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3 years ago

We're live in Berlin for Samsung Unpacked 2013: Episode 2!

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Follow our live coverage of everything Samsung has to show us from their Unpacked 2013 event in Berlin

We're here, and by here I mean we're live on location at the Tempodrom in Berlin where Samsung is going to take us on one of their wild rides that is Unpacked. And what a show we're expecting it to be. The Berlin Unpacked event has become something of a tradition in recent years, with the headline launch having always been the Galaxy Note. This year is no exception, the invite on its own is reason enough to expect the Galaxy Note 3 to be officially unveiled here today. 

But, Samsung is also pretty good at throwing us a few curveballs, such as the Galaxy Camera and a bunch of ATIV Windows stuff last year. This year we could possibly be looking at the rumored Galaxy Gear smartwatch. Whatever happens, we'll know soon enough and we'll be bringing you with us every step of the way. The action kicks off at 19:00 local time (18:00 BST, 13:00 EDT, 10:00 PDT). Click on past the break for our Samsung Unpacked liveblog! 

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3 years ago

We're live in Berlin with Sony at IFA 2013!

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Live coverage of all Sony's IFA 2013 announcements as they happen

We're live in Berlin today with Sony, as they kick off the IFA 2013 excitement with their press conference from the halls of Messe Berlin. What to expect, then? We're expecting to see the much leaked Xperia Z1 officially introduced today, and also the interesting looking 'Lens Camera' attachments that have leaked out in recent days and weeks. And, since this is Sony, and this is a consumer electronics show, there's sure to be some non-mobile announcements, including some likely very sexy — and very expensive — 4K televisions.

The show kicks off at 16:00 local time (15:00 BST, 10:00 EDT, 07:00 PDT) so remember to bookmark this page for full live coverage. You'll find our liveblog after the break. 

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3 years ago

HTC One Mini gets the David Koma design treatment in Twitter contest

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HTC's UK arm this morning announced a special edition of the HTC One Mini, designed by British fashion guru David Koma. 

It's a limited run of 10 handsets, HTC says, and HTC UK is giving them away through Sept. 24 when you tweet with #htckoma along with a design of your own making as inspired by Koma, and with "the idea of 'change'," HTC says. One overall winner will also take away a signed print of the original artwork.

Says HTC:

The special edition collection sees HTC and David Koma working together to explore the ideas of change and innovation – traits that both are synonymous with in their respective fields – in a project that celebrates the power of design to bridge material and format. Each special edition HTC One mini handset features one of two exclusive designs by David Koma, printed onto the phone’s aluminium back panel. One of the unique abstract designs is inspired by his Autumn/Winter 2013 collection, while the other gives a flavour of what is to come in the Spring/Summer 2014 show, taking place on the 14th September, during London Fashion Week.

We've got the full presser after the break, and be sure to check out our HTC One Mini review if you've yet to do so.

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3 years ago

Blue HTC One, One Mini exclusive to Carphone Warehouse in the UK

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Hot on the heels of today's blue HTC One and One Mini announcement, independent UK retailer Carphone Warehouse has announced that it's snapped up exclusive rights to the "vivid blue" color variant. The blue HTC One will be available from late September, the company says, with the blue One Mini following in mid-October.

Rival retailer Phones4u already has exclusive rights to the "glamor red" HTC One in the UK.

More: Blue HTC One and One Mini hands-on

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3 years ago

Hands-on with the HTC Desire 601

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HTC Desire series gets LTE, BoomSound and Snapdragon 400 in new hero device

In contrast to last year, HTC has kept its premium “HTC One” branding for only its top two smartphones in 2013, leaving the Desire series to occupy the mid-range and entry-level space. We’ve already seen Desires 200, 500 and 600 arrive in various European territories over the past few months, and now it’s time for a hero device for that product line. Enter the Desire 601.

Don’t be fooled by the small numeric difference between the Desire 600 and the 601 -- the latter is a very different beast. For starters, it’s packing a dual-core Snapdragon 400 CPU at 1.4GHz. That’s backed up by 1GB of RAM, the latest HTC Sense UI and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. If that sounds familiar, it might be because that’s the same hardware and software base found within the HTC One Mini.

