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2 years ago

Huawei Ascend P1 hands-on

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Next up in Huawei’s Ascend line is the P1, the “platinum” model that we first met back at CES in Las Vegas. Like the D Quad, it was worth another look here in New Orleans, as Huawei added its custom-flavored skin to the device.

I was impressed by the P1 back in Vegas and I stand my ground today. With a 1.5 Ghz dual-core OMAP 4460 processor, a gig of RAM, and Android 4.0 under the hood, this thing flies. Huawei seems to have really optimized its own software as well as Ice Cream Sandwich to run like butter on the P1. The 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED display isn’t full HD, but it’s bright, vibrant, and offers amazing viewing angles.

Sure, it isn’t the “diamond” of the line, but the P1 isn’t anything to balk at. It’s beautifully thin and light, and I really like the design that Huawei has created. It looks unlike any other phone on the market, which gives Huawei leverage to really market the entire Ascend line.

The P1 will be hitting Europe and Asia this summer. Like the D Quad, Huawei only had the HSPA+ model on hand, a variant that is having a hard time breaking into the US market. The device is available with LTE radios, which will hopefully better position it to land on American shores. Visit the gallery and my hands-on after the break.

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2 years ago

Google Maps updated with indoor directions, Google offers, business photos

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There's an update to Google Maps available today that brings the app to version 6.7 and adds a couple new features. Google offers has been integrated, letting users see nearby deals and sales based on location, indoor directions provides walking directions (US and Japan only) for places big enough to need such a thing, and business photos offer a 360-degree panoramic view of the inside of participating businesses. 

There's a short video after the break showing off the new tools, and the download link is there to make for easy updating. 

Source: Google

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2 years ago

Huawei Ascend D Quad hands-on

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Huawei had a sizeable presence at CTIA this year, much like it did back at CES and Mobile World Congress earlier this year. The Chinese company looks poised to enter the high-end smartphone market, marking a shift from the mid to low-range devices it has made a name for itself with. Huawei hopes to achieve its goal with the Ascend line, a group of phones that have the guts to stand up to the likes of Samsung, Motorola, and HTC. At the top of the heap sits the Ascend D Quad (the D, Huawei says, stands for Diamond), the gem of the line.

We first saw the D Quad in Barcelona, but things have changed a bit. In the past few months, Huawei seems to have added a custom skin to its Ascend line, a departure from the nearly-vanilla Ice Cream Sandwich experience we first saw. We won’t complain though: things don’t seem to have slowed down, and the skin is certainly not painful to look at.

Other than that, the phone remains largely unchanged. It’s still got a beautiful 4.5-inch 720p display with PPI approaching 330, a Huawei-made K3V2 processor clocked at 1.2 GHz, and a “best-in-class” 8MP camera. Everything adds up to a beautiful experience: the D Quad is thin, light, and really gorgeous. It might not have the name recognition of the One or Galaxy S lines, but I assure you, this is not a device to disregard.

The D line comes with a few variations: opt for the D1 and you’ll get a processor clocked at 1.5 GHz; opt for a Quad XL, and you’ll get a 2,500 mAh battery, up from the standard 1,800 variant. The model you’re looking at here is the standard D Quad.

The release date for the D Quad is a bit fuzzy: the model in my hands is HSPA+ only, though Huawei would like to launch the LTE-equipped version sometime this summer, though no US carriers have bit just yet. We’ll keep our fingers crossed that they do, though, as we feel that Huawei is in it to win it. Hit the break for another look.

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2 years ago

LG Optimus 3D MAX in white hands-on

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Rounding out our coverage of LG’s presence here in New Orleans this year is the Optimus 3D MAX, a phone we first met back at Mobile World Congress in February. Sure, we got our hands on the device back then, but we figured another spin wouldn’t kill us. This time around, the MAX came dressed in white, an outfit we prefer to the black we saw in Barcelona.

Like we’ve said before, if you aren’t sold on 3D technology by now, this isn’t the device to change your mind. Spec-wise, the MAX isn’t that much different than the OG Optimus 3D. You’ve got the same 4.3-inch WVGA display (this time around, though, you’ve got a coating of Gorilla Glass 2), the same dual-lense 5 MP camera, and the same old Gingerbread OS. The processor has been tweaked just a tad, upping the clock speed of that dual-core OMAP 4430 to 1.2 GHz. But the lack of bigger and better specs isn’t really a not a knock against the MAX, though; in fact, the device is perfectly capable smartphone that comes with some pretty cool features for those 3D fans.

One of those features is the built-in 3D converter, which is a new addition to the Optimus 3D line. With it, you can convert any old app to full 3D glory. Videos and pictures don’t do it justice, so this one you’ll have to check out for yourself.

Now I’m not a huge fan of 3D technology, but I have to give credit where credit is due. It’s nice to see that LG has committed itself to the technology, and I’m looking forward to seeing what it comes up with as the line evolves.

The MAX is available now in Europe, with hush-hush rumors pegging it for an AT&T release sometime this summer. Until then, enjoy some hands-on photos and video after the break. 

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2 years ago

HTC 'Golf' sighted in the flesh, rumored to resurrect 'Desire' branding

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We first saw the HTC "Golf" in a leaked press image last month, along with a rumored name and spec list. Purportedly, the device would go to market as the HTC Wildfire C, with a 3.5-inch HVGA screen, 4GB storage, a 5MP camera, ICS and HTC Sense 4. Today we have what seems to be the first photos of the phone in the flesh, along with news of a possible change in name.

