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FCC gives Panasonic go signal to sell Panasonic P-02E

There have already been rumors about Panasonic’s high-end Android device, Panasonic P-02E, which would soon be released. Those rumors died down because the company kept its mouth shut about its future releases. A few days ago, however, all rumors were confirmed to be true following the Federal Communications Commission’s (FCC) approval of the device. The Japanese company can now start selling its new Android model.


Recent reports suggest that it would be going straight under the umbrella of Japan’s biggest telecom, NTT Docomo. There is no certainty for now that Panasonic P-02E will be sold in the United States or outside the Japanese market. This is because the company shared its intention to focus on the local market.

Panasonic is among the companies that don’t release many communications devices such as smartphones and tablets. Thus, it is quite a surprise to know that there is a high-end Android smartphone that would be released in the next few months from the company. Here are some specifications that would be packed with P-02E:

Panasonic P-02E Specs

Processor. The device is reportedly using APQ8064 Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro chipset with quad-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz. Apparently, this is one of the most powerful SOCs available for mobile devices today. This makes Panasonic P-02E on par with other high-end devices built by mobile industry key players like Samsung, HTC and even Apple.

Display. The FCC filing didn’t provide information on the size of the screen but since it features 1920 x 1080 pixels Full HD resolution, it must at least sport a 5-inch display panel. That said, this device will become one of the large smartphones available in the market.

OS. Panasonic is required by the FCC to use the latest software available during the production of this device. That means that the P-02E will be released with Android 4.1 Jelly Bean out of the box.

Connectivity. Aside from standard connectivity features like WLAN and Bluetooth, Panasonic P-02E will also support LTE and NFC. In Japan, the device will feature wireless charging but if ever it would be sold in the U.S., such feature will be absent. At least, that’s what the FCC filing says.

Financial loss is one of the reasons Panasonic is putting to rest plans to go after the global market. But if looking into the initial specs we know about P-02E, the device is competitive enough to go head-to-head with other high-end devices today. But let’s wait for the company’s official unveiling of the device.

[source: FCC | via Phone Arena]

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Xiaomi Phone 2 preps Hong Kong and Taiwan launch, seeks early local testers on Facebook

Xiaomi preps Hong Kong and Taiwan launch, recruiting early users on Facebook

We knew Xiaomi’s keen to bring its phones into the European market, but before taking that long-haul flight, the Chinese company is going to make a couple of stops in Asia. According to the latest updates on the company’s Twitter feed and a freshly-made Facebook group (under “Xiaomi Asia”), the Xiaomi Phone 2 will be hitting Hong Kong and Taiwan “in the near future,” and folks living in those two regions can enter a draw for a chance to become a guinea pig help test the phone’s localized MIUI ROM (in traditional Chinese, naturally) ahead of launch. CEO Lei Jun had previously stated that his company would expand into Hong Kong, Taiwan and Singapore by the end of this year, but due to the overwhelming demand of Qualcomm’s 28nm chipsets throughout the year, it’s unlikely that Xiaomi can realize its original plan in time. Regardless, from what we know, Xiaomi may partner with Chunghwa Telecom to sell the Xiaomi Phone 2 in Taiwan, whereas in Hong Kong it may utilize the same old online direct sale model to begin with — unlike Meizu who has a physical shop in the city, as well as a partnership with local carrier PCCW. Now, how about a full schedule for your world domination, Mr. Lei?

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Source: Engadget Chinese, @XiaomiChina (Twitter), Xiaomi Asia (Facebook)

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Google To Sell Motorola’s Set Top Box / Modem "Home" Division To Arris Group For $2.35 Billion


Telecom equipment manufacturer Arris Group has just announced that it will acquire the Home division of Motorola from Google, for a total of $2.35 billion in cash and stock. The sale of the division had been predicted from basically the day Google announced its purchase of Moto, and in recent weeks was all but confirmed.

As part of the deal, Google will gain a 15.7% share of Arris Group. The Motorola Home division encompasses products like set top boxes, broadband modems, landline phones, and (apparently) baby monitors.

While some have criticized Google’s decision to sell off Moto’s modem and TV manufacturing arm, it makes complete sense: even a wide expansion of Google Fiber wouldn’t require a $2 billion+ set top box business, and I doubt Google has any interest in manufacturing modems for the likes of Comcast or Verizon.

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iPhone 5 launches in mainland China and Taiwan today, lines show up as usual

iPhone 5 launches in mainland China and Taiwan today,

While the iPhone 5′s been out for some time already, it wasn’t until today that our friends in China and Taiwan (along with many other countries) can finally buy the device locally. Since midnight local time, several carriers and shops welcomed customers with balloons, drinks and even musical performance. But in the case of Apple Stores in China, the lines were much shorter than before as interested buyers have to first make an online reservation, before trekking to the stores once they are notified — a policy no doubt welcomed by residents of bitterly cold Beijing at this time of the year. On top of that, both China Unicom and China Telecom are simultaneously offering the iPhone 5 — with WCDMA or CDMA radio, respectively — alongside several tariff options. In China, the unsubsidized iPhone 5 starts from ¥5,288 or about $850.

