We might have jumped up a version of Android to Jelly Bean, but manufacturers are still playing catch up with Ice Cream Sandwich. At least LG is working slowly but surely, with AT&T announcing that the ICS update for the LG Nitro HD will be coming on July 31st. The update will bring all the benefits of Ice Cream Sandwich, plus LG’s new Optimus 3.0 UI, offering a cleaner visual aesthetic plus some new features.
It was hinted at earlier this morning, and now the Motorola Photon Q is official. It’s 4.3-inch device with a slide out QWERTY keyboard, featuring a qHD ColorBoost display. Best of all, the phone will have LTE connectivity onboard, so you’ll be able to bang out those emails while sucking down lightning fast 4G speeds. Other specs for the phone include a 1.5Ghz dual-core processor, 1GB of RAM, an eight megapixel camera with 1080p video recording, and a front-facing “HD” camera.
An Intel processor in a smartphone? It’s more likely than you think. The company has been trying to cram its processors into mobile devices for some time now, with the first sightings at CES 2010, but its taken all this time for smartphones featuring Atom processors to make it to market. The first was the Lava Xolo X900, released in India back in May, then the Lenovo K800, with the Orange San Diego bringing up the rear. That’s what we’ll be taking a look at in this review; how does it stack up to ARM-based offerings? Keep reading to find out.
It’s hard to think of another product - other than the iPhone - that’s had so much hype built around it. Rumors swirled the Galaxy S III for months, with leaks, renders, and reports coming from all corners of the globe as to what the sequel to the Galaxy S II might hold. The South Korean manufacturer did fall foul in its attempts to try and capitalize on the situation with its misguided “iSheep” campaign leading up to the May reveal, but the excitement was still palpable as we were ushered into the Earl’s Court Exhibition Centre. We came away from that event with mixed feelings regarding the marketing and message of the phone, not to mention the device itself, but what about now? We’ve had a chance to spend some quality time with Samsung’s flagship handset for 2012, and can finally divulge our opinion.
Sony released a scattershot of Xperia phones last year, and has decided to take a more measured approach this year, unveiling the NXT series at MWC 2012. That included the Xperia S and Xperia P, but today we’ll be reviewing the Xperia U, the smallest and cheapest of the three. That doesn’t mean it’s lacking in specs, though: a dual-core 1Ghz processor lies at the beating heart of the phone, and it’s staggering to think we’ve reached a point where a budget handset can include such a chip. How does it all stack up, though?
Samsung has so far detailed the hardware and software features of the Galaxy S III, but what about the accessories that the phone will work with? First, Samsung has revealed a Wireless Charging Kit which was rumored a couple of months ago. It’s an optional extra that comprises of a specialized backplate for the phone, plus a charging mat that you place the phone down on.
It’s clear by now that HTC had a somewhat disappointing 2011. Their handset range was all over the place, so at MWC this year, they decided to buckle down and simplify things, introducing the One range. While we’ve already taken a look at the mid-range and high-end handsets, there’s still One more to look at: the HTC One V. It doesn’t have the horsepower of the other two phones, but it hopes to make up for that in terms of overall experience and affordability. Head past the jump for our full review.