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4 years ago

ZTE Anthem 4G brings a mid-range option to MetroPCS

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MetroPCS announced a new addition to their lineup this morning with the ZTE Anthem 4G. The Anthem 4G represents a solid mid-range device that can access MetroPCS's higher speeds on its LTE network.

The ZTE Anthem 4G sports:

  • 4.3-inch WVGA capacitive touchscreen
  • 1.2GHZ dual-core processor
  • Android 2.3 (Gingerbread)

Yeah, we're disappointed that another phone is released with Gingerbread, but the customers targeted by this device probably don't care.

The Anthem 4G can be had 'in the coming weeks' for $219 (plus tax after mail-in rebate) and 4G plans range from $40 - $70/month, including a $55 unlimited data plan.

So if you're in the market for a budget phone on MetroPCS that can handle 4G speeds, you may want to consider the Anthem 4G.

Source: PR Newswire

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4 years ago

ZTE announces Blade III, confirms Nordic debut

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Chinese manufacturer ZTE has released a wide range of smartphones this year, and it's showing no sign of slowing the page of its product launches. Today the company's announced the ZTE Blade III, the latest member of the blade family, and pegged it for launch first in Scandinavia. Like many of ZTE's products, the Blade III is aimed at the budget-to-mid-range market, and comes equipped with a 4-inch WVGA (480x800) display and a 1GHz single-core Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU, backed up by 512MB of RAM and a 5MP rear camera. Those aren't mind-blowing specs, but at least it's running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box. On the outside, the Blade III sports a curved chassis similar to the Samsung Galaxy Nexus.

ZTE says the Blade III will launch in Finland in September and Sweden in October, priced at 1499 SEK ($230) SIM-free. UK availability has yet to be confirmed, but launches in more territories are apparently planned before the end of the year.

We've got today's press release in full after the break, along with the complete spec list.

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4 years ago

Sony Xperia T drops by the FCC with AT&T LTE support, we feign surprise

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You already knew the Sony Xperia T was headed to AT&T, right? The phone's cropped up a couple of times before sporting AT&Ts "globe" branding, and today brings further evidence, as the device has appeared at the FCC with support for AT&T-friendly LTE bands. The international Xperia T, due to launch next week, doesn't feature LTE support at all, and it looks like the AT&T version has undergone some minor changes in order to enable 4G connectivity. As we pointed out in earlier leaked renders of the AT&T Xperia T, the back is split up into segments, most likely to help out with antenna performance.

There's no word on exactly when the Xperia T will be arriving on AT&T, but given the half-year wait Sony fans endured for the Xperia Ion, we're not holding our breath.

Source: FCC, via: PhoneArena

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4 years ago

LG Optimus 4X HD slashed to £300 by UK retailer

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Everybody loves a bargain, right? How about this one then. UK online retailer, Expansys, has slashed the price of the LG Optimus 4X HD to just £299.99. All in, that's a saving of around £170 on the intial launch price of the device. 

The reduced price only applies to the black version, sadly, and will be an EU model 4X HD with a UK 3-pin adaptor. No matter. While the 4X HD may about to be usurped in the ranks by the forthcoming Optimus G, the 4X HD still packs top of the line specifications for a 2012 Android device. 

Packing a Tegra 3 processor, 1GB of RAM, a 4.7 inch IPS 720p display, removable 2150mAh battery, NFC and Ice Cream Sandwich, at this price point the Optimus 4X HD is a real steal. 

Source: Expansys, More: Hands-on with the LG Optimus 4X  HD

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4 years ago

Ice Cream Sandwich update coming to some Xperia Ion users on AT&T

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Showing up quickly after the international Xperia Ion started to receive an Ice Cream Sandwich update, the AT&T model of the same phone has started to show up in SuS -- Sony's PC companion software -- for some users over in the XDA forums. The AT&T model, LT28AT, is being pushed up to software build 6.1.c.1.105 which brings all of the features and visual cues associated with ICS. We won't know for sure what other fixes or changes are included in this update until AT&T spills the beans officially.

We'll see if the update starts to roll out to more users in the next couple days, and hopefully it'll start to come out over OTA rather than relying on Sony's PC software. Check your own device and let us know in the comments if you're seeing the update.

