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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Mega (6.3) video walkthrough

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There are smartphones, and then there’s the Megaphone

In case you’ve neglected to notice, smartphones are getting bigger, and in 2013 in particular we’ve seen manufacturers push past the six-inch screen mark and into the bizarre no man’s land between phones and tablets.

The Samsung Galaxy Mega is one such device, with a titanic 6.3-inch display. On the face of things, it’s essentially an oversized Galaxy S4, in the same way the S4 Mini is an undersized Galaxy S4. But there’s more to it than that, and the result of Samsung’s efforts is a product that’s closer to a highly portable mid-range tablet than a smartphone. (Though it’s perfectly capable of making calls, should you desire to do so.)

Check out our video walkthrough after the break, and be sure to share your own thoughts on this 6.3-inch megaphone down in the comments.

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3 years ago

We're answering your Moto X questions on the Android Central forums!

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We've got the phone, you've got questions

The Moto X is finally officially official, and our own Phil Nickinson has been playing around with Motorola's latest for the past day or so. We've already brought you hands-ons, unboxings, full specs and more, but if you've still got unanswered questions you'll want to head over to the AC forums, where Phil's doing a little Q&A.

So hit the link below to visit the forums and pose your burning questions to one of the few live humans in possession of a Moto X. If you're not yet a forum member, registration is free, quick and easy.

More: Moto X Q&A on the Android Central forums

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3 years ago

Galaxy Note 3 and Samsung smart watch to arrive Sep. 4, says Korean press

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New devices tipped for announcement at pre-IFA event in Berlin

The annual IFA show in Berlin, Germany is usually pretty significant for Samsung. In 2010 it's where the company showed off its first Android tablet, the original Galaxy Tab. And for the past two years it's seen the launch of both Galaxy Note devices, as well as new classes of product like the Galaxy Camera.

And this year Samsung may continue the trend, if reports from South Korea's Asia Economic are to be believed. The publication reports that the third Galaxy Note handset will be announced at a gathering in Berlin on Sep. 4, two days ahead of IFA opening its doors to the public. What's more, Samsung may use the same event to launch its smart watch, the existence of which was confirmed by a company executive back in March. The report points out that a September unveiling would allow Samsung to get its product into the public eye before competing wearables from the likes of LG, Google and Apple appear.

As for the Galaxy Note 3, Asia Economic reports that a 5.7-inch AMOLED panel will be used in the device -- a small bump up from the 5.5-inch Note 2 display -- as well as a "new" Exynos 5 Octa CPU and 3 gigabytes of RAM. If accurate, that'd make Samsung's new hybrid device a formidable beast in terms of both size and specs.

We'll be live in Berlin for IFA next month, so be sure to stick around for all the show's Android-related developments.

Source: Asia Economic; via: PhoneArena

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3 years ago

No Moto X for the UK

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New line of products planned for European market instead, spokesperson tells Pocket-Lint

There's disappointment tonight for buyers in the UK hoping to pick up Motorola's much-hyped Moto X handset. British tech site Pocket-Lint says a Moto spokesperson has confirmed that the device will not be coming to the UK. Instead, the Moto X is apparently the first in a new family of Motorola phones, and more devices in this family will be launched globally in the future.

The site quotes a Motorola spokesperson as saying — 

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3 years ago

Rogers snags Moto X exclusive in Canada

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Both black and white Moto X models will be available on Rogers starting in August for $189.99 on a two-year contract.

Canadians looking over all of this Moto X goodness today will only have one spot they can get it initially: Rogers. Of course, we all know how these exclusives usually only last a few months, so we can probably expect the same situation here. The Rogers Moto X takes advantage of LTE on the 2600 MHz band, though I'm dubious that it makes an appreciable difference. Both black and white models will be available, while the pricetag will sit at $189.99 on a two-year contract. Yay for two-year contracts. Expect to see it on shelves in August. 

Anyone interested can hit up the Rogers notification page for more info, or take a look at our hands-on video to get the full tour. 

Source: Rogers RedBoard

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3 years ago

The Moto X is nice ... but does it come in wood?

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There are some 18 different backs from which you can choose when you're customizing your Moto X. Colors out the wazoo.

Wood is not yet one of them. But it will be.

Motorola currently is testing four wood backs for the Moto X. Not "looks like wood." Not "simulated wood." Actual wood. 

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3 years ago

The Moto X 'Quick Capture' camera

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One of Motorola's standout features in the Moto X camera is "Quick Capture," which gets you from sleep to shooting in a mere 2 seconds, all with a simple flick of the wrist. 

The idea sounds a little silly at first — do you really want to be flipping your phone around? But in actuality, it's pretty simple, and quick. 

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3 years ago

Hands-on with the Moto X

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'OK, Google Now. Show me the Moto X'

Motorola and Google, as we like to say in the South, have done good. We've finally gotten our first look at the new Moto X today in New York City. This thing's been leaked eight ways to Sunday over the past few months — and frankly a lot of what you're about to read we saw in last week's Droid announcements — but pick up the Moto X for the first time and you know you're feeling not just another phone, but a phone looking to do things a little different.

