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4 years ago

Sony Xperia V boasts 'sensor-on-lens' screen technology

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Sony's late 2012 Xperia smartphones are about to hit store shelves in Europe, and among them is the LTE-capable Xperia V, a 4.3-incher with similar internals to the larger Xperia T. One feature that's unique to the V, however, is Sony's "sensor-on-lens" screen technology, which integrates touch sensor directly onto the surface of the display. Similar techniques like have been employed by manufacturers like ASUS in the Nexus 7, and Apple's iPhone 5 is widely rumored to have similar tech lurking within its display.

The result of combining these parts into a single layer is a brighter display -- Sony estimates a 5% improvement in luminance -- with less distortion when viewing the screen off-angle. The closeness of the touch sensor to the display, Sony says, should also remove the parallax effect involved with using traditional touchscreens.

The Sony Xperia V should arrive sometime in Q4. Unlike the xperia T, we've yet to hear any specifics regarding pricing of launch markets.

Source: Sony Developer Blog

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4 years ago

Motorola reminds us we're going to the edge next week

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Ol' Motorla's posted this little teaser video for next week's event in London, where we'll apparently be taken to "the edge," with Intel along for the ride. So pretty much we're expecting some Medfield action -- that's Intel's first foray into the Android world -- and dollars to doughnuts (not donuts) we'll see a display along the lines of the recently announced RAZR M, with its "edge-to-edge" glass.

Anyoo, we'll be there next week to bring you the whole thing live and in living color, so stay tuned.

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4 years ago

Sony Xperia T gets priced in the UK - yours for £415

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The Xperia T emerged as Sony's international flagship at IFA 2012, and now we have the first tentative information on how much the handset will cost when it arrives in the UK. British retailer unlocked-mobiles is listing the phone for pre-order at a price of £415 inc. VAT. That's surprisingly good value when you consider that most high-end smartphones sell for £500 or more in the UK. At launch, the Galaxy S3 would've set you back a whopping £550 SIM-free.

The T isn't light on specs either, with a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 CPU, 1GB of RAM, a 720p HD Reality Display and a 13MP rear camera. If Three's on-contract prices are similarly competitive, Sony could have a sleeper hit on its hands.

The retailer says it's expecting stock in early October, which fits with what we've been hearing about the phone's likely release window. Anyone tempted by an Xperia T at this price? Let us know in the comments.

Source: Unlocked-Mobiles, via: Eurodroid

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4 years ago

Two-tone Cushnie Et Ochs HTC One X appears on eBay

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News of the two-tone Cushnie Et Ochs HTC One X broke last week, and earlier today HTC gave fans a chance to win one in a Pinterest contest. Now it seems you may be able to get hold of the exclusive device using cold, hard cash. The two-tone black and white One X has appeared on eBay, where a seller has started bidding at $350 with just under seven days to go.

Seller 2012greatwhite86, who we should point out has a feedback score of zero, claims that only 150 of the devices were made, and that some were given out to members of the fashion community at New York Fashion Week. The listing is backed up by what appears to be a photo of the real deal, complete with two-tone packaging. In addition to the unique chassis design, the phone apparently comes with a “Ben Watts "Watts Up Photo" App, with Instagram-like functionality,” according to the listing.

We’d always recommend caution when bidding on this kind of thing, but if you’re feeling brave, you can find the eBay auction listing down in the source link.

Source: eBay

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4 years ago

T-Mobile announces pricing and availability of Samsung Galaxy S Relay

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T-Mobile announced the QWERTY keyboard-clad Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G last week without a peep about how much the thing will cost or when folks will be able to buy it. Today, T-Mobile tacked on a September 19 launch date and a $149.99 pricetag after mail-in rebate and a two-year contract.  The Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G is squarely in the mid-range, but a low pricetag, some new unlimited plans, and an honest to goodness keyboard may be enough to sway back-to-school buyers. Here's a recap.

  • 1.5Ghz dual-core Snapdragon S3 processor
  • 5MP rear and 1.3MP front cameras
  • 1GB of RAM
  • T-Mobile WiFi Calling support
  • SAFE enterprise-ready features and capabilities

Personally, I prefer portrait-oriented keyboards, but I think I could get used to this one. Anyone else thinking about picking up a Galaxy S Relay?

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4 years ago

AT&T announces budget-friendly, LTE-equipped LG Escape

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AT&T announced a new mid-range handset from LG today called the Escape. The LG Escape made its first unofficial appearance a few days ago, and though it might not be the highest-specced phone out there, it's hard to complain for $49.99 on a two-year contract. Here are the main features.

