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3 years ago

Sony announces two new smartphones for Japan -- the Xperia Acro HD and Xperia NX

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Alongside the Xperia Ion and Xperia S, Sony has announced two new smartphones aimed at the Japanese market. The new Xperia Acro HD and Xperia NX are both exclusive to Japan, and appear to be based upon the manufacturer's American and international offerings. The Acro HD is described as a successor to last year's Xperia Acro, while the Xperia NX is said to be an Xperia S variant for Japanese consumers.

So far no images or specifications are available for either devices, but we'll keep you updated as further information emerges.

Source: Sony Ericsson Press Release

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3 years ago

HTC adds Desire HD, and additional versions of Desire and Wildfire to its bootloader unlocking database

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HTC took a few minutes away from their time at CES and updated the bootloader unlocking tool database with a few more devices this evening, namely the Desire HD and additional versions of the Desire and Wildfire.  The list is growing at a nice steady clip, with over 40 listed models and support for other devices not yet listed.  Nice job HTC, keep it coming!

Source: HTCdev; via @HTCdev

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3 years ago

Samsung Media Hub extends on-demand streaming from phones and tablets to TV

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For over a year, Media Hub has offered owners of Samsung smartphones and tablets access to on-demand streaming of TV shows and movies. Today at their CES 2012 press conference, Samsung announced that they would be expanding the service to their selection of smart TVs, so if you buy a show on one device, it would be available on others. NBC Universal is one of the premiere partners in this endeavor, and they'll be showcasing Battlestar Galactica through Media Hub.

It's a sensible move to include TVs in Media Hub, considering the breadth of Samsung's business, and a great way to get people on the hook to buy other Samsung products if they already own one. While I'm sure the selection isn't quite up to snuff with Netflix, if you're just interested in renting titles a la carte rather than signing up for a subscription service, Samsung Media Hub might be for you. 

Samsung had a few more interesting announcements in their press conference that at least indirectly effected smartphones, in addition to the AT&T LTE handsets and the Verizon Galaxy Tab 7.7 announced earlier today. Stick around for all the rest of our CES 2012 coverage! Remember kids, the show hasn't even technically started yet... 

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3 years ago

Video hands-on with the AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note

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Oh the hugeness. The Samsung Galaxy Note is finally destined for AT&T and we took some time to give it a video tour. If you are looking for something big, and by big I mean REALLY big, check this out!

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3 years ago

Hands-on with the AT&T Samsung Galaxy Note

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The Samsung Galaxy Note is something we have seen before, heck we even reviewed it, but today AT&T announced that they will be releasing the device, and it will run on their 4G LTE network. Naturally we had to check it out, again, and see what it was all about. The device is huge, like really really big, and super thin to the point we wonder where they put the internals. Sporting a 5.3-inch HD SuperAMOLED display with quality that is out of this world. Samsung has of course gone ahead and skinned it with TouchWiz, but that does not seem to affect the performance or slow the device down.

A really cool feature here is the S Pen which is included with the device and is similar to a stylus but not to be mistaken for just a stylus. The pen also has a button on it which basically takes a screen cap of what is on the screen and allows you to then edit it and have some fun. If you like big things, and have big hands, and big pockets, the Samsung Galaxy Note may just be your very own next AT&T device. Hit the break for some more images, and check back later for some hands on video!

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3 years ago

Video hands-on with the Pantech Burst

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Earlier today we took a quick look at some pictures of the Pantech Burst, a recently announced cost effective 4G LTE device making its way to AT&T later this month. We know video is better than still pictures so without any further delay here it is!

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3 years ago

Hands-on with the Pantech Burst

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Today AT&T announced a whole slew of Android devices, but one that really stuck out was the Pantech Burst. It's a 4G LTE device that will launch with an on contract price of only $50. Now you may be thinking you will get what you pay for on that, but fear not, you will be pleasantly surprised with this device.  Featuring a 4-inch display and powered by a 1.2GHz processor, the device keeps up with most other devices.

Running the Pantech skin we have seen before on the Pantech Breakout, they have updated the lockscreen giving quick and easy access to five icons as well as the unlock key, making a total of six. The device does run Android 2.3, and we are unsure of whether it will be updated to Ice Cream Sandwich. With a great price point, and solid hardware being powered by AT&T's 4G LTE network it looks like Pantech is looking to move through these devices. Hit the break check out some more images, and stay tuned for a video walk through.

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3 years ago

Video hands-on with the Sony Xperia Ion

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We just took a quick look through the Sony Ion in some images, but everyone really wants to see the thing in action, right? Well, check out the video above to see some initial thoughts on the device, and did we say it is slim, and fast?

