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    This is the LG Connect 4G for MetroPCS, a mid-range Android with four-inch WVGA NOVA display and dual-core processor. Supposedly it features a five-megapixel rear camera plus VGA front-facing webcam, along with 1GB of RAM and 4GB of built-in storage (expandable via microSD). As its name suggests, it's an LTE-capable handset, although as its MS840 model number hints, it's considered lower-end than Metro's version of the Optimus Black, the MS855 LG Esteem. What's most interesting about this phone actually has nothing to do with MetroPCS at all: apparently the same model will hit Verizon as ...

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    Research in Motion is preparing to break out of the four-digit model number mold with the BlackBerry Torch 10000, at least according to a help site maintained by handset-insurer Asurion. Asurion, whose relationships with all of the major carriers certainly give it inside access to their phone roadmaps, lists the Torch 10000 among existing or past devices available from AT&T in an advanced search dropdown menu. Unfortunately there are no search results when the 10000 is selected as a filter. Now that RIM has forked the Torch family into full touchscreen and QWERTY-slider form factors, it's ...

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    We have good reason to believe that the photo above was shot by Samsung's unannounced, but surely upcoming, Galaxy S III. Its EXIF data tells us that it was taken with a phone whose model number is GT-I9500, the highest, numerically, that the company has ever used. For reference, the original Galaxy S took up the I90xx range, while the Galaxy S II was slotted into the I91xx set of model numbers; the Galaxy Nexus, internationally, goes by model number GT-I9250. Adding further authenticity to the photo is the fact that the same shooter was testing a Galaxy S II back in January, weeks before ...

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    It seems that Verizon is preparing its DroidDoes minisite for the arrival of the RAZR-esque Motorola DROID4, although as far as we can tell, the content is not actually live yet (the screenshot is purportedly from the mobile site). While not much about the 4 remains unknown save for a price and release date, the near-final looking appearance of the alleged promo page would seem to at least indicate that a launch is close at hand. Coming just about six months after the DROID3's debut, the Gingerbread 2.3.5-powered 4 offers a sleeker form factor along with LTE connectivity, and steps up the ...

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    Well here's a surprise: Motorola appears to be working on a fourth generation of its popular Droid series of Android-powered QWERTY sliders, with Droid 4 EXIF data starting to show up left and right on photo-sharing sites. Unfortunately no one seems to have opened up the Droid 4 to its full resolution -- whatever that may be -- so we only have resized photos for judging image quality (which seems quite good in these preliminary shots). According to a poster on Howard Forums, this handset is codenamed Maserati and, like the Droid 3, lacks a D-pad on the keyboard. As a Verizon-bound device, ...

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    It was only a few days ago that we saw the first images of the LG Spectrum, spiritual successor to the LG Revolution -- among the premiere batch of Verizon's 4G LTE handsets -- but those tiny photos really didn't do the phone justice. Luckily we've gotten a set of higher quality shots, along with a full rundown of the specs: - Dual-core 1.5GHz Snapdragon S3 - Android Gingerbread 2.3 - 10.6 millimeters thick - 4.5-inch, 1280x720 IPS LCD - 1GB RAM, 4GB storage plus 16GB microSD - Eight-megapixel, 1080p rear camera; 1.3-megapixel front-facing - Bluetooth 3.0, Wi-Fi b/g/n - HDMI, DLNA, Wi-Fi ...

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    Those initial rumors have panned out regarding the so-called "Revolution 2" on Verizon: as first reported by Droid-Life, it is indeed the LG Spectrum, which showed up in a Verizon system last month, that will assume the identity of well-known model number VS920. With a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, 720p HD resolution, and HD-capable eight-megapixel camera, the LTE-equipped Spectrum should represent yet another very attractive option in VZW's winter lineup; between this, the RAZR, Rezound, and Galaxy Nexus -- not to mention the DROID4 -- there's not even close to a clear cut choice for Big ...

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    With AT&T and T-Mobile having already seen their Samsung Galaxy S II variants show up in special white editions. it was only a matter of time before the Epic 4G Touch on Sprint got the same treatment. What is somewhat surprising is that Epic, the first of the US variants to go on sale, will be the last one to get whited out: it doesn't look like we can expect this SKU until early next year, after what is likely to be a CES debut. Any guesses as to when we'll see the launch of Verizon's inevitable white Galaxy Nexus?

