Earlier today we reported that the Samsung Hercules appears to be the Samsung Galaxy S II variant for T-Mobile. But two more Android handsets seemingly set to join the lineup of the nation’s fourth largest carrier were both uncovered today. The ironically named LG Flip II is not a flip phone, but offers a side sliding QWERTY keyboard that is divided in two by a secondary display. It is not clear what the secondary display does in terms of functionality, and with specs for the phone fairly scarce, it is uncertain which build of Android will be on the model. Speculation centers on a September 14th launch.
The HTC Ruby is another Android model coming to T-Mobile. Lack of a genius button tells us that this will not be a ‘myTouch’ model. Without any hint of what the specs will be, we can’t file this as being a low-end or high-end model. Originally known also as the HTC Arrive, the Ruby actually started life as a Windows Phone 7 model as we reported back in January. Last month, leaked photos allowed us to say that the phone has a camera with dual LED flash and a 3.5mm audio jack, not the most important specs that you need to know about when picking a handset to buy. Four days later, we were able to tell you that the HTC Ruby is an Android flavored model. Unfortunately, that is where things still remain.
It is hard for T-Mobile customers to concentrate on anything right now besides the Samsung Hercules. And while the LG Flip II does have that unique screen that cuts the slide out landscape QWERTY in half, it will take more than a unique design to upstage the Samsung Galaxy S II. And as far as the HTC Ruby is concerned, it could be anything from a low-end budget special to a high-end Superphone. Right now it is Hercules who will be doing the heavy lifting for the carrier.
T-Mobile customers have gone from being pitied to being envied. When word first broke that the Samsung Galaxy S II was coming to the States, it at first appeared as though all of the top four carriers were covered except for T-Mobile. Now it appears that the nation’s fourth largest carrier could be getting the biggest and best prize of them all with a variant of the Galaxy S II called the Samsung Hercules. While we had questioned whether or not the Hercules would be the Samsung Galaxy S II for T-Mobile, a picture of the back of the unit with both T-Mobile and Samsung Galaxy S II branding would seem to confirm that both models are one and the same.
What makes T-Mobile customers smile is the larger 4.5 inch display on the Hercules. Touchwiz is running over Android and a source for Tmo News says that not only is the phone “fast, fast and fast”, the calendar, messaging and email apps are “amazing” and beat what is available on stock Android. Those who love to use their handsets for streaming movies will be happy to know that Netflix is pre-installed and apparently is working great.
So instead of feeling sorry for T-Mobile customers, you might end up envious of them, although to be fair, we haven’t really seen what the other carriers’ version of the Samsung Galaxy S II will look like completely.
As of last night, there were three major questions left pertaining to the Motorola DROID Bionic. What we didn’t yet know about this eagerly awaited smartphone was the official launch date, the price of the phone and the size of the screen. But after FCC documents leaked the DROID Bionic’s user manual, we can not only scratch that last question off the list, we can even add some new information about the phone.
According to the user manual, the Motorola DROID Bionic will be rolling out with a 4.3 inch qHD display, not the 4.5 inches that some had extrapolated from leaked photographs of the handset. Furthermore, the manual seems to indicate that the DROID Bionic will be a World Phone. There is a section of the manual that discusses World Phone GSM functions. This would make the device the first CDMA/LTE/GSM smartphone which could be quite stressful to the battery. As an LTE device, the DROID Bionic was going to need a SIM card anyway, so why not add that GSM radio for roaming?
Also discovered in the leaked material is the micro-HDMI port, right under the micro USB port. Now all we need is an official launch date from Verizon and the price. After we get that information, it will be just a matter of will power to keep that Verizon upgrade in your pocket until the Motorola DROID Bionic can be purchased at last.
Just adding a couple of more pictures from the FCC documents
Want the Samsung Galaxy S II so badly that you can’t wait for it to be offered by your carrier? Well, if you are an AT&T or T-Mobile customer and don’t mind spending the money, an unlocked version of the phone offered right now by Newegg will let you use the pipelines belonging to the two GSM mobile operators (although AT&T users will have 3G only). The unit, available from the retailer for $649.99, has quad-band GSM (850 / 900 / 1800 / 1900) and quad-band UMTS (850 / 900 / 1900 / 2100) connectivity. And for those Canadians who don’t want to buy the phone from Virgin Mobile or Bell, Newegg Canada is offering an unlocked model for the same price.
Besides having to pay an unsubsidized price for the phone, you could also be missing out on certain design changes. For example, as we reported, the Samsung Hercules is expected to come to T-Mobile and there is speculation that the phone-with its larger 4.5 inch display-is a variant of the Samsung Galaxy S II for the nation’s fourth largest carrier.
We recently told you that speculation was centering on Verizon becoming the first carrier to offer the Samsung Galaxy S II with a possible August 12th launch date. With that day increasingly becoming more unlikely for the release of this summer’s hottest smartphone, the most likely scenario now is a September launch. And don’t forget, the recently leaked Verizon roadmap mentioned a September launch of the Samsung Stratosphere, a phone with specs that exactly match those of the Galaxy S II.
At a concert Thursday night sponsored by Samsung and Telus, the Samsung Hercules was spotted. Actually, with its 4.5 inch WVGA Super AMOLED screen, it’s not hard to spot what is rumored to be the Samsung Galaxy S II variant for both T-Mobile and Telus. Launching with a dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm APQ8060 processor and with 1GB of RAM on board, the phone is appropriately named.
