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Apr/12

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Samsung Galaxy S3

The Samsung Galaxy S2 proved to be the most popular Android smartphone of 2011. So it comes as no surprise that people have been pouncing on news of its successor… the Samsung Galaxy S3.

Update: Samsung Galaxy S3 Full Specs

Samsung Galaxy S3

The phone will boast top specs with a quad core Processor, 2GB of ram, and a full HD 4.8 inch screen!

Shipping with the latest Android operating system (Ice-Cream Sandwich), and will also contain Samsung’s Touch Whiz skin which has proven so popular.

A features of the S2 which most people were not enamored with was its plastic rear. This is set to be remedied as the S3 may come with a ceramic rear casing. This is an unusual material choice for a phone but one that could prove popular in the future.

Samsung’s are touting this phone as being their flagship phone for the coming fiscal year. From what we can see so far we have no reason to doubt this.

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We’ve seen the power of the Tegra 2 platform in many tablets but until now no one has integrated it into a mobile phone. There were rumors that the second Android phone – Nexus S will be running on Tegra 2, but they came out to be wrong. However, another phone will keep a Tegra 2 chip inside its body – LG Optimus 2X (which was formerly known as LG Star). At first it will be present only on the Korean market in January next year and after that followed by the Asia and European markets.

The specifications of LG Optimus X2 are quite impressive and if it wasn’t the small screen, everyone could think that these are the specs of a netbook. As already mentioned, the core of the handset is 1GHz Tegra 2 processor, supported by 4-inch WVGA screen, 8GB internal memory (which can be expanded via the microSD card slot with up to additional 32GB), 8MP rear camera and a 1.3MP front-facing one for video calling, HDMI mirroring, 1080p MPEG-4/H.264 video playback and recording and 1500mAh battery. At first the device will be offered with Android 2.2 FroYo as its OS but later on LG promise that you’ll be able to upgrade it to the just announced Android 2.3 Gingerbread.

All these specification look really fantastic and I’m sure that LG Optimus X2 will mark the start of a new era in the mobile phones’ life. Having a 1GHz 2-core processor in your pocket is really amazing. I remember the time 10 years ago when I had my first Pentium PC running at 400MHz – it was so big and noisy and now my mobile phone is times faster and smaller. All that’s left is to wait for the final price and head to the stores as soon as the LG Optimus X2 is released.

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During the last several months there were numerous rumors, leaked pictures, speculations about the manufacturer and the specifications of the new Google phone – Nexus S. Yesterday during the presentation of Android 2.3 Gingerbread, Google showed and made official their new handset as well – Nexus S, manufactured by Samsung. The choice of the manufacturer is not a surprise taking into account the big success of Samsung Galaxy handset family and the Samsung Galaxy Tab.

Working together, Google and Samsung has managed to create the best Android smartphone on the market so far, being the only one running the latest version of Android – 2.3 a.k.a. Gingerbread. The shape of the device is nice and sleek with curved edges and unique slightly curved display for best user experience. At the bottom part of Nexus S one could find the common Android key, this time in the form of touch-sensitive buttons – Home, Menu, Back and Search. Behind the cover you could find a 1GHz processor, 4-inch WVGA Super AMOLED display, connectivity for GSM/EDGE networks, gyroscope sensor for gaming, a 5MP back camera and a VGA front-facing one both with autofocus, Bluetooth and Wi-Fi support, 16GB internal memory and a 1500mAh battery. The device also is the first one to feature a NFC (Near Field Communications) chip that will enable you to pay bills and other upcoming features via your mobile phone.

The device comes preloaded with all the Google services like Gmail, Google Calendar, Google Maps, Google Search, Voice Actions, Google Voice and the YouTube application. Google Nexus S will be available for purchase in online stores and on the shelves starting from December 16, but the price is yet unknown.

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Nov/10

19

Tegra 2 phone leaks pictures

We’re all used to the 1GHz processors in our mobile phones and everyone gets excited when we hear about a mobile phone, which will have a 1.2GHz or even faster processor in its heart. Many tablet manufacturers started integrating the Tegra 2 platform into their products and we all see the power of the 2 cores, but yet we haven’t seen them in a handset – at least not until now. There are some new leaked images of LG Star mobile phone.

It is expected to have a Tegra 2 core, a 4-inch Super AMOLED display (it could have been SAMOLED2 but this is excellent, too), a front facing camera and Android 2.3 OS on top of all. LG Star will also have a whole 8MP back camera, which will be able to record 1080p Full HD videos (pretty amazing for a mobile phone). From the photos we could see that it will include a LED flash (only one, no double) and most likely touch-sensitive hardware buttons for Menu, Home, Back and Search.

If all these specifications are true, or at least most of them, this will mean that LG are making a killer phone – something that we haven’t expected from them. But if LG are preparing such handset it’s almost 100% sure that the rest top manufacturers – Samsung, HTC and Motorola are preparing something to compete with LG Star. Or will it be the only Star on the sky?

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Have you ever wanted to be able to design your own Android handset, putting into it the hardware features that you want and will use, removing the unnecessary or unwanted ones? Well, I have some good news for you – now you are able to fully customize and choose the parts that you want in your mobile phone.

A small startup called Synapse is experimenting with this idea, letting you individually customize your handset the way you want it. Some of the features are mandatory and you can’t change them:

  • Android 2.2 (Froyo) OS
  • 1GHz processor
  • 4-inch Super Amoled display
  • microSD card slot for memory cards up to 32GB

But with these nice features I doubt anyone would like to change them, especially this big nice Super Amoler display. Then, for the rest of the device’s features, you can choose from:

  • Radio (3G or 4G, including LTE and WiMAX)
  • Bluetooth
  • Camera (including: front and back-facing camera options, up to 12MP and whether or not to include flash)
  • Mini-HDMI
  • Physical or capacitive buttons
  • Body color (black or white)
  • Working memory
  • Built-in memory
  • Mobile television built-in

The default setup will cost you only 299EUR which is very good price for a handset with such capabilities. The rest is up to you – the more you put into it, the higher the price will go.

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