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LG reveals a Galaxy Note rival, the 5-inch, 1.5 GHz dual core Optimus Vu.
LG has officially announced a rival to Samsung’s Galaxy Note, the 5-inch, LTE capable Optimus Vu. The device, which is said to ‘blurs the line between phone and tablet’, boasts a 5-inch (1024 X 768) IPS LCD display with 4:3 aspect ratio.
The pen-friendly smartphone is powered by 1.5GHz dual-core CPU, 32GB memory, 2080mAh batter and an 8 MP camera. It has full LTE capability and will initially run on Android 2.3 Gingerbread while an upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich is in the works.Read the rest of the article »
The LG Esteem, with Gingerbread and LTE, has been confirmed for MetroPCS.
Multiple reports have confirmed that LG’s long-time rumored handset, the Esteem, will be likely to appear on MetroPCS’ family of LTE-enabled devices. The screenshots that were leaked out recently suggest that the device will come with an array of mid-range features, which includes a 1GHz Snapdragon processor and a 4.3-inch LCD with 800×480 display resolution.
Other official specs include a 512MB of RAM, 8GB on-board storage, a 1.3-megapixel front facing camera, a 5.0MP rear camera with support for 720p video recording, and a 1500mAh battery. The anticipated LG Esteem will be powered by Android 2.3 Gingerbread and will run on Metro PCS’ CDMA/LTE network.View Article Source »
LG's Optimus Q2 is slated to be released next week with its several new features and designs.
LG launched the second wave of their high-end messaging smartphones on late Sunday. The said company unleashed the Optimus Q2 with its new design that centers on a considerably larger four-inch, IPS-based LCD screen with a very bright 700-nit output.
The device’s design is intended to evade some of the bulk of other slider phones, while improving on the comfort of its predecessor. LG claimed that the Q2 is almost a tenth of an inch thinner than its competitors, and 0.35 ounces lighter than its ancestor. It has a strictly average five-megapixel back camera and a VGA front camera, but it included Wi-Fi Direct for faster sharing when devices support it.
The launch of the Optimus Q2 is scheduled next week for Europe. Other networks haven’t been detailed, even though it might ship in on Sprint as just the Q.View Article Source »
Samsung confirmed that their Illusion smartphone will be on Verizon through a post on Flickr.
Samsung gave away the game for its upcoming Illusion smartphone when they posted a preview of it through Flickr on Thursday. Even if the said post just have few details, it confirms the SCH-I110 badge and that it will top out at 3G for data.
Its also said that the device will use a variant on Samsung’s most recent TouchWiz interface for Android 2.3 scaled down to smaller screens. Aside from its Sustainable Product Certification as a more eco-friendly phone, most other details have been up in the air. Common leaks have claimed that it either use an 800MHz or 1GHz processor, a three-to-five megapixel camera and a 320×480 screen.
The Illusion is expected to arrive to Verizon on September 29, and it will cost around $100 on a contract as an option for those who want a modern Samsung Android phone but don’t need the Droid Charge or the other high-end model.View Article Source »
HTC is unleasing its new monster with dual-core processor this year -- the Sensation XE.
HTC just announced the Sensation XE, a monster that gathers everything the company has to offer. The device features 4.3-inch qHD S-LCD display, 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 8-megapixel camera, Beats Audio and the latest Android and Sense software.
The HTC Sensation XE is based on HTC Sensation’s Qualcomm MSM8260 Snapdragon chipset, but with a dual-core CPU clocked at 1.5GHz. However, it offers the same 768MB RAM, Adreno 220 GPU, Android 2.3 Gingerbread, and HTC Sense 3.5 UI.
The HTC Sensation XE is the first smartphone to carry the Beats Audio logo, and it will come with new Beats headset and some of its audio magic — bringing in a dramatic improvement in the sonic experience. As for the camera, the device features an 8-megapixel stills and 1080p video recording. There’s also a dual LED flash and a front-facing VGA camera on board. In terms of connectivity, the HTC Sensation XE has a quad-band GSM, dual-band 3G with HSPA support, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth 3.0 and FM Radio. The device also comes with 3.5mm audio jack, MHL-enabled microUSB port and microSD card slot.
