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Following the first sighting in the wild of Huawei's upcoming 6.1 inch monster phone, the Ascend Mate, the device has been leaked once more ahead of an expected CES unveiling. This time, the device is seen posing for a series of photos alongside — albeit, only just — another Huawei device we're expecting to see at CES, the 5 inch D2.
The photos obtained by MyDrivers, show what is essentially a big — really big — black slab, with on-screen buttons. There appears to be a slight curve to the back of the device, which should make it a little nicer to hold in the hand. If a 6.1 inch smartphone could ever, truly feel nice in the hand. Thickness is supposedly just 9.9mm.
Spec information still remains in the rumor territory at present, but MyDrivers goes on to claim that the Ascend Mate is powered by a quad-core 1.8GHz processor — likely an in house effort — 2GB of RAM, a 13MP camera and a 4000mAh battery. Nothing here sounds too out of the ordinary, certainly not for a 2013 release, but until we actually get something official we'll keep the rumor tag on them.
Along with the photos, a leaked advertisement for the Ascend Mate has also been seen. It makes no bones about who Huawei is competing with in this space — the 5.5 inch Samsung Galaxy Note 2. Samsung has set an extremely high bar in the super sized phone market with the Note and the Note 2, and anyone who considers challenging had better bring their 'A' game. The Note offers a specific experience though, with the S-Pen, whereas at least for the time being, the Ascend Mate just looks like a gargantuan sized version of some of Huawei's other Android smartphones.
Whatever the Ascend Mate may or may not turn out to be, Android Central will be in Las Vegas to bring you all the action as it unfolds.
That previously-spotted Premium Suite upgrade for the Galaxy Note is on its way, with Samsung revealing all the details on its site. With a refreshed UI appears very similar to its successor, the respectable Android slab will also lay claim to Air View, Multi-window apps and the addictive easy clip function that allows you to crop and share images and text with the stylus. Thanks to that Jelly Bean update, owners of Samsung’s original phablet can also start dabbling with Google Now, which will continue to pluck information from your search history, location and timezone. There’s no word yet on when the refreshed Premium suite will find its way onto devices anywhere, but with Samsung already singing the update’s praises, it shouldn’t be far away.
Another day and another Sony Yuga related leak has surfaced. This latest has arrived in the form of two images. And on top of the images, there is also word that we may be seeing a bit more in-depth coverage of the handset later this afternoon. Keep in mind though, even the promised in-depth coverage is not yet coming from Sony.
On that note, these latest images, as you can see are a bit blurry and grainy. That fact aside, they go give a decent look at the handset. Granted, that does not necessarily translate into anything super exciting given we are seeing nothing more than a slab of a phone with a touchscreen. But sometimes the shape can play a factor for some.
We have the image of the front along with one that shows the top half of the back. On the back we have a camera of unspecified megapixels along with a flash and the Xperia branding towards the middle. Previous leaks have suggested a 12 megapixel camera. Perhaps a bit more interesting as compared to the images though, there were a few details revealed about the processor.
For example, the handset is now expected to have a Snapdragon S4 Pro as opposed to the Samsung Exynos. Otherwise, we are still expecting a handset with a 1080p 5-inch display. Finally, as for that in-depth coverage later today. That promise comes by way of Eldar Murtazin, a person that has been responsible for leaking quite a few phones in the past.
Keep in mind that nothing is set in stone until the official unveiling of BlackBerry 10 on January 30th, but it seems that a lucky soul in Vietnam has captured the clearest look yet of the device that’ll “reinstall faith in RIM.” These seemingly legitimate snapshots of the L-Series reveal an attractive touchscreen slab that features a removable back cover — complete with an NFC antenna — which also provides access to the phone’s micro-SIM and microSD slots, along with a removable 1,800mAh battery. Fans of the unique play / pause toggle will find it happily sitting within the metallic volume rocker, and you’ll also notice micro-USB and micro-HDMI ports occupying the left-hand side. With such a clean design, we can only hope that RIM can keep the carrier’s requests for customization at bay — some of ‘em straight up don’t have a knack for aesthetics. Be sure to follow the break for a couple extra peeks of this oft-leaked device, or hit up the source link below for the full gallery.
Source: Tinhte.vn (translated)
HTC has unveiled its newest smartphone, the HTC One SV, headed to the UK to bring a slab of stylish LTE to the midrange market. Fronted by a 4.3-inch WVGA display and running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with HTC Sense 4, the One SV will land on EE’s 4G network as well as through other carriers in HSPA+ form.
