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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 2 initial photo and video samples


We've been spending the past few days getting to know the Samsung Galaxy Note 2, and we'll be publishing our full review soon. In the meantime, we've got a selection of photos and video from the phone's impressive 8-megapixel camera. Like the Galaxy S3, the Note 2 packs a rear camera with a BSI (backside illuminated) sensor and f/2.6 aperture. The camera software also shares many of the characteristics of the S3's, including rapid-capture capabilities and a HDR shooting mode. And it packs some impressive macro shooting capabilities, as you'll see in our samples after the break.

Click through for a gallery containing some of our sample images, along with some 1080p video footage.

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4 years ago

HTC One X+ headed to UK from Oct 22, priced £474, says retailer


Hot on the heels of yesterday's HTC One X+ announcement, British retailer Clove Technology brings the first news of pricing and availability in the UK. Clove says it expects to begin stocking the refreshed version of the One X from Oct. 22, and is currently taking pre-orders for £474 inc. VAT (that's £395, or $630, ext. VAT). That's a lot of money, to be sure, but at least prices aren't advancing north of £500, as has been the case for devices like the Galaxy S3 earlier in the year.

As ever, pre-order prices are subject to change, but with the One X+ UK launch just a couple of weeks away, we feel fairly confident these numbers will be accurate.

Tempted by a One X+ at this price, or are you holding you holding out for a cut-price original One X? Shout out in the comments.

Source: Clove, More: Hands-on with the HTC One X+

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4 years ago

Galaxy Note 2 LTE coming to the UK on EE's 4G network


EE (Everything Everywhere) will launch the Samsung Galaxy Note 2 LTE on its network in the next couple of weeks, according to reports. UK tech blog Pocket-Lint has word that the international Galaxy Note 2 with LTE will arrive on EE from Oct. 15. As EE's 4G network has yet to launch, customers will first be required to sign up with one of EE's existing 3G network brands -- Orange or T-Mobile. Later, they'll have the option to switch to an EE 4G tariff, though pricing details and launch timeframes have yet to be announced.

The Galaxy Note 2 LTE will reportedly become available from Oct 15 on EE, joining the likes of the HTC One XL, Samsung Galaxy S3 LTE and iPhone 5, which are available now. We met with EE today for a quick demo of some already announced handsets, though they remained tight-lipped about the Note 2.

The Galaxy Note 2 and 4G LTE connectivity will be a tantalizing proposition for Android power users, but with EE's effective monopoly on 4G for the time being, it likely won't be cheap to get hold of the device and a matching service plan.

Source: Pocket-Lint

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4 years ago

Galaxy Note 2's Smart Rotation solves the ultimate first-world problem


We've all been there before. You're reading something on your smartphone while laying down on a bed or sofa. You turn sideways, and the screen rotates. Suddenly, whatever you were reading is at 90 degrees to where it needs to be, and you're left trying to read at an awkward angle. Fortunately, we found a feature on the Galaxy Note 2 that seems to have been developed for this exact eventuality.

"Smart rotation" makes its debut on the Note 2, and like the Galaxy S3's Smart Stay, it uses a bit of front-facing camera trickery. When the phone rotates, the device uses the front-facer to work out what orientation your face is in and then match the orientation of the screen accordingly, based on the built-in sensor. That means even if you're reading at an angle, the Note 2 can recognize this and keep things the right way up. In our experience it functions pretty well, though the fact that it uses the front-facing camera means you need a little ambient light in order for it to work.

Smart Rotation is switched off by default on the Note 2, but can be enabled under Settings > Display. Perhaps not the most practical or necessary software feature ever conceived, but damned if it isn't cool.

If you're reading this article at a 90 degree angle, be sure to shout out in the comments.

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4 years ago

Motorola drops ITC complaint against Apple


In August, Motorola was seeking an import ban of the iPad and iPhone from the International Trade Commission due to patent infringement, but today Motorola has dropped the case. Since the seven non-standard-essential patents in question were never undisclosed, it's hard to say why exactly Motorola backed off. Motorola's statement clearly laid out that no out-of-court settlement was made, either. 

