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Moto X Pure Edition Does Indeed Work on All US Carriers, Including Verizon

Posted by Kellex July - 28 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

During today’s live press event from Motorola, the company announced that its new Moto X Pure Edition was an unlocked phone that worked on all of the major US carriers, including Verizon. People were excited at the thought of buying a phone for $399 that could be taken to any carrier of choice. That excitement died quickly, though, when Motorola posted official specs for the phone and left out any mention of Verizon’s CDMA bands or its LTE band 13. 

As it turns out, that was a mistake on their part. The specs have now been updated to include all supported bands. We included them below, but you can see for yourself at Motorola’s site and our official specs list.

Moto X Pure Edition wireless bands:

  • UMTS GSM/GPRS/EDGE (850, 900, 1800, 1900 MHz)
  • UMTS/HSPA+ (800, 850, 900, 1700, 1900, 2100 MHz)
  • 4G LTE (B1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 7, 8, 12, 13, 17, 20, 25, 28, 40, 41)
  • CDMA (800, 850, 1900 MHz)

Moto X Pure Edition Does Indeed Work on All US Carriers, Including Verizon is a post from: Droid Life

ZMI Powerbank boosts battery and adds LTE and WiFi hotspot

Posted by Tom July - 22 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

Powerbanks / portable battery packs always seem like useful gadgets to have around, but the new ZMI powerbank ups the ante by offering LTE and WiFi hotspot capabilities too.

At the unit’s core is a 7800mAh battery. Alongside this is a receiver that picks up LTE, 3G and GSM signals and so acts as a WiFi hotspot for data on the go or data sharing in a group.

For charging it has a single USB socket and LED lights for signal strength monitoring, as well as WiFi status and remaining power.

It’s expected to launch at 500 yuan but the official price and launch date are yet to be announced.

Via gizchina

Crystal-backed Oppo Mirror 5s goes official

Posted by Tom July - 7 - 2015 - Tuesday Comments Off

Oppo has given the stamp of authenticity to the new Mirror 5s smartphone, a swanky-looking 4G LTE handset with dial-SIM capabilities.

While there are a number of high-end Oppo products out there, this one sits more snugly in the mid-range, though it has some better than average areas.

It sports s 5-inch, 720 x 1280-pixel display and runs on a 64-bit Snapdragon 410 processor clocked at 1.2GHz.

That’s backed up by 2GB of RAM and 16GB storage, expandable to 128GB via microSD.

The rear cam is 8MP and the front-facer’s a respectable 5MP. Both units feature scene detection, panorama mode, geotagging, double exposure, HDR and more.

Price and availability TBA.

Via androidcommunity

Mystery Motorola Phone Hits FCC, Looks Like an Unlocked Turbo Charging Flagship

Posted by Kellex July - 6 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off

A mystery Motorola phone stopped off at the FCC (ID IHDT56UC2) a couple of days ago looking like a phone that could be the company’s next unlocked flagship. I say that because the phone is slightly bigger than the DROID Turbo, supports almost every single LTE band (sans Verizon’s), 802.11ac MIMO WiFi, carrier aggregation (LTE Advanced), and works with Motorola’s Turbo Charger. 

There have been rumors floating about recently suggesting that Motorola may introduce a phone with a 5.5-inch QHD display, which would fit the description of a phone that measures in slightly bigger than the Turbo with its 5.2-inch display. In fact, a benchmark of a Motorola phone under codename “Kinzie” said specifically that Motorola has a phone with a 5.5-inch QHD display.

Take a look at the measurements of the phone below. This Motorola phone under model number “5137” sports measurements of 153.6×75.3mm and a diagonal length of 161.8mm. The DROID Turbo weighed in at 143.49×73.33mm and a diagonal length of 154.49mm. See, slightly bigger. (Also, side note, but the diagonal measurement is not of the display, so don’t try to convert that to screen size. It’s a measurement of the top corner of the phone to the opposite bottom corner.)

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Outside of measurements, we are seeing support for LTE bands 2, 4, 5, 7, 12, 17, 25, and 41. It also supports GSM bands 2, 4, and 5, which should make this perfect for either AT&T or T-Mobile. Seeing Sprint LTE bands in there is a bit odd, though, because we couldn’t find any mention of CDMA compatibility.

Update:  Not to get too wild on the hypebeasting, but a couple of readers pointed out that the with the Sprint LTE compatibility here, we are venturing into that whole realm of Project Fi compatibility. Just a thought.

