Metro PCS has followed up on its promise - and beaten far bigger rivals in the process - to launch its 4G LTE network in the US, but it's chosen a less than exciting handset to mark the occasion. $55 per month gets you unlimited, contract-free LTE access in Metro PCS' single initial market - Las Vegas - though you'll also need to shell out $299 (after a $50 rebate) for the Samsung Craft.
We've heard word about Samsung's intentions of opening a new plant all the way at the end of 2009, but it's finally getting official. Samsung Mobile Display's Vice President of Marketing, Lee Woo-Jong, has confirmed in an email to Down Jones Newswire, that their upcoming plant (which is scheduled to open mid-2011) will boost the display production from a reported 3 million, to a projected 30 million per month.
AMOLED was billed as the double-punch to traditional LCD panels on smartphones: better image quality and lower power consumption, adding up to a handset that lasted longer and was nicer to use. According to Laptop's testing, however, the reality isn't quite so clear cut. They put eight Android smartphones - including the DROID X, Epic 4G and EVO 4G - through their paces running a custom battery testing app, and found that Motorola's LCD panels actually came to the top of the pile.
Windows Phone 7 must be close, because the leaks keep on coming. Another Samsung smartphone has poked its head into the wild, believed to be the Samsung Cetus i917 headed to AT&T's clammy clutches. Packing the usual WP7 hardware into a glossy black casing that's a little more discrete than HTC's two-tone Schubert/Mozart, we're guessing that means the previously spotted prototype was indeed just a model used for internal testing.
Samsung's first Windows Phone 7 device just broke cover, thanks to the Bluetooth SIG. And, just as we had imagined it would be, it's a device that can definitely work well to steal some of our attention, even for just a bit. Also not surprising, is the fact that it's going to be on par with their already released, well-received Galaxy S devices. So if you would, please welcome the Samsung Cetus into existence.
HTC's confirmation yesterday that going forward they would be using both AMOLED and Super LCD (SLCD) displays for their smartphones so as to ease supply pressures has led to no small amount of confusion. Over at HowardForums they've managed to get a hold of an upcoming TELUS HTC Desire using the SLCD panel, and compare it to an AMOLED Nexus One, a Motorola Milestone with a regular LCD, and a Samsung Wave with a Super AMOLED display.
Video comparison after the cut
HTC has announced that it will be using Super LCD (SLCD) displays in its smartphones later in the summer, in response to the shortage of AMOLED panels that has been limiting supply of some of the company's most popular devices. As we heard last month, that's led HTC to look to alternative screen technologies, and now they've officially confirmed that handsets like the Nexus One and Desire will switch to the Sony-made SLCD panels.
Acer's Stream Android 2.1 smartphone went into a stealth mode of sorts after its official launch at the end of May, but UK retailer Expansys has just announced that the handset should be arriving on August 3rd. They'll be the exclusive source of the Stream, in fact, priced at £399.99 ($610).