An 8MP camera on back captures video at 1080p and a 2MP front facing camera takes self-portraits and can be used for video chat. 16GB of storage can be expanded to as much as 48GB with a microSD card and the phone is NFC enabled. Android 2.3 is pre-installed. As both T-Mobile and Telus have different 3G bands, the Samsung Hercules is expected to be rolled out with T-Mobile’s AWS bands along with the more “standard” 850/1900MHz frequencies. All Telus will have to do is take an eraser to the T-Mobile name and write “Telus” over the empty space.
With a late September launch penciled in for the Samsung Hercules, it’s interesting that the carrier that at first seemed to be left out of the Samsung Galaxy S II sweepstakes in the States, might end up with a variant pushing some of the highest of high-end specs. For example, as we reported, the Hercules is expected to have 42Mbps connectivity.
As we told you about a week ago, an increasing number of T-Mobile G2 smartphones are affected by power management problems. Reportedly, some unlucky G2 owners are witnessing their device’s battery being drained in a matter of hours irregardless of whether the smartphone is in use or in standby mode.
Fortunately, T-Mobile is already working hard on resolving the issue, and you are also invited to provide your feedback, if you wish. On its support web page, the carrier has started a thread where users are free to describe the symptoms that their T-Mobile G2 is experiencing in an effort to provide a solution in the shortest time possible.
Reading through the posts we noticed that switching the smartphone to 2G-only mode has worked for some G2 owners. Unfortunately, that doesn’t seem to be neither a universal nor a practical solution. Others say that it was the G2’s recent Gingerbread update is to blame, yet the majority of users confirm that they have been having battery problems even before the new software version rolled out.
If you are a T-Mobile G2 owner yourself, feel free to hit the source link below and help getting that problem solved soon.
There is no doubt that the Motorola XT531 Android 2.3 Gingerbread phone is cute as a button, which begs the question why it won’t be seeing the shelves in the US.
Its affordable nature is going to Europe, under the moniker Motorola Fire XT (no associations with eXTinguisher, please), and to Latin America as the Motorola Spice XT some time this fall.
We guess that leaves the uninspiring XT531 name for China, where the handset will be available as soon as this month. Buyers in Hong Kong and Taiwan will have access to Motorola’s SHOP4APPS service, besides Android Market.
Motorola XT531 carries a 3.5″ display, 5MP camera with flash, 800MHz processor and 512MB of RAM, with all the requisite connectivity options and a microSD expansion slot. Special attention has been paid to the battery, which is the generous 1540mAh, promising eight hours of talk time out of the handset, and 28 days of standby, even with 3G left on.
Another point for the phone is that it will have a dual-SIM version in certain Asian markets, where this feature is extremely popular.
If you are one of those brave souls that are always poking around your phone despite that the warranty period just started, you might have gotten unlucky with the Motorola PHOTON 4G and hard-bricked the device, trying to go above and beyond what its creator and carrier intended.
Fortunately, if your Motorola PHOTON 4G had been lying at the bottom of your drawer after unsuccessful attempt to root or apply some other voodoo on it, now XDA-Devs have a solution.
A System Boot File (SBF) leaked on a thread in the forum, and the process to apply it to your comatose device is fairly straightforward, considering some others we’ve come across with. The Motorola PHOTON 4G (gently referred to as MoPho on XDA-Devs) will require activation again after the SBF is applied
Working through the SBF will restore your phone and, naturally, you will lose that root you’ve applied, but you can solve this problem afterwards.
Set to enrich Verizon’s Android portfolio on August 25, the LG Enlighten leaked on the manufacturer’s corporate site, complete with a physical slide-out QWERTY keyboard.
While the handset’s specs are nothing to write home about, at 800MHz processor and 3.2″ LCD touchscreen with 320×480 pixels, it is sure to come at a very affordable price point, and runs the newest Android 2.3 Gingerbread to boot.
The 3.2MP camera on the back shoots video at VGA resolution, the phone has 150MB of internal memory plus a microSD card slot, weighs 5.54 ounces and… that’s about it. Good thing is that all the connectivity options are here, like 3G, Wi-Fi and Bluetooth, and the LG Enlighten has a generous 1500mAh battery, rated for six hours of talk time.
Even though we recently reported about the September 8th launch date for the Motorola DROID Bionic, ever since Motorola sent the phone back to the plant to be re-designed, we never really had a firm idea of what the phone would look like. But DroidLife has obtained some pictures said to be that of the much awaited device and now we have a much clearer idea of what every Verizon customer with an upgrade in his pocket is waiting for.
The back consists of the soft touch material that you can find on the back of the Motorola DROID 3. The hump on the device that is near the top of the device on the DROID X and DROID X2 is more in the middle of the phone instead of being by the camera’s housing. This could be for the 4G chip. Compared to the Samsung DROID Charge, the Motorola DROID Bionic is bigger with a squared-off design as opposed to the former’s rounded corners. The difference in size could mean that the DROID Bionic will present with a 4.5 inch qHD display, and how glorious would that be?
Verizon’s first dual-core LTE enabled device is just a tad more than a month away, and for those who just can’t wait, just keep looking at the pictures. As we move closer to launch, we are sure that there will be some more photographs of the device that many thought would never get here.
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