Samsung’s Lee promotes Samsung Galaxy S IV plastic body

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While many smartphone manufacturers pursue a strategy of trying to create a sense of premium-ness in their devices by using materials like aluminum, glass, or polycarbonate, Samsung continues to take a different path by creating plastic body devices. Considering the success that Samsung is enjoying, it is hard to argue with their design decision which will result in the new Samsung Galaxy S IV using the same material. In Samsung’s defense, they have solid reasons for using the plastic material as revealed in an interview with Y.H. Lee, Samsung’s executive vice president of its mobile division.
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ZTE Smartphones Will Run Next-Gen Intel Atom Z2580 Processors

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ZTE announced a new partnership with Intel today, revealing that its future smartphones will run the upcoming Atom Z2580 processor. The Atom Z2580 debuted at Mobile World Congress and is a dual-core chip that can run up to 2.0GHz with Hyper-Threading support for better multi-tasking. This isn’t the first time that ZTE will use Intel Atom processors. The ZTE Grand X IN was released in September of 2012 and featured a single-core, 1.6GHz Intel Atom Z2460.

Performance of the Atom Z2580 is greatly improved over its predecessor, boasting double the performance and three times more graphics output. Battery life is also said to be improved and on the same level as comparable processors. ZTE still has yet to announce availability of phones running the Intel Atom Z2580.

Source: Business Wire

HTC Sense 5 wallpapers now available to download

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{Update] At the request of HTC, we pulled the wallpapers. Sorry guys!!

Sense 5 will bring a lot of new features like BlinkFeed and Zoe, but what about wallpapers? HTC usually has some pretty cool ones, and I did have my eye on a few at the event.  If you’re looking for a change in background on your current phone, HTC or otherwise, you might want to check out these new Sense 5 wallpapers. There are eighteen in all, and we have them all for your downloading pleasure. Whether you want to grab just one or all of them, hit the the break to get started.


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Verizon Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 LTE to be available March 7

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Previous rumors pinpointed March 7 for the release of the Verizon LTE version of the Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 (SCH-i925). Samsung just dropped us a line confirming the date and the price will be $599 for both in stores and online. It’s basically the same Galaxy Note 10.1 WiFi-only version we reviewed last year, but with the addition of Verizon Wireless LTE connectivity. It sure is a hefty price to pay, but the good news is you won’t be on a contract, and if you’re on their Share Everything plan, you can can simply add it for only $10 extra per month.

HTC Mid-range Devices to Receive Ultrapixel Camera and Blinkfeed

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We have good news for for HTC fans on a mid-range budget.  HTC is reportedly adding its high-end Ultrapixel camera and Blinkfeed into their mid-range phones.  According to Phil Roberson, CEO of HTC UK, “…BlinkFeed is sitting on top of the core of sense – and that will start to roll out as we go through the year.  Wherever the technology is possible, we’re looking to take as much of the technology and enrich all of our customers.”
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Sony officially lists Sony Xperia ZL for U.S., includes red version

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Sony has officially added the Sony Xperia ZL to their U.S. web site with a button customers can use to sign up to be notified when the smartphone is available for ordering. No pricing or projected date of availability was provided. Sources indicate the phone will be sim-free and will have LTE antennas available for several bands. The Sony web site lists three colors for the device – red, black and white. The inclusion of the red variant is a nice surprise after that color was shown at an event for South East Asian markets.

source: Sony
via: Xperia Blog

Galaxy S IV to feature “eye scrolling” similar to Smart Stay and Smart Rotation

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The latest bit of news to come before Samsung announces their Galaxy S IV has to do with software, not hardware. Similar to the fingerless gesture rumor we heard about, Samsung has something planned that will allow you to scroll your phone’s screen with your eyes. So if you’re reading a news article and your eyes reach the bottom of the page, the page will automatically scroll down so you can continue reading without touching the screen. Pretty high tech stuff.

Now, this isn’t new for Samsung, as they invested quite a bit into using facial recognition in the Galaxy S III with their Smart Stay and Smart Rotation features, and they’ve filed for patents related to eye scrolling built into mobile phones, so this is definitely something that we could see on March 14th.

source: NY Times

Samsung’s Galaxy X Cover 2 will be available on March 7th

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Remember that rugged Galaxy X Cover 2 leak we saw not too long ago? We’ve got word on the device’s official release date and pricing. According to Sammobile, you’ll be able to get your hands on the device started March 7th for 319 euros, or $414.96. Not too bad for a device that’s waterproof and dustproof and runs Jelly Bean on top of that.

As a reminder, the Cover 2 features a 4-inch TFT display, 5-megapixel back camera, 0.3 megapixel front camera and 4 GB of internal storage. It’s not a high-end device, but it fills that rugged market very nicely. Anyone plan on picking one of these up?

source: Sammobile

Purple Samsung Galaxy S III may be headed to Sprint

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According to a tip delivered to web site PhoneArena.com, Samsung may be preparing a purple version of the popular Samsung Galaxy S III to be available through Sprint. The tipster claims to have grabbed a screenshot from one of Sprint’s web portals that provides details of updated handsets scheduled for upcoming launches. Included in the list is a “Samsung Galaxy S III 16GB, Purple.” It appears the device will be released on April 12th though no other details like pricing have surfaced.

No images have surfaced of this purple device and no official word has been released by either Samsung or Sprint.

source: PhoneArena

Sony Plans To Position Itself Third In Smartphone Markets Worldwide

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Sony is hoping to catch more of the smartphone market share this year in the hopes of placing itself as the third largest brand for mobile devices. As of Q4 2012, Sony was ranked fourth in smartphone market share at 4.5 percent of the market and sitting just behind Huawei with 4.9 percent of the market. Sony’s mobile business head Kunimasa Suzuki spoke at a roundtable briefing in Tokyo and says that they’ll alter smartphone development for each different market. This indicates cheaper, less premium smartphones for more developing countries.
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