China’s HTC Sensation Will Be The First To Receive ST-Ericsson’s NovaThor SoC

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We know what you’re thinking.  This is just an HTC Sensation which we’ve all seen and heard of before.  Well, not quite.  What you don’t notice is primarily under the hood.  Dubbed the Sensation Z710t, it’s sporting the new ST Ericsson NovaThor SoC (System on a chip).  In addition to the new platform, the handset will sport a 1 GHz Nova A9500 dual-core application processor accompanied with the Thor M6718 mobile connectivity capabilities with carriers utilizing TD-SCDMA technology.  Those using the handset should experience extremely fast speeds with this combination of technology.  As far as the exterior goes, the device remains the same with a 4.3-inch qHD display, 8 meg camera and Sense UI.  As soon as we receive word on pricing, you’ll be the first to know.  Feel free to leave your thoughts and comments below.  Hit the break for the full press release and to get a better understanding of ST-Ericsson’s new platform.

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Microsoft rakes in $444 million annually from Android patent licenses

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Goldman Sachs figures that Microsoft is going to get a whopping $444 million from Android manufacturers for the 2012 fiscal year (July 1, 2011 –  June 30, 2012). Estimates peg Microsoft receiving $3-$6 per Android device sold. The software giant has settlements with big Android contenders; the likes of Samsung and HTC among others. While $444 million sounds like a ridiculous number, it’s a drop in the bucket when it comes to the grand scheme of things.  According to Goldman, Microsoft’s revenue for fiscal 2012 is an estimated $75 billion. So that money they’re gleaning from Android…comparatively it’s almost nothing, especially when you consider how crippling Android has become to Microsoft’s own Windows Phones.

[via businessinsider]

Dell Streak Pro 101DL coming to Softbank January 2012

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Count this as one more phone to be added to Softbank’s fall/winter lineup; the Dell Streak Pro 101DL. This looks to be another higher end device with specs including:

  • Android 2.3
  • 4.3-inch super AMOLED screen with 540×960 QHD resolution (Gorilla Glass)
  • 8MP CMOS camera
  • 1.3MP sub camera
  • 1.5GHz dual-core MSM8260 CPU
  • SyncUp compatible
  • Dell Stage 2.0 pre-installed
  • Bluetooth 2.1+EDR
  • IEEE802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi
  • GPS
  • microSDHC card slot
  • W-CDMA, GSM
  • size: 65×126×10.3mm, weight: 140g

Expect this one on shelves sometime in January 2012. Price is still yet to be dermined.

[via TechCrunch]

T-Mobile’s Huawei 4G tablet spotted in the wild

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What we have here is the 7″ Huawei 4G tablet headed to T-Mobile; fully loaded with IPS WVGA 1280 x 800 screen, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, Android 3.2 Honeycomb, Flash 10.3, 16GB of internal memory, dual-cameras and a 4100mAh battery. What’s more, there are a lot of rumors going around that the tablet may sell for $199 (on contract). While you should of course take that with a grain of salt, it would make sense after the announcement of the $199 Kindle Fire. The 7″ market has certainly had a new bar set for price point. Expect to hear more about this one at next month’s CTIA event.

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HTC Holiday visits the FCC – AT&T LTE onboard

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The HTC Holiday has been to the FCC recently and while it was there we got a peak at what frequencies it operates on. From the FCC documents, the Holiday is equipped to run on AT&T’s LTE network, so that all but confirms that the Holiday will be joining their network..erhrm..this holiday season.  Toward the end of this past August, we reported a leak of the Holiday; bringing you the specifications. As a refresher, the Holiday will have:

  • 4.5-inch qHD touchpanel
  • 1.5GHz dual-core processor
  • 1GB of memory
  • 8 MP rear camera (with flash & capable of 1080p)
  • 1.3 MP front camera
  • 802.11b/g/n WiFi
  • Bluetooth 3.0
  • Android 2.3.4
  • HTC Sense 3.0

