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Mobile World Congress is in Spain, which is lucky, because today’s the day that AT&T allows its users to use LTE while they’re there. Following the deal with Rogers in Canada, ‘Ma Bell has pushed out a list of 13 countries, including Japan, Russia and South Korea, where road warriors can now suck down super-fast data in peace. In order to make sure you’re not going over on your plan, the the company has also launched a new travel app for iOS and Android devices that’ll alert you if you get close to your cap. Someone should have brought MWC forward by a fortnight — that way everyone could have used LTE while during the Winter Olympics.
Joining HTC’s “flagship mid-range” Desire 816 at MWC is this smaller but similar-looking Desire 610. As the cheaper model of these two LTE phones, many things have been downsized a little here: there’s a 4.7-inch 960 x 540 display, a 1.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 chip, 1GB of RAM and a fixed 2,040mAh battery. The cameras are also more modest, with the main one sporting an 8-megapixel sensor with f/2.4 aperture, and the front imager featuring a 1.3-megapixel sensor. Both can only handle 720p video recording. On the flip side, the Desire 610 has preserved some of the goodies from its bigger sibling: microSD expansion (but up to 64GB instead of 128GB) on top of the built-in 8GB space, BoomSound stereo frontal speakers, nano-SIM support and LTE radio for either EMEA or Asia.
There’s no pricing info at the moment, but knowing that the Desire 816 will be priced extremely competitively, here’s hoping that the Desire 610 will cost a tad less than Huawei’s counterpart, the €249 (about $340) Ascend G6 4G. Expect this device to arrive in Europe some time in May.
After seeing Alcatel OneTouch announce a series of mid-range Idol phones and a lower-cost fitness-centric phone yesterday, a family of budget devices may not seem quite as… cool. Regardless, the company is pushing out a new trio of Pop smartphones known as “Pop S” (the ‘S’ stands for — you got it — speed) that throw in Cat 4 LTE connectivity while keeping down the price. First, there’s the Pop S7 (pictured above), which features a 5-inch qHD display as well as MediaTek’s new quad-core 1.3GHz LTE chip, Android 4.4 KitKat, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, a 5MP rear camera and VGA front-facing camera, microSD support and a 3,000mAh battery. It’ll come in two flavors of LTE, depending on where you live, and will be making its way to Europe and Asia first. The device will go for 189 euro ($260).
If you want something bigger, the S9 might be a better fit — it’s a 6-inch 720p handset with a 3,400mAh battery and comes in at 8.5mm thick. It features a quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm 8926 processor, 8MP rear camera, 2MP front-facing camera, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and 8GB internal storage (along with a microSD slot that takes up to 32GB). The device should launch in March in Europe and Asia, but we expect to see it on Tracfone in the US sometime in the second half of this year. All this can be yours for 219 euro ($300).
Lastly, there’s the Pop S3, which is a much more petite size and comes with a variety of swappable back covers in the box. The specs are pretty minimal in certain places, but impressive in others: 4-inch WVGA display, Android 4.3 and 2,000mAh battery aren’t nothing worth talking about, but it offers a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, the same high-speed LTE connectivity, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, a 5MP rear camera and VGA front-facing cam, 4GB internal storage and microSD that supports up to 32GB. This particular device should head to the UK sometime around May, and it’ll eventually make it to the US, we’re told. All in all, it’s a fairly impressive stack of phones that’ll bring solid speed to emerging markets and developing countries, but the big question will be if the price is right.
Huawei is one of the many companies that are joining the Mobile World Congress (MWC 2014) in Barcelona, Spain. The company is bringing with it several of its new products that will be officially shown to the public for the first time. One of these devices is the Huawei Ascend G6, a 4.5-inch Android smartphone that has been leaked just several days ago.
The Huawei Ascend G6 is a 4G LTE capable device that has a similar design to the Ascend P6. It is designed to provide a faster data speed for people who need it and with its download speed of up to 150 Mbps, movies can be downloaded to the device in just a couple of minutes. Of course this will still have to depend on the network that the consumer is using.
According to Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group, “Huawei Ascend G6 4G is a stylish, colorful, and lightning fast smartphone designed to break down barriers. With its handy 4G LTE connectivity, easy-to-use interface and dynamic cameras offering a multitude of photographic opportunities, Huawei is delivering on our promise to ‘Make it Possible’ for more people around the world.”
Huawei Ascend G6 uses a quad-core 1.2 GHz Cortex A9 HiSilicon chipset. Its 4.5-inch display has a resolution of 960×540 pixels at 245 ppi. It will be using Android 4.3 Jelly Bean straight out of the box with the company’s own Emotion UI 2.0 running on top. Its other features include an 8 MP Sony IMX134 rear camera, 5 MP front snapper, NFC support and a 2,000 mAh battery.
