Samsung Galaxy Note Pro, Galaxy Tab 4 10.1, and Asus PadFone X now available at AT&T
Jun06

Samsung Galaxy Note Pro, Galaxy Tab 4 10.1, and Asus PadFone X now available at AT&T

Today three new devices have become available to order from AT&T, and right on time no less. We’re talking about two Samsung tablets and an Asus thing that’s a smartphone that becomes a tablet – once you tuck it into a tablet dock of sorts (which thankfully is included in the box, no need for a separate purchase). The Samsung Galaxy Note Pro 12.2 and Galaxy Tab 4 10.1 are both up for grabs starting now. The Galaxy Note Pro is obviously the (much more) expensive one, coming in at a whopping $799.99 with a two-year contract (or $899.99 without). It does, however, feature the biggest screen currently available on a tablet, so if that’s something you’re after, this is definitely the device for you. The Galaxy Tab 4 10.1, on the other hand, is much more affordable at $379.99 with a long-term service agreement, or $479.99 sans that. But obviously with the lower price come lower-end specs compared to the Note Pro, much more so in fact. The Asus PadFone X is priced at $199.99 (with contract), which makes it quite a deal, considering it can be viewed as both a smartphone and a tablet (just not at the same time). And for a smartphone, it is pretty capable...

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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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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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AT&T finally starts taking pre-orders for the Asus PadFone X on June 6
May28

AT&T finally starts taking pre-orders for the Asus PadFone X on June 6

AT&T and Asus first announced the PadFone X in January. Yes, January. And the device still isn’t available to this day. In fact, the carrier only made the PadFone X’s specs public at the end of March. And here we are, exactly two months later, and we finally get a release date. Sort of. It’s June 6, but AT&T’s press release says that’s when pre-orders will start. An actual shipping date isn’t mentioned, so maybe we’ll find that out on a different occasion. Or perhaps the carrier misspoke and June 6 is actually when you’ll be able to pick up a PadFone X. It’s all a bit unclear at the moment, but regardless – the good news is that the PadFone X can’t be more than a few weeks away at this point. So if you’ve been patiently waiting for this device for months, then your time has almost come. AT&T has priced the Asus PadFone X at $199.99 with a two-year contract, or $22.92 per month with AT&T Next 18, or $29.80 with AT&T Next 12. If you go with the Next options, you won’t pay anything upfront. The tablet dock is included in the price, by the way. The Asus PadFone X has a 5-inch 1080p Full HD touchscreen, a 13 MP rear camera, a 2 MP front camera, a 2.3 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot, Wi-Fi 802.11 ac, Bluetooth 4.0, GPS, and a 2,300 mAh battery. It runs Android 4.4 KitKat. The dock features a 9-inch 1,920×1,200 touchscreen, a 1 MP front camera, and a 4,990 mAh...

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AT&T Samsung Galaxy S5 Active revealed again
May24

AT&T Samsung Galaxy S5 Active revealed again

We’ve already seen AT&T’s version of the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S5 Active a few days ago, when a few hands-on videos showing it got leaked. And now it’s time to lay our eyes on it again, this time in press render form. The image you see below is said to depict AT&T’s Galaxy S5 Active, though thankfully it looks like the carrier has chosen to only apply its logo to the back of the device, leaving the front nice and simple. In fact, from the front, this should be identical to the international variation of the handset. The Samsung Galaxy S5 Active has been rumored to come with the same hardware specs as the ‘vanilla’, non-Active Galaxy S5. On the other hand, the Active features a more rugged design, with rubberized sides for drop protection and may even come with increased water resistance compared to the Galaxy S5, so you’ll be able to take it with you when you’re swimming. Or something like that. Given how much the S5 Active has leaked over the past week or so, we’re expecting it to become official pretty soon. If not this month, then surely in June we’ll be introduced to it by its maker. So stay tuned for that. Via...

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AT&T’s LG Optimus G Pro starts receiving Android 4.4 KitKat update today
May22

AT&T’s LG Optimus G Pro starts receiving Android 4.4 KitKat update today

Last we head anything about the Android 4.4 KitKat update for the LG Optimus G Pro from 2013, it was supposed to arrive in June. It’s not quite June yet, but AT&T’s version of LG’s first phablet is due to start receiving the new software version today. This could in fact be the first KitKat update for the original G Pro to roll out anywhere in the world, so that’s something. The update comes over-the-air, so your handset will notify you when it’s ready to download and install. As always in these cases, keep in mind that it might take a while for the update to reach your particular device, since such rollouts are staggered. The update brings with it restyled status and navigation bars, a new full-screen mode, stronger security, better battery life, support for cloud printing, and enhanced processing speed. The update comes in at 700 to 800 MB, and won’t count against your data usage if you choose to download it over AT&T’s network. After applying the update, you’ll be on Android 4.4.2, software version E98020g. If you haven’t received the notification yet, you can manually check by going to Settings > General > About phone > Software update and tapping on Update...

