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CES 2013: Sony Announces Two New Superphones, Meet the Xperia Z and Xperia ZL

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Yesterday at CES Sony took the wraps off a whole bunch really cool devices, such as new cameras, new TVs and new phones. And while the new TVs look pretty amazing (they are among the many new TVs at CES that are 4K TVs, or TVs that have four times the amount of pixels as today’s full HD 1080p TVs. We’ll have more on this later), the biggest news for you from Sony’s big CES press event is the announcement of two new superphones, the Xperia Z and Xperia ZL. In short, these phones look great and should rival the Galaxy Note II, Galaxy S III, One X+ and Droid DNA for the title of best Android phone.

Both pack all the top of the line features you would expect in a superphone, including a 1.5 GHZ quad-core processor with 2 GB of RAM for speed, a 5-inch full HD 1080p screen (like the Droid DNA—this looks amazing and is right up with the DNA as the best screens we’ve seen on a phone yet), a 13-megapixel back camera with a 2 megapixel front camera for HD video chat, NFC support for doing things like sharing pictures and videos or playing music off a compatible stereo just by tapping your phone, Android Jelly Bean with pre-loaded apps like PlayStation Mobile for gaming, and of course, 4G LTE support for super fast internet.

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Now here’s something really cool about the new Xperia Z in particular—it’s water AND dust resistant. This means you could take this into the shower (as Sony put it) or to the beach and not worry about this breaking from a little water or sand. For a phone as thin and powerful as this one is, this is pretty amazing.

No word yet on price, carriers or release dates just yet, but as soon as we get that info we’ll make sure that you get it too.

Verizon Announces The HTC Droid DNA– This Is The New Top Droid

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As expected, Verizon and HTC this announced their latest and greatest superphone, the Droid DNA. There were a lot of crazy rumors about this phone over the last few weeks, and well, it looks to live up to all of them.

At a size that is just slightly larger than the Samsung Galaxy S III, HTC and Verizon have seem to have packed in here everything you could want in a 2012 top of the line smartphone: a quad-core 1.5 GHZ processor with 2 GB of RAM (so everything runs fast and smooth on here), Android 4.1 Jelly Bean with the latest version of HTC Sense, an 8 megapixel back camera with a second 2.1 megapixel front camera for HD video chats, 16 GB of built-in storage (though unfortunately no microSD card slot for adding more), support for NFC (so you can do things like share pictures just by tapping phones) and wireless charging, built-in Beats Audio (with some updates so that your music will sound better even when playing at the maximum volume), and support for Verizon’s 4G LTE network. The greatest part about this phone however is the screen.

The Droid DNA packs an unbelievable 5 inch Full HD 1080p screen. As strongly rumored as this was, that it’s actually here is pretty insane. Basically, this has the same amount of pixels as the average 40-50 inch HDTV, but in this much smaller design. This means that anything and everything– games, pictures, books, Facebook updates, Tweets, text messages– will look absolutely amazing on here. 

The Droid DNA will cost $200 when arrives in Verizon stores next Wednesday, November 21st. If you really can’t wait to make this your next phone, you can pre-order it now from Verizon’s site which as of this writing has a promised ship date of Monday, November 19th.

More info: HTC

Is HTC Announcing Their First US Beats Phone This Week?

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Excited for Verizon’s upcoming HTC superphone, the HTC Rezound with built-in Beats Audio? Well, it looks like your wait may soon be over. HTC has sent out invites for an event in New York this Thursday (November 3rd) where they are going to show off their “latest innovation,” an innovation that from the invite above looks to have a lot to do with Beats. And seeing as the latest rumors have the Rezound coming out exactly one week after this event (on November 10th), this looks to be the perfect place for it to finally be announced.

For those who don’t know, the Rezound looks to be one beast of a phone, with incredible specs like: a 1.5 GHZ dual-core processor with 1 GB of RAM (even faster than the already quick Droid RAZR and Galaxy Nexus), support for Verizon’s 4G LTE network, 8 megapixel back camera with a second 2 megapixel front camera for HD video chat, 4.3 inch 720p HD screen (or the same, awesome HDTV-like screen as the Galaxy Nexus) and of course, built-in Beats Audio (so everything sounds just amazing as it looks). Yeah, it’s pretty insane (and this is before we find out if HTC will include some sort of Beats headphones in the box like they did with their first Beats phone, the non-US Sensation XE. Let’s hope they do!).

As always we’ll have everything covered for you back here, so make sure to check back on Thursday for everything you’re gonna need to know on whatever new awesomeness HTC announces.

T-Mobile Announces The HTC Amaze 4G– The Perfect Camera Phone

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Galaxy S II too big for you? Want something slightly smaller and with a better camera? Then you’re gonna love this. Meet the HTC Amaze 4G, the next big 4G Android T-Mobile superphone from HTC. Think of this as an awesome mix of the great design of the Sensation 4G and the amazing camera of the myTouch 4G Slide. And like the Sensation 4G and myTouch 4G Slide, this guy’s loaded.

Specs wise the Amaze 4G has that same sharp 4.3 qHD screen (or a really great screen that should make everything you view on it look crystal clear), the latest Android 2.3 Gingerbread (with HTC Sense) and super thin design as the Sensation 4G, though now it also has the awesome 8 megapixel back camera as the myTouch 4G Slide (with all its awesome features like zero shutter lag and Clear Shot HDR). T-Mobile and HTC even added some new camera features like SmartShot (which takes five quick pictures when you hit the camera button and then combines the best features of all of them to give you the perfect shot) and PerfectPics (which takes all your best looking pictures and puts them in their own album) to make this an even better camera phone. And like all of T-Mobile’s other 4G phones, the Amaze 4G also comes with a second front camera for video chat.

