Leaked T-Mobile Roadmap Indicates October Will Be An Android Bonanza For Customers

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As we approach the close of 2012, there’s not much left to anticipate or look forward to… unless if you’re a T-Mobile customer. Thanks to our friends at TMoNews, we now know what Android devices will join T-Mobile’s line up and when they will be released. According to a leaked roadmap, we’re all set to see the LG Optimus L9 and Huawei Summit released on Halloween (10/31), a Samsung Galaxy S II color refresh on 10/29 and a mysterious Samsung Toba device— which is possibly suspected to be a new tablet– released on November 7th.

Naturally, the major focus for the close of the year will likely be the HTC One X+ and Samsung Galaxy Note II smartphones, but it’s still nice to see additional options being available to T-Mobile customers as well.

 

source: TMoNews

ZTE hits back against allegations of threat to U.S. national security

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Yesterday we reported on a U.S. House of Representatives’ Intelligence Committee report that found two Chinese technology manufacturers may pose a threat to U.S. national security. The report alleged the companies failed to provide documents as part of the investigation, may have engaged in bribery and corruption, conducted discriminatory behavior, and participated in copyright infringement.

Today, ZTE issued a full statement in its defense regarding the Committee’s findings. ZTE notes they are already listed as a Trusted Delivery Partner by 140 governments and 500 network carriers. ZTE also claims they have provided an “unprecedented standard for cooperation” for a Chinese company with the House Committee. ZTE’s David Dai Shu, director of global public affairs, chides the Committee for finding ZTE “may not be ‘free of state influence.’” Dai Shu notes this standard would apply to any manufacturer in China, including Western companies that get their hardware from Chinese partners or suppliers. Instead of focusing on the geographical location of companies, ZTE suggests the Committee should examine equipment security and application of the Trusted Delivery Model for all companies providing hardware for the U.S. telecom infrastructure.

Hit the break to read ZTE’s full statement. » Read the rest

US House Committee Reports Indicates ZTE & Huawei Pose Major Security Threats In The US

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Looks like there’s an emerging issue going on between two Chinese manufacturing giants here in the US. ZTE and Huawei have each been targeted by the U.S. House of Representatives’ Intelligence Committee and may pose a major risk to U.S. security. According to a report based off an 11-month investigation of each company, the U.S. panel found both Huawei and ZTE each failed to satisfy its requests for documents, including detailed information about formal relationships or regulatory interaction with Chinese authorities and the Chinese government. In addition, the special panel found it received credible allegations from “unnamed industry experts”, as well as current and former Huawei employees suggesting Huawei in particular, may be guilty of “bribery and corruption, discriminatory behavior and copyright infringement”. The major goal of the investigation and subsequent report was to essentially find “long-term security risks supposedly linked with Huawei and ZTE’s equipment and service”.

Naturally each manufacturer is not the least bit happy with the U.S. Government’s assertions. ZTE expressed its disappointment by highlighting “profoundly disagrees” with the claim and  “ZTE should not be a focus of this investigation to the exclusion of the much larger Western vendors“. Huawei spokesman William Plummer added “baseless suggestions otherwise or purporting that Huawei is somehow uniquely vulnerable to cyber mischief ignore technical and commercial realities, recklessly threaten American jobs and innovation, do nothing to protect national security, and should be exposed as dangerous political distractions from legitimate public-private initiatives to address what are global and industry-wide cyber challenges“.

Boy oh boy this may get a little messy, especially considering we’re looking forward to some sweet superphones from the manufacturers this year. Here’s hoping we see some sort of resolution sooner than later.

source: Yahoo News

Huawei rolls out Ascend P1 LTE

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We’re already familiar with Huawei’s Ascend P1, and the next logical step for Huawei is to offer that same experience in an LTE flavor. Huawei has officially announced the upcoming availability of the Ascend P1 LTE in the UK exclusively on the recently announced EE (everything everywhere) network. As a refresher, here are the specs of the LTE device:

  • 2000mAh battery
  • 1.5Ghz dual-core processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8MP camera
  • 4.3-inch Super AMOLED qHD (540×960) display
  • Corning Gorilla Glass2

 

Those aren’t bad specs at all, and of course EE and Huawei are promising “ultra-fast mobile communication” with this device. We’re anxious to see how these new devices will perform on the newly announced network.  Hit the break for the full press release. » Read the rest

Radio Shack and Cricket pair up to offer new contract-free plans and two devices to go along with it

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Radio Shack and Cricket have come together to offer a couple of new contract-free mobile plans along with two devices for budget friendly customers. Here’s what you can expect:

$25 per month

  • 300 voice minutes
  • Unlimited data access
  • Unlimited texting
  • Call waiting
  • Three-way calling.

$35 per month

  • 1000 voice minutes
  • Unlimited data access
  • Unlimited texting
  • Call waiting
  • Three-way calling.

