Hands on with the Huawei Ascend P1 S, The World’s thinnest smartphone [Video]

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Huawei just announced the Ascend P1 S, which is their newest flagship phone. This one dethrones the DROID RAZR as the World’s thinnest smartphone. It comes in at 6.68mm thin, and we probably won’t see a release until around April. For now, there is no schedule for a U.S. release since a carrier hasn’t been finalized at this time. There will be three color choices – metallic black, ceramic white, and cherry-blossom pink.

The unit at CES was a stock Ice Cream Sandwich experience, but it most likely won’t stay that way as they will add some UI tweaks by the time it’s ready for release.

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Hands on with Lenovo IdeaPad K2010

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Besides the IdeaTab and the S2 smartphone that were announced at CES 2012 Lenovo showcased another 10.1inch tablet that boasted a 1920×1200 full 1080p HD resolution. It also has 4-speaker studio SRS sound and hides a fingerprint scanner on the back. It will also come with 3G support along with wifi support. Well again our very own Robert Nazarian was able to snag some hands on time with the device and you can watch the video after the break below, enjoy! » Read the rest

Download the IML77 ICS 4.0.3 Build for your WiFi XOOM

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Around 1AM Eastern time this morning, build IML77 began rolling out out to select XOOM owners, specifically those enrolled in the Motorola Feedback Network as well as a lucky few random participants. IML77 updates the XOOM to Android ICS 4.0.3, so its completely understandable if you’re a bit bummed that you couldn’t get in on the update action. Well cheer up, we have got you covered! Click the download link below to get the official OTA zip.

*Important, you need to be running a stock ROM and have your XOOM locked in order to apply this update. If you have modified your XOOM, you’ll need to downgrade to build HTK75D. Also keep in mind that this is only for US WiFi XOOMs.

1.) Download the update

2.) Store the zip on a flash drive paired with a host cable and apply via stock recovery.

(To enter recovery, reboot your XOOM and after about 3 seconds of the Motorola logo press volume down. Android recovery should appear in the top left. Press volume up to select it. Once booted into recovery you should see an Android on screen and nothing else. To make the menu appear, press power and volume up simultaneously)

[via XDA, DroidLife, Google Android Clients]


Hands On with the Lenovo IdeaTab S2110

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One of the first news articles we brought you from CES 2012 was regarding Lenovo’s introduction two new Android devices. One was the S2 smartphone and the other whas the IdeaTab S2110. In case you missed it, the specs for this 1.5lb tablet are as follows:

  • 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon 8960 dual-core Processor
  • Lenovo’s Mondrian (custom version of Ice Cream Sandwich)
  • 10.1-inch 1280×800 IPS Display
  • 1GB RAM
  • 16GB/32GB/64GB Internal Storage
  • Wifi and 3G Connectivity
  • micro USB, micro SD, Micro HDMI ports
  • 5MP rear camera and 1.3MP front facing camera
  • Integrated keyboard dock also available
Well if you were more curious about the device our very own Robert Nazarian was able to get some hands on time with the device itself. Hit the break below to check out the video.  » Read the rest

Samsung GT-N8000 Gets WiFi Certification, Another Galaxy Note On The Way?

by Roy Alugbue on
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Is there another follow-up to the uber-cool Samsung Galaxy Note in the works? The above screenshot sure indicates there may very well be a follow-up to the Galaxy Note. We’ve already seen one possible successor in the works and now we likely have another. A mysterious device called the Samsung GT-N8000 received WiFi certification for the  a, b, g, and n WiFi standards. If you recall, the original Galaxy note is also known as the GT-N7000.

Of course the model numbers all being similar could be a complete coincidence and this mysterious device could be something completely different. The signs we do have though seems to imply this newly certified device is likely one of the Galaxy Note successors. Look for more information of this possible successor to the Galaxy note to leak out as the coming days and weeks go by.

