Orange Announces Intel-Powered Android Smartphone, Codename: Santa Clara

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Well it looks like Europe will be the first country to get their hands on a Medfield-powered device as Orange just officially announced Intel’s Santa Clara (likely a codename). If you’ve seen any of our previous write-ups, you would most likely notice that the Santa Clara looks strikingly similar to the Medfield reference model as we have seen it before, both in specs and hardware design. The Santa Clara comes equipped with Intel’s Atom Z2460 processor, a 4-inch 600 x 1024 display, an 8MP rear camera, NFC capabilities and remains just under 10mm thick. The device currently runs Android Gingerbread but Orange plans on a timely ICS update shortly after the device’s launch. Not only should the Atom Z2460 processor provide plenty of umph to power the device, Orange’s HSPA bands can also provide browsing speeds of of 21.1Mbps down and 5.6Mbps up. » Read the rest

Hands on with the Samsung Galaxy Beam from Mobile World Congress [Video]

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Earlier today Samsung announced the Galaxy Beam, a smartphone with a 15 lumens projector that can project videos and pictures on any surface up to 50 inches in size. We’ve already seen some really cool stuff at this year’s Mobile World Congress, but this might be the coolest so far.

On the downside, because of the projector it comes in at a whopping 12.5mm thick and it has Android 2.3 Gingerbread out of the box. Checkout Samsung’s first hands-on video and let us know what you think. Are you looking forward to a projector on your next smartphone?

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HTC Media Link Allows Seamless Wireless Mirroring To Your Big Screen (Video)

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For those of you who have been highly coveting Apple’s Airplay, covet no more.  HTC intro’d their new counter technology, HTC Media Link.  Media link allows you, via a small black box, to seamlessly mirror content from your HTC smartphone wire free.  The box allows you to stream photos, videos, music and more.  To activate the technology all you have to do is perform a three finger swipe up on your smart phone and likewise to disconnect the service.  In addition, while certain content is going on the big screen, the service allows you to still navigate and perform other functions on the device without interrupting what’s on the big screen. Want to stream Netflix, Hulu or HBO Go?  Well, you’re all set my friend.  So, what’s the difference from this technology and what HTC offered previously for mirroring?  The company has stated with streaming on previous devices they used “DLNA” technology while the new application uses “proprietary wireless connectivity”.  Stay tuned while we muster up price and availability for the service and don’t forget to let us know what you think in the comments below.  Check out the video courtesy of Cnet below.

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Official Promo Videos Released for HTC One Series Devices

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Today has been a big day at MWC for HTC. Fresh off the official announcement coupled with the announcements by AT&T, T-Mobile, and Clove UK, HTC has decided to release some promo videos to show off their fancy new One family. These beast of devices that are part sexy mixed with part high-end technology and are looking to set the tone for what to expect this year for Android as apart of HTC’s Hero Strategy. So without further hesitation, check out these official promo videos for the HTC One X, One S, and One V. If these don’t whet your appetite, or get you excited, then I don’t know what will. Enjoy! » Read the rest

LG Wants To Manufacture The Next Google Nexus Device, Ramchan Woo Says “We’re working on it.”

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It looks like LG wants in when it comes to being the next manufacturer to be considered to deliver Google’s subsequent iteration in the Nexus lineup.  LG’s Ramchan Woo offered up to CNET the following:

“We’re heavily in discussions”  and “We’re working on it.”

Could LG be the next runner up?  After all, this is a heavily coveted position that any hardware manufacturer would love to be in.  They’ll be one of the first to get access to Google’s latest OS version and can easily trump the competition until a second device finally hits the market.  I think it would be a nice change of pace to see the Nexus branding on something other than a Samsung device.  And lets face it, LG could use this, as they haven’t really been able to stay in the smartphone spotlight for too long.  Their devices tend to impress on paper but once it’s actually in the hand, it’s an entirely different story.  We’ll see how their new “L” series devices pan out as well as the new Vu, but I still have my reservations as to whether or not the company can pull this off.  There’s no word yet on whether the company would run the new Jelly Bean OS or some other OS in the near future.  However, one thing has been made clear so far by Woo, there has been no commitment yet.  Stay tuned as we dig a little deeper and keep a close eye on Google and LG for a final decision on the matter.

