Category: 4G / LTE

Purple Galaxy S IV Comes To Sprint

Purple Galaxy S4

Sprint is adding some color to their Galaxy S IV line-up with “Purple Mirage”. Currently Sprint has the Galaxy S IV available in Black Mist and White Frost.

The Galaxy S IV in Purple Mirage will cost $199.99 with a new qualifying agreement. The Galaxy S IV is powered by Android 4.2.2 (Jelly Bean) and has a 5-inch full HD Super AMOLED display.

Other features include:

  • 1.9 GHz quad-core processor
  • 13 megapixel rear-facing camera
  • 2 megapixel front-facing camera
  • 16 GB internal memory (9GB available)
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • 2,600 mAh Lithium Ion Battery

It’s nice to see Sprint adding a little color to their line-up, if you’re interested in getting your hands on the “Purple Mirage” Galaxy S IV head to Sprint store near you or check it out on line at www.Sprint.com.

 

HTC One Available On Sprint And AT&T Starting April 19th

HTC One

AT&T and Sprint have both announced they will be offering the HTC One on April 19th. The HTC flagship handset will be available with 32 GB of internal storage on both carriers for $199.99 with a new two-year qualifying agreement.

AT&T will also be offering a 64 GB version of the HTC One for $299.99.

HTC One 2

The HTC One has a 4.7 inch LCD display, 1.7 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, running Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean), 2 GB of RAM, 4 megapixel (UltraPixel) rear camera, 2.1 megapixel front-facing camera and a 2,300 mAh battery.

The HTC One will be available for pre-orders through AT&T on Thursday, April 4th and on Sprint, Friday, April 5th.

You can follow the links below to sign-up to be notified when the pre-order pages launch.

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T-Mobile Announces iPhone 5 and New Plans

TMO Homepage

This morning T-Mobile held their Un-Carrier Event, but before things took off the carrier started flipping on their 4G / LTE network in 7 major cities before the official announcement.

T-Mobile talked it’s “Simple Choice plan” which eliminates annual service contracts for consumers and allows them to move to one simple rate plan that offers unlimited text, talk and web.

With the new Simple Choice plans customers start with one line at $50 a month and receive unlimited talk, text and web with 500MB of data. A second line will cost you an additional $30 a month and each line after will cost you $10. If you feel 500MB isn’t enough (it isn’t), you can pay an additional $10 per line for 2GB of data. Unlimited 4G / LTE data is available for $20 more a month per line. Read more

T-Mobile To Start Switching On LTE

TMobile LTE

T-Mobile is gearing up to flip the switch on their LTE network. Today they began pushing out software updates for Android version 4.1.2/ Software T889UVBMB4 for the Samsung Galaxy Note II. The new update introduces LTE support along with other improvements for the device.

Joining the Galaxy Note II on T-Mobile’s 4G / LTE will be the BlackBerry Z10. In testing the LTE network Laptop Magazine is showing download speeds of 58.8 Mbps and uploads at 25.5 Mbps. Keep in mind those numbers are from a tower not under any type of load so probably wont be real world numbers when LTE goes live.

The software update will take place OTA (Over The Air) and if you want to read more about the update you can follow this link.

LTE will go live first in Las Vegas, NV and Kansas City. The plan is to cover 100 million people by mid 2013 and 200 million by years end.

 

ZTE Grand Memo Announced

ZTE Grand Memo

Mobile World Congress might as well be Android World Congress as another Android handset is gearing up to hit the market come the second quarter of 2013. ZTE has unveiled the Grand Memo, a 5.7-inch handset.

“The ZTE Grand Memo’s large, high definition screen makes it perfect for media and entertainment, but its uses reach far beyond that,” said Mr. He Shiyou, ZTE EVP and Head of the Mobile Devices Division. “With ZTE’s custom Mifavor UI, a powerful processor, and LTE connectivity, this device offers users a wide array of benefits that go well beyond the capabilities of the typical handset.”

ZTE Grand Memo Black

The ZTE Grand Memo will be using the Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with quad-core Krait CPUs.

“Qualcomm Snapdragon platforms are at the heart of over 770 announced smartphones and tablets, and we are thrilled to work with ZTE to bring the Grand Memo to consumers,” said Raj Talluri, senior vice president of product management at Qualcomm Technologies.

Specs:

  • Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean)
  • 5.7-inch HD display
  • Qualcomm Snapdragon 800 processor with quad-core Krait CPUs
  • 2 GB of RAM
  • 16 GB of internal storage
  • 13 megapixel intelligent AF camera with face recognition and panorama
  • 1 megapixel front-facing camera
  • 3200 mAh battery

As always there are no launch details or pricing on the Grand Memo, but check back as more details are released.