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    Now I haven't been using converged handsets for as long as the true old school folks with an IBM Simon in their collections, but I did wear a Treo 600 -- arguably the first modern smartphone -- into the ground, so I feel like I have at least enough history with the category to wax philosophic. And having recently picked up an Android device after a long stint with Windows Mobile and a shorter one with the iPhone (while having also played around with Windows Phone, webOS, and BlackBerry to varying degrees), I'm finding that Google's operating system -- at least the Ice Cream Sandwich ...

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    AT&T will be bringing the Samsung Galaxy Note stateside early next year as the SGH-I717, we've learned. Like the international version of the phone, GT-N7000, AT&T's Note will be highlighted by a huge 5.3-inch screen with a 1280x800 resolution. However, I717 will incorporate at least two important differences as well. First, and pretty predictably, the Galaxy Note on AT&T will be 4G LTE capable -- as we can expect most high-end phones on both Verizon and AT&T to be from now until 5G. Secondly, I717 will be one of the few Samsung handsets powered by a Qualcomm chipset -- a dual-core 1.5GHz ...

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    With yesterday's launch of the LG Optimus LTE on Bell Canada, there was some speculation that the Korean manufacturer could also bring the 720p HD handset to AT&T; after all, the two carriers share the same bandwidth. Well it turns out that the phone long known as P930 is indeed coming stateside as the LG Nitro HD, bringing a 1.5GHz dual-core processor, eight-megapixel camera, and support for AT&T's nascent 4G LTE network (as well as its 4G HSDPA network at 21Mbps). The 4.5-inch Nitro also packs 1GB of RAM, 4GB of ROM (plus microSD expansion), Bluetooth 3.0, and an 1830mAh battery. It will ...

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    No big surprises here: the Prada Phone by LG 3.0, set to be officially revealed later today at an event in London, has already been pictured in renders, photographed, and even spotted briefly on video. These official press shots, though, give us our best look yet at the 1GHz, dual-core handset, highlighted by its 4.3-inch NOVA display with WVGA resolution and 800cd/m2 brightness. Besides the TI OMAP4430 CPU, also inside the 8.5-millimeter-thick frame are a 1080p-capable eight-megapixel camera along with a full complement of radios, including 21Mbps HSPA+, Wi-Fi a/b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, and ...

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    We just got a user's manual for a purported Symbian Belle-powered device claiming to be the Nokia 803; what we didn't get were any features or specs to go along with the document. Our immediate reaction upon seeing the rather large camera hump was, of course, that we were looking at the rumored successor to the 12-megapixel Nokia N8 -- one of the greatest cameraphones ever made. Unfortunately, the manual doesn't go into much detail about the 803's functionality beyond the basics, although we were able to glean the somewhat-predictable inclusion of NFC capabilities, HDMI, and DLNA. It was ...

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    Having been tipped by Nokia itself in an FCC filing -- and confirmed last week by The Verge -- it's really no surprise that T-Mobile will be launching the Lumia 710 at an event on Wednesday. Yet with the lower-end of Nokia's two Windows Phone debuts still offering plenty of sex appeal, we'll gladly take another look or two, especially when a US carrier has its branding prominently displayed. T-Mobile will offer the Lumia 710 in both its black and white color SKUs, along with the interchangeable back covers. The 3.7-inch, Mango-powered 710 should be the first, but certainly not the last, ...

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    Motorola just launched the Dinara this morning, but because it was shrouded as a China-only handset, no one really noticed. Well the dual-core, 720p, 13-megapixel XT928 is indeed coming to the US, we've learned, as the MB886 (and internationally as the XT885/XT920); like the MB860 Atrix and MB865 Atrix 2, Dinara is expected to land on AT&T, although possibly not as an exclusive. This is the second time in recent memory that the company has quietly revealed the international version of a handset before launching the American variant: we saw the Droid 3 spoiled by the Milestone 3 only a few ...

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    Apparently this is the HTC Ville, first detailed by BGR as a dual-core, Ice Cream Sandwich-powered waif of a device: at less than a reported eight millimeters thick, it would be HTC's slimmest smartphone to date. According to the initial report, we're looking at a Snapdragon Series 4 processor with two cores running at 1.5GHz, a 4.3-inch wraparound Super AMOLED display with qHD resolution, and a 1080p-capable eight-megapixel camera utilizing the higher-quality lens and sensor found on the latest generation of HTC handsets. As a quick comparison, the iPhone 4/4S is 9.3mm thick, while the ...

