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2 years ago

LG Optimus 4X HD hands-on [updated with video]

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Welceome to a new era for LG, folks. The LG Optimus 4G HD brings the manufacturer's first quad-core smartphone, and it's a beauty. As fast as you'd expect, as thin and light as you'd demand.

On paper the LG Optimus HD is a killer. Consider:

  • 4.7-inch IPS display
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Tegra 3 quad-core processor at 1.5 GHz, with that NVIDA 4-PLUS-1 technology that brings a fifth companion core into the mix, to handle the light loads and extend battery life.
  • 8MP and 1.3MP camera.
  • A 2150 mAh battery

It's all full of sexy.

As a matter of use, you've got a mix of LG's custom UI and the gorgeousness of Ice Cream Sandwich. It can be a little tough to tell where one stops and the other begins, and that's a good thing. Throw into the mix the gorgeous display and unmatched power, and you're going to want to get your hands on this thing.

We've got some more pics and a video after the break.

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2 years ago

Android Central weekly photo contest winners: Macro-photography

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Another week has past, and we've spent a good part of it enjoying the pictures you guys and gals have sent in for this weeks photo contest! We got a bunch of them, all of them good (just the way we like it) and it's the wort of work nobody minds doing. This week we asked everyone to submit their best macro-photography shots, and we offered up an Android mini collectable for the winners. 

You can find the five winning shots after the break (in no particular order). If you see your picture there, check your inbox for details about your prize. Thanks for entering everyone!

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2 years ago

First look at the HTC One V

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The chin is back! Two years ago, here at Mobile World Congress, HTC unveiled the Legend with its iconic unibody design and chin-first swagger. Today, in Barcelona, HTC resurrected that design in the HTC One V

The One V has a 3.7-inch WVGA Super LCD display at 480x800 resolution. It's rocking a Qualcomm 8255 at 1 GHz and has 512MB of RAM. Storage is a meager 4GB, but it's got that extra 25GB from Dropbox. The One V has a 1500 mAh non-removable battery.

We weren't allowed to touch the One V, and the software's not ready, so we didn't get to see it turned on. But we've got some exterior shots and video after the break.

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2 years ago

Hands-on with the HTC One S

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The HTC One S (Codename: Ville) might not be the "flagship" device in the manufacturer's new lineup, but don't thell that to the phone. It's a little smaller than the One X, at 4.3 inches instead of 4.7 inches. And it's traded the 4.7-inch Super LCD 2 for a 4.3-inch AMOLED display and Gorilla Glass. It also loses a tad in the way of resolution, dropping to qHD instead of full 720p. And it trades the polycarbonate shell for an aircraft-grade aluminum that's been fried in plasma in a process that's called microarc oxidation. In layman's terms, it basically turns the metal into a ceramic, and it feels quite nice. 

The HTC One S has the same camera technology as the One X, as well as Beats audio. It's crowning achievement, probably, is that it's crammed into a body that's just 7.9mm thin. You have to feel it to believe it. But that does come with a trade-off: The non-removable battery is just 1650 mAh.

Other specs of note: It's rocking a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor at 1.5GHz, has 1GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, plus the 25 GB you get with HTC's new deal with Dropbox.

Rogers and Fido have announced they're carrying the HTC One S, as has T-Mobile in the U.S.

We've got your hands-on video and pics after the break.

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2 years ago

Hands-on with the Sony Xperia P and Xperia U

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Sony today announced the Xperia P and Xperia U -- two new additions to its Xperia NXT range, which bring the aesthetics of its 2012 flagship to mid and entry-level smartphones. Both devices feature dual-core CPUs and the familiar angular design from the Xperia S, in a smaller form factor with a couple of interesting new personalization quirks.

We've got early video walkthroughs of the Xperia S and Xperia P after the break, along with first impressions of both phones from Sony's pre-MWC event today.

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2 years ago

HTC One X hands-on

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If you thought HTC's phones of the latter half of 2011 were good, wait till you get a load of the first half of the 2012 crop. The flagship model for HTC's new "HTC One" line is the HTC One X. Code named Endeavor, it's sporting a 4.7-inch 720p Super LCD 2 display that looks as good as you can imagine (especially in the horrible lighting we had to endure).

The back, home and multitasking buttons are capacitive and aren't a part of the screen, so you actually get more real estate than you might expect. That's a double-edged sword because it can make it that much harder to reach from corner to corner. The phone is made of a special polycarbonate -- basically meaning it's plastic, but it's bad-ass plastic. It feels pretty good, though it is a tad slick.

The One X is either running a quad-core Tegra 3 processor, or a Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, depending on whether it's got an LTE radio. (AT&T's version will rock Snapdragon.) The 1800 mAh battery on the One X is not removable. 

