Sources claims Sony XPERIA Z4 to sport 5.5-inch QHD screen, Snapdragon 810, new camera, and more

According to AndroidOrigin‘s “trusted source,” Sony’s next flagship the XPERIA Z4 (Z3 shown below) will sport a 5.5-inch Quad HD (1440×2560 pixels) screen, a 64-bit octa-core Snapdragon 810 processor by Qualcomm, and more. In other words, the Japanese phone-maker’s new flagship will be a show-stopper.

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Speaking about the Z4’s screen, design, and audio, the site reports, “Our source claims the Z4 will feature the same omni-balance design language and be very similar to the Xperia Z3 in terms of appearance. The display will see a good upgrade though, both in size and resolution. The Z4 is said to come with a 5.5-inch display with a Quad-HD 2560 x 1440 resolution. Our source also claims there will be a dedicated amp on the Z4, with a strong stress on audio quality.”

Speaking about the rest of the specs, the site says, “The device is said to be powered by the Qualcomm Snapdragon 810 octa-core 64-bit chipset clocked at 2.8GHz, and the all-new Adreno 430 GPU. The 16GB internal storage that’s been the norm on Xperia flagships, right from Xperia T to the recent Z3, will finally be upgraded to 32GB. The RAM is reportedly going to be 4GB. It will also be the first Xperia smartphone to come with LTE Cat.6 connectivity and Bluetooth 4.1. The camera will finally be upgraded from the IMX220 20.7MP sensor Sony has been using since the Z1. The Z4 will utilize a curved Exmor RS CMOS sensor with a similar resolution as the previous three Z-series flagships.”

This year, Sony released two flagships (Z2 and Z3), but according to the sources, this will not be the case in 2015. “Saturation” is said to be cause behind Sony changing its mind.

Of course, since this is anything but official, take it with a pinch of salt.

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Wi-Fi Google Nexus 7 to get Lollipop first on November 3?

According to Android Police‘s source, the Wi-Fi Google Nexus 7 will be the first Nexus device to get Android 5.0 (Lollipop) on the 3rd of November. The update will roll out to the Nexus 4 and Nexus 5 “later that month.”

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Presumably an email from the source reads, “Starting later this week, we will make the SDK and system images for Nexus 5 and Nexus 7 of Android 5.0 Lollipop available on developer.android.com. On November 3, we will begin rolling out Android 5.0 Lollipop to Nexus 7 (Wifi) and Nexus 10 via an OTA, and will continue to roll out to Nexus 4, Nexus 5, Nexus 7 (LTE) later that month.”

Sadly, we can’t confirm if this is accurate, so take it with a pinch of salt. All Google said when it revealed Lollipop was that the update would start rolling out to devices “in the coming weeks.”

Note that the latest version of Android first roll out to Nexus devices and Google Play devices, since they run Android in vanilla form. Android devices that run custom UIs by manufacturers tend to get updates later than Nexus devices. Furthermore, devices locked to a network operator tend to get updates even later, since carriers test these updates before rolling them out to devices.

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Apple iPad Mini 3 specs, pre-order, and UK launch date

If you’re interested in getting your hands on the recently unveiled Apple iPad Mini 3, you must be wondering what’s under the hood and when the tablet will be available in the UK. Read on to find out more.

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Specs:

Colour Options:

  • Silver
  • Gold
  • Space Grey

Models:

  • Wi-Fi
  • Wi-Fi + Cellular

Capacity and Price:

Wi-Fi:

  • 16GB £319
  • 64GB £399
  • 128GB £479

Wi-Fi + Cellular:

  • 16GB £419
  • 64GB £499
  • 128GB £579

Weight and Dimensions:

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Wi-Fi:

  • Height: 200 mm (7.87 inches)
  • Width: 134.7 mm (5.3 inches)
  • Depth: 7.5 mm (0.29 inches)
  • Weight: 331 g (0.73 pounds)

