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    The Asus Padfone, introduced by the manufacturer at the end of May, was initially tipped for an MWC 2012 official launch but now, thanks to Asus itself, we have an official confirmation. Whether you'll want to buy the Padfone or not is completely up to you. The concept of a smartphone docking deep inside a tablet is appealing and innovative by itself, as are specs like the rumored quad-core nVidia Tegra 3 SoC. At the ongoing CES, Asus confirmed, despite having a prototype on display, that the Padfone will be officially unveiled at MWC in Barcelona at the end of February. We'll be there to ...

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    Lenovo was showing off their latest tablet, the IdeaPad S2110, at CES. It's an Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich tablet which is not unlike the Asus Tranformer in its ability to dock into a keyboard. When docked, the IdeaPad can run for 20 hours before needing to charge. The dock also provides a touchpad which will support multi-touch. Inside it has a Qualcomm 8x60A/8960 1.5GHz dual-core CPU. There's a 5MP camera on the back with a single flash which is surrounded by a soft plastic finish, which will be available in multiple colors. No word on pricing, but look for it in June in the US.

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    Until Samsung and Apple settle their differences regarding the thinnest device among the Galaxy S II and the iPhone, Huawei is stepping in at CES to unveil the world's thinnest smartphone. 6.68 mm! Yes, thinner than seven millimeters is how thick the Huawei Ascend P1 S is. As for the specs, it's also one of the fastest in its class. Check it out: 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display with qHD 960 x 540 resolution, dual-core Texas Instruments OMAP 4460 Cortext-A9 CPU clocking at 1.5 GHz and supported by the PowerVR SGX 540 GPU, and powering it all is Android 4.x Ice Cream Sandwich. There's an ...

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    Back in the "good ol' days" of computers, processor speeds were measured in Megahertz. CPUs from different manufacturers could be compared with one another, and newer CPUs could be compared to older ones. The MegaHertz Myth Today Megahertz has given way to Gigahertz, and single cores are giving way to multiple cores. To complicate things, CPU's do so much more than they did in the past, some even being called a "system on a chip" (or "SoC" for short, but more on that in a moment). These SoC's might include CPU, memory controller, and various digital signal processors. There is a huge money ...

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    For all the benefits smartphones have brought us, there's no denying that they, and cellphones in general, have had some negative impact on manners and propriety. Many people no longer think twice about checking-out at a grocery store while on a call the entire time, perhaps not even saying a word to the cashier directly. For some of us, these kind of lapses mean we forget that our phones' speakerphones are for use in private, and not for broadcasting both sides of our conversations to the general public just because we don't feel like holding the phone to our ear. If that one in ...

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    The Sony Xperia S is bound to be a flagship phone in 2012: it features a slender, handsome design, it packs a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon dual-core CPU, 1GB of RAM, plus it also has Sony's first 720p Reality Display for a phone. The Xperia S will ship with Gingerbread, but will get an ICS upgrade in early Q2. Our friends at Clove now have information relating to the price and ship date of the Xperia S. According to them, it will be available around March 5, and will be priced at £389.99 or around $600. The unlocked GSM phone will be Europe-only, meaning it won't have the proper bands to do ...

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    Intel has not only decided to finally take the mobile device market seriously, but they've just shown us how quick they can be in providing us with results. Just a couple of days ago Intel confirmed that they would be launching a Smartphone with their Intel Atom Z2460, but to our surprise, their launch partner was no longer LG but instead Lenovo with their announcement of the K800 Smartphone. There are two key reasons why you'll want to consider an Intel smartphone in the future. First of all, it's battery life. The device seems to handle complicated processes with so much ease that the ...

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    After a couple of roller coaster days in Las Vegas trying to bring you all the hottest devices that the industry has to offer, we're signing off and giving you a full wrap-up of what was good, and what simply didn't make the cut. It's clear that Android will continue to grow, and we're glad that Windows Phone is also taking great measures to provide users with the relevance and services that they need, but sadly there were things that we liked and things we thought could improve about this event. Watch our full re-cap of the top players and the top disappointments of this year's show.

