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Aug 14, 2013

Xperia Honami Photographed in White

Sony Mobile’s upcoming Xperia Honami smartphone is hardly a mystery for anyone – though the device has yet to be officially unveiled – and photos that show more of it are now available for your viewing pleasure.

The smartphone, supposedly featuring the model number C690X, has made it online in live photos over at Digi-Wo. The phone can be seen all dressed up in White, and this is the first time that this model has leaked online in live photos, XperiaBlog notes.

Xperia Honami is expected to become official on September 4 at IFA 2013 in Berlin with a 5-inch touchscreen display, a quad-core processor inside, and a 20.7MP photo snapper on the back, yet it hasn’t been officially confirmed as of now. Until Sony decides to offer some specific info on the smartphone, have a look at the leaked photos with it.

Sony Xperia i1 Honami
Images credits to Digi-Wo via XperiaBlog

Nokia Plans 5.2-Inch Lumia 825 Smartphone

Finnish mobile phone maker Nokia appears set to join the fight in the large smartphone area in the near future, as rumor has it that it might launch a 5.2-inch Windows Phone 8 handset soon.

Apparently, the company is working on a certain Lumia 825 mobile phone that would pack the aforementioned screen size, though only capable of delivering a 720p HD resolution, a recent post on dospy reads. As UnwiredView notes, the screen resolution would explain why the device would be included in the Lumia 800 range, which means that it will be only a mid-range handset. No official info on when the smartphone might become official has been provided as of now, but rumor has it that it will be unveiled in the fourth quarter of the year. Clearly, this would make perfect sense, considering that Windows Phone 8 does not offer support for such large touchscreens at the moment, but that the upcoming GDR3 update (General Distribution Release 3) will change that. The device might also sport a quad-core processor inside, though only a mid-level one, most probably a Snapdragon 400 CPU from Qualcomm, clocked at 1.2 GHz.

Provided that these rumors pan out, we could see Nokia launching yet another rather affordable Windows Phone 8 smartphone in emerging markets, one that would be able to properly compete with large mid-range smartphones running under Android. This also means that Microsoft would have Windows Phone 8 GDR3 ready by October, and that previous rumors on a high-end large Lumia smartphone coming from Nokia before the end of this year might pan out. However, no official confirmation on the above has been provided as of now, so we’ll take the info with a grain of salt, though additional details might emerge in the not too distant future, so keep an eye on this space to learn more.

Nokia to launch a 5.2-inch Lumia 825 smartphone in 2013
Image credits to dospy via unwiredview

HP Slate 8 Pro (Tegra 4-Based) Emerges in Benchmarks

Computer maker HP is expected to launch a new Android-based tablet PC in the not-too-distant future, namely the HP Slate 8 Prom, which has made an appearance in benchmarks recently.

Codenamed Bodhi, the slate was spotted over at GFXBench, listed with an 8-inch touchscreen display capable of delivering a 1600 x 1200 pixels resolution, while featuring a 250ppi pixel density. Furthermore, the upcoming device is said to pack a 1.8 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 4 chipset inside, along with 2GB of RAM.

The specs list of the yet-unofficial HP Slate 8 Pro is also said to include a 5000+ mAh battery, microSD memory card slot, and Google’s Android 4.2 Jelly Bean operating system loaded on top. Apparently, the device has managed to score 5489 frames (48.6 Fps) in the Egypt 2.5 HD onscreen component in GFXBench, a result that brings it close to Sony’s Xperia Z Ultra, phoneArena notes.

HP Slate 8 Pro in GFXBench
Image credits to GFXBench

iPhone 5C Alongside All Other iPhone Models [Video]

A new iPhone 5C leak comes via Sonny Dickson from Melbourne, Australia. The footage embedded above shows a comparison between the upcoming budget iPhone and the rest of the iPhone line (dating back to 2007).

The aussie has been responsible for several accurate leaks in the past, making his reporting reliable, and worthy of being taken into consideration. Dickson says, “Following the seemingly limitless number of iPhone 5C prototype pictures […] we’ve gotten our hands on something a little more interesting.”

He’s referring to the high-quality hands-on video embedded above, which shows a yellow iPhone 5C shell alongside all the other iPhones Apple has shipped over the years. Nothing new is shown, but it helps get an idea of where things are heading. The iPhone 5C is expected to drop alongside the iPhone 5S on September 10.

Video credits to Liza Pather

A New iPhone 5S Leak Shows Differences in Chassis Design

Apple’s up and coming iPhone 5S is mere weeks away, and the leaks are getting more and more abundant, with the latest one showing some key differences in the chassis.

The iPhone 5S will look almost identical to the iPhone 5, but only on the outside. Inside the phone will have updated components, including a reported fingerprint sensor behind its Home button. And if the latest hardware leak (via Nowhereelse.fr) is any indication, the rumors may hold water. An overlay of a recently leaked motherboard with the new chassis seems to suggest a perfect fit, and there are also rumors flying around that the phone will sport a dual LED flash and a 12 megapixel camera sensor. As expected, the iPhone 5S will be an incremental update, but Apple is banking on more discoverability of its iOS platform via a cheaper version of the phone made from polycarbonate plastic - the iPhone 5S.

Both phones will reportedly be announced at a September 10 event. The iPhone 5S will be priced relatively high, as Apple will throw in everything it’s got to compete with the high-end Android devices available today. Sadly, the screen size seems to remain in place (4 inches on the diagonal). The iPhone 5C, on the other hand, will be priced lower (by Apple standards, of course), but will reportedly sport iPhone 5 components in a plastic chassis. One analyst has recently voiced concerns that Apple will probably leave out software features from the cheaper model – such as Siri – to prevent cannibalization of the 5S. We filed it under nonsense. The 5S will reportedly ship with an additional “gold” color option, though some pundits are unconvinced that Apple will ship that. The 5C will offer a range of colors (going by the latest leaks), including some warm shades of blue, yellow, and red.

iPhone 5S leak
Images credits to nowhereelse.fr

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