Amazon announced their new Kindle Fire HD range of tablets earlier, where we reported on the 7- and 8.9-inch variants. There was a higher-end model unveiled also, which finds itself known as the Kindle Fire HD with 4G LTE.
4G LTE connectivity is something new for Amazon, and they've partnered up with US telco, AT&T using their 4G LTE network. It's the same as the Kindle Fire HD 8.9 model, but with the joy of having 4G LTE connectivity, and a $499 price tag. This means you're coughing up $200 more for 4G.
But, for $50 per year, you'll get 250MB per month from AT&T, which is definitely not a kick in the pants by any means. The Kindle Fire HD with 4G LTE is available for pre-order today, and ships on November 20 with its siblings.
Amazon have unveiled two new tablets in the last couple of hours, dubbed the Kindle Fire HD. There'll be two sizes available, 7- and 8.9-inch. The 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD will sport a 1920x1200 display with 254ppi.
It measures in at 8.8mm thickness, and weighs 20 ounces, the screen is also said to feature a polarizing feature that should reduce glare on the screen for those heavy Fifty Shades of Grey reading sessions. Inside the Fire HD 8.9, we're looking at a TI OMAP 4470 processor, dual speakers, front-facing HD camera and HDMI out.
Amazon is happy to brag that the Fire HD 8.9 is the first tablet to sport dual-band MIMO Wi-Fi technology, which the company says makes the slate's Wi-Fi 41% faster than the new iPad from Apple. The 16GB model Fire HD 8.9 will set you back $299, and will begin shipping on November 20.
We all know the new, sixth-generation iPhone is just around the corner, we've heard all the rumors, but how well will it sell? According to a Piper Jaffray analyst, we could see 10 million next-gen iPhone's sold, all within the first seven days on sale.
Appel are holding a press event next week on the 12th, where they've teased that something is "almost here". We should definitely see, at least, a new iPhone unveiled. We could also see a smaller 7.85-inch iPad mini, new iPods, Retina iMacs, or more.
We've seen Motorola unveil their Droid RAZR Maxx HD, and their edge-to-edge-sporting RAZR M, now we have the veil lifted on the Droid RAZR HD. Motorola's Droid RAZR HD sports a 4.7-inch HD display, a dual-core Qualcomm 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 processor, and a 2,500mAh battery, of course, it also receives Android 4.1 Jelly Bean as its OS.
Motorola have built quite a large phone, while trying to keep it as slim as possible, as well as throwing a decently-sized battery in for good measure. Measuring in at just 8.4mm thick, 68mm across and 132mm tall, you'd forget there's a 4.7-inch screen sitting in front of your face. Motorola's Droid RAZR HD also features Kevlar coating which should keep it safe from most things, maybe except a bullet.
We get a micro-HDMI port, as well as micro USB and the usual 3.5mm headphone jack. Motorola are claiming that we should expect 10 hours of movie or TV show playback, and 6 hours of surfing the web. Because of its HD screen and 4.7-inch size, Moto claim that it sports the "same sharp clarity as your HDTV". Moto also claim that the RAZR HD will come with 24 hours of battery performance.
Motorola have taken the wraps off of a second phone, the RAZR M. What makes the RAZR M special? It's 4.3-inch edge-to-edge screen, that's what. Screen resolution is a little down from the bigger brother found in the Droid RAZR Maxx HD, sitting pretty with a 960x540 Super AMOLED Advanced display with a dash of Gorilla Glas on top.
We're looking at a dual-core Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon S4 processor cranking inside the smartphone, backed up by 1GB of RAM. The RAZR M also features an 8-megapixel rear shooter that can handle shooting 1080p video, a crappy 0.3-megapixel front facer, GSM/UMTS/HSPA+ global roaming, 8GB of internal storage and finally, a microSD slot.
NFC will ship with the phone, and its operating system will find comfort with the delicious Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich. This smartphone will arrive on Verizon Wireless next week.
