Daily Steals Offering Unlocked HTC One X For $630.00

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So you live in the States and want in on the quad-core HTC One X before everyone else? You may want to head on out to Daily Steals as soon as possible. Right now, they have the unlocked One X for sale for a mere $630. That means you have a chance to be the cool kid in class or in the office by owning one of the first quad-core devices. Keep in mind that this device is not the LTE version (the LTE version features a Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor) and while it could work on AT&T & T-Mobile bands, it’s likely not going to be optimized, so you may see slower than normal 3G and/or HSPA+ speeds. But hey, all we really care about on the device is the Tegra 3 and Beats Audio anyways.

Prospective buyers will want to hurry as they only have until tonight to get in on the deal.

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 Delayed Until June To Get Quad-Core Exynos Processor?

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A Korean newspaper claims that Samsung is delaying the launch of the Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet to June so it can bump up its processor to a quad-core Exynos 4412. This is welcome news if it holds true since the Note 10.1 was announced at Mobile World Congress with a dual-core 1.4GHz processor, which seems like yesterday’s news now that quad-core is the new kid in town. There is currently no device that is using the Exynos 4412, but the Samsung Galaxy III is rumored to be the first. If the Note 10.1 will be getting it as well, Samsung could be timing the releases of both devices together.

Of course, with no official release date from Samsung, can we really call this a delay? In any case, if this is true, this is the second delay of a Samsung tablet this month with the Galaxy Tab 2 being pushed until the end of April for more ICS testing and tweaks.

I know everyone hates delays, but to be honest, I applaud Samsung for making sure their products are not only fully tested and working well before release, but also that the specs are kept up to date and competitive. Now let’s just hope the rumors are true since I could sure use a 10.1-inch, quad-core, S Pen enabled Galaxy Note.

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Latest Report Highlights Samsung Galaxy S III May Feature A 4.6-Inch Super AMOLED Plus HD Display

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Another day, another tidbit of Samsung Galaxy S III news. We are aware the device will likely feature impressive specs including a thin form factor and a souped-up quad-core processor, but there have been varying reports of what the actual display will be in the final version of the device. While we’ve heard the device will most likely feature on-screen soft keys, there have been conflicting reports as to what the screen size will be. The speculation of the screen size has gone anywhere from 4.7-inches to a whopping 4.8-inches. While DigiTimes doesn’t have the greatest track record for accuracy, it does report Sammy’s new wundertoy will indeed feature a 4.6-inch screen, which seems to fall in line with other reports in the past.

This 4.6-inch screen would be quite a doozy too. It’s rumored to feature a Super AMOLED Plus HD screen. In addition, the screen will feature a mind-boggling 319 ppi pixel density. Oh and there are added reports the Galaxy S III will be Sammy’s first device with the Super AMOLED Plus HD screen which will feature a true RGB matrix. Ladies and gentlemen, it looks like the Galaxy S III will likely look to raise the bar and standard for the future of Android devices much like how the Galaxy S II has already done and the Galaxy S before that.

Again, this latest rumor coming from DigiTimes may not be completely accurate— but if it is even remotely true (and that’s a big IF), we may be seeing Samsung getting ready for yet another record-breaking year.

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Huawei’s Ascend D Quad Not Shipping Until July?

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The highly anticipated Ascend D Quad from Huawei, announced at MWC, has been reported by Chinese website CNMO that the device won’t even start being massed produced until June with a shipping schedule of some time in July.  As Huawei’s first quad-core handset (1.2 GHz), this comes as sort of a bummer.  By the time this device begins to hit the market, it’s more than likely both HTC and Samsung will have a quad-core device already in the hands of consumers.  The One X and Galaxy S III launching before the Ascend D Quad doesn’t seem like the handset would even have a chance.  Lets hope there’s enough there to differentiate the device from its competition.  Maybe in the pricing department?  As far as specs go, expect Android 4.0, a 4.5-inch IPS HD display coming in at a 1280 x 720 res, WiFi, 8MP camera, HSPA+ 21, Dolby Mobile 3.0 Plus technology and a gig of RAM.  In addition, 8GB of internal storage, a MicroSD card slot and 1.3MP front facing camera will also be on-board.  Not too shabby in the spec dept, obviously.  Stay tuned as we dig a little deeper on the launch of the device.  Here’s to hoping Huawei can stay ahead of schedule.  Feel free to leave your thoughts in the comments below.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Rumored Samsung Galaxy S III Press Render Photo Surfaces

