Official is as official does... right? In a bid to one-up the Galaxy S II's launch here in the States, Samsung has just announced that five carriers will soon have their own customized versions of the Galaxy S III. And by "soon," we mean "beginning in June." AT&T, Sprint, T-Mobile, Verizon Wireless and US Cellular are all in line to take part, with exact pricing and availability to be announced by each of the five carriers in the coming weeks. We are, however, told to expect on-contract prices as low as $199, and it sounds as if all five variants will keep the same 4.8-inch HD Super AMOLED display.
Naturally, S-Beam, S-Voice, Smart Stay and Android 4.0 (with TouchWiz) will be onboard, with Qualcomm's 1.5GHz Snapdragon S4 at the heart of each matter. We're told to expect 2GB of RAM across the board, with Gorilla Glass 2.0 guarding against your clumsiness. Moreover, we're reminded of the mythical Pebble Blue hue (which will be available alongside Marble White), with a removable 2,100mAh battery and 16GB / 32GB capacity options. Looking to learn more? There's a bit left just beyond the break, but the real deets will be pouring out in the weeks ahead from the carriers themselves.
Update: AT&T has added a preview page; check the more coverage link for details.
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Intel’s next-generation Ivy Bridge processors will be the first to feature a “3D Tri-Gate transistor,” The BBC reported on Sunday. The company plans to initially release 13 quad-core processors for desktop computers that it promises will offer more computational power while using less energy. Intel hopes its new transistors, which have been in development for 11 years, will help it challenge ARM’s reputation for energy efficiency. “This is the world’s first 22 nanometre product and we’ll be delivering about 20% more processor performance using 20% less average power,” the company said, adding that dual-core processors aimed at ultrabooks will be announced “later this spring.” Intel promises that “there will be 50% more supply than we had early in the product cycle of our last generation, Sandy Bridge, a year ago. And we’re still constrained based on the amount of demand we’re seeing in the marketplace.” Digitimes on Monday reported that shipments of the company’s latest processors will still be lower than expected, however, and it will not be able to satisfy the strong demand anticipated from PC vendors.
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We have been informed by a trusted source that HTC’s One X, one of the best smartphones ever to come out of Taiwan, will be available on AT&T as early as this week. We have also been told that AT&T may announce availability details tomorrow, and that the handset’s release should follow within five to seven days of the carrier’s announcement. AT&T’s version of the HTC One X swaps out the quad-core Tegra 3 processor for a dual-core Snapdragon CPU in order to accommodate 4G LTE connectivity, but unlike the complete redesign we saw on Sprint’s EVO 4G LTE, the AT&T version should be nearly identical to the international model.
Nokia CEO Stephen Elop reportedly stated that multi-core mobile processors are a waste of battery life in a recent interview with a Chinese newspaper. Yangcheng Evening News quotes Elop as having said, “the so-called dual-core, quad-core mobile phones can only waste batteries, but not be useful for consumers all the time.” Microsoft’s Windows Phone mobile operating system does not support multi-core chipsets, but the company has been highlighting the “real world performance” of its handsets through the “Smoked by Windows Phone” challenge. Elop went on to claim that the company’s flagship Lumia 900 has never been defeated by the iPhone or an Android smartphone, despite the dual-core and quad-core processors found in those devices.
Sprint is currently in the process of building out its 4G LTE network, which is slated to launch in the second quarter of 2012. Citing anonymous sources, SprintFeed reports that the carrier is looking to launch a new LTE-enabled Windows Phone later this year. Earlier reports claimed that Sprint had shared its LTE specifications with Nokia and was looking to introduce a handset running Windows Phone 8 with a dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm MSM8960 chipset. SprintFeed‘s sources have reportedly confirmed that the MSM8960 Snapdragon chip will indeed be used in the handset, however the vendor behind the device remains a mystery. The new Windows Phone is said to be in testing and is slated for a fall release.
Apple on Wednesday announced the new iPad at a press event in San Francisco. Along with a Retina Display and improved camera, the slate is equipped with Apple’s A5X processor. The chip has two CPU cores, just like the A5, and four graphics cores for superior gaming and smooth operation of the high-resolution display. Apple has previously used the same chip in the company’s iPad and iPhone, however the A5X may not be ideal for smartphone use and the Cupertino-based company may instead look for a more power-efficient chip for the iPhone 5, MacWorld reported on Thursday. Read on for more.
“I think that this new chip is probably just for the iPad,” said Linley Gwennap, founder and principal analyst of The Linley Group. “It looks like they planned ahead for this.”