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As I mentioned above, we are also seeing testing for MIMO WiFi and LTE Advanced, so this phone should be really fast when you attempt to download almost anything. Qualcomm introduced carrier aggregation (LTE-A) with the Snapdragon 800 line, so there is a pretty good chance that this phone is running either the Snapdragon 808 or 810.

In terms of sneaky lit tidbits tucked inside these FCC docs, we may have stumbled onto a couple of things. First, the phone was tested with one of Motorola’s Turbo Chargers, so we know it supports Qualcomm’s Quick Charge 2.0 technology. With that said, the FCC actually tested the phone with 3 separate chargers. One is a regular Motorola AC adapter, another is the Turbo Charger (SPN5864A), and the third is a mystery, but does have a model number similar to the Turbo Charger. We did a search for it (SPN5886A) and came up empty. Perhaps, Motorola has an even better (or just smaller) Turbo Charger in the works for this year’s line of phones.

On a related note, we found mention of the battery as model FX30, but like with the charger, came up empty through searches.

Also, the FCC ID information has been tucked inside the phone’s Settings menu, which the FCC says can be accessed by heading into Settings>About Phone>Regulatory Information.

Finally, and don’t put too much into this, but I did find mention of a microSD card in one of the testing configurations. So keep open the idea that Motorola may give us a microSD card slot once again.

If we find more, we’ll update this post.

Via:  FCC
Cheers Justin!

Mystery Motorola Phone Hits FCC, Looks Like an Unlocked Turbo Charging Flagship is a post from: Droid Life

Samsung begins rolling out Android 5.1.1 OTA update for the Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 LTE

Posted by wicked July - 1 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

Galaxy Tab 4 8.0(1)

If you are the owner of an LTE-equipped Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 (SM-T335), you’ve probably been lamenting the fact that your device has been left behind on a seemingly obsolete version of Android, version 4.4.2 KitKat. It could well be time to turn that frown upside down though, as Samsung has begun rolling an update for the tablet in Switzerland, all the way to Android 5.1.1.

That’s quite a leap from 4.4.2 to 5.1.1, and hopefully it will avoid some of the bugs we’ve seen on other devices that received Android 5.0.2. updates. You can wait for the update to reach your Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 LTE (SM-T335) via OTA, which may take a little while as the OTA is rolled out to other regions. Or, if you are the impatient type, you can download the firmware directly from SamMobile to flash manually via ODIN. The firmware has a build date of June 20, with build number T335XXU1BOF8 and a change list number of 90673209.

You can download the firmware from SamMobile here, remembering to follow the step by step instructions carefully. Once you’ve received the OTA or manually flashed it, let us know  if your Galaxy Tab 4 8.0 LTE has improved performance and of any bugs or new features that you may find.

 

Source: SamMobile

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9.6-inch Huawei MediaPad T1 (A21L) LTE tablet with Snapdragon 410

Posted by Tom June - 27 - 2015 - Saturday Comments Off

The new Huawei MediaPad T1 (A21L) is a 9.6-inch tablet that fits in among the mid-range models for specs and price.

It has a 9.6-inch, 1280 x 800-pixel display and runs on a Qualcomm Snapdragon 410 64-bit processor.

The T1 (A21L) comes with a standard 1GB of RAM and 16GB storage (expandable via microSD).

On the camera side there’s a 5MP rear cam and a 2MP front-facing unit.

It runs on a 4800mAh battery and supports LTE connectivity for data on the move, and the OS is Android 4.4 skinned with Huawei’s EMUI interface.

Launch price is $214.

Via gizchina

South Korean carrier brings world’s fastest LTE to commercial use

Posted by wicked June - 18 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

The world’s fastest Internet will theoretically, get even faster. South Korean telco KT Corp, which is the country’s largest, has just announced that they will be commercializing their fastest mobile network, which will be called the Giga LTE. It uses the current LTE network, which is considered to be one of, if not the, fastest in the world and combines it with Wi-Fi connections. Now if only it would be available elsewhere, we would all be happy campers.

But let’s be jealous of South Korea for a little while okay? This new network will actually give you speeds of 1.17Gpbs, which is already 15 times faster than the current LTE, which is already pretty fast compared to other LTE networks elsewhere. It is also four times faster than the current fastest network in their market, the tri-band broadband LTE-Advanced and gives up to 10 times faster the upload speed.

