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LG updates F Series with two new LTE phones (hands-on)

With all this G2 mini and G Pro 2 talk recently, you’d be forgiven for forgetting that LG also has other handset lines. On the table (literally and figuratively) today are the F70 and F90 mid-rangers. The former is a 4.5-inch (WVGA) device with a 1.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 400 taking care of bi’niz, pls a 5-megapixel camera, 2,440 mAh battery and just 4GB of internal storage. As for the F90? Well, it’s a little bigger at 4.7-inches, but has the same chipset and onboard memory. You will get a slightly better camera though, with LG giving it an 8-megapixel shooter. Thankfully, both come with a microSD card slot to augment that lacklustre amount of onboard storage.

The phones themselves? Well they’re a plucky pair, that’s for sure. It’s easy to dismiss mid-spec handsets like these out of hand in the design department, but LG has clearly made enough effort to make sure that they feel well-built and don’t look entirely terrible. The textured back panels go along way to brush off that low-end feel you can sometimes get at this level, and the small details around the edges, ports and buttons also add a nice aesthetic touch. The menu and UI, however, definitely feels like it’s more intended for users who like to keep things simple with bigger fonts and basic options, and that’s no bad thing. Power users will of course already be looking elsewhere. One other thing to remember is that, toe to toe, these two cheeky chaps aren’t all that different in specification to the LG G2 mini, even down to the much touted “knock knock” feature. Food for thought right there. %Gallery-slideshow181494% %Gallery-slideshow181493%

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LG Optimus F3Q leaks again, causes QWERTY keyboard fans to rejoice

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Back in December, @evleaks tweeted an image of LG’s upcoming Optimus F3Q handset including T-Mobile as its destination. A new image, posted by him again, surfaced today and @evleaks says that this is the final design. Also, he leaked some of the specifications. Inside will be a dual-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz and a 2460mAh battery. The 4-inch WVGA display sits in front of a slide-out QWERTY keyboard (that is now blue) and the device runs Android 4.1.2. A 5MP camera sits on the back.

If you are a QWERTY keyboard fan, this is likely the best that an Android OEM will put forward anytime soon.

LG Optimus F3Q for T-Mobile USA (final design): 1.2GHz x 2, 4″ WVGA, 5MP, 2460mAh, LTE, JB 4.1.2 pic.twitter.com/oLRGsdMNvj

— @evleaks (@evleaks) January 16, 2014

 

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Sony Xperia E1 and Sony Xperia T2 Ultra announced for developing markets

Sony took the morning to announce two new smartphones for developing markets, giving folks a couple of more low-cost Android-based options if they’re looking to get a new smartphone on the cheap. Say hello to the Sony Xperia E1, as well as the Sony Xperia T2 Ultra. The former is a 4-inch WVGA dual-core smartphone, while the latter takes things up a notch with 6-inch 720p goodness.

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This smallish smartphone brings a decent option that should go easy on the pockets. Its 4-inch display is only WVGA 800 x 480 resolution, but that should look crisp enough on such a small display. The rest of the specs aren’t exactly blowing other devices out of the water, but they should be enough to get you through your day-to-day life:

  • 4” WVGA (800 x 480) display
  • Qualcomm MSM8210 1.2 GHz dual core processor
  • 512 MB RAM
  • 4GB storage
  • 1,700mAh battery
  • WalkmanTM key, shake to shuffle and hardware controls for easy music control
  • Cat 14 HSPA+
  • Available in white, black and purple

Sony will also offer this phone in a dual-SIM configuration, giving you the ability to use multiple lines on the same device with ease.

Sony Xperia T2 Ultra

The Xperia T2 Ultra is a bit more capable, though you could still consider this an mid-range smartphone up against other 5.5-inch to 6-inch offerings out there. Specs? Sure, here you go:

  • 6” HD display (720p) with TRILUMINOSTM and Mobile BRAVIA Engine 2 for mobile
  • Quad-core 1.4GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon Processor
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 8GB of internal storage (microSD card slot expandable up to 32GB)
  • 13 megapixel camera with Exmor RS for mobile
  • 1.1 megapixel front facing camera with Exmor R
  • NFC
  • Large 3000 mAh embedded battery with Battery STAMINA Mode

This one also comes in dual-SIM flavor.

