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August 2012 Rumor Round-up: Motorola Event, Galaxy Note 2, Next Nexus, HTC 1080p Phone, and More

It has been over a month since we last did a rumor round-up, but since things are going to get wild starting tomorrow and then on through the month of September, we thought it was the perfect time to bring this series back. Motorola has big plans for next week, Samsung has a Note 2 on the way, there are Nexus rumors with manufacturer names attached, HTC still has a 1080p phone out there, and LG has a number of devices in the works. Again, it’s going to be busy. 

Motorola Event

On September 5, Motorola and Verizon are going to unveil their next couple of 4G LTE products. While they haven’t officially come out and said it, there are enough signs pointing to it being a party dedicated to the DROID RAZR HD and the DROID RAZR M.

According to benchmarks that were outed months ago and an FCC filing, along with a number of other leaks, the RAZR HD will sport an HD display (possibly 4.6″), 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 1GB of RAM, 2530mAh battery, NFC, and Ice Cream Sandwich. It should be a flagship, however, we aren’t sure exactly when it will be available. Verizon and Motorola are known for announcing phones, but not making them available for months.

The RAZR M is a mid-range device that will sell for $149 on 2-year contract and come in both white and black. It will definitely be announced on September 5, and could be available within a week thereafter. It will rock out with a 4.3″ qHD display, 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, NFC chip, 1GB RAM, and Ice Cream Sandwich.

It’s an interesting move by Motorola, to announce two new phones just days before Apple unveils the new iPhone. Will they be successful? That’s a great question.

Samsung Galaxy Note 2

Samsung will announce the Galaxy Note 2 tomorrow, August 29, in Berlin (teaser video). The device is rumored to carry a 5.5″ HD Super AMOLED display, a 1.4GHz Exynos quad-core processor, 8MP camera, come in two colors, run on 4G LTE networks, and potentially run Jelly Bean out of the box.

We get the feeling that this will have a major global rollout similar to the Galaxy S3, but are sort of expecting only European release dates to  be mentioned tomorrow. Samsung sold 10 million Note’s over the last year, so clearly they realize that they have a winner on their hands. Hopefully, we finally see one on Verizon instead of the LG device we’ll be talking about in a minute.

HTC “dlx” the 1080p Phone

HTC’s has a 1080p phone with a 5″ display on the way, but it’s definitely stayed behind the scenes better than most phones of late. In fact, we first found a benchmark for it back in early July, yet have seen or heard very little about the phone since. According to this benchmark, it will have a 1080p display (the first for a smartphone), probably run on a new Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor, and will undoubtedly have a 4G LTE chip inside.

Rumors originally pegged it for a September or late-Q3 release, but again, things have gone quiet on the “dlx” front. And that’s unfortunate, as this is the one phone that I cannot wait to see become official. After owning a One X, I can easily say that HTC is doing some of the most amazing things with Android hardware on the planet.

Next Nexus Devices

We have a month or two to go before we see a new Nexus phone, but all signs point to there being more than one. In fact, the latest rumor pegs Sony, LG, and Samsung as the OEMs who will create them. The names could potentially be the Sony Xperia Nexus, LG Optimus Nexus, and Samsung Galaxy Nexus 2.

Will we see any of them on Verizon? Well, I’d actually be surprised. The Galaxy Nexus on Verizon has been somewhat of a success, but I doubt that Google views it that way. They have been vocal about their displeasure in the slow update process that comes with the carrier-branded package. Google also seems to love GSM rather than the difficulties that come with supporting CDMA, something else that goes against Verizon’s territory. I don’t want to crush dreams, but if you want a new Nexus device going forward, you may want to think about going prepaid or doing a month-to-month plan with T-Mobile or AT&T.

LG’s Multiple Offerings

LG doesn’t want the rest of the Android world having all of the fun, and has decided to put out two new phones some time in the near future. The LG Intuition is a renamed Optimus Vu and a 5″ behemoth of a device that has failed to impress most in the international game. Their other phone will likely be the Spectrum 2, which you can find across the globe as the Optimus LTE2. Neither are probably going to “Wow!” anyone like HTC’s 1080p phone will, nor can they stand up to the Galaxy Note 2, but we’re never one to hate on having options.

iPhone 5 or the “new iPhone”

I thought about leaving this off, but according to the Apple rumormill, a press event for the new iPhone will go down in two weeks. Most of us couldn’t care less, but it’s a part of this tech world, and you should all be aware. Will its arrival affect the rest of these Android devices that we mentioned? Of course it will on a sales level, which is why we are seeing companies like Motorola throw events the week prior. We may see one massive wave of phones in the next month, all from companies hoping to grab the attention of those that have been holding out for this new iPhone. I do not envy them.

