January 12, 2012 By: admin
The Sony Ericsson brand might be gone, but we can look forward to some pretty compelling pieces of Sony hardware in 2012. XDA TV was on location at CES 2012 to film some hands-on with the Xperia S, Tablet S, and Tablet P. Click on for the video and check out Sony’s latest and greatest! READ ON »
January 12, 2012 By: admin
The Samsung Galaxy Note has been around for a couple of months now, but soon, those in the US will be able to take home an AT&T variant of the tablet-phone with LTE. Instead of the 1.4GHz dual-core Exynos chip found on the international Note, the AT&T version will ship with a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon CPU. As before, the note has that huge 5.3″ Super AMOLED HD display with 1280×800 resolution. At CES 2012, XDA TV got a demo of the Note. Click on to see the video! READ ON »
The LG Spectrum is a Verizon LTE Android 2.3 smartphone that will see an ICS upgrade in the coming months. It has a dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.5GHz CPU with 1GB of RAM and a 4.5″ full 720p display. XDA TV got some hands on with the lightweight smartphone at CES 2012 and found the display to be quite stunning. Check out the hands-on! READ ON »
January 10, 2012 By: liwen
Just about a year ago, Nokia announced that it would be going with Microsoft’s Windows Phone 7 OS as its operating-system-of-choice going forward. The resulting devices have been quite impressive, with the first being the Lumia 800, now shipping in Europe, and now the Lumia 900, available as the first Windows Phone Mango device with LTE in the coming months on AT&T. XDA TV spent some time with both of these new devices at CES 2012 and found build quality to be top-notch and performance to be impressive thanks to the single-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 1.4GHz CPU with 512MB of RAM. Click on for the video! READ ON »
January 10, 2012 By: admin
For the first time ever, XDA, or more specifically, XDA TV, is at the Consumer Electronics Show in Las Vegas to bring you hands-on coverage of the latest mobile devices that will soon be rooted, hacked, and modified in our forums in the coming months. First up, Azrienoch gets a look at the new Verizon Galaxy Tab 7.7, which has the largest Super AMOLED screen Samsung has ever produced. Then he interviews Jeff Gordon of HTC about the Vivid, Rezound, and Titan II. Click on for the videos! READ ON »
Back in October, we were greeted by news that Sony was set to buy out the remainder of Sony Ericsson for a cool $1.45 billion—a move made with the hopes of delivering better product integration and bolstering patent holdings. Fast forward two-and-a-half months, and now we have our first purely Sony phone since the 2001 merger—and what a phone it is!
The Xperia Ion by Sony will be the first Xperia-branded phone to pack 4G LTE connectivity. The goodness doesn’t stop with network speeds, as the Ion also comes loaded with a 4.6″ Reality display with Bravia technology and a massive 1280 x 720 resolution.
A beautiful screen and fast network mean nothing, however, if there isn’t enough grunt to back it up. Luckily, the Ion packs a Qualcomm Snapdragon S3, which mates the ARM Cortex A8-derived Scorpion CPU with the AMD Adreno 220 GPU. Sound familiar? It should—that’s the same SoC that’s powering the T-Mobile variant of the Galaxy S II, various HTC phones such as the Evo 3D, and even the hacker’s delight HP TouchPad. The memory and storage are equally impressive at 1 GB and 16 GB (expandable via microSD), respectively.
Unfortunately all is not peachy, as the Ion will launch with Android 2.3 Gingerbread rather than the oh-so-sweet Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. This being XDA, we are sure to see plenty of custom ROM ports within hours of release, but it’s always preferable when the OEMs at least pretend to care about what’s best for their customers. Given Sony’s recent track record with ICS updates, however, we remain hopeful that the Ion will officially receive ICS in a timely manner.
Has the Xperia Ion made the short list for your next device upgrade? Let us know in the comments section below!
January 9, 2012 By: Will Verduzco
Pinch me; I must be dreaming! About a week ago, Asus gave word that the Transformer Prime would receive Google’s latest tasty treat on the 12th. In a surprise move, Asus started the Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich roll-out today to lucky device owners worldwide!
