Back-from-retirement leak legend @evleaks strikes again, sharing a product roadmap of sorts pertaining to America’s largest mobile carrier, plus a high-res press photo starring the unannounced LG G Pad X.
Although the Xperia Z4 takes the “more of the same” marketing strategy to new heights of confusion and redundant reiteration, Sony may have still found support from one of the world’s most relevant wireless service players.
Yes, Verizon reportedly plans to present its staggering portfolio of close to 140 million subscribers a near-identical handheld to the Xperia Z3v, aka Z3. The “clone” apes its predecessor’s external design and construction to the letter, merely replacing the outdated quad-core Snapdragon 801 processor with an S810 featuring twice as much nuclei.
Also, the front-facing camera’s sensor is bumped up from 2.2 to 5.1 megapixels. Worth Big Red’s effort? We’d have thought not, but that’s why we ain’t in charge of a multi-billion-dollar business. Besides, perhaps Sony and VZW struck some kind of exclusive (real) upgrade deal.
Speaking of “true” upgrades, the long overdue sequel for the well-received 2013 LG G Pad 8.3 is also allegedly headed to Verizon before long. This is dubbed G Pad X and looks quite charming… in a two-toned, zebra-like way.
Too bad there’s so much carrier and manufacturer branding going on, you might be distracted from the hardware improvements LG probably hatches as we speak. Can you say Snapdragon 810? 3 GB RAM? Stereo speakers? 5,000 mAh+ battery juice? Nothing’s set in stone yet, except for the sharp audio system, but we can certainly dream.
We can also keep our fingers crossed for an early iPad mini 4 rollout (otherwise, why would @evleaks mention it now?), and palatable HTC Desire 526 price tag. The 526 can really only stand out with extreme affordability, since internationally, it touts unremarkable specs like a 960 x 540 4.7-inch screen, 1 GB RAM and Android 4.4.