It looks as if Sprint has yet another ZTE device on the way— this time an Ice Cream Sandwich-powered device called the Force. This mid-ranger features a 1.5GHz dual-core chip + 1GB of RAM, 4 gigs of on-board ROM and a decent 1,730mAh battery. The real kicker about this device is that it will feature a full 4G LTE chip built-in. All of these goodies seem to bode well for customers looking for a new device soon, as the Force is set to arrive in stores on March 1st for a mere $50.
Remember when we showed you the Optimus F5 and F7 leaks? Well, it didn’t take long for LG to officially confirm the pair of devices. They still have differing button layouts, which is definitely an oddity, but the specs should hopefully make up for that. The F5 on the right packs a 4.3 inch qHD screen, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 5MP camera and 2,150mAh battery. The bigger device, the F7, has an HD screen, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 2GB of RAM, an 8MP camera and 2,540mAh battery.
They both come with LTE connectivity out of the box, as well as Android 4.1.2 with LG’s custom overlay. And in case you were wondering about colors, both devices will be offered in white and black. It’s no flagship device, but if you’re planning on picking up a solid, powerful device without breaking the bank, either of these will more than suit your needs. We’ll be sure to keep you updated on pricing and availability. Hit the break for the full press release.
We’ve seen some pretty exciting new phone announcements lately, but none of them are running NVIDIA’s new Tegra 4 chip. ZTE is looking to be the first to market with a line of “super phones” powered by the powerhouse quad-core Tegra 4. They plan on debuting the phones in the first half of 2013 in China, and thanks to the new i500 LTE chip, they’ll sport global LTE voice and data. Cool, right? ZTE has always had a knack for making affordable, but powerful phones, so hopefully this new lineup will have some success. Fingers crossed we see it in some other markets, too. Hit the break below to check out the press release.
Kyocera and Virgin Mobile have paired up once again to bring another low-cost pre-paid device. The Event can be had for a low $79 with no contract. When paired with Virgin’s $35 300 minute and unlimited data plan it can be a viable choice for new users looking for a decent device without having to pay a huge retail price. The Event brings a modest set of specs to the table which include a 3.5-inch HVGA (320×480) display, a 1 GHz processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich), 512 Mb of RAM (Micro-SD card expandable), and a 3.2-Megapixel camera. There seems to be little presence of an OEM skin which is nice. Although the specs are far from blowing anyone away, it could be one of Virgin’s top sellers based on price. You can read the full press release after the break.
Online retailer Expansys has officially made the newly announced HTC One available for pre-order through their website. Expansys is offering unlocked HTC One models with 32 GB or 64 GB of storage along with either black or silver colors for £520. Of course that is a pretty hefty cost for a device, but if you’re dying to be one of the first to get your hands on HTC’s new stunning flagship device, click the source to head on over to Expansys website where you can pre-order your device today.
Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 1.0 is nothing to sneeze at when it comes to better power management and faster charge times with Snapdragon-based devices, but Quick Charge 2.0 is looking to blow the original way out the water. The newest iteration of the revolutionary charging and power management system that is offered as a standalone IC solution or as part of the PMIC power management integrated circuit of Snapdragon 800 processor. According to Qualcomm, the new Quick Charge 2.0 technology can charge enabled devices up to 75% faster than non-Quick Charge-enabled devices. All that’s needed is a Quick Charge 2.0-compatible device and a standard micro-USB AC/DC wall chargers— unfortunately we won’t see both until sometime in 2014 (sigh).
Still, you can’t help but gush and look forward to yet another piece of innovative technology. If you’re reading this Qualcomm, don’t make us wait too long before we can actually see this in action. Pretty please?
So you’re feeling a little blue because you missed out on the HTC One smartphone announcement yesterday? Well cheer up as the Taiwanese manufacturer has made its entire London announcement available for your viewing pleasure on YouTube. Once there, you’ll be able to see Peter Chou and Co. offering HTC’s perspective of what the device is and what it means to the brand and of course, consumers. Of course you won’t be able to get all up and close with the device in the video feed, but at least you have our own hands-on to give you a better idea of how the sexy smartphone looks up close.
You can check out the full announcement once you hit past the break.
T-Mobile has launched their new GoSmart Mobile prepaid wireless service brand this month according to a press release they issued as we previously reported. Plans start at only $30 per month for unlimited voice and text or add $5 more per month for 2G web service. An unlimited voice, text, and 3G data plan is available for $45 per month. GoSmart is hoping to tap into customers who may be happy with their device but are looking for something prepaid by offering a Mobile SIM kit that will work with any compatible GSM phone. They also offer GoSmart branded devices, with two options available for under $100.
