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HTC Zeta superphone leaked with insane 2.5GHz processor

HTC has been leaking like a sieve for the last few weeks. The latest goodie to get out of Taiwan is the HTC Zeta, a rumored Ice Cream Sandwich phone with a 2.5 gigahertz Snapdragon processor. Other specs include Ice Cream Sandwich, a full gig of RAM and 4.5-inch 720p display. Naturally, there’s no availability, pricing or verification in sight.

This one goes squarely in the “rumor” category. To round out that unbelievable processor you get 32GB of built-in storage, Sense UI, Beats (see the logo on the bottom) and a 1,830mAh battery. The strangely exposed 8MP battery on the back is twinned to a forward-facing cam with 1.3Mp. For something with a 4.5-inch screen the device is a little chunky at 9.8mm, so I’ll go ahead and add fuel to the fire by guessing that it has LTE as well. Remember that capacitive buttons don’t automatically mean that the device isn’t running Ice Cream Sandwich.

I’m going to go out on a limb here and say this one probably isn’t real. The sharp edges are a pretty radical design departure for HTC, and there’s a good reason that most devices designed to go in your pocket don’t have sharp corners. That crazy 2.5Ghz processor is suspect too; a Snapdragon of that caliber will be available soon, but why upstage your entire product line, including the upcoming Edge, so soon? I’m guessing this is a commendable but fake fan render. Still, I could certainly be wrong, and if I am, expect to see the Zeta or something like it at Mobile World Congress in February.

[via Engadget]

 

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HTC Zeta rendered, rumored to pack 2.5GHz quad-core CPU and Ice Cream Sandwich

Ready for today’s grain of salt? We just got handed imagery and specs of a possible HTC device in the works codenamed the Zeta. It’s a quad-core handset, much like the Edge that was leaked last week, but it has a much faster 2.5GHz APQ8064 CPU along with 1GB of RAM running the show, on a 4.5-inch 720p HD display. According to our source, the uniquely shaped smartphone will come with Ice Cream Sandwich pre-installed with Sense UI (version 4.0 wasn’t specified, but we’d be surprised to see it any lower on an ICS device) and have 32GB of internal storage space, an 1,830mAh battery, Beats Audio, Bluetooth 4.0, an 8MP rear camera with dual LED flash, 1080p video capture and a 1.3MP front-facing cam. Dimensions? We have those, too: the Zeta is said to measure at 109.8 x 60.9 x 9.8mm (4.32 x 2.4 x 0.39 inches) and weigh 5.15 ounces (146g). Pricing and availability aren’t known, and we’re still digging for more info. It certainly has an intriguing look; the sharp corners would be a huge departure from HTC’s recent design choices, though it appears to have HTC’s signature unibody build in the back. So are we just looking at a cool concept or is this the next flagship phone? We’re hoping it’s the latter.

[Thanks, Wysiest]

HTC Zeta rendered, rumored to pack 2.5GHz quad-core CPU and Ice Cream Sandwich originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 15 Nov 2011 17:51:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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‘HTC Zeta’ renders appear, rumored to be a 2.5GHz quad-core, ICS-powered beast

HTC Zeta

A few days ago we were introduced to the Tegra 3-powered HTC Edge, rumored to be one of the first quad-core Android smartphones. Today sees the emergence of renders of another rumored quad-core HTC phone, the "HTC Zeta". Accordig to Engadget, the Zeta's striking design isn't the only remarkable thing about the device, as it reportedly packs a quad-core Qualcomm APQ8064 CPU at a whopping 2.5 GHz.

Other reported specs include 1GB of RAM, a 4.5-inch 720p display of some sort, 32GB internal storage and an ample 1830 mAh battery. The phone is also said to include an 8MP rear camera capable of 1080p recording, along with the standard 1.3MP front-facer. As you'd expect from a premium HTC handset that's likely to launch in 2012, Sense and Beats Audio are also included, along with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

Interestingly the phone is said to weigh just 146 grams, significantly less than many other HTC devices around the 4.3-4.7-inch mark. To put that into perspective, the Thunderbolt weighs in at 175 grams, while the recently-launched Rezound tips the scales at 170 grams.

For the moment, of course, all this is well within rumor territory, and that'll remain the case until such time as HTC announces this device. It could turn out to be little more than a fanciful render of a product that might never come to market. But if it isn't, we certainly look forward to getting our hands on the Zeta, most likely at CES or Mobile World Congress next year.

Source: Engadget

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Samsung Captivate Glide and DoubleTime hands-on

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Samsung’s got a pair of QWERTY-sporting Android handsets heading to AT&T, targeting distinctly different different ends of the smartphone spectrum. Sure, both the Captivate Glide and the DoubleTime attempt to woo messaging addicts with their physical keyboards, but that’s about where the similarities end. The Glide is packing a full gig of RAM, a 1GHz Tegra 2 processor, 8GB of internal storage, an 8 megapixel camera (plus a 1.3MP front-facing cam), Gingerbread slathered with TouchWiz and a 4-inch Super AMOLED display. The 800 x 480 panel isn’t the best we’ve ever seen, but it’s brightness and superb contrast certainly don’t disappoint. Like many Samsung handsets, the Glide is surprisingly light thanks to its all plastic construction, but the textured battery plate and satisfyingly firm sliding mechanism keep it from feeling cheap. The landscape keyboard is quite pleasant. The keys don’t have much travel, but they’re well spaced and we had no trouble quickly banging out a bunch of texts right away.