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3 years ago

In pictures: The 'vivid blue' HTC One and HTC One Mini

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Bright new color options for HTC's One series handsets

This morning HTC's taken the wraps off the HTC One and HTC One Mini in "vivid blue," and we can now show you exactly what the new -- and very colorful -- versions of the company's latest handsets look like. Firstly, we're still dealing with the HTC One and One Mini here, and the physical dimensions and design haven't changed at all. Like the other anodized versions of the phones (black and red on the One, black on the Mini) we're the aluminum finish has a slightly glossier feel to it compared to the untouched silver version.

Both devices are roughly the same shade of blue -- a light blue, with a slightly turquoise tint to it. (You might even call it "Holo" blue.) The blue HTC One has black accents, same as the black and red versions, while the Mini has blue plastic trim and a silver volume rocker, HTC logo and camera border. Overall, both make for striking new additions to HTC's line-up of high-end smartphones.

Check past the break for a closer look, in our full photo gallery of the HTC One and One Mini in blue.

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3 years ago

HTC announces Desire 601, 300, BoomBass speaker and blue HTC Ones

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New entry-level and mid-range phones, a bassy Bluetooth speaker and the HTC One and One Mini in 'vivid blue'

HTC has taken the wraps off a slew of new devices this morning, including new smartphones, accessories and additional color options for the HTC One series.

Pictured above, the HTC Desire 601, pictured above, is a new mid-range device, positioned towards the upper end of the "Desire" family. The Desire 601 has a 4.5-inch qHD LCD display, and runs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 dual-core CPU at 1.4GHz, same as the One Mini. As such, it's inherited many of that phone's software features, including the most recent version of HTC Sense, the BlinkFeed home screen experience, HTC Zoe and video highlights.

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3 years ago

HTC Desire 601 and Desire 300 specs

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Get your full hardware specs here

HTC has just officially announced the Desire 601 and Desire 300, new mid-range and entry-level phones for the European and Asian markets. For the main details you'll want to head on over to our hands-on feature on the Desire 601, and our announcement post for all of today's new HTC stuff.

But if it's specs you're after, you've come to the right place. Head on past the break to learn exactly what makes the HTC Desire 601 and Desire 300 tick.

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3 years ago

HTC Butterfly S Hello Kitty edition unveiled

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If the presence of cartoon felines features heavily in your smartphone-buying decision process, then look no further than this, the newly-announced Hello Kitty HTC Butterfly S, unveiled today in Taiwan. Engadget Chinese reports that the cat-centric 5-incher will go on sale in Taiwan only for NT$22,900 ($770) and come with nine matching Hello Kitty wallpapers in addition to the giant kitty face adorning the handset's rear. It's also sold with two Hello Kitty figurines and a transparent case covered in bows and stars.

The handset is being targeted at Taiwanese women, though we suspect that won't stop our own Jerry Hildenbrand from trying to import one of these when they go on sale. Hello Kitty just makes the awesome Butterfly S even awesomer.

So, any takers?

Source: Engadget Chinese, Engadget

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3 years ago

Verizon HTC One hands-on and first impressions

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The One we know with a few subtle changes

We're not going to beat around the bush — Verizon is late to the game picking up the HTC One. A full six months after it was announced, and a few months after Verizon indicated that it would get the device eventually, you can finally walk down to your local store and pick one up.

Everyone is pretty familiar with the hardware and software experience on the One at this point, but there are a few differences between this version and the others on sale out there today. Stick with us after the break and see our first impressions of the HTC One on Verizon.

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3 years ago

Acer announces Liquid S2 with 4K video recording

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New Snapdragon 800 phone with 6-inch 1080p display

In yet another pre-IFA, pre-announcement announcement, Acer has taken the wraps off its latest smartphone, the Liquid S2, ahead of a full unveiling at this week's show in Berlin.

