Apple’s upcoming high-definition television is real, and it will reportedly feature an aluminum construction, Siri, FaceTime video calling and more. An anonymous source speaking with Cult of Mac claims to have seen a prototype of Apple’s upcoming “iTV” in action, and a number of details have been reinforced as a result. “It resembled an Apple monitor, only much larger,” the unnamed source told the site, referring to the aluminum LED Cinema Displays Apple currently sells alongside its Mac computers. Cult of Mac, which has revealed accurate details surrounding unannounced Apple products in the past, also reports that the HDTV will feature Siri, Apple’s sophisticated voice recognition software, and an iSight camera for FaceTime video calling. Many expect Apple to launch its debut television later this year, though a recent report suggests that it may not hit the market until 2014. More →
Apple’s next-generation iPhone will reportedly make use of new display technology that will allow the device to utilize thinner components without sacrificing responsiveness. Citing anonymous sources within Apple’s component supply chain, DigiTimes on Friday reported that Apple’s new iPhone will utilize in-cell touch panels rather than industry-standard on-cell technology. In-cell touch panel technology allows a device’s touch sensors to reside inside a display’s color filters rather than above them, and the result is a thinner, lighter panel. According to the report, the new displays will be manufactured by Sharp and Toshiba Mobile Display, and production will ramp up in the second quarter followed by a launch some time in the third quarter this year. BGR reported last December that Apple plans to launch a completely redesigned iPhone with a new antenna system and a unibody case this fall. A separate recent report suggested that the new iPhone’s case could be made from the Liquidmetal alloys Apple licensed in 2010. More →
An unnamed Samsung executive reportedly confirmed that the company’s highly anticipated Galaxy S III smartphone will be equipped with a quad-core Samsung Exynos chip featuring on-board LTE and WCDMA radios, the Korea Times reported on Monday. BGR exclusively reported last month that the Galaxy S III would feature a 1.5GHz quad-core Samsung Exynos processor, a 4.8-inch full HD 1080p display, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera, an 8-megapixel rear camera, a ceramic case, 4G LTE connectivity and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. According to the executive, Samsung is attempting to distance itself from Qualcomm, which has previously provided the manufacturer with single-chip solutions. “It was believed that Qualcomm chips had greater stability and suited easy upgrades. But, that’s the old story,” the executive said. Samsung still has a cross-licensing deal with Qualcomm to use its firm’s single-chip solutions through 2024. More →
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.
Rounding out the trio of smartphones HTC unveiled at its Mobile World Congress 2012 press conference on Sunday is the HTC One V, an entry-level smartphone that picks up where the HTC Legend left off. This will be the most affordable One-branded smartphone HTC launches in the first half of the year, and while the specs don’t hold a candle to the One X or One V, this is absolutely a phone that will go far among budget-conscious consumers in Europe and other regions where the phone will be released. Check out our hands-on photo gallery below, and hit the break for the rest of our early impressions.
We’re here in sunny Barcelona, Spain on day 0 of the annual Mobile World Congress trade show — yes, several companies couldn’t even wait for day 1 to hold their press conferences — and Sony’s media event has just wrapped up. In case you missed it, Sony unveiled two devices at this year’s show, one of which was the sleek new Xperia P smartphone that will launch in the second quarter. The handset’s design is reminiscent of earlier Xperia handsets, but like the other members of the “Xperia NXT” family, it features a clear strip near the bottom of the phone that adds a variety of unique lighting features to the device. The phone’s 3.5-inch display leaves a bit to be desired compared to market leaders like Samsung, and colors weren’t nearly as vivid as they are on phones like the Galaxy S II or Galaxy Nexus. The Xperia P will also launch with a dual-core 1GHz processor while the competition is rolling out devices with NVIDIA’s 1.5GHz quad-core chipset, and the difference is noticeable; the Xperia P isn’t laggy per se, but moving around Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich feels a bit slow compared to some other phones. We weren’t able to spend much time with the Xperia P — or any time at all with the Xperia U — but check out a few photos in the gallery below and tune in for HTC’s press conference, which is scheduled to kick off at 2:30 p.m. EST / 11:30 a.m.
We spent some time with LG’s Optimus 4X HD and Optimus Vu here at Mobile World Congress earlier on Sunday, and now we’ve got another one of LG’s new Android smartphones on hand. This time it’s the Optimus 3D Max, and there’s good news and bad news: the good news is that this new smartphone is definitely an improvement over the original Optimus 3D it replaces. The bad news is that it will launch running Android 2.3 Gingerbread while the rest of LG’s high-end lineup enjoys Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The 1.2GHz dual-core processor in the Optimus 3D Max does a good job of jumping around LG’s Optimus UI, lackluster though it may be, and the dual 3D cameras on the back of the device weigh in at 5-megapixels a piece. The 3D implementation still isn’t much more than a gimmick to us, however, and there’s no way we would opt for this handset over the much more impressive Optimus 4X HD. Those willing to make do with Android 2.3 because they love having 3D features on their smartphones may feel differently though, so check out our hands-on images in the gallery below.