Speed wise the Amaze 4G is also top of the line, with it’s even faster 1.5 GHZ dual core processor (the Sensation 4G was a drop slower at 1.2 GHZ), so everything from opening apps to gaming to multitasking should run even better. The Amaze 4G is also capable of connecting to T-Mobile’s even faster 42 Mbps 4G HSPA+ network, so everything you do online will be even faster too (and as we said with the Galaxy S II, this may even be faster than your home internet!).

The Amaze 4G will be available starting on October 10th for a pretty expensive price of $259.99 with new 2 year contract and data plan (if you want something almost as powerful but cheaper we’d still recommend the Sensation 4G, particularly if it gets a price drop from its current $200 on contract price). But again, if you’re looking for the best T-Mobile has to offer, and don’t mind spending the extra $60, we think you’ll love this.

So T-Mobile users– what’s it gonna be: Galaxy S II or this?

Info from T-Mobile

Samsung Galaxy S II Finally Coming To The US On August 29th

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We know a lot of you have waited for this day to come, and you can now rest assured– it’s now finally almost here. We just got an invite from Samsung to an event in New York at the end of the month for a “major product announcement,” with the Galaxy S II’s little “II” logo of course hanging out in the bottom left. And that means just one thing– Samsung’s next generation of the hit Galaxy S line (aka the T-Mobile Vibrant and Galaxy S 4G, Verizon Fascinate, Sprint Epic 4G and AT&T Captivate) is now only a couple of weeks away from making its official arrival into the US. If you’re looking for a super-powerful, insanely thin phone with a large and incredible screen you’re gonna want to wait for this.

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For those who don’t know, the Galaxy S II is one of the top Android phones available today, with its European version (which was released a few months back and is shown above) packing all the top of the line features you’d expect in a superphone today like a fast 1 GHZ dual core processor, 8 megapixel back camera with second 2 megapixel front camera for video chat, gorgeous 4.3 inch Super AMOLED Plus screen, 16 GB of built-in storage and Android 2.3 Gingerbread with Samsung’s TouchWiz UI on top. Now the like the original US version of the Galaxy S, we expect the US carriers to customize their versions of the Galaxy S II to differentiate from the others (with different names, designs and even some feature changes like a slightly larger screen, slide-out keyboard, 4G support etc.), but seeing as Samsung’s running this event and not a particular carrier we also expect to see all 4 carriers’ versions on the 29th with releases coming hopefully not too long after that.

We’ll of course have everything you need to know about everything Samsung announces covered for you back here, so stay tuned!

T-Mobile and HTC Unveil The HTC Sensation 4G– T-Mobile’s Most Powerful 4G Phone Yet

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Wow if you’re up for an upgrade on T-Mobile this summer you’re in for a heck of a lot of awesome choices: LG G2X, Samsung Sidekick 4G and now this ridiculous beast– the HTC Sensation 4G. And when we say ridiculous beast we mean ridiculous beast. Think of this as the myTouch 4G on enough steroids to make even Barry Bonds look like he’s clean. Just take a look at what’s here:

  • Large, sharp 4.3 inch qHD screen with unibody aluminum design— Basically, a screen where all your movies, pictures, games, texts and any thing else you do on your phone will look incredible. Oh and that unibody aluminum design (meaning it was all made from a single piece of aluminum, like the MacBook Air and Pro) means the phone itself will look amazing (just check out that pic of it above!) and will also feel great in your hands.
  • 1.2 GHZ dual core processor— So things don’t just look nice but literally play nice as well. This speed together with the 768 MB of RAM should mean you shouldn’t have to wait more than a second or two for things to loadever.
  • The latest Android 2.3 with HTC Sense 3.0— Like on the Sprint EVO 3D. This also comes pre-loaded with HTC Watch (HTC’s version of the iTunes video store or Samsung’s Media Hub) for buying/renting, downloading and watching new movies or TV shows right on your phone. What’s cool here is that it’s perfectly optimized for your HTC phone, meaning that the video takes up the full screen with no cropping or black bars above and below it. The annoying part of this though is that you can only watch the video on up to 5 other HTC devices with no word if you can stream the movie on your computer from something like HTC’s site.
  • 8 megapixel back camera with flash and HD video recording with second front camera for video chat— Oh, and this takes full HD 1080p video with surround sound (thanks to two back mics) so your videos will look and sound even better. And with the built-in Video Trimmer you can edit those videos down right on the spot so you can share them on YouTube or Facebook even quicker.
  • WiFi, GPS and of course T-Mobile 4G

Yeah, it’s pretty awesome. No exact launch date or price has been announced by T-Mobile or HTC just yet, but  it should be here “this summer.” Video of the Sensation 4G after the break.

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AT&T Announces First 4G Phones– Looks to Put All Other 4G Phones to Shame

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We told 4G phones would be huge here at CES 2011, and boy does that look to be true. Today at AT&T’s Developer Summit they announced their first “4G” phones (well explain why we put the “4G” here in a minute). The three phones are the Motorola Atrix 4G, Samsung Infuse 4G, and HTC Inspire 4G. All run Android. All have that “4G” speed. And all look to be absolutely amazing. Hit the break for all the info– and if you’re on AT&T, you’re gonna want to read on. Read the rest of this entry

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