ASUS PadFone launches mid-April in Taiwan for nearly $1,000 with accessories

By on April 5, 2012 at 6:25 PM.

ASUS PadFone launches mid-April in Taiwan for nearly $1,000 with accessories

When ASUS announced the PadFone at this year’s Mobile World Congress, the company promised the hybrid device would begin shipping in April. Staying true to its world, ASUS on Thursday revealed that pre-orders will begin on Friday and the device will launch on April 20th in Taiwan, Engadget reported. The 4.3-inch Android-powered smartphone will be priced at NT$17,990 ($610) on its own and the dockable tablet and keyboard will cost roughly $240 and $130, respectively, bringing the PadFone’s total cost with accessories to $980 in Taiwan. ASUS will also be offering an extra battery as a bonus to those who pre-order the device. The handset features a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, an Adreno 225 graphics processor and an 8-megapixel rear camera. The device also has the unique ability to dock inside a tablet shell that will deliver a 10.1-inch display, a tablet UI and a new range of functionality. The company has not announced further details regarding the PadFone’s global availability. More →

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Unannounced LG Windows Phone for Sprint revealed by FCC

By on April 5, 2012 at 12:15 AM.

Unannounced LG Windows Phone for Sprint revealed by FCC

The Federal Communications Commission recently published documents that reveal information about an unannounced Windows Phone device from LG. According to the documents, the LG LS831 supports CDMA in the 800 MHz and 1900 MHz bands, indicating that the handset will land on Sprint’s 3G network. Images reveal that the smartphone features a 5-megapixel rear camera, a front-facing camera, a headphone jack and a microUSB port. Sprint hasn’t launched a Windows Phone device since the HTC Arrive was released in early 2011, however the carrier is rumored to be prepping an LTE-equipped Windows Phone for a fall launch. More →

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Sprint confirms 4G LTE network will have unlimited data

By on April 4, 2012 at 11:10 PM.

Sprint confirms 4G LTE network will have unlimited data

Sprint is known for its unlimited data plans and it is currently the only major carrier that doesn’t throttle excessive data use. Following the announcement that Sprint planned to discontinue its WiMAX buildout and switch to the more widely used LTE standard, however, the company never mentioned whether its upcoming LTE network would continue to offer unlimited data plans. To clarify the issue, Sprint on Tuesday confirmed to TechHog that its 4G LTE devices “will be available on Sprint’s network featuring unlimited data.” While the carrier’s initial 4G LTE rollout will be limited, data-hungry users who are not pleased with AT&T and Verizon’s 2GB and 5GB plans may be tempted to switch to Sprint when the carrier’s LTE services begin to go live in the coming weeks and months. More →

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Nokia Lumia 900 teardown reveals mediocre hardware

By on April 4, 2012 at 9:00 PM.

Nokia Lumia 900 teardown reveals mediocre hardware

Nokia and Microsoft are betting big on the Lumia 900, hoping the device will help make a name for Windows Phone in the United States. The handset will be exclusively offered by AT&T for a mere $99.99 with a new two-year agreement on April 8th. TechRepublic on Tuesday cracked open the device and examined its internal components. The conclusion: mediocre hardware is the reasons for its low price. With almost every other competing smartphone offering dual-core or quad-core processors, Nokia instead chose a single-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 chipset clocked at 1.4 GHz. The Lumia has a smaller battery, lower resolution display and less RAM than most of its competitors as well. The handset is also thicker and heavier than most, although it has a good build quality according to the site. Despite these shortcomings, Nokia’s Lumia 900 is a terrific smartphone that gives Windows Phone its best shot yet to succeed. More →

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Instagram for Android surpasses 1 million downloads in less than 24 hours

By on April 4, 2012 at 8:50 AM.

Instagram for Android surpasses 1 million downloads in less than 24 hours

One of the most popular photography applications for the iPhone has quickly become one of the most popular Android apps. Instagram for Android surpassed 1 million downloads less than 24 hours after its release on the Google Play marketplace on Tuesday. The Android application opened its pre-registration last week, attracting more than 430,000 users. When the service launched it reportedly saw 2,000 sign-ups per minute, nearly crashing the company’s servers. The popular app allows users to capture photos and edit them using a number of filters that give images a unique retro look. Pictures can then be shared through Instagram, Twitter, Facebook and email. The company previously announced that it had more than 30 million users on iOS alone. More →

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Sprint LG Viper 4G pre-orders begin April 12th for $99.99

By on April 3, 2012 at 11:50 PM.

Sprint LG Viper 4G pre-orders begin April 12th for $99.99

Sprint on Tuesday announced the company’s first 4G LTE smartphone, the LG Viper, will be available for pre-order on April 12th for $99.99. The handset features a 4-inch WVGA display with a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM and a 5-megapixel rear camera. “LG Viper pairs perfectly with our unlimited data plans to bring customers the benefit of new technology, including our upcoming 4G LTE capabilities at a great price,” said David Owens, vice president-Product Development, Sprint. “This smartphone is packed with the tools our customers need to stay connected. Best of all, customers can feel good about owning LG Viper because of its robust list of eco-friendly features.” The company did not announce a release date, however previous rumors have the device slated to launch on April 15th. Read for Sprint’s press release. More →

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Purported HTC EVO One press image leaks

By on April 3, 2012 at 8:15 PM.

