Verizon unveils DROID RAZR by Motorola, pre-orders begin October 27th for $299.99

By on October 18, 2011 at 12:27 PM.

Verizon unveils DROID RAZR by Motorola, pre-orders begin October 27th for $299.99

Verizon Wireless announced the DROID RAZR by Motorola on Tuesday, a brand new Android 2.3.5 (Gingerbread) smartphone that will take advantage of the carrier’s 4G LTE network. The device is equipped with a dual-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz, a Super AMOLED Advanced display with a qHD resolution, 32GB of memory including 16GB of on-board storage and a 16GB microSD card, Bluetooth 4.0, an 8-megapixel camera capable of recording 1080p video, a front-facing “HD” camera for video chat and support for sharing its 4G LTE connection using Verizon’s Mobile Hotspot feature. The DROID RAZR is also covered with a water-repellant nanocoating that protects the phone from everyday spills. Despite the beefy feature set, the DROID RAZR is the thinnest LTE phone yet and measures just 7.1mm thick. Verizon Wireless confirmed the device will be available in November for $299.99 with a new two-year contract. It can be purchased with a number of accessories, including a new 14-inch laptop dock, a new 10-inch dock, a vehicle dock, an HD dock, a gesture touchpad, a wireless keyboard, a portable power pack and more. Pre-orders for the device begin on October 27th. Read on for the full press release.
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First iPhone 4S video reveals benchmark scores, Siri ‘raise to speak’ [video]

By on October 10, 2011 at 7:45 PM.

First iPhone 4S video reveals benchmark scores, Siri ‘raise to speak’ [video]

The first hands-on video of the iPhone 4S has hit the web and early benchmarks suggest the phone’s dual-core Apple A5 processor provides vast improvements over the A4 chip in the iPhone 4. The short one-minute clip from AppVV shows the iPhone 4S achieving a BrowserMark score of 89,567 compared to the iPhone 4′s score of 44,856. In addition, the iPhone 4S garnered a score of 2222.1ms from the JavaScript SunSpider benchmark. That is significantly faster than the iPhone 4, which scored 10669.4ms. The video also reveals a unique way to interact with Apple’s Siri voice-command engine. Inside the Settings menu, there is an option to “raise to speak,” which will allow a user to activate the service by simply raising the iPhone 4S to his or her head. Siri language settings and a few other options are also nestled inside the menu. Hit the jump for the full video clip. More →

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LG unveils Optimus LTE with 4.5-inch HD display

By on October 5, 2011 at 1:30 AM.

LG unveils Optimus LTE with 4.5-inch HD display

LG officially announced the Optimus LTE on Tuesday. The phone will make its debut in South Korea and offers a large 4.5-inch display with a “True HD IPS Display” that has an incredibly sharp 1280 x 720-pixel resolution. It is also loaded with 20GB of storage, a dual-core processor clocked at 1.5GHz, 1GB of RAM, an 8-megapixel camera, a front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera for video chat and a 1,830 mAh battery. The Optimus LTE runs Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and is available in black. “Our goal is to be a leading player in LTE devices by continuously offering best-in-class products based on our LTE patents and knowhow,” LG CEO and President Dr. Jong-seok Park said. Read on for the full press release.  More →

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AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II now available for $200

By on October 4, 2011 at 9:25 PM.

AT&T Samsung Galaxy S II now available for $200

Samsung’s Galaxy S II smartphone is now available from AT&T for $199.99 with a new two-year contract. The Galaxy S II runs Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and is powered by a dual-core 1.2GHz Samsung Exynos processor. It is also equipped with an 8-megapixel camera capable of recording 1080p HD video at 30-frames per second, a 2-megapixel forward-facing camera for video chat, 16GB of storage, a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus screen with an 800 x 480-pixel resolution and support for AT&T’s HSPA+ “4G” network. Its 1,650 mAh battery is rated for up to 3 hours of talk-time or 250 hours of standby. BGR is currently working on a full review of the Galaxy S II, so stay tuned for more. More →

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Samsung unveils dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 Exynos processor

By on September 30, 2011 at 12:15 AM.

Samsung unveils dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 Exynos processor

Samsung announced is Exynos 4212 processor on Thursday, a new dual-core ARM Cortex-A9 chip. Samsung said the 4212 offers a 25% increase in processing power, 50% higher 3D performance and “double the logic density and a 30% lower power-level over the previous process generation” chip, which currently powers most of its Galaxy S II smartphones. The Eynos 4212 will be used in both tablets and smartphones; currently, Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 and Galaxy Tab 8.9 run dual-core Tegra 2 chips from NVIDIA. The Exynos 4212 processor also supports 1080p HD video recording and playback. Samsung expects to begin sampling the Exynos 4212 during the fourth quarter of this year. The company also announced a new 16-megapixel CMOS image sensor for tablets and smartphones, as well as a 1.2-megapixel HD video module that will be included in future device for video chat. Read on for the full Exynos press release from Samsung. 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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Are these parts from the Apple iPhone 5?

