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The New HTC One (M8) Finally Launches

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After months of rumors and tons of leaks, the new HTC One (the M8) is finally here. And for some countries and carriers, it’s available right now.

We’ve known all the specs for quite awhile, but now they’re finally official. Here is a breakdown of all the specs:

  • Dimensions
    • 146.36 x 70.6 x 9.35 mm
  • Weight
    • 160g
  • Colors
    • Gunmetal Gray, Glacial Silver, Amber Gold
  • Display
    • 5.0 inch, Full HD 1080p Corning® Gorilla® Glass 3
  • CPU
    • Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor
    • 2.5GHz quad-core CPU in Asia/China (MSM8974AC)
    • 2.3GHz quad-core CPU in US/EMEA (MSM8974AB)
  • Platform
    • Android 4.4 with HTC Sense 6, HTC BlinkFeed
  • SIM Card Type
    • nanoSIM
  • Memory Total storage
    • 16GB/32GB, available capacity varies
  • Expansion card slot
    • supports microSD memory card for up to 128GB additional storage (card not included)
  • RAM
    • 2GB DDR2
  • Network
    • 2G/ 2.5G
      • GSM/GPRS/EDGE: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz
  • 3G/WCDMA:
  • EMEA
    • 850/900/1900/2100 MHz with HSPA+ up to 42 Mbps
  • Asia
    • 850/900/1900/2100 MHz with HSPA+ up to 42 Mbps
  • AT&T
    • 850/1900/2100 MHz with HSPA+ up to 21 Mbps
  • Sprint
    • 850/1900/2100 MHz with HSPA up to 14.4 Mbps
  • Verizon
    • 850/900/1900/2100 MHz with HSPA+ up to 14.4 Mbps
  • Tmus
    • 850/AWS/1900/2100 MHz with HSPA+ up to 42 Mbps
  • 3G CDMA
    • Sprint & Verizon: 800/1900 MHz
  • 4G LTE
    • EMEA
      • 800/900/1800/2600 MHz
    • Asia
      • 700/900/1800/2100/2600 MHz
    • AT&T
      • 700/850/AWS/1800/1900/2600 MHz
    • Sprint
      • FDD 800/1900 MHz , TDD 2600 MHz
    • Verizon
      • 700/AWS/1800/2600 MHz
    • Tmus
      • 700/AWS MHz
  • Camera Duo
  • Primary camera
    • HTC UltraPixel camera , BSI sensor, pixel size 2.0 um, sensor size 1/3”, ƒ/2.0, 28mm lens. HTC ImageChip 2. 1080p Full HD video recording with HDR video
  • Secondary camera
    • capture depth information
  • Front camera
    • 5MP, ƒ/2.0, BSI sensor, wide angle lens with HDR capability, 1080p Full HD video recording
  • Gallery
    • UFocus, Dimension Plus, Seasons, Foregrounder, Image match
  • Multimedia Audio supported formats:
    • Playback: .aac, .amr, .ogg, .m4a, .mid, .mp3, .wav, .wma (Windows Media Audio 10)
  • Recording: .aac
  • Video supported formats
    • Playback: .3gp, .3g2, .mp4, .wmv (Windows Media Video 10), .avi (MP4 ASP and MP3)
  • Recording: .mp4
  • GPS Internal GPS antenna
    • GLONASS, Digital compass
  • Sensors
    • Gyro sensor, Accelerometer, Proximity sensor, Ambient light sensor, Barometer
  • Connectivity
    • 3.5 mm stereo audio jack, NFC (3), Bluetooth® 4.0 with aptX enabled
    • Wi-Fi: IEEE 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac (2.4 & 5 GHz) DLNA® for wirelessly streaming media from the phone to a compatible TV or computer, HTC Connect
    • Support consumer infrared remote control
    • Micro-USB 2.0 (5-pin) port with mobile high- definition video link (MHL) for USB or HDMI connection (Special cable required for HDMI connection.)
  • Sound Enhancement
    • Battery Embedded rechargeable Li-polymer battery
    • HTC BoomSound Dual front-facing stereo speakers with built-in amplifiers, HTC Sense Voice
  • Battery
    • Capacity: 2600 mAh
    • Talk time: Up to 20 hours for 3G
    • Standby time: Up to 496 hours for 3G
    • Voltage range/frequency: 100 ~ 240 V AC, 50/60 Hz DC output: 5 V and 1.5 A

There is also a Google Play Edition of the new HTC One coming soon, for $700. That’s a steep price, but for the improved specs, it’s worth it. And if you’re lucky, you can get the standard edition of the phone immediately. Here is the breakdown of availability:

  • Verizon – In Store Starting At 1 PM ET
  • Other North American Carriers - Available Immediately Online, In-Store On April 10th
  • UK – Available Today At Certain Retailers
  • Other European And Asian Markets – Available Within A Few Weeks

So if you are on Verizon, you can walk into a store today and walk out with the new HTC One. If you’re on the other carriers, you could order the phone online today and through rush shipping get the phone delivered to you within the next few days, or even tomorrow.

