LG G Pro 2 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3: Phablet Comparison

Samsung set the gold standard of phablets with its Galaxy Note series, and while there are a few other likely candidates, we suspect the biggest rival to the company’s largest and most premium flagship could be the latest handset from an age old foe. Earlier last week at Mobile World Congress, LG officially unveiled its largest phablet to date, the G Pro 2, giving another option to the growing number of consumers who are in the market for a supersized smartphone. Samsung set the gold standard of phablets with its Galaxy Note series, and while there are a few other likely candidates, we suspect the biggest rival to the company’s largest and most premium flagship could be the latest handset from an age old foe. Spec by spec, the LG G Pro 2 just might have what it takes to stand up against the top contender of the fiercely competitive phablet market, but it will have to overcome a few … Continue reading LG G Pro 2 vs Samsung Galaxy Note 3: Phablet Comparison

Phablets Take the Cake at Mobile World Congress 2014

After an exhausting week, this year’s Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona, Spain is finally coming to a close but not without confirming the latest trend in mobile computing – the rise of the phablet. Handset makers introduced a plethora of big-screen smartphones ranging from 5 inches to more than 7 inches, including some older model tablets updated with LTE connectivity. Below, we take a look at the most notable phablets from this year’s technology extravaganza. Samsung Galaxy S5 The Samsung Galaxy S5 is a 5.1-inch upgrade to the year older Galaxy S4 and sports a full HD screen. Under the hood, Samsung made an upgrade from the Snapdragon 800 chipset to the slightly improved Snapdragon 801. Unfortunately, Samsung did not go with the Snapdragon 805, or the rumored 2560×1440 screen resolution that many were expecting. In fact, the slightly larger screen with the same 1920×1080 resolution means pixel density is slightly lower than the Galaxy S4, which some claim … Continue reading Phablets Take the Cake at Mobile World Congress 2014

LG G Pro 2 coming to US and Europe in April

According to the latest news received from ZDNet’s Korean edition, the LG G Pro 2 will officially launch in South Korea by the end of this month. Other Asian markets will follow soon after in March followed by the United States in April and Europe by May. Officials released the details at a press conference following the launch of the phablet at the LG headquarters in Seoul. Senior executives said that the new phablet’s global sales will start in Asia in March then move to Europe and US. “The G Pro 2 will be launched in Korea within this month,” said Cho Sung Ha, head of Korea sales at LG’s mobile division. “Starting in March, we will launch it in Asian countries where demand for large-screen phablets is the highest.” “We will release the G Pro 2 in regions such as the US and Europe after that,” he added. LG also said that Asia has the biggest market for phablets … Continue reading LG G Pro 2 coming to US and Europe in April

ASUS Fonepad 7 receives LTE connectivity

At Mobile World Congress on Monday, ASUS debuted two all-new additions to its popular Fonepad line. ASUS announced two new variants of its refreshed Fonepad 7 voice-calling tablet on Monday at the Mobile World Congress event in Barcelona. The new FonePad 7 LTE ME372CL features support for 4G LTE networks, while the FonePad 7 ME175CG is a dual-SIM model for use in markets where customers regularly need to connect to multiple wireless networks. Most of the specifications are the same between the new devices and the refreshed Fonepad 7 tablet, which featured a single-SIM card slot, and 3G+Wi-Fi connectivity. They each feature Intel processors, 7 inch, 1280 x 800 pixel displays, 1GB of RAM, and 8GB of storage. The new models also feature stereo front-facing speakers, 3950mAh batteries, 5MP rear cameras, and 1.2MP front-facing cameras. One key difference between the original Fonepad 7 and the new 3G model is the processor. The company’s Fonepad 7 with 3G that is already … Continue reading ASUS Fonepad 7 receives LTE connectivity

Samsung and Qualcomm Demo Cat6 LTE Galaxy Note 3 at WMC 2014

Qualcomm on Monday conducted the world’s first live demonstrations of LTE Category 6 connectivity at MWC 2014 using a specially modified Samsung Galaxy Note 3 with a Snapdragon 805 processor and Gobi 9×35 modem. The Galaxy Note 3 prototype – specially developed and modified for the LTE Cat 6 demonstrations – reached download speeds of 300Mbps, making it the fastest and most powerful device of its kind. The LTE Cat6 connection demo was made possible thanks to Qualcomm’s fourth-generation 3G/LTE multimode modem, the Gobi 9×35 (cousin of the Gobi 9×30), which is twice as fast as anything found commercially. It is also the first cellular modem to be announced based on 20 nm technology. Additionally, it supports global carrier aggregation deployments up to 40 MHz for both LTE TDD and FDD, and is backwards compatible to support all other major cellular technologies, including WCDMA /MC-HSPA, CDMA 1x/EVDO Rev. B, GSM/EDGE and TD-SCDMA. The Samsung Galaxy Note 3 prototype also features … Continue reading Samsung and Qualcomm Demo Cat6 LTE Galaxy Note 3 at WMC 2014

