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2 years ago

Sony trades Facebook likes for early Xperia announcement

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Sony's got a new Xperia smartphone on the horizon, and it's willing to bring its announcement date forward in exchange for a few "likes" on Facebook. At present, all will be revealed next Thursday, June 21, but the company's calling on fans to press a "fast forward" button to bring the announcement forward (naturally, liking the promotion or sharing with friends will also speed things up.) There's also the chance to win the mysterious device, if you're up for clicking a few more buttons and entering your email address.

Given the level of buzz Sony is looking to create, we see only one likely candidate for the "next Xperia," as it's being called -- an international version of the Xperia GX, perhaps under a different name.  A new flagship product, the GX is currently slated to arrive in Japan next month, so an international variant would be expected to follow. It'd also back up reports of a device codenamed "LT29i" or "Hayabusa," which reportedly features a spec list identical to the GX. According to a Sony roadmap which leaked earlier in the year, the Hayabusa was targeted for a July launch, which would fit perfectly with the announcement window.

We'll keep you posted whenever Sony announces its next big thing. Hit the source link if you want to press buttons and move forward a giant animated clock.

Source: Sony on Facebook

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2 years ago

LG announces Optimus 4X HD European launch

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LG has announced that it's in the process of launching its new international flagship, the Optimus 4X HD, in major European countries, including Germany, the Netherlands, Sweden, the UK and Italy. A quad-core, Tegra 3-powered handset with a 720p IPS display, the 4X HD is the first European handset to debut LG's new Optimus UI 3.0, which runs on top of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

LG's also highlighting its "Quick notes" functionality, which lets users draw on the screen using their fingers, or a capacitive stylus, as well as Media Flex, which allows a range of real-time multimedia effects during video playback. 

No exact release date has been revealed, so we're expecting things to vary country-by-country. If you want to see what LG's bringing to the table in 2012, be sure to check out our hands-on previews from Mobile World Congress and CTIA.

Source: LG Newsroom (Korean)

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2 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S III will use a different MHL to HDMI adapter

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If you're planning on purchasing a shiny new Samsung Galaxy S III, and have an existing Android phone that uses a MHL to HDMI adapter for video out, you'll be needing to replace that adapter. According to Samsung the hardware differences -- the Galaxy S III uses a different pin layout than previous phones did -- make the old adapters incompatible with the phone. 

While it's a bit inconvenient, it's almost to be expected. There's even more stuff crammed inside a thinner phone, so hardware has been redesigned and things that plug in need redesigned, too. It's probably not a conspiracy to force everyone to buy a new adapter (most of us probably will never use one anyway), and the parts themselves retail for about $25 bucks for a Samsung branded OEM model. 

If you're in the UK or Europe, you can grab one at Clove (£20.82-- check out the video after the break), and we're pretty sure you'll be able to find them at your carriers store here in the US when the SGS3 launches. Just don't try your old one -- you don't want to be the guy who finds out what happens when you plug it in and turn it on!

Via: +Arne Hess

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2 years ago

Sprint rumored to be launching their own NFC mobile wallet

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NFC Times is reporting that Sprint is currently working on their own NFC-based mobile payment system, which would put them at odds with the rest of the US telcos and Google. Until the Samsung Galaxy Nexus appeared at Google Play, Sprint was the only carrier to ship phones with Google Wallet, though it was relatively easy to install on other devices with the proper hardware. If the news we're hearing today is true, Google may be left with no carrier phones supporting their payment services, as it's US only (for now) and the US carriers have opted for alternative systems -- which would require exclusive control of the secure element inside our phones. Sprint, having hired systems provider Sequent Software looks to be developing their "Touch" wallet system and retain complete control over partners, development, and security. The rest of the US carriers have opted to use the Isis payment system

This is turning into a mess. The lure of transaction fees and lucrative partnerships has become so important that everyone is forgetting that we need to use it for them to make money on it. Instead of fighting tooth-and-nail with each other over every penny, they could take one of the existing standards, garner more support from new financial partners, and have a system that works at most every point-of-sale, for most bank cards. Instead, there are a huge group of folks who want to use an NFC-based mobile wallet system, but can't. That's money not being made and not lining the pockets of investors. Everyone needs to get on the same page, pick a system, and put their support behind it so we can use it instead of bitching about it on the Internet. 

I understand the driving force behind innovation in the mobile space is the almighty dollar. I don't like it, but I get it. How about getting it all together and making some, instead of adding another "standard" to the mix?

Source: NFC Times

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2 years ago

Sony Xperia Neo L pictured - sleek entry-level ICS phone for China

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We haven't seen much of the Sony Xperia Neo L since it was first announced for the Chinese market back in March. But now the tiny ICS-powered handset has emerged in the flesh on Taiwanese site ​ePrice​, where it's been snapped from various angles and compared to a contemporary Sony handset, the Xperia P.

The Xperia Neo L is by modern standards a budget device -- there's a 1GHz Snapdragon S2 chip inside, 512MB of RAM and a 4-inch FWVGA LCD display. Sony hasn't cut any corners on the design, though, a the Neo L looks like a sleek device, furnished as it is in curvy white plastic with a metallic trim. Other premium features include the latest version of Android, Ice Cream Sandwich.