Inside, there’s a 1.2GHz Qualcomm dualcore S4 processor paired with 1GB of RAM, together with 8GB of onboard storage. A microSD slot accepts up to 32GB cards to augment that, and there’s also SkyDrive and Dropbox integration for pushing files to the cloud.
As well as LTE and HSPA+ (up to 42Mbps network-permitting) the One SV supports WiFi a/b/g/n (2.4GHz/5GHz) and Bluetooth 4.0 with aptX for improved audio quality. There’s also NFC for Google Wallet, GPS/GLONASS, a digital compass, proximity sensor, and ambient light sensor.
Beats Audio works with the 3.5mm headphone socket, and HTC is claiming “studio quality sound” from the system. As for cameras, there’s a 5-megapixel shooter on the back with a BSI CMOS and f/2.0 aperture lens capable of 1080p HD video recording, while a 1.6-megapixel camera on the front supports up to 720p HD video and has an f/2.2 lens.
As with other recent HTC devices, there’s Continuous Shooting and the ability to capture both videos and stills simultaneously, without interrupting clip recording.
HTC says the One SV will hit shelves “in the coming weeks” though isn’t talking pricing yet. It’ll be offered in both ”Pyrenees blue” and “Glacier white” when it lands.
At this point in time, ownership of Google’s much sought-after Nexus 4 is still the pride of few, with most eager users stuck in delivery and ordering limbo. But for those of you who do lay claim to that unassuming slab of LG design, CyanogenMod’s ready and willing to share some nightly perks. Released as a response to unofficial third party ROMs, experimental (read: unstable) builds of CM10.1 (built upon Android 4.2) are now available on the outfit’s site. For now, these nightlies will be Nexus 4-only, but there are plans to open’em up to Nexus 10 owners soon. There’s no word on when that final, polished 10.1 build will be ready for all Android devices, so for now, the keys to CM10.1 belong to a small group of privileged folks.
Source: CyanogenMod (Google+)
Google’s been emailing some good news for those that didn’t snatch up its new smartphone within minutes of its online launch a few weeks back. Anyone that asked to be kept up-to-date with Nexus 4 news has been told that new phone stock will be available starting at 3PM ET (Noon PT) — for US customers only. We’ve also heard rumors that customers will be limited to ordering up to two phones each, but at these prices, there’s likely to be plenty of online traffic jostling for this 4.7-inch slab.
Do you ever find yourself messing around on your 10-inch tablet and thinking to yourself that it just isn’t cutting it? Well Archos may have an answer for that issue. Enter their Anova FamilyPad. This massive slab will rock a 13.3-inch display, certainly large enough to be enjoyed by you and others at the same time – hence the ‘family’ tag.
The Android 4.0 device will go on sale in Europe in December for £275 in the UK, and 299 Euros in France, Germany, Italy, and the Netherlands. Other vitals on this device include a 1280 x 800 display, a 1GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of storage. It’ll also include a microSD slot for storage expansion as well as HDMI output. Availability in the U.S. will follow shortly for $349. What are your thoughts? Will this device find room in your living room amongst the crowded tablet market?
Windows Phone fans in the Great White North shouldn’t have to wait long to get their hands on HTC’s latest piece of kit — a internal Bell document obtained by MobileSyrup pegs the 8X for a November 15th launch. The reported Canadian launch date trails T-Mobile’s availability by a mere day, noting that pre-ordered devices could ship out as early as November 9th. Not too surprising, considering the phone just skipped through the FCC with support for the entire north American continent. No word on pricing, but the page’s listed specs nicely match the brightly colored 4.3-inch, 1.5GHz dual-core slab we reviewed. Not a Bell customer? Don’t worry — MobileSyrup is hearing murmurs that the same date applies to Rogers, as well.
It’s been almost a year to the day since we reviewed Nokia’s first Windows Phone and now we’re staring at its second-generation flagship, the Lumia 920. Since the Lumia 800, Nokia’s taken a pretty big role in improving Windows Phone’s standing in a crowded (but lucrative) smartphone battlefield. While it may be sharing the spotlight with the new HTC 8X, this slab of hewn polycarbonate has garnered plenty of admirers. No doubt, a large chunk of those would-be phone buyers are, for better and worse, lusting after the phone’s PureView imaging tech — and after our early tests, it looks like it could be just as impressive as the lossless optical zoom seen on the PureView 808.
