LG LS970 Peeks Its Head Again, This Time Brings “Eclipse” Name & Confirms Quad-Core Krait CPU

There is a new development in the LG LS970 saga. When we last heard about the device, it was rumored to feature an LTE chip inside and be Sprint-bound. We now have some additional details highlighting the juicy specs of the device. We knew the device would likely feature a quad-core processor— but it’s not a TI-based chip as we previously thought. Instead the superphone will feature a APQ8064 chipset… a Snapdragon S4 Krait processor in other words. That’s not all either… the chipset will be coupled with the Adreno 320 GPU, which is slated to bring bleeding edge performance. To wrap this impressive package up, the device will include 2GB of RAM (!!!), a 4.67-inch WXGA display and a 13MP camera with 1.3MP ffc squeezed into a device which will only be 8.6mm thick. The rear of the device is has design which seems to favor the Motorola RAZR (though there’s an unsightly hump over the camera). One thing to note is the leaked shot of the phone seems to have an obvious hole, which may possibly be meant to test the device’s radio such as the LTE modem or its GPS.

While the device is still identified as “G” internally, there is word that the device may end up being known as the “Eclipse 4G LTE” smartphone and will be released around the 4th quarter of this year. Well folks, it looks like we’re about to usher in the new era of the superphone. I just hope you all are ready…

source: Brief Mobile

Check Out Asus PadFone’s Real World Battery Life

 

Back at MWC this year Asus debuted its PadFone tablet/phone combination with much fanfare. In April pre-orders were available in Taiwan with hopes that the U.S. would soon be able to do the same. Well sadly as is with most technologies the device was delayed with the S4 processor shortage being the possible culprit as to why. Well in a “leaked” video on Asus’ YouTube that has now been taken down Asus went as far as to boast about the PadFone’s battery life. According to the video the phone itself will see 16 hours of use where the the tablet mode and laptop modes should see 63 and 102 hours respectively. According to the folks at engadget though, Asus said that this is in regards to 2G talk time.

Asus was awesome enough though in sharing some of the more realistic battery life figures they’ve found in a lab setting. When the device was set at half brightness it came up with the following results:

 


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Samsung Galaxy S III pre-orders on Expansys

If you’re itching to be the first on your block with a shiny new Galaxy S III, then look no further than Expansys import web shop. Of course this GSIII will only be able to work on T-Mobile and AT&T here in the U.S. but you can now pre-order one for a sizable wad of cash to the amount of $694.99 plus shipping. If you ask me, that’s a lot of laundry money to shell out just to be one of the first to show off Sammy’s latest and greatest Android smartphone, especially because we know that Samsung intends to release the phone in the U.S. later this summer. So is anyone thinking about pulling the trigger on this one? Does being the early bird in technology trump the lack of certain features like LTE? Let us know what you think in the comments below.

source: Expansys

European Parliament Votes To Regulate Roaming Price Cap From Mobile Carriers

 

Relief is on the way for those of you across the pond who enjoy traveling, but loathe roaming prices from mobile carriers. As Europeans already know, mobile networks are allowed to charge whatever fee they want for phone calls, text messages and data when roaming in other countries. So for some individuals, they are greeted with a “shock bill” when returning home from a holiday— a massive cellular bill due to charges that a cell phone user may be unaware of. The European Union has taken note of this and the Parliament has voted to place a cap on all roaming charges for mobile subscribers. The move is meant to reduce the overall cost of using your phone when you’re out of your home country.

The new caps are set to begin in July and will impose a set cap for users. Rates will be limited to 24p per minute for calls and 58p per megabyte for data. The Parliament hasn’t stopped there either as it plans to allow cellphone users to pick which network they wish to roam with rather than be restricted to the network chosen by their main cellphone carrier. The end hope of this new regulation? Fairness and equilibrium by 2015.

