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Serial tipster @Evleaks may be signing off, or as he puts it "retiring" but he is leaving us with this juicy leak, the Moto X+1 in a high quality press render. The smartphone flagship from Motorola is due to land at the company's launch event in Chicago on September 4th alongside the Moto G budget device and the Moto 360 smart watch.
We know that Sony will launch a new flagship device during its IFA press event in early September, and we know that the device will be the Xperia Z3. The handset has been popping up sporadically, for the odd image here, or spec leak there. However, the Z3 has now been the subject of a massive leak that lays out pretty much everything about Sony?s next gen flagship, including its design.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 with the company's Exynos chip has already wowed us today, but we have some more information about another part of the handset that could also be very good. We reported way back in June that Samsung would focus on the camera on the Galaxy Note 4 and look to make it a standout feature of the handset, or as we put it then:
Motorola launched the Moto X flagship and the budget Moto G through the summer of 2013 and heralded a new dawn for the company. However, things went really quiet on the Moto front and the company stopped releasing smartphones, aside from the Moto E entry level device. That is going to change according to a rumour that says the American company will blitz the market with new hardware before the year is out.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 4 is going to be a blockbuster device with market leading specs and stunning performance; we do not need a crystal ball to tell you that much. Every new edition in the Note smartphone range has been the same and things are unlikely to change when the phablet launches at IFA in Berlin next month. However, we have had a glimpse of just how powerful the Galaxy Note 4 will be as one of its variants blitzed a recent benchmark test.
A lot of consumers dislike Android vendor UI software. There are Android skins and software tweaks like Samsung?s TouchWiz and HTC?s Sense that divide opinion, with Samsung's brand getting particular wrath from Android purists. However, for whatever reason companies are continuing to push away from the stock Android experience and LG is the latest to really get behind its own UI.
Samsung will be launching a huge phablet at IFA, and we are not talking about the Galaxy Note 4 flagship. The Korean company will be busy at the Berlin based trade show and will also be showing off the sequel to its biggest phone ever when it launches the Galaxy Mega 2.
LG?s L Series is a well-received range of smartphones that nestles nicely into the budget market, giving the likes of Samsung and Motorola some Android competition. However, dare we say it, the L Series has always been decent, looked okay, and performed well, but the devices have always lacked that touch of magic; passion like we sense in the Moto G for example. That has changed today with the launch of a couple of new L Series handsets.
Microsoft's full Windows Phone devices running WP 8.1 have had plenty of attention this weeks as the HTC One M8 launched on the platform. However, the company has some news for those rocking its existing Nokia feature phones by revealing that an agreement has been reached for Opera to become the default web browser on those devices.