This phone is very compelling. Will you be picking it up?

Source: HTC

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T-Mobile has best latency figures amongst major carriers

Latency is one of those under-the-radar tech terms that is largely forgotten. T-Mobile, however, hasn’t forgotten about it — they’ve got the best latency figures, according to Open Signal. The Uncarrier has some of the fastest latency figures when compared to the other three major network providers, blowing one out of the water.

Latency is a pretty simple concept, really. In a macro sense, latency has to do with the time it takes for the carrier to send your device a packet of information. When you hear about an HSPA network , that stands for High Speed Packet Access (T-Mobile is HSPA), but all mobile technologies send and receive packets, and have latency because of it. Latency is measured in milliseconds, so keep that in mind when you look at these figures. A lower latency means a fster network, as it takes less time to transfer info.

T-Mobile’s LTE latency figures show they are between 75-80 milliseconds, which is about the same as AT&T. Verizon lagged behind ever-so-slightly at 85 milliseconds, while the Sprint remains the rooster that says “goodnight, everybody!” instead of waking you up with latency numbers of around 100 milliseconds.

When it came to other technologies, t-Mobile had similar advantages. Their UMTS network was faster than AT&T’s (104ms to 128ms), and their HSPA+ network also schooled AT&T (112ms to 123ms). When it came to regular HSPA figures, AT&T edged little magenta ever-so-slightly at 131ms to 134ms. Verizon and Sprint, who share similar EVDO technologies, were slower across the board.

Though they don’t have the coverage others might, T-Mobile’s speeds are certainly impressive enough. This is also not counting their upcoming 20+20 LTE rollout, which should improve T-Mobile’s figures, here.

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Sony ‘Anami’ drops by the FCC, could be Xperia Z1 S

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Miniature Xperia Z1 shown with pentaband HSPA and eight-band LTE

The next big Android device we're expecting to see from Sony is the Xperia Z1 S — a miniature version of its current Xperia Z1 flagship handset. We've seen leaked images of the device in recent months, and a Japanese version, dubbed the Xperia Z1 f, is about ready to go on sale. Now an FCC listing has revealed a little more info about the elusive smartphone, including a possible codename.

The technical drawing submitted to the FCC closely matches earlier leaked renders of the Z1 S, and includes a label with the model marked as "Anami" — notable for its similarity to the Z1's "Honami" moniker. If it's anything like its Japanese counterpart, the Z1 S should sport the same Snapdragon 800 CPU found in the Z1, with 2GB of RAM, an identical 20.7-megapixel Exmor RS camera and a smaller 4.3-inch 720p display.

The FCC listing shows pentaband HSPA support as well as LTE on bands 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8 and 20 — the same eight bands as the European Xperia Z1, suggesting this is an international version of the device. There's still no firm information regarding when we can expect an official announcement, but given Sony's release patterns in previous years the company's CES 2014 press conference would be a good bet.

Source: FCC; via: Pocket-Lint

    



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Sony Xperia Z1S ‘Anami’ spotted at the FCC with pentaband HSPA support

Xperia Z1SThe much rumored Sony Xperia Z1S (known as the Xperia Z1 f in Japan) has just made its way to the FCC under the Sony ‘Anami’ moniker. As the Xperia Z1 was known as the Honami in its early days, it’s only fitting that its smaller sibling is known by a similar name. The listing reveals that the smartphone carries support for pentaband HSPA and eight LTE bands (1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8 and 20). The images that are shown off with the listing bear resemblance to the Xperia Z1 f which pretty much confirms that this is indeed the Xperia Z1S.