Barring strange budget tablets that no one really wants, the Transformer Prime is now the first real tablet to be officially updated to Ice Cream Sandwich. Now this brings up the pressing question as to why the Motorola Xoom—a Google Experience Device and Google’s lead device for Android 3.0 Honeycomb—has not yet been updated. Shame on you, Motorola. Amazing job, Asus!
Now, however, is when the real fun begins. Sit back, grab a cold one, and watch in the Transformer Prime Development Forum as the inevitable flood of Ice Cream Sandwich ROMs appear. Go, go, go!
It’s no secret that Windows Phone 7 hasn’t exactly taken off. Yes, we have a vibrant hacking community in our midst, and the revolutionary Metro interface is nothing short of spectacular; but for some reason or another, the sales figures have simply not kept pace with Google and Apple’s juggernauts. While part of this is due to Microsoft’s late arrival to the modern smartphone OS party, I wager that the lack of a killer flagship device is also holding back the OS. After all, Google has the Nexus line and Apple obviously has its iPhone.
Stephen Elop believes that Nokia can change all this. To that end, Nokia has just launched the Windows Phone 7.5 Mango-powered Lumia 900, which mates a large 4.3″ ClearBlack AMOLED screen with a powerful 1.4 GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S2 processor. In addition, this svelte device will be compatible with AT&T’s nascent 4G LTE network, and will feature a gargantuan 1830 mAh battery to back it up. For those who aren’t lucky enough to live in an area graced by AT&T’s LTE, the Lumia 900 also features HSPA+ connectivity. The camera’s no slouch either, featuring f/2.2 Carl Zeiss optics and a wide-angle 28mm focal length backing up an 8-MP sensor. And of course, all of this is wrapped in a deliciously designed poly-carbonate casing that only Nokia could whip up.
Are you salivating yet? Judging by the sheer awesomeness of its predecessor, the Lumia 800, Nokia’s latest offering brings much needed device lust to the Windows Phone ecosystem.
January 9, 2012 By: liwen
If you’ve been following the LTE-wars, you know that Sprint has decided to diversify beyond WiMax by building a LTE network. Today, Sprint has announced its first two LTE devices, both of which run Android. The first ought to be familiar: the Samsung Galaxy Nexus. It’ll be the same Galaxy Nexus that we already know (with a 1.2GHz TI OMAP CPU, 1GB of RAM, and a 720p S-AMOLED HD display), except that it’ll come pre-loaded with Google Wallet. Then we have the new LG Viper, which will also ship with a 1.2GHz CPU and 1GB of RAM, but a lower-resolution 4″ WVGA Nova display. It also has Google Wallet pre-installed, and thus a NFC chip. The Viper is made from eco-friendly materials, like recycled plastic.
Up until recently, AT&T’s Android offerings have been somewhat lacking compared to the other major American carriers. And while the Samsung Galaxy S II and Galaxy S II Skyrocket have certainly helped close the gap, there’s no denying that other carriers simply pack a stronger punch.
Luckily for Ma Bell customers, AT&T is bolstering its Android arsenal with six new LTE-enabled and Android-packing devices: the Samsung Exhilarate, Samsung Galaxy S II Skyrocket HD, Sony Xperia Ion, Pantech Burst, the Pantech Element tablet, and the Samsung Galaxy Note smartphone/tablet hybrid.
Of most interest, the Galaxy S II Skyrocket HD features a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor and the same 4.65″ HD Super AMOLED screen as the Galaxy Nexus—all while keeping itself slim-and-trim at just 9.279 mm. The Xperia Ion packs a 4.6″ HD display, 12 MP rear-facing camera, and a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor. The Pantech Element, as its name suggests, is a weatherproof tablet for those who take tablet computing to the extreme. The Pantech Burst is a 4.0″ 1.2 GHz dual-core phone, and it marks Pantech’s first truly high end device. The Galaxy Note, already released in Europe, is an HD-packing tablet/phone hybrid with S-pen functionality for easy copy/paste and note-taking. And finally, the Exhilarate boasts a 4″ screen and eco-friendly construction.
Interested in having a look at the new offerings yourself? Sneak a peek courtesy of the official AT&T site (PDF warning). Or, you know—you can eschew technology thanks to the SpareOne we covered earlier if all these new-fangled thing-a-ma-bobs get a bit too overwhelming.