Have no fear if you were interested in picking up the LG G Flex over here in the United States. We know AT&T and T-Mobile will likely carry the curved phone, but now an FCC filing has Sprint offering it as well. This filing has the model number LG-LS995 and the other variant was LG-D959; therefore, we can assume these two are related. Also, all three LTE bands are packed for the Sprint variant. While it isn’t certain that the G Flex will be available in the United States, these FCC filings elude to it happening. We expect a launch in early 2014.
The new chairman of the FCC, Tom Wheeler, has just announced to wireless companies that they are to pass rules that allow people to be able to unlock their phones, allowing them to change carriers. These rules, Wheeler says, are to be put in place by December.
The issue in question, “unlocking”, was in the news back in January thanks to a law that made it illegal for you to unlock your phone and bring it to another carrier, even if you paid all the fees associated with unlocking your device. Currently, unlocking your device requires you to hack it – a move that could send you to jail for up to 5 years.
According to new documents, Sony may be working on a WiFi-only model of their Xperia Z Ultra. Sliding through the FCC is a device that is listed as a “mini-tablet” and a “portable handset.” This mystery device has 802.11 a/b/g/n/ac WiFi, Bluetooth 4.0, NFC, and even a GPS; however, there is no cellular radio. With a screen that is sized at more than 6-inches, is Sony trying to aim for a new market with a small-screened tablet? We’ll just have to wait and see. Stay tuned for more info on the possibility of this interestingly unique device.
Trying to satisfy consumers of all tastes, Samsung is likely producing a new tablet part of their Galaxy Note line. And in true Note fashion, the screen is going to be… bigger. This tablet is rumored to have a 12.2-inch screen with a resolution of 2560 x 1600. Powering it would be Qualcomm’s Snapdragon 800 processor clocked at 2.3GHz with 3GB of RAM. As you can see in the image above, LTE Band 5 is supported, pointing to Korean carriers; therefore, it is unknown if it will make it to U.S. shores. Keep your eyes open for this device. Then again, it’s so large it would be hard not to notice.
This week of Halloween is perhaps an appropriate time for Samsung’s attempt to piece together a DSLR type camera with an Android smartphone to resurface. The Samsung Galaxy NX, announced this past August as being on its way to market in October, has shown up in the FCC database with support for AT&T’s LTE and HSPA data services. When first announced, the device was projected to retail for $1,599. The FCC filing suggests its availability from AT&T is imminent, so we will see whether that is still the price it will go for. We still have no word on whether the device will make the promised October release date for this mash up of devices. We also do not know whether any other carriers may have opted to include the Galaxy NX in their portfolios.
Looks like AT&T won’t be the only carrier getting some One Max love as a recent filing over at the good ol’ FCC shows bands and nomenclature revealing what appears to be a Sprint bound model. A 6-inch 1080p device with model number “OP3P700″ stood out showing the following bands; 25 (1900 mhz), 26 (850 mhz) and 41 (2500 mhz formerly Clearwire).
As of now, pricing (off and on-contract) is obviously unclear but stay tuned as we’ll certainly find out and report back. Hopefully there’s no indication of a too hefty price tag as we’ve already seen this bad boy listed at £600 ($952) in the UK (off-contract). However, we’re sure it will most likely be close to that. So, if you’re due for an upgrade in the near future and you’re into heavy ass handsets, this might be a viable option for you. Feel free to leave your thoughts and comments below.
A couple days ago we reported on a leaked image that suggested the HTC One Max might be on its way to AT&T, joining Sprint and Verizon as carriers with the super-sized smartphone in their portfolio. Now a new filing at the FCC has surfaced that seems to make that much more likely. An HTC handset with model number OP3P500 is in the FCC database with information indicating support for LTE band 17, which would make it compatible with AT&T. Although a model name is not provided, the number listed is very close to the international version’s model number of OP3P510.
We still do not have any kind of pricing or availability information, although the leaked render mentioned earlier had a date of Nov. 1st on the screen. Screen image dates have been used in the past to determine possible release dates, but HTC has stated in the past they were going to start being a little more sneaky to throw off rumors. Seeing the device surface at the FCC and knowing HTC would probably like to have the device available for the holiday shopping season makes it seem likely the release is imminent.
A new tablet device from ASUS has shown up in an FCC filing with model number TF502T. That model number seems to hint at the device being a member of the ASUS Transformer family of devices. Whatever it is, the tablet will have WiFi, Bluetooth and NFC capabilities and a 6760 mAh battery. Earlier this month ASUS announced several new devices during IFA 2013 that it was getting ready to release, including some MeMO Pad devices and new additions to the Transformer line. However, the announced battery size for the 10-inch MeMO Pad was only 5070 mAh, so the device at the FCC does not seem to be consistent with that. The new high-end Transformer Pad was listed as model number TF701 when announced by ASUS. That seems to leave only the Transformer Book Trio device as a possible option for the ASUS device that was submitted to the FCC.
In a move that would certainly boost competition, consumer choice, and overall happiness in the mobile device community, the Obama administration is pushing the FCC to mandate that US carriers must unlock some of their future devices. According to the Washington Post, activists devised a petition to garner support, and they were able to collect 114,000 signatures.
Lawrence Strickling, assistant secretary of the NTIA made a comment regarding the petition:
“Americans should be able to use their mobile devices on whatever networks they choose and have their devices unlocked without hassle.”
However, the move would likely only affect GSM devices, leaving CDMA phones alone in the dark. However, we’ll just have to wait and see.
Source: Washington Post
A device going by the name “SRQ-NX501″ recently passed through the halls of the FCC, which is more than likely the ZTE Nubia Z5 NX501.
The device will work on both GSM and WCDMA networks, and is Bluetooth and WLAN capable.
The China version of the device comes with a 5-inch display, a full HD 1080p resolution, a 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor, has 2GB RAM, features a 13MP camera, and ships with 4.1.2 Jelly Bean.
Rumors say that the American variant will feature an upgraded processor, the Snapdragon 800. This is quite the surprise, since in the past, Chinese devices making their way over to the United States normally have downgraded specs, including RAM and processor speed.