Headlines

2 years ago

LG Nexus 4 specs

60

Complete specs of the Google Nexus 4 by LG:

  • SCREEN: 4.7" diagonal; 1280 x 768 pixel resolution (320 ppi); WXGA IPS; Corning(R) Gorilla(R) Glass 2
  • CPU: Qualcomm Snapdragon(TM) S4 Pro
  • SIZE: 133.9 x 68.7 x 9.1 mm
  • WEIGHT: 139g
  • CAMERAS: 8 MP (main); 1.3 MP (front)
  • NETWORK: Unlocked GSM/UMTS/HSPA+; GSM/EDGE/GPRS (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz); 3G (850, 900, 1700, 1900, 2100 MHz); HSPA+ 21
  • MEMORY: 16 GB internal storage (actual formatted capacity will be less); 2 GB RAM
  • CONNECTIVITY: Micro USB; SlimPort HDMI; 3.5mm headphone jack
  • WIRELESS: Wireless charging
  • WiFi: 802.11 b/g/n
  • NFC: (Android Beam)
  • BATTERY: 2,100 mAh Lithium polymer
  • OS: Android 4.2 (Jelly Bean)
  • SENSORS: Microphone; Accelerometer; Compass; Ambient light; Gyroscope; Barometer; GPS

Read more and comment

 
2 years ago

T-Mobile getting its own 16GB Nexus 4 for $199 on contract

33

For you folks on T-Mobile looking to save a little bit of cash, you'll be able to pick up a 16-gigabyte Nexus 4 for $199 on contract. You'll be signing away two years of your smartphone life, for a phone you can get outright for just $349, but at least it's an option. It'll be available online starting Nov. 13, and in stores Nov. 14.

Here's the fine print:

  • Paired with a qualifying T-Mobile Value voice and data plan and two year service agreement, the Nexus 4 will cost an out-of-pocket down payment of $199.99 with 20 equal monthly payments of $15 per month via T-Mobile’s Equipment Installment Plan (EIP). The Value plan paired with EIP is offered at T-Mobile retail stores.
  • Customers can also purchase the Nexus 4 at T-Mobile retail stores and online for $199.99 (after a $50 Mail in Rebate) qualifying T-Mobile Classic voice and data plan and two year service agreement.

T-Mobile also announced it'll carry the Nexus 7 tablet.

Read more and comment

 
2 years ago

LG and Google announce the Nexus 4

116

This thing's been leaked six ways to Sunday, and now LG and Google have finally made the Nexus 4 official. It is as we've seen this whole time -- 4.7-inch IPS display, Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro at 1.5 GHz, and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. It'll be available starting Nov. 13 in the U.S., UK, Canada, Germany, France, Spain and Australia.

The Nexus 4 will come in 8- and 16-gigabyte versions for $299 and $349, respectively. It'll be sold unlocked as GSM/HSPA+ compatible -- No LTE to be had, which isn't a surprise.

Full specs:

  • Chipset: Qualcomm Snapdragon™ S4 Pro processor with 1.5GHz Quad-Core Krait CPUs
  • Operating System: Android 4.2, Jelly Bean
  • Network: 3G (WCDMA), HSPA+
  • Display: 4.7-inch WXGA True HD IPS Plus (1280 x 768 pixels)
  • Memory: 8GB / 16GB
  • RAM: 2GB
  • Camera: 8.0MP rear / 1.3MP HD front
  • Battery: 2,100mAh Li-Polymer (embedded) / Talk time: 15.3 hours / Standby: 390 hours
  • Size: 133.9 x 68.7 x 9.1mm
  • Weight: 139g
  • Other: Wireless charging, NFC

Full presser is after the break.

Read more and comment

 
2 years ago

Huawei Honor 2 officially announced for China with 326 PPI display

5

Huawei announced the Honor 2 smartphone today, which is due to hit stores in China on November 4 for 1888 yuan (or $302). 

The Huawei Honor 2 has a 1.4 GHz quad-core processor, 2 GB of RAM (with a 1 GB option available for some reason), 8 GB of local storage, a 2230 mAh battery, and a 4.5-inch 1280 x 720 IPS display which works out to an impressive 326 pixels per inch. Gleaning the awkwardly-translated Weibo updates from Huawei, it sounds like they're boasting 72 hours of battery life, which would also be a great selling point if true. The phone measures 10.5 mm thick and has an 8 megapixel camera on the back. The only real downside is that's running Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich. Overall, the Honor 2 a significant step up from the original, even though odds are we won't be seeing it outside of China any time soon. T-Mobile has a Huawei device launching soon, but it's more likely to be an entry-level device.

For those of you that know Chinese, there's a video demo of the Huawei Honor 2 over here, or you can check out an early review here. Those are some pretty solid specs given the price. Anybody in China thinking of picking one up? What are the odds of an international launch eventually? 

via: Engadget

Read more and comment

 
2 years ago

LG Nexus 4 outed on video by carrier in Sweden

47

 

And here we have another video of the LG Nexus 4, which might or might not be announced today. Looks like this one comes from Three in Sweden. As it so happens, we've got a Swede on staff (more than one, now that we think about it).

