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3 years ago

Pre-orders for Sony Xperia Z now being taken by Sony Australia

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The Sony Xperia Z is one of the hottest new devices launching in Q1 of 2013, and as we begin to see the first nations actually able to buy one, our friends down under are starting to join the party. Sony has only in the last few days held their official launch event for the Xperia Z in Australia, but now the 5-inch smartphone is available to pre-order directly from Sony Australia. 

The price is AUS $749 ($766/£504) which pretty much matches SIM-free pricing for the Xperia Z in other territories. An exact release schedule isn't provided at this time, although it's expected that the Xperia Z will become available in Australia sometime in March. 

More: Video Walkthrough of the Sony Xperia Z

via Ausdroid

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3 years ago

Financial Times gets onboard with BlinkFeed on HTC One

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The meat of HTC's new home screen experience in Sense 5 is the BlinkFeed -- a vertical-scrolling feed of news, social updates and other relevant info. This includes content from leading news organizations, and today the Financial Times has confirmed that it's onboard with BlinkFeed support on the recently-announced HTC One. As is the case when reading on the web, selected FT content will be available for free, but access to everything will require a subscription.

At Tuesday's press conference HTC boasted that it had more than 1,400 outlets supported within BlinkFeed, as part of the curated experience it's offering through the HTC One home screen. The presence of FT content is a plus for BlinkFeed, but that pesky paywall still stands in the way of full access to FT content.

For more on the Sense 5 home screen, BlinkFeed and the rest of the HTC One, check out our hands-on preview.

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3 years ago

ZTE Force LTE handset leaks out, landing on Sprint March 1

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Sprint's developing LTE network looks to be receiving a new device in the coming weeks from ZTE. This leaked Sprint product page obtained by Engadget shows what is supposedly the Sprint Force LTE, a mid-range Ice Cream Sandwich device due to arrive March 1.

As you would expect from a mid-range device, the specs certainly won't be setting the world on fire, yet look more than capable of delivering a solid experience. Pushing everything along is a 1.5GHz as yet unnamed dual-core processor, and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The 4-inch display is covered by Gorilla Glass, and inside we're looking at 1GB of RAM and 4GB of on-board storage, with a 1730mAh battery powering the Force. At $49.99 on a new 2-year-contract, it could attract those looking for some Sprint LTE on a budget.

Source: Engadget

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3 years ago

LG announces Optimus F5 and F7 to improve LTE offerings

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LG is hoping to expand the number of LTE devices in its offerings with the Optimus F Series, a set of devices that are targeted at a mid- and high-range audience. As is usually the case, the official announcement of these devices didn't follow far behind leaked renders, which seem to have been spot on. First off is the Optimus F5, which has a 4.3-inch qHD (540x960) display, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 5MP camera and 2,150mAh battery. It's big brother the Optimus F7 will have a larger 4.7-inch HD (720x1280) display, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 2GB of RAM, an 8MP camera and 2,540mAh battery.

The Optimus F5 and F7 will both offer LTE connectivity, run Android 4.1.2 with LG's customizations and come in both black and white varieties. The F5 will be available in Europe starting in the second quarter, while the F7 is expected to launch in "select markets" thereafter, with pricing and availability at a later date.

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3 years ago

ZTE and NVIDIA partner to release the first Tegra 4 Android phones

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It's no secret that NVIDIA's Tegra 4 processor is missing from the new device announcements of late, but today ZTE is about to change all that with the announcement of their new line of "super phones" running the beefy new chip. 

Available in China during the first half of 2013, these new devices are promised to offer "ultra-fast web browsing, improved app load times, more realistic gaming experiences and great battery life – thanks to the processor’s 72 custom NVIDIA GeForce cores and quad-core ARM Cortex-A15 CPU." In addition, the new i500 LTE enabled chipset, the phones will have the ability to provide world-wide LTE voice and data.

ZTE shocked everyone last year with the release of the U950, which offered a quad-core Tegra 3 processor for under 160 US, as well as the well received Grand X and Grand Era that were powerhouse phones using NVIDIA technology. We really would like to see the latest phone reach the rest of the world, but no distribution plans or prices were announced. 

For more information about the i500 LTE modem, visit NVIDIA here. For the full press release, just follow the break.

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3 years ago

Leaked renders appear for LG Optimus F series devices

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We know for sure that LG will be on hand in Barcelona next week for Mobile World Congress, and courtesy of @evleaks we're treated to 2 of the devices they may be showing off. Say hello to what is reportedly the LG Optimus F7 and F5. 

It all sits nicely with the recently released teaser trailer for LG's MWC showcase, which tossed some new letters -- F and V -- into the mix. We've already seen the latest in the L-Style range of devices announced officially, and while these two F-series devices bear a distinct resemblance, we'd hope the differences are more than just a different letter in the name. The F7 strikes a similar pose to the 2012 Optimus L9, with a slender looking profile and physical home button.

It's important to note that these are just leaks, but given the usual reliability of the source, there's a good chance these are the real deal. Whether or not we do get to see them in Barcelona remains to be seen, but we'll be live on the ground next week bringing you whatever LG has to offer.

Source: @evleaks 

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3 years ago

Sony Xperia Z video walkthrough

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With the Sony Xperia Z European launch approaching, we've had time to go hands-on with the device once again, and give you a more detailed breakdown of what's coming. So if you're after a quick primer on the next Sony flagship smartphone, check out the five-minute walkthrough above.

