We may have been abusing the “AT&T Unwrapped” branding for these hands-on posts, but who cares? It’s the experience and the photos of devices here that count, right? Here’s the LG Optimus G, complete with AT&T’s 4G LTE, a pretty nice aesthetic (but we’re not fans of the overly-customized Android 4.0 software), a 4.7-inch 1280×768 True HD IPS PLUS display, Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, all along with a 2,100mAh battery and 32GB internal storage.
LG Optimus G Hands-On
Will it be worth it later this holiday season? I’m not banking on devices that don’t use Android 4.1 Jelly Bean from the get-go at this point — the Galaxy Note II and HTC One X+, both of which I had hands-on time with, did run Jelly Bean — so I am not entirely sure.
Apparently, this is the Galaxy Note II on AT&T with 4G LTE data connectivity. You didn’t know that? Well, perhaps I should give you a word on the hands-on experience! The Note II is ever-so-slightly larger than the Galaxy Note that debuted a year before, but with the size increase comes the increase in quality: with a bigger 5.5-inch Super AMOLED HD display, 1.6GHz quad-core processor, 8 megapixel camera with 1080p HD recording, and Android 4.1 Jelly Bean and Samsung’s much-improved Touchwiz interface.
Samsung Galaxy Note II Hands-on!
Release date? Price? Not mentioned by the staff, except the usual: for the holiday season. We can’t wait: the Galaxy Note II is a fantastic phablet, and the S Pen technology has once again been refined, alongside the the appearance of the device.
At the AT&T Unwrapped event here in NYC, I’ve had the chance to play with some unreleased hardware. In my ongoing coverage of the devices here, I encountered some PR friends, and with that they detailed the Samsung Ativ Smart PC with Windows 8 (a practically final version, according to Samsung). This is Samsung’s Microsft Surface competitor, and it has a very premium feel — essentially it feels very different compared to the Galaxy Note 10.1 which I reviewed a few months prior.
Samsung Ativ Smart PC Hands-on!
The Ativ Smart PC packs in an 11.6-inch 1366×768 display, is 8.9mm thick, 4G LTE on AT&T, and weighs 20 ounces. Processing power is decent, with 1.5 GHz dual-core processor, 2 Gigabytes of RAM, and either 32 or 64 gigs of storage. Also included is the industry-standard Bluetooth 4.0 with NFC and GPS chips, and finally, USB 2.0 and mini-HDMI ports. 5MP back-facing and 1.9MP front-facing cameras are also included.
According to our lovely Samsung rep, the Ativ will launch in time for the holiday season.
The Lumia 920 is Nokia’s device of legend. Sporting dual-core processing power, the Qi wireless charging standard, AT&T’s 4G LTE network, HD display, PureView camera, and a variety of colors. Well, it turns out that Nokia reps aren’t too keen on anyone “going past the homescreen”, so you will have to make do with the fantastic looking shots of the Lumia 920.
Nokia Lumia 920 Hands-on Gallery
AT&T and Nokia reps alerted us that both the Nokia Lumia 920 and lower-end 820 will launch “in time for the holiday season”.
The new flagship Nokia Lumia 920 smartphone is headed to AT&T this November. It will be available exclusively to AT&T via pre-order, in red, black, white, yellow, and cyan. Among the ranks of the 4G LTE, Windows Phone 8, built-in wireless charging, dual-core Lumia 920 with a PureView camera, includes the lower-end Lumia 820, also due for release in November.
With the mess of Apple Maps and Google Maps, it’s nice to know the latter is taking steps to make sure iOS users are comfortable. Today, Street View was added to the Google Maps web app that functions in both Chrome and Safari for iOS. It works just like it always has, and is as useful as it always has been. And now, for the official Google Maps for iOS app — that will take a little more time, but it will come.
Long story short: the LG Optimus G is probably their highest-end product, with the best chance of actually being successful in the US market. Coming out on Sprint and AT&T (with extremely vague details as to when exactly), the LG Optimus G has a 4.7-inch 1280×768 True HD IPS PLUS display, Snapdragon S4 Pro quad-core processor, 2GB RAM, Android 4.0, 4G LTE a 2,100mAh battery and 32GB internal storage (with expandable memory available). The catch? AT&T is going with an 8MP rear camera, while Sprint will rock out for the 13MP.
Via: AT&T, PR Newswire
As much as we all love Nokia’s designs and use of color in their phones, perhaps Windows Phone and the Lumia project can’t quite pay the rent? The Espoo property is worth anywhere between $250-$400 million and resides by the Baltic Sea, but Nokia lost billions for the last two quarters. Time will tell the outcome of this rumor, however the inital hypothesis mentions Nokia may be leasing the property as well. Via: Reuters, TC
Quick update: AT&T just added the HTC One X+ – a 4.7-inch Super LCD2 720p display, 8MP BSI f/2.0 rear camera with ImageSense with polycarbonate build. Indeed, LTE-capable phone to their upcoming catalog, also including the 1.7GHz quad-core Tegra 3 chipset, and a solid 64GB internal memory. To top it all off, Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with Sense 4+ and a nicely improved 2,100mAh battery. It will be available “in the coming months”.
However, there’s a mid-range Android smartphone announced by AT&T as well: the HTC One XV (seen on the right of the press photo). It has (quite obviously) the lesser power of the two: a 4.5-inch qHD Super LCD2 display with Android 4.0 (upgradeable to Jelly Bean, after launch), a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon S4 MSM 8930 processor, 1 gig of RAM, 4G LTE, a 5MP BSI f/2.0 ImageSense camera capable of shooting 1080p video, a VGA front-facing cam, NFC, Bluetooth 4.0, FM radio and 8GB internal storage. All of that measures 9.19mm (0.36 inch) thick and weighs 4.4 ounces (124.7g).
It also will launch in a few months.
This is HTC’s latest and greatest. The HTC One X+ will launch in Europe and Asia later this year, with a 1.7GHz quad-core Tegra 3 processor, 64GB of hardy storage, a 4.7-inch screen, 1GB of RAM, LTE support, a new 8MP shooter on the bac, with an upgraded 1.6MP front-facing camera. And best of all? Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with an upgraded version of the Sense 4 UI, is included from the start, just like the red and black paint job. As for an American release? No word on that from HTC.
Turns out, HTC is just really ready to go!
Press release after the break, techies!
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