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Dual-screen YotaPhone features both LCD and E Ink displays

How’s this for an interesting take on smartphone form factor? Russia’s Yota Device has let slip a few detail about an upcoming Android-based smartphone featuring both LCD and E Ink displays. The handset, which is naturally dubbed the YotaPhone, pairs the two screen technologies by replacing what would traditionally be the back of the phone with the secondary screen, a logical solution to a problem others have attempted to solve with convertible clamshell devices.

As far as specs, the LCD portion of the device is rated at 720p resolution and measures in at 4.3 inches. The E Ink screen matches the size of the “front” display and is rated at 200dpi. Both are constructed with Gorilla Glass for extra toughness. Internally, the phone will rock a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4, 2GB RAM, and 32GB of storage. The LTE-enabled YotaPhone also sports a 12MP camera with complimentary HD front-facing camera.

But haven’t we learned our lesson about dual-screen devices? They have done little to capture the hearts of users in the past. Sure, what we have seen so far have been mostly shoddy implementations from manufacturers like Kyocera, but who is to say the YotaPhone will do any better? And is there really a point in having a secondary E Ink screen if it only measures in at 4.3 inches? I guess if you are doing a lot of reading it makes sense, but if having the option is that important, you likely own an E Ink-based e-reader already.

Right now the YotaPhone is pegged for a tentative Q3 2013 release in Russia, with a potential for European and US release as well. By the time Q3 rolls around, however, we doubt two screens will be enough to keep the handset afloat given its decidedly mid-range spec sheet.

[via Engadget]

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Acer Iconia Tab A110 Tegra 3 tablet with Jelly Bean now available for $230

Right out of the gate we can already hear people saying, “Dude, Nexus 7 is way better and cheaper. Why go with an Acer when you can have Nexus 7?”  For many people you are right. For others though there are still to many things missing on the Nexus 7 to make it their tablet of choice. Like HDMI-out and micro SD support. The Acer A110 fills that void for just a little bit more, but isn’t without its own sacrifices.

With the Acer A110 you are getting a 7-inch screen with a 16:9 ratio at 1024 x 600. Internally you get a NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz and 1 GB of RAM. It sports Android Jelly Bean 4.1 for the OS as well. Where you get a little bit extra is that it also features a Micro-HDMI out and support for up to a 32GB micro SD card. Combine all that with smart power management and you get a fantastic 7.5 hours of battery life.

Granted the device only sports 8GB of internal memory, the SD card support quickly makes up for that flaw. It really doesn’t sound all that bad for $30 more than a Nexus 7. Just don’t expect timely updates for it.

Apple to Oranges. I put the specs on a spreadsheet to help weigh them out a little bit. You can see the Nexus 7 has the advantage in some areas and the A110 has advantages in others.

P.S. I am terrible at spreadsheets and documents. Please forgive me.

Still, there are some compelling differences that could easily lean a person in either direction based on what they really want or need in a tablet. No matter what your choice is, you picked it for a reason. Even with a slightly lower screen resolution and built-in memory, this is a pretty good-looking little device. If this looks and sounds like something you might enjoy having in your house, then by all means click down below and get it ordered.

Order link – Acer Iconia Tab A110-07g08u 7-Inch 8 GB Tablet (Gray)

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Ice Screen is a 26-inch smart TV powered by Android

An interesting smart TV concept has emerged from China as the brainchild of Tencent and TCL Multimedia. The Ice Screen is an Android-powered television that looks more like an oversized tablet at 26 inches. The display resolution tops out at 1366×768 and is your window to web surfing, videos, music, and games. Internally the Ice Screen is powered by a dual-core Cortex A9 CPU at 1GHz with Mali 400 graphics and 4GB RAM. The device sports WiFi, USB, HDMI, and SD card support and is designed to function in both portrait and landscape modes.

Again, the concept isn’t one we have seen executed in this manner previously, foregoing the big screen media experience for something that functions closer to a personal computer with a TV tuner. The hardware itself look well-executed, and remote control via an Android app rounds out the features. No word if this will ever land anywhere other than China, but it will be available forthe approachable price of ¥1,999  (~$315).

[via Engadget]


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Ematic hopes you will spend your $79 on their Ice Cream Sandwich tablet, the eGlide

Ematic eGlide 4

A cheap tablet you say? Yeah. Here's is another. Ematic has just announced their release of the eGlide, their all new 7 inch Ice Cream Sandwich tablet that is destined for Walmart. Powering this tablet is a 1Ghz processor with 512MB of RAM, which isn't terrible, but also far from the best we have seen. Internally you will have access to 4GB of storage for your favorite applications, games and more, and they are also offering 5GB free in the cloud for other stuff to be stored as well. That not enough for you? Well, the device is additionally equipped with a micro-SD card slot, so expand up to 32GB if that is what your heart desires.  The eGlide comes pre-loaded with a voice recorder, Office Suite application for your document needs, and Kobo ebook reader as well. 

