Apr 17 AT 4:44 PM Taylor Wimberly 38 Comments

Android Rumors Report: RAZR HD to AT&T, Galaxy S III minor update, Tab 2 delay, Tegra 4


Welcome back to our weekly column where we round up all the Android-related rumors and discuss the validity of each one. Everyone seems to love our original rumor reports, but we thought it would be fun to examine the rumors from around the web and share our thoughts on the possibility of them coming true. Read on for this week’s latest Android rumors.

Motorola RAZR HD coming to Verizon and AT&T?

Rumor: The Motorola RAZR HD (Vanquish/Fighter/MB886/qinara/Atrix3?) is coming to Verizon and AT&T.

Our thoughts: Last week a trusted source was telling me they played with the Motorola Vanquish (aka Droid Fighter) and said it featured Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 processor. We already knew from previous rumor reports that the Vanquish/Fighter was an upgraded version of the RAZR MAXX, with a 720p display.

This week a new benchmark result appeared for a Motorola device with the model number MB886 and product name Qinara. This device also features a Snapdragon S4 processor and 720p display. AT&T released the Motorola Atrix (MB860) and Atrix 2 (MB865), so this leads us to believe that the MB886 is also headed to AT&T, possibly as the RAZR HD or Atrix 3.

You could say I’m stretching the facts, but it looks pretty likely that the “RAZR HD” will make an appearance on both AT&T and Verizon this summer. Specs for the devices should include a 4.6 inch 720p HD display, 13 megapixel camera, dual-core 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 processor, and massive 3,300 mAh battery.

Probability: 75%

Galaxy S III is a minor update?

Rumor: Andrew Royal of CNET UK reports the Galaxy S III will be a minor update compared to the Galaxy S II and says an unnamed source told him, “It’ll be like the iPhone 4S was to the 4.”

Our thoughts: This is just dumb. The next Galaxy is going to be Samsung’s flagship device, and they will do everything in their power to make sure it tops the upcoming iPhone 5. It’s looking more likely that the next Galaxy will feature the first processor with ARM Cortex-A15 CPU cores, which would easily make it the most powerful phone to date.

Samsung execs have also been talking up all day battery life, so we think the next Galaxy will have a few surprises. CNET UK also mentions that the device will feature eye tracking technology that can detect when a user looks away from the display. This could be used to turn off the display when not used, which would help extend the battery life.

Finally, to compare the next Galaxy to the iPhone 4S upgrade is just silly. The iPhone 4 and iPhone 4S featured identical design on the outside, and all signs point to Samsung doing something different. Rumors suggest the next Galaxy will have a ceramic case and wireless charging, two unique features not found in the Galaxy S II.

Probability: 0%

Samsung stopped production of the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1?

Rumor: Sascha Pallenberg of Netbooknews reports  that Samsung stopped the production of the GT-P 5100 aka Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 so they could upgrade the tablet to a quad-core CPU.

Our thoughts: Multiple rumors have been suggesting that the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 had been delayed, and Samsung has a history of changing product specs after they announce them. Last year Samsung revealed the original Galaxy Tab 10.1 at Mobile World Congress, then redesigned it one month later to make it thinner than the iPad 2.

When the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 was first announced at this year’s Mobile World Congress, many questioned if this product even earned the “2″. It featured the same old dual-core 1.0 GHz processor, and the rest of the specs were underwhelming.

Samsung said they would release the Tab 2 10.1 for $399 in early May, but other products like the quad-core Transformer Pad 300 have already outclassed it at the same price point.

We know Samsung has their quad-core Exynos 4412 ready to use, since Meizu is shipping it in a phone in June. Samsung could use that same processor in the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1, or they could also use the even newer Exynos 5250.

Sascha has been in this business a lot longer than me and I trust his sources, so look for the Galaxy Tab 2 10.1 to be delayed.

Probability: 85%

Tegra 4 has 4 CPU cores

Rumor: Technology news site VR-Zone reports that Tegra 4 will feature a quad-core Cortex-A15 design.

