MediaTek’s first 4G LTE chipset will be octa-core, ready in January
Dec10

MediaTek’s first 4G LTE chipset will be octa-core, ready in January

Last month, Taiwanese mobile chipset maker MediaTek launched its first octa-core solution, the MT6592. This is billed by the company as the world’s first “true octa-core” processor, as it is able to use all of its eight cores at once, or none; or in any combination required by the current load. Quickly, many Chinese smartphone makers have unveiled new devices sporting this processor, so it’s clearly been a success. But there’s another very important chipset in the works at MediaTek: the MT6595. This will basically be the 4G LTE capable version of the MT6592. It will still be “true octa-core”, in fact we’re expecting it to be almost identical to the MT6592, save for that one important thing: LTE support. It will be the first MediaTek chip to support the fastest mobile networks currently out there, and for the first time the Taiwanese company will be on par, in terms of network support, with all of its big competitors. This obviously will bode well for the Chinese smartphone makers that are still MediaTek’s main customers, as they’ll be able to churn out inexpensive 4G LTE handsets – now that China has officially entered the 4G era. The MediaTek MT6595 is expected to be ready to ship to device makers in January. It’s currently in “advanced testing” at some of MediaTek’s customers. Via...

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T-Mobile’s Nokia Lumia 810 won’t get LTE support via software update, despite earlier claims
Apr02

T-Mobile’s Nokia Lumia 810 won’t get LTE support via software update, despite earlier claims

Here’s a bummer if you own a Nokia Lumia 810 purchased from T-Mobile USA. Your particular device will not, in fact, get a software update that will enable 4G LTE support. This comes after the magenta carrier said the exact opposite would happen. Back in January, T-Mobile representatives confirmed to Engadget that the Lumia 810 would be updated to support LTE. The handset has the necessary hardware, but the software side of things isn’t currently allowing that hardware to be used. Which, of course, has made sense so far, while T-Mobile didn’t have an LTE network to speak of. But things have changed, and the magenta LTE is now live in seven metro areas, and the carrier plans to cover more and more territory pretty fast, with 100 million possible customers by midyear, and 100 million more before the end of 2013. So naturally, if you own a Lumia 810, you may have been patiently waiting for T-Mobile’s LTE rollout to happen, as well as for the update to your phone to be on its way. Only it isn’t, and it won’t ever come. This is going to be a pretty big annoyance for Lumia 810 owners, and it leaves TMo with no Windows Phone with LTE support on its brand new network. Via...

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Samsung working on $100 4G LTE smartphones for India
Mar07

Samsung working on $100 4G LTE smartphones for India

If you’re in the US, you may have read this post’s headline and thought something along the lines of So what? We have plenty of $100 4G LTE smartphones over here! Well, yes. But this $100 isn’t subsidized, coming with the requirement of signing long-term contracts. We’re talking unlocked devices sold for $100. Compare that to what your carrier says your favorite 4G device’s ‘full price’ is. And weep. Obviously, these will be low-end handsets. Right now, Samsung apparently has some low-end 3G-enabled smartphones selling in India for about $100. But in a few months, you may be able to get a cheap LTE-capable handset to go with some very cheap LTE data plans. Reliance has teamed up with Samsung, according to the Times of India. The Korean company will build Reliance’s LTE network, which is expected to see a soft-launch in Mumbai and Delhi by mid-2013, and then get an official release near the end of the year. But, according to ‘a source close to the deal’ between the two companies, Samsung will also provide Reliance with entry-level smartphones priced as cheap as they can be. You’ll be able to use these $100 devices with data plans starting at just Rs 100, which is about $1.8. Of course, officials from both Reliance and Samsung declined to comment on the matter, so how true this is remains to be seen. Still, it’s inevitable that 4G LTE smartphones will reach $100-ish price points. The only question is ‘how soon’. And in India, the answer to that may be ‘sooner than you...

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HTC One SV gets Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update in France
Mar07

HTC One SV gets Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean update in France

The HTC One SV was announced in December last year, and while it’s a pretty decent midranger with the added benefit of LTE support, it has so far had a pretty big flaw – running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. While we’re pretty much used to this version of Google’s mobile operating system showing up on low-end devices, the SV really should have launched running a newer software iteration. Thankfully though, HTC has decided to rectify that and make things better for One SV owners. Apparently, an update to Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean for the SV is now rolling out in France. There’s just one source for this report right now, but the myriad of screenshots provided seem like too much work just to fake something like this. At least to us. So, if this updated software is indeed making its way to France, you should probably expect it in the rest of Europe in the following days or weeks. As for versions of the One SV sold by certain US carriers, the update in those cases may take a while to arrive, as it will have to go through the usual carrier testing phase. Back in France, HTC Sense 4+ makes an appearance in this update too. No Sense 5 unfortunately, but perhaps that’s to be expected since the One SV isn’t a high-end handset. The update is around 378 MB in size, and after applying it you’ll be running software version 2.14.401.2. Google Now, a new notification area, and an updated Gallery up are all inside. Thanks to Project Butter, the overall experience is much improved and using your phone will be much smoother. Via Hot To...