The manufacturer claims it's the first smartphone with 4K video recording, a feature enabled by Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 800 processor, though both Sony and Samsung are expected to announce 4K-recording phones later this week. Besides Qualcomm's latest processor, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, the Liquid S2 packs a gigantic 6-inch 1080p IPS LCD display and a hefty 3300mAh battery.

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3 years ago

What's behind Samsung's IFA products? Aliens

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Samsung's just unveiled its first IFA teaser, revealing the shocking secret behind its upcoming technology. That's right -- Aliens.

Sammy's not giving much away in this slightly nonsensical video, but we'll be live from the Unpacked 2013 event on Sept. 4 to bring you full coverage of the Galaxy Note 3, Galaxy Gear and other announcements, terrestrial or otherwise.

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3 years ago

Alcatel announces the One Touch S and One Touch Mini

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Alcatel has announced two new Android-powered smartphones in their One Touch Idol line — the One Touch S and the One Touch Mini. The two devices will both launch with Android 4.2, and be offered as Quad-band GSM models for operators the world over. Other specs of note:

One Touch S

  • Bands 1,2,4,5,7 and 8 LTE (will likely vary by model number)
  • 4.7-inch 1280 x 720 HD IPS LCD
  • 8MP 1080p rear camera, 1.3MP front camera
  • 1.2GHz dual-core processor
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 4GB of storage with SD card slot

One Touch Mini

  • 4.3-inch 854 x 480 LCD display
  • 5MP 720p rear camera, VGA front camera
  • 1.3GHz dual-core processor
  • 512MB of RAM
  • 4GB or 8GB of internal storage with SD card slot

While very few of us would consider a phone with these specs, at the right price point the new One Touch models could make quite a splash in certain markets. We've no word on price or availability. See the source links for the full details.

Source: Alcatel. One Touch S; One Touch Mini

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3 years ago

Moto X best feature - Active Display

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Android Central member GMC MaXx writes in our Moto X forums (via the Android Central app, no less):

Not pushing a button to see the time doesn't seem like a big deal, but holy cow, it's awesome!

On my Galaxy Nexus I would push the button countless times a day just to see if I missed any notifications or to check the time. Now when I pull the Moto X out of my pocket the time and any notifications are already shown without hitting a button to turn on the screen. And I don't have to hit a button to turn the screen off before going back in the pocket.

Also, when the phone is sitting on my desk I just give it a nudge and the screen shows me the time. Its such a minor thing, but makes a world of difference in the awesomeness of the Moto X!

We're inclined to agree. It really does change the way you use a phone — even more than that other phone screen gimmick we're toying around with.

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3 years ago

The Samsung Galaxy Mega: AT&T’s worst smartphone is its best tablet

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Samsung has created a truly terrible smartphone and a downright dazzling tablet in the Galaxy Mega, available now on AT&T

Whispers. Crook-eyes. The occasional point-and-laugh. These are some of the things I’ve endured on a daily basis for the past week while using AT&T's Galaxy Mega as my main smartphone. Whether I’m making a call on my morning commute or shooting off a message while walking down the street, it’s been hard to escape judgment while carrying Samsung's latest Galaxy iteration.

And who can blame the skeptics? At 6.3 inches, the Mega is conspicuously larger than just about everything else consumers are making calls on. It’s not only the largest phone on AT&T’s shelves, but it’s one of the largest phones in the world, and never for a second pretends to be anything other than just that. Samsung can finally check the “6.3-inch” box off its to-do list, at the expense of unknowingly absurd-looking Galaxy fans.

Read: Our full review of the Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3

Unfortunately, the Galaxy Mega is not only one of the largest phones on the market, but it’s also one of the worst. Shooting off an SMS takes brute strength and two meaty paws; making a phone call looks and feels ridiculous, despite what anyone graciously might tell you. The Mega is the most polarizing device in Samsung’s arsenal, and the tough love it’s been receiving from the skeptics as a poorly designed and gimmicky smartphone isn’t entirely unwarranted.

But perhaps all of us — consumers, Samsung, and AT&T — have got it all wrong. Maybe the Galaxy Mega is being unfairly judged as an awful smartphone when, in reality, it’s a fantastic tablet.

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