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4 years ago

In pictures: The Blush Pink Samsung Galaxy Note 3

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The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 didn't just launch here in Germany in black or white. As we heard at Unpacked, Samsung has a third way for the Note 3; Blush Pink. Samsung isn't a stranger to selling pink smartphones either, with previous Note devices as well as other Galaxy range phones being made available in various shades of pink over the years. But, since it's here at IFA 2013, we figured you might like a closer look. 

Click on past the break for more shots of the Blush Pink Samsung Galaxy Note 3.

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4 years ago

In pictures: The purple Sony Xperia Z1

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The Sony Xperia Z1 comes in not only standard white and black versions, but also purple — a color that's become a staple for Sony smartphones over the past year. Like its monochrome siblings, the purple Sony Xperia Z1 features a glass-backed construction with a metal central band. And while the extra splash of color is easy to miss from the front, the back and sides of the phone take on a new, vivid appearance in purple.

Check past the break for more shots of the purple Sony Xperia Z1 from IFA 2013.

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy Note 3 coming to EE

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Pre-order September 5, £149.99 on a £41 per month, 24 month plan

At the Samsung Unpacked event in Berlin, JK Shin promised that we would see the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 world wide, and soon. We've heard from EE, and they are on board. The new Note will be available on their "superfast" 4GEE network, and will also work great on an Orange or T-Mobile 3G plan.

As a CAT 4 LTE device, the Note 3 will offer 4G service in over 100 towns and cities across the UK at launch. A fast network combined with the CAT 4 radio will make the Note 3 perfect for high speed data transmission, and the Note 3's big screen should make watching video or live TV especially nice.

In addition, EE customers who purchase the Note 3 will also get a few perks:

  • EE Film – the only service in the UK which combines 2 for 1 cinema ticketing, listings, trailers and film downloads or streaming in one place
  • A discount of £5 per month on EE superfast Fibre Broadband – so they can get blistering speeds at home and on the move
  • Fast track customer service by dialling ‘33’ from their handset
  • Clone Phone Lite – giving people 500MB free storage to back up the content that matters most
  • Choose an add-on – customers who take a 4GEE phone plan from £41 per month can also choose from a Deezer music, Games or TV add-on to enjoy

You'll be able to pre-order the Note 3 from EE from retail stores on September 5, for £149.99 on a £41 per month, 24 month plan. This will get you unlimited UK call minutes and texts as well as 2GB of UK mobile data per month. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 will also be available 4G-ready on Orange UK and T-Mobile UK plans for £42 a month on a 24 month plan, with an upfront cost of £119.99 on Orange and £139.99 on T-Mobile.

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4 years ago

LG G2 coming to AT&T September 13, $199 down with new agreement

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LG's G2 expected in stores September 13, pre-orders start September 6

After hearing that Verizon and T-Mobile had announced the dates and pricing for the G2, you just knew that we would be hearing from other carriers shortly. AT&T just sent out a press release with their pricing and sales dates, and once again they are smack dab in the middle of this month.

Pre-orders will start tomorrow, September 6, and devices should be in stores and out for deliver on September 13. For pricing, you're looking at $199 with a new two-year agreement or $27 a month if you go with AT&T Next — the company's special financing program.

For full details, or to just read that the G2 has a Snapdragon 800 once again (words that can never be seen too much), visit the link below to the press release.

Source; AT&T. Pre-order; Press Release

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4 years ago

Pre-order the Samsung Galaxy Note 3 at Phones4U and get an accessory pack plus £100 off the Galaxy Gear

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Pre-orders will receive £100 off on a Samsung Galaxy Gear, a free Note 3 flip case and a free wireless speaker worth £120

British retailer Phones4U has dropped us a line to let us know that not only will they be carrying the new Samsung Galaxy Note 3, but that pre-orders start now and include a nice bundle of goodies.

Folks who pre-order will receive a free Samsung Galaxy Note 3 flip cover (worth £39.99), a free wireless Bluetooth speaker (normally £120) and £100 off the new Samsung Galaxy Gear smart watch's £299 price tag.

This is a very nice deal for folks interested in both the Note 3 and the Gear, which we imagine is a pretty big number. The Note 3 will be available for upgrades and new contracts from free (on £47 a month contract), and will be available starting Wednesday, September 25.

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4 years ago

LG G2 release date and pricing confirmed by T-Mobile and Verizon

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T-Mobile: September 18 for $99 down, $21 monthly; Verizon: September 12 for $199 with new agreement

We told you a couple weeks back that the LG G2 was going to hit the US carrier scene sometime in the middle of September, and today those same carriers have started sending out press releases with dates and pricing.

First we heard from T-Mobile, who will be offering both the black and the white models for pre-orders starting today, with a delivery date of September 18. It's going to cost you $99 down, with 24 payments of $21 monthly (or $629 up front) and will work on any of T-Mobiles non-contract plans. The white model is available only online. The pre-order page is live and you can find it here.

Update: We just heard from someone "on the inside" that the G2 will be available for sale in T-Mobile stores starting September 9, but advertising doesn't start until September 25. You might want to ask to see if your store has one for sale next week.

Next up is Verizon, who will be offering the G2 starting September 12 for $199 with a new customer agreement. Color selection and full off-contract price were not given by Big Red, but we expect both choices will be available and you'll be forking over about $600, just like the rest of the carrier models.

Many of us are looking forward to that Snapdragon 800 CPU and rich "Hi-Fi" audio from the G2. It looks like we won't have very long to wait.

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4 years ago

Hands on with the LTE-Advanced Samsung Galaxy S4

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Samsung's LTE-Advanced capable Galaxy S4 is coming to Europe, and we've gone hands on

The Samsung Galaxy S4 is something we're pretty familiar with by now, but the LTE-Advanced (GT-i9506) version isn't. The main difference to the regular Galaxy S4 is under the hood, where the CPU has been uprated from the Snapdragon 600 to the Snapdragon 800 to handle the LTE-A. 

The good news is that this version of the Galaxy S4 is coming to Europe, at the very least to Germany, and we've gone hands on with it at the German T-Mobile booth here in Berlin at IFA 2013. The short version; it's a Galaxy S4, with different internals and some blazing fast LTE here in Germany. Otherwise, it's pretty much the exact same phone we know and love. Check out a quick hands on after the break!

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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 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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4 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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