Samsung to introduce 3 new colors for the Galaxy S III Mini and Note 2, as well as a La Fleur edition of the Galaxy S III

There’s nothing better in life than variety, right? Samsung also seems to think so and is planning on doing just that to make their most successful device to date even better. Starting “around” January (just in time for Valentine’s day) Samsung is planning on releasing a La Fleur edition to the Galaxy S III, Galaxy Ace 2, Galaxy Ace DUOS and Galaxy S DUOS. These devices will essentially have a flower print on both the front and back of the device. Certainly a nice touch and gift to give to a girlfriend or wife.

In other news, Samsung also plans on release 3 new colors for the Galaxy S Mini and Galaxy Note 2. The new colors for the Galaxy S III mini are: Titan Gray, Garnet Red and Onyx Black. Samsung expects these new colors sometime in December. As for the Note 2: Amber Brown, Topaz Blue and Ruby Wine. These colors won’t be available till early 2013.

So what do you all think about these new colors and La Fleur edition of Samsung devices? Certainly, variety can’t hurt right?

source: SamMobile & SamMobile

Nexus 4 drop test proves that glass is breakable

I’m surprised it took this long, but we do have our first Nexus 4 drop test. Seriously folks, the Nexus 4 (and the Optimus G) is a delicate phone since it pretty much has glass all over it. The front is made of Gorilla Glass 2, but the back is a glass-like substance that does not meet those standards. It would take a miracle for the the Nexus 4 to not get damaged upon a drop on any hard surface, but I guess the question is how much damage can one expect? The video is in German so you might not be able to tell what’s being said, but it’s a drop test, you don’t need to. Hit the break for two videos.


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Sony Xperia Tablet S Gets Minor “release6a” Update

 

While the Sony Xperia Tablet S may just be getting over its physical defects, it is now getting some love thanks to a minor OTA update that is being pushed out to the tablet. This minor update dubbed “release6a” brings a major VPN fix to users who encountered issues trying to log onto corporate or enterprise networks. Sure the minor update still keeps the tablet on Android 4.0.3, but any update is better than no update, right?

If you own the tablet, be sure to head on down to your Settings and System Updates in order to grab the latest update immediately.

source: Xperia Blog

Motorola Announces The RAZR i MT788 Smartphone For Chinese Markets

 

You knew it was only a matter of time before the rest of the world got a variant of the uber cool and Intel-powered Motorola RAZR i smartphone. Well the time has come as Motorola proudly announced the RAZR i MT788 that will operate on China Mobile’s wireless network. The RAZR i MT788 is nearly identical to the original RAZR i: it features the same 2GHz Intel chip, has a 4.3-inch 960 x 540 AMOLED display, 8MP camera and a microSD expansion slot. The only major difference is the RAZR i MT788 will only have 4GB of on-board storage, but will have a 1.3MP FFC.

As expected, the device will launch right in the middle of the holiday season. Motorola confirmed the device will be available sometime in mid-December, but did not specify how much the device will cost just yet. You’ll find additional details once your hit the source link.

source: Engadget Chinese
via: Engadget

Qeexo’s FingerSense technology adds “ears” to your touchscreen

Touchscreens, by their very nature, receive instructions by sensing touch. But what if you could add another “sense” to your smartphone’s touchscreen capabilities? Say, hearing? That’s what the good folks over at Qeexo have cooked up with their new technology called “FingerSense”. FingerSense uses a small acoustic sensor to pick up vibrations as you touch, swipe, and tap your phone, essentially allowing your smartphone to “hear” how you are interacting with your touchscreen and make adjustments as needed. For example, tapping an icon with your finger would open an app, but if you tap the same icon with your knuckle, it could open a contextual menu. The possibilities are endless. So far FingerSense is able to differentiate between finger, knuckle, fingernail, stylus, eraser, and more. Catch a glimpse of it in action in the video after the break.