Wi-Fi + Cellular:

  • Height: 200 mm (7.87 inches)
  • Width: 134.7 mm (5.3 inches)
  • Depth: 7.5 mm (0.29 inches)
  • Weight: 341 g (0.75 pounds)

Display:

  • Retina display
  • 7.9-inch (diagonal) LED-backlit Multi-Touch display with IPS technology
  • 2048×1536 pixel resolution at 326 pixels per inch (ppi)
  • Fingerprint-resistant oleophobic coating

Processor:

  • A7 chip with 64-bit architecture
  • M7 motion coprocessor

iSight Camera:

  • 5MP iSight camera
  • Autofocus
  • Face detection
  • Backside illumination
  • Five-element lens
  • Hybrid IR filter
  • ƒ/2.4 aperture
  • Tap to focus video or still images
  • Tap to control exposure for video or still images
  • Photo and video geotagging
  • HDR photos
  • Timer mode
  • Panorama

Video Recording:

  • 1080p HD video recording
  • Video stabilisation
  • Face detection
  • Tap to focus while recording
  • Backside illumination
  • 3x video zoom
  • Time-lapse video

FaceTime HD Camera:

  • 1.2MP photos
  • 720p HD video
  • Face detection
  • Backside illumination
  • Tap to control exposure for video or still images
  • Photo and video geotagging
  • Panorama
  • Timer mode

External Buttons and Connectors:

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Battery:

Wi-Fi:

  • Built-in 23.8-watt-hour rechargeable lithium-polymer battery
  • Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video or listening to music
  • Charging via power adapter or USB to computer system

Wi-Fi + Cellular:

  • Built-in 23.8-watt-hour rechargeable lithium-polymer battery
  • Up to 10 hours of surfing the web on Wi-Fi, watching video or listening to music
  • Up to 9 hours of surfing the web using mobile data network
  • Charging via power adapter or USB to computer system

Sensors:

  • Touch ID
  • Three-axis gyro
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light sensor

OS:

  • iOS 8

Connector:

  • Lightning

In the Box:

  • iPad mini 3
  • Lightning to USB Cable
  • USB Power Adapter

Pre-order:

  • 17th of October

Launch date:

  • TBA

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Check out the Apple iPad Mini 3 official images here

Apple has recently officially unveiled the Apple iPad Mini 3. The thinnest mini iPad to hit the market is not yet available for purchase, so you may have to wait a little longer to get to see the device in the flesh. In the meantime, check out the tablet’s official images below.

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The Apple iPad Mini 3 will be available for pre-order in the UK on the 17th of October. It starts at £319. Apple is yet to announce when exactly it plans to launch the tablet in the UK, but it did say that the tablet was coming next week.

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Motorola plans to roll out Lollipop to Moto X, Moto G, and Moto E

Motorola has announced that it plans to roll out Android 5.0 (Lollipop) to the Moto X, Moto X 2nd Gen, Moto G, Moto G 2nd Gen, and Moto E. The Lenovo-owned phone maker alongside Google has just lifted the lid on the search giant’s first phablet the Nexus 6, which runs Lollipop out of the box.

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Motorola announced:

It’s no secret we love Android. That’s why every one of our Moto phones is built on a foundation of pure Android – it’s easier to use, delivers amazing performance and lets you choose how you want to use your phone. So we have more sweet Android news to share…

Once Android 5.0 L is officially released, we intend to bring this latest upgrade to many of our other Motorola devices, as well. This includes Moto X (1st and 2nd Gen), Moto G (1st and 2nd Gen), Moto G with 4G LTE, Moto E, Droid Ultra, Droid Maxx and Droid Mini. We’re still working out the details on timing and the upgrade depends on our partners’ support so stay tuned to our software upgrades page for the latest and greatest.

Motorola didn’t say when it was planning to roll out the latest version of Android to the handsets mentioned above, but at least it has announced its intention to update its smartphones once Google makes Lollipop available.

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