Last night we reported about leaked specs for the HTC Flyer. The first of three expected tablets coming from the Taiwanese based firm is obviously a challenger to the Samsung Galaxy Tab with a similar 7 inch tablet and resolution of 1024 x 600. These and other specifications that we told you about have now been confirmed by a new tipster in contact with Amobil, the source for our story last night.
Not only has this new tipster seconded the numbers passed along yesterday, he has also filled in some of the gaps that were missing. For example, it now appears that the tablet will be launched with Android 2.3 aboard. There is no word on whether or not there will be an upgrade to Honeycomb, but it seems that getting the Flyer out fast was more important to HTC than waiting for Android 3.0 to be ready for the manufacturer’s use. Without a OS optimized for tablets, HTC has added a version of its Sense UI which is supposed to help Android 2.3 work better on a bigger screen rather than on a phone.
Other specs missing from Monday night’s story that we can now fill in include the 4GB ROM and 1 GB RAM that will be under the Flyer’s hood. The battery is supposed to be a very powerful cell and while the display is capacitive, the tablet will come with a stylus.
Speculation on the release of the HTC Flyer centers on the March/April time period and no pricing information has been revealed.
T-Mobile USA has sent out a tweet giving those looking to buy the Samsung Vibrant a huge price break. Until Wednesday evening at 10pm PST, the Android flavored handset is free when purchased online. You do have to sign a two year contract, or add a new line to a current T-Mobile account.
Last week, the carrier sliced the price of the T-Mobile G2 to zero for a limited amount of time as we reported, so this seems to be a promotion that T-Mobile has decided to use to stimulate sales. With some pricey new tablets heading to market soon, and handsets with costly accessories about to be released, it’s refreshing to hear about some price cuts-even if it is just for a limited time.
Since there are going to be some highly touted competition looming in the near future for T-Mobile, the carrier appears to be ready to give yet another price drop to their version of the Samsung Galaxy Tab.
Naturally, it definitely makes some sense seeing that models like the Dell Streak 7, LG’s T-Mobile G-Slate, and a potential Samsung Galaxy Tab 2 are all on the horizon, the additional price break is going to be much needed for the Tab. Based on a leaked internal document, Big Magenta is planning to drop the price of the Samsung Galaxy Tab from its current $299.99 on-contract pricing to $249.99 starting on January 26th – with its no-contract price set to $499.99. Soon enough, we might see it break through the under $200 threshold and could seemingly be an attractive option against the competition.
Although it’s still regarded as being relatively new device, we’d imagine early adopters are biting their lips after seeing its price tag drop so suddenly time after time.
UK consumers are in for a special treat since they’ll be the first ones to take part in pre-orders for the upcoming Sony Ericsson Xperia arc which impressed many people in attendance during CES 2011.
This highly anticipated Android 2.3 Gingerbread smartphone is already making waves, but even more when it’s expected to come to market in the near future – as opposed to the lengthy wait times we’ve seen in the past for other Sony Ericsson Xperia models. You can pick up a pre-order for what appears to be the Midnight Blue Xperia arc model for the price of £459.99 ($728) – which is undoubtedly at the upper echelon of the price category for most people. However, it’s actually for the SIM-free version of the handset which will enable you to use it on just about any mobile network around the world.
Additionally, we see that the pre-order post mentions that April 1st will be the day when the handset is released. With that date, it clearly places it within the time frame of early Q2 which is astonishing considering that the smartphone was just recently unveiled during CES 2011.
If you’ve recently installed the DL09 over-the-air update for the Samsung Fascinate and had to get in touch with emergency services, you’re probably taken back by the handset’s inability to dial 911 after pressing the emergency call button on the pattern unlock screen.
Samsung came out to inform users about this nasty bug that can hinder you from getting a quicker response in calling 911 in the event of an emergency. Granted that you can still punch in your pattern unlock and launch the dialer to call 911, it clearly requires a little bit more time than just hitting that emergency call button on the unlock screen.
If for some odd reason you think that you’ll need to get in touch with emergency services in the near future, you may want to disable the pattern unlock feature until Samsung works out a bug fix for it.
via Android Central
Earlier in the day, we contemplated at what LG has in store for MWC 2011 after they sent us an invitation showing the subtle outlines of what appears to be an upcoming phone along with the caption of “into the new dimension.”
Now we’re beginning to place the pieces of the puzzle together after The Phone House jumped the gun and posted a new coming-soon page for a device going by the name of the LG Optimus 3D. Taking that into consideration and the “into the new dimension” caption plastered on their MWC 2011 invitation, it clearly hints to the notion of some 3D-capable smartphone. Although the image used on the coming-soon page is none other than the existing LG Optimus One, it nonetheless points to the telling tale that a 3D-equipped smartphone is in store for the European market.
