Unlocked Sony Xperia acro S now available to purchase in the US

Sony’s recently announced Xperia acro S is now available to purchase unlocked in the United States. As we saw back at IFA 2012, the Xperia acro S–which apparently isn’t considered a proper noun–is a solid piece of hardware with some pretty impressive specs. For $599.99, users will get a 4.3-inch 1280 x 720 display, 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor and 1GB of RAM. Also included is Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, a 12.1-megapixel rear shooter and a nano waterproof coating.

For that price, though, buying an unlocked handset doesn’t make sense for the general consumer. Keep in mind that for just $350, or about half the price of the acro S, you can pick up a Galaxy Nexus, which is guaranteed to receive better support and runs stock Jelly Bean. However, if you’re the type of individual who could be considered a Sony fanboy, you’ll be excited to learn that you can pick up the Xperia acro S today in your choice of either black or white. Also, be sure to catch the official introductory video after the break.

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LG Optimus L9 cruises through FCC

LG’s Optimus L9, the latest phone in LG’s budget-friendly L Series lineup, is one step closer to its European release. The L9 has officially passed through FCC frequency testing which is a good sign that its release should be right around the proverbial corner. If you remember, LG stole the early spotlight before IFA officially kicked off with the announcement of the Optimus L9. The Korean manufacturer touted the phone’s 4.7-inch IPS display, dual-core 1GHz processor, 5-megapixel rear camera, 1GB of RAM, and 4GB of on board storage – not bad at all for this sleek, budget-friendly device. We will of course provide an update when a solid release date is announced.

source:  FCC

Sony Highlights Innovative Sensor-On-Lens Technology In New Xperia V Smartphone

At the IFA conference last month, Sony announced multiple new devices including the Sony Xperia V. This phone introduces a new type of touch screen technology which will combine the lens and sensor to give a “direct touch experience.” Traditional touchscreens on other smartphones have three layers: lens, sensor and display. Cutting out one of the layers gives images one less layer of glass and glue in order to travel through to provide cleaner, closer images. With the touch sensors being on the top lens layer, it gives the illusion of touching the image. There are also logical benefits to the new touchscreen technology such as the lack of an extra layer, which will make the phone thinner and lighter.

You can get a better idea of the technology once you hit the break for a video of the Sony Xperia V. Read more

Sony’s Xperia Tablet S now shipping in the UK

Sony unveiled its revamped Tablet S last week at IFA 2012, and announced that the device would be available beginning September 7th. The manufacturer has kept its promise, as the newspaper inspired tablet is now officially available to purchase in the UK.

Currently, Sony’s official website has two different models that are listed as ready to ship. Customers can select either the 16GB version for £329 ($524), or the 32GB model for £379 ($603). Keep in mind both of these models are Wi-Fi only, with the 3G-enabled 16GB version still up for pre-order for £429 ($683). Additionally, the Tablet S is expected to begin making its way to other regions over the course of the next few weeks.

Source: Xperia Blog, Sony

Samsung Smart TVs to launch later this year with Google TV

Samsung has built a major part of its reputation with its line of Smart TVs, but has yet to fully dip its toes into Google TV — until now, that is. While not a part of its press conference, the company is showing off new Google TV hardware on the show floor of IFA 2012.

Details are scarce, but Samsung plans to utilize its Smart Hub as the central user interface for switching between television and apps. As expected, the company has already ported some of its own Smart TV apps to the Google TV unit. With these added tweaks, the company hopes to “enhance the Smart TV experience.” 

Google TV has undoubtedly failed to catch on with consumers, but Samsung is hoping that it can make an impact with its prominent branding. Let’s just hope Samsung can actually bring this thing to market for a reasonable price. More on this story as it develops.

Source: Engadget
Via: Phandroid

Huawei Ascend D1 Quad XL hits Germany in October

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 more

Samsung shows off the Galaxy Note II in official hands-on video

After unveiling its Galaxy Note II earlier this week at IFA 2012, Samsung has decided that hands-on videos from countless technology publications wasn’t enough. The company has taken to YouTube to show off its very own hands-on video, detailing every feature the 5.5-inch behemoth has to offer. The 13-minute video dives into some of the incredible new enhancements that Samsung has made to its traditional TouchWiz Nature UX software. Don’t take our word for it. Instead, you can catch the official video after the break.

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Samsung’s Unpacked at IFA 2012 event now available to watch online

Did you miss out on Samsung’s action-filled IFA keynote earlier today? Don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. The entire Unpacked event is now available to stream online, so you can relive the magic as Samsung unveils its Galaxy Note II, Galaxy Camera and much, much more. If you’ve already watched the Galaxy Note II announcement video, you can skip to the 45-minute mark to catch the rest of the show. However, if you’re interested in watching the full presentation, including the unveiling of the company’s new line of Windows 8-powered Ativ products, you can watch the full video after the break.

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Samsung unveils the Galaxy Note II in all its glory at Mobile Unpacked

Live at IFA 2012 in Berlin, Samsung finally unveiled the Galaxy Note II. Samsung is pushing this as a “be creative” and “be expressive” device. Obvious the focal point is the S Pen, which is now longer, thicker and ergonomically designed for the perfect grip. The dedicated S Pen button allows the S Pen to magically recognize what users want to clip or edit. With Easy Clip users can instantly outline and crop any content on the screen for sharing. The Idea Visualizer allows users to easily add illustrations by handwriting keywords. Also when you pull out the S Pen from the holder, a quick launch of S Pen tools will pop up so you can quickly launch whatever app you need.

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