Last week Android Authority reported on the news that a revised model of the HTC One X was in works. The rumor for the so-called “One X+” came from a series of tweets from @Football4PDA, someone who has been known to leak accurate info about HTC in the past. The tweets shed some light on what kind of specs we’d find in the device, such as the NVIDIA AP37 quad-core CPU at 1.6GHz. Besides the CPU, the device would offer 1GB of RAM, 4G LTE, a 1800mAh battery and Jelly Bean with HTC Sense UI 4.5.
With Apple’s iPhone 5 unveiling finally behind us, it’s time to start focusing on some other (and hopefully more exciting) events set to take place in September. First up, we know Motorola and Intel will have something new to show us on the 18th in London, but, unlike Apple (yeah, I said it), they’ve managed to keep the secret rather well while also raising some hype.
The Lenovo Smart Tab II was recently announced for Vodafone at IFA. The 7″ version recently made a trip to the FCC where it was given the usual testing treatment and eventually passed. However, not much is known about the specs of the 7″ Smart Tab II except that it will be priced at 190 Euore ($250USD).
Up-and-coming prepaid carrier Cricket Wireless seems to really be on a roll. On top the launch of Cricket-powered RadioShack Wireless last week, Cricket has also launched its own version of the HTC One V, which has now become the most powerful Android smartphone in its portfolio. That doesn’t seem to be enough for Cricket though, and another enticing Android mid-ranger is heading to the nation’s eighth largest carrier. We first spotted the ZTE Nova 4.0 V8000 back in May at the CTIA, and, just as we suspected, this will be a Cricket exclusive phone.
The GNote 2 spotted over at the FCC carries the model number GT-N7105 and is most likely the international version set to come to Europe and Asia next month. As usual, there aren’t many details and specs revealed by the FCC listing, aside from the connectivity options.
Mobile broadband is on the rise, but with carriers trying to offer better and faster services, there is a resource that might go scarce soon: radio spectrum allocation. Most technologies today can support the network load through code-division, which lets data and voice packets share the same space. However, as the need for “ubiquitous mobile Internet coverage” arises, the FCC feels the need to be proactive in allocating for these resources as demand grows.
Although Amazon has started taking pre-order for the 8.9-inch Kindle Fire HD 4G LTE, it appears the 4G tablet hasn’t received clearance from FCC yet.
What is “mobile broadband” anyway? The FCC is seeking the public’s help to define and test these speeds to ensure acceptable service and competition among carriers.
We’ve known for a while that Lenovo is planning to introduce a 7-inch tablet with a focus on price rather than speed, and now we’ve gotten additional confirmation that the IdeaTab A2107 is gearing towards a September release.
It seems that the FFC and Department of Justice are very close to approving Verizon’s AWS spectrum acquisition. For those that haven’t been following, the AWS spectrum is being purchased from various cable companies for a sum of $3.9 billion. In order to get the AWS spectrum purchase approved, Verizon has had to agree to a couple of major provisions first. This includes divesting some of its spectrum to T-Mobile and even agreeing to sell off some of the 700MHz spectrum if the deal is fully approved.