Huge leak shows off Sony Xperia Z3 specs and high-res press shots

xperia-z3-tenaa-1

The Sony Xperia Z3 passed through TENAA today, and as a result, we’ve finally got our hands on some high-resolution press photos and specs that can tell us more about the device. This isn’t the devices first leak, but with its expected reveal next month, it seems like it’s getting more difficult for Sony to keep the device under wraps.

According to the report, the device is expected to feature a 5.3″ display at full 1080P resolution, a 20.7MP rear shooter, a Snapdragon 801, 3GB of RAM and 16GB of storage. While the press photos of the device look awfully similar to the Z2, previous reports point to the phone being thiner and lighter than its predecessor.

Sony is expected to reveal the Z3 at IFA in Berlin during their scheduled press event.

You can view the full gallery of the device in both black and white below.

LG’s Bello and Fino will start taking on emerging markets later this month

LG Bello-Fino

LG Announced today that it will showcase a pair of new smartphones next month at IFA in Berlin. Like some of the company’s other recently announced handsets, the L Fino and L Bello are entry-level devices that will borrow design elements from high-end gadgets like the LG G3. Targeting emerging markets and first-time smartphone buyers, both handsets are equipped with modest hardware.

Read more

Want to get Android updates quickly? These are the brands & carriers to buy and avoid …

Update-times.0012

arsTechnica has put together a handy look at which manufacturers & carriers are quickest and slowest to roll out an Android update on their older devices. Using the KitKat launch date of 31st October 2013, arsTechnica measured how long it took for the earliest available OTA update for devices originally sold with an earlier version of Android, starting with the previous-generation flagship devices.

The winner for update times is, of course, the Nexus line. Stock software and a head start from being Google got KitKat out the door in just 14 days.

As for everyone else, how quickly they update seems to depend on how complicated their skin is and how much they take advantage of the update mechanisms Google has created …

Read more

MediaFire for Android updated w/ refreshed UI, automatic photo backup, streaming, more

Popular file sharing service MediaFire announced a major update to its Android app this afternoon, bumping it to version 2.0. The update adds a variety of new features and enhancements, both visually and feature-wise. Overall, the interface looks much cleaner in version 2.0 than it did in earlier versions. The overall navigation process remains the same for the most part, but icons, menus, text, and other visuals have been modernized quite a bit.

Read more

Sega’s Humble Bundle gives you games on the cheap and helps support charities

 

Sega-Games

A new Humble Bundle is now available and it’s loaded with games from Sega. Pay whatever you want and pick up Sonic the Hedgehog 4 Episode I, ChuChu Rocket! and Virtua Tennis Challenge. However, if you manage to pay more than the offer’s average asking price ($3.69 as of writing this), you’ll be rewarded with Sonic & SEGA All-Stars Racing, Sonic 4 Episode II, Crazy Taxi and other unannounced games from Sega.

Read more

ZTE’s unlocked, quad-core toting, $280 nubia 5S mini is now available to pre-order

ZTE

Today, ZTE announced release plans for its nubia 5S mini, an unlocked LTE-capable budget-friendly smartphone that offers a little bang for your buck. Available on August 27th for just $280, the Chinese phone maker’s new smartphone sounds pretty decent on paper. The nubia 5S mini sports a 4.7-inch 720 x 1,280 display, a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 processor, 16GB of storage space, a 2,000mAh battery, a 13-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 5-megapixel front-facing shooter for selfies and Hangouts.

Read more