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Internals of BlackBerry Z10 revealed

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BlackBerry has totally lost the market and the only hope for the company’s survival is BlackBerry 10 OS. BB10 seems to be very well designed and the company has concentrated more on touch screen rather than its traditional qwerty only interface.

We have two BlackBerry devices coming up, namely the BlackBerry X10 and BlackBerry Z10. Pictures of both the devices have been leaked and now pictures of BlackBerry Z10 have leaked again. The new leak pictures show not just the exterior of the BlackBerry, but even the interior, which makes it more believable. To start with, folks at BusinessInsiders have acquired two photos of the BlackBerry Z10 being compared to the iPhone 4S. According to their source, the build quality and excellent, which is expected from RIM, and the back cover apparently sports a nice rubbery feel.

The above video shows all the parts of upcoming BlackBerry Z10. The 4.3″ screen looks outstanding and according to the person, the redesigned AppWorld looks similar to Google’s Play Store. Folks at ETrade Supply, which supplies parts, have got their hands on parts for the BlackBerry X10 and BlackBerry Z10. Taking a look at the images of parts, they are in sync with previously leaked images, and it may be safe to conclude that the leaked images were indeed genuine. Each of the part is apparently available for sale, so if you can’t wait to lay your hands on the actual device, you can choose to buy parts instead!

Here are rumored specs and features of BlackBerry Z10:
• Processor: Dual Core 1.5GHz TI OMAP 4470・ Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8960 (US and Canada)
• Radio: Quad Band HSPA+ / UMTS (850/900/1700/1900/2100MHz) ・Quad Band GSM / GPRS (850/900/1800MHz) ・Quad Band LTE: Bands 2,4,5,13,17 (700, 850,1700, 1900MHz)
• Display: 4.2″・1280×768・356PPI ・24 Bit Color ・15:9
• Camera: 8MP Auto Focus ・2MP Front Facing ・Flash ・1080p Video Recording
• Memory: 2GB RAM ・16GB Internal Storage ・Hot Swappable microSD Slot
• WiFi: 802.11 a/b/g/n ・2.4/5GHz
• GPS: Autonomous ・A-GPS
• Battery: 1800mAh Removable
• Sensors: Ambient Light Detector ・Accelerometer ・Magnetometer ・Gyroscope ・Face Detect for phone calls
• Connectivity: NFC ・microUSB ・microHDMI-Out ・Bluetooth 4.0 LE

Looking at the above specs, it’s strikingly similar to what’s under the hood of Dev Alpha units which are in the hands of 7,000 lucky developers out there. Nevertheless, the above spec sheet should be still taken with a grain of salt since we don’t have any official confirmation. BlackBerry Z10 will be a full touch-screen device whereas the BlackBerry will have a QWERTY keypad and a 720 x 720 OLED touchscreen display.

The devices are going to be launched along with BlackBerry 10 operating system. RIM has definitely taken a note of things that they need to do in order to compete with other manufacturers. Another good thing about BB10 is that it takes less than a minute to boot up. The anticipation is high. What are your thoughts on this?

Source: GSMArena

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T-Mobile to offer truly unlimited data on Monthly 4G prepaid plans

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Just a few months after debuting its truly unlimited data plan for contract customers, T-Mobile will begin offering the same service option to Monthly 4G prepaid customers as well. Prior to this, the highest tier of the Monthly 4G service was $70 for unlimited talk, text and data — with a throttle after 5GB of usage. It seems that this level will be replaced by a plan of the same price with truly unlimited, unthrottled data. This is a great move for T-Mobile, especially as it moves more of its spectrum to the 1900MHz frequency for HSPA+, which opens up possibilities to a whole host of new unlocked devices. Monthly 4G plans are prepaid, require no credit check or contract and can be used with any unlocked GSM device that supports its frequencies.

TmoNews claims the service will go live just a few short days from now on January 9th, and we'll be sure to check back in and see if that is the case. We've got a picture of the marketing materials for the plans for you to check out after the break. There's another image and more information at the source link below as well.

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Samsung Galaxy Grand smartphone announced

Samsung has officially announced the latest Galaxy branded smartphone, the Galaxy Grand. They were pretty forthcoming in terms of specs, however Samsung was quiet in terms of when the handset would be available for sale, which markets the device would be available in and how much it would cost.

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Simply put, we can review the specs for the Galaxy Grand, however we are going to have to reserve any excitement until we hear some more details. That being said, the Galaxy Grand will arrive running Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with TouchWiz and the latest versions of the Samsung Hubs preinstalled.

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Some of the other software goodies include Direct Call, Smart Alert, Popup Video, AllShare Play and S Video. Direct Call is a nifty feature, one that allows you to make a call by simply raising the phone to your ear. Smart Alert deals with alerts, Popup Video will allow the user to play a video in a window while still doing other tasks, AllShare Play will let you share content across Samsung devices and S Video lets you take control of your phone using your voice.

Moving over to the hardware side and we have a handset that looks strikingly similar to the Galaxy S3. Not to say that is bad though. The specs include a 5-inch display, dual-core 1.2GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot (with support for cards up to 64GB in size), a 2,100 mAh battery, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS and HSPA+ 850/1900/2100MHz and EDGE/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900MHz connectivity. Otherwise, the Galaxy Grand will have a 2 megapixel front-facing camera, an 8 megapixel rear-facing camera and come available in a dual-SIM (GT-I9082) and single-SIM (GT-I9080) variety.