Our brethren in Taipei went to check out the various shops today and saw warm reception for the iPhone 5 launch as well, with Chunghwa Telecom getting the most attention, followed by local resellers Studio A and Data Express. Including tax, the Taiwanese iPhone 5 starts from NT$21,900 or about $750 unsubsidized. More pics after the break.

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Via: Engadget China, Engadget Chinese, Sina Tech, China Unicom (Sina Weibo)

Source: Apple Store (China)

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HTC Butterfly Hits Taiwan

The HTC Butterfly will be available in the Taiwanese market starting tomorrow, December 11. It will thus be available earlier than the iPhone 5, which is set to arrive a few days later. According to analysts, the schedule for the arrival of the smartphone is in time with the holidays, when some consumers would want to swap their older devices for newer ones.

The HTC Butterfly, which is also known as the international version of the Droid DNA mobile phone that was launched last month in the United States, will be sold in Taiwan by Chunghwa Telecom. Chunghwa Telecom is the largest mobile operator in said country. The smartphone is expected to have a price tag of $760 without a contract, although this is yet to be confirmed.

The handset’s arrival in the Taiwanese market is ahead of its scheduled date of availability in China, which will be around the middle of December. Consumers in Japan will be able to purchase the smartphone around the same time.

Meanwhile, in Europe, the HTC Butterfly is already available on a pre-order basis through Expansys.

As for its specifications, the HTC Butterfly is packed with a super-sharp SLCD 3 display that measures 5 inches diagonally. Said screen has a Full HD resolution of 1920 x 1080 pixels and is protected by Gorilla Glass 2.

Under the hood, it runs ona  Qualcomm S4 Pro Quad-core processor with a clock speed of 1.5GHz. It also comes with 2GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage. A built-in microSD card allows for expansion for as much as 32GB with a memory card.

Supported networks include HSPA/WCDMA, GSM/GPRS/EDGE. The smartphone draws its power from a 2020mAh.

It features two cameras, as well. The main one, located at its rear, offers an 8-megapixel sensor, autofocus, BSI, and HTC ImageChip, whereas the secondary camera on its front has a 2.1-megapixel sensor.

Connectivity is possible through GPS+GLONASS, Wi-Fi 802.11 a/b/g/n, DLNA, Bluetooth 4.0, and micro-USB 2.0. It also has several sensors, including a gyro, accelerometer, proximity, and light sensor.

via focustaiwan, androidauthority

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HTC 8X, 8S and Butterfly to reach China in mid-December

HTC 8X, 8S and Butterfly land in China by midDecember

HTC isn’t going to let Nokia keep the Chinese limelight for long: the phone maker has just launched three variants of its late 2012 flagship phones for China’s mainland, all of which should reach local stores by mid-December. Those looking for sheer brawn will want the Butterfly. While it’s ultimately a slight variant on the J Butterfly (Droid DNA to Americans) that should reach China Unicom, the 1080p smartphone should come to the country in rarer brown and white hues alongside the black we’ve already seen in the US. Localized models of the Windows Phone 8X and 8S are similarly inbound, but their aces in the hole should be sheer ubiquity — variants are on the way for WCDMA (China Unicom), CDMA2000 (China Telecom) and TD-SCDMA (China Mobile) networks. We don’t immediately have pricing for the two Windows Phone 8 handsets, but the Butterfly should cost a suitably large ¥4,799 ($771) contract-free.

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Via: Engadget Chinese (translated)

Source: HTC (translated), Sina Weibo (translated)

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AT&T LG E940 boasting 1080p full HD display pops up in GLBenchmark

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With the infamous “quad-core wars” of 2012 drawing to a close, it looks like we’re now entering into the next great spec war — full HD 1080p displays. HTC officially started the latest trend after they were first to the US market with the HTC Droid DNA launching on Verizon Wireless last month with a 1080p SCLD3 display (despite Verizon keeping mum on the new tech in their latest commercial).

As predicted — and some have feared — other manufacturers are already following suit. Today, we’re seeing a new device from South Korean manufacturer LG popup in a benchmark, boasting a eye bleeding 1080p display. The device, known by the codename LG E940, is apparently the AT&T version of the Korea-only LG F240K, launching later this year on KT Telecom (Nexus 4 is the E960).

While a benchmark doesn’t give us much of an indication on potential release dates, we’d expect the LG E940 to launch sometime in early 2013, shortly after it’s Korean counterpart. I think this all but guarantees Samsung will launch a similar resolution display with the Galaxy S4. Not because they want to (or even because consumers demand it), but because that’s where competition is headed.

