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The other day we reported on sketches and OnePlus One marketing/packaging materials that hinted at [device] of the upcoming handset might look like. If you weren’t sure what to think based on those pictures, the good news is we now have a more detailed look at press renders of the device, alongside what appears to be the StyleSwap covers that will allow you to change up the look of the device.
As you can see, the overall shape and look of the OnePlus One in these photos falls in line with the design language shown off in the packaging/retail materials that leaked the other day. The OnePlus One appears to employ a minimalistic design approach that is very Oppo-like in nature, with the handset borrowing heavily from the design of the Oppo Find 5 in particular. Of course, considering the founding members of OnePlus came from Oppo, this makes sense.
Whether the OnePlus One’s design is something you’d consider the phone to be “more attractive than just about any [device] on the market, with the exception of maybe the iPhone” is probably a matter of taste. That said, we have to admit those stylish swap covers certainly have us more than a little excited. Before we get too ahead of ourselves, however, it’s important to note that we can’t say with any certainty that these images are legit. While they certainly fit with what we’d expect from the handset, it’s possible these could be merely fan renders, so we’d take all of this with a grain of salt for now.
Curious to learn more about the OnePlus One? Click here for our previous coverage, or here to get a closer look at the device’s specs. If this is a legit look at the OnePlus One, what do you think of the design — impressed or not?
Thanks to Luka, over at the Android Authority forums for tipping us about the images seen above!
The Samsung Galaxy S5 is expected to be announced this Monday at MWC, but that’s not the only announcement that Samsung has in store for us. We’ve already heard various reports that make it pretty clear that we’ll see the Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 at MWC, and at least one rumor suggests that there could be a Gear Fit fitness tracker as well.
Now thanks to several new leaks from @evleaks, we not only get two different press renders of the Gear 2, but we are also treated to the first look at the Gear 2 Neo. @evleaks even reveals that Samsung may be dropping the “Galaxy” branding from its smartwatch line-up.
Aesthetically, the Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo look a bit more polished than the first-gen Galaxy Gear. Although some folks liked the original design, others weren’t so keen by Samsung’s decision to make the four screws visible on the front of the device. Another big difference between the Galaxy Gear and its next-gen brethren is that the new models have a different placement for the camera and include what appears to be a home button.
Samsung Galaxy Gear 2 and Galaxy Gear 2 Neo pic.twitter.com/yfrbNQsVVk
— @evleaks (@evleaks) February 22, 2014
So what sets the Gear 2 Neo apart from the Gear 2? While we’ve yet to see any real details when it comes to specs, Samsung has previously used the Neo moniker on the lower-end Galaxy Note 3 Neo, so it’s pretty obvious that the Gear 2 Neo will be a lower-end variant of Samsung’s next-gen smartwatch. As you can see, the Neo seems to use slightly less ‘premium’ materials for its design, and it is likely that its specs will also be somewhat reduced in order to keep pricing lower.
For now, that’s really all we know about the Samsung Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo, though thankfully Monday’s expected announcement should shed more light on the situation. It’s also important to note that Samsung has yet to confirm the existence of the Gear 2 or the Gear 2 Neo, so take the entire rumor with a grain of salt.
Be sure to stay tuned to Android Authority, where we’ll be bringing you more news on the next-gen Gear and other great new devices at MWC in the days to come. What do you think, excited by the next-gen Gear 2 and Gear 2 Neo? Will Samsung have better luck with its next-gen variants than it did with the original Galaxy Gear?
Thanks for the tip, Akshay Jain!
At this point there’s no denying that the Nokia X is a real thing and its pretty much guaranteed that the handset is destined for a MWC unveiling. So what do we know about the Nokia X? Quite a bit actually. Not only have we heard the rumored specs, but we have also seen press renders and Nokia’s own official teasers. Now several actual photos of the device (and its UI) have allegedly be leaked as well.
The phone in the pictures looks exactly like what we’ve seen from the leaked press renders, and the same pretty much goes for the UI. As expected, the interface is very reminiscent of Windows Phone, which can be a good or bad thing depending on your tastes.
One thing you’ll also notice is that not a single Google app is listed on any of the tiles we can see but there is a Nokia HERE maps icon and a ‘Store’ icon, which falls in line with the idea that Nokia will be pushing its own apps and services (as well as Microsoft’s) and will not be Google certified. In short, this means that Google apps won’t be available for the handset and the Android app selection will be limited to whatever Nokia’s store offers.
Overall, the Nokia X is an attractive enough looking handset device, but it’s clearly marketed at those looking for an entry-level smartphone judging by its lack of flash and its dual-SIM support. According to the rumor mill, the Nokia X is expected to feature a Snapdragon 400 CPU, 512MB RAM, a 4-inch low-res display, 4GB storage, microSD, a 1500 mAh battery and a 5MP camera.
What do you think of the Nokia X, can it compete against other Android budget devices that are Google Play certified or is it likely to be a niche product with limited support? Regardless of what happens, we’ll be sure to bring you all the official details related to the Nokia X during MWC, so stayed tuned!
Meizu’s Android smartphones are already popular in China and at least one model will be launched in the U.S. later this year, but the MX3 may become even cooler in the near future in case it will indeed run Ubuntu as it’s apparently capable of doing (see following images).
Canonical’s mobile plans haven’t been a secret for a long while, but the company is yet to actually launch its first Ubuntu handset. However, the Meizu MX3 has been spotted running Ubuntu in images and videos.
Images and even a video showing the handset in action with Canonical’s mobile OS on top have been leaked on Weibo from an official Meizu account, PocketNow reports. However, that doesn’t mean the phone will become the first Ubuntu phone, or one of the models expected to launch in the next months, as Canonical is yet to say anything on the matter. Check out the video below to see Ubuntu running on the handset.
