Verizon Wireless is reportedly set to offer an enhanced package of pre- and post-sale services known as Verizon ON, and among the concept imagery for this initiative, we spotted an unfamiliar Motorola handset not currently offered by the carrier. While the phone (far right) seems to have the same cropped corners as the popular DROID RAZR series, its top and bottom screen bezels appear to be much narrower than those on existing RAZRs. What’s more, the manufacturer branding is not centered at the top of the face, but rather left-justified with respect to the display. Speaking of [...]
HTC is preparing a new, Ice Cream Sandwich-powered entry level phone codenamed HTC Golf; we recently saw an unmemorable test photo from this handset’s five-megapixel main camera. Reportedly set to hit the market sometime before the end of the quarter as the Wildfire C (following the original Wildfire and Wildfire S), Golf slots into HTC’s current lineup below the three members of the One series — although it takes a few design cues from those devices as well.
Tipped to run on a single-core, sub-gigahertz processor, the Sense 4.0-skinned Golf should offer up a [...]
HTC, following two tough quarters, is finally looking to turn its fortunes around with a pair of sexy handsets in its new One series, the One X and One S. Domestically, the X is headed to AT&T as the dual-core (but LTE-enabled) XL, while the the S is destined for T-Mobile; Sprint is getting its own One-esque model in the EVO 4G LTE. Well Verizon, the nation’s largest carrier, still doesn’t have a One to call its own — and the upcoming HTC Fireball, while attractive and nicely-spec’ed in its own right, seems to do little to change that (although the Vigor, [...]
Nokia shocked the wireless industry early today by introducing a smartphone whose camera features an unprecedented 41-megapixel sensor. The Nokia 808 PureView, as it’s known, is a Symbian Belle-powered handset with four-inch nHD ClearBlack AMOLED display, 16GB of storage, and class 10 pentaband HSDPA broadband data. And while the camera is capabale of capturing humongous images, the purpose of all those pixels is to bring more detail to smaller five- and eight-megapixel shots. The PureVieW sensor is said to pack the equivalent of seven pixels into one, enabling tight digital [...]
This is the HTC EVO ONE (codename:Jewel) that Sprint will reportedly launch on Wednesday, pictured between the HTC One X for AT&T and the T-Mobile-bound HTC One S. As one of the Now Network’s premiere LTE handsets, the EVO ONE promises to usher in a new cellular broadband technology in much the same manner as the HTC EVO 4G heralded the company’s ill-fated WiMax rollout.
Rumored by Android Central to sport a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor from Qualcomm along with a 4.7-inch, 720p display and 16GB of internal memory, the EVO ONE should make a worthy [...]
There’s little doubt that you’re looking at a real tablet, but as some images tend to do, these came down the pipeline with absolutely no context whatsoever. Still, based on several visual clues, we think there’s a pretty good chance that they depict the rumored Galaxy Nexus tablet.
First of all, the only visible on-screen icons are for Google products — none of the third party apps or widgets that you’d expect to see on a Samsung, Motorola, or even Viewsonic tablet. It’s about as naked of an Android experience as you could hope to find on a [...]
We’ve learned from a reliable source that Virgin Mobile will begin carrying the nearly year-old HTC EVO 3D later this year, offering it up as the HTC EVO V 4G. Tipped to be available in both grey as well as the plum shade once exclusive to Best Buy, the rebranded EVO 3D will join the recently-revealed HTC One V on Virgin, creating quite a compelling portfolio of HTC Android devices on the prepaid carrier.
Despite getting somewhat long in the tooth, the EVO 3D still offers a very attractive feature set. Besides being one of only two auto-stereoscopic (glasses-free) 3D [...]
While it’s no surprise that both Sprint and its prepaid brand, Virgin Mobile, will soon be carrying the Google Wallet-endowed LG Optimus Elite, a pair of new renders reveals that they will look quite different from the Optimus Net NFC we had originally anticipated. Specs-wise, we’re still anticipating the two handsets to offer mid-range features — save for their near field communication capabilities — on the order of 800Mhz processors, 3.2-inch HVGA displays, and five-megapixel cameras with flash.
