This Week On LaptopMemo: Android 4.0 Pops Up On The Newcomers

It’s happening: Android 4.0 on newer devices (!). And with a strong start to Mobile World Congress 2012 in the beautiful Barcelona, Spain (where tech journos are adjusting to new foods, time zones, and languages), you can be sure in the following days more exciting announcements will be made. There’s announcements from Samsung (the new Galaxy Tab), LG, Sony, and HTC (the new One series, seen above). You can check out all the current (and upcoming) MWC 2012 news at this page.

HTC One S: T-Mobile 42MBps HSPA+, Comes Out This Spring

This is the HTC One S. It’s a smartphone with 42MBps HSPA+ data speeds on T-Mobile will debut this Spring (at least by April). It measures 7.9mm thin, has a 4.3-inch AMOLED qHD screen, a dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, a 8-megapixel camera (same as the One X), 16GB of internal storage plus 25GB of free cloud-based Dropbox storage for two years. Other than that, not much else is incredible different than the HTC One X: it has an Android 4.0 ICS software build with Sense 4, and no prices to make mention of at the moment.

The HTC One X: Android 4.0, 4G LTE On AT&T, And A Serious Camera


The HTC One X! A 4.7-inch 720p HD Super LCD with Gorilla Glass, Android 4.0 (with Sense 4) out of the box, a 1.5GHz Snapdragon dual-core processor, 32GB of internal storage with 25GB of Dropbox storage, a 1.3 megapixel front-facing with 720p HD recording, and some serious photo specs: f/2 optics with an 8-megapixel back illuminated sensor and 1080p video capture. Beats Audio enhancements are also present on AT&T’s 4G LTE network, all in a 9.27 millimeter thin package with an 1,800mAh battery.

No prices yet, but still it looks to be a top-notch Android device worthy of combating the flagship Galaxy Nexus and comes out within the next 60 days on AT&T.

Via: AT&T

Sony Ericsson Xperia P Announced: Unibody Design & Q2 Release Date

The Sony Ericsson Xperia P is a promising device with a launch set for Q2 of 2012. It it codenamed Nyphon, has a 4-inch “WhiteMagic” display encased in an aluminum unibody (works for bright environments), has an 8MP camera with 1080p HD video recording (as well as 3D photo-taking), a 1GHz dual-core processor with 16GB storage, NFC with Android 2.3 (4.0 will come as part of a update later), and will be available in either red, black or silver. It all sounds great.

Samsung Galaxy Tab 2: Exciting With Android 4.0, But Thicker And Heavier

It is heavier and thicker than the original Tab 10.1, but still packs Ice Cream Sandwich with a 1GHz dual-core processor, much like the 7-inch Galaxy Tab 2. The 10.1-inch screen is of 1280×800 resolution, backed-up with a VGA front-facing camera for video chats, a 3 megapixel shooter with 720p HD recording on the back, and a 7,000mAh battery. There still are 16GB or 32GB storage options (with microSD card slot), as well as the thicker measurements: weighing 588g, it measures 256.6 x 175.3 x 9.7mm, meaning that it is much thicker than the previous 8.7mm seen on the original Tab 10.1.

Is that a deal-breaker? Not sure.

Google Chrome for Android beta updated, now works like it should

Don’t get it wrong: using Google Chrome for Android (BETA) on an Ice Cream Sandwich phone on the Galaxy Nexus is fantastic. In fact, it’s one of the best things that has ever happened to the Android platform, besides the very OS version it runs on, Android 4.0. However, there were some kinks to be had at the time of release, but as of tonight, they have been mostly ironed out for now. Bugs including the fonts being way too large have been addressed, as well as more speed and stability. Go ahead and download the update to see what I mean.

Via: Android Market, Google Chrome Releases Blog

LG Optimus 4X HD: a quad-core Tegra 3 processor, Android 4.0 stock

Hours after receiving a 1.2GHz dual-core Galaxy Nexus with Verizon 4G LTE service in the mail, out comes the pressers for the LG Optimus 4X HD, a 1.5GHz quad-core Tegra 3 device bound for Europe with Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich stock — no additional interfaces whatsoever. As for aesthetics, there is a 4.7-inch IPS “True HD” 1280 x 720 display within a 8.9mm-thin body yet still holds a massive 2,150 mAh battery. Additional specs include the obvious 8 megapixel camera with 1080p HD video recording and 1.3 megapixel shooter on the front, along with 1GB of RAM and 16GB storage.

Best of all, the new Tegra 3 platform users a fifth “stealth core”, or an eco core that slowly uses the battery for low-performance tasks to ensure that the battery lasts longer. This core as of tonight has been branded “4-Plus-1”, but since everybody knows that’s five, it’s okay. PR at the source link. Via: LG (PR link)

Oh, Hai: Galaxy S Blaze 4G on T-Mobile

This is quite a mix of 2010 and 2011 specs: 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon S3 CPU, 4-inch Super AMOLED panel, 5MP rear camera with 720p video capture, a 1.3MP front-facing shooter and — wait for it — Android 2.3 Gingerbread. It also supports 42Mbps HSPA+ on T-Mobile, which isn’t all half bad at all. The Galaxy S Blaze 4G will launch near the end of March for $150 on a two-year commitment.

Yawn. Press release after the break.