The company is highlighting the 5MP front camera of this device saying that it’s perfect for taking selfies. The front facing camera features a four plastic element (4P) lens that allows for audio controlled spontaneous snapping, auto-scene recognition and auto-facial enhancement.
The 3G version of this model will become available in the end of March while the LTE version will become available on April. The LTE model is priced at €249 (less than $345) with the 3G model expected to be priced lower.
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MediaTek unveiled its latest chip at the Mobile World Congress (MWC 2014) in Barcelona, Spain today. The MT6732 is a 64-bit ARM Cortex-A53 processor with a clock speed of 1.5GHz that also has a next generation Mali-T670 GPU. It has a category 4 (150Mb/s download) LTE connectivity and supports Open GL ES 3.0 and Open CL 1.2 APIs that are required in high end gaming.
The MediaTek MT6732 is going to be one of the first processors that will be released in the market that’s based on the ARMv8 architecture. While there are still few applications right now designed for a 64-bit architecture it’s good to know that this chip is able to support it which means that it will be able to keep up with technology a couple of years down the line.
Jeffrey Ju, General Manager of the MediaTek Smartphone Business Unit, says that “Following the launch of the world’s first 4G LTE Octa-core smartphone SOC – MT6595 – earlier this month, we are quickly expanding our LTE offering across a range of performance points to meet the growing demand for smartphone devices across all markets. The MT6732 provides excellent performance and a very comprehensive feature set.”
Some of the multimedia features of this chip include
- Supports low-power, 1080p, 30fps video playback supporting the emerging video codec standard H.265 and legacy H.264 and 1080p, 30fps H.264 video recording
- Integrated 13MP camera image signal processor with support for unique features like PIP (Picture-in-Picture), VIV (Video in Video) and Video Face Beautifier
- MediaTek ClearMotion technology eliminates motion jitter and ensures smooth video playback at 60fps on mobile devices
- MediaTek MiraVision technology for DTV-grade picture quality
The features of its integrated multi-mode 4G LTE modem include
- Rel. 9, Category 4 FDD and TDD LTE (150 Mb/s downlink, 50 Mb/s uplink)
- 3GPP Rel. 8, DC-HSPA+ (42 Mb/s downlink, 11 Mb/s uplink), TD-SCDMA and EDGE are supported for legacy 2G/3G networks
- Integrated Connectivity Solutions
- Supports dual-band Wi-Fi to effortlessly connect to a wide array of wireless routers and enable new applications like video sharing over Miracast
- Bluetooth 4.0, supporting low-power connection to fitness gadgets, wearables and other accessories such as Bluetooth headsets
This new SoC is designed for upcoming mid-range devices and is expected to ship out by the third quarter of this year. Devices that will use this chip are expected to hit the market by the end of the year.
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We don’t normally think of Orange’s smartphones as quick, but we’ll have to make an exception for the carrier’s just-unveiled Gova. The 4.5-inch, Android 4.3-toting handset is the provider’s first with 150Mbps LTE, giving subscribers fast data without making them spring for more advanced hardware. It’s also one of Orange’s more capable phones overall thanks to its 1.2GHz quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 5-megapixel rear camera and 8GB of built-in storage. The Gova should reach Luxembourg, Mauritius, Moldova, Poland, Spain, Slovakia and Tunisia in April. Those that don’t need quite so much power can opt for the already available Reyo, which combines more modest data speeds with a 5-inch screen, Android 4.2 and a 1.3GHz dual-core chip. Unfortunately, there’s no word of UK launches for either of these frugal devices. %Gallery-slideshow181083%
Microsoft has made a few announcements related to Windows Phone 8.1 this afternoon in Barcelona. While we don’t expect to see the new update in its entirety until April, we got at least a few satisfying nuggets of info today. First, we’re going to see a lot more flexible support for hardware: 8.1 will be able to support more Qualcomm chipsets, such as Snapdragon 200, 400 and 400 LTE; it will come with TD-LTE, TD-SCDMA and SGLTE support, the ability for phones to use dual-SIM, apps on microSD and virtual softkeys instead of capacitive keys. Devices won’t be required to have a hardware camera shutter key anymore, either (but it’s still offered as an option anyway). Additionally, we’ve been told that devices currently on Windows Phone 8 will be able to get an update to 8.1, so it’s fortunately backwards-compatible to some degree.
With the new update, Microsoft is going to introduce support for dual SIM devices, which is huge in developing areas of the world. As part of this support, WP8.1 will offer Live Tiles for each SIM, as well as the option to link messaging tiles together for both. Microsoft is also going to be compatible with Qualcomm’s Reference Design (QRD), and VP Joe Belfiore brought a Snapdragon 200-powered Windows Phone reference device to show it off. Unfortunately he couldn’t show it off to us personally, since there were a few things he didn’t want us to see, but it’s refreshing to see such sweeping hardware opportunities; this opens up more ability for growth in global market share.
