If you meander on down to the Apple store this morning, you’ll spot some nice little spec bumps to the MacBook Pro range — without any increase to the prices. For a start, you can now splash out on a faster AMD Radeon HD 6770M discrete GPU with your 15-inch or 17-inch lappie. Even better, there are some CPU improvements to be had: the 13-incher gets the option of a 2.8GHz Core i7 or a 2.4GHz Core i5 dual-core processor, instead of the previous entry-level 2.3GHz i5 (and it also gets its HDD notched up to a minimum 500GB, or max 750GB). The 15-incher now goes up to a quad-core 2.4GHz i7 — the same speedy processor that comes in the updated 17-inch variant. Oh, the cost/benefit dilemmas.
Apple MacBook Pro (late 2011) line-up gets processor and graphics boost originally appeared on Engadget on Mon, 24 Oct 2011 06:32:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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customers woke up to a sun shower of good news this morning, when their provider’s new 4G LTE network went live in Australia — or within parts of it, at least. After months of development and a soft launch
in late August, Telstra finally flipped the switch on its broadband network today, bringing LTE coverage to capital cities, airports and other select areas. According to the company, its new infrastructure offers download speeds between two and 40 Mbps (a 25 percent increase over what its 3G network supported at launch), with upstream rates ranging from one to ten Mbps. For now, Telstra has upgraded its base stations in all eight capital cities and some 30 regional centers, though it plans to expand its coverage to 80 sites by the end of this year. Subscribers can hook up to the network with a new USB dongle from Sierra Wireless
(pictured above), as long as they’re within a five kilometer radius from a capital city’s station, or within three kilometers of a regional center. Before long, however, Australians may not even need a dongle to bathe in LTE goodness, as Telstra is planning to launch a new 4G-enabled HTC handset by the first half of next year. At this point, details about the Android-based device (codenamed “HTC 4G”) remain fuzzy, though the carrier says it will boast a 4.5-inch screen, eight megapixel camera and dual-core processor. For more details, head past the break for a pair of press releases.
Continue reading Telstra’s 4G LTE network goes live in Australia, new HTC handset coming next year
Telstra’s 4G LTE network goes live in Australia, new HTC handset coming next year originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 27 Sep 2011 09:43:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Does the Samsung Transform Ultra quench your thirst for a prepaid high-performance Android handset? That’ll be an extra $5 a month, please. Boost Mobile sneakily attached the announcement to the end of this morning’s press release like it was a Congressional bill, casually mentioning that its monthly Android Unlimited plans will see the additional charge as of October 6th. Grandfathered customers won’t be affected — at least, not until they upgrade to a new Android device, at which time they’ll also be assessed the extra cost. Times they are a-changin’, it seems. Head below to see the full announcement.
Continue reading Boost Mobile to tack $5 onto monthly Android Unlimited plans beginning October 6th
Boost Mobile to tack $5 onto monthly Android Unlimited plans beginning October 6th originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 15 Sep 2011 22:34:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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Much in the same vein as the smartphone showed off this morning, Intel also teased a Medfield-based Android tablet. But unlike the prototype Andy Rubin whisked with him off stage, we were able to at least get up close and personal with its Intel inside sibling. Unfortunately we weren’t able to actually touch it, but here’s to hoping we can track one down and do a proper hands-on at some point today.
Update: Our eagle-eyed friends at CarryPad have spotted an NFC marking on the tablet’s back.
Intel shows off Medfield-based Android tablet at IDF 2011, we (briefly) go eyes-on (updated) originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 13 Sep 2011 15:45:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
You can go ahead and add Acer and ViewSonic to Microsoft’s long list of patent licensees. This morning, Redmond announced a pair of new licensing agreements with the two companies, just a few months after striking similar deals with Itronix and Velocity Micro. Details, however, are few and far between, with Microsoft saying only that it will receive royalties from ViewSonic and that the patents in question pertain to both companies’ Android tablets and smartphones. Of course they do. Both press releases await you, after the break.
