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3 years ago

Aurora Red Samsung Galaxy S4 now available for AT&T

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Samsung and AT&T have made the Aurora Red version of the Galaxy S4 available today. The 16GB version is identical to the black and white versions, and will have the same 2GB of RAM, 1080p display and Snapdragon 600 under the glass. It's also priced the same, $200 with a new two-year contract or $640 if you buy it outright.

The Galaxy S4 is one of the years best selling phones, and has broken just about every sales record Samsung keeps track of. With 10 Million units sold in black or white, this is your chance to get your hands on one with a little more flair. 

Source: Samsung

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3 years ago

Virgin adds Samsung Galaxy Ring to its lineup for $179

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Low-end specs and a familiar design hit a great off-contract price point

Virgin Mobile has quietly announced that it will be carrying a new entry-level device, the Samsung Galaxy Ring, starting today for just $179 without a contract. In both design and specifications, the Galaxy Ring slots right in with other low-end Samsung handsets -- with a 4-inch 480x800 display, 1.4GHz single-core (MSM8655) processor, 1GB of RAM, 4GB of storage (with SDcard support), 1750mAh battery and 5MP/1.3MP cameras. On the software side, we're looking at Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with Samsung's software enhancements along with it. The Galaxy Ring is a 3G (CDMA)-only device, which you would expect at a price point like this.

Virgin offers the Galaxy Ring on any of its no-contract plans, which are very price competitive at $35, $45 or $55 for 300, 1200 or unlimited minutes, respectively, along with unlimited data. The Galaxy Ring is available starting today, and can be purchased online at the source link below.

More: Virgin Mobile

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3 years ago

Spring cleaning: Win an LG Nexus 4

No matter how hard I try, I can't find a way to use three Nexus 4 phones. Maybe a radioactive spider will bite me one day and it will be possible, but for now I have one Nexus 4 too many. That means this little fellow has to find a new home.

Ideally, we're looking for someone who will love him forever and feed him every day (he likes Apples). If this sounds like you, apply by leaving a comment below. At midnight Pacific, I'll kill the comments and pick a winner. Good luck, and #HOLOYOLO.

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3 years ago

Huawei Ascend P6 hands-on

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Huawei fields another ridiculously thin Android phon​e

We're live from London, where Chinese manufacturer Huawei is showing off its latest Android smartphone, the Ascend P6. An insanely svelte little handset, the P6 measures in at just 6.18mm thick, making it the thinnest Android phone we're aware of. (In fact, Huawei claims that the P6 is the world's thinnest smartphone.)

It's also a good-looking piece of kit, with an iPhone-like metal trim around its top and sides, and a featureless back panel save for the Huawei logo and rear-facing camera. It comes in white, black and pink color options -- the white and pink versions have a soft touch pack panel, while the black has a more granular texture. The main camera is an 8-megapixel unit, and In today's presentation Huawei was keen to talk up its wide range of software capabilities designed to boost dynamic range and improve color vibrancy. But it's actually the front-facer that's most unique here, as it packs a 5-megapixel sensor, far beyond what's offered by most competitors.

On the front there's a 4.7-inch 720p display -- no longer cutting edge, but equally nothing to sniff at. Once again, Huawei's sporting on-screen buttons as part of its Emotion UI, which brings a unique, highly themable user interface to the P6. As with previous Huawei handsets, there's a central focus on the big "Me" widget containing weather details and other pertinent info. There are plenty of customization options too -- the manufacturer boasts 100 custom skins out of the box, and more than 1000 more online, including seasonal variants. The software experience is speedy, with no sign of lag whatsoever, on account one-two-punch of Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean and Huawei's custom-built 1.5GHz quad-core CPU.

One thing you won't be enjoying on the P6 is 4G LTE connectiity -- the current model is HSPA+-only, though Huawei boss Richard Yu did mention that an LTE-capable version would be launching around October or November.

Check out our hands-on video and gallery after the break.