It’s been a year since we first got a glimpse of Firefox OS at MWC 2013, and unsurprisingly we’re already seeing some more models show up once again in Barcelona. This time around, Alcatel is making a strong statement to Mozilla about its commitment level; the company’s showing off a grand total of four devices, including a tablet concept. All still under the Fire brand, the trio of smartphones range from a budget-minded 3.5-inch device to a nicer quad-core model with 4.5-inch qHD display and LTE.
First, let’s tackle the latter. The Fire S (which stands for ‘speed’) is the company’s first Firefox device with LTE built-in, and while we’re not looking at top-of-the-line specs here, they’re certainly better than most we’ve seen on a smartphone bearing Mozilla’s B2G project. The handset features OS 1.3, a 4.5-inch qHD display, 8MP rear camera with a 2MP front-facing cam, a quad-core 1.2GHz CPU and even NFC.
The other two in the trio aren’t especially drool-worthy, but they’re still notable for potential users in emerging markets — obviously a rather large demographic for Mozilla. The Fire E (which stands for ‘elegant’) has the same 4.5-inch qHD display as the S, but it uses a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, 5MP rear camera and VGA front-facing cam. It also doesn’t feature LTE, as the S does. The C (which stands for ‘cost-conscious’) has a 3.5-inch HVGA display, dual-core 1.2GHz processor, VGA camera and other basic goodies.
This year’s all about LTE Cat 4 for Huawei, which is why it’s pushing this faster 4G technology into both the high-end market as well as the lower price points, in order to help drive its network business — LTE Cat 4 only works if your carrier supports it, after all. At MWC, the company announced the launch of two affordable devices that will come with this 150Mbps technology: the Ascend G6 4G and the MediaPad M1.
The Ascend G6 appears to share some design elements with the higher-end Ascend P6, so it looks quite pretty in the above render. It features a lesser 4.5-inch 960 x 540 LCD, a 1.2GHz quad-core processor, NFC and an adequate 2,000mAh battery. The cameras are surprising nice, though: there’s an 8-megapixel f/2.0 imager (with Sony’s IMX134 sensor) on the back, plus a 5-megapixel front-facing counterpart with unknown aperture. This phone will first arrive in its 3G-only, 7.5mm-thick form in Q1 this year, followed by a 7.85mm-thick 4G version in April.
The 8-inch MediaPad M1 tablet (pictured after the break) has a 1,280 x 800 IPS display with stereo front-facing speakers, and with the help of its 4,800mAh battery, users will be entertained by hours of movies (Huawei claims up to eight hours) on one charge. Other specs include a 1.6GHz quad-core chip, a 1-megapixel front camera and a 5-megapixel main camera, all tucked within a 7.9mm-thick body. Like the 3G version of the G6, the M1 will also launch in various countries in Q1 2014.
Update: We’ve just heard that the MediaPad M1 will come with a European street price of €299, while the LTE version of the G6 smartphone will set you back €249.
The Tegra Note 7 now has a new member of the family. Nvidia announced that it will be adding its i500 modem to the 7-inch tablet. The tablet will come in both LTE and HSPA+ bands, and will be available on a few popular carriers. the i500 is said to be 40% more efficient while being smaller than conventional LTE modems. It will also allow for Nvidia to push new features through software rather than having to create a new chipset.
On top of the new tablet, the company is expanding availability to other countries. It will be available in Western Europe, Brazil, and Ukraine over the coming months. The tablet will cost a $100 more than its WiFi only cousin at the tune of $299.
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NVIDIA has announced a new LTE-enabled variant of their Note 7 tablet. The connected version of the device features the company’s i500 LTE modem and will be available starting in Q2 of this year.
The original Tegra Note 7 launched last November and features an NVIDIA Tegra 4 CPU, 7-inch display, 5MP camera, and 16GB of storage for $199. The device also ships with its own stylus and includes features like palm rejection. The tablet shipped with Jelly Bean but has since received an upgrade to Android 4.4.2 KitKat.
The Tegra Note 7 LTE will feature the same hardware and specs, the only major difference being the inclusion of its LTE modem. That modem, developed by NVIDIA, promises greater performance and efficiency, offering 4x the processing capabilities of the previous generation at 40 percent size.
The launch of the Tegra Note 7 LTE will also see availability expand to several new regions. These include Western Europe, Brazil, and Ukraine. The addition of LTE support doesn’t come cheap, however. When the slate launches look for it to sell for $299, a full hundo over the price of the WiFi version.
NVIDIA launched its Tegra 4-powered Tegra Note tablet last year, with an aim to offer a powerful (at least in processing power) tablet at a reasonable price and direct software updates bypassing the manufacturer of the device. Today, the Santa Clara company has unveiled an LTE-enabled version of the Tegra Note 7, priced at $299 with a launch date set for sometime in Q2. It is manufactured by EVGA like the Wi-Fi-only model, and comes with LTE support on AT&T and T-Mobile and HSPA+ connectivity.
