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4 years ago

Samsung touts market share, infographic style

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Samsung shipped a hell of a lot of phones last year, and a bunch of them were smart phones -- 213,000,000 according to their latest infographic. That's a number which equates to over 30-percent of all smart phones shipped in 2012, and as we see is more than the total population of Brazil.

Samsung of course hopes to keep this trend going into 2013, with new releases like the Galaxy Note 8.0 and the upcoming Galaxy S4, as well as the multitude of entry-level phones and tablets for emerging markets. We'll have to see if this strategy works for them as well this year as it did in the last.

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4 years ago

Boost Mobile getting the HTC One SV on March 7

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The HTC One SV is a very capable mid-level Android phone, and today we found out that it will be available on Boost Mobile starting March 7 -- complete with 4G LTE service. With the Snapdagon S4 processor and 1GB of RAM, the extremely thin and well built One SV will certainly be a treat for existing -- and new -- Boost customers.

The One SV will be available on Boost's no-contract shrinking price Android plan. What that means is that the first month's service will be $55, and every six months the payments are on-time will drop $5 off the monthly price until you hit $40. The phone itself will cost $299.99, but remember that is the full, no contract price you're seeing.

A phone this nice (check the review, I thought it was dandy) for just $40 monthly on Boosts "unlimited" plan sounds like a sweet deal. Hit the break for the full press release.

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4 years ago

See the ASUS MWC press conference, and the unveiling of the Padfone Infinity and Fonepad

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Another busy day in Spain has drawn to a close, and center of a decent piece of todays new devices announcements was ASUS. In the way that only Johnny Shih and company know how, ASUS today introduced the new Padfone Infinity and the Intel Atom powered Fonepad tablet-cum-smartphone hybrid. Just in case you missed the Android Central liveblog, ASUS has kindly posted the highlights from the, interesting, press conference for us all to watch and enjoy. 

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4 years ago

NVIDIA details the T4i and Phoenix reference phone in latest video

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NVIDIA knows we're all interested in the new Tegra 4 and Tegra 4i platform, and today they are throwing us a bit of a treat, video-style. Formerly known as Project Grey, the T4i is designed to deliver great performance in a smartphone, along with an integrated 4G LTE modem. To showcase this, they have built the Phoenix reference phone.

It's a complete package, sporting a 5-inch 1080p display, 13MP camera with NVIDIA's "Chimera" tech 60 GeForce GPU cores, and the T4i with integrated LTE. Since this isn't something that is going to be widely available for most of us, having a look at it on video may be as close as we ever get. 

Source: NVIDIA

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4 years ago

Sony Xperia Z and Tablet Z to launch globally on March 1

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Sony is announcing today at MWC that its latest flagship Xperia Z and Xperia Tablet Z will both be available globally starting March 1st. The Xperia Z, which we've had extensive hands-on time with, has already been up for pre-order and sale in varying capacities around the world. The Tablet Z, on the other hand, was announced in late January in conjunction with a Japanese carrier launch, but without any launch specifics until now. If you need a little refresher on the specs, we've got a 1920x1200 display, powered by a Snapdragon S4 Pro processor and 2GB of RAM. It will be launching with Android 4.1, but Sony has specifically named an Android 4.2 update as being in the works. Sony is still touting the device as the thinnest tablet available, and is still both water and dustproof like its phone counterpart.

The Tablet Z will also have a few first party accessories out of the gate, such as a charging dock and leather carrying case. Both the Xperia Z and Tablet Z will launch globally on March 1st, with obviously varying prices within each region. We'll be sure to bring you specifics as they come available for each market.

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4 years ago

ASUS Fonepad promo video suggests they really see you holding a tablet to your head

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The ASUS Fonepad is real, having been formally introduced to the world earlier today in Barcelona at Mobile World Congress. The collaboration with Intel sees phone and tablet meshed together in perfect harmony, and keeps everything at a pretty competitive price. Like the Galaxy Note 8.0, the Fonepad has an earpiece on the front along with its phone capabilities. 

