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Disguised Samsung Galaxy S III caught in Vietnam

Samsung's Galaxy S III has been caught in the wild, or at least its core hardware has, with a disguised prototype showing up in Vietnam. Apparently confirming the talk of a quadcore 1.4GHz processor and a 4.6-inch screen running at 1280 x 720, the Galaxy S III leaked to Tinhte is clad in a temporary disguise so as to prevent all of Samsung's aesthetic secrets from leaking.

Lava XOLO X900 kicks off Intel’s Android phone plans

The first Intel-powered Android smartphone will hit the market on April 23, with the Lava XOLO X900 going on sale in India. Packing a 1.6GHz Atom Z2460 processor with 1GB of RAM and a 4.03-inch 1024 x 600 LCD display, the X900 promises 1080p Full HD video recording and the ability to shoot ten 8-megapixel photos in under a second. Still, it's the processor that's the most interesting thing, Intel's first commercial attempt at taking on ARM in smartphones and, soon enough, tablets.

HTC denies Beats backlash

HTC has reiterated its commitment to Beats By Dre, denying reports that the recent replacement of its Chief Financial Officer is a prelude to reducing involvement with the audio brand. Speculation about the role Beats Audio would continue to play was spurred this week when CFO Winston Yung was replaced by Chia-Lin Chang, Yung being shifted to a "corporate development role." At the time, some reports indicated that Yung had been a significant player in the Beats Audio investment by HTC, and pointed to the executive switch-up as a sign that the company might be having a change of heart. Not so, says HTC CEO Peter Chou in the following statement given to Android Community:
On Monday, HTC announced the appointment of Chia-Lin Chang as Chief Financial Officer with Winston Yung, his predecessor, transitioning to a corporate development role. “Media speculation that ties this announcement to HTC’s partnership and investment in Beats By Dre is categorically inaccurate,” said Peter Chou, CEO of HTC Corporation. “HTC and Beats have made impressive progress in innovation and brand awareness and the integration of the Beats brand and technology in the new HTC One series is a clear indication of our commitment to this partnership.”
Nonetheless, there remain questions around how much Beats hardware HTC will bundle in future devices. Earlier this month saw suggestions that Beats Headphones would no longer be bundled as a matter of course with HTC devices.

Acer Iconia Tab A510 packs Tegra 3 and ICS in $450 slate

Acer has outed its first quadcore Ice Cream Sandwich tablet, the Acer Iconia Tab A510, a 10.1-inch slate running Android 4.0 on NVIDIA's Tegra 3 chipset. The A510 has a 1280 x 800 10-point touchscreen with 85-degree viewing angles, a microHDMI port, micro USB 2.0 port and microSD card reader. Inside there's 32GB of storage and 1GB of RAM, along with WiFI a/b/g/n and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR. A front camera runs at 1-megapixel and is fixed focus, while the 5-megapixel rear camera supports autofocus and can simultaneously snap stills while recording HD video. Polaris Office 3.5 along with various other apps are preloaded, together with Acer's own clear.fi DLNA streaming system and the Acer Ring UI. The chassis is 10.2(w) x 6.9(d) x 0.43(h) inches and weighs a little over 24 oz, and bears both Acer and Olympics logos as it's apparently an "Olympic Games Tablet Edition." The Acer Iconia Tab A510 is up for pre-sale today, priced at $449.99, and available in black or silver. A matching case with integrated stand is priced at $39.99. [gallery]

Angry Birds Space hits Play Market

Angry Birds Space has gone live in the Android Play Market, offering bird-hurling pig haters the opportunity to fling feathers in space. Featuring sixty levels spread across both space and planets, with a mixture of zero-gravity and non-Earth gravity to get your head around, the updated game also introduces new birds and a variety of in-app purchase content. For instance, there's the DANGER ZONE pack, with 30 of what developers Rovio Mobile says are the "most difficult levels" every offered. The regular game itself features a number of hidden levels, including one focused on anti-cyberbullying. The Android version of the game is a free download, unlike the iOS versions which kick off at $0.99, though that does mean you get adverts. You can download Angry Birds Space here. [via SlashGear]

Qualcomm 802.11ac WiFi could triple wireless performance

Qualcomm reckons Android smartphone users could see 3x the wireless performance once handsets make the jump to 802.11ac WiFi, the company claims, thanks to improvements in speed, range and power consumption. That's one of the boasts around the new line-up of Qualcomm Atheros 802.11ac "gigabit wireless" devices, including the WCN3680 combination 11ac/Bluetooth 4.0/FM chipset that's intended to be used with the potent Snapdragon S4 MSM8960.

LG Optimus L3, L5 and L7 revealed

LG has, as expected, taken the wraps off a further range of new smartphones ahead of MWC 2012, the LG L Series, consisting of three devices spanning hardware capabilities and price points. At the top sites the 4.3-inch LG Optimus L7, running Ice Cream Sandwich on an unspecified processor, and using the same blunt-edged style as LG previously showed on the PRADA Phone 3.0.

LG swipes at NFC with Optimus LTE Tag

LG's second new Android smartphone for Mobile World Congress is the LG Optimus LTE Tag, and the company is hoping you'll get into the habit of tapping it against your dashboard. A 4.3-inch 1.2GHz dual-core handset - that looks, almost ridiculously so - like Samsung's Galaxy S II - the Optimus LTE Tag includes both 4G LTE support and a few sheets of sticky NFC labels that can be used to switch the smartphone between various modes.

LG Optimus Vu revealed with stylus and LTE

LG has officially revealed the LG Optimus Vu, the company's new flagship for MWC 2012 next week and its stylus-toting challenge to Samsung's Galaxy Note. Based around an iPad-matching 1024 x 768 resolution, 4:3 aspect display, the 5-inch Optimus Vu "phablet" uses a 650 nits IPS LCD panel for better outdoor visibility, and comes with a stylus for annotating documents, drawing sketches and making handwritten notes in LG's Memo app.
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