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    As has been rumored, Nokia is indeed bringing a pair of Windows Phones to Mobile World Congress, a global version of the Lumia 900 and a new entry-level handset, the Lumia 610. Specs on the 900 are well-known, but details on the the 610 remain elusive; we're pretty sure that it sports a five-megapixel camera, which casts some doubt on the purported specifications making the rounds which give it just a three-megapixel shooter. Apparently the 610 will come in four different shades, while the 900 will be available in white, black, and cyan. Nokia is also expected to announce the spiritual ...

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    LG will be bringing its upcoming, quad-core X3 handset to market as the Optimus 4X HD, we've learned. The name makes perfect sense when you consider that its predecessor, the company's first dual-core phone, is sold as the Optimus 2X. The Ice Cream Sandwich-powered 4X HD is said to feature a 4.7-inch 720p display, eight-megapixel camera, and 21Mbps HSPA data, in a sub-nine-millimeter casing. Notably, we've seen at least one reference online to a T-Mobile G4X, suggesting that this could hit Magenta as the G2X followup. With Barcelona's Mobile World Congress still a few days away, LG has ...

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    First tipped last month by BGR as an entry-level Android bound for AT&T, we actually caught the Samsung Rugby Smart in the wild all the way back in September of last year; at the time, of course, all we knew about the WVGA handset was its SGH-I847 model number. Well full details still haven't been fleshed out on the device codenamed Sigbin, although bits and pieces -- Class 10 HSPA 3G, 1650mAh battery, 512MB RAM, Gingerbread 2.3.5 -- are finally starting to emerge. Rubgy Smart seems to be a little late out of the gate, at least according to that BGR roadmap: its supposed February 18th ...

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    Samsung has just posted a user agent profile, or UAProf, for a device that is likely to be the next member of the of the Galaxy S family, rumored to be codenamed Samsung Midas. While the profile for GT-I9300 doesn't reveal much about the features of this upcoming phone -- Galaxy S III? -- it does tip a resolution of 1024 x 600, a nearly 16:9 aspect ratio which mirrors the pixel count on the recent Galaxy Tab 7.0 Plus and Galaxy Tab 2. If this information is accurate, it's interesting that Samsung would eschew an HD display on its flagship handset, especially with many phones from the ...

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    We've just gotten some imagery and a few details pertaining to a phone that will allegedly be Motorola's first Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich-powered handset. What's more, this unnamed device will also be one of Motorola's first pieces of Intel-powered hardware, running the silicon giant's new mobile Medfield platform. Moto traditionally employs Texas Instruments OMAP processors in its smartphones. Details are still coming together on this buttonless device -- sporting a new version of the MotoBlur user interface -- expected to debut at Mobile World Congress later this month in Barcelona. ...

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    Among quite a few other handsets Verizon is expected to release this month (Bliss, Vigor, Enlighten, Stratosphere, etc.) are the Samsung Illusion and Pantech Breakout LTE. As its name implies, Breakout is a 4G-capable slate tipped as having a four-inch WVGA screen and 1GHz single-core processor; a five-megapixel camera, front-facing webcam, and 512MB of memory are also rumored features. One of the highlights is said to be Breakout's tethering prowess: supposedly it can perform as a mobile hotspot for up to 10 devices simultaneously over LTE. Less is known about the Illusion, although we ...

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    LG is preparing a mid-range Windows Phone codenamed LG Miracle -- it's actually the same handset we saw in the wild back in December; at the time we speculated that it was another rumored WP7 known as the Fantasy. The Miracle, we now know, had allegedly been sold to an XDA member by a Romanian LG tester. As was suggested at the time, the Mango-powered Miracle does indeed feature a four-inch WVGA display -- and a NOVA one, at that, promising to make this one of the brightest Windows Phones to date. We're also looking at the standard 1GHz Snapdragon, 8GB of storage, a 720p-capable ...

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    [More Windows Phone 8 Stories] Microsoft has some major changes in store for Windows Phone 8, we've learned, which is the version of the platform currently being referred to by codename "Apollo" (the one scheduled for deployment after the upcoming Tango update). Thanks to a video hosted by senior vice president and Windows Phone manager Joe Belfiore, and intended for partners at Nokia, a number of WP8 features and themes have now been revealed. Hardware changes According to Belfiore, the overarching theme with regards to the Windows Phone 8 hardware ecosystem will be scale and choice. ...

