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Hands on with the ZTE Nubia 5S LTE and Nubia 5S Mini

ZTE Nubia 5S LTE Mini

Two of the many devices ZTE is showing off at CES this year are the Nubia 5S LTE and Nubia 5S Mini. The naming conventions and design of both phones might be a little Apple-esque, but they have some really unique features on them, especially in the camera department. The Nubia 5S LTE is the higher end of the two, featuring a Snapdragon 800 and a ton of camera tweaks. The device is unique in that it will allow you to change where your focus point is on your pictures as well as adjusting where your source of light is coming from. This should make for some pretty fantastic photos from the device. On the video side, the 5S LTE is capable of recording 4k video at 32 frames per second, which is very impressive for a smartphone.

The Nubia 5S Mini is a slightly smaller version of the 5S LTE with no LTE, obviously, and a smaller screen. It also only has a Snapdragon 600 CPU and it’s missing a few of the camera features that its bigger brother has, but it is available in several different colors. It looks like it could definitely be one of the nicer mini phones we’ll see this year.

You can check out our hands on video of both devices below where you can see some of the awesome camera features in action. For the rest of our CES 2014 coverage, click here.

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Sprint announces 70 new LTE markets; ends year with 300 cities

Sprint on Monday announced that there are 70 new markets with the carrier’s 4G LTE network. Having crossed the 300 city mark, the coverage doesn’t so much as expand as it does fill in holes. Notably, San Diego, St. Louis, and Green Bay are among the bigger markets getting quicker data speeds.

For reasons unknown, Sprint seems to be avoiding Ohio like the plague; only Salem (population 12,000) has access to the 4G LTE network.

Looking ahead to the next few years, Sprint anticipates its new Spark 4G LTE will roll out to 100 markets within three years. As of today it is only offered in five markets; few devices are compatible with the network.

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Sprint announces new “tri-band” smartphones for November 8

Sprint today announced that three new smartphones will join the carrier’s roster on Friday, November 8. Among their other respective features, these devices are the first to take advantage of Sprint Spark, a technology designed to provide “unprecedented” 4G LTE speeds.

Sprint Spark is a powerful, enhanced LTE network capability that utilizes three bands of LTE to create a revolutionary tri-band network experience. For you, this means unprecedented data speeds, stronger in-building signal, and improved call quality and clarity.

These “tri-band” devices support active hand-off mode between 800MHz, 1.9GHz and 2.5GHz bands with continuous coverage. The handsets will debut without the support but will see software updates over the coming weeks and months enabling the tri-band connectivity.

Samsung Galaxy Mega and Samsung Galaxy S 4 mini launch on Nov. 8 and are expected to become tri-band enabled with a software update shortly after launch. LG G2 will also be available on Nov. 8 and is expected to become tri-band enabled with a software update in early 2014. HTC One max is coming soon.

Upcoming Sprint devices with tri-band support:

  • LG G2 will be available beginning Friday, Nov. 8, for $199.99 with a new line or eligible upgrade and two-year service agreement or $22.92 per month with Sprint One Up (excluding taxes).
  • Samsung Galaxy Mega will be available beginning Friday, Nov. 8, for $199.99 with a new line or eligible upgrade and two-year service agreement or $19.59 per month with Sprint One Up (excluding taxes).
  • Samsung Galaxy S 4 mini will be available beginning Friday, Nov. 8, for $99.99 after a $50 mail-in rebate via reward card1, with a new line or eligible upgrade and two-year service agreement or $16.67 per month with Sprint One Up (excluding taxes).
  • Coming soon, HTC One max will be available for $249.99 with a new line or eligible upgrade and two-year service agreement or $25.00 per month with Sprint One Up (excluding taxes).

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Verizon rolls out LTE on AWS spectrum in key markets

Verizon has begun rolling out LTE in its AWS spectrum in key U.S. markets, according to new reports. Also used by T-Mobile, the spectrum gives the carrier more room to grow and expand the network to capable devices.  While Verizon hasn’t confirmed which areas have started getting the enhanced capacity, word is that New York is one of the markets. A GigaOm source claims to have pulled download speeds of 80Mbps with upload transfers pegged at 15Mbps.

Real-world speeds are likely to be much slower when the full breadth of devices are on the spectrum and Verizon (presumably) expands its user base.

