ZTE Aiming High-End Smartphones at U.S. Market

ZTE said it intends to tackle the high-end smartphone market in the U.S. with new, flagship phones as soon as next year. “By 2015, we expect the U.S. to be the largest market for handsets for ZTE,” said Lixin Cheng, president of the Chinese company’s North American operations, in an interview with the Wall Street Journal. “Next year, we’re going to launch LTE and high-tier phones in the U.S. With a similar feature set [as the iPhone], ZTE can offer an alternative” to handsets from other smartphone makers, said Cheng. ZTE has made a number of entry-level ...

T-Mobile’s white Samsung Galaxy S II

T-Mobile will sure have a busy day on December 14. First, they are set to hold a special event alongside Nokia, in which the first Nokia Windows Phone will be launched in the US, probably the Lumia 710. Also, today we found out that on the same day, T-Mobile is releasing the white edition of the highly acclaimed Samsung Galaxy S II which spots all the well-known features.The white Galaxy S II will feature support for T-Mobile’s 4G HSPA+ network and will set cost you $229.99 based on a two year deal after $50 mail-in rebate. It’s important to know that the Android handset will be ...

Nokia selling off Vertu luxury

Nokia is preparing to sell Vertu, a UK-based subsidiary that specialises in handmade luxury phones for the super rich.The process is at an early stage, although there has been interest from private equity groups and it’s likely to attract interest from luxury goods brands, according to sources of the Financial Times.Yet to be officially valued, Vertu has an estimated annual revenue of up to €300 million (£255 million).Vertu’s luxury handsets are available in more than 60 countries, some with dedicated shops. Somewhat predictably, it has a strong following among those ...

FCC Outs Samsung U380 Slider

Documents seen on the Federal Communications Commission web site provide details about an unannounced feature phone from Samsung. The U380 is a sideways slider with full QWERTY keyboard bound for Verizon Wireless, based on images of the device and spectrum support. The FCC confirms that the U380 supports CDMA EVDO in the 850/1900MHz bands, as well as Bluetooth. Other features shown in images include a camera, 3.5mm headset jack, microUSB support, and a standard set of volume and power controls. Neither Samsung nor Verizon Wireless have announced this device, nor have they provided any ...

Motorola Explains Android 4.0

Motorola today shared some information via its blog about how it is approaching Android 4.0 and updating its roster of smartphones to the newest operating system from Google. Now that the source code has been released by Google, Motorola has started step one in the process, which entails taking the source code and incorporating it into upgrades for devices on which the system can perform well, along with making sure the carrier requirements are met. Once that is complete, Motorola spends time debugging the code in step two before submitting it to the associated carrier for approval in step ...

Nokia Pushing First Update to Lumia 800

Nokia today indicated that it is delivering the first system update to the Lumia 800 Windows Phone device. The update adds features, such as improved email, audio quality, and brightness, as well as better voicemail notifications. The update also makes performance enhancements, and power efficiency and charging improvements. The update will take several weeks to reach all owners of the Lumia 800 and requires the Zune desktop client. Nokia also said that it will provide another update to the Lumia 800 in early 2012. The Lumia 800 is available in a handful of markets around the world, but ...

Nokia Looking to Pawn Its Vertu Luxury Line

Nokia is interested in selling off its U.K.-based Vertu subsidiary, which sells high-end cell phones. According to a report in the Financial Times, Nokia has hired Goldman Sachs to help it fetch top dollar for the cell phone unit, which is valued between $270 and $400 million. The Financial Times says that private equity groups will be the most likely buyers of Vertu, though Nokia has not confirmed the story. Tweet Vote on HN ...

LG announces Z330 Ultrabook

LG has launched a new ultra-portable laptop, which it says is both thinner and lighter than Apple’s market-leading MacBook Air.The 13.3-inch Z330 Ultrabook joins LGs XNote family of laptops and boasts a stunning Windows 7 boot time of 9.9 seconds thanks to a “super speed tech” optimisation.The LED backlit display boasts a resolution of 1366 x 768 while there’s an Intel Core i5 or i7 processor doing all the donkey work.There’s also 4GB of RAM, upto 250GB of RAM and an Intel HD 3000 graphics card. There’s also Bluetooth 3.0 and USB 3.0 in the ...

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