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Pantech 1.5 Ghz dual-core phone in Korea only – but why?

If you are like me and have been watching for all of the latest dual-core phones coming out lately, you'll probably wonder the same thing as me regarding this next phone. It sure sounds like a beast. Pantech plans to release the worlds first dual-core 1.5 Ghz smartphone called the Vega Racer. The only thing is for now it seems to be at their home in Korea only. They are well known in those parts but not so much in the West. I'm wondering why they have the speed burst, but we don't.

BSQUARE Mobile Development Device packs 1.5GHz Snapdragon MSM8660 [Video]

BSQUARE and Qualcomm have got together and produced a new Mobile Development Device (MDP), this time based on the new 1.5GHz dual-core Snapdragon MSM8660 chipset. An Android 2.3 Gingerbread smartphone intended to help developers test and optimize their apps for the new, asynchronous SoC, the MDP has a 3.61-inch touchscreen, 13-megapixel rear camera and 16GB of internal storage. There's also 1GB of RAM, a front-facing 1-megapixel camera, a microSD card slot, HDMI port, USB On-The-Go support and the usual mixture of WiFi, Bluetooth and GPS. BSQUARE also preloads several system-monitoring apps, including Qualcomm's Adreno Profiler for optimizing 3D graphics performance and Trepn Profiler for optimizing app power consumption. Unfortunately this sort of platform doesn't come cheap, and the BSQUARE MDP is a lot more expensive than your average Android smartphone. It will go on sale from today, priced at $1,350. [youtube Nnn5bthvq7M] [via SlashGear]

Samsung 2GHz dual-core Smartphone incoming; Exynos to take on Snapdragon

Samsung's Galaxy S II may have gone through an overclock before it even launched, taking the dual-core CPU to 1.2GHz (and handily matching the HTC Sensation) but apparently the company has even higher ambitions for mobile processors in the coming months. According to Korea's Maeli Business Newspaper, Samsung is planning a 2GHz dual-core smartphone "by next year". "We are planning to release a 2Ghz dual core CPU-equipped smartphone by next year," an unnamed Samsung exec told the newspaper. "This product will have the data processing capacities of a regular PC" he continued. Although the exact nature of the processor is unknown, it's believed to slot into Samsung's Exynos branding. Samsung is also expected to begin offering the Exynos chips to other manufacturers, taking on Qualcomm's Snapdragon in the process. [via Engadget]

Xperia Play CDMA phone hits the FCC

The Sony Xperia Play made a repeat performance at the FCC this weekend, as it's CDMA twin received Federal consideration. The inaugural Playstation certified handset, shows a SIM card slot that's different from Verizon's 4G LTE devices. This is leading some to speculate if this is a 3G only device, at least for testing purposes. We haven't seen any 4G association with the phone's advertizing with Verizon, and only rumors are circulating as to the Xperia Play launching later this month. But as we reported here, the Xperia Play is coming to 11 markets around the world, just not the US initially.

Sprint Kyocera Echo Startup Sequence [EXCLUSIVE]

Whilst having another look at the Kyocera Echo at the Kyocera booth during CTIA 2011, we happened upon a unit that was switched off. Deciding to check to see if anything magical would happen if we switched the device on while filming, we hit the on button with our camera rolling. As it happens, it does indeed have a unique startup sequence, and now in this video you're going to get to see it! Apologies in advance for the undeniably horribly terribly screen full of fingermarks! Take it as a sign that a lot of people are pumped up about this phone.

HTC Thunderbolt battery life to get extended options

It's no secret that part of the delay of the Verizon HTC Thunderbolt release was do to the challenging battery life of the handset on the 4G/LTE network. In SlashGear's review today, that was never more obvious when solely relying on 4G for average use, the Thunderbolt red barred after less than 3 hours. And even though coupling 4G with WiFi the battery life becomes comparable with other HTC 4G options, clearly something needs to be done. HTC is addressing battery life concerns by announcing they will be selling an optional extended life battery in the near future.

HTC Thunderbolt review on SlashGear

Vince over at SlashGear got his hands on the long anticipated, and often delayed, HTC Thunderbolt by Verizon and considering it's 4g hardware is "seasoned," the impressions are positive. The design of the Thunderbolt standard for an HTC handset, large 4.3" screen, metal chassis, industrial look. And while the display is a standard WVGA TFT touchscreen, the colors are impressively crisp and warm. And the design is actually narrower than most 4G phones, considering the extra space needed for it's built in metal kickstand.

LG Revolution [4G LTE Version] FCC Listing [Out Before ThunderBolt?]

Behold the loveliness that'll be coming out via Verizon this year, one whose name is not unknown to us, but not on the hot 4G LTE network Verizon now offers. This is the LG Revolution 4G LTE edition, one with a 4.3" display with 480 x 800 resolution, a fat 1GHz Qualcomm SnapDragon processor, and 16GB of internal memory. There'll be a 1.3-megapixel camera on the front, a 5-megapixel camera on the back, and connections along the lines of Bluetooth, Wifi, and GPS.

Qualcomm and Gameloft Partner up to better Android Gaming

Tuesday morning Qualcomm released a statement that they will be entering into a strategic relationship with Gameloft for HD Gaming. What this means is Qualcomm and Gameloft are now partnering up to help bring some heavy optimizations and enhancements to the Snapdragon chipsets to better perform with HD games. Not to say that they don't perform well already, but this comes fresh off the news that Nvidia is launching the site called Tegra Zone, where they show off a gallery of games and apps that will perform at best running a Tegra 2 CPU.

HTC Thunderbolt has been Delayed again

Verizon's HTC Thunderbolt has been under a slew of delays and bad news lately. It's a shame because it is such a great device. Today a tweet by @BestBuy129 from California confirms that the Thunderbolt has been delayed once again. Now they are saying It looks like it "may" launch on Thursday, March 4th. That still doesn't sound very convincing either. Sorry to break it to you all waiting to get yours hands on this 4G beast.
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