LG Optimus 3D Max — or Optimus 3D Cube, depending on your country. The latter’s been announced for Korean carrier SK Telecom, with the former rolling out to Europe later. The Optimus 3D Max is slightly thinner than its predecessor at 9.6mm vs. the Thrill 4G’s 11.9mm, with a faster 1.2GHz dual-core CPU and 16GB of storage built-in, confirming most of therumors we’d heard previously.
According to LG, it will also be the world’s first that can handle 3D photo and video editing right on its glasses-free 4.3-inch screen, all shot by the dual 5MP cameras mounted on the back. It also has NFC baked in to support the new LG Tag+ stickers that change the phone’s settings when swiped, just like the Optimus LTE Tag. It’s scheduled for release in early March with Android 2.3, but we’re promised an Ice Cream Sandwich makeover soon after launch, just like its cousin, the Optimus Vu.
Check out the full list of specs after the break and expect to us to get a firsthand look when Mobile World Congress kicks off on the 27th.
Coming straight from China here you are the eden TAB from Xiaomi that is set to conquer Japan. Sold next week running on Android 2.3.3 but schedule to be upgraded soon to Android 4.0, the eden TAB, a 7” WXGA Tablet, is powered by a Samsung S5PC210 1.2GHz Dual Core CPU, comes with 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal memory.
Announced at around 29,800 Yen, the eden TAB comes with the usual WiFi and weight just 330g for a total size of 199×118.8×10.4mm
LG just couldn’t wait for Mobile World Congress to get underway on the 27th before showing off its new Optimus Vu handset. These new pics offer a much clearer look at its 4×3 aspect ratio, 1024×768 res, stylus-friendly 5-inch IPS LCD display, while the official specs confirm rumors it would pack a 1.5GHz dual core CPU, 8MP camera, LTE, 2080mAh battery and Android 2.3 in a slim 8.5mm thick frame. An upgrade to Ice Cream Sandwich is promised within three months of its launch, currently scheduled for March on Korean carriers SK Telecom and LG+. For example, users can walk into an office and swipe a tag to put their phone in silent mode and activate WiFi. Using a tag on the car dashboard could be programmed to turn on Bluetooth, GPS and raise the volume.
The phone will go on sale in Korea late February for 800,000 Korean Won ($710).
Samsung has recently announced the launch of a very interesting Android phone in China, the SCH-W999. Designed for folks who love things that come in pairs, this phone features dual 3.5″ Super AMOLED (480 x 800) displays, dual SIM slots, dual-mode connectivity (GSM and CDMA2000), and a Qualcomm MSM8660 1.2GHz dual-core processor (okay, the last one isn’t really a pair). What are missing would be dual cameras and perhaps, dual-boot capabilities (now we’re getting ahead of ourselves).
Instead, the SCH-W999 features regular keypad, a five-megapixel rear camera, Android 2.3 with TouchWiz, a HyperSkin back cover (like the Galaxy Nexus), Bluetooth 3.0, WiFi, WAPI, and GPS. No word on pricing or if the phone will reach our shores, but a device like this could probably help some folks make the transition from feature to smartphone. But with dual super AMOLED screens and a dual-core processor, don’t expect this phone to come cheap.
Dell has discontinued the Streak 7tablet and is no longer offering it for sale online. The cancellation of Dell’s 7 inch Android tablet comes a few months after Dell retired the Streak 5, its inch tablet/phone.
In other words, Dell isn’t currently offering any Android tablets at all in the US.
The company introduces its 10 inch Dell Streak 10 Pro in China this summer, but it’s not yet available in any other country.
Dell does still sell the Dell Venue smartphone in the States, and the company offers the Dell Inspiron Duo convertible tablet-style Windows netbook. The company also recently introduced the Dell Latitude ST Windows tablet for enterprise.
You can still buy accessories for the Streak 7 from Dell, and the company will continue to offer users that bought the tablet with Android 2.2 Froyo the ability to upgrade to Android 3.2 Honeycomb — but I wouldn’t hold my breathe waiting for an official Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich build. Fortunately, it looks like anunofficial version is already in the works.
The Dell Streak 7 was one of the first tablets to ship with a 1 GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 dual core processor when it launcher earlier this year. But the tablet was hampered by a low resolution 800 x 480 pixel display and it shipped with Android 2.2 at a time when many other companies were preparing Android 3.0 devices.
