Samsung Galaxy S III full specs: 1.5GHz quad-core, 1080p display, ceramic case

By on February 27, 2012 at 9:37 AM.

Samsung Galaxy S III full specs: 1.5GHz quad-core, 1080p display, ceramic case

We reported some exclusive details surrounding Samsung’s upcoming flagship Galaxy S III smartphone this past weekend, and now we have received some more information that helps us paint a more complete picture. And as that picture becomes more clear, this sure looks like the baddest Android smartphone the world hasn’t yet seen. We reported that the new Samsung flagship would launch in a simultaneous fashion across the globe, but we now have some more detailed specifications to report. Ladies and gentlemen, here is the Samsung Galaxy S III:

  • 1.5GHz quad-core Samsung Exynos processor
  • 4.8-inch “full HD” 1080p resolution with 16:9 aspect ratio display
  • A 2-megapixel front-facing camera and an 8-megapixel rear camera
  • Ceramic case
  • 4G LTE
  • Android 4.0

As always, we’ll keep pounding our sources for more information, but we have to say… a Blu-ray display? On a smartphone? We’ll cuddle up with that and some popcorn any night of the week.

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iPad 3 to pack Retina Display, FaceTime HD, 8-megapixel camera and push iPad 2 to $399?

By on January 5, 2012 at 4:41 PM.

iPad 3 to pack Retina Display, FaceTime HD, 8-megapixel camera and push iPad 2 to $399?

iPad 3 with FaceTime HD, iPad 2 to $299

What would the Consumers Electronics Show be without Apple rumors overshadowing most of the announcements? iLounge‘s Jeremy Horwitz has taken to Twitter to break down some of the leaked iPad 3 information he’s hearing. First off, it’s being reported that in addition to the rear camera on the iPad 3 being on par with the iPhone 4 or even iPhone 4S camera, the front-facing camera will support HD FaceTime video chats. Because of the Retina Display and new components, Horwitz reiterates an earlier report that parts of the iPad 3 will be around 1mm thicker to accommodate the new components. Finally, the iPad 3 should launch starting at $499 around March, and it will would push the iPad 2 down to $399, possibly even $299 if Apple decides to sell an 8GB unit. More →

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Apple iPhone 4S review

By on October 17, 2011 at 10:39 AM.

Apple iPhone 4S review

iPhone 4S review

The iPhone 4S is Apple’s top of the line smartphone, but is it just a small upgrade over the iPhone 4 or something entirely different? It looks the same, but does it act the same? New in the iPhone 4S is Siri, Apple’s virtual personal assistant, along with an upgraded camera, twice the speed as far as processing and downloads are concerned, and a redesigned antenna system that also supports global roaming for Verizon and Sprint users. Are these new features enough to upgrade your iPhone 4, though? What about iPhone 3GS owners or maybe even those of you who are stuck using some other smartphone you bought because the salesperson said it was just good as that iPhone your carrier didn’t offer at the time? Read on to find out.

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First image taken with iPhone 5′s 8-megapixel camera possibly uncovered

By on September 7, 2011 at 10:45 AM.

First image taken with iPhone 5′s 8-megapixel camera possibly uncovered

The image above, which shows a plate of sushi accompanied by a rather bland looking avocado roll, is reportedly the first publicly-posted image captured by the upcoming iPhone 5′s new 8-megapixel camera. Pocketnow claims to have found the image hosted somewhere on the web, though it neglects to specify its source. Previous images in the blog’s “test photo” series, of which this post is a part, typically source images from Flickr or Picasa. In this case, the image’s EXIF data indicates that it was captured by an iPhone 4 but the rest of the data suggests that a different device was used. “Although the image has been cropped to 2235×2291 (5.12 megapixels), the original picture was a much larger 3264×2448 — or just shy of eight megapixels,” the blog says. “What’s more, the lens was recorded as a 4.3mm f/2.4, which is closer to that of a point-and-shoot than the iPhone 4′s actual 3.85mm f/2.8.” Apple’s iPhone 5 is expected to launch next month alongside an updated iPhone 4. More →

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HTC Amaze 4G (Ruby) photos, specs leak

By on September 5, 2011 at 10:01 AM.

HTC Amaze 4G (Ruby) photos, specs leak

Photographs of an upcoming Android smartphone from HTC, the HTC Amaze 4G, have been leaked alongside purported preliminary specifications. Thai-language Android news site Droid Sans obtained the images and specs, which line up with exclusive details reported by BGR last month. Highlights include a 4.3-inch qHD display, a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, an 8-megapixel camera, 16GB of storage, 1GB of RAM and HSPA+ 42 compatibility for use on T-Mobile’s network, among others. According to earlier reports, the Amaze 4G could launch next month in the U.S. Additional photos of the HTC Amaze 4G follow below. More →

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T-Mobile Samsung GALAXY S II hands-on

By on August 30, 2011 at 7:23 PM.