It's entirely possible that Motorola found they didn't have a strong case, or they needed to prepare more documents in order to properly sue Apple, or there were some other outside forces at play that we just plum don't know about. Conversely, Samsung has started its legal counterattack on Apple today, so the tension between Android and iOS isn't likely to let up, even if for whatever reason Google wanted to lay off legally antagonizing Apple. 

So, let's open up the floor to wild speculation as to why Motorola launched the complaint in the first place, and what could have made them retract from proceedings so close to an official investigation. 

Via: FOSS Patents

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4 years ago

TELUS confirms HTC One X+ is coming to Canada


TELUS has just confirmed with us that they'll be offering the HTC One X+, though they remained skittish on pricing or timing details. They acknowledged the launch would be happening in the fall, though it's unclear if they were simply referring to when the device would be making its inaugural debut in Europe. 

In any case, have you seen this thing? Sure, it's not a major leap from the original One X, but that predecessor was already really great, and it's looking like it will raise the bar even further. The One X Plus will  boast a 1.7 GHz quad-core processor, keep the same 4.7-inch 1280 x 720 display, and has an 8 megapixel camera on the back. Best of all, the One X+ is packing Android 4.1 Jelly Bean right out of the box. 

I'm still waiting to hear back from Rogers or Bell to see if either one will be offering the One X+ as well or if they'll pick up the One VX. Update: Two big fat "no comment" replies from Bell and Rogers. 

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4 years ago

HTC shares some One X+ design sketches


Now that the One X+ is good and official, HTC has posted a short walk-through of some of their thinking behind the design of their latest smartphone. There's not much said that isn't told through the sketches they've posted, other than obvious stuff like they were aiming to "create a smartphone you wanted to hold and use everyday". HTC does hint, however,that they're going to produce a longer series about the design process, which would be pretty nice. They did up an excellent video for the launch of their latest Windows Phone, and some similar content for Android devices would be great.

For those of you just tuning in, the HTC One X+ is a shaping up to be a great new Android handset hitting Europe this month. 

  • 1.7 GHz quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 CPU
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 2100mAh battery
  • 64GB of internal storage in the UK, other markets may vary
  • 4.7-inch laminated SuperLCD2 display at 720p (1280x720) resolution with Gorllla Glass 2
  • Internal speaker with built-in amplifier
  • 8.0MP rear camera with BSI sensor, f/2.0 lens and HTC ImageSense
  • 1.6MP front-facing camera with HTC ImageSense
  • HSPA+ 42Mbps connectivity in Europe, LTE connectivity in the U.S.
  • Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and NFC support
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS with HTC Sense 4+
  • Size: 134.36 x 69.9 x 8.9mm
  • Weight: 135 grams with battery

What would you guys like to see in future HTC behind-the-scenes content? Personally, I think it would be really interesting to see some scrapped prototypes and hear from the designers and product managers why the kept certain aspects but ditched others. 

Source: HTC Blog

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4 years ago

AT&T announces the HTC One X+; Nvidia quad-core meets LTE


AT&T and HTC have finally brought quad-core processors and LTE together in the U.S., with the unveiling of the HTC One X+. Take everything you know about the current AT&T One X (and we know quite a lot), and beef it up a notch for a refresh that's just about nice enough to make most people with the current One X a little green, but not quite enough for a new model name -- hence the One X+.

The specs are the same as the international version coming to Europe, namely a 1.7GHz Tegra 3 quad-core CPU, 64GB of internal storage, and a larger 2100mAh battery. You'll still have the great HTC camera and best-in-class LCD2 display, making the One X+ one for the best-of short list.

On the software side the One X+ will roll out of the gates with Jelly Bean and HTC Sense 4+, which brings new functionality to the camera, a new and improved gallery, and a unique Tap and Go function when paired with Beats speakers.

There's no word on pricing and availability just yet, only the ever-present "soon."  All in all it looks like a device that's bound to please quite a few, and one we're excited to get to know a little better. 