How are you feeling about a 1080p displays coming soon to an Android near you? To you feel like it’s overkill? I can tell you that after playing with the HTC Droid DNA for a few minutes, it made even real life feel like “low res.” I’m sold.


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iPhone 5 gets Chinese network license, expected to go on sale by mid-December

iPhone 5 gets MIIT network license, Chinese passport

The Ministry of Industry and Technology of the People’s Republic of China has rubber-stamped Apple’s iPhone 5 as being suitable for sale in the country. It’s the last of several regulatory hurdles the handset has had to leap through, and is expected to be on sale by Mid-December. The filings reveal that both a WCDMA and CDMA-2000 edition have been approved, confirming reports that it’ll be available on both China Unicom and China Telecom. Presumably Tim Cook and chums didn’t fancy building a TD-SCDMA version just for China Mobile, but don’t worry folks — Stephen Elop’s got your back.

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Via: Engadget Chinese (Translated)

Source: MIIT, (2)

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French Telecom Orange Enables Users To Call Using Facebook

French wireless carrier Orange is reportedly planning to maximize the use of Facebook by allowing its users to call friends without dialing their phone numbers, the telecom giant announced this week.

Orange is expected to launch the ‘Party Call’ in summer, making it the first telecommunication company to provide such service.

According to a report by Tech Crunch, the Party Call allows friends to call each other one-on-one or even in a group.

The new feature has been developed together by Orange and Facebook using the social network’s open API or application programming interface. It uses Facebook’s open social graph, enabling its users to invite friends for a phone chat and post their comments about each calls on their timeline.

Orange will not be using VoIPservices – which is being used by Skype – but rather its own Libon, allowing them to route calls to Orange’s voice network, according to the company’s vice president of strategic partnership Xavier Perret.

Facebook remains silent about the new service, though more details are expected to be released in the coming days.

Orange’s new feature might be a sign that Facebook is really planning to make a splash into the mobile business. Several people in the industry have already leaked information that the social network giant is working on a Facebook phone.

Facebook Chief Executive Officer Mark Zuckerberg has repeatedly downplayed the idea but rumors have been buzzing for months that Facebook Phone is in its development.

“That’s always been the wrong strategy for us,” he explained. “It’s a juicy thing to say we’re building a phone, which is why people want to write about it. But it’s so clearly the wrong strategy for us,” Zuckerberg said during an interview with Tech crunc reporter Michael Arrington.

“But if we did, we could get maybe 10 or 15 million people to use it,” Zuck answered. “The strategy we have is different from every other tech company that’s building their own hardware system, like Apple. We’re going in the opposite direction,” added the Facebook creator.

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T-Mobile USA appoints new Chief Marketing Officer

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T-Mobile USA is in a bit of a transition phase right now to say the least. After picking up a new CEO, it is now pushing forward into its acquisition (really a reverse takeover) with MetroPCS. There's now a little more shakeup going around, and T-Mobile is appointing a new CMO (Chief Marketing Officer) to the company. Michael Sievert is a marketing veteran with over 20 years of experience in the telecom industry, formerly holding positions at Clearwire, AT&T Wireless, Microsoft and IBM.

The appointment of a new CMO will be important to the future of T-Mobile's branding and image, which has suffered as of late. As the company attempts to transition from postpaid to prepaid and move away from its dependence on device subsidies, T-Mobile is going to need plenty of marketing help to figure things out and keep customers on board.

Source: T-Mobile

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Lenovo’s upcoming five-inch 1080p phone to feature dual-SIM connectivity

DNP Lenovo also working on a 1080p smartphone in the 5inch area

By now you should already know that HTC, Sharp and Oppo share a common theme: 1080p display on their five-inch phones. As it turns out, Lenovo also wants in on the VIP list. Spotted on Sina Weibo earlier this week (but have since been deleted) are the above three screenshots showing off Lenovo’s customized Android UI in 1080p glory. As with many phones in China these days, the device in question supports dual-SIM connectivity — the screenshots indicate that it’s connected to China Telecom’s CDMA2000 network and China Mobile’s 2G network simultaneously.

Our own source wouldn’t directly confirm that it’s a five-inch display on this mysterious phone, but we were told that it’ll be somewhere between 4.5 inches and 5.5 inches — we’ll take that as a yes, especially since the only 1080p mobile panels available right now are the five-inch, 440ppi ones from Sharp and JDI. Our source also said the phone’s entered DVT (Design Verification Test) phase for some time, so it might not be long before we hear an official announcement in China. As always, stay tuned.

