New Google Nexus 7 LTE to be launched in Japan on September 30

Google announced its new Nexus 7 tablet on July 24, saying that only the Wi-Fi model would be available for the beginning, with the LTE version expected to be launched in the “coming weeks.” It’s been a month since then, and the Nexus 7 LTE has not been released. What’s more, Google hasn’t provided any updates on when the LTE tablet may arrive. Luckily, we have some info to share on this.
ZOA, a well-known Japanese retailer, has revealed on… Read more

Samsung GT-i9506 (possible Snapdragon 800 version of the Galaxy S4) clears the FCC

The Samsung GT-i9506 is believed to be an international version of the Galaxy S4 with LTE-Advanced connectivity. Like the S4 LTE-A that was exclusively launched in South Korea in July, the GT-i9506 seems to have a Snapdragon 800 chipset inside.
The existence of the GT-i9506 is now confirmed by the FCC. The Commission’s documents show that this is indeed an S4 variant, but can’t clarify if there’s any LTE-A flavor in it. The only LTE band mentioned by the FCC… Read more

Samsung SGH-T999L. Is this T-Mobile’s Galaxy S III with LTE?

T-Mobile is the only major carrier in the US that doesn’t have an LTE network. Sure enough, it does offer 4G services, but they’re limited to HSPA+ 42Mbps. All this will change next year, when T-Mobile is going to launch LTE, obviously helped (financially) by its parent company, Deutsche Telekom. T-Mobile’s official goal is to roll-out its LTE network and cover roughly 100 million people by mid-2013. Thus, it could introduce quite a few LTE smartphones and tablets in the… Read more

AT&T launches the Sony Xperia TL on November 2

AT&T is launching a  new Android smartphone made by Sony: the Xperia TL.
The TL closely resembles the Sony Xperia T that’s already available in other parts of the world, but comes with an extra feature — LTE connectivity. That aside, the Xperia TL is quite capable of keeping your interested piqued if you’re in the market for high-end smartphones. It has a 4.55-inch scratch-resistant HD display, Android ICS (to be upgraded to Jelly Bean in early 2013), dual-core Snapdragon… Read more

Samsung Galaxy Note II US pricing unveiled

Announced for the US market last month, the Samsung Galaxy Note II is available there as of today, although only one carrier (T-Mobile) is selling it for now. If you want to buy the Note II from T-Mobile, you’ll have to pay $369.99 (after a $50 mail-in rebate). That’s a crazy price, we know. Anyhow, T-Mobile lets you choose the handset in either white, or blue, here.
Sprint will offer the Galaxy Note II tomorrow, October 25, for $299.99 on… Read more

Exclusive: LG Optimus Vu II images

Introduced in South Korea in the first quarter of the year, and announced for other markets last month, the LG Optimus Vu is certainly not your everyday smartphone. That’s because its 5-inch, 4:3 ratio display makes it a bit uncomfortable to hold. And although most reviewers (including those talking about Verizon’s version, called Intuition) criticized LG for the handset’s design, the South Korean company is getting ready to launch a new Optimus Vu with similar physical characteristics.
The new smartphone… Read more

Samsung Galaxy Note II will be launched by AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon, US Cellular

Samsung’s first Android 4.1 Jelly Bean device, the Galaxy Note II, will be released in the US soon — at about the same time with LG’s new Optimus G. Samsung has confirmed that the Note II would be offered by five US mobile carriers, the same that started selling the Galaxy S III several months ago: AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless, and US Cellular.
US Cellular is the only carrier to take pre-orders for the Note II. It asks $299.99… Read more

LG Optimus G debuts next week in Korea. US launch set for November

LG finally has a smartphone that can compete with Samsung’s Galaxy S III. It’s the LG Optimus G, initially announced at the end of August, and now ready to enthrall customers around the world. The first country to get the Optimus G is South Korea — and this makes a lot of sense, since we’re talking about LG’s home country here. Koreans will be able to buy the smartphone starting next week, reportedly for 999,900 won. That means about $895, but… Read more