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3 years ago

Sprint LG G2 goes up for pre-order, shipping by November 8

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$99 on contract in black or white for LG's latest and greatest

A little behind rival carriers AT&T and Verizon, Sprint has today finally made the LG G2 available for pre-order ahead of a November 8 release date. You'll pay $99 today to reserve one on a new 2-year deal, though you'll be waiting almost a month before it hits your doorstep. You'll have the choice of colors too, Sprint will be selling both the black and white versions of the G2. 

There's a lot to love about the LG G2, and we've been playing around with International as well as AT&T and Verizon versions already. If you're interested, be sure to check out the other reviews at the links below. Otherwise, hit up the source link to get your pre-order on.

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3 years ago

Carphone Warehouse launches 'vivid blue' HTC One

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Blue HTC One Mini also up for pre-order

Independent retailer Carphone Warehouse has today launched the "vivid blue" version of the HTC One in the UK. Carphone, which has exclusivity over the blue HTC One in the UK, is selling the device for £489.95 SIM-free, as well as offering it for free on contracts starting at £32 per month from all the major UK networks.

In addition, the blue HTC One Mini — also exclusive to Carphone Warehouse — goes up for pre-order today, with the first thousand pre-orders being eligible for a free blue flip cover. The blue HTC One Mini is due to arrive by early November, Carphone Warehouse says.

More: The 'vivid blue' HTC One and HTC One Mini in pictures

Source: Carphone Warehouse (HTC One), (HTC One Mini)

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini leaks for Sprint and AT&T

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It's been several months since we witnessed the international launch of the Samsung Galaxy S4 Mini, but until now we've seen no sign of a stateside launch for the pint-sized handset.  Now it appears the device may be headed to both Sprint and AT&T, as prolific Twitter leaker @evleaks has unearthed images of the S4 Mini running on both networks.

It also seems AT&T will be getting a unique — to put it mildly — pink version of the Mini, while Sprint's is pictured in the more traditional black mist and white frost colors. Besides exterior differences, you're likely looking at the same specs as the international model — a 1.7GHz Snapdragon 400 CPU, 1.5GB of RAM, a 4.3-inch qHD SuperAMOLED display and 8-megapixel rear camera.

There's no indication as to when the S4 Mini might hit AT&T or Sprint, but you'll want to head over to our Galaxy S4 Mini review to learn more about the device.

Source: @evleaks (AT&T) (Sprint)

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3 years ago

Pantech Vega Secret Note packs fingerprint scanner

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It's looking a lot like a Samsung device, except for one thing...

Pantech announced a new 5.85-inch Android 4.2.2 device recently called the Vega Secret Note. Looking at the included stylus, windowed cover accessory and the name, it's easy to see a ton of Samsung influence here, but setting it apart is a fingerprint scanner on the back. 

The Vega Secret Note is powered by a quad-core 2.3 GHz Snapdragon processor with 3 GB of RAM. The display is full HD at a 1920 x 1080 resolution, and a solid 3200 mAh battery keeps everything chugging along.  You'll also find a 13 megapixel camera on the back, and 32 GB of internal storage with support for USB host if you need more.

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3 years ago

LG G Pro Lite unveiled: Entry-level 5.5-incher for emerging markets

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1GHz dual-core CPU, qHD display, built-in stylus and dual-SIM capabilities

As leaked a few weeks back, LG has confirmed the global launch of the LG G Pro Lite, a lower-end (and presumably cheaper) version of its oversized G Pro handset. The LG G Pro Lite features a 5.5-inch qHD (960x540) display, and runs Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean on a 1GHz dual-core CPU. There's also 1GB of RAM and 8GB of storage, expandable via microSD, as well as an 8-megapixel camera with BSI sensor.

On the dual-SIM version of the handset there'll be a dedicated SIM-switching capacitive key in the bottom right corner. And like LG's Vu series, there's a a capacitive stylus included, though this time it slots neatly into the body of the device.

The LG G Pro Lite will be released this month in Latin America, with launches to follow in Russia, China, India, the Middle East and parts of Asia. More details in the press release after the jump.

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3 years ago

Verizon launches Samsung Galaxy Note 3 + Gear

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$299.99 on-contract for the Note 3, $299.99 outright for the Gear

Verizon Wireless subscribers, today's the day you can pick up Samsung's latest handset on your carrier of choice. The Galaxy Note 3 goes on sale today on Verizon, along with the Galaxy Gear companion smartwatch. The Verizon Note 3 is available in black and white colors for $299.99 on a standard two-year contract, and the carrier is also offering the Note and Gear at the same price point. If you're looking to buy a Verizon Galaxy Note 3 outright, you'll pay $699.99.

