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The Top Five T-Mobile Smartphones Of 2012

Last week a survey was held aimed at T-Mobile subscribers to vote on their smartphone devices for 2012. The votes are just in and the tabulations show which among the contenders made its way to the top 5.

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The following devices were among the choices that people were to consider

  • HTC One S
  • Samsung Galaxy S Relay 4G
  • Lumia 710
  • Samsung Galaxy Note II
  • LG Nexus 4
  • Samsung Galaxy Note (available in 2011, released on T-Mobile in 2012)
  • LG Optimus L9
  • Samsung Galaxy S III
  • Windows Phone 8X
  • Huawei myTouch
  • Lumia 810

Here are the top 5 T-Mobile Smartphones Of 2012 listed in no particular order as chosen by the public.

LG Nexus 4

This is the latest Nexus smartphone device that’s created by LG. It boasts of a quad core 1.5 GHz Krait processor combined with an Adreno 320 GPU. It’s 4.7 inch display has 768 x 1280 pixels and already uses Gorilla Glass 2.  Other features include an 8 MP shooter capable of 1080p recording as well as a 2100mAh battery. T-Mobile is offering this model for a price of $199 with a plan.

Samsung Galaxy S3

This is the current flagship device of Samsung and we are pretty impressed with its specifications. From its massive 4.8 inch display to its 1.5GHz dual core Snapdragon processor, everything about this model is impressive. It’s no wonder that this is the company’s bestselling smartphone to date. You can score this device from T-Mobile for only $149 after a $100 mail in rebate.

Windows Phone 8X

HTC is entering the Windows Phone 8 market with their flagship model called the Windows Phone 8X. It has impressive specs that give excellent performance. Those who have used this device claim that they do not experience any lag at all even when multi-tasking between various apps. This model will cost you $199 after $50 mail-in rebate.

Samsung Galaxy Note II

The successor to the popular Galaxy Note comes with more powerful hardware specifications and a much larger display. It sports a 5.5 inch Super AMOLED HD display and uses a powerful 1.6 GHz quad core processor. Its 2 GB of RAM makes sure that any application you use will run smoothly. It is also one of the costliest devices to get from T-Mobile as it is priced at $369 after $50 mail-in rebate.

HTC One S

The HTC One S is an Android smartphone that was released early this year. This makes it the oldest model to make it to the top 5. Despite its age it still has pretty impressive specifications. It comes with a dual core 1.5GHz processor, 4.3 inch Super AMOLED display and 1 GB or RAM. You will be able to score this for $149 after $50 mail-in rebate.

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HTC Takes a Dig at the Lumia 920’s Weight

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It’s all about light weight phones these days. It’s hard to recall where the trend began basically, but it seems like it’s catching up quite well with manufacturers all across the tech sphere. This is actually something that the companies endorse these days, so light weight phones are a fairly big deal. The iPhone 5, the Galaxy S III, the Galaxy Nexus or any other device out there is very light weight. But the Lumia 920 by Nokia stands out from the crowd of light weight smartphones. And HTC has decided to take a dig at the bulkiness of the device on its official Facebook page. To give you an idea of the exact weight difference between the two devices beforehand, the HTC 8X weighs 130 grams while the Lumia 920 weighs a hefty 185 grams. The picture posted on HTC’s Facebook page read a caption – “Don’t get weighed down. The HTC 8X is more than 20 pennies lighter than that ‘other’ Windows Phone.

By referring to the Lumia 920 as the “other Windows Phone”, HTC has certainly drawn battle lines. There’s no doubt that the HTC Windows Phone 8X falls behind the Lumia 920 in certain aspects, but that didn’t stop the company from taking a hit at the 920. There are certain factors which account for the weight of the Lumia 920 which most of us aren’t aware of. Mainly the camera, which requires an additional enclosure with springs for Optical Image Stabilization (OIS) and the wireless charging panel on the back which also adds up a fair bit to the overall weight. Even HTC has plans for a wireless charging panel with the Verizon 8X, so this little gimmick might just backfire in due time.

Regardless, it’s a fair statement and people favoring lighter phones will certainly have a listen. Besides the camera and the display size, most of what’s inside the Lumia 920 and the HTC Windows Phone 8X is exactly the same, be it the dual core Snapdragon S4 chip or the 1GB of RAM. It’s all the same. So for the users who aren’t particularly fond of a camera oriented smartphone, the 8X is a very viable option. HTC certainly doesn’t want to go easy on its WP brethren, which is contrary to the general belief of WP8 OEMs working in close quarters. It’s pretty fierce out there, and this little stunt proves that. We wonder what Samsung has to say about this, which is renowned for making light weight phones.

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Via: WP Central

T-Mobile Confirms the Arrival of the HTC Windows Phone 8X; Will be Available “Soon”

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A few days ago, we posted the story about the HTC 8X arriving on T-Mobile’s shelves. Back then, the phone hadn’t been announced yet. But now T-Mobile has confirmed it with the smartphone listed as arriving “soon” on its website. The smartphone was announced last week amidst a lot of speculations, and HTC delivered. Although speculations of the device bearing resemblance to the Lumia 820 are making the rounds, the smartphone will have its own fan base when launched. The smartphone will arrive in November for an indefinite price tag, so come this November and we’ll know more. Interestingly, HTC is the only Windows Phone OEM which has mentioned the arrival date of Windows Phone 8 in the market. So going by that, it wouldn’t be wrong to guess that we’ll get to see the two new Lumias from Nokia and Samsung’s Ativ S arrive during the same time frame.

