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Alleged HTC One M8 Prime specs leaked: 5.5-inch Quad-HD, Snapdragon 805, 18 megapixel camera?

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Looks like HTC has the desire to one-up pretty much every major manufacturer with a smartphone out right now. Some newly rumored specs for the HTC One M8 “Prime” have surfaced, and it’s definitely nothing we’re comfortable sneezing at. Here’s what we’re said to be working with:

  • 5.5-inch Quad-HD (2560 x 1440) display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 805 chipset clocked at 2.3GHz
  • 3GB of RAM with 16GB of internal storage
  • HTC 5 megapixel UltraPixel camera with 18 megapixel depth information sensor
  •  USB 3.0

Phew. That’s almost too good to be true. Of noteworthy mention is the camera — kind of odd for HTC to be using an 18 megapixel sensor for a secondary camera. Either the rumor is finnicky, the original source was misunderstood, or HTC really doesn’t have its head screwed on tight.

Things aren’t often 100% with these rumors – we’re still waiting on that QHD Samsung Galaxy S5, after all. You should always take these leaks with a grain of salt, but with HTC not planning to bring this thing out until September (likely to compete with the launch of the next Galaxy Note) they have more than enough time to get everything packed in right and tight.

[HTC Soku via PhoneArena ]

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Newly-leaked OnePlus One camera samples showcase crisp 4K video, DSLR-like images

Ready for even more OnePlus One samples? It seems we can’t get enough of these leading up to Wednesday’s grand unveiling, and each time we see samples from the on-board 13 megapixel sensor we continue to be amazed. The latest comes from prominent OnePlus forum-goer Martinrm, who has had the pleasure of using the OnePlus One for quite some time now.

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He pitted the OnePlus One’s 13 megapixel f/2.0 sensor up against the Oppo Find 5′s 13 megapixel f/2.2, and a 13 megapixel Nikon D3100 with an 18-55 f/3.5-5.8 variable zoom lens. The tests were all performed under different lighting conditions and shooting scenarios, including broad daylight, soft daylight, medium light, low light and extreme low light, as well as macro shots.

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The result? The OnePlus One was quite comparable to the entry-level DSLR, which is not something a whole ton of smartphone cameras can boast. The OnePlus One’s post-snap processing creates a more yellow tinge in various shots, but otherwise comes out looking like a very capable camera.

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The low-light shots from the device are most impressive, with the phone able to handle photo taking duties in those less-than-ideal conditions nearly as well as the DSLR did. Of course, the Oppo Find 5 was quite the loser in many of these categories.

Also tagging along for this ride is a 4K video sample of a peaceful stream. While most of you probably don’t have 4K panels to see the true quality of the video, the 1080p playback does just as much to show us the prowess of the camera.

The OnePlus One captures a tremendous amount of detail — a moving ant on one of the leaves caught my attention just as easily as the waves of water rushing behind it. I can only imagine just how insane all of this looks on a 4K display.

OnePlus says their goal is to Never Settle, and with as much noise as they’ve been making about their camera sensor as of late we’re glad to see they’ve been able to stay true to that. April 23rd is the day where we find out if the rest of the phone lives up to those lofty expectations. Find more samples at the jump!

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LG G Pro 2 to have “OIS+” camera sensor that can record 4K video


LG is currently pulling off one of the strangest device reveals we’ve seen in recent years with the LG G Pro 2, with the company releasing details bit by bit as we lead up to what should be a marvelous Mobile World Congress unveiling. Today, LG is dropping the beans on the camera, telling us what type of technology we should expect for our image snapping and video recording affairs.

To start, the camera sensor (which seems to be a 13 megapixel shooter) is said to be coming with optical image stabilization “plus” technology which combines hardware and software techniques to help create even better images.

Beyond that, LG also says we’ll be able to shoot video 1.4 times slower than normal for smooth slow motion recording, continuous burst mode shooting with up to 20 photos, and 4K video recording (which is 3,840 x 2,160 resolution). You can expect a typical 2.1 megapixel sensor on the front for webcams and selfies.

