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[Weekend Poll] Pick A Phablet Edition: HTC DLX, Samsung Galaxy Note II, Or LG Optimus Vu II?

This is the latest in our Weekend Poll series. For last week's, see Are You Content With Your Phone's Stock Battery Life?

Complain as some people might, smartphones are getting bigger and bigger. Nothing exemplifies that fact more than phablets like the HTC DLX (or other variants, such as the J Butterfly), Samsung Galaxy Note II, and LG Optimus Vu II. Packing 5"+ displays, powerful CPUs, and 2GB of RAM, these phones aren't for your grandmother.

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Blurrycam Shots Leak Of Verizon HTC DLX, Sporting 5" 1080p Display, Quad-Core CPU, And 2GB Of RAM

Last week, HTC announced the J Butterfly, a 5" phone with a monster 1080p display (that's 440ppi) mated to a quad-core CPU and 2 GB of RAM. The announcement made it pretty clear that the J Butterfly wasn't coming to the US, but similar devices certainly weren't out of the question.

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Now, we're seeing blurrycam photos of what's claimed to be Verizon's variant, dubbed the DLX ("Deluxe"). Sure enough, it's apparently packing similar specs: the same 5" 1080p display, a quad-core CPU, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, 8MP rear shooter and 2MP front.

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LG Spectrum ICS 4.0.4 Update (Build VS920ZV7) Rolling Out To Devices Soon

Ah, the poor LG Spectrum. Soon after it was released with mediocre Gingerbread-based software the Samsung Galaxy S III showed up to rain on LG's parade. Well, the Spectrum is getting a big update to Android 4.0.4 that should make owners much happier. Watch out, though. It clocks in at a whopping 384MB.

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Many of the new features will be familiar to users of ICS on other devices, but some of it is part of LG's Android skin.

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Motorola: DROID RAZR, Bionic, Atrix HD And More All Getting Jelly Bean

Motorola has just updated its device update timeline, and a whole bunch of phones have had their Jelly Bean (Android 4.1) updates confirmed. Let's just cut to the chase, here are the device getting Jelly Bean upgrades (US Only), with timing where applicable:

  • RAZR M (before 2013)
  • RAZR HD / MAXX (before 2013)
  • Atrix HD
  • Photon Q
  • Electrify 2
  • RAZR / MAXX
  • DROID 4
  • Bionic
  • XOOM (Wi-Fi and 3G/4G) (Q4 2012)

And that concludes the list.

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Samsung Releases Unity Extension SDK For Galaxy Note S Pen Game Integration

Device-specific hardware tends to get overlooked by the third-party development community, but the S Pen from Samsung's Note phones might be the exception. There are a lot of Note users out there and it has a stylus that's actually worth using. Samsung is now offering game developers a way to better utilize that feature with the Unity Extension SDK, which can be downloaded from Samsung's developer site.

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In case you're not aware, Unity is a 3D game engine that's used by a number of popular titles.

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Internal Staples Document Suggests 8GB Nexus 7 Is Being Discontinued - 16GB Price Drop Imminent?

We just posted some internal photos from Staples showing that the 32GB Nexus 7 is, indeed, making its way into retail stockrooms. And that's exciting. What we didn't show you, though, was one more photo from our intrepid office supply tipster, which contains some rather juicy information regarding the fate of the 8GB version of the Nexus 7. Take a look.

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This is exactly what it appears to be: aisle end cap instructions for the upcoming holiday season.

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The 32GB Nexus 7 Is Already At Staples Stores - Priced At $250? [Pictures]

We already know the 32GB Nexus 7 exists. Some guy actually got one by mistake - in Japan. We've seen it at online stores in the US, online stores in Europe, and even Canada. It is bar-none Google's worst-kept secret ever.

What we have not seen, though, is a 32GB Nexus 7 actually physically in these United States. As of today, we know they're here - at Staples.

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Sony Confirms 2012 Smartphones Will Receive Jelly Bean In 2013, 2011 Devices Are Stuck On ICS

Straight from the horse's mouth is always the best way to hear about updates, even if it's less-than-stellar news. Today, Sony confirmed its schedule for Jelly Bean updates on its line of phones. For starters, the recently-launched Xperia T and Xperia TX will be upgraded "from mid-Q1 2013." This will put the latest and greatest from Sony a solid six months behind Android 4.1's initial launch and, if our guess is correct, at least a few months behind the possible release of Android 4.2.

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LG Nexus 4 Outed (Again) By EVLeaks, Confirms Most Specs And That Godawful Name

The notorious @evleaks Twitter account is at it again, and this time it's showing off specs and an image of the purported LG Nexus 4. There really isn't any new information here, but this lines up with all the previous rumors we've heard over the last several weeks:

  • 4.7" 1280x768 display
  • Quad-core APQ8064 CPU
  • 2GB RAM
  • 8GB/16GB on-board storage
  • 8MP rear shooter, 1.3MP front
  • 2100mAh battery
  • 9.1mm thick
  • Android "JB MR1"

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Given evleaks' previous accuracy, combined with current rumors, it's probably safe to say that this is the real deal.

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MetroPCS Is Getting The Galaxy S III Too, Priced At $499 Without A Contract

When we think of "budget" phones, a $500 Galaxy S III may not be the first thing that comes to mind. However, MetroPCS' usual strategy of having customers buy phones off contract and save money on the service is in full swing here. The device comes with a hefty price tag up front, but pick up the carrier's $50/month plan for unlimited talk, text, and 2.5GB of data, and you're looking at around $1700 over the course of 2 years.

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