As this is solely an FCC listing and not an official unveiling, we’re yet to learn about specific details. CES is the most likely place for an announcement as it is only a few weeks away from now and Sony has launched smartphones during the event consecutively over the last two years. Sony’s CES keynote is scheduled for the 6th of January, so we can expect to learn more on that day. The Xperia Z1S is rumored to feature a 4.3 inch 720p display, a 20.7MP camera, a 2.2 GHz Snapdragon 800 chip, 2GB of RAM, 16 of storage with a microSD card slot, Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and a 2,300 mAh battery.

Source: FCC

Via: Android Central

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Nexus 7 (2012 and 2013) and Nexus 10 getting KitKat today, Nexus 4 and Nexus 7 (HSPA+ and LTE) coming soon

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Google just announced that both the 2012 and 2013 Nexus 7 tablets and the Nexus 10 are going to get KitKat starting today. Google doesn’t usually announce new updates so late in the day, so I would imagine devices will see the update during the night. In fact there are already reports that a few devices are receiving the update. Let us know if you get it.

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PSA: Yes, The Nexus 5 Is Fully Compatible With AT&T’s LTE And HSPA+ Networks

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It seems there has been a bit of confusion about the latest Nexus phone’s carrier compatibility here in the good ol’ US of A, and I’m here to settle one of the questions asked by a number of our readers: does the Nexus 5 fully work on AT&T’s network?

The short, simple answer: Yes. The Nexus 5 is fully compatible with all of AT&T’s existing 2G, HSPA+ (3G / Faux 4G), and LTE infrastructure.

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International Galaxy S4 Android 4.3 rollout begins

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Unlocked German and Russian devices getting new version of Android, as Euro Note 3 receives 'stability' updates

The international LTE and HSPA+ versions of the Samsung Galaxy S4 (GT-i9505 and GT-i9500) have started receiving their Android 4.3 updates, marking the first major OS upgrade for Samsung's flagship.

Among all the standard under-the-hood changes brought in Android 4.3, the update reportedly includes Samsung KNOX for improved enterprise security, along with Samsung Wallet, some color tweaks for the device's display, and a smoother home screen experience. Other changes include new versions of the Samsung keyboard and browser and a reading mode, which tweaks the display in certain apps for easier reading. The new 4.3 firmware also adds support for Samsung's Galaxy Gear smartwatch.

According to SamMobile the Galaxy S4 LTE update is pushing out through Kies and over-the-air in Germany, while HSPA+ devices in Russia are also getting the update. As always, the new version will take a while to reach all devices, so hit the comments and let us know if you've gotten it already.

Meanwhile the European Galaxy Note 3 LTE (SM-N9005) has received a string of "stability" updates over the past week, eventually landing it at build XXUBMJ3. We're not seeing any noticeable changes on our device, but an early OTA to deal with any niggling stability issues is certainly welcome.

Source: SamMobile

    



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Canadian carriers launch centralized database of stolen phones

In the latest installment of Grand Theft Mobile (TM): Canadian phone thieves face a major hurdle now that several carriers in the country have launched a centralized blacklist of stolen devices. Canada’s Protect Your Data initiative combines collections of pilfered gadgets’ IMEIs — a unique identifier that most phones have — not only from each participating carrier in the country, but also from the US carriers’ unified database. The joint effort will allow the companies to cross-check against everyone’s rosters and refuse to activate any GSM, HSPA, HSPA+ or LTE device that appears in them. While only phones reported stolen or lost starting September 30th will automatically be listed, carriers have the option to add devices lost before that. While only phones reported stolen starting September 30th will automatically be listed, carriers have the option to add anything lost before that. It might not bring people’s phones home, but at least those no-good snatchers will wish they’d stolen something simpler instead, like wallets, or cars.

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The National Advertising Division Slams T-Mobile For Bandwidth And Call Quality Claims Against AT&T

tmoT-Mobile has been a bit more brazen with its advertising since the start of its unconventional “Uncarrier” campaign, and plenty of people have started to notice. That includes at least a few people that T-Mobile would rather avoid, namely the National Advertising Division, a division of the Advertising Self-Regulatory Council overseen by the Council of Better Business Bureaus. The NAD took action after a complaint from AT&T.

Cnet reports that the NAD took exception to T-Mobile’s claim that its wireless network offered “50% more bandwidth than AT&T.” Apparently T-Mobile’s comparison was only using the older HSPA network (which both companies have referred to as “4G” in advertising and marketing material) and ignored the newer LTE networks.

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Nexus 7 2013 LTE Variant Now Available At Google Play For $349

After more than a month of release of the Wi-Fi version of the Nexus 7 2013 the 4G LTE model has now arrived at the Google Play store. The 32 GB cellular version of this tablet is now available for consumers in the United States for $349.