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Pricing and availability

Sony didn’t have any pricing information to give out right away, but the Japanese company does tell us to expect this thing in China, the Middle East, Africa and Asia at some point within the next month or two. The phones aren’t expected to break the bank, of course — you’ll need ot look to options such as the Xperia Z1s for that sort of high-end goodness.

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Entry-level Samsung Galaxy Core Advance announced

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Samsung’s been working on a new cheap-o smartphone for those who aren’t interested in breaking the bank for mobile bliss. It’s the Samsung Galaxy Core Advance, a 4.7-inch smartphone with WVGA resolution, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and more. It’s not hard to predict that the rest of the spec sheet doesn’t read off as exciting. Here it is in case you’re wondering:

  • Processor: Dual Core 1.2 GHz
  • Dimensions: 133.3 x 70.5 x 9.7 mm, 145g
  • Display: 4.7” WVGA TFT
  • Memory: 1GB RAM + 8GB Internal Memory, microSD up to 64GB
  • Camera: 5MP AF + VGA
  • Battery: 2,000 mAh
  • OS: Android 4.2 Jelly Bean
  • Connectivity: Wi-Fi b/g/n/, 2.4 GHz; USB 2.0 H/S; NFC; BT 4.0; GPS + GLONASS

Samsung didn’t let us in on release details aside from the fact that it will be available early next year in Deep Blue and Pearl White. It’d be disheartening for someone to grab this phone if they were expecting to be able to use it with their Samsung Galaxy Gear smart watch, but we’ll be pinging Samsung to see if they’ll be interested in offering the Android 4.3 upgrade that brings Galaxy Gear functionality at some point down the line. Hit the source link for the full presser, but not before checking out the full gallery below.

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Samsung Galaxy S Duos 2 hits India

You’re probably tired of hearing about Samsung releasing yet another mid to low range device, but here we are again. This time it’s the Samsung Galaxy S Duos 2 that’s aiming for the spotlight in the Indian market, carrying a relatively low price for a dual SIM option.

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Not much is known about this device but, if the name is any indication, it is simply a follow up to last year’s Galaxy S Duos. That one came with a 4-inch WVGA screen with a 480×800 pixel resolution, a 5 megapixel rear camera, a 1500 mAh battery, and 4 GB of internal memory. The device was powered by a 1 GHz single-core processor and 768 MB of RAM. Not particularly stellar but has just enough juice to get by. Naturally, the selling feature is the dual SIM support.

Based on what little information we have, it almost feels like a deja vu. The Galaxy S Duos 2 practically sports most of the specs of its predecessor, including the 4-inch WVGA screen, the 5 megapixel rear camera, and the 1500 mAh battery. The processor has been reportedly upgraded to a 1.2 GHz dual-core chip. Quite amusingly, earlier leaks pointed to 6 GB of memory. In truth, it only has 768 MB of RAM and 4 GB of internal storage. Android 4.2 is installed on this smartphone, which is, at least, a little recent.

The Samsung Galaxy S Duos 2 has a recommended retail price of Rs. 10,999, or around $180. That might not be that bad for a low-cost smartphone in a market where dual SIM choices from major international brands are not that many.

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HTC announces mid-range Desire 500 for the UK

HTC Desire 500

4.3-inch WVGA display, quad-core CPU, 8MP camera, coming later this month

HTC has confirmed that the latest addition to its Desire family, the mid-range Desire 500, will be headed to the UK. Originally announced for Taiwan last month, the device packs a 1.2GHz quad-core CPU, a 4.3-inch WVGA (800×480) display and an 8-megapixel camera, and runs the latest Sense 5 software from HTC. That includes the BlinkFeed home screen reader and automatic video highlights — although Zoes, the three-second photo/video clips, aren't mentioned in today's presser.

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US Cellular Launches ZTE Imperial For $0.01

Are you looking for a budget friendly Android smartphone that’s capable of handling everyday tasks? US Cellular has announced the availability of the ZTE Imperial which the network is offering for a low price of $0.01 on a two year contract. It’s also available off contract for an upfront price of $299.

