Get into the Christmas spirit with the Velvet Red Galaxy Note 4, that is if you’re in South Korea

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Samsung has launched a beautiful Velvet Red Galaxy Note 4 in time for the Christmas season, but there is one big Debbie Downer to this story. It’s only available in South Korea, and more specifically, SK Telecom.

There are no signs that this one will make it’s way to other markets, but we can be hopeful right? How about a Verizon exclusive with a giant Verizon logo on the back and/or on the home button? Anyways, the phone appears to be identical to the original Note 4, which gets the octa-core Exynos since it’s the international version.

source: SamMobile

Qualcomm’s upcoming Snapdragon 810 chip will have Cat 9 LTE support

Qualcomm_Logo_01_TA_CES_2014We’re all very impatiently waiting on Qualcomm to release their Snapdragon 810 SoC early next year, but until then we’re just going to have to drool over what it’s going to bring to high-end Android phones in 2015. The latest improvement to their flagship chipset will come in the form of faster network access thanks to Qualcomm incorporating Cat 9 LTE support.

Supporting Cat 9 LTE means the chipset should be able to hit theoretical download speeds of about 450 Mbps, which is insanely fast. Much faster than your typical carrier’s network, unfortunately, but the potential is there. Qualcomm claims they’ve extensively tested the download speeds commercial network and equipment partners, and everything is working just as fast as Qualcomm claims. 
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Sprint and Verizon now rolling out Gear VR compatibility update for the Galaxy Note 4

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American customers of the Galaxy Note 4 were quite excited when Samsung and AT&T officially launched the Gear VR a couple of days ago. However, their excitement was very short lived as it was revealed that carrier branded units of the Galaxy Note 4 weren’t compatible with the Gear VR. Samsung’s support page mentioned that the Galaxy Note 4 needed a software update to bring support for the company’s head mounted wearable. Well that changes today with Sprint and Verizon officially sending out the update for the Galaxy Note 4, thus bringing official support for the Gear VR.
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You can buy the OnePlus One without an invite “while stock lasts”

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OnePlus has just kicked off its second no invite necessary promotion of the year and this time it’s entitled “The Gift of One”, and is targeted at residents in the United States who are eager to get their hands on the One, but haven’t yet had the good fortune to obtain an invitation. Starting today, the handset is available for anyone to order on the OnePlus website.


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HTC Power To Give app updated with fresh design and single sign-on

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Earlier this year, HTC started its Power To Give initiative to benefit research programs. The initiative is literally powered by mobile devices. The Power To Give app uses the computing power of a device while it is unused, plugged in, and connected to a WiFi network on behalf of the research programs. Basically, it creates a grid throughout the world full of processing. The app was updated recently and it provides Power To Give with a fresh design that is much nicer. The new look provides a clean look of research programs benefited and how much time a device has contributed. In addition to the redesign, HTC included single sign-on for multiple projects as well as a sharing function for social media accounts.

Hit the break for the gallery and download links.


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[Deal] HTC discounts all smartphone cases for today only

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Better get moving, folks! It is Tuesday and that means HTC is hosting another round of Hot Deals. Today, the company is discounting each and every smartphone case offered in its online store. That means you can add style or protection your One (M8), One (M7), One Mini, One Remix, Desire 816, and Desire 610 at a very low cost. For example, the Double Dip Case for the One (M7) costs just $1. The Flip and Dip cases for the One (M8) have 75% taken off of. All other cases are available with 50% discounts.

The promotion ends tonight at 12:00AM ET / 9:00PM PT.

Source: HTC