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Boy, it seems like the Samsung Galaxy S III leaks just keep pouring out today, doesn’t it? We just heard some news earlier highlighting Samsung may introduce the Galaxy S III sometime next month, but now we have more juicy info to share with you all. As you can see in the screenshot above, another alleged official rendering of the upcoming smartphone has been leaked out and as you can see, it sure is a beauty. One thing you’ll notice right away from the latest leaked render of the device includes only 3 capacative buttons including the Home button being featured in the middle, which seems to fall in line with another leaked renderings we’d seen earlier in the week… and the week before that. So much for the smartphone having an all-screen display as we’d previously seen before.

Complimenting the leaked rendering are the latest leaked internal specifications of the device. For starters, there is a 4.7-inch HD Super AMOLED Plus screen with 720p resolution in a thin profile— 8mm of total thickness. Also, rumor has it there will be a a quad-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz, 1GB of RAM, 32GB of internal storage and a 12 megapixel camera with full 1080p capable of recording at 60fps along with a 1,750mAh battery.

Keep in mind this is still speculation, so the rendering and subsequent specs may be incorrect. But you have to admit, this latest rumor sure does give a strong indication of what we can expect from the ultra-hyped smartphone, doesn’t it?

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Samsung Galaxy S III Design Is Official And Ready According To Source

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Looks like we’re getting more juicy details for the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S III smartphone. While we previously reported the device would feature a ceramic body instead of the usual plastic we’ve become accustomed to on the GSI and GSII phones, there are new reports the device will not only highlight a ceramic body— but the final design of the GSIII smartphone is complete, which indicates the phone is all set for production. This is already on top of the mouth-watering specs we previously reported which includes a rumored 4.8-inch screen with HD resolution, 8MP camera and quad-core processor for starters. Looks like the phone may very well be on its way folks.

Oh and for anyone interested: there are added reports the phone should be out by June of this year. That’s only 3 months away folks. Are any of you planning on breaking open the wallet or purse for the fancy new smartphone from Sammy?

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Quad-Core HTC One X Passes Through FCC

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HTC’s much anticipated One X is coming in two flavors: the Snapdragon S4 dual-core LTE model destined for AT&T, and the Tegra 3 quad-core international version. The One Series of phones is getting a lot of chatter about their superior cameras with ImageSense technology.

The good news is that the Tegra 3 international version, model number PJ46100, has just cleared through the FCC, bringing it closer to launch. If you are disappointed that the LTE version is dual-core, it should be possible to import the quad-core and use it on AT&T’s 3G frequencies if HSPA+ is fast enough for you. However, I would recommend waiting until full benchmarks and real-world testing can determine whether the Tegra 3 is indeed faster than the Snapdragon S4, at least for your uses.

Tell us what you think in the comments below. Would you prefer the quad-core with slower connection speeds, or the dual-core with LTE?

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Nvidia’s Tegra 3 Reminds Apple’s New iPad Just What It’s Capable Of (Video)

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Nvidia just wants to send out a reminder, with all the hype about Apple’s new iPad and all, just who rules when it comes to the mobile core space.  The company touts their latest product, the Tegra 3 chipset and claims that the iPad’s CPU is no challenge.  And as proof, they’re pointing towards their Nvidia powered gaming options.  Using their site, the chip manufacturer shows off just how good the 4-Plus-1 CPU can be.  Check out the list of impressive games that have been released to compliment the powerful CPU.

Mobile app developers are beginning to realize just how far they can take mobile applications when utilizing NVIDIA Tegra 3 – the world’s only 4-PLUS-1 quad-core mobile processor with the extra battery saver core that allows it to use less power than dual-core processors.

