Sony has begun issuing invited for an “exclusive booth unveiling” in Berlin on September 4. The event takes place just two days before IFA 2013, and it’s thought the Japanese company will use it to unveil its latest flagship smartphone, code-named “Honami.”
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Samsung has today confirmed that the new Galaxy Note 8.0 will launch in the United States on April 11, priced at $399. The device will be available in-stores and online from a number of retailers, including Amazon, Best Buy, Newegg, Staples, and TigerDirect.com.
It seems you can’t go anywhere these days without seeing an advert for the iPhone. They’re on billboards in the street, they’re there when you switch on the TV, and you’ll also find them in newspapers and magazines. But believe it or not, there’s one company that spends more — a lot more! — on advertising its smartphones than Apple does.
That company is Samsung. In 2012, Samsung outspent Apple by more than three to one in smartphone advertising, with a number of large campaigns on TV, in print, and on the Internet. In total, the Korean company spent $401 million advertising its phones.
Back in February, LG announced its latest Optimus L Series devices, including the Optimus L3II, the Optimus L5II, and the Optimus L7II. All three devices were on show at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, but LG couldn’t tell us when two of them — the Optimus L3II and the Optimus L5II — would be going on sale.
The company has now announced that the Optimus L5II has launched in Brazil ahead of its international rollout.
LG showed off a number of new handsets at Mobile World Congress last week, but it seems the company hasn’t quite finished yet. It has today unveiled the Optimus LTE III, a new Android-powered smartphone that will succeed the Optimus LTE II (obviously), with a 4.7-inch 720p display, an 8-megapixel camera, and Android 4.1.2 Jelly Bean.
The Samsung Galaxy Note 8.0 was one of the bigger announcements at Mobile World Congress last week, and we had fun with it during our hands-on. If you’re not a fan of white tablets, however, you may have been disappointed that this was the only color Samsung had on show.
But it may not be the only color Samsung launches this month. A Charcoal Black version of the Galaxy Note 8.0 has appeared in a leaked press photo that’s quickly been making its way around the web.
Many questioned whether Sony was really committed to Mozilla’s Firefox OS this week when the company announced it had “an ambition” to launch its first Firefox OS smartphones in 2014. But to prove it is getting behind the new platform, the Japanese company has released an experimental Firefox OS ROM for the Xperia E, which anyone can download and install on their device — providing they have the know-how.
BARCELONA, MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS — European carrier Orange is at Mobile World Congress this week to show off its latest lineup of own-brand Android devices. There are three altogether — called the Lumo, Nivo, and San Remo — and like the company’s previous own-brand devices, they’re midrange and entry-level devices aimed at budget-conscious consumers who want a modern Android smartphone.
Two of them are particularly interesting: The San Remo is Orange’s first large-screen smartphone, packing a 4.7-inch IPS LCD display; while the Lumo is its first to boast speedy 4G LTE connectivity.
We went hands-on with all three devices to see if they’re any good.
BARCELONA, MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS — Sony’s initial unveiling of the Xperia Tablet Z came just after CES back in January, so Mobile World Congress here in Barcelona this week is the first chance we’ve had to get our hands on it. On paper, the device is very impressive, featuring a speedy quad-core processor, a high-resolution display, and a sleek form factor that measures just 6.9mm thick and boasts water resistance.
But specifications aren’t everything; we were itching to find out what the Xperia Tablet Z is like, so we went hands on with it this morning to find out.
BARCELONA, MOBILE WORLD CONGRESS — Here at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona, a company called Paragon is showing off an awesome new tablet dock called the cTablet Docking Station. It lets you mount your device within your car’s dashboard, providing you with a cutting-edge in-car entertainment system that’s already full of all your media, your navigation apps, and lots more.