Naturally Sprint’s Elite (codename: Gelato) will be [...]
Now that AT&T’s lined up to get the just-revealed One X, and T-Mobile’s taken claim to the One S (with Verizon always fed a steady stream of quality hardware), HTC’s plans for Sprint seem to be up in the air, especially with the once cutting-edge EVO 3D closing in on its one-year launch anniversary. Well we’ve now learned from a trusted source that a high-end handset is in fact on its way to Sprint from the House of One, and it’s codenamed the HTC Jewel.
Details of the Jewel are still very thin, but we do know that its a large device with a [...]
MetroPCS is poised to replace its year-old LG Optimus M with the similar-sounding LG Optimus M+, which appears to improve upon its predecessor in almost every department. Whereas the original Optimus M featured a 3.2-inch, 64,000-color HVGA display, the 800MHz M+ steps the screen size up to 3.5 inches and the color gamut up to 256,000 (although the resolution reportedly stays the same).
The camera sensor should move up from 3.2 to 5.0 megapixels, while also adding a flash. Bluetooth gets a boost as well, moving from the 2.x standard to 3.0 EDR. The Gingerbread-powered LG Optimus [...]
Virgin Mobile will carry the HTC One V later this year, we’ve learned. One of three handsets introduced by HTC at Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress late last month, the One V is a 1GHz-powered, Android 4.0-based handset sporting a 3.7-inch, WVGA display, 512MB/4GB of RAM/ROM, and skinned with Sense 4.0. The One V will join other Androids on Virgin such as the recently-announced Venture and upcoming Chaser and LG Optimus Elite (also headed to Sprint).
Virgin is expected to offer the five-megapixel, Beats Audio-infused One V for under $200 when it arrives in late [...]
We’ve seen some compelling evidence that Boost Mobile will begin carrying the Apple iPhone this year. If true, it would be the first prepaid mobile operator in the US to offer what has traditionally been a device available only on contract (or unlocked). At this point, details are still thin: it’s not even clear if Boost would be stocking the iPhone 4S or older iPhone 4.
With many of Boost’s recent Android offerings having first been sold by parent company Sprint (Samsung Replenish, LG Marquee), it’s certainly quite feasible that the iPhone could go the [...]
There’s a strong possibility that the first benchmark of the Samsung Galaxy S III has been published — assuming, that is, you believe (like we do) that the next Galaxy S will be going by model number GT-I9300. Before we get into that debate, here is the lowdown: a handset claiming to be GT-I9300 took two passes through the GLBenchmark suite of tests late last month, with the results only recently getting processed. Based on some research into the user who uploaded the tests, we believe that they were, in fact, performed by a Samsung employee.
The headline news here [...]
As is often the case in these situations, the first test photo captured by the upcoming HTC Golf is nothing special — just a throwaway shot to put its three-megapixel camera through its paces. However, we were able to learn a bit more about this device than the EXIF data reveals.
If you were wondering about HTC’s plans for the mass market after a Mobile World Congress filled with mostly high-end fare, Golf has been tipped as the company’s next entry-level handset. Although it should ship with Ice Cream Sandwich already onboard, the rest of the specs should be [...]
First tipped by its codename, the LG Cayman, Verizon’s upcoming LG Lucid gets its branding from a four-inch, WVGA NOVA display capable of 700 nits of brightness. This upper-mid-range, Gingerbread-powered handset is said to feature a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, LTE data connectivity, and eight gigabytes of internal storage. On-board cameras include a 1080p-capable five-megapixel rear shooter and front-facing VGA webcam. Going by model number VS840, the Lucid slots into VZW’s lineup between the VS700 Enlighten and VS920 Spectrum.
Look for Lucid to hit retail before the [...]
Sony showed off a pair of concept tablets at CES earlier this year, with one of those being a QWERTY-equipped slider dubbed “Hybrid.” Well we’ve seen some material that suggests Sony is poised to bring Hybrid to market under the Vaio U brand; you may recall that Sony’s U and UX lineups have included some of the most powerful ultraportables ever made.
