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HTC One S Goes On Sale At T-Mobile For $199.99

Last week, T-Mobile announced the price and availablity of the powerful HTC One S smartphone. This handset was announced and showcased at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012 in Barcelona. It is the company’s first smartphone which runs on the latest Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. T-Mobile finally released the device exclusively for its subscribers in the US. If you are still unaware of the features, then you can check out the complete specs after the break.

htc one s

HTC One S features a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED display, sporting a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels, 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, HTC Sense 4.0, 8 megapixel autofocus camera with LED flash, full HD (1080p) video recording and playback, VGA front-facing camera and so on.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Stereo FM radio with RDS, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, 4G Connectivity, 1 GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory, Bluetooth 4.0 with A2DP, microUSB 2.0, A-GPS, Play Store, 25 GB DropBox cloud storage, DLNA, Wi-Fi hotspot capabilities, Beats Audio and a 1650 mAh battery.

The HTC One S is currently available for $199.99 with a 2 year service agreement and a $50 mail-in rebate. You can also get this device without any contract for $599.99. Are you planning to buy this handset or you will wait for the AT&T HTC One X and the upcoming Samsung Galaxy S III. Do let us know your views in the comments section below.

Sony Rolls Out The Android 4.0 Update For Xperia Arc S, Neo V And Ray In India

Sony has already announced that all the Xperia smartphones launched in 2011 will be updated to the latest Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. However, there was a long delay due to some unknown reasons. Last week, we posted that Sony finally started rolling out the much-awaited Android 4.0 update for the popular Xperia Arc S, Xperia Neo V and Xperia Ray in Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, Finland and Norway.

Sony has also promised that the company will roll out the Android 4.0 update for Xperia smartphones in other countries over the next 4-6 weeks. Xperia smartphone users in India has a reason to cheer. Sony has finally started rolling out the Android 4.0 update for the Xperia Arc S, Xperia Neo v and Xperia Ray smartphones in India.

xperia ray

The latest update comes with improved performance, Face Unlock, re-sizable widgets, improved web browser, new widgets, new dialer, new task switcher, improved lock screen, data Consumption monitor, quick response for incoming calls, group calendar, group Phonebook, voice search, take screenshot without any app and much more.

Sadly, this update is not available via OTA (Over-The-Air). You will need to manually update your device using the PC Companion suite. After updating the device, flash support will be disabled, but this can be easily fixed by downloading the latest Adobe Flash player from the Google Play Store.

Other Xperia smartphones such as the Xperia Arc, Xperia Play, Xperia neo, Xperia Mini, Xperia Mini Pro, Xperia Pro, Xperia Active and Sony Ericsson Live with Walkman will get the Android 4.0 update before the end of Q2 of 2012. Stay tuned for more updates!

Samsung Lists Devices That Will Get Android 4.0 ICS Update In The U.S.

After releasing the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy S II, Samsung has now provided a list of Samsung devices available in the United States that will get the ICS update. While Samsung will be all of its handsets released in 2011 under AT&T’s network to ICS, the list looks extremely depressing for T-Mobile customers.

Below is the full list of handsets that Samsung will be updating to Ice Cream Sandwich -:

AT&T

Galaxy S II (SGH-i777)
Galaxy S II Skyrocket (SGH-i727)
Galaxy Note (SGH-i717)
Captivate Glide (SGH-i927)
Nexus S (SGH-i9020A)
Galaxy Tab 8.9 (SGH-i957)

 

Sprint

Nexus S 4G (SPH-d720) ICS Update is Available!
Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch (SPH-d710)

 

Verizon

Galaxy Tab 10.1 (SCH-i905)
Galaxy Tab 7.7 (SCH-i815)

 

Wi-Fi

Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus Wi-Fi (P6210)
Galaxy Tab 8.9 Wi-Fi (P7310)
Galaxy Tab 10.1 Wi-Fi (P7510)

 

And T-Mobile Galaxy SII owners, here is what Samsung had to say about the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for your device -:

We are in close communication with T-Mobile to ensure that eligible devices are upgraded to Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich in the coming months and will provide updates as we have additional details to share.

The list will be updated as and when updates are confirmed or released, so T-Mobile owners should not lose hope.

Motorola Droid RAZR HD Pictures Leaks; Qualcomm S4 and HD Screen Onboard

Get ready for another Droid RAZR variant! Motorola has been working on a ‘HD’ version of the Droid RAZR codenamed Fighter. After quite a few blurrycam leaks and renders, the folks over at Blog Of Mobile have managed to get some somewhat clear pictures of the handset.