It’s hard to fathom what technology they’ll be implementing with this device, but some speculate it to be similar to the auto-stereoscopic display that’s used with the upcoming Nintendo 3DS – which indicates that it won’t require 3D glasses. All in all, we’re fairly certain that there are going to be some people out there waiting to jump into the next dimension with 3D displays on smartphones.
Strictly unofficial, but very tempting information has appeared about the Motorola ATRIX 4G, which is expected to be released first in Best Buy. “The atrix is coming out before the samsung and htc 4g phones announced at ces on att [sic],” a member of the Android Central community who claims to work at Best Buy spilled beans about the upcoming ATRIX 4G.
The information allegedly came from a visiting AT&T district representative, who added that the dual-core ATRIX 4G is coming out earlier than expected and the latest rumor projected an early release on March 1st. Sammy unveiled the Samsung Infuse 4G for AT&T and the Samsung 4G LTE smartphone for Verizon, while HTC had the Verizon-bound HTC ThunderBolt and AT&T-headed HTC Inspire 4G unveiled.
The rumor goes on to state there will be no changes in data pricing on AT&T so far. Pricing however might change as the carrier is expected to start rolling out its LTE network in mid-2011.
The ATRIX 4G is currently the most powerful of all upcoming “superphones” with 1GB of DDR2 RAM working along the dual-core processor. With a strong fourth quarter and bright prospects, it might just turn out that AT&T has surpassed Verizon in terms of customers. Stay tuned as the earnings results for Verizon are expected later today and AT&T is announcing their results in just two days.
source: Android Central
South Korea was the first to get a dual-core phone with yesterday’s launch of the LG Optimus 2X. And while the western hemisphere will still have to wait, LG just confirmed that Europe will get a white version of the phone when it arrives in February.
“World’s first dual-core smartphone – LG Optimus 2X – now available in Korea, white version coming in Feb,” LG’s head of marketing Ken Hong said on Flickr. White is the new black, as marketing specialists would probably put it, especially after the unsuccessful and still rumored about launch of the white iPhone 4. Some of the latest smartphones in white include select Galaxy S phones, a part of Sony Ericsson’s XPERIA lineup and a white version of the BlackBerry Bold .
Just how successful would the Optimus 2X be depends a lot on its timing, but a white version would certainly appeal to the aesthetes among us. Its major competitors – the Motorola DROID BIONIC for Verizon and the Motorola ATRIX 4G with its unique laptop dock for AT&T are due as soon as March.
LG markets the Optimus 2X with ‘the power of two’ slogan
It has been a while since any news regarding the supposed upcoming Verizon handset the HTC Merge made the news, but now it seems there is a possibility the Android-powered device is heading to Alltel as well.
To be honest, the evidence isn’t the most solid you are going to run into. There is a photo floating around of the aforementioned HTC Merge minus the Verizon branding, but with an Alltel logo gracing the phones background.
We could take an iPhone and throw an Alltel logo on the background and make the same statement if we wanted. However, given that this device seems to have been forgotten about by Verizon, it is possible that there are other carriers ready to offer it.
Like we said, the evidence isn’t concrete but given the lack of news about this phone since it made a guest appearance on Verizon’s webpage, all things are possible. Alltel could very well be getting the HTC Merge, maybe even before Verizon. Take this photo with a grain of salt, and tell us what you think in the comments below.
We recently reported that HTC is planning on releasing a trio of tablets with the first one, the HTC Flyer, expected to be launched in March. The gang at Amobil have found the leaked specs for the tablet which will be rolled out with a 7 inch screen featuring 1024 x 600 resolution which matches that belonging to the Samsung Galaxy Tab. No dual-core action here as the Flyer will have the Qualcomm MSM8255 Snapdragon processor aboard. This is the same chip used in the HTC Desire HD.
Not only is there an HDMI port on the tablet, but it is also DLNA enabled for wireless streaming of video and music. A 5MP camera is on the rear with facial recognition and LED flash. A 1.3 front facing camera will work together with the preinstalled version of Skype to allow you to make/receive video calls. The tablet will feature HSPA connectivity.
The HTC Flyer was running Android 2.3 at the time the specs were received. Since then, Gingerbread has been introduced as the tablet optimized OS for Android which means that the device could be launched with Android 3.0 under the hood. The tablet is expected to have a new, re-worked version of Sense which has what is being called a “desk-top” feel to it.
As we noted, HTC is expected to offer three tablets. The Flyer is the first and the second one is allegedly going to be a 10 inch model that is supposed to compete with the Apple iPad and have LTE connectivity. This tablet should hit the market in the second half of this year. There is no word on what tablet #3 will be like.