Sprint just announced the HTC EVO 3D, its latest 4G WiMAX smartphone with a 3D-spin, and we had some time to sit down to check out the device first-hand. In one word: Amazing. The EVO 3D’s 4.3-inch 3D display is incredible to look at while displaying 3D images and video. It reminds us of looking at a holographic trading card. We watched some user-submitted 3D YouTube videos on the phone, and a few jesters dancing around really popped off of the display. Similarly, the flowers in a bouquet that one woman was holding in an image seemed to jump off the screen — we actually reached out to touch them at one point! There’s a ton to discuss here, so hit the jump for more impressions on the EVO 3D, and don’t forget to check out our hands-on photo gallery.More →
On Tuesday at the CTIA Wireless tradeshow in Orlando, Florida, Sprint announced that it will carry a 4G WiMAX version of the HTC Flyer tablet, dubbed the EVO View 4G. The EVO View 4G has a 7-inch 1024 x 600-pixel capacitive touchscreen display, an aluminum uni-body design and a 4,000 mAh battery. It comes with a few unique software features developed by HTC, including HTC Scribe — a note taking application that can be used with an optional pen — and HTC’s Sense user interface on top of Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Other features include a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for video calling, an HDMI-out port and DLNA support for wireless sharing of multimedia content to other DLNA-certified devices. Sprint has not yet provided launch details or pricing for the EVO View 4G. Hit the jump for the full press release and stay tuned for our hands-on. More →
As was expected, Sprint officially unveiled the HTC EVO 3D during its press conference at the CTIA tradeshow in Orlando Tuesday. The EVO 3D is an Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) smartphone with a 4.3-inch qHD 960 x 450-pixel autostereoscopic 3D display. Under its hood, the smartphone is powered by a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm 8660 processor and it packs 1GB of RAM, a 1730 mAh battery and 4GB of internal storage that can be expanded to a total of 40GB using a microSD card. HTC also added a dedicated camera button, a feature we’ve long wished for, and it offers dual 5-megapixel rear cameras for shooting 3D video or 720p HD video. There’s also a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera for Qik video chat. An external HDMI-out port will allow users to display 1080p video or 720p 3D content on an HDTV. At launch, the EVO 3D will sport Blockbuster 3D and YouTube 3D apps for viewing 3D content on its screen, which does not require 3D glasses. Pricing details are not yet available but the HTC EVO 3D will launch this summer. Hit the jump for the full press release.
Here we are again, at another CTIA Wireless conference and Sprint press event. The nation’s third largest wireless carrier set the industry on fire last year with the announcement of the HTC EVO 4G, and they are expected to introduce big things this year as well. Dan Hesse and company are backstage putting the final touches on their presentations right now — we’re getting our nimble fingers ready to bring you the news as it happens. Hit the jump to follow our live coverage and don’t forget to refresh the page for all the latest updates! More →
Sprint CEO Dan Hesse on Tuesday shared strong opinions surrounding AT&T’s recent announcement that it plans to acquire T-Mobile USA from Europe’s Deutsche Telekom. Speaking on Tuesday morning at the CTIA Wireless 2011 convention, Hesse said AT&T’s plans to acquire T-Mobile will hurt customers. He also said that if approved by regulators, the deal would leave two big players — AT&T and Verizon Wireless — in control of 79% of the U.S. wireless market. “I do have concerns that it would stifle innovation and too much power would be in the hands of two,” Hesse said during a roundtable discussion. His comments were met with applause from the audience. Hesse added that Sprint will appeal to Congress in an effort to halt the merger. AT&T Mobility boss Ralph de la Vega defended the deal on Tuesday, saying it would address the spectrum shortage the U.S. is currently facing, and would bring mobile broadband service to more people. Verizon Wireless CEO Daniel Mead, who was in attendance at the roundtable discussion, seemed less concerned with the potential merger. “We’re observing what’s going on,” Mead noted. “We’re not going to get distracted by this.” More →
We just met up with T-Mobile during CTIA Wireless 2011 to check out the brand-spanking new T-Mobile G2x by LG, an Android 2.2 (Froyo) smartphone that packs a punch. Seriously, this puppy insanely quick thanks to its dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor. In our hands, applications literally felt like they were opening and closing instantly. T-Mobile’s 4G network helps matters too, of course, and the BGR.com homepage loaded up in just a few seconds. Hit the jump for some more hands-on impressions of the G2x and don’t forget to check out our full gallery of photos.More →
