Sony’s New Jewel Arrives At CES, Introduces The Xperia Ion

Just like that CES is kicking into full gear. Normally when you think of high-end smartphones, Verizon and Sprint immediately come to mind with their lineup of Android monster phones. However, AT&T is looking to make a statement… and it’s a major one too. Newly rejuvenated Sony is set to change consumers’ perceptions of their Android devices and they’re doing just that by unleashing a new LTE-based monster called the Xperia Ion. The phone will feature some very attractive specifications:

  • 1.5GHz dual-core processor
  • 4.6-inch HD screen with 1280 x 720 resolution; 1080P full HD video recording ability
  • 12MP camera(!!!!!)
  • 16GB of internal storage
  • Front-facing camera with ability to record video in 720P
  • Gingerbread 2.3 (device will be upgraded to Ice Cream Sandwich 4.0 later in the year)

Oh and since this phone is a Sony phone, that means it gets nice perks too being under the Sony umbrella. How about official Playstation certification for starters? Yes, you read that right— the phone is a Playstation-certified phone meaning Sony plans to bring Playstation-exclusive games that will be optimized for the phone. That means we’ll be able to get in on some Gran Turismo 4 or Crash Bandicoot on the cool phone in the very near-future. Oh and there’s some more: the phone supports the Sony Entertainment Network which includes the Music Unlimited (which includes a catalog of 12 million songs) and Video Unlimited content streaming and rental services. Are you guys salivating yet?

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Sprint Officially Gets the Samsung Galaxy Nexus *Unofficially*

 

As Sprint announced a few days back they will be bringing their 4G LTE network to a select few cities the first half of this year and also possibly hinted at their very own Galaxy Nexus. Well along with that announcement comes the official splash page of the first device capable of running on their new network. That device, is the Samsung Galaxy Nexus as confirmed by their official site.

There isn’t a lot of details yet but it appears that the device will feature 16 GB of storage compared to that of the Verizon 32 GB model and will come with Google Wallet functionality intact, unlike Verizon’s model (officially that is). Right now there is no confirmation either about the supposed bump in speed of 1.5 GHz for the CPU.

So Sprint device owners, if you are eligible for an upgrade or want to start a new contract, I would start getting excited about getting the Galaxy Nexus on your network.While they haven’t flat out said there will be a Galaxy Nexus, a splash page on their official site should be more than enough proof. Hit the break below to read the official press release and stay tuned for more CES 2012 stories! Read more

LG & Verizon Set To Release Phones With VMWare

Verizon again continues to get lucky when it comes to getting the good stuff. It’s no secret that LG and VMWare have a unique partnership, but now they’ve revealed something that looks to be pretty special. LG showed it had a trick up its sleeve at CES. What would you say if you can use both your “work” phone and your “personal” phone on the same phone? Let me explain– VMWare has officially enabled the ability to run separate virtual Android OS machines on the same device. That means you can use your personal phone one minute, hit a button and then completely move to your work phone managed by your employer. Pretty neat isn’t it?

Verizon isn’t done either. The big news is that Big Red and Telfonica will be a launching a phone with the technology “in the coming months”. All of this means improved productivity for all— and soon.

Further details are scarce, but stay tuned with Talk Android and we’ll provide any further info as we get it.

(Photo courtesy of The Verge)

[via The Verge]

Toshiba Gives Outline of What to Expect From Them at CES 2012

With CES 2012 on the horizon Toshiba has taken the time to give us a little bit of a preview of what to expect from them this year. They will be debuting their “world’s thinnest and lightest 10.1-inch tablet.” There is also a hint of waterproofing and mention of the Organic EL panel. If you want to take a stab at reading the source translated hit the source link below and stay tuned for more CES news!