Verizon is the last major U.S. operator to get the Note 3 — T-Mobile, Sprint and AT&T launched the big-screened phone last week, while the device arrived on U.S. Cellular yesterday. If you're picking up a Verizon Note 3 (or Galaxy Gear) today, hit the comments and make yourself known!

More: Galaxy Note 3 review; Galaxy Gear initial review

Source: Verizon (Note 3), (Galaxy Gear)

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3 years ago

Sony Xperia Z1 f announced, coming to Docomo in Japan

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December launch for miniaturized Xperia Z1

Alongside the Samsug Galaxy J, Japan's NTT Docomo also took the wraps off a rather interesting new Sony smartphone, the Xperia Z1 f. The Z1 f is essentially a downscaled version of the Xperia Z1, Sony's current international flagship device — but the big news here is that Sony hasn't downgraded the Z1's top-level specs. The phone uses the same Snapdragon 800 quad-core CPU as the full-sized Z1, along with 2GB of RAM and the same 20.7-megapixel Exmor RS rear camera. It's even rated IP58 for water and dust resistance, just like its big brother.

Indeed, the only hardware component of note that seems to have been trimmed down is the display, which goes from a 5-inch 1080p panel to 720p over 4.3 inches — and that should make the Z1 f considerably more hand and pocket-friendly than the larger version.

The Sony Xperia Z1 f will come in black, white, pink and lime color optios and launch this December on Docomo's network. It's unclear whether we'll ever see this portable powerhouse outside of Japan, but we'll have our fingers crossed for an eventual international announcement.

Also see: Sony Xperia Z1 review

Source: Docomo

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy J gets official in Japan

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NTT Docomo unveils Japan-centric handset with Snapdragon 800 CPU

An announcement by Japanese carrier NTT Docomo has today confirmed anew Samsung handset which leaked out last week — the Galaxy J. A Galaxy S4 variant with a Snapdragon 800 CPU, the Galaxy J appears to be targeted specifically at the Japanese market, meaning it's unlikely we'll see a wider international release. In addition packing Qualcomm's latest mobile chip, the J has 3GB of RAM, 32GB of storage and microSD expandability.

The device also has a 5-inch Full HD SuperAMOLED display and a 2600mAh battery, and runs the latest Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. It'll be available in "coral pink," "satin white" and "lapis blue" color options when it launches on Docomo in late October.

Source: ​Docomo

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3 years ago

ABI Research: Moto X 'outpaces competition with new innovations'

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Firm says the Moto X is 'a step above the rest'

It's no secret that plenty of people are loving their Moto X phones. I'm one of them. The "less is more" philosophy and tight software integration make for a pretty unique experience among all the different smartphones out there, both Android and otherwise. ABI Research has just torn the Moto X apart and done a complete analysis of it, and they think a big part of it is because the Moto X is the clear leader when it comes to innovation.

They say things like the form factor, the "much underrated" display and the always-on voice commands and notification system are pretty spectacular feats in power management, and "are a few of the attributes that set the Moto X a step above the rest."

Specifically when compared to the iPhone 5s, the Moto X uses about 2.5 times less battery power to do the same things, and has 20 percent more pixels to account for. To the folks at ABI research, this is more innovative than a new casing, new colors or a fingerprint sensor that they mention was originally a Motorola idea on the Atrix. 

Around here, we use all sorts of different phones. We like some more than others, but feel that any of the latest are a great choice. But when someone comes out and says why one is better than the others in such a bold manner, we're going to tell you and let you decide.

Source: ABI Research; Via: Forbes

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3 years ago

US Cellular's Moto X next in line for OTA update

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Software update promises to "make your Moto X work even better"

US Cellular's Moto X has that big update everyone wants ready, and Motorola has posted the full change log and installation instructions. It's the same update we've already seen for T-Mobile, Sprint and AT&T, and while the camera improvements take center stage there's a little more at play here that's just as important. Click through for the full list.

Thanks for the tip, Beth!