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As we all know, these numbers alone don’t mean much. It definitely sounds like a beast of a camera, but we’ll have to see how it performs in testing before getting too excited. LG has gotten a lot better with image quality over the years, though, so we suspect there isn’t much to worry about.

There isn’t much else to be known at this time, though previous leaks have suggested this device will feature rear-facing buttons ala the LG G2 and the LG G Flex. It’s also rumored to employ a Snapdragon 800 processor, a 6-inch display and more. We’ll have to wait for other details to arrive via LG leading up to their late February reveal, so be sure to keep checking back as they peel off more and more layers.

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Photos reportedly taken by Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 reveal 20.9 megapixel sensor

galaxy_camera_2We have more information on the Samsung Galaxy Camera 2. We already informed you that it might be able to make phone calls, something the original Galaxy Camera could not do.  Today, Techtastic got their hands on photos that appeared on Google+ that seem to have been taken with a Samsung Galaxy Camera 2, or model number EK-GN120.  Of the pictures, the largest was 5472 x 3080 resolution, suggesting at least a 20.9-megapixel sensor on the new device. The original Galaxy Camera, if you recall, is 16.3-megapixels.

We don’t know much more about the rumored device, but if we’re lucky, we’ll see more at Samsung’s event on June 20.

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Photos reportedly taken by Samsung Galaxy Camera 2 reveal 20.9 megapixel sensor

galaxy_camera_2We have more information on the Samsung Galaxy Camera 2. We already informed you that it might be able to make phone calls, something the original Galaxy Camera could not do.  Today, Techtastic got their hands on photos that appeared on Google+ that seem to have been taken with a Samsung Galaxy Camera 2, or model number EK-GN120.  Of the pictures, the largest was 5472 x 3080 resolution, suggesting at least a 20.9-megapixel sensor on the new device. The original Galaxy Camera, if you recall, is 16.3-megapixels.

We don’t know much more about the rumored device, but if we’re lucky, we’ll see more at Samsung’s event on June 20.

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Nokia files a patent for new variety of photo sensor

Nokia 808 PureView is the first ever smartphone which features Nokia’s PureView technology. The technology is basically a pixel oversampling technique which essentially decreases an image taken at full resolution into a lower resolution image, achieving higher definition and light sensitivity in the process, and also enabling lossless zoom, which is a pretty nice feature to have on your handheld.

Nokia is also launching its new Windows Phone 8 device, Lumia 920, under the Pureview lineup. Though Lumia 920 will be coming with Pureview branding, it won’t be boasting the huge 41 megapixel sensor that Nokia 808 PureView features, instead it will be having a 8 megapixel camera, and Nokia seems to have used Pureview technology on a smaller scale on this phone. Even the Lumia 820 has similar specs in the camera department, but it’s not known whether it will be coming with PureView technology or not. The reason behind Nokia not going for a 41 megapixel sensor may be the fact that it will give a huge bump on the device’s back, something that is not desirable.

Nokia is definitely working on new photography technology, and to testify that fact, Nokia has filed a patent application for the sensing of photons by making use of graphene technology. Graphene is basically a 2D material that is made out of atom sized carbon layer. Using this technology, new photo sensors can be developed which will be significantly smaller in size than the sensors which current CMOS sensor technology is able to produce. Apart from that, graphene sensors will also perform better in low light environment, thanks to transparency of grapheme layers. If this technology gets to see light of day, we will be having a smaller, thinner, better low-light performing photo sensor, which could also mean future Nokia may boast 41 megapixel camera without that awkward hump.

Graphene technology isn’t something that was found yesterday. It has been around for quite a long time and finds its application in areas ranging from solar cells to sensors capable of detecting a single molecules of toxic gases. The challenge is, however, making use of graphene layers for photographic purposes.