There seems to be lots of news that pends on announcements and confirmations tomorrow, with more news that Sprint will push out Android 4.1 Jelly Bean updates to two of their Nexus-branded handsets tomorrow, reports Engadget.
Rumor has it the American telco will push Jelly Bean updates to the Samsung Galaxy Nexus as well as the Nexus S 4G with the Nexus' software version of FH06, and the Nexus S 4G software version being JRO03R. The image above shows that the software updates will be "pushed to all handsets via Google. Customers cannot initiate a download on their own".
If you're one of these lucky people, let us know if and when you get the delicious OS pushed to your smartphone!
Motorola's event in New York city has given life to a new handset from the company, the Droid RAZR Maxx HD. The Droid RAZR Maxx HD sports a 4.7-inch 1280x720 Super AMOLED HD display, powered by Google's latest Android 4.1 Jelly Bean OS.
The hardware baked inside of the Droid RAZR Maxx HD is just as beefy, sporting a dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm S4 processor, 32GB of internal storage, an 8-megapixel rear camera, and a surprisingly large battery sitting at 3,300mAh. Oh, and it also Kevlar-coated, too.
The 3,300mAh battery is probably the star of the phone, where Moto are saying that it can provide 32 hours of "performance", the longest of any LTE-based smartphone. It can handle 13 hours of video playback, 10 hours of YouTube HD content, or 8 hours of web surfing. Motorola have promised that the Droid RAZR Maxx HD will be available in the US on Verizon's 4G LTE network, with details on release dates and pricing closer to its official release.
The Verge have quite the exclusive tonight, reporting that Retail giant Amazon could announce their own smartphone tomorrow. The Verge report from "multiple sources" that Amazon are indeed working on a smartphone.
This smartphone would run on a "variant of the Kindle Fire's Android-based operating system", and should be unveiled to the press tomorrow. The phone is reportedly not in a finished state, which means even if it is announced tomorrow, it'll be a little while before we see the smartphone hit shelves or e-tailers.
The Verge expect it to run a "forked" version of Android, which will include Nokia Maps as the location solution over Google Maps, which is what forking means. Nokia also spoke today about adding a "major" mapping partner at their own Windows Phone event, and Amazon is big enough to be a major partner, wouldn't you agree?
If you happen to have an hour to spend and would like to watch the Motorola press conference that was held earlier, Google, I mean Motorola, has obliged by putting the entire press conference, including the live band portion, on YouTube for your viewing pleasure. Check out all three of the new Droids as well.
There are some funny parts, some boring parts, but overall it was a pretty efficient and enjoyable press conference.
Nokia also held a press conference today and they, too, put a video of the press conference online. Their press conference was held to announce the Lumia 920 and 820. You can watch their press conference here.
Today, Nokia held a press conference in which they officially announced the new Lumia 920. The new Lumia has a host of new features and its specifications have been bumped slightly from the previous 900. However, we're still missing a few major details, namely the pricing and availability aspect.
The Nokia Lumia 920 features a dual-core Snapdragon S4 processor clocked at 1.5Ghz, a 4.5-inch curved 768 x 1280 screen, and Windows Phone 8. It comes with a 2,000mAh battery and supports wireless charging via the Qi wireless charging standard meaning that other chargers should be able to charge this device.
The screen is using something Nokia is calling "PureMotion HD+," which they say features "better than HD resolution" and is the "brightest smartphone HD display ever." It supposedly adjusts color tone and brightness when it detects sunlight so as to make viewing easier.
Of course, the device is coming in a wide variety of vibrant colors. It also has a new touchscreen technology that allows it to be used while wearing gloves.
At Nokia's press conference today, the Lumia 920 and 820 were officially announced and detailed. Included in those details was a description of a new touchscreen technology developed by Touchpad maker Synaptics. The important take away from this new technology is that it supports both gloves and fingernails.
No longer will you have to decide between having warm hands or responding to that text message. The new feature is called Super Sensitive Touch and is based upon Synaptics' ClearPad Series 3. Both of the new Lumias, the 920 and 820, will receive this feature which is also capable of tracking up to ten distinct fingers.