During today’s LG media preview event here at MWC, we got a chance to spend a bit of hands-on time with a few of LG’s new 2012 devices. Among the three handsets unveiled today was the Optimus Vu, which is LG’s answer to the gigantic Samsung Galaxy Note. This not-quite-tablet, not-quite-smartphone sports an impressive spec sheet, with a 5-inch XGA display sporting a 4:3 aspect ratio, a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, an 8-megapixel rear camera and a massive 2,080 mAh battery. Oh, and did we mention this sexy beast is only 8.5mm thick? In use, we found the device to be surprisingly fast and responsive, and the included stylus seemed more or less functional in operation. It’s definitely not as elaborate as Samsung’s “S Pen” but it does the job, if a stylus is your thing. We’re also not huge fans of LG’s UI on top of Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, but at least it’s an improvement over older versions of the UI. Check the hands-on gallery below!
LG took the wraps off a number of smartphones leading up to Mobile World Congress this past week, and now we’re finally getting some hands-on time with all of them. The LG Vu garnered most of the attention last week thanks to its Galaxy Note-like supersized stature, but the high-definition LG Optimus 4X HD definitely shouldn’t be ignored. This quad-core Tegra 3-powered Ice Cream Sandwich phone features a 4.7-inch 1280 x 720-pixel IPS display that is definitely more impressive than earlier LG screens, but it can’t quite compete with the Super AMOLED panels Samsung has been using on its recent smartphones. LG also included a new version of its Optimus UI on top of Android 4.0 and among the variety of Android skins on the market today, LG’s is definitely one of our least favorite. Navigating the UI and multitasking is lightning fast thanks to the Tegra 3 chip though, and this is easily among the most impressive smartphones LG has built to date. Check out our hands-on images in the gallery below!
HTC’s flagship smartphone for the first half of 2012 is anything but a mystery; BGR exclusively revealed details surrounding the device nearly four months ago. Marketing renders of the high-end flagship phone were leaked yesterday by Greek site FullGSM, and now the site has added a full list of specifications to its cache of One X images. Highlights — and there are plenty of highlights to be found — include a 1.5GHz quad-core NVIDIA Tegra 3 processor, a 4.7-inch Super LCD2 display with 720p HD resolution, 32GB of internal storage, “25GB for 2 years from Dropbox,” 1GB of RAM, Google Wallet-compatible NFC support, what looks to be an amazing 8-megapixel camera with dual shutters and an f2.0 aperture, and so much more. Full specs follow after the break, and we’ll undoubtedly learn more during HTC’s press conference later tonight. More →
BGR sister site BGR India has managed to get its hands on preliminary details surrounding Nokia’s upcoming entry-level Windows Phone, the Lumia 610. Reports suggesting Nokia would unveil the wallet-friendly Windows Phone at Mobile World Congress first emerged last week, and now we know the handset will feature a 3.2-inch display, a 3-megapixel camera and “Windows Phone Tango,” an updated version of Microsoft’s mobile operating system thought to be aimed at emerging markets. We’ll have to wait for Nokia’s press conference early Monday morning to learn more, but BGR India also noted that the handset will cost approximately Rs 11,000 (or about €175) before subsidies when it launches in India, which will definitely make it the most affordable Windows Phone on the market. More →
Right on schedule — sort of — Research In Motion announced on Tuesday that the first major update for its BlackBerry PlayBook tablet is now available for download. The highly anticipated update brings a number of much needed functionality to the PlayBook, but the most notable additions are certainly the arrival of native email, contacts and calendar functionality. BlackBerry Messenger support is still absent from the PlayBook as RIM said it would be, but BlackBerry Bridge has been updated, plenty of new social functionality has been added, RIM’s Android app player is finally on board and video chat has been enhanced as well. We took a hands on look at PlayBook OS 2.0 during the Consumer Electronics Show this past January and we can confidently say that if you own a PlayBook, you should download the new update, which will be delivered over the air, as soon as possible. More →
Purported images of Apple’s next-generation iPad have been published by Chinese language Apple Daily ahead of the new tablet’s official announcement. The slate had leaked only in bits and pieces until now, however alleged photos of an assembled iPad 3 show a device that is very much in line with earlier reports. The case is similar to the one found on the iPad 2, though it has apparently been redesigned with a more gradual taper leading from the back to the edges. Apple Daily also states that the iPad 3 features a 9.7-inch Retina Display, which was confirmed last week, and an 8-megapixel camera as had been rumored previously. Apple is reportedly planning to unveil the iPad 3 at a press conference in early March, and the tablet is also expected to feature a quad-core Apple A6 processor and embedded 4G LTE connectivity.