  • An advanced 5 MP camera with time catch shot, “cheese shutter,” and different shot modes including Normal, HDR, Continuous and Panorama
  • Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich)
  • AT&T’s 4G LTE Network
  • The innovative and convenient QuickMemo to create and share personalized memos by writing messages or drawings on screen captures
  • A 1.2 GHz Dual-Core Processor
  • True-to-Life 1080p HD recording
  • Long-lasting 2,150mAh battery
  • Bluetooth® Version 4.0
  • A crisp 4.3” qHD true-color IPS Touch Screen with Gorilla® Glass durability
  • Google™ Integration with Google Play, Google Maps Navigation and other preloaded Google apps
  • Add music and themes to videos and photos with Video Wiz
  • Data sharing with Android Beam and NFC Technology

The LG Escape goes on sale next week, starting September 16. Any back-to-schoolers looking for something affordable but decent? Or maybe the LG Escape looks a little too run-of-the-mill for you? There are a handful of neat software features included, which you can see in the video below.

Source: AT&T

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4 years ago

Prepaid: Not just for burner phones anymore

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My phone works just like yours. It makes calls, sends texts and has a high-speed data connection with nationwide coverage. As a matter of fact, I have the same device as many of you, a Samsung Galaxy Nexus. That’s all run-of-the-mill, so why’s this important? I pay $45 every month to use my phone.

“That’s crazy,” you might be saying, “I pay more for my data plan than you pay for your entire phone bill”. You’re right, it is kind of crazy. The cost of cellphone service in the United States is quite astronomical when compared to services around the world. The common misconception, however, is that there are no other options if you want to pay less for your service.

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4 years ago

Three UK to offer Sony Xperia T

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British network Three is the first to announce that it'll carry the Sony Xperia T. No release date is given for the device, but we've been told to expect a release in late September or early October, with Sept. 28 being singled out as a likely release date.

The Xperia T is Sony's late 2012 flagship phone for international markets, with a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 CPU, a 4.6-inch 720p HD Reality Display, a 13MP camera and 16GB of internal storage. The phone will go up against the torrent of other devices from rival manufacturers this fall, including Samsung, HTC, Nokia and Apple.

For more on the Xperia T, check our hands-on coverage from IFA 2012. And for some insight into how the Xperia T's arc design came to be, check our report from behind the scenes with Sony Mobile's designers.

Source: Three UK

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4 years ago

HTC giving away two-toned One X through Pinterest contest

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Okay, so maybe you can have one of those awesome two-toned HTC One X devices Phil was showing off last week, but only one of you. HTC has kicked of a Pinterest contest whereby folks follow HTCMobile, repin an image from their board showcasing the Cushine et Ochs edition of the HTC One X, and leave a comment on that picture with a link to their repin. 

If you're really into fashion and are particularly impressed with this special edition of the One X, be sure to check out the Q&A HTC hosted with the designer

The winner will be picked soon (September 14), so get repinning, though the terms and conditions for the contest might impose some geographic limitations.

Oh, and if you're into Pinterest, I've been building up this phone-themed board over the last couple of months. The network doesn't just have to be all about fashion and food, y'know. 

Source: HTC

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4 years ago

Is Verizon readying a HTC Desire 4G LTE?

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Verizon is quite fond of its DROID branding, so the screenshot here obtained by Engadget leaves us a little curious. The image is reportedly of a Verizon internal device management system and clearly bears reference to a HTC Desire 4G LTE. Not to be confused with the DROID Incredible 4G LTE, listed alongside it, this appears to be a completely different device. 

While there is every chance that the name may not be final, the lack of DROID branding potentially indicates a low to mid-range device. With HTC having just launched the Desire X during IFA 2012, perhaps Big Red could be receiving their own LTE variant? Whatever the case may be, for the time being we'll file this one under the big old rumor pile until we see more. 

Source: Engadget

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4 years ago

Leaked screenshots suggest Galaxy Note 2 may also come to Verizon and AT&T

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We’ve already seen earlier leaks suggesting that Samsung’s Galaxy Note 2 may be headed to Sprint and T-Mobile in the U.S., and today further leakage seems to indicate that both AT&T and Verizon will also be joining the fray. Several leaked screenshots obtained by BriefMobile seemingly confirm the existence of the SGH-i317 for Ma Bell and SCH-i605 for Big Red, which if accurate, would indicate a Note 2 launch on all four major mobile networks.