$50 per month

  • Unlimited voice minutes
  • First gigabyte of data will run at full 3G speeds
  • Unlimited access to music through Cricket’s Muve Music service

$60 per month

  • Unlimited voice minutes
  • First 2.5GB of data at 3G
  • Tethering
  • Unlimited access to music through Cricket’s Muve Music service

To go along with these new plans, Radio Shack is offering two separate devices. First we have the Huawei Pillar, a feature phone equipped with a QWERTY keyboard, a built-in camera, and access to the mobile Web for $39.99. The Pillar is available through either the $25 or $35 feature phone plan.

Then we have the Huawei Mercury Ice Android smartphone. Powered by a 1.4GHz processor and Android 2.3, the Mercury Ice offers a 4-inch WVGA screen and an 8-megapixel camera. The phone will cost $149.99 and can be paired with either the $50 or $60 smartphone plan.

Any Cricket users out there willing to give these plans/phones a shot?

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Huawei Ascend D1 Quad XL hits Germany in October

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Remember “the world’s fastest phone”? We got our first hands-on with Huawei’s Ascend D1 Quad XL way back at Mobile World Congress in February, though its actual existence has yet to materialize. However, a new regional launch is finally set to bring the elusive handset to German store shelves in October.

While the phone may have gained a 1 in its name, it still features the same impressive specs. The Ascend D1 Quad XL houses Huawei’s very own 1.2GHz K3v2 quad-core processor, 1GB of RAM and 8GB of on board storage, which can easily be expanded via MicroSD. Additionally, the 4.5-inch behemoth sports a 2,600mAh battery, which is rated at 500 hours of standby time thanks to Huawei’s battery saving technology.

Availability is slated for the end of October in both matte black and ceramic white colors. While there’s no word on which carriers (if any) will be receiving the handset, it will be sold off-contract for €499 (£395/$625). For the full low-down be sure to check out the official press release below. » Read the rest

Huawei MediaPad 10 FHD Will Be Shipped In September, Come Fully Loaded With Quad-Core Processor And 16-Core GPU

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Chinese manufacturer Huawei has a new supertablet on the way. It recently announced it has plans to ship the MediaPad 10 FHD to “select markets” starting in September. The tablet comes with a whole host of goodies inside as it will feature:

 

  • A 10.1-inch 1920 x 1200 high definition IPS display screen and 16:10 golden ratio
  • 8 megapixel HD rear camera + 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera
  • Ice Cream Sandwich
  • Full 3G & 4G LTE radios built-in

 

While the above mentioned features are nothing to sneeze at, the real kicker is it will feature a quad-core processor along with a 16-core GPU. The K3v2 Cortex-A9 will be clocked at 1.4GHz and when complimented by the device’s massive 6,600mAh battery, the combination will give users over 10 hours of continuous battery life. Oh and the best part is all the goodies inside don’t come at a cost of added heft— the device will measure in at 8.8mm thin and will weigh only 580g. Sadly the device will not be making an appearance here in the States (as of now) and will be launched in Germany, Sweden, Russia, Belarus, Korea, Bahrain and Kuwait. The good news is that other markets will follow, so the hope is that Huawei will announce a variation for the States someday (soon).

Enough with the chit-chatter, you can hit the break to see the full presser from Huawei.

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Huawei Ascend P1 to be Enhanced with a ‘Premium Feel’ Ahead of its UK Launch

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Last month we reported the Huawei Ascend P1 would be coming to the U.K. in August. We’re now more than halfway through the month, and instead of a launch date, Huawei announced they want to give the device more of a “premium” feel ahead of its launch. At this point we’re not sure what all the improvements will be, but they did mention the newer version would have an 1800mAh battery vs. the 1670mAh that was sent out in review units.

Looks like some pretty exciting stuff! I know we’re moving into a quad-core world, but dual-core phones still pack some relevant power. So are any of our reader across the pond excited for this device?

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Huawei Ascend Q now available from Cricket

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Readers who prefer a pre-paid contract for their phone devices now have a new option available through Cricket. For $119.99 Cricket is making available the Huawei Ascend Q. The Ascend Q is an entry level smartphone running Android 2.3 on an 800 MHz processor. Sporting a 3.2 inch display, the phone includes a 3.2 megapixel camera for photos and video and can carry up to 32GB of microSD storage. In addition to the touchscreen, the Ascend Q has a full QWERTY keyboard. Head over to the Cricket store for more info or to place an order.

source: Cricket

Huawei MediaPad 10 FHD Trailer Emerges, Release Eminent?

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Back in February, at Mobile World Congress, Huawei announced the MediaPad 10 FHD. Although it seems like it’s been ages, a new flashy video of the 10 inch tablet was posted on Huawei’s Youtube channel today. Could this be an indication that Huawei will release their flagship tablet sooner then later?

The MediaPad 10 FHD is metallic in color and rocks a 1.5GHz quad-core processor, LTE suport (some models), 16GB of storage, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, 8MP rear camera with dual flash and a front facing web cam. The tablet will also boast a 10.1 inch HD IPS display (1280 x 1200 pixels). Back at CTIA we were able to spend some time with the MediaPad and you can check that out here! Hit the break for their trailer

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