The patent application shows the usage of more than one photo sensing layers of graphene which can absorb light across range of frequencies, including visible, infrared and ultraviolet. The technology increases low light performance as only 2.3% of light passing through the graphene layers are absorbed. The material cost is also significantly lower, which should directly convert into lower manufacturing cost. We’re looking at a technology that can give birth to a smaller sensor at a lesser cost. Of course, the patent has been just filed and is mere an idea, and perhaps it may or may not make into production. Nevertheless, we cannot expect such graphene sensors being mass produced in the near future. Giving it a mechanical shutter would be a dream come true.

Nonetheless, what do you think about Nokia’s plans? Do you think Nokia will make use of this technology in its future smartphones. Let us know your thoughts using the comment form below.

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Details of New Galaxy Nexus Emerge

Specifications of the next Galaxy Nexus have begun to surface. Sammobile reports that the device currently has the codename “Superior” and has the model number GT-I9260. It may be recalled that the Galaxy Nexus has a model number I9250, suggesting that this upcoming device will be closely related to that phone.

The successor of the Galaxy Nexus is expected to have a 4.65-inch Super AMOLED HD display. Under the hood, it could be powered by a dual core Cortex A9 processor running at the speed of 1.5GHz. Dual cameras will be found on the device, specifically, a 1.9-megapixel front camera and an 8-megapixel rear camera. A microSD card slot is also said to be present on the smartphone as well as 16GB of storage capacity.

For comparison, last year’s Galaxy Nexus phone was equipped with a dual-core Cortex A9 processor with a clock speed of 1.2GHz. Its rear camera had a 5-megapixel sensor while its front camera had a 1.3- megapixel sensor. The latter was a disappointment for many and had been considered as the weakest point of the smartphone. Judging from these specifications, the new Nexus offers a minor improvement over the 2011 model.

From these information, two things are noticeable. First, these are hardly high-end specifications, and naturally would demand an affordable price. Second, this would be the second time in a row that Samsung takes charge of creating a Nexus device. Samsung is currently king in high-end Android smartphones. However, if this Nexus is matched with an affordable price, it could help Google control the mid-range segment.

Earlier, it had been rumored that five Nexus devices will be released this fall to celebrate the fifth anniversary of Android. This new Nexus might well be one of these five anticipated devices.

Nothing, however, is still certain about the new Nexus smartphone, especially with other rumors circulating that other companies like LG or the Google-owned Motorola could be tapped by Google to work on a Nexus device.

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Allview Debuts AllDro2 Speed HD Android Tablet

Allview has a new tablet offering called the Allview AllDro2 Speed HD with a tag price of only $225. This product from the Romania-based company comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box.

At its core is a Cortex A8 processor with a clock speed of 1.2 GHz. This works alongside a Mali 400 GPU, a full gigabyte of DDR3 RAM and 8 GB of internal storage capacity. The Super HD display has a glass touchscreen, an aspect ratio of 4:3 and a pixel display resolution of 1024 x 768. Its chassis, which has an aluminum rear casing, has an ergonomic design. The front cover comes in two flavors, white and black.

This tablet comes with two cameras. The front-facing one has a 0.3 megapixel sensor, while the rear-facing one has a 2 megapixel sensor. The front snapper makes video calling possible through popular applications such as Yahoo! Messenger or Skype. There is a panoramic setting that allows users to capture an elongated field of view, suitable for landscape photography. For those who would like to capture what is on the screen of the tablet PC instead, however, the Allview AllDro2 Speed HD offers a screenshot function. Later, the screenshot may be easily shared with friends. Speaking of sharing, users also have the option of sending any images from the tablet or even game stages to friends using other mobile devices.

Two speakers located at the back of the tablet gives high quality stereo sound and immerse users fully into the video content playing. If the user wants a larger High Definition screen, however, they can simply connect the Allview AllDro2 Speed HD to an HDTV through an HDMI cable. Connectivity on this device is possible through WiFi and 3G, the latter by means of an external dongle.

Allview also provides users security through a 90-day trial version of BitDefender Total Security Premium version. This package is equipped with a virus scan, a security for Internet browsing app, and an anti-theft feature.