Samsung wasn’t exactly coy about its plans to launch an 8.9-inch Galaxy Tab during CTIA this week, and that’s exactly what it just did. On Tuesday Samsung took the wraps off of the Galaxy Tab 8.9, its third Android-powered tablet. The Galaxy Tab 8.9 runs Android 3.0 Honeycomb, and features a mini-apps drawer for quickly launching your favorite applications. A future update will also bring Samsung’s custom UI to the slate. As its name implies, the Galaxy Tab 8.9 has an 8.9-inch screen with a 1280 x 600-pixel resolution. Despite being thin and light — it weighs just 470g and is 8.6mm thick — it packs some serious hardware muscle including a 1GHz dual-core processor and support for 802.11n Wi-Fi in both the 2GHz and 5GHz frequency bands. The 16GB Wi-Fi-only model of the Galaxy Tab 8.9 will retail for $469 and the 32GB version will cost $569 when the devices launch later this year. Hit the jump for the full release, and be sure to check out our hands-on. More →
We met up with Samsung during the CTIA Wireless trade show in Orlando to get up close and personal with the Galaxy Tab 8.9, Samsung’s new Android tablet that fills the space between its current 10-inch and 7-inch models. We certainly think Samsung hit the sweet spot with this one. The Galaxy Tab 8.9 is just 8.6mm thick, and it felt amazing — it’s much more sleek in the hand than the original chunkier 7-inch Galaxy Tab. Under its hood, the Galaxy Tab 8.9 has a 1GHz dual-core processor just like the 10-inch model. Demo devices weren’t powering up when we played with them, though, so we tested the Galaxy Tab 8.9’s fresh new user interface on a Galaxy Tab 10.1 and we definitely have some thoughts on the new UI to share. Hit the jump for more hands-on thoughts and don’t forget to check out our photo gallery.More →
Good morning from Samsung’s CTIA 2011 Mobile Unpacked event. The company has not been shy about throwing its “78910” event tagline around, so we think we know what we’re getting ourselves into. We’re expecting to see a new, 8.9-inch, Galaxy Tab tablet officially welcomed into the Samsung portfolio. We’re also hoping to get a U.S. release date for the Galaxy Tab 10.1, which was announced last month at Mobile World Congress. Will there be any surprises? A new 7-inch Galaxy Tab? Galaxy S II Mini? Hit the jump to follow our live coverage. More →
At this point there’s little doubt Sprint will be announcing these two exciting devices later today at its media event — which we’ll be covering live beginning at 1:00 p.m. Eastern — but seeing the devices pop up on the Sprint website is always comforting. We scooped both the HTC EVO 3D and the HTC EVO View 4G tablet last week and details were reaffirmed on Monday ahead of this year’s CTIA Wireless show. The EVO 3D is said to feature a 4.3-inch qHD 960 x 450-pixel Autostereoscopic 3D display, 4GB of RAM, 1GB ROM, a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, dual rear 5-megapixel camera, a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera and a hefty 1730mAh battery. The EVO View 4G tablet is rumored to sport a 7-inch device with a 1024 x 600-pixel touchscreen, an aluminium unibody design, HTC Scribe with optional pen support, the latest HTC Sense UI optimized for tablet devices, a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 1.3-megapixel front-facing camera, the Android 2.3 Gingerbread, a 4000mAh battery, DLNA and HDMI-out support. Launch details and pricing information are not yet available. More →
Greetings from CTIA Wireless 2011! The conference is about to officially kickoff, and what better way to start an event than with a keynote. While we’re not expecting to hear any product announcements at this particular keynote, the group on stage will definitely have plenty to talk about. Verizon Wireless CEO, Dan Meade; Sprint CEO, Dan Hesse; AT&T CEO, Ralph de la Vega; and T-Mobile USA CEO, Philipp Humm will be sitting down for a “carrier roundtable” hosted by CNBC’s Jim Cramer. We’re hoping to hear some dialogue on the proposed merger between AT&T and T-Mobile from the wireless executives. The event kicks off at 9:00 a.m. ET, hit the jump to follow along! More →
As tech writers we get to play with a ton of phones, but nothing really takes us back to our high school days like playing with a Sidekick — and we just had a chance to sit down with the first one powered by Android. Built by Samsung, the Sidekick 4G features Android 2.2 (Froyo) and, despite our initial fears that it would be a lackluster device compared to the high-end beauties recently announced, we were pretty pleased with what the Sidekick 4G offers. It includes a horizontal-slider form factor, a throwback QWERTY keyboard with rounded keys, and more power under the hood than any Sidekick before it. Hit the jump for our hands-on with the Sidekick 4G, and some initial impressions.More →
Following a number of overnight announcements from buzzing carrier T-Mobile, pricing has been confirmed for two anticipated devices set to launch this spring. First up, the T-Mobile Sidekick 4G will cost $99.99 after rebate on a new two-year contract. Built by Samsung, the new Sidekick will feature Android 2.2, a slide-out QWERTY keypad, a 3.5-inch TFT display, a 1GHz processor, a 3-megapixel rear camera and a VGA front-facing camera for video chat. Also priced was T-Mobile’s upcoming G-Slate by LG. The tablet will run $529.99 after rebate with a two-year contract for data service, and specs include an 8.9-inch HD display capable of 3D playback, a dual-core 1GHz Tegra 2 processor and the Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) operating system. Both devices will be available this spring, though specific release dates have not yet been revealed.