Samsung Focus 2 Outed — 4G LTE, Super AMOLED, And A Sleek Look

This is quite the $49.99 budget smartphone. While processor and memory details have been omitted from the new press release straight from CTIA, the Focus 2 contains 4G LTE internet speeds on AT&T, comes in a white paint job, has a 4-inch Super AMOLED (non-Plus) display up front and a 5 megapixel sensor on the back, capable of recording 720p video, paired with a VGA camera facing forward. It appears to be a promising cousin to the high-end Windows Phone Mango devices, actually. PR available by clicking the “read more” link.

Via: Windows Team Blog, AT&T

HTC DROID Incredible 4G LTE Announced

This is the DROID Incredible 4G LTE. Let’s just get straight to the facts: a 4-inch super LCD qHD display, an 8 megapixel rear-facing camera with autofocus, LED flash, BSI, f/2.2 and 28 mm lens, a front-facing camera for video chatting with friends and family, a powerful 1.2 GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, Android 4.0 with the latest Sense 4 interface, mobile hotspot capable to share 4G LTE connection with up to 10 Wi-Fi-enabled devices, support for up to a 32 GB microSD memory card, and lastly a 1,700 mAh lithium ion removable battery. It releases in the coming weeks. Press release after the cut.

Adobe Creative Suite 6 On Sale, Creative Cloud Coming On May 11th

Fancy the new Creative Suite 6, featuring all of Adobe’s newest wares? Well, it goes on sale today for both Mac and PC, with pricing as follows: CS6 Master Collection for $2,599, while a lesser $1,899 gets you Production Premium (or Design & Web Premium) and still grand $1,299 nets you Design Standard. As usual, upgrade and education pricing is available for those that qualify.

But that’s not the point. Remember the Creative Cloud service, which would allow you to rent some of the CS6 apps (like Photoshop) on a monthly subscription-based basis? Well, that is getting released on May 11th, probably also marking the end of the CS6 beta. Via: Adobe

AT&T’s HTC One X Has A Restricted Bootloader = Sigh

Of course. It had to happen at some point in space and time: while HTC was providing an unlocked bootloader for some of its devices, it turns out that not all the new devices will get the treatment they deserve. Enter, the AT&T 4G LTE version of the HTC One X, where it seems as if this is the start to a new trend:

HTC is committed to listening to users and delivering customer satisfaction. Since announcing our commitment to unlockable bootloaders, HTC has worked to enable our customers to unlock the bootloader on more than 45 devices over the past six months. In some cases, however, restrictions prevent certain devices from participating in our bootloader unlocking program. Rest assured, HTC is committed to assisting developers in unlocking bootloaders for HTC devices and we’ll continue to unlock additional devices in the future.”

That was HTC’s statement on the matter. Obviously, AT&T is to blame. But it’s not an issue to precipitate over — the Android ROM community has always found ways to bypass the locked bootloaders of Android devices, and they will “most likely” continue with the HTC One X.

Via: MoDaCo, Image credit: Flickr

Galaxy Tab 2 (10.1 Edition) Now Available For Pre-Order, $400 for 16GB

Samsung has let it become possible for United States retailers to begin selling the Galaxy Tab 2 in it 10.1-inch variant. It retains its 1GHz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, 16GB of storage, a 3-megapixel rear-facing camera along with a front-facing, Android 4.0 with Samsung enhancements, and a slightly refreshed look. It is available for pre-order for $399.99, which gets you a 16GB model from Amazon or Office Depot’s online stores. As for shipping dates: Office Depot says May 11th, Amazon states May 13th. It’s odd indeed, but it’s time to go along with it.

Via: Amazon, Office Depot

The Elder Scrolls Online Is Announced And Detailed By Bethesda

This is the Elder Scrolls Online. It will be a third-person, complete, high-quality voice-acted title with visuals that look like Massively Multiplayer Online game RIFT, and will feature no dragons, romantic relationships, or pets. However, The Elder Scrolls Online will allow for users to visit all of Tamriel — that is Skyrim, Cyrodil, Hammerfall, and all of the territories we’ve come to love over the past few years. It is set 1000 years in the past and is said to go further than “saving the world from the awakening of ancient evil,” asking instead “what happens when hundreds or thousands of prophesied heroes all think that they should be Emperor?” Thus it is set in the age of Molang Bal, a draconian Daedric god that if you’ve played the franchise enough, is a pretty bad guy.

Specific locations available will be Imperial City, Windhelm, Daggerfall, Sentinel, Mournhold, Ebonheart, Elden Root, Shornhelm, Evermore, Riften and many others. The game is said to feature “most” of Tamriel including Skyrim, Morrowind, Summerset Isle, and Elseweyr. Very nice.

Next up: flying mounts. While not dragons, they can fly. Gameplay will be divided among three groups: The Ebonheart Pact is composed of the Nords, Dunmer and Argonians. The Aldmeri Dominion includes Altmer, Khajit and Bosmer. Lastly, Daggerfall Covenant features the Bretons, Redguard and the Orcs. The level cap in roughly 120 hours; the end-game will feature high-end public dungeons with an added Heroic mode, as well as obvious faction-based PvP.

More details are at Game Informer.

The $399 iPad 2 Has An Improved 32mm Processor And Better Battery Life

This is quite an odd event. Those of you in the past that bought iPad 2s (like myself) are going to find that even the recently marked-down iPad 2 for $399 released by Apple to coincide with the release of the new iPad (3rd-generation) has a smaller, more energy efficient 32mm processor with new transistors, thus creating better battery life by 16 percent in web browsing and as much 30 percent when playing games, according Aandtech. You can tell if your iPad 2 has this new setup if when benchmarking it in an app like Geekbench it says “iPad 2,4”. The problem?

You can’t tell what iPad 2 model it is until you take it out of the box. In other words, it’s a $400 gamble until retailers phase out the older models of the already old iPad. Confound it.

Via: Aandtech

Samsung Galaxy S III: June Release For North America, May 29th For Europe

Low and behold!

The Samsung Galaxy S III from the beloved producer of the last two Google Nexus devices. In the new SGS III debuting in North America this June and on May 29th in Europe. The new features and specifications of the SGS III are alongside this sentence for your perusal: a 4.8-inch Super AMOLED display at 720p resolution, 8-megapixel primary and 1.9-megapixel front-facing cameras with 990ms start-up time, a 3.3fps burst mode, with best-shot selection (similar to HTC’s One series), all to be contained by 16 or 32GB of storage (64GB version is coming later) with microSD expansion, Bluetooth 4.0 support, GPS with GLONASS reception, high-throughput 40MHz 802.11n Wi-Fi, NFC, and a large 2,100mAh battery. All powered by a 1.4GHz quad-core Samsung Exynos processor.

Aesthetically, it measures 8.6mm thick (136.6 x 70.6 x 8.6mm, to be extremely precise) which is actually a bit thicker than the last-gen S II’s 8.5mm. And per usual procedure, the global edition has 21MBps data speeds delivered by HSPA+, and localized editions however could use 4G.

In terms of software the Galaxy S III has Samsung’s Android offerings with Android 4.0’s native features. This is ought to be Sammy’s next blockbuster device. Who knows? Commercial after the break.