AT&T LG Escape Smartphone Officially Outed, Features IPS Display And Ice Cream Sandwich

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Looks like we see Ma Bell has a nice little mid-range phone on the way, thanks to serial leaker evleaks. The device in question is the LG Escape and features a 4.3-inch qHD IPS display, a 1.2 GHz dual-core processor, 5MP camera + 1.3MP front-facing camera, NFC, a 2150 mAh battery and Android 4.0. Oh and in case you’re wondering– the upcoming smartphone will indeed be a 4G LTE smartphone operating on AT&T’s ever-growing 4G LTE network.

Now that the cat’s been let out of the bag, it shouldn’t be too long for LG & AT&T to make a formal announcement and introduce the phone to the world.

source: evleaks (Twitter)

So These Must Be The Stars Of Motorola’s Show Today: Say Hello To The DROID RAZR M And DROID RAZR HD Smartphones

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We don’t need to live in suspense anymore gang. After anticipating what was thought to be a breakthrough device with a certain edge-to-edge screen at the upcoming even, we now know what Motorola has concocted for consuming pleasure: the DROID RAZR M and DROID RAZR HD smartphones. The DROID RAZR M smartphone is confirmed to only have a qHD display, while the DROID RAZR HD will almost certainly have a larger screen (along with ColorBoost technology, perhaps?).

So now that the cat is out of the bag, it shouldn’t be too much longer before we know the complete details of each device headed to Verizon stores.

source: evleaks (Twitter)
via: Droid Life

Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE Review: Hands-Down The Best QWERTY Slider Phone Available On Sprint’s Network

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As Sprint has launched bigger and better smartphones for 2012, it’s only natural that we see an entrant in the QWERTY arena and that’s why Sprint decided to bring its customers the Motorola Photon Q 4G LTE smartphone. Now many of you are thinking wait a minute— the original Photon 4G was neither an LTE smartphone nor a phone with a slide-out keyboard. While those two points are certainly true, the 2012 refresh of the Photon Q certainly has a lot going for it. There’s a fast processor, gorgeous ColorBoost display and a pretty slick design. Moreover, it doesn’t hurt the physical keyboard is possibly one of the best keyboards on an Android phone.

The Photon Q has internals that competes quite nicely with other premium phones, but the phone is priced at a princely sum of $200. That’s certainly a far cry from Motorola’s Atrix HD which is essentially a premium smartphone priced at $100. Then again Sprint’s other QWERTY smartphones currently in its lineup are the Samsung Epic 4G that is priced at $100— despite it being a two-year old device and the Kyocera Rise smartphone priced at $20. So in essence, the Photon Q certainly has an edge over the other QWERTY devices because of the fact that well, there’s virtually no other phone to compete with in Sprint’s lineup as far as pure specs and raw power. So is Sprint’s newest Motorola toy worth the price? Join us after the break to see if the phone is indeed worth the money.

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Pantech Magnus Pics Leaked, Heading to AT&T

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Pantech is usually known as a budget-friendly handset manufacturer, but according to a leak from Engadget that may all change with the soon-to-be-released P9090, aka the Magnus. This higher-end GSM based phone is heading to AT&T with an 8MP rear camera (with LED flash), a front-facing camera and will run Ice Cream sandwich or possibly even Jelly Bean. Engadget expects this new handset to be powered by a Qualcomm MSM8960 dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, a 720p display and LTE connectivity. No pricing or announcements have been made by Pantech or AT&T, but we’ll keep you posted.

Source: Engadget

Sprint adds four more cities to 4G LTE network, improves 3G in other cities

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Today Sprint announced more cities being added to their 4G LTE network. The new cities include:

  • Baltimore, MD
  • Gainesville, GA
  • Manhattan/Junction City, KS
  • Sedalia, MO

Along with the rollout of 4G LTE service, Sprint also announced upgrades to existing 3G service in Baltimore, Boston, and Washington, DC. Sprint is working on all of these improvements to their network to make it easier for customers to text, share photos, surf the web, and stream music or videos, and in general, make better use of their smartphone devices.