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3 years ago

Virgin Mobile announces the Kyocera Event for just $79

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Virgin Mobile and Kyocera have teamed up to offer an extremely low-cost Android device, the Event, for just $79.99 without a contract. Now you can't expect high-end specs at this price, but the Event shouldn't be a complete slouch. We're looking at a 3.5-inch HVGA (320x480) display, a 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM (SDcard expandable), a 3.2MP camera and it's all running under Android 4.0. The software looks very slightly skinned as well, which is nice.

The Event can be purchased for just $79.99 without a contract, and paired with one of Virgin's plans that offers unlimited data starting at $35 per month for 300 minutes. This device would be a great option for a frugal first-time smartphone user.

More: Virgin Mobile

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3 years ago

HTC One goes up for pre-order on Expansys at £519

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It was only a matter of time, but we thought it would be a little more time than this. Expansys is following in Clove's footsteps today and has just put up the HTC One for pre-order at the cool price of £519. Both silver and black varieties are available, but only in 32GB capacity (as expected). The pricing looks about the same to what Clove is offering the One for SIM free in the U.K. also.

Expansys also has pre-order placeholders ready to sell to U.S. customers, with both colors and capacities available, but there isn't any pricing information just quite yet. Three of the four major carriers in the U.S. have announced availability as well, so it looks like folks stateside will have several options when it comes to buying this device.

Source: Expansys

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3 years ago

Watch the HTC One London launch replay

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Peter Chou, Scott Croyle and a host of other live from London for the main event of the HTC One launch.

More: HTC One forums

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3 years ago

From the forums: Top HTC One discussions

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In case you missed it, HTC announced a new phone yesterday, and the Android Central forums have been busy with discussion about everything from the shiny all-metal body to the new "Ultrapixel" camera. Here's a quick breakdown of some the best threads so far --

More: HTC One forum

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3 years ago

HTC One launch day wrap-up

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We're coming to the conclusion of our HTC One launch coverage, so now's a great time to get caught up on all the launch day goodness that we've published over the past few hours. Whether you want to check out hands-on video, in-depth write-ups or just the basic details, you'll find everything you could want to know about HTC's 2013 flagship linked below.

HTC One announcement

The key details of the new HTC handset.

HTC One preview

An in-depth look at the next big thing from HTC

HTC One specs

Snapdragon 600, GBs, Ultrapixels, and more.

HTC One carriers

Find out who's selling the HTC One in your country.

HTC One hands-on

We go hands-on with the new HTC One in New York.

Video walkthrough

An HTC One walkthrough from London.

Special AC Podcast

Alex and Phil talk HTC One in a special Android Central podcast.

HTC One Discussion

Hit the forums for friendly HTC One discussion.

HTC One UK pre-order pricing

How much you'll pay for the phone in the UK

Official HTC One accessories

First look at cases, docks and chargers

HTC One $100 upgrade deal

Upgrade to the new HTC One, get $100 for your old phone.

HTC One event liveblog

Relive our live coverage from New York and London

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3 years ago

No, there's no red HTC One

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Hate to burst anyone's balloon, but -- well, that's what we do around there. For a little while today, there was a red option listed for the HTC One on HTC's website. We're told that was there in error, and it's since been removed.

So you can get any color of HTC One you want, so long as it's silver or black. Doesn't mean we might not see any colors down the road. (We have a feeling that red color was there for a reason, even if it wasn't supposed to be there yet.) But for now, it's silver or black only.

Source: HTC; More: HTC One forums

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3 years ago

This week's sidebar poll: Which U.S. carrier will you be getting the HTC One on?

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HTC is billing the HTC One as the best smartphone available today. CEO Peter Chou said as much, and it's evident he believes it. We can't argue with anyone who agrees. It's packing an all-new next generation chip with the Snapdragon 600, has what looks to be an excellent camera, and amazing screen, and a sexy all aluminum chassis. The software side looks plenty innovative as well, and I can't wait to try out the Zoe features. In short, we know plenty of you guys and gals will be picking this one up.

Since the majority of our readers (hey, that's you!) hail from the United States, this week's sidebar poll is about US availability. Verizon was notably absent from the race to tell us all that we can buy an HTC One soon from our carrier's stores. We're not reading a lot into that by the way -- Verizon will be Verizon and do their own thing in their own time and the HTC One may show up there, Droid name in tow. Or it may not, and they end up with something completely different. Wait for an announcement before you blow a gasket.

Having sad that, we want to know who you plan on buying your HTC One from if you're going to buy one. When we have questions that only you folks can answer, we run a poll. Find it in the sidebar to the right, or just click past the break.

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3 years ago

HTC One: The U.S. radio frequencies

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HTC"s plopped up its U.S.-specific HTC One specs list. Of particular interest to us here, of course, are the U.S. carrier radio frequencies. (OK, of interest to those of us who worry about such things.)

So, without further ado, here are the radio frequencies for the HTC One in the United States:

GSM/GPRS/EDGE

  • 850/900/1800/1900 MHz

WCDMA

  • AT&T: 850/1900/2100 MHz
  • T-Mobile: 850/AWS/1900/2100 MHz
  • Sprint: 700/AWS MHz

CDMA

  • Sprint: 800/1900 MHz (BC0/BC1/BC10)

LTE

  • AT&T: 700/850/AWS/1900 MHz
  • T-Mobile: 700/AWS MHz
  • Sprint: 1900 MHz

Source: HTC; More: Complete HTC One specs

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