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Pre-order for LG Optimus G from Sprint begins November 1, Available November 11

All of this LG talk lately will certainly make your head spin. From the plethora of leaks and information regarding the LG Nexus 4 to this bit of news regarding that beast of a device, the LG Optimus G. This time the good news comes courtesy of Sprint. Sprint customers will be able to pre-order the Optimus G on November 1st with a release on November 11th. This is excellent news seeing that it was just announced not even two weeks ago that the device would be coming to Sprint “in the coming months.” I suppose “the coming months” means “coming weeks.” You won’t see us complaining however. And who would complain with these montrous specs:


  • Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich
  • 4.7-inch 1280 x 768 True HD IPS Display (with Zerogap Touch)
  • 1.5-GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor
  • 2,100mAh battery
  • 13 -megapixel rear-facing camera with a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera
  • 4G LTE, Bluetooth 4.0
  • 32GB internal memory
The LG Optimus G will be available for $199.99 with a new two-year service agreement or eligible upgrade in all Sprint channels. Sprint customers, what do you think? Have you been holding out for this device? Will you be picking it up day-one? Let us know your thoughts, and reservations if any.


Source:  Sprint

US Cellular will release the Samsung Galaxy Note II in late October for $299, pre-orders already started

US Cellular just announced that the Samsung Galaxy Note II is available for pre-order on their website. The behemoth of a phone is currently $299.99 after an instant online rebate. If you want to wait until it hits stores, the phablet is currently scheduled for a late October release, but the rebate will be mail-in. So far USCC is only offering the 16gb Titanium Grey flavor for pre-order, but for those who were fans of the original Note, this shouldn’t be much of a problem.

The phone, which sports a massive 5.5-inch Super-AMOLED HD display as well as Samsung’s super powered 1.6 GHz quad-core Exynos processor is the first phone outside of Korea to sport both 4G LTE connectivity and a quad-core processor. By offering this in addition to Samsung’s flagship Galaxy S3, USCC is presenting themselves to be a strong competitor in the smartphone market.

Full press release after the break:

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LG Optimus 4X HD faces up to HTC One X in benchmark tests

As sure as night follows day, benchmark bickering follows the release of a new Android device. I guess we never really outgrow the childhood “My Dad’s bigger than your Dad” complex. Only a couple of days ago we showed you how HTC’s One S performed and now it’s big brothers turn as the One X goes head-to-head with LG’s Optimus 4X HD in a battle of the quad-core titans.

Techblog got its hands on both devices and put them through popular benchmarking tools Quadrant, AnTuTu and NenaMark2. Not surprisingly the results were relatively similar with each phone performing stronger in certain areas. Quadrant saw the LG score a very respectable 4,512 with the HTC posting a market leading 4,909. LG came out the narrow winner in the AnTuTu test posting a 11,147 over HTC’s 11,030.  Finally the HTC managed 47.6 fps ahead of the LG which managed 44.5 fps in the NenaMark test.

So whilst all the publicity and hype is firmly set around the HTC device it’s encouraging to see that LG’s flagship phone more than holds its own against the best in the market. The true test as always will come down to which one performs every tasks better, no doubt a story for another day. Will you be considering the Optimus 4X HD as an alternative to the LG One X? Let us know your thoughts in the comments.

source : Techblog

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Acer Iconia A700 & A701 Tablets To Feature 1920×1200 Displays & Quad-Core Tegra 3 Processors (!!)

Acer just keeps it coming. After just seeing certain Acer tablets would feature Tegra 3 chips, we now know that Acer plans on bringing even more quad-core speed demons in the not to distant future. Another user agent profile has slipped out of the cracks clearly showing specific details of what will be the Iconia A700 and A701 tablets. Here you will see that not only are there Tegra 3 quad-core chips, but there’s also a rather monstrous 1920×1200 display. Tegra 3 chip, check. 1900×1200 display, check. Ice Cream Sandwich’s full hardware acceleration, check. Ladies and gentlemen, let the new era of the tablet wars begin.

(Photo via android.HD Blog)

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Motorola “Kore” Could be Manufacturer’s First Kal-El Quad-Core

Rumor has it that Motorola is working on an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich-powered tablet with a 4:3 aspect ratio, similar to that of the iPad. Fusible was able to dig up some hidden info on this gem, and judging by Motorola’s recent purchase of the,,, and domains, we can guess that this device will be called the Motorala Kore. While it isn’t yet clear, speculation is that this may be one of the first tablets to ship with NVIDIA’s Kal-El Quad-Core processor, and that Moto will likely market around those “kores”. XOOM’s sales have been less than impressive, shipping just 250,000 unites in its first quarter, so we can understand why they might drop that moniker.

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NVIDIA Kal-El quad-core development tablet – images and video


At Computex 2011, NVIDIA had some interesting displays of power within the much anticipated quad-core processors known only as ‘Kal-El’. The tablet device shown is simply a development tablet, which looks pretty juiced up to say the least, and Engadget got to grab some real eyes-on time in the video after the break.

The demo was done on an Android 3.1 10inch tablet device without any branding but the NVIDIA logo. It has dual cams on the back, one on the front, and 1280×800 screen resolution to make those graphics really move (and make most processors sweat in terror). Demo consisted of the Glow Ball game, where we see awesome lighting and graphic realism, and even the difference when switching between dual-core and quad-core processing. Also demo’d briefly was the Unreal Development Kit and Lost Planet 2 which was ported to Android from PC.

We don’t know when these are coming out, but I suspect we may see some quad-core tablets by the end of 2011. Video and images below!

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Sony S1 PlayStation Tablet is real, may be shipping September


After all the tablets have been coming out at CES 2011, and now finishing off MWC 2011, there have been rumors and wonders on why we didn’t see a Sony tablet announced with all the other goodies we got. Rumors also were about that the Sony tablet would have special “PlayStation” gaming options like the Xperia Play smartphone, but again, no information came out…until now.

Apparently the VAIO section of Sony will be putting out a tablet device which will have PlayStation gaming built in, and will be 9.4 inches in size running Android 3.0. The design above is a mockup and not official, but Engadget was told that the Sony tablet may have a curved flap design to it, meant to remind us of the tablet being a personal item like a book or magazine.

The tablet will have 1280×800 resolution, IR for remote control capabilities on other devices like your Bravia TV, dual-core Tegra2 processor, USB-A port supporting flash drive input, and a volume rocker on the side all running Honeycomb OS. Price should be around $599, and meant to compete directly with the Apple iPad. We should see the Sony S1 shipping in September this year. By the time this comes out, we may even see NVIDIA Quad-Core ‘KAL-EL” chips in it. That would be awesome!

[via Engadget]