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4 years ago

Huawei Ascend Mate 2 4G hands-on

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A more refined take on the Mate that's expected to have better global sales reach

Huawei has just taken the wraps off of its latest leading device, the Ascend Mate 2 4G. Building off the relative success of the original Ascend Mate in its home market of China, the Ascend Mate 2 4G kicks things up to the next level. First and foremost, Huawei is really focusing on the fact that this device includes LTE connectivity. While most of its devices have been released with just HSPA+, the Ascend Mate 2 4G includes LTE access for every version of the device released worldwide — including AT&T and T-Mobile in the U.S.

The internal specs seem to be a bit of a mixed bag, but that's nothing new for Huawei. We're looking at just 720 x 1280 resolution on that 6.1-inch display (looks just fine to our eyes, though), powered by a 1.6GHz Snapdragon 400 processor and 2GB of RAM. Huawei continues its pretty standard camera arrangements with a 13MP Sony BSI sensor on back and a wide-angle 5MP shooter up front. The battery life is purportedly fantastic, with a 4050mAh lithium-polymer battery and special battery-saving software and networking features.

Hit the break for pictures, video and more thoughts on this new device.

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4 years ago

First look at the ASUS Zenfone 4, 5 and 6

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Three Intel-powered handsets priced between $100 and 200

ASUS delivered a whopping six new Android devices at its CES press conference today, including three new Intel-powered handsets at a variety of screen sizes and price points. All three sport similar physical designs, reminiscent of HTC's One and Butterfly series. There's a gentle curve to the back, with flattened sides and ASUS's new Zen UI running the show, atop Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. We've taken our first look at the new Zenfone handsets from the floor of ASUS's presser today, and come away reasonably impressed with the company's efforts.

The Zenfone 4, 5 and 6 will sell for $99, $149 and $199 when they go on sale later this year. Check out our first look hands-on video above; we've got more photos after the break.

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4 years ago

Google Glass prescription frames and lenses now available from Wetley

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Stainless steel frames available stand-alone, or with prescription lenses

The first prescription lens solution for Google Glass has been released, and Wetley's GGRX frames are now available for ordering. 

Wetley offers a snap-in solution that requires no modification of your pricey Google Glass, and are available without lenses or with — and the price is very affordable. The stand-alone frames sell for $99, and you bring them to your optometrist for lenses. If you would rather have Wetley take care of all of it, a GGRX frame with single-vision prescription lenses installed is just $149.

The products are available for ordering now, and are expected to ship in 2-3 weeks. 

I'm in for a pair of stand-alone frames. Anyone else? A product video and the full press release is after the break.

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4 years ago

Eyes on the AT&T ASUS Padfone X

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ASUS and AT&T just demonstrated the new Padfone X at CES 2014, and we've managed to snag a first eyes on look at the new device. Sadly, no hands-on – display units were locked in glass cases – but it was there for all to see. 

AT&T announced the new smartphone and tablet hybrid earlier on today at its own event, and we didn't learn any more in the way of pricing or availability. But, we got a few snaps of the new device, which you'll find after the break. 

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4 years ago

Hands-on with Samsung's Galaxy Tab Pro and Galaxy Note Pro tablets

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Samsung’s new ‘Pro’ tablets introduce a new magazine-style UI and productivity features atop Android 4.4 KitKat

Samsung was the first big-name manufacturer to launch an Android-powered tablet with the original Galaxy Tab back in 2010. Yet over the past year the company that dominates Android phone sales has seemingly shied away from the high-end tablet space. With the exception of the Galaxy Note 10.1 2014 Edition, Samsung’s recent Android tablets have focused on the mid-range and entry-level spaces.

But that’s about to change in 2014, as Samsung kicks off its CES presence with not one but four new high-end Android slates across three screen sizes: meet the Samsung Galaxy Tab Pro and Galaxy Note Pro series.

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4 years ago

Samsung makes the Galaxy Pro line of tablets official

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Galaxy Tab Pro coming in three sizes, Galaxy Note Pro beefs up to 12.2-inches

We all knew they were coming, and Samsung themselves let it slip (accidentally, we're sure) last night, but now the Galaxy Pro line of Samsung tablets is official.