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T-Mobile’s LTE-capable Samsung Galaxy S III passes through the FCC, is now one step closer to release
Mar05

T-Mobile’s LTE-capable Samsung Galaxy S III passes through the FCC, is now one step closer to release

T-Mobile is finally jumping on the LTE train, after trying to push its HSPA+ network as comparable to Verizon’s and AT&T’s LTE efforts for all of last year. But any new network tech needs devices able to use it, and TMo knows this. So it’s been widely rumored that an LTE-capable version of the Samsung Galaxy S III would arrive at the magenta carrier sometime soon (maybe even this month). T-Mobile’s Samsung Galaxy S III has the model number T999. And a T999L has been spotted a few times up until now. L, get it? Yeah. This T999L has now been caught at the FCC, getting certified and all that. What this means is that it’s obviously ever closer to sitting on an actual store shelf in due course. Previously rumored release dates have been March 27 and April 3, so it looks like in a month or less you’ll be able to order a brand spanking new superfast LTE-enabled Galaxy S III from T-Mobile. Stay tuned and we’ll let you know just when to head over to the magenta carrier’s website and hit the Add to cart...

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Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 LTE will be available at Verizon on March 7
Mar04

Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 LTE will be available at Verizon on March 7

The Samsung Galaxy Note 10.1 with 4G LTE support will finally arrive in Verizon stores on March 7, it seems. That means that in just three short days from now you’ll be able to pick one of these up straight from Big Red. The Galaxy Note 10.1 LTE has been a long way coming – we first heard that it was headed to Verizon back in December. Then, in January, the carrier decided to officially announce the thing. Which was good and all, but said press release left us without an official launch day and with no pricing to speak of. In the meantime, US Cellular put the same device up for sale last week, so it was clearly only a short while until Verizon would do the same. And now, someone sent Android Central the image you can see above. This is said to be a screenshot of Verizon’s famous Equipment Guide, in which the Galaxy Note 10.1 LTE is already featured. The same person who sent the image claims that March 7 will be the big day. Let’s hope so. That said, there’s still no word on pricing, so you may need to wait until Thursday to find out all about...

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ZTE U9810 for China Mobile comes with 4 GB of RAM, LTE support
Mar01

ZTE U9810 for China Mobile comes with 4 GB of RAM, LTE support

A couple of days ago we told you that China Mobile, the world’s biggest carrier by number of subscribers, announced its first LTE-capable smartphones that are due to launch later this year when its next-gen network goes live. Like with the 3G tech it uses, China Mobile opted to go its own way with LTE too. As such, it uses the TD-LTE standard. Among the phones announced at Mobile World Congress was the ZTE U9810. ‘Announced’ though is a bit much to say about this. There were decent amounts of details about some of these TD-LTE devices, while for the ZTE unit all we got was just the (extremely uninspiring) name. Today though we got hold of what is a purported spec sheet for the U9810, courtesy of MyDrivers. And it turns out that this ZTE smartphone will be very special indeed. It will be the first phone ever to sport a whopping 4 GB of RAM. 2 GB is currently the norm for high-end devices, but 4 GB? That’s more than some computers can boast. So if you’ll get the ZTE U9810, you’re sure to never run out of memory for running apps. Multitasking heaven, some may call it. Moving on, the phone should also come with a 5-inch touchscreen, which is to be expected in this day and age. However, strangely its resolution will be ‘vanilla’ HD only (720×1,280), and not Full HD (1,080×1,920) like all the recently announced flagships. The processor running the show will be a yet-unnamed dual-core 1.7 GHz part. The U9810 will have a 13 MP rear camera, a 1 MP front camera, 16 GB of internal storage, a microSD card slot for expanding that, and it will run Android 4.1 Jelly Bean. Its dimensions will be 142×71.5×8.9 mm, and it will weigh 149.6 grams. This handset will come with support for TD-LTE, FDD-LTE, TD-SCDMA (China Mobile 3G), WCDMA (HSPA 3G), and GSM. That said, it’s a bit unclear at this point if it will support all of these at once, or whether there will be multiple variants of the device with differing network support. So the title of ‘worlds’s first smartphone with 4 GB of RAM’ has now been taken. Unless, that is, someone else manages to bring such a device to market before ZTE releases the U9810. Let’s be patient and see what...