The Allview AllDro2 Speed HD weighs 498 grams and has a thickness of 9.9 mm.

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ASUS Transformer Pad Infinity Video Hands-on [MWC 2012]

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The Transformer Prime may have been the most powerful tablet on the market for a bit, but it has a younger, strong brother coming to take over the task of protecting the family. We got our hands on the ASUS Trasnformer Pad Infinity (700 series). The device will be positioned above the Transformer Prime and it’s for some very good reasons.

To start, the 10.1 inch Super IPS+ display has 600 nits of brightness and will by  a Full HD display (1920×1200). It’ll house 1GB of RAM, 32-64GB of internal storage with expansion options and will have an 8 megapixel rear camera which can shoot HD video.

The front camera has gotten a slight upgrade from the Transformer Prime, as well – it has a 2 megapixel sensor over the latter’s 1.3 megapixel sensor. It’s extremely thin for a tablet, as well, with its 8.5mm brushed metal chassis.

Unfortunately, we’re not so sure what’s going on with its processor. ASUS is touting that it will either have NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 quad-core processor or Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor.

You’ll be getting NVIDIA’s quad-core Tegra 3 monster if you opt for the WiFi version, Qualcomm’s dual-core MSM8260A S4 Snapdragon processor if you want 3G, and Qualcomm’s dual-core MSM8960 s4 Snapdragon processor if you’re getting an LTE version.

It’s unfortunate that the processor make and model are inconsistent between the different models. We’d undoubtedly opt for NVIDIA’s Tegra 3 on all three models but I guess ASUS has its reasons. Find the video hands-on embedded above.


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Want HDR Video Recording On Your Smartphone? Sony’s New CMOS Sensors Can Make It Happen (Video)

As I’ve always said, “Damn, if this isn’t an awesome time to be in the mobile industry“.  It’s no surprise that companies like Sony and Samsung produce incredible cameras to accompany their incredible handsets since they’re no strangers to the stand alone camera.  Sony has some of the best camera sensors one is ever going to find in a majority of their handsets.  Devices like the new Sony Ericsson Xperia Ion and Sony Xperia S house a 12 megapixel Exmore CMOS sensor with the ability to capture beautiful shots in a number of different conditions.  However, the company is looking to one-up itself by announcing an even better CMOS sensor which touts “RGBW Coding” enabling the ability to capture HDR video.


With their own proprietary technology, the company is able to reduce the size of the sensor significantly while also improving performance and power consumption.  Nicer camera, smaller footprint and uses less battery?  Yes Please.  Without getting too technical and at the risk of boring you to death, the RGBW coding allows for added white pixels to the traditional alignment of red, green and blue ones.  With efficient use of signal processing, the new coding structure allows a much higher sensitivity when low light is present.  And it does so with no added noise while preserving quality.  In addition, in bright light scenarios, the RGBW coding allows you to take HDR video ultimately enhancing contrast and clarity for optimal playback.  The company is looking to start shipping the new CMOS sensors this spring.  Look for an 8 megapixel sensor without RGBW some time in March and a 13 & 8 meg sensor with RGBW coding around June and August respectively.  Don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.

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Qualcomm to Bring Out Snapdragon S4 Liquid Development Tablet With MSM8960, Four Cameras

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It looks like Qualcomm is set to introduce a new Android development tablet named the S4 Liquid. As you might be able to tell from its name the tablet houses a chipset from Qualcomm’s high-end S4 series, the dual-core MSM8960.

It has a lot of great features including a 10.1 inch 1280×768 display, two front-facing cameras (one is a 13 megapixel sensor) capable of shooting 1080p video. There are also two rear cameras for 3D video recording. Sounds awesome, right? There are also an abundance of ports, sensors and radios, including an on-die LTE radio. Oh, and did I mention it has 7 microphones

As this is a development tablet, though, it won’t have your traditional retail release meaning you’ll have to go through other avenues to get it when it comes out if you really want it. You can tell by how thick it is that it it’s meant purely for application testing. It’ll be interesting to see how the chipset handles Honeycomb/ICS, though I suppose we’re a bit far from seeing that in-depth. [via Engadget]

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HTC announces the Rezound on Verizon: ‘The smartphone revolution is sweeping the world’

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We're live at HTC's little event in New York City, where the HTC Rezound for Verizon was just announced. And just as we expected, we've got a Beats Audio device on our hands, along with HTC Sense and a 4G LTE radio.

