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Samsung’s Galaxy Note due November claims retailer

Samsung's Galaxy Note smartphone-tablet-hybrid has been pencilled in for a late November release, for the UK at least. According to retailer Clove, the first Galaxy Note stock will come in midway through Q4, with retail price as-yet unconfirmed but expected to be in the region of £500+VAT ($783). That gets you a 5.3-inch 1280 x 800 capacitive touchscreen that recognizes not just finger control but Samsung's bundled digital stylus. Handwriting recognition is supported, along with the ability to annotate screengrabs, notes and other content. Elsewhere it's everything you'd expect from a high-end Android smartphone, so there's an 8-megapixel Full HD video capable camera on the back, a front-facing camera, 3G, WiFi b/g/n and all the usual sensors. A dual-core 1.5GHz processor is inside, keeping things running. More information in our hands-on from the Galaxy Note's debut at IFA 2011 earlier in the month. [vms 89124e2ce92984e04fb4] [via SlashGear]

HTC outs Raider 4G with LTE and 1.5GHz dual-core

HTC has launched a new LTE smartphone, the HTC Raider 4G, though so far the Android handset is only announced for South Korea. Pairing the 1.5GHz dual-core processor from the Sensation XE with a 4.5-inch qHD IPS display, 1GB of RAM and 16GB of internal storage, the Raider 4G offers up to 100Mbps downloads and 50Mbps uploads on LTE networks. If you're out of LTE coverage, then the Raider 4G is also good for up to 21Mbps 3G downloads or 5.76Mbps uploads. There's also WiFi b/g/n, Bluetooth 3.0, GPS, and all the usual sensors you'd expect, along with an 8-megapixel rear f/2.2 camera with dual-LED flash and a front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera. Full HD video recording is supported. OS is Android Gingerbread with HTC Sense on top. HTC will also offer the Raider 4G with an optional DMB dongle, allowing owners to tune into digital TV broadcasts when in South Korea. The whole thing measures 128.8mm x 67mm x 11.27mm and weighs 163.8g with its 1620 mAh battery. No word on pricing or availability internationally at this stage, though AT&T is tipped to get the Raider 4G at some point. [gallery] [Thanks to everyone who sent this in!]

TouchPad Android port continues: H/W acceleration, more [Video]

Work on the HP TouchPad Android port continues, with the Cyanogenmod team releasing a new video demonstrating its latest milestone. Both of the TouchPad's 1.5GHz cores can now be used, all of the sound issues have been addressed, and there's some impressive 3D gaming to be had, too. Hardware accelerated video is also now functional, which means smooth playback of 720p HD video locally stored on the tablet itself, as well as high-quality YouTube playback. Obviously there's WiFi support, along with the accelerometer, audio system and more. The intention is still to provide a dual-boot system, capable of loading either Android or the original webOS of the TouchPad. Unfortunately there's no public ROM for owners to try out themselves; that'll be ready when it's ready, the Cyanogenmod team insists. [youtube ApfeSj4Ql6Q]

Samsung Galaxy Tab 8.9 WiFi gets official US listing/price

Samsung US has officially priced the Galaxy Tab 8.9 WiFi tablet, with the 8.9-inch Honeycomb slate being available from $469 and said to be "coming soon." Both 16GB and 32GB versions of the tablet are listed, priced at $469 and $569 respectively. Specifications are just as we've seen before, which means Android 3.1 Honeycomb running on NVIDIA's dual-core Tegra 2 processor with Samsung's own TouchWiz modifications. There's a 2-megapixel camera on the front and a 3-megapixel camera on the back, but unlike the 3G versions only WiFi to get you online. That all matches up with Best Buy's listings from last week, with the retailer suggesting that the Galaxy Tab 8.9 would arrive sometime later this month. An LTE version is also expected for some regions, tipped to launch later in 2011, though exact availability is unconfirmed. [device id=1676] [Thanks Paul!]

Motorola’s 7-inch XOOM caught in wild

An image of what appears to be Motorola's 7-inch version of the XOOM has leaked, presumably the same compact tablet CEO Sanjay Jha promised was in the pipeline earlier this year. No specifications in the image sent to This is my next, but the slimline slate does appear to have the Motorola logo - or something like it - in the top corner, and be running Android Honeycomb's camera app. As for connectivity, while we're guessing that WiFi, Bluetooth and 3G/4G are all likely additions, the only thing visible at the moment are two ports on the lower edge. They, it's suggested, are microUSB and microHDMI. If authentic, gone are the chunky stylings of the original XOOM, to be replaced by an angled aesthetic more in keeping with the Photon 4G. No word on when, exactly, this new Motorola might hit the market, nor indeed what the chunky device in the upper right-hand corner might be.