T-Mobile Samsung GALAXY S II hands-on

Samsung officially revealed the T-Mobile GALAXY S II on Tuesday at a press event in New York City. The phone’s specs are very similar to the European version of the GALAXY S II, but T-Mobile’s model has more rounded corners and a smoother back panel. The device looks like it’s primarily made of plastic, but unfortunately we couldn’t get close with it because Samsung and T-Mobile kept it under glass. It packs a 1.2GHz dual-core processor and Samsung’s new TouchWiz user interface which is a big improvement over the version that shipped on the original Galaxy S model — we’ve generally found widgets are cleaner and more useful, and overall it is much easier on the eyes. T-Mobile’s Samsung GALAXY S II is equipped with 16GB of storage, a 4.52-inch Super AMOLED Plus display that offers incredible colors and super deep blacks, an 8-megapixel camera capable of recording 1080p video, a second front-facing camera for initiating video chats and support for T-Mobile’s HSPA+ network. Hopefully we’ll be able to get a closer look in the coming weeks. T-Mobile has not yet announced pricing for the GALAXY S II but it’s expected to launch this fall. Be sure to check out our hands-on gallery below.

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Apple iPhone 5 to feature thinner design, according to new leaks

By on August 30, 2011 at 9:00 AM.

Apple iPhone 5 to feature thinner design, according to new leaks

Speculation surrounding Apple’s upcoming iPhone 5 and iPhone 4S sure isn’t slowing down, and with Apple expected to take the wraps off the company’s latest smartphone lineup within weeks, more rumored iPhone 5 parts have started to leak out. According to the blog Greek iPhone, which published photos of what it is claiming to be new components from Apple’s upcoming iconic device, the iPhone 5 will be thinner than the current model and it will also feature volume buttons on the opposite side of where they sit now on the iPhone 4. Additionally, the camera module is “quite different” and thinner than the existing part, and it reportedly supports a higher resolution than the current module — it looks like an 8-megapixel sensor is all but confirmed. Hit the jump for additional images of the parts in question. More →

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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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HTC CFO: Puccini tablet will launch in September/October

By on August 16, 2011 at 9:23 PM.

HTC CFO: Puccini tablet will launch in September/October

HTC’s 10-inch Puccini Android tablet will hit the market in September or October, HTC’s chief financial officer Winston Yung said during a press conference at the Taiwan Stock Exchange. We published the first solid images of the Puccini in July when we noted the tablet will likely offer a 1.5GHz processor, an 8-megapixel camera and stylus input support similar to what the HTC Flyer offers. While earlier rumors suggested the Puccini would launch on AT&T with 4G LTE support, we think the September/October time frame might be too early for that to happen. We expect the Puccini to run on AT&T’s HSPA+ network instead. Yung also reaffirmed HTC’s plans to appeal a recent ITC ruling that found HTC guilty of infringing on Apple patents. More →

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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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HTC Vigor could be first Beats by Dre phone

By on August 12, 2011 at 8:45 PM.

HTC Vigor could be first Beats by Dre phone

On Wednesday, HTC announced that it had invested $300 million in Beats by Dre, which will see its audio tech integrated into HTC phones moving forward. Now, rumor has it that HTC’s first smartphone to include Beats technology could be the Vigor, a device that is said to resemble the HTC Thunderbolt on Verizon. It could pack a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 16GB of storage, 1GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel camera, a 2-megapixel forward-facing camera for video chats and a 4.3-inch display with a 1280 x 720-pixel resolution according to rumors, but nothing is confirmed for the time being. The Vigor will also supposedly run Android 2.3.4 with version 3.5 of HTC’s Sense user interface. It is still unclear when the Vigor will see the light of day, but its spec sheet definitely has us excited. More →

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Samsung to unveil U.S. Galaxy S II models on August 30th [updated]

By on August 12, 2011 at 10:20 AM.

Samsung to unveil U.S. Galaxy S II models on August 30th [updated]

Samsung has begun sending event invitations to bloggers and members of the press for an event on August 29th where the South Korea-based vendor will unveil U.S. models of its popular Samsung Galaxy S II smartphone. The devices will be unveiled in New York City, and no other details from Samsung are available at this time. BGR exclusively reported earlier this month that Sprint’s version of the Galaxy S II would be called the Epic Touch 4G, and a purported Verizon Wireless roadmap suggested that the nation’s top carrier could release the sleek smartphone on September 9th as the Samsung Stratosphere, though other reports have suggested the Stratosphere is a different device that is not part of the Galaxy S II line. Versions are expected for both AT&T and T-Mobile as well, though details surrounding these devices have not yet been revealed. BGR reviewed the international version of the Galaxy S II back in May, and we found it to be one of our favorite Android smartphones to date at that time.

UPDATE: Due to the hurricane approaching the New York area, Samsung has pushed this event back one day to Tuesday, August 30th.

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AT&T HTC Puccini screenshots leaked

By on August 5, 2011 at 10:04 PM.

AT&T HTC Puccini screenshots leaked

Last month, we brought you exclusive images of HTC’s first 10-inch tablet, the HTC Puccini. Now, a few screenshots have leaked that give the device a little more context. We expect the Android Honeycomb tablet to be equipped with an 8-megapixel camera, a dual-LED flash, a 1.5GHz processor, and to end up landing on AT&T with support for the carrier’s HSPA+ network. The shots leaked on Friday all but confirm the tablet’s launch on AT&T. We can see it’s loaded with a few bloatware applications including AT&T Code Scanner, AT&T MyText and AT&T FamilyMap. It also looks like the Puccini will come preloaded with a few games including Cordy and Let’s Golf 2. HTC’s Snapbooth software is present, but we don’t see Scribe installed, which means this tablet might not offer all of the stylus-friendly features the HTC Flyer did. Read on for more images. More →

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