Apple announced on Monday that it will launch its wildly popular third-generation iPad tablet in 21 additional countries this month. Beginning on April 20th, the new iPad will be available in South Korea, Malaysia, Venezuela, Dominican Republic and eight more countries. Then on April 27th, the device will launch in Colombia, Estonia, India, Israel and five additional countries. Apple confirmed in March that it sold more than 3 million iPad tablets during the device’s first four days of availability. The company’s full press release follows below. More →
CTIA Wireless is shaping up to be a bit slow this year and despite the overlap in timing, it appears Samsung will look elsewhere to unveil its next-generation flagship smartphone. The South Korea-based consumer electronics giant circulated invitations on Monday to a press conference that will take place in London on May 3rd. While Samsung does not specifically name the highly anticipated Galaxy S III smartphone on the invitation — the only relevant text is “come and meet the next Galaxy” — it is widely believed that the company’s new flagship device will be the focus of the event. BGR exclusively reported in January that the Galaxy S III will feature a 1.5GHz quad-core Exynos processor, a 4.8-inch full-HD 1080p display, an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 2-megapixel front-facing camera for HD video chats, 4G LTE, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and an ultra-thin case made of ceramic. Samsung Mobile’s “Unpacked” event will begin at 2:00 p.m. Eastern, 11:00 a.m. Pacific on Thursday, May 3rd, and the event will be live-streamed at http://www.facebook.com/samsungmobile.
Samsung’s Galaxy Nexus has been available around the world for quite some time after officially making it’s debut on Verizon Wireless in December. Sprint’s version of the handset, which supports the company’s brand new LTE network, is currently slated for an April 22nd release according to one of our sources, which is in line with earlier rumors. Stores should be receiving merchandising materials shortly, and sales are set to start soon after. Whether you’ll actually be able to get an LTE signal, however, depends on if you’re a 1%-er — Sprint’s LTE network has gone live in a few regions during testing, but isn’t set to go live in launch markets until June. Sprint also plans to launch the LG Viper 4G LTE on April 22nd.
Sprint announced last week that pre-orders for one of its first 4G LTE-enabled smartphones were going live on April 12th, and now the carrier has made launch details official. LG’s affordable Viper 4G LTE will become available in just over a week on April 22nd for $99.99 on contract. While this makes LG’s new smartphone one of the most affordable LTE-equipped smartphones on the market — in line with the Nokia Lumia 900’s retail price, though the phone is free for the time being — buyers will be hard-pressed to find LTE service for the time being. The LG Viper 4G LTE features a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, a 4-inch 800 x 480-pixel display and Android 2.3 Gingerbread. Sprint’s full press release follows below. More →
Samsung on Wednesday announced pricing and availability details for three upcoming Android-powered devices that will soon join the vendor’s ever expanding lineup of Galaxy-brand devices. Continuing its efforts to address a variety of price ranges and screen sizes in order to give consumers as many options as possible, Samsung will launch two new Galaxy Player devices and two new Galaxy Tab tablets between now and mid-May. More →
T-Mobile plans to release its flagship HTC One S smartphone in just over two weeks according to a recent report. Earlier rumors pointed to a launch on April 22nd, but a photo of a purported internal slide published Monday evening by TmoNews suggests the launch will take place a few days later on April 25th. HTC unveiled the One S at the annual Mobile World Congress trade show earlier this year. The sleek device features a 4.3-inch qHD Super LCD display, a dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon processor, 16GB of internal storage plus 25GB of free cloud-based Dropbox storage for two years, the same amazing 8-megapixel camera as the one found on the One X, Sense 4.0 and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, all somehow packed within a unibody aluminum case that is just 7.9 millimeters thick. A photo of the purported slide follows below. More →
Nokia’s first U.S. carrier-backed flagship smartphone to launch in years now occupies the top two spots on Amazon.com’s list of best-selling cell phones. The new Lumia 900 Windows Phone, which became available on April 8th, features a 1.4GHz processor, a 4.3-inch ClearBlack AMOLED display, compatibility with AT&T’s 4G LTE network and a sleek design that sets it apart from other full touchscreen handsets. Amazon’s charts listed the phone in the No.1 (black) and No.3 (cyan) spots during pre-sales, and now the cyan model has climbed one position to give Nokia first and second positions on the online retail giant’s list of best-selling phones. BGR reviewed the Nokia Lumia 900 last week and we called it Windows Phone’s best shot yet to gain ground against Android and Apple’s iPhone in the mass market. More →
Likely offsetting an earlier note suggesting Apple’s run may soon slow, a new report on Monday suggests that the Cupertino-based technology giant is reportedly preparing to launch a redesigned iPhone handset in the third quarter this year, featuring a 4-inch display and a sleek new unibody case. While meeting with supply chain players in China, Topeka Capital Markets analyst Brian White received indications that Apple’s next iPhone is going to be a completely new device. “The buzz around the new iPhone 5 is growing in Asia and speculation around the timing of the launch has begun,” White, who raised his price target on Apple stock to $1,001 last week, wrote in a note to investors. Read on for more. More →
Apple’s sixth-generation iPhone will reportedly launch this coming October according an executive at Apple’s manufacturing partner, Foxconn. Citing details learned in a TV interview with Foxconn’s head of human resources, South Korea-based Maeil Business Newspaper reports that Foxconn recently received preliminary orders for Apple’s next-generation iPhone, and the device will launch this fall. “We just got the order,” the Foxconn executive reportedly said, according to a translation from Kotaku. “[The release] will be around October.” Separately, 9to5Mac reports that Apple is currently testing a prototype of its next-generation iPhone that includes 1GB of RAM and Apple’s latest dual-core A5X processor, the same chipset found in the new iPad. The next iPhone’s new internal components are reportedly being tested inside the case from Apple’s previous-generation iPhone 4 and 4S in an effort to keep the handset’s new design from leaking. BGR reported last December that Apple plans to release a completely redesigned iPhone this coming fall.