Here’s a quick look at just a few of the top Tegra 3 apps:

  • Splashtop THD from Splashtop Inc. – allows you to seamlessly stream content from your desktop onto your Tegra 3 tablet.
  • Photaf THD Panorama Pro from Oren Bengigi – a new photo-stitching app that allows you to combine a sequence of photos to create a panoramic view of any scenery. This app accelerates image stitching time by using all four Tegra 3 processing cores.
  • Snapseed from Nik Software – one of the easiest, most intuitive photo editors available for your Tegra 3 device. Take a picture, customize it to your liking and immediately send to friends and family. Coming to Google Play this summer.
  • PowerDirector Mobile from CyberLink– this app was once a powerful desktop-based video editing tool. Thanks to the Tegra 3’s high-performance and battery-friendly 4-PLUS-1 architecture, PowerDirector Mobile will give you the power to manipulate and edit videos on your mobile device. Coming to Google Play this fall.
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Broadcom Introduces New Chips To The Already Crowded SoC Playground

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Smartphones processors are evolving at a rapid pace. Whether you look to your right, left or everywhere in between– you’ll see various chips sporting impressive features while trying to distinguish themselves from one another. Veteran chipset maker Broadcom is now squeezing its way onto the chipset playground by introducing several attractive chips which will be Ice Cream Sandwich-based. The first is the BCM21654G chip which is made for mid-end smartphones and features a 1GHz ARM Cortex A9 processor, integrated HSPA modem and VGA video support. Following the 21654G are the BCM28145 and 28155 chips. Each will feature dual-core processors that can go as high as 1.3GHz, have integrated HSPA+ modems, feature support for HD (720 and 1080p) video and have an Image Signal Processor chip that will support up to a 42MP camera. Moreover, both chips will feature a “third processing core” called VideoCore. VideoCore will tackle on the load when playing HD video, freeing up the processor’s resources and helping it to run as efficiently as possible.

Broadcom isn’t stopping there either. They are also featuring BCM4334 combo chip which allows for simultaneous Internet connectivity, support for WiFi Direct and WiFi Display, and Bluetooth 4.0 connectivity. Moreover, you’ll be able to find a low-power NFC chip built-in, which can be used for payments, sharing tunes or whatever else you can think of with the technology. Finally, there is of course dual-SIM capabilities that should be noted.

So many choices, which one do we choose? Dilemmas, dilemmas— I tell ya! What chip interests you most? Let us know in the Comments section below or up in our Forums.

source: Android Authority

The Era Of Poor Battery Life Is Almost Over, New Chips Are Looking To Preserve Battery Life On Devices

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It’s one thing for chipmakers to promise great battery life on devices, but it’s another thing to actually see it in reality. Thanks to the energy-efficient DROID RAZR MAXX, it’s made us re-think how we should look at battery life on our devices. As PhoneArena put it best, battery life comes down to simply three things: the display, phone’s radios and the processor. As each evolve, we can see some sort of improvement on the battery life, even if its minimal.

The new architectures of the various chipsets are well on their way to changing the idea that Androids can’t have great, if not good battery life. You may remember how we highlighted the sexy Nvidia Tegra 3 processor which not only efficiently manages tasks such as emailing or watching videos by dedicating them to a core processor, but it has a specific low-level core which is specifically tasked with operating the battery at the most efficient level. Chip manufacturer ARM is following suit by developing a dual core chip featuring one low-power A7 core and another high performance A15.  In this setup, the processor can choose which core to use— for example using the A7 for basic apps like emailing and texting.  When users are doing something more demanding such as playing a 3D game or streaming HD video, the processor can automatically switch to the A15 for more power. Perhaps the most intriguing development is coming from Qualcomm. The manufacturer is currently developing a solution called “Consia” where the processor can learn a user’s habits such as when the user uses the device most and when it is not used,  the device would then automatically adjust its settings based off of its users habits– such as when to gather and push data and when to shut it down and sleep when you sleep. In addition, the chip would learn when and where WiFi is available, without the need for additional apps. Neat isn’t it?

Ladies and gentlemen, the era of poor battery life on Androids are soon to be over. Let the games begin!

source: PhoneArena
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