Is a smartphone that utilizes both a regular LCD screen and an e-ink screen possible? Russian wireless carrier Yota Devices wants to remind you that yes, yes it is possible with its new YotaPhone concept. Under the hood, the smartphone has a dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor, 2GB of RAM, an LTE chip and a 12-megapixel rear camera. However— the real kicker of the device is its two displays— one on the front, one on the back. The front display holds a 4.3-inch 1,280 x 720 (720P) display, while the rear one can display a full e-ink content. It appears the rear display will be best suited for displaying key information tied to a user’s everyday life like appointments, playlists or other things of that nature.
While the concept is indeed interesting, prospective customers will need to go through quite a wait before the device can get in the palms of their hands. The YotaPhone is expected to go on sale in Q3 2013 in Russia, while other markets internationally will see the device sometime after that. More details can be found in the presser once you hit the break.
Qualcomm is certainly on a tear recently isn’t it? After seeing its smooth new Snapdragon S4 Pro power not just one superphone, but a second superphone as well— it has now announced a few new offerings that will soon be available to the masses as well. The two new processors will be known as the MSM8225Q and MSM8625Q chips– while being touted as powerhouse chips for budget or entry-level devices. Each will feature support for LPDDR2 memory, which allows for improved features such as 720p display and 720p video encode and decode. In addition, both processors enable Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0 and FM connectivity using the Qualcomm Atheros AR6005 and WCN2243 chips. However, there’s a big difference with the MSM8625Q chip as it will feature Qualcomm’s integrated multimode UMTS/CDMA modem– meaning it’s a dead giveaway that it will operate on networks like Verizon, Sprint and MetroPCS. The MSM8225Q on the other hand will have an integrated UMTS modem only.
So all in all, it’s some solid news that Qualcomm is expanding its quad-core offerings to all, instead of the elite. Here’s hoping it these new chips don’t cut back on too much such as a reduction in the overall speed of the processor or a less-than-stellar GPU. Given Qualcomm’s track record however, we’ll just assume whatever features have been held back or are of lower quality won’t affect the overall performance of devices too much. Hit the break for the full presser.
After speculation already outed the device for Korean markets, LG has finally made the Optimus Vu II official. While initially little was known about the device, the Korean-based manufacturer has figuratively spilled the beans, and what spectacular beans they are.
The LG Optimus VU II will sport the same 5-inch display (4:3 aspect ratio) as its predecessor, though this time it will be accompanied by a physical home button near the bottom. Also new is a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 MSM8960 processor, 2GB of RAM and a beefed-up 2,150mAh battery. The square shaped device will run atop Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and will feature an 8-megapixel shooter on the rear, as well as a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera. The fun doesn’t stop there however, as LG has also included NFC, VoLTE connectivity and an IR blaster, complete with a dedicated QRemote app, which turns your device into a universal remote. The company is also touting its redesigned Rubberdium Pen 2.0, which offers a finer point for better precision.
Pricing is set at $865, with your color choice of either black, white or pink. Currently, there’s no word on availability outside of Korea, so it looks like we’ll have to sit tight for more details.
Those of you lucky individuals who own the HTC One X smartphone can now have something to look forward to. While you still may not know of Jelly Bean’s exact arrival, at least HTC is giving the owners an idea of when the update is due to arrive. The manufacturer has confirmed the update will be pushed to the unlocked Tegra 3 models by October, followed by the carrier-branded models (i.e. the One XL or Snapdragon-powered One X models) receiving the update hopefully by roughly Christmas if all goes well.
The HTC Jelly Bean news doesn’t stop there either. You remember how we told you about that supercharged HTC One X+ that’s on the way? Well that device along with the special One XL arriving on EE’s brand-spankin’ new 4G LTE network will come with Jelly Bean shipped out of the box. And before you ask— there’s no news of when One S owners will get Jelly Bean, but if or when we hear news, we’ll be sure to share it with you.