Sadly though, there’s no information about the exact availability date, so this new announcement is merely to get users excited and show what’s in store for them. OEMs have been rather quiet about the prices too, which is strange really as neither of the three companies (Samsung, Nokia, HTC) have given out prices for their respective WP8 devices. This makes us feel that they’re not going to go easy on the pockets, especially the Lumia 920 and the Lumia 820. All these smartphones feature comparable specifications and the only area where the manufacturers can differentiate from their rivals is in terms of design. HTC has been fairly successful in doing that with the 8X, so there will be plenty of takers for the new smartphone.

The HTC Windows Phone 8X packs a 4.3-inch HD display (1280×720) which promises some thrills and is actually one of the key features of Windows Phone 8 i.e. support of multiple display resolutions. The device also comes with a more than decent 8MP camera which can record 1080p videos at 30 frames per second. The rest of the specs are pretty much the same as any WP8 smartphone out there with a Qualcomm Snapdragon S4 dual core chipset clocked at 1.5 GHz. The relatively smaller 1,800 mAh battery however could prove to be a deal breaker for heavy users. Regardless, the 8X will go up against the Lumia 820 while the Lumia 920 and the Samsung Ativ S will take each other on being high end smartphones.

Source: T-Mobile
Via: Phone Arena

Nokia seeks ban on the HTC 8X Claiming it Closely Resembles the Lumia 820: Rumor

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Nokia took the world by storm when it announced the Lumia 820 and 920 which were the company’s first WP8 running smartphones. And now, a new report emerging from Redmond Pie suggests that Nokia could be looking to sue fellow WP8 OEM, HTC claiming that they ripped off the design of the Lumia 820 with their brand new HTC 8X smartphone. As both smartphones run the same mobile operating system, the allegations are pertaining to the body construction of the 8X. The smartphone was announced a couple of weeks after the Lumia 820 and the 920 broke cover, so we’re not sure if the similarities are intentional. Regardless, this could either mean that a fierce legal battle is on the cards or probably the matter would be resolved as Microsoft could very likely intervene here.

Nokia claims that the front of the 8X is the culprit as it looks a lot like the Lumia 820. Although the Finnish manufacturer does make a point with its claim, it’s hard to tell if the 8x actually looks like the Lumia 820. Nokia also claims that the overall body and the side portion of the 8X bears resemblance to the said Lumia. Well, that cannot be argued as the side and especially the back has that Lumia feel as evidenced by the press shots available. Nokia wants the device to be banned in certain markets of the world, so as to avoid confusion with the Lumia 820. Remember, this is merely a rumor for now and neither of the companies have responded yet. An out of court settlement is also possible and it could actually be the best solution for this, as Microsoft and HTC will be the losers if the smartphone gets banned.

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Both the smartphones will arrive by November which will mark the formal arrival of Windows Phone 8 into the market. Nokia has already begun its heavy marketing campaign for the new Lumias, including one which was very controversial, so there is a big amount of hype surrounding the smartphone(s). And with this new report, we can expect HTC to get some attention too. All in all, the Lumia 820 and the 920 are undoubtedly one of the most awaited smartphones in the Windows Phone arena. It will be interesting to see how Nokia and HTC will resolve this issue. Let’s hope this doesn’t turn into another Apple vs Samsung fiasco. Chris Weber from Nokia sent out a tweet which said – “It takes more than matching color to match the innovation of the Lumia 920” which could be a hint at what we’re talking about. But don’t read too much into it as he’s referring to the Lumia 920 and not the 820. Do you think the two bear resemblance? Let us know by dropping a line below.

Source: Redmond Pie
Via: Phone Arena

HTC Unveils New Windows Phone 8X with Beats Audio

There’s a new Windows Phone 8 powered smartphone in town and it’s going to be called as the HTC 8X. Sporting its premium set of features, the flagship handset will be on sale this early November. It will be available in over 50 countries through accredited retailers and major mobile network carriers. The stylish yet classy looking smartphone will most likely fall under the price tag of $646 dollars. It is currently listed at Clove UK and is available for pre-order.

What’s so special about the HTC Windows Phone 8X? Well, it flaunts its perfect-fit design with ultra-unique matte finish that makes it more comfortable to hold and it doesn’t have those annoying bumps or protruding buttons. That’s not all. The smartphone looks very stylish as it comes in four different bold colors – Graphite Black, Flame Red, California Blue and Limelight Yellow. HTC even dubbed its design as revolutionary and iconic. Thus, it will give you the freedom to express your unique personality.

Of course, the 8X isn’t all about being trendy since it can definitely take pride of its impressive features and specifications. It is 10.1mm thin and it weighs no heavier than 130 grams. Plus, it sports its stunning 4.3-inch S-LCD2 capacitive touchscreen that’s been set at 720 x 1280 pixels of full screen resolution. It has a total pixel density of 342 ppi and it is protected with Corning Gorilla Glass 2. Its screen is durable enough and you’re definitely going to enjoy watching your favorite photos and videos.

You’ll also be impressed with the phone’s sound quality thanks to its Beat Audio sound enhancement system. Sadly, the HTC Windows Phone 8X lacks the needed micro SD card slot for external storage and it can only offer its 16GB of storage that goes alongside with its 1GB RAM.

Performance-wise, the 1.5 GHz dual core Krait Qualcomm MSM8960 Snapdragon chip that powers the 8X is reliable enough to cater to your multi-tasking activities. Plus, it runs on Windows Phone 8, Microsoft’s latest OS for mobile devices. It also flaunts its 8 mega pixel rear facing camera with auto focus, geo-tagging and LED flash. You can use it to take a lot of high-res photos and you can even record a couple of 1080p HD quality videos.

On top of that, the phone is also equipped with a 2.1 mega pixel front camera that can be utilized for self-portraits and video calls. The HTC 8X uses a microSIM card slot and it supports both 2G and 3G networks.

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