Source: XDA Forums; Thanks Terry!

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4 years ago

Some users experiencing "Couldn't sign in" error on their devices

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Update: The error seems to have gone away on our devices here. Let's hope it stays that way.

The above picture may look familiar to many of you tonight if you've been trying to sync with Google servers. Many users are reporting seeing sporadic issues like the one above. You receive a notification about a sign in error with your Google Account, leading to the above screen, where following the "next" button seems to get you nowhere. The error is usually associated to an issue when you change your account password or your application-specific password for Google 2-step verification runs out, but we've ruled that out. This one's random kids.

We sure hope that Google is aware of the issue and is working to fix it. Let us know in the comments if the same is happening on your own devices.

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4 years ago

LG Optimus G video test

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You wanted a video test from the LG Optimus G, you're getting a video test from the LG Optimus G. We're here in Seoul, South Korea -- home of LG, no less -- to give this guy a go. By default, the video camera shoots at 720p, but you can ratcheted it up to 1080p if you so desire.

As you can see, video quality is decent enough. And as you can hear, some wind noise got through, but the audio's still fairly coherent, insofar as the sound quality is concerned. (The same can't be said for this weary traveler, unfortunately.)

The video side of the camera app is plenty functional if not exactly stylish. The buttons are all where you'd expect, and they're nice and large. You've also got some real-time effects you can apply, including funky faces and funky backgrounds. Apparently it's a big thing with the kids.

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4 years ago

Sprint hits 1 million LTE devices sold

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At a recent conference, Sprint announced that they have sold 1 million LTE devices and counting. As much as it might pain us Android fans, the iPhone 5 is listed there and probably helped Sprint at least a little bit in crossing that milestone. Sprint has a lengthy list of new LTE markets it plans on addressing before the end of 2013 in addition to its existing 19 metropolitan coverage zones. Sprint's LTE network is relatively young, having only launched in mid-July, so it's understandable that they're pumped about the milestone. 

For all of the LTE devices it has sold, Sprint still has a lot of financial ground to make up, but with the holiday season around the corner, at least they'll have a slightly easier time addressing that challenge. I just can't help but imagine Verizon and AT&T bigwigs (who have been selling LTE devices for a long time now) chortling at Sprint's LTE device sales figure.

Sprint customers, what's your favorite LTE device that they're offering? The rest of y'all, are there any Sprint-exclusive devices that tempt you to switch, or is service the key differentiator for you?

Source: Sprint

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4 years ago

LG Optimus G confirmed for Canada on Bell, Rogers, and TELUS

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LG showed off the Optimus G to America earlier today after an initial unveiling in Korea. Canadians will also be able to get their mitts on LG's new flagship device by way of Rogers, Bell, and TELUS. The official announcement from LG Canada doesn't mention much about pricing, but did say we could expect the new phone in November. The Optimus G is due in the U.S. in Q4, so it's entirely possible that they'll be launching around the same window. Here's a quick run-down of the specs. 

  • Chipset: 1.5 GHz Krait CPU Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor
  • Quad-Core and LTE
  • Operating System: Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Network: 2G / 3G / LTE
  • Display: 4.7-inch WXGA True HD IPSPLUS (1280 x 768 pixels) / 15:9 ratio
  • Memory: 32 GB
  • RAM: 2GB DDR
  • Camera: 13.0MP or 8.0MP rear / 1.3MP front
  • Battery: 2,100mAh (570Wh/L) / Talk time: 15 hours / Standby: 335 hours
  • Size: 131.9 x 68.9 x 8.45 mm
  • Weight: 145 g
  • Other: Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, USB2.0 HS, A-GPS, MHL and DLNA, NFC

You can get a closer look at the LG Optimus G in one of our two hands-on videos. Prices weren't mentioned, though retailers like Best Buy, Future Shop, The Source, Wireless Wave, and Tbooth Wireless all got shout-outs.

Canadians, anybody ready to jump on the Optimus G? Anyone else a little disappointed that we won't see it on WIND or Mobilicity? 

