Saturday, January 21, 2012

Deal Alert: Unlocked Samsung Focus I917 for $215 at has the unlocked Samsung Focus on sale for $215 with free shipping.  This is down 38% from its regular $349.99, a pretty sweet deal for one of the great first-generation Windows phones.  The Focus sports a generous 4" super-AMOLED screen in a thin form factor.  It has 8GB of storage, but is open for expansion up to 32GB with certain MicroSD cards.  While it's not the newest of the new, the Focus is still a solid pick, especially at this price.

LG X3: Second Quad-Core Phone Revealed

If 2011 was the year of the dual-core processor, then 2012 is shaping up to be defined by quad cores, with the HTC Edge/Endeavor, probably theSamsung Galaxy S III, and now, we've learned, the LG X3 all going quad in the first half. Despite its powerful chipset (a Tegra 3 by nVidia) and large, high-resolution display (4.7 inches at 1280x720), the X3 allegedly maintains a sub-nine-millimeter profile. The rear and front-facing cameras are said to be eight megapixels and 1.3 megapixels, respectively, while storage reportedly weighs in at 16GB (supplemented by microSD). 

X3 should run Android 4.0 Ice Cream Sandwich right out of the box; like many ICS-powered handsets set for release this year, it would utilize physical capacitive, and not touchscreen, buttons.

Radio-wise, we're supposedly looking at 21MbpsHSPA -- although regional bumps to LTE are certainly a possibility-- 802.11b/g/n Wi-Fi, and the latest Bluetooth standard, 4.0. At 2000mAh, the battery sounds like one of the more capacious in this class. Rounding out the specs, according to a trusted source, is an NFC transceiver. 

Don't look for the X3 (under its retail name, naturally) until sometime in late spring or early summer, we hear, although a Mobile World Congress debut next month looks likely.

[Via] Pocketnow

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

Apple finally catching up on iPhone 4S demand, still struggles with supply problem

Apple has begun to catch up with the demand for its iPhone 4S, as indicated by the shipping times on falling to just 3-5 days, reports Electronista. The shipping times had jumped to 1-2 weeks within just a couple of days of the device’s launch in October of last year and have only just begun to recover.
The launch of the iPhone 4S brought in record numbers of sales across the carriers and retail outlets where it was made available, topping 1 million units within 24 hours. The first weekend brought in sales of over 4 million units.