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Lenovo’s upcoming five-inch 1080p phone to feature dual-SIM connectivity originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 17 Nov 2012 02:08:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Sprint Is In Talks With Softbank For A "Substantial Investment" That "Could Involve A Change Of Control"

sprintlogothumbWe’ve heard rumors that Sprint is considering outbidding T-Mobile for MetroPCS’s affection. Just in case that doesn’t work, though, Sprint wants us to know that there is another plan in the works: being purchased by Softbank. Since most of you likely aren’t up to date on Japanese telecoms, here’s the deal: Softbank is a Japanese telecom. The third largest wireless carrier in the country, so a bit of a kindred spirit with Sprint. Now, the Japanese company may be interested in purchasing big yellow. Rumors broke earlier today, and now Sprint has sent out this brief press release to confirm:

Sprint (NYSE: S) today confirmed that it is currently engaged in discussions with Softbank regarding a potential substantial investment by Softbank in Sprint.

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Sprint might make counter offer to edge out T-mobile on MetroPCS Merger

Well this is certainly an interesting twist. Just yesterday we got word from T-Mobile USA CEO John Legere announced that Deutsche Telecom and MetroPCS reached an agreement to merge. He talks about how ti will be good for all parties involved, the number of new customers and yearly profits that it will bring. Things looked good with the exception of getting the approval of the regulator, which shouldn’t be an issue.

Now there is apparently a new wrench that was thrown into the mix though. Businessweek is reported that Sprint might be making a counter offer to MetroPCS in an attempt to edge out T-Mobile. According to a few sources close to the company, they are in the process of bouncing some numbers around to see if it would be possible to make a better offer than T-Mobile has.

“It would make sense for Sprint to look at MetroPCS,” said Tom Burnett, director of research at Wall Street Access, an investment firm in New York. “The networks are compatible and that might make it easier.”

By compatible, he means that both Sprint and MetroPCS are CDMA based. Unlike T-Mobile and AT&T who are GSM, or use SIM cards, to make it simpler. We know the merger between MetroPCS and T-Mobile would give them a larger customer base and help position T-Mobile to compete in the market better with the big boys. After the, expected, fail of the AT&T merger and the loss of numerous customers and JD Powers ranking slipping, T-Mobile needs to refocus on a few things. If Sprint does go forward and steal MetroPCS out from under T-Mobile it could mean some trouble for the Magenta company. Not that they would close their doors and go belly up, but it would hurt them in the long run.

Where do you guys stand on the subject? Would you rather see T-Mobile or Sprint pick up MetroPCS. Would edging out T-Mobiles offer have a detrimental effect on current T-Mobile customers?

Source: Businessweek via 9to5Google

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T-Mobile/MetroPCS merger on the table, Deutsche Telekom finalizing plans

T-Mobile’s parent company Deutsche Telekom has confirmed that talks are in progress to merge their US division with smaller regional carrier MetroPCS in an effort to bolster their position as the number four ranked service provider in the country. While discussions sound as though they are progressing in towards a final deal, DT said, “the conclusion of the transaction is still not certain.”

The German telecom company’s move to spur their US business comes a year after they hoped to exit the market altogether with a proposed $39 billion sale to AT&T. If and when the merger with MetroPCS is finalized, it should give the carrier the resources to challenge Sprint as the number three provider in the US, as well as offer a competitive edge over smaller competing networks such as Leap Wireless.

[via Reuters]

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iPhone 5 swings through first round of Chinese approvals, may already have China Telecom onboard

iPhone 5 swings through first round of Chinese approvals, may have un

Wireless device certifications can sometimes give away a little more of a company’s game plan than intended. Case in point: a China Compulsory Certification for the iPhone 5. The expected A1429 variant has been given initial clearance on its way to China Unicom, but there’s also a previously unseen, CDMA2000-based A1442 iPhone with a similar rubber stamp. With the iPhone 4S already on the market for a CDMA-only China Telecom, it doesn’t take much to suggest that the A1442 represents Apple’s taller, faster smartphone already prepared for the same carrier. Neither edition of the iPhone 5 is imminent without the equally important network and radio clearances. Getting the ball rolling on multiple variants so soon after the initial launch, however, raises the chance that we’ll see the iPhone 5 on more than one Chinese provider faster than the iPhone 4S took to arrive the last time around.

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iPhone 5 swings through first round of Chinese approvals, may already have China Telecom onboard originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 26 Sep 2012 16:00:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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China Unicom To Offer iPhone 5

Chinese consumers who want to purchase the iPhone 5 may get it from China Unicom by the end of the year. In an interview with the tech website, Sohu IT, China Unicom revealed that the phone is scheduled to be launch sometime within the next three month. The exact date, however, is still unknown.

China Unicom is one of the two carriers in China which have verified that they will be offering the iPhone 5. The other is China Telecom, which is also expected to release the device at roughly the same time frame.

China Unicom has been an Apple partner since 2009, when it first sold the iPhone. It used to offer the device exclusively until China Telecom started to offer its first iPhone, the iPhone 4S, last March. At present, China Unicom is the world’s second largest carrier with 60 million subscribers on 3G. Its competitor, China Mobile, meanwhile has 67 million 3G customers.

