After months of speculation and weeks of delays, Europe finally has its EVO. The HTC EVO 3D (previously seen on Sprint in the US) launched in the UK yesterday, sporting a stylish bronze camera trim, 3G GSM radio and a £500 (~$815) price tag. We've been playing with ours for a few hours now, and we've prepared our initial thoughts, along with a very special 3D hands-on video of HTC's most ambitious international release yet.
Join us after the jump to find out how the EVO 3D compares to HTC's current European flagship phone, the Sensation, as well as competitors like LG's Optimus 3D. And you'll definitely want to check out our 3D hands-on video if you're into that sort of thing...
Well, well. What have we here? We're getting word that at least one Verizon store has gotten a shipment of the mythical (OK, not so much anymore) Motorola Droid Bionic. Let's start with what you can see here. There's the SKU on the left, which points to this being the new Droid Bionic, aka the XT875. That's a good sign. "Motorola Droid Bionic" in the description? Check. That's good, too.
Then there's the unit cost. The $587 you see obviously is before any sort of rebate or contract subsidy, so most of you will be paying less. How much less? That hasn't been officially announced yet, but we're willing to wager $249 or so. (At least let's hope Verizon doesn't flirt with the $299 level, which might well turn people off pretty fast.)
Now, as for a release date. Again, nothing's official, and these things are very much subject to change. But our source says Aug. 26 is a real possibility, and that'd be ahead of the September time frame Motorola's Sanjay Jha dropped during a recent earnings call, and ahead of all of those September dates that have been floating around. But, again. That's unofficial stuff.
The folks over at OLED-info got a bit of inside information about Super AMOLED HD screens, and the news is good. Using a new and improved manufacturing process and materials, Samsung has supposedly managed to get high resolution Super AMOLED screens at a much smaller size than was previously possible, and we may be seeing them this fall. There's even a bit of speculation that they are even more cost efficient with this new process, and a Super AMOLED panel is now 20 percent cheaper than the equivalent S-LCD panel. Awesome.
Remember, this is all third hand info, but here's the skinny -- we should expect smartphones with Super AMOLED HD (720p) screens in the five to six inch range this fall, and the first will likely be the GT-i9220 with a 5.3-inch display. Yes, that model looks familiar, because we have seen it leaked from a Lithuanian retailer (listed with a 4.3-inch display), but Samsung was quick to remind us that it was "not accurate." We should also be seeing a 7-inch tablet with a Super AMOLED HD screen by then end of 2011 (happy dance).
Like a lot of other people out there in Android phone land, I'm hooked on some Super Amoled. I just don't want my next dream phone to use anything else. I'm also not feeling the love for a 5 inch or larger phone, so seeing more and more resolution squeezed into a smaller package is like music to my ears. I've made peace with the fact that I'll probably have to move up to a 4.3- or 4.5-inch display on my next purchase, and fooling around with a Samsung Infuse has helped me justify it with some sort of voodoo mind trick. If this info turns out to be correct, we're so close.
The information for the Motorola Droid Bionic is flowing more heavily as well we move closer and and closer to seeing it finally arrive. The folks over at TechnoBuffalo appear to of have gotten their hands on all the spec information and as such have posted it up for all to see:
4.3-inch qHD display
Webtop Apps/Wireless Printing - Just like the Motorola Photon and the Droid 3 MotoPrint is on board. As well, Bedside mode, HDMI-out with mirroring and availability of a laptop dock just like the Motorola Atrix has
Zumocast - Is pre-loaded for streaming of content from the Droid Bionic
Camera - 8MP with LED flash, Front facing cam for video chat
Three Microphones - For enhanced call quality and noise control
Mobile Hotspot - Allowing up to 8 devices to be connected simultaneously
The info, looks as though it came from a user-guide or marketing material since it outlines each and every spec while telling you how exactly to work such things. You can find some more pics past the break.
There's really no other way to put it -- Verizon's LTE rollout is putting other companies' 4G offerings to shame. Some 15 more cities are set to get Verizon's 4G data on Aug. 18, and 10 will see their coverage expanded. Here's the breakdown:
Been wondering where the Gingerbread update for the original Droid Incredible is, since it's been "coming soon" for a few days now? We'd originally heard that the update was supposed to push to 10,000 people on Aug. 16, with another 50,000 today, and everybody else on Friday.
Looks like that's been delayed. A post in Verizon's DInc support forums breaks the bad news:
Everyone, I apologize for the inconvenience, but the update has been delayed. Our product team is going through more testing. Once we know for sure when the update is coming, we will post more info.
Rumors of a white Droid Incredible 2 have been floating around for a while now. And it looks like Best Buy -- no stranger to exclusive color schemes -- will be peddling the pale paint job. Our tipster is seeing an "in-stock" date of Aug. 21, but that might or might not mean it'll be available for purchase this Sunday.
The good news is the price still looks about right -- $149 after contract. One more pic is after the break.