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The ZTE Imperial is a mid-range device that runs on Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and uses a 4 inch WVGA display. You’ll be able to pair this device with one of the plans offered by the network if you’re getting this on a two year contract. The lowest available plan is the 450 minute plan which only comes with voice and costs $39.99 a month. If you’re going to add a messaging feature then you’ll have to pay an additional $10. Data also comes in at an extra cost.

ZTE Imperial Technical Specifications

  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
  • 4-inch WVGA touchscreen 480×800
  • 1.2GHz dual-core processor
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 4GB internal storage
  • 5 megapixel rear camera with red eye reduction
  • VGA front camera
  • Wi-Fi
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • GPS
  • 4G LTE
  • 2500 mAh battery

The device isn’t impressive at all when compared with today’s standards. What’s great about this though is that it already runs on Android Jelly Bean and the massive 2500 mAh battery is reported to provide you with a longer usage time.

For just a penny on a two year contract this device is definitely one of the best bargains available today. You can order it right now through the online store or through the various US Cellular stores located across the country.

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Samsung Galaxy Core is real: low-end specs, 4.3-inch WVGA display and a dual-SIM option

Samsung Galaxy Core is real: low-end specs, 4.3-inch WVGA display and a dual-SIM option

Whenever a Samsung flagship arrives, it’s never long before we see a fleet of lower-spec handsets swimming in its wake. The latest Remora to come out from the shadow of its bigger brother (and the rumor mill) is the Galaxy Core, a 4.3-inch handset offering a 1.2GHz dual-core CPU, 1GB RAM, 8GB internal storage and a microSD slot. Running Touchwiz-infused Jelly Bean, the phone has a 5-megapixel rear camera with an LED flash and a VGA front-facer for the vain amongst you. Users will also be getting some of the more fancy Galaxy-style software features like Motion UI, Smart Stay, Smart Alert and S Voice. Of course, a phone is nothing without a screen, and here your eyes will be caressing a 4.3-inch WVGA (480 x 800) display — but while you may not be thrilled at a low pixel count, at least there’s the option for single SIM (available in July) or dual-SIM (from May) models for carrier swappers.

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Samsung Galaxy Core is real: low-end specs, 4.3-inch WVGA display and a dual-SIM option

Samsung Galaxy Core is real: low-end specs, 4.3-inch WVGA display and a dual-SIM option

Whenever a Samsung flagship arrives, it’s never long before we see a fleet of lower-spec handsets swimming in its wake. The latest Remora to come out from the shadow of its bigger brother (and the rumor mill) is the Galaxy Core, a 4.3-inch handset offering a 1.2GHz dual-core CPU, 1GB RAM, 8GB internal storage and a microSD slot. Running Touchwiz-infused Jelly Bean, the phone has a 5-megapixel rear camera with an LED flash and a VGA front-facer for the vain amongst you. Users will also be getting some of the more fancy Galaxy-style software features like Motion UI, Smart Stay, Smart Alert and S Voice. Of course, a phone is nothing without a screen, and here your eyes will be caressing a 4.3-inch WVGA (480 x 800) display — but while you may not be thrilled at a low pixel count, at least there’s the option for single SIM (available in July) or dual-SIM (from May) models for carrier swappers.

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Samsung Galaxy Core is real: low-end specs with a 4.3-inch WVGA display, option for dual-SIM

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Whenever a Samsung flagship arrives, it’s never long before we see a fleet of lower-spec handsets swimming in its wake. The latest Remora to come out from the shadow of its bigger brother (and the rumor mill) is the Galaxy Core, a 4.3-inch handset offering a 1.2GHz dual-core CPU, 1GB RAM, 8GB internal storage and a microSD slot. Running Touchwiz-infused Jelly Bean, the phone has a 5-megapixel rear camera with an LED flash and a VGA front-facer for the vain amongst you. Users will also be getting some of the more fancy Galaxy-style software features like Motion UI, Smart Stay, Smart Alert and S Voice. Of course, a phone is nothing without a screen, and here your eyes will be caressing a 4.3-inch WVGA (480 x 800) display — but while you may not be thrilled at a low pixel count, at least there’s the option for single SIM (available in July) or dual-SIM (from May) models for carrier swappers.

