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4 years ago

Live from the Motorola-Intel event in London!

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We're live from London this morning for the joint Motorola-Intel event, where we're expecting to see the smartphone maker and chip giant unveil the first Intel Atom-powered Motorola phone. A likely candidate is an international version of the Droid RAZR M, only with Euro-friendly HSPA+ radios and a Medfield chip in place of the Droid's Snapdragon S4. Maybe there'll be other stuff, too, like Europe-specific versions of Moto's new RAZR HD phones. We're sure Moto will have a few surprises to share.

So click that link below, and let's get to it! The event kicks off at 10am BST (5am EDT, 2am PDT 11am CEST).

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4 years ago

Redux: A second look at the LG Optimus G

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We're just sitting down for a little more intimate time with the LG Optimus G here in Seoul, South Korea. And that means a couple things. For one, it means pictures that don't suck as much. For another, we're getting a better feel for the phone and the new user experience that LG's celebrating.

A few quick, initial thoughts, with the caveat that these are preproduction units:

  • For one, this thing is fast, fast, fast. OK, that's three. But it's worth repeating. The quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro is a little ridiculous. 
  • The display is gorgeous -- 4.7-inches of deep blacks and vibrant colors. 
  • Know how much I like HTC's lockscreen? And Samsung's? LG's is as good. You've got some icon shortcuts,  which do the obvious. But when you simply unlock the device, you get a preview of what you're unlocking to. That's a very nice detail.
  • The 13-megapixel camera has a quick shutter speed. Maybe not quite instantaneous, but it's damn quick. You've got a bunch of options in the camera app, including HDR and panorama.
  • The camera app also does a bit of magic wherein it's actually recording before you press the shutter. So if you don't quite snap the shot in time, you don't necessarily miss the pic.
  • Now that we're actually sitting down with the phone, we've got a better feel for the heft of the device. It's certainly not the lightest on the block, but neither is that a big negative for us. That might change a little when we see different internals in the U.S. versions.
  • The keyboard is surprisingly good. It's not perfect -- secondary functions could be triggered a little more quickly. But it's very much usable out of the box. That's not always the case with manufacturer's keyboards.
  • I'm very much digging the smooth, glossy back with the diamond design, called a crystal reflection finish. It might be a little too slick for some, though.
  • You know how almost every phone has ignored the cool TV-off effect that first showed up in Gingerbread? LG's got its own version, with the display focusing into a single point before blinking off.
  • Watching Korean TV on a phone is still cool.

That's it for now. We've got a bevy of better pics after the break.

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4 years ago

LG Optimus G: Hands-on with the Korean manufacturer's latest, G Style

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We're live from Seoul, South Korea, where we've gotten our first look at the Optimus G, the newest flagship Android smartphone from manufacturer LG. 

For as important as the hardware is to LG -- 4.7-inch True HD IPS display in a ridiculously thin form factor, quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor at 1.5GHz and a 13 MP camera -- it's the user interface that LG seems to be particularly proud of. There's still no mistaking that you're using an LG phone, as everything fits together just so and seems very much in its place. But at the same time, it's lost a bit of its rigidity.

The phone itself is a slim little wonder. It's decidedly rectangular. But its thinness keeps the lack of sweeping lines a non-issue. The rear of the phone practically shines, thanks to the ultra-reflective design.

The phone's got three capacitive buttons beneath the display (and, oh, what a display it is), done up in the back-home-menu configuration. Again, that sort of flies in the face of what Google intended for Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and up, but it works well enough here. (And speaking of Ice Cream Sandwich, we can only assume we'll see a Jelly Bean update in the near future, and LG hinted as such, but there's nothing official yet.)

The 2100 mAh battery isn't removable, which continues that trend in smartphone design. We'll have to wait and see about whether that's a real concern, but the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro should lessen that concern.

We've got a few very quick pics after the break.

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4 years ago

LG officially launches the Optimus G

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Monster of a flagship smartphone hits Korea next week, rest of the world to come

LG today officially launched the Optimus G, its newest flagship Android smartphone with specs that, on paper, should send even the most jaded smartphone nerd into a bit of a frenzy. It'll be available in Korea as of next week, with announcements for the rest of the world to come later. Let's recap, shall we?

