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3 years ago

Sony announces U.S. availability of Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra

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Smartwatch 2 also seeing a Stateside launch alongside Sony's latest high-end handsets

Literally days after Sony CEO Kaz Hirai seemingly poured water on a Sony breakout in the U.S, today we're treated to the news of three new device launches. The Xperia Z1, Xperia Z Ultra and the Smartwatch 2 will all be available to purchase in the United States. 

The Xperia Z Ultra is available from today at Sony's online store at $649.99 for the HSPA+ version and $679.99 for LTE. For that you're getting a monstrous 6.4-inch 1080p Triluminos display, a 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800, 2GB of RAM, an 8MP rear camera and Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean. Internal storage is a slim 16GB, expandable via microSD card, and it will be available in black, white and purple. 

The Xperia Z1 is available in HSPA+ form only at a price of $669.99. Arguably Sony's finest Android handset to date, one of the marquee features of the recently launched Z1 is that 20.7MP Sony G-Lens camera on the rear. Round the front you're looking at a 5-inch 1080p Triluminos display, with a 2.2GHz Snapdragon 800 and 2GB of RAM underneath with 16GB of on-board, and expandable storage. It's also waterproof, if that's important to you. Both the Z1 and the Z Ultra are available now from Sony's U.S. online store, select Sony brick-and-mortar stores and selected online retailers. 

The Sony Smartwatch 2 is the follow up to the original Smartwatch, and can be paired with Android devices running Ice Cream Sandwich and above. It promises 3-4 days battery life, easy setup via NFC and an 'Android like' user interface. Our early hands-ons with the Smartwatch 2 find it lacking a little when compared to something like the Samsung Galaxy Gear, but it also costs much less. The Smartwatch 2 can be had via the same channels as the two phones, and can be yours for $199.95. 

You'll find links to the Sony Store at the source below, and be sure to check out our extensive review and hands on coverage with the Xperia Z1 and Z Ultra. 

More: Sony Xperia Z1 review | Sony Xperia Z Ultra hands-on

 

Source: Sony

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3 years ago

Argos launches £99 Android tablet

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'MyTablet' will arrive in stores tomorrow

Following Tesco's Hudl launch a few weeks back, another major British retail name has announced its own-brand, low-cost Android tablet. The Argos "MyTablet" will arrive in stores from tomorrow, Oct. 16, priced at just £99.99. While it undercuts the Tesco Hudl on price, it also doesn't quite match up to it in terms of specs. There's a 7-inch, 1024x600-resolution display, a dual-core 1.6GHz processor with 8GB of storage and microSD support. And you also get front and rear cameras — 2MP and 0.3MP shooters respectively.

On the software side, the device runs a near-stock Android 4.2.2 Jelly Bean-based OS, with BBC iPlayer, Angry Birds and e-reader software pre-loaded.

via BBC News

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3 years ago

HTC One Max review

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Does the world n​​eed a 5.9-inch HTC One?

We like the HTC One. Twice this year we’ve said it was the best Android phone you can buy, and there’s a strong argument for saying that’s still the case today. When it arrived back in March, the HTC One bucked some of the major high-end smartphone trends of the time. A metal shell, not plastic. A quirky two-button setup. A 4-megapixel camera that focused on pixel size, not megapixel count. And a screen no larger than its predecessor, at 4.7-inches, in a world of rapidly ballooning display sizes.

Nevertheless, big phones are, and look set to remain, a thing. The success of the Samsung Galaxy Note series has inspired competitors to have a crack at their own unashamedly large smartphones. This year we’ve seen the Optimus G Pro from LG, the Xperia Z Ultra from Sony and even the Ascend Mate from Huawei. It was only a matter of time before HTC arrived — fashionably late, of course — at the oversized smartphone party.

It’s easy to look at the One Max and assume you’re just dealing with a bigger HTC One. That’s not untrue, but there’s more going on than a mere expansion of an existing phone into a new form factor — and that’s both good and bad. The Max delivers some subtle differences in design and build, a fingerprint sensor around the back, expandable storage and an array of new software tricks thanks to HTC’s new Sense 5.5.

But does the world need a 5.9-inch HTC One? And what of the competition from the likes of Samsung, which has just launched its Galaxy Note 3 amid much fanfare. Let’s find out after the break, as we take an in-depth look at the new HTC One Max.

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3 years ago

We're answering your HTC One Max questions on the Android Central forums!