We've mocked the thought of holding something the size of a tablet to the side of our faces, but it seems ASUS is pretty serious on that train of thought. As this promotional video for the new device shows, its considered perfectly natural to be out in public and hold a 7-inch device to the side of your head. Crazy? Maybe. We'll reserve judgment for now, but jump into the comments below and let us know what you guys think. 

Source: ASUS (YouTube)

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4 years ago

Win a Samsung Galaxy S4 in 'The World's First Samsung Galaxy S4 Contest'

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How would you like to win a brand new Samsung Galaxy S4, courtesy of Android Central? In 'The World's First Samsung Galaxy S4 Contest', you can win the device, no strings attached.

Here's how you can submit your entry:

  1. Submit a single comment to this blog post.

That's it.

Pretty easy, right? Leave a comment on this post and you're automatically entered to win. A winner will be announced shortly after the official device announcement on March 14th, and we will ship the device as soon as it becomes available.

Good luck to all!

P.S. Once you've left your comment, head on over to the Samsung Galaxy S4 Forum for more chat, banter and general S4 goodness.

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4 years ago

Hands-on with LG's Optimus F5 and F7

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At the LG MWC booth today the manufacturer didn't just launch the Optimus G Pro and L II series, there was also a new mid-range series of 4G LTE smartphones on display -- the Optimus F5 and F7, members of the LG Optimus F series. The devices we saw were aimed at the European and Korean markets, and the F7 on display at the LG booth bore SKT's 4G LTE logo.

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4 years ago

ASUS announces 7-inch Fonepad; 3G data and voice on Intel Atom

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ASUS takes the stage at Mobile World Congress 2013 today, and ahead of their event they have announced the Fonepad -- a 7-inch tablet with full 3G data and voice services using a new Intel ATOM processor.

ASUS and Intel have a long partnership and Hermann Eul, Intel vice president and co-general manager of the Mobile and Communications Group, states that the "new Atom Z2420 processor delivers the power, performance and flexibility required to accommodate a range of devices and market needs. We think the ASUS Fonepad is a very innovative device in an emerging category of 3G tablets with telephony features.”

The full specs of the Fonepad weren't given but we do know the ATOM Z2420 is paired with 16GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, and sit under a 7-inch 1280 x 800 display with 10-point multitouch. 

We were told ASUS has no plans to release the Fonepad in North America, but we should see it in UK late Q2 2013. Pricing will start at a suggested retail of £179 (inc VAT). Exact pricing and specification will be confirmed closer to launch. Follow the break for the full press release.

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4 years ago

ASUS unveils PadFone Infinity with 5-inch 1080P display, Android 4.2

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ASUS is taking the wraps off of its latest phone-tablet hybrid docking device, the PadFone Infinity, at MWC 2013. The specs here will not disappoint, checking every box you'd expect for a high-end device in 2013. We're looking at a 5-inch 1080P display, quad-core 1.7GHz Snapdragon 600 processor, 2GB of RAM, 32/64GB of storage and 13MP camera, all in a unibody aluminum frame. On the connectivity front, it has both 100mbps LTE and 42mbps HSPA+ radios and supports the latest 802.11ac Wifi. One major point of this device is that it's also running Android 4.2, something very few manufacturers have been able to announce at this point.

Oh, and did we mention it docks into a tablet? Following in the footsteps of the PadFones before it, the Infinity still docks into a 10.1-inch tablet frame called the "Infinity Station". The station has a 1920x1200 Super IPS display, with the same 400 nit brightness as the phone itself. The station also has its own 5000mAh battery, alongside the phone's own 2400mAh lithium polymer cell. The PadFone Infinity and Station will come together at a hair under 1.48lbs -- about middle of the road for 10-inch tablet weight nowadays.