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Samsung Galaxy Core is real: low-end specs with a 4.3-inch WVGA display, option for dual-SIM

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Whenever a Samsung flagship arrives, it’s never long before we see a fleet of lower-spec handsets swimming in its wake. The latest Remora to come out from the shadow of its bigger brother (and the rumor mill) is the Galaxy Core, a 4.3-inch handset offering a 1.2GHz dual-core CPU, 1GB RAM, 8GB internal storage and a microSD slot. Running Touchwiz-infused Jelly Bean, the phone has a 5-megapixel rear camera with an LED flash and a VGA front-facer for the vain amongst you. Users will also be getting some of the more fancy Galaxy-style software features like Motion UI, Smart Stay, Smart Alert and S Voice. Of course, a phone is nothing without a screen, and here your eyes will be caressing a 4.3-inch WVGA (480 x 800) display — but while you may not be thrilled at a low pixel count, at least there’s the option for single SIM (available in July) or dual-SIM (from May) models for carrier swappers.

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Samsung announces Galaxy Core – mid-level handset with dual-SIM option

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4.3-inch WVGA screen, dual-core 1.2GHz CPU​, 5-megapixel camera

In keeping with its track record of putting out new smartphones at every conversion of screen size, price and specs, Samsung has announced the Galaxy Core, a mid-range handset sporting Galaxy S2-level internals. The Galaxy Core, which looks an awful lot like a shrunken-down Galaxy S3, packs a 1.2GHz dual-core CPU behind a 4.3-inch WVGA screen. Other notable spec points include 1GB of RAM, 8GB of internal storage, an 1800mAh battery and 5-megapixel rear shooter. As you'll note from the pic above, the Galaxy Core will come in black and white color options.

On the software side it's running the TouchWiz Nature UX atop Android 41 Jelly Bean. That means it includes many of Samsung's latest software tricks, such as Smart Stay, S Voice and Smart Alerts. 

Samsung says the Galaxy Core will arrive in dual-SIM form from May, and that a single-SIM version will follow from July depending on markets. But exactly which markets will get the Core is unclear — we'll likely have to wait on local announcements from Samsung offices around the world.

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CAT Unveils the B15 Smartphone, a Rugged Beast of a Device

There are always those headline grabbing devices that get launched during events such as CES and MWC. After those, there is the CAT B15. It’s a 4″ device, boasting a tank-like armor coating around itself that protects from falls, scratches, hot/cold temperatures, and dust. Powered by a dual-core 1GHz A9 processor, featuring a WVGA display covered [...]

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HTC outs budget-minded Desire U: ICS on a single-core 1GHz processor

HTC outs budget-minded Desire U: ICS on a single-core 1GHz processor

HTC has put penny-pinchers in China and Taiwan square in its sights with its freshly announced Desire U. A price tag is MIA for the Android 4.0-toting and Beats Audio-infused device, but the specs paint a fairly frugal picture for the hardware, which comes in black and white flavors. Behind the handset’s 4-inch 800 x 480 (WVGA) display sit a single-core 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of built-in storage, a microSD slot and a 5-megapixel rear-facing shooter. In terms of connectivity, the device supports 3G, WiFi b/g/n and Bluetooth 4.0. As of now, there’s no word on when it’ll hit the streets in China and Taiwan or if a tweaked version with international-friendly radios will make its way to other countries.

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HTC announces Desire U, 4-inch mid-range device for Taiwan

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HTC has just quietly rolled out a spec page for a new device, the mid-range Desire U, targeted at the Taiwan market. Falling in line design-wise with the rest of the recent "One" and "Desire" devices, the Desire U has a smooth plastic body and rounded edges with a classy looking circle design that accents the back plate. On the inside, this device is clearly lower end, with a 1GHz processor, 4GB of (expandable) storage, 512MB of RAM and a 480×800 (WVGA) display. The U has a 1650mAh battery, which should give a good bit of life for a device with these specs.

The device is a Taiwanese listing, so the frequencies on this device are set up for that market – 900 and 2100MHz HSPA along with 900, 1800 and 1900MHz GPRS/EDGE. No one is likely to import this, but with a striking design and acceptable specs, this low-ranger may do well in specific markets. We're finding unlocked pricing of about $275, which is quite competitive.