  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor running at 1.5 GHz
  • 4.7-inch True HD IPS PLUS display at 1280x768 resolution, with a 15:9 aspect ratio
  • 32GB on-board storage
  • 2GB RAM
  • 13 MP rear camera (also shoots at 8 MP), 1.3MP front-facing camera
  • 2100 mAh battery for 15 hours talk time, 335 hours standby

Plus the other bells and whistles you've come to expect. But that's just the tip of the iceberg. LG has teamed up the impressive hardware with what it's calling "a creative and engaging UX" that'll let you "live without boundaries." We'll have to see about that, of course, but LG's given us a primer on some of the more major functions:

  • There's QSlide, which puts two screens on the display at once, at lets you work on both at the same time.
  • Live zooming lets you get close-up to videos -- up to five times closer while it's playing.
  • Dual Scren Dual play mirrors the smartphone to a TV and also lets you have different content on each at the same time.
  • QuickMemo lets you add notes to a screen shot.
  • Screen Zooming, well, it enlarges the screen, letting you zoom into lists, e-mail, etc.
  • Application Link is like a time-based launcher, firing up after your alarm goes off, so apps are ready to go when you are.

LG's also touting a new, enhanced user interface -- which we've yet to see -- along with some enhancements to the camera applications. We've got the full presser for you after the break.

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4 years ago

No restrictions on SIM-free Xperia T sales, says Sony

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Over the weekend news broke via one British online retailer that it might not be possible to get hold of an Xperia T phone without a contract in the UK. Expansys UK had reportedly told the press that it might be as long as January 2013 before the device was available SIM-free. We contacted Sony Mobile to get their side of the story, and it seems that there's been some crossing of wires over the exact details of the phone's availability.

A Sony Mobile spokesman informed us that the Xperia T will be available "within timescales previously announced through Vodafone, EE, O2, 3, Carphone Warehouse, Phones4U and Tesco." We were told that although it was up to these individual retailers as to how they allocated their stock, there were no Sony-imposed restrictions on whether the phone could be offered SIM-free or not.

In particular, Carphone Warehouse and Phones4U usually offer SIM-free deals in-store on new devices, and there's no reason to expect that they won't do the same for the new Sony flagship. So it looks like prospective Xperia T buyers don't have anything to worry about after all. The phone is expected to become available in the UK sometime next week, likely on or around Sept. 28.

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4 years ago

HTC 'One X 5' purportedly revealed in press render

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Update: Ausdroid has pointed out that this is nothing more than a fan-inspired render. See the original at Danny Tu's Flikr stream. Maybe HTC should hire Mr. Tu, as everyone seems to love his design!

HTC’s mysterious Verizon-bound 5-inch smartphone has been the subject of numerous rumors over the past several months, and we’ve seen purported blurry-cam shots of the device in the past. However, today, we might have our first clear look at the large-screened device, as the image above has surfaced on Chinese social network Sina Weibo. In the top left corner it's labeled as the 'HTC One X 5,' which is the first time we've heard this name associated with the rumored device.

The image is low resolution, but it’s detailed enough to reveal a few key points -- a black design with red accents, Beats Audio branding, and both rear and front-facing cameras. The simulated image on the screen seems to have been taken from earlier HTC One X renders, as it displays Barcelona and Feb. 26 in the clock widget, as well as the old Android Market icon on the home screen. We’ve seen fake (and prototype) press renders leak out before, so there’s certainly no guarantee that this image is legitimate. The low resolution alone means it’d have been relatively easy to forge.

HTC has a big event lined up in New York City this Wednesday, so it’s possible the One X 5 -- or Droid Incredible X, as the Verizon version’s rumored to be called -- will make its debut there. It’s equally likely, however, that Big Red will want to save such a flagship device for CTIA, or some standalone event. We’ll have to wait and see. Whatever happens, we’ll be live from NYC this Wedneday to bring you all of the day’s HTC news.

Source: Engadget

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4 years ago

Aston Martin gets in on the luxury smartphone act, high on price, low on specs

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Not content with producing some of the the worlds most beautiful cars, Aston Martin has decided to get in on the luxury smartphone space with this. Known as the Aspire, the device packs Android 2.3.5, an 800MHz processor, a paultry 256MB of RAM and a 3.2 inch HVGA display. Right.

