Samsung announces Galaxy Mega 5.8 and 6.3

Posted by: Brett

Just when you thought the Galaxy Note was big, Samsung made the Galaxy Mega 5.8 and Mega 6.3 official. Other than their large displays, their internals are nothing too special compared to today’s flagships. With the Mega 6.3, you’ll get a 6.3-inch HD display, a 1.7 GHz dual-core processor with 1.5 GB of RAM, a 3200 mAh battery, an 8-megapixel camera, and Android 4.2. The Mega 5.8 will offer virtually the same experience but with a “smaller” 5.8-inch QHD display, a 1.4 GHz dual-core processor with 1.5 GB of RAM, a 2600 mAh battery, an 8-megapixel camera, and Android 4.2.

Both models are said to launch some time in May in Europe and Russia. It’s possible, but not likely that we’ll see the Mega launch in the United States.

Source: Samsung

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Samsung announces Galaxy S4

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Image courtesy of Samsung

Posted by: Brett

Right on cue, Samsung announced the brand new Galaxy S4 at a press event at New York’s Radio City Music Hall. Getting straight to the specs, The S4 has a 5-inch 1080p HD display with 441ppi, a 1.9 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor (or 1.8 GHz Exynos Octa-core processor in select countries/markets),  2GB of RAM, a 13 megapixel camera, and Android 4.2.2 which is the latest version at this point in time. The S4 is also thinner at 7.9mm and lighter at 130g.

The Galaxy S4 has a bevy of new software features which I’ll go into a separate article. The S4 will be available in Black Mist and Frost White and it will launch on all four major US carriers in addition to over 300 more internationally beginning at the end of April.

This is a developing story.

Source: Samsung

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Samsung makes Galaxy Note 8.0 official

Posted by: Brett

Samsung announced the Galaxy Note 8.0 today at MWC 2013 and it’s everything we expected it to be. Samsung had a display showing off the Note 8.0 which was spotted prior to the announcement confirming it’s existence and Samsung’s Mobile Head JK Shin even confirmed rumors of the device last month.

The Galaxy Note 8.0 has an 8-inch 1280 by 800 resolution display, a 1.6 GHz Exynos 4 Quad quad core processor with 2GB of RAM, Android 4.1.2, a 5 megapixel camera, and the S-Pen which the Note line is known for. The international version will be able to make and receive phone calls, while the US version will be WiFi only.

Samsung says the phablet will launch in Q2 of this year internationally and they’ve yet to provide a date for a North American launch.

Source: Samsung

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HTC announces ‘One’ with 4.7-inch HD display, Snapdragon 600 processor

Posted by: Brett

After months of leaks, HTC announced the HTC One today, their latest flagship phone. The One has the latest innards; Qualcomm’s brand new 1.7 GHz quad-core Snapdragon 600 processor, a 4.7-inch 1080p HD display, 2GB of RAM, a 4MP ‘UltraPixel’ camera, Android 4.1.2, and Sense 5.

The One also features a “zero-gap”, full aluminum frame and diamond chamfered edges. It has an all new audio experience with dual front speakers (at the top and bottom) and an all-new camera experience with what HTC is dubbing an “UltraPixel” camera. The camera is accompanied by a feature called HTC Zoe which allows you to take high-res pictures which turn into a short, 3 second film.

The dual-front speakers are part of a feature called HTC BoomSound. The speakers include a dedicated amplifier which offers enhanced audio. Finally, there’s HTC BlinkFeed which is a Flipboard like home screen page which aggregates social content, as well as news and photos.

HTC says the One will be available beginning in March on over 185 carriers globally, including AT&T, Sprint, and T-Mobile in the States (no Verizon) for $199 for the 32GB model and $299 for the 64GB model. The One will launch in both black and white.

Source: HTC

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RIM rebrands itself as ‘BlackBerry’, announces BlackBerry 10

Posted by: Brett

RIM announced today that the company would, beginning today, be branded as BlackBerry to make things more simple and to be known as one recognizable brand. The company’s buildings appear to have already undergone the aforementioned transition.

As part of the move, the Company will now trade as “BB” on the Toronto Stock Exchange and “BBRY” on the NASDAQ. The changes to the company’s ticker symbols will be effective at the start of trading on Monday, February 4, 2013.

In addition, the new BlackBerry 10 OS has been made official. It’s a complete overhaul of the previous versions of BlackBerry OS and is based off of QNX. While there are still an abundance of design elements similar to BlackBerry OS 7 and earlier, the update is an entire refresh and step up. BlackBerry 10 brings to the table a new home screen experience, a new multitasking experience, BlackBerry Hub, a new touchscreen keyboard, voice search/recognition, gestures, new BBM features like video chatting, and more.

Source: BlackBerry, 2

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LG makes the Optimus G Pro official with 5-inch, 1080p HD display

Posted by: Brett

Last week, an image leaked showing off the yet-to-be-announced Optimus G Pro. Japanese carrier NTT DoCoMo confirmed the device today and it’s nothing more or less than what we expected. The Optimus G Pro will have a 5-inch 1080p HD display, a 1.7 GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro chip, a 13 megapixel camera, 3,000 mAh battery, 32GB of storage, and4G LTE connectivity. LG has yet to make the device official themselves so for now, we can only expect it to launch in Japan. The carrier says it’ll hit the market some time this April.

Source: NTT DoCoMo

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Sony Xperia Tablet Z made official

Posted by: Brett

Sony has announced the Xperia Tablet Z, the tablet relative of the recently announced Xperia Z and ZL smartphones. The Xperia Tablet Z looks to be surprisingly good; it has a 10.1-inch, 1920 by 1200 display, a 1.5 GHz quad-core Snapdragon S4 Pro processor, an 8.1 megapixel camera, Android 4.1, surround sound technology, NFC, and LTE connectivity, all in a dustproof and waterproof chassis that is just 6.9mm thin and 495 grams. While Sony says the tablet will be available in Japan this Spring, they didn’t mention a launch date in other markets.

Source: Sony via Engadget

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