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3 years ago

Samsung unveils Galaxy Note - a new 5.3-inch, dual-core phone with a SuperAMOLED HD display

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Samsung's head of global sales and marketing, DJ Lee, has just announced a brand new "premium" smartphone at the electronics giant's IFA 2011 press conference. It's designed to fit between a traditional 3 to 4-inch phone and a tablet, and its name is the Samsung Galaxy Note.

The Galaxy Note features Android 2.3 on a thin, 5.3-inch chassis with a Super AMOLED HD display, which runs at 1280x800. Powering the device is a 1.4 GHz dual core processor, which is backed up by a massive 2500 mAh battery. Other stand-out features include stylus input for note-taking via the bundled Samsung "S Pen" pressure-sensitive pen, as well as HSPA+ data, an 8MP rear camera and 2MP front-facing shooter.

As the name suggests, Samsung is aiming to make the Galaxy Note the idea portable digital notepad. And despite its massive display size, it's just 9.65mm thick, weighin in at 178 grams.

Demonstrating the Galaxy Note at the press conference, Samsung Europe boss Andrew Coughlin said that it's intended to be a new primary device for users that need more visual realestate than can be found on a typical smartphone. Instead of switching between multiple devices, Coughlin said Galaxy Note users would be able to perform many tasks commonly associated with tablets right on their smartphone.

Samsung's S Pen, which is included with the Galaxy Note, is a pressure-sensitive stylis much like the "magic pen" included with the HTC Flyer. And like the Flyer, the Galaxy Note supports screenshot-taking and annotation across all areas of the UI. To help in the development of new apps for the platform, Sammy will be releasing the S Pen SDK in the near future, and even showcased a couple of example applications, including a collaborative whiteboard app that could be used in meetings.

We definitely can't wait to get our hands on this one, folks. More images coming your way, along with the official presser, after the jump.

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3 years ago

Samsung's 'Unpacked' IFA press conference now streaming

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Samsung's now broadcasting its IFA press conference live from its US Facebook page. We're expecting announcements relating to a possible new 7-inch tablet amongst other stuff, so watch along at the source link below. We'll have posts covering whatever Sammy unveils over the next hour or so, so stay tuned to AC too!

Source: Samsung USA Facebook

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3 years ago

Motorola Droid Bionic hitting the shelves at Costco Sept. 8

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While you probably won't find an awesome 3D robotic head sculpture in the box, it looks like you'll be able to grab a Droid Bionic from Costco on Sept. 8 -- the same day you'll find it at Verizon corporate stores.  In a little over a week, the dual-core LTE device that everyone's been wanting since January will finally be in our hands.  Like everyone, we're curious how the OMAP4 will handle battery life with a power-hungry LTE modem, and ready to put the Bionic to the test.

No details about the pricing, but with Costco's warranty and guarantee we know many folks prefer to buy their Android goodness there while shopping for pallets of canned corn and 50 roll packs of paper towels.  And do try the Hawaiian Ham samples -- they're to die for.

Thanks, Anon!
Discuss in the Droid Bionic forums

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3 years ago

Sprint Playbook shows us a new device, policy changes, new rewards program, gives AT&T HTC Holiday a September release

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The latest Sprint Playbook is out, and while the majority of the news is a re-hash of the Sprint Epic 4G Touch news we saw last night in New York, there ares some other interesting tidbits nestled between the pages.  A new device, HTC Holiday rumors, policy changes, and a new customer rewards program are all afoot, hit the jump and check them out.

Thanks, Anon!

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3 years ago

Uncrating the Droid Bionic Droid Does code

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The Motorola Droid Bionic. Perhaps you've heard of it. And perhaps you've heard of the little -- or not so little -- Droid Does campaign that's just getting going in earnest. We were sent a case (along with BGR, Boing Boing and Joystiq) containing ... well, containing a code to help unlock the Droid Does video ... and containing something else.

Take a look, after the break.

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3 years ago

HTC ThunderBolt, Droid Incredible to get Gingerbread in September

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HTC took to its Facebook page today to announce the good news that the ThunderBolt and Droid Incredible will finally be receiving their Android 2.3 Gingerbread updates in September. No word yet on exactly which version of Gingerbread they're getting -- we're hoping it's Android 2.3.4 -- or whether video chat will work, or whether it means anything for unlocking their bootloaders. But this is certainly a day of celebration if you own either of these devices. You may now take 5 minutes for a Snoopy dance.

