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4 years ago

This is not how you take the NVIDIA Shield apart

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But it sure is fun as hell to watch in slow-motion.

Shield forums | Shield review

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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

Sony QX10 lens camera now up for pre-orders at Amazon for $248 [Update - QX100, too for $498]

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Deliveries start on September 27

Update: AC reader skippyrulezzz points out that the QX100 is now listed as well. The bigger sensor will cost a bit more, and it checks in at $498. Still the same September 27 date for shipping.

The Sony QX10 — that quirky lens camera that attaches to your smartphone we saw yesterday — is already listed for pre-order at Amazon. Checking in at $248, the lens attachment comes in both black and white, and other vendors have built starter kits with cases, wee little tripods and SD cards built around the camera.

AC reader Horaland H tells us that it ships September 17 in the UK, but it's a little more costly at $279. 

While the DX10 doesn't give you the power you get from something like a DSLR or good micro 4/3 camera (that lack of RAW image files is puzzling), for the average consumer they should take great pictures. Surely better than anything you would get from any other smartphone, no matter how many Lumapixels MegaPixels are on board.

If anyone's interested in having a play with one of these (guilty) hit the link below to check things out. No word on when to expect to see the bigger QX100 just yet.

Source: Amazon (QX10), (QX100). Thanks, Tony!

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4 years ago

Quick look: LG G Pad 8.3 cases

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LG's reveals protective accessories alongside new tablet 

LG officially re-entered the Android tablet game at IFA 2013 today with the launch of the G Pad 8.3, and alongside it the Korean company unveiled a couple of accessories for the device. LG's protective cover for its new tablet comes in two parts — the first is a plastic shell for the device, but there's also a detachable magnetic front cover (think iPad Smart Cover) to keep the screen free of damage. And like Apple's cover its also possible to extend it around the back of the device to use as a stand — though in a slightly different way, as the case has a clip-out area to connect to the front cover.

We've got more photos of LG's cases after the break, including a bonus shot of a lone Thomas the Tank Engine cover found wandering the aisles of the LG booth here in Berlin.

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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

LG G Pad 8.3 hands-on

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LG re-enters the Android tablet market with a device designed to balance size, specs and weight

Welcome back, LG. It's been a couple years since we saw a tablet from the South Korean company — a hot mess of 3D at that — and it's back in fine form with the G Pad 8.3.

We got our first look at this guy here at the IFA conference in Berlin, and from the get-go — it's fairly impressive. Thin, light and big but not too big, LG's got what should be a nice little option.

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4 years ago

Intel talks Bay Trail and 4G LTE at IFA 2013

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Intel has just thrown a press conference of their own at IFA 2013, and among the talk of Ultrabooks and Windows 8 were a couple of interesting bits for mobile. Most notably the new Bay Trail SoC and their brand new XMM 7160 which promises global LTE compatible with 15 different bands. 

Bay Trail is the codename for Intel's next generation SoC, and is based on the low power and high performance Silvermont micro-architecture. Putting technical jargon to one side, Intel promises Android and Windows 8.1 compatibility for Bay Trail, 2x performance improvements and excellent battery life. 

Intel also talked LTE, an ever important topic in mobile. The new XMM 7160 LTE solution is to be compatible with 15-bands and low power consumption. The XMM 7160 is already shipping to device manufacturers and Intel promised the first devices with it on board would be coming to market in Q1 2014. With that time frame in mind, we'd expect to hear more specifics at CES in January. 

Intel has been steadily improving their offerings for Android devices, and today's press conference shows that there is no intention of that slowing down. Bay Trail sounds promising, but we'll hold final judgment until we get some hands on time with actual devices. 

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4 years ago

Lenovo announces the 7-inch S5000 tablet

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Lenovo has a new 7-inch tablet coming out, and the S5000 promises to be extraordinarily thin and light, and be a stylish yet affordable option. At just 7.9mm thin, and weighing in at just 8.68 ounces, combined with chrome accents and a laser-etched "fabric-feel" surface around back.

Up front you're looking at a 7-inch 1280x800 screen with a 178 degree wide viewing angle. A front-facing 1.6MP camera and 5MP rear camera are on board, as is 3G HSPA+ connectivity on some SKUs. Under the hood you've got a 1.2GHz quad-core CPU and 1GB of RAM, running on Android 4.2. The S5000 will feature 16GB of internal storage.