Meanwhile, there has been no official confirmation that it will be carried by China Mobile, which, with 688 million subscribers, is currently the largest cellular service provided in the world. Apple Inc. has reportedly been attempting to entice such carrier to offer the device. Recently, there have been rumors that it will sell the iPhone 5, but this remains to be confirmed.

Apple unveiled the latest member of the iPhone family on September 12. The Cupertino company is reportedly planning to have the phone available to a hundred countries by the end of the year. Some of these will be getting the device on the earlier date of September 21, while others on September 28. China, however, is not present in both lists, so the iPhone could be launching in said country still on a later date. In the meantime, consumers in the United States and in selected European countries have started pre-ordering the device.

The iPhone 5 is marketed as “the world’s thinnest, lightest, fastest iPhone.” It boasts of a 4-inch Retina display with a resolution of 1136 X 640 pixels, an A6 chip, 4G LTE connectivity, a weight of 3.95 ounces, and an 8-megapixel iSight camera, among others.

via thenextweb

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Apple announces worldwide carriers for iPhone 5: Sprint, AT&T and Verizon will support LTE in the US (update: No AWS HSPA+ for T-Mobile)

Apple announces worldwide carriers Sprint, AT&T and Verizon will support LTE in the US

If you’ve got Apple’s new LTE-capable iPhone 5, you’re going to need some LTE markets. Fortunately, Apple had a huge, global list of carriers that are going to work with Apple’s latest. In the US, AT&T, Sprint and Verizon will all support true 4G connectivity, while Canada’s Rogers, Telus and Bell will also get the hook-up. In Europe, the newly established EE and Deutsch Telekom will gain LTE, while in Asia, KDDI, Softbank, KT, SK Telecom and SmartTone will all be provided for.

Update: Apple’s detailed all the technical specs of its new radio in the US, but we’re looking at what’s arguably the first LTE world phone — unless there’s a second model to do the rounds in Asia and Europe. It’s the first device to run on the LTE networks of all the major carriers, although unfortunately there no AWS (1700MHz) HSPA+ for T-Mobile customers. Take a look at the more coverage link to get knee-deep in frequencies — there’s plenty of HSPA to go around.

Check out our liveblog of Apple’s event to get the latest news as it happens!

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Apple announces worldwide carriers for iPhone 5: Sprint, AT&T and Verizon will support LTE in the US (update: No AWS HSPA+ for T-Mobile) originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 12 Sep 2012 13:20:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Dual-SIM Samsung Galaxy Note 2 To Be Offered In China

A dual-SIM version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 will reportedly be sold in China. My Drivers, a Chinese website, had already published images of the special version which shows clearly the two SIM card slots labelled SIM 1 and SIM 2 behind the phablet’s back cover. Chinese consumers can avail of the dual-SIM phablet from China Telecom.

Dual-SIM capabilities may not be popular all over the world, but in some areas, they have proven to be quite useful. Dual-SIM devices for one, enable users to avail of the best deals in calls and SMS from two different networks. Moreover, those who prefer using one SIM card for personal use and another for work will no longer need to bring two phones through the dual-SIM feature. It is likewise useful for those who travel frequently as it lets them use their personal SIM and another bought in their place of travel.

Apart from the dual-SIM capabilities, however, said Galaxy Note 2 model will sport the same features as the phablet what Samsung unveiled during IFA 2012 in Berlin, Germany.

To review, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 comes with a 5.5-inch AMOLED display with a resolution of 1,280×720 pixels and an aspect ratio of 16:9. This screen is a bit longer than that found on the original Galaxy Note, which spans 5.3 inches diagonally. There is also TouchWiz UI and protection from  Gorilla Glass 2 technology. The device’s front shows a Home button below the screen as well as two capacitive buttons. The phablet runs on a 1.6GHz quad-core Samsung Exynos processor and 2GB of RAM. Its operating system is Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and harnesses the power of a 3,100mAh battery. Camera photography and video calling fans will also find an 8-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera.

The price and the launch date of the dual-SIM Samsung Galaxy Note 2 still remain to be revealed.

via droidmatters

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WSJ: 2012 iPhone to support global 4G LTE

WSJ 2012 iPhone to support global 4G LTE

Now we’re intrigued. It’s a common (if unconfirmed) belief that the next iPhone will support LTE-based 4G, but the Wall Street Journal now understands through the ever-present “people familiar with the matter” that Apple is taking 4G worldwide. Where the current iPad only supports two LTE frequencies and drops to HSPA+ outside of the US and Canada, the new iPhone will supposedly cover parts of Asia and Europe as well. The exact countries haven’t been outlined, although it’s easy to imagine Apple going for those countries where 4G speeds matter the most: there’s been rumblings of talks with KT and SK Telecom in South Korea, but we could also see France, Germany, Japan and Scandiavian countries in the mix. The rumor hasn’t been confirmed, of course. That said, the iPhone was already purported to be using a new cellular chipset — and a number of carriers, most often in the US, have long said they won’t carry new smartphones unless LTE is part of the package. We’ll know the full scoop on Wednesday.

