LG Optimus 3D 2 images leak

By on January 23, 2012 at 6:15 PM.

LG Optimus 3D 2 images leak

Images and specs of a new LG phone codenamed the “CX2″ were recently leaked. The phone is thought to possibly be the successor to the Optimus 3D and may be unveiled during the Mobile World Congress trade show in Barcelona next month. Pocketnow, which leaked the image and specs, says the CX2 sports a dual-core Texas Instruments processor clocked at 1.2GHz, a NOVA display capable of displaying 3D content, a 5-megapixel camera capable of snapping 3D photos, 8GB of storage, Bluetooth 3.0, NFC and support for 21Mbps HSPA+ networks. The phone could launch as soon as this spring, but unfortunately the phone is said to run on Google’s older Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) operating system rather than Ice Cream Sandwich. A second image of the CX2 follows after the break. More →

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Samsung GALAXY S II, Epic 4G Touch review

By on September 21, 2011 at 12:10 PM.

Samsung GALAXY S II, Epic 4G Touch review

Samsung’s fastest-selling smartphone ever has finally landed in the United States. The GALAXY S II will be sold by Sprint, T-Mobile and AT&T, and Verizon is expected to offer a similar phone in the near future. Sprint’s model came to the market first under the Epic 4G Touch moniker and I have been using it nearly non-stop for the past week. The “Samsung GALAXY S II, Epic 4G Touch” has stiff competition among the ranks of Sprint’s 4G phones. Can it keep up? Read on for my full review during which, for the sake of brevity, I’ll refer to the device as simply as the Epic 4G Touch.

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AT&T Samsung GALAXY S II hands-on

By on August 30, 2011 at 7:20 PM.

AT&T Samsung GALAXY S II hands-on

We just had a chance to get up close with AT&T’s brand new GALAXY S II device, which was just revealed during a Samsung press event here in New York City. AT&T’s GALAXY S II is nearly identical to the European model; it is equipped with a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, a large Super AMOLED Plus display, 16GB of storage with room for a 32GB microSD card, an 8-megapixel camera capable of recording 1080p video, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera for video chats, and support for AT&T’s HSPA+ network. The GALAXY S II runs Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) with Samsung’s custom TouchWiz user interface on top. We really dig the TouchWiz update, which adds much more useful widgets, runs faster and looks more attractive than the original. The GALAXY S II reminds us a ton of the Infuse 4G on AT&T, but it’s a bit thinner and has more power under the hood. AT&T’s is launching “in the coming weeks” but the carrier hasn’t revealed pricing just yet. Be sure to check out our full gallery with AT&T’s GALAXY S II below.

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HTC Holiday 4G LTE phone spotted for AT&T

By on August 29, 2011 at 7:23 PM.

HTC Holiday 4G LTE phone spotted for AT&T

We already brought you details on the Samsung Impulse 4G, which is expected to be one of AT&T’s first 4G LTE devices, and now new information is available on another 4G LTE phone dubbed the HTC Holday. Engadget recently published specs and photos of the Holiday, which is said to sport a 4.5-inch qHD display and a 1.2GHz dual-core processor. It is also equipped with an 8-megapixel camera, a 1.3-megapixel forward-facing camera for video chat, 1GB of memory, 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi and Bluetooth 3.0. The Holiday, which may reportedly launch as the HTC Waikiki when AT&T makes its official announcement, will also run Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread) with HTC’s Sense 3.0 custom user interface on top. AT&T will deploy its 4G LTE network in Atlanta, Chicago, Dallas, Houston and San Antonio this summer before it extends the network to at least 15 markets later this year. Read on for more images of the Holiday/Waikiki UI. More →

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BGR and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon™ giveaway, week 3: TouchPad, EVO 3D, myTouch 4G Slide!

By on August 17, 2011 at 1:15 PM.

BGR and Qualcomm’s Snapdragon™ giveaway, week 3: TouchPad, EVO 3D, myTouch 4G Slide!

Following weeks one and two of Qualcomm and BGR’s Snapdragon giveaway, six lucky BGR readers are now proud owners of six awesome Snapdragon-powered devices. Now we’re back for the third and final week of this awesome giveaway series, and we’ve got three brand new devices ready that fall into Qualcomm’s Snapdragon System 3 category, offering up to 1.5GHz dual-core CPUs, Adreno 220 GPUs, HSPA+ support, 1080p recording support, Dolby 5.1 surround sound support and support for stereoscopic 3D, as evidenced by one of this week’s devices in particular. That’s right ladies and gents, this week we’re giving away one HTC EVO 3D (Sprint), one HTC myTouch 4G Slide (T-Mobile) and one HP TouchPad tablet.

  • Leave a comment below explaining why you want to win — be sure to use your real email address, Twitter account or Facebook account when commenting so we can contact you if you win
  • Follow @BGR on Twitter and retweet this post

Readers may enter this portion of the giveaway up to twice, once by commenting beneath this post and once by following @BGR on Twitter and retweeting this post. The third leg of our three-week giveaway will run from now through 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on August 23rd. The giveaway is open to legal residents of the United States only, and you must be at least 18-years-old to enter. No purchase is necessary, and all devices and shipping costs will be free to contest winners. Winners will be selected randomly, contacted directly by BGR staff, and devices will be paired with winners at random. Phone service is not included.