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The Nexus 7 2013 LTE is being sold unlocked and comes with a T-Mobile SIM but it should be able to work on any LTE network in the United States. The difference between this model and the one released several weeks ago is that it now has a SIM slot which can be used to access HSPA and LTE networks. Those who will buy this model will also be getting a one month free access to T-Mobile 4G data at the 2 GB tier.

Nexus 7 2013 LTE Technical Specifications

  • OS: Android 4.3
  • Display: 7.02” 1920×1200 HD display (323 ppi), 1080p HD IPS, Scratch resistant Corning glass
  • Network: North America GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz|HSPA+: 850/900/1900/2100/AWS (1700/2100) MHz (Bands: 1/2/4/5/8)|LTE: 700/850/1700/1800/1900/2100 MHZ (Bands: 1/2/3/4/5/13/17) Europe GSM: 850/900/1800/1900 MHz | HSPA+: 850/900/1900/2100/AWS (1700/2100) MHz (Bands: 1/2/4/5/8) | LTE: 800/850/1700/1800/1900/2100/2600 MHz (Bands: 1/2/3/4/5/7/20)
  • Wireless: Dual-band Wi-Fi (2.4G/5G) 802.11 a/b/g/n, NFC (Android Beam), Bluetooth 4.0
  • CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro, 1.5GHz
  • GPU: Adreno 320, 400MHz
  • RAM: 2 GB
  • Storage: 32 GB
  • Camera: 5MP rear facing auto focus, 1.2MP front facing fixed focus
  • Audio: Stereo speakers, Fraunhofer Cingo virtual surround sound
  • Ports: Micro USB, SlimPort
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, GPS, Ambient Light, Compass, Gyroscope
  • Battery: 3950 mAh

Those who plan on placing an order should expect the device to arrive on one to two business days. The shipping is free but only for a limited time only. If you are planning on getting this device then better get it early since there is likely going to be a high demand for this model.

T-Mobile has also announced that it will be selling this model in their stores starting this coming October.

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DROID ULTRA Can Connect to AT&T’s HSPA Network Out of the Box

Well, this was a semi-surprising revelation. I chopped down an AT&T micro SIM into a nano SIM, inserted it into my DROID ULTRA, and sure enough I had connectivity. As you can see from the picture above, the ULTRA is running quite well on AT&T’s HSPA network. Sure, I’m not seeing record breaking speeds since […]
DROID ULTRA Can Connect to AT&T’s HSPA Network…

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Change Of Plans: The New Nexus 7 May Not Have LTE Support For Europe After All

unnamedThe last generation of Nexus devices was stuck with HSPA+ mobile data, but with the new N7 Google has stepped into the 4G world. However, it seems like that world may be smaller than we previously thought. The specification page for the Nexus 7 has been tweaked to remove LTE bands from the European version, leaving it with only HSPA+. The US variant still lists both LTE and HSPA+.

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Google has never publicly discussed the European Nexus 7 with LTE, but the specification page did list LTE 1/2/3/4/5/7/20 until recently.

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LG G2 with US LTE Compatibility Passes FCC

It is now clear that LG’s next flagship smartphone G2 will be coming to the US market after it made a stop at the FCC and revealed that it has 4G LTE and HSPA frequencies compatible with T-Mobile’s AT&T’s and a number of Canadian carriers.  An LG device codenamed D801, which is possibly the North American version of the G2, has been approved by the Federal Communication Commission and is now certified to be used in the US market.

LG G2

One of the most anticipated high end smartphones, the LG G2 is rumored to bring some of the best software and hardware features to Android users as the South Korean maker tries to keep up with market leaders including Samsung and Sony.  Almost every detail we know about the G2 is a rumor as the company has not made any statements regarding this high end smartphone, with this teaser video shedding a little light on the device.  Based on the HSPA and LTE bands, the phone will most likely be available across many carriers bur it is unclear whether there will be a CDMA version.  If there won’t be a CDMA version, Sprint and Verizon customers who are LG fans will have to content with the Optimus G Pro.

LG is expected to unveil the G2 on August 7th during a press event to be held in New York.  Invitations that read ‘The LG G2, a phone inspired by you, unveils itself on August 7, 2013’ were sent out not so long ago and the only image hint we can see is a smartphone with volume rockers at the rear and possibly a fingerprint scanner.