HTC RezoundIt's got a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM 8660 processor, 1GB of DDR2 RAM, 16GB of internal storage and a 16GB mircoSD card. It'll ship with Android 2.3 Gingerbread, which is no surprise. But HTC says it's committed to upgrading it to Ice Cream Sandwich ASAP.

It's also HTC's first smartphone with a 720p resolution display. That is, the 4.3-inch display has a width of 720 pixels, just like the Galaxy Nexus.

HTC's also incorporating its newer camera technology into the Rezound, just like we've seen on the HTC Amaze. It's got an 8-megapixel sensor, f2.2 lens and 1080p video recording — including slow-motion. There's a 2-megapixel up front.

And, of course, there's that Beats audio. "You should have the best audio experience in your mobile experience," they said at the launch event. And included with the HTC Rezound, of course, are Beats earbuds.

The HTC Rezound will be available Nov. 14 at Verizon, Best Buy an online — for $299.99.

We've got the full press release after the break.

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Samsung Galaxy Nexus camera and 1080p video samples

Wondering what the 5 megapixel sensor within the Galaxy Nexus is capable of? So were we. We didn’t have a huge variety of subjects to photograph here in our meeting room, but we ran about and captured as many as we could just for a quick comparison. As promised, snapping multiple pictures in a row was a cinch, with the camera taking just a fraction of a second before being ready to shoot again. In fact, we couldn’t even tap the screen fast enough to find its limit. We have to say, though — the built-in “Edit” menu could stand to be stronger. The “effects” were thoroughly underwhelming, and Instagram addicts will find plenty to laugh about. The croping and twisting, however, is appreciated. Have a look at a rough-and-dirty comparison between the Galaxy Nexus and the Nexus S in the galleries below (as well as a few panorama samples), and find a one minute 1080p sample video from the former just after the break.

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Camera showdown: iPhone 4S vs. iPhone 4, Galaxy S II, Nokia N8 and Amaze 4G (video)

Siri’s sweet and all, but for many of us that new eight megapixel sensor and f/2.4 aperture lens are what really makes Apple’s iPhone 4S an appealing upgrade. We spent the weekend shooting around New York City with the iPhone 4S, along with some other top smartphones — the iPhone 4, Samsung Galaxy S II, Nokia N8 and HTC’s Amaze 4G — in order to determine just which phone’s camera reigns supreme. And in order to capture video and stills with consistent framing among all five devices, we secured each smartphone to that homemade quintuple cameraphone mount that you see above — it may be an early prototype, but it got the job done. Jump past the break to see the results, and check out our comprehensive iPhone 4S sample gallery below.

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iPhone 4S hands-on!

It’s not an iPhone mini or anything, but it’s the first iPhone with Siri. And that has to count for something, right? Right? While it’s no iPhone 5 (not even close, really), the iPhone 4S is far from being “last year’s iPhone,” and the greatly enhanced camera, bolstered A5 dual-core processor and inbuilt voice command should provide plenty of reason for folks to upgrade if they’re near the end of their contract. Furthermore, having the option on Sprint — despite Apple almost announcing it as an afterthought — is bound to make folks already entrenched on the Now Network think twice about what their next phone will be come upgrade time.

We were able to spend a few quality moments with the refreshed iPhone 4 here at Apple’s campus, the Sprint flavor no less, and as you might expect… it’s an iPhone 4. But S-ier. Much in the same way that the 3GS improved the overall experience of the 3G, the 4S does likewise compared to the existing 4. The dual-core A5 chip is a laudatory improvement, and whisking about pages, loading the camera application and launching — well, just about everything — just feels zippier. As it should. The other major change, the antennas, weren’t readily different at a glance, but as Mr. Cook stated, you’d have to be iFixit to notice (and we’re sure they will).