The Droid RAZR HD is going to sport a ~4.5-inch screen with 720p HD screen resolution, on-screen navigation keys, a 1.5GHz Qualcomm S4 processor, 4G LTE support, a 12MP camera, 1GB RAM, and a beefy 3300mAh battery for the MAXX variant of the handset. On the software side, the RAZR HD will be running a Blur-ified version of Ice Cream Sandwich. Oh! and yes it RAZR HD will still come with a locked down bootloader. God knows when Motorola will stop being insane, and provide an unlockable bootloaders on their handset.

The RAZR HD is going to be the first phone from Motorola to use a Qualcomm SoC, and thankfully Motorola is using the latest and great Krait SoC from the company. The Qualcomm S4 SoC also comes with a new 28nm 4G LTE baseband, which should put the RAZR HD’s battery life way ahead of the current generation 4G LTE phones.

HTC Announces The HTC J; Japanese Variant Of The One S

After releasing a trio of Desire branded handsets for the Chinese market, the company has released a new handset targeted towards the Japanese market. The handset, HTC J, comes with a 4.3-inch AMOLED screen with qHD (640*960) resolution, a GB of RAM, a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor and an Adreno 225 GPU.

There is also an 8MP camera in the back, along with a 1.3MP snapper in the front. All the usual bunch of connectivity features and sensors and 4G WiMAX are also present. If you have not guessed it by now, the HTC J is nothing but a re-branded HTC One S. This means that the phone will also carry the Beats Audio logo and HTC’s ImageSense feature. It is not yet clear whether the J will keep the same micro-arc oxidation build as its European sibling though. The handset will be running on Android 4.0 with HTC’s Sense 4.0 UI on top of it.

The J should hit the Japanese carrier – KDDI – network sometime by the early next month, at an unknown price.

Via  – The Verge

HTC One S Coming To T-Mobile On April 25 For $199.99

T-Mobile recently announced the price and availability of the HTC One S smartphone. This handset was announced at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012 along with the high-end HTC One X and mid-range HTC One V smartphone. We have good news for those, who were eagerly waiting for the launch of this handset in the US. The HTC One S will be exclusively available for the T-Mobile subscribers from next week. It is the company’s first smartphone which runs on the latest Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System.

“The HTC One series is a revolutionary device portfolio and we’re proud to be the first carrier to introduce the HTC One S to the U.S. market,” said Andrew Sherrard, senior vice president of marketing, T-Mobile USA. “With a stunningly thin design that doesn’t compromise performance, the HTC One S is a sleek 4G smartphone with beauty and brains that our customers will be proud to show off.”

htc one s

HTC One S features a 4.3 inch Super AMOLED display, sporting a resolution of 960 x 540 pixels, 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S4 dual-core processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, HTC Sense 4.0, 8 megapixel camera, VGA front-facing camera, 3.5mm headset jack, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, 4G Connectivity, 1 GB RAM, 16 GB internal memory, Bluetooth 3.0, Play Store, 25 GB DropBox cloud storage and a 1650 mAh battery.

The HTC One S allows you to access 25 GB of free cloud storage from DropBox. It also comes with the T-Mobile’s exclusive version of the popular ‘Where’s My Water?’ game from Disney Mobile, with ten levels that can’t be played anywhere else. This handset will be available for purchase starting from April 25 at T-Mobile retail stores, T-Mobile online store, select dealers and national retailers. The HTC One S will be available for $199.99 with a 2 year service agreement and a $50 mail-in rebate.

HTC One X Coming To AT&T On May 6 For $199.99

AT&T recently announced the price and availability of the powerful HTC One X smartphone. This handset was originally announced and showcased earlier this year at the Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2012 in Barcelona. The HTC One X comes with a 4.7 inch Super LCD HD display as well as a 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor. It runs on the Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) Operating System. This handset will be exclusively available for the AT&T subscribers in the US from next month.

HTC One X is AT&T’s first smartphone with Beats by Dr.Dre Audio built-in to the hardware and software. It is also the carrier’s first smartphone to launch with the latest version of the Android Operating System. HTC Watch on One X allows the user to access thousands of Hollywood blockbusters and offers companion content to find out more about the film.

htc one x

HTC One X features a 4.7 inch Super LCD HD display, sporting a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels, Corning Gorilla Glass, 1.5 GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor, Android 4.0 (Ice Cream Sandwich) OS, HTC Sense 4, 8 megapixel camera, Full HD (1080p) video recording, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera and more.