Source: HTC (translated)

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HTC One SV lands in the US on Cricket Wireless January 16th, $350 off-contract

HTC One SV lands in the US on Cricket Wireless January 16th, $350 offcontract

HTC’s mid-range One VX just recently made its debut on AT&T, and we now have some official word on the US debut of its slightly smaller counterpart, the LTE-equipped One SV. It will be available solely on Cricket Wireless starting January 16th, where it will set you back $349.99 off-contract. That will buy you a 4.3-inch WVGA display (of the Super LCD 2 variety), a 1.2GHz Snapdragon S4 processor, front and rear-facing cameras (5 megapixel, f/2.0 and 1.6 megapixel, f/2.2, respectively), a microSD card slot and Android 4.0 with HTC’s Sense 4 interface. As you can see, it also comes in a bright Flame red color, which is the only option for the time being.

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LTE-toting HTC One SV now available SIM-free in the UK

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HTC's mid-range 4G LTE phone for Europe and Asia, the One SV, has begun making its way to British shores today, first dropping by online retailer Clove Technology. Clove has the One SV in stock today, and is selling the device unlocked and SIM-free for £350 (approx. $569) in white and blue color options.

In addition those 4G data capabilities, the One SV packs a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 chip, 1GB of RAM and a 4.3-inch WVGA SuperLCD2 display. Around the back, it's packing a 5MP HTC ImageSense camera. Unfortunately it's not running Jelly Bean, and instead comes with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box.

So the HTC One SV is a mix of high-end and low-range tech, but what you're really paying for here is the ability to pick up an unlocked 4G LTE device without breaking the bank.

The One SV will also be coming to EE, the UK's only LTE carrier, in the near future. Right now, though, there's no mention of the device on EE's site.

Source: Clove Technology

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Samsung Announces Large Sized Galaxy Grand With an Average Specs Sheet

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Samsung has been well established in the Android sphere and anything the company launches has its own unique touch to it. Which is what makes it stand out against the competition (despite replicating the same design in every new smartphone). And the company has just announced a new smartphone today in the form of the Galaxy Grand. This one as the name suggests, is indeed big but we’re not sure if grandeur can be associated with the device. More on that later. Before we get on with the hardware specs of the device, we must point out that this looks strikingly similar to the Galaxy S III and the Galaxy Note II. We’re not sure why Samsung insists on having most of its high end devices look alike and the company certainly needs to clarify.

Now for the specs of the smartphone. The Galaxy Grand packs a large 5-inch WVGA (480×800) display which gives it a rather low pixel density of 185 ppi. It’s not all that bad though since it’s not a high end device. However, we’ve already seen the likes of the HTC Sensation XL failing due to the large display (4.7-inches WVGA in that case) and poor pixel density. But given the kind of market presence Samsung has, it should do alright in the market. That’s probably the only downside of the device as the rest of the hardware is pretty much up there in the mid-range tier. The Galaxy Grand comes with an 8MP snapper on the back accompanied by a 2MP front facing camera. There’s a 1.2 GHz dual core processor on board, although the chipset hasn’t been specified. The device also has a decent 1GB of RAM and 8GB of onboard storage with a microSD card slot (up to 64GB). As there aren’t many pixels to crunch and no power hungry CPU on board, Samsung has decided to go with a more than decent 2,100 mAh battery pack for the Galaxy Grand. The device will run Android 4.1.2 out of the box, with an update for Android 4.2 on the horizon (we’re hoping). The device also comes in a dual SIM (GT-I9082) version as well as the normal single SIM variant which goes by the GT-I9080 model number.

Given the timing of the launch, we presume Samsung would like to take the wraps off the device at CES early next month. Samsung has been pretty quiet about the pricing and the availability of the device, which we hope should be cleared out in the coming days. It’s strange that Samsung is stepping into a third category of smartphones after 4.7-inches and 5.5-inches. In the end, it will be the customers who decide the fate of the device. So it’s not right for us to be judgmental just yet.