More: Huawei London liveblog

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3 years ago

No 'Google Edition' Ascend P6 in the works, Huawei says

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Huawei is pretty proud of the new flagship Ascend P6 and its Emotion UI, which it unveiled today in London. And while we're seeing the likes of Samsung and HTC -- and probably Sony -- get on board with "Google Edition" versions of their top-shelf phones, Huawei has no plans to do so with the Ascend P6, Richard Yu, Chief Executive Officer for the Huawei Consumer Business Group, said at Tuesday's event.

That sentiment was echoed in the press release.

“The HUAWEI Ascend P6 is a star among smartphones with its industry-leading design, high-quality camera, and intuitive user interface. Building on the success of our Ascend P series of fashion smartphones, the HUAWEI Ascend P6 provides unsurpassed technology and a design that is simply stunning.”

"Stock" versions of the Samsung Galaxy S4 and the HTC One will go on sale June 26 at Google Play.

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3 years ago

T-Mobile gets the Sony Xperia Z this summer

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T-Mobile U.S. has announced that (as was rumored) it'll carry the Sony Xperia Z "in the coming weeks." No pricing was announced. It'll be available in black and, for a limited time, in purple.

The phone looks to be the same that we reviewed some weeks ago -- 5-inch display at 1080p (and with Sony's Bravia 2 engine), 13-megapixel camera and, more important -- it'll work just fine on T-Mobile's fledgling LTE network.

More: Xperia Z at T-Mobile

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3 years ago

Huawei announces the Ascend P6

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Huawei this morning from London announced the Ascend P6 smartphone, a ridiculously thin 4.7-inch Android device.

The thinness is Huawei's lead bullet point here, with the phone measuring in at a mere 6.18 mm. It's sporting a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor and runs Android 4.2.2. The LCD display proclaims to have "MagicTouch" -- basically meaning you can rock gloves with this guy.

Camera-wise, the Ascend P6 has an 8-megapixel shooter out back with an f/2.0 aperture. It's also sporting a full 5-megapixel camera out front, so your duckface pics will have a higher resolution than ever before.

We're live from the launch event in London. Be sure to check our liveblog!

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3 years ago

HTC Desire 200 gets official with 3.5-inch display

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HTC this morning took the wraps off the diminutive Desire 200, sporting a look that mostly is a throwback to the pre-HTC One days but still has hints of its flagship line.

This is decidedly not a high-end device. The 3.5-inch display has a 480x320 resolution -- nearly unheard of these days but not unexpected for a phone this small. It's rocking a Qualcomm Snapdragon S1 processor running at 1 GHz, and it's got a mere 4 gigabytes of internal storage and 512 megabytes of RAM. (The included SD card slot lets you bump that up, of course.)

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3 years ago

We're live from London with Huawei at 1 p.m. BST, 8 a.m. EDT

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We're live from Camden's Roundhouse in London, where Huawei is showing off its new smartphones. We're expecting the Ascend P6 -- heavily teased, but not yet officially unveiled, along with more Android goodness. And there's a chance we might get a look at the manufacturer's new Windows Phone handset too, the Ascend W2.

We'll bring you live coverage starting at 1pm local time (BST). That's 8am EDT, or 5am PDT. Liveblog's after the break!

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini priced by UK retailer ahead of July release

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Clove opening pre-orders for the S4 Mini at £390, expecting stock in early July

The Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini is one of a raft of new devices Samsung has announced in recent weeks, and the first pricing information is beginning to appear in the UK. Clove has announced they are opening pre-orders now for the SIM-free and unlocked S4 Mini, which will cost a fairly pretty hefty £390 inclusive of VAT. 

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3 years ago

Samsung to launch LTE-Advanced Galaxy S4

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Qualcomm-powered LTE-Advance​d handset headed to Korea 'as early as this month'

Samsung is aiming to launch the first smartphone supporting the faster LTE-Advanced wireless data standard, company co-CEO JK Shin has revealed. Speaking to reporters at Samsung headquarters in Suwon, South Korea, Shin said the new, LTE-A-capable Galaxy S4 could go on sale as early as this month in Korea. Reuters reports that the new Galaxy S4 will use a Qualcomm chipset, as opposed to the Exynos 5 Octa used in the Galaxy S4 phones currently sold in Samsung's home country.