The video talks up the beautiful, thin design of the "Nexus 4 by LG." It mentions the power button on the right-hand side, and the volume and micro SIM on the left. (Nothing we couldn't tell by watching, of course.) "Here is the familiar pure Android interface," it continues. Folders, main menu. Fast web browsers, high-resolution screen.

Also mentioned is the status bar, with "easily accessible settings." And, indeed, there are quick settings, though different than we might have expected.

Update: And the video's been pulled, as we figured it would.

Thanks, Dennis!

Read more and comment

 
2 years ago

The first Verizon Galaxy Note 2 accessory you'll want to buy

74

Cover that ridiculous logo on Verizon's Galaxy Note 2 home button with an equally ridiculous sticker. Get three pieces for $10 U.S. and stick it to the man. 

Source: eBay; via +Cory Teague

Read more and comment

 
2 years ago

HTC One X (international) Jelly Bean roll out begins

29

Jelly Bean for the international versions of the HTC One X has begun pushing out, but the situation is a bit complicated. Rather than being pushed to all phones in a particular region, HTC pushes out updates to certain devices based on their CID (Customer ID) in each region. For example, phones with a CID of htc__612 are sold to carriers in Taiwan, and they started receiving their OTA last night. Alternatively, my unlocked phone with a CID of htc__044 hasn't received it yet, even though it's also sold in Taiwan (among other locales). I told you it was complicated.

What we know now is that the mentioned phones with htc__612 CIDs are receiving the OTA update as we speak, and HTC has informed me that the Jelly Bean update for all phones in Asia and Europe is "rolling out now". An insider told me that my particular model (htc__044) should start seeing the OTA tomorrow (Sunday). Finally, I've yet to hear from anyone in Europe who has received the OTA. I told you it was complicated.

If you've hacked your Tegra3 One X, you understand all of this and know where to look for information about rolling back and getting the OTA. If you haven't hacked your phone, just know that the Jelly Bean OTA is in process. Hopefully we'll all see it soon, as a few early reports say it's extremely fast and makes a great phone even better.

Thanks, Jeff and Ray420!

Read more and comment

 
2 years ago

Carphone Warehouse in store advertising backs up earlier pricing information for LG Nexus 4

12

In a week quite literally filled with LG Nexus 4 leaks, UK retailer Carphone Warehouse accidentally pulled the trigger on their pre-order page for the device. Contained within was plenty of juicy tidbits about Google's next Nexus smartphone, including some hints at pricing. Following this, we then saw leaked internal inventory screens that seemed to back it up further still.

Now, it seems, the very same retailer -- in some locations at least -- has already started to display their in store price advertising for the Nexus 4. It says that the device will be free on new and upgrade contracts from £31 per month, and that for £389.95 you can buy one out right. 

What is lacking from this price tag however, is any indication of storage size. But, it's a weekend, so we're not going to get into that debate right now. We'll leave that to you folks in the forums, which is where you should be headed to talk up -- or down -- the LG Nexus 4 to your hearts content. 

Source: @ollygosling (Twitter)

More: LG Nexus 4 Forums

Read more and comment

 
2 years ago

One more Nexus 4 render leaked, still looks like a Nexus 4

47

Have we mentioned that there's a Nexus 4 coming Monday at Google's "Playground" event in New York? Yeah? Good. Here's one more render from the fine folks at @evleaks. Here we get a better look at the bezel surrounding the crystal reflective back (that's LG's new design feature first seen on the Optimus G, and here it's done in the same style as the original Nexus One live wallpaper).

There's not a whole lot to be gleaned from the screen here, either, save for this one's stock Android instead of an old custom ROM screenshot slapped on top. (That should calm the conspiracy theorists a little, maybe.) And the camera app has changed. Huzzah.

Just a couple days to go, folks.

Source: @evleaks

Read more and comment

 
2 years ago

Nexus 4 user manuals go live on LG's support page

52

Remember that LG Nexus 4 support page that went live yesterday? Well now the page has been updated with user manuals for the device. We've been calling this device the Nexus 4 for a long time now, and this manual has confirmed that for us. Also something to note here is that there are two different manuals -- one 8GB, one 16GB. Both manuals seem to be the exact same, but that still gives us some information. Based on what we see here, we may be looking at just those two storage capacities for the next Nexus device.

The manuals also confirm the existence of an inductive charging coil, which occupies a pretty big space under the back plate. We picked this out in the FCC documentation all the way back when the first leaks hit, so we saw that one coming. Inductive charging on the device doesn't do much good without the accessories to support it though, so hopefully Google does a better job with these than the Galaxy Nexus docks.

