We’ve been hearing a lot about the HTC One X+, which may or may not be delayed due to increasing the battery size. With fans already anticipated for the upcoming device, it looks like it could be a major contender for the infamous Galaxy Note II, set to release in the UK early October.
Luckily the folks over at GSMArena, have a leaked O2 Wireless brochure, flashing the One X+. The specs match up to what we’ve been reporting, which are… well… quite beastly:
- 1.7GHz quad-core processor
- Whopping 64GB of internal-storage
- 8 mega-pixel camera
- Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
- Beats Audio support
- And lastly, 25GB of Dropbox storage
HTC took the wraps off a new version of their HTC One X at the Chinese Telecommunications Fair. Going by the name HTC One XC, the phone will have a 4.7-inch 1280×720 pixel screen and 1GB of RAM. Images of the case suggest it will come in black with gold trim elements. Several sources are reporting this device will be powered by a quad-core Snapdragon S4 chip. It is unclear how accurate this may be as HTC’s page for the device on their Chinese site indicates the One XC has a dual-core processor. The bad news for most readers is that the device may never make it outside of the Chinese market. Hit the break for some additional images. Read more
Following the company’s Xperia acro S release, Sony has announced the impending US availability of its budget-level Xperia Tipo and Xperia Tipo Dual handsets. Currently available in Europe, the smartphones both sport an 800MHz single-core Snapdragon CPU, 512MB of RAM, a 3.2-inch HVGA (480×320) display and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The Xperia Tipo Dual, however, will feature two SIM slots, which isn’t something that usually makes its way to the United States. Customers will also get a rather disappointing 3-megapixel rear camera. Unfortunately, both units will only support 3G HSPA connectivity for use with AT&T.
The Xperia Tipo and Xperia Tipo Dual are now available to purchase from Sony’s official online store for $179.99 and $189.99, respectively. Color choices include serene black, classic silver, navy blue and deep red for the Xperia Tipo, and classic black and classic white for the Xperia Tipo Dual. For more information, you can catch the full press release past the break.
Last week the LG Venice was outed for Boost Mobile, and today they made it official. It’s essentially the LG Optimus L7 and the specs include:
- 4.3-inch (800 x 480) display
- 1GHz processor
- 5MP camera
- 720p video recording
- Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
It will be available starting October 10 at a no contract price of $219.99. If you’re not familiar with Boost Mobile, they offer a no contract Android Monthly Unlimited plan for $55 with Shrinking Payments. For every six on-time payments, your monthly cost will drop by $5.00. The lowest you can go is $40 per month, which would take 18 consecutive on-time payments. The plan includes unlimited nationwide talk, text and picture messaging.
Full press release after the break:
Foreign site Telekom Presse obtained some images and specifications for a pair of Samsung devices that are in the works. The devices are the Samsung Galaxy Music and the Samsung Galaxy Music DUOS. Contrary to the bigger is better trend, these devices will come with 3.0-inch screens, an A9 850 MHz processor and 4GB of internal memory that can be increased via the addition of 32GB microSD cards. The pair of phones will initially come loaded with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The DUOS version will be dual-sim capable. Definitely not a device for those interested in powerhouse devices and maybe not even for those interested in a device for typical smartphone duties.
However, the devices may be of interest to users who are into music. Each will come equipped with an FM radio receiver and antenna along with the ability to record FM broadcasts. Samsung has built in speakers at both ends of the device to improve sound quality and numerous music based applications will be preloaded.
It is not entirely clear what market Samsung hopes to tap into with these devices. They are similar to portable media players and thus will probably suffer from some of the issues other devices in that niche experience, although the addition of phone functionality may help. However, the hardware specs and small size seem to work against the devices for a smartphone buyer who may be wooed by the addition of nice music features.
No word on pricing or availability. Do you think pricing and availability will really matter with either of these devices?