[via SlashGear]

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New Variant Of Samsung Galaxy Camera Sneaks Past FCC Hallways, Comes Dressed In Verizon 4G LTE Colors

 

It’s no secret that many of you may find the Samsung Galaxy Camera interesting, but loathe the fact that it’s currently limited to AT&T for now and it’s faux-g speeds as opposed to something else a little ummm, faster. Well potential customers may finally have a reason to smile, especially if you’re on Verizon’s 4G LTE network. Samsung recently sent a new variation of its camera called the A3LEKGC120 through the FCC hallways and we now know it will come decorated with a unique difference from the original variant. According to the FCC filing, the EKGC120 variant of the Galaxy Camera will feature an LTE radio on a 700MHz frequency, giving the clear indication it will likely land come dressed in Verizon colors. Of course Verizon (and Sammy for that matter) will be mum about whether or not a camera is headed for 4G LTE glory, but in the meantime— let’s just hope we see this device sooner than later. Maybe we’ll see this toy headed for Verizon stores sometime this holiday season? Perhaps.

source: FCC

 


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Nexus 7 3G in stock again in the UK

If you’re in the UK and looking for a Nexus 7 3G, you’re in luck, because the ASUS-built tablet is back in stock. The tablet is priced at priced at £239 with 32GB of storage and an unlocked HSPA+ modem. According to Google Play, the tablet is scheduled to ship 3-5 days.



The tablet is designed to work across most European 3G networks. The HSPA+ model supports pentaband 3G (850, 900, 1700, 1900, 2100 MHz). The tablet does not come with a SIM or data plan. Instead, buyers of the device are able to shop around and find a data plan from one of many carriers that meets their needs. This is great because it doesn’t force a certain carrier on consumers.

The tablet has been unavailable for the past week or so, as demand for the 3G version of the tablet was more than Google could keep up with. Besides just being a really good tablet, the low cost of ownership is certainly a leading factor for its popularity. After all, it comes in at £130 less than the cheapest iPad mini WiFi + Cellular.

While we come with good news for people looking to grab a 3G Nexus 7, we don’t have the same for people looking to snag a Nexus 4. Google still has no estimate for when the Nexus 4 is going to be back in stock in the UK. For people who cannot wait, Three and other UK carriers are offering the device, but the prices are a little higher than Google’s.

[via SlashGear]


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Firefox for Android adds support for select smartphones with ARMv6 processors

Firefox for Android adds support for select smartphones with ARMv6 processors

Firefox on Android has been a luxury that devices running Google’s mobile OS with ARMv7 processors have had, but now Mozilla is broadening its browser’s horizons. Now, the latest version of Firefox’s mobile incarnation adds support for phones sporting ARMv6 processors with minimum speeds of 800mhz alongside at least 512MB of RAM. With those specs, that brings the HTC ChaCha and Status, LG Optimus Q, Motorola Fire XT, Samsung Galaxy Ace and others into the fold. In addition, the browser’s latest version brings Explore by Touch support on Jelly Bean and hardware and software decoding of H.264, AAC and MP3 formats on Android 4.0 and 4.1 devices. Fixes that address instability on Android 4.2 and text deletion issues also tag along in the release. To get your mitts on the download, simply tap the second source link below.

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Cricket launches Groove Smartphone for its holiday lineup

Cricket has just announced a new Android smartphone hitting the market just in time for the holiday season. The device is the carrier’s newest Muve Music capable Android smartphone too. Cricket intends to launch the phone November 21 on its prepaid network for $129.99.

The phone is not a high-end phone by any means, but for the price, it’s not bad. It comes with Android 2.3 installed. It has an 800MHz processor and a 1500mAh battery. It also comes with a 3.5-inch HVGA TFT touchscreen. While it’s not going to compete with likes of, say, a Galaxy S III, it appears that it can hold its own in the competitive smartphone market.

With Muve Music and a service plan starting at $50 per month, users of the phone can get access to unlimited downloads of their favorite music and access to exclusive artist commentary. It also allows them to download video through Muve Music’s monthly artist programs. There is no contract to use the data or music services available in the device.

The device also comes with a 3.2MP rear-facing camera and a .3MP front-facing camera. It also has Wi-Fi tethering for sharing your phone’s Internet connection with another device. If you’re looking for an affordable, entry-level smartphone for yourself or a loved one, this might be a good option to consider.


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Firefox expands to support more devices, improve accessibility

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Firefox has been working hard to expand the number of devices it supports, but has always been "limited" to devices running Android 2.2 or higher, with moderately good specs — an ARMv7 chip or above, to be exact. Today Mozilla is announcing that it is expanding its support down to lower-end devices, ones that are as far down the line as an ARMv6-based 800MHz processor and 512MB of RAM. Mozilla lists a few devices, such as the HTC Status, HTC ChaCha, Samsung Galaxy Ace, Motorola Fire XT and LG Optimus Q, that will benefit from these looser spec restrictions.

As part of its announcement, Mozilla also points out that Firefox is receiving improvements in accessibility features. Firefox now integrates seamlessly with TalkBack and Android's screen reader functionality, making the browser immensely easier to use for those who are visually impaired.