The Lumia 920 dominated Nokia’s presentation at Microsoft’s Windows Phone 8 press event a few months ago, with the smaller Lumia 820 barely getting a look-in. It’s got a “better-than-HD” 1,280 x 768, 4.5-inch high-contrast IPS display, built-in contactless charging, solid build quality and more of Nokia’s exclusive software additions. This time, at least on hardware specifications, the company aims to put its flagship on equal footing with the likes of the Galaxy S III and the iPhone 5. Can Nokia’s biggest and (literally) brightest smartphone maintain its place at top of the Windows Phone pile? How does that camera fare with extended use? And will the Lumia 920 offer enough to pull you away from Android or iOS for your next phone?
Gallery: Nokia Lumia 920 review
Gallery: Nokia Lumia 920 for AT&T
Nokia Lumia 920 review: Windows Phone 8 and (a little bit of) camera magic originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 02 Nov 2012 17:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Drop tests have become a bit of a cultural necessity in the mobile tech kingdom, and another interesting test has been uploaded to YouTube for all to enjoy. This one comes from SquareTrade, the biggest provider of third-party warranties in the land. They obviously have some interest in tests like these considering they’ll be the ones replacing broken tablets for many of you, and what they’ve done here is interesting.
SquareTrade pitted the Nexus 7 up against the iPad Mini and the iPad 3 in what it calls a “drop and dunk” test. The drop test is actually performed using its “drop bot,” a machine that drops each device at the exact same angles and velocities. It’s pretty neat, actually, considering many people struggle to get devices to drop exactly the same in conventional drop tests.
In that portion of the trials the Nexus 7 seemed to have a considerable advantage over the two iPad devices. The first drop only saw a corner of the slab crack, though it couldn’t best the iPad Mini which only suffered some nicks on the edges. The iPad 3 was completely out of it.
The second drop — a face-down planche, if you will — proved devastating for both iPad devices, and while the Nexus 7 wasn’t completely in the clear its cracks were only minimal and didn’t do much to hamper the experience.
Finally, the “dunk” test had all 3 tablets submerged in water for the same amount of time to see how they stood up against water damage. None of the tablets seemed to malfunction, though SquareTrade erroneously suggest the Nexus 7 was unresponsive. Had they waited until it fully rebooted we would have a more accurate account of what ended up happening, but since it was turning on we assume things were OK.
We would never perform these tests on our own devices, of course, so you won’t be getting any results from us in regards to that. Just make sure that huge 7 inch slate is in your bag and not your back pocket before you start doing cannonballs all over the place. Take a look at the drop test video above.
Samsung’s latest flagship – the Galaxy Note II – which we’ve so far only seen on video and in international markets, is finally (officially) headed to States-side carriers, with AT&T beginning pre-orders and Sprint and T-Mobile officially launching the device today.
In addition to official carrier launches (and the opening of pre-orders), though, Wirefly.com has opened up orders for the Galaxy Note II’s T-Mobile variant, listing the flagship phablet at $279.99 for new or upgrading contracts. This beats T-Mobile’s $369.99 price by a weighty $90.00, and it’s worth noting that Wirefly is throwing in free shipping.
Just in case you’ve forgotten what makes the Note II such a sweet slab of smartphone, here’s a quick rundown of its specs.
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HTC previously showed off a special edition One X geared toward fashionistas in New York City, and now it’s time for a slightly lesser-specced member of the numero uno family to get a somewhat similar treatment — we’re talking about the One S. And while the most noticeable characteristic of this “special edition” slab is obviously its new white livery, HTC has also made internal improvements by loading the 4.3-inch device with 64GB of internal storage — which should pair nicely alongside that 1.5GHz, dual-core S4 CPU and 1GB RAM. The only bad news is this unicorn type is expected to only be available in Taiwan, and mum’s the word on when, or if, it’ll ever make a trip outside the company’s home turf.
HTC One S ‘special edition’ comes draped in white, boasts 64GB of storage originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 16 Oct 2012 17:28:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
After weeks of countless rumors, the LG Optimus Nexus has purportedly been spotted in the wild. A set of leaked images show off a black slab styled smartphone, similar to LG’s Optimus G, though the device in question appears to be running atop stock Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean.
The device has been given the moniker “Mako”, which lines up nicely with the aquatic codenames of past Nexus devices. Despite the bump in the Android version, the smartphone’s homescreen, icons and status bar remain nearly identical to what we’ve grown accustomed to in Android 4.1.
On the exterior, however, several tweaks have been made to the physical body of the device, compared to the original LG Optimus G. Most notably, the rear camera and flash have been repositioned, hinting at the fact that there could very well be different internals inside.
