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3 years ago

HTC Merge screen protectors appear at Verizon store

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If you thought the HTC Merge (see our hands-on) on Verizon was dead, you might want to think again.  An astute reader sent us in some pictures of HTC Merge screen protectors that just arrived at his Verizon store.  I don't think Verizon is in the practice of ordering accessories for phones that won't be coming to market, and our tipster doesn't hail from the twilight zone, so be on the lookout for news about the HTC Merge soon.  There's one more picture after the break.  Thanks anon, and Vive la Merge!

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3 years ago

LG counting down to something big

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Not willing to be outdone by all the Samsung and Sony Ericsson news of late, LG has their own presentation to give in Barcelona.  They have put up a countdown post on their Facebook page, telling folks to be ready for Feb 14 at 10:00 AM Barcelona time (GMT).  We'll be there, and you can bet we will get you clued in on what's going on just as soon as they tell us.

We can never be sure of everything we're going to see from a company as big as LG, but we're pretty sure the Optimus 3D is going to play a big part.  How do we know this?  Hit the break and see the Optimus 3D teaser video LG attached to their Facebook post.  [LG Mobile's Facebook page]

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3 years ago

Hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy S II

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Behold, the Samsung Galaxy S II. The original Galaxy S ushered in a new era of power and screen technology in a form factor that was so light you had to heft it to believe it, and the sequel continues that trend.

The Galaxy S II steps things up with a 4.3-inch screen at 480x800 with the new Super AMOLED Plus technology, a dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, either 16GB or 32GB of storage (plus microSD up to 32GB), Wifi b/g/n, USB 2.0, a 1650mAh battery, aGPS, an 8MP rear camera and 2MP front camera (and 1080p recording), and the new Touchwiz 4.0 atop Android 2.3.

And it's all done in an impossibly light form factor. The Galaxy S II, while slightly larger than its predecessor at 125.3mm tall and 66.1mm wide, is thinner -- yes, thinner -- at 8.49mm. The iPhone 4, by comparison, is 9.3mm thick. And the Galaxy S II weighs just 116 grams.

Touchwiz has been bumped to Version 4.0. It's still full of bright colors -- which look even better on the Super AMOLED Plus screen -- and it highlights four major hubs -- Readers, Game, Music, Social.

The camera app has been reworked for the better, and the widgets now look and feel a little more processional.

We're going to be spending a good amount of time with this beast this week at Mobile World Congress. Check out our initial hands-on after the break.

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S II to come with AT&T, Canadian HSPA+

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For those of you too impatient to wait for an official release of the Samsung Galaxy S II in Canada or the United States, get excited. Why? Well, the stock international Galaxy S 2 will come compatible with both  the Canadian (Rogers, Bell, and Telus) and U.S. (only AT&T, sorry T-Mobile users!) 3G bands right out of the box. In addition, it can use HSPA+ for up to 21 Mbps if your carrier has it deployed. Plus, you won't have to worry about any meddling from the carriers. [Samsung]

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3 years ago

Sony Ericsson Xperia Play and Xperia Arc coming to Rogers

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If you live in Canada and are in anyway excited for either the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play or Xperia Arc then Rogers has some news you'll appreciate. Now that the official announcement of the Sony Ericsson Xperia Play is out there, Rogers has confirmed they will be carrying the device as soon as this spring. No pricing details have been announced but if either of these devices are to your liking then Rogers has you covered. If you haven't yet seen it, check out our fresh hands-on with the Xperia Play. [Rogers RedBoard]

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3 years ago

Xperia Neo Hands On [MWC]

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The Xperia Neo looks to slot itself into the bottom of the new Xperia lineup. Sure, it sports the same 854x480 screen and 1GHz processor as it's big brother, the Xperia Pro, but the materials and overall feel of the Neo make us pine for the Arc. But if that Arc is just too thin for you, we'll tell you that the 8.1 megapixel shooter on the back has us impressed, as does the deep red color option (yes, we're that easy to please).