And that’s your August!

  • Lucky Armpit

    If Motorola really does announce those products next week, I sure hope they don’t take months to release them. As much as we give Apple grief over here, at least they do one thing right: When they announce a product, it’s available for purchase a few weeks later. It’s obviously a winning combination for Apple (and smart), so I’m not sure why no one else has picked up on this.

    • Robert Goddard

      It’s a patented process… they’ll sue em

  • devi8

    I think you’ll see a new Verizon nexus when Verizon starts using voice over lte and kills their cdma network, maybe 2014?

    • collinjw51

      Even if they decide to kill their CMDA, it won’t be as soon as 2014.

  • Can we stop acting like the HTC phone is for sure real?
    There are so many possibilities that going off just one benchmark is kinda dumb. Maybe they’re working on a competitor to the Ouya or something with that Playstation Certified contract they had and were testing the device on a TV. Rather than make the device tell the screen size, they just put a dummy screen size of 5 in. Or, more likely, it’s a 10 inch tablet and they just didn’t bother putting a proper screen size in.
    I’m just saying. HTC owns no screen manufacturer. There’s no way that with almost every big screen maker having their own smartphone division that they get such a revolutionary screen first.

  • i’d like to choose next nexus, but NOT samsung. because in samsung amoled screen, white color looks a bit yellowish 🙁

  • Kawan Best

    cant wait to see the Galaxy Nexus 2! I WONT dare get it on Verizon. As soon as my contract is up im buying it directly from Google!

  • Prox

    Paid the early term fee on Verizon nexus for gsm nexus on t mobile. Saving 1300 a year for two lines. Love hspa+ never looking back.

  • Droosh

    Would have been funnier if you included WP8 and BB10, but ignored iOS.

  • The nexus phone always disappoint me when it comes to hardware. Waiting for the galaxy nexus.

  • Counsel Dew

    Galaxy Nexus on Verizon a success? Not in my experience…

  • Tristan Cunha

    I’ve got a question about Nexus devices on Verizon (since the galaxy nexus isn’t really a real nexus device, more of a pure google device). More specifically, can I buy an unlocked phone, from Google, and have it run on VZ’s network? I know they don’t have sim cards, but shouldn’t I just be able to call up and attach it to my account?

    Also, as part of their purchase of the wireless spectrum for their LTE network, isn’t VZ required to keep it as an open network, and let any device run on it?

  • Sony Experia nexus 🙂 that will be something. Motorola needs to fix their lens and sensors if they want to compete.

  • Laki S.

    I was really excited about the Razr HD months ago. Now, not so much. I’ve already waited long enough; might as well wait a little longer and see what the new Nexii will be. I just hope they have at least one new Nexus for Verizon ’cause I don’t think I’ll switch carriers just to get a new phone. As much as I hate Verizon, I hate AT&T even more.

  • chris125

    Unless the nexus has top of the line specs, I will look at the other devices. Being able to unlock and flash a different rom a day isn’t what I care about as long as the phone runs well out of the box which the phones seem to be doing as their skins are getting lighter and closer to stock android.

  • chris125

    I think verizon will carry the next nexus. It will get the same treatment as the galaxy nexus since they can’t tack their “droid” branding onto it. They won’t not sell it, they just wont push it very much at all, leave it near the back of the stores or off in a corner.

  • chris125

    Good couple of months to get a new phone. Can’t wait to see what they all unveil.

  • fgclolz

    I wouldn’t care about a new Nexus if it will have the same crappy radios the GNex has. I love my GNex and all, but it’s really frustrating walking into a Best Buy and losing all your bars, when they frigging sell you phones inside. I’ve never had issues like this with my OG.