The Tegra Note 7 LTE runs on the latest version of Android, aka 4.4.2 KitKat, which will also begin rolling out to the original Tegra Note starting today. The hardware specs include a Tegra 4i processor with four Cortex-A15 cores and a 72-core GPU, 7-inch IPS LCD display of 1280×800 resolution, 2GB of RAM, 5-megapixel rear and VGA front-facing cameras, 16GB of internal storage and a microSD slot, front-facing stereo speakers, and 10 hours of battery life when watching an HD video. Like the Tegra Note, the Note 7 LTE supports stylus input, though you’d be better off getting one of Samsung’s Galaxy Note tablet for the true stylus experience.
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NVIDIA is upgrading their Tegra NOTE 7 tablet, adding a bit of coonectivity. With the addition of LTE, NVIDIA’s already great Tegra NOTE 7 is getting a welcome boost of connectivity. If that weren’t enough, the tablet can be used worldwide, thanks to NVIDIA’s use of HSPA+.
The NOTE 7 already has a lot going for it, with a Tegra 4 processor and NVIDIA gaming. To complement their gaming intentions, all Tegra NOTE 7 tablets will get Gamepad Mapper in a forthcoming update. The new Gamepad Mapper will allow those who want to use a physical controller to do so via Bluetooth. Gamers can map their controls, and save them to each game.
If that weren’t enough, the update will also bring the expected Android 4.4.2 — the latest version of KitKat. The new LTE version will also ship with KitKat, so NVIDIA’s Tegra NOTE tablets will have the same version of Android across all devices. NVIDIA is also announcing they will expand their reach into Germany, France, Brazil, and Ukraine.
The newer LTE version will be powered by NVIDIA’s i500 modem. The fifth generation LTE modem is unique in that it has software defined radio technology. Essentially, that means the modem can be updated without new hardware — eliminating the need for a new tablet if you don’t want to trade up. The modem is also about 40% the size of your normal LTE modem, and NVIDIA says it has four times the processing power of its predecessor.
The new LTE Tegra NOTE 7 will ship in the second quarter of this year, and will come in at an impressive $299. A new LTE tablet, a fresh OS, and the utility of Gamepad Mapper — what’s not to like? Look for additional NVIDIA news as MWC progresses over the next few days.
Both Tegra Note 7 models updated to Android 4.4 with Gamepad Mapper functionality
Those looking for a portable 7-inch tablet with mobile data access now have another option — the Tegra Note 7 LTE. While it may not be the hottest-selling tablet out there, the Tegra Note 7 offers a pretty solid set of specs — Tegra 4 processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage and a quality stylus setup all for $199. This new version with HSPA+ and LTE capabilities will set you back just $299, and as an added bonus it’s shipping with Android 4.4.2 — which brings new Gamepad Mapper functionality — as well.
Providing the connectivity is a new NVIDIA i500 LTE modem, which is just 40 percent the size of the average modem but is four times as powerful as its predecessor. That pairs up with the Tegra 4 perfectly, of course, to provide speed and efficiency when connecting to mobile networks.
The Tegra Note 7 LTE will be available in a variety of regions in the second quarter of 2014: North America, U.K., Western Europe, Ukraine, Japan, Korea, India, Brazil and China. The original Wifi-only Tegra Note 7 is also expanding to Western Europe, Brazil and Ukraine to match the new model’s availability.
When it comes to LTE, the United States has one of the slowest networks. Only outpacing the Phillipines, our LTE speeds are just plain terrible, according to Open Signal. T-Mobile, however, was found to have the quickest overall network.
LTE speeds in the US averaged around 6.5Mbps, according to the study. Though we’re ahead of the Phillipines at 5.3 Mbps, we’re well behind Australia, which boasts average LTE speeds of 24.5 Mbps. Open Signal did point out that while we technically have the best LTE coverage stateside, we’re hampered by some carriers who only offer LTE on a very small portion of their network — and do so at a greatly diminished speed.
T-Mobile was a surprise winner for fastest LTE network, as they outperformed all others for top spot in the study. At 11.5 Mbps, they were well ahead of AT&T at 9.12 Mbps. Verizon was third in the study at 7.82 Mbps, while Sprint was a sad, distant fourth place (as usual) with 4.32 Mbps on average in the US. T-Mobile beat the rest by deploying LTE on large blocks of AWS spectrum. They regularly deploy on 10×10 or 20.20MHz blocks, while others either don’t utilize AWS (yet), or do so in much smaller blocks.