While we like to focus on the latest whiz-bang top of the heap devices, a vast majority of Android devices sold around the world aren't that high-end. And just because someone doesn't have a high-end device doesn't mean they don't deserve to have more choices in browsers. The wide range of prices and specs that Android can offer is a huge selling point for the platform, and we'd like to see it stay that way.

Source: The Mozilla Blog

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HTC Desire C coming to RadioShack No-Contract Wireless for $119.99

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RadioShack is adding to its lineup of entry-level devices that it offers on its self-branded prepaid wireless service today with the HTC Desire C. This pint-sized HTC handset may carry the Desire name, but it looks very much like the One series of devices from HTC in 2012. The internals are decidedly low-end, however. The Desire C has a 3.5-inch 320×480 (HVGA) display, a 600MHz processor and 512MB of RAM — all running with Android 4.0 and Sense on top.

The 'Shack offers the Desire C for $119.99 on its no-contract prepaid service with monthly payments of $50 for unlimited calls, texts and data (first 1GB at full speed) or $60 for the same and 2.5GB of full-speed data. Both prices include a subscription to the Muve Music service, which offers both streaming and downloads of a wide music selection on the device. 

Source: RadioShack

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Sprint picking up spectrum, customers in Midwest from US Cellular

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Sprint this morning announced that it will acquire from US Cellular 20 MHz of spectrum in the 1900 MHz band in Midwest markets including Chicago, South Bend, Ind., and Champaign, Ill. It'll also get 10 MHz of spectrum in St. Louis. The moves, which are costing Sprint $480 million, will affect some 585,000 USCC customers

Source: Sprint

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Nokia Lumia 920 Developer Edition is a universal phone

Nokia’s Lumia 920 Windows Phone 8 smart phone is one of the best Windows Phone 8 smart phones in the market right now. The device has really high specs which any power user will find sufficient. And of course, when the device is so powerful, the developer base for the device will also be powerful. With the release of Windows Phone 8 SDK by the Redmond based operating system giant, Microsoft, numerous developers from all around the world are excited to develop apps for the platform. But the problem is, these developers are spread across the globe. And a smart phone which is designed to work with American wireless carriers will not work in any other part of the world, and vice versa.

The people over at Nokia seem to have figured this out now. So at BUILD 2012, they announced something that they say they will never announce it ever again. Any guesses? Well, that’s correct, a universal Nokia Lumia 920 developer edition. That is awesome, I know. Keeping in mind the developers from across the world, the Finnish based smart phone giant has released a Lumia 920 developer edition which will work on almost all the wireless carriers around the world, at least theoretically.

The company says that this will be one of the kind devices and the company will not make any other device like this, ever again. At least that is what the company says. From the info on the box of the smart phone, you will able to figure out that the device will work on WCDMA frequencies of 850MHz, 900MHz, 1900MHz, 2100MHz, 1700 2100MHz; and LTE bands supported include 700MHz, 850MHz, 1900MHz, 1700 1900MHz.

Well, I guess that covers pretty much every band there is. But since most developers and not concerned about the color of a developer edition smart phone, Nokia has released the Lumia 920 developer edition smart phone in only black color, which according to me is good enough. Also, if you are planning to buy this one, you will get it for $1, 199 on eBay. But you will have to wait a bit longer as the stocks are already sold out right now.

Source: Phone Arena

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Will Nexus 4 trigger a price war?

Google has launched several Nexus devices till now, with the first one being HTC G1. All the Nexus devices have been very interesting, and the search engine giant recently launched two new Nexus devices – Nexus 4 and Nexus 10 – and one updated version of previously launched Nexus 7 tablet.

Nexus 10 has some great specs which makes me happy every time I look at it and same is the case with Nexus 4 as well, but what makes me even more happier is the price tag that Nexus 4 is launched with.

When the news hit the internet that Google was going to launch Nexus 4, and with the spec sheet already leaked several days ahead of the launch, it was anticipated that the device will be launched with a price tag of around $500, but Google managed to surprise us all by launching it at $350 for 16 gig model, and considering the specs that the device packs, that price is very reasonable. Here are the specs of Nexus 4 if you have missed it:

• Screen 4.7” 1280×768 (320ppi)
• WXGA, HD IPS+
• Corning® Gorilla® Glass 2
• Size H: 5.27 in (133.9 mm)
• W: 2.7 in (68.7 mm)
• D: 0.36 in (9.1 mm)
• Weight 0.31 lbs (139 g)
• Cameras Main: 8MP BSI sensor, 1080p video
• Front: 1.3MP, 720p video
• Face recognition
• Memory 8GB or 16GB (formatted capacity will be less)
• Chipset Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro 1.5GHz (Adreno 320 GPU)
• RAM 2GB
• Sensors Accelerometer, Compass, Ambient light, Proximity, Gyroscope, Pressure, GPS
• Network Unlocked GSM/UMTS/HSPA+
• GSM/EDGE/GPRS (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
• 3G (850, 900, 1700, 1900, 2100 MHz)
• HSPA+ 42 Mbps
• Wireless Wireless display on a Miracast compatible HD TV
• Dual-band Wi-Fi (802.11 b/g/n)
• Bluetooth
• NFC (Android Beam)
• Power Wireless charging (use any Qi-compatible charger)
• 2,100 mAH Li-polymer battery
• Standby: up to 250 hours
• Talk time: up to 10 hours
• Music playback: up to 40 hours
• Video playback: up to 8 hours
• Web browsing: up to 7 hours
• OS Android Jelly Bean (4.2)

It has 4.7″ True HD display and powerful quad-core processor, yet costs $350 for the 16 GB version. That is definitely a threat to other manufacturers, and as of now, you will be able to buy a good mid-range Android device at that price point from other manufacturers.