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WSJ: 2012 iPhone to support global 4G LTE originally appeared on Engadget on Fri, 07 Sep 2012 18:58:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.

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Samsung preparing dual-SIM Galaxy Note 2 for Chinese market

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Dual-SIM phones are big business in some global markets, and China is set to receive the biggest dual-SIM phone imaginable in current times. Samsung is reportedly preparing a dual-SIM version of the recently announced Galaxy Note 2. 

China is rapidly becoming one of the largest smartphone markets in the world, and so it makes sense that OEM's would want to cater for Chinese specific needs. This special version of the Note 2 is identical in every way to the International variant we saw in Berlin at Samsung Unpacked, until you remove the back. Lying beneath is a slot for a regular SIM, and a micro SIM next to the microSD card slot. 

It's said to be heading to China Telecom, but currently there is no word on price, or any possible availability in other global markets. For more on the Galaxy Note 2 be sure to check out our hands on coverage from the Unpacked event in Berlin.

Source: Mydrivers via Unwired View

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HTC One S family hits China sporting different threads, identical specs

HTC One S family comes to China sporting different threads, similar specs

HTC has delivered smartphone triplets to the Chinese market: the HTC One ST, SC and SU — and while the devices have identical guts (except for network gear), each has its own housing, carrier and color scheme. All three carry 4.3-inch 800 x 480 screens, dual-core 1GHz processors, 1GB RAM, 4GB storage, a 5-megapixel camera with 5 fps continuous shooting, Beats audio, dual-sim / dual standby capability and Android 4.0 with HTC sense 4. But the HTC One ST, destined for China Mobile, brings a curvier 9.2mm thick design and choice of three colors, including a now passé red. The One SC for China Telecom has a squarish, 8.9mm asymmetric two-tone design, and three color choices as well, including a burnt orange for the more fashion forward. Finally there’s China Unicom‘s HTC One SU, with a similar body to its SC counterpart, but featuring powder blue as an accent color. No pricing has been announced yet for the entry-level spec’d models, but consumers there may want to check their wardrobes before picking up one of the bolder models.

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HTC launches One ST, One SC, and One SU in China

HTC is offering up a few new One S variants for the Chinese market, each with identical internal specs but varying outer decor. Let’s get the details out of the way: the phones feature a 4.3-inch display at 800×480 resolution, 1GHz dual-core CPU, 1GB RAM and 4GB ROM, and a 5MP camera. They are Beats Audio devices running Android 4.0 and Sense 4 and boast dual-SIM support.

The most interesting of the bunch is the One SC for China Telecom, which smacks of the HTC One X when looking at the device head-on, but the back cover mixes it up with a big and bold HTC logo and stark angles featuring into the camera housing. The One ST and One SU for China Mobile and Chian Unicom respectively go with a curvier design. All devices come in a variety of color options.

There’s no word if HTC plans to bring these devices to any other markets in the near future, but odds are looking like they will remain exclusive to China. Still, interesting to see how the Taiwanese company is using the One S design as a springboard for a wider product portfolio.

[via Engadget]

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AT&T launches 4G LTE in 9 new markets, 40 more by end-2012

4G is the fourth generation of cell phone mobile communications standards, a technology which is still in its infancy in the U.S. AT&T has made it public that they will be expanding their 4G LTE network to as many as nine new markets. By the end of the year, the telecom major is expected to make 40 more areas LTE enabled.

The news has come right in time when Apple is about to launch its next-generation iPhone on September 12th. The iPhone 5 is the first iPhone to support 4G LTE connectivity.

AT&T’s 4G LTE has been launched today in the following areas:

• Anchorage, Alaska
• Bakersfield, Calif.
• Bridgeport, Conn.
• Jacksonville, Fla.
• Modesto, Calif.
• North Montgomery County, Md.
• Northern New Jersey
• Omaha, Neb.
• Syracuse, N.Y.

As of now, the carrier has two variants of 4G network – HSPA+ and LTE. The LTE is proven to be faster than HSPA+. AT&T promises its LTE network to deliver 10 times faster data transfer when compared to 3G. It will be deploying its LTE network in the following areas by end of this year.

