Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with 5.7inch Full HD display announced, shipping starts Sept 25

Samsung has just announced the third iteration of their successful premium phablet series – Galaxy Note 3. The Galaxy Note 3 was announced at the IFA 2013 in Berlin, Germany. The Galaxy Note 3 comes with a 5.7inch Full HD Super AMOLED display. Just like their flagship smartphone, the Galaxy Note 3 will come in two variants – the international variant sporting the Exynos Octa chipset and the USA variant sporting the Snapdragon 800 SoC. Both the variants will come with 3GB RAM and will have 16/32/64GB variants and a microSD card slot.

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MHL 3.0 brings support for 4K and doubles bandwidth


Mobile High Definition Link, a protocol used in mobile devices to deliver content to the large screen without actually using a separate HDMI port, has been made available on tons of devices. The last iteration, MHL 2.1 enabled full HD 1080p support for mirroring, and with the latest update – MHL 3.0, the consortium has upped the ante with support for 4K. With the new range of 4K TVs doing its rounds in the market, it’s the right time for the consortium that is comprised of Nokia, Sony, Samsung and Toshibha to put forward a new iteration of the technology so that the uptake is gradual, and in line with current trends.

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4G LTE Speed Test on EE featuring the Galaxy S3 LTE and Ascend P1 LTE

Today’s announcement by EE on the arrival of 4G LTE in the UK heralds a new era in this Britain’s telecommunication industry. It’s been a long time waiting, and judging by the initial hands on demonstration, it seems that it will be worth the wait.

Huawei’s Ascend P1 and the Samsung Galaxy S3 were two of the few handsets on display at the EE press conference today. Initial speed test shows that the devices were capable of achieving and maintaining 25+Mbps download and 12+Mbps upload speed, a fair upgrade over T-Mobile’s current 3G network.

No price plans has been announced yet. The rollout of EE’s 4G LTE network will begin this year and they aim to cover 1/3rd of the population by the end of the year.

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Everything Everywhere launches a new company brand, LTE in Britain

Everything Everywhere, the UK telecommunication company that was formed following the merger of T-Mobile and Orange UK, today announced a new company brand and details of their LTE network, the first in Britain. The company will from today be called EE, though the T-Mobile and Orange brands will continue to co-exist. EE is positioning the new brand as one focused on delivering super fast broadband via fiber and 4G LTE service.

EE’s 4G network will be switched on for trials today in London, with more cities joining at a later date. In addition to London, EE aims to launch LTE Birmingham, Cardiff, Bristol, Edinburgh, Belfast, Leeds, Sheffield, Manchester, Liverpool, Glasgow, Newcastle, Southampton, Hull, Nottingham and Derby by Christmas of this year. They aim to provide a coverage for 20 million people, a third of the population of Britain, by the end of the year.

EE has insisted that the new brand will allow them to tap other markets, including fibre and broadband as well as other new categories. While the 700 T-Mobile, Orange and Everything Everywhere stores will be rebranded to EE, there will be three distinct brands for consumers, with EE focused primarily on the top-end of the spectrum. Phones confirmed to be launching on the network includes the Samsung Galaxy S III LTE, HTC One XL, Huawei Ascend P1 LTE, Nokia Lumia 820 and Nokia Lumia 920.

Press release after the jump.

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Mugen Batteries announces more juice for Galaxy S III and One X

In the endless search for battery life on our beloved smartphones, our friends from Mugen Batteries once again come to the rescue! This time, two of the most popular smartphones these days receive solutions for more juice throughout the day: HTC One X and Samsung Galaxy S III. As usual, every device will have two offerings, a regular sized model which will fit with the original back cover and a bigger, more powerful version with a bigger back cover. Let’s have a look:

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Nokia Lumia 610 UK release date announced

Nokia has confirmed the release date and network pricing of their new budget Lumia 610 in the UK. At a press event in London Trafalgar Hotel yesterday, the beleaguered Finnish mobile company annonced that the Windows Phone-powered phone will go on sale in the first week of June. It will be available on contracts from £15 a month. No sim-free pricing has been announced yet. Continue reading “Nokia Lumia 610 UK release date announced”

