Inflated scores removed from benchmark listings after cheating discovered
Benchmark scores for smartphones and tablets from Samsung and HTC have been removed from one ranking site, after it was discovered that they were manipulated for a higher mark. Futuremark has delisted smartphones caught cheating its benchmarking app, including the HTC One and One Mini, and both processor variants of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 and Galaxy Note III.
Galaxy Note III ramping up video, audio capabilities
Samsung's forthcoming Galaxy Note III is tipped to offer 4K Ultra HD (3840x2160) video shooting capabilities, matching the expectation for Sony's forthcoming Xperia Z1 Honami. The two devices are expected to be revealed next week, just ahead of IFA Berlin, as both Samsung and Sony begin the push to drive consumer adoption of their respective Ultra HD flat panel televisions. The Galaxy Note III is also expected to support 24-bit/192KHz audio playback, which is a capability recently debuted by LG on its new G2 flagship.
Picasa metadata tips existence of Galaxy Note III
The next edition of Samsung's Galaxy Note III appears to already be somewhat finalized just a month or so ahead of its expected introduction. Images purported to be from the unreleased device were posted to photo sharing site Picasa and picked up by SamMobile this week. The model number of the device that posted the images is SM-N9005, which is in keeping with Samsung's model numbering for the Galaxy Note series.
HTC One Max claimed to have six-inch 1080p display, 2.3GHz processor
HTC may be moving to release a larger version of its flagship HTC One, as well as a smaller model. A rumor for the One Max suggests that the company may be readying a version of the smartphone with a six-inch display, and is accompanied by new photographs said to show both the front and the back of the HTC One Mini.
BBC shows final matches of UK tennis tournament in 3D for third year
The BBC will be broadcasting the finals of the Wimbledon tennis tournament in 3D for the third year running, despite the low numbers of 3D-capable HDTV owners in the country. The finals and semi-finals in both the men's and women's competitions will be shown live on the broadcaster's "Red Button" service in the United Kingdom in 3D, as part of the corporation's trials with 3D content.
Large screen on display, S-Pen stylus absent from photographs
Photographs of what is claimed to be the Samsung Galaxy Note III have appeared online. The latest image appears to show a smartphone with a large screen, possibly confirming the 5.99-inch display claimed in previous rumors, and seems to be a similar device to one in other photographs leaked over the weekend.
Picture may be from forthcoming Galaxy Note device
A new image has appeared online that could have been taken by an as yet announced Samsung Galaxy Note III. The image appeared on SmartFan over the weekend, showing nothing of much interest. What was notable was the image's EXIF data, which lists the device taking the picture as GT-N7200.
Future Galaxy devices could have different designs
Even as it prepares for the release of its next flagship handset, Samsung may be worried that its competitors have an edge on it. A new rumor has the South Korean conglomerate pondering a change in the build quality of its devices in light of the release of premium-quality devices like HTC's new One handset. Future Galaxy devices could therefore see a big boost in build quality, starting perhaps as early as this year.