Given that the LG E960 has already passed the stringent guidelines of the FCC, this may very well be the device that has been making headlines over the past few weeks. In terms of hardware, details remain scarce. However, you can browse the entire set of photos after the break.
Source: Android Central
A tasty surprise just hit our inbox, and we like what we're seeing. A black slab built on what looks very similar to the LG Optimus G's body, running stock Android.
According to these pictures, the device has the board name Mako, which jives with previous Nexus device internal names as they have all carried a fish theme. The version number is Android 4.1.2, running on the Linux 3.4 kernel. The device is running stock Android as we can see from the home screen, and visually what we can see is identical to the current Jelly Bean build we have now.
Outside there are some slight differences between this mystery phone and the Optimus G we looked at in Korea, namely the position of the camera mount and flash. This leads us to believe there is a different board inside. We also noticed that the LG E960 made it through the FCC with AT&T bands in tow. A little further digging and we see that this phone has been kicking around since late last month, so we're pretty confident that this is the phone everyone is talking about.
But it this the next Nexus? We've all heard rumors of an LG Nexus device, and from some very credible sources. For now, let's all look at the pictures (there's more after the break) and discuss.
Update: Our tipster also posted these pictures publicly at XDA and failed to mention it to us, here's a link to that source.
HTC is making a two-pronged attack on Windows Phone 8, and while it may not match up to the specs on its new flagship, the Windows Phone 8S by HTC (yes, that’s the official moniker) has some charm all of its own. The screen is a pretty underwhelming Gorilla Glass-coated 4-inch WVGA LCD, with a similarly middleweight 5-megapixel camera peering out from the other side. Given that it’s looking to be priced closer to the One V than the One S, we’re not all that surprised. The phone itself is a good-looking slab, thanks to the breezy color schemes and while the build is certainly solid enough, we’d be hard-pressed to put it in league with the 8X, which felt at home in our hand from the start. The 8S is cocooned in a matte plastic finish, arriving in four different color options — depending on carrier and territory.
The two-tone color scheme, aside from a few color licks around the lens and ear piece, keeps the second color limited to the bottom edge and the detachable cap. This offers access to the microSD slot (upgrading the built-in 4GB of storage up to 32GB), but like the 8X, no access to the battery. Yep, these new Windows Phones look nothing like HTC’s One series, and while the same design studio is responsible, this time, it took its inspiration from Microsoft’s tile interface. There’s a dual-core 1GHz Snapdragon S4 processor inside, but the phone wasn’t quite ready to be put completely through its paces. While the software was still locked down, you can take a video tour — and read more of our hardware impressions — after the break.
Gallery: Windows Phone 8S hands-on
Windows Phone 8S by HTC hands-on: a bright Windows phone that holds promise (video) originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 19 Sep 2012 11:48:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Amidst all the exciting chaos from yesterday’s events, Canadian availability of Motorola’s newfangled RAZR HD were wistfully lost. Fret not, however, as the Google-owned outfit has let it be known that its recently announced 4.7-inch slab will be coming to Canada as an exclusive to Rogers — not to mention with a slightly tweaked moniker. The RAZR HD LTE — as it’ll be known in Great White North territory — is still the same unit we got our grubby paws on, meaning you’ll have the same 8.4mm thin body, 2,500mAh battery, dual-core, 1.5GHz S4 CPU and, naturally, that trademark Kevlar backing found on the RAZR family. There’s no word yet on how much folks will have to shell out once it hits Canadian shelves “this fall,” but there is a registration page open for anyone interested in being kept in the loop — link to that is just down below.
Motorola’s RAZR HD LTE coming ‘exclusively’ to Rogers in Canada later this fall originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 06 Sep 2012 13:14:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
If you found yourself on the wrong network for Samsung’s upcoming Galaxy Stellar smartphone, consider this: The Galaxy Victory. This little slab was leaked to Android Central recently, sporting similar specs to Verizon’s upcoming budget device. Like its cousin, the Victory appears to have a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, a TouchWiz flavored serving of Ice Cream Sandwich and a 4-inch 800 x 480 display — but it sets itself apart with a five-megapixel rear facing camera and quad-band GSM support. The handset also plays nice with Samsung’s TecTiles accessory, as well as Google Wallet, Beam and other NFC standards. An internal employee promotion from Sprint pegs the device for a September release, but makes no mention of price or specific availability.
