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[IFA 2012] HTC Unveils The Desire X, An Uncompromising Yet 'Affordable' Mid-Range Phone

[IFA 2012] HTC Unveils The Desire X, An Uncompromising Yet 'Affordable' Mid-Range Phone

You may recognize this little guy from previous leaks of the so-called HTC Proto. The device looked very similar to the Desire V and, indeed, HTC's latest announcement is dubbed the Desire X. While it's no One X, the device does pack a dual-core Snapdragon S4. Unfortunately, it's not that one. This is the MSM8225 which still uses a 45nm architecture so it's not nearly as zippy as the S4 we all know and love from other, more high-end phones.

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[Update: It's Back] Verizon Offering $40 Bill Credit For New 4G Phones Activations From Amazon Wireless And Wirefly

[Update: It's Back] Verizon Offering $40 Bill Credit For New 4G Phones Activations From Amazon Wireless And Wirefly

Update 8/29/12: The deal is back (Amazon Wireless, Wirefly), though only until August 30th (tomorrow). Remember, you'll need to activate a new line of service and subscribe to the Share Everything plan to get the $40 bill credit.

Original article from May 2012 follows.

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Verizon, looking to sweeten the deal for anyone ready to grab a new 4G smartphone, has begun a promotion that offers customers a $40 bill credit when buying a new 4G LTE smartphone from either Amazon Wireless or Wirefly.com.

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[IFA 2012] Introducing the Sony Xperia J - An 'Affordable' Smartphone That Manages To Impress

[IFA 2012] Introducing the Sony Xperia J - An 'Affordable' Smartphone That Manages To Impress

Sony's just dropped a batch of bombshells on us today during an IFA press conference. Among the headlining new devices, the Xperia J which is being billed as an affordable smartphone with a "standout screen size." That "standout" size is 4", by the way. We're not entirely sure who Sony thinks they're going to impress with four inches, but the rest of the specs actually seem like a pretty good deal if the price is right.

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Message For You, Sir: The T-Mobile Concord Will Be Available For $99 With Or Without Contract On August 26th

Message For You, Sir: The T-Mobile Concord Will Be Available For $99 With Or Without Contract On August 26th

Let's get the tough stuff out of the way up front. The T-Mobile Concord is manufactured by ZTE, runs Gingerbread, and packs a pretty meager 2MP camera. Don't worry, though. This phone shall not have been mortally wounded in vain. With a price of $99 off contract (with certain plans*) from T-Mobile or Wal-Mart, it doesn't look like too bad of a deal for smartphone users on a tight budget.

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MetroPCS To Launch Samsung Galaxy S Lightray 4G, Still Comes With Gingerbread For $459

MetroPCS To Launch Samsung Galaxy S Lightray 4G, Still Comes With Gingerbread For $459

Today, MetroPCS announced yet another addition to its stable of prepaid Android smartphones. One of the pricier off-contract handsets, the device retails for $459. So, what do you get for a significant portion of your rent for the month? Well, for a Metro PCS phone, it's actually a pretty decent spec list:

  • 4.3" Super AMOLED display
  • 1Ghz processor
  • 8MP rear-facing camera w/ flash
  • 1.3MP front-facing camera
  • LTE
  • 32GB of "external memory"*

*Note: It's a little unclear what they mean by "32GB of external memory."

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Samsung Grabs Trademarks For A Bevy Of New Smartphones Including Galaxy Forge, Victory, And Wield

Samsung Grabs Trademarks For A Bevy Of New Smartphones Including Galaxy Forge, Victory, And Wield

Samsung - staying true to form - went on a trademark-filing rampage recently, snatching up trademarks for six new devices, described in the documents only as "Mobile telephones; Smartphones."

The newly-trademarked device names include Lunge (SN 85621870), Galaxy Forge (SN 8561866), Galaxy Wield (SN 85621864), Galaxy Mission (SN 85621859), Galaxy Rivet (SN 85621854), and the Galaxy Victory (SN 85621853).

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Considering these are just trademark filings, there's no way of knowing when (if ever) we may see smartphones with these names, or what the devices will be like.

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Samsung Files Trademarks For 3 New Galaxy Smartphones: Sire, Lift, And Perx

Samsung Files Trademarks For 3 New Galaxy Smartphones: Sire, Lift, And Perx

The folks over at Fusible have discovered that Samsung has filed a trademark with the US PTO for three new names: Galaxy Sire, Galaxy Perx, and Galaxy Lift. While we don't have any details yet, we do know that we're looking at phones and not tablets - the trademarks were filed under the "Mobile phones; Smartphones" category.

Given the names, I'd guess we're looking at carrier-branded versions of the same device.

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LG Announces Optimus 3D Max/Cube: 1.2GHz Dual-Core, 16GB Of Storage, And 3D Video Editing - Coming To Korea In March, Europe Later

LG Announces Optimus 3D Max/Cube: 1.2GHz Dual-Core, 16GB Of Storage, And 3D Video Editing - Coming To Korea In March, Europe Later

Mobile World Congress is just around the corner, and it looks like LG is trying to make a splash before the stampede of news and new devices come flowing out during the show. Yesterday they announced three new phones, and today, a fourth: the Optimus 3D Max (or Optimus 3D Cube if you're in Korea).

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The spec sheet, while not lackluster, isn't exactly inspired in light of the quad-core Tegra 3 devices we'll see during the show:

Key Specifications:

  • Chipset: 1.2GHz Dual-Core processor (OMAP4430)
  • Display: 4.3-inch 3D WVGA Display with Corning® Gorilla® Glass 2
  • Memory: 8GB Internal Storage, 1GB Internal Memory
  • Camera: 5MP Dual-lens
  • OS: Android 2.3 Gingerbread, Android 4.0 (ICS) update "shortly after launch"
  • Battery: 1,520 mAh
  • Others: HSPA+ 21Mbps, HDMI connection 2D/3D TV/monitor up to 1080p via MHL,
    DNLA for wireless connection with TV/PC (3D video also supported),
    NFC Full Support, LG Tag+

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The phone checks in at 9.6mm thin and 148 grams.

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LG Spectrum Now Available On Verizon Wireless' 4G LTE Network - 4.5-Inch 720p Display And 1.5GHz Dual-Core Processor For $200 On Contract

LG Spectrum Now Available On Verizon Wireless' 4G LTE Network - 4.5-Inch 720p Display And 1.5GHz Dual-Core Processor For $200 On Contract

Just last week, LG revealed the Spectrum, an impressive new flagship phone for Verizon. A glance at the spec sheet showed some impressive numbers on paper, and we went hands-on during CES and came away impressed. The essential specs:

  • 4.5″ True HD IPS display (1280x720 at 329DPI), protected by Gorilla Glass
  • 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S3 processor
  • 8MP rear camera, shoots 1080p video, 1.3MP front camera
  • 1GB of RAM
  • 4GB of on-board storage, 16GB micro SD card pre-installed
  • 4G LTE
  • Android 2.3.5 (Android 4.0 update promised)
  • 1830mAh battery (optional 3000mAh extended battery available at launch)
  • Dimensions:  5.33″ x 2.71″ x .41″
  • Weight: 4.99 oz.
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