Have an old OG DROID or first generation phone and looking for any excuse to upgrade to a new phone? Verizon is giving you the most compelling reason yet to come on down to Big Red Country. They have having a major sale in which the Motorola DROID X2 and DROID 3, Sammy DROID Charge and the HTC Incredible 2 smartphones can be found for a measley $10 each on contract from now until Monday, March 12th. Oh and Verizon is also offering the HTC Rhyme in its own St. Patty’s Day sale where the phone will be available for gratis on contract.
Naturally, this could be Verizon just pushing these “old” devices into the sunset. Regardless– this is a great deal and I’m sure plenty of folks will jump on the chance to some solid phones for those crazy prices.
As more and more Tegra 3-based devices become the norm, we will see more and more devices being launched. Chinese manufacturer Tianyu is no exception to this and has launched its K-Touch Treasure V8. Among the confirmed features in the device are the Tegra 3 processor, 4.3-inch screen and Ice Cream Sandwich. Rumor also has it that this mysterious device will feature an 8MP camera and will run on China’s Unicom WCDMA network as well. Further details are scarce at the moment, but hopefully more information will come out on this device which will likely be found within China only.
The recently announced Xperia P and Xperia U handsets will be arriving in the hands of those in the U.K. late this April. Clove Technologies has secured the two models as well as the Xperia S, allowing them to offer the entire NXT range from Sony.
The handsets are slated for an April 23rd release, SIM free. The Xperia P will be available for £378 ($608) and the Xperia U will be a little less at £238.80 ($381). The only color available at them moment is black, however other colors are planned for release in the future.
With so many exciting new Android devices surfacing at the Mobile World Congress in Barcelona this week, the chances are we’ve all got our eye on our next new toy. Android enthusiasts worldwide will undoubtedly be eager to find out when they can finally get their hands on their newly desired devices. For those of you looking to get a hold of LG’s Optimus 4X HD, UK retailer Clove has got you covered.
Clove added a post to its Blog this morning announcing that it will be stocking LG’s new flagship device from June this year. You can pre-order the device from £456 ($726) starting from today! Just in case you missed LG’s announcement at MWC, here are some highlights:
1.5GHz quad-core processor
Android 4.0 ICS
4.7″ (1280 x 720) True HD IPS display
16GB internal storage
8MP read camera and 1.3MP front camera
2150 mAh battery
Will the 4X HD be the device that finally announces LG’s arrival as a serious player at the high end of the Android market? Will you be considering LG’s flagship device alongside Samsung’s Galaxy S III and HTC’s One X? Let us know your thoughts in the comments below.
Samsung is dominating smartphone sales, it’s not doing as well in the tablet market. While participating at a discussion at MWC, Product Strategy Executive Hankil Yoon offered a blunt and straightforward summary of Sammy’s products in the tablet market:
“Honestly, we’re not doing very well in the tablet market.”
We don’t have the numbers to verify Yoon’s comments, but there are a few reasons why he would make that statement. Perhaps it may be the industry-leading iPad or the lackluster, yet popular Kindle Fire which has found the way into consumers’ hearts and wallets. Whatever the reason may be, Samsung just has not been able to distinguish its tablets from Apple and Amazon’s offerings, despite having several Galaxy Tab models.
Despite Yoon’s comments, there’s reason for optimism for Samsung’s future direction. For starters, it has the intriguing Galaxy Note, which can be considered the most popular “phablet” to date. 10 million Galaxy Note units are expected to ship and Yoon believes the S-Pen (Stylus pen) “allows users to more easily create content, rather than consume it.” In addition, there is the newly introduced Galaxy Note 10.1 which brings you a bigger tablet, but with an S-Pen. This is something that much of the competition cannot claim at this time. Yoon sums it up best:
“Samsung wanted to do something different in the category… Even if the design is similar, how you use the Note is totally different.”
Expect Samsung to make a continued push into the tablet market by continuing to introduce unique and innovative features.
US Cellular just announced an attractive incentive in order to draw more customers to its mobile service. The mobile carrier is set to offer a welcome $100 activation credit toward any Android device when you sign up for a plan— meaning you may have yet another reason to splurge on that upcoming Sammy Galaxy S II phone. Unfortunately, this offer is for a limited time, so you’ll have to jump on it ASAP if you want to take advantage. In addition, it will waive any of those pesky activation fees. The offer is web-only, but at least you’ll get to have free shipping on any Android purchase you make. Oh and US Cellular may also offer you up to a $150 additional credit if you leave your current mobile provider for its services. Sounds like a nice deal indeed. If you’re interested on over to US Cellular’s website today before it’s too late!
The latest superstar that’s taking Barcelona by storm is the HTC One X with its 4.7-inch screen, ICS, and 720p resolution. This LTE-enabled, Beats Audio-packing device will be coming to AT&T, but no release date has been announced yet.
The folks over at androidlife have attained information that Best Buy will begin taking pre-orders for the AT&T-bound phone today. Since the price has not yet been announced, it is possible Best Buy will just take a deposit as low as $50 as a pre-order.
Check out the Best Buy screenshot after the break.
If you’ve been a ‘loyal’ Verizon customer for a while now and you are ready for an upgrade, you may want to pay attention and check you inbox regularly. According to some loyal customers, they have received an email containing details on how to get a free phone. Usually when you get a free phone it’s nothing to write home about, but this time for some reason Verizon is feeling generous. The three free phones being offered are the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, the Motorola Droid Razr and the Samsung Stratosphere. Not a bad selection. In order to snag one of these devices you are obviously going to have to sign a two-year contract, but that should’t deter you from getting a new Galaxy Nexus. If you have been with Big Red for a while, I’d start looking for the email. Has anyone already received one?
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.