The Pro means high-end, and all the versions have the latest specs and design. The Galaxy Tab Pro comes in three sizes — 8.4-inches, 10.1-inches and 12.2-inches and each will sport an octa-core CPU for Wifi-only models or a Snapdragon quad-core (we're assuming the S800) for LTE models. Wifi models will come standard with 2GB of RAM, and since cellular radios reserve so much RAM nowadays, the LTE models will come with 3GB of RAM. The 8.4 and 10.1-inch models come with either 16 or 32GB of storage, and the 12.2-inch model comes in a 32 or 64GB flavor.

The Galaxy Note Pro is a 12.2-inch beast, with the same processor and RAM configuration as the Tab Pro line. Of course, The S Pen and it's software is the defining factor between it and the PRO.

All four devices will sport a 2560x1600-resolution LCD display, which to our eyes looks absolutely gorgeous. 

The software has gotten a visible and needed refresh, and besides the new look and feel of TouchWiz and it's supporting features like Multi-window, Samsung is bundling what they call a "content gift package" filled with bonuses and paid content from the likes of popular apps like Evernote, Dropbox, Cisco and Bitcasa.

See the full press release after the break for all the details, and be sure to have a look at the hands-on to get a good look!

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4 years ago

ZTE announces Grand S II along with new voice control technology

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Flagship device to launch with new voice control technology

ZTE has just announced its latest flagship phone, the Grand S II, which will be the first device from ZTE to run a new set of features they have been working on. The ZTE Grand S II will be the successor to the ZTE Grand S which was announced last year at CES. 

Featuring a 5.5 inch 1080P display the Grand S II will be powered by a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 processor and will launch running Android 4.3, Jelly Bean. Inside the device they have included a 3000 mAh battery which should be enough power to get you through the day, as well as 16GB of internal storage. On the back there will be a 13MP camera, and on the front of the device there is a 2MP front facing camera for your selfie needs. 

In addition to a new device ZTE is bringing some pretty big software changes this year, and the Grand S II will be the first of their devices to feature them.  A big focus for ZTE appears to be the ability to control your device while hands-free, and they are rolling out a number of features for this. From unlocking the device, to taking pictures and more, the new software will learn the voice of its owner and be able to react to simple commands to make your life easier. 

ZTE will be displaying the Grand S II at their CES booth so stay tuned to our CESlive Hub to see if we can get our hands on the device and check out some of these new software additions in person.

Source: BusinessWire

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4 years ago

Live from NMX with BBM 2.0! Channels, voice calls, location sharing, and more!

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BBM for everybody hits version 2.0

We're not only at CESlive, we're at New Media Expo, and we're talking to Jeff Gadway about the brand new BBM 2.0 beta for Android. That includes BBM channels for broadcasting and interaction, voice calls for crystal clear audio, location sharing to let your contacts know where you are, but only for as long as you feel comfortable, and 100 new emoticons, 25 of which were chosen by the BBM users.

They're deservedly proud of the reliability of their "read" state, and of how they're working towards making a really great BBM experience that's also a really great Android experience.

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4 years ago

ASUS' Transformer Book Duet TD300 now official

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The TD300 is the world's first quad-mode, dual-operating system convertible 

This looks interesting: ASUS just announced the first device ever capable of operating as an Android or Windows 8.1 tablet or notebook. The TD300 is powered by an Intel i7 processor and 4 GB of RAM and can be switched from Android to Windows with a touch of a button. ASUS says that what makes the TD300 diffferent from other dual booting devices is this "Instant Switch" technology -- here, users will be able to pick up from where they left off in each OS profile.

Consider our curiosity piqued. We'll be knocking down ASUS's booth door here in Las Vegas, but until we do, check out the full press release, complete with the TD300's impressive specs, after the break.