• Albany, N.Y.
• Albuquerque, N.M.
• Allentown, Penn.
• Hartford, Conn.
• Hawaii
• Knoxville, Tenn.
• Lancaster, Pa.
• Little Rock, Ark.
• Louisville, Ken.
• Milwaukee, Wis.
• Memphis, Tenn.
• Nashua, N.H.
• Charleston, S.C.
• Cincinnati, Ohio
• Columbia, S.C.
• Columbus, Ohio
• Detroit, Mich.
• El Paso, Tex.
• Fayetteville, N.C.
• Portland, Ore.
• Providence, R.I
• Reading, Pa.
• Rochester, N.Y.
• Sacramento, Calif.
• Salinas-Seaside-Monterey, Calif.
• Seattle, Wash.
• Springfield, Mass.
• Toledo, Ohio
• Tucson, Ariz.
• Tulsa, Okla.
• Wilkes-Barre, Penn.
• Wilmington, Del.
• Ft. Myers, Fla.
• Gary, Ind.
• Grand Rapids, Mich.
• Green Bay, Wis.
• Harrisburg, Pa.
• New Haven, Conn.
• Philadelphia, Penn.
• Pittsburgh, Penn.

Back in August, Piper Jaffray, a U.S. middle-market investment firm, conducted a survey which showed that 47% per cent of the consumers in US don’t actually need ultra-high-speed internet connection, though more and more mobile manufacturers are keen on releasing 4G LTE-capable devices. The survey apparently had 3,000 respondents, which is quite a lot of people. As per the results, 47% of the respondents believed that 4G LTE was not needed while 26% shared their thoughts that all 4G network technologies are the same. Only 15% stressed that 4G LTE is the best as far as fast internet connection is concerned.

Considering Apple’s huge fan base, lot more people are expected to make use of 4G networks once iPhone 5 is launched. What are your thoughts on this? Let us know using the comment form below.

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Double win / double loss, Samsung and Apple both get fined in South Korea

With all this news of Samsung losing across the boards to Apple for all sorts of infringements, at least there is some fun news out there. A South Korea court ruled that Samsung did not infringe on Apple’s design, but both companies got nailed with fines for other patents.

Samsung got tagged with an infringement for the “bounce back” function which is what you see when you reach the edge of a photo. Apple was found guilty of infringements to patents relating to telecom standards held by Samsung.

The court awarded small damages to both companies. App was fined $17,650 per violation of a Samsung patent, while Samsung owes $22,000 for each of their violations. Both companies had aimed for about 90,000 in compensation from each other.

Here is where it gets even better. The court also put a limited ban on sales of specific devices in South Korea. Apple will have to pull the iPhone 4 and iPad 2. Samsung will have to pull the  Galaxy S, Galaxy SII, Galaxy Nexus, Galaxy Tab and Galaxy 10.1. Seems like Samsung lost the battle, but when you consider the Apple has limited devices to offer and that they cost a lot more, no one ends up winning.

Personally, I think it is extremely funny. I wish this is how the whole case would have gone all over the world. Nail them both, let them both suffer and let Apple see how insane this whole thing is. Hard to push a claim against a company when you are violating patents too.

Source: RT

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CTIA says goodbye to Enterprise and Applications conference, introduces MobileCON


Every year, the folks from CTIA like to invite industry experts out to their fall show called CTIA Enterprise & Apps. This year though will be a little different as they've now announced they're changing the name and some of the focus of the conference to go along with it. Now named MobileCON 2012 and debuting October 9-11, 2012 at the San Diego Convention Center, MobileCON 2012 focuses exclusively on the mobile enterprise IT community:

  • Enterprise Industry Spotlight— MobileCON 2012's format and focus will attract wireless and telecom leaders and professionals with the opportunity to significantly advance business opportunities and the potential to change the global wireless ecosystem.
  • Attendee Driven Experience— Attendees have the flexibility to choose the learning format that best fits their needs—whether that's immersive through the deep dives or interactive and peer-to-peer through the three thought leadership stages on the exhibit floor. Attendees can set their agenda to drop into any session and format that interests them. This flexibility will better facilitate networking, learning and information gathering. This year's show will feature M2M, security, mobile commerce, enterprise applications, cloud computing and vertical markets.
  • New High-Impact, Short-Form Speaker Sessions— MobileCON 2012 introduces Bit Talks featuring a compelling, diverse lineup of IT leaders from influential companies addressing discrete topics in 15-minute segments. Each Bit Talk will identify one primary problem to be anticipated, avoided or solved and include three things that were learned through the deployment or implementation experience.
  • Diverse, Compelling Keynote Speakers— CTIA has sought a roster of world-class speakers from the private and public sectors. Representing the organizations currently driving mobile enterprise innovation, MobileCON's speaker lineup will start the conversations that will drive the industry's agenda moving forward.

Given that Enterprise is huge business, it makes sense that CTIA would hold a conference with more dedication and focus given. They've managed to line up some great guest speakers although, right now, it looks like no one from Google has stepped up. Either way, we'll be there in San Diego in October to find out. You'll find the full press release below for your reading pleasure.