Coming in at the $79 price point, it does seem like you get a decent amount for your money here, and if you are in the market for a cheap Android tablet, maybe for the kids or just to travel with, this may be an excellent choice for you.

Buy: Walmart

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Sony Xperia ‘Mint’ leaked and reviewed: 4.3-inch (?) HD screen, 13MP camera, 1.5GHz S4 processor

Sony Xperia 'Mint' leaked and reviewed 43inch screen, 13MP camera, 15GHz S4 processor

While we’ve been fussing over the Xperia GX (aka the LT29i), it seems Sony’s been working on something one integer higher. Mobile-review has published a run-down of a device it claims is called the LT30p — aka the Mint we first heard of back in January — which also appears to possess many of the specs we’d want from a high-end phone. The front side hosts a 1280 x 720 4.3-inch LCD, while the rear boasts the same 13-megapixel camera as the GX, and there’s a microSD slot on the side too. Internally, Mobile-review says ICS is running off a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, which all sounds healthy enough — but since the build quality looks a bit suspect and we don’t know for sure that this is a final production handset, we’ll wait for IFA fever to paint a fuller picture.

Update: Although Mobile-review says it has a 4.3-inch screen, a side-by-side photo with the GS III after the break suggests the Mint’s panel may be slightly larger than that.

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Sony Xperia ‘Mint’ leaked and reviewed: 4.3-inch HD screen, 13MP camera, 1.5GHz S4 processor

Sony Xperia 'Mint' leaked and reviewed 43inch screen, 13MP camera, 15GHz S4 processor

While we’ve been fussing over the Xperia GX (aka the LT29i), it seems Sony’s been working on something one integer higher. Mobile-review has published a run-down of a device it claims is called the LT30p — aka the Mint we first heard of back in January — which also appears to possess many of the specs we’d want from a high-end phone. The front side hosts a 1280 x 720 4.3-inch LCD, while the rear boasts the same 13-megapixel camera as the GX, and there’s a microSD slot on the side too. Internally, Mobile-review says ICS is running off a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, which all sounds healthy enough — but since the build quality looks a bit suspect and we don’t know for sure that this is a final production handset, we’ll wait for IFA fever to paint a fuller picture.

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Sony Xperia ‘Mint’ leaked and reviewed: 4.3-inch HD screen, 13MP camera, 1.5GHz S4 processor originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 26 Jul 2012 05:40:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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HTC EVO 4G LTE for Sprint review

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HTC is on a roll in the US, first releasing the One S for T-Mobile and the One X for AT&T. Now, with the EVO 4G LTE on Sprint, it’s ready to shift to the CDMA realm in a different costume. Internally, it’s incredibly close to what’s offered in the One series’ flagship, but the Now Network has made a few tweaks to the device so it’ll adjust to life as the latest smartphone in the fabled EVO lineup. This time it’s packing a powerful processor, gorgeous display and the ability to connect to the still-dormant LTE. It’s eager to show its face in retail stores beginning May 18th for $200, placing it in the high end of Sprint’s selection.

This review, however, is just a bit different from any we’ve done before. How so? To our knowledge, we’ve never done one in New Orleans before. But when a phone gets dropped in our lap at CTIA 2012, we’re naturally going to put it through its paces, regardless of location. As it shares so many commonalities with its One brethren, we’ve been expecting a very similar fit, feel and performance. In our review, we’ll take you through what’s different and what’s better or worse. Is this the best device to grace the hands of Sprint customers? Follow us past the break to find out.

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HTC EVO 4G LTE for Sprint review originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 10 May 2012 13:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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‘HTC Wind’ sighted – a dual-SIM One S lookalike for China

HTC Wind

An as yet unannounced HTC phone for the Chinese market has found its way onto Taiwanese forum ePrice. The T328w is said to launch as the "HTC Wind", offering mid-range hardware and dual-SIM support. This is a feature which is particularly useful in developing countries, as users often move in and out of different networks' coverage areas.

Internally, you've got respectable list of specs — a 1GHz single-core CPU, 512MB of RAM, a 4-inch Super LCD WVGA screen and a 5MP rear camera with LED flash. On the software side, the Wind delivers Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and version "4a" of HTC Sense — presumably some derivative of what's launching on the One X and One S in the weeks ahead.