Purported HTC EVO One press image leaks

A purported press image of Sprint’s upcoming HTC EVO One has leaked prior to the handset’s rumored announcement later this week. The image, which was obtained by Pocketnow, pictures the device between the HTC One X for AT&T and the T-Mobile-bound HTC One S. Sprint’s One-series smartphone is rumored to feature a 4.7-inch 720p AMOLED display and a dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor clocked at 1.5GHz. The handset will also supposedly be equipped with a 2,650 mAh non-removable battery, 16GB of internal storage, a microSD slot, an 8-megapixel rear camera, a 2.0-megapixel front-facing camera, 4G LTE connectivity, Beats Audio and Sense 4.0 atop Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. HTC and Sprint are holding a joint press event on April 4th at 5:30 p.m. Eastern, and we will be on hand to report all the news as it breaks. More →

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Nokia Lumia 900 now available for pre-order

By on March 30, 2012 at 6:30 PM.

Nokia Lumia 900 now available for pre-order

The Nokia Lumia 900 is now available for pre-order. The handset features a 4.3-inch ClearBlack AMOLED display, a 1.4GHz single-core processor, 4G LTE, an 8-megapixel rear camera with Carl Zeiss optics and the Windows Phone 7.5 operating system. When the Lumia 900 launches on April 8th for $99.99, it will be one of the most affordable flagship devices AT&T has ever offered. To make this sleek smartphone even harder to resist for current AT&T customers, Walmart is already offering the device for half off — $49.99 with a new two-year agreement. For new customers, order through AT&T’s website and you’ll get your new Lumia 900 for free. More →

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Sprint rumored to launch HTC One X as the EVO One

By on March 30, 2012 at 1:45 AM.

Sprint rumored to launch HTC One X as the EVO One

Reports last week indicated that Sprint would launch a smartphone code-named the HTC Jet on June 10th. The handset was a variant of HTC’s One X and would launch nearly two years after Sprint’s iconic HTC EVO 4G, the carrier’s first WiMAX-enabled smartphone. New information from AndroidCentral, however, claims that the device will be called the HTC EVO One and is slated for a June 6th release. The EVO One is equipped with a 4.7-inch 720p AMOLED display and a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, the same CPU found in AT&T’s upcoming version of the One X. The handset will also supposedly feature a 2,650 mAh non-removable battery, 16GB of internal storage, a microSD slot, an 8-megapixel rear and 2.0-megapixel front facing camera, LTE connectivity, Beats Audio and Sense 4.0 atop Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. The EVO One is reportedly black and red, and it comes with a kickstand similar to the one found on the original EVO. HTC and Sprint are holding a joint press event on April 4th at 5:30 p.m, and we will be on hand to deliver all the news as it breaks. More →

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Lumia 800C unveiled as Nokia’s first Windows Phone for China

By on March 29, 2012 at 12:15 AM.

Lumia 800C unveiled as Nokia’s first Windows Phone for China

Nokia on Wednesday unveiled its first Windows Phone for the Chinese market, the Lumia 800C. The handset is slated to launch in April exclusively on China Telecom. “We’re excited to introduce our first Lumia smartphone, the Nokia 800C, to this important market with our exclusive launch partner, China Telecom. Working closely together, we’ve created a compelling, locally relevant experience on the Nokia 800C especially tailored for people in China,” Nokia CEO Stephen Elop said. The Lumia 800c features a 3.7-inch AMOLED ClearBlack curved display, with a 1.4 GHz single-core processor, hardware acceleration and a separate processor for graphics. The device is also equipped with an 8-megapixel Carl Zeiss camera and 16GB of internal storage, and it will be available in cyan or black. The Lumia 800C will be offered without a contract for 3599 Chinese yuan, equal to roughly $570. Nokia’s press release can be found after the break. More →

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Ice Cream Sandwich now available for AT&T’s HTC Vivid

By on March 22, 2012 at 7:25 PM.

Ice Cream Sandwich now available for AT&T’s HTC Vivid

AT&T announced on Thursday that Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich has begun to roll out to the HTC Vivid. The Android 4.0 update also includes Sense 3.6, and it brings the company’s Beats Audio technology to the 4G LTE handset as well. The Ice Cream Sandwich update will deliver advanced voice and text input to the device, along with Face Unlock, UI improvements and improved email. The HTC Vivid is equipped with a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon chipset, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage, microSDHC support to add an additional 32GB of storage and a 1,620 mAh battery. AT&T’s press release follows below. More →

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Sprint rumored to be prepping an LTE-equipped Windows Phone for fall launch

By on March 20, 2012 at 7:30 PM.

Sprint rumored to be prepping an LTE-equipped Windows Phone for fall launch

Sprint is currently in the process of building out its 4G LTE network, which is slated to launch in the second quarter of 2012. Citing anonymous sources, SprintFeed reports that the carrier is looking to launch a new LTE-enabled Windows Phone later this year. Earlier reports claimed that Sprint had shared its LTE specifications with Nokia and was looking to introduce a handset running Windows Phone 8 with a dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm MSM8960 chipset. SprintFeed‘s sources have reportedly confirmed that the MSM8960 Snapdragon chip will indeed be used in the handset, however the vendor behind the device remains a mystery. The new Windows Phone is said to be in testing and is slated for a fall release. More →

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Android 4.0 reportedly coming to Nexus S in ‘the next few weeks’

By on March 16, 2012 at 9:55 AM.

Android 4.0 reportedly coming to Nexus S in ‘the next few weeks’

It seemed as if Google had all but forgotten about its once beloved Nexus S. The company’s previous flagship handset was slated to receive an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update in December, but due to unforeseen problems that still remain a mystery, Google pulled the update shortly after its release. Since then, there has been radio silence from Mountain View as owners anxiously awaited details regarding the company’s plan for the device. According to a source speaking to Engadget, Google will not be abandoning Nexus S users, and an official Android 4.0 update is expected to be made available “in the next few weeks.” More →

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