Verizon iPhone surprise: iFixit tear-down reveals dual-mode CDMA, GSM Qualcomm chip

By on February 7, 2011 at 4:43 PM.

Verizon iPhone surprise: iFixit tear-down reveals dual-mode CDMA, GSM Qualcomm chip

Well what do we have here. A fresh iFixit tear-down of the Verizon iPhone has yielded a surprise: Apple included the Qualcomm MDM6600 chip; a chip that supports high-speed HSPA and CDMA frequencies.

“This is the same chipset as the Droid Pro world phone,” writes iFixit. “It supports both GSM and CDMA—which means that Apple *could* have supported GSM!”

This certainly is an interesting revelation, and jives with previous rumors suggesting that Apple may be planning to develop a singular iPhone that can be flashed to support CDMA, GSM, or both. Hit the read link to check out iFixit’s complete tear-down and drop us a comment to let us know what you think. More →

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Sprint accidentally outs Kyocera Echo hours ahead of media event

By on February 7, 2011 at 4:03 PM.

Sprint accidentally outs Kyocera Echo hours ahead of media event

Just hours ahead of its planned media event, Sprint has accidentally outed the big announcement. According to the company’s website, Sprint will be launching the dual-screen Kyocera Echo smartphone — the same device that we were hearing rumors about this morning. The short blurb notes that the Echo will provide users with a combined 4.7-inches of screen real-estate and “the space needed to run the apps that connect you to the people and information you need every day.” The two screens can be used in unison or independently to run multiple apps… pretty slick. We’ll know more just a few hours from now. Be sure keep it locked on BGR for our hands-on and first thoughts.
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Google TV updated with Netflix, dual view, and voice enabled Android app

By on December 15, 2010 at 2:19 PM.

Google TV updated with Netflix, dual view, and voice enabled Android app

Things have been fairly quiet in Google TV-land since the service launched back in October, that is until today. Google has announced an automatic, over-the-air update being pushed out to GTV owners. The update includes: an updated Netflix app with more streaming titles and the ability to add DVDs to your mailing queue, an enhanced “dual view” that will allow a movable, re-sizable picture-in-picture window to be displayed, a voice-actions enabled remote control application for Android smartphones, and more movie sources. The company reports that users should begin seeing this update roll out to their devices “throughout the week,” and that the Google TV Remote app is “available today” but “all features may not work until your device has received the update.” Hit the jump to see a quick video demo of the mobile app. More →

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Texas Instrument announces dual-core OMAP4440 processor; 1.5GHz, 1080p stereoscopic 3D

By on December 8, 2010 at 10:38 AM.

Texas Instrument announces dual-core OMAP4440 processor; 1.5GHz, 1080p stereoscopic 3D

Today, Texas Instrument announced a new, ARM-based, dual-core processor that has a lust-worthy specification sheet. The OMAP4440 processor, which is based on the Cortex-A9 MPCore, will have both cores clocked at 1.5GHz. The chip will provide a “1.25x increase in graphics performance, a 30 percent decrease in webpage load time, and a 2x increase in 1080p video playback performance.” The press release goes on to note that the new chip will support 1080p stereoscopic 3D, 1080p video conferencing, gesture recognition, two 12 megapixel cameras working in parallel, and a plethora of video codecs and formats.

The OMAP 4 platform is a highly-optimized system-on-chip (SOC) leveraging two ARM Cortex-A9 MPCore general-purpose processors, reaching speeds of 1.5 GHz per core, complemented by two ARM Cortex-M3 cores to power-efficiently offload time-critical and control tasks. High-performance multimedia capabilities are provided by programmable cores including a POWERVR™ 3D graphics engine, TI IVA 3 for high-definition/multi-standard video, TI image signal processor (ISP) for high-quality/high-megapixels imaging, TI low-power audio processor and TI digital signal processor (DSP) based on the TI C64x DSP for natural user interface and signal processing innovations optimized for mobile applications.

Texas Instrument says that the OMAP4440 will be shipped in sample quantities to manufacturers in the first half of 2011 with full production kicking off during the second half of the year. More →

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Motorola’s first Tegra 2 handset photographed?

By on November 23, 2010 at 2:58 PM.

Motorola’s first Tegra 2 handset photographed?

The above photograph has been making its way around the technology blogosphere for the past several hours. What we are — allegedly — looking at is an image of Motorola’s first Tegra 2 handset, the Olympus. Purportedly, the device is a dual-core, Android set with a screen size of at least 4-inches; it is also rumored to find a home on either AT&T or Verizon Wireless. If you squint, it looks like the device pictured also contains a front facing camera, which we’re sure will become standard fare on all future high-end smartphones in 2011. There isn’t really much more to be deduced from the image and, unfortunately, the anonymous hand pictured was pretty stingy with specific details. Let us know what you think. More →

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Samsung Continuum user guide hits Verizon Wireless’ website

By on November 8, 2010 at 11:27 AM.

