HTC One E8 unveiled internationally just as it gets priced in China
Jun03

HTC One E8 unveiled internationally just as it gets priced in China

Today HTC decided to officially announce the One E8, its plastic flagship Android smartphone. This comes right on time, even though the Taiwanese company did confirm the existence of this handset a few days ago. Anyway, One E8 is the name – Ace was just a codename after all. The HTC One E8 comes with most of the One M8‘s specs in a plastic package, which makes it cheaper than the metal flagship that’s already being sold. The HTC One E8 has a 5-inch 1080p Full HD touchscreen, a 13 MP rear camera with LED flash and 1080p Full HD video recording, a 5 MP front camera, a 2.3 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 (which will be clocked at 2.5 GHz only in Asia for whatever reason), 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage (around 10.6 GB of which is user-accessible), microSD card support, 4G LTE, dual-SIM (some models), Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, NFC, and a 2,600 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.4 KitKat with HTC’s Sense 6 UI overlay on top. Its dimensions are 146.42×70.67×9.85 mm, and it weighs 145 grams. Basically the only big difference between the E8 and the M8 is the camera, the new device going with a traditional 13 MP unit and single-LED flash, whereas the One M8 sports an UltraPixel snapper with Duo Camera setup and dual-tone dual-LED flash. HTC hasn’t announced official international pricing, or where we should expect to see the One E8 being sold – outside of China, that is, which will get it first starting this month. And speaking of China, the new smartphone has already been priced over there, according to Engadget. It will cost 2,799 yuan. That’s around $447 or €328 at the current exchange rates, and it’s about half of what the One M8 costs in China. Furthermore, it’s also much less than what the Samsung Galaxy S5 is going for (and this should be its main competitor). If HTC brings such great pricing to other markets, then the One E8 has the potential to easily outsell the One M8. Whether that’s a good thing for HTC or not remains to be...

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Huawei Ascend P7 will be out in the UK on June 16 for £329.99
Jun02

Huawei Ascend P7 will be out in the UK on June 16 for £329.99

The Huawei Ascend P7 was announced at the beginning of May, and it started rolling out to certain countries and territories before the end of last month. In the UK, though, it’s due to arrive on June 16. That date has been confirmed by two online retailers – both Amazon and Clove. So we assume it’s legit. The Ascend P7 can be pre-ordered from those companies for the same amount: £329.99. This will net you a SIM-free and unlocked handset, of course. The pricing is in line with the Ascend P7’s specs, which make it an upper-midrange offering in this day and age. That said, Huawei mentioned €449 as the phone’s recommended retail price, and the UK amount is only about €406 at the current exchange rates. If you like your smartphones extremely thin and good looking, then this may be the one for you. The Huawei Ascend P7 comes with a 5-inch 1080p Full HD touchscreen, a 13 MP rear camera with LED flash, an 8 MP front camera, a 1.8 GHz quad-core HiSilicon Kirin 910T processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, microSD card support, 150 Mbps 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, NFC, and a 2,500 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.4...

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 and Galaxy Note Pro land at AT&T on June 6
Jun02

Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 and Galaxy Note Pro land at AT&T on June 6

AT&T is getting ready to add two new tablets to its roster later this week. The carrier has just announced that both the Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 and the Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 will become available on June 6. You’ll be able to buy them from AT&T retail locations and the carrier’s website, naturally. The Galaxy Note Pro is a humongous 12.2-inch tablet that comes with the S Pen stylus that’s a staple of the Note line. It will be offered by AT&T for $799 with a two-year contract, or $45 per month in a 20-month installment plan. The Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 is much more affordable, since its specs make it a lower-midrange offering and not a high-end beast like the Note Pro. You’ll need to part with $379.99 and sign a two-year contract to get this one. Or you can opt for 20 monthly installments of $24 and pay nothing upfront. For a limited time, AT&T will give you $50 off either of these tablets if you buy any one of them alongside a Samsung Galaxy S5 or Galaxy S5 Active. The Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 has a 12.2-inch 2,560×1,600 SC-LCD touchscreen, a 2.3 Ghz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, an 8 MP rear camera, a 2 MP front camera, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, 3 GB of RAM, 32 GB of internal storage, microSD card support, and a 9,500 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.4 KitKat. The Samsung Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 has a 10.1-inch 1,280×800 touchscreen, a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, 1.5 GB of RAM, a 3 MP rear camera, a 1.3 MP front camera, microSD card support, 4G LTE, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, and a 6,800 mAh battery. It too runs Android 4.4...