The most impressive part was the demo of Siri, the new assistant that lets you do just about anything you can do on your phone — but with your voice. We tried to psych it out with a bunch of random requests, including the history of Chester, Vermont (a lovely town) and the best Ramen places in San Francisco. Siri never faltered, never missed a beat. It worked as well as Scott’s demo up on the stage. There’s nothing better to say than that. We even sent ourselves a few text messages, which Siri transcribed to a T. Of course, the lady on the other end still sounds eerily robotic, but we’re hoping for smoother responses from the alien within in a future update.

The 8 megapixel sensor doesn’t look any different from the outside, but we’re trusting that Apple’s re-engineered the interior. We snapped a few photos in the demo room to test and not a one came out as great as the retina-bursting contrasty pictures of balloons and flowers we saw in the demo, but then again, we didn’t have any balloons or flowers to capture.

As for weight and feel? Just like the old king. We’ll be updating this post with our impressions live from Cupertino, and are working to get you some better pictures to look at. Hang tight — they’re coming!

Update: Sorry, guys, but this time around Apple isn’t allowing anyone to take photos or videos of the new iPhone in the hands-on area at its event. But don’t worry, we’ll give you all that and more when we review it in the coming weeks!

Relive the announcement in our liveblog right here!

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HTC Runnymede 2 looks to lay down the law with 4.7" display and Beats audio

Beginning today, when mobile enthusiasts think of Runnymede, it won’t be the Magna Carta that immediately comes to mind, but rather one of first phones to emerge from HTC’s collaboration with Beats. Unlike the rumored Sensation Special Edition 2, the Runnymede 2 shares greater similarity with the Titan — the 4.7-inch beast with a single-core 1.5GHz CPU and 9.9mm profile — that was announced earlier today. Diverging from the Titan, however, the Runnymede 2 will be an Android handset with 768MB of RAM and an option for 32GB of built-in storage (along with the base level 16GB). Beats headphones are also rumored to be bundled with this bad boy, and HTC seems to take its imaging prowess very seriously with an 8 megapixel sensor and f2.2 lens that smacks heavily of the MyTouch 4G Slide. Of course, this all sounds very tempting, but it leaves us wondering what the hell happened to the Runnymede 1. Perhaps Mr. Chou decided this one was good enough to skip a generation?

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Motorola DROID 3 Hands-on and Impressions

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In case you’ve forgotten, the Motorola DROID 3 is now available in stores after a brief period of online exclusivity. It’s a dual-core OMAP4 device with Android 2.3, the latest version of BLUR (or whatever they want to call it), 1080p video recording using an 8 megapixel sensor, a 4 inch display and an improved QWERTY keyboard. We’ve just received our review unit and we’re eager to go hands-on, so let’s do it!

Worthy successor?

Yes, yes and yes. If you are still rocking a DROID 1 because you didn’t think the DROID 2 was worth upgrading to, then the DROID 3 is for you. An improved 5-row keyboard makes typing easier and smoother than ever, the 4 inch display gives us a good amount of room to work with, and the dual-core processor is every bit as powerful that Texas Instruments said it was. It’s a significant upgrade not only from the original, but from the DROID 2 in every way.


5-row and a lot roomier. The only thing that kept me from getting the original DROID was its keyboard. The DROID 2′s, even with the lack of that monstrous d-pad, wasn’t much better. Motorola’s gotten it right here. There’s still no spacing between the keys, but they have just enough “hump” to provide good track and feel. Pressing them is effortless, too, and I had no problems with my fat fingers inadvertently pressing other buttons. I love it.


OMAP4 is awesome. Period. It’s extremely fast and runs this version of BLUR without much effort. Switching between applications and scrolling through lists and webpages is a very smooth experience. I don’t know if it’s because this version of BLUR is better coded or if it’s all processor juice, but this thing isn’t as sluggish as Motorola’s other phones.