    • chris125

      That is samsung and for some reason their cdma radios aren’t very good compared to htc, lg and moto. You get a little easier hacakbility with samsung devices and for many that is all they care about

  • cooksta32676

    The video processing on a 1080 device will have to upscale nearly everything and will eat batteries.

  • joejoe5709

    Probably going to keep my LTE Nexus for another year, but I would like to see Verizon keep its relationship with Google current. It would be disappointing to see Google give up on Verizon. I know Google would never do this, but they should advertise the next Nexus as the anti-iPhone. Above all the phones in the universe, despite specs and stats, the Nexus line is literally Android’s “iPhone”. With the new iPhone5 coming soon and the recent Apple/Samsung ruling, this is the perfect time for some aggressive advertising. Also along those lines, I guarantee Samsung is sitting this Nexus out. If I were Google, I’d somewhat distance myself from Samsung just a tad…

  • Doodoo

    I have had a droid x,3, and galaxy nexus. Sorry guys but my 4s is better. Not hating just stating.

    • Chris Malkiewicz


      • fixxmyhead

        i know huh. guy is probably just trolling or hating

        • Chris Malkiewicz

          Just sayin… This wife has..err.. had a 4S… I got a really pretty paper weight sitting here.

    • fixxmyhead

      dude the galaxy nexus on JB is freaking fast. my wife has one (not the bastardized one) just rooted and on stock rom is really fast and i have yet to see it stutter or anything. i had my doubts on it but damn its a whole new phone with JB, plus bigger screen and all the other features android offers is way better than a womans/kids phone sorry. im guessing u had the verizon on ics based on ur old phones and yea i noticed it stutters on ics. try JB and its a whole new phone

  • paul_cus

    Phone waves

  • Benjamin Sicard

    No new Nexus on Verizon wouldn’t surprise me, nor would I really mind.

    Network coverage and LTE are swell and all, but are both trumped by the $20 unlimited data offered by T-Mobile. Verizon’s horrific update process and closed software philosophy are of course factors as well.

    I will only buy Nexus devices, and if I have to leave Verizon for T-Mobile, well let’s just say that at the moment I’m thoroughly okay with it. In order to force Verizon to play ball with unlimited data plans, there need to be people that leave them for brighter pastures. I don’t mind being one of the people that votes with their wallet.

    • I like the speed of 4G LTE too much to leave. Sorry but T-Mobiles network coverage isn’t as good.

    • For people like me, there are no brighter pastures.. nobody other than Sprint has 3G withing an hour and 45 minutes of me. Much less 4G.

    • chris125

      I plan on doing this once my contract is up come June. Tired of verizon being the last to get the phones and then getting a half assed version of the phone( except sgs3). Plus with them taking away unlimited data and the increase share everything I will be looking to a gsm carrier if I decide to go the contract route or may just use straight talk.

  • PhillipCun

    “Most of us couldn’t care less, but it’s a part of this tech world,”

    • carlisimo

      “Couldn’t” is right. If you COULD care less, it meant you did care, and that’s not what you’re trying to say. If you can’t care less, it’s because you care zero amount and it’s impossible to go lower than that.

    • will bartlett


  • carlisimo

    As someone who prefers smaller phones, I’ll be keeping a close eye on the iPhone. I don’t actually want one, but I consider it the benchmark of what should be achievable in a phone with a 3.5″-4″ screen. If Android manufacturers don’t keep up, I may end up taking my business elsewhere.

  • hkklife

    More than anything in the world, I want a Moto Phablet on VZW with a gargantuan battery and JB, and I am a-ok with the latest Blur. If I cannot have that, I want that 5″ HTC but ONLY if it’s not saddled with Sense.

    I am still clinging desperately to my grandfathered VZW unlimited plan but I also have a feeling that LTE speeds will take a nosedive once all of the iPhone sheep get on the bandwagon. I’ve already seen a huge drop in LTE speeds in my area from its rollout in spring 2011 to early 2012 (when it seems like a ton of people got LTE phones for Christmas) to the present.

  • >> The Galaxy Nexus on Verizon has been somewhat of a success, but I doubt
    that Google views it that way. They have been vocal about their
    displeasure in the slow update process that comes with the
    carrier-branded package.

    Hell, if Verizon doesn’t mind carry a Nexus again, Google SHOULD NOT pass on the opportunity. After all, it’s the the biggest carrier in the US, and many of us just won’t change carrier because of various reasons.

