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3 years ago

ASUS unveils new Padfone Infinity with updated internals and design

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Snapdragon 800 CPU and new camera tricks among features of the 'new' ASUS Padfone Infinity

Following on from its recent product line refresh at IFA, Taiwanese manufacturer ASUS has taken the wraps off a revamped dockable handset, in the form of the "new" Padfone Infinity. A refreshed version of the handset we first saw at Mobile World Congress, the new Padfone packs a 2.2GHz quad-core Snapdragon 800 processor, microSD expandability and a tweaked industrial design, featuring a "diamond-cut" aluminum back.

The tablet-dockable phone features the same 13-megapixel, f/2.0 camera as the original, but ASUS is introducing a new ability it's calling PixelMaster, which uses a pixel binning-like feature to produce a clearer 3-megapixel image from the 13-megapixel sensor.

On the software side, the new Padfone Infinity runs Android 4.2 Jelly Bean and ASUS's latest UI, which we saw on its latest products in Berlin a couple of weeks ago. It's still pretty close to vanilla Android, but tweaks to the menus, notification shade and icons give it its own unique appearance without straying too far from Google's vision of Android.

Engadget reports that the new Padfone Infinity will sell for the equivalent of $640 for the handset alone, while the tablet will run around $240. Got an old Padfone Infinity tablet dock? Fear not, you'll be able to use your old dock with the new phone.

Source: Engadget

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3 years ago

Mugen Power Case for the Nexus 4

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Battery cases are big. This is, of course, because they are cases that contain not just your phone, but another battery with which you will charge your phone.

And so here we give you a quick look at the Mugen Power Case for the Nexus 4. It's a big battery case — 4,500 mAh and easily double the thickness of the Nexus 4. But it's also simple to remove (without you having to worry that your phone will go flying out. But unlike most battery cases, in which the phone slides onto the microUSB plug somehow to get its juice — Mugen opts for an external plug. It (mostly) tucks away into the soft-touch case when not in use. When you need that extra power, you unstow it, connect it to your phone and pray nobody sees what you've done.

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Mega (6.3) coming to US Cellular Sept. 17

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The latest big phone comes to one of the smaller carriers

Samsung's latest maybe-tablet maybe-phone device, the Galaxy Mega 6.3, is making its way to US Cellular this week for $149.99 on a two-year contract. Just as a quick refresher, the Galaxy Mega 6.3 is that giant device with a 6.3-inch 720p display, 1.7GHz dual-core processor, 1.5GB of RAM and running Android 4.2.2 with many of Samsung's latest software enhancements on top. US Cellular customers will also have access to LTE data, naturally.

If you're looking to pick up the Galaxy Mega 6.3 on US Cellular, you can do so online starting tomorrow for $149.99 on-contract after an "instant rebate." Those wishing to pick it up in-store will have to wait two more days to September 19th and will have the same pricing offered. Unfortunately US Cellular is only offering the "Nova Black" color of the handset at this time.

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3 years ago

Galaxy Note 3 up for pre-order on T-Mobile from Sept. 18

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Latest Note device launches on T-Mobile Oct. 2 for $199.99 down payment 

T-Mobile U.S. has announced that it'll begin taking pre-orders for the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 from this Wednesday, Sept. 18. The 5.7-inch, stylus-toting phone can be yours with a down payment of $199.99 and 24 monthly payments of $21 on T-Mo's Simple Choice plan.

Pre-orders are expected to arrive "on or before" the launch date of Oct. 2, so with any luck you'll be waiting just a couple of weeks. The carrier adds that it'll also be selling the Galaxy Gear smartwatch in stores nationwide from the same date.

So, any takers?

More: Galaxy Note 3 hands-on

Source: T-Mobile

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3 years ago

HTC One Max sighted again with possible fingerprint sensor

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Charging contacts also spotted in latest leaked photos from China

The steady stream of HTC One Max leakage continues today with a fresh batch of pics from Chinese social network Weibo. The images show the upcoming 5.9-inch handset in considerable detail, including what could be a fingerprint scanner — or some other kind of additional sensor — on the phone's metal back. Also shown are what seem to be charging contacts on the bottom right edge, likely designed to work with some official dock accessory.

Software-wise, we're still looking HTC's Sense UI on top of Android, though the Android and Sense version information is "protected" on this prototype phone. Despite the quickening pace of leaks — and reports that a September launch was originally planned — there's no updated info as to when the oversized phone might arrive. Naturally, we'll keep you posted as more details emerge.

Source: Weibo; via: AndroidOS.in

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3 years ago

New HTC UI pictured, could be rumored China-centric OS

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BlinkFeed with a twist

Late last month The Wall Street Journal reported that HTC was hard at work on a "new" mobile operating system for the Chinese market, as part of an effort to expand its presence in the country. And now we have the first photo of what might be HTC's new China-centric smartphone software.

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3 years ago

Purple Galaxy Mega 6.3 outed on Samsung Hong Kong site

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Was Samsung's gigantic Galaxy Mega 6.3 just not quite colorful enough for your tastes? In that case there's good news — a purple version of the enormous handset has been spotted over on Samsung's official Hong Kong site, where it's shown in a selection of device renders.

Aside from the change in color, this looks much the same as the Galaxy Mega we reviewed for the international market and AT&T in the U.S. Which is to say it's still going to be more appealing as a small, mid-range tablet than an oversized smartphone.