Samsung has yet to confirm its stateside plans for the Note 2, however if it were to secure a spot on the four largest carriers, just as it did with the Galaxy S3, it’d be another big win for the Korean manufacturer. A possible Note 2 launch on Verizon is particularly surprising to us, given that the carrier will likely launch two competing devices around the same time -- LG’s Intuition (Optimus Vu 2) and HTC’s rumored 5-incher. The assumption had been that Big Red was prepping these devices to compete against the Note 2 on other networks.

But let’s remember that just because Note 2 variants exist on each carrier now, doesn’t mean all of them will see the light of day. We’ve known devices to have been pulled before release in the past. Nevertheless, we’re sure Note fans on all four major U.S. networks will be crossing their fingers in the lead up to Samsung’s official announcement.

Source: BriefMobile, via: Engadget

More: Hands-on with the Samsung Galaxy Note 2

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4 years ago

LG P870 'Escape' spotted wearing AT&T branding

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Those serial device tipsters at @evleaks are back once again, this time with a mid-range device seemingly bound for AT&T. The LG P870 'Escape' is supposedly a 4.3-inch device with a qHD IPS display, a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor and running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. Additionally, the rear camera is pegged at 5MP, with the front shooter a 1.3MP effort. NFC is also on board, as is LTE and a 2150 mAh power plant. 

Design wise, the 'Escape' holds definite design cues to current LG devices, notably the Optimus 4X HD. It appears to be housing the latest version of the Optimus UI just like the 4X HD, and also has the same three capacitive buttons in favor of onscreen ones. Leaks are fun, but actual devices are even better, so we'll be keeping an eye out for any further signs of this one. 

Source: @evleaks

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4 years ago

Audible for Android updated to support Whispersync for Voice

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Amongst the slew of hardware announcements at Amazon's event yesterday was the confirmation that Whispersync was expanding to more of Amazon's services, such as Audible. The new feature, dubbed Whispersync for Voice, will let you sync reading/listening positions of a book if you own both editions. In addition, it will sync bookmarks and notes across devices. However, it doesn't appear to sync listening positions across devices, which is what I was really excited about. I listen to my audiobooks on a variety of mobile devices and would like not to worry about what position I'm at on any of them. This is a step forward, but I hope to see a full sync option soon. To download the free app, hit up our Google Play Store link. 

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4 years ago

Samsung preparing dual-SIM Galaxy Note 2 for Chinese market

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Dual-SIM phones are big business in some global markets, and China is set to receive the biggest dual-SIM phone imaginable in current times. Samsung is reportedly preparing a dual-SIM version of the recently announced Galaxy Note 2. 

China is rapidly becoming one of the largest smartphone markets in the world, and so it makes sense that OEM's would want to cater for Chinese specific needs. This special version of the Note 2 is identical in every way to the International variant we saw in Berlin at Samsung Unpacked, until you remove the back. Lying beneath is a slot for a regular SIM, and a micro SIM next to the microSD card slot. 

It's said to be heading to China Telecom, but currently there is no word on price, or any possible availability in other global markets. For more on the Galaxy Note 2 be sure to check out our hands on coverage from the Unpacked event in Berlin.

Source: Mydrivers via Unwired View

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4 years ago

Samsung 'SPH-L900' could be Sprint's Galaxy Note 2

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Newly-uncovered files on Sprint's servers suggest that a highly-specced Samsung device -- possibly a Galaxy Note 2 variant -- could be headed to the network in the future. RDF files on devices.sprintpcs.com unearthed by XDA forum members, reveal a Samsung 'SPH-L900' device with a laundry list of impressive specs --

  • Exynos 4412 CPU
  • Android 4.1.1 Jelly Bean
  • 2GB of RAM
  • 16GB of storage
  • CDMA/EVDO/LTE connectivity
  • 8MP rear camera
  • 1.9MP front camera

With the exception of the radios, that's an exact match for the device we saw last week in Germany -- though the key specification that's not confirmed is screen size. News of a 5.5-inch screen would certainly seal the deal, but as it stands this could just be a spec-bumped Galaxy S3-class phone. Whatever it is, it's currently running software version L900VPLI2, which based on the way Samsung numbers its builds, indicates a ROM built sometime in the past week.

Sprint didn't carry the original Samsung Galaxy Note, which in the U.S. was exclusive to AT&T until it landed on Tmo in early August. Samsung made a concerted effort to bring the Galaxy S3 to as many U.S. carriers as possible, and it's likely they'll want to do the same with their next big device. Rumors have already suggested the Note 2 could be headed to T-Mobile, and an AT&T launch is likely too, given the success of the original Note.

Would you pick up the Galaxy Note 2 on Sprint? Hit the comments and let us know.

Source: XDA

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