HTC EVO 3D, EVO View 4G confirmed by CTIA snoops

By on March 21, 2011 at 8:48 PM.

HTC EVO 3D, EVO View 4G confirmed by CTIA snoops

If you’re an exhibitor at CTIA looking to keep a secret, you have to be on guard at all times. Blog Pocketnow has acquired images of Sprint collateral that provides hard specs for the yet-to-be-announced HTC EVO 3D and HTC EVO View 4G. Just as we exclusively reported several days ago, the image tells us that the device will indeed be a 1.2GHz dual-core beast, complete with a 4.3-inch screen with 960 x 540 pixel resolution. The handset also boasts dual 5 megapixel cameras capable of capturing 3D video in 720p, and regular old 2D video in a full 1080p. The EVO 3D also appears to have a 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, weigh in at 6 ounces, and will have its Android operating system smothered in HTC’s Sense UI. The EVO View 4G will have the same 1.5GHz single-core processor as the Flyer, a display with a 1024 x 600 pixel resolution, 5 megapixel rear-facing camera, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera, and will weigh around 15 ounces. We’ll be live blogging Sprint’s keynote event, which starts tomorrow around 1:00 p.m. ET, where we presume these two HTC sets will become official. More →

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Supersized smartphone popularity surges in 2010, NPD Group claims

By on March 21, 2011 at 1:01 PM.

Supersized smartphone popularity surges in 2010, NPD Group claims

Market research firm The NPD Group on Monday published the latest data surrounding sales of supersized smartphones in the U.S. Using its “Mobile Phone Track,” which tracks smartphone sales in the U.S., NPD has determined that smartphones with screens sized 4 inches and above became tremendously popular in 2010. Devices like Sprint’s HTC EVO 4G and  Verizon Wireless’ Motorola DROID X, which launched in the second quarter of 2010, grew to encompass 24% of the U.S. smartphone market by the fourth quarter last year. The EVO 4G was the most popular supersized smartphone in 2010, followed by the DROID X. Samsung’s Fascinate, Captive and Vibrant rounded out the top-5 in that order, according to NPD Group. The firm’s report also notes that fourth-quarter sales of smartphones with screens between 3.5 and 3.9 inches grew just 2% compared to the same quarter in 2009, and sales of smartphones with screens sized 3.4 inches and below dropped 63% over the same period. Hit the break for the full press release. More →

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Images, specs of HTC’s Pyramid Android handset surface

By on March 15, 2011 at 7:38 PM.

Images, specs of HTC’s Pyramid Android handset surface

The leaks are flying out of xda.cn at a fast and furious pace today. The site has posted renderings of another leaked, HTC handset, the Android-based Pyramid. The site reports that the device will sport a 1.2GHz processor, 4.3-inch Super LCD, qHD display with 540 x 960 resolution; 768MB of RAM; front and rear facing cameras; along with Wi-Fi and Bluetooth radios. The site also lists Honeycomb (Android 3.0) as the operating system the device will run — which sort of calls the rest of the specs into question. Again, xda.cn has a mixed track record when it comes to leaked devices, and while the images look to be authentic, the specifications could simply be overzealous predictions made by the site. More →

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AT&T’s HTC Revolver could bring Honeycomb to smartphones

By on February 16, 2011 at 1:53 AM.

AT&T’s HTC Revolver could bring Honeycomb to smartphones

Curious… very curious. A render of a supposed HTC smartphone headed to AT&T this year leaked on Tuesday, and beneath the device is a list of specs that seem believable enough. Among them are a 4.3-inch display, 16GB of internal storage, a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel rear camera and a 3-megapixel front-facing camera. Also included, however, is the OS, which is noted as “Android Honeycomb.” Honeycomb is currently a tablet-only version of Google’s mobile OS and there’s no official word that will change — in fact, it has been rumored that smartphones might not get Honeycomb’s features or UI enhancements until the next version of Android, Ice Cream. Google hasn’t said one way or the other, however, so it’s entirely possible that Honeycomb could eventually make it to smartphones; maybe even by the third quarter of this year, when the HTC Revolver is rumored to launch with AT&T. Hit the jump for a larger shot that includes the aforementioned specs that reference Honeycomb.

UPDATE: As several readers have pointed out via email, it turns out the Revolver is fake. More →

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Samsung Galaxy S2: Super AMOLED Plus, NFC, Gingerbread?

By on January 11, 2011 at 6:45 PM.

Samsung Galaxy S2: Super AMOLED Plus, NFC, Gingerbread?

Things we definitively know: Samsung will be introducing the successor to the Galaxy S next month at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Things we don’t definitively know: what the handset will look like, what it is named, and what kind of specs it will have. All that, however, hasn’t stopped Korean newspaper ETnews from weighting in with its opinion. The publication claims that the above image is indeed the Samsung Galaxy S2 — name subject to change. The report states the that device will have a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, dual-core processor, and NFC chip; the device will also run on Google’s latest mobile operating system, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread). We’re not too sure on the authenticity of the image, but the specification predictions aren’t all that outlandish (especially considering what the Nexus S has in it and some of the dual-core phones we saw at CES). It’s all speculative for now, but your friends at BGR will be in Spain next month to report on all the hotness as it happens. More →

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New Samsung flagship phone due in February?

By on November 12, 2010 at 9:25 AM.

New Samsung flagship phone due in February?

Here’s the good news: the slide above depicts a possible upcoming Samsung handset that would definitely knock some socks off. The nameless Android kit apparently sports Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), a 4.3-inch or 4.5-inch sAMOLED2 (Super AMOLED 2) display, an 8-megapixel camera, Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, DNLA, GPS, full HD video recording and playback, and a 1.2GHz processor. This beast of a device is reportedly due in February of next year, and will be Samsung’s flagship phone for the first half of 2011. Sound too good to be true? Well, it might be.

Here’s the bad news: the image shown next to the “Revolution in Design” heading on the slide does not depict the Samsung phone we just described. In fact, it’s not even a Samsung product. Instead, it’s an old Apiotek SkyPhone. While that doesn’t necessarily mean the slide is fake — trust us; weirder things have happened in authentic documents — were not exactly sure why someone on Samsung’s marketing team would have an image of an old Apiotek VoIP phone sitting on his or her computer, or why one would be intentionally yanked off the Internet when this slide was being assembled. More →

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HTC Desire HD gets videoed, 4.3-inch screen

By on August 9, 2010 at 8:08 AM.

HTC Desire HD gets videoed, 4.3-inch screen

Earlier today, a blog named 247windowsphone.com brought you video of a leaked HTC Windows Phone 7 handset, and now a blog (cleverly named) 247android.com has brought us a video of the HTC Desire HD. The Desire HD has a 4.3-inch WVGA touchscreen display and a very familiar EVO-ish look about it. The blog lists other specs for the device as: an 8 megapixel camera (we can see a dual-LED flash), 1 GHz Qualcomm processor, 720p video recording, SRS surround sound, and Android 2.2. Hit the jump, have a look, and let us know what you think… is this HTC’s GSM equivalent of the EVO?

[Via Engadget] More →

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Motorola DROID X review

By on June 30, 2010 at 1:47 PM.

Motorola DROID X review

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Ah, yes 4.3-inches of sensual haptic, multitouch glass strapped to a 1 GHz processor, 8 megapixel camera, and so much more. The Motorola DROID X is the latest and greatest Android handset to be unleashed upon the U.S. market, and it will be making its debut on America’s largest network — Verizon Wireless — on July 15th. We’ve been using, abusing, and confusing our review unit for just over a week, so lets jump right into our review. Buckle up and hit the break. More →

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