The real stars of the show, however, are the 8MP rear camera with HTC's new ImageSense technology, and Sense 4.0. The former means you can take better pictures (and take them faster). And the latter means you get more of a stock Android experience, while retaining that feeling that you're using an HTC. The menus are nicely skinned, and widgets go on the home screens more like previous versions of Android and Sense, and not like default Ice Cream Sandwich.

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

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2 years ago

HTC One series heading to the UK, due to be available SIM free in April

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We've had quite the night in Barcelona. Fresh from HTC's official launch of the One Series of devices, what we want now -- aside from actually getting our hands on them -- is to know just when we can actually get our hands on them. The UK is faring pretty well out of MWC so far, and we've already had word from a couple of UK carriers and a top UK electronics retailer confirming their supply of the devices.

Coming right out of the gate are Clove Technology. Clove will be stocking the whole trio of devices, including the white version of the One X. SIM free the One X will cost £492, the One S will be £450 and the One V comes in at a reasonable £264. The One X and One S are both slated to be available from Thursday April 5. The One V is a few weeks behind, due on Thursday April 26. Hit the links below for Clove's HTC products page.

Carriers already confirmed to be stocking HTC's latest are Three and Vodafone. Three will be carrying all three of the One Series devices, but as yet can't offer any possible pricing or availability information.

Vodafone will only be carrying the One X and the One S. Again, no word on price or availability at this time, only that both are "coming soon."  

Additionally, third party retailer Phones4U have added both the black and white One X to their coming soon page. Nothing beyond a "register your interest" box for now, but it looks like there won't be a shortage of places to get your hands on one. 

More: Clove Technology

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2 years ago

HTC One X coming to Rogers, Fido getting the HTC One S

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With the HTC One series devices now officially unveiled, carriers have already began staking their claim on the devices. As noted in the official press release, Roger in Canada is amongst the mix but it never stated which device would be available on the carrier. One quick look at the however shows Rogers will indeed be getting the LTE equipped HTC One X.

  • Entertainment at the speed of sound – Our fastest LTE phone yet - Entertainment is delivered quicker and smoother than ever thanks to a super-fast LTE network connection. With this clean, minimalist phone design, you still get a pixel-packed 4.7-inch HD screen. Then there's the amazing camera that captures every moment with crisp, beautiful photos.
  • 4.7” HD Display - Within seconds of starting a movie download, view it in vivid detail on your 4.7-inch HD display. And with just a swipe of your finger, movies go wirelessly from your phone to a wide-screen TV.
  • Audio the way the artist intended - Nothing comes between the studio and your audio enjoyment. Thanks to Universal Beats Audio, the listening experience is deep, clear and rich—just like the artist intended.
  • Capture every moment as it happens - Quickly bypass the lock-screen with instant access and always get the shot with a shutter that never delays. You can even snap a picture while shooting HD video.

We'll have to sit back and wait a bit for actual release dates and pricing but if you're on Rogers at least you can take satisfaction in knowing it will be arriving. Fido, also owned by Rogers will getting the HTC One S.

Source: HTC (Rogers), (Fido)

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2 years ago

HTC officially unveils their lineup of One Series devices

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HTC has now taken the covers off not only one device but a whole brand new series of devices dubbed the HTC One series. With the new series, HTC is focusing on premium experiences by concentrating their efforts on the freshly unveiled Sense 4.0 with Dropbox integration, Beats audio integration and their new new suite of camera and imaging features called ImageSense.

“The best moments in life are captured with a photo or remembered by a song, so it was key for the HTC One series to improve these emotional experiences with an amazing camera and authentic sound experience,” said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC Corporation. “We are very focused on creating a camera and audio experience customers will love and use often and we believe the HTC One series delivers this in a way never seen on a phone before.”

The HTC One X, HTC One S along with the HTC One V kick off the new series and ceratinly don't run short in the specs department. We'll be breaking down each device on their own shortly here but for now, you can jump on past the break for the full press release from HTC.

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2 years ago

HTC One S coming to T-Mobile USA, available this spring

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T-Mobile has announced that they will be carrying the HTC One S, coming sometime this spring. The HTC One S features the same Sense 4 experience and high performance camera as the One X, in a smaller and thinner (7.9mm) package, making it T-Mobile's thinnest smartphone. The One S will be equipped with an HSPA+42 modem for fast 4G speeds, and features an aluminum unibody design. The Qualcomm S4 dual-core 1.5GHz CPU combines with Beats Audio and HTC's all-new advanced 8MP camera will bring rich multimedia content to the forefront, whether it's user created or just being enjoyed on the 4.3-inch qHD Super AMOLED Plus display.

We're getting some hands-on with the One S at the HTC event, be sure to keep an eye out. T-Mobile's press release is after the break.

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