"With Synaptics' continuous innovation on touch, we are able to pioneer new technologies that improve smartphone user experience," said Kevin Shields, senior vice president, Smart Devices, Nokia. "Nokia has been a leader in display technology, and we are setting a new standard with Super Sensitive Touch technology on the Nokia Lumia 920 and Nokia Lumia 820."
The 920 is also using a new display technology that Nokia is calling PureMotion HD+. It reportedly increases the resolution beyond that of standard HD and makes viewing the screen in bright sunlight easier.
For the past couple of weeks I've been trying to get my hands on ASUS' Jelly Bean-powered Nexus 7 tablet, but to no avail. ASUS could hook me up with one, but it would be a review unit meaning it was tested and used by someone else, but I wanted a fresh one.
So, I ended up buying one personally, and here we are today. It arrived fresh in its box, and we've done an unboxing video, shown above. I go over a few things in the video, but I've used it for an hour or so since the video, and boy, is it a great tablet.
The first thing I noticed is that it really is a pure Google experience. This is what sets any Android-powered tablet apart from Apple's iPad. When you turn an iPad on, it's an iPad, from Apple, that's it. A pure iOS/Apple experience. When you turn on the usual Android tablet, it's an Android tablet from someone like Samsung or ASUS, powered by Google's Android OS, with some of Samsung or ASUS' UI splashed on top.
The Nexus 7 is a pure Android experience, run by their latest OS, Android 4.1 'Jelly Bean'. Once you've turned it on, you're prompted with signing into your Google account, which is straight forward enough, and once completed, Google send you an e-mail for $25 worth of credit on their Play Store. Something completely unexpected, but quite nice.
With Nokia's press conference just a few hours away, people are continuing to leak their plans, both for what will be shown off today and what is in the works for the future. Today's piece of news comes from the latter category. We have what appears to be a render of an upcoming Windows Phone 8 smartphone by Nokia.
The device in question is codenamed "Zeal" and will be destined to be a mid-range phone. The device is expected to make an appearance sometime in early 2013. It features a 1.0GHz dual-core processor, 512 MB of RAM, and 8 GB of storage. All of this is hidden behind a 4.3-inch display, resolution unknown at this time.
The device is said to have an appearance somewhat similar to the Zune, so if you're a Zune fan, this phone could very well be the phone for you. The cost will likely be $100-200 if purchased with a contract renewal.
Apple.pro posted up the shots over the weekend, showing off a much thinner bezel, and it looks surprisingly hot. The mock-up makes the 7.85-inch slate look quite thin, and features the same, smaller dock connector that the new iPhone it rumored to have.
There's a few rumors going around at the moment, one that the new iPad mini would be unveiled at Apple's event on September 12, and secondly, it will have its own, separate event in October. Hopefully we'll see it at the event next week.
Current smartphone underdog, Acer, are set to unleash six new smartphone models in 2013, where they'll target all market segments in Europe, China and Southeast Asia, according to Acer president, Jim Wong.
Out of the six models, one of them will be a Windows Phone 8 device, with the remaining five sporting Google's Android OS. High-end models will sport Qualcomm's dual-core CPU, with entry-level models using solutions from MediaTek.
Acer will concentrate selling their new smartphones in Europe through already-established sales channels, as well as tightening up relationships with telecom carriers. In regards to emerging markets, Acer will look into Indonesia, Thailand, Malaysia and India. In China, Acer is looking to increase sales in the entry-level and mid-range markets, but won't be pushing anything into the ultra-low-price segment.
Samsung's flagship Galaxy S III has kicked Apple's iPhone 4S off of the throne in the US, where it has reached the #1 position as the top-selling US smartphone in August, according to Canaccord Genuity analyst T. Michael Walkley.
The iPhone 4S, until now, had held the position since it launched in October, and if it had continued to have held onto its #1 position, it would've just cemented the iPhone's power in the smartphone market. Walkley says:
We believe this is the first month since the iPhone 4S launched in October 2011 that it was not the top-selling smartphone in the U.S. market.
