T-Mobile HTC Amaze 4G unboxing and initial hands on [Video]

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The HTC Amaze 4G launched on T-Mobile earlier in the week alongside the Samsung Galaxy S II with very similar specs; Qualcomm dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 1GB RAM, 8MP rear camera, 2MP front-facing camera, and NFC. The biggest difference is the screen where the Galaxy S II has a 4.52-inch Super AMOLED Plus display while the Amaze has a 4.3-inch Super LCD display. As for resolution, the Amaze wins with 960 x 540 as opposed to the Galaxy S II at 800 x 480.

Fans of HTC and Sense will not be disappointed with the Amaze, but might be miffed that it comes with Sense 3.0, not Sense 3.5. Can the Amaze compete with the likes of the Galaxy S II? We will do a more in depth review shortly, but for now take a look at our initial hands on.

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Samsung won’t be the only manufacturer to have a stock Android Ice Cream Sandwich device in 2011

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Our favorite Panda (@black_man_x) is at it again, giving us tips and clues to what’s coming soon. He sent out three particularly interesting tweets tonight about Android Ice Cream Sandwich (ICS):

  1. If I told you that the Galaxy nexus is not the only one… Just the samsung one.. How you love that moto, HTC fans?? #justsaying
  2. Meaning that those that do not prefer Sammy hardware will not have long to wait for ICS hardware from other partners..
  3. All I can say is this… Sammy will not be the only ics stock device by year end.. #fridaybombdroppin #pandanation #sneakypanda

This is a good as any inside information anyone can get. If you look at the hints, the other manufacturer(s) are probably either or both Motorola and HTC. We know HTC has the Rezound coming up and Motorola has the RAZR, which will be announced this Tuesday. Could either of those devices be stock ICS? Actually, I think I prefer Vanilla Ice Cream Sandwich.

One other thing to point out is his choice of wording which is “device” instead of phone. He could be implying a tablet, and Motorola has two XOOM 2 tablets on the way.

Stay tuned because the 4th quarter could be the most exciting time for Android ever.

[via black_man_x]

Samsung Galaxy Nexus and HTC Rezound show up in Verizon MAP

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Verizon’s latest Minimum Advertised Price (MAP) list came out and guess what’s on it? If you guessed the Samsung Galaxy Nexus or the HTC Rezound, you would be right in either case because both of them are listed with a price of $299. We can’t be surprised at the price tag since it seems to be the standard for 4G LTE phones.

All phones eventually show up on MAP so this isn’t really news, but what’s news is the MAP period. Both phones show 11/10 /11 – 5/10/12. I think it’s safe to say that we won’t see either device before November 10th. The Galaxy Nexus was rumored for November 3rd and the Rezound was October 20th. We are not implying that the release date will be November 10th either, we’re just saying that we won’t see them before.

If you wondering what the chances are that November 10th ends up being the date, you will notice the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is listed as starting 7/12/11, but it didn’t released until 7/28/11. On the other hand, the DROID Bionic and Motorola XOOM LTE is listed as starting 9/8/11, and its release date was the same date.

We should find out more next week in Hong Kong.

[via droid-life]

HTC Rezound (aka Vigor) shows up in Verizon Device Management system

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The Vigor has been one interesting device as far as revolving names. We heard rumors that it would be the Thunderbolt 2, Incredible HD, Rezound, and even the Vigor. It looks like the Rezound is the winner as it just showed up in the Verizon Device Management system. This isn’t surprising with the Beats Audio marketing program.

Other confirmations is that it will be a 4G LTE phone and will have global capabilities unlike the Galaxy Nexus. This one is going up against some serious competition in the Galaxy Nexus, but it does sport some serious specs with an HD Screen, dual-core processor, and Beats Audio.

The latest rumors have it releasing October 20th, but it just doesn’t seem possible. We’ve been surprised before and we wouldn’t mind to be surprised again.

[via droid-life]

Google Speaks to ITC on HTC’s Behalf

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It should be considered rather common-sensical that competition in any industry is healthy for innovation and in the end customer’s best interest, but as we’ve seen before, common-sense doesn’t exactly run rampant. Google wants to make their stance clear on this very topic and to do so, they’ve spoken their case to the ITC regarding the HTC vs. Apple lawsuit. “Apple is the largest seller of mobile computing devices in the U.S.,” quoth the big G in their recent filing. “Allowing this supplier to eliminate the competition from a fast-moving maverick competitor (HTC) could drive up prices, diminish service, decrease consumers’ access to the technology and reduce innovation.” Sound familiar? Google went on to say that HTC Android devices (and any non-iOS devices by extension, I’m sure), “are helping prevent Apple’s iOS from becoming the sole viable mobile platform.” Google related the case to the other patent cases that the Apple monolith currently has going against the likes of Samsung and Motorola. We’ll know for sure on December 6th, when the ITC is scheduled to announce its decision, but any trade block raised against HTC by a negative decision would only be able to be removed by the President (which could potentially get someone some Android fan votes, just sayin’).