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    The anticipation was pretty big and so was the buzz around the Nokia Lumia 900 which finally made its way, at least on paper, to AT&T's 4G LTE Windows Phone line-up. The device will be available later this year with the carrier. The looks should be familiar: the "head-turning" design is the one used on the N9 and Lumia 800 as well. We got our hands on the Lumia 900 at CES which, inside its polycarbonate housing, packs a 1.4GHz Qualcomm APQ8055 + MDM9200 (WCDMA) combo, 512 MB of RAM, 16GB of internal storage out of which 14.5GB usable, 4.3-inch AMOLED ClearBlack glass touchscreen with WVGA ...

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    If you're a Windows Phone fan, you may have noticed that there's not much love coming out of Sprint. Right now, the only smartphone on the platform offered by the carrier is the HTC Arrive - hardly a rich selection of models. David Owens, Sprint VP of product realization, recently discussed some of the carrier's future plans, and touched on its dissatisfaction with Windows Phone. Owens points to a lack of user enthusiasm for the platform, noting in reference to sales of the Arrive, "the number-one reason the product was returned was the user experience." Sprint would like the platform to ...

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    Yesterday we took a look at the Polaroid SC1630, a digital camera with a big optical zoom and Android running at its core. There are plenty of other non-smartphone gadgets being demonstrated at the CES this year that come very close to being one, often lacking only a cellular radio. The latest we've heard about is the Philips GoGear Connect 3.5, a Gingerbread-running media player. Philips has been producing the GoGear line for some time now; we first looked at the family when GoGear was still running Android 2.1 back in 2010. There have been several iterations since then, with the GoGear ...

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    At CES 2012, Verizon announced two new LTE smartphones: the LG Spectrum and the Motorola Droid 4. The Spectrum, in particular, has a 4.5" 720p HD display and a 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 CPU with 1GB of RAM. In many ways, it's essentially the same phone as the LG Nitro HD on AT&T. It's thin and light with a fingerprint-prone smooth backing. While the Spectrum comes with Android 2.3, expect an upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich in Q2. The Spectrum will be available on January 19th for $199. The Droid 4 is the one to get if you want a hardware keyboard. It has a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, a ...

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    The LG Viper are the Samsung Galaxy Nexus, announced at CES 2012, are the first Sprint LTE devices. The LG Viper is an Android 2.3 device, which will be upgradable to Ice Cream Sandwich. Running with no custom UI, the Viper is somewhat of a midrange phone with a dual-core 1.2GHz CPU, a 4.0" WVGA Nova display, a 5MP camera on the back, VGA camera up front, and an NFC chip with Google Wallet preloaded. The Viper is a bit thick, though the in-hand feel is nice with a brushed metal texture on the back. No word on price and availability. The Galaxy Nexus is nearly identical to the variant seen ...

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    We meet the Sony Xperia Ion, a device which is "first" from a couple of perspectives: it's the first Sony device to come sans the "Ericsson" in its branding, though the device we got our hands on still uses the old Sony Ericsson logo, unlike the official AT&T phone render. It is also the first device from the manufacturer to include a 4G LTE radio. The Sony Xperia Ion packs a dual-core 1.5GHz processor, 4.6-inch 720p display, and a twelve-megapixel camera. While you're waiting for the second quarter of the year, when it hits AT&T's shelves, take a look at our hands-on below. We like the ...

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    Not only the new HTC Titan II has 4G LTE support for Windows Phone but the phone has a huge 16-megapixel camera, largest among Windows Phones as well as among all HTC devices to date. Peter Chou went on stage at the AT&T event to personally announce the Titan refresh and we were there to get our hands on the device. The 4.7-inch WVGA screen, inherited in size from its predecessor, looks really good and the phone is "boom-boom" fast as the HTC CEO described it. Fast not only due to the 4G LTE radio but also because of the 1.5 GHz Snapdragon S2 processor; other specs include 512 MB RAM, 16GB ...

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    Stephen Elop was proud of the "head-turning" designs on the Lumia 900, borrowed mainly from the Lumia 800, which inherited its looks from the Nokia N9 MeeGo-powered device. Looks like not only the Nokia CEO found the design appealing. What you see in the picture is the One-China Z500M. If you think it looks similar to the Lumia 800/N9, that's because it probably does. Many knockoffs are originating from China and that's where they're usually found but this one was reportedly taken to CES. It runs Android and if you like the nice buttons on the bottom as well as the exceptional job on the ...