There's no word on any plans to release the purple Galaxy Mega outside of Hong Kong, nor was there any sign of the new color option at Samsung's IFA booth a couple of weeks back. Given the manufacturer's fondness for bright hues, though, we wouldn't be surprised to see more colorful Megas make their way out in the near future.

More: Samsung Galaxy Mega review

Source: Samsung HK; via: SamMobile

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3 years ago

Everything you want to know about Xiaomi - 2013 edition

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An hour that will help answer the questions you have about Xiaomi and the Mi3

Quite a few of us have more than a passing interest in those gorgeous and cheap Xiaomi Mi3 phones, and now we can get a closer look. The full presentation Xiaomi put on for the press in China recently has been uploaded to YouTube, and it's worth a watch.

It's in Chinese, but has English subtitles so language is less of a barrier. You'll see features and news about MIUI (the 20 million user milestone has been reached), learn more about the Mi3 phone, and see what the upcoming MITV is all about. You'll even see a cameo from Nvidia's Jen-Hsun Huang in his trademark sneakers and black jeans. And sneaking in around the nine minute mark is none other than Hugo Barra, testing the Xiaomi VP waters.

Those phones are sexy. Something tells me I'll want to get one of the imports and see what can be done about the software. Anyhoo, have a watch if you're interested like I am.

Source: YouTube

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3 years ago

Verizon says Sense 5 coming to the Droid DNA

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Not a lot here that isn't in the headline. Verizon has listed the Sense 5 update page for the HTC Droid DNA on their site. There is no date mentioned, or no inkling of exactly which version of Android we'll be seeing (though HTC has said they are working to get 4.3 on the DNA this month), but if you want to know all about Sense 5 features like Blinkfeed or the new smart dialer, it's there.

If you're a Droid DNA user, keep an eye out for that update notification.

Source: Verizon; Via: Android Central forums

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3 years ago

LG G2 coming to Canada on September 27

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Rogers, Bell, TELUS, and others will be getting it, but we still don't know about pricing. 

We've seen plenty of the Verizon and AT&T versions of the LG G2, but what about us poor bastards in the frozen north? Don't worry Canadians, LG has confirmed that it's coming up here soon - September 27, to be exact. 

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3 years ago

LG G2 on AT&T and Verizon gets proper root treatment

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One-click method detailed for both US carrier models

A simple one click root method has been found for the AT&T and the Verizon models of the new LG G2. Using the method for the Asian version, full instructions have been posted at XDA that will allow you to root the device, and get the tools you need — like the SuperUser utility — up and running in English.

Once rooted, a wide array of utilities and basic OS hacks become available, and we expect developer support for the G2 to be pretty high. It has the power under the hood and a great display, and plenty of tinkerers won't be able to resist this one.

For more information you'll need to refer to the source link. As usual, this sort of thing is something to think about before diving in and all the risk is on your shoulders.

Source: XDA forums

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3 years ago

Google Play edition Samsung Galaxy S4 also getting JWR66Y update

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Minor update to Android 4.3 now rolling out​ for GS4 GPe

Along with the Google Play edition HTC One, it now seems the "stock" Android Galaxy S4 (GT-I9505G) is also getting its over-the-air update to build JWR66Y — a slightly newer version of Android 4.3. The bump from the earlier build JWR66V hit Nexus devices a couple of weeks ago, and includes security updates for the latest iteration of Google's OS.

As always, it may take a few days for the update to arrive on everyone's devices, so patience is advised as Google and Samsung open the latest build up to GPe handsets. If you're seeing it on your phone hit the comments and let us know how you're getting on.

Source: Android Central forums

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3 years ago

AT&T LG G2 hands-on

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The AT&T LG G2 is a little more faithful to the original — but it's got a mountain of carrier apps preloaded

Behold, the AT&T version of the LG G2. This one is a little more faithful to the Euro version we've had for a couple weeks now — save for the mountain of AT&T apps plopped on top of it.

Physically speaking, this phone's nearly identical to our pre-production European unit — all the way down to all the plastic stickers protecting the edges. We mention that up front because when you first take it out of the box, the phone is going to feel like it was slapped together, with sharp edges and all. That's just the stickers attacking you. Take them off, and you're left with a smooth piece of glass and plastic.

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3 years ago

Sony Xperia Z Ultra arrives on O2 and Three

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6.4-inch Sony handset launches on two British carriers

British mobile networks O2 and Three have started offering Sony's ginormous Xperia Z Ultra. The 6.4-inch, Snapdragon 800-powered beast is available now from the two carriers' brick-and-mortar stores, as well as online from O2.co.uk (Three's not selling the device online until Oct .18.)

On-contract prices on Three start at £34 per month and a £99 upfront charge on a two-year plan, while O2 offers a wide range of 3G and 4G contract combinations through its "O2 Refresh" program. O2's also selling the Ultra on PAYG for £599, should you wish to pick one up without a monthly plan.

The largest Sony phone we've seen to date, the Xperia Z Ultra is more akin to a tiny tablet than an oversized smartphone, though it arguably fills both roles. For more, check out our hands-on feature from the Xperia Z Ultra launch event.

Source: Three, O2

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3 years ago

Verizon LG G2 hands-on

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A few physical changes and tweaked software highlight Verizon's version of the LG G2

What's that, you say? You want the LG G2, but you want it with more logos and a skinnier set of buttons on the back? And maybe a couple fairly significant software changes? Sure thing. Verizon's got you covered with its version of the G2.

Things have changed a little bit on the physical side, and a little bit on the software side. We'll walk you through it all after the break.

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