It wasn’t clear when the Windows 7-powered slate would launch — no Android here, S and P fans — nor what it would cost. We do know that it will sport Intel Core silicon and likely include a [...]
HTC kicked off T-Mobile’s myTouch line back in 2009 with a rebranded HTC Magic, and had been the sole manufacturer of the handsets until late last year when LG introduced a pair of phones under the branding. Now it apprears as if yet a third OEM, Huawei, will have a chance to work on the popular Android series. We’re told that these two Gingerbread-powered devices — the U8680 and U8730 — are identical save for the keyboard, although besides their WVGA (480×800) resolution, no further details were revealed.
Huawei has somewhat quietly become the go-to [...]
LG has been tipped to bring the NFC-capable Optimus Net stateside as the Optimus Elite on Sprint and, later, Virgin Mobile. Its model numbers, which we’ve already seen pass through the FCC and a few other certification bodies, are LS696 and VM696 for the Sprint and Virgin variants, respectively; the Optimus Net NFC goes by the model number P692 globally.
Besides NFC, we’re looking at pretty standard entry- to mid-level features: 800MHz CPU, 3.2-inch HVGA (320×480) display, 512MB RAM/4GB storage plus microSD, and five-megapixel main camera with flash. As [...]
T-Mobile has confirmed to The Verge that it will forgo a planned network upgrade to 84Mbps (from the current theoretical 42Mbps) in favor of its move to a “true” 4G LTE implementation — although it sounds like certain markets that would have seen a bump this year will now have to wait until the 2013 LTE rollout to benefit from increased throughput. Apparently both scenarios require the so-called refarming of 2G bandwidth into the 1900MHz PCS spectrum — giving Magenta an even more compelling message for pulling away dissatisfied AT&T iPhone owners once their [...]
Meet the HTC Edge: reportedly the company’s first — and probably one of the world’s first — cellphone powered by a quad-core processor. Information from a reliable source paints Edge as a premium handset incorporating the latest mobile technologies — for the most part.
The 4.7-inch Edge will allegedly be slightly over ten millimeters thick, and appears to be very much the successor to the just-unveiled Rezound/Vigor, as it should feature the same 720p resolution, 1GB of RAM, and backlit eight-megapixel camera with 28-millimeter, f/2.2 lens. The [...]
This one’s purely for phone geeks: according to a trusted source, HTC has taken the unusual move of changing the codename of its upcoming flagship, quad-core handset from HTC Edge to HTC Endeavor. As far as we know, this is a somewhat unprecedented decision on the part of the Taiwanese company, as the codename is still used internally long after retail branding has been established; that’s especially helpful when you’re a global organization selling the same phone under different names in different countries — everyone knows that a Status is the same as a [...]
This special edition of “First Test Photos” is dedicated to upcoming HTC devices; despite the company’s pledge to pare down its portfolio in the coming months, we still managed to collect sample shots from six phones and tablets — including a few that are likely to debut later this month at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. Perhaps even more interesting than the photos themselves is the fact that so many products have undergone codename changes from their original monikers: we already saw the quad-core HTC Edge get rebirthed as the Endeavor, and now [...]
The upcoming quad-core smartphone currently codenamed HTC Endeavor has already gone through one identity change, starting out life as the Edge — and long rumored to come to market as the HTC Supreme. Well HTC may still use the Supreme branding for another phone — possibly the sleek dual-core Ville — but we’re now hearing that Endeavor will go by the name HTC One X when it’s introduced at the end of the month at Barcelona’s Mobile World Congress. Apparently the “X” will be placed as superscript above the word “One” for branding [...]
The upcoming quad-core HTC One X has seemingly undergone some restyling since we first saw it late last year under the codename HTC Edge. Having gone through an unusual pre-launch name change to Endeavor, it now looks like this flagship member of the One family may have earned that switch, apparently adopting a slightly sleeker look overall while also dropping one of the capacitive buttons.
We’re now only days away from the presumed introduction of this 4.7-inch, 720p behemoth, tipped to launch alongside the renamed Ville and Primo (One S and One P One V, rumor has it) at [...]