Core Specs (rumored)

The LG G2 pushes the specifications of high end smartphones a notch higher as it is rumored to come with a 5.2 inch full HD 1080 x 1920 pixels screen, which can place it in the phablets category rather than the smartphone category, a quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 2.3 GHz processor with an Adreno 330 GPU, a 13 megapixels rear camera and 3 GB RAM.  If these specs are true, then this may just be the newest high end smartphone in the market to beat.

Images of the LG G2 have leaked over the past couple of weeks and the phone is rumored to be the foundation of the next Nexus device, Nexus 5.  LG is also working on a range of electronic communication devices under the G branding including a glass, watch, band, pad and hub as revealed by trademark application files.

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Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini returns to the FCC with AT&T-capable LTE

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini revisits the FCC, now with AT&Tfriendly LTE

When the Galaxy S4 Mini reached the FCC last month, we thought that might be the last we’d see of it in the US; the Galaxy S III Mini never officially reached the country, after all. The GS4 Mini is back for another round, however, and it’s now toting AT&T-native support for both LTE (on the 700MHz and AWS bands) and HSPA (850MHz and 1,900MHz). Few other surprises are in store, although we’ve noticed that there’s no AWS-based HSPA for T-Mobile fans. The filing also doesn’t say anything about an AT&T launch for the GS4 Mini, but it comes a month after the FCC approved a compatible Galaxy Mega 6.3 — we wouldn’t be surprised if there’s more to the story.

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Deal Alert: Groupon offering the unlocked HTC One X smartphone for $349.99

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Groupon is no stranger to having some pretty sweet deals every now and then, but who would’ve guessed it would offer what some of us thought was hands-down the best phone for 2012? That’s right gang— Groupon is offering an unlocked variant of the HTC One X smartphone last year for a reasonable $349.99. Unlike the traditional unlocked version that features a Tegra 3 chip plus HSPA+ radio, it appears that this unlocked model (HTC-PJ83100) will “only” sport a dual-core Snapdragon clocked at 1.5GHz and Ice Cream Sandwich (ugh!). Fortunately, this model will have the same 4.7-inch 720p display, the sweet 8MP camera and oh yes— a built-in 4G LTE radio… though it’s probably likely it will only be made for AT&T bands should you choose to take advantage of the capability. Otherwise, the HSPA+ bands should be compatible for both AT&T and T-Mobile.

Naturally there are other $349.99 options out there like the Nexus 4, but keep this in mind: the Nexus 4 doesn’t feature LTE and an unlocked One X model is more than developer-friendly, meaning that there’s plenty of potential for you tinkerers out there. Nonetheless, interested parties will want to act soon— as of now, there’s only 8 days left for the awesome deal.

source: Groupon
via: Droid Life

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Deal Alert: Groupon offering the unlocked HTC One X smartphone for $349.99

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Groupon is no stranger to having some pretty sweet deals every now and then, but who would’ve guessed it would offer what some of us thought was hands-down the best phone for 2012? That’s right gang— Groupon is offering an unlocked variant of the HTC One X smartphone last year for a reasonable $349.99. Unlike the traditional unlocked version that features a Tegra 3 chip plus HSPA+ radio, it appears that this unlocked model (HTC-PJ83100) will “only” sport a dual-core Snapdragon clocked at 1.5GHz and Ice Cream Sandwich (ugh!). Fortunately, this model will have the same 4.7-inch 720p display, the sweet 8MP camera and oh yes— a built-in 4G LTE radio… though it’s probably likely it will only be made for AT&T bands should you choose to take advantage of the capability. Otherwise, the HSPA+ bands should be compatible for both AT&T and T-Mobile.

Naturally there are other $349.99 options out there like the Nexus 4, but keep this in mind: the Nexus 4 doesn’t feature LTE and an unlocked One X model is more than developer-friendly, meaning that there’s plenty of potential for you tinkerers out there. Nonetheless, interested parties will want to act soon— as of now, there’s only 8 days left for the awesome deal.

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Deal Alert: Groupon offering the unlocked HTC One X smartphone for $349.99

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Groupon is no stranger to having some pretty sweet deals every now and then, but who would’ve guessed it would offer what some of us thought was hands-down the best phone for 2012? That’s right gang— Groupon is offering an unlocked variant of the HTC One X smartphone last year for a reasonable $349.99. Unlike the traditional unlocked version that features a Tegra 3 chip plus HSPA+ radio, it appears that this unlocked model (HTC-PJ83100) will “only” sport a dual-core Snapdragon clocked at 1.5GHz and Ice Cream Sandwich (ugh!). Fortunately, this model will have the same 4.7-inch 720p display, the sweet 8MP camera and oh yes— a built-in 4G LTE radio… though it’s probably likely it will only be made for AT&T bands should you choose to take advantage of the capability. Otherwise, the HSPA+ bands should be compatible for both AT&T and T-Mobile.