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    HTC releases so many phones these days that its regular trademark filings are hardly worth mentioning anymore -- but when a potential branding like HTC Supreme passes our desk, we definitely take note. The prolific manufacturer (possibly working on a Facebook-branded phone, we hear) just put Supreme up for protection in Europe, meaning that this would likely be one of its global releases. With a name like Supreme, we have to immediately think flagship -- and that, of course, brings to mind the HTC Edge (to be clear, the supposed HTC Zeta was actually a hoax). Edge is rumored to be a 1.5GHz ...

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    This is supposedly the Nokia Lumia 601 Windows Phone, but we'll be honest: we're not sure what to make of this image. On the one hand, it came from a pretty reliable source and depicts a handset seemingly leaked by Nokia itself in a developer video this past week. On the other hand, it looks a little bit off -- not like the product renders we're used to seeing. Plus, as we noted when the (now-edited) video debuted, the mystery device looks a lot like a generic placeholder image that Nokia has been using for some time. If it is in fact genuine -- meaning representative of a real-world ...

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    Once again, the fact that the Motorola Xoom 2 and Xoom 2 Media Edition are coming to Verizon isn't much of a surprise; no, the real news here is that name they chose to market them under: the Droid Xyboard 10.1 and Droid Xyboard 8.2, respectively. Most likely meant to evoke the term "cyborg," Xyboard has thus far met with mostly universal confusion: we can see why Verizon might want to distance itself from the original Xoom (never a breakaway hit), but the choice of a Transformers-like name may not have been the best way to get adults to fork over hundreds of dollars in cash. Nonetheless, ...

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    Image removed at the request of Mophie, Inc This picture is literally a mystery wrapped in a conundrum: we know nothing about the phone depicted here, nor why it would seem to be the first non-Apple product bequeathed with a Mophie Juice Pack battery case. What we do know is that the button row looks an awful lot like that on the LG Optimus Hub (nee Univa), while the appearance of the camera lens and flash have also been likened to those found on LG handsets. Plus, the screenshot (whose date doesn't fall this year) shows it running Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, which is still something ...

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    We've seen pretty compelling evidence that the recently-revealed Motorola Xoom 2 and Xoom 2 Media Editon tablets will be sold by Verizon under the names Droid Xyboard 10.1 and Droid Xyboard 8.2, respectively. We actually didn't believe that Verizon would go with such odd-sounding brandings, but sure enough, the carrier applied for trademark protection on "Xyboard" last month. Also, it seems that Samsung is not the only company keen on differentiating its tablets by appending screen sizes to their names. So far the 1.2GHz, dual-core Honeycomb 3.2 tablets have only been confirmed for the UK ...

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    A few months ago we received a long list of words purporting to be codenames of future HTC devices. Since then, we've watched each and every newly-revealed product from the Taiwanese manufacturer appear on what is clearly a legitimate document. With yesterday's alleged quad-core Edge also finding a spot here, we're now confident enough to publish the list, unabridged: Act Alpha Bliss Blue Cybertron Edge Elite Eternity Fighter Fit Flick Glider Grande Holiday Jet Key Layer Omega Pico Pop Prime Quattro Radiant RTP Ruby Runnymede Splendor Square Tag Tahiti Tube Veloce Vigor Villa Vitesse As a ...

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    Like most phones these days, the high-end HTC Rezound has been seen numerous times prior to tomorrow's expected NYC debut -- it's hard to keep a highly-anticipated phone like this secret. Now we've got some official press shots showing off all the angles. Headed for Verizon's 4G LTE network, the handset formerly known as Vigor has been tipped to feature a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, and will likely be HTC's first phone to offer a 720p HD display. As the first Beats-infused phone to hit a US carrier, bundled earbuds and enhanced audio are pretty much a given. A Gingerbread build of Android ...

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    Research in Motion seems to have commissioned a pair of videos envisioning portable technology in the not-so-distant future: specifically, they focus on interactions among employees, or between employees and customers, and how portable devices play a role in their day-to-day lives. While these films may or may not have been intended for public consumption, they were briefly posted to an online portfolio site before being marked as private; we were able to dig them out of our cache. The one thing both videos have in common is a full-screen smartphone with edge-to-edge display which ...

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    Set to debut at tomorrow's Nokia World, Nokia's first pair of Windows Phones, the Lumia 710 and Lumia 800, have been leaked more than most devices pre-launch -- but to Espoo's credit, that probably speaks to a relatively high amount of anticipation surrounding the handsets codenamed SeaRay and Sabre. While neither device is likely to be extremely high-end (sub-four-inch screens, single-core processors, WVGA resolutions), what they lack on the spec sheet they certainly make up for in aesthetics; the N9-doppelganger 800, especially, is a real triumph of consumer electronic design. Stay ...

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