Source: Facebook; Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

Reminder: Last chance to win a 3D phone with SpeedX 3D and Android Central!

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Update: Here's a quick reminder that there's just a few more hours left for you to win an LG Optimus 3D or HTC EVO 3D in our super-awesome contest, brought to you by HyperBees and SpeedX 3D. The contest closes as 5pm EST this evening, and the winner will walk away with a 3D phone of his or her choice.

All you have to do is prove your worth in Hyperbees' SpeedX 3D, an addictive tunnel racer that includes plenty of levels, challenge modes and full stereoscopic 3D support in the paid version. Here's how it works --

  • Download either the free or paid version of SpeedX 3D from the Android Market. If you already have SpeedX 3D, make sure you're on at least version 2.5.5.
  • Select "Play" and then "Contest" from the main menu and see how long you can race before being eliminated. The longer your run, the higher your score.
  • Compete against other players (top scores are available here).
  • There is no limit to the number of times you can attempt to improve your score, so keep trying!
  • The contest is open to readers worldwide and runs until Wednesday, 31 August at 5 PM EST.
  • Winners will be announced here on AC on Thursday, 1 September.

Join us after the jump for the QR code and Market download link for the free version, as well as the full contest rules.

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3 years ago

Which Samsung Galaxy S II is right for you?

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Plus, a recap of the U.S. launch event

So here's your obligatory shot of the three U.S. versions (so far) of the Samsung Galaxy S II. We crawled all over these guys at the U.S. launch event, and they're definitely lookers. We could ask you which one you like the best, or which one you think looks better. But to anyone who's actually held one (or all three), it's pretty obvious that you're pretty much dealing with the same device here, insofar as look, feel and performance go.

And the Super AMOLED Plus displays? (They're so named because they have more subpixels that a mere Super AMOLED display.) You're going to want to see these in action if you haven't already.

Oh, there are some subtle differences in software (but nothing really to write home about just yet), and the AT&T Galaxy S II (that's it's official name, by the way) is noticeably smaller at 4.3 inches, instead of the 4.52 inches seen in Sprint and T-Mobile's versions. Trust us when we say you'll be OK with that.

No, the deciding factor over which Galaxy S II version you get in the United States really comes down to which carrier you're on. Let's break it all down, after the break.

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3 years ago

A sneak peak at the Droid Bionic training docs, plus more confirmation of a Sept. 8 launch

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If you sell Verizon smartphones, chances are you're well on your way to being properly trained up on the Motorola Droid Bionic. And we've gotten a sneak peak at the training, which we'll share with you here. There aren't many surprises -- it'll have all the usual accessories and Webtop dock -- it'll even come with a phone charger! But seeing as how it's been a couple hours since we last teased the DB, we now present you with more, after the break.

Oh, and with the demise of the fake Droid Bionic Twitter account also comes the demise of the unofficial Sept. 8 launch date. It's cool, though. We've gotten more confirmation that independent retailers are expecting inventory on Sept. 8, and we may see pre-orders start on Sept. 1, so be sure to check in.

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3 years ago

Sony Ericsson unveils Xperia Arc S with 1.4GHz CPU, coming October

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Sony Ericsson has unveiled the latest addition to its 2011 Xperia line -- the Xperia Arc S, which builds on its previous flagship device by bumping its CPU speed from 1.0 to 1.4 GHz, a change SE says will deliver "up to 25% faster" entertainment experiences. The Arc S includes the same 8.1-megapixel Exmor R camera sensor found in the original Arc, and thanks to a software upgrade, the new model will also support 3D sweep panorama recording out of the box.

Design-wise, it's the same slim Xperia Arc chassis we all know and love, available in a variety of colors, including "Pure White, Midnight Blue, Misty Silver, Gloss Black and Sakura Pink". Like its predecessor, the Arc S also runs Android 2.3 Gingerbread on top of which sits Sony Ericsson's custom UX.

The Xperia Arc's sleek design and high-performance camera made it one of our favorite phones of the year so far, and we look forward to getting our hands on the re-vamped model when it's available this October. Join us after the jump for the full specs, along with today's press release in.

