Rumor: Motorola’s Droid Maxx, Mini sequels nigh, powered by Snapdragon 801

For a smartphone manufacturer that everybody knows isn’t doing well financially, its very future depending on acquisition sanctions from federal agencies, Motorola is sure a lot in the spotlight, with an abundance of news stories and reports on discounts and especially imminent releases.

Xiaomi Mi4 tipped to cost $499 with 2K screen, Snapdragon 805 and 3 GB RAM

Look out, LG G3 and Oppo Find 7, the Quad HD display phablet arena may get quite crowded pretty soon. But before Samsung can take a stab at it with the Galaxy Note 4, one of Oppo’s local China-based rivals will likewise try to leap from dark horse status to world heavyweight title contender.

HP has trio of Android tabs in the works: Slate 8 Plus, 10 Plus and Slate 10 Plus

Since HP is in a pretty serious slump as far as traditional PC sales are concerned, the company’s newfound focus on portable alternatives (read tablets) didn’t really surprise anyone. But the once mighty computer maker’s slate strategy is all over the place, with its Android portfolio in particular making no lick of sense.

LG Pulse, Unify, HTC Desire 816, ZTE Emblem pictured en route to Virgin

Virgin Mobile, one of Sprint’s subsidiaries, is famous for its low prepaid rates, sensible no-contract smartphone prices and frequent device discounts, but it’s been a while since the operator last bolstered its product portfolio.

Dell gears up to launch Intel Core i3-powered Chromebook

Many reckoned Acer took an unnecessary gamble fitting punchy Intel Core i3 “Haswell” processors inside Chromebooks, thus raising the price bar, but apparently, Dell thinks there might be demand for higher-end Chrome OS laptops too.

Shady Motorola Moto G2 image and underwhelming specs crop up

Extra LTE connectivity and microSD support couldn’t make the recently refreshed Motorola Moto G version qualify for an upgrade, and with the original now around eight months old, it seems only logical to expect a follow-up in the near future.

Sony now selling Xperia Z2 stateside via online store at steep $700

After months and months of sterile, agonizing waiting, longstanding prospective buyers of Sony’s Xperia Z2 smartphone/tablet pair can at last quench their thirst for waterproof, anorexic, Snapdragon 801-powered, 3 GB RAM-packing Android gear.

Motorola Moto X discounted again: 16 GB at $300, 32 GB version is $325

As Moto X+1’s introduction nears, Motorola is really getting desperate to rid itself of leftover first-gen X inventory, putting the customizable 4.7-inch Android smartphone on sale for the umpteen time these past few months.

LG prices G3 s/G3 Beat at €349 on European shores, ETA is mid-August

Given how tight-lipped LG was in relation to retail prices when announcing the G3 Beat for South Korea less than 24 hours ago, we didn’t expect to get updates very soon. Especially not on G3 Beat’s European-destined twin, dubbed G3 s, which is slated for a commercial debut “in the coming weeks”.

Future Acer Chromebooks with Bay Trail and Tegra K1 detailed, Chromebox also nigh

It looks like Chrome OS and Acer’s love story is set to last, nay grow stronger, with Intel Core i3-powered Chromebooks just the first step in the PC maker’s grand scheme on the short term. Next on the product roadmap, a couple of Chrome OS laptops beefed up by low-power, frugal Intel Celeron Bay Trail chips, a higher-end version with Nvidia Tegra K1 punch and a Celeron Haswell-based desktop.

Microsoft reportedly cancels Nokia McLaren 3D Touch smartphone

It feels silly to even begin talking about a purportedly canceled device that no one can be certain was ever real, but there’s no smoke without fire and all that, so it’s safe to assume the Nokia “McLaren” did indeed exist in pre-release prototype form.

Purported Samsung Galaxy Note 4 app list alludes to Quad HD screen, finger scanner

Given how distant Samsung’s Galaxy Note 4 announcement likely still is, a surprisingly clear picture of the high-end phablet’s specs is being painted by predominantly trustworthy tipsters. The latest to hint at a slew of key features is master leaker @evleaks, who claims to be in possession of a legit pre-loaded APK rundown.