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    LG is reportedly preparing a followup to its first 3D-capable handset, the Optimus 3D, in the form of a device codenamed CX2. While not a revolutionary advance over its predecessor, the CX2 does manage to improve the auto-stereoscopic display, beef up the processor, and facilitate the conversion of two-dimensional material into stereoscopic footage. Whereas the Optimus 3D employs a 1.0GHz dual-core OMAP to push a 4.3-inch WVGA display, the CX2 supposedly steps the processor up to a 1.2GHz dual-core model, also from Texas Instruments. And while the screen dimensions and resolution will ...

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    If 2011 was the year of the dual-core processor, then 2012 is shaping up to be defined by quad cores, with the HTC Edge/Endeavor, probably the Samsung Galaxy S III, and now, we've learned, the LG X3 all going quad in the first half. Despite its powerful chipset (a Tegra 3 by nVidia) and large, high-resolution display (4.7 inches at 1280x720), the X3 allegedly maintains a sub-nine-millimeter profile. The rear and front-facing cameras are said to be eight megapixels and 1.3 megapixels, respectively, while storage reportedly weighs in at 16GB (supplemented by microSD). X3 should run Android ...

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    Samsung will be naming its latest tablet not the Galaxy Tab II (or 2), but rather Galaxy Tab 10.1 -- after its screen size in inches -- according to this promotional image from a major European mobile operator (full-size banner embedded vertically below). Expected to debut in less than 12 hours, the dual-core slate offers many of the same features as the Motorola Xoom, including a 1280 x 800 resolution and stock Android 3.0 Honeycomb build. Two cameras are on board: an eight-megapixel rear shooter with full 1080p video capture along with a 1.3-megapixel front-facing webcam. Samsung will ...

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    This is apparently the HTC Puccini, the rumored 10-inch tablet HTC is preparing to follow its seven-inch Flyer/View 4G. Most notably, it looks like a Puccini variant will be one of the first devices compatible with AT&T's "true 4G" LTE network, deploying this year. Specific details about this model remain elusive, although it's likely to run Android 3.x Honeycomb and support HTC's Scribe capacitive pen input technology. Since Giacomo Puccini was a 19th and 20th century opera composer (La Boheme, Madame Butterfly), there may be a musical focus here as well. A March leak had this tablet ...

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    CEO Peter Chou revealed its existence just days ago, and now the quad-core HTC Quattro tablet has supposedly been fully detailed. This 10.1-inch Android-powered slate reportedly has a 1280 x 768 resolution (iPad: 9.7 inches at 1024 x 768), while packing the same AP30 Tegra 3 system-on-a-chip from Nvidia as the rumored HTC Edge smartphone. RAM has been pegged at 1GB, while storage should consist of 16GB internal plus microSD expansion; Bluetooth 4.0, 5GHz Wi-Fi, as well as a full complement of sensors, are also expected. The sub-nine-millimeter thick Quattro -- a codename, as with most ...

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    Update: This was a false alarm: apparently the photos were taken with an iPhone 4, transferred to an iPad, and uploaded to Flickr using an app which changes the EXIF data to make that iPad show up as the original camera, instead of the iPhone. These five-megapixel images were captured by an iPad, according to the EXIF data, and since current-generation iPad camera sensors don't offer nearly that high of a resolution, it's likely that we're looking at the products of one of two rumored Apple tablets said to be coming this fall: the iPad 3 or the iPad HD. Besides taking 2592 x 1936 photos, ...

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    Sprint appears poised to be the second US carrier to offer the Motorola Xoom Android Honeycomb tablet, with accessories starting to appear for the 10.1-inch, 1280x800 slate. In fact, the accessory pictured above is said to be the same protective case whose existence was tipped by BGR earlier this week. According to reports from that site, the initial Sprint Xoom will only sport Wi-Fi, with WiMax support not coming until an unknown future date. That would match the pattern of the Verizon Xoom rollout, wherein high-speed LTE data won't be available until well after launch. (Edit: Verizon's ...

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    Once thought to be an AT&T exclusive, evidence now suggests that the high-end HTC Holiday will in fact see a global release. Besides being tipped by Bell as one of its upcoming "superphones" (it's an option at the Canadian carrier's online download shop), Holiday listed Europe and Asia along with North America as regions of distribution on its recent Bluetooth certification. While either of these clues alone could be written off as errors, together they make a strong case for an international rollout of what may be the company's next flagship handset. Holiday, expected to run a 1.2GHz ...

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    The 4.5-inch, dual-core handset codenamed HTC Holiday will come to market as the HTC Raider, according to the device's user agent profile. It's important to note, however, that this will probably be the branding for the global version of the phone; it's not clear whether or not AT&T will adopt the same monniker for its LTE launch handset. Engadget recently reported that AT&T may dub this qHD flagship HTC Waikiki, but that seems unlikely; Waikiki is more likely the internal AT&T codename for the phone. Besides AT&T, Raider/Holiday is also expected to hit Bell in Canada, as well as ...