Dell has offered WiFi-only and 4G models of the tablet for much of the year, but T-Mobile stopped selling the 4G model a few months ago.
Sharp has announced their latest Android smartphone, the Sharp Aquos 102SH and it comes with some impressive specifications, which include a 4.5 inch glasses free 3D HD display with a resolution of 1280 x 720 pixels.
The Sharp Aquos 102SH is powered by a dual core 1GHz Ti OMAP 4430 processor, and it will come with Android Gingerbread, and also feature 1GB of RAM.Other features on the Sharp Aquos 102SH include a microSDHC card which comes with a 32GB card installed, DLNA, Bluetooth, WiFi, and a 12 ,megapixel camera.
The Sharp Aquos 102SH will go on sale in Japan in December, there are no details on pricing as yet.
HTC has today officially announced the arrival of their new HTC Sensation XE complete with Beats Audio, which was leaked earlier this month. The HTC Sensation XE is the first HTC smartphone to be equipped with the new Beats Audio following the recent partnership between HTC and Beats Audio.
The new HTC Sensation XE is powered by a 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, supported by the same 768MB of RAM included in the original Sensation.The Smartphone will come supplied running Android 2.3.4 Gingerbread and HTC user interface version 3.0 installed over the top.
The HTC Sensation XE is also equipped with a larger battery together with either a 8GB or 16GB microSD card to store your tunes on. As well as a FM radio, 8 megapixel camera, 1080p video recording, 4.3-inch nHD S-LCD display with Connectivity provided via quad-band GSM, dual-band 3G with HSPA support, Wi-Fi, GPS and Bluetooth 3.0.
The Sensation XE is slated to launch in Europe, Asia, Africa and the Middle East sometime this month, though price and a possible North America launch date remain unclear. Scurry past the break for more details in the full press release, along with an extra shot of Dre’s in-ear headphones.
Unveiled as a “Prototype” two weeks ago during the e-Book Expo Tokyo, Panasonic new E-book reader is now official! Behold the Raboo UT-PB1!
Schedule to be launched August 10 in Japan at around 34,800 Yen, the Raboo is comes with a 7” 1024×600 color touchscreen, a Dual Core CPU (No details on the exact Chipset/CPU), comes with 8GB of internal memory with only 4.5GB available to users, Wi-Fi BGN, Bluetooth, a 1.3Mpix Camera and microSDHC Support.
While the Raboo is running Android you will not have access to Google OS directly and will be stuck with Panasonic UI and limited to read XMDF ebboks as well as access to Rakuten E-Book Store but will be also capable to access to some contents available on your Viera TV or directly on your microSDHC Card like H.264, MPEG-4 or WMV movies/videos in Full HD. The Raboo (Rakuten Book) is also compatible with AAC, MP3 and WMA files.
The Motorola Droid 3 just hit the shelves four days ago, but that didn’t stop the guys from iFixIt from doing what they do best: tearing out its inner bits and splaying them out for all to ogle.
The team over at iFixit have been busy again dismantling technology and this week have applied their screwdriver to the Motorola Droid 3 smartphone which now features a dual-core 1GHz ARM Cortex A9 processor.
iFixit has Given The New Droid repairability score of 3 to 6 out of 10 and Explains That the battery is easy to replace and no security screw That Have Been used in the construction of the device.However Most of the components Within The Droid 3 Have Been mounted to a single ribbon cable Which means-Replacing one component That Requires Replacing Them All.
As far as a screen replacement goes, unfortunately to access the LCD the whole device needs to be dismantled and there is a lot of adhesive holding the components in place. More information and the fullMotorola Droid 3 teardown can be viewed over at the iFixit website.
HP updated its Pre3 website with changes that suggest the company has swapped out the phone’s single-core processor for a dual-core chip. The site now includes a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon chip in the phone’s spec sheet, as opposed to the original 1.4GHz Scorpion CPU that was originally listed.
In June the Pre3 began popping up on U.K. retail websites with a July 8th launch date, but that day has come and gone and the Pre3 has yet to make an appearance. Perhaps the processor tweak has been responsible for the delay, but that’s not yet clear. Additionally, it doesn’t appear that the company has tweaked any of the phone’s other specifications. The Pre3 passed through the FCC in May and it is expected to launch on Verizon Wireless in the U.S. Unfortunately, we’re still not sure when the device will actually hit store shelves.