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LG Optimus Sol is now official, shines with its Ultra AMOLED display

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LG-Optimus-Sol-is-now-official-shines-with-its-Ultra-AMOLED-displayWell, this didn’t take long. The LG Optimus Sol has been made official by the Korean manufacturer only hours after we took a glimpse at its leaked press shots. We have yet another mid-range smartphone joining the Optimus lineup today packing some decent hardware under its hood and powered by the Android 2.3 Gingerbread operating system.

However, being a mid-range device does not mean that the LG Optimus Sol does not have a few tricks up its sleeve. It is equipped with a so-called Ultra AMOLED display, which is said to have “a two-fold advanced reflection rate compared to standard AMOLED displays” in order to reduce image quality degradation. In plain words, the 3.8-inch WVGA display on the Optimus Sol should be clear and easy to see even in bright and sunny conditions. Another feature that the smartphone brags with is its advanced power management system, which promises to boost the life of its battery by using as little juice as possible when the device is idle.

The LG Optimus Sol gets its processing power from a single-core MSM8255 chipset clocked at 1GHz. There is a 5-megapixel auto-focus camera on its back, and the front-facing shooter can come in handy when you are in the mood for a video chat with your buddies. Being 9.8 millimeters thick means that the Optimus Sol will be hardly noticeable while it is resting in your pocket, and its 7.2Mbps HSPA radio will easily get you hooked up to the 3G airwaves of your carrier of choice.

The LG Optimus Sol is scheduled for release in mid-September when it will be made available throughout Europe. Soon after its debut, the smartphone will be launched in Central and South America as well. Unfortunately, there is still no word regarding its pricing or whether it will ever set foot on US soil.

source: LG

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HTC EVO 3D and Motorola PHOTON 4G $99 at Amazon with free activation until tomorrow

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HTC-EVO-3D-and-Motorola-PHOTON-4G-99-at-Amazon-with-free-activation-until-tomorrowTwo of the best Android handsets money can currently buy in the US – the HTC EVO 3D and the Motorola PHOTON 4G – got lowered to $99 on Amazon for new contracts.

What’s more, until midnight today, your activation fee for Sprint is waived as well, which makes the deal $36 sweeter.

We can’t argue with the phrase that good things come to those who wait, but in this case you might have to wait for the holiday season for these two handsets to become free on contract, so if you have been eying one of them, now might be the time to pull the trigger.

Just a reminder, the HTC EVO 3D is the first 3D-capable Android handset to hit the US shores, carries a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor and a 4.3″ qHD display with true RGB matrix. The Motorola PHOTON 4G, on the other hand, also sports a dual-core chipset and 4.3″ qHD screen, and we found its camera and battery life to be a tad better than the EVO 3D’s.

You can read our extensive comparison between the two Android monsters on Sprint here, and watch the video comparison below.

source: Amazon (HTC EVO 3D) & Amazon (Motorola PHOTON 4G)

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White HTC DROID Incredible 2 launches today at Best Buy

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White-HTC-DROID-Incredible-2-launches-today-at-Best-BuyIf you have been thinking to yourself that you just have to own a white HTC DROID Incredible 2, we can steer you in the right direction. The white version of  the handset is available starting today as an exclusive from Best Buy. You won’t find any changes from the original black version of the phone, even right down to the $149.99 price with a signed 2-year contract.

The HTC DROID Incredible 2 brings you a 4 inch Super-LCD WVGA display with 768MB of RAM. Android 2.2 is on board (you will need to upgrade it to Gingerbread yourself) and the model features dual cameras with an 8MP on the back, capturing video at 720p, and a 1.3MP front-facing shooter for self-portraits and video chat. The phone comes with 16GB of memory that can be expanded to 48GB with as much as a 32GB microSD card.

So if you can’t get that idea of owning a white HTC DROID Incredible 2 out of your mind, you can pop into your local Best Buy and pick up the phone. Unless, of course, you’ve changed your mind at the last moment and decided to use that money to buy a 32GB HP TouchPad. Just saying.

source: AndroidCentral

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Sprint gives you a WiMax Android phone for $100 on contract as the Samsung Conquer 4G launches today

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Sprint-gives-you-a-WiMax-Android-phone-for-100-on-contract-as-the-Samsung-Conquer-4G-launches-todayLooking for a 4G enabled, Android powered phone? You should have no problem as many handsets are in that category. You want to spend just $100? Before this morning, that little tidbit of info might have led to a fit of laughter, but now there is such a phone and it is being launched today by Sprint.

