The Samsung Stratosphere will be hitting Verizon this week on October 13th. In case you missed the specs on this single-core 4G slider, you can catch them right here or in the manual linked below. There is no pricing listed for this device, but I’d expect it to fall into the $150 range on a 2-year contract. Hit up the break for a link to the manual and a shot of the device from all angles. Again, there is always room for a mid-level slider out there. Anyone want one?
The final U.S. carrier to debut the Samsung Galaxy S II is T-Mobile which will take place on October 12, but thankfully, a review unit landed on my doorstep, so we can give you a quick preview. The big difference with the T-Mobile version is the Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.5GHz dual-core processor for T-Mobile AWS compatibility, as opposed to the Exynos 1.2GHz CPU. There is a lot of concern that performance will suffer, but my initial thought is worrying is a waste of time because it appears to be very snappy.
- 4.52-inch (800 x 480) Super AMOLED plus display
- 1.5GHz dual-code Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 processor
- 1GB RAM
- 8MP camera with 1080p recording, 2MP front facing
- 16GB internal storage, up to 32GB via microSD card
- 1850mAH battery
- 0.37x 5.11 x 2.71 inches; 4.77 ounces
- HSPA+ 42Mbps support
- Bluetooth 3.0
- 802.11 b/g/n Wifi, with Wifi Direct
- Touchwiz 4
- Android 2.3.5
I will post a full review after I spend more time with it, but for now, take a look at the initial hands on video after the break.
We haven’t had any shortage of rumors about the Nexus Prime and ICS over the past few days. We have already seen a leaked video of ICS, leaked ICS versions of Google+, and Google Music (which is available for download). The most recent bit of news comes from a rather reliable source, one you can definitely trust, the FCC.
It is said that Verizon will be the first carrier to receive the new Nexus device and will be known as the Droid Prime or Nexus Prime (SCH 15-15) which we have yet to see an FCC filing for. The Device that passed through the FCC late Friday night, The GT-i9250, thought to be the Galaxy Nexus, offers support for bands that work on AT&T and T-Mobile’s 3G networks. The document makes no mention of LTE or CDMA support.
The FCC documents confirm that this version of the phone will feature dual-band Wireless-N, Bluetooth, as well as NFC. Test reports show the device will measure 68mm x 124mm, about the same size as the popular Samsung Galaxy S II.
Although the official announcement for next Tuesday has been postponed, we will still be at CTIA next week for all three days crossing our fingers in hopes for a surprise appearance. For those who were hoping to see the Big Red version drop first, have faith, we will probably see that one pass through the FCC very soon. Stay tuned for further details….
At Sprint’s Network Vision announcement, yesterday, the carrier detailed their transistion plans in effort toward 4G LTE. Sprint will begin the transition by shutting down its iDEN network, which is used to fascilitate push-to-talk for their Nextel brand. iDen is currently utilizing the 800MHz spectrum so Sprint is hoping to have those customers moved to its CDMA push-to-talk network by 2013. Before iDEN goes down, however, Sprint will launch LTE on its 1900MHz spectrum. This launch is targeted for mid-2012 with expectations of completion in 2013. In addition to these bands, Sprint has also partnered with LightSquared to use their 1600MHz band. As of yet, LightSquared’s network has yet to have been approved by the FCC. Sprint expects to cover 120 million residents with LTE in 2012, with 250 million covered by the end of 2013.
The HTC Flyer is now available at U.S. Cellular starting at $399.99 on either a $54.99 a month 5GB plan or $74.99 to add unlimited messaging (both on a 2-year agreement). There is also a $599.99 option but you’ll be limited to 200MB at $14.99 a month or $34.99 with unlimited messaging. This is a 7-inch tablet running Gingerbread and a 1.5GHz single-core Snapdragon with a tablet optimized version of Sense. Not a killer tablet, but not a bad price though I can’t see why anyone would want one on a 200MB plan. At that price it may be worth it just to grab the $299.99 WiFI version. You can purchase one from U.S. Cellular right from the source link below. Anyone looking to grab one of these?