Fastest doesn’t mean largest, though. Verizon still holds that mantle, and as they start introducing more LTE on their AWS spectrum, we expect their speed position to change. As all carriers push toward a singular standard, we’ll expect that overall speeds stateside will improve as well.
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While the whole world is eagerly anticipating the unveiling of the high end Galaxy S5, Samsung is not neglecting the lower end of the market as it officially announced a new LTE device. The Samsung Galaxy Core LTE is going to be released in the market soon and has a design similar to the original Galaxy Core with the addition of an LTE modem capable of download speeds of up to 150 Mbit/sec.
According to the company “The Samsung Galaxy Core LTE is the perfect device for the user looking for faster downloading and media speeds than ever before thanks to an advanced LTE experience on the LTE Category 4 network. Equipped with a 1.2GHz dual core processor, the Galaxy Core LTE supports seamless multitasking and faster webpage loading.”
- Network: LTE Cat4
- Processor: 1.2GHz Dual core
- Display: 4.5 inch qHD PLS TFT
- OS: Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean Plus)
- Camera: 5MP rear-facing camera Automatic Focus w/ LED Flash, VGA front
- Video: MPEG4, H.263, H.264, Sorenson SparkVC-1, VP 8, MP43, WMV7/8, Recording/Playback 1080p @ 30fps
- Audio: MP3, AAC, AAC+, eAAC+, AMR, WB-AMR, WMA, FLAC, Vorbis (OGG), PCM, G.711, FM Radio, 3.5mm Ear Jack
- Google Mobile Services: Google+, GTalk, Google Maps
- Connectivity: WiFib/g/n, WiFi-Direct, DLNA, Bluetooth® 4.0, USB 2.0, NFC
- Memory: 1GB RAM ＋ 8GB Internal Memory, microSD up to 64GB
- GPS: A-GPS + GLONASS
- Dimension: 132.9 x 66.3 x 9.8 mm
- Battery: 2,100 mAH
- Services & Features: Samsung Apps, Samsung ChatON, Samsung Kies, Easy Mode, Easy Text (Swiftkey), Motion UI, S Voice, S Translator, S Travel
The Samsung Galaxy Core LTE is perfect for consumers who are looking for a device with an LTE feature that does not cost a lot. It’s hardware specs is similar to most of the low to mid range smartphones in the market today. Its 1.2 GHz dual core processor combined with 1GB of RAM should be sufficient to provide a smooth user experience.
The name of this device will be dependent on the region it will be sold at. Some markets will sell this as the Samsung Galaxy Core LTE while others will sell this as the Galaxy Core 4G.
No pricing or exact release date has been announced yet however it will be available in black or white options and will be sold in countries across Europe and Asia.
An unknown Motorola device recently cleared the FCC with AT&T LTE bands, but what is it exactly? Considering the battery number (SNN5932A) matches what is in the Moto G, we might be looking at a Moto G with LTE capability. If there is one chief complaint with the Moto G, it’s the lack of LTE, but considering it’s target audience, it really isn’t a big deal.
Right now, the Moto G isn’t on AT&T, and when you consider the battery size of 2,000mAh, this has to be a budget phone. We don’t know of any other budget phones that Motorola is working on so a Moto G is a pretty good bet. I guess we will have to wait and see, but assuming this is an LTE version of the Moto G, it would be very very very intriguing.
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A mystery Motorola device stopped by the FCC recently under number IHDT56PG1. That number doesn’t tell us much, but we do know that it has a 2000mAh battery inside and supports LTE on AT&T’s network. Are we potentially looking at a Moto G for AT&T with LTE on board? Tough to tell, but maybe.
According to a reddit user who spotted the listing, the battery number listed in the FCC filing matches that of the Moto G, SNN5932A. While I can’t confirm the number without ripping apart my Moto G, I will say that the FCC filing says 2000mAh battery, whereas the Moto G actually has a 2070mAh battery inside.
One thing is for sure – AT&T does not yet carry the ultra-affordable device from Motorola. Since its number 1 competitor (Verizon) does through prepaid, it wouldn’t surprise me in the least to see AT&T adopt it. The device has been universally praised by reviewers and they would also be one-upping Big Red should they get Motorola to toss LTE inside. If there is one thing missing that would keep us from ever recommending the version on Verizon, it would be the fact that it can only access their ultra-slow 3G network.
If you want to see us unbox and fondle the unlocked Moto G, hit up this post.
As we learn more, we’ll be sure to keep you up-to-date. We can imagine that an LTE-equipped Moto G would be quite popular.
Available for a while with Verizon and Boost Mobile and recently released on US Cellular and Aio Wireless, Motorola’s crazy cheap, crazy solid Moto G smartphone may soon add another name to an already pretty impressive roster of US network partners.
As its GoPhone prepaid lineup continues to suffer in terms of media visibility and all-around mainstream popularity, AT&T probably sees the Moto G as the ideal solution for a sudden acclaim boost. So there you have it, a win-win situation, for both the carrier and handheld.