Choice of colors is broad, with black, white, silver, gold, and rose gold all on offer. The gold variants are in actual fact made with real 24 carat gold, and command an increased price over the other three. So, what about that price then. Well, the non-gold versions are a staggering $1290, with the gold ones running you for $1590. This one firmly resides in the fashion over function section of the market then. 

Even to a die hard Aston Martin fanatic -- like a certain British writer -- it's almost impossible to recommend the Aspire. The choice to use outdated hardware, and software, in what is priced as a luxury device is bewildering. RIM didn't skimp out on the specs with the Porsche Design P'9981, yet whenever such an Android device in this category appears it disappoints on practically every level.

Source: ePrice 

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4 years ago

Oppo Find 5 may be the first Android handset with 1080p screen resolution

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Chinese manufacturer Oppo has recently announced the Find 5, an Android phone that may very well be the world's first handset with a 1920 x 1080 screen resolution. Here's a run-down of the specs.

  • 5-inch 1080p 1920 x 1080 (441 ppi)
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro APQ8064 1.5 GHz quad-core processor
  • 2 GB RAM
  • 12 megapixel camera
  • Android 4.1
  • Wi-Fi as/a/b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 4.0

The Find 5 looks a little too good to be true, and I'll believe it when I see something more than a rendering. Even if it does pan out, the odds of seeing it here in North America are pretty slim. That screen resolution sounds great, but is it overkill, or are we still looking for something sharper on our phones? Would it be worth a significant hit in battery life to use a screen that dense?

Via: AusDroid

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4 years ago

Reminder: We're live in London for Motorola and Intel's big event tomorrow morning!

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A quick reminder that we'll be live in London early tomorrow morning for Motorola and Intel's big "Edge" event, where we're expecting to see the smartphone maker and chip giant unveil the first Intel Atom-powered Motorola phone. A likely candidate is an international version of the Droid RAZR M, only with Euro-friendly HSPA+ radios and a Medfield chip in place of the Droid's Snapdragon S4.

Whatever happens, we'll be liveblogging the whole event, and Moto will be running a live stream too, which is mighty generous of them. The fun kicks off at 10am UK time (5am EDT, 2am PDT, 11am CEST), and you'll be able to find our live coverage here on Android Central, as well as live.mobilenations.com. After the event's done, keep watching for hands-on coverage of Moto's new devices.

The following 24 hours will be packed with more events, and we'll be live in New York City on Wednesday, Sept. 19 for LG and Qualcomm's do, and later HTC's big unveiling. Stay tuned to AC for full coverage of all the week's announcements!

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4 years ago

T-Mobile-bound Samsung Galaxy Note 2 gets additional confirmation by tipsters

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We had seen some pretty solid hints that the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 would be arriving on T-Mobile as the SGH-T889, but some additional sources have confirmed that it's still on the way, despite other reports that the phablet's plans for TMo had been canceled. In fact, some of the software currently in testing for the T-Mobile Samsung Galaxy Note 2 has leaked. The firmware is labeled T889UVALIC,  and is fresh out of the oven, having been compiled on September 15. 

According to the sources, the specs are pretty much identical to the European version, which include: 

  • Network: 3G: HSPA+ 21Mbps (HSDPA 21Mbps / HSUPA 5.76Mbps)
  • Processor: 1.6 GHz quad-core processor
  • Display: 5.5” HD Super AMOLED (1,280 x 720)
  • OS: Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
  • Camera: Main (Rear): 8 Megapixel Auto Focus Camera with LED Flash, BSI; Sub(Front): 1.9 Megapixel VT Camera, BSI; Best Photo, Best Faces, Low light shot

T-Mobile customers itching to pick up the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 can live vicariously through our hands-on video from IFA over here

There hasn't been a lot of talk about dates, but with the back-to-school season quickly winding down, it's hard to imagine T-Mobile not releasing the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 before the end of the month. Any of you T-Mobile customers ready to go (really) big?

Source: SamMobile

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4 years ago

HTC One X cut to £379 at UK retailer for today only

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As HTC's likely to show off new devices in New York City on Wednesday, here's a chance to pick up one of the company's earlier stand-out products at a knock-down price. UK retailer Expansys is offering the international HTC One X in white for today only for £379.99, almost £200 less than the original launch price. The version on offer is the unlocked Tegra 3-based HSPA+ model, with 32GB of internal storage.