“As our customers’ wireless data usage continues to grow, AWS spectrum is being deployed to ensure the continued consistent reliability and capacity of our 4G LTE network,” Verizon spokesman Tom Pica told FierceWireless. “Verizon Wireless has begun activating 4G LTE service on its AWS spectrum in many of our major markets across the US.  A limited number of devices are AWS capable at this time. We plan to push a software upgrade to other AWS-capable devices in the near future.”

Read more: Verizon starts deploying LTE in its AWS spectrum (FierceWireless)

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Might Google refresh the Nexus 4 with LTE for Android 4.4?

Here we go again with yet another Android 4.4/Nexus rumor…

Google could be readying a refreshed version of the LG Nexus 4 with LTE support and have it ready to go with Android 4.4 KitKat. The rumor suggests that instead of introducing one new model this fall, Google will tweak the current edition with 4G LTE and keep price points spread out evenly.

Indeed, this would be the first time Google pulled such a move so we should proceed with caution. With that said, it might be smart to slowly expand the portfolio of devices and adjust prices over time.

According to the chatter, the new 16GB LTE model will sell for $300 with the 32GB LTE model going for $350 without a contract. The Nexus 5 could come in around $400 (16GB) and $450 (32GB), which is slightly higher than previous rumors.

All things considered, Android 4.4 figures to be a lightweight update so the Nexus 4 should be more than adequate hardware to power the platform. What’s more, the refreshed models could launch with KitKat with previous versions picking up the software in the ensuing days.

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Android 4.3.1 update hitting Nexus 7 LTE

An Android 4.3.1 Jelly Bean software update has started rolling out to the Nexus 7 LTE, according to multiple reports. It’s unclear as to what is in the JLS36I build however its 16.6MB file size could be telling. Considering the small size we’re inclined to believe it’s minor tweaks, stability improvements, and bug kills. It may also have something to do with the LTE bands, but we don’t know for certain; Google has not made any formal announcements.

 

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LTE Nexus 7 receives Android 4.3.1 update

Google has started seeding a new update for Nexus devices, which updates the version number to 4.3.1. The first device to receive this update is the LTE version of the new Nexus 7.

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ASUS Nexus 7 (2013) with LTE is now available in the US Play Store

Google quietly began offering the LTE capable 2013 ASUS Nexus 7 in the US Play Store. The 4G ready tablet is priced at $349 for a 32GB slate with a T-Mobile SIM and 2GB of data for one month.

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T-Mobile LTE-Ready Nexus 7 now available in the Play Store

t_mobile_lte_nexus 7Those of you who were waiting for the Nexus 7 on LTE for T-Mobile are in luck. As of today, you can purchase Google’s 7-inch phone for $349 via the Google Play Store. In addition, as an exclusive offer, Google is offering 2GB of free data for the first month as a promotion for their LTE network. As a reminder, the new Nexus features a 7? Full HD display featuring 323ppi, a quad-core Snapdragon S4 processor, 2GB RAM all seamlessly connected to T-Mobile’s HSPA+ and LTE networks.

You can order from the source link below. Also, the official press release is available after the break.

Source: TmoNews

Beginning today, the Google Nexus 7 – Google’s flagship 7-inch LTE tablet – will be available with T-Mobile service via the Google Play store for $349 (plus taxes and fees). Only America’s Un-carrier will let customers try its speedy nationwide 4G and growing 4G LTE network before they buy with an exclusive offer of 2GB of free data for one month.

The Nexus 7 is built to deliver the best of Google in a slim, portable tablet. With a stunning 7-inch Full HD display and powerful quad-core processor, the Nexus 7 will seamlessly connect to T-Mobile’s high-speed nationwide 4G HSPA+ and advanced 4G LTE network.

As of early August, T-Mobile’s 4G LTE reached 167 million people across the U.S. in 116 metropolitan areas and is on target to deliver nationwide 4G LTE network coverage by the end of the year, reaching 200 million people. Major metropolitan areas where T-Mobile’s 4G LTE has launched include New York, Los Angeles, San Francisco, Chicago, Boston, Philadelphia, Dallas, Seattle, Atlanta, Miami, and is expected to roll out in many others.

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Nexus 7 2013 LTE Receives Android 4.3 JLS36C Software Update

Update Nexus 7 LTE to Android 4.3 JLS36C

It’s not an easy job to purchase the Nexus 7 2013 LTE given that you can barely find it anywhere, but if you are among the few lucky owners of the 7-inch Android 4.3-powered tablet you might want to hear that there’s a new software update available for your device. The software update it’s still […]