This phone’s camera is very capable. After snapping a few quick photos and a video with this thing, I think it’s safe to say you can trash that point-and-shoot you have sitting around. I haven’t looked at the content on my PC yet, but early thoughts are extremely positive. Motorola’s done a fantastic job with the sensors here. The front camera isn’t bad, either.


As with most Motorola devices, the hardware is very solid. It feels premium and it will stand up to the test of time. It may get scuffed up over the course of a couple of years, but I don’t see this thing wearing down over time with proper care. The display is 4 inches and qHD and remarkably better than the one found on the DROID X2 and ATRIX 4G. I don’t know if they’ve ditched pentile here, but things are crisp and vibrant looking.

Inside is 16GB of internal storage, the aforementioned OMAP4, 512MB of RAM and radios for use around the world. We would have liked more RAM afforded to us, especially when comparable Motorola handsets are getting 1GB, though we can’t say if this is a negative considering we haven’t had time to install more applications and see how it stands up to heavy multi-tasking. We know the processor can, at least. You’ll also get an empty microSD card slot, a SIM card slot for use in other countries and both a microUSB port and microHDMI port.


Android 2.3.4 with the latest version of BLUR. Yes, I know, you don’t like Motorola’s skin. But this version of BLUR (which they’re not actually calling BLUR) is actually quite good. Don’t get me wrong, it’s not the best skin we’ve seen and it certainlty isn’t our favorite, but relatively speaking it’s a huge improvement over the previous versions of BLUR and a step in the right direction for Motorola.

Things are a lot smoother, there are some features that people will actually appreciate and it doesn’t look too bad visually (though you’re more inclined to like it if you are a fan of blue). Things are very polished here and we couldn’t ask for a better version of BLUR. We’d still prefer an unlocked bootloader to install something else at the end of the day.


First impressions are overwhelmingly positive. It’s a great device and a worthy followup to the second “great” Android phone (the first being the G1, of course). We still aren’t big fans of BLUR, but this rendition of it is quite usable and, in some cases, pleasing to use. Motorola’s finally made enough changes to get us to stop calling it BLUR because it’s nothing like we remembered from all those phones launched in 2010 and early 2011.

The keyboard on the DROID 3 is leaps and bounds better than those on the DROID and DROID 2, and the good-looking 4 inch display provides ample room for typing if that’s your thing. Look out for a full review and more coverage in the coming week or so as we sink our teeth into this thing and give it a good look. Full gallery of images is below.

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Samsung Galaxy Z: Galaxy S II’s ‘affordable little brother’ now ready for pre-order

Been lusting after the Galaxy S II, but aren’t willing to break the bank? We hear you, and apparently Samsung does too. Up for pre-order today, on the Swedish arm of Three, is the Galaxy Z — billed as a more affordable spawn from its Korean progenitor. The Gingerbread-toting handset will sport a 4.2-inch Super Clear LCD, 1GHz dual core processor (rumored to be Tegra 2), and 8GB of onboard storage, extensible with microSD. Fret not camera junkies, also present is a 5 megapixel sensor plus flash and “HD” video recording. All that stands between you and this little Galaxy, are 4,000 kronor (about $630) and your undying love of Swedish meatballs.

Samsung Galaxy Z: Galaxy S II’s ‘affordable little brother’ now ready for pre-order originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 01 Jul 2011 05:10:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Nokia N9 camera: sample images and video

Our first encounter with Nokia’s N9 may have been eleven different kinds of awesome, but we knew it was a mere scratch of the high-grade polycarbonate surface. One of the core pieces of functionality we didn’t get the chance to address back then was the camera, and after Nokia decided to toot that horn recently — saying, among other things, that it’s the “fastest image-capturing phone” yet — we decided we had to go back for a second go-around.

