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…)
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…)
LG announced the G Pro 2 this morning, but decided to troll a little bit and not talk about any of the device’s specs or even post a picture. Reports of the device first showed up back on the 23rd of January, and instead of letting the industry continue to speculate, it appears LG wanted to make the device official. But again, LG gave us no specs or pictures. (more…)
According to Korean media, LG will introduce the G Pro 2 next month at Mobile World Congress (MWC) in Barcelona. As you may recall, they introduced the original G Pro (“Optimus” G Pro) in February of last year, so if we’re talking yearly cycles of phones, the time frame certainly matches up. Last year’s G Pro sort of skated under the radar, even though it featured a 5.5-inch 1080p display and was mostly a beast in terms of specs. Then again, LG has almost always tried to pack in top-of-the-line specs, yet has struggled to grab much of the Android market share. (more…)
In an age of widespread government surveillance, a device that promises some semblance of the privacy we all once had sounds really appealing. Enter Blackphone, a security-oriented smartphone running a customized version of Android that its makers believe is secure enough to circumvent NSA monitoring.
A joint venture between cryptographer Phil Zimmermann’s Silent Circle company and device manufacturer Geeksphone, Blackphone is powered by PrivatOS, a fork of Android with a wide range of security enhancements designed to mask your digital footprint. The companies claim the carrier- and vendor- independent smartphone will be capable of making phone calls, texting, transferring files, and video chatting without compromising user privacy. Exactly how is another matter, but the company plans to provide additional details at Mobile World Congress in February. (more…)
After announcing the new Padfone Infinity, Asus had one more trick up their sleeves before calling it a day at Mobile World Congress. They unveiled the Fonepad (yes, that’s like the opposite of Padfone), a 7″ tablet with full voice and data capabilities. There are no docking tricks here, this is strictly a tablet, but one that can make calls and crush data on the go over HSPA+ networks.
Inside, you’ll find a Intel Atom Z2420 processor, Android 4.1, a 1280×800 HD display, HSPA+ radios, 8/16GB storage options, microSD cart slot, 1.2MP front camera, and a 3MP rear camera. Asus also tossed in some exclusive apps Floating App, SuperNote lite, and WebStorage Office Online.
The tablet is ultimately being sold as a device for viewing and consuming content on a larger screen, but that still has the ability to do the basics, like make phone calls.
Availability starts in March. The 8GB model will run €219. (more…)
Asus is at it again with their phone-inside-of-a-tablet line of products called the Padfone. Announced this morning at Mobile World Congress, we have the brand new Padfone Infinity, a phone with a 5″ 1080p display, 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600 processor, 64GB storage, 13MP camera, LTE, and Android 4.2. But most importantly, it also docks into a tablet shell, just like its brothers and sisters did, to turn your phone into a 10.1″ tablet as an all-in-one type of device. (more…)
Mobile World Congress 2013 has officially started with Samsung announcing the Galaxy Note 8.0, a device that is expected to “re-ignite the mid-size tablet category.” It sports a 1.6GHz quad-core processor, 8″ (1280×800) display, 5MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera, 2GB RAM, 16/32GB storage, 4600mAh battery, HSPA+ radios, and runs Android 4.1.2. It also supports S Pen and all of the multi-tasking software that you have come and love to know on all of the Note products. An IR sensor rounds out the specs, taking advantage of Samsung’s TV remote capabilities.
As you can see from the pictures, Samsung kept to the design language of the Note 2 and Galaxy S3 by sticking with a physical home button, and soft touch back and menu buttons. In what may be the greatest feature of all, though, Samsung has finally allowed the S Pen to interact with the soft menu and back buttons. That’s right, you can now tap on the soft keys with the S Pen and make magic, something you cannot do on any other device including the Note 2.
The international version can technically make phone calls, so yes, you can hold an 8″ tablet up to your ear and look that silly if you so choose to. We don’t know if that functionality will carry over to the U.S. version.
Pricing and availability has not been announced for the U.S., but the device is expected to be available across the rest of the globe in Q2 of this year. (more…)