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LG F240K Smartphone Outed In GLBenchmark, Comes Loaded With 1080p Display

 

Think that LG is content with releasing the Optimus G smartphone this year and calling it a day? Well think again as LG seems to have yet another superphone that’s likely on the way. Thanks to a leaked GLBenchmark score, we see that LG has a mysterious device called the F240K and looks to have all the major bells and whistles of a typical superphone. According to the benchmark, the F240K features a full 1080p (1920 x 1080) display, just like that found in the recently announced HTC DROID DNA smartphone. In addition to the noteworthy 1080p display, the F240K seems to feature a processor (most likely the quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro) clocked at 1.5GHz and will run on Android 4.1.2— not the now-outdated Ice Cream Sandwich.

There are no additional details of the F240K like its display size or how much RAM it’ll have, but now that the device has been outed– we suspect that it won’t be long before we see additional leaks pop up and give us a better idea of what this puppy entails exactly.

source: Slash Gear

Nexus 4 Smartphone Down Gets Full Teardown Treatment

 

So you own a brand-spankin’ new Nexus 4, but are wondering how the innards of the device look exactly? Well you are going to be in for a pleasant surprise at the gang from the iFixit team has already gone ahead and stripped the smartphone bare for our viewing pleasure. The gang gave a comprehensive walkthrough and thoroughly described everything we need to know about the internals of the device and show in plain view the noteworthy features such as the battery terminal for the 2,100mAh battery, a linear-oscillating vibrator motor and the motherboard of the device featuring the processor and RAM among other things. While it appears to be incredibly complicated what the team had done, they argue most of work was fairly straightforward and in some respects, a piece of cake.

As the device is fairly simple to take apart, one would think the Nexus 4 would have a great Repairability Score and sure enough it does. The device garnered an impressive 7 out of 10, which indicates that aside from a handful of little niggles and issues, owners of the device should be able to fiddle and tinker with no major issues.

I’m sure you’re all itching to see more, so head on down to the source link for the complete Nexus 4 teardown.

 

source: iFixit

Samsung To Bring 5-Inch Full HD AMOLED Display To CES

Asiae is reporting Samsung will bring a 4.99-inch Full HD AMOLED Display to CES in January 2013. The rumored device is said to have a resolution of 1920 x 1080 and massive pixel density around 441 PPI (pixels per inch).  Contrast that with the iPhone’s retina display which boasts a PPI of 326. It’s not the flexible display we’ve been hearing about but I’d be pretty happy with this on the Galaxy S IV or Note III.

Source: Asiae
Via:  Sammy Hub

 

O2 UK Nexus 4 Variant Seems To Be SIM-Unlocked After All, Despite O2 Reps Claiming Device Is SIM-Locked

 

It’s no secret that the Nexus 4 launch was a little botched and caused some major angst among Android fanatics, but those in the UK may be able to get some sort of satisfaction— sort of. You may recall that we casually mentioned that O2 UK would be the only carrier to sell the Nexus 4 for a limited time, but it was assumed that the devices sold would be SIM-locked and thus, operate on O2 networks only. However, it appears that at least a few of you who paid a premium pound by buying the device in O2 stores may actually have an unlocked device. Reports are coming in that O2 customers have been able to purchase the supposed SIM-locked devices and actually insert other SIMs from carriers like Vodafone instead. How do we know you ask? Well, customers are reporting they were able to buy the O2 Nexus 4, take the pre-installed SIM card out, swap it with a SIM card of a different carrier and still have full functionality of the device.

Of course O2 UK hasn’t come out with an official statement regarding this find, but if you’re a prospective customer and willing to take a gamble and grab a device before your friends do (albeit at a much higher price), do let us know if this recent find works out for you.

source: XDA Forums

Sharp to capitalize on own large screen with Sharp Aquos SH930W, but early review not so great

This week’s official announcement regarding the release of the DROID DNA from HTC continued a trend we have seen of manufacturers pushing the limits of screen size and resolution. The DROID DNA’s 5-inch 1080p display produced by Sharp is certainly an eye-catching feature of the new handset. Sharp appears to want to be able to get in the market with its own device sporting the top of the line LCD they produce, which is why they are working on a Sharp Aquos SH930W smartphone.
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