Got questions? Head to the forums!

The HTC One Max has been officially announced this morning, and we've had the chance to use the device for the past few days. So now that everything official we're answering your questions on the device over on the Android Central forums. Maybe you want to know about that enormous 5.9-inch1080p display. Or perhaps the rear-mounted fingerprint scanner, or any of the new HTC Sense 5.5 software features — like Google+ and RSS support in BlinkFeed. Whatever burning questions you have, hit the forum link below 

Stay tuned for our full HTC One Max review in the near future!

More: HTC One Max Q&A on the Android Central forums

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3 years ago

In pictures: The HTC One Max

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An extensive photo gallery of HTC's next big thing

The HTC One Max is official, and we've got our hands on HTC's latest 5.9-inch handset. While we finish up our full review, you'll want to check out our extensive hands-on photo gallery after the break. Enjoy!

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3 years ago

HTC One Max carriers and availability

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'Max' coming to Europe first, with UK launch this week; Verizon and Sprint getting it by year's end

A little earlier than we were anticipating, the HTC One Max is official. So just when will you be able to get your hands on HTC's latest super-sized handset? Well, the good news for folks in the UK is that the Max will be launching there later this week. Vodafone UK will be the first launch partner (though no exclusive deal is in place, HTC says), with the rest of Europe following soon afterwards.

Stateside, the HTC One Max will be coming to Verizon Wireless and Sprint in time for the holidays. We don't have any pricing information for the device just yet, but we'll keep you posted as details emerge.

More: HTC One Max forums; HTC One Max specs

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3 years ago

HTC One Max specs

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Complete hardware specifications for the new HTC One Max

After many months of leakage and speculation, the HTC One Max is finally official, and we've got our hands on the 5.9-inch handset, which packs familiar internal hardware.

The short version is the One Max is, on the inside, essentially an HTC One. It's powered by a Snapdragon 600 processor with 2GB of RAM and a 1080p display. But it's also got removable storage in addition to its 16GB of onboard flash, and there's a fingerprint scanner underneath that 4-megapixel "Ultrapixel" camera. It's also the first HTC phone to launch with Android 4.3 and the new Sense 5.5 UI.

You'll find the long version after the break.

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3 years ago

HTC officially unveils the One Max

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5.9-inch screen, Snapdragon 600, HTC Sense 5.5, fingerprint scanner

HTC has just officially announced the One Max, its latest Android smartphone with a whopping 5.9-inch 1080p display. Styled similarly to the rest of its One series with an aluminum chassis, the One Max runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean and the new Sense 5.5 UI, and debuts as HTC's largest smartphone to date.

On the inside, the Max is powered by a 1.7 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor with 2GB of RAM. Around the back is HTC's familiar UltraPixel camera, along with a new fingerprint scanner, which can be used for security or mapped to quick-start certain apps. Internal storage comes in 16 and 32 gigabyte helpings, and there's also a microSD slot behind the removable back panel, along with a non-removable 3300mAh battery. HTC will also offer a special flip cover with a built-in 1200mAh battery to augment the Max's battery life — the case connects to the phone through pogo pins on the back cover.

HTC's BoomSound front-facing speakers have made it across too, though following the end of the HTC/Beats partnership, the Max doesn't feature Beats Audio software enhancements.

HTC's Sense 5.5 software adds new features to BlinkFeed, including full Google+ support, RSS integration and searching — as well as the ability to turn off BlinkFeed if you want. The Gallery app has been expanded with more control over video highlights, as well as a new side-scrolling layout.

The HTC One Max is due to launch first in the UK later this week, followed by a wider international launch. In the U.S. it'll launch on Verizon and Sprint for the holidays.

More HTC One Max coverage:

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3 years ago

LG 'G Flex' pictured with curved 6-inch display

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Curvy smartphone could launch next month, according to reports

With Samsung's Galaxy Round now officially a thing, it's only a matter of time before LG responds with its own curved-screen handset, as has been extensively rumored. Today we're seeing a handful of renders of the "G Flex" leak out online, showing a top-to-bottom curve on a device that bears close resemblance to the LG G2. (An image of the phone lying flat even hints at the presence of back-mounted buttons, in the style of LG's latest flagship handset.)

Engadget reports that the device will sport a 6-inch display, as previously rumored, while an article on The Verge suggests that a November launch is on the cards, following the launch of the LG-made Nexus 5. Whether the "G Flex," or Samsung's competing Galaxy Round, will ever see a widespread international launch remains to be seen, however.  