 

Huawei Ascend P2 Makes It Debut In Barcelona

Ascend P2

Huawei a company known for their information and communications technology (ICT) solutions has been inching their way into the smartphone / tablet world. Huawei is in Barcelona, Spain to introduce the Huawei Ascend P2.

The Ascend P2 is another Android smartphone that will ready to launch globally in the second quarter of 2013.

“Ascend P2 is the perfect combination of elegance and power, and further proof that there’s no need to compromise when desiring a perfect smartphone. It is evidence of the outstanding smartphone experiences and great technology that we are committed to bringing to consumers globally,” said Richard Yu, CEO of Huawei Consumer Business Group.

Huawei feels they will have the world’s fastest 4G / LTE smartphone come launch and according to some of features this device has to offer it might be possible. The Ascend P2 has a 1.5 GHz quad-core processor and is capable of having theoretical downloads speeds of up to 150 Mbps all running on Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean).

Other features include a 4.7-inch LCD display, a 13 megapixel rear-facing camera with HDR, 1.3 megapixel front-facing camera and a 2420 mAh battery.

No price or release date have been giving at this time.

HTC One Unveiled

HTC One 2

The moment HTC fans have been waiting for has finally arrived, as the company has officially announced the HTC One.

The HTC One is wrapped in a zero-gap aluminum body, has a 4.7″ LCD display at 1920 x 1080 pixels, 1.7 GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon 600 processor, 2 GB of RAM, 4 megapixel (UltraPixels) rear camera, 2.1 megapixel front-facing camera, 2,300 mAh battery, LTE support, Sense 5 and runs Android 4.1 (Jelly Bean).

The UltraPixel camera is definitely a different take on cameras as most manufactures are upping the pixels. HTC has another take on giving their users a great experience.

In regards to the camera HTC stated:

“For years, people have been misled about what is important in a camera, what matters is not pixel count, but pixel size. Bigger pixels let in more light, it’s simple physics… We’re trying to balance out what a lens can support and what a sensor can support. We’re talking about real image quality, not just megapixels for the sake of megapixels. The era of the megapixel is over.”

Below are specifications on the UltraPixel camera:

  • BSI sensor, Pixel size 2.0, Sensor size 1/3′
  • Dedicated HTC ImageChip 2
  • F2.0 aperture and 28mm lens
  • Optical Image Stabilization (OIS)
  • Smart Flash: Five levels of flash automatically set by distance to subject
  • Front Camera: 88 wide angle lens with HDR capability
  • 1080p Full HD video recording for both front and back camera
  • HDR Video
  • Continuous shooting and VideoPic
  • Slow motion video recording with variable speed playback
  • HTC Zoe with highlights and HTC Share
  • Retouch with Object Removal, Always Smile, and Sequence Shot

HTC One

The HTC One also introduces HTC BlinkFeed, HTC Zoe and HTC BoomSound. These key new features innovate the mobile experience and will set a new standard for smartphones.

HTC BlinkFeed: is a bold new experience that transforms the home screen into a single live stream of personally relevant information such as social updates, entertainment and lifestyle updates, news and photos with immersive images so that people no longer need to go to separate applications to find out what’s happening.

HTC Zoe: gives people the ability to shoot high-res photos that come to life in three-second snippets. These Zoes, photos and videos are then displayed in a unique way that brings the gallery to life and transforms the traditional photo gallery of still images into a motion gallery of memories. It also automatically creates integrated highlight films from each event comprised of Zoes, photos and videos set to music with professionally designed cuts, transitions and effects.

HTC BoomSound: introduces for the first time on a phone, front-facing stereo speakers with a dedicated amplifier and an amazing full HD display that immerses people in music, videos, games and the YouTube clips they love. Beats Audio integration is enabled across the entire experience for rich, authentic sound whether you’re listening to your favorite music, watching a YouTube video or playing a game.

Three of four major carriers in the U.S. will be offering the HTC One AT&T, Sprint and T-Mobile. There is no release date or price, but rumors are hinting at March. Below is a video on the HTC One.

Verizon Sold 9.8 Million Smartphones In 4th Quarter

iPhone Verizon

Verizon activated 9.8 million smartphones in the fourth quarter period with 30 percent of those activations new to the carrier. Out of the 9.8 million activations Apple’s iPhone stood out on top with 6.2 million devices activated, according to Chief Financial Officer Fran Shammo.

Shammo also shared that the other 3.6 million smartphones that were active where powered by Google’s Android OS. All, but 5% of Android devices that were activated were able to connect to Verizon’s 4G/ LTE network.

As far as Apple’s iPhone, half of the smartphones were able to tap into the 4G/ LTE network, which means the other half of the iPhones were either the iPhone 4 or iPhone 4S.

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