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3 years ago

Archos announces new phones, tablets for Mobile World Congress

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Archos today announced four new devices ahead of Mobile World Congress — a tablet and three phones. Here's what we're looking at:

  • Archos 80 Helium 4G: An 8-inch Android 4.3 tablet powered by a quad-core Qualcomm MSM8926 processor and sporting 4G LTE data. It'll have full access to Google Play and costs $249.
  • Archos 50c Oxygen: Thus guy is a 5-inch phone (at 720p) running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. It's got an 8MP camera and is powered by an eight-core Mediatex processor at 1.7 GHz. It costs $199.
  • Archos 64 Xenon: As the name implies, this Xenon is 6.4 inches at 720p, powered by a Mediatek quad-core processor at 1.3 GHz. It's running Android 4.2 Jelly bean, has 4GB of storage and costs $199.
  • Archos 40b Titanium: And finally we've got a 4-inch (480p) phone running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, a half-gigabyte of RAM, 5MP camera and 4GB of storage. It costs$119.

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3 years ago

Verizon's Moto X entering soak-test phase for Android 4.4.2

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And that, folks, says it all. E-mails are going out inviting folks to a soak test for Verizon's Moto X, with an update to Android 4.4.2 on the way. Not in the soak test? You shouldn't have to wait too terribly long for an official update.

More in our Moto X forums.

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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3 years ago

LG G2 Mini gets a video teaser

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LG just officially announced the LG G2 Mini, and we'll get a good look at it next week at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona.

Now we've got a very brief teaser video to go along with it. Nothing particularly stands out, other than apparently it turns you into a shredderiffic skater boy.

More: LG G2 Mini specs

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S5 could go on sale in just three weeks

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The Samsung Galaxy S5 hasn't even been announced yet, but already focus is beginning to turn to when we'll actually be able to buy the phone. Today our first clue comes from GSMArena, which says it's been told by an unnamed Samsung executive that the GS5 will be arriving in three weeks time. The outlet says it's received corroborating information from other "trustworthy sources," which would point to Samsung's next big thing hitting store shelves in mid-March.

If this is accurate, the interval between launch and retail release would match the relatively quick turnaround of the Galaxy Note 3, which was available three weeks after its announcement. It might also see Samsung going to market ahead of HTC, which has scheduled the launch events for its new HTC One for Mar. 25.

The official word on Samsung's Galaxy S5 launch plans should come at the Unpacked 5 event next Monday, and we'll be live from Barcelona to bring you full coverage.

Source: GSMArena

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3 years ago

New HTC One (M8) leaks out in gray and silver [Updated]

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Update: @evleaks has followed up with another M8 render, this time showing the device in silver. You'll find it after the break.

Original story: Following yesterday's leak of the 2014 HTC One — also known by the codename "M8" — in gold, leaker @evleaks has today published a render of the device in gray. The chassis design appears the same as in the earlier leak — an HTC One-like design with dual rear cameras, on-screen buttons and a wraparound metal chassis. The dark gray color is one of five rumored for the M8 — others include gold, silver, red and blue — and it's a little lighter than last year's "stealth black" HTC One.

The 2014 HTC One is expected to be unveiled at launch events in London and New York on Mar. 25.

Source: @evleaks (2)

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3 years ago

Nokia X shows its tiled face before Mobile World Congress

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Nokia's first Android device has a whiff of the Windows Phone about it

The Nokia X – or Normandy as it has been known – leaks continue, with this claiming to be an actual full front on shot of the device. The image is one of a series that has appeared in China at Coolxap and shows the design we've seen many times before along with a very Windows Phone-esque user interface.

As we'd expect, there's no sight of anything Google related, but Nokia's own Here Maps are present and correct. There's also a Store clearly shown, so providing everything is legit, Nokia it seems has decided how the X will be getting its apps.

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3 years ago

Sprint Galaxy Note 3 KitKat update now rolling out

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Right on cue, Sprint's Samsung Galaxy Note 3 is starting to receive its update to Android 4.4 KitKat, with a 503MB over-the-air update now going out to some devices. The update brings the Sprint Note 3 up to Android 4.4.2 KitKat and introduces some minor visual tweaks, such as white status bar icons in place of the colored graphics of old.

KitKat's arrival on the Sprint Note 3 is part of Samsung's U.S. release plans for Android 4.4 — the latest version of Android is due to hit 14 phones and tablets on U.S. carriers in the near future.