HTC is rumored to be preparing a spec-refreshed "One X+" for launch in the coming weeks, but If you're looking for a chance to pick up the original at a cut-down price, you'll probably struggle to find a better deal than this for the next few months. The deal is available for the next twelve hours or so at the time of writing, and runs until 11pm UK time today, Sept. 17.

You can find more details at the source link below. And remember we'll be live in New York City this Wednesday to cover whatever's next from HTC.

Source: Expansys

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S4 rumored to show at Mobile World Congress in February

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The Samsung Galaxy S3 is all of, what, four months old, but we're already starting to laugh our asses off see rumors regarding a possible successor. The Korea Times, citing unnamed "company officials" and "local parts suppliers," says we'll see the Galaxy S4 unveiled at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona in late February, with it hitting shelves by the end of March

Oh, and they say it'll be slightly bigger (5 inches) and more powerful than the Galaxy S3 (get out) and will have LTE capability (you're kidding us).

Other than a possible screen size and unveiling at MWC, there's not much in the story we wouldn't expect. Faster, better, taking on Apple, blah, blah blah. Been there, done that, will do it again next year.

It's also a little early to start with the Galaxy S4 rumors, and it wouldn't surprise us in the slightest to see this turn out to not happen until later in the year. Regardless, we'll be in Barcelona one way or the other.

Source: Korea Times

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4 years ago

LG brings the Optimus True HD LTE to the Middle East

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LG this morning announced that it's bringing the Optimus True HD LTE to the Middle East, starting with Saudi Arabia. Here in the States, we know the Optimus True HD LTE as the LG Nitro HD, with a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, an 8MP camera, and of course the 4.5-inch IPS HD display at 1280 x 720 resolution.

Source: LG

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S 3 LTE heading to Singapore, packs Jelly Bean out of the box

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Back at IFA 2012 in Berlin, we went hands on for the first time with the Samsung Galaxy S 3 LTE. OK, so it's a Galaxy S 3, and it has LTE, nothing too extraordinary. However, what we did find on that demo unit was a fully loaded, fully working build of Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. We'd seen leaked builds -- and gone hands on of course -- but Berlin was the first time we'd seen it out in the wild. 

Now, over in Singapore, Samsung is preparing to launch the Galaxy S 3 LTE from the end of September. Good news for them, but better news for everyone else is that the LTE S 3 will come out of the box running Jelly Bean. Which, is extra good news for potential buyers of the British LTE version on EE -- which it seems will come in the lovely shade of Titanium Grey -- as it further shores up talk of the device having Jelly Bean at launch in the UK. 

The Singapore S 3 LTE will be the quad-core Exynos based version, complete with 2GB of RAM. This is of course different to the US version which packs a dual-core Snapdragon S4 under the hood. 

Oh, and do you have room for some more potential good news? Seems Samsung Singapore also announced the Jelly Bean update for the non-LTE version in October. It isn't surprising though, we know it's pretty much ready for release, we're just waiting on Samsung to flip the switch. 

via CNET Asia (1),(2)

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4 years ago

Samsung would rather you buy a Galaxy S3 than an iPhone 5

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Samsung has proved several times before that it's not afraid of directly attacking bitter rival Apple (and on occasion its fans), so it should come as no surprise to see the company's latest print ad taking aim at the recently-announced iPhone 5. With the tagline "it doesn't take a genius," Samsung pokes fun at Apple's retail stores (ironically, a setup it's trying to imitate itself), before telling us that "the next big thing is already here." Most of the ad space is taken up with a direct -- though highly slanted -- feature and specification run-down from both iPhone 5 and Galaxy S3.

We'll be the first to admit that the comparison is far from fair, and the iPhone 5 has a lot more going for it than "a totally different plug." Then again, this is an advertisement. Samsung wants you to buy a Galaxy S3, not an iPhone 5, and it's taken a characteristically direct approach to deal with the threat of Apple's latest and greatest smartphone. It's not subtle, and it won't change the minds of die-hard fans, but that's not its purpose. Its purpose is to put the Galaxy S3 on the radar of consumers considering picking up an iPhone 5 on Friday, and that's something we think it'll succeed in doing.

Sure, it's slanted and biased, but that shouldn't come as a surprise. After all, a fair comparison between the two devices wouldn't make for a very good full-page advertisement, would it?

Source: Business Insider

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