Samsung Continuum user guide hits Verizon Wireless’ website

Samsung Mobile has a media event scheduled in New York City tonight and, perhaps in preparation for that, several artifacts for the Continuum handset have hit Verizon Wireless’ website. The unannounced device now has a 360-degree viewing applet and a 185-page user guide on VZW’s site; this is the second cameo the device has made. If you’re interested in picking up the dual-AMOLED display Galaxy S device, hit the jump and have a look at the two links. More →

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Samsung Continuum gets pictured, dual display device headed to Verizon

By on September 30, 2010 at 12:12 PM.

Samsung Continuum gets pictured, dual display device headed to Verizon

What do we have here? It looks like the Galaxy S branded Samsung Continuum; a device with not one, but two displays. Engadget was sent in several images of the device whose most notable feature is an additional, smaller display below the standard Android soft-keys. The secondary display, which is being called the “ticker,” displays date, time, RSS feed, weather, and other pertinent information.  The ticker activates itself automatically when you grip the lower half of the Continuum. Pretty slick. The device is reported to have a side-mounted micro-SD card slot and dedicated camera button as well. We can see why Verizon started running the buy-one get-one promotion on the Fascinate just weeks after launch. More →

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T-Mobile's myTouch HD to have Android 2.2, front-facing camera

By on September 13, 2010 at 7:14 AM.

T-Mobile's myTouch HD to have Android 2.2, front-facing camera

TmoNews has published a document that seems to shed a little more light on the myTouch HD handset due out from T-Mobile. The document details that the device will have a 3.8-inch screen, HSPA+ radio, Wi-Fi, 4 GB internal memory, micro-SD card slot ( 8 GB card included), 5 megapixel rear-facing camera, front-facing VGA camera, Android 2.2, and SWYPE. The document also touts the handsets “1 GHz dual processor” as a feature. Still no word as to when this bad boy is going to be street-legal, hopefully we’ll have more details to report soon. We’ve got the full document for you after the break. More →

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Samsung's Cortex A9 processor: 1 GHz, dual-core, 1080p capabilities

By on September 7, 2010 at 8:21 AM.

Samsung's Cortex A9 processor: 1 GHz, dual-core, 1080p capabilities

Samsung sure has been making a lot of mobile news lately. With their Galaxy Tab release, screen factory announcement, and various Galaxy S handset releases, Sammy is making their fair share of headlines. Today, Samsung announced that they are testing the Cortex A9 Orion processor for netbooks, tablets, and smartphones. The new processor is a 1 GHz, dual-core chip that supports 1080p video recording and playback at 30 frames per second. Samsung also boasts that the new silicon will have five times the graphics performance of the current A8 Hummingbird series of processors. The Orion will be available to “select customers” sometime in the fourth quarter of 2010 and will be put into mass production in the first half of 2011. Dual-core smartphones. Drool. More →

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Rumor: T-Mobile's 'Project Emerald' is dual-core, Android powered, HTC Glacier

By on August 4, 2010 at 7:26 AM.

Rumor: T-Mobile's 'Project Emerald' is dual-core, Android powered, HTC Glacier

The folks over at alienbabeltech.com have been doing some serious sleuthing. While looking at the GLBenchmark 1.1 database, they discovered a phone with very impressive stats that until now was virtually unknown, the HTC Glacier. The phone’s benchmarks are quite impressive, nearly 3x faster than the 1 GHz EVO 4G in some instances, which leads the author to believe that this phone has been manufactured with some sort of dual-core processor (perhaps the Qualcomm chip that was announced back on June 1st). The blog assumes that the device will be carried by vendor T-Mobile as the device was tested by a person with the username “mbibik”; a user who has only tested T-Mobile devices in the past and who has a LinkedIn page that says he works for T-Mobile (he has since made his employment details private). Other things discovered in the documentation include: the device will run the Android OS, have OpenGL 1.1, and have a screen resolution of 800 x 480. After compiling all of this, the blog hypothesizes that the rumored “Project Emerald” from T-Mobile is actually the dual-core, Android powered, HTC Glacier. What do you think, believable? Hit up the read link for the full article. More →

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LG Lotus, Samsung Rant and Highnote now available at Sprint

By on October 20, 2008 at 11:27 AM.

LG Lotus, Samsung Rant and Highnote now available at Sprint

Ready for your buying pleasure from Sprint are two new QWERTY texting phones and one dual-sliding music phone. The LG Lotus and the Samsung Rant give texting fanatics two new choices for finger flying messaging. The LG Lotus is the more compelling of the two with a square design that looks like a someone took a steamroller to a flip phone. The flattened, wide phone enables LG to fit a full QWERTY keyboard and widescreen display in a flip form factor. Impressive if not a bit ugly looking, the LG Lotus is available in purple and black for $149 with a contract. Rounding out their QWERTY-enabled offering is the Samsung Rant. The Rant is a standard candy bar QWERTY slider with EV-DO, SprintTV and GPS that comes in at a low $49.99 contract price. Bright Red and Black are your choice of colors. If you prefer music to messaging then the Samsung Highnote may be your cup of tea. The Highnote features a dual slide that reveals stereo speakers when the LCD is slid down and a standard keypad when the LCD is slid up. It also has a rotating 5-way navigation ring for your music playing pleasure. The Highnote comes in Red and Blue and will set you back a reasonable $99 with contract. Nice to see Sprint getting some interesting new phones this season – what do you guys think?

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