Pantech Breakout brings $100 LTE to Verizon

Pantech's budget 4G LTE smartphone, the Breakout, has been officially announced for Verizon, where it will go on sale come September 22. Priced at $99.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate and assuming a new, two-year agreement, the Pantech Breakout has a 4-inch WVGA display and a 1GHz processor.

LG Optimus Q2 revealed: Super-bright QWERTY slider

LG has unveiled its latest Android smartphone, the LG Optimus Q2, a QWERTY-toting slider with a 4-inch WVGA IPS display and a 5-megapixel camera. Running a 1.2GHz processor, the Optimus Q2's real draw is the display, which LG says runs at an eye-searing 700 nits. There's also WiFi Direct support, Bluetooth and a front-facing video camera. The phone is 12.3mm thick and weighs 147g, and LG says its shrunk down the dimensions of the slide section by 2mm compared to previous smartphones from the company with the same form-factor. It's unclear which version of Android is loaded, but LG has done some fiddling with its own UI system. South Korea will be able to pick up the LG Optimus Q2 from next weekend, though there's no sign of a price or a release date for international markets. [gallery]

HTC October 6 event could deliver Euro HTC Vigor

The HTC Vigor could make its official debut in early October, with the news that HTC UK is sending out invites for a "press conference and party" on October 6. While the company has told us it cannot confirm details about the event - and asked that we not mention where in London it will take place - the language indicates this will be another of the company's high-profile public events. Saved for the firm's more significant launches, and usually announced at the HTC UK Facebook page, these parties give would-be buyers a chance to play with new smartphones well ahead of retail availability. Although the early October timeline could indicate Windows Phone 7 related news, the fact that HTC has already announced its new Mango-based line-up suggests it's Android that's on the cards. Most likely candidate, then, is the HTC Vigor, which is expected to see the company debut a 4.3-inch 1280 x 720 HD-capable display. Running what's believed to be the same 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm processor as in the new Sensation XE, in addition to an 8-megapixel main camera, the Vigor has been described to Android Community as the first HTC handset to include Beats Audio in its design "from the ground up." Update: To be clear, we're talking about a European version of the Vigor, seeing as that specific handset is expected to be a Verizon CDMA model. Update 2: Reader Carl suggests it could be the European HTC Bass that HTC is revealing, though that handset is expected to be unveiled in the US tomorrow. [via SlashGear]

LG grabs Street Fighter IV for HD phones in Q4

LG's first HD Android smartphones are expected to arrive in Q4, bringing with them classic game Street Fighter IV thanks to a new deal with CAPCOM. The agreement will see LG have three months exclusivity to the title, which will be distributed via the handset manufacturer's own site rather than, it seems, through the Android Market. "As we prepare our first HD smartphone for launch, it was important for us to be able to offer HD content that would really demonstrate this phone’s benefits" LG Mobile president and CEO Dr. Jong-seok Park explains. "The HD version of Street Fighter certainly fills this objective. We are also confident that LG’s soon-to-be-unveiled HD display technology will give Street Fighter fans a whole new reason to play the game again." Unfortunately there's no further detail on the HD smartphones themselves, though leaks earlier in the year suggested that the LG Prada K2 would have a  4.3-inch HD NOVA Display, an 8-megapixel main camera and a front-facing 1.3-megapixel camera. LG recently showed off a 4.5-inch 1280 x 720 panel, with an iPhone 4-challenging 329ppi pixel density. [via MobileBulgaria]

Google Voice Actions for Android hits Europe [Video]

Google has extended Voice Actions for Android to users in the UK, France, Italy, Germany and Spain, with the voice-command service now supporting local languages in each country. Launched in the US last year, the newly extended system allows to you start a new SMS message, call contacts, navigate to websites and do other things, all by simply speaking to your Android device. Voice Actions now recognizes British English, French, Italian, German and Spanish, and is compatible with Android 2.2 devices and above. After triggering the voice search by holding down the dedicated search button, tapping the homescreen microphone button or loading the app itself, you can choose from seven different commands:
  • send text to [contact] [message]
  • call [business]
  • call [contact]
  • go to [website]
  • navigate to [location/business name]
  • directions to [location/business name]
  • map of [location]
Meanwhile, voice-led searching is still supported. You can download the new version from the Android Market. [youtube HsI76lrvJt4]