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

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.



Samsung Shows Off Premium Suite Of Apps For The Galaxy Note

Back in March, Samsung announced that it would be delaying the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Galaxy Note. Instead of the originally stated Q1 schedule, the Korean company would release the update for the Note sometime in Q2 of 2012. As a cover-up for its delay, the company announced that it would be including a suite of premium apps with the ICS update.

Samsung has now released a video teasing Note users with all the new functionalities the company will be adding in the update. Below is the video -:

From the video, it looks like Samsung has taken a lot of effort in optimizing most of the in-built apps for the stylus, and making them more feature rich as well. The ability to directly export or import a PDF, and edit it with the stylus is definitely a useful feature. Along with the Premium suite of apps, Note owners will also get to enjoy all the latest features of Ice Cream Sandwich including inbuilt data monitoring, a new multi-tasking UI, an improved UI and more.

While  the premium suite of apps that Samsung is including with the ICS update for the Note definitely looks impressive, it would have been much better if the company had actually retained all the visual goodness introduced by Google in ICS, instead of just slapping TW4 over it.

Sprint’s Galaxy Nexus Coming On April 22nd For $199

Back at CES in January 2012, Sprint sent out a press release announcing that it will soon be releasing the Galaxy Nexus under its network in the United States. However, the carrier did not announce the launch date or price of the handset.

Fast forward to three months later, and Sprint has today officially announced the release date and price of the Galaxy Nexus. The Sprint’s variant of the Galaxy Nexus will hit the carrier on 22nd April and will cost $199.99 on a two-year contract. For the unknown, the latest Nexus handset from Google packs in a 1.2GHz dual-core Cortex-A9 processor from OMAP, a PowerVR SGX540 GPU clocked at 308MHz, a gig of RAM, and a beautiful Super AMOLED HD screen with 720p (1280*720) resolution. Other specs include a mediocre 5MP camera with Instant capture feature, 1080p video recording, NFC, and the usual bunch of connectivity features, and obviously the highlight of Galaxy Nexus, the latest version of Android – Ice Cream Sandwich.

Unlike Verizon’s variant of the Galaxy Nexus, Sprint’s version of the Galaxy Nexus will also support the big G’s Google Wallet service. In fact, readers who buy and activate the Galaxy Nexus by 22nd May will get $50 of free credit in Google Wallet. The pre-orders for the handset begin from today itself.

Samsung Galaxy S3 To Be Unveiled On May 3 In London

It looks like Samsung is finally all set to unveil one of the most hotly anticipated handset of this year, the Galaxy S III. Samsung has started sending out press invites for the unveiling of the next Galaxy handset. The much anticipated event is going to take place in London on 3rd May, which is just 17 days from now!

Below is the official teaser image included in the press invite with the tag line ” Come and Meet The Next Galaxy” -:

Considering how successful the Galaxy S and S II were, it will be interesting to see whether the Galaxy S III is able to match them or not. The Galaxy S III is probably the only handset to match near iPhone like hype and rumor levels. Samsung has also done a very good job of preventing leaks and thus keeping the S3 as a secret right until it is official announcement.

I totally expect the Galaxy S III to blow away its competition, including the almighty iPhone 4S and the HTC One X.

HTC Unveils Three New Desire Handsets For China

HTC has announced a trio of Desire branded handsets for the Chinese market – the VT T328t, VC T328d and V T328w. Except for their complex names; the handsets are similar to each other. The spec sheet of the handsets include a 4-inch WVGA (480*800) S-LCD, a 1GHz Snapdragon S2 processor with an Adreno 205 GPU, 512MB of RAM, 4GB of internal memory, and a microSD card slot. The usual connectivity features and sensors are also present.

At the back of these Desire branded handsets is a 5MP camera aided by an LED flash. If you have not guessed it by now, these three new Desire handsets from HTC are nothing but re-branded HTC One V. Even though the handsets don’t use the One brand, they come with HTC’s ImageSense and Beats technology. The handsets will also be running on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with Sense 4.0 out of the box.

The VT T328t will be available on China Mobile, while the VC T328d will be available on China Telecom, and finally the V T328w will be available under China Unicom network. Talk about too much ‘China’ eh? All the three handsets will be available by the end of this month.

Via – GSMArena


Sony Starts Rolling Out Ice Cream Sandwich Update For Xperia Arc S, Neo V and Ray

After quite a few announcements, and a delay, Sony is all set to start rolling out the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich update for its handsets. Initially, Sony is only rolling out the Ice Cream Sandwich update for the Xperia Arc S, Neo V and the Ray. The update will be available for Xperia owners in Sweden, Denmark, Iceland, Finland and Norway, and will roll-out to more countries over the next 4-6 weeks.

If you own an operator branded Xperia handset, the update might take some more time to show up. Users can check whether the software kit for their operator and region is available or not from here. The software update is not an OTA one, and users need to use Sony’s PC Companion to install the Ice Cream Sandwich update on their handset.

