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Samsung Announces The Galaxy S III Mini, Same Nature-Inspired Design In A 4" Display

We were expecting this, but today Samsung took the wraps off of the Galaxy S III Mini, though, as Cameron pointed out yesterday, this isn't the same beast of a phone in a tinier display. Packing an unnamed  dual-core 1GHz processor, 1GB of RAM, an 800x480 Super AMOLED display, and a 5MP rear shooter, this device is designed to fit in a mid-range slot on carriers' lineups.

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Here's a full spec list:

  • 4" WVGA Super AMOLED Display
  • 1GHz dual-core processor
  • 1GB RAM
  • 5MP rear shooter
  • 8 or 16GB built-in storage, microSD card slot
  • NFC
  • 1,500mAh battery
  • Android 4.1
  • HSPA 14.4/5.76 900/1900/2100 and EDGE/GPRS 850/900/1800/1900

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Samsung hasn't shared any details on pricing or availability yet.

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DROID RAZR HD And RAZR MAXX HD Will Arrive On Verizon October 18th, For $199 And $299 On Contract Respectively

We've already seen the RAZR M land on the nation's largest carrier. Now, Verizon is adding the other two RAZRs we knew were coming. The DROID RAZR HD and the DROID RAZR MAXX HD, apart from single-handedly breathing new life into my caps lock key, will be arriving on October 18th. The former will run you $199 on a new two-year contract. If you're looking for some extra battery life from your kevlar-coated phone, the MAXX version will sport a hefty $299 price tag.

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For those who missed it, here are the specs of the two devices:

DROID RAZR HD / MAXX Specs

  • 4.7" SAMOLED HD 720p display with Gorilla Glass
  • 1.5GHz dual-core processor (most likely MSM8960 Snapdragon)
  • Android 4.0.4
  • Verizon 4G LTE
  • 1GB RAM
  • Bluetooth 4.0
  • 16GB (12GB usable) internal storage for HD, 32GB (26GB usable) for MAXX HD
  • 8MP rear camera, 1.3MP front camera
  • microSD slot
  • 2500mAh battery for RAZR HD, 3300mAh for MAXX HD (21 hours talk time, 10 hours video streaming, 27 hours music steaming)
  • NFC-enabled (no mention of Wallet)

The little brother, RAZR HD, will come in both black and white options and have only 16GB of internal storage.

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Samsung's Galaxy Camera Is Officially Coming To AT&T At Some Time For Some Price

The Galaxy Camera, which Samsung initially unveiled in Berlin back in August, is now confirmed to be on its way to AT&T. Unfortunately, the carrier hasn't offered up any details on when it will arrive or how much it will cost. The camera is no slouch, with a 4.7" 308ppi display, a quad-core processor, 4G connectivity, and, of course, a giant camera. That kind of hardware doesn't come cheap.

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There's also the issue of data plan connectivity. Presumably, you could buy this without a plan and just use it on WiFi, but then what's the point of those fancy 4 gees?

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[Update: It's Live!] Pantech Burst Will Be Upgraded To Ice Cream Sandwich Via Pantech's Site On September 27th

PantechUSA announced via Twitter this morning that its Burst budget phone will finally be receiving an Ice Cream Sandwich upgrade, in a little less than a week. Curiously, it won't be available over the air. Details haven't been released yet, but the update will be made available on the company's website here.

We should hear more about how the download will be doled out as the date gets closer and, hopefully, some more information on what the update will bring.

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HTC Unveils The One X+ With Sense 4+, Jelly Bean, Tegra 3 With LTE, And Improved Specs

The worst kept secret in HTC's recent history, the One X+, was finally officially announced this morning by the Taiwanese manufacturer. Let's take a closer look at what has changed.

Hardware

The updated One X variant features:

  • A beefier Cortex-A9 NVIDIA Tegra 3 AP37 processor running at 1.7GHz (up from 1.5GHz)
  • ULP GeForce NVIDIA GPU, running at 520MHz (up from 416MHz)
  • 64GB of internal storage (up from 32GB)
  • 2100mAh battery (up from 1800mAh), which HTC says may give you up to 6 hours of extra talk time
  • 1.6MP front-facing camera (up from 1.3MP)
  • Android 4.1 Jelly Bean
  • Sense 4+
  • 135g - slightly heavier but only by 5 grams (up from 130g)

The rest of the specs remain the same, including a 4.7" 1280x720 display, 1GB of RAM (a real bummer considering Samsung's and LG's latest offerings contain and really benefit from double that), Beats Audio, and an 8MP rear-facing camera.

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LG Makes The Optimus Vu II Official – 2GB RAM, Bigger Battery On Board

The LG Optimus Vu, which launched on Verizon as the LG Intuition with Verizon earlier this month, was undoubtedly a strange device. Taking a page from Samsung's – ahem – note book, LG created the Vu for the phablet market, but decided to go with a somewhat awkward 4:3 aspect ratio, adding to the device's laundry list of quirks.

Well, the Korean manufacturer has just officially announced the Vu's successor – the Optimus Vu II. While it's a bit surprising to see a follow-up on the Vu this soon, the device looks alright on paper, and offers a few key spec improvements over its older counterpart.

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Didn't Catch The Motorola/Intel RAZR i Event? Watch It Now On YouTube

There's a good chance that the bulk of you completely missed the RAZR i announcement. Why? Because it was held in London and happened in the middle of the night for those of us in the US. Never fear, though, if you simply must see Moto talk up the RAZR i and all of its 2GHz glory, the full event is now available for streaming on YouTube.

Enough chatter - hit play to watch the magic.

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ASUS Sends Out Save The Date For Padfone 2, Will Be Announced On October 16th In Milan, Italy And Taipei, Taiwan

Looks like ASUS is gearing up to announce the second iteration of its Turducken phone, the Padfone. A save the date for October 16th was sent out this morning to numerous Italian blogs, highlighting a dual-announcement - one in Milan, Italy, and another in Taipei, Taiwan, which is where ASUS is headquartered.

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We haven't heard much about this updated phone-in-a-tablet-in-a-laptop before now, but rumor has it that a quad-core processor should be powering the device this go around.

Other than that, there are literally zero details about this next-gen phone/tablet/laptop hybrid, but we'll get all the goods soon enough.

[Notebook Italia, AndroidWorld.it]

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Acer Reportedly Cancels Announcement Of Aliyun-Powered Smartphone Following Google Warning, Says Alibaba

Earlier this evening, Nasdaq reported that Taiwanese manufacturer Acer decided to cancel a press conference scheduled for Thursday, which would have seen the announcement of Acer's CloudMobile A800.

The smartphone, which would have been unveiled in Shanghai, was set to run on Aliyun, a mobile OS developed by a Chinese Internet firm called Alibaba Group, the largest internet firm in China by transactions. Acer indicated that the press conference was canceled after Google, according to Nasdaq, "expressed concerns about the smartphone."

An anonymous official at Acer commented that "Acer will continue to communicate with Google and the company still wants to launch the new smartphone based on Alibaba software."

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Eric Schmidt Reveals New Activation Numbers – 1.3 Million Android Devices Activated Each Day

Eric Schmidt has just left the stage at Motorola's "On Display" event in New York. Before leaving, though, he divulged some interesting new Android-related numbers.

First among them was the latest figure for "activations per day," which tracks the total number of new Android devices activated each and every day. You may remember Andy Rubin revealing that number to be around 900,000 while quashing rumors back in June, but according to Schmidt, the total number of daily activations has now topped 1.3 million. That's 1,300,000 – an undoubtedly impressive number.

Out of that 1.3 million devices per day, Schmidt noted that 70,000 were tablets.

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