In today’s mobile news roundup: Samsung confirms Premium Suite upgrade for Galaxy Note; Google-Motorola makes ‘X phone’; and Nubia unveils quadcore phone.
Samsung confirms Premium Suite upgrade for Galaxy Note
Owners of Samsung’s original phablet, the Galaxy Note, will be happy to know that with the arrival of the Android Jelly Bean upgrade for their device, there’s a slew of freebies to go along with it. The Premium Suite upgrade will include a refreshed user interface that’s quite similar to the Galaxy Note II, Air View, Multi-window apps, and the easy clip function that allows users to crop and share images and text with the stylus. Plus, they can now also take advantage of Google Now. No news yet as to when the Premium Suite will arrive, but bets are on that it will be coming really soon.
Google-Motorola makes ‘X phone’
Google is finally putting their Motorola Mobility acquisition to good use, rumored to be making a phone. The mysterious device, dubbed as the ‘X phone’, may join the line of other Nexus devices released over the past years, but there’s still no certainty to the rumor. Nevertheless, one thing’s for sure, it will not join Motorola’s Droid line.
According to reports, Motorola CEO Dennis Woodside refused to comment on the rumor, but did state that they are “investing in a team and a technology that will do something quite different than the current approaches.” What this means is that Google and Motorola are working on a sophisticated device that may be able to compete with the likes of Samsung and Apple. They are hoping that the device could really help Google stand out in a sea of devices powered by its own mobile OS, especially as the importance of owning the stack becomes more apparent amongst rivals like Apple and Microsoft.
Nubia unveils quadcore phone
Nubia, a ZTE subsidiary, unveiled a new phone in China. The Nubia Z5 features Qualcomm’s 1.5GHz quad-core APQ8064, 2GB RAM and 32GB of internal storage, a 13MP F2.2 main camera with five-element optics by Konica Minolta, plus separate touch focus and touch exposure in the app, a 2MP front-facing camera, supports WiFi Display and MHL output, and Yamaha or Dolby Digital Plus audio.
The Z5 is only 7.6 mm thick and it was possible because of the collaboration with famed Italian designer Stefano Giovannoni but don’t let the thinness fool you–it’s still packing a 2,300mAh battery and it weighs only 126g. It costs about $550 for the aluminum version, which will be available in January, but for those who want a more sophisticated look, you can wait to get the titanium version which costs about $1,260. Nubia offers cash-on-delivery, and consumers will have seven days to return the phone if they were not satisfied with the product, someone will come and pick up the device, no questions asked. and if by any unfortunate event your phone is rendered unusable, Nubia will provide its users with a temporary phone to use while they fix your Z5. Cool deal, eh?