It’s a small, but significant victory for all mobile subscribers in Europe, isn’t it?

source: Cool Smartphone
via: Android Central

 

LG Optimus Elite Up For Pre-Order on Virgin Mobile USA

Back on April 17th we told you about the official announcement in regards to the LG Optimus Elite coming to Virgin Mobile USA. The eco-friendly successor to the Optimus S will come with 800MHz, NFC, 3G connectivity, Gingerbread and a 5MP camera.  You can pre-order this budget device for $149.99 and it should be available within 3-5 business days if you purchase the phone today. The price isn’t bad if you’re wanting a budget device on Virgin Mobile with the ability to use Google Wallet. While the phone is available on Sprint already those of you on Virgin Mobile only have a few short days to wait as it’s slated to arrive in stores on May 15th. Hit the source link below if this looks like a device you could get behind!

 

source: Virgin Mobile

 

 

Update for Google Play Store, v3.5.19 now available

 

Just in time for the weekend, Google has released a minor update to their Google Play Store that is currently being sent out to Android devices everywhere. It’s unclear what all has changed or improved in version 3.5.19, but it’s officially from Google so if you haven’t received it OTA yet, feel free to hit one of the links below to get the goods.

 

 

CEO of HTC Pete Chou will carry the torch in the 2012 Olympics

As the heading says, Peter Chou, CEO of HTC has been given the honor along with 8,000 other to be named a torchbearer during the 2012 Summer Olympics in London. Chou was chosen for this opportunity because of his outstanding contribution to the worldwide mobile industry. HTC Corp has presented to it’s consumers great mobile devices over the years, and had put the Taiwanese smartphone company on the map as a top global leader in mobile technology.

This event will be during a 70-day tour of the United Kingdom, which will begin May 19th. Chou’s particular run will be on July 6th before the opening ceremony of the London Olympics on July 27th. Hit the source for more on this story.

source: taiwannews

 

South Korea to get Samsung SHV-E170K with LTE, Yet another Galaxy S II variant

It seems crazy that another Galaxy S II variant would release now with the Galaxy S III releasing in a couple of weeks, but Samsung is doing just that. The SHV-E170K is going to be an LTE device and have the latest chipset and a high-capacity battery according to Korea Telecom. They didn’t tell us anything else, but SammyHub found a GLBenchmark and another Korean site that tells us it will have a 4.3-inch (960 x 540) Super AMOLED display, a dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, a 5MP rear-facing camera, 1.3MP front-facing camera, and Android 4.0.4 Ice Cream Sandwich.

We should see the SHV-E170K later this month around the same time as the Galaxy S III.

source: sammyhub

 

 

Samsung SGH-T999 Model Number Makes Another Appearance, Is This The Future T-Mobile Galaxy S III?

Well well well, what do we have here? That mysterious Samsung SGH-T999 model number has made yet another appearance before our eyes. It was originally thought this device could be anything from a Galaxy S 4G Blaze to a T-Mobile variant of the Galaxy Nexus. Now that the Galaxy S 4G Blaze is released, we know this SGH-T999 isn’t the Galaxy S 4G Blaze. And we know WiFi Direct and DLNA is supported on this SGH-T999 device, so the Galaxy Nexus is tossed from the equation as well. So what gives? Why would this model number mysteriously appear yet again? Perhaps it has something to do with a certain announcement that was made last week? It certainly appears to be the case. Ladies and gentlemen– while this is by no means concrete or certain, the recurring appearance of the SGH-T999 model number may very well be our first hint of what could possibly be the T-Mobile variant of the Galaxy S III smartphone as the SGH-T999 ID would likely indicate the model number in Galaxy S III territory. T-Mobile needs to just come out already and confirm it’s releasing the Galaxy S III on its network. We know it’s set to launch on all the major carriers already.

Can’t get enough of the Galaxy S III? Why don’t you check out the Galaxy S III again in our hands-on video once you hit past the break?
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Verizon expands 4G LTE to Summer hot spots along the East Coast

Newsflash: Verizon has the biggest LTE network and they continue to get bigger. This month’s expansion is hitting most of the major beach towns and vacation destinations. Everything below should be up by Memorial Day, which will be in time for those Summer trips. I’m excited because I’m heading down to Virginia Beach in June so my Galaxy Nexus will be at lightning speed for streaming Slacker and Google Music. Hit the break for the complete rundown.


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