As everyone is trying to guess whether the next big Android update is going to be Key Lime Pie or not, and whether the release will be Android 5.X or 4.X, we have yet to hear anything concrete. After getting a tip from an eagle-eyed reader (thanks, deepayan!) and digging deeper, I can definitively tell you that Google is currently working on Android 4.3, and it is still Jelly Bean.
Well, that didn't take long. Just a week after Samsung announced its newest flagship phone, we get rumors of the Mini version of the same. As before, it's not just a smaller version of the phone, but a lower-specced version as well. In fact, in terms of the display, the rumored specs are much lower. 960x540 to the tune of 256ppi. In other words, exactly half the resolution (the GS4 packs 1920x1080) and a little more than half the ppi (441ppi).
Here are the rest of the alleged specs:
- Super AMOLED qHD display (est. 4.3")
- 1.6GHz dual-core CPU
- TW Nature UX 2.0
- Android 4.2.2
So far, that's all she wrote.
It looks like Motorola's follow-up to the Droid X will be hitting its planned release date - sometime later in May - after all. According to Droid-Life's sources, the Droid X2 (or Droid X², if you feel like stylin') will be released on May 26, with all the following luscious hardware in tow:
- 4.3" qHD (960 x 540) display
- Dual core 1 GHz Tegra 2 processor
- 8 megapixel rear camera
- 720p video capture
- HDMI out
- 8 GB internal memory
- 8 GB microSD card included
- 1540 mAH battery
Looking at the image of the phone, the blue notification bar suggests that the device will come with Gingerbread pre-installed, as that is exactly what the Gingerbread build for the original Droid X looks like.
Eyeing the HTC Thunderbolt or EVO 4G with envy but stuck on AT&T? Fortunately, the carrier, which has a long reputation of not embracing Android (none of their Android phones can officially sideload apps) has just announced its next "superphone." The HTC Inspire 4G looks to be just about the same as the Thunderbolt, with a 4.3" screen and 4G connectivity, although it will support AT&T's HSPA+ network instead of their upcoming LTE network. Also worth noting is that this device will launch with the latest Sense UI, the same as we've seen on the Desire HD and Desire Z abroad, which will allow access to HTCSense.com as well as extra features such as offline maps and fastboot.
Engadget - whose record on these things is usually among the best in the business - seems to have pulled the trigger on one that's pretty obviously fake. Check it out:
The spec sheet reads like a dream phone (which, again, it very well may be):
- Gingerbread (Android 2.3)
- 4.3" or 4.5" (Depending on which part you read) SAMOLED2 screen
- February release
- 8 MP Camera
- 1080p video recording
- 14.4 Mbps HSPA
- 1.2 GHz CPU
- 16 GB of storage
- Insanely thin
Cool, right? Well, not so fast. Here's the stuff that makes at least the render seem like a mockup done in MSPaint.
It will be released this summer, so roll your tongues back up, pick up your jaws and prepare for the painful wait. Get ready to be taunted by the HTC HD2 (which is very similar but running WinMo) owners, and coming out any day now.
Here are the specs of this monster. It is, indeed, the most impressive phone to day:
- 1GHz Snapdragon QSD8650 CPU
- a 4.3" TFT screen, 480x800 resolution
- TWO cameras - 8MP on the back and 1.3MP on the front
- DUAL flashes on the back - I got to see what that looks like on the HD2 and it's really blinding
- 720P video playback and recording using the rear camera and HDTV connectivity via HDMI through an adaptor
- 1GB internal storage
- 8GB MicroSD card included, expandable to 32GB
- 512MB RAM
- WiMax/4G with support for 8 concurrent users
- WiFi b/g
- FM radio
- Proximity, light, gyro sensors, digital compass, GPS
- Bluetooth 2.1 A2DP + EDR
- 1500mAh battery
- a kickstand - interesting, that's a new and lightweight way of making your phone stay upright - great for watching videos on the huge screen
- Android 2.1 with HTC Sense
- Dimensions: 4.8" x 2.6" x 0.5" (122mm x 66mm x 13 mm)
- Weight: 6 ounces
- MicroUSB connector
Here are some pictures and videos, courtesy of Engadget and Sprint: