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Jun 1, 2013

Samsung GT-I9600 Spotted in AnTuTu Benchmark, Could Be Galaxy S4 Plus

A new Samsung smartphone has made an appearance in a benchmark recently, namely the Samsung GT-I9600, running under Android 4.3.2 Jelly Bean and expected to arrive on shelves as the Samsung Galaxy S4 Plus.

The handset packs a processor clocked in at 1.4GHz, while being capable of scoring 15000 points in the AnTuTu Benchmark test. No official info on this device has been provided, but rumor has it that it will indeed arrive as a new flavor of the Galaxy S 4, most probably a sequel to it.

Given the flurry of new Android-based smartphones that Samsung has been rumored to plan on bringing to the market in the coming months, the launch of a Galaxy S4 Plus model will certainly not come as a surprise, though it remains to be seen whether the rumor will indeed pan out.

Samsung GT-I9600 benchmark
Image credits to GSMInsider

HTC to Release AOSP ROM for Existing HTC One Devices

Yesterday, Taiwanese mobile phone maker HTC Corporation officially unveiled the upcoming availability of an HTC One flavor running under stock Android, and it seems that the company is set to bring the software to existing HTC One users as well.

According to a recent article on The Verge, the company is considering the launch of an AOSP ROM that will provide HTC One handsets with the possibility to deliver the same experience as the vanilla Android-based model.

Although specific info on the matter is still missing, it seems that HTC is aiming at making the HTC One more appealing than it already is, and that the removal of the Sense UI from its Android version might be seen as a good option to do so. Stay tuned for more on this.

HTC One with Stock Android (AOSP)
Image credits to HTC

LG Optimus L9 II Allegedly Leaks with Snapdragon 400 CPU

One of the smartphones that LG Electronics might make official in the not too distant future is allegedly the LG Optimus L9 II, a smartphone that appears to have just leaked online with a 4.7-inch touchscreen display.

The handset should land on the market as a mid-level Android-based smartphone, powered by a 1.4 GHz dual-core Snapdragon 400 processor, while boasting a 720 x 1280 pixels resolution on the aforementioned IPS screen. According to info that emerged over at Techtastic.org, the new mobile phone will pack 1GB of RAM and will run under Google’s Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean operating system right from the start.

No official confirmation on the device has emerged so far, but the phone has already been spotted in an allegedly leaked photo that shows its upper front, as well as in a benchmark, it seems.

LG Optimus L9 II
Images credits to techtastic.org

Photo Supposedly Shows Sony’s Xperia L4 (Togari) Smartphone

Xperia enthusiasts out there might soon be able to enjoy yet another high-end smartphone from Sony Mobile, one that has been rumored over the past several months to feature the codename of Togari, and which can allegedly be seen in the photo below. 

The handset was recently said to arrive on shelves as Xperia L4 and to sport a 6.4-inch touchscreen display, although no official confirmation on the matter has emerged so far. The aforementioned photo, spotted courtesy of NokiaPhones.fr (and also said to be offering a glimpse at the Nokia Lumia 1030 phablet), unveils the fact that Togari will be, in fact, a supersized Xperia Z, a recent post on XperiaBlog notes.

Featuring the same Omnibalance design as the current flagship Android smartphone from Sony, though with a different front camera placement, Xperia L4 might be unveiled in the not too distant future, so stay tuned for more on this.

Alleged Sony Xperia L4 (Togari)
Image credits to Nokiaphones.fr via WPCentral

Nokia Lumia 1030 Phablet Photo Emerges

Finnish mobile phone maker Nokia has been rumored lately to plan the launch of a large Windows phone 8-based smartphone, and a blurry photo that allegedly shows the device is now available for your viewing pleasure, courtesy of Nokiaphones.fr.

The smartphone is said to sport the name of Nokia Lumia 1030, which means that it might arrive on shelves as a higher-end device when compared to the current Lumia 9xx handsets, as WPCentral notes. Nokia’s yet unannounced phablet might arrive on shelves with Windows Phone 8.1 loaded on top right from the start, which means that it might be launched only towards the end of the year (some recent reports suggested that it would arrive only in 2014).

For the time being, we’ll have to take the info on this Nokia Lumia 1030 phablet with a grain of salt, since it might prove a fake rumor, but stay tuned for more on the matter.

Nokia Lumia 1030 can be seen in the upper right corner of this photo
Images credits to Nokiaphones.fr via WPCentral

HTC One with Stock Android Goes Official

Although it said a few weeks ago that it had no plans on releasing a new flavor of HTC One packing stock Android on top, Taiwanese mobile phone maker HTC did make such a move.

The company officially announced the device, claiming that it sports a Nexus User Experience, though featuring the same hardware already included inside HTC One. The smartphone will be sold through the Google Play Store starting with June 26, and will feature a price tag of $599 (460 Euro).

Based on Android 4.2.2, the phone will be available in the United States in the beginning, with support for GSM networks. “We will continue to offer the SIM unlocked and Developer Edition phones direct from HTC,” HTC also announced, adding that “The HTC One special edition bootloader can be unlocked by standard method for ‘Nexus experience’ devices”

HTC One with stock Android
Image credits to HTC

HTC T6 5.9-Inch Full Specs Emerge, an HTC One on Steroids

Taiwanese mobile phone maker HTC Corporation has been recently rumored to plan the release of a large Android-based smartphone to complement its existing lineup, and some more info on the matter is now available.

The handset, supposedly codenamed HTC T6, is said to sport a 5.9-inch touchscreen display, capable of delivering a full HD resolution, which would make a great rival for the also rumored Samsung Galaxy Note III. According to infamous tipster evleaks, the HTC T6 will be an HTC One on steroids, featuring a 2.3GHz Qualcomm MSM8974 Snapdragon 800 processor inside, paired with 2GB of RAM. The phone will also sport an optically-stabilized UltraPixel camera on the back, as well as a 2.1-megapixel, wide-angle front camera for making video calls while on the go. Additionally, the upcoming Android smartphone will sport 16GB of internal memory, along with a microSD memory card slot with support for additional storage space. It will be powered by a 3300mAh battery. The smartphone will also feature HTC’s Sense user interface loaded on top of Google’s mobile operating system, supposedly the next major OS release, namely Key Lime Pie.

Rumor has it that T6 will arrive on shelves at Verizon Wireless too, after HTC One was long said to arrive at the carrier, but is still nowhere to be seen on its network. HTC One hasn’t enjoyed a great market performance until now, mainly due to issues in the component supply chain, but it seems that the handset vendor is working hard on changing that. The launch of HTC T6 is also said to be accompanied by the release of a smaller flavor of HTC One, known by the codename of HTC M4. Nothing has been officially confirmed on the matter until now, or on the existence of T6, though it might not be too long before HTC makes a formal announcement on this.

HTC T6 specs
Image credits to theunlockr

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