Motorola and Intel unveil the RAZR i with Intel Inside and edge to edge 4.3-inch display

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The new partnership between Motorola and Intel has officially begun. Motorola and Intel unveiled the RAZR i this morning in London. As we reported earlier, it’s essentially the DROID RAZR M, but with one major difference. The i signifies Intel Inside and it sports Intel’s latest 2GHz processor. What will this 2GHz chip give us? Obviously speed is going to be the main selling point and Motorola is touting that the camera will now load in less than one second and there’s a new burst shooting mode that yields 10 shots in less than one second. It’s also about battery life. The RAZR i sports the same 2000mAh battery that’s in the DROID RAZR M, but it will be more efficient. They are claiming that it will be “40 percent more powerful than the competition.” What is that competition? According to the press release it’s the iPhone 4S, which isn’t saying much, but I’m very pleased with the performance of the DROID RAZR M.

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SIM-free Sony Xperia T sales to be unrestricted

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This past weekend we reported that customers looking to purchase a SIM-free Sony Xperia T off-contract in the UK could be in for a long wait. Today, Sony has managed to slightly clear things up, reiterating that the Xperia T will be available “within timescales previously announced through Vodafone, EE, O2, 3, Carphone Warehouse, Phones4U and Tesco.” Furthermore, Sony made it known that it would not be imposing restrictions on how the units are sold. This means the above retailers will be the ultimate deciders when it comes to whether or not SIM-free devices are actually sold.

In the past, Phones4U and Carphone Warehouse have offered SIM-free deals on the latest phones, which leads us to believe that they would do the same for Sony’s latest flagship. With the phone launching next week in the UK, it looks like we won’t have to wait much longer to find out.

Source: Android Central

LG officially launches the Optimus G: available in Korea next week, worldwide in October

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While LG already announced its latest flagship last month, it was unclear when exactly the handset would be launching. Fear not, as the Korean manufacturer has just revealed that the Optimus G will be available in the company’s home country next week, followed by a full-scale launch in October.

To refresh your memory on just how powerful the Optimus G really is, the official specs are listed as:

  • 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 Pro processor Quad-Core and LTE
  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • LTE, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0
  • 4.7-inch WXGA True HD IPS Plus (1280 x 768 pixels)
  • 32GB On Board Storage
  • 2GB DDR RAM
  • 13.0MP or 8.0MP rear cameras (depends on region) / 1.3MP front
  • 2,100mAh Battery rated at: Talk time: 15 hours / Standby: 335 hours
  • 145g, 31.9 x 68.9 x 8.45mm
That’s not all, though. LG is touting its new “creative and engaging” UX, which is supposed to allow users to “live without boundaries”. While we’re not necessarily fond of any Android skins, LG’s new user interface offers some features that could potentially be productive and useful. One of which is called QSlide, an applet that allows users to open up two separate screens on the device that work completely independent of the other. There have also been some tweaks made to the camera utility to better suit the impressive 13-megapixel camera. For the full run-down, be sure to catch the official press release after the break. » Read the rest

Kindle Fire HD 7 root method

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As consumers start to get their hands on a new Amazon Kindle Fire HD 7 device, some will certainly want to stretch the capabilities of their new tablet. They will be met with frustration if they decide to pursue a new bootloader as it appears Amazon has locked down the devices extra tight. XDA forum member kinfauns did some digging only to discover Amazon has employed some high security device techniques similar to Barnes & Noble’s Nook Tablet devices. Unlike a Nook, the Kindle Fire HD 7 does not have an SD card slot that can be used as an alternate boot device. Developers are exploring workarounds for this situation.

There is good news though on the root front. RootzWiki contributor jcase(OP) has determined Amazon failed to secure a known method for gaining root access on Ice Cream Sandwich devices. Using the Android SDK, it is only a matter of minutes to root the device. Just hit the source link for the instructions if you want to give it a try. Just remember though, you are responsible for what happens to your device if you root it and something goes wrong.

source: RootzWiki

HTC’s rumored 5-inch One X 5 revealed in leaked press shots

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We previously saw HTC’s elusive 5-inch Galaxy Note II competitor earlier this month in a set of leaked photos. And, just this weekend we heard about the device’s impressive specs, which include Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor. Today, however, we’ve stumbled upon actual press renders of the alleged handset, leading us to believe that an official announcement is inevitable.