Having the GIGA LTE will further differentiate KT Corp from its competitors, and will give them the competitive advantage to bring the 5G network for the first time in the South Korean market. The head of their network division, Oh Sung-mok emphasized that the GIGA LTE is actually two or three years beyond the current technology and they will “spare no efforts” in order to discover and develop even more advanced technologies. They currently have 200,ooo LTE base stations and 140,000 WiFi hotspots all over the country.

KT Corp has actually collaborated with Samsung to develop this technology, and owners of the Galaxy S6 and S6 edge will actually be some of the first to experience GIGA LTE through their firmware update. KT Corp has to work fast to establish this new tech as their competitor, SK Telecom, has also announced they are commercializing their mobile network technologies this month as well.

VIA: Korea Herald

HTC’s QHD One M9+ and E9+ arrive in the US via Amazon

Posted by wicked June - 17 - 2015 - Wednesday Comments Off

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Third-party sellers on Amazon have brought the One M9+ and E9+ to the US, despite HTC making it clear that it wouldn’t launch the two devices outside of Asia, which could contribute to the company’s increasingly poor earnings.

HTC’s One M9+ and E9+ are the company’s first devices to feature a Quad HD (2560×1440) display, putting the One M9’s 1080p panel to shame. That’s not all that’s different in two models, though.

The HTC One M9+ touts a 5.2-inch QHD display, a 2.2GHz octo-core MediaTekX10 CPU, 3GB of RAM, 32GB of expandable storage, a fingerprint scanner, a Duo 20.7-megapixel rear camera, and a 4-megapixel Ultrapixel camera on the front. The device is running Android Lollipop, and runs at a steep price of $799 in the US.

HTC One E9+ (2)

HTC’s E9+ is for those of you that like larger options, featuring a 5.5-inch QHD display. The device has all the same hardware as the One M9+, but lacks the fingerprint scanner, Duo camera, and has a plastic chassis over the M9+’s metal frame. On the positive side, all of that means the device is $300 cheaper, with a price tag of $499.

Do keep in mind that since these are devices straight out of Asia, neither of the devices will work with LTE in the US due to incompatibility with our frequency bands. In fact, the One M9+ doesn’t work on Sprint or Verizon networks whatsoever. It would be wise to double check frequency bands before throwing down a large chunk of money on either of these two devices, unless you’re picking it up for Wi-Fi only.

If you’re alright dealing with those restrictions, hit one of the links below to pick one up:

via: Phone Arena

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New Cube T6 Android tablet with 4G LTE is less than $100

Posted by Tom June - 4 - 2015 - Thursday Comments Off

The Cube T6 tablet is a 6.89-inch tablet that runs on a quad-core processor and offers 4G LTE connectivity for under $100.

The Cube T6 has a 6.98-inch, 5-point multitouch display at 1024 x 600 pixels.

It runs on a quad-core Mediatek MT8735 processor clocked at 1.3GHz and has 1GB RAM alongside 8GB storage.

While those stats aren’t too exciting, the 4G LTE would make it a handy out-and-about tablet to go alongside your main one packed full of RAM and memory but without on the go connectivity.

The T6 also has Miracast technology for streaming to TV sets. Also onboard is an FM receiver and a 3,500mAh battery.

The rear camera is 2MP and the front-facer’s 0.3MP.

It also has a microSD card slot, dual-SIM support and a microUSB 2.0 port.

The tablet weighs 240g and will cost $97.

Via tablet-news

Best for 4G: Galaxy S6 v Huawei P8 v LG G4

Posted by wicked June - 1 - 2015 - Monday Comments Off
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I often get asked which handset has the best network performance and reliability and usually the answer is Samsung, as for many years now the company has had by far the fastest LTE speeds on mobile devices.

With the change in build from plastic to metal and glass on the Galaxy S6 however, the company was faced with having to redesign its network antennae, so is the performance as good as past Samsung devices? How does it compare to the plastic-clad LG G4 and the metal-built Huawei P8, which comes with Huawei’s own extensive knowledge of mobile networks.

Which of these has the most reliable network connection, including call success rate, antenna strength and 4G Speed Tests? Let’s find out:

N.B. All handsets were tested using the same network – EE, which supports speeds of up to 300Mbps in the London area – and at the exact same time. The results below are based on a sample of 52 tests in 11 different areas spanning a distance of 170 miles.

