Enjoy our round-up of ten mobile phone related news stories you may have missed including leaks of a large screen Lumia phone and the HTC One Max, plus news of a new version of Samsung’s Exynos 5 Octa processor.
1. Verizon Event Could Signal New Motorola Hardware
The American network Verizon will be holding an event on 23 July, where it says it will be adding new examples to one of its most popular ranges. Most agree this is probably its Droid range, and the hardware in question could come from Motorola. Rumoured to be the Droid Ultra, Droid Ultra Maxx and the Droid Mini, we’re wondering if the phones will be renamed and released in the UK should they make an appearance on the day.
2. HTC One Max Rumoured for September
Following the announcement of the HTC One Mini is talk of a larger phone, the HTC One Max, which according to a new leak, will be announced in September. If so, it’s likely to do battle with Samsung’s Galaxy Note 3, expected at the IFA Show in Berlin at the start of September too. If the leak is correct, the phone will have a 5.9-inch, Full HD display and a Snapdragon 800 processor.
3. Leaked Lumia 625 Has a 4.7-inch Screen
According to a new leak, Nokia is preparing a new phone with its biggest screen yet. Named the Lumia 625, it will apparently have a 4.7-inch display, which is larger than the Lumia 920‘s 4.5-inch panel, but the resolution may be lower at 480×800. The rest of the spec could also be fairly low-end, with a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 512MB of RAM and a 5 megapixel camera. Nokia’s been unveiling a slew of new hardware of late, and you can take a look at our review of the Lumia 925 below.
4. VLC is Coming Back to iOS
The versatile VLC media player will be making a return to the Apple App Store on 19 July, after being removed in 2011 over copyright issues. The app will be free to download, and support AirPlay, Dropbox, and be able to download video from sources other than iTunes. It’s also a completely rewritten app to the first version, so download it even if you held onto the old one.
5. NEC Quits the Phone Game
NEC has decided it will stop making smartphones after failing to strike a deal with Lenovo, to whom it had offered a majority stake in the business. Instead, it will still make feature phones, but may try to sell its smartphone-related patents, according to a Reuters report. NEC hasn’t sold mobile phones in the UK for several years, and has a 5 percent market share in Japan.
6. Motorola Teases Moto X’s Customisation…Again
Motorola is very excited about the Moto X, and has taken to Twitter to publish its latest teaser. This time, it shows an engineer hard at work in a lab, and although it’s impossible to make out what’s going on, Motorola says, “Yep, This guy is building exactly what you think he is. Designed by you. Assembled in the USA.” We’re expecting the phone to be announced soon.
7. HTC One Mini First Look Video
If you’ve read our HTC One Mini hands-on piece, and seen our video, but would like to see HTC’s official launch video, then you can take a look at it below. Sharing a very similar design to the full-size HTC One, the Taiwanese manufacturer says, “Here’s to Compact,” as it goes through the various features of the phone, including the UltraPixel camera, HTC Zoe and the BoomSound speakers.
8. BlackBerry 10.2 to Feature Facebook Home Support?
If an early, leaked build of the BlackBerry 10.2 operating system is anything to go by, the future update could bring Facebook Home support to BlackBerry hardware in the future. Facebook’s Android launcher won’t be converted over to BlackBerry, and may instead work as part of the operating system’s ability to run Android apps. Whether Home will work after it’s released is unknown, or if Facebook will officially embrace it if it does.
9. ZTE’s Tegra 4 Phone Leaked
A leak has shown the world’s first phone to use Nvidia’s Tegra 4 processor, and it’s the ZTE Geek U988S. Previously, ZTE launched a version of the Geek with an Intel processor, but this new model will pack the quad-core, 1.8GHz Tegra 4 inside, along with a 5-inch, 1080p display and 2GB of RAM. At the moment, the phone is only suitable for the China Mobile network, but there’s still a chance an international version may join it when it’s made official.
10. Samsung Teases the Arrival of New Exynos Chip
Samsung‘s eight-core, Exynos 5 Octa processor is about to be upgraded, as the company has sent out a teaser picture for an, “Evolved” version of the chip, although exactly what has changed isn’t stated. Samsung’s eight-core chip is only found in some of its Galaxy S4 phones, so perhaps this new version will be suitable for a wider range of devices. The mystery will be solved next week.