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Vodafone unveils its own LTE tablet, calls it the Smart Tab 4G

Posted by wicked October - 15 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

Vodafone may be out of the clutches of Verizon but it didn’t stop making waves in the mobile industry. Only last July, it released its very own 4G smartphone in the UK. People expected a 4G tablet will be released soon and true enough, the companiy has just introduced the Smart Tab 4G.

This Vodafone LTE-enabled 8-inch tablet is similar to the earlier 3G-version, the Smart Tab 4. This one though now comes with a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410, an HD display, and a 5-megapixel camera. The 4G version still rocks a 4060 mAh battery and runs Android 4.4 KitKat out of the box.

Android tablet has 4G connectivity but Vodafone didn’t make it more expensive. The 1GB plan is only £17 ($23) per month after a £29 ($42) cash out. That’s cheap because some 3G plans are within the same price range. If you want the 4G prepaid version, you can just get the tablet for £125 ($198)—cheaper than its rival, the £209.99 ($333) EE Eagle tablet but same price as the Hudl2 tablet from Tesco.


The very thin at 7.99mm Android tablet promises improved 4G speed, thanks to Vodafone’s expanding and ultrafast LTE network in the region. Vodafone’s Smart Tab 4G tablet is available starting today.

Jason Smith, Vodafone’s Connected Devices Portfolio Manager, is positive the 4G tablet will make an impact as the previous model. He said:

“The new Smart Tab 4G is the next evolution of the Smart Tab range. Since the Smart Tab 4 launched we’ve focussed on improving our data speed technology, so now we can offer a device that’s faster, but at the same price as its predecessor.”

Vodafone knows there is a demand for low cost tablets so it’s taking advantage of the situation by releasing tablets with specs that are good enough and data plans that are affordable.

VIA: Engadget

SOURCE: Vodafone

Vodaphone launches Snapdragon-powered debut 4G tablet

Posted by Tom October - 14 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

Following July’s launch of its first 4G smartphones, carrier Vodaphone has announced its first own-brand 4G tablet, the 8-inch Smart Tab 4G.

The Android tablet has an HD display and runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410.

There’s a 5MP camera round the back and a front-facing 2MP camera at the front. It runs Android 4.4 KitKat and packs a 4,060mAh battery.

It’s available bundled with a number of data plans or available stand-alone for the competitive price of £125.

Via engadget

LG’s latest budget-friendly smartphone to include LTE connectivity

Posted by wicked October - 1 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off


LG is the latest company to venture into the rapidly growing budget-friendly smartphone market with its brand new handset, the F60. Unfortunately, the manufacturer has not detailed the exact price of the device, but it did state that it will offer LTE connectivity for a very ‘reasonable price’.

As you can see in the image above, LG has taken a more refined approach with regards to the design of the F60. Some would say it looks a lot like an amalgamation of the Nexus 4 and G3, and we’d agree with them.

Neatly tucked away inside the thick plastic shell is a 4.5-inch WVGA display, a 1.2 GHz quad-core Snapdragon CPU, 1GB RAM, 8GB of internal memory (expandable via microSD), a 5 MP rear-facing camera, a 1.3 MP front shooter and, a 2,100 mAh removable Lithium-Ion battery.

The device comes preloaded with the latest build of Android 4.4 KitKat straight out of the box, but LG has bundled some of its exclusive software features onto the operating system, such as Touch & Shoot, Gesture Shot, Front Camera Light, and its infamous Knock Code.

According to Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of LG Mobile, the F60 will go on sale in both black and white colorways with  single- and dual-SIM configurations in Europe this week, later followed by markets in Asia and America.

SEOUL, Oct. 1, 2014 ― Looking to further expand its 4G LTE footprint in mobiles, LG Electronics (LG) today unveiled the LG F60, a stylish new smartphone that offers superior Quad-Core speed to run all of today’s hottest apps and LG’s premium UX features in a package designed for a global audience upgrading to 4G LTE. The F60 will begin rolling out to customers in Europe, followed by Asia and the Americas starting this week.

