Verizon 4G LTE Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 To Be Available From July 28

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 is the company’s third tablet device and the successor of the original Galaxy Tab. This device was originally launched at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2011 in Barcelona, but after the launch of Apple iPad 2, Samsung went ahead and completely redesigned the device. Samsung finally launched the re-designed Galaxy Tab 10.1 at CTIA show. To avoid confusion, Samsung renamed the old Galaxy Tab 10.1 to Galaxy Tab 10.1v. This device is already available in US, but Verizon recently announced the availability of 4G LTE variant of the Galaxy Tab 10.1 exclusively for its customers.

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 features a 10.1 inch WXGA display with 1280 x 800 pixels resolution, 1 GHz Dual Core application processor, Android 3.0 (Honeycomb) OS, 3 megapixel rear camera with LED Flash and HD (720p) video recording, Full HD (1080p) video playback, 2 megapixel front-facing camera, WiFi 802.11 a/b/g/n, 4G Connectivity and more.

Other features include a 3.5mm audio jack, Adobe Flash Player 10.2, Bluetooth 3.0, USB 2.0, Gyroscope, Microsoft Exchange ActiveSync, Quickoffice HD Editor, Stereo Speaker, 16GB / 32GB / 64GB memory, microSD card slot, 32 GB expandable memory, Android Market, Samsung TouchWiz UX, Samsung Mini Apps Tray and a 6800 mAh battery.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 with 4G LTE will be available from July 28 in either Metallic Gray or Glossy White color. This tablet will be available for $529.99 with a 2 year service agreement for the 16 GB version and $629.99 for the 32 GB version. You can also purchase the 16GB Wi-Fi only Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 from July 28 for $499.99. The Wi-Fi-only model will be available in Metallic Grey.

Motorola Droid Bionic Launch And XOOM 4G LTE Upgrade Delayed!

Back at CES 2011, Motorola announced the Atrix 4G and the Droid Bionic. While the Atrix 4G is already available to the general consumer, the Droid Bionic was expected to be released sometime in Q2 of 2011.

The Droid Bionic is the first dual-core 4G LTE phone headed to Verizon’s network. However, there is a twist in the tale. At the company’s Q1 earning call, Motorola’s CEO Sanjay Jha told the folks over at Droid-Life that the Droid Bionic launch, as well the XOOM’s 4G LTE update has been delayed.

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Instead of the original Droid Bionic, Motorola will now release a new improved and better spec’d Bionic in Q3,2011 .

The XOOM 4G LTE update has been delayed because of Verizon’s 4G LTE network. It looks like the carrier wants to beef up its network, before the XOOM gets 4G LTE support.

For the people who were worried about the low sales figure of the XOOM, the company managed to sell more than 250,000 units.

Keeping in mind that the XOOM launched in the last week of February, and is still not available all over the world, 250k units is not bad at all!

HTC Droid Incredible 2 Specs Leaked; Features Wireless Charing And Dual-Xenon Flash!

HTC announced the Incredible S at the MWC 2011. The phone is the European successor of the Verizon branded Droid Incredible.

Now, thanks to a tipster the folks over at Droid-Life have got their hands on the specs of the Verizon branded Incredible S the Incredible 2. Like the Incredible S, the 2 will be powered by a 1GHz MSM8255 Snapdragon processor from Qualcomm, and pack 768MB of RAM.

The phone will also sport a 4-inch WVGA (800×480) display. The Incredible 2 will feature dual-microphones for noise cancellation, and will have support for global roaming as well.

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Well, these are a pretty much run-of-mill specs with nothing special. In this age of dual-core processors and 1GB of RAM, the Incredible 2 does not offer anything special.

However, some out-of-the-box features of the Incredible 2 include wireless charging, a dedicated TI Audio chip with SRS surround and an 8MP camera at the back with dual-Xenon Flash! Yes, dual-Xenon Flash!

HTC sure has made up for the lack of a dual-core processor with wireless charging and dual-Xenon Flash! It is unknown as to whether the handset sports a front-facing camera or not.

The Droid Incredible 2 will not support Verizon’s 4G LTE network. In all probability, the Incredible 2 will hopefully be announced by HTC and Verizon in the next couple of weeks.

HTC Thunderbolt Gets Root Access; First Custom ROM Released As Well

One of the most awaited Android phone the HTC Thunderbolt was released to the public in the United States last week.

As soon as the phone was released, developers started getting their act together so as to find a way to root the device. They met with success in less than 24 hours! Yes, root access to Thunderbolt’s system partition was gained by the developers in less than a day of its release.

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The handset rooting method is pretty similar to the Desire Z/T-Mobile G2 and the Desire HD rooting method. Thunderbolt owners should proceed with caution because there is a small possibility of bricking their handset, if they make any mistakes.   The steps to root the HTC Thunderbolt can be found here.

Soon after the rooting method was released, another developer, adrynalyne, released the first Custom ROM for the Thunderbolt. The ROM is a pretty basic one, and mainly aims at improving the performance of the handset by zip-aligning and de-odexing system files.

It also removes all those pre-installed Verizon bloat and includes a new boot animation. Other changes include an increase in the Dalvik heap size and change in the Wi-Fi polling interval. The ROM can be downloaded and steps to flash it can be found here.

HTC Thunderbolt Finally Gets A Release Date!

HTC and Verizon have finally gone ahead and announced the release date of the highly anticipated HTC Thunderbolt. The launch of the handset was delayed numerous times because of unknown reasons. According to rumors, the launch was delayed because of the poor battery life of the handset.

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The Thunderbolt was announced by HTC during CES 2011. The handset will be the first phone to support Verizon’s so called 4G’ LTE network. The HTC Thunderbolt will be available on the Verizon network starting from March 17th, for $249.99 with a two-year contract.

The HTC Thunderbolt sports a huge 4.3-inch LCD with WVGA (800×480) resolution. The handset is powered by a 1GHz Snapdragon processor (MSM8255) and packs 768MB of RAM. The phone also has 8GB of on-board memory, and a 32GB (!) card will come pre-installed as well.

The back of the handset houses an 8MP camera, while there is a 1.3MP front-facing camera for video calling. There is also a kickstand at the back of the handset. The handset runs on Android 2.2 (FroYo), with the latest version of HTC’s Sense UI running on top of it.

HTC Thunderbolt Finally Gets Official; Features Integrated Skype Mobile

After numerous leaks, the HTC Thunderbolt has finally been unveiled by Verizon and HTC at the CES 2011. The HTC Thunderbolt features a mammoth 4.3-inch S-LCD screen with WVGA (800×480) resolution. The handset is powered by a 1GHz Qualacomm Snapdragon processor.

The back of the phone features an 8MP camera with 720p HD video recording capability. The phone also sports a front-facing camera for video calling. The handset also supports Verizon’s 4G LTE network.

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Other key features of the HTC Thunderbolt include DLNA, Dolby Surround Sound, Built in kickstand, GPS with aGPS, a 3.5mm audio jack and a microSD card slot with a 32GB microSD card preloaded. The HTC Thunderbolt runs on Android 2.2 with the latest version of HTC Sense UI on top of it. HTC have also integrated Skye Mobile with video calling in their Sense UI on this phone.

Sadly, HTC did not mention the release date or pricing of the device. However, I expect the Thunderbolt to hit the shelves by Q1 of 2011.

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