As previous reports have stated, the slump in iPhone 4S sales is being attributed to customers waiting on the announcement of the new iPhone which is expected to be unveiled at Apple's event next week. iPhone sales may have weakened, but Samsung Galaxy S III sales have been quite strong, and this will all most likely change once the new iPhone is announced.
Samsung's Galaxy S III is looking to get some 4G LTE action in Australia, with Australian telcos Telstra and Optus networks inking a deal which will see them sell the quad-core version of the S III with 4G LTE capabilities in Australia.
Another big, big bonus is that the new phone will sport the Android 4.1 Jelly Bean as its OS. The US has the 4G version of the S III, but its powered by Qualcomm's dual-core S4 processor and ships with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich, so Australian's will have a very nice bonus in their hands.
Optus' customers will get their hands on the 4G-capable Galaxy S III first, where it will launch in the middle of this month. Telstra customers will have to wait until mid-to-late October to get their hands on one. Optus' variant supports LTE FDD 800, 1800 and 2600MHz spectrum's providing a theoretical maximum download speed of 100Mbps, it can also default to a 3G network at HSPA+ speeds of up to 42Mbps.
This just in, hot off the printing press is an image that would appear to be a fresh batch of marketing material coming off of a printing press. In the picture, the large sheets of paper feature a picture of the device, inclusive of its 5 rows of icons, and the words "The Next iPhone."
There had been some speculation that the next iPhone would simply be called "iPhone" as it was the only Apple product with a numerical designation. With the release of the iPad 3, the numerical part of the name was dropped from the naming scheme and we were left to call it the "iPad." It appears the same may happen with the iPhone.
It's nice to finally figure out what to call the device, since the invitation to the press event teased that the device could be called the iPhone 5. Of course, this could be a fake, but it seems really unlikely that it is. However, calling it simply "The Next iPhone" could very well cause more confusion that simplification.
Nokia is rumored to be releasing a Windows Phone 7.8. While the announcement most likely won't come at tomorrow's press conference with Microsoft, the new device, currently operating under the name Nokia 'Glory', will be released in time for this year's holiday season and will be designed to replace the Nokia Lumia 610.
Windows Phone 7.8 is about to be outdated, but Nokia has a good reason for using it. You see, the Nokia 'Glory' will be a low-end smartphone, with modest specifications and, reportedly, an even more modest price tag. This device could be great for Nokia to scoop up some of the low-end Android market.
The device is said to be sporting a 4-inch, 480×800 resolution display. The device will be powered by an 800MHz processor and 256MB of RAM. These specifications, if true, will affect the device's ability to use the marketplace. But with specs like these, the price tag should be low, if not free, after subsidy.
We heard rumors of a 5-inch HTC smartphone early last month, but now there's more talk of the bigger phone hitting the Internet. A device was spotted on GLBenchmark, running Android 4.0.4 labeled 'HTC6435LVW'.
What could this be? It should hopefully turn into the 5-inch HTC smartphone, which still sports that sexy 1794x1080 resolution screen. Benchmark details were included, with the device sporting a 1.5GHz Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon S4 with the Adreno 320 GPU.
That CPU + GPU combination definitely looks like HTC are wanting to verse Samsung's Galaxy Note II, and with those types of specs, they should have no issue. It's great to see someone amping the screen resolution on a smartphone up, and this could be the phone that HTC needs to get out of the issues they're experiencing right now.
Earlier today we reported about Nokia's upcoming Lumia 920 smartphone, and touched on its wireless charging with our news. Now the Nokia Lumia wireless charging pad has been snapped on camera, thanks to the mysterious @evleaks from Twitter.
The pictures show a hockey puck-like surface, that would wirelessly charge the Lumia 820, and Lumia 920 smartphones from Nokia. More details on the charger are currently unknown, but we should hear more from the event coming on September 5.
Are you excited for a world with wireless charging? Just imagine, years from now we'll be wirelessly charging personal devices like this and not even thinking twice. RIght now, it seems like a dream.