Source: Newswire

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4 years ago

Ice Cream Sandwich update coming to some Xperia Ion users on AT&T

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Showing up quickly after the international Xperia Ion started to receive an Ice Cream Sandwich update, the AT&T model of the same phone has started to show up in SuS -- Sony's PC companion software -- for some users over in the XDA forums. The AT&T model, LT28AT, is being pushed up to software build 6.1.c.1.105 which brings all of the features and visual cues associated with ICS. If you'll remember back to IFA in Berlin, our own Alex Dobie went hands on with a pre-release build of ICS on the Ion, so that should give you a pretty good look at what to expect. We won't know for sure what other fixes or changes are included in this update until AT&T spills the beans officially.

We'll see if the update starts to roll out to more users in the next couple days, and hopefully it'll start to come out over OTA rather than relying on Sony's PC software. Check your own device and let us know in the comments if you're seeing the update.

Source: XDA Forums; Thanks Terry!

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4 years ago

LG Optimus G arriving in the States in Q4; we go eyes-on its UI

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After yesterday's huge unveiling of LG's latest flagship in Korea, LG today brought the Optimus G to US shores for a debut here in New York. In case you missed Phil's extensive hands-on, this is the device LG hopes will help them compete with the Galaxy S 3HTC's One line, and of course the iPhone 5. The Optimus G has just about everything you'd want in a smartphone and then some: the 4.7-inch True HD IPS+ display is a stunner, and performance is blistering thanks to the Snapdragon S4 Pro on board. The Optimus G is the first device of its kind with Qualcomm's Pro chip,  a quad core SoC which comes equipped with integrated LTE. Other highlights include the 13 MP camera, Ice Cream Sandwich, and NFC on board. LG told reporters today that it's expecting the Optimus G to reach American shelves sometime in Q4 2012.

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4 years ago

US Cellular Galaxy Note 2 pre-order page is up, shipping the end of October for $300

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After this morning's announcement that the Galaxy Note 2 would be everywhere in the next few months, we've been waiting for word from each carrier. U.S. Cellular has jumped in and put their pre-order page live, and if you can part with $300 (on a contract, of course) you can have a shiny Galaxy Note 2 shipped your way by the end of October.

That's honestly a bit sooner that we expected after hearing Samsung say carriers should have them by mid-November, but we're going to complain. No word from AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, or Verizon as of yet, but we expect news soon.

Source: US Cellular

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4 years ago

Samsung's latest commercial: The next big thing is already here

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How convenient. On the same day that Apple released the sixth iteration of its iOS, Samsung has released their latest Galaxy S III commercial. Must be some kind of coincidence.

In this latest commercial, you can see many consumers waiting in line in front of an unnamed store, apparently waiting for an unnamed phone. They all seem to be wearing white headphones though, I wonder if that's some sort of clue?

Perhaps my favorite line from the commercial was this one:

Girl: I heard the connector is all digital... What does that even mean?

Man: What? Who knows??..... long pause.... I'm psyched!

Anyway, the commercial does tout some of the SGS3's features such as a large screen, NFC and the fact that it's had 4G for a while now. It's pretty funny and unlike their print ad that ran a few days ago, this video was fairly clever. Head past the break to watch.

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4 years ago

Live from New York City with HTC!

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Android Central and WPCentral are live from New York City for a special event hosted by HTC. The Taiwanese manufacturer is set to unleash some major new products, and rumors suggest that new Windows Phone 8 devices, a refreshed HTC One X and possibly a 5-inch device on Verizon could be on the cards.

Whatever's unveiled, we'll be covering it all live, which means you'l be able to follow along with all the latest news as it emerges. And after the event's done, we'll likely have hands-on time with any new devices.

The fun begins at 11am EDT (8am PDT, 4pm BST). Check past the break for all our live coverage or click here to go to our enhanced full-width live blog experience!

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4 years ago

Motorola RAZR i initial video review

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We've spent the past day getting to know the RAZR i, Motorola's new Intel-powered smartphone. Externally, it may look like a re-badged Droid RAZR M, but the main differences lie on the inside. It's powered by a 2GHz Intel Atom CPU, which the manufacturer claims results in improved performance across the board, most notably in games and the built-in camera app. The RAZR i is also the first international Motorola phone to get the company's newly-redesigned minimalist Android skin, which is much more reminiscent of vanilla Android.

To learn more about the Motorola RAZR i, check out our initial video review above. When you're done, be sure to check out the rest of our RAZR i coverage from the past day --

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