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    Intel-powered smartphones were among our predictions for CES probably due to various rumors as well as the buzz around the new Medfield chip. There are still no devices announced but Intel and Motorola Mobility announced a multi-year strategic alliance. In light of the agreement, Motorola Mobility -- acquired by Google in August of 2011 -- will deliver smartphones which shipping later this year using Intel's Atom processors and Google's Android platform. Since it is a multi-device partnership, tablets are also part of the agreement. "We are delighted to be partnering with Intel to deliver ...

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    The other day we got wind of T-Mobile's possible next candidate to the line-up, the Samsung Galaxy S Blaze 4G, and the carrier just officially announced the phone, expected to be available later this year. The main feature here is the radio capable of 4G (HSPA+42) speeds, built in basically a housing that is representative of a carrier version for the Galaxy S line. Inside the plastic you'll find a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S3 processor clocking at 1.5GHz, and a Super AMOLED touch screen. Aside from Android being the platform, though not specified which iteration (safe to thing ...

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    While Intel and Motorola Mobility made sure the world found out about their new, multi-year-multi-device partnership to deliver Intel-based Android devices, Chinese phone-maker Lenovo announced the K800, the world's first Intel-based smartphone. The Lenovo K800 brings a 4.5-inch 720p display, a 1.6GHz Intel processor and an eight-megapixel main camera. The Intel chip inside the phone is the Z2460, formerly referred to as the "Medfield", aided by the Intel XMM 6260 platform chip in order to offer support for HSPA+ networks. Android is the platform of choice with Lenovo's own LeOS custom UI ...

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    "Find out what's new and what's next! Join us at our Press Conference at Mobile World Congress for the latest news on our Xperia smartphone portfolio and strategy". That's the wording on the invitations Sony is already sending out, preparing for MWC. While at CES, Sony introduced the 4G LTE Xperia Ion on AT&T, the Xperia S, as well as the Xperia NX and Xperia acro HD for Japan. Make sure Sony will not come empty-handed to MWC, where last year they introduced the Xperia Play, Neo and Pro devices, aside from the European intro of the Arc. We've seen the MT27i smartphone recently tipped as a ...

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    A leaflet circulating in Vegas hinted towards the existence of the world's first quad-core, nVidia Tegra 3-powered smartphone, wearing the Toshiba branding. Turns out the info was right as the company had the phone prototype on display. On display is the proper expression because, as you can see in the image above, the device was showcase behind glass, in a transparent box, safe from the prying hands of everyone. The specs accompanying the device are talking about nVidia Tegra 3 quad-core processor clocked at 1.2GHz, a 4.6-inch "HD-quality" LCD screen, 13-megapixel camera, and LTE ...

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    Last fall, Google added support to Google Maps for indoor spaces. With the CES now underway, the company is reminding its users of that relatively recent addition, and how it can be used to help navigate around labyrinthine conference spaces. While that sounds like a very apt use for the feature, Google neglected to take the time mention an update it just pushed-out to the app, which quietly landed at the Android Market today. If you use Google Latitude features to keep track of where your friends are, you should start seeing a couple of nice improvements, including lower battery ...

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    Last month, we heard a lot out of Intel about its interest in getting back into the smartphone game. While Intel chips saw use in the days of Windows Mobile, the most recent generations of smartphones have favored ARM processors. We heard about a reference design Intel had put together in hopes of attracting manufacturer interest in the platform, and had the opportunity to see a render of the device. With the CES now underway, Intel is showing-off this smartphone effort, giving us out first look at an Intel Android in action. This hardware is never meant for retail shelves, but we're still ...

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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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    So far, we've seen manufacturers at the CES show off Android tablets that have quad-core chips, that feature HD displays, and dock with smartphones. The latest to catch our eye has a few unique hardware features of its own, which together may be able to help it become one of the stand-out tablets for gaming. The highlight of the WikiPad, currently being demonstrated at the CES, is arguably its eight-inch screen with not only an impressive 1080p resolution, but with autostereoscopic abilities, as well. We don't recall seeing anyone else trying to adapt the sort of no-glasses-required 3D ...

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