Source: Engadget, The Verge

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3 years ago

Nexus 5 appears in clearest leak yet, gets the full hands on

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It sure looks like the next Nexus in this 7 minute hands on video 

Looks like we've all got a little weekend treat here. What this is, apparently, is a full 7 minute hands on video with the LG Nexus 5. We've been seeing and hearing things for the past few weeks, but this is the clearest view yet at what we're expecting to be Google's next Nexus phone. The video is plastered with smartphones.sfr.fr whom it appears we have to thank. 

We've not had chance to digest it all yet, but jump in and take a look for yourselves in the video up top. Early thoughts are that it shows the phone to be running Key Lime Pie, so it's likely an older build of the software and doesn't show us anything new. Also, on the hardware front, the large Nexus logo we've seen repeatedly in previous leaks on the rear of the phone seems to be missing, So maybe this is an earlier prototype of the hardware too. That, plus the "not for sale" sign on the back would indicate this probably isn't a retail unit we're looking at. What do you think of it all? 

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3 years ago

4.3 update for T-Mobile HTC One coming next week

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Update still "on-track" for middle of next week says HTC America president Jason Mackenzie

HTC One users on T-Mobile, get ready for your moment in the sun next week, as the Android 4.3 update is headed your way as scheduled according to HTC America president Jason Mackenzie.

We've seen unlocked editions, as well as Sprint and AT&T versions get the update here in the states, and folks on T-Mobile and Verizon are understandably getting a little antsy. Hopefully, no "last second issues" keep the timeline from unfolding as planned.

Mrs. Hildenbrand says "whoop-whoop!"

Source: @JasonMacHTC

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3 years ago

Sony Xperia Z1 leaks out for T-Mobile U.S.

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Looks like at least some folks in the U.S. might be able to get Sony's latest and greatest after all

Just this morning we reported on comments from Sony CEO Kaz Hirai regarding breaking into the U.S. market. The comments weren't that promising, but some better news may be breaking now with the leak of this image from the serial tipster @evleaks. What we're looking at is reportedly the Sony Xperia Z1 for T-Mobile. 

We're only treated to the rear of the device, but the Sony G-Lens with 20.7MP sensor is clearly present. No other information is available at this time, but it's sure to be a glimmer of hope for American Sony fans. 

Source: @evleaks

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3 years ago

C Spire HTC One also getting Android 4.3 update

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Like Sprint and AT&T before it, C Spire Wireless' HTC One is also getting the Android 4.3 treatment. A post on HTC's official blog confirms the update to version 2.04.563.3 for C Spire users, bringing with it a similar blend of new Sense features and the latest version of Google's OS.

We're still waiting on Android 4.3 for T-Mobile and Verizon HTC Ones, as well as European handsets.

Source: HTC; via: AndroidPolice

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3 years ago

Verizon might offer Developer Edition Galaxy Note 3, official site suggests

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Could a bootloader-unlocked Verizon Note 3 be on the cards?

Back in June Verizon and Samsung teamed up to offer a special "Developer Edition" Galaxy S4, with an unlocked bootloader, for those who like to tinker with their devices. Today it seems a second such handset might be on the cards, as a listing on Samsung's U.S. site makes reference to a "Developer Edition Galaxy Note 3."

Enter the start of the Note's model number on the Samsung support site and one of the predicted options is:

"Coming Soon! Samsung Galaxy Note® 3 (Verizon) Developer Edition | SM-N900VMKEVZW"

No such device has been officially announced just yet, so we'd take this leak -- potentially revealing as it may be -- with a pinch of salt until we get word from Verizon or Samsung.

Are you in the market for a hackable, unlocked Verizon Galaxy Note 3, or are you happy with the regular retail version? Make yourself known in the comments!

Source: Samsung US Support; Thanks, Johnny!

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3 years ago

Verizon Galaxy S4 Mini home button leaks

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Just in case you forget where to send the money each month

OK, so this is a leak from @evleaks and might not really be the Galaxy S4 Mini for Verizon. But if it's real, we can't help but think Verizon is just trolling the crap out of everyone here. If that's the case, we say well played Verizon, well played. In any case, it appears that the S4 Mini, which we already saw leaked today for AT&T and Sprint, will be going to Big Red sooner or later. 

Comments are open. 

Source: @evleaks

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