[via Toshiba]

 

Lenovo Announces Two New Android Devices: IdeaPad S2 10 Tablet, and S2 Smartphone

It’s shaping up the be one heck of a week as Lenovo announced today a new duo of Android devices. They are the IdeaPad S2 10 Tablet and the S2 smartphone. The tablet will weigh in at less than 1.5 pounds and boast the following specs:

  • 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 8960 dual-core Processor
  • Lenovo’s Mondrian (custom version of Ice Cream Sandwich)
  • 10.1-inch 1280×800 IPS Display
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16GB/32GB/64GB Internal Storage
  • Wifi and 3G Connectivity
  • micro USB, micro SD, Micro HDMI ports
  • 5MP rear camera and 1.3MP front facing camera
  • Integrated keyboard dock also available

The Lenovo S2 smartphone has the following specs:

 

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Acer to Bring Out 1080p Display Quad-Core Tablet

Well Acer is looking to kick off CES with a bang. Today they announced that we will be seeing the next generation Iconia Tab and it’s slated to be a very impressive tablet. The Tab will have a 10.1-inch 1920×1080 display, and case you didn’t know that’s a 1080p resolution. It will also have a Quad-Core ARM processor and is said to be running Nvidia’s Tegra 3. Although Ice Cream Sandwich wasn’t officially announced it may be safe to bet that it will be the Android flavor of choice going forward. While not a lot of details were announced, a 1080p Tablet would be quite impressive. Here’s hoping that we get ourselves some hands on time with the device this week. Stay tuned!

[via Android Central]

 

Galaxy Note Officially Coming to the US via AT&T

Hey you know how we told you a few days back that the Galaxy Note may be coming to AT&T? Well CES hasn’t even started but that didn’t stop Samsung from springing the news a little early. While this isn’t an official render of the device it does appear with the AT&T logo. We don’t know the details as of yet but I am sure that Samsung will be filling us in tomorrow during their press conference. CES hasn’t even started and big things are being announced. It’s going to be one heck of a week! Stay tuned!

[via engadget]

Samsung SCH-R930 Makes Its Way Through The FCC Sporting LTE Bands, US Cellular Bound

Well, US Cellular wasn’t lying when they said they would be kicking off an LTE enabled smartphone this April.  The proof is in the pudding as they say and it looks like Samsung will be the device’s manufacturer.  Dubbed the SCH-R930, it’s been revealed via an FCC filing that LTE is indeed on board.  Pocketnow scooped the news on the device back in Sept and it appears that we could be looking at a Samsung Galaxy Indulge-esque device.  Here’s to hoping however, that Sammy brings their A-Game and adds a little pizzazz to it first.  Stay tuned as we dig a little deeper on specs, pricing and availability for you.  Don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.

[via FCC]

Motorola DROID 4 Receives DLNA Certification, Official Launch Imminent

Oh boy!!! It looks like we’re getting close to the inevitable launch of that elusive DROID 4 phone. Yes the phone should have been launched last month, but we’ve seen numerous hints that the delay of the phone wouldn’t be for too long. How can we be so sure? Well the DROID 4– also known as model XT894– has officially gotten its DLNA certification which not only highlights its DLNA functionality, but more importantly– it indicates that Verizon is just about ready to unleash its newest puppy to the masses. Looks like we won’t have to wait too much longer on what will be the hottest slider yet. Hopefully we will see the phone make an appearance over at CES this upcoming week… hopefully.

[via UnwiredView]

WiFi-Only Motorola XYBOARD Shipping January 18th, Available For Pre-Order Now

If you’ve had your eyes on the Motorola Xyboard, you’ll be happy to note that the device is going to ship sometime around mid-January.  The WiFi-only models are now available for pre-order on Motorola’s site and will come in the 10.1 and 8.2-inch varieties.  We’re even told they’ve stripped several of the Verizon specific applications along with the “Droid” branding.  Hey, we’ll take it.  Here’s what you’ll expect to pay for each respective model:

  • XYBOARD 10.1 32GB: $599.99
  • XYBOARD 10.1 16GB: $499.99
  • XYBOARD 8.2 32GB: $499.99
  • XYBOARD 8.2 16GB: $399.99

Those prices come out to be about $20 bucks cheaper than purchasing them on Verizon’s website.  If you’re ready to pre-order one now, head on over to Motorola’s site via the source link and don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.

[via Motorola]