MetroPCS Outs Two New Phones
MetroPCS recently made two new handsets available via its web site. Shared features between the Huawei M835 and Samsung Freeform III include stereo Bluetooth, 3G, and support for 32GB microSD cards. Plans for both phones start at $40 per month.
- Huawei M835: This bar-style smartphone runs Android 2.2 Froyo and has a 2.8-inch QVGA display. It includes a 3.2 megapixel camera with video capture, Wi-Fi, GPS, and DTS Envelo sound enhancer software. It costs $79.99 after rebates.
- Freeform III: This bar-style messaging phone sports a full QWERTY keyboard, a 2.4-inch display, 1.3 megapixel camera, MP3 player and a bevy of messaging applications. It costs $49.99 after rebates.
Alcatel Debuts the Tru for MetroPCS
Alcatel today announced the Tru, an inexpensive Android smartphone for MetroPCS. The phone features a faux leather rear, a 5-inch FWVGA display, and quad-core 1.1 GHz Snapdragon processor with 1 GB of RAM and 8 GB of storage.
Google's ARCore 1.0 Released to Public, Google Lens Hits More Handsets
Google today made ARCore 1.0 available to developers and the public, bringing augmented reality to some 100 million smartphones around the world. Handsets compatible with ARCore include Google’s Pixel, Pixel XL, Pixel 2, and Pixel 2 XL; Samsung’s Galaxy S8, S8+, Note8, S7, and S7 edge; LGE’s V30 and V30+; Asus’s Zenfone AR; and OnePlus’s OnePlus 5.
U.S. Carriers Share Galaxy S9 and S9+ Launch Plans and Pricing
All four major carriers in the U.S. plan to sell the Samsung Galaxy S9 and S9+ beginning in March.
AT&T Now Selling the Rugged Sonim XP8 and XP5s
AT&T recently added the Sonim XP8 and XP5s to its roster of rugged phones. Both devices are intended to be used by FirstNet customers (first responders), though they are also available for consumers to purchase.
On the Samsung side, how many times are they going to release essentially the same phone?