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3 years ago

Lenovo announces the Vibe X smartphone

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A 5-inch "20/20 Vision" display and high MP cameras are featured in a sleek and thin body 

Lenovo has announced a new addition to their premium line of Android-powered smartphones, the Vibe X. Combining a very attractive and sleek look with high-end internals and what sounds like a great camera setup, it's clear that Lenovo means business when it comes down to getting your business.

The Vibe X features a 5-inch 1080p "20/20 Vision" display. Checking in at 441 ppi, and covered with Gorilla Glass 3 it promises to be awesome to look at. With a quad-core 1.5Ghz MediaTek CPU and 2GB of RAM, it promises to preform just as well, an should be quite the multimedia powerhouse. 

As a bonus, the camera looks to be pretty high-end, too. We're talking a 5MP wide-angle lens on the front of the Vibe X, which should shoot some very nice selfies, and a 13MP rear-facing camera with a BSI sensor for high quality pictures in any lighting conditions. We understand that MegaPixels don't mean everything, but when coupled other great hardware the package can be pretty nice. We're looking forward to seeing some of the images, as well as the highly-touted screen. 

The Vibe X  specs (and likely any LTE availability) will vary by region. And puzzlingly, there are no plans to release this on in Europe. Hit the break for the rest of the specs and a couple of press pictures.

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3 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 hands-on

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The latest iteration of Samsung’s Note handset features new S Pen apps and a unique new back cover

When the Samsung Galaxy Note first emerged a couple of years ago, few suspected it would go on to become a cornerstone of Samsung’s Android device lineup. Yet here we are in 2013 witnessing the launch of the Galaxy Note 3, the third iteration of a highly successful device family.

The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 formula is a familiar one — combine a big screen with stylus input, a powerful CPU and a ton of software features. On the hardware side, the Note 3 is more or less the same size and shape as its predecessor, although it’s sporting a larger screen (5.7 inches), a larger battery (3200mAh) and a lighter weight. It’s entirely more squared-off than many recent Samsung devices, indicating a departure from the nature-inspired design language of old. If anything, the new Note resembles an old-style paper notepad — that’s mostly due to its bold new back cover design.

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3 years ago

Samsung officially announces the Galaxy Note 3

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Coming to AT&T, T-Mobile, Verizon, Sprint and U.S. Cellular later this year

As expected, Samsung has in Berlin this evening at Unpacked officially introduced the Galaxy Note 3. The latest in the Note line will be available worldwide in over 140 countries beginning September 25, with an arrival on all 4 main U.S. carriers plus U.S. Cellular later on this year. Oh, and you'll be able to pick it up in black or white, or in some places even pink. Canadians will be able to find the Note 3 just about everywhere: Rogers, Bell, TELUS, and even Videotron, SaskTel, WIND, and Mobilicity. 

The Galaxy Note 3 sports a 5.7-inch Full HD 1080p Super AMOLED display, an increase on its predecessor, yet comes in slightly thinner and lighter than the Note 2 with a larger, 3200mAh battery. It's packing 3GB of RAM underneath alongside either a Snapdragon 800 or an Exynos Octa Core CPU depending on location, and whether or not you're wanting LTE. 

The real highlight of the Note 3 continues to be the S Pen, and Samsung has again incorporated a bunch of new stuff to do with it. A click of the S Pen's button while hovering over the display brings up the new Air Command menu, with 5 features including Action Memo, Scrapbook, Screen Write, S Finder and Pen Window. Multi Window now incorporates drag-and-drop, allowing you to move content between windows in just the same way you might on a regular computer. 

We've already had some quality time with the Galaxy Note 3, so be sure to check out our full first hands on with it. The official press release is right after the break. 

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3 years ago

Sony officially announces the Xperia Z1 at IFA 2013

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Brand new camera experience while retaining waterproof design

We're live in Berlin with Sony at its IFA 2013 press conference, and the wraps have just been pulled officially off the new Xperia Z1. As leaks have already indicated leading up to the event, the Xperia Z1 looks to be the Japanese manufacturers late 2013 flagship Android smartphone.

The Xperia Z1 is completely waterproof, sports a massive 20.7MP camera with improved 3x lossless digital zoom and several new camera software improvements. We're looking at a 1080p "Triluminous" display on front and the latest internals backing it up inside.