We previously thought that the Galaxy S Relay 4G would have the Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 chip, but T-Mobile confirmed that it will actually have the Snapdragon S4 chip. The improved technology should make the phone more appealing to T-Mobile customers looking for something in Samsung’s Galaxy line. The rest of the specs are the same as previously reported with a 4-inch display, Ice Cream Sandwich and NFC capabilities.
The Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G will be in stores on September 19 for $150 after the rebate. Does the improved technology make you want this phone more? Does it even make a difference?
Pantech is usually known as a budget-friendly handset manufacturer, but according to a leak from Engadget that may all change with the soon-to-be-released P9090, aka the Magnus. This higher-end GSM based phone is heading to AT&T with an 8MP rear camera (with LED flash), a front-facing camera and will run Ice Cream sandwich or possibly even Jelly Bean. Engadget expects this new handset to be powered by a Qualcomm MSM8960 dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, a 720p display and LTE connectivity. No pricing or announcements have been made by Pantech or AT&T, but we’ll keep you posted.
A press release from Vodafone has confirmed the ASUS Transformer Pad TF700KL is heading to Germany, a Transformer Pad TF700 with 4G LTE connectivity. The new LTE Transformer will initially launch in Germany, but will soon be available in other Vodafone stores across Europe – with the exception of Italy, which has not yet upgraded their network infrastructure to support LTE.
Unlike its Transformer TF700 siblings the TF700KL will be powered by a more power efficient dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor clocked at 1.5GHz (rather than the quad-core 1.6GHz Nvidia Tegra 3), which was most likely chosen due to LTE’s demanding battery life. Its display will be covered in Corning’s Gorilla Glass 2 which will allow the device to be thinner, but will still support a dazzling full 1920 x 1080 HD resolution. Other specs remain identical such as 1GB RAM, storage options of 16GB, 32GB or 64G, and as always an expandable microSD card slot.
The top-of-the-line TF700KL 64GB model will be priced at a hefty €819 ($1025 USD) for non subsidized customers and €169 ($211 USD) with a contract.
via: Notebook Italia
Looks like it’s time for T-Mobile customers to rejoice once again. T-Mobile usually tends to make a splash for their late summer to fall device line-up. Last year they introduced the HTC Amaze 4G and the Samsung Galaxy S II, this year it seems as if something very big is due for the Magenta carrier. Confirmed through various sources, a beefed-up version of the HTC One X will be coming to T-Mobile later this fall and the specs will be nothing short of amazing. The rumors of this phone have certainly come a long way when we initially covered this device earlier in the year. It was first assumed the device would be dubbed as the “G4x” to further accompany T-Mobile’s “G” brand line of stock Android phones such as the HTC G2 and LG G2x.
As reported earlier, Qualcomm’s latest mobile development platform (MDP), the Snapdragon S4 Pro Dev is now available. Powering this device is their new APQ8064 chipset based on a quad core Snapdragon S4. Given the strong numbers posted by dual core S4 chips against quad core chipsets from other manufacturers, it should be no surprise that the quad core S4 just blows them away. When combined with the Adreno 320 gpu, the Qualcomm’s numbers are really in a different class.
Qualcomm’s upcoming quad-core version of their highly popular Snapdragon S4 processor is getting closer to mass release. For early adopters, Qualcomm has made the processor available via a dev tablet which they’re calling the “Snapdragon S4 Pro mobile development platform.” While it caries a hefty price of $1,299, just keep in mind that it is geared towards developers and not for the general consumer. The tablet will sport a 10.1 WXGA (1280×768) display, 2GB LPDDR2 RAM, 32GB of storage space and runs Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
Considering the current dual-core S4 processor can hold its own against current quad-cores, one can only imagine how powerful the quad-core S4 will be. The new S4 will also be accompanied with the Adreno 320 graphics engine which is said to be three to four times more powerful than the current Adreno 225 that’s in the dual-core S4. You can purchase this straight from BSQUARE, Qualcomm’s usual distributor for their dev kits.
For more details on this developer tablet, hit the break for the spec sheet.