Source: Samsung Tomorrow
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Samsung announces 5-inch mid range Galaxy Grand

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Samsung has just taken the wraps off of yet another variant in the Galaxy lineup, the Galaxy Grand. This looks to be a weird mash-up of the Galaxy S3 Mini and original Galaxy Note, but the end result is a decidedly mid range device. We're looking at a 5-inch WVGA (that's just 480×800) display here, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor (model not specified,) 1GB of RAM and 8GB of internal storage. There's an 8MP shooter on the back and 2MP on the front, a 2100mAh battery and the whole thing is running Android 4.1.2 with TouchWiz.

We're only seeing 21mbps HSPA+ as a connectivity option, with the standard 850/900/1900/2100MHz frequencies for most networks around the world — no LTE to be seen here. The Galaxy Grand will roll out in two flavors: the GT-I9080 and GT-I9082, with the latter being identical but with dual SIM slots.

Given its specs and features we can assume this is going to be targeted at certain European and Asian markets, and we'd bet the U.S. carriers won't be picking this up unless Samsung makes some specifically different models for this market. By that time it'll likely be a completely different device. There's no pricing or availability information in this release, but we're not expecting Samsung to make too big of a splash about this device.

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Samsung Galaxy Grand announced: single and dual-SIM versions, multi-window apps, not-so-spectacular 5-inch WVGA screen

Samsung Galaxy Grand announced single and dualSIM versions, multiwindow apps, notsospectacular WVGA screen

After getting a glimpse in an FCC filing (and some certification via China) the Galaxy Grand has now appeared in earnest, with a 5-inch 800 x 480 WVGA display that betrays that glamorous naming. It’ll arrive running Android 4.1.2, while the dual-core (unspecified) 1.2GHz apparently enough to handle running two apps on screen with Samsung’s Multi Window mode, seen on the flagship Galaxy S III and Galaxy Note II. There’s an 8-megapixel camera on the back, while a 2-megapixel sensor on the front will offer 720p video for calls. Inside there’s a 2,100mAh battery, alongside 8GB of built-in memory and a microSD slot for expansion up to 64GB. Likely due to the bigger screen, the familiar looking Galaxy Grand carries 30g more weight than the Galaxy S III, while connectivity is provided by HSPA+ (up to 21Mbps down, 5.76 up) on 850 / 1900 / 2100 bands, alongside Bluetooth, DLNA and WiFi. Despite those familiar bands, Samsung hasn’t revealed where we can expect to see the phone appear for sale, although the appearance of a dual-SIM version suggests appearances in Asia. We plan to catch the Galaxy Grand somewhere within the madness of CES — and you can expect that we’ll test it out then.

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Nokia Lumia 505 gets official for Telcel in Mexico

Nokia Lumia 505 gets official for Telcel in Mexico

Folks, there’s a new entry-level handset on the market from Nokia, but no… it’s not a member of the Asha family. As expected, the Lumia 505 is now official in Mexico. The Windows Phone 7.8 handset combines a 3.7-inch WVGA (800 x 480) ClearBlack AMOLED display with an 8-megapixel rear shooter that captures video at a rather paltry VGA (640 x 480) resolution. Nokia is uncharacteristically tight-lipped about the chipset within, but it was previously tipped that a single-core 800MHz CPU is running the show. The Lumia 505 includes just 256MB of RAM — another sign of its low-end aspirations — along with 4GB of internal storage and a 1,300mAh battery. You’ll find quadband GSM support on this one, along with WCDMA access (topping out at 7.2Mbps HSDPA) over the 850MHz and 1900MHz bands. As if things weren’t official enough, the Lumia 505 is now sitting happily over at Telcel’s website. For the moment, neither pricing nor a release date have yet been established. Stay tuned, ya hear?

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Alcatel’s One Touch View with Windows Phone 7.8 somewhat teased in promo video

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To say Alcatel just teased its Russia-bound One Touch View would be a mild overstatement, as most of the company’s new promotional vid has a certain “Ricky” taking much of the precious screen time. Still, it’s nice to get a slightly better look at the company’s upcoming Windows Phone 7.8 handset, even if that means only seeing it make a full and very colorful appearance right towards the end of the ad. The rest of the video, meanwhile, doesn’t exactly focus on the One Touch View’s previously announced specs (4-inch, WVGA screen, 1GHz CPU, 5-megapixel camera, to mention a few) — instead, it hints at how Ricky himself can easily keep up with his every-day things on Microsoft’s tile-based, soon-to-be-here mobile OS, which isn’t exactly a surprise in itself. We’ll say no more, though — you can enjoy the video yourself right after the break.