LTE-Advanced has the potential to deliver significantly faster 4G speeds than existing LTE networks, but it hasn't yet seen widespread implementation by carriers around the world. Wikipedia lists Russia's Yota Networks as the only commercial LTE-A network at present, currently marketed as supporting speeds of 300Mbps. Operators in most Western countries, including the U.S., are focused on growing their vanilla LTE networks, while UK operator EE has said it'll begin trialing some of the tech behind the new standard before the end of the year.

Shin says his company is in talks with several foreign carriers regarding the LTE-Advanced Galaxy S4. However with supporting networks expected to be few and far between, this new GS4 might end up being a niche variant for the foreseeable future.

Source: Reuters

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3 years ago

HTC Desire 200 prototype caught on camera

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Entry-level device said to sport HVGA screen, 1GHz CPU

HTC is keeping the "Desire" brand around for its entry-level and mid-range line-up, as we've seen with the recent announcement of the Desire 600. But we've yet to hear much about the Desire 200 since that device dropped by Taiwan's NCC certification body around a month ago. Today Vietnamese site Thế Giới Di Động has what it says is video footage of the device, along with a tentative spec sheet.

Internal hardware is said to include a 1GHz CPU, a 3.5-inch HVGA (320x480) display, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of storage, expandable via microSD, a 1400mAh battery and a 5-megapixel rear camera. The video shows the device running what appears to be Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and HTC Sense 4 -- as opposed to the more recent, -based Sense 5. Physically, it's clear we're dealing with a smaller handset, though one inspired by the HTC One's industrial design. There's a One-style speaker grille, and Beats Audio branding on the rear, though no front-facing "BoomSound" speakers.

There's no telling whether the "Desire 200" will still be running ICS when it hits store shelves. What's shown in the video appears to be very glitchy, prototypey software, so there's every chance the final software may take a different form. Share your own speculation down in the comments, and check out the video for yourself after the break.

Source: Thế Giới Di Động; via: GSMArena

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3 years ago

Your Android device is not the place to store your photos

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When (not if) you lose everything on your phone or tablet, you'll be thankful you backed up the important things

We just got another heart-breaking email from a reader who has lost all their pictures and video because the SD card in their Android device went belly-up. We get at least a few of these every week, and it's horrible having to tell folks that there is a very good chance they'll need to use complicated forensic data retrieval tools to have any hope of getting those memories back if they can even get the media to be recognized in a computer again. Not having a good answer is the worst part of our jobs.

Now, this is not the SD card vs. no SD card debate. The same thing can happen with the internal storage on your phone, and while corruption isn't as common, accidentally erasing everything is more frequent -- especially when folks are tinkering with things and wiping and flashing "stuff". Don't go thinking this doesn't apply to you, because it does.

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3 years ago

Sony Xperia SP video walkthrough

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How does Sony's latest mid-range handset shape up?

From a handful of phones a few years ago, Sony Mobile now offers a vast portfolio of Android devices -- and it's quickly exhausting the alphabet with its letter-themed Xperia handsets. We've already covered the Xperia Z and Xperia ZL at the high end, now it's the turn of the Xperia SP, the company's mid-range offering for mid-2013.

With a dual-core Snapdragon S4 Pro chip, a 720p screen and 8-megapixel camera, the SP boasts specs that would've been considered bleeding edge less than twelve months ago. It's also much more hand-friendly than its larger siblings, with a comfortable, curved back panel. The SP also sees Sony resurrecting one of the quirkier features from its 2011 line-up -- the glowing "transparent element" that acts as a giant notification LED (and disco lights, if you're using the Walkman music app.)

Check out our full video walkthrough of the Sony Xperia SP after the break.

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3 years ago

Amazon one-day HTC One sale now on

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AT&T and Sprint HTC One going for $79.99 up-front for new customers, $99.99 for upgrades

Amazon's one-day sale on the Sprint and AT&T HTC One has begun. For today only, HTC's latest handset is being sold at a reduced price of $79.99 if you're a new customer, or $99.99 for upgrades, which is a pretty good discount on our favorite Android phone of the moment.

If you're interested, check out the links below --

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