As you may or may not know, there’s been an issue related to the universal search feature inside a region-specific batch of Samsung Galaxy S IIIs; with the Korean company going as far as “inadvertently” removing it from some Euro handsets a while back, before eventually bringing it back to life. Now, thanks to great, thorough inspecting by the folks from Android Police, it appears T-Mobile’s S II flavor is the latest galactic slab to have such searching trait completely wiped out from the device. Apparently, this took place during the T989UVLH1 update from T-Mo a couple of days ago, but much to everyone’s surprise, mentions of any “universal search” tweaks were nowhere to be found on the changelog. More importantly, how’s it looking on your end? Do let us know in the comments below.
T-Mobile’s latest Galaxy S II update silently removed ‘universal search’ feature originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 30 Aug 2012 18:33:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
We already know a Verizon-branded 4G LTE Optimus Vu is on the way, and now a leaked internal screen suggests the device will go to market as the "LG Intuition." The image above, obtained by Droid-Life, suggests an on-contract price of $199.99 for the LG's 5-inch square slab, or $549.99 if you were to buy one outright.
So far the specs of the "Intuition" are something of a mystery. We think it's unlikely that Verizon will stick with the Snapdragon S3 that comes in the Korean and Japanese Optimus Vu, but equally they can't use the Tegra 3 chip found in the European version, as that doesn't have built-in LTE support. Perhaps a bump up to Snapdragon S4 could be on the cards? We certainly hope so, as the Vu will need all the help it can get to go up against Samsung's soon-to-be-announced Galaxy Note 2.
For more on the LG Optimus Vu, check out our review.
Let’s be honest, ZTE isn’t exactly the best at keeping its upcoming devices secretly under wraps before eventually making them official — and, well, such is the case with the latest, unannounced Blade III. Finnish retailer Verkkokauppa’s currently listing ZTE’s purported Blade III as a 3.5-inch (800 x 480) slab that’s sporting Ice Cream Sandwich, a 1GHz Snapdragon CPU (MSM7227A) and a 5-megapixel rear shooter. Still, as FoneArena points out, these alleged specs go against other rumors circulating around the web, which indicate the Blade III is boasting a 4-inch display rather than the smaller sized 3.5-incher listed on the Finnish site. Whatever it may be, let’s just hope ZTE’s next Android smartphone doesn’t come with any backdoor woes.
ZTE’s alleged ‘Blade III’ smartphone gets photographed ahead of official announcement originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 23 Aug 2012 04:20:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
The recent unveiling of that LTE-loaded Galaxy S Lightray doesn’t appear to have slowed down MetroPCS, as the Texas-born carrier’s quickly following up with yet another 4G handset to bring to its growing smartphone portfolio. Enter the economical 3.5-inch LG Motion 4G. Unlike the aforementioned offering from Samsung, however, the wallet-friendly network’s now betting high on selling this new handset on the cheap and, naturally, is flaunting the “4G LTE For All” unlimited access as one of the device’s biggest traits. But how exactly does it stack up in the real world? Well, the good news is we were amongst a select group of folks gathered at Manhattan’s Andaz, and were lucky enough to take it for a quick spin. So head on past the break to get a better feel for our first, early-on impressions of MetroPCS’ newest Android slab.
Acer took the gadget world by surprise with its award-winning CloudMobile handset, and now it looks like the company’s finally ready to let consumers get their eager palms on that 4.3-inch, 720p slab. Per online retailer Expansys, Acer’s CloudMobile will be released in the United Kingdom on September 5th, with the site already taking pre-orders for the SIM-free smartphone at £285 — or about $447 in Yankee currency. Speaking of which, Expansys’ also taking early orders for the unlocked device on its US site, though it’s not listing a specific release date or even pricing info on that front. At any rate, parties interested can check out our hands-on, and see if it’s enough to get you to shell out some cash.
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Acer CloudMobile now available for pre-order in the UK, expected to be released on September 5th originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 16 Aug 2012 02:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Optimus Vu also reaches half a million units sold
LG has announced that it’s reached a total of five million 4G LTE smartphones sold worldwide, up from four million a month ago. Announcing the milestone today, LG notes that it now has more than ten LTE smartphones on the market in South Korea, Japan, the U.S. and certain European countries. A traditional area of strength for LG, its LTE sales are lead by its flagship Optimus LTE, which contributed more than two million to the overall total.
The manufacturer also says it’s shifted more than 500,000 units of the Optimus Vu, its 5-inch slab that aims to compete with Samsung’s Galaxy Note (check out our review for more on the Vu). That number’s sure to increase when the Vu arrives in the U.S. later this quarter. In addition, LG is expected to launch the Optimus LTE II on Verizon in the U.S. around the same time, under the name “LG Spectrum II.”