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Samsung Captivate Glide and DoubleTime hands-on originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 14 Nov 2011 08:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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LG Nitro HD looks to be heading to AT&T, LTE bands intact

LG Nitro HD

With LG having announced the Optimus LTE for the Korean market not long ago, and then having a variation the device arrive on Bell Mobility in Canada the question of whteher or not it would see any US carrier launches arose. While we won't take a simple image as fact — clearly the idea of the Android 2.3 powered device making its way to AT&T has been bounced around and if and it arrives it will comes as the LG Nitro HD.

If it does land there, you'll be looking at a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, an 1830 mAh battery as well as an 8-megapixel rear camera with LED flash, and a 1.3MP shooter up front. A full 1GB of RAM, 4GB of internal storage, and a 16GB microSD card. And let's not forget that "True HD IPS" display and of course support for AT&T's LTE as well as their 21Mbs HSDPA network.

Source: Pocketnow

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Motorola DROID RAZR Now Officially Available From Verizon Wireless

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If you were looking to pickup the thinnest Android powered smartphone on the planet, the wait is finally over. The Motorola Droid RAZR is now officially available from Verizon Wireless.

If you were still wary on shelling out your hard earned money on one, our full review of the device should be up by tomorrow morning and may help you make up your mind. As a refresher, the DROID RAZR is promised to receive Ice Cream Sandwich in the near future and features a 4.3-inch 960×540 Super AMOLED qHD display, 1.2GHZ TI OMAP4430 dual-core processor, 8MP rear camera, 1.3MP front facing camera, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal memory and last but not least — compatibility with Verizon’s blazing fast 4G LTE network.

If you don’t feel like waiting for our review, you can always join in on the conversation in our very own DROID RAZR forums where new and potential users are picking apart the device, feature-by-feature to see if it’s a worthy purchase. Anyone out there picking one up today?

[Via VerizonWireless]


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Samsung Illusion device page surfaces on Verizon Infocenter

Samsung Illusion

It's been a while since we talked about the Samsung Illusion, but a friendly ninja just dropped off a screencap of the Verizon Infocenter page for the entry-level handset in our inbox.  Imagine a smaller version of the Nexus S, minus the vanilla Gingerbread build and plus an SD card slot, and you'll have a pretty good picture of what to expect.  The 1GHz Hummingbird and 512MB of RAM should make for a pretty damn speedy experience with the smaller resolution, though the tiny 3MP camera and TFT display clearly mark this one with the budget or entry-level tag.  With a 3.5-inch display and a curved design, it should be a pleasure to carry and use for talking, but the HVGA (480×320) resolution isn't going to win many points for you gamers out there. 

All in all, it looks like one of the best beginner phones we've ever seen, with decent specs that hopefully will mean a low price point.  We've no idea about price or release, other than rumors that say "this month".  The page in the Infocenter went live today, so Verizon is getting prepped.  When we know more, we'll tell you.

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Motorola Xoom 2: Specs Details

I think it is the highest time to take a really closer look at the specs that both Motorola Xoom 2 tablets will be sporting. I think. We will start with the original 10.1-inch Xoom 2 and after that, in our further posts, will get back to the Motorola Xoom 2 Media Edition. So, the Xoom 2 will be equipped with a 10.1-inch HD touch-screen display protected by Gorilla Glass at 1280×800 resolution capacity, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, a 5MP rear camera, a 1.3MP front facing camera, 1GB RAM, 16GB storage, 3D virtual surround sound and Android 3.2 Honeycomb on a board with the possible update to Ice Cream Sandwich. Among the other features you should also find interesting its “Business ready with enterprise-grade security and ActiveSync for work e-mail, contacts and calendar. USB and Ethernet connectivity, preloaded Citrix Receiver and Citrix GoToMeeting, Preloaded with MotoCast so you can access your files from your PC or Mac to your tablet.” the Xoom 2 is said to last for 10+ hours of web usage and 1 month in standby regime. Among its special features I would point out splash-guard and special flattened edges for easier holding (it sounds funny but in real life happens to be very important).

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Samsung Galaxy Tab Plus Now Shipping in the U.S.

The last we heard, the Samsung Galaxy Tab Plus wasn’t going to be available until November 13th but as it turns out, we will see it sooner than expected. After a successful pre-order launch, Samsung has decided to start shipping units to U.S. customers already, some should get them as early as the first of next week.

Although having a higher price tag, Sammy’s Galaxy Tab Plus will have stiff competition this holiday season with the recently announced Kindle Fire and Nook 2. Those who are looking for more of a tablet rich experience would probably prefer one of the two new Galaxy Tab’s available – a 16GB version for $400 or the 32GB for $500. Both tablets have a 7 – inch, 1024×600 resolution Super LCD display, dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 3MP rear/2MP front cameras, Android Honeycomb, micro SD slot and IR blaster for television connectivity.

If you ask me, I would definitely chose the Sammy devices over the competition due to its beefier setup. But you can’t forget, you can get the Kindle Fire and the Nook 2 for $199 and $249 respectively. I wonder if Samsung will consider lowering the price in the near future?

