LG officially announces Optimus L9 II

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Following a bunch of leaked images of the device, LG’s Optimus L9 II has finally been announced in the Netherlands. Confirmed specs from the press release include a 4.7-inch true HD IPS display, a dual-core processor clocked at 1.4 GHz, a 2,150 mAh battery, and an IR-port. Camera specs are yet to be released, but 8 MP is expected for the main camera, alongside a 1.2 MP front-shooter.

Price is still unknown but the device is expected to be released this October. More to come as details are released.

Source: GSMPedia.NL

Huawei introduces the mid-range A199 smartphone, brings dual-SIM capability and Jelly Bean in a light package

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Huawei’s latest mid-range device has officially been outed for the masses. The device— identified as the A199— comes jam-packed with the usual allotment of goodies including a smooth 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 2 gigs of RAM, a 720p 5-inch IPS display, 2,150mAh battery and an 8MP camera (plus 1.3MP front-facer for good measure). Best of all— Huawei managed to stuff the pieces into a fairly slim package— as the A199 will arrive in a 8.9mm package weighing at a mere 160g.

One major item to note is the device’s dual-SIM capabilities— which pretty much implies the device won’t make it Stateside… at least anytime soon. We’ll be sure to provide more launch details which will include the pricing and availability as we hear them.

source: Huawei
via: Engadget

More details about Samsung’s Galaxy S 4 mini surfaces including a possible release this week

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We already know that Samsung’s Galaxy S 4 mini is very much real and on the way, but it’s looking like the general public is going to see the smartphone much sooner than expected. Notorious info leaker SamMobile recently received a major tip containing much more information regarding the intriguing new device and claims it may be unveiled as early as this week. The tip alleges that we will see the device arrive in two colors (black mist and white frost) and will come in either single or dual-SIM variants. Additionally, the single-SIM variant will be identified as the GT-9190 and will feature a quad-core chip— while the dual-SIM variant will be identified as the GT-9192 and feature a dual-core processor. Aside from those differences, each variant will feature a 4.3-inch qHD display, 8MP camera and Android 4.2.2.

No word on pricing yet, but the Galaxy S 4 mini should arrive by the end of may or the start of June.

source: SamMobile

HTC officially unveils its Desire P smartphone

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HTC has officially taken the wraps off of the Desire P smartphone, its latest lower-end mid-range device for folks out over in Taiwan. The device comes with a zippy dual-core Qualcomm chip, 768MB of RAM, a 4-inch display and an 8MP camera— all crammed into a fairly sleek and attractive package that’s sure to catch the eye of folks out there. When all’s said and done, the Desire P is more or less a One SV smartphone minus the 4G LTE capabilities.

The device will be launched with wireless carrier Chunghwa Telecom for a modest price of $365, though HTC has given no indication that it will be released anywhere else at this time.

source: PhoneArena

Hands on with the Hisense U958 smartphone [Video]

 

Hisense took some time to highlight its U958 smartphone here at CES for you folks and you know that we had to get up close and personal by getting some hands-on time with the device. As you can see clearly, the first thing that stands out is the gorgeous 4.5-inch IPS display complimenting 9.5mm-thin device, as well as the zippy Android interface thanks to the dual-core Qualcomm processor. While the 4GB of on-board storage and meager 512MB of RAM leaves a lot to be desired,the U958 smartphone at least features a fairly stock build of Android, so that’s always a plus.

The device is available in various markets around the world, but should be making its way to the States sooner than later. While we wait for the device though– be sure to hit past the break to check out our full hands-on of the device.

 


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YotaPhone Brings One LCD Screen, One E-Ink Screen On One Device

 

Is a smartphone that utilizes both a regular LCD screen and an e-ink screen possible? Russian wireless carrier Yota Devices wants to remind you that yes, yes it is possible with its new YotaPhone concept. Under the hood, the smartphone has a dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor, 2GB of RAM, an LTE chip and a 12-megapixel rear camera. However— the real kicker of the device is its two displays— one on the front, one on the back. The front display holds a 4.3-inch 1,280 x 720 (720P) display, while the rear one can display a full e-ink content. It appears the rear display will be best suited for displaying key information tied to a user’s everyday life like appointments, playlists or other things of that nature.

While the concept is indeed interesting, prospective customers will need to go through quite a wait before the device can get in the palms of their hands. The YotaPhone is expected to go on sale in Q3 2013 in Russia, while other markets internationally will see the device sometime after that. More details can be found in the presser once you hit the break.


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Barnes & Noble Announces New Nook HD And Nook HD+ Tablets For The U.S. And UK

Following the lead of the newly launched Kindle Fire HD tablets, Barnes & Noble has just announced two new additions to the Nook family: the 7-inch and 9-inch Nook HD+ tablets. The 7-inch Nook HD will be known as the world’s lightest and highest-resolution HD tablet, while the 9-inch Nook HD+ will be identified as the world’s lightest full HD tablet. The 7-inch Nook HD tablet will start at $199 and feature a 1.3GHz dual-core chip, 1GB of RAM, a 1440×900 243 ppi laminated display and will weigh only 11.1 ounces. The 9-inch Nook HD+ on the other hand will start at $269 and feature a zippy 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, a 1920×1280 256 ppi laminated display and will come in at a mere 18.2 ounces in heft. The best thing is that the owners of either tablet will have the ability to access three million books, a large selection of magazines and apps with the newly launched NOOK Video and NOOK Catalog content.

Each tablet will be available for pre-order starting today in the States, while pre-orders will be available in the UK starting next month. You’ll find additional details once you jump past the break.


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Intel readying next-gen, dual-core Medfield, LTE devices

If there’s one knock on Medfield-based Intel smartphone chips when comparing them to the ARM-based chips, it’s that they do not support 4G LTE connectivity. Intel is looking to change that “later this year and ramping into 2013.” While Intel’s current Medfield devices feature Hyperthreading making them “appear” to have multi-cores, they’re looking to move into the true multi-core device segment to gain a foothold with U.S. carriers. While they aren’t quite ready to jump to the quad-core offerings, their dual-core phones will still feature Hyperthreading, thus acting like a quad-core device. How will this play out in the U.S. market with so many folks stuck on specs these days? And by the time we see these new Intel devices, are potential buyers going to want true quad-core devices, no matter the marketing speak? We’ll keep you posted with any updates on this front.

source:  TechCrunch

Amazon’s Kindle Fire HD and Update Kindle Fire Now Available On Amazon Website

 

If you’ve been hankering for a brand-spanking new Amazon Kindle Fire or Amazon Kindle Fire HD, today is a good day for you. Amazon has officially listed both products as available on its website and is now ready for consumers’ wallets nationwide. The Kindle Fire HD has the 16GB listed for a cool $199 and the 32GB for $249– though the 32GB model is expected to ship by the end of October or so. In case you’ve forgotten, the Kindle Fire HD features a sweet 1200 x 800 HD display, 1.2GHz dual-core processor, Dolby Audio and unlimited cloud storage space. The refreshed 8GB Kindle Fire on the other hand, will run you $159 and bring with it more RAM and an even better battery life.

Amazon certainly has perfect timing, doesn’t it? After all— it has released the cool products just in time for the beginning of school, yet right before the Christmas holiday. Head on down to the source link to check out more details including complete order and shipping information.

source: Amazon Kindle Fire HD | Amazon Kindle Fire
via: Engadget

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

 

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)