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1 year ago

T-Mobile to release Samsung Galaxy Note 2 on October 24?

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The usual caveats apply with this one folks, but it's potentially good news for T-Mobile customers eagerly awaiting news of the Galaxy Note 2. This leaked screenshot obtained by the good folks over at TmoNews, seems to indicate that the 5.5" Note 2 will be available on October 24 in both white and grey. 

We all know it's coming, that isn't the potential story here. October 24 is the date of the Samsung "Next Big Thing" event in New York City -- which, of course, we'll be covering live. Should this all play out, could we be looking at some same day availability for the Note 2? Leaks are fun, that's for sure, but we'll be keeping a close eye out for any further news. And, to kill some time while you wait, be sure to check out our full review

Source: TmoNews

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1 year ago

Samsung Galaxy S3 soon available in black and brown on Verizon

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It's been a little while now since we first heard all about the additional colors the Samsung Galaxy S3 was to become available in. Indeed, some of those colors we saw first hand at IFA 2012 in Berlin, but news of their availability globally has been a little thin on the ground. News from Verizon today is that the black and brown versions of Samsung's hit handset will be coming soon to Big Red. 

A sign up page over on the Verizon website is live now, and while there's a distinct lack of pricing information, it would be hard to see a color change warrant a change in price. If you've been holding out for either of these, be sure to keep an eye out for release information that will no doubts follow soon. 

Source: Verizon

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1 year ago

LG gets official with Optimus L9 for T-Mobile

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The mid-range LG L9 that we had heard about last week has just been officially announced for T-Mobile U.S.A. The press release makes a point to highlight the L9's svelte 0.36-inch profile, if staying slim is important to you. Many of the rumored specs check out: 

  • Android™ 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 4.5-inch qHD Corning® Gorilla® Glass 2 Display

  • T-Mobile Blazing-Fast Nationwide 4GNetwork
  • Sleek, Stylish Design and Slim Profile

  • Powerful 1 GHz Dual-Core Processor
  • LG QuickMemo™

  • 5-megapixel camera with LED Flash
  • True-to-Life 1080p HD Recording

  •  Simultaneous Video/Photo Capture
  •  Long-Lasting 2,150 mAh Battery

It's squarely in the mid-range fore sure, but that's hardly a bad thing. No information was given about pricing or availability besides the fact that we'll see it land in stores sometime "this fall". Anyone biting, or are we all in the "Jelly Bean or bust" car? 

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1 year ago

Sony Xperia T hands-on video and initial review

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Sony Mobile returns in late 2012 with a new design, and faster hardware in its most recent flagship smartphone, the Xperia T. If the Xperia T looks familiar, it might be because it's channeling a little of last year's Xperia Arc, with an elegant-flag front and a curved back. And while the Xperia T is heftier than its predecessor, it feels just as great in the hand. Hardware highlights include a Snapdragon S4 dual-core CPU at 1.5GHz, a impressively bright and clear Sony IPS-based HD Reality Display and a 13MP rear camera (check out our initial photo and video samples).

On the software side, we're unfortunately still running Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, though Sony promises an upgrade to Jelly Bean in due course. Being a Sony phone, the Xperia T delivers an understated skin on top of ICS, with Sony-branded apps including a Walkman music player and PlayStation Mobile. Timescape returns to perform its social media duties, and Xperia Link allows an easy way to tether the device to a Sony tablet, if you have one.

On the whole, it's a solid high-end package from Sony, and a marked improvement upon early 2012 efforts like the Xperia S. We'll have a full review written up in the days ahead. In the meantime, check out our full hands-on video and photo gallery after the break.

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1 year ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 now available in titanium grey from Clove UK

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Clove UK has recently confirmed that they have the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 available in titanium grey, which may be a nice change of pace from the white version which seems to be the only thing available on Vodafone. Three's version is available in the grey as well, and EE is also supposed to be launching theirs soon, but if you just can't wait, Clove has their on sale here for £440

If you haven't heard, the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 is an excellent piece of kit. Here's a quick run-down of the specs.

  • Network: 3G: HSPA+ 21Mbps (HSDPA 21Mbps / HSUPA 5.76Mbps); 4G LTE: 100Mbps/ 50Mbps
  • Processor: 1.6 GHz quad-core processor
  • Display: 5.5” HD Super AMOLED (1,280 x 720)
  • OS: Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
  • Camera: Main(Rear): 8 Megapixel Auto Focus Camera with LED Flash, BSI; Sub(Front): 1.9 Megapixel VT Camera, BSI; Best Photo, Best Faces, Low light shot
  • Sharing Features: Samsung AllShare Play & Control; Samsung AllShare Cast(WiFi Display) – Mirroring & Extension; Samsung AllShare Framework; S Beam
  • GPS: A-GPS; Glonass
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth® v 4.0 (Apt-X Codec support) LE; USB 2.0 Host; WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n (2.4 & 5 GHz), Wi-Fi HT40; Wi-Fi Direct; mHL; NFC
  • Sensors: Accelerometer, RGB Light, Digital Compass, Proximity, Gyro, Barometer
  • Memory: 16/32/64GB User memory + 2GB (RAM); microSD (up to 64GB)
  • Dimensions: 80.5 x 151.1 x 9.4 mm, 180 g
  • Battery: Standard battery, Li-ion 3,100mAh

For the full nine yards, you'll want to meet our Samsung Galaxy Note 2 review. Any Brits thinking of picking one up? Which carrier would you go with and why?