    • Yup, I’ll be purchasing the thing off-contract eventually if it’s a great enough improvement over my GNex, more specifically an S4 chipset like the GS III

    • Chris Malkiewicz

      Plus many of us don’t wait around for Verizon to update… Give me the phone I’ll take over and make sure my experience with it is that of Nexus quality!!

    • I could not agree more. I will not go to another carrier for a nexus.

      • Yea. Living around NYC/Long Island, Verizon’s network is just unbeatable.

  • JulianZHuang

    I care about the new iphone.

  • T4rd

    “The Galaxy Nexus on Verizon has been somewhat of a success, but I doubt
    that Google views it that way. They have been vocal about their
    displeasure in the slow update process that comes with the
    carrier-branded package. Google also seems to love GSM rather than the
    difficulties that come with supporting CDMA, something else that goes
    against Verizon’s territory.”

    Where has Google vocalized their displeasure about Verizon’s slow update process? Also, I don’t think it’s particularly true that they love GSM over the CDMA carriers. I mean, they released the Nexus S and Gnex on Sprint, plus the Gnex on Verizon still. I agree that the Verizon Gnex has been somewhat failing as a Nexus Device, but so has the Sprint Gnex. I really hope that they still release another Nexus phone on Verizon, but I wouldn’t be surprised if they didn’t either. I really don’t care though as long as the GSM Gnex is supported from Google, because then the ROM will be ported immediately to the Verizon Gnex.

  • humidity

    Hopefully if enough/all manufacturers produce a Nexus device, Verizon will need to choose one or risk not selling a brand new high end device for at least a couple months.

    • jim

      the current nexus was not really high end and didnt sell that well

      • T4rd

        Prolly because Verizon hardly advertised it compared to the Droid Razr line. The Gnex was a higher end device until the S4 based phones (One X, GS3) launched just a few months ago. It’s priced appropriately now anyways (esp. the GSM and on-contract prices).

        • jim

          well according to Samsung it did not sell well on the whole and I think they were abit embarrased with all the problems,might be the main reason the s3 is doin so well,its the the nexus should have been, they clearly put more time and better parts in it

          • brandnew234

            The GNex is a year old! The SGS3 is only a few months. In a year, you’ll say the same thing about the SGS3.

          • Jim McClain

            No, the gnex had problems from the start and many of them, the gnex won’t be a year old till Dec. The s3 has better radios, better guts period.I have a gnex and wife has an S3 so I have experience with both, we have the same battery and her’s last a whole day easy

  • jim

    rumor has it that there will be no iphones with nfc

  • I love my nexus, but imagine the 5 inch HTC… ermahgerd

    How about both? 😀

    • Unlockable bootloader and I’m in on the HTC 🙂

  • 4n1m4L

    Sigh. Related article, when is my android phone getting ice cream sandwich [Verizon]

    • will bartlett

      depends. probably never.

  • ThatsHowISeeIt

    That LG phone Verizon is supposed to carry is a half baked POS. I would not get it if if was given for free and I’d rather pay for the first generation Note on Verizon. I hope Verizon does not screw pup again by not carrying the Note for a second time. Samsung would be leaving money on the table by not releasing the Note 2 on Verizon.

  • envoy510

    A “month to month plan with T-Mobile” is considered pre-paid.

    • capecodcarl

      T-Mobile doesn’t have a no-contract post-paid option like AT&T and Verizon where you buy your phone outright and don’t sign a 2-year contract for the line?

      • envoy510

        Nope. If you want no contract and do month-to-month, it’s pre-paid. I would have done the post-paid if it was available, for sure.

  • fauxshizzl

    “If you want a new Nexus device going forward, you may want to think about going prepaid or doing a month-to-month plan with T-Mobile or AT&T.” That is exactly my plan, anyone else already do this and have anything about doing so they care to share before I make the jump?

    • George264

      Going to T-Mo with the unlimited everything plan for the next Nexus.

    • robert

      I think its a great idea, because you don’t have to worry about verizon not updating the software. Getting it off contract or unlocked, you get a true nexus experience. Even better if in a year you want the new one all yyou have to do is switch sims and call it a day

  • Emilio Figueroa

    This is great. Competition is good for the consumer. It drives progress!