The LG F60 takes connectivity to a whole new level with blazing-fast 4G LTE powered by a 1.2GHz Quad-Core processor running on the Android 4.4 KitKat operating system. Housed in a slim and sleek compact body, the F60 features a crisp 4.5-inch IPS display and a 2,100mAh battery for the perfect balance of performance, weight and size for hours of entertainment and productivity.

The F60 comes fully loaded with LG’s proprietary UX features adopted heavily from the acclaimed LG G3:

Gesture Shot allows users to take easy selfies by simply opening and closing their hand in front of the lens to start a three-second countdown before the shutter is triggered.

Front Camera Light adds additional illumination to one’s face by displaying a bright white light around the preview screen in self-portrait mode.
Touch & Shoot lets users capture those special moments quickly and intuitively with a simple tap anywhere on the display to focus and shoot in one single step.
Knock CodeTM unlocks the F60 in one easy step with a personalized “knock” pattern for both convenience and security.

“LG continues to demonstrate its advanced 4G LTE knowledge by bringing to global consumers better and better mobile devices that take full advantage of today’s most advanced wireless infrastructure,” said Dr. Jong-seok Park, president and CEO of the LG Electronics Mobile Communications Company. “The LG F60 offers a premium user experience for young and old users alike who are looking for the fastest mobile experience possible at a reasonable price.”

The F60 will be available in both single and dual SIM versions, perfect for business users. Additional details including retail locations and price will be announced in local markets at the time of availability.


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LG F60 rocks quad-core processor and 2100 mAh battery

Posted by wicked October - 1 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

LG has pulled the covers off a new smartphone that it promises will bring a premium 4G LTE experience to users. The new smartphone is called the LG F60 and LG is billing the device as a “stylish” new smartphone. Out of the box, the F60 runs Android 4.4.2 KitKat.

Under the hood, the smartphone has a 1.2GHz Qualcomm quad-core processor. The screen is a 4.5-inch WVGA unit with 207 ppi, and the quad-core processor is mated to 1GB of RAM.

Storage options are 4GB or 8GB and the smartphone features a 5MP rear camera and a 1.3MP front camera. The camera has gesture shot support, a front camera light, touch and shoot capability, and the smartphone supports Knock Code.

Power comes from a 2100 mAh internal battery and the device measures 127.5 x 67.9 x 10.6mm. LG also equips the device with Bluetooth 4.0, Wi-Fi, and A-GPS. Depending on the market, the smartphone will be offered in black or white colors.

SOURCE: LG Newsroom

LG unveils its F60, a LTE-enabled mid-range handset

Posted by wicked October - 1 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

LG F60

In a rather more subdued manner than the deluge of recent product launches, LG has announced its latest 4G LTE handset – the LG F60. The F60 aims to offer consumers LTE data speeds in a stylish mid-range package. So let’s dive right on into the specs to see if LG can deliver something worthy of your money.

  • Quad-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon (Snapdragon 400 most likely)
  • 4.5-inch WVGA (800×480) IPS display (207ppi)
  • 1GB RAM
  • 4GB or 8GB internal memory
  • Camera: Rear 5MP/ Front 1.3MP
  • 2,100mAh battery
  • Android 4.4.2 KitKat
  • LTE/Bluetooth 4.0 / Wi-Fi / A-GPS connectivity
  • Size: 127.5x 67.9 x 10.6mm

At a glance, the hardware is a bit of a mixed bag. The quad-core Snapdragon processor, acceptable RAM, and battery are what we’ve come to expect from good mid-range handsets of late. However, the 800×480 resolution display leaves us with a pixel density of just 207 at 4.5-inches, which is not as sharp as we’d like. The camera and internal storage options are also a tad below par, and with no word on expandable storage yet, it’s very hard to recommend the F60 compared when with the likes of the Moto G, unless you really want those LTE data speeds. On the plus side, the handset will be available in a dual-SIM variant, ideal for business users.