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[Android Police Holiday Giveaway #2] Win One Of Twenty (Yes, 20) Awesome Android Phones From Sprint

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We started off Android Police’s holiday giveaway series yesterday with some great phones and other gadgets from RadioShack – today we’re upping the ante. Can you say twenty Sprint smartphones? Because that’s how many we’re giving away, thanks to the awesome people at Sprint.

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As a friendly reminder, Sprint’s Buy One Galaxy, Get One Free promotion is going on right now – you can buy one of three Galaxy smartphones (Galaxy S III, Galaxy S II, and Galaxy Victory), and get a second one free.

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The Galaxy Victory is a mid-range smartphone with modern credentials – a dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, Sprint LTE, 2100mAh battery, and a practical 4″ WVGA display.

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Galaxy S II Plus And Galaxy Duos Surface, Specs And Pictures Leaked

Galaxy S II Plus

Galaxy S II Plus

Two Galaxy devices that were originally just rumors have taken a step towards reality, as both devices have had their specs and pictures leaked. Both devices will be running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and will be identical to other Galaxy smartphone designs.

The Samsung Galaxy S II Plus (I9105) is simply a rehash of the Samsung Galaxy S II. It will feature the exact same WVGA 4.3-inch display, a 8-megapixel shooter, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, and other connectivity features. Keep in mind that this is by far not the first time that Samsung has released a rehash of previous devices. A good example of this is the Galaxy S vs the Galaxy S Plus. Now, will we see anything new in the Galaxy S II Plus? Most definitely, albeit it probably won’t be mind-blowing. If anything, we’ll be seeing a bigger battery or a slight increase in CPU speed.

Galaxy Duos

Galaxy Duos

The other device, the Samsung Galaxy Grand Duos (GT-I9082) touts a 4.5-inch 480 x 800 display, a 8-megapixel shooter and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera. Based off of how the device was named “Duos,” it is only expected that this device is a dual-SIM device.

There has not been any mention as to when these two devices will go on sale. It’s highly possible that we’ll see these two smartphones head to the Chinese market before anyone else though. I doubt it will be exclusive to the Chinese market simply because of the Galaxy S II Plus being a rehash of the Galaxy S II. It is expected that former Galaxy S II owners would be able to grab the Plus in countries where the Galaxy S II is available. Albeit, I have no idea why you would grab a S II Plus when you can grab a Galaxy S III!

Hopefully we’ll be seeing an official announcement in the near future.

source: GSM Arena

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HTC One SV revealed with LTE, 1.2GHz dualcore S4, and NFC

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.

HTC One SV 34 Front Glacier white
HTC One SV Back Pyrenees blue 4G
HTC One SV Front Pyrenees blue
HTC One SV Side Glacier white
HTC One SV Front Glacier white
HTC One SV Back Glacier white 4G
HTC One SV Whizz Glacier white
HTC One SV Whizz Pyrenees blue
HTC One SV Side Pyrenees blue

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HTC launches One SV for the UK, coming to EE

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Originally announced in Southeast Asia in September, the HTC One SV is now headed to Europe — specifically the UK, where it'll launch on EE, the country's first 4G LTE carrier. An unassuming device with widely curved sides, the One SV is HTC's mid-range LTE offering for markets outside the U.S.

Spec-wise, we're looking at a handset that sits somewhere near the One S in HTC's Android line-up It's got a 4.3-inch WVGA (480×800) display, a 5MP ImageSense camera around the back, and is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 CPU with 1GB of RAM. 8GB of storage is included, along with a microSD slot for expansion. Crucially, the One SV also comes with LTE support, allowing it access to EE's fast lane of 4G data.

Unfortunately, however, this is another phone running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box, with no word of when a Jelly Bean update might arrive, or whether one is even in the works.