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4 years ago

ASUS announces the Padfone mini

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Company's flagship smartphone-tablet duo coming soon in a 4 and 7-inch package

ASUS just announced a smaller, more lightweight version of its signature Padfone device, which its cleverly calling the Padfone mini. This new iteration will feature a 4-inch smartphone packing a 800 x 480 resolution IPS+ display, along with a 7-inch dock complete with 1280 x 800 resolution panel. The Padfone mini will be powered by an Intel Atom Z2560 processor, a full gig of DDR2 RAM, and Android 4.3, which ASUS promises will be upgraded to KitKat in the near future. ASUS is saying that the smartphone's 1,170 mAh battery, along with the dock's 2,100 mAh pack, will result in exceptional battery life, and the duo's 8 MP Sony BSI camera sensor will offer superior low-light performance.

We'll be first in line to get our hands on the new Padfone mini when ASUS takes the wraps off later in the show. For now, read up on all the specs in the presser after the break.

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4 years ago

ASUS announces ZenFone 4,5, and 6

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Fulfilling its 4,5,6, teaser, ASUS officially unveils its new ZenFone lineup

ASUS hit the ground running here in Las Vegas with a very busy Monday -- on top of its Padfone X heading for AT&T and its Padfone mini, the company also announced its new budget-friendly ZenFone lineup. Available in four, five, and six-inch models, the ZenFone line packs midrange specs, including displays of up to 720p resolution and Intel's Z2580 processor in a variety of colors. No word on availability or pricing just yet, but ASUS made it clear today that these would friendly to all consumers, regardless of budget.

The full presser, with each model's full spec list, can be found after the break.

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4 years ago

Contests, Coverage, and Cool Tech: What you can expect from #CESlive!

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The team has arrived, the gear has been unpacked, and we're ready for #CESLive. This is our biggest year at CES yet. All totaled, we have 22 people on the ground here in Las Vegas covering the content for all our sites this week, including CrackBerry, Android Central, iMore, Windows Phone Central and the newly launched Smartwatch Fans. Aside from the usual faces, the Mobile Nations family is once again teaming up with our friends at Geek Beat: featuring podcast pioneer Cali Lewis and tech evangelist John Pozadzides. 

We'll be covering all areas of tech whether we're talking health and fitness, automotive, home technologies, smartphones, tablets and more. CES is the spot for it all and generally the spot to get a first glimpse at a lot of the cool new technologies that will soon be hitting our lives. Some will make it, others we'll never hear from again, and that's what makes it all exciting!

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4 years ago

Follow the ASUS #CESlive press conference live at 12 p.m. PST!

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Among todays CES festivities is the ASUS press conference, live from Caesars Palace in Las Vegas. We'll be live on location, but the great news is that ASUS will be livestreaming the event so all you guys at home can join us for the ride. 

With an appearance from Johnny Shih, an ASUS press conference can be a wild ride, so check back at 12 p.m. PST – 3 p.m. Eastern, 8 p.m UK – to see what they've got in store for us. You'll be able to catch the stream at the link below, but as and when it goes live we'll also pull it into this post, and you'll find our liveblog after the break. In the meantime, be sure to pass by our CES hub for all the latest!

Watch the ASUS CES 2014 press conference live!

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4 years ago

Enter to win a Pebble Steel

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Enticed by the new Pebble Steel? Us too. The all-new design is a step up from the previous generation, giving the Pebble a more refined and high-end look. Available in Black Matte and Brushed Stainless, the Pebble Steel features Gorilla Glass, and anti-fingerprint coating and comes with both a metal band and black leather strap.

They're available now for pre-order but if you're on the fence about picking one up, we're running a contest right now and you have not just one — but THREE chances to win. We've got all the Pebble Steel news you could want and more, so head over to Smartwatch Fans for all the details on how to win a Pebble Steel to call your very own.

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4 years ago

Fitbit announces syncing with more Android devices

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Syncing just got easier with more Android devices

Fitbit has just announced that their products will now sync with even more Android devices. Previously Fitbit devices only synced wirelessly with about 5 Android devices, all of them Samsung, so it was a bit inconvenient for many users. Today they have announced that they will be supporting 12 more Android devices.

Fitbit has not hit all the devices, but they have added support for many of the most popular devices. If you own any of the Fitbit products, and one of these devices you will want to grab the app update now to gain wireless sync. We hope that Fitbit is able to accommodate even more devices in the future, and soon there will be no restrictions and users can easily sync regardless of device choices. See the list of new devices after the break.

Source: Fitbit

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