The Samsung Galaxy S III will be available on all major networks in the UK, but if you’re a T-Mobile UK customer and favor the Full Monty plan, you’re in luck. The GSIII will be priced at £49.99 (up front) with a monthly charge of £36 for 24 months. If you’re not familiar with the Full Monty plan, it offers unlimited data, texts, and mobile to mobile calls (same TMo network). You also get 2,000 minutes for other network calls. Unfortunately they didn’t offer up any other plans, but hopefully they will do so for those that don’t need all the bells and whistles.
source: T-Mobile UK
On the coattails of the yet to be released worldwide ASUS Padfone, comes the Padfone 2 (4G). Yes, although the original Padfone hasn’t released, possibly due to a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 shortage, somehow we can still get a look at the future and see what ASUS has planned for an encore. The ASUS Padfone 2 is somewhere around the corner. This Padfone is a one-of-a-kind with it’s device-ception (Get it? A device with-in a device with-in a device). I will now apologize for the Inception movie reference. Hit the break for more on this and a couple leaked slided for your enjoyment.
Samsung has just released press photos of their official Samsung Galaxy S III accessories. Included are the C-Pen, Wi-Fi Display Hub, Flip Cover, and battery charger and stand.
Hit the break for details and high res press photos.
Still suffering from slow, intermittent WiFi on your AT&T HTC One X? Well you can hold fire on trading it in for a Galaxy S III as HTC has released a statement promising a timely update to remedy the issue. Better yet, the guys over at BriefMobile managed to get their hands on it early and have uploaded it so the rest of us can get in on the action.
Check out the official statement from HTC after the break and then click the source link to make your WiFi woes disappear!
“In regards to the wifi issue your running into, this is currently an issue that has been brought to our attention and we are actively working on a fix for this. We don’t have an ETA on the release of the fix yet, but we do have a work around in the meanwhile of toggling the wifi connection on the phone for a few seconds then toggling it back on. This will reset the connection from the phone to the Wifi, make it grab a new address and it should work for a while.”
A few weeks ago, Samsung released the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0, which of course is a 7-inch Android tablet. Today marks the release of the 10.1-inch version of that same tablet. Other than the display size, resolution, and storage capacity, the only other difference is the placement of the speakers. This tab gets them in the front to the left and right of the display along the bezel, which will obviously give a better sound experience.
The full specs include a 10.1-inch (1280 x 800) display, a 1 GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 3MP rear camera, VGA front camera, 16 GB of internal storage, microSD for up to an additional 32GB of storage, Bluetooth 3.0, WiFi, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, and the latest edition of TouchWiz.
It’s priced at $399, and is available now at most major retailers. I thought the Galaxy Tab 7.0 was a great value at $249, but will this one be the same? There’s already major competition with the ASUS Transformer Pad TF300. Not only does it have the NVIDIA Tegra 3 quad-core chip, but it’s also $20 cheaper. I will do a full review, but for now hit the break for the initial hands on review.
For a device not being available quite yet, the ASUS Padfone has gotten quite a bit of buzz lately. We recently watched as it received it’s first publicly aired unboxing video, then we were shown some real-life battery test results. To continue with the hype, ASUS just released an official demo video of the phone-tablet-dock combo in action, and it’s a video you really don’t want to miss. Not only does the demo touch base on a few features we already know about, ASUS also introduces a really slick accessory I have yet to see. Just as a recap, Padfone features include:
- 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor
- Ice Cream Sandwich
- 4.3″ Super AMOLED qHD phone display
- 10.1-inch tablet display (details yet to be confirmed)
- 8MP rear camera featuring a 5-element f/2.2 lens
- Total of up to 14,000mAh battery with phone, tablet, and dock
- Stylus/Headset accessory
Wait, what was that last one? Yeah, a stylus/headset accessory! I am sure you can use your imagination on this one but what’s cooler that a stylus that doubles as a headset? After all, you do need some way to answer phone calls when your phone is stuck inside your tablet! Up until now I have always wondered how that issue would be addressed and according to the demo video ASUS has these things all figured out. Now if they could just get the whole U.S. release thing figured out.
Jump past the break to see this awesome piece of tech in action, but don’t mind the second half of the video. It seems that ASUS can put together some awesome hardware but could use a little help in the marketing division. After you watch the video be sure to leave us a comment on what you think about the new accessory.
Verizon’s Samsung Galaxy S III is thought to be model number SCH-I535, which we saw in a user agent string earlier. Well now, a NenaMark benchmark has appeared for the SCH-I535, and by the looks of it, it’s definitely not the quad-core Exynos processor. The benchmark shows an Adreno 225 GPU and a 1.5GHz CPU, which points to Qualcomm’s dual-core LTE-capable Snapdragon S4.
The device also runs Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich, sports a 720p HD display, and is slated for Verizon. No news on a release date, but Samsung has mentioned it could come as early as June.
Huawei teased us with its high-end Ascend D Quad a few days ago at CTIA, but it still has its feet firmly planted on entry-level soil. The Huawei Ascend Y200, also shown at CTIA, is an example of a phone that’s perfect for teenagers, smartphone first-timers, or anyone on a budget. The “Y” stands for “Youth”, which is how Huawei is positioning devices with slower processors, smaller screens, and lower camera specs. The Y200 sports the following specs:
- Single-core 1GHz processor
- 3.5-inch 320 x 480 resolution display
- 3.2 megapixel camera
- 1,400 mAh battery
- Android 2.3 Gingerbread
While the HTC One X has been a hit with consumers and tech enthusiasts alike there has been one thorn in the paw of this lion of a phone. That’s the fact that AT&T has the device’s bootloader locked. This potential slap in the face to HTC’s unlocked bootloader policy has caused an uproar and enough of one that HTC made an official statement the other day. Some of the worry has transferred over to the HTC EVO 4G LTE offered by Sprint. Well folks you have little to worry about as it appears that HTC’s bootloader unlock tool supports the unlocking of this device. This is a potentially good sign for those who want to root their device.
While HTC does allow the unlocking of the EVO 4G LTE, it does not in fact grant S-Off. This means that you can’t flash a ROM, kernel, etc. in recovery but have to use a PC work around to do such things. Sorry folks. You will still have to wait to do those things, but it’s good news as its a step closer into that direction. So while you may not be able to flash one of the CM 9 nightlies easily just yet, chances are sometime soon you will be able to. If you’re interested in reading more on this device you can check out our initial hands on review right here. Enjoy!
The 3rd generation of the EVO will arrive on Sprint on May 18th for $199. Original EVO owners have been waiting for a reason to finally upgrade after last year’s flop, the EVO 3D. The EVO 4G LTE is a variant of the HTC One X, which is the best Android phone available now. Sprint worked with HTC to give this phone a more “EVO” look, which seems to be a love or hate it feeling with original EVO owners. The wanted to give customers a micro SD slot (not on the global version) for expanded storage, and with that came a shiny slide-out cover on the top back that just doesn’t look right because the bottom half is anodized aluminum. For whatever reason HTC didn’t feel they could go with the anodized aluminum on the top cover. I’m no phone designer, but did it have to be so shiny? This is my only complaint, but if I’m a Sprint customer, I can look past it because this is the best phone, and the next one down isn’t in the same “zip code.”
Other differences from the global HTC is a bigger battery at 2000 mAh, a dedicated camera shutter button, LTE compatibility, HD Voice, and the EVO signature kickstand that fits beautifully in its place. The final difference from the global version is the processor. Like the AT&T version of the One X, the EVO 4G LTE gets the Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor clocked at 1.5 GHz. Again this is for LTE compatibility since the NVIDIA Tegra 3 isn’t compatible.