Maybe also for prospective Moto G buyers so far holding off on a purchase due to the 4.5-incher being, well, connectivity challenged. You know, since it’s got 3G support only. Which is fine for its price range, don’t get us wrong, but a little diversity never hurt anyone. Ergo, a slightly pricier G with 4G LTE might go a long way for Motorola Lenovorola.
Long story short, an LTE-enabled G would be positively dreamy, and, though the evidence is slim, we believe such a model may have been tested in GFX Bench. The benchmark authority’s database shows an enigmatic Motorola XT1045 packing a quad-core 1.2 GHz Snapdragon 400 chip, which just happens to be the same CPU found inside the G.
This XT1045, codenamed “Peregrine”, also sports a 1,280 x 720 pixels resolution display (another coincidence?), plus runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat. So it’s definitely a Moto G. But why do we think it’s an AT&T-destined G?
Simple, the Android OS Build Product string reads “peregrine_att”. Now, the LTE part I’ll admit it’s a bit of a stretch, as GFX Bench never lists these details, yet remember the scoop from last Friday. Coincidence again? I think not.
Still, a grain of salt nearby is always recommended with rumors, let alone speculations and assumptions. Besides, Aio Wireless is a subsidiary of AT&T, so maybe we’re getting worked up over nothing, and actually dealing with a non-LTE Moto G version already out and about. Everything’s possible, right? Including Moto working on a high-speed G set to cost, say, sub-$200 with AT&T’s GoPhone prepaid plans.
Via [GFX Bench]
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Sony‘s never been very good at keeping a lid on their upcoming releases, despite their best intentions. The latest device to get leaked out appears to be a more mid-range device named the Sony Xperia G, according to ViziLeaks. Vizileaks says that this Xperia G will have LTE, a 4.8-inch display, 1GB RAM, 8GB storage, 8MP camera and won’t have any sort of water resistance. Both photos, above and below, show the Xperia G sandwiched below what looks like a Xperia Z1, and while there’s very little to see, you will notice that the camera position of the Xperia G is slightly different to that of the Z1, as is the power button position, and you’ll also spot a micro-USB port too.
As far as I can see, the Xperia G is poised to be a direct competitor to the surprising success that is the Motorola Moto G which married a brilliant compromise of hardware with a very attractive price-tag. From the leaked specs, it looks like the Xperia G has the advantage in one key area which is LTE support, something that the Moto G has a glaring lack of. I found it most interesting that Sony wouldn’t make the Xperia G water resistant as this would be a key advantage in the mid-range smartphone market, but it’s most likely an attempt to keep costs low to compete at the Moto G’s level.
Would you be interested in a mid-range Sony Xperia G? Do you like the look of it from these photos? Let us know what you think in the comments.
No price or availability just yet, but it’s only a matter of time at this point
Evidence is mounting that Verizon customers will have a chance to pick up an LTE-enabled LG G Pad 8.3 in the near future. Following up on the device making its way through the FCC with Verizon-compatible LTE support, we now have renders of the tablet looking spiffy with a big Verizon logo on the front, another on the back and 4G LTE logos on the back and in the status bar.
Together with the announcement that it is now carrying a fully-certified Nexus 7 in its own stores, adding the G Pad 8.3 to Verizon’s tablet lineup will go a long way to making the large-screen options a bit more enticing on the carrier. No pricing or release date on this one, but when these sorts of leaks come out there official announcement usually isn’t far behind.
One of the few complaints about the Moto G comes with the lack of LTE connectivity. Regardless of carrier model, or whether you are sporting the Google Play edition model, the Moto G does not offer LTE. And while we have yet to see anything from Motorola that would suggest otherwise, a recently discovered FCC filing does bring a bit of hope.
This particular filing highlights a handset sporting an FCC ID number of IHDT56PG1. Unfortunately there isn’t much that can be deciphered from that. A bit more interesting though, there was mention of WCDMA support on the 850/1700/1900MHz bands and LTE support for bands 2, 4, 5, and 17. Basically, this could be a device headed to AT&T and/or T-Mobile.
As we often find with FCC filings, there wasn’t much in the way of spec related details. In this case there was talk of the basics to include WiFi 802.11 b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0. The connection to the Moto G is on the lighter side, and admittedly, does involve quite a bit of speculation and hope.
This filing also brings mention of SNN5932A in regards to the battery, which is what was used with the currently available Moto G. For reference, that is the 3.8V, 2010 mAh, Li-Polymer battery. Bottom line here, this just gives an interesting possibility for the second-generation Moto G.
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Puzzle fans, Sherlock Holmes wannabes, and Agatha Christie aficionados, listen up, as we have a riddle just for you. What cryptic Motorola device passed FCC’s certification on February 12, complete with 850/1700/1900 MHz WCDMA support and LTE connectivity on bands 2, 4, 5 and 17?