Other features include a 3.5 mm headset jack, Bluetooth 4.0, WiFi 802.11 b/g/n, 4G LTE Connectivity, NFC (Near Field Communication), HDMI, DLNA connectivity, microUSB 2.0, 1 GB RAM, 32 GB internal memory, 25 GB DropBox cloud storage, Internal GPS Antenna, HTC Watch, Beats audio and a 1800 mAh battery.

The HTC One X will be available for purchase from May 6. However, this device will be available for pre-order starting from April 22. The HTC One X comes with a price-tag of $199.99 with a 2 year service agreement and a $39.99 minimum monthly voice plan.

Lava Unveils The Intel Atom Powered XOLO X900 Handset

Intel in association with a small time local handset maker in India – Lava – released the first Medfield SoC sporting handset – the XOLO X900. Inside the XOLO X900 is a Intel Atom Z460 processor clocked at 1.6GHz, along with HyperThreading technology. The CPU is coupled by a PowerVR SGX540 GPU clocked at 400MHz. Considering this is the first handset ever to be released to consumers to sport an Intel SoC, it would be interesting to see how the single core Atom processor from Intel will stack up against its competitors like Qualcomm’s S4 and Samsung’s Exynos quad-core SoCs. It would be also interesting to see how battery efficient is the Intel Atom processor inside a handset.

“Through XOLO X900, we are happy to bring to the Indian market a device that addresses the needs of those for whom speed and performance matters. After our success in feature phones with over 10 million happy customers in under 3 years, XOLO will be a differentiated player in the fast-growing smartphone segment. The initial reviews of XOLO X900 have been very positive and independent benchmarks clearly point to the fact that when it comes to speed and performance, XOLO X900 is the gold standard,” said Vishal Sehgal, co-founder and director, Lava International.

Other than the SoC, the X900 packs in a 4.03-inch LCD with WVGA (800*480) resolution, 1GB of RAM, an 8MP camera capable of recording 1080p HD videos and the usual bunch of sensors and connectivity options. Sadly, the X900 runs on stock Android 2.3 Gingerbread out of the box, but Lava and Intel have promised that a stock Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the handset will be available “shortly”.

The XOLO X900 will be available from 23rd April at Croma and other retail stores in India with a street price of approximately Rs 22,000.

 

HTC One X Gets Its First Software Update; Reportedly Improves Battery Life

HTC has already started rolling out a new software update for its recently released flagship handset, the HTC One X. The new software update, carrying the version number 1.28, contains some bug-fixes as reported by One X owners over the last two weeks.

This includes some graphical issues, better compatibility of the on-screen menu key and the new Google apps, and a slightly tweaked auto-brightness level. The update also fixes a bug, which will lead to a 10-20% increase in the battery life of the One X. For whatever it is worth, the update does not bump the Android version to 4.0.4.  Some users are also reporting an improvement in the network signal strength post the update.

The OTA update weighs in around 30MB, and is rolling out to only unlocked One X variants as you read this. Owners of the unlocked variant of the One X can also try and manually pull the update by going to Settings -> About and then selecting the ‘Software Updates’ option.

Via – Android Central

Meizu Unveils The Quad-Core Variant Of Meizu MX; Sports Exynos 4412 SoC

Remember the Meizu MX? The Chinese handset maker that had revealed the Meizu MX handset last year, running a custom version of Android 2.3 Gingerbread. When the company announced the MX, it also stated that it would be releasing a quad-core variant of the handset.

Yesterday, the company finally announced the quad-core variant of the MX. The Meizu MX is the first handset to be announced by any company to use a non-Tegra 3 quad-core SoC. Instead, the Meizu MX uses a quad-core Exynos 4412 processor from Samsung, which is built on the 32nm fabrication process. There is also a very high probability that the same SoC will be found inside Samsung’s flagship handset, the Galaxy S III.

Other specs of the handset are pretty mediocre including a 4-inch qHD (960*640) ASV display, an 8MP camera with an f/2.2 lens aided by an LED flash, a 1700mAh battery and the usual bunch of connectivity features. The quad-core variant of the Meziu MX will be available from early June this year.  The handset will be running on the company’s own “Flyme OS UI”, which itself is based on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.

The 32GB and 64GB variant of the Meizu MX will cost 2999/3999 CNY and $3099/4099 HKD in Mainland China and Hong Kong, respectively.