Naturally there are other $349.99 options out there like the Nexus 4, but keep this in mind: the Nexus 4 doesn’t feature LTE and an unlocked One X model is more than developer-friendly, meaning that there’s plenty of potential for you tinkerers out there. Nonetheless, interested parties will want to act soon— as of now, there’s only 8 days left for the awesome deal.

source: Groupon
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Deal Alert: Groupon offering the unlocked HTC One X smartphone for $349.99

Groupon_One_X

 

Groupon is no stranger to having some pretty sweet deals every now and then, but who would’ve guessed it would offer what some of us thought was hands-down the best phone for 2012? That’s right gang— Groupon is offering an unlocked variant of the HTC One X smartphone last year for a reasonable $349.99. Unlike the traditional unlocked version that features a Tegra 3 chip plus HSPA+ radio, it appears that this unlocked model (HTC-PJ83100) will “only” sport a dual-core Snapdragon clocked at 1.5GHz and Ice Cream Sandwich (ugh!). Fortunately, this model will have the same 4.7-inch 720p display, the sweet 8MP camera and oh yes— a built-in 4G LTE radio… though it’s probably likely it will only be made for AT&T bands should you choose to take advantage of the capability. Otherwise, the HSPA+ bands should be compatible for both AT&T and T-Mobile.

Naturally there are other $349.99 options out there like the Nexus 4, but keep this in mind: the Nexus 4 doesn’t feature LTE and an unlocked One X model is more than developer-friendly, meaning that there’s plenty of potential for you tinkerers out there. Nonetheless, interested parties will want to act soon— as of now, there’s only 8 days left for the awesome deal.

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Sony Xperia ZL Android 4.2.2 Update Now Available

When the Sony Xperia ZL was launched this March it was running on Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean but Sony promised an update that would soon arrive. The company has made good on that promise today as the Android 4.2.2 update is now rolling out for the European LTE (C6503), HSPA+ (C6502), and North American (C6506) versions of the device.

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The update brings in several new changes to the device which are listed below.

  • Latest version of Sony Media Apps with seamless integrated services
  • My Xperia application that helps you find your phone and secure everything you have on it. Read more at myxperia.sonymobile.com
  • New Customizable navigation bar with quick settings
  • New widget functionalities, both on lockscreen and homescreen
  • Support for bigger (64GB) SD card so that you can store even more on your Xperia

The update is available OTA and is somewhat special since this is the first device that will be getting the Android 4.2.2 via OTA. Other Android 4.2.2 devices in the market today already ship out running on the build.

If you’re still not getting any notification of an update and you can’t wait to try it out you can do a manual update. You will need to install the FTF firmware file using Flashtool which you can get here.

Sony Xperia ZL Technical Specifications

  • Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE support; 3G with HSPA; LTE
  • 5.0 inch TFT capacitive touchscreen, 1080 x 1920 pixels, 441 ppi
  • Quad-core 1.5 GHz Krait
  • Adreno 320
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 16 GB internal storage
  • microSD support up to 64 GB
  • 13 MP rear camera
  • 2 MP front camera
  • 1080p video recording @ 30fps with HDR mode, continuous autofocus and stereo sound
  • Li-Ion 2370 mAh battery

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T-Mobile ahead of schedule bringing MetroPCS customers to its network

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Two new HSPA+ and LTE devices now available directly from MetroPCS stores

MetroPCS is now ready to start selling devices that run on T-Mobile's HSPA+ network, marking the beginning of customer migration to T-Mobile US, the carriers announced today with a press release. Following the announcement earlier this week that MetroPCS customers in a few select cities — Boston, Las Vegas and Hartford — could bring their own unlocked GSM devices, stores in those same markets will now be selling two new devices that no longer use MetroPCS' CDMA network. The devices are the LG Optimus L9 and Samsung Galaxy Exhibit, a couple of solid offerings that fit well into MetroPCS' current device lineup.

The migration of customers begins just six weeks after the newly appointed T-Mobile US brand began trading on the stock market, and is ahead of schedule according to the carrier.