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3 years ago

Droid Bionic finally on Droid Does site, needs help from us lowly bloggers

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Now this is interesting. The Droid Bionic has finally gone up on Verizon's Droid Does page, and there's some hidden material waiting to be unlocked. And who has the codes? A few of your favorite blogs. Along with Boing Boing, BGR and Joystiq, we've been tasked with helping unlocked whatever VZW's got cooped up behind there.

Looks like we've at least got some video waiting for us all. And don't worry, we'll get to work on this soon enough.

More: Droid Bionic forums

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3 years ago

Motorola Milestone 2 to get Gingerbread in 'early Q4'

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Just as Motorola Droid 2 owners in the US are eagerly awaiting their Gingerbread update, users of its international equivilent, the Milestone 2, received some welcome news from Motorola Europe today. Moto Europe reports on its Facebook page that the Milestone 2 will receive an official bump up to Android 2.3 Gingerbread during 'early Q4'. So, sometime in the next couple of months, with any luck.

It's a definite improvement over the situation with the original Milestone, which languished on Eclair until mid-March. Our fingers are crossed for you, Milestone 2 owners!

Source: Motorola Europe on Facebook

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3 years ago

LG Thrill 4G to finally show up at Radio Shack, will cost $80 on contract and $550 outright

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The LG Thrill 4G, AT&T's version of the Optimus 3D, should be arriving this week in Radio Shack stores across the country according to the flyer you see above.  The good news is that once they arrive, the Shack is able to start selling them right away.  We've seen a few delays with this one, so we'll take a "this week" release date and be thankful for it.  The Thrill will cost you $80 with new contract or a qualifying upgrade, or $550 for those that prefer to stay contract-free and use cash.  If you pick one of these up, be sure to tell us about it in the forums!

Thanks, Anon!

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3 years ago

Hands-on with the Sprint Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch (updated with video)

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After this morning's jump-the-gun leak revealed everything there is to know about the Sprint Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch, you probably have a pretty good idea of what the device has in store. Pictures speak louder than words, though, and until you see the Epic 4G Touch in the flesh, you only know half the story. It is an absolutely beautiful device that truly lives up to its name.

To refresh your memory, the Epic 4G Touch has got some major goodies under the hood:

  • 4.52-inch Super AMOLED Plus display
  • Ultra-thin (9.59mm) design
  • Samsung Exynos 1.2GHz dual-core processor
  • Wimax 4G radio
  • Media Hub
  • 8MP rear camera and 2MP front camera
  • Social Hub
  • HD video recording
  • Samsung Kies Air
  • Wifi calling
  • NOVA 2 HD pre-loaded
  • Swype pre-loaded
  • AES-256 internal/external hardware encryption
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • Sprint ID
  • Polaris Office
  • Hotspot controls up to eight devices
  • Android 2.3
  • Optional USB Host kit for connection keyboards, cameras, printers and thumb drives
  • Optional HDMI adapter
  • Multimedia and Car docks will be available

Performance on the Epic 4G Touch, from what we can tell, is top of the line. Hiccups are absent and switching between homescreens, opening apps, and multitasking is smooth as can be. And that 4.52-inch Super AMOLED Plus is worth the price of admission ($199 on contract) alone. Colors are crisp, blacks are deep, and viewing angles are superb. There isn't much to say until you see it with your own eyes. Wow. Oh, and one more cherry on top-- The Epic 4G bucks the trend with an LED notification light. A welcome addition to this new crop from Samsung.

Like the rest of the Galaxy S II line, the Epic 4G Touch is thin and incredibly light. It's got the patented Samsung plastic feel, but that has grown on us. Take a gander at the rest of the shots from this evening's event, which should hold you over until the device hits the market on September 16.

Hit the break for the video and more photos.

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3 years ago

Eyes on the T-Mobile Galaxy S II (updated with eyes-on video)

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There's always one kid who comes to class unprepared, and tonight it's T-Mobile. While AT&T and Sprint let us get our grubby hands all over their merchandise, T-Mobile kept their variant of the Samsung Galaxy S II under wraps (a glass cube, to be specific). Why, you ask? Well we did ask, and it appears that big T hasn't officially released full specs, a release date, or even a name for the device. No knock against T-Mobile, really, as we're firm believers in better late than never, especially when it means putting some final touches on an already stunning device.

And you can put money on it being in the same vein as all the other Galaxy S II devices -- with a 4.5-inch Super AMOLED display, dual-core 1.2GHz processor, TouchWiz, and all that jazz. One more pic to whet your appetite is after the break.

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