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Microsoft adds Acer, ViewSonic to patent licensing list originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 08 Sep 2011 09:27:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
If the Impulse name sounds familiar but you just can’t put your finger on it, allow us to break out the iron and get the confusion straightened out. Two weeks ago we reported that a rumored device called the Samsung Impulse 4G might be on its way to guide AT&T into its new era as a LTE powerhouse. Turns out it was partially true: this morning, the carrier announced the Huawei Impulse 4G, which in reality is a rebranded Ideos X5 that will act as an affordable ($30 on two-year contract) HSPA+ device cooking up faux-G speeds at a max of 14.4Mbps. Unfortunately, that’s not exactly the LTE radio we were pining for. The Impulse also has a 3.8-inch WVGA display, an 800MHz Qualcomm MSM7230 CPU, Android 2.2 and 5 megapixel image-snapper with 720p video capture. It’ll be hitting stores on September 18, and we’d say the specs line up with what we’d expect from a $30 Android phone. Follow below for the full press release.
Continue reading AT&T introduces Huawei Impulse 4G, available September 18th for $30
AT&T introduces Huawei Impulse 4G, available September 18th for $30 originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 07 Sep 2011 10:45:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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We know, the image above is hardly as detailed as the ones we glanced at this morning, but it has its measure of significance nonetheless. It’s a rough diagram of the Samsung SCH-i405 — a phone known to us as the Stratosphere
— as it appears in FCC filings approved today. The documents’ mention of LTE band 13
(as well as CDMA / EVDO) seems to confirm rumors that suggest the aforementioned device will be coming to Verizon’s 4G network, likely sooner rather than later. If you’ve been eager to see an Epic 4G-esque QWERTY slider on the largest carrier in the US, this will be your golden opportunity. Of course, this may prove to be a drop in the bucket when compared to an impending flood of even more tempting handsets
Samsung Stratosphere makes its obligatory FCC visit, confirms membership in Verizon’s LTE club originally appeared on Engadget on Tue, 06 Sep 2011 23:04:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
Want in on some Honeycomb optimized Google Voice action without going through all the trouble of sideloading? Today’s your lucky day; the boys of El Goog silently pushed out Google Voice 0.4.2.36 to the Android market this morning, adding native tablet support. You can snatch up this update right now directly from Google itself — but we wouldn’t blame you if you decided to sideload it anyway, just for old time’s sake.
Google Voice for Honeycomb tablets now officially available, no sideloading necessary originally appeared on Engadget on Sat, 03 Sep 2011 01:42:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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‘s enjoying a bright and sunny Thursday in Hong Kong today, where the company has just unveiled a Q1 2011 / 2012 earnings report that’s full of rosy news. According to the report, Lenovo’s revenues jumped to $5.92 billion during the fiscal quarter, representing a 15 percent increase over last year’s figures
, while net profits nearly doubled to $108 million (compared to $54.9 million last year). Global PC sales, meanwhile, nudged upward 23 percent — even at a time when most other manufacturers are seeing relatively sluggish growth
. During an earnings conference call this morning, COO Rory Read provided a little insight into his company’s approach to the growing Ultrabook
sector, while hinting at future price reductions. Speaking to reporters, Reed assured that Lenovo would “invest in innovation to be a leader” in the Ultrabook market, adding that prices for its MacBook Air
competitors may reach “mainstream” (sub-$1,000) levels by 2012: “I wouldn’t say by the end of the year necessarily but…that’s definitely going to happen.” Head past the break for Lenovo’s financial summary, along with the full PR.
Continue reading Lenovo’s net profits nearly double in Q1 earnings report, sub-$1,000 Ultrabooks coming soon?
Lenovo’s net profits nearly double in Q1 earnings report, sub-$1,000 Ultrabooks coming soon? originally appeared on Engadget on Thu, 18 Aug 2011 05:14:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.
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You might have noticed a few changes this morning. Starting today, content from our HD and Mobile sites will appear right here in the main flow, respectively highlighted in red and magenta. It’ll help you stay better informed about what’s going on in this great, wide world of tech, but we’ve made these posts mini-sized — like our Alt section — so you can cruise right over them if you’re not into home entertainment or cellphones. And, if you really, really want to ban those posts from sight, just use this link: www.engadget.com/classic
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Introducing mini-posts, plus integrated HD and Mobile content! originally appeared on Engadget on Wed, 17 Aug 2011 15:21:00 EDT. Please see our terms for use of feeds.