Our thoughts: When NVIDIA first showed us their Tegra roadmap, they said Wayne (aka Tegra 4) would be coming at the tail end of 2012. Given the history of delays with the Tegra 2 and Tegra 3 launches, we wouldn’t be surprised if the Tegra 4 launch was moved to early 2013.

NVIDIA has yet to share any official details about Wayne, which puts them behind their schedule this time last year. We first learned of Tegra 3 in February of 2011, and the first devices began shipping last December. We are now in April, and I don’t think NVIDIA is in any rush to talk about Tegra 4.

The leaked roadmap posted by VR-Zone shows that NVIDIA will go with a 4-PLUS-1 configuration, using ARM Cortex-A15 CPU cores. NVIDIA already hinted they would use A15 in the next Tegra and they seem pretty committed to the 4-PLUS-1 architecture, so this doesn’t come as a surprise.

We also see a new part SP3X, which might be the chip called Grey spotted in previous roadmaps. This should be NVIDIA’s first chip to integrate their Icera modem, which will bring LTE connectivity to mainstream phones. An earlier leaked roadmap placed this part at Q1 2013, but it now appears to have slipped to Q3 2013.

Overall we don’t see a lot of new information to report with this latest leaked roadmap. Tegra 4 will likely feature quad-core A15s, an improved GPU, and arrive in devices by early 2013.

Probability: 95%

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  • spazby

    can’t wait to find out real specs for s3. this phone has been hyped up so much, i am getting a little worried that it may disappoint… hopefully sammy can make it live up its expectations.

    • http://facebook.com/jestertx2001 Jesse Moreno

      The only way this phone can disappoint me is to throw anything but Vanilla Android on it.

      • b

        You are gonna be disappointed then.

      • aranea

        If there is only one thing everyone can be virtually sure about SIII is that it’s NOT going to have vanilla Android on it. That said, modding community will take care of that flaw very quickly.

        • kazahani

          I’m not into modding, simply because I don’t have the money to replace a $600 device if I screw up, so I’m hoping that TouchWiz goes the way of HTC Sense 4.0 and gets out of the way.

    • pjamies

      The s3 being a minor updated phone would not usually hold a round number naming scheme .. So, I cannot believe that sammy would actually do something like that ..
      Also, I would like to see major phone updates roll out with major OS updates … it makes for a better hype/excitement level, and Android’s next OS release should show up around Nov this year.
      I don’t really have an issue with sammy rolling out its next big Galaxy phone once a year. It allows them to take a whole year to pack the phone with better specs and hopefully build quality. Did most of the phone manufacturers not say that they were going to reduce the number of similar products that they were going to produce yearly anyways? Quality over Quantity!!
      You can trash your company name by producing crap … sammy, go for quality and leave the quantity to the other smucks !! lol

      • professandobey

        Plus, weren’t all the Galaxy SII variants released in the US a few months ago incremental updates (Skyrocket HD…)?

      • Jimmy_Jo

        Everyone is assuming they are going to release the Galaxy S3. But they said the next galaxy device. So theoretically, it could be a variant of the GSII and Nexus or Note or whatever else they want to do.

  • Bryan Stoner

    Exynos 5250 in the galaxy tab 2 sounds reasonable. It should be clocked at 2.0GHz for tablets if I recall. Later on they could release the Tab 3 with the 5420. My heart would melt at that point ~@u@~

    And a 13 megapixel camera on the “Razr HD” dannngggg

    • WlfHart

      Don’t get too much number shock… I still sigh at the fact my old 5mp is better than any 8mp I’ve gotten to use on a cell phone. MP isn’t everything.

      • kazahani

        Bad camrea quality really has more to do with imaging than optics. Apple and HTC have the right idea in putting a dedicated imaging processor into the phones, but there are really many things holding back mobile camera quality: shutter speed, lack of good image stabilization, lack of optical zoom vs digital zoom, and also there needs to be much better exposure management, and it needs to be handled automatically.

        Mobile phones are a long way from replacing a good point-and-shoot.

      • aranea

        +1 to Kazahani’s explanation. Also the size of the sensor and the built (ie backlit vs frontlit) makes a big difference too.

