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Verizon rolls out 4G LTE-enabled Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5

Posted by wicked September - 19 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

More good news from Verizon: the 4G LTE versions of the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5 is now available. The Android tablet that boasts of a super high-resolution screen can now be enjoyed with fast mobile Internet from the Bid Red, of course, for a price.

The Galaxy Tab S 10.5 features a WQXGA Super AMOLED high-resolution display with about 4 million pixels. It may not be as obvious to the ordinary eye but the numbers are twice HDTV’s resolution. Colors have been enhanced, thanks to a wider color range, true blacks, and deeper contrast. Display is adaptive so the tablet can adjust color, contrast, and sharpness automatically.

Another special feature of the Galaxy Tab S is the Papergarden app that turns your Android tablet into a mobile magazine. It’s like holding a real magazine, light and thin enough at only 6.6mm. With this tablet, there really is no need to buy magazines that will only end up in a pile (or in my case, never read at all).

The Android tablet now support Multi User More so family members can shared one tablet. This means each one can have an individual customized profile to use. There’s also a fingerprint scanner that allows different users to access or unlock the tablet when needed.

Verizon has proudly added the Verizon Messages feature that lets anyone to text from the tablet. You can skip the smartphone if you get this tablet because of its various connectivity options.

Verizon Wireless is currently offering the Samsung Galaxy Tab S 10.5, which is also XLTE-ready, for a full price of $599. But for a limited time only, buyers can get it for for $499.99 with a two-year contract.

SOURCE: Verizon

AT&T announces pre-orders for LTE-friendly Galaxy Tab S

Posted by wicked September - 17 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

It feels that Samsung unveiled the slim Galaxy Tab S so long ago that this news almost came as a surprise. That said, most of the models floating around sport WiFi-only connectivity. AT&T will soon be giving LTE users a chance to buy either a 10.5-inch or an 8.4-inch Galaxy Tab S with pre-orders starting today.

Announced in June, the Galaxy Tab S remains Samsung’s current high-profile tablet, sporting its cream of the crop hardware, with the exception of a stylus commonly reserved for its Note line. The Galaxy Tab S’s call to fame is a very slim profile, then claimed to be the thinnest Android tablet at only 6.6 mm. Since then, however, there have been quite a few contenders to the throne, including the Xperia Z3 Tablet Compact with its 6.4 mm profile and the surprising Dell Venue 8 7000 at only 6.0 mm thick, or rather thin.

Of course, that isn’t the only thing going for the Galaxy Tab S line. Naturally, Samsung is raving about its Super AMOLED display, which was the tune it has been singing since the Galaxy S5. That means blacker blacks, more faithful color reproduction, a wider range of supported colors, and power efficiency. There’s also the rather beefy Exynos 5 Octa processor paired with a 3 GB RAM. On the software side of things, you get multiple user accounts, perfect for family usage, and fingerprint-based security, probably the first in a consumer tablet.

All these, plus 4G LTE support, will soon be available to AT&T subscribers, both present and future. The 10.5-inch model will come in Charcoal Gray and will sell for $31.50 per month for 20 months, $529 on a two-year contract, and $629 without. The smaller 8.4-inch model, also in Charcoal Gray, carries a price tag of $26.50/month for 20 months, $429 on a two-year contract, and $529 at full price. AT&T will start shipping on September 23. Those who put in an order today and until supplies last, will be able to get a 50 percent discount on the purchase of a Galaxy Tab S keyboard accessory.

SOURCE: AT&T

NVIDIA Shield Tablet gets LTE upgrade

Posted by Tom September - 16 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

The excellent all-rounder and game-centric NVIDIA Shield tablet has received another boost: an LTE model has been announced.

The new version is available for pre-order for $399 and also comes with twice the storage, upping the memory to 32GB.

The Shield has wowed reviewers not only for its game performance but for its day-to-day tablet characteristics, no doubt due to the NVIDIA Tegra K1 processor.

Via geeky-gadgets

NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet gets a 32 GB LTE upgrade

Posted by wicked September - 16 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

The time has come for a promised version of NVIDIA‘s latest gaming device to finally make an appearance. Starting today, you can put in your pre-order for a SHIELD Tablet bearing not just an upgrade 32 GB of storage but also support for LTE networks so you can take your digital life with you anywhere.

The NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet was quite a nice surprise, bringing the two worlds of NVIDIA’s SHIELD Gaming and its DirectStylus Note together in one. Utilizing the latest Tegra K1 chip, the device oozes with performance and power that makes quick work of even the most resource intensive mobile game. Add to that the ability to connect to TVs and monitors, NVIDIA’s GameStream technology, and an optional SHIELD Controller, and you’ve got the makings of a competent gaming device that also happens to be a talented Android tablet. At launch, the SHIELD Tablet only came in a 16 GB WiFi-only configuration with a promise of an LTE model coming soon. That promise is fulfilled today.

In addition to this hardware upgrade, the SHIELD Tablet will also be getting a games upgrade, with three new titles for the tablet coming soon. Beach Buggy Blitz, as the name would suggest, is a crazy free driving kart-racing game taking place on an island paradise. While fun to play alone, this game shines even more with local multiplayer mode, where you and your friends can hook up different controllers to play in split-screen fashion.

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BombSquad is equally insane, pitting a maximum of 8 players against each other in a (literally) explosive collection of mini games. Over the top effects, ragdoll face-plant physics, and plain old competitive fun might just make you want to get your character blown up, just for a few laughs.

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Broadsword: Age of Chivalry will be making its mobile debut on the NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet. Taking on a more serious tone, players, whether in single or multi player campaigns, will get to choose between France and Great Britain in this turn-based 3D strategy game.

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Aside from the storage and network upgrade, this NVIDIA SHIELD Tablet bears the same features and benefits as the original, including frequent and timely software updates, even Android ones, that would make you feel like you’re on a Nexus device. This 32 GB LTE-WiFi model goes on pre-order in US and Europe today for a full retail price of $399. The device comes unlocked but is also certified to work on AT&T’s LTE network. Shipping starts September 30.

Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 will bring LTE to all

Posted by Tom September - 11 - 2014 - Thursday Comments Off

Budget smartphones can experience the joys of LTE connectivity thanks to the upcoming Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 chipset.

Aimed at emerging markets, the Snapdragon 210 will have 1.1GHz quad-core Cortex-A7 CPUs, Adreno 304 GPU, Bluetooth, 802.11m WiFi, and support form 720p displays and 8-megapixel cameras.

The 210s are expected to launch at the start of 2015, and will see Qualcomm trying to increase their 27% market share.

Via engadget

Qualcomm Snapdragon 210 supports 3G/4G connectivity, aims at entry level

Posted by wicked September - 10 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

Qualcomm has announced its latest processor that falls into its Snapdragon 200 family of chips. The latest offering is called the Snapdragon 210 and the big feature that it brings to the mix is support for integrated multimode 3G/4G LTE and LTE Dual SIM capability for entry-level smartphones.

The Snapdragon 210 will feature support for LTE Advanced Cat 4 Carrier Aggregation. The chip will also support full HD video playback with hardware HEVC. An Adreno 304 graphics chip will handle graphics. Smartphones or tablets using the chip will support cameras up to 8MP with HDR, autofocus, and other features.

Qualcomm has also rolled out its first LTE tablet reference design that is designed to allow OEMs and ODMs to build a new class of tablets that feature multimode 3G/4G LTE connectivity. The tablet reference design will use either Snapdragon 210 or 410 processors.

Qualcomm has also rolled out a new 28nm transceiver that is optimized for supporting LTE and LTE Advanced devices in the mid and entry-level range. The Snapdragon 210 processor and reference tablet design are expected to be available commercially in the first half of 2015.

SOURCE: Qualcomm

ASUS MeMo Pad 8 gets fully portable with LTE upgrade

Posted by Tom August - 30 - 2014 - Saturday Comments Off

The latest European version of the ASUS MeMo Pad 8 will feature LTE connectivity, cutting the “do you have WiFi?” out of conversation.

The updated 8-inch tablet will also be released in Japan.

The tablet will offer download speeds of up to 150 MBps and uploads at up to 50MBps.

It runs Android 4.4.2 on an Intel Atom Z3580 Bay Trail processor and the 8-inch display is 1920 x 1200 pixels.

It uses Bluetooth 4.0 and NFC, has 2GB of RAM, 16GB storage and Zen UI.

Via tablet-news

Mystery Motorola Device Stops by FCC, Likely New Moto X Headed for AT&T

Posted by Kellex August - 29 - 2014 - Friday Comments Off

An FCC filing for a device made by Motorola and with AT&T written all over it (in terms of connectivity) has arrived, a device that we can only assume is the next Moto X (or Moto X+1). The device falls under FCC ID IHDT56QA1 and is linked below in case you want to look through the documents yourself. 