Huawei unveils “worlds slimmest” 7-inch phablet – the MediaPad X1

Kicking off this year’s Mobile World Congress ahead of the pack, Huawei on Sunday introduced what is being described as “the world’s slimmest 7-inch LET Cat4-enabled all-in-one phablet” – the MediaPad X1. Weighing in at a mere 239g, the X1 is the lightest and narrowest phablet in its class, beating the likes of the ASUS Fonepad 7, Kindle Fire HDX 7 and the latest Nexus 7. The MediaPad X1 features a 103.9mm wide “full aluminum alloy unibody design,” with a profile of just 7.18mm. The IPS-LCD display packs a high-res 1920 x 1200 display, with a 80% screen-to-body ratio. Under the hood, the MediaPad X1 sports a 1.6GHz Cortex A9 quad-core processor along with 2GB of RAM and a Mali-450 MP4 GPU. The device ships with 16GB of internal storage, expandable up to 32GB via microSD. The whole setup is backed by a huge 5000 mAh battery, which reportedly delivers 21 days on standby, and “up to 5 days of … Continue reading Huawei unveils “worlds slimmest” 7-inch phablet – the MediaPad X1

Sprint brings free Wi-Fi calling to the Samsung Galaxy Mega and Galaxy S4 mini

Sprint officially announced on Friday that it will be bringing its free Wi-Fi calling service to the Samsung Galaxy Mega and the Galaxy S4 mini, with plans to add more devices later this year. An over-the-air update is required before the service will be enabled, and Sprint says that update will be rolled out over the next few weeks. Wi-Fi calling is beneficial for users who don’t have proper network coverage in their home or office and will allow users to make phone calls and send text messages using their local Wi-Fi networks rather than relying on mobile networks. In order to take advantage of Wi-Fi Calling, a customer will simply need a compatible device, enable the feature through a web interface, and begin using it. No monthly charge will be assessed for the use of Wi-Fi Calling. According to Sprint, Android Location Services must be turned on in order to make Wifi calls, and the feature will only be … Continue reading Sprint brings free Wi-Fi calling to the Samsung Galaxy Mega and Galaxy S4 mini

Apple iPhone 6 phablet rumored for fall release with 5.6-inch variant

Reports out of Taiwan indicate Apple plans to launch a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 later this year, and may even offer a second 5.6-inch iOS device under a separate brand. As flagship Android smartphones continue to grow in size, a new report from Taiwan’s Economic Daily News indicates that Apple may release two phablet devices of its own later this year. According to the report, Apple plans to launch a 4.7-inch iPhone 6 at some point in Q3 (harmonizing with other rumors that indicate a fall iPhone release) and will feature Corning Gorilla Glass to protect the device from scratches instead of sapphire. The publication also mentions a larger 5.6-inch “experimental” iOS smartphone featuring sapphire glass but says the device will not be released under the traditional iPhone name, citing first-hand supply chain sources. On top of a larger iPhone 6, the claimed insiders have suggested that Apple will ditch the cheaper iPhone 5C in order to make way for Apple’s … Continue reading Apple iPhone 6 phablet rumored for fall release with 5.6-inch variant

ZTE to debut 6-inch Grand Memo II LTE at MWC

Chinese phone maker ZTE has just announced it will launch at least several Android smartphones at Mobile World Congress 2014, which is set to kick off later this month. Among them, ZTE confirmed it will showcase its brand new 6-inch phablet called Grand Memo II LTE, which seemingly will follow in the footsteps of the Nokia Lumia 1320 by offering a large 6in display to those on a tight budget. ZTE Mobile Devices CEO Adam Zeng made the announcement today in an interview with the Inquirer. “This year, we are looking to work even more closely with our customers worldwide to develop the products they want and deliver a superior customer experience, said Zing. “They have told us that they want ever more innovative and high-performance products, so at MWC 2014 we are delivering this with the launch of two new high-profile devices, the ultra slim Grand Memo II LTE with 6 inch screen and the ZTE Open C in … Continue reading ZTE to debut 6-inch Grand Memo II LTE at MWC

HTC Desire 8 Officially Confirmed with Possible February 24th Release in Beijing

HTC Desire 8, the mid-range smartphone which was leaked last week, has just been confirmed by the Taiwanese company on its Sina Weibo account. Last week, an Engadget tipster revealed a leak of an upcoming “New Desire 8” series mid-range device, courtesy of Chinese site MyDrivers. Now HTC has all but confirmed the phone’s existence on its Weibo page with the same image, but a different announcement date of February 24th in Beijing. According to a poster on GSM Arena who translated the images, they confirm at least one of the leaked features (the “beautification” feature for “selfie” shots form the front camera). The translator writes: The yellow poster reads: The scores are not fantastic because (it) is not running. (HTC) does not know marketing but spends all its budget on (developing) the product. New Desire 8 Series. Real Comeback (of a flagship). New Desire 8 series, worth waiting for… The green poster reads: I love to take photos, and … Continue reading HTC Desire 8 Officially Confirmed with Possible February 24th Release in Beijing