Which device do you have your eye on? Let us know in the comments below.

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Samsung confirms UK Galaxy Nexus launch date

A marketing sheet for Samsung surfaced this week that pointed to a launch date that was pushed back for the Galaxy Nexus smartphone until November 17. Samsung has now confirmed that launch date to be accurate, or at least reiterated what the leaked marketing sheet said. The launch will indeed be Thursday, November 17.

The smartphone will pack Android 4.0 ICS and sport a 4.65-inch HD super AMOLED screen. We already know the specs of the smartphone, but in case you live under a rock or just like to dream of holding the Galaxy Nexus in your hand I will run those specs down again. The smartphone will support 720p resolution and has a 5MP camera on the back. The smartphone is 8.94mm thick and has a 4.29mm thick screen bezel.

This will be the first smartphone on the market running Android 4.0 and it has a ton of features that smartphone users will like. The device will pack in WiFi, NFC, and a web browser. It also has Face Unlock and integrated Google+. The smartphone uses a 1.2GHz dual core processor and will work on HSPA+ networks. The front camera is a 1.3MP unit and the smartphone will support 1080p video output.

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Motorola XOOM 2 and XOOM 2 Media Edition officially announced

Motorola has just officially peeled the plastic screen protector off its latest poorly-kept secret, revealing the XOOM 2 in all its chunky glory. Motorola is in fact announcing two new XOOM tablets, the 10.1″ XOOM 2 update, plus the smaller 8.2″ XOOM Media Edition we’ve already seen.

Both are powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, with Android 3.2 onboard from launch. Both also feature dual cameras (5MP and 1.3MP) with LED flash, 1GB of RAM and 16GB general media storage,

This is the XOOM 2…

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…and this is the XOOM 2 Media Edition…

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Motorola says the wi-fi versions will be launching in the UK from “mid November” through Carphone Warehouse (which has a placeholder page here), plus the PC World/Dixons/Currys chain. There’s no mention of 3G models. Or prices. Yet.

Here’s the full press release, via Gizmodo:

Motorola Mobility Launches Two New Tablets in the UK and Ireland

Motorola XOOM 2™ and Motorola XOOM 2 Media Edition™ are powerful, portable and ready to take on the world

LONDON – November 3, 2011 – Building on the success of Motorola XOOM™, Motorola Mobility is rocking the tablet world yet again with two additions that bring enhanced experiences to the European market. Wi-Fi variants of the Motorola XOOM 2™ and Motorola XOOM 2 Media Edition™ – boasting powerful productivity, rich entertainment and customizable experiences — are now available: the answer to consumers looking for a tablet that can keep up with their lifestyle. Both tablets will be available at Carphone Warehouse in the UK and Ireland, as well as Best Buy, PC World, Dixons and Currys in the UK.

“Tablets are quickly becoming a must-have tool for staying connected, getting work done and having fun at home and on the road,” said Victoria McManus, marketing director UK & Ireland, Motorola Mobility. “We are very excited about these two new additions to our tablet portfolio that build on the success of the original Motorola XOOM to now deliver more powerful tablet experiences to the European market.”

The new Motorola XOOM 2 and Motorola XOOM 2 Media Edition both feature Android 3.2, a dual-core 1.2 GHz processor, brilliant displays with Corning® Gorilla® Glass and a splashguard coating for a go anywhere, do everything attitude. In addition, both tablets include the new MotoCast™ app that lets you stream all your music, photos, videos and documents between your PC or Mac and tablet without any media tools, apps, or cords.

Motorola XOOM 2: Lighter and Brighter
Motorola XOOM 2 with Wi-Fi sports a 10.1-inch widescreen HD display and Android 3.2 Honeycomb like its predecessor, but the similarities end there. The display is brighter and more vibrant than before with colour enhancement, and the edges have been strategically designed to make the tablet more comfortable to hold — this tablet is easy on the eyes, and easy on the hands. It is compatible with the optional Motorola Stylus that is great for note-taking, hand-writing emails and sketching. Motorola XOOM 2 is loaded with Business Ready features like VPN support and data encryption.

Motorola XOOM 2 with Wi-Fi features MOTOPRINT integrated into key apps so you can print wirelessly from your tablet. It is approximately 100 grams lighter than the original Motorola XOOM to make it even easier to take on the road, and can withstand poolside use, spilled drinks or dashes out to the car in the rain thanks to its new splash-guard coating. A battery delivering more than 10 hours of video playback means it can go with you wherever you need to be.

Motorola XOOM 2 Media Edition: Beat your Boredom
Motorola XOOM 2 Media Edition with Wi-Fi is easy to hold with one hand thanks to its 8.2-inch display, and easy to take with you wherever you go, weighing less than the best-selling paperback you’ve been carrying around. Optimised for entertainment, it has a wide, 178 degree viewing angle. Hold it up to someone across the room, or share it with someone sitting next to you, and everyone gets a brilliant view.

Motorola XOOM 2 Media Edition has a 20 percent improvement in graphics performance over the original Motorola XOOM for smoother gaming, features adaptive virtual surround sound with booming bass that’ll delight your ears, and stands out from the crowd with the fastest multi-tasking in its class. It can even be a universal remote control for home AV equipment with the personalized, custom remote control app pre-loaded on the tablet. Lastly, a splash-guard coating provides extra protection against the spills that are bound to happen when you’re having fun.

