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LG G3 detailed in silver, black, and gold

LG G3 detailed in silver, black, and gold

This week we’re getting closer to the LG G3, today spotting a leaked photo of three different color iterations of the smartphone. Quite likely at launch will be the availability of gold, silver (or white), and black versions of the LG G3. This device will be delivered with a mix of glass, plastic, and metal in its physical build.

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LG G3 5.5-inch QHD display teased by KDDI Isai FL

LG G3 5.5-inch QHD display teased by KDDI Isai FL

LG has unveiled the Isai FL for Japanese carrier KDDI, previewing the 5.5-inch QHD 2K display we're expecting to see in the upcoming LG G3. The new panel runs at 2560 x 1440 resolution for a pixel density of 538ppi, but LG claims the on-screen images should be more accurate not just more detailed, with 100-percent RGB color reproduction. In fact, LG suggests, you could watch a Blu-ray quality video with the same sort of detail as you'd get from a projector or vast TV.

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iPhone 5S release September 20th based on T-Mobile blackout

iPhone 5S release September 20th based on T-Mobile blackout

There's a bit of insight flowing this week on when the next iPhone will be released, coming from a set of documents shared by T-Mobile USA employees on when they've got a call to work without question. These are "blackout dates" and they've been shared with TMOnews, and though they do include a "subject to change" disclaimer, it would appear that T-mobile will be busy from the 20th through the 22nd of September. This is supported by separate reports from Japan which point toward the same date.

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Sharp AQUOS TAB SHT21 with IGZO screen hands-on

Sharp AQUOS TAB SHT21 with IGZO screen hands-on

What a difference a display makes: in the case of KDDI's AQUOS PAD SHT21, announced yesterday, it's the promise of more than double the runtime simply by switching to Sharp's IGZO panel technology. The new LCD screen system - which plays with chemistry to make pixels smaller and thus reduce backlighting demands - has shown up on its second device for the Japanese market, so we wasted no time in checking out the new 7-inch Android tablet. Check out our hands-on video and some first impressions after the cut.

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KDDI AQUOS Pad SHT21 packs IGZO display for 2.5x battery life

KDDI AQUOS Pad SHT21 packs IGZO display for 2.5x battery life

The second mobile device to use Sharp's IGZO screen technology, the KDDI AQUOS Pad SHT21, has been revealed, a 7-inch tablet promising more than double the runtime of rival slates. Following on from Sharp's SH-02E phone, announced for DoCoMo earlier this month, the AQUOS Pad SHT21 runs at 1280 x 800 resolution and, Sharp claims, will run for 2.5x as long as tablets with conventional displays thanks to IGZO's frugal nature.

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KDDi launching Android powered smart box

KDDi launching Android powered smart box

KDDi has announced that it will be releasing a “Smart Box” to sit under customer's televisions. The box, reminiscent of Nintendo’s Wii, will run Android 4.0, Ice Cream Sandwich. KDDi say that the box will be trialled initially by a select group of customers, then rolled out on a wider basis later. Details of the box are few and far between right now, but it’s expected to provide TV and movie content, and possibly apps considering the use of Android.

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Android gets obtrusive: KDDI tests ads in notifications

Android gets obtrusive: KDDI tests ads in notifications

Google's advertising ambitions with Android are well known, but carrier KDDI is hoping to get in on the promotional action too with the addition of potentially obtrusive ads popping up in the notification bar. The promotions are flagged up to Japanese users in the drop-down notification area, Asiajin spotted, complete with vibration, noise and icon alerts as if it was a new SMS or app update.

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KDDI iPhone 5 deal smashes SoftBank exclusivity

KDDI iPhone 5 deal smashes SoftBank exclusivity

Japanese carrier KDDI has apparently ousted arch-rival SoftBank's monopoly on the iPhone, with a new deal that will likely see the iPhone 5 offered on both networks. Like AT&T in the US before it, SoftBank had been Apple's exclusive partner for the iPhone at launch; that will change with the debut of the fifth-gen model, the Nikkei Business reports, while the handset itself will supposedly support CDMA as well as GSM.

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