It’s an interesting decision by Google to make this statement so late in the game, which makes me wonder how strongly Google feels about HTC’s chances in the legal battle. Does Google have a nagging doubt as to the outcome? What do you think? Let us know in the comments!

[via businessweek]

Five HTC Sensation XL Promotional Videos

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HTC has put up five promotional videos for your viewing pleasure for the HTC Sensation XL. In the videos you’ll get an bit of an explanation on the Beats Audio system, the 8-MP BSI CMOS camera with F2.2 28mm lens, and the 4.7-inch super LCD display. I’m certainly curious about how the Beats Audio system really sounds and improves your music listening experience, but for now I’m still not too keen on HTC or Sense. To each their own, but you can catch all the videos right after the break. Anyone going to be picking one of these up?

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HTC Sensation XL officially announced with Beats onboard

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Yesterday HTC unveiled the HTC Sensation XL (aka Runnymede). There aren’t any surprises here since we reported most of it. The highlights of this one is the large 4.7-inch display along with support for Beats Audio. The camera is also a nice feature as the rear camera is 8MP with a f/2.2 aperture, a backside illuminated sensor and a 28mm wide-angle lens for improved low-light performance.

Other notable specs are a 1.5GHz single-core processor, 786MB RAM, 16GB of storage, Sense 3.5, and Android 2.3 Gingerbread. You won’t find microSD card support which is a disappointment, but I think most consumers will be fine with it.

It will come with in-ear Beats headphones, but they will also offer a limited edition that includes Beats Solo headphones.

It will be available across EMEA and Asia Pacific starting in November. The limited edition will be offered in EMEA only.

Full press release after the break:

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HTC Flyer was incorrectly priced at Bestbuy.com

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You might have seen a few reports of Best Buy dropping the price of the HTC Flyer to $99, and that it’s only available in stores since it’s sold out online. We just wanted to let you know that one of our readers reported that they are putting up signs saying that Bestbuy.com had the incorrect price and they will not honor it.

We are not saying that you won’t be able to grab one. You might find a store that is “out of the loop,” so you could get lucky, but it looks like this hot deal is over before it began.

Thanks Jim

FCC Approves PI39200, An AT&T Bound Runnymede or Sensation XL?

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The HTC Runnymede or HTC Sensation XL or whatever the heck it’s going to be called is once again the hot topic of the day, mostly because HTC is set to launch their London event tomorrow.  In recent news, a device passing through the blessed hands of the FCC, dubbed the HTC PI39200, received its flying colors and sports bands for AT&T’s network.  No guarantee that’s where it will end up, but we’re keeping our eyes out, nonetheless, for an American bound Beats device.  The handset is said to sport Gingerbread 2.3.4, Sense 3.5, a 4.7-inch WVGA touch display, a single core 1.5 GHz CPU, 16GB of on board storage and 768 MB of RAM.  In addition, it will sport an 8 meg camera, 1.3 meg front facer and come paired with a bundle of Beats headphones.

[via FCC by PocketNow]

HTC Explorer (Pico) To Hit Shelves In UK October 31st?

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The HTC Explorer, a budget friendly device once dubbed the Pico, has been rumored to hit shelves on a number of shores sometime in Q4 and has even been touted as early as November.  However, the folks over at Clove UK are making bold claims of an update that the device is heading their way on October 31st.  And though the handset is nothing to shout from the rooftops about, only sporting a 600 Mhz CPU and 512 mb of RAM, it will still be one of the latest and greatest software wise.  The device will launch with Gingerbread 2.3.5 and come with the new Sense UI 3.5 installed.  It’s apparent that HTC is aiming for a bit of a different demographic with this one and not us spec busters looking for the highest CPU clock and resolution.  Furthermore, the device has its flexibility in the customization dept down to a “T”.  With tons of color options, three base models and swappable back plates, this device is sure to resonate with someone out there.  What do you think about this mini Sensation wannabe?

  • 3MP Camera with Autofocus
  • 3.5mm Audio Jack
  • Website Prediction
  • Smart Phone Dialler
  • 3.2” touchscreen display
  • WiFi 802.11 b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 3.0

[via Clove by PocketNow]