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Sprint Samsung Galaxy Note II now just $69.99 for new customers who sign a two-year contract
Feb18

Sprint Samsung Galaxy Note II now just $69.99 for new customers who sign a two-year contract

Say you want to buy a Samsung Galaxy Note II, and you want to have Sprint as your carrier (or don’t mind it being such). Option number one is going to Sprint itself and asking for a Note II. That will cost you $299.99. If, however, you consider that amount to be a tad too expensive for your taste, Amazon is, as always, willing to help. See, if you’re not already a Sprint customer, you can get the Now Network’s Galaxy Note II for just $69.99. That’s $230 less than what Sprint charges you directly, and you’ll still sign the same two-year contract with the carrier. If you are already with Sprint and want to upgrade your existing hardware to a Galaxy Note II, you’ll have to pay $199.99 at Amazon. That sounds like much, until you realize that it’s still $100 less than what you’d need to pay at Sprint itself. Once more, it has been proven that buying phones directly from carriers is a very bad idea. The previous best price for the Samsung Galaxy Note II for Sprint was $99.99, also at Amazon. But now it’s even lower, so if you want a great phablet for a great price, just use the links below. White Sprint Samsung Galaxy Note II | Titanium Sprint Samsung Galaxy Note...

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LG Optimus G Pro for South Korea confirmed to have 5.5″ Full HD screen
Feb12

LG Optimus G Pro for South Korea confirmed to have 5.5″ Full HD screen

It’s not the Optimus G2 after all, but it does come with a 5.5-inch touchscreen. It’s the LG Optimus G Pro for South Korea. Not only does it have the main spec difference we told you about compared to the Japan-bound model, but it certainly seems to look exactly like the device in this leak. So it’s official. LG has made a Galaxy Note II lookalike that has a screen that’s exactly as big. But it’s higher-res. That’s how LG hopes to entice consumers from its home market to give its new phablet a chance. Apparently people really love Samsung designs in South Korea. Or something like that. LG has managed to officially confirm the screen size on Facebook and on its Social site. The company is promising to slowly reveal more about the Optimus G Pro if more and more people Like its Facebook page, but that’s just your average ‘social media campaign’ at work. You don’t need to do all of that to get a refresher of the handset’s specs: aside from that Full HD touchscreen, the phone will have a 3,140 mAh battery, and it’s otherwise identical to the version that’s already been announced for Japan. It has a quad-core 1.7 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, a 13 MP camera, 2 GB of RAM, 32 GB of built-in storage, and microSD card support. LTE connectivity is naturally built into the Korean model. Now the big question remains – will we see something like this in other countries? We’ll probably find out at the end of this month during Mobile World...

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Verizon HTC Droid DNA and T-Mobile LG Nexus 4 both going for just $49.99 at the moment
Feb11

Verizon HTC Droid DNA and T-Mobile LG Nexus 4 both going for just $49.99 at the moment

Last week we spotted the LG Nexus 4 for T-Mobile being sold for just $76.49, and that was the cheapest we had seen it at that point. But it’s no longer the cheapest. While that may have been a good offer, T-Mobile itself decided to best it. The caveat is that it’s for a limited time only. So, if you go to TMo right now and order a Nexus 4 online, you’ll only have to pay $49.99 (after a $50 mail-in rebate) for it. That’s a $150 discount compared to the magenta carrier’s usual pricing, but it will obviously still require you to sign that dreaded new two-year contract. This offer though is only valid until February 18 (next Monday). So you still have one week to take advantage of it, if you so wish. Another high-end smartphone that’s currently being offered for just $49.99 is Verizon’s HTC Droid DNA. If we take the screen resolution into account, this one’s even higher-end than the Nexus 4. So to see it at such a low price already is absolutely lovely. The previous best price for the Droid DNA was $99.99 about one month ago, and now that was halved. If you’re interested, you should know that the $49.99 pricing only applies to new customers. If you’re upgrading, you’ll still have to pay $99.99. And once again, you’ll have to sign a two-year contract in either situation. With that out of the way, you can head over to Wirefly to get your HTC Droid DNA for...

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