Other features like a sizeable 3450mAh battery and USB on-the-go round out the S5000. While the spec sheet may not get your blood pumping, hopefully it's priced right for the users on a budget. No word on pricing or availability just yet, but we imagine we'll see this one around the holiday season at the latest. Hit the break for a few pictures.

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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

Heads-on with the Sony Head-Mounted Display for mobile

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Sony brought their own headset to IFA 2013, so we strapped it on and took it for a spin

VR headsets are back in the news of late, primarily because of the Oculus Rift, but what we have here is something that Sony has cooked up. Right now it's known as the rather unimaginative Head Mounted Display, and while it will hook into your home entertainment system, we're more interested by this one, the one that hooks into your smartphone.

Essentially what you have is something that resembles a VR headset with a bunch of adjustable components to make it fit your own head size, and I have to say it was actually pretty comfortable. There's plenty of cushioning where it matters, and the whole get up sits pretty snug on your head.

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4 years ago

Is it better to zoom out, or just fade away? Android Central app gets new transitions!

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Ladies and gentlemen, boys and girls: We've uploaded a new version of the official Android Central App (accept no substitutes!) to the wonderful and bizarre bazaar that is Google Play, to be downloaded at your earliest convenience.

In addition to the standard (and unfortunately necessary) bugfixes and performance improvements, in Version 1.4.3 we've also added in an option for screen transitions. If you like nice fade, you can have one. Or if you're more into a zoom sort of thing, you've now got that option, too. Look for it in the settings menu under "Screen transitions."

As always, you can see previous changelogs at http://phon.es/achange. Enjoy!

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4 years ago

'Jelly Bean' version of Android gains a few more percentage points

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'Gingerbread,' 'Ice Cream' Sandwich drop some; 'Cupcake' and 'Donut' no longer reported

Google has dropped the latest platform version statistics on us — a monthly look at how the various versions of Android are doing the larger scheme of things. 

No great surprises here — Jelly Bean has increased to to 45.1 percent of all active devices, up about 5 percentage points from last month. That comes at the expense of Ice Cream Sandwich and Gingerbread, mostly, which are ticking down as more phones receive updates.

It's also worth mentioning that Google is no longer specifically reporting on Cupcake and Donut, because they can't use the new Google Play Store (from which these numbers are gleaned) but it does mention they total about 1 percent.

Source: Android Developer site

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4 years ago

T-Mobile vs. AT&T vs. Verizon: Which carrier gives you the best upgrade plan?

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T-Mobile, AT&T and Verizon have all rolled out new payment plans aimed at making high-end smartphones seem more affordable, but do they actually save you any money, or is it just a shell game that buries costs? Let's compare and find out.

4 years ago

Hands on with the Sony Cyber-shot QX series

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We go hands on with the curious new mobile compatible Cyber-shot cameras from Sony

After weeks of leaks, Sony has officially introduced the Cyber-shot QX10 and QX100, or the 'Lens Cameras' as we've come to know them. In every sense, that's exactly what they are; a digital camera housed entirely within what looks like a camera lens. The two different models look essentially the same on the outside with different internals, but they both look and act exactly the same. 

They attach to the back of your phone in one of two ways. If you pick up a new Sony Xperia Z1, and likely going forward other Sony phones, there's a nice little case that clips over the phone and the camera clicks into a dedicated slot. When it's all dressed up like this, from the right angle it looks just like a proper digital camera. The biggest drawback is perhaps the fact that on a phone as slim as the Xperia Z1, there's not much to grip when you're using it. 

The other way to attach is probably the one most people will use. Included with both is a clip on module with an extendable arm and a fixed base clip. By pulling this upwards you can clip it onto all kinds of different sized smartphones, and as the top arm is hinged it will even cling pretty sturdily to even phones with a curved back such as the Moto X. 

Hardware wise we know about the difference in optics and camera specific specs, but there's a couple of similarities between the two. The unit is powered by a removable, and rechargable 630mAh battery with a standard microUSB charging port. Memory card wise you've got two choices, either a Sony M2 or a more standard microSD card. Zoom and shutter functions are on the camera itself, it's got NFC for easy pairing with your Android device and a tripod mount on the bottom. 

We've had a little time to spend going hands on, but we'll be taking a much closer look in the coming days and weeks. Head on down past the break for our first hands on video with the Cyber-shot QX100. 

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