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4 years ago

Quick screen comparison: Galaxy Note 2 versus Galaxy S3


Samsung's Galaxy Note 2 ushers in the post-PenTile era

In the past, most SuperAMOLED smartphone screens have used a "PenTile" matrix pattern for the subpixels that make up each dot on the display. This pattern of tiny LEDs in an RGBG (red, green, blue, green) layout can improve battery life compared to regular RGB, but may also be prone to discolored whites and jagged edges in text and other UI elements. The difference isn't always pronounced -- the Galaxy S3, for example, has one of the better-looking PenTile displays we've tested. However, in the past it's been a compromise you've had to deal with if you want a Samsung phone with a bright, high-contrast SuperAMOLED screen.

The Galaxy Note 2 is a bit different. Samsung's latest 5.5-inch monster phone makes a clean break from the PenTile past, introducing in an HD SuperAMOLED display with a more traditional RGB subpixel arrangement (the kind used in most LCD displays). That results in more subpixels making up each individual pixel, and in a more regular pattern. And that means there's less discoloration and sharper lines on-screen.

Interestingly, the Note 2's RGB subpixel arrangement isn't quite a standard RGB stripe -- it's got a red and green subpixel stacked on top of each other, with a larger (but darker) blue subpixel to the left. There's been some speculation that this setup allows for extra longevity, as blue AMOLEDs tend to burn out more quickly than other colors -- and so a larger, darker blue subpixel would last longer. We've yet to see any official confirmation of this theory, but at the very least, the larger blue subpixel doesn't seem to adversely affect color balance on the Note 2.

We've included an example of two icons above to show some of the differences. On the Galaxy S3 there are noticeably fewer subpixels making up the image, and some noticeable greenish-blue discoloration. The RGB-toting Note 2 produces a much sharper, more natural image. For a more detailed view, click the image above for an expanded view.

Needless to say our time with the Galaxy Note 2 has us excited for the future of AMOLED displays. If you find yourself anywhere near a Note 2 in-store demo unit anytime soon, you'll definitely want to check it out for yourself.

More: SLCD, SAMOLED, PenTile, RGB - Does it matter?

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4 years ago

Best of both worlds? The AT&T HTC One VX


Is it an improved One V in the One S body? Or a toned-down One S? Don't overthink it - AT&T's added a few tricks you'll want to check out either way

Hot on the heels of the global announcement (and AT&T's as well) of the HTC One X+ comes the HTC One VX, also for AT&T. This one's going to take a little explaining, so settle in.

First off, it looks a great deal like the HTC One S we've been enjoying for the past seven months or so. (For you Europeans out there, it'll probably be more akin to the Desire X we saw in late August.) It's been tweaked a little out front, mainly with an earpiece akin to what's on the One V. The rear's also moved to more of a unibody design, though like the One S, you won't be taking the battery out of this thing. The display has changed somewhat as well, moving up to a 4.5-inch (from 4.3 inches) Super LCD 2 at qHD resolution, or 540x960.

Under the hood is where things start to get really interesting. The One VX has a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM 8390) processor, so that's a slightly lower clock speed than the HTC One S, but faster (and a better platform) than the One V. It's got 8 gigabytes of on-board storage, and 1GB of RAM. 

And here's the kicker: HTC's managed to squeeze in a microSD card. And NFC. And a bigger battery -- 1810 mAh, up from the 1650 mAh on the One S. Plus, it's got AT&T's 4G LTE, HSPA+ and other cell bands you might need, along with 802.11 a/b/g/n Wifi. Want FM radio? It's there, too.

See also: HTC One VX specs

And we haven't even mentioned the camera yet. The One VX has a 5-megapixel rear shooter. That's a lower resolution than the 8MP camera on the One S. But it's still go the f/2.0, 28mm lens. It's also got backside illumination (BSI) and does video in 1080p. The phone's also got a VGA front-facing camera, and the whole thing is controlled by HTC's ImageSense processor.

The whole package is a tad bigger (in all dimensions) than the One S, but not by more than a couple millimeters.

Let's talk software: The One VX is launching with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but it will be upgraded to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean, same as for the One X and One S. Along with that, it'll get the update to Sense 4+, which brings a tightened user interface along with new camera modes, including Auto Portrait and Sightseeing, which speeds the shooting process by bypassing the lockscreen. There also will be new ways to view pictures and videos in the gallery.