In terms of performance, Nokia’s camera application definitely lives up to the company’s own hype, with nearly instant captures and an equally brisk return to a state of readiness for more image-taking. When shooting video, we noted that audio recording starts slightly later than the video, leaving the first half second or so without sound. This isn’t an uncommon issue (we’ve seen it on other phones and tablets) and can be seen in our video sample after the break. Now might be a good time to also mention that the N9s we tested with today were all prototype units, so don’t prejudge Nokia’s final hardware on the basis of what you see here. Unless your premature judgment is positive, we doubt Nokia would mind that.

So anyhow, we took a walk around the company’s offices, escorted by a group of unarmed but surely lethal Finnish ninjas, taking shots of the surrounding cityscape as we went. The results show the N9 picking up a ton of detail and controlling noise admirably, while a few impromptu ThinkPad hands-on photos convinced us it can do a pretty stellar job with closeups as well. With a name like N9, however, it was obvious which phone we needed to compare Nokia’s lone wolf MeeGo handset to, so out came our trusty N8 with its world-beating 12 megapixel sensor. Alas, in spite of having an F2.2 aperture on the N9, Nokia hasn’t managed to replicate the heroics of its earlier device: the N8 shows its advantage in consistently picking out better color balance and in also being sharper throughout the frame. It makes the N9′s images appear as if they were shot through a haze, though we hasten to add that this should be considered a strength of the older phone rather than a major failure of the new one. Additionally, the N9 suffers from the typically narrow dynamic range of smartphone camera sensors, which is the cause of the consistently blown-out sky in our gallery images. Still, considering the quick software operation and consistently detailed imagery on offer from the N9, we’d say Nokia is on to a winner here.

P.S. — Looking for the full-size 8 megapixel stills from the N9? We’ve zipped them up for you right here.

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Nokia N9 camera: sample images and video originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 28 Jun 2011 12:00:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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OmniVision’s new 12MP CMOS sensor shoots RAW pics and 1080/60p video, looks for smartphone home

So what if Apple looks set to abandon OmniVision in favor of Sony with its next round of portable device cameras? The company that currently provides the none-too-shabby 5 megapixel imager inside the iPhone 4 has just announced a new 12 megapixel sensor and it’s a bit of a beast. The OV12825 pairs the goodness of backside illumination with the ability to shoot RAW stills and 1080p video at a bodacious 60fps. Funnily enough, neither feature is a novelty for OmniVision, which has already given the world the option to shoot RAW and to crank Full HD video at 60fps, but nobody has yet been willing to maximize the previous sensors’ capabilities. Now that we’re finally seeing efficient dual-core solutions making it to smartphones, maybe the time has come? After all, there’s gotta be something else to look forward to after 1080/30p, right? OmniVision is offering samples to interested companies right now and expects volume production in the second quarter of the year. Full PR after the break.

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OmniVision’s new 12MP CMOS sensor shoots RAW pics and 1080/60p video, looks for smartphone home originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 14 Apr 2011 12:03:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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INQ Cloud Touch Facebook phone graces store shelves in UK, wallets smile

The first round of the Facebook Phone war is underway in the UK, thanks to INQ launching the first javelin at its main opponent. Even as we continue to wait for HTC’s Facebook offerings to come out sometime this summer, the INQ Cloud Touch has shown up on Carphone Warehouse shelves for a rather affordable £300 off-contract, or about $486. We were quick to Like the entry-level handset when we handled it back in February; the Froyo-powered device features an 800MHz Qualcomm MSM7227 processor, 5 megapixel sensor, and a custom Android homescreen that fully integrates the Facebook experience into the OS. While the specs may not be enough to make the Android enthusiast salivate, the price will almost definitely cause status-obsessed tweens to commence drooling.

INQ Cloud Touch Facebook phone graces store shelves in UK, wallets smile originally appeared on Engadget Mobile on Mon, 11 Apr 2011 08:48:00 EST. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Things We Missed, You Shouldn’t [March 10th]

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We are slowly crawling towards the end of the week, CTIA is right around the corner, the latest update to Angry Birds Seasons is hot in the market. Just a few of the more noteworthy things going on in the Android world. Below you will find a few more.

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