We now have the full press release and a few more images after the break. We'll be going hands on with the Xperia Z1 a little later, but in the meantime keep it locked to Android Central for continuing coverage of Sony's announcements from Berlin. 

More: Sony Xperia Z1 ForumFollow the Sony Live at IFA liveblog

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3 years ago

We're live in Berlin for Samsung Unpacked 2013: Episode 2!

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Follow our live coverage of everything Samsung has to show us from their Unpacked 2013 event in Berlin

We're here, and by here I mean we're live on location at the Tempodrom in Berlin where Samsung is going to take us on one of their wild rides that is Unpacked. And what a show we're expecting it to be. The Berlin Unpacked event has become something of a tradition in recent years, with the headline launch having always been the Galaxy Note. This year is no exception, the invite on its own is reason enough to expect the Galaxy Note 3 to be officially unveiled here today. 

But, Samsung is also pretty good at throwing us a few curveballs, such as the Galaxy Camera and a bunch of ATIV Windows stuff last year. This year we could possibly be looking at the rumored Galaxy Gear smartwatch. Whatever happens, we'll know soon enough and we'll be bringing you with us every step of the way. The action kicks off at 19:00 local time (18:00 BST, 13:00 EDT, 10:00 PDT). Click on past the break for our Samsung Unpacked liveblog! 

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3 years ago

We're live in Berlin with Sony at IFA 2013!

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Live coverage of all Sony's IFA 2013 announcements as they happen

We're live in Berlin today with Sony, as they kick off the IFA 2013 excitement with their press conference from the halls of Messe Berlin. What to expect, then? We're expecting to see the much leaked Xperia Z1 officially introduced today, and also the interesting looking 'Lens Camera' attachments that have leaked out in recent days and weeks. And, since this is Sony, and this is a consumer electronics show, there's sure to be some non-mobile announcements, including some likely very sexy — and very expensive — 4K televisions.

The show kicks off at 16:00 local time (15:00 BST, 10:00 EDT, 07:00 PDT) so remember to bookmark this page for full live coverage. You'll find our liveblog after the break. 

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3 years ago

HTC One Mini gets the David Koma design treatment in Twitter contest

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HTC's UK arm this morning announced a special edition of the HTC One Mini, designed by British fashion guru David Koma. 

It's a limited run of 10 handsets, HTC says, and HTC UK is giving them away through Sept. 24 when you tweet with #htckoma along with a design of your own making as inspired by Koma, and with "the idea of 'change'," HTC says. One overall winner will also take away a signed print of the original artwork.

Says HTC:

The special edition collection sees HTC and David Koma working together to explore the ideas of change and innovation – traits that both are synonymous with in their respective fields – in a project that celebrates the power of design to bridge material and format. Each special edition HTC One mini handset features one of two exclusive designs by David Koma, printed onto the phone’s aluminium back panel. One of the unique abstract designs is inspired by his Autumn/Winter 2013 collection, while the other gives a flavour of what is to come in the Spring/Summer 2014 show, taking place on the 14th September, during London Fashion Week.

We've got the full presser after the break, and be sure to check out our HTC One Mini review if you've yet to do so.

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3 years ago

Blue HTC One, One Mini exclusive to Carphone Warehouse in the UK

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Hot on the heels of today's blue HTC One and One Mini announcement, independent UK retailer Carphone Warehouse has announced that it's snapped up exclusive rights to the "vivid blue" color variant. The blue HTC One will be available from late September, the company says, with the blue One Mini following in mid-October.

Rival retailer Phones4u already has exclusive rights to the "glamor red" HTC One in the UK.

More: Blue HTC One and One Mini hands-on

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3 years ago

Hands-on with the HTC Desire 601

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HTC Desire series gets LTE, BoomSound and Snapdragon 400 in new hero device

In contrast to last year, HTC has kept its premium “HTC One” branding for only its top two smartphones in 2013, leaving the Desire series to occupy the mid-range and entry-level space. We’ve already seen Desires 200, 500 and 600 arrive in various European territories over the past few months, and now it’s time for a hero device for that product line. Enter the Desire 601.

Don’t be fooled by the small numeric difference between the Desire 600 and the 601 -- the latter is a very different beast. For starters, it’s packing a dual-core Snapdragon 400 CPU at 1.4GHz. That’s backed up by 1GB of RAM, the latest HTC Sense UI and Android 4.2 Jelly Bean. If that sounds familiar, it might be because that’s the same hardware and software base found within the HTC One Mini.