Source: CTIA

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Sony LT25 “Tsubasa” handset destined for several international markets

Sony is continuing work on their LT25 handset codenamed “Tsubasa” with signs pointing toward several versions being available. Indications are the Sony LT25 will be a global phone. Already a version with the model number LT25c has shown up in benchmark tests indicating it is destined for China Telecom. Other model numbers include an LT25h which will be used in international HSPA+ markets and the LT25i which will be used in international LTE markets.

If model numbers are any indication, the LT25 “Tsubasa” will be a step down from the Experia S which carries the LT26i model number. Various benchmark tests indicate the Tsubasa will have a dual-core S4 Snapdragon running at 1.5GHz mated to an Adreno 225 GPU. The screen will be running at 1280 x 720 although the size is not yet known.

source: Xperia Blog

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Samsung Galaxy S III LTE to support VoLTE calls, starting with Korea in August

Samsung Galaxy S III for AT&T and Sprint

Aren’t you glad you waited to buy an LTE version of the Galaxy S III? Samsung has confirmed that the versions with faster cellular data will support Voice over LTE on appropriately equipped networks, giving them that IP-based boost to call quality. The rollout will start with the Korean LTE model receiving support in August — we suspect SK Telecom is an early partner here — followed by a deployment in foreign LTE markets, which would mostly limit the upgrades to American and Canadian owners. About our only qualm is with Samsung’s assertion that the update makes the Galaxy S III the “world’s first Voice over LTE smartphone:” we’re pretty sure the fine folks at LG and MetroPCS have a thing or two to say about keeping up with current events.

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Korea launching worlds first voice over LTE, US carriers to follow suit Later

You all know what voice calls are right? The times when you have no other choice but to pick up your phone and call someone, or answer a call. How about LTE? The super fast data connection that AT&tT and Verizon brag about and that Sprint is starting to activate across the nation. Well, did you know that your voice calls only transmit through 3G or 2G and not 4G LTE? I sure didn’t. Tomorrow a South Korean Telecom provider will be making the world first voice over LTE service available tomorrow. They will embed the technology inside the Samsung Galaxy S III LTE and most of their future LTE sporting devices.

So what’s the big deal about making calls over 4G LTE. A few key things will make this next step in voice calls great. Voice over LTE will make connections in less than 0.25 to 2.5 seconds. That is roughly two to twenty times shorter than the average connection on a 3G call which takes roughly five seconds. By using a wider spectrum, (50-7000 Hz instead of 300-2400 Hz) means call quality will increase by 40%.

When will the U.S. see voice over LTE? According to Infonetics Research, the first VoLTE services to land in the states are planned for late 2012 by Verizon and Metro PCS. With AT&T and Clearwire holding off till 2013. Does that mean by the end of 2012 Verizon customers will be making calls quicker and even clearer than they do now? Possibly not. Verizon Network VP Hans Leutenegger stated that Verizon is currently satisfied with its current voice network and that VoLTE might not be actually deployed until well into 2013. While Verizon will have the tech to do it, it sounds like they are going to hold it back a little while longer.

It is an interesting new use for LTE. Who wouldn’t like their calls to connect faster and be 40% clearer?

Source: Arstechnica

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South Korea to usher in Voice over LTE with Samsung Galaxy S3

Voice over LTE is the next frontier for mobile providers. Carriers such as Verizon have been experimenting with the technology that would eliminate the need for separate voice and data networks by taking advantage of the extra bandwidth provided by the 4G LTE spectrum, but it will be South Korea that first sees what is being dubbed “HD Voice.” SK Telecom is launching the service tomorrow, which will be available courtesy of the LTE edition of the Samsung Galaxy S3. Not only will new customers get access to voice over 4G, but an update will be made available to current GS3 owners enabling the new option.

Most future LTE devices from the carrier will feature HD Voice as it becomes more widespread. Eventually the system will be adopted in the US as older wireless networks are decommissioned. Viva la LTE!

[via TheVerge]

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SK Telecom deploys HD Voice over LTE, claims title of world’s first

SK Telecom deploys HD Voice over LTE, claims title of world's first

The little blue marble we call Earth is no stranger to HD Voice — it’s been around commercially since Orange debuted the service over its 3G network in Moldova nearly three years ago — but the technology still hasn’t been officially deployed over an LTE network. That is, until SK Telecom launches the service later today. Doing so will allow the South Korean carrier to snag the crown for world’s first before Sprint, which recently announced that its network won’t have it until later this year. It’s a win-win scenario for the company: HD Voice over LTE is meant to vastly improve call quality and reduce latency for the customers, while lessening network strain and offering new revenue-making opportunities for SK Telecom. What about devices? It hasn’t announced any brand new smartphones that can take advantage of the service, but the company’s ready to pre-load the Samsung Galaxy S III with software that enables HD Voice capability, and is planning to push an update to current owners of the flagship device. If you’re the type of person that still makes the occasional call, this kind of progress should come as pleasant news.

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