Hottest Android news and rumours for a week finale Jan 11, CES-style
ZTE and Huawei took home many of a device-related headlines from this year’s International CES in Las Vegas, that didn’t accurately yield an earthshaking volume of Android news for a uncover of a size. Nevertheless, a companies both demonstrated clever new offerings, and other players, including Samsung and Sony, done their possess hardware-related waves.
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The ZTE Grand S is arguably a many considerable Android device expelled during a show, cramming top-end hardware — including a 1080p arrangement — into a package reduction than 7 mm thick. You’re doubtful to be means to collect one adult in a evident future, however, as ZTE will recover a Grand S usually in China, during slightest during first.
According to Bloomberg, a Shenzhen-based association is also formulation to bend out into Mozilla’s fledgling mobile ecosystem, potentially bringing a device to Europe within a year.
Huawei, for a part, rolled out a Ascend D2, that has hardware identical to a ZTE Grand S, yet but that device’s sleeker form factor. However, Huawei’s concentration with a Ascend D2 is battery life — a association pronounced that a device’s 3000 mAh battery (which is vast to start with) packs new power-saving innovations like QPC and ADRX technology, that forestall it from using down too quickly.
Like a Grand S, however, a Ascend D2 isn’t entrance to a U.S. marketplace in a evident destiny — Huawei says it’ll be expelled in China this month, and Japan “in a future.”
Sony’s Xperia Z was a other vital Android phone expelled during CES 2013, and it’s expected a prettiest of a lot.
Specs-wise, it’s most like a Chinese-built competitors listed above, yet a pivotal differentiator might be that it’s some-more idiot-proof — Sony done a good understanding of bitch over a device being water-resistant and durable, that we know is what we demeanour for in a high-end smartphone. (I am usually partially kidding.)
Although Samsung done a biggest waves during CES with a entrance of new TV technology, a recover of a new Exynos 5 Octa SoC could breeze adult being some-more critical in a prolonged run. As a name implies, this is indeed an eight-core inscription and smartphone SoC — 4 of a cores are absolute Cortex A15s for estimate muscle, and a other 4 are power-sipping Cortex A7s for appetite efficiency. According to Samsung, this will concede inclination to yield top-shelf opening while concurrently charity glorious battery life. As Ars Technica points out, however, it’ll be critical to see tangible sell inclination that use a Exynos 5 Octa before crowning it a new aristocrat of SoCs.
While it’s not particularly Android-related, there were a horde of new Google TV inclination rolled out during CES 2013, including a Netgear NeoTV Prime and Asus Qube.
Outside of CES, Samsung expelled a new chronicle of a aged Galaxy S II, bringing Jelly Bean, some new camera facilities and a company’s S Voice functionality. Water is wet, a object is bright, and Samsung constantly releases new phones.
(Hat Tip: Android Guys)
And nonetheless a association was tight-lipped about a device during a tangible show, gossip site Sam Mobile published what it says could be leaked photos of a much-ballyhooed Galaxy S IV.
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