Friday, August 16, 2013

More details emerge about ASUS FonePad HD 7, MeMO Pad HD 8 and MeMO Pad HD 10

Last week we reported on a roadmap of ASUS smartphone and tablet devices apparently scheduled for release sometime in 2013. New details have emerged about some of the devices. The ASUS FonePad will be renamed the FonePad HD 7 when refreshed later this year and will come with an Intel Atom Z2560 processor matched with either 8GB or 32GB of memory, 1GB of RAM, a 7-inch 1280×800 resolution screen, and a slightly upgraded camera that can snap pics at 5MP versus the current 3MP resolution. The new FonePad HD 7 is expected to ship with Android 4.2.

Upcoming Amazon Kindle Fire HD will likely ship with Snapdragon 800

An Amazon mystery device (codename: Apollo) running Android 4.2.2 has shown up on GFX Bench with some pretty high-end specs, leading some to believe that this could be the next Kindle Fire HD. With a 2560 x 1600 pixel display, Adreno 330 GPU, and a 2.15GHz maximum CPU clock speed, one would most likely be right to assume that this new tablet will ship with a Snapdragon 800 processor. The device is also rumored to have an 8MP main camera, a front shooter, 2GB RAM, optional cellular connectivity, and 16/32/64 GB internal storage.

Tuesday, August 13, 2013

Nexus 7 (2013) factory images and binaries released

Much noise was made about Google delaying the release of factory images for the new Nexus 7. The issue was so big that Android Open Source Project maintainer Jean-Baptiste Queru decided to quit his post as the head of the AOSP team. Qualcomm seems to be the reason for such delays, with the company apparently blocking the release of the factory images due to proprietary binaries of theirs for the Snapdragon chipset sitting inside.

Fortunately, that entire episode was much more short-lived than we imagined it would be. The 2013 Nexus 7′s factory images have finally been posted to the internet, binaries and all. The typical user won’t care or need these, though it’s important news for those who like custom ROMs. This will allow developers to get down and dirty with the device to create the awesome works of art known as CyanogenMod, Paranoid Android and the like.

We’re not sure what this means for JBQ’s initial reaction, but folks should take solace in knowing that the community outcry from the events that transpired likely had something to do with getting the ball rolling on having these drivers and images available. If you’re a developer and need these, grab them now from Google’s developers’ site. If you’re a user, keep your eye on the destination from your favorite ROMs for new goods in the days and weeks to come.

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“Non-final” HTC One Max press render hits the web

HTC has been teasing a bigger version of the HTC One — known around the tech world as the HTC T6 or HTC One Max — for a bit of time now. With “big things ahead” and a new Robert Downey Jr-injected ad campaign, we wholly expect the company to bring the device to us next month at IFA Berlin. Before that, though, it appears we may have gotten our first semi-official look at the thing in a press render.

A “non-final” render of the One Max has been leaked by the @evleaks Twitter account, giving us a peak at what the phone might look like once it finally arrives. There are no surprises here, really — it looks like freakin’ huge HTC One.

That said, the specs rumored to be sitting inside that aluminum ball of wonder has us really happy. In case you’re not in the know, we’re expecting:

  • 2.3GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor
  • 2GB of RAM
  • HTC UltraPixel camera
  • 32GB or 64GB of internal storage
  • 3,200mAh battery
  • Android 4.2 or 4.3 with HTC Sense 5
  • and more

It definitely would be quite the looker, though if HTC doesn’t find a way to shave that bezel down some, folks will find it hard to stuff into their jeans (particularly of the “skinny” variety).

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