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3 years ago

In pictures: The 'vivid blue' HTC One and HTC One Mini

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Bright new color options for HTC's One series handsets

This morning HTC's taken the wraps off the HTC One and HTC One Mini in "vivid blue," and we can now show you exactly what the new -- and very colorful -- versions of the company's latest handsets look like. Firstly, we're still dealing with the HTC One and One Mini here, and the physical dimensions and design haven't changed at all. Like the other anodized versions of the phones (black and red on the One, black on the Mini) we're the aluminum finish has a slightly glossier feel to it compared to the untouched silver version.

Both devices are roughly the same shade of blue -- a light blue, with a slightly turquoise tint to it. (You might even call it "Holo" blue.) The blue HTC One has black accents, same as the black and red versions, while the Mini has blue plastic trim and a silver volume rocker, HTC logo and camera border. Overall, both make for striking new additions to HTC's line-up of high-end smartphones.

Check past the break for a closer look, in our full photo gallery of the HTC One and One Mini in blue.

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3 years ago

HTC announces Desire 601, 300, BoomBass speaker and blue HTC Ones

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New entry-level and mid-range phones, a bassy Bluetooth speaker and the HTC One and One Mini in 'vivid blue'

HTC has taken the wraps off a slew of new devices this morning, including new smartphones, accessories and additional color options for the HTC One series.

Pictured above, the HTC Desire 601, pictured above, is a new mid-range device, positioned towards the upper end of the "Desire" family. The Desire 601 has a 4.5-inch qHD LCD display, and runs a Qualcomm Snapdragon 400 dual-core CPU at 1.4GHz, same as the One Mini. As such, it's inherited many of that phone's software features, including the most recent version of HTC Sense, the BlinkFeed home screen experience, HTC Zoe and video highlights.

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3 years ago

HTC Desire 601 and Desire 300 specs

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Get your full hardware specs here

HTC has just officially announced the Desire 601 and Desire 300, new mid-range and entry-level phones for the European and Asian markets. For the main details you'll want to head on over to our hands-on feature on the Desire 601, and our announcement post for all of today's new HTC stuff.

But if it's specs you're after, you've come to the right place. Head on past the break to learn exactly what makes the HTC Desire 601 and Desire 300 tick.

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3 years ago

HTC Butterfly S Hello Kitty edition unveiled

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If the presence of cartoon felines features heavily in your smartphone-buying decision process, then look no further than this, the newly-announced Hello Kitty HTC Butterfly S, unveiled today in Taiwan. Engadget Chinese reports that the cat-centric 5-incher will go on sale in Taiwan only for NT$22,900 ($770) and come with nine matching Hello Kitty wallpapers in addition to the giant kitty face adorning the handset's rear. It's also sold with two Hello Kitty figurines and a transparent case covered in bows and stars.

The handset is being targeted at Taiwanese women, though we suspect that won't stop our own Jerry Hildenbrand from trying to import one of these when they go on sale. Hello Kitty just makes the awesome Butterfly S even awesomer.

So, any takers?

Source: Engadget Chinese, Engadget

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3 years ago

Verizon HTC One hands-on and first impressions

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The One we know with a few subtle changes

We're not going to beat around the bush — Verizon is late to the game picking up the HTC One. A full six months after it was announced, and a few months after Verizon indicated that it would get the device eventually, you can finally walk down to your local store and pick one up.

Everyone is pretty familiar with the hardware and software experience on the One at this point, but there are a few differences between this version and the others on sale out there today. Stick with us after the break and see our first impressions of the HTC One on Verizon.

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3 years ago

Acer announces Liquid S2 with 4K video recording

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New Snapdragon 800 phone with 6-inch 1080p display

In yet another pre-IFA, pre-announcement announcement, Acer has taken the wraps off its latest smartphone, the Liquid S2, ahead of a full unveiling at this week's show in Berlin.

The manufacturer claims it's the first smartphone with 4K video recording, a feature enabled by Qualcomm's new Snapdragon 800 processor, though both Sony and Samsung are expected to announce 4K-recording phones later this week. Besides Qualcomm's latest processor, 2GB of RAM and 16GB of storage, the Liquid S2 packs a gigantic 6-inch 1080p IPS LCD display and a hefty 3300mAh battery.

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