Accessories to connect to your life easier, from anywhere

With the Work and Play kit, plug your tablet into the HD Multimedia Station to connect to your HDTV, speakers and other peripherals for large-screen entertainment. Get more done, faster with the included keyboard and mouse with Bluetooth technology. Now, when your tablet is docked, the Smart Controller lets you MC the show from the comfort of your couch. For Motorola XOOM 2, no accessory discussion is complete without mentioning the Motorola Stylus with Precision tip – your tablet’s best friend.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab Plus Now Available And Shipping In The US

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The Samsung Galaxy Tab Plus wasn’t supposed to be available until November 13th but it looks like the 7-inch tab has received the green light and is now shipping in the US. There are two models available — a 16GB version for $400 and a 32GB for $500. Both versions feature a 7-inch, 1024×600 resolution Super LCD display, dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 3MP rear/2MP front facing cameras, Android 3.x Honeycomb, micro SD slot and IR blaster for television connectivity.

The Samsung Galaxy Tab Plus will be going head-to-head with the Kindle Fire this holiday season. I think the Tab Plus would have a fighting chance if only Samsung would lower the price of each model by $100. What do you guys think? Instant buy, pass or wait until the price drops?

[Via Amazon]


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Pantech Vega LTE Shows Off Touchless Gesture Controls – Apple’s Legal Team Lies In Wait

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Touch screens? That’s soooooo 2007. Say hello to the Kinect-ish gesture controlled Pantech Vega LTE for Korea. The device was announced back on the 6th with some pretty hefty specs and even without the knowledge of touchless gesture controls, the Vega LTE already had me drooling. The video below shows a Korean woman covered in dough and rather than get her phone all gooey, she uses a simple swipe gesture over the phone to answer the call.

The technology involved comes from the Israeli company eyeSight Mobile Technologies and will be integrated into the Vega LTE when it launches in South Korea this November. Besides answer calls, gestures can also be used for controlling music playback.

If you thought Pantech only made budget-friendly Android devices packing low-end specs you’d be sadly mistaken. We’re looking at a 4.5-inch display with 1280×800 resolution, dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm processor, 1GB of RAM, 8MP camera, 1.3MP front facing camera, 16GB of internal storage and a 1830mAh battery. The device itself measures in at a 9.35mm thin and weighs a mere 4.8oz. Besides NFC capabilities you also have the previously mentioned gesture controls. Let’s hope Pantech will wise up and release powerhouses like this stateside.

If more Android OEM’s hope to take advantage of gesture controls in their devices they better get their legal team ready. The UPTO recently published a patent application from Apple attempting to claim touchless gesture controls just like this (as well as facial recognition) for use with the iPad.

[Via AllThingsD]


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Mobile Miscellany: week of October 24, 2011

This week was packed with news on the mobile front, so it was easy to miss a few stories here and there. Here’s some of the other stuff that happened in the wide world of wireless for the week of October 24, 2011:

  • Fan of white phones? Here ya go: the BlackBerry Bold 9900, Curve 9360 and Torch 9810 can be pre-ordered on Phones4U. If white doesn’t do it for you, the Curve 9300 will be available in pink. [Stuff]
  • HTC has announced its partnership with Dropbox, which means you can get 5GB of available storage on any of the company’s Android devices. [Twitter]
  • A few customers on Verizon’s family plans have noticed a peculiar addition to the company’s #DATA service; when the text showing the data usage arrives, it now mentions “shared,” which may be an indication that Big Red’s on its way to offering shared data plans in the near future. [Droid-Life]
  • Rumors have flown for some time about LG’s attempt at reviving the Prada series by introducing the K2 (aka the P940), and now we’re finally starting to see images of the Android device leak out. Apparently, it’ll be less than 9mm thin, offer an 8MP camera, 1.3MP front-facing cam, 21Mbps HSPA+ and have a 4.3-inch display with 1,000 nits of brightness. [PhoneArena via UnwiredView]
  • Research in Motion announced BlackBerry Business Cloud Services for Microsoft Office 365, which extends Microsoft Exchange Online to the BlackBerry lineup. It’s geared toward midsized businesses and enterprises. Head to the source for the details. [Microsoft-News]

Mobile Miscellany: week of October 24, 2011 originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 29 Oct 2011 09:33:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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HTC Raider 4G LTE available on Rogers today, Bell’s version coming soon

Now that both Rogers and Bell have alive and kickin’ LTE networks, it’s high time we see a full lineup on them, right? HTC’s doing its part, at least, by offering the Raider 4G LTE (aka Holiday), a device we’ve seen announced in Korea and Australia so far. Curiously, Rogers lists the device as having a 1.2GHz dual-core CPU, a downtick from its Asian counterpart, though everything else appears to be the same: it offers a 4.5-inch qHD (960 x 540) display, a full gigabyte of RAM, an 8MP rear camera with LED flash and 1080p video capture, a 1.3MP front-facing cam for video chat and runs with Android 2.3.4 and HTC Sense 3.0 installed. Rogers will be the first in Canada to get the phone out the door, since it’s available in stores and online today for $150 with a three-year commitment, whereas Bell has it listed as “coming soon” on its official site with no actual pricing indicated (MobileSyrup says it will likely be sold for $170). If your heart goes pitter-patter for this Raider, go ahead and pick one up — just keep in mind that the lost ark is not included.