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AT&T Announces It Will Carry The HTC One X Smartphone

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We just saw HTC announce the One X smartphone, but we were waiting to see which carrier would carry the device out here in the States. Well now it’s official gang— the HTC One X is on its way Stateside thanks to AT&T. AT&T has not only announced it will bring the 4G LTE device to the U.S., but it will be its first Android 4.0 and Beats Audio smartphone. Among the noteworthy features we can look forward to is a 4.7-inch screen with 720p HD display and Gorilla Glass, a snappy dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor, an 8MP camera and the brand-spankin’-new Sense 4.0 UI slapped on top of ICS. Because this phone is HTC’s latest cutting-edge device, it has also introduced new camera software called ImageSense, which is a suite of camera and imaging features with improvements to every part of the camera. Also of note is the Video Pic function— which allows users to capture pictures while recording video in HD and has the ability to capture a still image from previously recorded video.

AT&T has not yet given word on pricing or when we can expect to see the cutting edge device Stateside. We’d bet that AT&T will provide full details sooner than later and see the phone arrive in stores faster than we think. Hit the break for the full presser from Ma Bell.

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Hands on with the ViewSonic ViewPhone 4s and ViewPhone 4e from Mobile World Congress [Video]

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We recently brought you news of ViewSonic’s dual-SIM, ICS-packing ViewPhone 4s and 4e phones, and now a hands-on video by TheGadgetprince has surfaced to give us a better view of these devices direct from Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Check it out after the break.

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LG Formally Announces Newest Additions To Optimus Line: L3, L5 And L7 Smartphones

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We just heard about LG’s announcement of the “L-trio” recently, but now that MWC is here, it’s time to see more details of the three newest additions to the Optimus line: the Optimus L3, Optimus L5 and Optimus L7. Let’s start with the Optimus L3. It’s an entry-level smartphone featuring a 3.2-inch screen, 800MHz processor, 3MP camera, 1500mAh battery and Gingerbread 2.3. The next in line is the Optimus L5. It’s a mid-level phone featuring a 4-inch screen with a “floating mass display”, 5MP camera, NFC capabilities and oh— Android 4.0 pre-installed. The final part of the trio is the crown jewel: the Optimus L7. This is a premium phone featuring a 1GHz processor, 4.3-inch screen with a “floating mass display”, 5MP camera with LED flash and Android 4.0 as well.

The trio are expected to go on sale in Europe at some point during the first half of 2012, but no word on if/when it will be released here in the States. There’s also no word on the pricing as well, but considering the specs aren’t exactly breathtaking, we’d expect each device to be reasonably priced so it doesn’t hurt your wallet and pocketbooks too much.

 

 

 

Sony Mobile Communications demos the Xperia U and Xperia P [Video]

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Moments ago we told you all about the Sony Xperia U and Xperia P. These 2 devices are the latest additions to the Xperia NXT series (next generation smartphones from Sony). While the Xperia S is already shipping, we can expect to see the Xperia U and Xperia P sometime in the 2nd quarter of this year. Check out the videos below to get a closer look at these gorgeous phones.

Xperia P

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Huawei unveils the Ascend D quad XL along with the Ascend D1

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Earlier we told you about the specs of the Huawei Ascend D quad and showed you an incredible promo video, but we also need to tell you more about the Ascend D quad XL and Ascend D1, which finishes off the Diamond series line.

The Ascend D quad XL. The XL version sill come with a 2500mAh battery which will provide up to two or three days of normal usage. It will also get a little faster processor as it’s clocked at 1.5 GHz, but still quad-core. The only other change is that it will obviously be a little thicker, coming in at 10.9mm thick as opposed to the Ascend D quad’s 8.9mm body.

The Ascend D1 will have a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor and a 1670mAh battery.

The Ascend D quad XL will be available around the same time as the Ascend D quad which is quarter 2 for China, Australia, Europe, Asia-Pacific, North and South America, and the Middle East. The Ascend D1 will be available in the above markets from April 2012.

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