5 years ago

ASUS Padfone 2 gets rumored pre-announcement specs


We're expecting ASUS to unveil the Padfone 2 on October 16, but why wait for details? This is the back of what looks to be the back of the box for the next smartphone from ASUS, and breaks down all of the important specs. 

  • Model A68
  • LTE, DC-HSPA+: WCDMA 850/900/1700/1900/2100, EDGE/GPRS/GSM E 850/900/1800/1900, Class 10
  • Qualcomm 8064 quad-core 1.5 GHz processor, 2 GB of RAM
  • 137.9 x 68.9 x 9 mm, 135 g
  • 2140 mAh battery
  • 4.7-inch Super IPS+ 1280 x 720 display
  • 13 megapixel camera with zero shutter lag LED flash, auto-focus, and HD video recording
  • 1.2 megapixel front camera
  • Wi-Fi a/b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • MicroUSB 2.0 with MHL support

Keep in mind that this is coming from some random dude on a Chinese forum, but it looks convincing enough to me. We had already heard from some leaked benchmarks that the next Padfone would have a quad-core processor, and this certainly corroborates that. What I'm mostly interested in is the dock and tablet companion devices; how much will they cost, and will they do anything more than the originals? What would the ASUS Padfone 2 have to offer in order to pull you away from more established smartphone makers?

Source: Mobile 01

Via: Engadget

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5 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 now available in Canada


After a few hints of an impending launch, Samsung has announced that the Wi-Fi version of the Galaxy Note 10.1 is now available at a variety of retailers across Canada starting at $499. The Android tablet includes all of the good stuff you'd expect, like the dual-screen multitasking, the S Pen accessory, and 50 GB of DropBox storage.

Online stores like Best Buy and Future Shop are still showing preorder status and an expected release in five days, but with any luck that may change before the end of the day. Pop in to your local store to see if they have stock, and let us know in the comments. An LTE model for Rogers, Bell, and TELUS may find its way to shelves before the end of the year, but no official word on that just yet. 

Full specs for the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 are tucked away below in the press release. Any Canadians considering getting one of these? Our review had a few criticisms of the tablet, some of which may be deal-breakers for you. 

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5 years ago

What do you take to an Apple party? Why, a Samsung Galaxy S 3 of course!


This one definitely brought a smile to our faces. Of course, today is iPhone 5 day. And, like all good siblings, we've been helping out our sister site, iMore, cover the day's craziness. The crowds at the UK's flagship Apple store, Regent Street in London, were plentiful -- to the number of 2000 we heard from one member of staff. Yes, 2000. 

Naturally, scouring the crowds produced a sea of Apple devices. So, imagine our delight to see this proudly lofted high above the iPhone toting masses. Literally, as the doors were opened, a member of the gathered press lofted this Samsung Galaxy S 3 high above the crowds to film the action. And, we can't be sure, but at the same moment it was as if a black cloud gathered above the Apple store. OK, we kid. While we may have been rocking Android devices ourselves, given the storied history between Apple and Samsung, this one just made us smile. And, we thought it might have the same effect on you guys, so it's got to be worth sharing. 

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5 years ago

Pink Samsung Galaxy S3 sighted in Korea


Samsung's proved in the past that it's not afraid of putting out phones in bright, bold colors -- recall the infamous "berry pink" Galaxy Note that emerged earlier in the year. Now it seems a pink Galaxy S3 may follow in the footsteps of that device, as that's exactly what's been tipped by GSMArena this morning.

The site reports via its tipster that the pink version will arrive on Korean shelves from next week, and branding has been leaked for all three of the major Korean mobile networks. The baby pink Galaxy S3 will join the brown, red, black and grey versions announced last month, as well as the original marble white and pebble blue.

There's no word on whether Samsung will seek to launch its pink S3 outside of its home territory, but given the endless variety found within the company's mobile line-up, we wouldn't be surprised if this model found its way to Europe before long. 

Source: GSMArena

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5 years ago

Sony Xperia Tablet S gets new update to fix Wifi woes


If you've recently picked up Sony's Tegra 3-powered Xperia Tablet S, you'll want to check for software updates this morning, as reports indicate that the device has just had software release 5 pushed to it over-the-air. The software is still based on Android 4.0.3 Ice Cream Sandwich, but it does include fixes for a potentially troublesome issue with Wifi connectivity. Release 5 claims to improve Wifi performance overall, hopefully eliminating connectivity problems reported by some Xperia Tablet S owners.

If you're rocking a Sony Xperia Tablet S, head on over to Settings > About tablet > Software updates to get yourself updated.

Source: XperiaBlog

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5 years ago

Today is iPhone 5 day...


Unless you've been hiding under a rock for the past week (and honestly, we wouldn't blame you if you had been), you may have noticed the immiment arrival of that other phone from that other company.