The only other manufacturer with that aggressive pricing for a quad-core handset with HD screen is Xiaomi with its Mi-Two. The Mi-Two costs the equivalent of $320, but is only available in China. There are certain cost cutting measures that Google and LG have taken in order to launch the device at that price point. Some of the measures include no LTE connectivity and no microSD card slot. Yes, the hardware of microSD card slot may be cheap, but the $15 licensing fee that the manufacture has to pay Microsoft for licensing exFAT file system isn’t.

The Nexus 4 has high-end specs for a low-midrange price, and comes with added benefits such as direct updates from Google which makes it relatively futureproof when compared to Android devices from other manufacturers. Launch of Nexus device at such a low price point will definitely trigger an avalanche of price cuts and we may see better devices at lower price point from now on. Manufacturers should indeed stop being greedy by selling mid-range handsets at a price point where a high end device can be easily delivered to customer.

Nexus devices are always seen as reference devices. Launch of Nexus 7 at $199 price point has encouraged other manufacturers to launch their own high quality offering at that price point. We hope the same will be the case with smartphones as well and we may soon be able to buy an unlocked high end Android at around $400 as opposed to current norm of $600+. What are your thoughts on this? Let us know using the comment form below.

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Alcatel One Touch Shockwave reaches US Cellular, takes your bumps and scrapes for $50

Alcatel One Touch Shockwave reaches US Cellular, takes your bumps and scrapes for $50

Those of us picking budget smartphones in the US seldom have the choice of a toughened smartphone, and it’s even more of a challenge when we’re not signed on to one of the top four carriers. US Cellular is offering the cost-conscious a (hardened) olive branch by shipping the Alcatel One Touch Shockwave. Skip past the creaky Android 2.3, 800MHz processor, 3.2-megapixel camera and 3.5-inch, 480 x 320 display — a shock- and water-resistant shell as well as Dragontrail-based glass should keep the smartphone working through most forms of casual abuse. We also don’t mind having preloaded Amazon Appstore and media apps, although the frugal 2GB microSD card in the box won’t leave much room for any downloading. We’d at least keep the Shockwave on the short list when the $50 price and long-lasting design will leave ample funds for just about everything else.

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US Cellular launches Alcatel One Touch Shockwave today

ALCATEL ONE TOUCH, a maker of affordable smartphones, today announced that its ONE TOUCH Shockwave would make its way to US Cellular. It’s a smartphone targeted at consumers looking for durable device that can handle the rigors of everyday life. It has a shock resistant casing, a damage-resistant Dragontrail tempered glass screen, and a water-resistant casing.



The phone is available through US Cellular starting today for $49.99 with a smartphone compatible plan. It is available on US Cellular’s website and at retail locations. It comes with a 3.5-inch touchscreen and preinstalled apps for productivity, email, texting, and IM.

The phone comes with Android 2.3 installed and features an 800MHz processor. While not the most powerful phone on the market by any stretch, its durability and low price-point could make it an attractive option for some consumers. The phone also features a 3.2-megapixel camera for snapping those precious memories.

The press release does not mention if the device is 4G compatible. US Cellular does have 4G data available to 31% of its customers, and they plan to have 4G data available to 58% by the end of 2012. Either way, this looks like a good phone for someone looking to break into owning a smartphone at a low price.

[via Android Central]


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Colombia to start testing 700MHz LTE, joins a Latin American trend in 4G

Colombia to start testing 700MHz LTE, joins a Latin American trend in 4G

Those in the US can brag about having the range, indoor friendliness and other advantages of 700MHz LTE, but few other countries have that edge so far: Latin Americans who have any LTE at all usually have to contend with less tolerant 2.6GHz bands. Colombia isn’t happy with that state of affairs, and its National Spectrum Agency is spearheading a rapidly growing 4G movement in the region by testing 700MHz LTE between the fall and winter. Its strategy echoes proposals from Brazil and Mexico that will use the Asia-Pacific Telecommunity band plan, providing more efficient airwaves as well as wider device and network coverage. It will take beyond early 2013 before Colombia and its neighbors are actively using 700MHz bands — the digital TV transition is one of the bigger obstacles — but there’s desires for a fast-track spectrum handout that could bring blazing speeds to Bogota before too long.

[Image credit: Kinori, Wikipedia]

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Huawei Ascend W1 specs and photos, leaked

A user in one of the forums based in China has leaked the purported photos of the rumored Huawei Ascend W1 on Sunday, October 14th. Though the photos looked legit, they came as no surprise as this is not the first time we’ve heard about it. The rumor about W1 actually started about a month ago and many are expecting to hear more information about it as Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 operating system nears official release.