HD screens is the new “black” as now even Pantech is onboard with the announcement of the Vega LTE for South Korea. It will boast a 4.5-inch (1280 x 800) screen, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 1860mAh battery, 16GB for storage, NFC, and 4G/LTE. Not bad for being 9.35mm thick.
There also appears to be some UI enhancements which include the ability to control certain functions with hand gestures via the front-facing camera. For now it’s scheduled to hit SK Telecom later this month, but there is no information on this baby landing anywhere else.
The Galaxy Nexus is still hanging out in Rumorville until next Tuesday, but the rumors will keep flying in until then. DroidLife seems to have a tipster of their own, and while the specs from earlier seem to have been debunked, we’ll take a look anyway. Their source says that the Galaxy Nexus will have a multi-colored notification light and it will be right smack in the middle of the lip on the bottom of the phone (this is OK since there will be no hard buttons down there). It’s also being reported that, while ICS is close to being unveiled, daily updates are still going out continuing to help ICS to run faster and faster every day which is going to lead to an awesome pure Android experience. I don’t believe the video leaked showing off ICS last week was fake, so if you missed it you can catch it right here. More awesome leaks to chew on until Tuesday are sure to keep coming so stay tuned!
Rumors on the Galaxy Nexus are sure to keep pumping along, and we’ve got some more for you. It seems GSMArena is reporting the specs leaked earlier today are incorrect. According to the tipster from inside Google, the new Nexus will in fact be shipping with Samsung’s own processor clocking in at 1.5GHz, which is probably an Exynos. There will also be a dual-core GPU from Imagination that may be the PowerVR SGX543MP2 which is the same GPU that’s in the iPad 2. Instead of the 5-MP camera that was reported earlier, the new report says it will have an 8-MP, full 1080p video recording with an improved sensor that wasn’t elaborated on. The battery should also be a 2050mAh instead of an 1,750mAh. This continues to keep sounding more and more amazing! Next Tuesday can’t come quick enough and Talk Android will be there live at the event so stay tuned! What do you all think of these rumors so far?
Good news to all you Droid X2 owners! Looks like Verizon wants to give you a nice little update bringing you Android 2.3.4 with promises of fixing that annoying lock-up/restart problem when using the keyboard. The Verizon Moto Droid X2 support page has been updated (screenshot above) and the upcoming Build # is 1.2.380.MB870. The update is a healthy 55MB and no word on when Big Red will actually begin pushing it out but, rest assured, we will let you know as soon as it does. You can expect new features such as:
- Keyboard remains visible during text input.
- Input characters are properly displayed during text entry.
- Device will no longer lockup or reset when using the keyboard.
- Charging indicator will display only when the device is plugged into a charger.
- Home key functions correctly while the device is in the desktop cradle.
- Successfully use the camera after unlocking the device.
- Video quality has been improved for video recording and playback.
- Mobile Hotspot password can now exceed 63 characters.
- Improvement to the device stability limits resets and lockups.
- The Magic Smoke live wallpaper animation now works properly.
- Enjoy improved audio when streaming music.
Applications & Widgets
- When playing MP3s through the Music App, songs will not skip.
- Avoid YouTube video lockup while viewing.
- Desktop cradle application starts correctly.
- No longer receive an error message when purchasing the Let’s Golf App.
Keep a look out for an OTA update. If you are less patient than that you could always try and force the update by frequently checking under Menu>Settings>About Phone> System update. If you have any luck, be a pal and let us know, okay?
Not only is the HTC Amaze going to be available here in the states on Oct. 12th, it will soon land in Canada as well. Telus has just listed the high-end phone as “coming soon” on the Canadian carrier’s website. If you will recall, the Amaze was being called the “Ruby” for a while and has some pretty gem-like specs to boot. Adorning a qHD Super LCD powered by a dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 processor running Android 2.3.4. and HTC Sense. There is an 8MP camera with smile detection and dedicated camera and camcorder buttons on the side. The Amaze will come with NFC capability and will allow users to make mobile payments in the near future. A very feature-packed phone, we suspect it will be a major success.
This is going to be a great Android phone so be sure to check it out in the coming weeks.