HTC’s Sensation XE is expected to hit the stores on Q4 2011, while its price is yet to be disclosed. Meanwhile, bear in mind that the device is not the rumored Runnymede.View Article Source »
Samsung Galaxy Wi-Fi 3.6 arrives to compete against iPod Touch, as it slips out at IFA.
Hidden in the middle of Samsung’s large launches at the IFA show on Thursday was a new, smaller version of its Android-based media players. The Galaxy Wi-Fi 3.6 has a more moderate 3.65-inch LCD, facing against the large AMOLED displays of its Wi-Fi 4.0 and 5.0. The device’s central home button style – that was unique in Android-based devices – continues over from their earlier model to its latest. This gives the devices an appearance similar to the iPod touch.
Android 2.3 runs with TouchWiz, reflecting the absence of phone components. Players carry either 8GB or 16GB built-in and have microSDHC slots. Europe should get the Wi-Fi 3.6 in October at prices equivalent to $242 for an 8GB model and $274 for 16GB.
Check out Samsung Galaxy Wi-Fi 3.6′s features after the jump.Read the rest of the article »
An equipment guide revealed that Motorola's Droid Bionic is due to hit the stores on September 8.
A couple of leaks last Wednesday confirmed that the Motorola Droid Bionic will be arriving on September 8. The much anticipated Android leader showed up in the carrier’s Equipment Guide for the date. It doesn’t have any direct fill mentions, leading Droid-Life to hint that Verizon is deliberately keeping it out of pre-orders — possibly to build up the launch day lines.
A follow-up from the same site both reinforced the date as well as giving several of features that are still unannounced. Droid Bionic is believed to have an Android 2.3.4 and Google Talk video chat over 4G. And even with 4G and a dual-core processor, it is said that this device’ battery life could last 10.8 hours.Read the rest of the article »
Samsung Galaxy S II variants, slated to be released in mid-September.
Samsung finally announced the arrival of its anticipated Galaxy S II smartphone to three of the largest US carriers: AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint.
The handset will still be featuring some of the internals of Galaxy S II. However, the release versions were not able to access 4G LTE networks. Instead, it will use the HSPA+ on AT&T and T-Mobile, Sprint’s WiMAX.
All models come with a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, an 800 x 480 4.3-inch screen, 1GB of RAM, and runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread skinned with Samsung’s TouchWiz interface. Samsung also confirmed that each Galaxy S II handset will be equipped with 16GB of storage (expandable up to 32GB), a microSD card, an 8.0MP rear facing camera with 1080p video recording support, and a 2.0MP front-facing camera.Read the rest of the article »
Samsung's new phone, Vitality, made an appearance in Cricket's training manual.
Samsung’s new phone, Vitality, was seen in a computer-based Cricket training manual and was shared online by Engadget. The said phone is a near-twin to MetroPCS’ Admire, having the same 800MHz CPU, 3.5-inch 320×480 touchscreen and a 3.2-megapixel camera. This will be running on Android 2.3.
The same with the Suede feature phone on Cricket, the Vitality will have access to the carrier’s Muve Music plan. The source claims that Vitality needs a $65 per month plan, even though its mostly due to the unlimited song downloads offered by Muve.
However, the pricing and even the release date for the said device is still unannounced. More updates are sure to come, so just keep it posted here at GADG.View Article Source »
LG reportedly posted a source code of their upcoming Optimus S Gingerbread prior to the roll out.
Based on a report, LG posted a source code for their upcoming Optimus S Android 2.3 — ahead of its formal roll out. But despite the developers’ tidbits for Sprint’s Optimus variant, the carrier has yet to announce a specific date for the Gingerbread OTA release.
The aging Optimus S brings an entry-level feature set that goes along a 3.2-inch 320×480 touchscreen and a 600MHz processor. Unofficial Gingerbread builds already emerged for the device, but users were forced to wait for a stable release.
LG posted the Gingerbread open source files on their global support site. The official Gingerbread release date is set on September this year.View Article Source »
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