Samsung has announced two new handsets in its home-market, the Galaxy S II LTE and the Galaxy S II HD LTE. As the name suggests, both the handsets will support the blazing fast 4G LTE network.
The S II LTE is a slightly upgraded model of the European version of the Galaxy S II, with a faster 1.5GHz dual-core Exynos processor. The handset also has a bigger 4.5-inch screen with WVGA (480×800) resolution. Compared to the original S II, the S II LTE has gained some thickness (8.49mm vs. 9.5mm) along with LTE connectivity.
The handset also sports the usual Wi-Fi b/g/n, GPS with A-GPS, 3.5mm audio jack, FM Radio, MHL port, NFC, Bluetooth 3.0+HS, and a bunch of sensors to go along with it. There is also 16GB of on-board storage, along with a microSD card slot. At the back of this LTE capable handset is an 8MP camera with an LED flash, with a 2MP camera in the front.
The handset runs on Android 2.3 Gingerbread, with TouchWIZ 4.0 UI on top of it. A beefy 1850mAh battery powers the handset. The Galaxy S II LTE will be available in Korea under the SK Telecom network. The press release from Sammy does not mention anything about the release date of the handset though.
Remember the Samsung Forte, the phone which we posted some leaked information about, a few weeks back? Well, it’s actually called the Samsung Galaxy Indulge, and it will be launching in a week.
It was leaked again on the MetroPCS website, and is priced at $399 for the contract free version. It is one of the first LTE devices which will be launched in the US. It comes with two plans – the $50 plan offers 1 GB data while the $60 plan offers unlimited data. Both plans offer unlimited calls and text messages.
The Galaxy Indulge seems to be a smaller version of the Epic 4G. It has a smaller 3.5 inch touchscreen HVGA display and comes with a sliding keyboard. It also has a 3 MP camera and comes with Android 2.2 Froyo with the TouchWiz 3.0 UI. It is powered by a 1 GHz processor and will have 512 MB RAM. It comes loaded with the Iron Man 2 movie on a 4 GB microSD card. It also has all the basics in place – Bluetooth, Wi-Fi and GPS.
The Galaxy Indulge seems to be a nice LTE smartphone option for Android fans. It will likely launch by the end of this week, and might beat the Verizon HTC Thunderbolt to become the first LTE smartphone in the US.
Samsung Hub has come across some details and a leaked image of a new Android smartphone by Samsung – the Samsung Forte. Apparently, it is an LTE enabled device for MetroPCS. It will sport a sliding QWERTY keyboard and will come with a 1 GHz Hummingbird processor and a 5 MP camera.
It will run Android 2.2 Froyo with the TouchWiz UI but will likely get an upgrade to Android 2.3 Gingerbread. No other details are out yet.
via Samsung Hub
According to a report by the Wall Street Journal, Verizon is planning to announce the much anticipated CDMA iPhone on January 11, at a press event which was announced recently.
With Verizon announcing its entire Android and LTE device lineup at CES, the only announcement which could warrant a separate event is the iPhone coming to Verizon.
The iPhone has been available exclusively on AT&T in the US since its launch in 2007. Many think that the number of smartphone users willing to buy an iPhone on AT&T has peaked, and to see further growth in user numbers, Verizon is Apple’s best bet. Many users have chosen Android phones over the iPhone only to avoid using AT&T’s network. Getting the iPhone on Verizon could see a lot of them jumping on to the iPhone bandwagon.
The Verizon iPhone will likely be similar to the iPhone 4, but will be a CDMA handset. What we don’t know is whether it will support LTE as well. It’s likely that LTE support will come only with the iPhone 5 which is to be launched this summer.
Word about a Samsung 4G LTE smartphone headed to Verizon had leaked out some time back, but until Verizon’s conference at CES, we didn’t know much about it.
Well, it was showcased at CES as just that – “Samsung 4G LTE smartphone”. Apparently, Samsung still hasn’t figured out what to name it, with all the awe-inspiring names like Infuse, Inspire, Revolution, Bionic, Thunderbolt etc already taken.
The specs of the Samsung 4G LTE smartphone seem quite impressive though. It has a 4.3 inch SuperAMOLED Plus display and an 8 MP camera. It is powered by a 1 GHz processor and comes with Android 2.2 Froyo. It offers LTE connectivity and will be rolled out with the LG Revolution and the HTC Thunderbolt.
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.
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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During the AT&T Dev. conference in CES 2011, Motorola gave us a sneak peak of the Atrix 4G handset for AT&T. However, the company did not announce the full specs of the handset. Now, AT&T has listed the Atrix 4G on their website with its full specs. The Motorola Atrix 4G sports an Nvidia Tegra 2 processor and 1GB of RAM.
Like the Droid Bionic, the handset has a qHD display with a resolution of 960×540. However, the size of the display measures in at 4-inches, instead of the 4.3-inch screen estate on the Droid Bionic.
The Atrix 4G also packs 16GB of internal memory along with a microSD card slot. The back of the phone sports a 5MP camera with an LED flash while the front has a VGA camera. The Atrix 4G also has a unique security features – fingerprint login. The usual Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS and a 3.5mm jack are all present.
The phone will be powered by a mammoth 1930 mAh battery which will provide users with up to 9 hours of talk time.
Sadly, the Atrix 4G will run on Android 2.2 with the BLUR UI on top of it. The Atrix 4G also has a webtop dock which converts it into a netbook. Users can read more about it here.