HTC Raider 4G LTE available on Rogers today, Bell’s version coming soon originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 27 Oct 2011 11:27:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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HTC Raider (Holiday) rumored to come to Rogers, $150 with a 3 year contract

HTC Raider

The HTC Raider (we know it as the Holiday) is coming to Rogers for $149.99 on a three-year contract, according to a tip received by Mobile Syrup.  While a three-year contract is something that just boggles our minds, the Raider is something we can easily get behind.  A 4.5-inch qHD display, 1.2 GHZ dual-core processor, 1GB ram, 8GB internal memory, with an 8MP rear camera and a 1.3MP front camera running on a LTE network will get the attention of just about any smartphone aficionado. 

We've been hearing rumors and seeing pictures of an AT&T version for about forever, but still have no official word from Dallas yet.  Maybe you folks north of the border will get first dibs on this one.  Hopefully we'll know the details shortly.

Source: Mobile Syrup


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Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus Coming In November,

The incredible reincarnation of the 7-inch Samsung Galaxy Tab can be found in the upcoming tablet – the Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus. Starting November, 13 this device will become available at Best Buy, Amazon, Tiger Direct, Fry’s and other retailers for $399 but you can preorder this beauty starting today. For the price mentioned you will be treated with its 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 3MP rear camera, 2MP front camera, and 7-inch touch-screen display at 1024 x 600 resolution capacity. It will also come in two versions – 16GB or 32GB and will have a 4,000 mAh battery, and 345 grams of weigh. What concerns interesting preinstalled applications, it will have Peel Smart Remote TV app on a board. Basically, you won’t find anything extraordinary in this tablet and it is just a smaller copy of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 and 8.9 devices. As for me, I find its touch-screen size to be one of the strongest pluses.

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Viewsonic throws its hat into the sub-$200 tablet ring with the ViewPad 7e

Viewsonic ViewPad 7e

Viewsonic has announced the ViewPad 7e (check out our hands-on) — a Gingerbread running tablet that checks in just under $200.  With a 7-inch 800×600 screen, a 1GHz ARM A8 CPU, front and rear cameras (.3MP and 3MP respectively) and the ViewScene 3D interface on top of Android 2.3, this looks to be a player in the same market space as the Kindle Fire.  Much like the Fire, the ViewPad 7e comes preloaded with "Amazon Services" (we assume this means the Amazon Appstore and MP3 Store) and the Kindle application, as well as games from Wild Tangent, Twitter, and Tune-in Radio.  There is no mention of the Android Market or other Google services.

Unlike the Kindle Fire, the ViewPad 7e comes with 4GB on-board storage and a microSD card slot for use with cards up to 32GB, which will appeal to a whole lot of people who need or want their removable storage.  The ViewPad 7e will be available in North America at the end of October for $199.99, with Latin America to follow shortly after in November.


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Sprint unleashes the HTC EVO Design 4G, available October 23rd for $100

That HTC EVO Design 4G leaked a couple months ago? Oh, it’s real — and Sprint’s finally ready to share its story with the world. The tale of the EVO Design 4G is simple enough: for a penny under $100, you can have a WiMAX-capable device with GSM roaming that features a 4-inch qHD (960 x 540) display, 1.2GHz Qualcomm MSM8655 CPU, Android 2.3 with HTC Sense UI, Mobile Hotspot, a 5MP rear camera with HD video recording (720p, we presume) and a 1.3MP front-facing cam. In summary, the Design 4G is basically the Hero S with WiMAX and global roaming capabilities. Look for this device to show up online and in stores on October 23rd, and look after the break for the press release.

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Sprint unleashes the HTC EVO Design 4G, available October 23rd for $100 originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 19 Oct 2011 11:16:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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HTC Announces The EVO Design 4G For Sprint, 4 Inches Of qHD and WiMax Goodness For Just Under A Benjamin

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After yesterday’s absolutely insane phone announcement-bomb, HTC and Sprint have subtly unveiled the EVO Design 4G. If you’re looking for an upper mid-range device that won’t break the bank, the Design 4G has your number, as it’s packing decent, but not (yet) outdated hardware:

  • 4-inch qHD display
  • 1.2Ghz single-core Snapdragon processor
  • 5MP rear shooter with HD video capture (720p), 1.3MP ffc
  • Android 2.3.5 with Sense
  • WiMax

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Sure, it doesn’t compare to the recently announced Motorola Droid RAZR or the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, but at $200 cheaper it definitely has its appeal. If…

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[Deal] Samsung Stratosphere 4G LTE Slider On Sale For $79 At Staples

Verizon launched the Samsung Stratosphere 4G LTE with its full-QWERTY keyboard this week at a respectable $149.99 (with 2-year contract), but if you were waiting for a better deal before you jumped in, wait no more. Staples is shaving off nearly half the price and offering the Stratosphere for only $79.99 (with 2-year contract).

Let’s see some more specs:

  • Runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread
  • 4″ Super AMOLED WVGA display
  • 1GHz Hummingbird processor
  • 5MP rear camera / 1.3MP front cam (480p video recording)

Any QWERTY-keyboard lovers out there ready to blast ahead in 4G speeds?