That's right, Apple's iPhone 5 lands today, and Apple Stores across the world played host to the familiar sight of thousands queuing outside in hope of snagging one on launch day.

If you're a cross-platform mobile fan, or you'd just like to chuckle at Apple followers exposing themselves to the elements in order to buy a telephone, then you'll find all the iPhone launch day coverage you could want at our sister site iMore.com.

More: iPhone 5 launch day coverage at iMore

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5 years ago

Galaxy Note 2 rumored for European release in next two weeks


When Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 2 back at IFA, an early October launch was hinted at by the company's booth staff, and today the latest round of rumors suggests it could arrive in some parts of Europe even sooner. SamMobile, which has a fairly good track record when it comes to obtaining insider info from the Korean manufacturer, reports that Germany and Italy will get the Note 2 on Sept. 27 and 28 respectively, while most European countries will have to wait until Oct. 1 or 2.

The purported list of release dates is as follows --

  • France - October 1-2
  • Germany - September 27
  • Italy - September 28
  • Netherlands - October 1-2
  • United Kingdom - October 1-2

So, some possible good news for Germans and Italians, and if the rest of the dates are accurate, most of Western Europe will have its hands on the 5.5-inch device within a couple of weeks. As always, remember to take unconfirmed dates like this with a pinch of salt, but we're certainly crossing our fingers for an earier than expected Note 2 release.

Source SamMobile

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5 years ago

Jelly Bean rolling out to some Verizon Galaxy Nexus units as Verizon's support page goes live


Finally, some users are reportedly receiving the Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean) update for their Verizon Galaxy Nexus. As OEMs such as HTC announced their Jelly Bean update schedules, a owners of this key device have been anxiously and impatiently awaiting the update.

Verizon's official support page for the update has also gone live, suggesting that they may be gearing up for a mass rollout. The update will be 146.6MB in size and appears to only be available via Wi-Fi. The build number, JR003O, appears to be official as it is the same one referenced in the support document.

If you have a Galaxy Nexus on Verizon and have seen the same update, we'd love to hear from you in our Verizon Galaxy Nexus Forum! Sing out, send a screenshot, enjoy the Jelly Beans!

Source: VerizonAndroid Central Forums

Thanks Lakers!

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5 years ago

Motorola RAZR i gets carrier priced in the UK


With the announcement earlier this week of the Motorola RAZR i the nice chaps at Motorola have sent us out some pricing for the various carriers here in the UK.

  • VIRGIN MEDIA: Available in all channels (retail, telesales and online) starting at £23. http://www.virginmedia.com/  
  • TESCO: The handset will be available on selected networks and tariffs at http://www.tescophoneshop.com/ and in Tesco Phone Shops nationwide.
  • T-MOBILE:  Free from £31 per month on a 24 month plan. Please see www.t-mobile.co.uk/shop for more information.
  • ORANGE: Free from £31 per month on a 24 month plan. Please see www.orange.co.uk/shop for more information.
  • PHONES 4 U: Please contact the carrier directly for tariff information. Consumers can also pre-register here.

If you missed our hands on video with Motorola's new offering you can catch it here.

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5 years ago

Samsung Flip Covers to come bundled in time for holiday season


Samsung was on hand at Pepcom's Holiday Spectacular tonight in New York with an emphasis on myriad of accessories for its flagship models, the Galaxy S 3 and the Galaxy Note 2. In time for the holidays, Samsung says it will begin offering its singature Flip Cases in a variety of colors for the two devices, including Light and Cobalt Blues, Pink, Mint, Lime Greene, Orange and Yellow, in addition to the standard Titanium Gray and Marble White. Samsung will also begin offering bundled packages of the cases for those who want to swap out and accessorize at will. The bundles will include four cases and will cost $100, a bargain considering one case currently sells for $39.99. Samsung said that the bundles will hit the market sometime this Fall.

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5 years ago

Samsung's Galaxy Note 2 makes its first stateside public appearance


Another sign that the US release of the Galaxy Note 2 is now on the radar: the phablet itself, in the flesh for the first time on American soil here tonight in New York. We stopped by Pepcom where Sprint was onhand with its holiday lineup, including its just-announced iteration of the Note 2, which the carrier says will be on shelves no later than "this Fall." It's nothing you haven't seen in our in-depth hands-on of the international version; in fact, Sprint's demo model was identical, lacking any carrier branding whatsover. Regardless, we'll take it as the obligatory first sign that the Galaxy Note 2 is nearly ready to make its American debut. Hit the break for some hands on shots.