Owners of Xperia Arc, Neo, Mini, Play, Live with Walkman, active and Pro will get to taste Ice Cream Sandwich by the end of May or early June. Sony has also promised to roll-out the Ice Cream Sandwich update for its current flagship phone, the Xperia S, sometime in Q2 of this year.

Verizon’s Incredible 4G Pictures Leak: Re-Branded HTC One S?

The original Droid Incredible was one of the most popular Android handsets to be available under Verizon’s network. It’s successor, the Droid Incredible 2, was however a disappointment as it barely offered any update over the original Incredible. Now, it looks like HTC and Verizon will soon be releasing the successor to the Droid Incredible 2 as well known as the Incredible 4G.

The folks over at Android Police have managed to get their hands on some leaked pictures of the upcoming 4G LTE capable handset. According to the tipster who leaked the pictures, the Droid Incredible 4G will sport a 4 or 4.3-inch screen with qHD (960*640) resolution, a Qualcomm S3 or S4 processor, a GB of RAM, 8GB of in-built storage, a microSD card slot, an 8MP camera, NFC, MHL, Beats Audio and the usual connectivity features.

The Incredible 4G will be running on Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich with Sense 4.0 on top of it. If the specs are anything to go by, the Incredible 4G might just be Verizon’s version of the HTC One S. This means that the Incredible 4G should also pack all the latest camera goodies found in the One S including zero shutter lag, the ability to click pictures whilst recording a video and much more. Looking at the leaked pictures though, the Incredible 4G will be sporting the same sporty styling as its predecessors.

HTC Acknowledges One S Chipping Issues; Provides An “Immediate Fix”

Over the last couple of days, reported surfaced on the Internet that the recently released handset from HTC, the One S, was having some build quality issues. Users were complaining that the ceramic finish of the black One S was chipping off without any physical damage whatsoever. The news soon spread like fire on the Internet, and managed to garner HTC’s attention.

HTC has now confirmed that the black paint chipping off in certain One S handsets is an isolated handsets, and the company will be tweaking its manufacturing process to make sure that this problem does not affect other handsets. Below is the official statement from HTC -:

HTC is committed to delivering a high quality product and great experience for all our customers. There have been a few, isolated reports of this issue. The finish on the One S was laboratory tested as being at a hardness similar to ceramic. While that’s hard, it doesn’t mean it’s impossible to damage. Regardless, HTC takes quality very seriously and are providing all customers with an immediate fix and we are implementing some small changes to ensure customers do not experience this issue in the future.

For customers who have already purchased the One S, the “immediate fix” for them is to get the phone replaced within the DOA period. The DOA period varies from country to country but is usually 30 days in most regions of the world. If your One S is already more than a month old, which is tough considering the phone went on sale just 2 weeks ago, HTC will be happy to fix the phone under warranty.


Toshiba Announces The Excite 7.7, 10.1 and 13.3 Ice Cream Sandwich Running Tablets

Last night, Toshiba announced a bunch of new tablets running Ice Cream Sandwich, and they come in varying sizes to cater to the needs of various customers. The smallest, the Excite 7.7, comes with a 7.7-inch AMOLED display with a 1280*800 resolution and has a slim waistline of 0.3-inches. Following the Excite 7.7 is the new Excite 10.1 that comes with a…as you guessed it…a 10.1-inch display with a 1280*800 resolution. The 10.1-inch model is a bit thicker than the Excite 7.7 though (0.35 vs. 0.3).

Last but not the least, and definitely not the smallest or slimmest is the Excite 13. The tablet comes with a whopping 13.3-inch display with a 1600*900 resolution, along with four inbuilt speakers to provide users with that perfect movie watching experience. It is also the thickest tablet in the Excite line-up with a 0.4-inch waistline.

All the three tablets pack in a NVidia quad-core Tegra 3 processor, a GB of RAM, a sturdy aluminum shell, Corning’s Gorilla glass, a 5MP camera in the back, a 2MP shooter in the front, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth, a bunch of sensors, and sound enhancements from Toshiba and SRS Labs. Toshiba states that the Excite 13 has a whopping 13 hours of battery life, while the Excite 10 will last around 10 hours on a single charge.

All the three tablets also run on stock Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich out of the box, and pack in a micro-USB port, microHDMI port and a microSD card slot. The Excite 10 will hit the retail stores first early next month, with the 16GB model costing $449.99, and the 32GB and 64GB model costing $529.99 and $649.99 respectively.

The Excite 10 will be followed by the Excite 7.7, which will hit the retail stores a couple of months (early June) from now for $499.99 for the 16GB variant. The 32GB model will cost $579.99. The Excite 13 will be available to the consumers sometime in early June for $649.99 for the 32GB model, while the 64GB model will set users back by another $100.