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3 years ago

SketchBook for Galaxy puts the S Pen on the Note 3 to work

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Whether you're an artist or a doodler, you'll love SketchBook on your new Galaxy Note

The biggest feature of the Samsung Galaxy Note series to me is the S Pen. It's an awesome input device, making things like filling out forms or signing documents easy, but it's also great when you want to get creative. Once you get used to things, it really is just like holding a real pen or pencil.

When you pair this with just the right app, things get pretty special. The great news is that just the right app is included on your new Note — whether you picked up the Note 3 or the Note 10.1 - 2014 edition. I'm talking about the SketchBook Pro application, which comes in a special Galaxy edition as part of your factory firmware. It's a lot like the retail version of the product (which you can try via the Google Play link above for $4.99), but it's specialized with a pen mode that can work with the pressure-sensitive S Pen perfectly.

It's a complete, dare I say professional-level, drawing and sketching application. It's come a long way since its launch on Google Pay back in 2011. You can add layers with varying degrees of transparency, choose from hundreds of different brushes and styles, and pick any color in the spectrum to use in your art. It's a lot like Photoshop for your phone or tablet, but better designed for the smaller screen, in my opinion.

If you picked up a new Note, you'll find the stub in your app drawer. Be sure to open it and give the full app a try. I think if you like to create any sort of doodle or picture, you're going to love it. Hit the break to see a selection of screenshots.

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3 years ago

Snapdragon 800-powered Samsung flip phone headed to China

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It appears there's a successor to Samsung's quirky W789 "Hennessy" handset on the way. Chinese certification authority TENAA has published images and other details of the unannounced Samsung "SM-W2014" — another Asia-bound flip phone from the Korean manufacturer. The device, which looks a lot like earlier Samsung forays into the world of "smart" flip phones, packs the latest Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 CPU, 2GB of RAM and dual 3.67-inch, WVGA (480x800) SuperAMOLED screens. There's also a 13-megapixel rear camera and 2-megapixel front-facer, and interestingly it's reportedly running the latest Android 4.3 Jelly Bean.

Flip phones won't be making a comeback in the West anytime soon, and as such we wouldn't expect to see the W2014 outside of China.  Nevertheless, we're left wondering what exactly a flip phone is going to do with all that horsepower.

Source: Engadget, TENAA

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3 years ago

Hands-on with the real gold HTC One

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18 carat handset manhandled in London

At an event in London today, we were able to spend some quality time with the 18-carat gold-plated version of the HTC One — one of a very small number in existence. Produced in conjunction with Goldgenie to celebrate the 18th MOBO music awards, one of five final gold models will be given to the the MOBO winner for Best Newcomer at the ceremony on Oct. 19. Not that you'll be able to buy one, but the real gold HTC One is valued at £2,750 — a little over $4,400.

The unit we handled was already scuffed up pretty good — perhaps a demonstration of why aluminum and plastic, rather than more precious and less durable metals, are used in smartphone chassis construction. HTC says the guilded shell adds four grams in weight to the handset.

We've got hands-on video and more photos after the break.

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Mega could be headed to MetroPCS

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6.3-inch handset spotted wearing prepaid carrier's branding

Following the gigantic smartphone's launch on AT&T this summer, it appears the Samsung Galaxy Mega (6.3) might be going prepaid with a launch on MetroPCS. TmoNews has acquired a couple of shots of what appears to be a Metro-branded Mega, which it says will be SIM-locked to the MetroPCS network.

We've reviewed both the international and AT&T versions of the Mega and found that it makes more sense as a miniature tablet than an oversized phone. It's got a 6.3-inch 720p display, a 1.7GHz dual-core Snapdragon 400 CPU, 1.5GB of RAM and 8 or 16GB of storage, expandable via microSD. The Galaxy Mega will reportedly launch on MetroPCS before the holidays.

More: Samsung Galaxy Mega review

Source: TmoNews

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Round specs

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What's under the hood on Samsung's latest big, curved phone?

The latest boundary-pushing form factor coming out of Samsung is the Galaxy Round, a phone with a display that is notably curved on the vertical axis. With a curve that is much more pronounced and technologically impressive than previous "curved" phones, Samsung is definitely taking things to a new level.

Under the hood the story is much the same as what we've seen on the recently announced Galaxy Note 3, however, and that's not a bad thing. You'll find the same screen resolution and internal specs that are nearly identical, with the tradeoff for that curved display being a lack of S Pen functionality.

Hit the break for a full list of internal specifications — note that some parts may change when the device comes to other markets outside of the initial launch in Korea.

More: Samsung Galaxy Round Forum

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