Samsung on Tuesday confirmed that its 7-inch and 10.1-inch Galaxy Tab 2 tablets have been delayed and will now start shipping to the U.K at the end of the month, ComputerWorld reports. When the Android 4.0 slates were announced at this year’s Mobile World Congress, the company said both devices would arrive in U.K. stores in March ahead of a global rollout. According to a Samsung spokesman, complications with Ice Cream Sandwich caused the delay is due to Ice Cream Sandwich, which both Samsung and Google need more time to work on. This isn’t the first time Samsung has run into problems with Android 4.0. Last month the manufacturer delayed its original upgrade plan for the Galaxy Note from the first three months of 2012 to some time in the second quarter. Samsung is currently rolling out an update to its Galaxy S II smartphone throughout Europe. More →
Sprint and HTC have been partners for years, but it wasn’t until the HTC EVO 4G launched in June 2010 that the companies realized their potential. HTC’s sleek, technology-packed flagship smartphone and Sprint’s unlimited data plans were a match made in heaven for smartphone power users, and the EVO 4G was the first handset to truly offer a complete package to Sprint subscribers. While Sprint’s EVO line of devices has remained popular for the carrier — Sprint has sold more than 7 million EVO-branded smartphones and tablets to date — the company has yet to recapture the magic introduced with the original EVO 4G. With the new HTC EVO 4G LTE that Sprint and HTC unveiled on Wednesday, however, Sprint hopes to do just that. Hit the break for our hands-on impressions of Sprint’s new flagship smartphone.More →
Sprint and HTC on Wednesday unveiled the HTC EVO 4G LTE during a joint press conference in New York City. As a customized version of the HTC One X, Sprint’s new flagship smartphone features a 4.7-inch Super LCD display with 720p HD resolution, a dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, an 8-megapixel camera powered by a dedicated ImageChip, Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, Sense 4.0, 16GB of internal storage plus microSDHC support, 1GB of RAM, NFC, 4G LTE and a 2,000 mAh battery. The smartphone will also be Sprint’s first device to feature HD voice, an enhancement that will be enabled by Sprint’s Network Vision efforts. The service is not yet enabled, but we were told that the difference between standard voice and HD voice is akin to the difference between a standard-resolution television and an HDTV. HTC EVO 4G LTE pre-sales begin May 7th for $199.99 on contract, and the device will launch some time in the second quarter. Sprint and HTC’s joint press release follows below, and be sure to check out BGR’s hands-on preview of the HTC EVO 4G LTE. More →
Sony is aiming to launch its next-generation PlayStation video game console ahead of rival Microsoft, a recent report claims. Microsoft’s next Xbox console — which could be an ARM-based “Xbox lite” that will launch ahead of a true Xbox 360 successor that will be released some time later — is widely expected to hit store shelves for the holidays in 2013. According to an unnamed source speaking with VG247, Sony plans to launch its PlayStation 4 console before Microsoft’s next Xbox makes a splash. “Sony are completely in the belief that they have the jump on Microsoft this time,” the source reportedly said. The anonymous source continued, “Top line publishers already know about it. Developers working with publishers – like Ubisoft, for example – already know what’s going on. They’re already working on it.” Both Sony and Microsoft are expected to unveil their next-generation consoles during the annual E3 gaming conference next year. More →