Enjoy our round-up of ten mobile phone related news stories you may have missed including news on the next generation of Samsung processor, a peak at the Nexus 5, and the upcoming release of a new Padfone Infinity.
1. Samsung to Use 64-Bit Processor in Future Android Phone
According to Samsung’s JK Shin, the company is hard at work creating a 64-bit processor for a future Android smartphone. Currently, Android phones use 32-bit processors, and shifting to 64-bit will provide considerable performance gains, particularly if matched with more RAM and specially written apps. We’ve still got some time to go before one appears though, as Android doesn’t support 64-bit chips yet, so Samsung is slightly limited until it does.
2. Nexus 5 Pictures Discovered on US Regulator Website
A series of pictures found on the FCC’s website in the US could have given us our first look at the Nexus 5. The phone is a variant of the LG G2, on which the Nexus 5 is expected to be based, and has been submitted to the regulator for approval. The phone doesn’t look much like the G2 though, and doesn’t share its unusual rear buttons. The Nexus 5 may make an appearance soon, as the Nexus 4 was released almost a year ago.
3. Asus Teases New Padfone Infinity
Asus will launch a new Padfone Infinity on 17 September, and has sent out invitations for event to be held in Taipei on the day. It’s not clear how much different it’ll be to the Padfone Infinity launched in February, but rumours are indicating the processor will be upgraded to a Snapdragon 800. The design is expected to stay the same, so the new Padfone will remain compatible with previous accessories. Check out the very short, but cool, teaser video below.
4. Nokia’s Windows Tablet Leaked
We’ve been hearing about a possible Windows tablet from Nokia for some time, and if it does exist, then the company will surely be releasing it soon. A picture has been leaked showing what’s believed to be Nokia’s slate, and the design certainly looks familiar. Apparently, the screen will measure 10.1-inches and have a 1080p resolution, while the processor will be a quad-core Snapdragon. The leak also puts the price at $500, or around £315.
5. Exynos 5 Octa Processor to Gain Eight-Core Power
Samsung’s clever Exynos 5 Octa processor may have eight cores, but they’ve never worked together at the same time, with the two processors handling different tasks at different times. However, thanks to a technology called Heterogeneous Multi Processing, that’s going to change. Samsung has announced a revised version of the chip will be out before the end of the year, and it will be able to use all eight cores at the same time.
6. Zapp Mobile Payment App Coming in 2014
A report published by The Telegraph says NatWest, Barclays, Nationwide and Lloyds have signed a deal with, “thousands of retailers” in the UK to support a mobile payment application called Zapp. It’s due to launch in summer next year, and will work with payment machines in stores and restaurants, and sales will take 12 seconds to complete. Payments will be processed by WorldPay, which is already responsible for half of all transactions made using a card last year.
7. Samsung Gets Creative Advertising the Note 3 and Galaxy Gear
Take a look at this new video from Samsung, which is an advertisement for the new Galaxy Note 3 and the Galaxy Gear smartwatch, but plays like a short film with high production values. It’s great, and presents the unique features of both devices in a fun way. Have a look at it below.
8. Microsoft Calls Surface Event for 23 September
Microsoft has sent out invitations to an event in New York on 23 September, where it will most likely announce the next generation of its Surface tablets. The Surface 2 should run the next version of Windows RT, while the Surface Pro 2 should have the full version of Windows 8 installed.
9. Dell to Bring Back the Venue Brand
Dell once sold a series of smartphones under the Venue brand name, but due to poor sales and stiff competition, they were discontinued. Now, during an Intel Developer Forum event, Dell announced it would be bringing back the Venue name, but this time attached to a series of Windows tablets. The launch could take place in New York on 2 October.
10. BlackBerry Z30 Being Tested by Networks
According to an anonymous source, BlackBerry’s next BlackBerry 10 smartphone, known as the Z30, is already at the testing phase, and networks are assessing the phone at the moment. This could mean the launch isn’t far away, and is expected to happen in the next weeks. If the rumors are correct, the Z30 has a 5-inch screen and a dual-core processor.