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7-inch Samsung Galaxy W smartphone gets official in South Korea
Jun02

7-inch Samsung Galaxy W smartphone gets official in South Korea

Samsung is trying to push the definition of a phablet further than it’s ever been. But how big is too big? Some people asked this exact question back when the Korean company unveiled the original Galaxy Note. So clearly 5.3″ isn’t too big. But what about a 7-inch smartphone? How does that sound? That’s essentially the proposition behind the newly announced Samsung Galaxy W. Right now it’s destined only to South Korea (and will be sold exclusively by SK Telecom), but who knows, maybe we’ll see something like this elsewhere in the future. It’s interesting to note that with this device Samsung has started reusing names, since there already was a Galaxy W released in 2011. But maybe that was just easily forgettable. The new Samsung Galaxy W probably won’t be, though. We’ve seen quite a few tablets with phone-making capabilities lately, but look at the picture above – it seems like Samsung wants people to actually talk into this thing like they would into a phone. Crazy, right? The Galaxy W has a 7-inch 720p HD touchscreen (with 16:9 aspect ratio like phones, and not 16:10 like a tablet), an 8 MP rear camera with LED flash, a 2 MP front camera, a 1.2 GHz quad-core processor, 1.5 GB of RAM, 16 GB of built-in storage, microSD card support, LTE-A, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, GPS, and a 3,200 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.3 Jelly Bean. Its dimensions are 191.8×99.6×8.8 mm, and it weighs 245 grams. That’s extremely compact for a tablet, but pretty huge for a...

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5.2″ 1080p Moto X+1 purportedly shown in leaked image
May30

5.2″ 1080p Moto X+1 purportedly shown in leaked image

The much anticipated successor to the Moto X from 2013 is clearly coming this summer. It will oddly be called Moto X+1, and so far not many details about it have leaked. In fact, while we’re pretty sure it will come with improved hardware compared to its predecessor, the only certain thing about it is that name. Today though we may have the honor of seeing the Moto X+1 for the first time, and dressed in gold no less. The picture below is purportedly of Motorola’s next flagship, according to a source from China. The person who posted the image adds that the Moto X+1 will sport a 5.2-inch 1080p Full HD touchscreen, which would be a marked improvement from the 4.7-inch 720p HD panel used in the Moto X. Unfortunately though, no other details have been leaked alongside the photo. However, a Motorola XT912A got revealed through a benchmark result last month, and it has the exact same screen size and resolution. So this could in fact be the Moto X+1’s model number. In that case, the Moto X+1 should come with a 12 or 13 MP rear camera with 1080p Full HD video recording, a 2 MP front camera, a 2.3 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2 GB of RAM, and 32 GB of storage. At the time of the benchmark being run it was powered by Android 4.4.3 KitKat, a version of the OS that hasn’t launched yet. Via...

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HTC M8 Prime reportedly canceled
May30

HTC M8 Prime reportedly canceled

Yesterday we brought you some info about HTC’s roadmap for high-end devices for the remainder of this year, and apparently two new handsets fitting that description are on the way (we’re obviously not counting the already unveiled One M8 and One E8). These are codenamed M8 Plus and M8 Advance. But what about the M8 Prime then? Way before we heard anything about an M8 Plus or an M8 Advance, the talk of the town was the M8 Prime, a supposed higher-end version of the One M8 that was going to battle the oft-leaked Samsung Galaxy S5 Prime as well as the just unveiled LG G3. We even got a leaked render of the M8 Prime (seen above) at one point. So what of it? Well, the M8 Prime has apparently been canceled. So it looks like HTC will only focus on the Plus and the Advance now. The information comes from @evleaks, who says that “development on Prime has been suspended indefinitely”. Obviously this means there’s a small chance things will resume at some point, but we’re going with ‘canceled’ for now. Nothing has been said as to why this happened, but perhaps the Taiwanese company realized that releasing five top of the line devices in a year was a bit too much. Not that four isn’t, by the way, but it’s a tad more...

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini possibly pictured for the first time, full specs leaked
May30

Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini possibly pictured for the first time, full specs leaked

We’ve known for a while that a Samsung Galaxy S5 Mini is coming soon, but today we may actually get to see it for the first time. The images below are said to be of the upcoming Galaxy S5 Mini, and unless this is a hoax, then you can feast your eyes upon what will be Samsung’s next ‘Mini’, to follow in the footsteps of the S4 Mini from last year and the S III Mini (which actually started this whole ‘Mini’ craze). As you can gather, if this is the Galaxy S5 Mini, then it will look a whole lot like its bigger sibling, the ‘normal’ Galaxy S5. The same dimple pattern is present on the back, and overall the design is incredibly similar. The S5 Mini’s back cover seems to also cover the edges of the device in a way that it doesn’t for the full size model, but otherwise you’d be hard pressed to tell the two apart, especially in such pictures with nothing to give you an idea about size. The Galaxy S5 Mini will get to keep the Galaxy S5’s fingerprint scanner and heart rate monitor, and it’s also got a rubber gasket attached to the inside of the back cover, which may mean the Mini will be water and dust resistant too. The handset is said to come with a 4.5-inch 720p HD Super AMOLED touchscreen, an 8 MP rear camera with LED flash and 1080p Full HD video recording, a 2.1 MP front camera, a 1.4 GHz quad-core Samsung Exynos 3 Quad 3470 processor, 1.5 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, and microSD card support. It runs Android 4.4 KitKat and all of the software features from the Galaxy S5 should be present here too, including Ultra Power Saving Mode, Private Mode, and Kids Mode. That chipset hasn’t been announced yet, by the way – and it’s interesting to see Samsung working on a new quad-core CPU after a long while in which it seemed focused only on octa-core (and more recently hexa-core) solutions. Via...