Good luck! And feel free to follow individual BGR staffers on Twitter, too (@boygenius, @zacharye and @robotodd).

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AT&T's HTC Holiday spotted on Craigslist with 1.2GHz dual-core processor

By on August 15, 2011 at 9:00 PM.

AT&T's HTC Holiday spotted on Craigslist with 1.2GHz dual-core processor

The crew over at XDA-Developers recently spotted the HTC Holiday (with a cracked screen) for sale on Craigslist. We first saw renders of the Holiday in May and the leaked images supposedly confirm a number of the phone’s specs. Bound for AT&T, the Holiday appears to be equipped with a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, a 4.5-inch 960 x 540-pixel display, 1GB of RAM, a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, an 8-megapixel camera with dual-LED flash and Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread). It is unclear when AT&T plans to launch the Holiday but its spec sheet certainly has enough muscle to compete with Samsung’s inbound U.S. Galaxy S II handset, which will be announced during a press event on August 29th. Unfortunately, the XDA-Developers thread outing the device has already been pulled but you can hit the read link for another picture of the Holiday. More →

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AT&T BlackBerry Torch 9810 landing August 21st for $49.99

By on August 15, 2011 at 2:20 PM.

AT&T BlackBerry Torch 9810 landing August 21st for $49.99

Research In Motion announced via its official Twitter account on Monday that AT&T will launch the BlackBerry Torch 9810 on August 21st. We recently had hands-on time with the Torch 9810, which is nearly identical to the Torch handset that came before it, but appreciated the first-class keyboard and updated BlackBerry OS 7 operating system. The Torch 9810 is also equipped with support for AT&T’s HSPA+ network and has a 640 x 480-pixel display, 8GB of storage, a 5-megapixel camera capable of recording 720p HD video, and a 1.2GHz processor. AT&T confirmed on its Facebook page that the Torch 9810 will cost $49.99 with a new two-year contract. More →

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BlackBerry Bold 9900 review

By on August 11, 2011 at 10:58 AM.

BlackBerry Bold 9900 review

Another BlackBerry out of RIM? We might as well consider them done and finished. Or should we? With a brand new take on BlackBerry hardware and an improved and enhanced operating system in BlackBerry 7, RIM hasn’t been sitting still. I have been using a BlackBerry 9900 for over a week, and as a reformed BlackBerry addict, I have some thoughts on this latest flagship smartphone out of Waterloo. Is this the device that’s going to save RIM? Is this the phone that’s going to make iPhone and Android users switch to a BlackBerry? Can RIM finally compete in the smartphone arena? Will it take RIM 9 months to make a BlackBerry 9900 in white? Is Will.i.am going to haunt me for eternity? Hit the break to find out. (And I sure as heck hope not on those last two.)

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BGR and Qualcomm's Snapdragon™ giveaway, week 2: EVO View 4G, Xperia PLAY, Inspire 4G!

By on August 10, 2011 at 1:01 PM.

BGR and Qualcomm's Snapdragon™ giveaway, week 2: EVO View 4G, Xperia PLAY, Inspire 4G!

You thought we’d be done after three devices? Not a chance. Following week one of Qualcomm and BGR’s Snapdragon giveaway, we’re back with three more awesome devices to send out to three lucky BGR readers absolutely free of charge. Last week’s handsets fell into Qualcomm’s new Snapdragon System 1 category, and this week’s devices are powered by beefed up System 2 chipsets, which offer up to 1.4GHz of processing power, an Adreno 205 GPU, stereoscopic 3D support and plenty more. In store for week two winners is a brand new HTC EVO View 4G tablet (Sprint), one HTC Inspire 4G (AT&T) and one Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY (Verizon Wireless). Here’s how to enter:

  • Leave a comment below explaining why you want to win — be sure to use your real email address, Twitter account or Facebook account when commenting so we can contact you if you win
  • Follow @BGR on Twitter and retweet this post

Readers may enter this portion of the giveaway up to twice, once by commenting beneath this post and once by following @BGR on Twitter and retweeting this post. Readers who enter week two of the giveaway are still eligible to enter week three. The second leg of our three-week giveaway will run from now through 11:59 p.m. Eastern Time on August 16th, and then the last leg will begin on August 17th. The giveaway is open to legal residents of the United States only, and you must be at least 18-years-old to enter. No purchase is necessary, and all devices and shipping costs will be free to contest winners. Winners will be selected randomly, contacted directly by BGR staff, and devices will be paired with winners at random. Phone service is not included.

Good luck! And feel free to follow individual BGR staffers on Twitter, too (@boygenius, @zacharye and @robotodd).

UPDATE: The AT&T device available to win is the HTC Inspire 4G, not the Samsung Infuse 4G as originally stated.