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AT&T GoPhone users can now get HSPA+ and LTE speeds

Beginning today, AT&T GoPhone users can now get access to 4G speeds. This includes AT&T’s HSPA+ and LTE networks, though it is provided the user has a supported handset. For[...]

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AT&T GoPhone users can now get HSPA+ and LTE speeds

Beginning today, AT&T GoPhone users can now get access to 4G speeds. This includes AT&T’s HSPA+ and LTE networks, though it is provided the user has a supported handset. For[...]

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AT&T GoPhone users can now get HSPA+ and LTE speeds

Beginning today, AT&T GoPhone users can now get access to 4G speeds. This includes AT&T’s HSPA+ and LTE networks, though it is provided the user has a supported handset. For[...]

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iPhone 5 sees faster data speeds on T-Mobile after hacked carrier update

iPhone 5 sees faster data speeds on TMobile after hacked carrier update

Are you using an iPhone 5 on T-Mobile? Are you in an area with re-farmed 1900MHz HSPA+ spectrum? Well rejoice! Some enterprising folks over at TmoNews have hacked Apple’s carrier update for T-Mobile to boost data speeds on the 1900MHz (PCS) HSPA+ band. Better yet, this tweak applies to both T-Mobile’s iPhone 5 and the AT&T / unlocked versions — no jailbreak required. White the official carrier update enabled LTE for the iPhone 5 on T-Mobile, it also decreased data speeds on re-farmed PCS HSPA+ spectrum for many users. The hacked file makes a number of adjustments: it enables Release 9 for dual-carrier HSPA+ and sets the band preference to “auto” from AWS. Follow the source link below for more details and step-by-step instructions.

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iPhone 5 sees faster data speeds on T-Mobile after hacked carrier update

iPhone 5 sees faster data speeds on TMobile after hacked carrier update

Are you using an iPhone 5 on T-Mobile? Are you in an area with re-farmed 1900MHz HSPA+ spectrum? Well rejoice! Some enterprising folks over at TmoNews have hacked Apple’s carrier update for T-Mobile to boost data speeds on the 1900MHz (PCS) HSPA+ band. Better yet, this tweak applies to both T-Mobile’s iPhone 5 and the AT&T / unlocked versions — no jailbreak required. White the official carrier update enabled LTE for the iPhone 5 on T-Mobile, it also decreased data speeds on re-farmed PCS HSPA+ spectrum for many users. The hacked file makes a number of adjustments: it enables Release 9 for dual-carrier HSPA+ and sets the band preference to “auto” from AWS. Follow the source link below for more details and step-by-step instructions.

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Sony Xperia SP up for pre-order in the U.S.

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Sony's latest mid-ranger to sell​ for $489.99 unlocked

Hot on the heels of the Xperia Z, Sony's new mid-range offering, the Xperia SP, has also appeared for pre-order on the company's U.S.-based online store. The Xperia SP packs a 1.7GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU with Adreno 320 GPU, 1GB of RAM, 8GB internal storage and an 8-megapixel Exmor RS rear camera. On the front is a 720p Sony 'HD Reality Display.' Like its high-end siblings, the SP's internal storage is expandable via microSD card.

The Xperia SP also sports a unique aluminum-frames design and a large, illuminated transparent element under the screen.

Bizarrely, Sony's spec listing for the North American Xperia SP shows support for HSPA+ on 850, 900, 1900 and 2100MHz bands, as well as LTE bands I, II, IV and V. If those specs are accurate, they'd point to an incomplete set of frequencies for both AT&T and T-Mobile. On AT&T you'll get full HSPA+ coverage but no LTE; on T-Mo you're looking at LTE, but no 1700MHz HSPA+ support.

The unlocked U.S. Xperia SP variant (C5306) is due to begin shipping from May 20, priced at a not insubstantial $489.99.

Source: Sony Store; via: XperiaBlog

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Sony Xperia SP up for pre-order in the U.S.

Xperia SP

Sony's latest mid-ranger to sell​ for $489.99 unlocked

Hot on the heels of the Xperia Z, Sony's new mid-range offering, the Xperia SP, has also appeared for pre-order on the company's U.S.-based online store. The Xperia SP packs a 1.7GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU with Adreno 320 GPU, 1GB of RAM, 8GB internal storage and an 8-megapixel Exmor RS rear camera. On the front is a 720p Sony 'HD Reality Display.' Like its high-end siblings, the SP's internal storage is expandable via microSD card.