Motorola just announced its first LTE phone for the Verizon network the Droid Bionic. The Bionic is one powerful superphone’ with a 4.3-inch qHD display sporting a resolution of 960×540. The phone has a dual-core processor (Nvidia Tegra 2, perhaps?) and packs in 1GB of RAM. The back of the phone sports an 8MP camera while the front features a VGA camera for all your video calling needs.
The handset also supports 4G, which is up to 10x times faster than 3G. The handset features a mini-HDMI jack so that users can hook the phone on to their HDTV display and enjoy full HD content.
DROID BIONIC is the epitome of speed, providing consumers with instantaneous access to their personal and work content, anytime and anyplace,said Alain Mutricy, senior vice president of portfolio and device product management, Motorola Mobility. By combining such a powerful mobile device with the performance and capabilities of Verizon’s 4G LTE network, we’re empowering consumers to define how they want to live their mobile lifestyles.
The Bionic also has a Mirror Mode’ which allows users to simultaneously stream video to their HDTVs and watch it on their handset. Sadly, the Droid Bionic will run on Android 2.2 Froyo when released. The Motorola Droid Bionic also packs in support for corporate email, remote wipe and data encryption and other security features which corporate users will cherish.
The phone also features the usual Wi-Fi b/g/n, Bluetooth, GPS and a 3.5mm jack. The phone is powered by a beastly 1930 mAh battery.
The Droid Bionic does look like a very impressive superphone. However, Motorola did not announce the release date or the pricing of the device.
Just a week back, we had introduced you to the rumored HTC Thunderbolt, an Android phone with 4G LTE connectivity. It was to be released on Verizon’s network, but the specs seemed a bit unrealistic. Well, it turns out that it was real, but we still cannot confirm the specs.
Along with the Thunderbolt, HTC is launching another phone – the HTC Inspire 4G. It will be available on AT&T and will be unveiled with the Thunderbolt at CES 2011.
We don’t know what the “4G” means as AT&T’s network doesn’t support LTE, only HSPA+. We don’t have any details about the specifications of the HTC Inspire 4G, but by the looks of it, it seems quite impressive. It will also run Android, probably Android 2.2 Froyo with the HTC Sense UI.
Keep check out Techie-Buzz in the coming days, we will be posting more details as well as other CES scoop.
via Android Central
The most popular and the highly anticipated electronic event of the year CES 2011 is here. This year, we expect the CES to be dominated by tablets based on the Nvidia Tegra 2 platform.
Below is the list of the live events scheduled at CES 2011. All timings are in PST, you might want to use http://www.timeanddate.com/ to convert it to local timings.
Tuesday, January 4
- 7:00 PM – 9:00 PM – MSI Press Conference
7:00 PM – 8:00 PM OnStar Press Conference
Wednesday, January 5
- 8:00 AM – 8:45 AM – LG Press Conference
- 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM – Monster Press Conference – Invite only
- 9:00 AM – 9:45 AM Netgear Press Conference
- 10:00 AM – 10:45 AM – Intel Press Conference
- 11:00 AM – 11:45 AM – Pioneer Electronics Press Conference
- 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM -NVIDIA Press Conference – Invite only
- 12:00 PM – 12:45 PM – Sharp 2011 CES Press Conference – Invite only
- 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM – Casio Press Conference
- 1:00 PM – 1:45 PM Cisco Press Conference – Invite only
- 2:00 PM – 2:45 PM – Samsung Press Conference
- 3:00 PM – 3:45 PM – Panasonic Press Conference
- 4:00 PM – 4:45 PM – Motorola Press Conference – Invite only
- 5:00 PM – 5:45 PM – Sony Press Conference – Invite only
- 7:30 PM – 11:59 PM – Audi CES night 2011 – Invite only
- 7:30 PM – 11:30 PM – Gigabyte Press Conference – Invite only
Thursday, January 6
- 8:30 AM Keynote from CEA President and CEO, Garu Shapiro along with Verizon CEO, Ivan Seidenberg.
- 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM – Skype Press Conference
- 11:00 AM Keynote from Audi’s Chairman of the Board of Management, Rupert Stadler
- 11:00 AM – 12:00 PM – T-Mobile Press Conference Invite Only
- 1:00 PM – 2:00 PM – Verizon Wireless 4G LTE News Conference Invite Only
- 3:00 PM – 4:00 PM – Sony Audio Press Brief Invite Only
- 4:30PM Keynote from Samsung’s president of Visual Display business, Boo-Keun Yoon
Friday, January 7
- 7:30 AM – 8:30 AM – LensPen: SideKick — How to Really Clean the iPad
- 9:30 AM – 10:30 AM – Icron Will Unveil The New Video and USB Technology
- 10:00 AM – 5:00 PM – General Motors R&D: Media Demonstration and Ride Opportunity for GM’s EN-V Concept Vehicle
- 11:00 AM Keynote from CEO and President of Ford Motor Company, Alan Mulally.
- 11:00 AM – 11:30 AM – iMovee Corporation: Bridging Mobile DTV to Smartphones and Tablets
- Noon The last keynote of CES 2011 Entertainment Matters.
- 3:30 PM – 4:30 PM – Sonic Emotion 3D Sound for Bloggers
- 5:00 PM – 6:00 PM – New FreeOneHand iPad Holder & Stand Product Demo and iPad Giveaway
- 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM – Kenwood Press Conference
Saturday, January 8
- 8:00 AM – 5:00 PM – General Motors R&D: Media Demonstration and Ride Opportunity for GM’s EN-V Concept Vehicle Registration Needed
- 10:30 AM – 11:30 AM – Consumer Reports: Consumer Reports 101 RSVP Required
- 3:00 PM – 3:30 PM – Sonic Emotion 3D Sound for Media Press Event