[Rumor] Apple iPad 3 Release Date Revealed, will hit AT&T and Verizon

Apple iPad line is known as one of the best tablet lines in the world, and Apple sold more than 15 million iPads in Q12012. The iPad 2 was launched last year in March, and we recently told you that iPad 3 will be out in March. Now new information is out which is claiming that Apple will launch the Apple iPad 3 on March 7th, and it will come with some mind-blowing stuff under the hood. Rumor has it that it will feature 2,048 x 1,536 Retina display, a quad-core A6 processor, and it will feature 4G LTE connectivity. Continue reading “[Rumor] Apple iPad 3 Release Date Revealed, will hit AT&T and Verizon”

Amazon announced trio of Kindle e-readers

Amazon today announced a handful of new Kindle e-reader products, including the first ever Kindle with a colour display – the Kindle Fire.

Firstly, Amazon has lowered the barrier of entry once again with a new entry level Kindle. For $79, the WiFi-powered Kindle Button features a none-touch 6″ e-ink display. It will be the first Kindle without a built-in QWERTY keyboard. The new Kindle Button will be available from today.

Next up is the $99 Kindle Touch. Like the Kindle Button, the Kindle Touch will not have a QWERTY keyboard.  Instead text entry will rely on the infrared touchscreen similar to the technology used by Sony on their PRS e-readers.  WiFi is included as standard. A 3G version is priced at $149. Both versions will be available from November.

Finally, Android has announced that it will be making its entry to the tablet market with the Kindle Fire. Priced at $199, the Kindle Fire will feature a  7″ IPS display and dual core CPU. It will run on a fork of Android, and thus will be compatible with Android apps. The Kindle Fire will be compatible with a few Amazon services announced today, including the multimedia orientated Whispersync and Amazon Cloud Storage. It will ship from November.

The new Kindle devices are available for pre-order today.

Samsung Focus S and Focus Flash gets announced

US network AT&T has announced three new Windows Phone 7 Mango smartphones, the Samsung Focus S, Samsung Focus Flash and the already announced HTC Titan.

The Samsung Focus S will feature a 4.3″ Super AMOLED Plus screen, the same one that can be found on their current Android flagship, the Samsung Galaxy S II. Like the Galaxy S II, it will have a very thin body – measuring just 8.5mm, the same thickness of the Galaxy S II at its thinnest point. The Focus Flash on the other hand will have a smaller 3.7″ Super AMOLED screen. Both of these smartphones will have a 1.4 GHz processor of the single core variety.

Not much is known for either devices though we do know that the Focus S will have a 8MP rear camera and 1.3MP front facing camera. The Focus Flash will have a 5MP rear camera and front facing camera with unspecified resolution.

No pricing has been released, though they are expected to arrive on the fourth quarter of this year. It is unknown if Samsung plans to release these phones worldwide.


Sony Ericsson Android 2.3.4 update includes 3D sweep panorama, Google Talk

In addition to announcing the XPERIA neo V Android smartphone today, Sony Ericsson has announced details on the upcoming Android 2.3.4 update.

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Three UK announces new HSPA+ MiFi

Three UK today announced a new version of the popular MiFi portable wireless router series.

The rebadged Huawei E586 will offer a significant speed improvement over the current MiFi, including HSPA+ support with speeds up to 21.1Mbps HSDPA and 5.76Mbps HSUPA, and will go on sale in September. Continue reading “Three UK announces new HSPA+ MiFi”

Vodafone 555 Blue ‘Facebook phone’ announced

Vodafone UK today announced the 555 Blue, a budget Facebook phone aimed at the masses.

The phone will feature a QWERTY monoblock design, 2.4″ touchscreen display with QVGA resolution, Bluetooth, FM radio, 2 Megapixel camera with LED flash and microSD card slot. It relies on 2.5G EDGE data for connection and will not feature any sort of 3G and WiFi connectivity. Like the HTC ChaCha, the 555 Blue will also have a dedicated Facebook button.

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