The Samsung Conquer 4G is a WiMax enabled Android handset that you won’t confuse for say, the Samsung Galaxy S II Epic Touch 4G. There is the matter of that 3.5 inch screen with resolution of 320 x 480. And the Qualcomm MSM8655 1GHz single-core processor is so 2010. On the back is a 3.2MP camera that was hot stuff back in the days of the LG Dare. Yet, the Samsung Conquer 4G isn’t totally designed for the Flintstone-era. Android 2.3 is installed and there is a 1.3MP front-facing camera. Of course, with 4G in the name of the phone, the handset is enabled for WiMax coverage. The Swype keyboard comes with the phone right out of the box.
Priced at $99.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate and a signed 2-year contract, the Samsung Conquer 4G appears just in time to give your kid going off to college, or for the first-time smartphone user unsure if he/she can handle all of those widgets and apps. The off-contract price is $399.99. Either way, you are getting Gingerbread and 4G connectivity for only $100. At a time when the price bar for new Android phones has been moved higher than the $199.99 that we have been accustomed to, the Samsung Conquer 4G has a refreshing price tag on the device-as long as you don’t mind some out of date specs.

source: Sprint via AndroidCentral

The Samsung Conquer 4G is now available at Sprint

The Samsung Conquer 4G is now available at Sprint

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Walmart’s Straight Talk to offer Samsung Galaxy Precedent for under $150 with no contract

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Walmarts-Straight-Talk-to-offer-Samsung-Galaxy-Precedent-for-under-150-with-no-contractWalmart’s pre-paid cellular service, Straight Talk, is about to offer an Android device for just $149.88 with no contract. The Samsung Galaxy Precedent looks like it was separated at birth with the Boost Mobile Prevail, even having the same missing flash on the back of the phone. Although the handset is sold separately from the cellular service, it is designed to work on the unlimited deal that Straight Talk is offering customers. For $45 a month, you get unlimited talk, text, web and 411 information.

There is not much information on the phone, and no launch date is mentioned. Those interested can head to the sourcelink and register their email address to get notified when more news comes out. And don’t forget to check out the video below, which shows that the Samsung Galaxy Precedent will have Swype pre-installed. Because Straight Talk is a TracPhone MVNO, and the latter uses the networks belonging to Verizon, AT&T and T-Mobile, we”re not sure if the Samsung Galaxy Precedent is a CDMA or GSM phone. What we are sure of is that taking Walmart up on this offer can help keep your wallet fat and you free of commitment.

source: StraightTalk via Engadget
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Sprint to be first in U.S. with Samsung Galaxy S II, called the Samsung Epic Touch 4G

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Sprint-to-be-first-in-U.S.-with-Samsung-Galaxy-S-II-called-the-Samsung-Epic-Touch-4GInformation received by SprintFeed suggests that the Samsung Galaxy S II, the most awaited non-Apple smartphone in the U.S. for some time, will launch first on Sprint. Previous rumors had the phone making its debut on Verizon. At Sprint, the sizzling hot handset will be known as the Samsung Epic Touch 4G. The Samsung Epic 4G was the carrier’s second 4G enabled handset and the first 4G model to offer a side sliding QWERTY keyboard. With “Touch” as the part of the new phone’s moniker that differentiates it from the prior model, there will be no physical QWERTY on the Epic Touch 4G.

The information also mentioned to expect the phone to launch on September 9th. While that is a Friday, and Sprint usually launches phones on Sunday, that would have meant a launch on the 10 year anniversary of the 9/11 terror attack which would certainly explain the Friday release. As far as T-Mobile is concerned, as we reported, leaked information is pointing to an October 26th launch of its Samsung Galaxy S II variant named the Samsung Hercules.

Unless other information is received that changes things, it looks like Sprint customers will have first crack at the smartphone that has been on everyone’s mind now for months. Those with Sprint accounts better start collecting loose change now because September 9th will be upon us before you know it.

source: SprintFeed via AndroidAuthority

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LG Thrill 4G release date moved to September 4, according to rumors

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LG-Thrill-4G-release-date-moved-to-September-4-according-to-rumorsIf you are among those fans of glasses-free 3D goodness who had August 21 marked in their calendars, we have some disappointing news to share with you. Of course, we are talking about the LG Thrill 4G, AT&T’s version of the LG Optimus 3D, which allegedly was scheduled for release on that very date.

According to a leaked document coming straight from Radio Shack’s internal system, the release date for the LG Thrill 4G is now being pushed to September 4. As a result of this, the retailer will not be accepting pre-orders of the smartphone anymore, and those customers who managed to place one will be contacted and informed about the delay. The document does not point out the exact reason for the Thrill 4G release date to be changed once again, yet it seems like the decision has been taken by AT&T itself.