Fortunately, the photos that were posted on the forum came with useful information such as specs. In a sense, its design and specs have already been confirmed today, although it is not official. According to the user, the following are the real specs of Huawei Ascend W1:

Processor. Huawei Ascend W1 is said to be coming packed with a dual-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz with integrated 400MHz graphics processor. While it hasn’t been confirmed by Huawei yet, Ascend W1 is likely to be showcasing Qualcomm’s Snapdragon S4 chipset.

Memory. The device is given 512MB RAM and 4GB internal memory. With these we know it Huawei is targeting the entry-level market. It is unclear whether Ascend W1 will have a microSD slot but as far as its internal memory is concerned and based on other Huawei devices, it is safe to assume this one will have a supplementary external memory.

Display. Having a GPU clocked at 400MHz is almost an assurance the device will have good graphics quality. According to the user who posted the photos, W1 gets a 4-inch WVGA screen. Basically, it is one of the few Windows Phone 8 devices to come in smaller size.

Battery. Luckily, owners of this device won’t have to recharge it every 4 or 5 hours. With a battery having 2000mAh power, Ascend W1 could reach up to 10 hours of straight usage but everything totally depends on how stable this device would be.

For now, there is no information as to the pricing and availability of Huawei Ascend W1 but given the fact that it will showcase WP8, it should make its debut later this month or earlier in November. Huawei might officially announce it next week but it might not be marketed in the US.

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More LG Nexus pictures leak

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Well, this is very interesting to say the least. Just a little while ago we received several pictures of a reported LG-E960 device running stock Android 4.1.2 with on-screen buttons, reportedly said to be the next Nexus device. What we've got our hands on now is several more pictures of a reported LG Nexus device that seems to be more of a cross between the previous design (which is very similar to the Optimus G) and the current Galaxy Nexus design.

The design is interesting to say the least — with camera, flash and speaker placement similar to the previous leak, but with different design lines otherwise. As if the "not for sale hw rev 1.0" printed on the back wasn't a good indication, the hardware itself looks pretty prototype-like. There are a lot of rough edges and what looks to be screw holes on the bottom edge.

Other than the design differences, looking through the FCC documents based on the FCC ID listed on the back of the device, there are 31 results in the FCC's database (which can be found at the second source link below). Diving into the labeling listing, the FCC documents confirm the location of the ID label, which also states explicitly that the back cover of the device cannot be removed. Charging certifications list that along with a standard charging port, the phone incorporates inductive charging. The radio certifications for this model indicate that it's triband HSPA, with only 850MHz, 1700MHz (AWS) and 1900MHz frequencies — that means no AT&T LTE or T-Mobile HSPA on this specific device's certification.

We've got a few more pictures after the break. What do you guys think, does this help or hurt your opinion of the device?

Source: Baraholka.onliner; FCC

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AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon versions of Samsung Galaxy Note II may be in FCC pipeline

As we reported earlier, AT&T and Samsung have released a joint statement regarding the impending release of the Samsung Galaxy Note II. This followed news that Samsung was working with several major carriers to bring the device to the U.S. market. Samsung has scheduled an event for October 24th in New York where it is anticipated a more detailed announcement regarding the Galaxy Note II will be made.

Although no dates for availability in the U.S. and Canadien markets have been made yet, interest in the imminent release will be fueled by the discovery of what appears to be the Galaxy Note II wending its way through the FCC approval process for three different carriers. The first device spotted is an SGH-i317 with specifications that appear to be consistent with AT&T and possible Canadien carriers. Another device going by model number SCH-i605 has CDMA and GSM antennas along with a 700 MHz LTE band appears to be headed to Verizon as a dual-band device. Finally, an SGH-T889 might be headed to T-Mobile based on the inclusion of a 1700 MHz AWS frequency.

source: Engadget


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Samsung Galaxy Music set for October 11 launch, full specs and images leak

Ah, we must be in the midst of a lull in Samsung’s release schedule when the whole world waits with bated breath for the announcement of a phone like the Samsung Galaxy Music. By all means and entry-level device with its 850MHz processor, 3-inch QVGA display, and 512MB of RAM, the Music doesn’t hold a candle to flagship releases like the Galaxy S3 and Galaxy Note 2. It does however, feature a set of stereo external speakers, as evidenced by the visually thumping bass emerging in the leaked image of the device below.

Other specs include 4GB of internal storage plus microSD expansion, a 3MP camera, and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich (a Jelly Bean update is already planned). A second version of the device, the Samsung Galaxy Music DUOS, will feature dual-SIM support with the rest of the specs remaining identical. Samsung is expected to announce the pair at a press event in Frankfurt on October 11th.

[via SamMobile, SammyHUB]


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Samsung Galaxy S III launches on MetroPCS in October

Today MetroPCS announced that sometime in October they would be releasing the Samsung Galaxy S III to their customers. The MetroPCS version is very similar to Verizon’s version of the phone, packing a 1900MHz radio in addition to 4G LTE, 1.5GHz dual core Snapdragon S4 processor, 2GB of RAM, 8MP rear camera, and 1.9MP front camera. For those of you who are looking for a good 4G device that doesn’t come with an expensive contract plan from Verizon or AT&T, this might be your best option.

If you’re feeling lucky, you can head on over to MetroPCS’s website to sign up to win a Galaxy S III.