What we don't have -- and unfortunately this is par for the course these days -- is a launch date or pricing. Stay tuned for that.

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4 years ago

AT&T HTC One VX image gallery


Here's a slightly ridiculously large gallery of images of the HTC One VX, announced for AT&T:

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4 years ago

HTC One VX specs


Complete specs for the HTC One VX on AT&T:

  • Operating system: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and Sense 4 (with an update to Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and Sense 4+ to come).
  • Display: 4.5-inch qHD Supre LCD 2 (540x960), 245 pixels per inch
  • Processor: Dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 (MSM 8930) at 1.2 GHz
  • Camera: Rear 5-megapixel camera with 28mm, f/2.0 aperture; smart LED flash; BSI sensor; HTC ImageSense processor; front-facing VGA camera
  • RAM: 1GB DDR2
  • Storage: 8GB on-board (OS will take up some); microSD card up to 32GB
  • Battery: 1810 mAh, non-removable
  • Wifi: 802.11 a/b/g/n
  • Dimensions: 133.5 x 67.5 x 9.19 mm
  • Weight: 124.7 grams / 4.4 ounces
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • NFC
  • FM Radio
  • Micro SIM
  • GPS/a-GPS
  • 3.5mm headphone jack
  • Dual noice-canceling mics

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4 years ago

Samsung adds iPhone 5 to patent complaints against Apple


As soon as the U.S. sales ban on the Galaxy Tab 10.1 was lifted, Samsung leaped back into the legal offensive, tacking on the iPhone 5 to its own patent claims against Apple. The fresh complaints are an amendment to Samsung's original lawsuit, but surprisingly don't have anything to do with LTE (a technology for which Samsung holds a handful of patents). The patents in question include six utility patents and two UMTS standard essential ones, which are all listed below. 

You may recall that Samsung had tried to get their hands on the iPhone 5 prior to any announcement to see if it applied to any of the complaints they were laying against the then-current breed of iOS smartphone, but was flatly denied. Now that the iPhone 5 is out though, it's fair game.  

If you're into the legal nitty-gritty, the amendment by Samsung is embedded below. Things are looking grim for Samsung in this case right now, but they aren't out of the fight yet. Do you guys think they'll be able to strike back at Apple, or at least fend off the beefy infringement fine

Source: CNET

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4 years ago

Some international Galaxy Note 2s shipping without multi-window feature


One of the cooler features of the Galaxy Note 2 is its ability run multiple apps in split-screen mode. The feature, known as multi-window, wasn't ready for prime-time at IFA, but was showcased a few days back in an official Samsung preview video.

However, many new Galaxy Note 2 owners in Europe have noticed that the feature isn't available on their handsets. Normally, it can be activated by long-pressing the back key, however on certain devices -- including ours -- this isn't working. According to numerous forum reports, the cause is an older firmware version on these devices. So if your international Note 2 comes with version N7100XXALIE, you'll find multi-window is unavailable. If you're on the newer N7100XXALIH, as many others are, the feature should work as expected. You can check your software version by heading to Settings > About device.

The reason for the omission isn't clear, though it's likely the manufacturer will update those phones stuck on the earlier firmware at some point in the near future. So full-screen multi-tasking should be just a software update away for those affected. In the meantime, we've reached out to Samsung for comment, and will update this post with any info they provide.

via Android Central forums

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4 years ago

Hands-on with the HTC One X+ and Sense 4+


In spite of all the hype surrounding a certain competitor, the HTC One X was a very strong entrant in the high-end smartphone space earlier in the year. Many of our editors own it. If you're reading this, there's an above-average chance you do, too. Though lacking in mindshare compared to the Galaxy S3, the One X remains a formidable smartphone, even besting Samsung's flagship in many areas.

But as the year draws to a close, it's time for a successor, as part of HTC's annual fall product refresh. Last year the Sensation XE built upon the strengths of the Sensation, with a larger battery, a faster CPU and enhanced software. And later this month, the One X will undergo similar augmentation, with the resulting device coming to market as the HTC One X+. Read on for an extensive preview of HTC's flagship Android phone for late 2012.

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