Gwennap believes that Apple may have moved forward with the A5X because it didn’t want to wait for a 28-nm chip. Mercury Research analyst Dean McCarron also believes the current A5X is unlikely to make an appearance in the next iPhone. “There’s no technical reason to make the iPhone display better,” he said. “For phones in particular … there’s a lot of incentive to use the latest process.”
McCarron agreed with Apple’s decision to remain on a dual-core CPU, claiming that most of the existing Apple software wasn’t designed for a four-core processor.
Sony has no plans to launch smartphones with more powerful quad-core processors this year, a Sony Mobile Communications executive confirmed on Wednesday. Speaking with CNET Asia, Sony Mobile product marketing manager Stephen Sneeden said he believes Sony will wait until 2013 to launch smartphones powered by quad-core processors like NVIDIA’s Tegra 3. ”We’re going to join quad-core when we feel that the performance matches the battery efficiency,” Sneeden said. “Because right now we don’t feel that is there. What we are going to be doing in the second-half of the year is moving to the Cortex A15 architecture, which we feel outperforms the current quad-core architecture.” While smartphone vendors like HTC, ZTE and others were busy unveiling quad-core Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich phones at Mobile World Congress this past week, Sony took the wraps off two new dual-core Xperia smartphones that will launch with Android 2.3 Gingerbread. ”You’ll see in 2013, as we’re evaluating the quad-core performance where it makes sense, where you’re not suffering in quality and the performance truly is there, and there really is something that demanding applications need,” Sneeden added. “That’s when we make the right move to quad-core.”
Apple reportedly plans to launch a new Apple TV next month that will feature a faster processor along with other enhancements. Apple watcher 9to5Mac on Tuesday reported that the Cupertino, California-based technology giant plans to refresh its Apple TV offering in March alongside the iPad 3. To be clear, this is not the HDTV Apple is rumored to be working on, but rather the somewhat popular iOS-powered set-top box. 9to5Mac’s source says the new Apple TV will be powered by a faster dual-core processor, perhaps the “Apple A5x” that has been rumored recently, and it will feature better video playback performance as well. Earlier rumors suggested that Apple’s new Apple TV might also feature Siri voice command integration, a Bluetooth 4.0 remote and support for Apple’s rumored upcoming 1080p iTunes content, but none of these rumors have been confirmed.
While the One X may be HTC's beast of a flagship
device, the One S is not far behind. It's packing a new Snapdragon S4 processor into one of the most solidly built phones I've ever put my paws on. More »
Mobile World Congress hasn’t officially begun yet, but clearly someone forgot to tell HTC. The company is currently in the midst of a huge press conference during which it unveiled its new flagship “HTC One” brand. Among the devices announced is the mid-range HTC One S, the thinnest smartphone HTC has ever built. BGR exclusively revealed details surrounding the One V last November, but we’re more excited about this phone than ever now that wHTC has painted the complete picture. Read on for more.
The HTC One S features an ultra-thin 7.9-millimeter case that houses a 4.3-inch qHD AMOLED display, a dual-core 1.5GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 processor, an amazing 8-megapixel camera, 16GB of internal storage plus 25GB of free cloud-based Dropbox storage for two years, the same amazing 8-megapixel camera as the one found on the One X, Sense 4.0 and Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich.
It’s not easy to convey just how thin this smartphone is — It’s unbelievable. But during our time with the device last week, we were even more impressed with the overall build. The size of this slim smartphone is beyond manageable for a device with a 4.3-inch display, and the unibody aluminum construction is outstanding.
This isn’t typical aluminum we’re talking about, mind you — HTC used a process called Multi-Arc Oxidation to treat the aluminum with plasma applied at extremely high temperatures. The result is an amazing soft-touch ceramic feel that still maintains the durability and light weight that aluminum is known for. HTC noted that the same process is used to finish satellites.
HTC’s “One” lineup is shaping up to be the talk of Mobile World Congress this year, and it hasn’t even officially started yet. While the high-end HTC One X is certainly the star of the show, we were actually more impressed with the One S in terms of the complete package. The polycarbonate case on the One X is sleek and the design is slim and unique, but the One S feels much more impressive in the hand. The phone’s specs might pale in comparison to the quad-core One X flagship phone, but its soft-touch finish, unibody aluminum construction and lightweight design could make this smartphone a big hit at the right price.
The HTC One S will launch within the next two months on T-Mobile here in the United States, and it will be released in a number of additional regions in the coming months as well. More to come in our hands-on with the device.