Source: Unwired View  Enter contest: MetroPCS


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Republic Wireless announces dual-band Motorola Defy XT, offers incentives to quell coverage woes

Republic Wireless announces dualband Motorola Defy XT, offers incentives to quell coverage woes

Republic Wireless is pretty candid that it’s still learning the ropes of the mobile world, but with its monthly service cost of $19 per month, we know more than a few people who’d like to help test the water. Most recently, the company admitted an error with its deployment of a single-band Motorola Defy XT, which is compatible only with Sprint’s 1,900MHz network. While this is fine for many — especially given that subscribers are primarily expected to use WiFi — it’s presented a more tangible challenge for those who live within or travel to areas that rely on 800MHz service. Don’t be alarmed, however, because the company is going to make it right.

From today, Republic Wireless subscribers in waves B through E will have 30 days to evaluate their service, and if it’s unacceptable, may seek a full refund from the provider. Those who are willing to wait it out, however, will receive a free dual-band Defy XT when it becomes available. Similarly, the company is incentivizing the upgrade for those in wave A with a $100 discount. Meanwhile, it will continue to offer the single-band Defy XT to those in waves F and beyond, but alternatively, it’ll also keep the door open for its invitees to come aboard once the dual-band version is available — it certainly seems wise to hold out for the dual-band version if you’re able. You’ll find the complete details at the source link.

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Republic Wireless announces dual-band Motorola Defy XT, offers incentives to quell coverage woes originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 25 Sep 2012 22:47:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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China to get Nokia Lumia 510

It was previously rumored that Nokia is working on a successor of the low end Nokia Lumia, the Lumia 610. According to a post on a Chinese web site Baidu, the rumors are indeed true and the web site has posted few pictures of the phone. The phone in the question is being called as Nokia Lumia 510, and as you would expect from a low end phone, the rumored hardware specs are also pretty subtle.

The Nokia Lumia 610 comes with a 3.7 inch capacitive touch screen display with a not so outstanding resolution of 800×480 pixels. Underneath the screen is an 800 MHz single core processor backed by 256 MB of RAM. The specs aren’t very performance oriented, however, it runs Windows Phone 7.5 Tango instead of Mango. The Tango version is designed to be used with lower specs, and it works pretty well with the given resources.

Unlike the Lumia 610, the Lumia 510 is said to come with a 4 inch LCD touchscreen and a 5 megapixel camera (no LED flash). Rest of the specs are pretty similar. The phone makes use of MSM7227A chip that is clocked at 800MHz and is coupled with 256 MB of RAM. The phone won’t be running Windows Phone 8, but will be running Windows Phone 7.8. It’s not clear whether 7.8 will be offered out of the box or as an upgrade option, but the point is that it will run Windows Phone 7.8. The device is 12 millimeters thick and weighs a modest 129 grams.

Below are the specs written in a better fashion:
• 4 “LCD screen, 5MP
• 120.7 x 64.9 x 11.51 (mm), 129 (g)
• GSM-WCDMA-HSPA
• 800MHz MSM7227A + 256MB RAM + Windows Phone 7.5/7.8

Yes, the specs aren’t eye catchy, but then it’s not supposed to be as it’s a budget gadget. Windows Phone 8 is just round the corner and it is a very promising platform, but Lumia 510, 610 or any current Windows Phone 7x device for that matter won’t be receiving upgrade to Windows Phone 8. The reason lies in the fact that Windows Phone 8 is completely different and restructured. With Windows Phone 8, Microsoft has moved on from the old Windows CE architecture to Windows NT kernel, which means it will have many of its components taken from Windows 8, thus allowing applications to be easily ported between the two platforms. As of now, Windows Phone still has less than 5% market share, but with the launch of Windows Phone 8 devices, Microsoft hopes to rival Apple’s iOS and Google’s Android in order to become a third major mobile platform.

It is said that Nokia Lumia 510 is made especially for the Chinese market, and it’s great to see Nokia making use of the opportunity when it can. The phone may not make it to Europe or the U.S. There’s no world on price tag, but better be carrying a tempting price tag if it wants to compete with entry level Android devices. What are your thoughts on this? Let us know using the comment form below.

Source: WPCentral , Baidu

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Vodafone UK launches the Sony Xperia Miro

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Vodafone UK sends word that it's launching the social-focused Sony Xperia Miro on Pay As You Go and contract plans. The 3.5-inch Xperia Miro, announced a few months back, combines an 800MHz CPU with 512MB of RAM and a 5-megapixel rear camera. It's unquestionably an entry-level phone, and Vodafone's pricing it as such — it'll set you back just £130 on PAYG, and it's available for free on contracts starting at a frugal £13 per month.

It's not going to blow you away with awesome, bleeding-edge specs, but the Xperia Miro is a reasonable upgrade over the bog-standard Xperia Tipo, and that 5MP camera in particular is probably worth the extra cash. It also comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box, so you'll be rocking a relatively modern version of the OS. Right now it looks like Voda's only offering the black Xperia Miro, so you'll have to hold out for another network (or SIM-free deal) if you want one of the other colors shown above.

Source: Vodafone UK

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Aston Martin gets in on the luxury smartphone act, high on price, low on specs

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Not content with producing some of the the worlds most beautiful cars, Aston Martin has decided to get in on the luxury smartphone space with this. Known as the Aspire, the device packs Android 2.3.5, an 800MHz processor, a paultry 256MB of RAM and a 3.2 inch HVGA display. Right.

