HTC Sensation XE Unveiled: A 1.5GHz Dual-Core Beats Audio Smartphone


This would be wrong. Scratch that — a crime, if the Sensation XE didn’t make its way to Verizon Wireless here in the States. It’s a red smartphone, with Beats Audio to back it up.  Oh, and as for what really is backing it up: a 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor, Android 2.3 Gingerbread with the latest version of Sense UI, a 4.3-inch qHD display, a larger 1,730mAh battery to compensate for the overclocked processor and Beats Audio, and also ships with a pair of Beats by Dr. Dre headphones that include controls and a mic, all in one juicy red package. It makes the original Sensation 4G look like a clown (ironically, as one just arrived in the mail). HTC’s press release is seen after the break.

Windows 8 Developer Preview Now Available For Download — And You Don’t Have To Be A Dev

Straight out of today’s BUILD conference for Microsoft was a developer preview for Windows 8, as well as a Samsung touchscreen tablet that was running it. But let’s cut to the important part: Windows 8 is available for download for anyone, even with low-end specs. You can easily install the .iso as a partition on your hard drive (however it may require a full wipe and install), and get going. The dev preview without developer tools on a 64-bit machine measures in at 3.6GB, which is what I’m downloading now. In the meantime, get downloading and check out the source links for info on Windows 8 and where to download it!
Via: Microsoft Press PassMSDN (download link)

Acer Iconia Tab A501 Headed To AT&T For $330 On Contract

Coming September 18th, the Acer Iconia A501 is coming to AT&T using HSPA+ data connectivity (sigh), a 10.1-inch 1280 x 800-pixel resolution screen, a dual-core 1GHz NVIDIA Tegra2 processor, a full size USB port, a microSD card slot, 5-megapixel rear-facing camera and a 2-megapixel front-facing camera for video chats. The tablet will be priced at $479.99, but a $330 price can be achieved if new customers get a 2-year contract with a 3GB monthly data plan. Full PR from AT&T after the break.

Samsung Focus S, HTC Titan, And Samsung Focus Flash Will Be AT&T’s New Mango Windows Phones

 There are three phones that AT&T has announced. All three use Windows Phone 7 “Mango” as their main OS meaning that just about everything is up to date and with specifications that are top-notch. Let’s take a look:

The Focus S has a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED display (thought to be at 480 x 800 resolution), a 1.4GHz CPU, “4G-capable” network speeds, 1.3-megapixel front facing camera, as well as an 8-megapixel sensor on the back. The Focus Flash however, seems to be more of a refresh. The smartphone has a 3.7-inch Super AMOLED display, 1.4GHz CPU (Samsung hasn’t said which), and a 5-megapixel camera with what may be a cheaper pricetag.

As for the HTC Titan? It’s a 4.7-inch screened monster, with a single-core 1.5 GHz processor, 512 MB of RAM, 8-megapixel camera, and about 16GB of internal storage, and will debut in the 4th quarter of 2011.

Note: Updated to reflect Titan’s specs.

Mystery BlackBerry Bold 9980 Surfaces, Seems To Be Luxury Limited Edition

This is one of the most beautiful smartphones I’ve ever seen. It’s sleek, it’s well sculpted, and for some reason unbeknownst to me (and nearly every other blogger/journalist), it’s a BlackBerry “9980”. It contains most of the specs seen in BlackBerry devices like the Bold 9900, which just recently went on sale in the United Sates. This device (and its design) seems to have originated in Beijing, and its creator reportedly has already sold three of these prototypes, which is interesting.

On top of all of this mystery, it may come to the market as a limited edition or luxury version of the Bold 9900. However or wherever it will debut, it’s so awesome looking. Via: CrackBerry

Netflix For Android Now Supported On All 2.2 And 2.3 Devices

Well, it was about time, Netflix. The official Android app is now fully functional for all 2.2 and 2.3 devices. While Netflix continues to iron out bugs here and there, Android fragmentation is still around for the app — Honeycomb tablets mostly do not have support for it. Hopefully that will be taken care of soon enough.

In the meantime, get streaming on your modern Android phone. Via: Android Market

Minecraft 1.8 Pre-Release Out!

It turns out one of the many beta testers Mojang AB entrusted with Minecraft Beta 1.8 has let loose the .jar file on the interwebs! So naturally, since Notch and Co. are extremely cool with it (at least this time), and Minecraft.net now hosts the pre-release 1.8 .jar file for anyone to add to a fresh install of Minecraft. Despite there still being bugs (a pre-release version of a beta, almost like an alpha), I’m loving every second of it. New items, combat moves, sprinting, new biomes and ravines, items, Endermen — you name it!

Via: @notch, Reddit, Official Download Link

Razer Onza Tournament Edition Review

Despite only having my just-purchased Razer Onza Tournament Edition for only a few days, I’ve fallen in love with its many perfections and few flaws. The Razer Onza TE is from the well-respected PC gaming keyboard and mouse manufacturer, Razer. For the first time they have ventured to home consoles, and with a bang. The Onza TE has several features that the original Xbox 360 controller doesn’t have, like adjustable analog sticks (increased or decreased tensions), an improved D-pad, two programmable shoulder buttons (which can replace almost any button on the controller), “Hyper Response” ABYX buttons that also have built-in LEDs, a 15-foot braided USB cable, and finally a rubber texture.

Check out the full Onza TE review after the break to see if it really bests the competition!