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    The handset pictured above goes by the codename HTC Holiday, and it's clearly an AT&T-bound Android phone. Unfortunately, that's all we know for certain about the unannounced Holiday -- the design reminds us somewhat of a modernized Aria (Aria 2? Aria S?), but it could just as easily be a higher-end model of the Inspire 4G variety. It's difficult to make out, but there does seem to be a front-facing cam on the upper right side, so it's pretty likely that we're looking at 4G / HSPA+ wireless speeds here; who knows, this could even be an LTE launch device for AT&T. A summer release for such ...

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    Only just released, the Samsung Infuse 4G appears poised to see a very serious competitor from the device codenamed HTC Holiday. Confirmed through a leaked ROM to be another giant 4.5-inch handset for AT&T, Holiday aims to best Infuse in both the processor and resolution departments, offering up a 1.2GHz dual-core MSM8660 chipset from Qualcomm as well as a qHD (540x960) display. Coupled with 1GB of RAM, dual eight-megapixel and 1.3-megapixel cameras (rear and front-facing, respectively), and running Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread, Holiday promises to be a beast of a device well-positioned to ...

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    Besides the introduction of the Titan II for AT&T, HTC was fairly quiet at CES -- no doubt reserving its best devices for either dedicated events or a Mobile World Congress debut next month. We've just learned that, somewhat unsurprisingly, T-Mobile will beging carrying the slim, Ice Cream Sandwich-powered HTC Ville this spring. We say somewhat unsurprisingly because on the one hand, T-Mobile has a history of carrying high-end HTC hardware, but on the other hand, the quad-core HTC Edge (Supreme?) is also waiting in the wings. Ville has been leaked as a 1.5GHz dual-core, sub-eight ...

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    We've learned that T-Mobile is poised to add a third 42Mbps HSPA+ handset to its lineup, known as the Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G. Since the Blaze isn't scheduled to launch until later in the year, details are still scarce: so far all that's been revealed to us are a dual-core Snapdragon processor by Qualcomm and, predictably, a Super AMOLED display of unknown dimensions. All indications point to this being a successor to the carrier's version of the Galaxy S II, not the least of which is its model number: SGH-T999, which is the highest number Samsung has ever used for a T-Mobile-bound ...

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    It looks like one of Microsoft's partners got a little too clever with the Christmas card this year, creating a holiday greeting whose central figure happens to be the unannounced Nokia Ace for AT&T. While that reveal by itself may not mean much, the fact that a front-facing camera is visible in this shot suggests that there may well be other differences between this Windows Phone-powered handset and the similar-looking Lumia 800 (besides the rumored addition of LTE). Thanks to Paul Thurrott, we've learned that Ace will be one of three WP7-powered, LTE-capable phones to hit AT&T early next ...

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    We've gotten some more information on the upcoming Nokia Ace for AT&T -- whose codename for the device is Eloko -- including confirmation that it is indeed the Lumia 900 which will be sold globally as Nokia's flagship Windows Phone. Although we thought that there was a chance Ace would ship with the Tango build of WP7, it's now been made clear that Mango will be the flavor of choice at launch. The main specs here should sound quite familiar to Microsoft observers: ~4.3-inch WVGA display, 512MB of RAM, eight-megapixel camera, and a capacious 1830mAh battery. Although it will almost ...

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    If there were still any lingering doubts that the Samsung Galaxy Note tabphone is headed stateside to join AT&T's lineup, these press shots should probably put them to rest. Going by model number SGH-I717, AT&T's version of the Gingerbread-powered Note -- likely to be revealed in a few short days at CES -- will reportedly maintain the class-leading 5.3-inch, 1280x800 Super AMOLED display and 1.4GHz dual-core Exynos processor that have made it unusually popular overseas but swap in a dual-core Snapdragon for LTE compatibility. We're also expecting another high definition, LTE-capable ...

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    While CES probably isn't the most exciting trade show for mobile enthusiasts (that honor goes to Mobile World Congress and, to a lesser degree, CTIA), there are always a few notable handsets introduced. Last year saw Verizon roll out its premiere lineup of 4G LTE-capable devices (LG Revolution, HTC Thunderbolt, Samsung Droid Charge, Motorola Droid Bionic), while AT&T also made a strong showing with some "4G" phones of its own (HTC Inspire 4G, Samsung Infuse 4G, Motorola Atrix 4G). This year's event should also be heavy on the LTE, with the first true 4G Windows Phones tipped for ...

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