Source: Android Central forums

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3 years ago

Samsung teases 'Exynos Infinity' ahead of MWC

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New mobile processors on the way?

We're just a few days away from Mobile World Congress, and this year's show is a big one for Samsung, with the Galaxy S5 expected to debut at the "Unpacked 5" event on Monday evening. But there's more to Samsung's MWC plans than just phones, it seems. The Samsung Exynos Twitter account has posted the image above, teasing its "latest innovations" ahead of next week's show.

It's unclear what exactly "Exynos Infinity" is at this stage, but the company already detailed some of its CPU plans for 2014 at last year's analyst day. Slides revealed plans to first launch Samsung-branded 64-bit processors based on ARM core designs (as it does with current Exynos chips), before moving onto processors with custom core designs, similar to the way Qualcomm operates.

We're sure to find out more next week in Spain, so stay tuned!

Source: @SamsungExynos

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3 years ago

LG G2 Mini official, landing globally in March

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Bringing the great parts of the LG G2 to a smaller form factor while cutting the specs at the same time

After successfully teasing a smaller version of its flagship LG G2 last week, LG has let the cat out of the bag on the LG G2 Mini. Just like it did with the G Pro 2, LG is getting out ahead of the pre-MWC speculation by simply releasing details and pictures of the upcoming device for all to see before getting a true introduction at the show next week. Borrowing the name and design from its larger sibling, the LG G2 Mini is set to be a smaller, mid-range version of the flagship that has brought a good amount of attention to LG in recent months.

"The G2 mini is all about bringing the best user experience of the G2 to a more compact, mid-tier device, giving millions of customers the opportunity to benefit from the LG premium experience. This device offers the perfect balance of modern design and practical UX in a compact package without compromising performance."

Said Dr. Jong-seok Park, CEO of LG Mobile. You'll notice most of the talk is about the "experience" of the LG G2, not the exact speeds and feeds — these aren't the G2's specs squeezed into a smaller frame. While we have a full G2 Mini specs post linked below, here are the quick highlights:

  • 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Quad-Core MSM8926 (Snapdragon 400) processor
  • 4.7-inch qHD (that's 960 x 540) IPS display
  • 1GB RAM, 8GB storage (SD card expandable)
  • 8MP / 1.3MP cameras (13MP in Latin America)
  • 2440mAh user-removable battery
  • Android 4.4, KitKat

It looks as though there will be at least three variants of the LG G2 Mini at launch — a dual SIM 3G version, a global LTE version and a Latin America LTE version, each arriving in four colors. The Latin America version will have a Tegra 4i processor, a 13MP camera and different radio bands from the rest, it seems. The LG G2 Mini will see a global release in March, hitting the Russian region with a 3G dual-SIM variant first, followed by major markets in the Middle East, Latin america, Europe and Asia thereafter. Interestingly, the release makes no note of North American availability — this is a play for markets that are more price sensitive.

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3 years ago

LG G2 Mini specs

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LG ahead of Mobile World Congress has released the LG G2 Mini specs. They are:

  • Chipset: 1.2 GHz Qualcomm Quad-Core MSM8926 (LTE) / MSM8226 (3G); 1.7GHz Nvidia Quad Core Tegra 4i (LATAM LTE version)
  • Display: 4.7-inch qHD IPS (960 x 540)
  • Memory: 8GB eMMC / 1GB RAM / SD Card Slot
  • Camera: Rear 8.0MP / 13.0MP (LATAM LTE version) / Front 1.3MP
  • Battery: 2,440mAh (removable)
  • Operating System: Android 4.4 KitKat
  • Size: 129.6 x 66.0 x 9.8mm
  • Weight: 121g
  • Network: Cat. 4 & VoLTE / Cat. 3(LATAM), HSPA+ 21Mbps (3G)
  • Connectivity: Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi (802.11 b/g/n), A-GPS, NFC (4G LTE version only)
  • Colors: Titan Black, Lunar White, Red, Gold (depending on region)
  • Other: Plug & Pop, Guest Mode, Clip Tray, Quick Window, etc.

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3 years ago

Xiaomi kickstarts their global plans with launch in Singapore

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Chinese smartphone powerhouse Xiaomi has long had eyes on the global market, and today they started making progress in expanding outside of the People's Republic with their first launch in Singapore. ZDNet reports that Xiaomi's mid-range Redmi Android handset is now on sale in Singapore for S$169 (that's around $134 USD), while the flagship Mi3 is expected on March 7 for S$419 ($332 USD).

