Sony has started its 2014 phone portfolio with the Xperia Z1 Compact showcased at CES, followed by Xperia T2 Ultra (dual) and Xperia E1 (dual). Now, according to a Chinese forum Digi-wo, a new panel that’s supposedly a backpanel of the future Xperia (don’t know which one; although some peoples trusted it is Z2). We’ll showcase the picture below; click the picture for a larger view.
The picture came from someone who is working on Sony as an R&D department. The phone has same camera placement as the Xperia Z1 Compact. According to the forum post, the phone will offer a 23 megapixel back camera, 5.3″ screen, and will be available in 5 different colors. However, the back cover is not made from glass. It looks like Sony is using some other material to build this back cover (matte/metallic or even carbon fiber?).
If you look closely at the picture, this could be a Japanese-only smartphone model. The ‘XPERIA’ logo placement is at the middle of the phone, while the international model has a big ‘SONY’ logo at the middle of the phone, and XPERIA logo at the bottom, starting from Xperia M. At the bottom of the backplate, it says ‘XX-XXX’. This indicates that this is the carrier model for Japan only; This is the model number that the device could have (for example SO-03E). Other indications revealing the Japan-only model is the tap-to-pay logo instead of NFC logo.
Rumors also indicates that this device will be announced in sometime in February (possibly at MWC). We need to wait to tell you that this is real or not.
Local Spanish Twitter account of evleaks, @evleaksES, has tweeted a picture showing the unannounced Nokia Normandy in several colors. The picture is also showcasing Nokia’s custom Android UI, which (may be in your opinion) looks like Windows Phone’s Metro UI with Live Tiles.
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If you’ve take a more-closer look at the picture, the device has a dual-SIM option. The clock is also set at 10:45 (Nokia 1045?). The Normandy will run forked version of Android, which means there are no Google apps like Play Store, Mail, Google Maps, etc as Amazon do with their Kindle Fire tablets. The Play Store has been replaced with Nokia Store, and, as you can see, there are Nokia’s own MixRadio music streaming service ‘pinned’ on the ‘Start’ screen.
The Normandy is a low-end device spotting a 854×480 (or 480×854) display (possibly 4″ panel), 5 megapixel camera, Android KitKat 4.4.1 out-of-the-box, and has Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset (possibly S200). There’s no info (other than described above) of this device for now.
What do you think? Will it be announced? As you know, Microsoft is going to purchasing Nokia’s handset division, so it may be announced, may be not. We’ll keep you posted with some official statement.
The Xperia Z1s is announced at CES last week and now available to buy online. The Z1s is basically the Xperia Z1 with T-Mobile carrier exclusivity.
It has Android 4.3, 1080×1920 5″ display with Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2, Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2GB RAM, 3,000mAh battery, 20.7 megapixel camera, Full HD video recording, and even can swim with its waterproof feature.
The handset is priced at $0 up front with $22 bill per month for 24 months, or $528 full retail price off-contract.
At the moment you can only buy it from the online retailer. If you want to grab it straight from the retailer’s store, you must wait until next Tuesday.
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Another day, another Galaxy. The folks over SamMobile has spot an unknown yet unannounced Samsung device. The model number that’s spotted is GT-I9405. The number is spotted at Zauba, a site that tracks export and import activity in India. (Click the picture to enlarge)
The model number suggests that this device could be placed between Galaxy S III (I9300/I9305) and Galaxy S4 (I9500/I9505). According to that data, the phone will have a large 5.5″ display and single-SIM slot.
What could it be? Galaxy S III Plus? Galaxy S III Neo? Or Galaxy S4 Neo?
No information of the device has been leaked or revealed; we’ll keep you posted for more upcoming news.
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The Next Galaxy is about to come, however Samsung is ready to unveil its new Galaxy S5 flagship in mid-March, says Italian journalist Flavio. He says that this information is confirmed by a ‘reliable source’. The previous rumour said that the S5 will unveiled at MWC.
This rumour may be right, may be wrong, so we’ll wait for official statement.
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