Price-wise, you're looking at 1999 Chinese yuan, which is around $315, so you're getting a reasonable amount of smartphone for your money. It's unlikely we'll see this device launched in the U.S. or internationally, though the Wind's 900/2100MHz HSPA bands mean it'd work in Europe. In any case, the HTC Wind looks like a solid budget smartphone.

Source: ePrice; via: Unwired View

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Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G to hit select T-Mobile retailers March 21st for $149.99

As if the world needs another Galaxy S device, T-Mobile is on the verge of dropping the Blaze 4G. Aimed as an mid-ranged device with some higher end specs, it doesn’t seem to be to terrible of a device. sporting a Qualcomm S3 dual-core processor at 1.5Ghz to a 3.97-inch screen Super AMOLED screen. On board you will find Android 2.3.6 (Gingerbread) with the usual amount of additions like Tmobile TV and Netflix pre-loaded. Internally packing a 1750mAh battery

After looking through the specs at T-Mobile.com and their page dedicated to the device, it doesn’t appear that T-Mobile can keep things straight about what it actually offers. Which I find extremely funny. In a comparison look with the Exhibit II 4G and the Galaxy S II, there seems to be a lot of conflicting information. For starters, The Blaze doesn’t say it has 3G services. Which would be stupid and is most likely an oversight. They also don’t have a check for TMobile TV while they clearly show the app on the device and their dedicated page mentions it. It also doesn’t state that it has Swype installed and apparently doesn’t have Bluetooth.

While I am certain that all the flub ups are simple little mistakes, we still see this sort of conflicting information from all carriers lately. Leaves little faith in a device and in the carrier providing it if they can’t even get their specs straight.

Beyond the fact that there are spec conflicts, it looks to be a pretty great little phone for $149.99. It is set to launch in select stores on March 21st, no doubt locations that have a strong 4G footprint. While the web and the rest of the nation will have a chance to pick one up March 28th. Now that this device is out of the way, and replacing the Vibrant 4G and all of its issues, we can move on to bigger and better things. At least we can hope.

Source: Tmonews, T-Mobile 1,

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Panasonic announces first smartphone for Europe – the Eluga

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Panasonic has been fairly active in the Japanese phone market, but until today it'd stayed out of the European smartphone fray. That changes with the announcement of the Panasonic Eluga, the company's first smartphone for Europe, with a super-thin chassis and dust and water resistance.

Hardware-wise, it's a standard black slab with a 4.3-inch display at qHD (540×960) resolution. Internally, it's powered by a 1GHz TI OMAP dual-core chip, with 1GB of RAM and 8GB internal storage. Imaging needs are taken care of by the 8MP rear camera, and there appears to be no front-facing shooter on the Eluga. The device runs a lightly-skinned Android 2.3.5 Gingerbread, and is due an upgrade to Android 4.0 from "Spring 2012." NFC is also included, which will allow European buyers to use Google Wallet (when it's launched), smart tags and other services.

So it's running fairly standard mid to high-end gubbins. Panasonic's bringing some interesting hardware features to the table, though. We already metnioned water and dust-proofing, and the device looks like it's going to be surprisingly thin and light too, weighting 103 grams and measureing 7.8mm thick. That's within a hair of the Huawei P1S, the thinnest smartphone around at the moment. We're a little concerned that the battery is a mere 1150 mAh, though time will tell how that pans out.

Given the timing of today's release, we'd expect to see the Panasonic Eluga at Mobile World Congress next week. If it's there, we'll track it down and bring you full coverage.

Source: Panasonic; via: SlashGear

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Ultra-slim, water-proof Android powered device landing in Japan Soon

When looking through the specs of NEC’s latest venture into the Android phone game you don’t see anything overly exciting. The device highlights a 4.3-inch display at 720 X 1280 pixels, Gingerbread 2.3.6, dual-core 1.5GHz MSM8260 processor and 1GB of RAM. All of this information is regurgitated with many other devices that have already launched and are soon to launch. The NEC- ES N-05 does have a few nice attracting points though that aren’t seen in others though. The two most prominent characteristics of this device include a full waterproof housing and built to be only .26-inches thick. Which is .11-inches thinner than the Samsung Galaxy S II.