Choice of colors is broad, with black, white, silver, gold, and rose gold all on offer. The gold variants are in actual fact made with real 24 carat gold, and command an increased price over the other three. So, what about that price then. Well, the non-gold versions are a staggering $1290, with the gold ones running you for $1590. This one firmly resides in the fashion over function section of the market then. 

Even to a die hard Aston Martin fanatic — like a certain British writer — it's almost impossible to recommend the Aspire. The choice to use outdated hardware, and software, in what is priced as a luxury device is bewildering. RIM didn't skimp out on the specs with the Porsche Design P'9981, yet whenever such an Android device in this category appears it disappoints on practically every level.

Source: ePrice 

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VMK, Congo-Based Company, Unveils Elikia Android Smartphone, First Out of Africa

Samsung is currently the leading smartphone manufacturer to penetrate and dominate the African market – a growing yet largely overlooked electronics market.  Of late though, there are a few players who are striving to produce smartphones locally and the first company to catch the international eye is in the most unlikely country – the Congo.  The African smartphone market may not be as advanced as America, European and Asian but increasing literacy levels and many companies investing in different sectors in the continent has helped this market grow as much.

VMK is the first Africa-based tech company to make headway in producing a smartphone that is worth talking about.  The company unveiled an Android smartphone last year which though seemed modest in features and specs, was perfectly suited for a market that stresses so much on price.

VMK this time round is releasing a pretty impressive Android smartphone.  Although the specs of this phone are modest and could definitely not compete against the major players in features and specs, it is seen to be an impressive beginning for a young company which might one day conquer and rule the African market if it gets its strategies right, and maybe venture into the international market.

Their new Black Android smartphone dubbed Elikia (which means hope in Congolese lingala) runs on Android Gingerbread out-of-the-box.  It sports a 3.5 inch screen and the build is petite, decently designed, stylish and elegant.  It is about 11.2 mm thick and weighs 150g.  it will not be winning any global awards for built but it is pretty ‘pocketable’.

The other specs are modest but fit this phone in a low-budget category by modern western standards.  It is definitely not a power tool especially since it comes with a 650 MHz processor, 512 MB of RAM and 126 MB internal memory but with a microSD slot that can support external memory up to 32 GB.  The handset also comes with more connectivity options just like the standard smartphones designed for the first world market including WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, 3G, A-GPS and USB 2.0.

Its 1300 mAh battery may seem a little on the lower end at first but seeing its 650 MHz processor, it can probably run the phone for over six hours talk time on a single charge.  What’s more, it has a 480 X 320 pixels screen resolution which is not so power hungry.  Although it comes with Android 3.2 Gingerbread, there is the option to load Ice Cream Sandwich using a Holo Launcher.

VMK Elikia has its own app store because Google Play is not yet allowed in the Congo but I bet it is just a matter of time before it is open for the African market.  The phone will be available off-contract and will sell at an equivalent price of $170.  The features of the phone are pretty modest and in the first world market, it would probably not sell for such a price – not with the stiff competition from established manufacturers.  However, as the name says, this is ‘Hope’ for Africa and a sign that the continent is no longer sleeping technology-wise after all.  It is just a matter of time before we see some impressive gadgets come out of Africa into the international market.

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EE becomes the UK’s first 4G LTE network

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New 4G network launching 'within weeks' – first devices include Galaxy S3 LTE, HTC One XL

We're live in London, where Everything Everywhere — the organization formed by the merger of Orange and T-Mobile UK — has just announced its new brand, and a new 4G LTE network to go along with it. EE's 4G network will be the UK's first, and will run on re-farmed 1800MHz spectrum from Orange and Tmo. The company promises speeds "five times faster" than current 3G offerings, allowing for faster streaming and downloading on handsets.

At its event at the Science Museum in London this morning, EE said its new 4G and fiber broadband network would launch "within weeks," and that it'd be broadly available by the holidays. The old Orange and T-Mobile brands will continue for 3G services, but new customers wanting 4G, or existing Orange and Tmo subscribers who want to make the switch to LTE, will be able to "upgrade" to the new EE network.

The network will switch on today "for testing" in London, Birmingham, Cardiff and Bristol. By Christmas, EE says some 20 million subscribers in 16 UK cities will be covered by its network. The full list is as follows — Belfast, Birmingham, Bristol, Cardiff, Derby, Edinburgh, Glasgow, Hull, Leeds, Liverpool, London, Manchester, Nottingham, Newcastle-Upon-Tyne, Sheffield and Southampton.

But of course, a 4G network is only as good as the devices you can use on it, and today EE announced that new LTE phones from manufacturers including Huawei, Samsung, Nokia, HTC and others will be available on its fledgling network. 4G smartphones mentioned by name include the Android-powered HTC One XL, Samsung Galaxy S3 LTE and Huawei Ascend P1 LTE. On the Windows Phone side, EE says it'll carry the Nokia Lumia 820 and the 920, which will be an EE exclusive. Tomorrow, we strongly suspect Apple's LTE-capable iPhone 5 may join that list.