It should launch in March worldwide in two versions - one with 900/2100 HSPA and another with 800/1900/2100 HSPA. Grab some photos after the break and assuming our hotspot holds out here, a video a little later.

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3 years ago

Xperia Play Hands-on [MWC] Update: Video

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Here we are with an Xperia Play in our grubby hands at Mobile World Congress. The phone is a thick as you are seeing in these photos, but a little something to grab onto doesn't hurt when you're gaming, right? Glossy plastic on the back and plastic chrome on the edges makes this Sony Ericsson device a smudge-factory, but other than the odd-creak the phone feels fairly solid. Actually, on the units we played with here we find that the best-feeling buttons on every device are the main-gaming buttons, which is as it should be.

We played a few of the launch titles - all Android games that have been rejiggered to include support for the Play. To a game they were all fast and performed well. We haven't gotten a good look at the custom Play interface and buying experience yet, but given that they're not launching the full Playstation store until later this year, it's not a huge surprise that those pieces aren't fully baked yet. Mostly we're just impressed to see all these Android games running so well here - and while it makes us think that a March purchase might be in our future, to be honest we may wait to see whether or not Sony can get their Playstation store out in short order.

More photos after the break and we've got a quick video as well now too - feel the crowded, noisy love for Android gaming!

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3 years ago

Xperia Pro Hands-on [MWC]

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The Xperia Pro is your basic horizontal slider - but it's nice to see Sony Ericsson fill out the form factors that people are looking for. The keyboard feels, well, professional in ways that the Timescape skin isn't just yet. That is to say that we saw a few software crashes will putting the phone through it's very quick paces. Since this is the one Xperia phone that Sony Ericsson isn't trying to launch in March, we'll forgive the bugs.

It's also sporting the Arc's "reality display," which means that it's 854x480 pixels packed into 3.7 inches with the Bravia Engine behind it. DLNA, HDMI, an 8GB microSD card, and a 1GHz Qualcomm MSM8255 also fill out this 140g, 120x57x13.5mm package. Of course, it's sporting Android Gingerbread 2.3, which SE claims you'll be able to enjoy for 7 hours of usage. It's launching with two HSPA versions (North America and Europe) in Black, Silver, or Red.

More photos after the break.

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3 years ago

Xperia Neo announced by Sony Ericsson

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Sony has announced the Xperia Neo, a 3.7-inch device that is similar to the just announced Pro, but is without the QWERTY-slideout keyboard. 

The Xperia Neo will ship with Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), boast a 1GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and will come in a variety of colors. 

No official release dates yet, but will be available from 'selected' markets at the end of Q1. It's good to see Sony introducing devices that will ship out of the box with the latest version of the OS; they said before that they had learned their lesson and their products are showing it. Stay tuned for more info. Full press release after the break.

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3 years ago

Gaming on the Xperia Play

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Since the Xperia Play is the unofficial Playstation phone, games are going to be a big part of it's attraction.  Sony Ericsson let us all know that the Play will launch with 50 titles when it hits the shelves this March, and later this year they will debut the Playstation store for Android.

The Xperia Play runs Gingerbread and has the new 1GHz Snapdragon/Adreno 205 on board, and according to Sony Ericsson, your games will be running at 60fps.  Multiplayer gaming is supported, and with all we've seen so far, this one was worth waiting for.

Some of the content partners at launch will be:

  • Digital Chocolate
  • Digital Legends
  • Electronic Arts
  • Fishlabs
  • Gamehouse
  • Gameloft
  • Glu Mobile
  • Handy Games
  • Namco Bandai
  • Polarbit
  • Pop Cap
  • Trendy Entertainment
  • Unity Technologies

Combined with their own in-house content from Sony Entertainment, it's looking like they're serious about having fun.  Hit the break to see what Jonas Berg, SE's official gaming ambassador has to say. 

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