ASUS is planning to launch the PadFone Infinity in the U.K. at an MSRP of £799 (incl VAT) with the Infinity Station, in three color choices --  Titanium Grey, Champagne Gold and Hot Pink. There are no specific availability dates for the U.K., and no indication at all that this will make its way to the U.S. market either. Considering that previous iterations of the PadFone didn't make it stateside, we're not holding our breath.

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy XCover 2 hands-on

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Samsung gets a lot of stick over the build quality of some of its phones -- a common complaint of devices like the Galaxy S3 and Note 2 are that they're glossy, plasticky and cheap-looking. So it's ironic that the Korean manufacturer's come out with one of the nicest-looking ruggedized handsets we've seen so far. The Galaxy XCover 2, announced a few weeks back, packs mid-range smartphone internals into an attractive yet hardy exterior.

Make no mistake, this is still a plastic phone. But Samsung's done a good job of making the XCover 2's chassis look and feel more premium than the average rugged smartphone.The back and sides are textured, and have a metallic color not unlike the Galaxy Nexus. Around the front are the three standard Samsung buttons -- menu, home and back, and all they're of the old-fashioned clicky variety.

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4 years ago

Hands-on with the LG Optimus L3 II, L5 II and L7 II

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LG announced the Optimus L II series last week, and today we got our first chance to check out the new mid-range handsets at Mobile World Congress. As it was last year, the L series represents LG's line of mainstream handsets, with increasingly powerful hardware as the numbers increase.

At the low end, there's the Optimus L3 II, powered by a 1GHz CPU on a 3.2-inch WVGA display. That's 320x240 pixels, and it looks about as good (or not) as you'd expect. On the other hand, this is a super-low-end smartphone, and we'd expect it to be priced as such. It's not all bad news though, as the L3 II runs Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean beneath LG's own skin, and the software experience is pretty snappy. You do however miss out on some of the higher-end features like the QSlide multitasking capability -- and the same is true of the L5 II and L7 II.

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4 years ago

Samsung Galaxy S4 event invites going out - March 14 in New York

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We've just received our invite to a Samsung event in New York on Mar. 14, inviting us to get "ready 4 the show." Looks highly likely that we're in for a Galaxy S4 event, and we'll be live in New York on the day to bring you full coverage!

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4 years ago

Hands-on with the LG Optimus G Pro

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LG's flagship Android smartphone gets bigger, faster and ... a bit familiar-looking

You're forgiven for thinking it. We all are. It's impossible to pick up the LG Optimus G Pro -- the oversized, 5.5-inch Android half-phone/half-tablet unveiled this week at Mobile World Congress in Spain -- and not think of another Korean manufacturer's similar product. Go ahead and get that out of your system.

This is the Optimus G Pro. Not the Samsung Galaxy Note 2. But, yeah. There are certain physical similarities. You can't help by notice that. And for sure the folks in the 50 or so countries LG's planning on launching the Optimus G Pro in (beginning in the second quarter) will notice. Maybe that's the idea. Or maybe not.

In a nutshell, it takes all of the hardware and software LG brought in the original, smaller Optimus G in the fall of 2012 and expands it to a larger platform. The display sports a 1920x1080 resolution, for about 400 pixels per inch. The internal specs are beefier, powered by a 1.7 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, the better to push all those pixels. Sluggish, this device is not.

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4 years ago

Samsung to hold Galaxy S IV event March 14 in New York

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According to a Samsung representative, Samsung will hold a Galaxy S IV inspired event March 14 in New York city. This will be the first Galaxy S event in the U.S. since the first round of Galaxy S phones were announced at CTIA in 2010, and Samsung mobile division chief JK Shin says the venue was moved because they were "bombarded with requests" from US carriers to hold the show in their own country.

Nobody knows exactly what to expect from Samsung's latest, but we are sure it will give us plenty to talk about. Expected with everything stronger, faster, and higher resolution that the current Galaxy S3, the handset is sure to be a hit amongst consumers.

All the details aren't known just yet, but you'll be able to count on Android Central to deliver you all the news about Samsung's next. 

Source: e. daily (Korean); via: Reuters

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