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HTC planning a big Beats Audio event in London on October 6th, a new Beats phone is coming?

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HTC’s next event is set on taking place on October 6th at the Roundhouse venue in England’s capital London. The slogan of the official invite is “Come feel every beat” and the new product announcements will be combines with a nice and loud party.

The expected handset in the spotlight will probably be the Sensation XL (previously rumored as Runnymede or Bass), sporting the Beats treatment. We previously had an encounter with its dual-core sibling the Sensation XE.

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The Samsung Galaxy Note phoneblet takes on our benchmark course

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So, it’s here – it because we’re still not quite sure what to call the Samsung Galaxy Note. It’s too big to be a phone, a 5.3″ is quite a bit bigger than even the 4.65/4.7 inch screens we’ve been seeing lately.

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Samsung Epic 4G Touch (Galaxy S II) comes by for an interview [VIDEO]

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The first member of the Galaxy S II U.S. trio paid us a visit and we have a whole bunch of initial impressions to share with you. The Samsung Galaxy S II Epic 4G Touch is the CDMA version of the powerful droid, already available exclusively at Sprint Wireless for $199.99 with a two-year contract.

It has grown in size, compared to the Galaxy S II which we (and about 10 million other people) have already grown quite fond of, dropping the 4.3″ Super AMOLED Plus for a 4.52″ display of the same kind. WiMax connectivity is also on board, promising some serious network speeds. Sounds enticing, doesn’t it? Let’s see what else this droid has to offer.

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Fully Loaded: Fujitsu-Toshiba’s ARROWS Z comes with Android, waterproofing, WiMAX and a 13MP Camera to boot

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First off, it’s essential to say that this device won’t be coming to the US or anywhere else outside of Japan. The ARROW Z ISW11F is just one of six Android handsets that Japanese carrier, KDDI recently brought to market.

The wonderfully named ISW11F is a veritable mixed bag of gadgetry (and a powerful mixed bag at that). Read more »

ZTE announces the WP7 Mango-running Tania

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Today is certainly an eventful day. First it was the two Samsung LTE phones for Korea, then came Huawei Honor followed by the Mango-running Samsung Omnia W and now it’s ZTE’s turn to announce a piece of hot hardware.

The the Mango-based ZTE Tania was showcased at the China International Communication Expo 2011 and there are still no official pictures pf it so the few blurry live ones will have to do for now. Read more »

HTC Runnymede/Bass shown off in quick video, still not official

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The HTC Runnymede peeks out of the rumor mill again, this time on video. It’s been spotted before, but seeing an actual running device means that it’s either very close to completion or already completed – and an official announcement can’t be too far off.

The Runnymede, or perhaps Bass, puts a 4.7″ WVGA S-LCD screen and Beats Audio in the same package as a 1.5GHz single-core CPU, among other specs. Read more »

Sandisk’s new mammoth 64GB microSDXC card undergoes some compatibility tests [VIDEO]

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Only earlier this month Sandisk announced their latest offering for removable mobile storage, an impressive 64GB micro SDXC Ultra series number that was said to offer class 6 performance.

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That class 6 rating means we should see minimum write speeds of 6MB/s and theoretically, promising transfer speeds of up to 30MB/s. The news of the card’s existence at all is all well and good, but it comes with a disclaimer of sorts. Read more »

Sony Ericsson Xperia PLAY gets 720p video recording, automatic display brightness adjustment

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The headline may come as a shock to some but it’s true. It seems in an effort to make a great gaming phone, Sony Ericsson forgot to add some basic features in the Xperia PLAY that are expected in a phone that costs as much as it does.

Thankfully, the error has been corrected and after the latest firmware update, the Xperia PLAY is now capable of recording videos in 720p resolution, that too with continuous auto-focus. Read more »

Multiple iPhones are coming our way this October, according to Al Gore

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I never thought that one of the most accomplished people in our times will be joining the tipster community but a fact is a fact, folks. Al Gore, the former Vice President of the United States, Nobel Prize laureate, and… a member of Apple’s board of directors, mind you, did indeed give us a hint about what’s coming from the Cupertino based behemoth next month.

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NVIDIA’s Kal-El quad-core chipset promises great power efficiency thanks to an extra core

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NVIDIA’s Kal-El has a secret – the quad-core CPU actually has a fifth core, called a companion core. It’s a low-power core that is meant to handle background tasks while the phone is idle (e.g. syncing email, checking Twitter for new messages and so on).

The architecture of the companion core has been designed with power efficiency in mind and its clock speed goes up to 500MHz.That doesn’t offer a lot of performance, but for a lot of tasks you don’t need it – and it manages to offer great power savings. Read more »

Samsung to pursue sales ban on next-gen iPhone in Europe as well?

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Yesterday we heard that Samsung is planning to involve the yet unannounced iPhone 4S or 5 in the ongoing court battle between the two companies. The Koreans were reportedly getting ready to pursue a sales ban in their homeland. Today things are looking even more serious as Reuters reports that Samsung may actually open a wider front against Apple’s upcoming smartphone that includes Europe.

The patents in question refer to wireless standards and finding a workaround would be pretty tough for Apple. Reportedly, if Apple wants to use mobile communications with its next flagship phone they’ll have to use Samsung technology. Read more »

We go hands-on with the HTC Rhyme, the cool accessories are here, too [HANDS-ON]

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Another week, another HTC party – we didn’t even make it through the door when we were greeted by a lavender-colored Android miniature keychain. From then on, it was an easy guess that the HTC Rhyme is the guest of honor.

The Rhyme is designed with an emphasis on style and boasts a ton of accessories. Read more »

HTC has yet another event scheduled – what will they show on October 6th?

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Those HTC guys just keep the party train rolling – they have an event starting right about now (probably to announce the HTC Rhymes for Verizon) and they already have another event scheduled.

It will be held just two weeks from now, on October 6th, but HTC is playing coy and says it’s a “press conference and party”, but mention nothing of any devices they might announce. Read more »

Two iPhones coming this Fall, JP Morgan says

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I know you are tired of all these rumors preceding the next iPhone release. Yet today some new information came up and it’s just too juicy and coming from too reputable source to be ignored.

According to a proprietary JP Morgan research, Apple will release not one but two smartphones this Fall, showing a China-oriented iPhone 4+ alongside the iPhone 5. Also, the next generation iPhone 5 with might not use the A5 chipset that’s powering the iPad 2, but the newly developed A6 SoC. A Read more »

Another RIM player comes by, say hi to the BlackBerry Torch 9810

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The QWERTY slider BlackBerry Torch 9810 is our guest of honor today, that’s the third BlackBerry in a week! Just like its siblings – the Bold 9900 and Torch 9860, this Torch 9810 is running on the latest BlackBerry OS 7.

It’s a hybrid between the Bold 9900 and Torch 9860, combining both the hardware QWERTY keyboard and the big WVGA touchscreen. Read more »