Network Switch Rate

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One problem with most current LTE networks is that VoLTE (Voice Over LTE) isn’t supported in large parts of the network, meaning handsets need to switch down to a 3G connection when attempting to make a call while connected to an LTE connection. Often, the time taken to locate and switch to a 3G network can result in a dropped call; both, when making a call or receiving a call.

The purpose of this section was to test the handset’s ability to switch from LTE to 2G/3G and vice versa, while also determining which handset remained connected to the fastest network for longest. During our testing, we found the following:

  Galaxy S6 LG G4 Huawei P8
Average Time taken to switch to fastest network 1 minute 48 seconds 52 seconds 41 seconds
Number of dropped calls when connected to LTE 21 dropped calls 11 dropped calls 6 dropped calls
Time connected to fastest network 49 seconds 1 minute 3 seconds 2 minutes 9 seconds

The network switch rate on the Galaxy S6 is certainly surprising given that past Samsung devices – albeit they were made of plastic – would usually latch onto the best network. The LG G4 certainly performs well but Huawei’s network coverage shone through in testing, with the Huawei P8 switching the fastest and remaining connected to the best network for longest.

Antenna Strength

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This section tests how strong the antennae performance on each smartphone actually is. To test the antenna strength, we used the figures reported in the Settings > About Phone > Status screen. A signal rating of -60 dBm is recognised as near perfect while anything above -110 dBm is considered call-dropping quality.

Our testing shows that:

  Galaxy S6 LG G4 Huawei P8
Average antenna strength -91 dBm -74 dBm -62 dBm
Ratio of average connection (3G:LTE) 4:1 1:5 1:8
Occurrences of zero signal (out of 52 tests) 13 3 3

The Galaxy S6 again fails to excite here, with the handset often not even connecting to LTE. Considering that this particular unit may have been faulty, we decided to test with an alternate handset and found similar levels of performance: the second Galaxy S6 was on average 6 dBm better than the first handset and not enough to warrant the first unit as faulty.

The LG G4 again performs relatively well, with a relatively strong network antenna, but the Huawei P8 is again the best (and this time, by far).

LTE Speed Tests

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Now to the final section and probably the most interesting: superfast LTE speeds. This was a simple test to conduct; each handset was using the latest version of Ookla’s SpeedTest application and was connected to 4G.

Our testing found:

  Galaxy S6 LG G4 Huawei P8
Average speed test: download 50.03 Mbps 53.37 Mbps 58.31 Mbps
Average speed test: upload 15.69 Mbps 18.38 Mbps 20.04 Mbps
Fastest LTE speed recorded: 78.39 Mbps 88.46 Mbps 91.44 Mbps

The results were very surprising, given that the Ascend P7 was slower than both the LG G3 and the Galaxy S5. The G4 is better than the G3 thanks to the addition of Cat 6 support and the Huawei P8 is a marked improvement over the Ascend P7, with Huawei’s network knowledge really shining through thanks to the dual antenna system.

The Galaxy S6 tests showed that the handset is significantly slower than the Note 4 and Galaxy S5, despite the newer internal hardware and LTE Cat 6 support (which the Galaxy Note 4 also has). The Galaxy S6 also failed to latch onto 4G+ (Cat 6) – which offers downloads speeds of up to 300Mbps – and was instead limited to Cat 4, which offers a maximum download speed of 150Mbps.

Conclusion

Looking at all the tests and the various results, I think it’s safe to say that the Huawei P8 is the best handset for LTE, while the LG G4 comes second and the Galaxy S6 is significantly further back. Samsung’s adoption of metal and glass certainly worked for most parts of the handset but the network antenna seems to have suffered as a result of the switch, which could be expected given the problems others have had with metal builds.

With the G4, LG have made the antenna stronger than the G3 and the result is much better performance overall. The G4 is certainly impressive in holding onto a network connection and with Cat 6 support, the maximum download speeds have also vastly improved. The dual antenna system on the Huawei P8 clearly prevents any antenna-gate issues – where holding the handset the wrong way can affect your signal – and the handset can intelligently switch between the two antennae, depending upon which is the strongest.

Now read the reviews:

Huawei P8 Review
LG G4 Review
Samsung Galaxy S6 Edge Review
Samsung Galaxy S6 Review

What do you think? Is LTE performance and network resilience important to you? Let us know your views in the comments guys!

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