The device will purportedly be known as the One X 5, though it’s entirely possible we could see Verizon’s exclusive Droid branding on the phone before it arrives. The Taiwanese manufacturer’s newest handset is expected to feature a 5-inch display with full 1080p resolution, equating to a retina-soothing 480ppi. There’s no word on a release date, but HTC does have an event planned for this Wednesday in New York City, and we’ll be there to bring you all the latest.

Source: Engadget

 

AnTuTu benchmark database reveals Quad Core Asus Padfone 2

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It wasn’t that long ago that we caught mention of the Asus Padfone 2 from a leaked slideshow. Now, instead of seeing a few bullet points on a slide, we can allegedly see benchmark results of the not-yet-announced Padfone 2. It was originally assumed that we’d see the successor to the original Padfone in late 2013. However, with these benchmark results, its release may be sooner than we think. The shot of the benchmark results reveal the Padfone 2 name, the device running on Android 4.0.4 (another key it may release sooner rather than later), and a quad core 1512 MHz processor. Of course with only a benchmark screen capture, the price and release information are not known. However, we’ll keep you updated on what appears to be a beast of a multifunctional device.

source:  Tablet News

 

LG flaunts Pocket Photo, claiming smallest mobile printer

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In a segment that may be slowly dying, LG thinks there may still be room for more. Enter their latest in mobile photo printing devices, the Pocket Photo. LG is claiming their mobile printer is the smallest of its kind measuring just 2.8 x 4.7 x 0.9-inches. Photos from a compatible device are transferred to the Pocket Photo via NFC coupled with an Android app. Filters can be applied to the pictures through said Android app, however it’s unknown at this time just how robust the feature is. This micro-printer will be hitting Korean stores for $169 (USD), although there’s no word on a release outside of Korea.

source:  LG

 

 

Kindle Fire HD shows its guts in iFixit teardown

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Who doesn’t like a nice teardown every now and then? Our friends at iFixit just did one on the Kindle Fire HD and found it to be as easy to repair as the Nexus 7. Based on a scale of 1 to 10, iFixit gave it a 7. Other notables were that the rear case was easy to open, the design is simplistic with fewer components, and the LCD and front glass will need to be replaced together since they are fused together. Hopefully you will never have to do this yourself, but if you find yourself in need or maybe the geek in you is just curious, hit the source link to find out more.

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First iPhone 5 benchmark shows double the performance and faster than most Android devices

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Everybody has been waiting patiently for iPhone 5 benchmarks and it looks like we have our first one from Primate Labs’ GeekBench. Apple is touting the new A6 processor in the iPhone 5 to be twice as fast for general operations and graphics. In the latest score on GeekBench, it hit 1601, which is actually 2.5 times faster than the iPhone 4S (629) and about double that of the iPad 3 (766). The A6 is a dual-core that runs at 1.02GHz and the iPhone 5 sports 1GB of RAM as well.

How does it perform against Android devices? Well there were earlier reports stating that the iPhone 5 beat every Android device because the listed benchmarks showed all Android devices with scores lower than 1601. The best Android device was the Nexus 7 with a score of 1591 followed by the international quad-core Galaxy S III, which was 1560. Somehow things have changed as their main benchmarks page now has the international Galaxy S III with a score of 1628 and the Nexus 7 at 1604. In fact, it looks like they are updating their page every so often so things could change again.

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Samsung Announces The Galaxy S III Smartphone To Launch With Wait For It… Android 4.1 Loaded Out Of The Box

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The citizens of Singapore will now be able to have a device the rest of the world doesn’t for now– a Jelly Bean-powered Samsung Galaxy S III LTE smartphone. That’s right friends, Samsung is currently getting ready for the launch of the device by the end of September. Even more exciting is the fact this version of the smartphone will feature a quad-core Exynos processor instead of the dual-core Snapdragon S4 chip, while also featuring a whopping 2GB of RAM. Customers in Singapore can expect to pay around S$998 (US $801.86) for the newly launched device.

Oh and Samsung Singapore also took some time to make owners of the existing Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone happy too as it confirmed the existing smartphone will get the Jelly Bean update sometime in the near-future. Considering there are multiple leaks of the Jelly Bean build out there at this time, we suspect the update is due out for arrival soon— very soon.

source: CNet Asia
via: Android Central