If you're still curious and want to thumb through the manuals, head to the source link below. And remember, we'll see it all straight from Google on Monday morning.

Source: LG; via: Engadget

More: LG Nexus 4 Forum

Read more and comment

 
2 years ago

Droid RAZR HD and MAXX HD receiving small security patch OTA

0

It looks like the Droid RAZR HD and MAXX HD are receiving an extremely small OTA update -- about 6MB -- according to Verizon support documentation. There's just one bullet point to this update, "Updated Google Security Patch has been added.", which is pretty obscure. Rooted users beware, this may be closing up an exploit hole that you used. Better wait and see what the final implications of this update are.

That aside, it's always good to see updates coming out, even the small bug fixes like this.

Source: Verizon Support; PDFThanks everyone who sent this in!

More: Verizon Droid Forums

Read more and comment

 
2 years ago

Huawei Ascend D Quad XL review

12

High performance at a reasonable cost, but can it ever be considered over the more popular manufacturers' offerings?

There's a pretty decent chance you've used a Huawei phone without even knowing it. A longtime seller of spec devices, Huawei has started to step into the competitive arena that is the high-end smartphone market. For 2012, Huawei offers this, the Ascend D Quad XL.

When the Ascend D Quad XL was first shown off by Huawei at Mobile World Congress back in February, it was touted as “the fastest smartphone in the world.” We hear a lot of claims about specs, but “fastest” isn’t exactly something you can measure accurately. By today’s standards, it’s likely that it isn’t going to best the top of the top -- but what really matters is the real-world user experience. Does the Ascend D Quad XL have what it takes to pull users away from the likes of Samsung, HTC and LG? Read on and find out.

Read more and comment

 
2 years ago

HTC reveals disappointing consolidated Q3 results

19

HTC has announced its consolidated third-quarter financial results, revealing yet more disappointing numbers after a year of financial woe for the Taiwanese company.

From July to September, the company reported revenues of NT$70.2 billion ($2.4 billion), with gross margin of 25.0% and operating margin of 7.0%. Net profit stood at NT$3.9 billion ($133 million), with earnings per share of NT$4.7 ($0.16).

The year-on-year figures make for grim reading, as revenues are down some 48 percent compared to Q3 2011, when HTC was in a comparatively strong position.

In today's statement, HTC singled out China as a key growth driver for the third quarter, and noted that the U.S. performed in line with expectations. The company also took the chance to highlight major upcoming product launches, such as the Android-powered One X+ in Europe and J Butterfly in Japan, as well as the new Windows Phone 8X and 8S.

However, HTC's outlook for Q4 2012 is similarly bleak, with expected revenues of NT$60 billion ($2.05 billion), a gross margin of 23% and operating margin of 1%.

Source: HTC

Read more and comment

 
2 years ago

Sony Xperia T review

7

Despite its status as a global electronics giant, Sony remains on the periphery of the smartphone world, with a tiny share of the market outside its native Japan. In Europe, it’s struggled to make a dent in Samsung and Apple’s dominance. In the U.S., Sony Mobile’s market presence is barely measurable.

After a shaky start to 2012, Sony enters fall with an unusually thorough product refresh, led by the Xperia T, its new international flagship. With a slimmed-down design, a faster CPU and refreshed software, the T offers some tangible improvements over its six-month-old sibling, the Xperia S. But in terms of software, Sony remains behind the technological curve, shipping a flagship running Android 4.0 on the eve of a possible Android 4.2 announcement.

So can Sony’s ICS-based beast measure up against to the storm of smartphone late 2012 competition? Find out after the break, in our exhaustive Sony Xperia T review.

Read more and comment

 
2 years ago

LG Optimus G landing on TELUS November 13

5

The LG Optimus G, which is coming soon to the U.S., will also be available in Canada by way of TELUS starting November 13. Pricing is still something of a mystery, but the American version is going for $200 on a two-year contract, so that should provide something of an indication. 

We've got two reviews of the LG Optimus G if you're thinking of picking one up, but here's the short version. 

  • Chipset: 1.5 GHz Quad-core Krait CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon™ S4 Pro processor
  • LTE
  • Operating System: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Network: 2G / 3G / LTE
  • Display: 4.7-inch WXGA True HD IPSPLUS (1280 x 768 pixels) / 15:9 ratio
  • Memory: 32GB
  • RAM: 2GB DDR
  • Camera: 13.0MP or 8.0MP rear / 1.3MP front
  • Battery: 2,100mAh (570Wh/L) / Talk time: 15 hours / Standby: 335 hours
  • Size: 131.9 x 68.9 x 8.45mm
  • Weight: 145g
  • Other: Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, USB2.0 HS, A-GPS, MHL and DLNA, NFC

It's quite a powerhouse on paper, but do we have any takers? Canadians interested in getting in on the Optimus G can keep their eyes peeled to the TELUS online store

Read more and comment

 
Show More Headlines

Pages