We’re already familiar with Huawei’s Ascend P1, and the next logical step for Huawei is to offer that same experience in an LTE flavor. Huawei has officially announced the upcoming availability of the Ascend P1 LTE in the UK exclusively on the recently announced EE (everything everywhere) network. As a refresher, here are the specs of the LTE device:
- 2000mAh battery
- 1.5Ghz dual-core processor
- 1GB RAM
- 8MP camera
- 4.3-inch Super AMOLED qHD (540×960) display
- Corning Gorilla Glass2
Those aren’t bad specs at all, and of course EE and Huawei are promising “ultra-fast mobile communication” with this device. We’re anxious to see how these new devices will perform on the newly announced network. Hit the break for the full press release. Read more
Samsung just sent us a “save the date” for an event on October 24th in New York City. The invitation clearly shows the S Pen, so we fully expect this to be some sort of launch party for the U.S. release of the Galaxy Note II. The original Galaxy Note sold more units than most expected, and the Galaxy Note II is supposed to triple that success. We will be live at the event so if there’s anything major to report we will let you know.
Qualcomm is certainly on a tear recently isn’t it? After seeing its smooth new Snapdragon S4 Pro power not just one superphone, but a second superphone as well— it has now announced a few new offerings that will soon be available to the masses as well. The two new processors will be known as the MSM8225Q and MSM8625Q chips– while being touted as powerhouse chips for budget or entry-level devices. Each will feature support for LPDDR2 memory, which allows for improved features such as 720p display and 720p video encode and decode. In addition, both processors enable Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and FM connectivity using the Qualcomm Atheros AR6005 and WCN2243 chips. However, there’s a big difference with the MSM8625Q chip as it will feature Qualcomm’s integrated multimode UMTS/CDMA modem– meaning it’s a dead giveaway that it will operate on networks like Verizon, Sprint and MetroPCS. The MSM8225Q on the other hand will have an integrated UMTS modem only.
So all in all, it’s some solid news that Qualcomm is expanding its quad-core offerings to all, instead of the elite. Here’s hoping it these new chips don’t cut back on too much such as a reduction in the overall speed of the processor or a less-than-stellar GPU. Given Qualcomm’s track record however, we’ll just assume whatever features have been held back or are of lower quality won’t affect the overall performance of devices too much. Hit the break for the full presser.
After speculation already outed the device for Korean markets, LG has finally made the Optimus Vu II official. While initially little was known about the device, the Korean-based manufacturer has figuratively spilled the beans, and what spectacular beans they are.
The LG Optimus VU II will sport the same 5-inch display (4:3 aspect ratio) as its predecessor, though this time it will be accompanied by a physical home button near the bottom. Also new is a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 processor, 2GB of RAM and a beefed-up 2,150mAh battery. The square shaped device will run atop Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and will feature an 8-megapixel shooter on the rear, as well as a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera. The fun doesn’t stop there however, as LG has also included NFC, VoLTE connectivity and an IR blaster, complete with a dedicated QRemote app, which turns your device into a universal remote. The company is also touting its redesigned Rubberdium Pen 2.0, which offers a finer point for better precision.
Pricing is set at $865, with your color choice of either black, white or pink. Currently, there’s no word on availability outside of Korea, so it looks like we’ll have to sit tight for more details.
When Samsung revealed the original Galaxy Note last year, consumers were undecided as to whether or not it was a viable option for the everyday smartphone owner. And, while that question may still not be answered, we’ve witnessed the device’s success first-hand. Regardless, Samsung introduced its successor last month in Berlin at IFA 2012, and the device packs quite the punch. With a 5.5-inch display, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and a quad-core processor, the Galaxy Note II is destined to be a powerhouse.
At a company briefing today in Korea, J.K. Shin, head of the manufacturer’s mobile division, speculated that the Note II would sell three times faster than the original, considering the numerous additional carriers that will be offering the device this time around. In terms of raw numbers, Samsung’s new flagship is slated to go on sale in 128 markets, and be available on 260 different network operators. The original Galaxy Note was only available on AT&T in the US, with an extremely brief stint of availability on T-Mobile. The Galaxy Note II is set to arrive later this year on at least five major US carriers, including AT&T, Verizon, T-Mobile, Sprint an US Cellular.