[Deal] Samsung Stratosphere 4G LTE Slider On Sale For $79 At Staples


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HTC Hero S now available from US Cellular

HTC Hero S

The HTC Hero S is now available from US Cellular, and it looks like a great upgrade from it's older namesake.  Sitting right on the cusp between mid-range and high-end, the Hero S rocks a 4-inch qHD super LCD, a single core 1.2GHz Qualcomm CPU, dual cameras (5MP in the back, 1.3MP around front), and what appears to be HTC Sense 2.1 built on top of Gingerbread.  The Hero S will cost $199 after a $100 rebate for new customers, or Belief plan members.

With an older version of HTC Sense, and a high clock speed single core CPU, this thing will probably rock your socks off.  And if you're not into great big phones, it looks like a great choice.  As an original Hero owner lover, I think it's a great way to carry on the name.  All it's missing is the trackball.

Source: US Cellular


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Panasonic unveils BizPad Android tablets for businesses

Panasonic has announced a pair of new tablets that are aimed at the business user. The tablets are for the Japanese market and the two models differ in screen size. The BizPad JT-580VT has a 7-inch screen and the BizPad JT-581VT packs a 10.1-inch screen. The tablets both run on the Android 3.2 platform. The tablets are also similar in that they are ruggedized for longevity with rough users.

The tablets are resistant to shock, dust, and water. The 10.1-inch tablet is able to survive drops of 80cm and the 7.1-inch unit is able to survive 120cm drops. Other common features include a NFC reader, user replicable battery, Bluetooth, USB, GPS and a microSD card slot for storage. The processor for both versions of the tablet is an ARM Cortex A9 dual-core.

The other hardware features include 1GB of RAM and 16GB of onboard storage. The screen resolution for the 7.1-inch model is 1024 x 600 and 3G is optional. It has a 5MP camera, WiFi, and will hit stores in December. The 10.1-inch tablet has a resolution of 1280 x 800 and a 1.3MP camera and WiFi and will land in January. Pricing hasn’t been announced, I would expect these tablets to be more than the competition thanks to the rugged features.

[via TechCrunch]

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Samsung DROID Charge is just $.01 at Amazon Wireless

For Android users, the hits just keep coming over at Amazon Wireless. Samsung’s DROID Charge, a top-of the line 4G LTE phone when it was released just five months ago, is now one single, solitary penny at the online retailer. The usual caveats apply: you’ll need to sign up for a new or recurring two-year agreement with Verizon in order to qualify.

While it won’t hold up to the most recent of Verizon’s superphone offerings, the DROID Charge is a downright steal at just north of free. On the Verizon website it’s still a full $199.99 on-contract. Its specs are still pretty high-end, including a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display, an 8-megapixel camera, a 1.3mp front-facing camera, all running on a 1GHz Hummingbird processor. Android 2.2 Froyo and only 2GB of onboard memory are a little hard to swallow, but Gingerbread is coming (right, Verizon?) and what more do you want for a penny? And if that’s not enough, Amazon’s offering $15 of credit to spend on its digital offerings, including apps from the Amazon app store, MP3s or Kindle books.

As of right now, the DROID Charge is the cheapest 4G phone you can get for Verizon, provided that you buy from Amazon. If HTC is more your style, existing customers can get in on a $50 Thunderbolt. Amazon Wireless continues to deliver some stellar deals on Android phones. Just last week the brand new HTC Rhyme was discounted from $199 to $79, including all those color-matched accessories. If you’re in the market for a new phone (and your current contract is up), you might consider waiting a couple of months to see what kind of deals Amazon cooks up.

Device Specifications and Information
Device Info

    Device Name : Droid Charge
    Manufactuer : Samsung
    Carrier : Verizon
    Announced Date : January 06, 2011
    Release Date : May 16, 2011
    Also Known As :

Display

  • Screen Size : 4.30 Inch
  • Resolution : 480×800
  • Screen Type : Super AMOLED Plus
Dimension & Weight

  • Height : 5.11 Inch
  • Width : 2.66 Inch
  • Depth : 0.46 Inch
  • Weight : 143 Grams
Battery & Power
    Battery Type:
  • Lithium Ion
  • Battery Capacity : 1600 mAh
  • Talk Time : NA
  • Stand By Time : 280 hours
Software
    Android OS:
  • 2.2.x
    Audio Playback:
  • MP3
    Video Playback:
  • MPEG-4 (MP4)
    Messaging:
  • SMS
  • MMS

Hardware

    CPU : Cortex A8 Hummingbird
    CPU Clock Speed : 1000 Mhz
    Core : 1
    Ram : 512 MB
    Internal Storage : 2.048 GB
    Front Facing Camera :
    Camera Resolution :8 MP
    External Storage:
  • MicroSD
  • MicroSDHC
    Camera Features:
  • Auto focus
  • Flash
  • 720p Video Recording
    Sensors:
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Proximity
    QWERTY :
Cellular Network
    Network Technology:
  • CDMA
    CDMA Band:
  • 800
  • 1900
Device Connectivity
    Wi-Fi:
  • 802.11b
  • 802.11g
  • 802.11n
    Bluetooth:
  • Bluetooth 3.0
    Location Features:
  • Compass
  • GPS
  • Cellular location
  • Wi-Fi location
    FM Radio :
    NFC :

[via MobileBoom]

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Samsung DROID Charge is just $.01 at Amazon Wireless

For Android users, the hits just keep coming over at Amazon Wireless. Samsung’s DROID Charge, a top-of the line 4G LTE phone when it was released just five months ago, is now one single, solitary penny at the online retailer. The usual caveats apply: you’ll need to sign up for a new or recurring two-year agreement with Verizon in order to qualify.