More pics at the source link. The Sony Xperia Neo L is expected to land in China before the end of the month.

Source: ePrice; via: XperiaBlog

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2 years ago

Leaked Droid RAZR HD pic shows a big, wide phone

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Where do you go from the Motorola Droid RAZR MAXX? How's about the Droid RAZR HD? This leaked pic seems to suggest a wide (but thin) phone with the same Kevlar back we've come to know over the past six months or so, along with mciroUSB and and HDMI port, plus what looks be to a door for the 4G LTE SIM card, and presumably some microSD storage on the side (like the Droid X days). Camera, speaker, flash. Eh, it's a phone.

The bigger question for this phone is when we're going to see it, what's on the inside -- both hardware and software -- and whether it's got a snowball's chance in hell against the Samsung Galaxy S III on Verizon. Put it this way: Moto's gonna have to bring something seriously new to catch our attention at this point in the year, and it's still too early for Google to swoop in and rescue what otherwise might be an iterative phone. (And really, there's no promising that Google would even do that.)

So, yeah. You've got a leaked picture of the back (and, after the break, the side) or another Motorola phone. We're not getting all that excited just yet.

Source: Droid-Life

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2 years ago

AT&T Motorola 'Dinara' revealed - upcoming buttonless phone with 13MP camera

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With Android flagships from HTC and Samsung already on store shelves around the world, there's been a lot of interest in what Motorola's up to. Today we have some early hints of what may be next from the new Google-owned manufacturer.

The Verge​ has obtained images of what seems to be an AT&T-branded version of the Motorola XT928 "Dinara," a phone which launched in China in late 2011. As you might've guessed from the on-screen buttons, this is an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich device. Other reported specs include LTE connectivity, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, a 4.5-inch 720p display,  13MP camera with 1080p video recording, and a 1.3MP front-facer. No word on final branding, but "Atrix 3" is certainly a leading contender.

There's also no information on any possible launch date, but the source speculates that the July 26 date on-screen may be a possibility.

Source: The Verge

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2 years ago

US Cellular announces pricing for its Galaxy S III, will be available in July

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When US Cellular announced its intention to sell the Samsung Galaxy S III, it kinda forgot to mention how much it was going to cost us. That's been rectified today, and the prices are in line with the four major U.S. carriers.

USCC will sell the Galaxy S III for $199 for the 16-gigabyte version, and $249 for the 32-gigabyte version. That all comes after a $100 mail-in rebate, though, so you'll be paying a little extra up front. (Ed. note: Boooooooooooooooooo.)

Preorders start June 12, and USCC says the phone "will be available in stores and online in July." So it looks like in addition to paying more up front, you'll have to wait a couple weeks longer than AT&T, T-Mobile and Sprint.

More: GSII at US CellularGalaxy S III forums

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2 years ago

MetroPCS introduces the Activa 4G, Huawei's first U.S. LTE smartphone

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MetroPCS today introduced its latest Android smartphone, the LTE-capable Huawei Activa 4G. This is Huawei's first LTE device here in the United States, and for $149 without a contract (after a $50 instant rebate and a $50 mail-in), we'll happily welcome it to our shores. The Activa isn't going to blow anyone away spec wise: underneath the 3.5-inch HVGA display, the Activa is sporting an 800 MHz single-core processor and up to 32GB of external memory, with a 5MP shooter around back. The Activa ships with a 4GB microSD card preloaded with the movie Kung Foo Panda 2, which may or may not sweeten the deal. The Activa ships with Gingerbread, and everything considered, we wouldn't hold our breath for Ice Cream Sandwich to arrive anytime soon. Regardless, if you're within MetroPCS's LTE coverage, the Activa offers access to blazing speeds on a decent Android smartphone starting at an oh-so-tempting $50/month. 

Source: MetroPCS

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2 years ago

SK Telecom leak suggests quad-core, 2GB Galaxy S III may be Korea-bound

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Rumors of a special Korea-only version of the Galaxy S III stem back to a report from The Korea Times just over a month ago. Since then, things have been pretty quiet -- international markets have gotten the quad-core HSPA+ version, while LTE territories have received the dual-core Snapdragon S4 model. Now a leaked internal image from Korean carrier SK Telecom suggests the reports may be true, and that Samsung's home territory may end up with an S III variant sporting a quad-core CPU, 2GB of RAM.

The image obtained by PhoneArena​ lists the following specs for the rumored device --

  • Quad-core Samsung Exynos 4412 with CPU clocked @ 1.4GHz
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 4.8-inch Super AMOLED HD screen
  • 4.82 ounces (136.5 grams)
  • 0.35 inches (9mm)

Eagle-eyed readers will note that's a little thicker and a little heaver than the international HSPA+ version, so it could well be the case that we're dealing with a whole new device here, rather than a typo or error on the carrier's part. No word on LTE connectivity yet, though Exynos 4's lack of built-in LTE would make this unlikely. In any case, we'll be watching with interest (and maybe a little bit of envy) to see whether Korea does eventually get the best of both worlds with its version of the Galaxy S III.

Source: PhoneArena

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