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Samsung Galaxy S II 'Celox' with 4G LTE leaked

By on August 9, 2011 at 11:10 AM.

Samsung Galaxy S II 'Celox' with 4G LTE leaked

Korean tech news site IT Tong has released details and images of an unannounced Galaxy S II model codenamed “Celox.” Unlike the current Galaxy S II devices, the Celox packs support for 800/1800/2600MHz 4G LTE networks. That means the handset could make its debut in European markets and, hopefully, in the United States with different bands at a later date. The Galaxy S II Celox reportedly offers a 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, 16GB of internal storage, an 8-megapixel camera and a 2-megapixel camera for forward-facing video chats. It’s unclear when or where the Celox will make its debut at this time, but we’re definitely excited at the possibility of a 4G LTE-enabled Galaxy S II. More →

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BlackBerry Torch 9810 hands-on!

By on August 3, 2011 at 10:01 PM.

BlackBerry Torch 9810 hands-on!

In addition to getting some hands-on time with a retail version of the BlackBerry Bold 9900, we also got to spend some time with some other devices RIM just made official. The BlackBerry Torch 9810 packs the same form-factor as the original BlackBerry Torch, but updated specs help give it a nice boost compared to the first version. The Torch 9810 will launch on AT&T later this month with 4G HSPA+ connectivity, and it packs a 1.2GHz processor that was noticeably faster as we navigated around the BlackBerry 7 operating system. Rounding out the feature-set is 8GB of on-board storage and a somewhat disappointing 640 x 480-pixel display. Despite the display, we’re big fans of the faux metal finish on the back and the sharp metal accents around the whole phone. As far as the keyboard is concerned, it’s comparable with the original Torch, which wasn’t quite as easy to type on as a Bold or a Curve but definite;y got the job done. We wish RIM tweaked the design a bit — a high-end smartphone in this day and age should be a bit thinner — but we’re happy with it after some quick one-on-one time. Check out the rest of hands-on photos in the gallery below.

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BGR and Qualcomm celebrate Snapdragon™ rebranding with huge giveaway!

By on August 3, 2011 at 12:01 PM.

BGR and Qualcomm celebrate Snapdragon™ rebranding with huge giveaway!

In an age where mobile device components seem to grow by leaps and bounds every few months, it’s pretty remarkable that a pioneer in the space still manages to find itself among the top chipmakers in the world. Qualcomm’s Snapdragon chip was the first 1GHz mobile device processor to hit the market when the LG eXpo launched in December 2009, and it kicked off a gigahertz craze that has gained steam ever since. Today, Qualcomm is still a leader in the space and the company on Wednesday revealed the rebranding of its Snapdragon chipsets. Snapdragon chips now fall into one of four series: Snapdragon System 1 (65nm, up to 1.2GHz CPU, Adreno 200 GPU, up to 3G HSPA), Snapdragon System 2 (45nm, up to 1.4GHz CPU, Adreno 205 GPU, HSPA+, 1024 x 768 display, 720p recording, Dolby 5.1, stereoscopic 3D), Snapdragon System 3 (45nm, up to 1.5GHz dual-core CPU, Adreno 220 GPU, HSPA+, 1440 x 900 display, 1080p recording, Dolby 5.1, stereoscopic 3D) and Snapdragon System 4 (28nm, up to 2.5GHz quad-core CPU, up to quad-core Adreno GPU, HSPA+, LTE). System 4 Snapdragon chipsets won’t hit the market until next year, but Systems 1 through 3 can currently be found in 125 commercially available devices. So what might be an appropriate way for Qualcomm to celebrate the new rebranding? Team up with BGR to give away nine different smartphones and tablets, of course! Read on for all the details. More →

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AT&T to offer 4G BlackBerry Torch 9810 in August, Bold 9900 and Torch 9860 to follow

By on August 3, 2011 at 5:00 AM.

AT&T to offer 4G BlackBerry Torch 9810 in August, Bold 9900 and Torch 9860 to follow

AT&T announced early Wednesday morning that it will offer three new BlackBerry smartphones this year. It will first launch the 4G HSPA+ capable BlackBerry Torch 9810 in August. AT&T promises to then launch the 4G BlackBerry Bold 9900 later this year, as well as the full-touchscreen BlackBerry Torch 9860. The BlackBerry Torch 9810 packs a 1.2GHz processor, a dual-microphone, a 640 x 480-pixel display, 8GB of storage, 768MB of RAM, HSPA+ support, a digital compass and a 5-megapixel camera capable of recording 720p HD video. It’s unclear at this point what pricing will be unfortunately, and AT&T didn’t provide branded images or a complete spec list for either of the other two BlackBerry devices it announced. Thankfully, we’ve already shown you exclusive leaked images of the Torch 9860 and we published a hands-on look at the Bold 9900 back in May. We also have a feeling we’ll be getting up-close and personal with these new devices again very soon. In the meantime, read on for AT&T’s full press release. More →

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