While it won’t hold up to the most recent of Verizon’s superphone offerings, the DROID Charge is a downright steal at just north of free. On the Verizon website it’s still a full $199.99 on-contract. Its specs are still pretty high-end, including a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display, an 8-megapixel camera, a 1.3mp front-facing camera, all running on a 1GHz Hummingbird processor. Android 2.2 Froyo and only 2GB of onboard memory are a little hard to swallow, but Gingerbread is coming (right, Verizon?) and what more do you want for a penny? And if that’s not enough, Amazon’s offering $15 of credit to spend on its digital offerings, including apps from the Amazon app store, MP3s or Kindle books.

As of right now, the DROID Charge is the cheapest 4G phone you can get for Verizon, provided that you buy from Amazon. If HTC is more your style, existing customers can get in on a $50 Thunderbolt. Amazon Wireless continues to deliver some stellar deals on Android phones. Just last week the brand new HTC Rhyme was discounted from $199 to $79, including all those color-matched accessories. If you’re in the market for a new phone (and your current contract is up), you might consider waiting a couple of months to see what kind of deals Amazon cooks up.

Device Specifications and Information
Device Info

    Device Name : Droid Charge
    Manufactuer : Samsung
    Carrier : Verizon
    Announced Date : January 06, 2011
    Release Date : May 16, 2011
    Also Known As :

Display

  • Screen Size : 4.30 Inch
  • Resolution : 480×800
  • Screen Type : Super AMOLED Plus
Dimension & Weight

  • Height : 5.11 Inch
  • Width : 2.66 Inch
  • Depth : 0.46 Inch
  • Weight : 143 Grams
Battery & Power
    Battery Type:
  • Lithium Ion
  • Battery Capacity : 1600 mAh
  • Talk Time : NA
  • Stand By Time : 280 hours
Software
    Android OS:
  • 2.2.x
    Audio Playback:
  • MP3
    Video Playback:
  • MPEG-4 (MP4)
    Messaging:
  • SMS
  • MMS

Hardware

    CPU : Cortex A8 Hummingbird
    CPU Clock Speed : 1000 Mhz
    Core : 1
    Ram : 512 MB
    Internal Storage : 2.048 GB
    Front Facing Camera :
    Camera Resolution :8 MP
    External Storage:
  • MicroSD
  • MicroSDHC
    Camera Features:
  • Auto focus
  • Flash
  • 720p Video Recording
    Sensors:
  • Accelerometer
  • Ambient light
  • Proximity
    QWERTY :
Cellular Network
    Network Technology:
  • CDMA
    CDMA Band:
  • 800
  • 1900
Device Connectivity
    Wi-Fi:
  • 802.11b
  • 802.11g
  • 802.11n
    Bluetooth:
  • Bluetooth 3.0
    Location Features:
  • Compass
  • GPS
  • Cellular location
  • Wi-Fi location
    FM Radio :
    NFC :

[via MobileBoom]

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Hands-on with the T-Mobile Springboard with Google

T-Mobile Springboard with Google

Here's our first look at the lastest in the line of 7-inch Android Honeycomb tablets — the T-Mobile Springboard with Google. Not a whole lot here you haven't seen before. It's Honeycomb (Android 3.2, to be exact), and it's 7 inches. Nothing's really been customized, though you've got a wealth of T-Mobile apps.

Physically speaking, Huawei's made a nice little device here. It's reminiscent of the BlackBerry PlayBook in look and feel, and that's not a horrible thing. It's got HDMI out and microUSB and, well, that's about it. It's powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm 8260 processor. It's got a 5MP camera on the back, and 1.3MP up front.

Still no word on pricing, but Huawei said this morning that "you'll be impressed." Pics and video are after the break.

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Hands-On Verizon’s Samsung Stratosphere [VIDEO]

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Samsung and Google cancelled their Nexus Prime announcement but we’re not letting that spoil our CTIA trip. After pouring out some of our Ice Cream Sandwich, Chris and I promptly got hands-on video with another of Samsung’s highly anticipated devices: the Samsung Stratosphere

Launching October 13th on Verizon Wireless for $149.99 after a mail-in rebate, the Stratosphere offeres a solid combination of features that will get it’s fair share of devoted users. The 4-inch Super AMOLED screen, 5-Row QWERTY keyboard that slides out, 5MP camera on the rear, 1.3MP camera on the front offer a pretty great start.

The texture of the back plastic cover was rather interesting and likeable. It felt almost like it was coated in a fabric, very different from the glossy exterior of many Samsung devices. I really liked it, but it’s an obvious matter of personal preference. On the flip side, I wasn’t psyched about seeing hardware buttons for the Home/Back/Menu/Search key on the slideout keyboard. They’re already easily accessible as capacitive buttons when the keyboard is both open and closed. I’d much rather have that keyboard real estate for larger buttons, more space, or something else.

