Announced on Friday, the "Black Edition" of the handsets uses a dark black front and a faux leather rear cover that echoes the design of the Samsung Galaxy Note 3. Just keep in mind that the changes are cosmetic only, and Samsung has left the phone's internals alone.
On Friday, regional carrier U.S. Cellular took the wraps off a new no-contract plan. The $50 monthly charge gets customers unlimited calling, text messages, and Web access.
For now, the plan applies to the Kyocera Hydro XTRM and Samsung Galaxy Axiom ($130 each with rebates) and the Motorola Moto X ($300 with rebates,) all LTE phones. The ZTE Director ($50), is the most budget offering, and the only one without LTE.
U.S. Cellular says it will expand the plan to include more LTE-ready phones down the line.
We appear to be ticking down to the inevitable release of the next Samsung flagship smartphone, the Galaxy S5. That means we first have to wade through a froth of rumors well before the actual product ever gets announced (likely in March or April). When it comes to the S5, there are some fun possibilities on the table.
One suggestion is that there will be two versions, a plastic-body version and a premium metal-body version. That's potentially good news for fans of metal phones who like the durability.
Another interesting upgrade would be the rumored rapid-charging battery. Smartphone battery life is a big recurring complaint these days. If this rumor pans out, the S5 would have a 20 percent greater capacity in the same footprint as its predecessor, and it would also charge up in less than two hours.… Read more
Archos this week quietly introduced a new family of Neon tablets. Ranging in size from 9 inches to 10.1 inches, the slabs are similar to the company's Carbon and Cobalt lines. Unfortunately, these new Neon tablets are on the lower end.
On the smaller end of the scale, we have the Archos 90 Neon, which features a 9-inch display, but at only a 800x480-pixel resolution, about the same resolution as your typical 4-inch Android smartphone.
Running Android 4.2 Jelly Bean, it houses a 1.4GHz quad-core processor with 1GB RAM and 8GB internal storage with microSD expansion. … Read more
The big game is this coming weekend, and most Americans will tell you it's a lot more than just a football game. Many people make an event out of the game with parties, barbecues, and betting pools, even if their favorite team isn't in the running. My team lost a week ago, but you can bet I'll be watching just for the fanfare. Even the commercials shown during the game are an event in themselves with advertisers spending huge amounts of money for 30 second and one minute spots.
While you wait for next Sunday's festivities … Read more
Let's face it, Motorola's freshest crop of smartphones is pretty impressive, but still misses the mark. Even with Google's vast financial resources and software know-how, Moto devices haven't exactly sold like hotcakes. Now that Google has decided to hand off Motorola Mobility into the eager palms of Chinese hardware giant Lenovo, Moto could enjoy a much-needed course correction. … Read more
Feeling a bit of iPhone 5S envy? After all, that built-in fingerprint sensor is pretty cool.
Small wonder, then, that rumors point to a similar sensor in the Samsung Galaxy S5. But you don't have to wait for that phone or abandon your current one just to reap the benefits of biometric security. Now, there's an app for that.
ICE Unlock Fingerprint Secure adds camera-powered fingerprint scanning to your smartphone's lock screen. That's not quite the same thing as the iPhone's scanner, and it's not nearly as efficient -- but it does work. Sort … Read more
Earlier this week LG confirmed that the G Pro 2 will make its debut in February. Presumably launching at Mobile World Congress in late February, there's little else to know about the smartphone...officially.
Thanks to a pair of leaked images out of Korean Web site DC Inside (requires translation), we have a general idea as to what the G Pro 2 looks like.
Indeed, LG has again opted for the rear-mounted button configuration we first saw in the LG G2. The photos obtained by the site show a white handset with chrome accents, but we'll probably get … Read more
You don't have to look far to see evidence that the world of successful, high-end smartphone makers is shrinking to two major contenders -- Apple and Samsung -- while other important brands, like BlackBerry, HTC, and Nokia, have faded in prominence or struggle to compete.
Still, like ground cover beneath a canopy of trees, smaller or less well-known brands have a chance to grow, even thrive, in emerging markets.
Lenovo is picking up steam in China, the most important growth market there is; and even on the brink of extinction, BlackBerry phones are still selling throughout Africa, South America, … Read more
According to recent chatter, the Samsung Galaxy S5 is rumored to debut with a 2,560x1,440-pixel AMOLED display.
At a upward of 560 pixels per inch, this "2K" resolution is unlike anything we've seen from Samsung. But as terrific as this sounds on paper, it pales in comparison to what's around the corner. Strap in, kids, Samsung's already working on an AMOLED UHD display capable of 3,480x2,160 pixels. In other words: 4K smartphones.