Via: Clove

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1 year ago

Red Samsung Galaxy S3 down to £399 at UK retailer today

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Want to stand out from the crowd with an unusually-colored "garnet red" Samsung Galaxy S3? If you're in the UK, you can get hold of the handset in this color at a significant discount, for today only, thanks to an offer from Expansys UK. The retailer is offering the garnet red Galaxy S3 SIM-free for £399, a significant markdown from the starting price of £550. A bright red smartphone might not be for everyone, but if you're in the market for the unique-looking phone, this is probably the cheapest you'll find it on this side of the pond.

Expansys says the deal will run, while stocks last, until 11pm UK time today.

Source: Expansys UK

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1 year ago

Sony Xperia TX launches in Hong Kong

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Sony has released the Asian variant of its international flagship, the Xperia TX, starting in Hong Kong. The Xperia TX, which we saw for the first time at IFA 2012 in Berlin, is almost identical to its more worldly sibling, the Xperia T. The main differences in the TX include the lack of a microSD card slot, a slightly thinner, lighter chassis and a smaller battery (1750mAh versus 1850). Besides that, it's the same 4.6-inch IPS HD Reality Display, same ICS-based Sony interface, and same Snapdragon S4 dual-core CPU (though previously it's been erroneously reported that the TX was running an S3).

Hong Kong buyers looking to pick up an Xperia TX will find it for sale for HK$4,698 (£375, €465, $606), according to XperiaBlog. As the Xperia T and TX are very similar handsets, Sony says it doesn't plan on releasing both in the same market.

Source: XperiaBlog

More: Hands-on with the Xperia TX

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1 year ago

Samsung releases Galaxy Note 2 open-source bits

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Samsung has released the Linux kernel source code, and other open-source bits, for the recently-launched international version of its Galaxy Note 2 handset (model number GT-N7100). These files won't be of any use to regular Note 2 owners, but they may help out custom ROM developers looking to develop Jelly Bean-based firmware for the device, meaning better and more stable ROMs for all of us. The files are available from the Samsung Open Source Release Center, linked below. Just plug the model number -- GT-N7100 -- into the search box, and you'll be good to go.

If you're still on the fence about the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, be sure to check out our full review.

Source: Samsung Open-Source Release Center; via: SamMobile

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1 year ago

HTC revenue slide continues as Q3 results reported

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HTC has reported its financial results for the third quarter of the year, showing a continuation of the slump in revenues that has characterized the company's 2012 performance. From July to September, HTC's net revenue was $2.397 billion (NT$70.2 billion), down from $3 billion (NT$91.04 billion) in the second quarter. Net income after tax is reported at $133 million (NT$3.9 billion), down from $247 million (NT$7.40 billion) in Q2. According to reports from Bloomberg, today's numbers represent a 48 percent fall in revenues over the past year. The NT$70.2 figure sees HTC narrowly land within the forecasted NT$70-80 billion window.

HTC has faced strong competition from the likes of Samsung and Apple over the past year, and despite putting out critically-acclaimed phones like the One X, HTC has failed to shift its devices in as great a quantity as Samsung's Galaxy line. The company will be hoping to reverse its fortunes with refreshed Android handsets this fall, along with a renewed focus on Windows Phone, through its Windows Phone 8X and 8S handsets.

Source: Bloomberg, TNW

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1 year ago

Jelly Bean leaks for some Tegra 3 One X variants

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The ever-resourceful fellows over at the XDA forums have posted a leaked Jelly Bean ROM for some variants of the HTC One X. Based on the shipping software that will be coming on the One X+, this Android 4.1.1 and Sense 4+ ROM is ready for flashing, but only on specific models of the One X running Tegra 3 processors. The following CIDs -- and only these CIDs -- are supported:

  • cidnum: HTC__001
  • cidnum: HTC__E11
  • cidnum: HTC__203
  • cidnum: HTC__102
  • cidnum: HTC__405
  • cidnum: HTC__Y13
  • cidnum: HTC__A07
  • cidnum: HTC__304
  • cidnum: HTC__M27
  • cidnum: HTC__032
  • cidnum: HTC__016
  • cidnum: HTC__J15

If your device is included in the above list and you want to get a sneak peek at the upcoming software version for the device, head to the source link below and check it out, and let us know in the comments how it goes. Oh, do yourself a favor and back up before flashing, will ya?

Source: XDA ; via Android Central forums

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