According to ITProPortal, which has obtained a couple of real-world photos of the device, its eventual name will be the HTC Desire C, a decision which if true will see HTC resurrecting the Desire brand for this entry-level product. Besides that, the specs and design mostly match up with what we'd already heard, pointing to a solid budget contender, but nothing to excite serious smartphone nerds.

We'd expect to see the Golf, or Desire C, or whatever it's called in Europe and Asia later in the year, and perhaps on one or two regional carriers in the U.S, too.

Source: ITProPortal

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2 years ago

HTC One X and One XL rooted

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The Snapdragon S4-based One X has been rooted, thanks to kennethpenn​ of XDA-developers.  This isn't a bootloader unlock, but it is full root, so apps like Titanium Backup will work just fine.  It's also been confirmed to work on the AT&T version (I'm enjoying root now yay!).  The developer has been nice enough to make a neat little one-click package that will do the work for you.  All the relevant files are installed automatically, and when it's done you have Super SU installed, too.  So no confusing ADB commands to follow on this one.  The usual warnings do apply, you're rooting at your own risk and anything that happens to your phone is your fault and no one elses.  Are you also enjoying root?  Let us know in the forums.

Source: XDA-Developers; More: HTC One X Forums

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2 years ago

Ad banner suggests Rogers Galaxy S III could feature new Exynos chip and LTE

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Well then, what have we here? A Google ad for the Rogers Samsung Galaxy S III, which seems to indicate it'll carry Sammy's new Exynos 4 chip, in addition to 4G LTE connectivity? The screenshot above was sent our way by AC reader mhsobhani, who says it popped up while he was searching around for info on the Galaxy S III.  It's significant because we've been hearing over the past few weeks that the North American LTE version would ship with a Snapdragon S4 chip instead of Samsung's new Exynos 4 Quad, on account of radio issues.

Of course an ad banner is hardly conclusive, but if this turns out to be accurate, it could be good news for a possible AT&T Galaxy S III, as Rogers operates on the same HSPA and LTE bands as that network. Though it's worth clarifying that even if this does turn out to be the case, it's still possible that other U.S. Galaxy S III's could end up with the S4, particularly if they operate on CDMA and LTE.

In any case, the exact details of the North American Galaxy S III models remain uncertain, and much of this is still speculative. We'll keep you posted if any further details come our way.

Thanks, mhsobhani!

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2 years ago

Sprint EVO 4G LTE available May 18 for $199

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Sprint has finally confirmed the launch date and price for its latest and greatest HTC device -- the EVO 4G LTE. The new EVO, which packs similar internals to the One X, will arrive next Friday, May 18. And on a standard two-year contract, it'll set you back $199.99. For that money, you get a Snapdragon S4-powered beast with a 4.7-inch, 720p SuperLCD2 display, 1GB of RAM, an 8MP ImageSense camera and ICS, backed up by HTC Sense 4. Oh, and a funky red kickstand, too.

We've seen plenty of the EVO 4G LTE over the past few weeks. We went hands-on with the device at its New York launch event last month, and caught up with it again at CTIA this week.

If you're interested in picking one up, it's available for pre-order now. Check past the break for the full presser from Sprint.

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2 years ago

Sony announces the Xperia GX and SX - new, buttonless ICS phones for Japan

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Sony continues its tradition of launching desirable new products in Japan first, with today's announcement of two sleek new smartphones in its home territory -- the Xperia GX and Xperia SX. Both phones run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and jettison the traditional capacitive keys found on older handsets in favor of more up-to-date (and Android style guide compliant) virtual keys. The SX boasts that it's the world's lightest LTE smartphone, while the GX looks to be a spiritual successor to last year's Xperia Arc.

The Xperia GX bears a striking physical resemblance to the rumored Sony LT29i Hayabusa, and the specs are a pretty close match, too. It's got a 4.6-inch 720p Sony Reality display, a 1.5GHz dual-core CPU -- an unnamed chip, but rumored to be a Snapdragon S4, a 13MP EXMOR R rear camera and 16GB internal storage. A tantalizing bag of tricks to be sure, and one that easily matches the high-end offerings from other manufacturers.

Meanwhile, Sony's also launching what it says is the world's lightest LTE smartphone, the Xperia SX, which weighs just 95 grams. This is a 3.7-incher with a slightly chunkier design, but similar specs to its big brother. It's got a 1.5GHz dual-core CPU, 8GB internal flash and an 8MP EXMOR R rear camera, plus Japan-specific features like IR data exchange and mobile TV. Both SX and GX come in black and white, and are to launch in Japan this summer.

We have to say, the Xperia GX in particular looks like a gorgeous piece of kit, with some tasty internal hardware. Our fingers are firmly crossed for an international launch for this device in the months ahead. Come on, Sony, let's bring this thing to Europe (and maybe America, too). People want to give you their money.

We've got the full press release, and more photos, after the break.

Source: Sony; via: XperiaBlog

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2 years ago

Sprint EVO 4G LTE pre-sale opens up at Best Buy

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In recent days we've seen the getting started and full user guides leak out for the Sprint EVO 4G LTE. And then of course, right on cue, we had pre-sale for the device starting up. Now, Best Buy are starting to take orders for the hotly anticipated device as well. 

The EVO 4G LTE is being offered up for $199.99 on a 2-year contract, with the regular price showing up at a whopping $699.99. Customers who pre-order through Best Buy will also get themselves a $50 Best Buy gift card when they activate their new phone. Interested? Hit the source link below to get your orders in. 

Source: Best Buy thanks cr33p!

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