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Next iPhone will be iPhone 4S; will feature Sprint and T-Mobile compatibility, analyst claims

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Next iPhone will be iPhone 4S; will feature Sprint and T-Mobile compatibility, analyst claims

In a note to investors on Friday, Jefferies & Company analyst Peter Misek claimed knowledge of Apple’s fifth-generation iPhone. While most are now in agreement that Apple will not unveil its new iPhone until September this year at the earliest, thereby breaking its annual summer release cycle for the first time, the feature set coming in Apple’s next iPhone remains a topic of debate. Misek’s channel checks found that the next iPhone will be called the “iPhone 4S,” and it will feature minor cosmetic updates, Apple’s A5 processor, better cameras and HSPA+ support. More interestingly, perhaps, Misek claims that the next-gen iPhone will be picked up by both Sprint and T-Mobile. Of course we already knew Apple was testing an iPhone compatible with T-Mobile’s network, but Misek’s note is the first confident claim that the device will launch on T-Mobile since our exclusive report. Regarding 4G LTE compatibility, Misek says the Qualcomm LTE chip Apple would use in a 4G model is not available in the quantities Apple would need for the huge production volumes that are expected. This claim jibes with earlier reports that Apple’s iPhone is not likely to support LTE until next year at the earliest.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 review

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 review

The BGR team picked up the new and improved Samsung’s Galaxy Tab 10.1 from Google’s I/O conference earlier this week, and I have been using it non-stop for the past few days. There’s a lot to discuss here: the Galaxy Tab 10.1 is the third Android Honeycomb-powered tablet launched by a major OEM in the United States, and Samsung went to great lengths to revise the design and slice off the extra bulk. The unit I have measures just 0.33-inches thick, which makes it the thinnest tablet available on the market today. It’s powered by a dual-core NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, contains 32GB of storage, and Samsung promises that there will be an Android 3.1 update coming in the “next few weeks.” Is the Galaxy Tab 10.1 the best Honeycomb tablet yet? Check out our gallery below, and then read on to find out!


T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide, aka HTC Doubleshot, specs leaked

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T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide, aka HTC Doubleshot, specs leaked

Someone call the plumber, HTC’s got a leak. Earlier today we reported on spilled shots of the HTC Kingdom and Rider phones, and now full specs for the rumored T-Mobile myTouch 4G Slide also known as the HTC Doubleshot have been dropped. According to Pocketnow, which analyzed the phone’s ROM, the device will run a dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon MSM8660 processor and pack a 3.7-inch WGA display, an 8-megapixel camera capable of (possibly) recording 1080p 3D video, a forward-facing VGA camera for video chat, FM radio, and more. Support for 3D playback also hints that the myTouch 4G Slide could sport a 3D display, although that hasn’t been confirmed. We also assume the aforementioned camera module will likely support just 720p 3D video recording and 1080p 2D recording, which would be in-line with the capabilities of Sprint’s EVO 3D. As its name implies, the device will also support T-Mobile’s HSPA+ 4G network. There aren’t photos of the myTouch 4G Slide yet, but we’re sure someone will loosen up the faucet soon enough.

Samsung prepping beastly 2GHz dual-core processor for next wave of smartphones

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Samsung prepping beastly 2GHz dual-core processor for next wave of smartphones

Already bored by these anemic dual-core 1GHz smartphone processor offerings? You’re in luck. Korean blog MK is reporting that a “high-ranking” Samsung official has indicated that the company is “planning to release a 2GHz dual core CPU-equipped smartphone by next year.” The same official went on to tout that the new silicon would “have the data processing capacities of a regular PC.” If you’re not into Samsung hardware, fear not. The report notes that the company is “considering separate sales of the CPU units for other smartphone makers.” Moores Law is certainly starting to pay dividends in the smartphone processor space, as chip efficiencies and speeds are beginning to rapidly improve… now all we need is a better smartphone battery.

HTC Sensation gets early unveiling from Vodafone; 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 4.3-inch qHD [video]

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HTC Sensation gets early unveiling from Vodafone; 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 4.3-inch qHD [video]

HTC is expected to release the HTC Sensation formerly known as the Pyramid later today, and those suspicions were all but confirmed by the anxious folks over at Vodafone. In an early morning snafu, the company outed HTC’s 4.3-inch, touchscreen beast in all its glory. So what are we looking at? Glad you asked. The Sensation will sport a qHD, SLCD display that, as we’ve already mentioned, measures 4.3-inches on the diagonal. Sitting behind that formidable window will be a dual-core, 1.2GHz Snapdragon processor, 4GB of internal storage, microSD card slot, 8 megapixel rear-facing camera with dual LED flash, and a 1.2 megapixel front-facing camera. The handset will also be running the new and improved Sense user experience. You don’t have to take our word for it, there is a trio of leaked videos awaiting your scrutiny after the break.

Samsung’s Galaxy S II getting processor upgrade, report suggests

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Samsung’s Galaxy S II getting processor upgrade, report suggests

A recent report indicates that the unreleased Samsung Galaxy S II is getting a processor upgrade. Blog GSMArena states that the company will upgrade the 1 GHz dual-core Cortex-A9 processor to run at a blistering 1.2GHz. The site points to a slip on Samsung’s Estonian Facebook page which mentioned the upgrade and cites an “internal source” as its information sources. Samsung has yet to announce a specific release date for its next-generation flagship handset.