We know that HTC has already prepped a Holiday for South Korea under the moniker Raider, and with all the info and photos available, this powerful phone has got to be near launch. I supposed they may be waiting to have the Holiday’s launch coincide with holiday shopping. *rimshot*

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Clove UK now taking Experia Pro pre-orders, shipping October 6th

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It was back in July when we watched the Sony Experia Pro gain approval from the FCC. It seems the official launch is right around the corner as British online retailer, Clove, listed the device up for pre-order and should be shipping October 6th. It will cost £322 ($524) off contract and comes in three flavors, black, red, or silver. Bearing a resemblance to the Xperia Play, the Pro will feature a slide-out QWERTY keyboard instead of gaming controls. Inside the device you will find a 1Ghz Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon processor running Android 2.3 Gingerbread, 512MB of RAM, and up to 32 GB of microSD card storage. The 8MP camera is capable of 3D panoramic photos in 720p and takes HD video that can be transferred to a T.V. through the phone’s HDMI output.

Pre-order available now from Clove Technology.

[via androidcentral]

Verizon Nexus Prime system app list shows no bloatware and possible facial recognition lockscreen

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We know some sort of variant of the Nexus Prime will launch with Ice Cream Sandwich on Verizon first. The big question is if it will be a true Nexus device with no bloatware? Our friends over at MyDroidLife have the system app list and guess what? No bloatware. We know the phone is made by Samsung so what about TouchWiz? It’s also missing in action. It looks like Verizon may have a full stock Android experience.

Also on the app list is Facelock.apk. This could be some sort of facial recognition for the lock screen. Of course we will find out all the details on October 11 at CTIA 2011 in San Diego, but I am sure more stuff will leak before than. Stay tuned.

November can’t come soon enough. Who’s going to miss City Id?

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Samsung announces 16-megapixel CMOS image sensor for smartphones

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It has been rumored that HTC is working on a phone with a 16-megapixel camera. We already have proof that Motorola has a 13-megapixel in the works, and now Samsung  just announced its new 1/2.3-inch 16 Megapixel (Mp) CMOS image sensor – the S5K2P1 – with Samsung’s advanced 1.34 micrometer (um) backside illumination (BSI) pixel technology.

“As the adoption rate of CMOS image sensors in the digital still camera market increases, market demand for imagers such as the S5K2P1, which provides clear and fast video, is expected to grow in 2012,” said Dojun Rhee, vice president of System LSI marketing, Device Solutions, Samsung Electronics. “Introducing advanced high-resolution imagers based on BSI pixel technology supports further adoption of Samsung CMOS imagers to compact digital camera and camcorder applications.”

The S5K2P1 is optimized for compact mobile CE devices and is suited for premium smartphones. It supports native 16:9 video at up to 8.3Mp resolution at 60 frames per second. For point-and-shoot images, the maximum resolution is 16-megapixels at 30 frames per second without shutter lag effect.

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Samsung Exynos 4212 Announced Clocking In At 1.5Ghz With A Faster GPU

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Following up on the awesomeness of the Samsung Exynos 4210 processor that powers their Galaxy S IIs, Samsung has announced its successor, the Exynos 4212. The 4212 is a dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 application processor that’s clocking in at 1.5Ghz. It’s also built on Samsung’s 32nm High-K Metal Gate (HKMG) low-power process giving it a 30% boost in power efficiency. As far as gaming is concerned, this chip has an enhanced GPU (Graphics Processing Unit) that will push out 50% better 3D graphics in comparison to their previous chip.

While Rumorville is saying this new 4212 processor will be powering the Nexus Prime that we may seen in Nov., Samsung will be giving a sampling to a few select customers later this year. We may possibly hear more about all this on Oct. 11th at the upcoming CTIA show in San Diego, so stay tuned for possible Nexus goodness. Hit up the break for the full press release.

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