When we first heard about the Samsung Fonblet, it was rumored to have a 5.8-inch display. Then last week, a 6.3-inch version showed up in Samsung’s Global Download Center. Word is they aren’t going with the “Fonblet” name, and instead going with “Galaxy Mega.” It also appears that there will indeed be two devices. The smaller 5.8-inch version has a model number of GT-i9152, and the larger 6.3-inch version will be GT-i9200. Expect the 5.8-inch version to only be offered in white and to be available by the end of May. The 6.3-inch should be available by the middle of June and will be offered in both white and black.
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T-Mobile recently updated their sign-up page for the HTC One. They have announced a special offer for online orders of the HTC One, a free official Car Kit. The offer comes as an addition to their “$100 Prepaid Visa Card or the trade-in value of your old handset – whichever’s greater” offer announced the beginning of February.
T-Mobile has gone to great lengths to ensure they maximize the number of qualified buyers, which is great for those of you out their waiting in the wings for the official release. To qualify, buyers need only pre-register for information on the site by Apr 04, purchase the One by Apr 26 (which supports a possible early April pre-sale launch date), and trade-in their current, working smartphone by May 31.
TuneIn Radio, a popular radio and music streaming app, has been updated to make discovering new music easier. Called “TuneIn Live”, the update presents consumers with a new tab on the homepage of the app. Upon tapping the live tab, album art in the form of tiles appears that represents the music playing on each respective station. By default, the live feeds will display stations from the country, hip hop, jazz, news, rock and sport genres, but allows for user customization beyond these. This UI leaves behind confusion and brings forth an intuitive new design that allows users a better experience of discovering new music. The update comes for both the free and pro versions of TuneIn Radio and is available after the break.
AT&T has announced that the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 will be available on their 4G LTE network beginning on April 5th, 2013. Customers can choose plans for the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 starting as low as $10 per month on AT&T’s Mobile Share plan. According to AT&T, “with Mobile Share, new and existing customers can share a single bucket of data across smartphones, tablets, and other compatible devices.”
RSS reader Feedly has been on a roll ever since Google announced it was shutting down Google Reader, and the alternative reader has rolled out a new mobile app. In this new version, users will benefit from a new search and discovery engine, visual tweaks for easier reading, and better sharing. The new search engine taps into over 50 million feeds and Feedly claims “No other news reader comes even close to offering this breadth of choice.” Using smart topic completion, it automatically updates your search with feeds that are relevant to what you’re looking for.
If you’ve been holding out and waiting for preorder information on the HTC One, we’ve finally got some news for you. There’s no official release date, but if you’re on AT&T, you will supposedly be able to preorder the 32 GB variant of the HTC One in a retail store on April 5th, or online on the 4th. Pricing is $249 for the 32 GB base model, which is a bit higher than what we’re used to, but you do get a big chunk of storage. The 64 GB model is rumored to be $299, but those models won’t be available in time for preorders.
The 5th is just a few days away, so I think we can expect some official news from the carriers pretty soon. Hopefully we’ll get a release date out of them, too.
Reports surfaced over the weekend that Chinese phone maker Ding Xuan may be preparing a smartphone that will boast one of the largest batteries available in the market. Equipped with a 5000mAh battery, the device is expected to have a 4.5-inch display and run Android. Such a large battery may help the phone get through a whole day of use even with the screen brightness set to the highest level. It does not appear the monster battery is going to add much to the size of the device either. Images show what appears to be a slim body for the smartphone which is described as a “classy ‘business phone’ design.”
Last week we talked about Sony working on smartphones with Cyber-shot quality cameras and according to a new report, the One Sony line will start with a 20 megapixel Cyber-shot camera. Codenamed Honami, the flagship smartphone is rumored to have a 2.3GHz Snapdragon 800 quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, 5-inch full HD display, and either a 2700 or 3000 mAh battery. According to the source, it’s not fully decided upon yet, although design could be finalized by the end of April. Sony’s One line is part of the electronic giant’s initiative to better differentiate itself from the competition. Like Samsung with the Galaxy S line of devices, Sony hopes to leverage that winning concept.
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If you’ve been looking to upgrade your Verizon phone but don’t need the latest and greatest, or you just want something on the cheaper side, Verizon has something in store that you’ll definitely like. The follow up to last year’s LG Lucid is slated to hit stores on April 4th, and will have the exciting name of the LG Lucid 2. It’s essentially LG’s Optimus F5 with Verizon branding, but it’s a more than capable mid-range phone, so nothing wrong there.
It sports a dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, a 4.3 inch 540 x 960 display, and comes in weighing just 4.5 ounces. Plus, it has a 2460 mAH battery compared to the original Lucid’s 1700 mAH, and that’s always a nice addition. There’s also a inductive charging backplate being featured with the device.
All in all, the Lucid 2 is a very solid mid-range phone, and with a wallet-friendly $1 price tag (on a 2-year agreement, of course) it’s bound to sell fairly well. Anyone planning on picking one of these up?