LG F60 front and back

Pricing and availability hasn’t been announced yet, so we can’t quite say just how good or poor value the F60 is compared with other mid-range smartphones.

However, in the same vein as LG’s recently announced L Fino and L Bello, features from the LG G3’s UX software will be making their way to the LG F60, including the camera’s gesture shot feature, and Knock Code lock option. If you’ve been eyeing up some of these features but don’t want to splash out on a flagship smartphone, the F60 could be quite an appealing mid-range option.

Color variations are limited to just black and white. Retail details and markets will be announced at the time of availability, and should start appearing in the coming weeks.

Source: LG;

NVIDIA Shield Tablet with LTE available for $399

Posted by wicked September - 30 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off


An ultimate gaming machine in the form of a tablet. That is exactly what the Shield Tablet is. Today, you can get it with an LTE connection and 32GB of storage. Major retailers in the United States, online included, have the NVIDIA tank of a tablet in stock and ready to be shipped. Customers in the United Kingdom can expect to find the device through major online retailers as well.

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Moto X “Pure Edition” to Gain Additional LTE Band Support in Update

Posted by Kellex September - 30 - 2014 - Tuesday Comments Off

Shortly after Motorola made the new Moto X (2nd gen) official, along with the “Pure Edition,” we posted up the full list of specs for the device, including supported LTE bands. At the time, Motorola grouped together the XT1095 and XT1097 on their own specs page, which are the model numbers for the AT&T and “Pure Edition” GSM Unlocked units, respectively. They showed that each device would support LTE bands 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 17, and 29, which is awesome news for those who were already eyeing the “Pure Edition.”  

Since the “Pure Edition” offers the best Moto X experience, with no bloatware or carrier branding, but will also receive updates the quickest of any model, this is surely the phone to consider if you don’t mind paying the full $499 off-contract price.

And then a couple of days after posting those official specs, Motorola switched things up on an LTE band front. On their official specs page, they separated the XT1095 and XT1097, while also reducing the supported bands on the XT1097, which is the “Pure Edition.” If you cruise over to that page now, you will see that Motorola lists only LTE bands 2, 4 and 17 as being supported by the “Pure Edition.”

Potential buyers of the “Pure Edition” weren’t excited by the move, as you can imagine, taking to Motorola’s forums looking for answers. A potentially positive answer was given this morning by Moto’s forums manager, who said that they are now “planning to enable bands 3, 5, and 7″ on the device via a software update. While he couldn’t confirm timing, that certainly sounds like the decision has already been made to do the right thing.

So, if you were considering the “Pure Edition” or already bought one, know that your device will gain additional LTE band support in the future.

Via:  Motorola Forums
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Karma Go hotspot brings 4G LTE support and long battery life

Posted by wicked September - 24 - 2014 - Wednesday Comments Off

Having WiFi connectivity isn’t a luxury for many folks who spend a lot of time on the road, it is a requirement to be able to get any work done. Two years ago a device called Karma launched offering WiFi hotspots for travelers that used WiMax to deliver 4G connectivity.

WiMax turned out to be a bad choice for connectivity since it never took off with most carriers in most areas. Karma is back with a new hotspot device called the Karma Go and this time the device connects to the Sprint LTE network. Along with support for LTE, the new Karma Go gets a new design as well.

The color changing single LED from the original Karma device is gone and three rings replace it to represent signal strength. The flap that covered the USB port on the original device has been removed from the Go to make access easier when charging.

Karma Go promises a standby time of up to 220 hours when not in use, and can be activated into normal mode with a button press. To get more run time the Go did have to grow slightly compared to the original device. The big thing with the Karma Go is the service and it has no monthly fees and no contracts. You buy the hardware and data allowance and the data is there until you use it all up. The Karma Go sells for $149, those who own an original Karma can pre-order for $75. The new device will ship in December.


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.