Another key feature of the Stratosphere is that it connects to Verizon’s 4G LTE network, giving you top speeds in 100+ cities and essentially future proofing your phone. It also comes with a 1GHz processor running Android 2.3.4.

I think the Samsung Stratosphere will serve Verizon’s lineup well, offering a solid slideout QWERTY device. The specs aren’t overwhelmingly beastly, but they’re more than good enough for most to get the job done and the price is competitive. I’ve been extremely impressed with Samsung’s cameras so don’t be fooled by the 5MP camera; I’d be willing to bet it’s better than the 8MP camera of many competitors.

Stay tuned for our full review of the Samsung Stratosphere and more coverage from CTIA!


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Viewsonic Outs ViewPad 10e, Coming Soon to Netherlands and UK

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Viewsonic has a new tablet on the way, a budget-friendly 10-inch slate known to be headed for the UK and Netherlands. The Viewsonic ViewPad 10e was outed in an advertisement for the slate and then confirmed by the manufacturer. The new tablet will feature the same a 9.7-inch display at a resolution of 1024×768, matching that of the TouchPad and iPad 2. It also features a 1.3MP front-facing camera and comes in at a slim 9mm thick. The tablet will run Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with little else known about its internals.

ViewSonic says the device is coming soon, but no release date has been specified. The price, however, is known. An agreeable  €250, or about US$340.

[via Engadget]


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Stratospheric news? VZW gets its first 4G LTE slider

 

Verizon Wireless announced the release and imminent availability (in stores and online this Thursday, October 13th) of the first 4G LTE QWERTY slider for the US market from Samsung, It’s going by the name of  Stratosphere.

For $149.99 (after $50 mail-in rebate), or half the price of a Droid BIONIC, the current flagship LTE model, you get:

  • Galaxy S – class device
  • 4G LTE radio: 5-12Mb/s advertised downstream, 2-5 Mb/s advertised upstream
  • 1GHz single core Hummingbird proc
  • 4GB onboard storage, 4GB microSD card preinstalled, 32GB max microSD capacity
  • 4″ 800×480 WVGA Super AMOLED display
  • 5-row QWERTY physical keyboard
  • 5MP rear shooter, 1.3MP FFC
  • Android 2.3 Gingerbread

While this device is being positioned as a mid-level option, at this point in time, keeping in mind all the currently available and very-nearly available alternatives, is the compromise of all this yesterday’s tech worth saving $100-$150? It really all comes down to how badly one wants a physical keyboard. We all know people who absolutely just have to have them, and certainly for those people, there aren’t (m)any LTE choices, either now or on the near horizon. (Droid4?)

 

VZW Stratosphere
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Source: Verizon Wireless, DroidLife

 

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AT&T Announces 2 New Samsung Android Devices; Captivate Glide and Double Time

AT&T isn’t wasting any time at CTIA. Monday night while attending a party hosted by rival Verizon Wireless everyone’s cell phones started going off like there was some gigantic fire or something. Well what was on fire was AT&T, adding five new devices to their growing list of Android devices.

Earlier in the year AT&T announced an aggressive Android strategy which included 12 Android powered handsets. They’ve now exceeded that with 19.  Among the five new devices are the Samsung Captivate Glide and the Samsung Double Time.

The Samsung Captivate Glide is very similar to the newly announced Samsung Stratosphere on Verizon Wireless.  It has a dual core Tegra 2 processor on board, clocked at 1ghz and a slide out qwerty keyboard, because ya know, some people just need a keyboard.  Android Central ran a rumor over the summer that this device with the qwerty may be a Galaxy S II variant, but we know now that’s not the case.

The specs put this in the top of the mid-range Android devices or the lower end of the superphone spectrum

  • UMTS 850/1900/2100
  • GSM 850/900/1800/1900
  • 4G HSPA+ 21 Mbps (Category 14)
  • 1GHz Nvidia Tegra 2 AP20H dual core processor
  • 1GB RAM/1GB ROM/8GB Internal microSD to 32GB (not included)
  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)
  • 4-inch 480×800 WVGA Super AMOLED
  • Dual camera – 8MP Autofocus w/LED + 1.3MP front
  • Full HD 1080p video camera + HDMI playback
  • Enhanced Exchange ActiveSync (EAS) to sync email, contacts, calendar and tasks
  • Device and SD card encryption
  • Virtual private network support
  • Mobile Device Management (MDM)

 

The other Samsung powered Android device announced by AT&T is the Samsung Double Time.  According to AT&T it features a flip top keyboard (think messaging phone style). It’s going to be a mid-range budget conscious Android with style. Unfortunately it’s only coming to the party with Froyo (Android 2.2) and a 3.2 megapixel camera, but on the bright side it has a bright and pretty pink and white color scheme.

Here is the full set of specs:

·         UMTS 850/1900/2100

·         GSM 850/900/1800/1900

·         Processor Qualcomm 600 MHz

·         Onboard Memory Supports 260MB

·         Android 2.2 (Froyo)

·         microSD™ memory card supports up to 32GB (2GB microSD card included)

·         3.2” full touch screen display with 320 x 480 and 480 x 320 (HVGA) resolution

This device may be perfect for a new Android user.

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