The Xperia SP also sports a unique aluminum-frames design and a large, illuminated transparent element under the screen.

Bizarrely, Sony's spec listing for the North American Xperia SP shows support for HSPA+ on 850, 900, 1900 and 2100MHz bands, as well as LTE bands I, II, IV and V. If those specs are accurate, they'd point to an incomplete set of frequencies for both AT&T and T-Mobile. On AT&T you'll get full HSPA+ coverage but no LTE; on T-Mo you're looking at LTE, but no 1700MHz HSPA+ support.

The unlocked U.S. Xperia SP variant (C5306) is due to begin shipping from May 20, priced at a not insubstantial $489.99.

Source: Sony Store; via: XperiaBlog

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Sony Xperia SP up for pre-order in the U.S.

Xperia SP

Sony's latest mid-ranger to sell​ for $489.99 unlocked

Hot on the heels of the Xperia Z, Sony's new mid-range offering, the Xperia SP, has also appeared for pre-order on the company's U.S.-based online store. The Xperia SP packs a 1.7GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 Pro CPU with Adreno 320 GPU, 1GB of RAM, 8GB internal storage and an 8-megapixel Exmor RS rear camera. On the front is a 720p Sony 'HD Reality Display.' Like its high-end siblings, the SP's internal storage is expandable via microSD card.

The Xperia SP also sports a unique aluminum-frames design and a large, illuminated transparent element under the screen.

Bizarrely, Sony's spec listing for the North American Xperia SP shows support for HSPA+ on 850, 900, 1900 and 2100MHz bands, as well as LTE bands I, II, IV and V. If those specs are accurate, they'd point to an incomplete set of frequencies for both AT&T and T-Mobile. On AT&T you'll get full HSPA+ coverage but no LTE; on T-Mo you're looking at LTE, but no 1700MHz HSPA+ support.

The unlocked U.S. Xperia SP variant (C5306) is due to begin shipping from May 20, priced at a not insubstantial $489.99.

Source: Sony Store; via: XperiaBlog

More: Hands-on with the Xperia SP

    

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Sony Xperia Z now for sale in the US, Xperia ZL receives large price cut

Sony Xperia ZL

HSPA+ Xperia Z available in all three colors; ZL price cut by $130

Sony doesn't have a very long track record for selling unlocked devices to the U.S., but it certainly seems to be giving it a better shot with the release of the Xperia Z and ZL. Starting today, the HSPA+ model (C6602) of the Xperia Z is on sale direct to the U.S. for a cool $629 — the North American LTE capable device is still missing, however. The Xperia ZL, which has been on sale direct to the U.S. for a little while now has taken a steep price cut as well, to $629 down from a previously ridiculous $759. Unlike the Z, the ZL currently shipping from Sony does support both AT&T and T-Mobile on HSPA+ and LTE, which makes this a good bang for your buck in terms of carrier portability.

XperiaBlog points out that the Z and ZL are both slightly cheaper ($599 and $609, respectively) from other retailers such as Newegg and Amazon, but it's good to see Sony drop its prices to more realistic levels. Some people just like the reassurance of buying directly from the manufacturer as well, and they shouldn't be punished with a severely higher price. If you're interested in one of these, all three colors of the Z and the red version of the ZL are now shipping from the source links below.

Source: Sony (Z); Sony (ZL); Via: XperiaBlog

    

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MediaTek’s new chip offers entry-level smartphones a dual-core SoC with HSPA+ on the cheap

MediaTek chip

As glad as we are that MediaTek ushered in affordable, quad-core SoC designs with the MT6589, even that silicon can only go so far in making smartphones accessible. The company’s new MT6572 might be frugal enough to lower some of those few remaining barriers. The all-in-one part mates a cheaper dual-core, 1.2GHz ARM Cortex-A7 processor with HSPA+ 3G, China-focused TD-SCDMA, Bluetooth, GPS and WiFi, dropping the construction costs beyond what even the chip’s quad-core sibling can manage. While the MT6572 can only handle up to a qHD display, a 5-megapixel camera and 720p video, that’s more than enough to improve baseline features in a category where many recent entry-level phones still tout single-core CPUs and WVGA screens. Its rapid arrival in the marketplace may be crucial, too. MediaTek expects the first phones based on the MT6572 to roll out in June — just in time to keep the world’s transition to smartphones moving at full steam.

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Source: MediaTek

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