For the record, that makes the phone a prime candidate for T-Mobile and AT&T commercial launches. Sounds intriguing enough? No? Then how about this for a clue: the thing’s battery code is SNN5932A, used to our knowledge so far only on the Moto G.
Oh, now we’ve piqued your curiosity? Good, though I’m afraid FCC’s approval documents reveal little else on the gizmo. You know, except for predictable Wi-Fi 802.11 b/g/n, GSM, GPRS/EDGE, and Bluetooth 4.0 support.
As for the handset’s FCC ID, we’d probably need a master decoder to help make some sense. IHDT56PG1? Sorry, but it sounds like something the army uses in wartime to communicate without the enemy tracking them down.
Bottom line, evidence is thin, circumstantial, far-fetched almost, yet the signs (indirectly) point to Motorola working on a 4G LTE-enabled Moto G. Besides, even if we rule out the battery code proof as inconclusive, what else could there be on the horizon for Lenovo’s future subsidiary?
A second-gen Moto G? Too soon. Some sort of Droid refresh? That family is dead, and Lenovorola knows it. Meanwhile, the only thing that could make the stunning G even harder to refuse would indeed be an LTE radio.
Can you picture it? Spacious 4.5-inch 720p display, zippy quad-core Snapdragon 400 chip, 1 GB RAM, comfy 2,070 mAh battery, silky smooth, vanilla Android 4.4 KitKat, and LTE. Let’s just hope Motorola doesn’t put a premium on the added connectivity option. I mean, sure, they’ll up the pricing ante, but please Moto, keep it modest. Say, a $30 bump? $50, tops.
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Another set of LTE-capable chipsets have made their way to market, this time from Broadcom. Though we’ve seen many LTE chipsets recently, these have a unique “pin to pin” functionality, which will make it easier for OEMs to develop for their handsets. By making it easier to roll out platforms across devices, Broadcom is tackling a few major issues.
The two chipsets — a dual-core offering named M320 and the quad-core M340 — have LTE slipped in, as well as VoLTE and HD voice capabilities. In addition to the higher data speeds of LTE, Broadcom is saying they’ve worked out power consumption bugs, reducing battery drain by up to 30%.
The ‘pin to pin’ functionality, though — that’s the big sell, here. With Broadcom’s fifth generation turnkey platform, OEMs can make one platform that scales to device across categories. In the announcement, Broadcom said “with complete design reuse between dual-core and quad-core basebands, OEMs can develop multiple devices with the same platform design while lowering engineering costs and accelerating time to market.” Across devices, we should see the same functionality.
Broadcom’s duo of chipsets are interesting. By letting OEMs build once and distribute across the platform, it could increase update speed as well as mid-tier functionality. Implementation, though, may prove difficult in the face of Qualcomm and Samsung’s Exynos lineup.
VIA: Phone Arena
Six months and nineteen days. It’s been exactly that long since Hugo Barra announced the new Nexus 7 in a press conference, including an unlocked LTE model that works with Verizon 4G bands. It’s been almost five months since that particular model went on sale, and about as long since eager users found out that they couldn’t activate a new Verizon Wireless account with the tablet, which wasn’t included in Verizon’s device database.
- Official Verizon Galaxy Nexus 4.2.2 Update (JDQ39) Leaks, Ready To Download And Flash Now
- Verizon Wireless Will Finally Offer The Nexus 7 Starting Thursday, February 13th
- Sprint’s Nexus 5 Pops Up On Amazon, Costs Just $49.99 With A New Two-Year Contract – But Is A Whopping $499.99 Without A Plan [Update: 449.99]
- [Update: Rolling Out June 4th] The Verizon 4G Xoom Is Finally Getting Its Official Ice Cream Sandwich Update
Latest Nexus 7 2013 LTE Update (KVT49L) Finally Adds Full Verizon Wireless Support was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
While the Nexus 7 LTE is coming to Verizon tomorrow, that doesn’t mean other LTE models cannot be used with Big Red’s network. A software update is currently rolling out to Nexus 7 LTE owners that adds “full compatibility with Verizon’s 4G LTE network.” The exact build number for this update is KVT49L. If you are going to purchase the Nexus 7 LTE from Verizon, it will cost $349.99 or $249.99 with a new two-year contract.
Via: Droid Life
Come comment on this article: Nexus 7 LTE receiving update that adds network compatibility for Verizon
Android smartphones are becoming more advanced with the release of new models. This is usually the case with the high end models which gets all the cool features as well as advanced 4G LTE solutions to provide blazingly fast connection speeds. The entry-level smartphones are usually left with some of the older features as well as 3G or basic LTE connectivity options. This is about to change as the sub $300 smartphone market will soon be getting advanced 4G features as well.