  • Tyler

    I hope the nexus phones impress!

    • KleenDroid

      Yes, why not put up a top of the line Nexus as an iPhone competitor instead of old rehashed Moto phones?

      • apple has good battery life because they are all 3 g phones...Millionaire4Project.blogspot.com

  • Most important thing to me regarding the new iPhone is that it is expected to have 4G LTE bands. Which will..
    1. Make iPhone users realize the battery sucking jaws that LTE has
    2. Put an ENORMOUS strain on the networks currently using LTE…my Verizon pull has already dropped to about 4-6 mbps on average…I can imagine it being even more damaged with a few hundred thousand iPhone’s on it

    • George264

      Wholeheartedly agree. From the day I first got my Rezound to now, it’s been getting slower and slower, with the new iPhone and all the iFans, and people who want it(some difference), then Verizon’s network will bog down like crazy. Which is a pretty big problem, we might even get like 3 mbps 3G speeds. But the LTE battery suck, is coming to an end with the new intergrated S4s. I’m sure Apple will find a way to do, because you have to admit, they’ve had pretty good battery life most of the times. The Rezound battery VS the Incredible 4G’s battery a major difference, because of the intergrated chip, so that’s not a big problem, and one of the reasons, sadly, that I still have the next iPhone on my decision list :/

      • jim

        apple has good battery life because they are all 3 g phones

        • capecodcarl

          And no background multitasking other than apps on their short list (music apps, VOIP, etc.). It lets them be very frugal with their battery usage compared to Android devices that let anything background multitask.

        • George264

          Still the 3G Android phones still didn’t have super battery life. My friend’s 4 can last him 2 days with regular use.

    • Mike Hawk

      But you also have to think about how many iPhone users will most likely give up their unlimited data just to get the new iPhone at the subsidized price, which in turn won’t put much of a strain on the Verizon networks as you would think since most of them won’t go over their 2 gigs or shared data pool (hopefully).

    • michael arazan

      Also Apple updtaes will take 4-6 months to roll out on verizon now. Since Verizon “rigorously test” updates for lte, they’ll have to wait now too. That actually makes me happy a lil bit. Because if they push out apple updates instantly when they come out, all hell will break loose from android owners, which might make vzw push updates faster, doubtful but wishful thinking

      • Nope, updates have always taken 4-6 months for all non-Apple phones for “testing” – AT&T and Verizon. Nothing new here. Apple has always got to bypass that process.

  • AhsanS

    RAZR HD – nope
    Galaxy Note II – nope
    HTC phone – nope
    LG – nope
    Crapple iPhone – nope

    Nexus – Yes.

    • George264

      The G-Note 2 and HTC phone seem good, since Samsung and HTC are seeming to be getting better with updates, and with Google working on AOSP for other phones… And with how the Galaxy Nexus went with Verizon, it’s not like you’re getting updates fast anyway.

      • AhsanS

        I personally dislike the build materials Samsung uses, and I’ve heard their radios are bad. And I don’t want a 5 inch+ phone, so both aren’t for me, especially with TouchPiss and Sense added on top.

        • Onto the Snapdragon S4 chipset.. it greatly improves Samsung handsets that have been plagued with bad radios. The SIII is fantasic.Seems like Verizon is all in on the S4 chipset with their top tier phones all headed towards sporting it. It plays very well with CDMA/LTE.

          • AhsanS

            I’ve heard many great things about the S4, but Samsung’s build materials, hardware buttons, and TouchWiz just aren’t for me. If the S3’s skin was as toned down as Blur, had on screen buttons, and Motorola’s build material, I’d surely get Samsung devices.

          • Scottyb112

            I’ve never had better reception with a phone than i do on my Galaxy S3. both wifi and cell. My nexus service sucks, droid charge soso, but the GS3 is a wonderful signal pickerupper!

    • shonangreg

      acer’s Iconia Tab A110 is going to be something of a Nexus 7, with a lower res. screen and no built-in NFC, but with micro-SD, hdmi-out, and USB capable of mounting mass storage devices. It will be an uncrippled Nexus 7, in other words.

      Maybe September or so for about the same price as the N7.

    • lol why did you even put LG in there in the first place?