Furthermore, you can check our hands-on with the Meizu MX3 (running its default Android-based OS) from CES 2014 in the following video.
After failing to meet its crowdsourcing goal with the Ubuntu Edge, a more than interesting mobile device that Canonical tried to have manufactured, the company is apparently in talks with at least one OEM that will produce Ubuntu-running handsets for the company.
Are you looking forward to buying Ubuntu smartphones?
Coming by way of a recently discovered FCC filing, it would appear as if we are getting a look at what will become the next Nexus smartphone. The handset is believed to be the Nexus 5 and it is looking more and more like this one will be coming by way of LG. As we often see with an FCC filing, this one did contain a variety of images. These were mixed with some internal and some external photos and sadly, not all of the external images were perfectly clear.
What we are seeing is a handset that sports similar looks to that of the currently available Nexus 4. Basically the overall shape and size appears similar. As well, the rear-facing camera and flash are sitting in the same corner. Though, the camera lens on this model does appear to be a bit more obvious.
There wasn’t any specifics in terms of the camera, but we suspect current Nexus users will be hoping for an improved camera experience. Other items spotted from the images show the headphone jack sitting up top with the power button and volume rocker sitting on opposite sides of the handset. And as one would expect, the USB charging port is on the bottom.
While most of the external features of the handset can be seen and identified, there is one mystery item located on the back. Specifically, sitting centered along the top of the back, just to the side of the headphone jack. Speculation points towards that being an IR blaster or fingerprint scanner, though the space seems to be an incorrect size for either of those. This is nothing more than additional speculation, but that could be something that will only be found on a pre-production device.
Otherwise, we did manage to spot what appears to be a 2300 mAh battery when looking at the internal images. While we certainly need some additional details, we cannot help but overlook the bit about these images matching up with what we saw in the Kit Kat video. Time will tell if this proves to be the LG Nexus 5, but for now it looks like that is where we are heading.
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LG Nexus 5 spied in a series of FCC images
While Sony readies a 20MP shooter for their upcoming (and beautiful) Z1 Honami, they haven’t forgotten the rest of us. Their QX lenses are widely reported to work with just about any device via NFC and/or Bluetooth, and have the ability to work while detached from our phones or tablets. We’ve already seem images — even specs — but nothing like these.
A ton of images have been leaked by a Korean tipster to Photo Rumors, and give a bit more info about the lenses. It appears there will be a case (we assume proprietary to a Sony device, probably the Z1) as well the familiar clip-on holder for the lenses. Interestingly enough, the clip-on or case are separate from the lenses, according to these pics. That would be a good choice, and leads us to think there will be more lenses in the future, if these prove to be popular.
If you’re concerned about the blurred portion in the center of the pics, don’t worry — nobody is hiding anything. It seems the helpful tipster plastered the images with some anti-Japanese rhetoric. Thanks for the images, but no thanks on the hateful speech.
If Sony can turn your current (and all future devices) phone into a 20MP-plus shooter, are you interested? Would you drop 0 or more for the hardware? Seems like a good choice for the serious photographer on the go.
After first breaking the news of the Oppo N1 and its new camera technology that is expected to compete against the likes of the Galaxy Camera and the upcoming Sony Honami, the company itself posted a teaser of the imminent arrival of the device and its highly-anticipated feature, a rear touch panel. Today, a couple of images of the smartphone have surfaced online on Weibo, along with a leaked image courtesy of EvLeaks, giving us a look at what to expect.
As you can see, the images show the white version of the device, with a large display and a slim form factor. It looks like all the navigation buttons are going to be on-screen, and we can also see that there are no buttons on the right side of the device, with the bottom housing the microphone, speaker, microUSB port, and headphone jack.
Of course, it’s a little disappointing that an image of the rear of the device, which is expected to feature the new N-lens 13MP camera and touch panel, aren’t available. But, the company has posted a chart on its Weibo page showcasing some of the capabilities of the touch panel, which include swiping through pages, scrolling, change songs, full camera control, along with other user-defined functions as well.
We now know what the Oppo N1 looks like, and at least some of the functionality of the rear touch panel, but we’ll still have to wait to find out exactly what the specifications of the device are. With the Oppo N1 being launched in September, stay tuned as we find out more!
What are your thoughts? What do you think of the design of the Oppo N1? Is the rear touch panel going to be a useful feature? Let us know in the comments section below.
In addition to appearing in Sony teasers, the Honami has apparently been spotted in a few other images these days including rumored press renders for the handset, but also a set of pictures showing the frame of the device.
Chinese site digi-wo has posted the image above which looks very much like a press render for the Honami. Assuming the picture is accurate, it suggests the phone will be available in three colors versions at launch including black, white and purple.
The image also has a date attached to it, September 5, 2013, but we have no idea what it means yet. The Sony Honami is expected to be unveiled a day earlier during a special Sony media event in Berlin, Germany.
The second set of images (see gallery below) shows the frame of the smartphone from different angles.
We’ll notice that while these pictures can’t be confirmed, they’re in line with what we’ve seen so far regarding the Honami.
In fact, when comparing them to Sony’s second teaser (top image), which shows the entire phone including the layout of the right side (port flap, power button, volume keys, dedicated camera button and lanyard hole), we’ll notice the same arrangement both in the alleged press images but also in the images showing the frame of the phone.
The Honami is expected to be Sony’s next flagship smartphone, so we should see more leaks and teasers in the following weeks, as we approach its official announcement.
We’ve previously posted about the rumored new BlackBerry 7 device (the 9720) that is due to go on sale at some point this year and it looks like somebody has had their lucky hands on one.