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Two stages of iPhone 5 releases on Best Buy -- for real?
Best Buy prepares itself for the launch of iPhone 5 in two stages based from two leaked information on Sunday. One discovery from a staff memo shows that the retail company expects an iPhone 5 introduction soon, along with an “October week 1 launch.” The same BGR instance also claimed that it expects a Sprint iPhone 5 release.
Other clues potentially put the said release later. Best Buy Mobile managers are due to talk about “upcoming big release dates” on October 10 and on October 21, receiving a new “Apple fixture.” The installation described to This Is My Next wasn’t attached to the iPhone by name, but it would unusually needed a manager to be available an hour earlier than usual for inventory — similar to what happened last year for the iPhone 4.
Both tips leave room for flexibility in the release, but it support the overall expectation of a mid-October launch with Sprint added as a third US carrier. Some room exists for other devices to show in October, such as expected iPod updates, but few are likely to get the same level of attention from retail staff.View Article Source »
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 »
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 »
Verizon Wireless confirmed that they will not release a Samsung Galaxy S II variant.
The Wall Street Journal just reported that Verizon Wireless will not be launching the Samsung Galaxy S II smartphone for their network. The anticipated device will only be released on other major wireless carriers, including AT&T, T-Mobile, and Sprint.
The two companies remained silent with regards to this issue, and didn’t disclose any reactions on why they have decided not to work together even though Samsung’s Droid Charge had successfully got a place on Verizon’s shelves last May.Read the rest of the article »
Rumors have claimed that Apple's iPhone 5 is coming to Sprint in mid-October.
This topic is certainly the hottest issue in the Apple market to date — as reported by Wall Street Journal, Sprint will be offering the 5th-generation iPhone once it has been released in “mid-October” of this year. Along with AT&T and Verizon, Sprint is said to be the third U.S. carrier to sell the anticipated device.
Sprint was known to be one of the nation’s largest wireless service providers; and now, it also becomes the third carrier to receive the iPhone 5 after Apple launched with Verizon this year and with AT&T in 2007. Well, probably this is a much better way to prevent the company from being overpowered by Verizon and AT&T/T-Mobile’s team-up.Read the rest of the article »
Apple's iPhone 5 was seen in app logs with dual-mode CDMA and GSM. Could this be for real?
After a developer said that iPhone 5 has been showing up in app logs, repeated references to a dual-mode mentioned device emerged on Monday. A small batch of users were tracked while running two carriers. On of those seen by TechCruch attached itself to both AT&T and Verizon, which wouldn’t be possible on the current models of the said smartphone.
It is true that someone can fake the carrier ID and similar elements on jailbroken iPhones. However, creating two simultaneous IDs on one phone would be a difficult one, but it will not be impossible without the requisite hardware.Read the rest of the article »
Blackberry Torch 9810, Bold 9930, and Torch 9850: Now reaching the store shelves.
As planned, three of AT&T and Sprint’s RIM BlackBerry 7-based smartphones are now available in various store shelves. Sprint has made the largest launch and shipped the BlackBerry Torch 9850 along with the BlackBerry Bold 9930 devices in a very affordable pricing. The Torch can be purchased online for $150 with a contract, while the Bold 9930 (with contract) will be available for only $200. Although the two manufacturers confirmed this pricing as official, several US carriers are still panning to sell the smartphones for $50 more on average.
On the other hand, AT&T has just made its second-generation 4G BlackBerry Torch 9810 available in the market, but hasn’t revealed any shipping dates for the Bold. The Torch 9810 is said to be the least expensive BlackBerry 7 device so far, with its price tag of $50 (with contract).
The three handsets run on the same 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor and brings a five-megapixel camera. However, they still differ from each other in terms of displays and keyboards. The Blackberry Torch 9810 gets a 3.25-inch, 640×480 display and a five-megapixel camera with autofocus; while the Torch 9850 features a 3.5-inch, 480×800 display with a touch-only option. Bold 9900, the thinnest and smallest among the group, brings a 2.8-inch, 640×480 screen display with no autofocus camera, but offers an interactive QWERTY keyboard.View Article Source »
The Samsung Hercules was recently revealed to be T-Mobile's variant of the Samsung Galaxy S 2.
Samsung Hercules, the anticipated Android smartphone, has been officially publicized last week at the Samsung Mobile concert in Toronto. Aside from unveiling clearer photos of the device, there is also interesting information that was leaked out. According to a source, the Samsung Hercules is said to be T-mobile’s variant of the Samsung Galaxy S II.
In order to justify this claim, an image of the phone’s back plate was revealed, which clearly labels “T-Mobile” and “Galaxy S II.” The front view of the Hercules was then believed to have a more rounded look compared to the phone that was first seen at Telus.Read the rest of the article »
According to a rumor, Sprint's version of Galaxy S II - named Epic Touch 4G - is set to be released on September.
A rumor that emerged on Tuesday narrowed down several launch details of Sprint’s version of Galaxy S II prior to its scheduled release date. Samsung’s phone should be christened as the Epic Touch 4G to make clear the absence of a keyboard. The said dual-core Android device is set to release in September.
Samsung has officially planned to bring the Galaxy S II to the U.S. shores in August and could leave Sprint running late. The company’s comments may have been referring to announcements and not shipments, and could see most other companies following suit.Read the rest of the article »
According to rumors, AT&T will be offering two version of Galaxy S II. One with a QWERTY slider, and the other is otherwise.
A rumor emerged on Tuesday that AT&T will offer a variant of Samsung’s Galaxy S II handset that includes a QWERTY keyboard. However, another report says that the carrier will actually release two editions of the said flagship Android device. Sources said that one of the phones will be similar to the Galaxy S II that was released to other countries, which do not have QWERTY slider.
Aside from the keyboard option, the two devices are expected to provide the same internal components. Android 2.3.4 is said to be powered by a dual-core processor that runs at 1.2GHz, while an 800×480 touchscreen panel is also standard.
A company executive from Samsung announced that the Galaxy S II will be launched on August for US land, but there’s still no specific date and price for the device. The said smartphone is expected to ship in through all major carriers like Verizon and Sprint.View Article Source »
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