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Flawed though it may have been, I was a fairly a supporter of Samsung’s S Pen-friendly Galaxy Note 10.1 tablet– even with showy brand-new devices like the Note 2 on the marketplace, I still think the entire concept just works greatest on a bigger display. Samsung seems to be rather keen on the thing too, as it has simply officially launched an LTE-capable variation of the tab in its native Korea with a global launch slated for later in the year.
Access to LTE information rates will be good enough for some, however the changelog doesn’t end there. The revamped Note 10.1 will also deliver running Android 4.1 Jelly Bean (are afraid of not existing Note 10.1 owners– your time will quickly come) along with oft-touted functions like the ability to draw fast commands and hover the S Pen over the display for a quick view of calendar entries and folder contents.
Really though, one of the greatest draws of the support for Voice over LTE, which (as you ‘d think of) in short routes your voice calls much more successfully over an LTE information network rather of falling back to a 3G GSM or CDMA network. As neat as the move is, the opportunities of the function popping up in the forthcoming U.S. variation are very slim– the only carrier that presently supports Voice over LTE around these parts is MetroPCS (though that might all alter now that a T-Mobile buyout is on the table). Given its lead in LTE network growth, it shouldn’t be a surprise to hear that Verizon Wireless is working on it too, however the provider has had some trouble making things work properly — the service was originally set to debut this year however is now slated to rollout in late 2013.
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Intel’s curious decision to shun the US and release Medfield-powered smartphones in India, China, Russia and the UK may be because of those countries’ underdeveloped levels of LTE. Advertising chief Sumeet Syal told TechCrunch that its current-generation x86 system-on-chip will not support the requirement, but a capable version will show up at the end of the year– with manufacturing ramping up in 2013. He also let slip to the site that dual-core variations will certainly show up shortly, claiming they’ll benefit from Intel’s hyper threading knowledge. Syal stated that Santa Clara is “comfy” with its development just months after entering the smartphone area however decreased to talk about numbers– for which we’ll have to await the Q3 earnings call in October to discover exactly how well (or not) Intel’s mobile ambitions are going.
Filed under: Cellular phones, MobileIntel discloses Quad-Core, LTE-capable Medfield chips are on the means originally appeared on Engadget on Mon,24 Sep 2012 07:50:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds. Permalink|TechCrunch|Email this|Remarks
Though an errant Google ad gave away some of the surprise a few weeks back, AT&T has just announced that the Sony Xperia ion will be hitting all of the carrier’s sales channels on June 24 for $ 99 with a two-year contract.
Sony Mobile fans with a hankering for some high-speed data will be glad to know (or be reminded) that the Gingerbread-powered Xperia ion is the company’s first LTE smartphone to land here in the States. The device made its first in-the-flesh appearance at this year’s CES, where the device managed to turn a few heads with its 4.6-inch HD Reality Display running at 720p, and its 1.5 GHz dual-core processor.
Sony smartphones are also no stranger to high quality cameras, and the ion doesn’t disappoint — it sports a 12-megapixel rear camera with their Exmor R back-illuminated sensor. The Xperia ion is also only one of two Sony handsets to ship with NFC support in tow, which allows the device to play well with NFC tags like Sony’s own SmartTags or Samsung’s recently announced TecTiles. Rounding out the package is 16GB of internal storage, and like other Xperia devices (and some HTC devices to come), the ion is PlayStation certified so users will be able to get their game on with confidence in their gear.
All of that functionality comes at a bit of a price though, namely that it isn’t the slimmest device on the market at 11.68mm thick. Still, there are far worse options available for $ 100, and it’s interesting to see decidedly robust smartphones like the ion and Lumia 900 occupy the mid-range price tier. How it’ll fare against top-tier devices like the One X and the forthcoming Galaxy S III is still in the air, but a solid spec sheet and a low price tag certainly give it a fighting chance.
In case you just can’t wait to snap one of these things, take a peek at our CES hands-on video with the device below.
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