For more numbers and back-patting, check LG’s full press release after the break.
Oh Optimus Vu, what an odd little device you are. Developed as a less than subtle knee-jerk reaction to Samsung’s Galaxy Note, the Vu went on sale in Korea earlier this year, and it’ll soon be making its way to Japan on NTT Docomo, too. Stateside, a Verizon launch is rumored, though far from certain. In any case, this is LG’s 5-inch, stylus-using, 4:3 aspect ratio squarish slab. It ran Android 2.3 at launch, but it’s recently received a substantial update to version 4.0 and the new LG Optimus UI 3.0. Shaped more like a placemat than a telephone, the Optimus Vu is one of the most outlandish-looking devices to have ever passed across our desk.
The Vu’s internal specs closely match the device it emulates, and the recent ICS update has done a lot to unlock the potential of that hardware. But considering the 5+ inch phone space is dominated by Samsung, is there space for a second device in this product class? And with the Galaxy Note 2 expected in a matter of weeks, is there any reason to consider LG’s offering? Find out in our full review of the LG Optimus Vu.
Gone are the days when $50 got you a flip phone that could make calls, send texts and shoot super-low-quality thumbnails. T-Mobile’s myTouch offerings aim to provide all the functionality of a top-tier smartphone, coupled with the kind of hardware and software top-tier handsets were offering a year or two ago.
After letting HTC and LG have a go at the myTouch series, T-Mobile tapped Huawei to design its latest devices, the myTouch and myTouch Q, a garden-variety slab and a full QWERTY slider, respectively. This time around, the carrier chose phones with more expansive 4-inch, 800 x 480 displays, among other improvements to the design and internals. Unfortunately, software wasn’t considered in the upgrade: both of these run the aging Android 2.3 OS. Suffice to say, skinned Gingerbread is likely to turn off some shoppers, but it’s still worth asking if people on a budget might appreciate these devices when they go on sale Wednesday for $50, post-rebate. So are there any redeeming qualities to speak of, if not the software experience? Read on to find out.
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T-Mobile myTouch and myTouch Q review: two budget-friendly phones, one aging OS originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 07 Aug 2012 15:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Users of Toshiba’s the 10-inch Toshiba Thrive (Toshiba’s hunky slab with full sized USB and HDMI ports) are getting an early visit from the ice cream man today. Toshiba revealed the good news on their forums today, although the device wasn’t originally scheduled to receive the update to Android 4.0.4 until the later half of this year. The update adds improvements to video, camera and connectivity strength, and can be updated by jumping into the tab’s special “Service Station” application and checking for updates. Easy peasy.
Owners of the 7-inch, thicker-than-a-snicker Thrive will have to wait a little longer. Given that T0shiba is barely rolling out ICS for their tabs now means an update to Jelly Bean is next to nil.
Back when we met the Galaxy S III for the very first time, Samsung promised a wireless charging solution would be coming soon to its sleek and potent slab. Unfortunately, Sammy’s power-boosting companion’s been hit by hapless delays that have prevented it from seeing the light of day. Now, thanks to a few recent shots from Phone Arena, it looks like at least some S3 owners could see a bundle in the near future, albeit not the official one from the Korean outfit. According to the site’s kind tipster, Verizon’s allegedly pricing the charging station at $50, while the rear case is expected to be around $40 — making it nearly $90 for the entire kit. Naturally, this could change at any given moment, but hey, at least we know it’s out there.
Verizon-branded Galaxy S III wireless charging kit starts showing up at retail stores originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 04 Aug 2012 00:43:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Following last year’s launch of its potent, price-savvy Android smartphone, Xiaomi is already purportedly crafting its even more powerful successor. Alongside a bundle of blurry cam images, leaks from within factories making the next iteration say that it’ll pack a 720p screen, one of Qualcomm’s quad-core processors and a dual-flash setup alongside the camera. There’s still the curious absence of a front-facing camera, but this should to help ensure the phone lands with a price tag just as attractive as Xiaomi’s last device. While rival manufacturer Meizu priced its latest quad-core phone at around $480, the Foxconn-based moles reckon this next-generation (likely MIUI-powered) slab could land at just over of $300. If all these rumors (and that price) have piqued your interest, you can head on the source for a handful of extra images.
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Next-generation Xiaomi Phone rumored to house quad-core processor, 720p display originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 23 Jul 2012 07:23:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.