Samsung says Galaxy S II not delayed, will launch this month

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Samsung says Galaxy S II not delayed, will launch this month

Samsung has confirmed via an official Twitter account that the Galaxy S II, its upcoming flagship Android smartphone, will launch as planned in April. There were rumors that the device would be delayed due to speculation that Samsung had plans to upgrade the 1GHz dual-core Cotex-A9 processor to 1.2GHz. Samsung officially announced the Galaxy S II on February 13th during Mobile World Congress 2011. It offers Samsung’s next generation 4.3-inch Super-AMOLED Plus display, an 8-megapixel camera with 1080p HD video capture, Android 2.3 (Gingerbread), and Samsung’s new TouchWiz 4.0 user interface. Samsung hasn’t confirmed exactly when it will launch this month, but if you need something to tide you over, be sure to check out our hands-on.

HTC Pyramid may be revealed as HTC Sensation on April 12th

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HTC Pyramid may be revealed as HTC Sensation on April 12th

HTC’s highly anticipated Android smartphone codenamed “Pyramid” may finally be unveiled as the HTC Sensation at a media event in London on April 12th. An unconfirmed report from technology blog Pocket-lint cites multiple unnamed sources in claiming that the device will be introduced at the HTC event as had previously been rumored. Earlier reports suggest the Sensation will be a Gingerbread phone with a dual-core 1.2GHz processor, a 4.3-inch display, an 8-megapixel camera, 768MB of RAM and the latest version of the HTC Sense UI. Pocket-lint’s report states that the HTC Sensation will be available in the U.K. in the coming months but does not mention U.S. availability.

Images of HTC Pyramid leak; Android 2.3, 1.2GHz dual-core

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Images of HTC Pyramid leak; Android 2.3, 1.2GHz dual-core

The gang over at XDA Developers have acquired several new images of the unannounced and unreleased HTC Pyramid Android handset. The site’s intel seems to confirm what has been rumored for several months: this device is going to be a beast. The Pyramid will boast a 4.3-inch qHD display with a 960 x 54o pixel resolution, dual-core 1.2GHz processor, 768MB of RAM, 8 megapixel rear-facing camera, Wi-Fi b/g/n, and will run Gingerbread (Android 2.3.3) with Sense 3.0 (the same version that will be running on the EVO 3D). No word on when and where this Herculean handset will hit store shelves… but we’re hoping sooner rather than later. Hit the jump to see a few more images.

LG planning Optimus Big smartphone with 4.3-inch NOVA display

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LG planning Optimus Big smartphone with 4.3-inch NOVA display

LG may soon be chasing HTC in the phones-with-massive-displays market. According to some leaked images and specs, LG has a new phone codenamed “Optimus Big” up its sleeve. The Optimus Big as its name implies sports a large 4.3-inch screen, a single-core 1GHz processor, a T-DMB TV tuner, and LG’s super bright and sharp NOVA display. Little else is currently known about the phone, although we can tell from the images that it at least sports a forward-facing camera for video chats. It also very likely runs some flavor of Android and appears that it could swallow the iPhone in one bite. If this thing ever makes it to the United States, and we doubt it will, we hope it comes amped up with some 4G and dual-core goodness.

ASUS Eee Pad Transformer offers Honeycomb and a convertible form factor

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ASUS Eee Pad Transformer offers Honeycomb and a convertible form factor

Ahead of a planned launch event next week, ASUS on Friday made its latest tablet official. The ASUS Eee Pad Transformer is a device we may not see much of stateside, but it seemingly has it all. The unique design marries a standard 10.1-inch tablet with a QWERTY-equipped hinged dock. When combined, the result is a full-sized touchscreen laptop experience that can afford up to a staggering 16 hours of battery life on a single charge. When apart, the Eee Pad Transformer becomes a regular Honeycomb tablet. Spec highlights include a dual-core 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra 2 processor, a 10.1-inch Gorilla Glass-covered display with 1280 x 800-pixel resolution and 10-point multitouch support, 1GB of RAM, up to 32GB of storage, dual cameras and an HDMI-out port. ASUS has not yet provided any details regarding pricing, launch markets or a release date. Hit the jump for specs and the full press release.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 Honeycomb tablet hands-on!

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Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 Honeycomb tablet hands-on!

We met up with Samsung during the CTIA Wireless trade show in Orlando to get up close and personal with the Galaxy Tab 8.9, Samsung’s new Android tablet that fills the space between its current 10-inch and 7-inch models. We certainly think Samsung hit the sweet spot with this one. The Galaxy Tab 8.9 is just 8.6mm thick, and it felt amazing it’s much more sleek in the hand than the original chunkier 7-inch Galaxy Tab. Under its hood, the Galaxy Tab 8.9 has a 1GHz dual-core processor just like the 10-inch model. Demo devices weren’t powering up when we played with them, though, so we tested the Galaxy Tab 8.9′s fresh new user interface on a Galaxy Tab 10.1 and we definitely have some thoughts on the new UI to share. Hit the jump for more hands-on thoughts and don’t forget to check out our photo gallery.