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    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 you'll learn the new internal ...

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    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 purposes. An HTC subcontractor has already reserved the ...

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    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 Mobile World ...

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    As was widely expected, HTC announced its two halo devices for the first half of the year at Mobile World Congress today, the quad-core HTC One X and slim, dual-core HTC One S. First revealed as the HTC Edge and HTC Ville, respectively, the two handsets are both powered by Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich and skinned with HTC Sense 4.0. The One X, pictured up top (and better known by its final codename of Endeavor), features a Tegra 3 "4+1" quad core processor, 4.7-inch, 720p HD display, and 1GB of RAM / 32GB ROM. It's got a 1080p-capable eight-megapixel main camera with the new HTC ...

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    We've gotten wind of the names, but not the details, of the handsets Nokia reportedly plans on revealing later this month at Barcelona's Mobile World Congress. The six devices are supposedly split evenly among smartphones -- two Windows Phones and a Symbian -- and three S60 S40 featurephones. Specifically, we're now expecting the global version of the Lumia 900, an entry-level handset dubbed the Lumia 610, and the Nokia 808 PureView, which has been rumored as a full touchscreen successor to the camera-centric N8. Also tipped were the Asha 302, Asha 203, and Asha 202. As for the Windows ...

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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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