      • Bryan Stoner

        I know, of course mp count isn’t everything. It’s just the simple fact they could do that is what surprised me. I’m glad kazahani has this covered ;)

  • e.friedman1992

    Anyone else find the lack of Jelly Bean rumors annoying? I could be mistaken, but at this point, I can’t find any new info on the OS. What’s it gonna look like? are we gonna see more cloud integration? new features that make OS updates faster?

    Throw us a bone google!

  • Slith

    I bet you’re right on the money with the Tegra 4!

    • rk208

      We will probably see a prototype running win8 at computex

  • Ps3y3Ops

    I absolutely love this report you do every week, please keep it coming! And yeah, the GSIII rumor has got to be the biggest joke I’ve heard in a while. Being the official sponsor of the Olympics and launch a minor update to the GSII? Not on your life, right, Sammy?

  • Annoymous

    They should make the Samsung Galaxy tab 2 into the rumored Galaxy Tab 11.6 with a smaller screen. Would love to see how the screen would compare to Apple’s “revolutionary” display on the Ipad.

    • aranea

      Samsung produces that display too so you would expect that they should put an equivalent if not better screen for their own tablet.

  • Androidcrazed6

    Do you guys think that getting the Samsung Galaxy s3 at full-price if/once it goes on Sprint instead of getting a tablet, like the Prime, is a good or bad idea?

    • swazedahustla

      Yea if u can stand to wait 7 months for it in the US

    • drop

      I would rather get the Nexus Prime. The Galaxy S3 may not have much higher specs.

  • Droidberg

    whoa,DROID RAZR HD sounds pretty awesome if i do say so myself.. will look out for that one,ONCE i hear first about the Galaxy s3 :)-

  • http://www.alpha-geek.fr Nonepse

    Am I the only one to think/hope that Samsung will release more than the Galaxy S III on May 3 ?
    At CES 2012, they unveiled only low-end tablets. Now the New iPad is released, won’t they launch their own flagship tablet ?

    • Ps3y3Ops

      There’s the Galaxy Tab 2 coming…it is written above that production was halted so they could put in a quad core processor. With all the reports about that situation (although still unconfirmed) this is most likely true. Also the 11.6″ tab should be announced soon.

      • http://www.alpha-geek.fr Nonepse

        Yes but as far as we know, even with the processor replacement, the tablet still would have a 1200×800 screen resolution :/ Compared to the upcoming Transformer Pad Infinity, or the New iPad, it’s not what I would call a flagship..

  • Nathan D.

    Can’t wait to see how the GS3 will be spec wise, and quad core A15 would be awesome to have and make any person set for the next couple of years until a new architecture is made.

  • Louis A

    What happened to the super nice Galaxy Tab that was gonna come out with the extra high resolution like the new ipad? I was looking forward to that, did they scrap that?

  • Qualcomm

    “It’s looking more likely that the next Galaxy will feature the first processor with ARM Cortex-A15 CPU cores”…hey, you´re out of the date… HTC one S is the first phone including first ARM Cortex-A15 CPU

    • Simon

      When will people learn the S4 is NOT an A15 cpu.
      It features some of the A15 specific features and some of the A9 features.
      In short the S4 is a frankenstein, A good one but still a frankenstein.

  • Alex Belko

    A Nice battery for the motorolla! I wish every manufacturer understood that we need moar juice for such devices) I have to charge my sgs2 twice a day using it how it was meant to be used

  • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

    I’m a prophet is all I have to say.

    Excerpt from my Droid RAZR MAXX review:

    The phone’s frame could easily have supported a 4.5-4.7-inch screen and I imagine if the development time on this phone had been more than just a few months that they would made that happen. Visions of the Droid RAZR MAXX XL HD are already dancing in my head.


    Can has update on HTC One X materializing on T-Mobile as the G4x, please? No other rumor has haunted me so.

  • http://www.technogasms.com Sean Riley

    Well played.

    I was mostly kidding, I think Motorola pretty much telegraphed this one.