Sprint indicates Sherman-Dennison, TX is expected to see 4G LTE rolled out in the next few weeks. By the end of 2013, Sprint plans to have substantially completed the build-out of its 4G LTE and 3G nationwide network.

source: Sprint

Samsung SCH-I200 (aka Jasper) for Verizon gets official name outed through Best Buy product page: Samsung Galaxy Stellar

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If you recall recently, we finally saw a glimpse of the mysterious entry-level Samsung SCH-I200 (aka “Jasper”) smartphone shortly after passing through the FCC. Thanks to Best Buy jumping the gun, the official name of the phone has been outed, courtesy of a leaked product page. According to the Best Buy product page for the device, we now have proof that the Samsung SCH-I200 will hit retail stores as the Samsung Galaxy Stellar. Although no specifics are mentioned on Best Buy’s site regarding the device’s storage or type of CPU, we do know it’ll run $99 with a 2-year contract and will sport the following specs:

  • Android 4.0 (ICS)
  • 1.2GHz dual-core CPU
  • LTE
  • 4″ 800×480 display
  • 3.2MP rear shooter, 1.3MP front
  • Bluetooth
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US Cellular’s Samsung Galaxy Metrix 4G Now Available Online For $179

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US Cellular now has another 4G LTE handset available to customers, the Samsung Galaxy Metrix 4G. The Metrix 4G is now available online for $179 after a $100 mail-in rebate, but if you purchase the phone in an LTE capable market (or a market that will have LTE by the end of the year), then the device will only cost you $129. If don’t live in an LTE capable market, but live relatively close to one, it may be smart to take the quick drive and save yourself a quick $50. As for the specs of the phone, here’s what you can expect:

  • A slide-out QWERTY keyboard
  • A 1GHz processor
  • A 4.0-inch touchscreen
  • A  5MP rear-facing camera and camcorder
  • A front-facing camera

While it’s no Samsung Galaxy S III, it’s still a more than capable device that will give you 4G LTE speeds. You can read the full press release after the break.

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Motorola XT907 Makes Its Way On FCC Grounds, Comes Decorated In Verizon Wireless Bands

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Well what do we have here? It’s another sighting of that mysterious Motorola XT907 smartphone we told you about previously. This time, a coy device by the same name made its way past FCC doors and pretty much confirms this will be Verizon’s next weapon in its arsenal since it will feature CDMA 1x and EV-DO radios– all the while operating on LTE bands. In addition, the XT907 will also feature Near Field Communications (NFC), which clearly points to yet another DROID RAZR variant on the way to the network.

There’s no other information on it now, but you can bet we’re on it and will share additional details as we hear them.

source: FCC
via: Engadget

 

Verizon to reach 75% of US population with addition of 34 new 4G LTE cities on August 16th

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Verizon continues to march toward their goal of having 400 markets with 4G LTE access before the end of 2012. They are very close to reaching their goal as they announced today the official addition of 34 new markets. Along with these new markets, Verizon is expanding their 4G LTE service in 38 existing markets. With these additions, Verizon is now up to 371 markets with 4G LTE capability, more 4G coverage “than all other U.S. wireless providers combined” and they claim to now cover 75% of the US population. Hit the break for the full press release from Verizon Wireless, including the list of cities. » Read the rest

Verizon to offer Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 with 4G LTE starting August 17

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This morning Verizon announced that on Friday, August 17th, they will start selling the Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 both online and in Verizon Wireless Communications Stores. This Verizon version of the 7-inch tablet includes 4G LTE network capabilities for on-the-go access. The Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 will be priced at $349 which is $100 more than a wifi only version of the tablet.

It appears Verizon and Samsung have made some slight improvements to the device since we reviewed an earlier version. The processor is now running at 1.2 GHz compared to the original 1.0 GHz and Bluetooth has been bumped up from 3.0 to 4.0. External memory support has also increased from 32 GB to 64 GB via microSD card. The Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 will come loaded with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

The Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 is not quite the powerhouse tablet of the Google Nexus 7, but it does have a nice set of features. Whether the ability to connect to Verizon’s 4G LTE is enough to justify the extra cost remains to be seen. Hit the break for the full press release from Verizon. » Read the rest