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5 years ago

LG Optimus 4X HD coming to WIND and Videotron in October


The folks at Mobile Syrup have received confirmation that the LG Optimus 4X HD will be coming to Canadian carriers WIND and VIdeotron in October. The Optimus 4X HD is a pretty spectacular device, packing a 1.5GHz Tegra 3 SoC, NFC and an 8MP camera under a beautiful 4.7-inch IPS True HD display. It's one of the best we've seen from LG.

On the software side, the 4X HD runs Ice Cream Sandwich, with a promise of a Jelly Bean update "soon". We don't put much stock on promises of updates from OEMs or carriers, so take this with a grain of salt. Also, interesting news for those of us south of the 54° 40' line -- WIND and Videotron both use the same AWS bands as T-Mobile in the states. Whether or not this means LG is talking to T-Mobile remains to be seen, but we've seen this play out that way before.

There's no word on pricing or an exact date yet, we'll keep an eye out for any news.

Source: Mobile Syrup

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5 years ago

Nexus 7 note taking, Setting ringtones and notifications [From the Forums]


Just in case you missed out on some of the Android news today, now is the time to go ahead and get yourself fully caught up. Here on the blogs and in the Android Central Forums there is plenty to talk about. Have some questions? Need some help or just looking to chat Android? You know where to go, check out some of the threads below to get started.

We've got nearly 1 million members helping members and nearly 2 million posts in our Android Forums. Are you one of them? Join today!

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5 years ago

Qualcomm updates Vellamo benchmark suite for Android, we had a nice chat with them about it


The popular Vellamo benchmark suite got a pretty big update today, bringing new features and a really nice UI to the popular software from Qualcomm. We talked with Sy Choudhury, senior director of product management at Qualcomm about it earlier in the week, and while they haven't convinced me that benchmarks are the perfect way to measure the performance of our Android phones and tablets just yet, they did answer a couple questions I've had and have me looking at the issue again. That's no small feat -- I'm pretty stubborn.

First, let's talk about the app itself. A benchmark tool doesn't have to look ugly, and Vellamo really does things up nicely. The main screen of the app lets you chose between HTML 5 based browser benchmarks, "Metal", as in hardware measuring, benchmarks, or a set of extras like tools to measure touch screen response, the Octane benchmark, and "advanced" video benchmarking tools. 

Benchmarking is easy, just tap one of the circular icons and let it run. When finished, you can compare your scores with others, or look a bit deeper to evaluate each test individually. You can also long press on the main benchmark icon and select individual tests. The settings allow you to run multiple tests to get the best average (recommended), email the comprehensive set of results to you when finished, and turn the tutorial on and off. 

Most importantly, a link to a full description of each test is provided right in the About section. It's no use to run these things if you have no clue what it all means, and Qualcomm does a great job explaining each test in both the HTML 5 and the Metal category, as well as the extras. This is what makes Vellamo my recommendation for folks who are fiddling with software and want to test the result on their phone. Sure, Qualcomm can send me a well written pdf file (they did, and I thank them for it) about each test but putting it out there for everyone using the app to read is pretty damn smart. Excellent move, Qualcomm.

As mentioned, Mr. Choudhury from Qualcomm took a few minutes to talk with us about Vellamo. He walked me through each of the tests and tools, but more importantly they shared a little about why they made the app and how they use it. Vellamo started as an internal testing suite for engineers and developers at Qualcomm. Some of their customers (folks like Samsung and HTC) requested the tools for themselves. Qualcomm obliged, and then decided since they had to build a stand alone app anyway that they would release it to the public. While it's not exactly the same app the fellows designing Qualcomm chips is using, it does provide the same exact tools they use to test performance. Learning about the how and why is always cool, and talking with Mr. Choudhury let me know that they take performance of our mobile devices pretty seriously at Qualcomm -- at least as seriously as we do.

Of course, I asked about any weighting or bias towards Qualcomm-powered devices -- a popular theory around the Internet. The tests used in Vellamo are industry standards, and are unmodified. The reason Qualcomm devices often score better on Vellamo is because, as mentioned, it's the tool they are using in-house to improve their chips. The engineers address issues they may see in Vellamo, and that means that the end product will score well in Vellamo. There are no sneaky software edits to make Snapdragons outperform other chips. 

I'm still not convinced that software based benchmark tools are a good way to compare the way one device runs versus another. There are too many variables, and nobody worries about the raw data given and instead uses the big number at the end as an Internet manhood measuring tool. But if you want to see how flashing different ROMs or making other software edits affects the phone or tablet in your hands, Vellamo is a pretty damn good way to do it. It's free in Google Play, grab it from the link above ad check out the product video after the break.

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5 years ago

Heads up: No AC podcast tonight


We're skipping this week folks, Phil is globetrotting, and Rene has his jacket on and is on the lookout for folks from Samsung at the Apple store in Montreal. Next week we'll make sense of it all -- see ya then!

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