The Moto X is the first phone designed and built from scratch since Google acquired Motorola. And the end result is a phone that's as simple as it is complex. Its design is as understated as it is attractive. There have been so many assumptions about what the first Googlerola phone should be. It should be "Pure Google." It should have NASA-level hardware. It should have at least as many features as the droid line.

What Motorola's done is taken solid hardware and attractive design and married it to a fairly stock version of Android — with some interesting features thrown in, as well as a number of customization options. It's coming to five U.S. carriers in a few weeks and worldwide later, retailing for $199 on contract.

And with that, here's our first look at the Moto X.

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3 years ago

In pictures: Moto X

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The many faces of Motorola's latest smartphone

Unlike most smartphones, Motorola's Moto X will come in a wide range of different colors, textures and materials. And today in New York City Motorola was showing off a handful of them — from textured black and white plastic, to a range of wood finishes.

The base device comes in black and white, and Motorola's promising 16 customization options for the rear panel. So check past the break to see the Moto X in various colors from various angles. We've also got side-by-side comparisons with the Nexus 4 and HTC One.

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3 years ago

AT&T officially announces the Moto X with unique customization options

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Hot on the heels of the official unveiling of the Moto X, AT&T has checked in to tell us about their variant — and it will be the one most people will want. Other carriers will of course be selling the Moto X, but only AT&T is offering the rumored customization options everyone was curious about, as well as the 32GB version of the phone. Here's a list of the AT&T-only options:

  • Color options for the front and back (2 colors for the front, 16 for the back)
  • Accent colors for the power key, volume key and camera ring (7 color options)
  • Adding your name or short message on the phone
  • Unique wallpapers
  • Wake-up message
  • Memory capacity – 16GB ($199 with 2 year agreement) or 32GB ($249 with 2 year agreement)

We've been expecting some customization for the Moto X based on all the leaked news and images, but now we're hearing that many of them — including the all-important 32GB version — will be AT&T only. It's a bit of a let-down for many.

But in AT&T's favor, they now have a very compelling option to go head-to-head with Verizon's Droid models, and this should be a popular seller. We're impressed with what we've seen so far. Expect more Moto X news to come from other carriers, and hopefully other surprises with each announcement. Follow the jump for AT&T's full press release.

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3 years ago

Moto X specs

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Complete hardware specifications for Motorola's next big thing

After many months of hype and expectation, Motorola's Moto X handset is official, and we've got the full spec sheet for you to cast your eyes over.

The short version is you're dealing with a very sleek Android 4.2.2 handset powered by Motorola's unique "X8" processors, with a 4.7-inch RGB AMOLED 720p display and a 10-megapixel "ClearPixel" camera.

You'll find the long version after the break.

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3 years ago

Moto X unboxing

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Behold, the mighty Moto X. And its box. And the stuff inside the box.

For those of you into the whole unboxing thing, we present you, here, with a glorious unboxing video.

Namaste.

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3 years ago

Sony 'Honami' leak shows G-Lens on board with a 20 MP sensor

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Possible magnetic docking pins are also pictured, along with an alleged shot by the 'Honami'

The upcoming "Honami" may be Sony's next big leap in smartphone photography, and it has decided to pose for some pictures of its own. As we saw with the previously leaked render, the "Honami" does in fact have the Sony G-Lens labeling on its back. Resolution and focal length are replaced with temporary "X" values, but a photo of the software does show a 20 MP camera setting. There is also a picture of the phone's side, with what appears to be magnetic pins for docking.

A photo that was allegedly taken using a Sony "Honami" prototype was uploaded to Facebook, but thanks to the social network's removal of EXIF data and resizing of the image, it cannot be confirmed.

Additional photos can be found after the break.

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3 years ago

Smartphone sales push Sony back into profitability in Q1

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Sony has published its Q1 2013 earnings report, showing a return to profitability for the Japanese electronics giant, partly off the back of stronger smartphone sales. Revenue increased 13 percent year-on-year to ¥1.713 trillion ($17.3 billion), and Sony made a profit of $35 million, versus a loss of $285 million in Q1 2012. The report attributed the change in fortunes to "the favorable impact of foreign exchange rates, an increase in financial services revenue, and an increase in unit sales of smartphones."

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3 years ago

LG Optimus F3 comes to T-Mobile Aug. 7 for $0 down

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Available on T-Mobile’s Simple Choice Plan for 24 payments of $10 a month

After seeing releases on both Sprint and Virgin Mobile, a GSM variant of the LG Optimus F3 will now be available on T-Mobile, starting August 7. The carrier is offering a limited-time promotion price of $0 down with 24 equal monthly payments of $10. To take advantage of this deal, customers should be on T-Mobile’s Simple Choice Plan, and are subject to credit approval.

Like the Sprint and Virgin Mobile version, this device comes with a 4-inch IPS screen offering "sharp text and crisp images," a long-lasting 2460 mAh battery, and Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean with LG's own apps suite. Exclusive to this version of the Optimus F3 is T-Mobile's signature WiFi Calling.

The LG Optimus F3 can be found at T-Mobile retail stores, select retailers, and online at www.T-Mobile.com. For more about T-Mobile's latest entry-level phone, see our hands-on with the Sprint version.

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