The release date of the LG Thrill 4G is pushed to September 4, according to this document

The release date of the LG Thrill 4G is pushed to September 4, according to this document

Sure, AT&T never really announced an exact release date for the smartphone and stated only that it is scheduled for a summer release, yet the summer is rapidly coming to an end. Furthermore, we are sure there are plenty of Android enthusiasts out there waiting to get their hands on the LG Thrill 4G for a fresh dose of 3D action. Let’s hope the wait is going to be worth it.
source: Android Central

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October 26th launch date leaks for the HTC Ruby and Samsung Hercules

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October-26th-launch-date-leaks-for-the-HTC-Ruby-and-Samsung-HerculesWe recently told you about two upcoming, high-end devices for T-Mobile. The HTC Ruby and the Samsung Hercules both have the high-end specs that any power user would love to have in his phone. The latter, basically T-Mobile’s version of the sizzling hot Samsung Galaxy S II, offers a 4.5 inch Super AMOLED Plus screen with resolution of 480 x 800. Under the hood is a dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm APQ8060 processor with 1GB of RAM. An 8MP camera on back captures video at 1080p while a front-facing camera takes self-portraits and is useful for video chat. 16GB of storage is on board with a microSD slot that accepts up to 32GB more in storage. It certainly sounds like the Samsung Galaxy S II with a little bigger display.

The HTC Ruby is just as well endowed. A 4.3 inch qHD screen is on the front of the device with a fast 1.5GHz dual-core processor on board. The HTC Ruby is equipped with 1GB of RAM while the rear and front cameras come in at 8MP and 2MP respectively. Video is captured at 1080p. You can see that both handsets wouldn’t back down an inch in a battle between the two. Both will offer 4G connectivity through HSPA+ connectivity and T-Mobile customers updating to a new phone might have to pick one model over the other.

As if to make matters worse for those with T-Mobile accounts, a leaked screenshot of the carrier’s training material shows that both phones are expected to launch on October 26th. Two great handsets with similar high-end specs being released on the same day. Luckily for T-Mobile customers, they still have plenty of time to think it over. Which of these two Superphones would you select? Let us know by responding in the comment box below!

source: TmoNews

According to a leaked T-Mobile training document, both the HTC Ruby and the Samsung Hercules will launch on October 26th

According to a leaked T-Mobile training document, both the HTC Ruby and the Samsung Hercules will launch on October 26th

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Is the Samsung Celox an LTE enabled version of the Galaxy S II?

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Is-the-Samsung-Celox-an-LTE-enabled-version-of-the-Galaxy-S-IILess than a week ago, we reported on a leaked roadmap for Samsung that the Korean based manufacturer later said was not totally correct. But within that roadmap might be some bits of useful information, such as the specs for the GT-I9210. It seems that the numbers match perfectly with some of the specs expected on a rumored model, the Samsung Celox. And if that name sounds familiar to you, it is because a week ago we had mentioned that the Celox appeares to be the LTE enabled version of the Samsung Galaxy S II. Unfortunately for those living Stateside, the 4G radio on the device is tuned to 800MHz which is a frequency used in Europe and not in the U.S. where Verizon uses 700MHz for its LTE service.

Is this the LTE enabled version of the Samsung Galaxy S II?

Is this the LTE enabled version of the Samsung Galaxy S II?

The GT-I9210 listed in the roadmap has a 4.5 inch WVGA screen, 4G connectivity and dual cameras in back and front with resolution respectively of 8MP and 2MP. Sure enough, the Samsung Celox has a 4.5 inch WVGA screen (match #1) and support for LTE (match #2). The rear-facing camera at 8MP and the front-facing shooter at 2MP produce matches 3 and 4. While no processor speed was mentioned on the roadmap, the Samsung Celox will allegedly come to market with a 1.5 dual-core processor.
Right now, it is all conjecture, but where there is smoke there is fire and Samsung might have one burning hot handset with the Samsung Celox. Until we get word that there will be a unit with a 4G radio that carries Verizon’s frequencies, all U.S. cell phone fans can do is stare at the picture and hope that a version of the phone will make it to the States.

source: Naver (translated) via AndroidGuys

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Kyocera trying to increase Echo sales by offering free games

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Kyocera-trying-to-increase-Echo-sales-by-offering-free-gamesIn an attempt to boost sales of their dual-screen wielding, Android-powered Echo smartphone, Kyocera is offering 10,000 free downloads of 12 premium game titles on a first come first serve basis.

Kyocera is currently running a “Summer of Free Apps” campaign. The 12 games that the manufacturer is giving away for the price of zilch are actually quite popular and all normally fall in the $1 to $5 price range. These are the games that are available for free until the 10,000 download plateau is eclipsed:

Burn the Rope, Sonic the Hedgehog, Super Monkey Ball, Colours, Coropata, Crazy Dunker, Cupig, Induced Current, SmackTalk!, Space Wander Landing, Sudoku Master and Transporter.
As of now there are still a handful of downloads remaining for all of you Kyocera Echo owners out there. If you want to download one just head on over to the Top Apps section of the Android Market directly on your device. Tell us what you think of this promotion in the comments below.

source: Electronista

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