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3 years ago

Hands-on with the Sony Xperia Ion

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Hot on the heels of AT&T's announcement, we took a few minutes to put the amazing Sony Xperia Ion through its paces. The device is thin, really really thin, and fast, very very fast. The Ion was perhaps the most striking device to have been announced by AT&T, and there are quite a few notable things that jump out.

First off, it will be a 4G LTE device, which is huge. As AT&T continues to build their network they need devices to entice users to want to jump aboard, and this phone does just that. Sporting a 4.6-inch 720p screen, the display is nothing short of stunning, and as it's powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, it moves around without any issue. A striking 12-megapixel camera is touted out back which will surely deliver some breaktaking pictures. Unfortunately the Ion ships with Gingerbread, but we can hope to see Ice Cream Sandwich on it sooner than later, given Sony's track record with updates back in the Sony Ericsson days. Hit the break for a few more images, and stay tuned for some video footage.

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3 years ago

AT&T announces the Sony Xperia Ion

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As part of their mega-LTE Android announcement this morning at CES, AT&T announced the Sony Xperia Ion, Sony's first LTE device.  It's got a 4.6-inch 720p display, a whopping 12MP camera that can come awake from standby and take a picture in 1.5 seconds, 1GB of RAM, and a 1.5GHz dual-core CPU.  Shipping with Gingerbread sometime in 2012, we expect this one to be on the fast track for Ice Cream Sandwich.  The Ion is also a Playstation certified device, so it will have access to the Sony Entertainment Network.  This looks to be one of the hot devices from CES, and we've only just begun.  Hit the break for the full press release, and the link below for Sony's product page (with a video).

More: Sony

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3 years ago

First AT&T video of the Pantech Burst

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Fresh from the announcement of the Pantech Burst just a matter of minutes ago, AT&T have released their own first look video. We'll be looking for a hands on with the device but for now, take a look at AT&T's efforts after the break.

Source: AT&T

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3 years ago

Verizon announces the Motorola Droid 4

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Unless you've been living under a rock the past few weeks, you know that the Motorola Droid 4 is coming to Verizon. And now it's official. But just like yesterday, and the day before that, we still don't actually know when it's coming. Or how much it'll cost. 

What we do have are specs:

  • 4-inch display at qHD resolution
  • Launches with Android 2.3.5, will be upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 16GB of storage
  • 4G LTE mobile hotspot for up to eight devices.
  • Business Ready with government-grade encryption (FIPS 140-2) for email, calendar and contacts; preloaded with Citrix® Receiver™ for Android (available in webtop) for desktop virtualization and access

Full presser's after the break

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3 years ago

AT&T announces six new Android devices with LTE

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At its Developer Summit at CES today, AT&T has announced a whopping six new Android devices that will run on its 4G LTE network --

  • Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket HD, with a 4.65-inch HD SuperAMOLED screen, available in "coming months".
     
  • Sony Xperia Ion, with a 4.6-inch HD screen and 12MP camera. Powered by a 1.5GHz dual-core CPU and exclusive to AT&T. Features Sony branding as opposed to Sony Ericsson.
     
  • Samsung Galaxy Note -- we've seen this one before, and reviewed the international version. It's a 5.3-inch phone/tablet hybrid with pen input, an HD SuperAMOLED 1280x800 display
     
  • Pantech Element -- An LTE tablet, available for $300 on-contract from Jan. 22. Runs Honeycomb (Android 3.2) on an 8-inch display.
     
  • Pantech Burst -- a budget LTE phone that'll retail for $50 on contract, available from Jan. 22.
     
  • Samsung Exhilarate -- a budget-oriented phone made from 80% recycled materials, with a 4-inch SuperAMOLED display.

Much more to come on these devices, folks, but in the meantime we've got pictures of all six from the event after the jump, along with official presser from AT&T.

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3 years ago

Hands on with the Huawei Ascend P1/P1S

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After Huawei's song-and-dance this morning at CES, the press got some quality hands-on time with the company's newest flagship device, the Ascend P1/P1S. The P1S is the thinnest smartphone on the market today (the P1 has an LTE radio and therefore is a bit fatter -- you'll see in some comparison shots in the gallery), and it's a fact that is immediately recognizable. The device is impossibly thin and light, and truly has the potential to live up to its promise and propel Huawei into the thick of the US smartphone market. Hit the break for my full impressions.

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3 years ago

Huawei introduces its flagship Ascend P1/P1S smartphone

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Huawei kicked off CES right this morning by introducing its Ascend P1 S, the world's new king of thin. It's officially the world's thinnest smartphone, though the P1 model is slightly thicker due to its LTE connectivity. Richard Hu, Chairman of Huawei devices, was on hand to make his company's intentions quite clear: Huawei is a major player in the smartphone market, and with its Ascend P1, it can compete with the big names here in the States. Hit the break for more photos from the event.

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