Broadcom announced its plan to introduce the M320 and M340 system-on-chip designs to the market. Both chips were recently unveiled by the company which can deliver 150Mbps Category 4 speeds on FDD-LTE and TD-LTE networks as well as 42Mbps 3G HSPA+ and 2G. The M340 is a quad core chip while the M320 is a dual core chip.
According to Robert Rango, Executive Vice President and General Manager Mobile and Wireless Group, “Broadcom’s turnkey team achieved a design with a very low cost bill of material (RBOM) to enable handset companies to quickly and efficiently take Broadcom’s LTE solutions to market. In addition, this turnkey design is flexible and allows OEMs to build a wide range of LTE handsets.”
The SoCs will be bundled with Android 4.4 KitKat making it easier for phone manufacturers to use. It will also feature WiFi, Bluetooth, location and near field communication (NFC) technologies.
Sravan Kundojjala, Senior Analyst, Handset Component Technologies service at Strategy Analytics, said that “We project that the LTE baseband market will register about 64 percent year-on-year growth in 2014 to reach over 500 million units. Broadcom is one of the only players with a mature carrier-ready multimode LTE SoC, the engineering expertise and the worldwide scale required to deploy complete LTE platforms. The new Broadcom turnkey design will help accelerate the adoption of LTE worldwide and make high-performance, yet affordable devices available to the broader market.”
Additional features of these chips include
- Cat 4 150 Mbps LTE speeds in FDD-LTE and TD-LTE modes and up to 42 Mbps with DC-HSPA+ 3G as well as GSM/EDGE
- BCM2095 LTE RF transceiver enables FDD and TD LTE/3G/2G band support for worldwide roaming
- VoLTE and HD voice support
- HD display, imaging and graphics for an immersive consumer experience
- Pre-integrated with the Android KitKat operating system
- Reduces LTE modem power consumption by up to 30 percent for extended hours of use
- Broadcom’s best-in-class connectivity – 5G WiFi, Bluetooth Smart, NFC and location technologies
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It was back in September that consumers found out that Verizon wouldn’t issue new SIM cards for the Nexus 7 LTE tablet, even though it would work with an existing SIM taken from another device. Verizon’s response was that it wasn’t certified yet even though Google announced the tablet as compatible with the network. Still, Verizon said it would take about 8 weeks to get it certified. Well that was a long 8 weeks because it’s finally going to be available on Big Red this Thursday, February 13.
It will be priced at $349.99, but if you want to sign a two-year contract, you will get a measly $100 off the price bringing it to $249.99. Of course, if you already own the LTE version of the Nexus 7, you will be able to activate it with a new SIM card after a quick software update. Either way, you can add your existing or brand new Nexus 7 LTE to your Share Everything plan for $10 extra per month.
Come comment on this article: Nexus 7 LTE to finally and officially land on Verizon Wireless this Thursday
Samsung Releases Kernel Source For The Galaxy TabPRO 10.1 (LTE And WiFi) And NotePRO 12.2 (3G And LTE)
You can’t just run down to the corner (or Amazon) and pick up one of Samsung’s new Pro tablets, but the source code is already posted for a number of these devices. Samsung’s open source site now lists KitKat downloads for two versions of the TabPRO 10.1 (its first appearance), as well as some new variants of the NotePro 12.2.
TabPRO 10.1 in WiFi (SM-T520) and LTE (SM-T525) both clock in at 1.4GB.
- [CES 2014] Samsung Announces The 12.2-Inch Galaxy NotePRO And TabPRO (12.2, 10.1, And 8.4-Inch) With A Ton Of Free Stuff
- Samsung NotePRO 12.2 WiFi Now Up For Pre-Order In The UK – £649 And Ships February 4th
- Samsung Releases Kernel Source For Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 (SM-P900)
- 64GB Samsung Galaxy NotePRO 12.2 Up For Pre-Order In The US At Office Depot For A Whopping $850, Available Feb 13th
Samsung Releases Kernel Source For The Galaxy TabPRO 10.1 (LTE And WiFi) And NotePRO 12.2 (3G And LTE) was written by the awesome team at Android Police.
While entry-level smartphones are getting to be quite good these days, few of them have fast LTE; many have to make do with either basic LTE or 3G. If Broadcom is successful with its just-revealed M320 and M340 system-on-chip designs, though, advanced 4G could soon be very affordable. The new chips respectively bundle dual- and quad-core processors with 150Mbps LTE radios, making it easier for small firms to ship cheap handsets (Broadcom expects sub-$300 pricing) with speedy internet access. They’re already integrated with Android 4.4 KitKat, too, so companies don’t always have to fuss over software support. Broadcom isn’t saying when phones with the new chips will reach the market, but it’s currently delivering sample units to “leading” manufacturers.