Why do we think this is the new Moto X headed for AT&T? Well, it sports all of AT&T’s bands, from GSM (850/1900) to LTE (2, 4, 5, 7, 17). And that’s almost all that we have to go on, since this filing actually hides other details of the device. The thing is – what other device could it be? Motorola is going to unveil the new Moto X next week in Chicago, so an FCC filing for the phone ahead of time only makes sense.

The image above gives us measurements as well, numbers that point to a device that is similarly sized to the Galaxy S5. The FCC measurements indicate that this Motorola phone is 140×72.6mm – the Galaxy S5 is 142×72.5mm. The new Moto X is expected to sport a 5.2-inch display, with much less bezel than the GS5, which would certainly put them around the same size, even with a slightly larger display on the new Moto.

Edit:  Since many are assuming that the FCC’s measurement of 149mm across the display screen means a 5.9-inch display on the phone, I’ll have to stop you there. Keep in mind that the LG G3 has a 5.5-inch display with minimal bezel, yet it measures 146.3×74.6mm. There is no way that the new Moto X can measure 140×72.6mm, yet have a display that is .4-inches bigger than the LG G3. It’s just not possible. The FCC filing is likely just misrepresenting the situation here a bit by putting “display screen” on the image to indicate that this is the front of the phone. These measurements are for the entire phone, not just the display.

We should point out that the FCC label and model number appears to be located on the bottom of the phone, something we can confirm as being true for the new Moto X. Information we have received from sources leads us to believe that the back of the new Moto X will be clean, without FCC markings.

Other variants of the device for other carriers have yet to appear. Once those do, we will be sure to pass that info along.

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Via:  FCC
Cheers Justin!

Mystery Motorola Device Stops by FCC, Likely New Moto X Headed for AT&T is a post from: Droid Life

Verizon’s Advanced Calling 1.0: HD voice and video calling

Posted by wicked August - 27 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

The much-awaited Voice over LTE (VoLTE) technology that is set to revolutionise how we make and receive calls is coming soon for Verizon subscribers. They’ve announced the rollout of their HD voice and video calling capability – called Advanced Calling 1.0 – in the next few weeks, a little behind competitors AT&T and T-Mobile but ahead of other US carriers.

The application of VoLTE technology for calls signifies the predicted eventual shift from CDMA voice calls. However, both phones involved in the call need to be on Verizon’s LTE network for it to work. You’ll know if video calling is applicable when you go to your contact on your phone and you see a video camera next to their name. So all you have to do is just tap that video button and you’ll be able to make a video call with your contact.

You can also easily switch to voice call, which will be in HD voice, and if you feel like switching to a video call again, then you just tap the camera again. Obviously, using HD calling will bring higher resolution to both audio and video. But not all devices right now will be able to use this technology. Both the caller and receiver need to have compatible devices, aside from the network connection requirement.

Verizon says it will release a list of compatible devices, as well as those that will be able to receive a software update to make it VoLTE capable so you’ll be able to use Advanced Calling 1.0. But even if your phone can call using this new technology, if the person you’re calling doesn’t have that capability or you’re calling a landline or another smartphone from a different carrier, then they will still be using CDMA voice calls.

SOURCE: Verizon

VIA: SlashGear

T-Mobile expands Simple Choice family plans tablet options

Posted by wicked August - 27 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

T-Mobile is really upping the ante in the price and gadget wars with its competitors. A day after announcing that Simple Choice subscribers can upgrade their 500MB LTE data to 2GB, they’ve now expanded the Family Plan options by letting subscribers add a tablet to their plans. This means that one plan can now have up to ten lines, instead of the previously allotted five, as more families and businesses have need of more lines and gadgets as well.

A Simple Choice Family Plan previously consists of unlimited calls and texts and a shared 1GB of data. Now when you add a second line to that plan, you’ll be able to add the next lines for only $10 each. And if you think the shared data will not be enough (and of course it won’t be), you can just add $30 each for lines that would want unlimited 4G LTE data (but read the fine print first for their definition of what “unlimited is).

By September 3, subscribers also have the option to get an LTE tablet to their postpaid plan. They would just need to add $10 per month and just like the smartphone, the tablet will also get up to 5GB of LTE data. However, they did not specify up to when this deal will be offered, so if your family or small business is hankering for a new tablet, you better get avail of this probably limited offer.

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Just a few days ago, T-Mobile offered a special deal for their Simple Plan subscribers to entice customers of their rival networks to switch to the uncarrier. While some of their current subscribers still have issues with their network, particularly for poor coverage in some areas and the unlimited not really being unlimited, T-Mobile has been pretty aggressive in showing the public that they are better than the three other major networks in the US.

VIA: SlashGear