If you are interested in GoSmart Mobile, head over to their web site at www.GoSmartMobile.com to place an order. GoSmart Mobile indicates they will be available at dealer stores nationwide. Check out the full press release after the break for more details.
You may not be able to get your hands on a Sony Xperia Z quite yet as it is just starting to trickle out to some international markets, but when you do, instructions are already available for those who want to root their new device before doing anything else. Gaining root access has been accomplished by XDA forum member DoomLoRD using a modified root file he had for a Google Nexus 4. After some modifications, and with the assistance of some other developers, the new file for the Xperia Z is ready. If you hit the source link for access to the necessary files and instructions, you might note that DoomLoRD achieved this remotely as he does not yet have the device himself.
If you do get an Xperia Z and want to go down the root path, keep in mind you are taking some risks in unlocking the bootloader and flashing a new kernel on your device.
Yesterday we posted a teaser video for LG’s big presser at Mobile World Congress. The F series was one of those teased as “Freedom” phones, but we already have the leaked press shot of both the F5 (right) and F7 (left). We don’t have any specs to go on, but one thing that I find odd is the different layout for buttons on both phones. Since both of these are within the same series (in this case F), it surprises me that there would be differences like that. It’s one thing to have different processors or display sizes, but button layouts? Odd indeed, but this is LG we’re talking about, so nothing surprises me. I guess we will find out more on February 25th, in Barcelona so stay tuned.
There was no mention of a Red HTC One at today’s event, but for whatever reason the HTC site showed it as an option, and the image above was taken from their site. We reached out to HTC PR and we’re being told it was a mistake and it has been removed. This doesn’t mean a red version won’t pop up at some point, it just won’t be at launch. I find it crazy that someone would put a red version of the phone on the site if it didn’t exist. So I think it’s something to look forward to, but if you plan on picking up a One phone at the starting gate, your choices will only be silver or black. Maybe we will see it in the summer as an AT&T exclusive.
If you loved what you saw in our hands on with the HTC One, the UK site Clove is ready to take your money. Pre-orders for the 32GB One are available for both colors, Glacial Silver and Stealth Black. The phone will set you back £425 (about $658 USD) + VAT. Clove expects to receive the unlocked and SIM-free handsets March 15. If you’re thinking what I’m thinking, shipping to the US is £ 16 ($25 USD).
All the speculation and rumors can now stop as HTC officially unveiled the new One smartphone in both New York City and London this morning. I can say that it’s one of the best phones ever made with it’s metal construction. It features a 4.7-inch 1080p LCD 3 display at 468ppi, a 1.7GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, 2GB of RAM, 32GB/64GB of storage, 4 UltraPixel camera, and so much more. The biggest part of the announcement was concentrated on the new Sense 5 (on top of Android 4.1), which includes BlinkFeed, Sense Voice, Sense TV, BoomSound, UltraPixels, and Zoe. Just what do these things do? Check out our full hands on video from the New York show highlighting the hardware and the cool new features of Sense 5. HTC is calling this the greatest phone ever made. What do you guys think? Hit the break to check it out.
Earlier today, HTC officially announced their newest flagship phone, the HTC One. The smartphone features a quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor, 2 GB of RAM, Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean and a new Sense 5 UI. Now, HTC is offering a $100 cash back incentive for those looking to upgrade their smartphones to the One. If the trade in value of your old smartphone is greater, they will send you the money for the phone. You must head over to HTC’s website and enter an e-mail address to pre-register for the incentive, then purchase a HTC One when it becomes available. After that, HTC is asking that you send in your old smartphone that you’ll be trading in and proof that you’ve purchased the HTC One. It’s that simple. If you’re in the market to upgrade to HTC’s tantalizing new HTC One, head on over to the source and register for your incentive now.
A new trailer from LG has surfaced giving hints to the next lineup of their smartphones. LG has used the letters “L” which (possibly) stands for style, “G” which stands for greatness, “V” which stands for view and “F” which stands for freedom. The trailer also pays special attention to tags which could mean the inclusion of NFC in the devices which would make use of the NFC tag stickers we’ve never seen before. Stay tuned for LG to make their announcement at MWC and find out exactly what each of these letters mean and in the meantime, check out the trailer below.