23
Apr
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You may remember Pixel Qi, an ambitious display maker looking to provide users with brilliant displays that not only save energy, but which are actually readable in sunlight. Since we covered their 7" and 10.1" displays way back in May, the company has continued working, announcing in a blog post yesterday a new display which "matches the resolution of the iPad3 screen, and its full image quality including matching or exceeding contrast, color saturation, the viewing angle, and so forth with massive power savings." In the post, Mary Lou Jepsen, founder of Pixel Qi, goes on to explain the display's special low power mode which "runs at a full 100x power reduction from the peak power consumed by the iPad3 screen."

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Of course, the new display's ratings in the table above are "proposed" and not quite official just yet.

23
Apr
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It seems that DroidDoes.com has a way of outing phones before they're actually announced, and once again, that's the story here. Even though it has since been pulled, Droid Life was able to grab a couple of screenshots of the site as it shows off the newest successor in the Incredible line.

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As you can see, the specs here confirm our earlier leak:

  • 4-Inch qHD Super LCD
  • 1.2GHz dual-core processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB built-in storage, microSD card slot
  • 8MP rear shooter (likely the same as the One X/S), VGA front camera
  • 1700mAh battery
  • 2.4 x 4.8 x 0.46 inches
  • 4.66 ounces
  • Android 4.0 with Sense 4

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One thing that doesn't match up with what our tipster said, though, is the price listed.

23
Apr
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We first heard about the Optimus 3D Max just before Mobile World Congress this year, and LG's newest offering is now beginning its journey to 3D greatness (so LG would hope, anyway). LG made the device official today starting in Europe, with availability in other parts of the world coming soon.

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Specs:

  • 4.3-inch WVGA 3D display with Gorilla Glass
  • 1.2GHz dual-core TI OMAP 4430 processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8GB built-in storage, microSD card slot
  • 2x 5MP rear shooters capable of 3D video and image capture
  • VGA front-facing camera
  • 1,520mAh battery
  • microHDMI port
  • NFC
  • Android 2.3

The phone is said to be both thinner and lighter than its predecessor, while still improving on the glasses-less 3D display of yesteryear.

23
Apr
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Yesterday, Samsung started promoting a cryptic site, tgeltaayehxnx.com, which sported nothing but a countdown due to run out about half an hour ago, at 4am Pacific time. The most observant souls quickly figured out that the domain is an anagram for thenextgalaxy.com, a site registered by the same advertising agency (The Upper Storey) and, to our disappointment, password protected.

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Come 4am, and password protected it is no more, revealing [if you can get through]...

23
Apr
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HTC's One X is hands-down the best smartphone released this year. While the version we're seeing here in the States (on AT&T, to be specific) isn't quite the beast the quad-core version found overseas is, the AT&T variant does pack LTE. Other specs:

  • 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 dual-core CPU (Krait architecture)
  • 4.7" 720p display (1280x720)
  • 16GB memory
  • 1GB RAM
  • 8MP rear shooter, 1.3MP front
  • Full 1080p HD video recording at 60fps
  • 802.11b/g/n
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • Android 4.0.x
  • Sense 4.0

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Thankfully, those cutting-edge specs aren't going to break your budget, either: the phone is now available for pre-order on Amazon Wireless for $150 for both the gray and white models - that's $50 less than you'll pay to get it straight from AT&T.

22
Apr
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The Google Maps team added support for Street View in Israel's major cities this past weekend - Jerusalem, Tel Aviv, and Haifa. If you haven't had a chance to check out Street View yet, it can take you on a virtual stroll down city streets right inside Google Maps - on the web or on your Android device.

For example, to check out Tel Aviv's views, download Street View on Google Maps, head over to Google Maps and punch in "Tel Aviv, Israel." Then click on the city name, Street View, and voila:

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Pan, click, move, show your friends and family - it's especially impressive to those who have never seen Street View in action, which could be the case if, you know, you actually live in Israel.

22
Apr
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Welcome to the week in review - Android Police's weekly news roundup for all things Android and Android Police. Don't like reading? You can catch a lot of these topics on our weekly podcast, here, as well.

Hardware Reviews

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Apr
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Need a new tablet? You're in luck, because the selection just got a little wider today, thanks to new offerings from ASUS and Samsung.

ASUS Transformer Pad 300

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If you're in the market for a nice high-spec-low-price 10.1-inch tablet, then the ASUS Transformer Pad 300 is a hard one to beat. It's packing specs pretty close to the Transformer Prime, but thanks to a slightly lower-quality display and plastic body, comes in at around $150 less than the Prime.

22
Apr
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Not that we assume you've forgotten, but here's a quick reminder for anyone who has been waiting for the HTC One X on AT&T: pre-orders begin today. You'll have to wait until May 6th to get your device, but with that date still two weeks away, you can at least guarantee to have one in-hand on launch day.

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Specs:

  • 4.7-Inch SuperLCD 2 1280x720 display with Gorilla Glass 2
  • 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon Krait processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • LTE
  • 8MP f/2.0 rear shooter with zero shutter lag
  • 1.3MP front camera
  • NFC
  • Android 4.0.x with Sense 4

The device will set you back $199 with a two-year agreement - a rather reasonable price for what could be one of the biggest flagships we've seen this year.

22
Apr
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While we're all waiting around for the Galaxy Note 10.1 to arrive and blow us away with its S-Pen powers on a Photoshop-equipped tablet, Samsung has set a couple new tablets loose on the market. Headlining on price, the Galaxy Tab 2 7.0 competes head-to-head with the Nook Tablet and the Kindle Fire. This tablet's advantage: Android 4.0. At $250, it's the cheapest way to get the full Android experience.

When we first heard about a $250 7" Android tablet, it wasn't from Samsung, but ASUS.

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