So far there's been no word on exactly how much it'll cost for early adopters to get their 4G fix, though given EE's effective monopoly on 4G for the next year, we're not expecting it to be cheap.

So it's an exciting time for mobile data in the UK. Stay tuned for further developments, including hands-on with EE's new 4G devices.

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VMK preps Africa-designed Elikia smartphone with $170 price, fast track for apps

VMK preps Africadesigned Elikia smartphone with $170 price, fast track for apps

Congo-based VMK has been blazing a trail for mobile devices in Africa: its Way-C tablet proved that the continent could go its own way without leaning on Asia or Europe. The company promised several months ago to address the same gap with smartphones, and the result is here in the form of the Elikia (“Hope”). The hardware won’t shake the cellular world’s foundations with its 3.5-inch (and 480 x 320) display, 512MB of RAM, a 650MHz processor and both 5-megapixel rear as well as front VGA cameras, but that’s not the point — at $170 US off-contract, it’s much more within the reach of Congo residents, and it even uses the unofficial Holo Launcher to bring a taste of Android 4.0 to what’s really Android 2.3 underneath. There’s also a minor revolution in app purchasing. As Google Play won’t take Congo’s credit cards, VMK has its own app store and prepaid gift cards to give the country a similar experience. You’ll have to sign on to local carriers Airtel, MTN or Warid to use an Elikia in the near future, but we’re hoping the phone expands its reach and levels the playing field.

Gallery: VMK Elikia

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VMK preps Africa-designed Elikia smartphone with $170 price, fast track for apps originally appeared on Engadget on Sun, 09 Sep 2012 12:45:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Samsung SGH-I317 lands in GL Benchmark, but what is It?

Oh those crafty manufacturers and their testing habits. It is almost enough to drive a person crazy isn’t it? A new Samsung model has magically appeared on the GL Benchmark website, depicting a device with the model number of the SGH-I317. The site lists out the device as having a 1280 x 720 HD display, Android Jelly Bean 4.1.1 and a CPU frequency of 1600MHz (1.6 GHz). Sounds all well and good, but what is it?

One could easily deduce that this unnamed device is headed to either AT&T or Canada. But what device is it is still a bit of a mystery. Speculation points to it being the Galaxy Note 2 for AT&T. The processor, OS and display all match up and makes the most sense. Samsung did say the Note 2 would be available in the states sometime in the fall to winter time frames. It is still a bit odd for the model number to be so far down instead of up from the original Note though. The Note of course being the SGH-I717. We all fully expected it to be something in the higher digit range.

As always we will keep an eye on this device and all the other floating around out there in cyberworld. As soon as we can nail down what it is and where it is headed we will be sure to let you know.

P.S. The blacked out device above isn’t of the device. So don’t go start making up guesses based on that image.

Source: GL Benchmark via TalkAndroid 

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LG Splendor Specs

LG Splendor

  • Android 4.0 (ICS)
  • Dimensions: 4.92" (H) x 2.64" (W) x 0.34" (D)
  • Weight: 4.23 oz.
  • Display: 4.3-inch Color TFT, 800 x 480 pixels
  • Processor: MSM8655 1GHz
  • Internal Memory: 2 GB
  • Frequencies: 800 MHz CDMA / 1.9 GHz CDMA
    PCS / AWS(1.7/2.1 GHz)
  • Data Transmission: EVDO Rev 0, EVDO Rev A, 1xRTT
  • Standard Battery: 1,700 mAh
  • Talk Time: up to 9 hours
  • Standby Time: up to 10 days
  • microSD™ Memory Slot: supports up to 32 GB
    memory card
  • Bluetooth® Version: 3.0 + EDR
  • Wi-Fi Connectivity: 802.11b/g/n
  • S-GPS For Enhanced Location Accuracy
  • 5.0 Megapixel Autofocus Camera and Camcorder
  • VGA Front-facing Camera and Camcorder
  • Camera Resolutions up to 2560 x 1920 (default)
  • 720p HD Video Recording – sharing on
    a larger display
  • SmartShare – share media wirelessly to
    DLNA-enabled devices

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LG Splendor Specs

LG Splendor

  • Android 4.0 (ICS)
  • Dimensions: 4.92" (H) x 2.64" (W) x 0.34" (D)
  • Weight: 4.23 oz.
  • Display: 4.3-inch Color TFT, 800 x 480 pixels
  • Processor: MSM8655 1GHz
  • Internal Memory: 2 GB
  • Frequencies: 800 MHz CDMA / 1.9 GHz CDMA
    PCS / AWS(1.7/2.1 GHz)
  • Data Transmission: EVDO Rev 0, EVDO Rev A, 1xRTT
  • Standard Battery: 1,700 mAh
  • Talk Time: up to 9 hours
  • Standby Time: up to 10 days
  • microSD™ Memory Slot: supports up to 32 GB
    memory card
  • Bluetooth® Version: 3.0 + EDR
  • Wi-Fi Connectivity: 802.11b/g/n
  • S-GPS For Enhanced Location Accuracy
  • 5.0 Megapixel Autofocus Camera and Camcorder
  • VGA Front-facing Camera and Camcorder
  • Camera Resolutions up to 2560 x 1920 (default)
  • 720p HD Video Recording – sharing on
    a larger display
  • SmartShare – share media wirelessly to
    DLNA-enabled devices

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