leak shows flatter design Thu, 10 Apr 2014 14:20:17 +0000 lg-g3-ui

We know LG’s working on their next flagship smartphone behind the scenes even if the South Korean company is predictably denying it to no end. Another leak has surfaced showing the latest user interface changes they’ll be introducing.

We don’t get much in the way of information, but we do see the design language LG will be going with. The trend has been “flat” lately, and that’s exactly where they’ll be going if these shots are to be believed.

Not a big fan of it? You’re just as free to install a custom launcher and use an icon pack if you want. Otherwise, you can try another device (the trend is practically everywhere so you might have trouble escaping it) or just deal with it. After all, they’re just icons. We’ll save real judgment when we get a real look at everything LG’s latest changes will have to offer (which hopefully won’t take too long into the summer to happen).

[via PhoneArena]

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HTC One M8 Ace featured in the ugliest press render ever Tue, 08 Apr 2014 12:55:10 +0000 htc m8 ace leak

A couple of weeks ago, we were told to expect a couple of mid-range spin-off devices based on the HTC One M8. One of those phones was the HTC One M8 Mini, and the original source was almost certain it existed. The other was the HTC One M8 Ace, which the source seemed a bit less sure about.

But it appears we have a bit more solid evidence thanks to a rather ugly looking press render that has leaked. The latest image was delivered by @evleaks, giving us a look at a phone that is unusually concealed and quite blurry for these sorts of things.

The artifacting and pixelation on the bezels of the render make it hard to know of the M8 Ace is equipped with BoomSound, but we wouldn’t be surprised if it wasn’t. We also see a camera and a possible notification light or proximity sensor to the right. Finally, it looks like the M8 Ace has that same black strip of doom that everyone hates so much on the all new HTC One M8.

Beyond that, though, we aren’t given much to work with. If Samsung’s own “Ace” line of devices is anything to go by, we probably won’t be expecting this one to set the world on fire (but there’s nothing saying HTC can’t break the mold).

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