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Gold Samsung Galaxy S5 will be available on May 30 at all the big US carriers
May21

Gold Samsung Galaxy S5 will be available on May 30 at all the big US carriers

If you’ve always wanted a Samsung Galaxy S5 but so far haven’t been satisfied by the choices you’ve had when it comes to color versions, you’re about to get a lot happier pretty soon. That is, especially if you love gold-colored smartphones. Samsung has just announced that the gold Galaxy S5 will become available on May 30. It will then be offered directly by AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, and US Cellular. If Verizon is your carrier of choice, fret not, for there will be a gold Galaxy S5 out for Big Red as well, though only through “select indirect retailers”. That means you won’t be able to pick one up from Verizon itself, but other companies such as Amazon (we assume) will gladly sell you one, complete with Verizon-specific price plans. Although it hasn’t been officially revealed, we expect the pricing of the gold variant of Samsung’s latest flagship smartphone to be identical to what you have to pay for the other color versions. As for the specs, this is the exact same Galaxy S5 as the black and white models – on the inside nothing has changed. Oh, and the gold S5 is still made out of plastic, by the...

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Active fully revealed through hands-on videos
May21

Samsung Galaxy S5 Active fully revealed through hands-on videos

If for some reason you were still having doubts about the rumored Samsung Galaxy S5 Active‘s existence, it’s time to put those to rest. That’s because an AT&T-bound prototype of the Galaxy S5 Active has been leaked through a couple of YouTube videos, showing it in all its glory, from all angles. And also letting us know a few things about its specs in the meantime. So, first of all, this variant that’s headed to AT&T has the model number SM-G870A. Which means other variations will also be called G870, with just the letter at the end changing (this is according to Samsung’s new naming scheme). As you can see from the captures above and the videos below, the Galaxy S5 Active sports a rugged look, and comes with rubberized edges – supposedly so it can withstand being dropped without issue. It’s still unclear if it has better dust and water ingress protection than the ‘vanilla’ Galaxy S5, but we think it should. That would be a nice differentiating factor. So while the Galaxy S5 is fine with a drop of water here and there, the Active may be for those who work in tough environments and such. Spec-wise, inside the Galaxy S5 Active lies the same 2.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor as in the non-Active iteration of the handset. There’s also 2 GB of RAM and a 16 MP rear camera, and you can see that the heart rate sensor made the cut too. The display comes with 1080p Full HD resolution, so it looks like the Active will match the flagship in specs this time around (as opposed to what happened last year, when the S4 Active received a few downgrades compared to the Galaxy S4). Speaking of the Galaxy S5 Active’s predecessor, with that device this one shares the physical Android buttons placed below the screen, though their look is slightly changed and the Menu button has been replaced by the Recent apps button (just like in the Galaxy S5). The TouchWiz interface that sits atop of Android 4.4.2 KitKat seems to be identical to what we can find in the ‘normal’ Galaxy S5, so for all intents and purposes we should probably consider this to be the S5’s twin on the inside. On the outside, though, it’s a different story, with that rugged look and all. It’s too early to speculate on a release time frame, but we expect to see many more leaks about the Galaxy S5 Active soon, now that the ice has been fully broken. Via TK Tech News and Android...

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Samsung Galaxy S5 Active specs get leaked through benchmark
May12

Samsung Galaxy S5 Active specs get leaked through benchmark

It’s been quite a while since we last heard anything about a Samsung Galaxy S5 Active being in the works. In fact, after the Galaxy S5 got announced coming with water and dust resistance itself (and the same IP67 specification as the Galaxy S4 Active from last year), the rumors about a new Active variant pretty much died down. Until now, that is. It looks like Samsung may release an S5 Active after all, because someone in possession of a prototype for the upcoming device has run the AnTuTu benchmark. You probably already know what this means – we now have its most important specs. Despite that, though, we can’t tell you what exactly will set this phone apart from the ‘vanilla’ Galaxy S5. Perhaps the Active will come with IP68 protection, allowing it to be submerged deeper into water and for more time than the S5. We could also see a different, more sporty design. But this is all just speculation at the moment. What isn’t that is the following list of specs that the Galaxy S5 Active will sport. Its model number, by the way, is SM-G870. The benchmarked phone was the SM-G870A, which is the one destined for AT&T. So yes, you’ll be able to buy this handset from at least one US carrier. The S5 Active has a screen with 1080p Full HD resolution, a 16 MP rear camera, a 2 MP front camera, a 2.5 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 801 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 16 GB of internal storage, and it runs Android 4.4 KitKat. The specs are identical to the ones of the Galaxy S5, so once again it seems like the differentiating factors between these two devices will be found...

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AT&T’s LG G Flex now receiving its dose of KitKat
Apr17

AT&T’s LG G Flex now receiving its dose of KitKat

Yesterday, AT&T started sending out the Android 4.4 KitKat update to the Samsung Galaxy S4 Active. Today it’s time for the LG G Flex sold by AT&T to receive the exact same treat. Yes, if you’ve bought LG’s first smartphone with a flexible display you should have a software update waiting for you. If not today, then soon – these over-the-air rollouts are usually staggered so not everyone gets them at the same time. The update comes with restyled status and navigation bars, the new full-screen immersive mode, improved closed captioning, stronger security, improved battery efficiency, faster operation overall, support for cloud printing, and LG’s Knock Code for quickly and securely unlocking the G Flex. In case your phone hasn’t yet notified you about the update and if you’re feeling impatient, you can always manually check by going to Settings > General > About phone > Software update and tapping on Update Now. Who knows, maybe you’ll get lucky. Your battery should have at least 50% charge left when you attempt the update. The LG G Flex has been sold by AT&T since February, after having been announced last...

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