[via Pocket Now]

Sony Xperia S Pricing and Ship Dates Go Public

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We got a chance to play with the Xperia S at CES this week, and there’s no doubt about it. This phone has “flagship” in its future. Despite its slender case there is a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core CPU, 1GB of RAM, and covering it all up from the front is Sony’s first 720p Reality Display for a phone. Expect to grab the Gingerbread Xperia S around March 5th and you can also expect a prompt update to ICS in early Q2, all for £389.99.

At its launch the Xperia S will be GSM unlocked and Europe only.

[via PocketNow]

CM9 Boots on the HP TouchPad, Still a Work in Progress But Shows A Lot of Promise

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The HP TouchPad had a short life as a webOS device but has lived on as an Android tablet, thanks in part to CM7 and the CyanogenMod team. Well life is still being breathed into the tablet as the folks over at RootzWiki have a preview of what Ice Cream Sandwich and CM9 looks like on the device. While it’s still a work in progress it shows a lot of promise. Right now according to the video the camera and video playback doesn’t work. However the video does show off the fact that Angry Birds works well on it. Hit the break below to check out the video yourself and let us know what you think. I don’t know about you guys but I am pretty excited about how quick this is coming along. » Read the rest

Boost Mobile Announces LG Marquee Smartphone For $280

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Boost Mobile continues to build up its modest lineup of decent Android phones. It recently introduced the LG Marquee phone– yes the same Marquee found on Sprint’s NOW Network. The device has some solid specs that won’t break the bank too. Inside the phone, you’ll find:

  • 1GHz single-core processor
  • 512MB of RAM
  • 4-inch NOVA display
  • Gingerbread 2.3
  • 5MP camera with 2MP front-facing camera
  • Stereo Bluetooth-capable

The features may not be considered cutting-edge or high-end these days, but they’re still nothing to scoff at either. What makes the phone look even more appealing is the fact that it’s priced at a cool $279.99. Of course you’d have to sign up for the “Android Monthly Unlimited” plan, but hey– a solid mid-level phone with no contract or committment is a always a winner in our book. Hit the break for the full press release. » Read the rest

Hands-On With The Toshiba Excite X10 at CES

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Toshiba certainly brought their A-Game to CES 2012 when they unveiled their new flagship tablet, the Excite X10.  The X10 definitely has something to boast about among the rest of the tablets in the market today much in the same way that the Droid Razr has some bragging rights within its smartphone community, and that is that it’s thin as hell!  The 10.1-inch device is a breakthrough milestone as stated by the Toshiba rep we spoke to at the event.  Not only is it rightfully claiming to be the world’s thinnest tablet, it’s also one of the lightest.  The device comes in at 1.1 lbs or 535 grams and only .3 inches (7.7mm).  That’s pretty darn thin if you ask us.  The device offers a premium tablet experience thanks to its multiple port access on hand despite how thin the device is.  There’s a micro sd card slot, micro HDMI out and a micro usb sync port for syncing and sharing.

The flipside of the device is definitely something that commands a look as it offers a premium surface with magnesium alloy backing.  The glass is none other than the popular Gorilla glass technology so as to add to the durability of the device.  OS wise, we’re looking at Android Honeycomb 3.2 with a confirmation that the device will receive Ice Cream Sandwich.  In addition, the rep says depending on when the official release date is, this bad boy could ship with ICS already on-board.  Under the hood is the ever popular TI OMAP 4430 for its dual-core 1.2 GHz CPU.  In the camera dept you’ll find a 5 meg camera capable of capturing 1080p video recording.  There’s two offerings in the size dept, a 16 gig and a 32 gig.  The 16 gig will run you $529 and the 32 gig will cost you a whopping $599.  Ouch, that’s a bit steep if you ask us.  Check out our hands-on video of the monster tab and don’t forget to let us know what you think of the device in the comments below.  And if you’ve missed any of our special CES 2012 coverage, be sure to check it out here.   » Read the rest

Xoom ICS Soak Test Has Officially Commenced

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Android 4.0.3 is gracing a number of Xooms this morning, bringing with it great improvements in speed in addition to all of the new features we’ve come to love in Ice Cream Sandwich. Assuming the soak test goes well, the update should go out to the masses, but hey, maybe an IML77 build will find its way online before then.