Of course ultra thin has its drawbacks. This ultra-thin and stylish device, which resembles an Xperia device to me, had to make sacrifices. Internally you will find a much smaller 1400mAh battery inside. Which might be just enough to make users shy away from looking into buying one of these devices when they launch in the next couple of months. Take a gander at the rest of the highlighted features -

  • 4.3-inch LCD with a resolution of 720 x 1280 pixels,
  • Android 2.3.6 Gingerbread,
  • waterproof body,
  • 8.1MP CMOS camera with NEC’s Exmor R for better low light performance,
  • dual-core 1.5GHz MSM8260 CPU,
  • 1GB of RAM,
  • 4GB internal memory,
  • Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, NFC e-wallet function, infrared connection, digital TV tuner,
  • microSD card slot,
  • 1400mAh battery,
  • connectivity to Casio’s G-SHOCK GB-6900 watch,
  • dimensions: 130×67×6.7mm, weight: 3.89 oz (110g).

The ES N-05 will be launching in Japan on NTT DoCoMo. No word of pricing for the little guy. Things like this seem to sell well over seas though. I hope it does well, but I don’t see it being a contender in the states even with its additional features. We are already struggling with battery life, I don’t think I could give in for a 1400mAh battery for water-proof and thin. What about you guys? Would you snag it if it came stateside?

Source: TechCrunch

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O2 launches Samsung Galaxy Ace Purple

The good old Samsung Galaxy Ace, which is still a decent option if you’re after something Android on a budget, has just been slightly refreshed by UK network O2 – which is selling a thing it calls the Samsung Galaxy Ace Purple.

We won’t insult your intelligence too much by explaining what’s new and different about the Galaxy Ace PURPLE. Suspect you may be able to guess. Here’s a photo to help the forensic process:

galaxy ace purple

Internally it’s the same – 800MHz processor plus 5MP camera. You can get it on a very bare bones O2 tariff of £10.50 per month, although that comes with 50 minutes and no data. Better deals are available. Have a look at them all here.

Related posts:

  1. Samsung Galaxy Ace Android 2.3 update now available on Three
  2. Samsung loses another Apple legal case – Galaxy S, S II and Ace to be pulled from EU
  3. Samsung Galaxy S Plus now available on Vodafone UK

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Windows Phone Mango RTM leaks into the wild, offers tropical sweets for the daring

For those who’ve longed for Twitter integration and multitasking capabilities on your Windows Phone, the folks at xda-developers have a weekend project you’re bound to flip over: the final version of Mango has leaked, and it’s available for download today. Internally, it’s known as build 7720, and it requires the post-NoDo update dubbed 7392. Alternately, users of Mango beta versions 7661 and 7712 may hop on board, too. If you’ve got a couple hours to spare, a full list of instructions — along with the operating system itself — is included in the source. So far, the software has been confirmed to work on the HD7, Mozart, Trophy, Focus, Arrive, Venue Pro and Optimus 7. As always, proceed at your own risk, and best wishes for your tropical getaway.

[Thanks, Leonidas]

Windows Phone Mango RTM leaks into the wild, offers tropical sweets for the daring originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 14 Aug 2011 00:24:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Droid Incredible 2 initial review

Hands-on video with the Droid Incredible 2

Verizon HTC Droid Incredible 2

How do you follow up the HTC Droid Incredible, one of the most successful phones of 2010? If you’re Verizon, you tweak a little here, add a little there, but you don’t mess with a good thing. Our initial Droid Incredible 2 review is definitely positive, and it should be given our love of its predecessor.

So here’s the deal: The DInc 2 has grown from a 3.7-inch smartphone to a full 4-inch display. Gone is the trackpad/button from the bottom, but it’s gained a 1.3MP front-facing camera. The rear shooter remains at 8MP. Internally, it’s largely the same. Still a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor. You’ve got 768MB or RAM (up from 512MB), and the phone seems speedy enough in our initial use. We would have liked to have seen more than 1GB of internal storage — the original Droid Incredible had an extra 6GB on board, which was handy.

You don’t get the latest version of HTC’s Sense, UI, and we’re OK with that. But what we’re really starting to not be OK with is phones launching with Froyo. We’re really far enough into the Gingerbead cycle — the code was made public in December 2010 — that it’s time to see it on all new phones coming out. Or at last that’s what consumers (OK, or at the very least phone nerds) believe.

Also gone are the awesome red accents from the original Droid Incredible. No iconic red earpiece. No red ring on the rear camera. No all-red battery and internals. It’s almost as if someone was told they were having a little too much fun and they needed to tone it down a notch.

But that’s cosmetic. We’ll be giving the Droid Incredible 2 a thorough what-for. In the meantime, hit up a bunch of pics after the break.

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Droid Incredible 2 initial review posted originally by Android Central

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