The Redmi is launching on all three of Singapore's carriers — M1, SingTel Mobile, StarHub — and while their combined 8 million subscribers pale in comparison to even the smallest carriers in China, it's a start for Xiaomi's global plans. To celebrate the launch, Xiaomi customized its MIUI interface with "Singapore-centric app icons and a wallpaper of the city's skyline."

Xiaomi recently poached former Google Android VP of Product Hugo Barra to head up their expansion plans, and Barra was on hand in Singapore along with Xiaomi co-founder Lin Bin. Xiaomi's set up a service center for local customers and will soon be opening a regional corporate office and distribution center to serve the whole of southeast Asia with localized support and features.

For now, Xiaomi is focusing on Asia, targeting Singapore's neighbor Malaysia for their next launch. Jumping the Pacific Ocean for the Americas is apparently not in the near-term plans, though having gone from their first launch three years ago to 15 million devices last year and a target of 40 million sales this year, Xaiomi is certainly on a roll — the rest of the globe can't be too far off, eh?

Source: ZDNet

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S5 could use 'side touch' camera button

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Touch-sensitive area of chassis might work as a shutter button, new camera modes also reported

In the run up to next Monday's Galaxy S5 launch event in Barcelona, a few more details about the upcoming Samsung flagship are starting to trickle out online. Today Samsung fansite SamMobile, which has previously unveiled portions of the GS5's software, says it's gotten hold of some details about the handset's camera capabilities. Echoing earlier rumors, the blog says the GS5 will feature a 16-megapixel camera, as well as 4K recording at 30 frames per second and 1080p at 60fps.

But more interestingly, there's a claim that the Galaxy S5 will feature a new technology called "side touch." A touch-sensitive on the lower right side of the case will work like a capacitive shutter key, though its use will apparently be limited to certain camera modes. The "side touch" feature could give users a more natural way to take photos, and it's also possible that Samsung might choose to use this touch-sensitive area in other apps outside of the camera experience.

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3 years ago

New Samsung ads skewer iPhone and iPad

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Samsung has something of a mixed track record when it comes to commercials — ranging from the cool and nostalgic to the surreal and just kinda creepy — but the company shows strong form with its latest TV spots for the Galaxy Note 3 and Galaxy Tab Pro 10.1. Poking fun at arch-rival Apple's iPhone and iPad, Samsung actually does a decent job of showcasing both devices' strengths over the iOS-based competition — "two things on screen at once, versus up to one thing on screen at once."

Check out the Tab Pro spot above — a riff on this iPad "pencil" ad, by the way — and head past the break for the second ad, featuring LeBron James on a Galaxy Note 3.

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3 years ago

HTC M8 leaks out in full render form, looks like an HTC One

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Dual cameras seen again, metal appears to extend round the sides

Just 24 hours removed from the announcement of its launch event, we're seeing a full leaked render of the HTC M8 courtesy of @evleaks. If you're thinking it looks a little familiar, then you're absolutely right. Oh, and this particular one is in gold, if you like that sort of thing.

Taking a closer look at what we're seeing, there is a lot that's familiar. Boomsound speakers out front and the same overall design language as the current HTC One. There's nothing wrong with that, since the HTC One is a pretty darn handsome thing. The dual rear cameras we've seen in previous leaks are present and correct, as is a dual-tone LED flash. What lacks still is any actual solid purpose for those dual cameras.

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3 years ago

ZTE Boost Max review: A big phone with a smaller monthly bill

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One of the most expensive phones on Boost has a huge screen and solid build quality, but comes up short in the wrong places.

Being a Sprint MVNO, options for bringing devices to Boost Mobile is inherently limited. You're basically stuck with approved older Sprint devices that can be unlocked and moved over, and Boost's own lineup of phones. Knowing its target market of budget-minded prepaid buyers, Boost does its best to strike deals with manufacturers to get a wide range of devices on the shelves and keep the off-contract price low.

Coming in with a 5.7-inch display and an off-contract price of $299, the Boost Max is the prepaid carrier's first (physically) huge phone that's set to put a dent in your pocket, but not your wallet. At this price without a contract you won't get barn-burning internals or the best camera prowess available, but if you're hungry for a larger screen and are set on keeping the monthly payments low, you now have an appealing choice.

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