Not a whole lot going on here you couldn't have guessed, but Radio Shack -- along with Sprint, of course -- is prepping for Sunday's launch of the Samsung Conquer 4G. That's Sprint's new mid-range 4G offering, with a 3.5-inch display and 1GHz process. It'll be available for $69 on contract.
This one tickling anyone's fancy? Or tickling anything else?
Remember the Acer phone with the massive 4.8-inch screen? There's a good possibility not, but we first went hands on with the device at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, and things have been a little quiet since it appeared at the FCC in April.
Now though, according to the official Facebook page of Acer Germany, the device is slated to launch some time in September for €499 ($710). The device page is live on Acer's official site, but with no information on price and availability.
Back at MWC the specs were pretty tasty, but as time has passed it by and the smartphone world is populated by dual core super phones, will the Smart still be able to cut it?
No word as yet on availability in other countries, but if you like to get your mobile movie viewing on, this could still be worth a look.
Check out our initial hands on video after the break.
What's all this then? Look, we're finally getting used to the idea that we might actually see the Motorola Droid Bionic released sometime in 2011, and now this little slice of sexy has showed up. Engadget was slipped a few pics of the as-yet unannounced device, with a couple of them showing it lounging next to the upcoming Verizon DB.
Let's start with what you can actually see in the pictures. There's no carrier branding on this thing, and note the different style of menu button. That could mean it's a prototype, or it could mean it's not intended for Verizon, never mind the Droid name. But we've seen EVO make the leap from Sprint in the U.S. to the GSM networks in Europeand in Canada, so there's that to consider.
The power button appears to have been moved to the right-hand bezel, a la every Samsung phone of the past year or so. It's sitting above the volume rocker. There's a front-facing camera, natch, and an "HD" camera with flash that will record video in 1080p. Been there, done that. HDMI and microUSB ports round things out. On that front.
More intriguing are the pictures of what appear to be a humungous removable battery. No doubt it's larger because it's also thinner, and the entire device is shown as being thinner than the Droid Bionic. And there's also the side-loaded (as in on the outside of the phone, on the left-hand bezel) SIM and microSD card slots. External SD card slots are few and far between, never mind SIM card slots.
Anyhoo. Place your bets as to where this puppy will end up. But if it's a sign of Motorola design to come, the next crop could be very interesting.
Friendly reminder time folks -- the polls are still open so don't forget to vote for the best Android phone in your region or on your carrier! If you do, you're not allowed to come back later and complain -- them's the rules. We rounded up a list of currently available or announced phones for each category, and all you need to do is vote for your favorite:
Anybody up for a little Gingerbread on your HTC ThunderBolt? The Android 2.3 update that we're all oh so patiently waiting on hasn't yet been pushed, but a new leak -- and this is about the 16th ThunderBolt ROM leak, for those of you playing at home -- has emerged.
Build 2.07.605.0 is said to be an "official" build -- as in not a janky test build -- but it's not yet the "final" one that will be pushed. And you know how that goes -- ain't nothin' officially final until it's officially final.
Anyhoo, ol' Chingy's got the virgin RUU worked up alongside a few rooted builds. So if you're the brave type, give it a shot.
The Korean version of the Motorola Atrix has a tasty western treat available, the Android 2.3 Gingerbread update is now live and available for installation. The update looks just about the same as we saw here recently in the states, including the newer version of Blur that allows customization of the launcher bar and app folders. The under-the-hood changes should be the same, too -- look for a nice performance boost if you're installing this one. The update is available at Motorola customer care centers, and via Motorola's website. If you're signed up with Blur, you can also get the download OTA style. For the full details and instructions, visit the source links.
Remember the Vphone? Revealed way back in 2009, Saygus promised that the Vphone would be the first consumer phone to pass Verizon's Open Device Initiative (ODI) certification, promising revolutionary features such as video calling over 3G, Remote backup and restore for data, and up to a three year warranty. The phone won several design awards at CES, and the company promised that the device would be out sometime during 2010. Then, it disappeared. That is, until today.
Sascha Segan, over at PC Magazine, broke the news to day that the Saygus Vphone finally received certification through Verizon's Open Network Initiative and would start selling the handset "soon." The phone's specifications include:
3.5" 800x480 screen
'Best in class' slide-out keyboard
"Android OS" - Though the version number isn't listed in this release, the last known version it ran was 2.2 aka Froyo.
5MP rear camera with VGA front-facing camera
USB host port
USB modem capable
In a market dominated by 4"+ black slabs and dual-core processors, the Vphone won't win any awards in the spec race. It's important to note that this is the first (and currently only) android device to receive Verizon's ODI certification. What this means is that while the device itself will run on Verizon's network, it won't be officially "supported" by them, meaning it should ship without CityID, Vcast, and the other applications Verizon puts on their other devices. This isn't a Nexus device, but it's the closest thing Verizon users have seen to a stock Android device since the original Droid.
On Monday, we wake up to see that Google is buying Motorola, and on Tuesday we discover that the Vphone will actually see the light of day. What will we wake up to tomorrow?
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