Reports: Non-Waterproof Galaxy S6 Arriving at MWC, LG Still “Perfecting” G4

On the heels of last night’s report, which suggested the Samsung Galaxy S6 won’t feature Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 810, new reports out of Korea claim to know even more about Samsung’s 2015 flagship, like the day it will debut and a certain feature that will be missing. Included in one of these reports is also word out of LG’s camp, with a note mentioning that we may not see the G4 for a while.  (more…)

HTC Sets March 1 for Unveiling of Next Flagship Phone (Updated)

Thanks to HTC, we have something to hypebeast on this lovely Friday morning. In a “save the date” event invite sent out through what I can only imagine was HTC’s Euro press team, we have a date to mark on our calendars for the unveiling of the company’s next flagship phone. Titled “Utopia in Progress,” the invite doesn’t mention much, other than that we all need to join them “to see what’s next,” in Barcelona, Spain, on March 1.  (more…)

Report: Samsung to Join Round Smartwatch Party at MWC

According to a report out of SamMobile, Samsung is preparing to launch its own fully round smartwatch that will be unveiled at Mobile World Congress (MWC) next month. Little is known about the watch, but this report claims that the device carries the model number SM-R720 and codename Orbis. The “R” in the model number could mean “round,” though that is just speculation at this point.  (more…)

Sony Announces New Flagships for 2014 – Xperia Z2 and Z2 Tablet

Mobile World Congress is now in full swing, which means the press releases and product announcements have flooded in over night. First up, as we close in on Samsung’s big event this afternoon, we have Sony’s two new flagship products for 2014, the Xperia Z2 and Xperia Z2 Tablet.

Both products will look quite familiar, as they carry Sony’s style and design throughout, but with upgraded specs in all of the right places, these should be their best mobile products yet.

Let’s talk about each.  (more…)

Samsung Exynos Infinity Processor Debuting at MWC, Could It be 64-bit?

Samsung’s Exynos Twitter account posted an image this morning with the tag “Exynos Infinity, in Barcelona,” a pretty clear hint at there being a new mobile processor ready for arrival at Mobile World Congress next week. The rest of the image includes a bull, but that is likely a reference to Spain and the location of MWC, rather than another hint.

So what is the Exynos Infinity? No one knows at this point. Are we talking Samsung’s next-gen 64-bit processor that will compete with Apple’s A7? Maybe. A recent Linux kernel patch outed a Samsung processor under the codename GH7 that appears to be 64-bit.  (more…)

LG G Pro 2 is Now Official: Snapdragon 800, 5.9-inch 1080p Display, 4K Video Recording, and More

This evening, LG went ahead and unveiled its new tablet-phone hybrid, the G Pro 2. The phone is the follow-up to last year’s G Pro, which was largely thought of as a solid competitor to Samsung’s Galaxy Note line. With the 2, we’re looking at upgraded specs in all the right places, along with an insane 77.2 percent screen-to-frame ratio.  (more…)

LG Teases the G2 Mini Ahead of Its MWC Unveiling

The LG G2 MINI is now official, thanks to a teasing of the device through LG’s Facebook page. The note says to “experience the MINI” on February 24 at Mobile World Congress (MWC). So yeah, that’s happening and will no longer be any sort of surprise. Well, we had an idea that the phone was coming after seeing a Bluetooth SIG filing, but this takes any guessing out of the name.

What about specs? The flagship G2 launched as a phone with some of the highest and most impressive specs any mobile phone had ever seen. But with phones labeled “Mini,” we tend to see low or mid-range devices that can be purchased on the cheap or in emerging markets. Rumors surrounding this G2 MINI suggest that it may have a qHD display. Let’s hope not. We would much rather LG go Sony’s route with the Z1 Compact, a smaller device that still rocks out with high-end specs (our hands-on).  (more…)

Motorola is Hosting an Event at MWC on February 25, New Devices Not Likely

According to invitations sent to select press from Motorola, an event has been scheduled for February 25 in Barcelona, during the week of Mobile World Congress (MWC). The event is not expected to be a showcase of new hardware, but more of an “update on the business.” As you all know, Lenovo is planning to acquire Motorola from Google over the coming months, so current CEO Dennis Woodside is likely going to take a minute to talk about the road ahead, plans for the year, that type of thing.

2014 should be business as usual for Motorola, even with the acquisition looming. Google’s Larry Page said so himself during their most recent earnings call, because after all, these things do take time to finalize. So while this event may not be to introduce new products, new products similar to last year’s Moto X will most certainly be here this year.

Now that you have had a week to marinate on this Lenovo-Motorola deal, have any new thoughts?  (more…)