By on September 19, 2011 at 11:56 AM.

Are these parts from the Apple iPhone 5?

There’s a photo floating around that’s been published on a Chinese Twitter-like site that appears to reveal parts from a new iPhone with Apple’s dual-core 1GHz custom A5 chip. There are a few possible explanations assuming the photo is legitimate in the first place. The front case attached to the internal components in the photo clearly shows the first and original white front panel assembly Apple was planning on using for the white iPhone — the company noticed that there were proximity sensor issues and switched to a black cut out instead of the grate-like solution seen above. This means this device pictured is likely old, though it’s possible Apple was indeed lending these out to some developers for testing on next-generation hardware as we reported months ago. The other possible option is that the device photographed will come to market as an upgraded iPhone 4 either alone or alongside a radically different iPhone 5. More →

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HTC Sensation XE unveiled abroad; 1.5GHz dual-core, Beats Audio

By on September 14, 2011 at 8:16 AM.

HTC Sensation XE unveiled abroad; 1.5GHz dual-core, Beats Audio

HTC unveiled its first Beats Audio-equipped smartphone in Taiwan on Wednesday, and the smartphone is packed to the brim with high-end specs. Beneath the 4.3-inch qHD display lies a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, Android Gingerbread and a sizable 1,730 mAh battery to ensure the Beats tuning doesn’t compromise battery life. The device also ships with a pair of in-ear Beats By Dr. Dre headphones that include playback controls and a mic. “Audio is a crucial part of any consumer’s mobile experience and we are continually pushing the audio boundaries to encompass not only improved voice but music, movies and games,” said Jason Mackenzie, HTC’s president of global sales and marketing, in a statement. “The HTC Sensation XE offers a truly incredible experience that demonstrates our commitment to place consumers at the center of their mobile worlds.” Pricing and availability details are scarce but the phone will first launch in Europe and Asia later this month, and there is no word on U.S. availability. HTC’s full press release follows below. More →

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Sony details Android-powered Tablet S and Tablet P

By on September 1, 2011 at 12:30 AM.

Sony details Android-powered Tablet S and Tablet P

One day ahead of the IFA trade show in Berlin, Sony revealed more details on its Tablet S and Tablet P devices, originally known as the S1 and the S2. Both tablets are equipped with NVIDIA’s dual-core Tegra 2 processor, front and rear facing cameras and an SD card slot. The devices currently run Android 3.1 (Honeycomb) but Sony promises that the tablets will run the newer Android 3.2 operating system by the time they hit the market. The Tablet P, originally known as the S2, sports two 5.5-inch TruBlack displays and will eventually be available on AT&T as an HSPA+ device. The Tablet S has a 9.4-inch TruBlack screen and offers an “ergonomic, asymmetric design” which Sony says makes it easier to carry. Sony has improved the web browser with its quick view and Quick touch technologies which it says will allow for faster web page load times. Both tablets will have Sony Entertainment Network services: Video Unlimited preloaded, which allows you to rent or purchase movies. Music Unlimited will launch in October and offers access to 10 million songs. The devices are also PlayStation Certified and come with access to Sony’s Reader Store. The Tablet S will be available nationwide in 16GB and 32GB models for $499 and $599, respectively. AT&T has not yet announced a price for the Tablet P or when it will be available.  Read on for the full press release. 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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Sprint GALAXY S II Epic 4G Touch hands-on

By on August 30, 2011 at 7:21 PM.

Sprint GALAXY S II Epic 4G Touch hands-on

We are here at Samsung’s press event in New York City where the phone maker just took the wraps off of Sprint’s brand new GALAXY S II smartphone. The GALAXY S II Epic 4G Touch offers full support for Sprint’s 4G WiMAX network and is equipped with 16GB of storage, a large Super AMOLED Plus display, an 8-megapixel camera capable of recording 1080p video, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera for video chats, and a 1.2GHz dual-core processor. We really like the textured back of the phone, which gives it a good grip, but the plastic build still feels just a bit cheap to us. We really wish Samsung would adopt stronger materials in its flagship devices, such as metals and soft-touch rubberized plastic. Still, the phone easily zips through Android 2.3 (Gingerbread) and Samsung’s custom TouchWiz user interface. Sprint will be the first to launch the GALAXY S II Epic 4G Touch on September 16th and it’s priced at $199.99 with a new two-year contract.

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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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