Sony Xperia Z Ultra: 6.4-Inches, 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800, Global Q3 Launch = Whoa

sony-xperia-Z-ultra-xlThere’s a limit to what a smartphone’s size can be and a tablets, but while this phablet category has been increasingly blurred over the past 2 years, Sony just made it completely new, all over again. The Xperia Z Ultra is a device (we’ll call it that for now) that has a 6.4-inch, Sony’s Triluminos 1920 x 1080p screen, a ridiculous 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor (we’re getting dizzy now), and 4G LTE to top it all off (we fainted).

It weighs 212 grams, is 6.5mm thin making it one of the thinnest phones in the world, has 16GB of built-in storage, 11GB of which is user-accessible, while a microSD slot will add an additional 64GB to that number. A massive 3,000 mAh battery was added by Sony in an effort to maintain long-term battery life in a day’s usage, and support HSPA+ pentaband radios as well as LTE, making it a global phone depending on where it’s launched. Oh, and the whole thing is waterproof. Software-wise, it is running Android 4.2 with Sony customisations.

The launch date for this beast in America, Europe, and Asia? Sometimes in the third quarter, Sony says. Press release, after the break.

Apple Releases iOS 7 Developer Beta 2, Adds iPad Support

ios-7-2-xlFor those of you using the iOS 7 beta, the first beta was fun no doubt, but the second will be even better. Besides the particularly well-advised “bug fixes and improvements” that beta 2 of iOS 7 provides, support for the iPad and iPad Mini has been added as well. New voices for Siri in English, as well as increased improvement to the Voice memo app are also featured, so it’s time to get downloading. Via:  TUAW

Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 Family Arrives In The States July 7th

GALAXY TAB 3 10.1 GOLD BROWNThe Samsung Galaxy Tab 3 family is coming to the United States — for those interested — starting July 3rd at $199. Sizes include 7, 8 and 10.1 inch versions will be available from Best Buy, Amazon, Wal-Mart, Office Depot,  and Samsung’s own store. As a refresher, the entry-level Galaxy Tab 3 7.0 is priced up at $199 and sports a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, 8GB of storage (plus microSD expansion), and with a 7-inch 1,024 x 600 TFT display. Samsung’s built-in software improvements to Android 4.1 are also included.

The Galaxy Tab 3 8.0 bumps the specs a bit more: an Exynos 1.5GHz dual-core processor, higher-resolution (1,280 x 800) TFT display, Android 4.2, a rear-facing 5-megapixel camera capable of 720p video capture, 16GB internal storage, and with extra space available through microSD and 1.5GB of RAM. This also bumps the price to $299.

As for the cream of the crop, the Galaxy Tab 3 10.1 goes for $399, with an Intel Z2560 processor configured at 1.6GHz dual-core, 1GB of RAM, and the same display setup as the smaller 8-inch model, but with a 5-megapixel back-facing camera. Like the rest of the Tab 3 family, the 10.1″ model has an IR blaster for using the Samsung WatchON TV app to control home entertainment devices. All models will come in white or brown; pre-orders start tomorrow.

*Editor’s Note: Revised to reflect accurate info. Thanks, Kimberley!

Watch Dogs Multiplayer Will Allow You To Mess With Other Player’s Worlds

watch_dogsThis is either incredibly exciting news on a Monday morning where tech news is somewhat stale, or terrifying. Watch Dogs, a game everyone is waiting for at the end of the year, will feature a very unique multiplayer element: players can jump in and invade other player’s worlds (and also hack their stuff), but there also will be the ability to hack in self-defense. Otherwise, you can also disable multiplayer for normal singleplayer gameplay, and is automatically disabled for the duration of campaign missions.
After the break, there’s one more trailer showing these features to hold you up until the November 22nd release date.

Wimbledon Will Be Streaming All Matches Through YouTube

WimbledonIt’s great news for tennis fans — of which there are millions — around the globe, including avid watchers in the United States. Wimbledon, the oldest tennis tournament (on grass of course) is going to increase popularity of an already big sport and stream all matches starting Monday, through the tournament’s own YouTube channel. Behind-the-scenes as well as press conferences will also be provided though the YouTube channel, all free of charge.

Sounds great, if you ask us. Now, go get ’em Federer!


LG Announces A Press Event In New York City On August 7th

LG Optimus G ProIt could totally be for an Optimus G successor with a blazing fast Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 quad-core or higher processor, but of course, LG left out the exciting parts. However, in our invitation to the event it was mentioned that it would be hosted by LG’s mobile division, so obviously it’s some sort of device that you’d carry around — shocking, indeed. I’ll be at the event, come August 7th, when the world will know just what LG has up their sleeves.

Robert Downey Jr. Partners With HTC’s $12 Million Marketing Campaign

robert-iron-man-3Here is the iron savior of HTC: Robert Downey Jr. Confirmed for the second and third Avengers movies, starting in 2015 by Marvel, Robert Downey Jr. will be rolling with HTC as part of their $12 million marketing barrage spanning television, print, and billboard advertising around the globe, with Downey Jr. maintaining a certain level of creative control.

As an HTC spokesperson told Bloomberg, the company had nothing to announce today, but said of the One that it has “overwhelmingly positive feedback from media and consumers alike. Anyone with a penchant for metal should be able to appreciate its appeal.” And Iron Man does have a penchant for metal.

By spending a small nation’s worth of money on marketing and a celebrity, HTC’s falling quarterly earnings and departing executives and employees most likely will be reversed; maybe it isn’t too hasty to say HTC is saved?

Via: Bloomberg, Marvel

Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus Is The Latest Awesome Ultrabook

Samsung ATIV Book 9 Plus
Ultrabooks nowadays are increasingly powerful, thin, and all around awesome, with higher than 1080p HD displays, sometimes even doubled with touchscreens and the latest Intel processor technology, codenamed Haswell. So, it’s no surprise that Samsung just announced a whole crop of Galaxy and ATIV devices, the best of the bunch being the ATIV Book 9 (formerly the Series 9). It handles everything on its Intel Haswell chipset, with 12 hours of battery life, 256GB of SSD storage, a weight of 3 pounds and measures just 13.6mm in thickness.

The best part? The screen is a whopping 3200 x 1800 pixels, making it a qHD+ touchscreen coated with Gorilla Glass and a 65% color gamut, all with Windows 8 onboard. A release date and price hasn’t been mentioned quite yet, but Samsung states that will all happen very “soon”.

Via: Samsung Mobile Press