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Oppo N1 Mini unveiled with many specs still a mystery
May30

Oppo N1 Mini unveiled with many specs still a mystery

Oppo unveiled the N1 Mini today, just like we told you it would. However, many details about the handset’s specs are still missing, as they’ll apparently only get official on June 10. That’s disappointing, but at least we’re treated to the first batch of official pictures showing the N1 Mini. Just as you’d expect, it shares design language with its bigger sibling that got official last year. The N1 Mini also features the exact same 13 MP Sony-made swiveling camera that can be used both as a rear snapper as well as a selfie cam. The Oppo N1 Mini has a 5-inch touchscreen, is 4G LTE capable, and weighs 150 grams. It runs Color OS 1.4, developed by Oppo itself on top of Android. Those are the only details about it that are clear at the moment. Past rumors and leaks talked about the N1 Mini coming with 720p HD screen resolution, and a 2,140 mAh battery, so those may be in too. Hopefully the Chinese company will release all of this smartphone’s specs soon, maybe even sooner than June 10 – especially since the N1 Mini is supposed to go on sale on June 11. We’ll let you know when we find out more about...

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Active gets official, is now available at AT&T
May30

Samsung Galaxy S5 Active gets official, is now available at AT&T

The Samsung Galaxy S5 Active has been leaked many times so far, so clearly we were expecting it to be announced any day. Yet Samsung has decided against a big launch event, or even a dedicated press release, for this handset. Instead, it’s already available to purchase from AT&T. Just like that. The Galaxy S5 Active is exclusive to AT&T, at least for now, and there’s been absolutely no mention of whether it will ever be sold in other countries. That said, we assume we’ll be seeing the S5 Active elsewhere too in a few weeks or so. The Samsung Galaxy S5 Active is basically a ‘vanilla’ Galaxy S5 with a much tougher outer shell and sans fingerprint scanner. Those are the only differences between the two. The S5 Active is water and dust resistant, but it adheres to the same IP67 standard as the ‘normal’ S5. So, despite what we speculated not long ago, it’s not any more water or dust resistant than its less tougher-looking sibling. On the other hand, thanks to its rather unique construction, the Galaxy S5 Active is sure to take accidental drops a lot better than the Galaxy S5. In fact, it adheres to US Mil-STD 810G for withstanding shock, temperature, humidity, rain and altitude. The Galaxy S5 Active comes with a 5.1-inch 1080p Super AMOLED touchscreen, a 16 MP rear camera with LED flash and 4K UHD video recording, a 2.1 MP front camera, a 2.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, microSD card support, 150 Mbps 4G LTE, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, NFC, a heart rate monitor, and a 2,800 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.4 KitKat. It’s being offered in camo green (pictured above), ruby red, and titanium gray. It can be yours for $199.99 with a new two-year contract, or $714.99 sans long-term agreement. If you choose to get it with AT&T’s Next plans, you’ll pay either 12 monthly installments of $35.75 or 18 monthly installments of $27.50, and nothing...

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Now getting KitKat: Samsung Galaxy Note II (Sprint), Galaxy S III (US Cellular), Galaxy Mega 6.3
May29

Now getting KitKat: Samsung Galaxy Note II (Sprint), Galaxy S III (US Cellular), Galaxy Mega 6.3

Another day, another batch of updates to Android 4.4 KitKat going out. This time we’re talking about no less than three Samsung devices, two sold in the US and one internationally. Let’s take them one by one. First up we have Sprint’s Samsung Galaxy Note II. The international variation of this handset started receiving the tasty new bits about a month ago, and now it looks like it’s time for US carrier versions to get it too. This update will come over-the-air, though it may take a few days for that to happen as the rollout is staggered. After updating, you’ll be on software version L900VPUCNE2. Next up, the Samsung Galaxy S III for US Cellular. Despite the fact that the internationally sold Galaxy S III will never be updated to what is now the latest version of Android, US carrier versions of it are in a different situation – they’ll all get it. US Cellular has posted the update’s details on its website, which means an over-the-air rollout is imminent (if it hasn’t started already). If your phone hasn’t notified you about the update yet and you’re impatient, you can get it via a computer – just follow these instructions. After updating, you’ll be on software version R530UVXCND4. Finally, the international Samsung Galaxy Mega 6.3 is also receiving the goodness of KitKat. For now, the update (I9200XXUDNE4) is only available in Russia, and only via Kies, Samsung’s desktop PC software. But it’s sure to make its way to other countries as well after a short while. Via Sprint, US Cellular,...

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