In any case, the HTC One SV is due to launch "in the coming weeks," which likely indicates a release date right before the holidays. We've got more photos of the One SV in white and blue after the break, along with today's press release.

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Nokia Lumia 620 hands-on: $249 for Windows Phone 8 (video)

Nokia Lumia 620 handson $249 for Windows Phone 8

Surprising a few of us, Nokia yesterday revealed a brand new Windows Phone 8 device, the 3.8-inch Lumia 620, in an explosion of colors. As its naming convention goes, and at just $249 contract-free, this is the cheapest device running Microsoft’s newly christened mobile OS so far. But with a WVGA screen, and only a 5-megapixel camera, is there enough bang for your buck, however? We’d argue yes — and we’re looking forward to see how the final model fares early next year. Our first impressions, a hands-on video and a tour of all seven color options are right after the break.

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Nokia Lumia 620 announced: 3.8-inch WVGA display, 5MP camera, $249

Nokia announces Lumia 620 Windows Phone 8 handset 38inch WVGA display, 5MP camera, $249

Nokia announced a surprise new Windows Phone 8 member at LeWeb 2012 in Paris today — the Lumia 620. The entry-level handset has a 3.8-inch TFT screen at WVGA resolution (800 x 480), a 1GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 Plus processor, half a gig of RAM and 8GB of internal storage, expandable by microSD (up to 64GB cards supported). A 5-megapixel shooter with LED flash capable of recording 720p video occupies the back, while a VGA camera is up front for those self-portraits. Connectivity-wise, you’ll get online via WiFi or WCDMA 3G, with NFC and Bluetooth 3.0 taking care of all your sharing and pairing. “Dual-shot color” interchangeable shells mean you’ll be able to personalize your handset beyond switching up the Live Tile layout, and they also keep the 1,300mAh battery under wraps. Excluding taxes and subsidies, the new Lumia will cost $249 dollars when it begins shipping in January next year, first in Asia, then expanding to Europe, the Middle East and other territories later. If you’re looking for a Windows Phone 8 handset but don’t need the best specs out there, perhaps this is your guy — the wallet-friendly Lumia 610 generally impressed us, so we’ve got a feeling this might, too.

Gallery: Nokia Lumia 620

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TomTom updates its Android app to make it, you know, work

TomTom updates its Android app to make it, you know, work

We’ve journeyed with the TomTom Navigator app for Android and it’s been great — except for one brake-punching problem. Version 1.0 was only compatible with phones that happened to have a display width of 480 pixels (WVGA or FWVGA), which meant that our Galaxy S IIIs, Nexus 4s and other favorite handsets all had to be left at home. That issue has now been fixed in v1.1, along with some other, less fundamental niggles. In particular, you can now download the large offline maps to microSD rather than filling up internal storage, and TomTom also says map downloads can be completed with the app running in the background — although there’s no mention of downloads being resumable. One thing that certainly hasn’t improved is the price — if you want to travel across the USA and Canada, for example, you’ll find that Navigator for Android is precisely $50 more costly than Google’s offline offering or Nokia Drive for Windows Phones.

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Samsung Galaxy S III mini review: a small Galaxy with few stars

Samsung Galaxy S III mini review: a small Galaxy with few stars

Samsung made a bold move when it announced the Galaxy S III mini. Here was an Android phone with the potential to take the iPhone 5 head-on. While the original Galaxy S III is clearly the flagship, its 4.8-inch display means it’s literally too much for some people to handle. By matching Apple’s screen size inch for inch, it could have been pitched as a device aimed at winning over some iOS fence-sitters. However, when you look at the specifications: a dual-core 1GHz processor, WVGA (800 x 480) display and a 5-megapixel camera, it’s clear that Samsung had other ideas, opting to fish for a more mid-range customer instead.

Fast forward to the present, and it’s no longer a matter of intellectual debate as to what the mini is all about: the phone is here, and on sale in much of Europe for £299 / €379. So hubris, brand appeal and pundit talk aside, is this the real-deal Galaxy S III, just for smaller hands? Or is it a budget phone simply wearing its elder sibling’s tuxedo to the ball? We spent some time getting to know the phone in an attempt to find out.

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