For those who loved collecting stickers when they were young, can you remember the Panini brand? I just thought that it was quite amusing to see the HTC Puccini sound somewhat like it, but I digress. The HTC Puccini is no child’s play, as it is rumored to be a tablet device that is powered by Google’s Android 3.0 Honeycomb. Bear in mind that this is the third HTC tablet rumor that we’ve heard of to date, with the HTC Verdi being the second. The HTC Puccini is tipped to come with a 10″ display, compatibility with AT&T’s future 4G LTE network and a front-facing camera for video calls. It is interesting to note that as AT&T is unable to roll out their 4G network until later in 2011, do not hope to see HTC release an AT&T compatible model of the HTC Puccini at least until later this summer.
Of course, that does not mean those living in Europe will have to wait long for a GSM version of the Puccini, or at least for a Wi-Fi model Stateside. Similar to its 7-inch predecessor (the HTC Flyer), the HTC Puccini is tipped to come with HTC’s very own Scribe with digital pen input.
The HTC Verdi and HTC Puccini will most likely be two different devices, and we do hope HTC will churn out masterpieces that are on par with the names of Italian composers that HTC chose for these 10″ tablets. No idea on word or pricing at press time, but knowing how expensive the HTC Flyer is (circa $499), you would do well to have a more generous estimate with the HTC Puccini.
AT&T Offers ZTE Zmax 2
Now here is a handset from the folks over at ZTE which intends to provide a sense of continuity, although this time around you will not be able to pick up the Zmax 2 from T-Mobile, as ZTE has decided on AT&T to be their US partner and mobile carrier for their latest phone. In fact, this device falls under the mid-range segment of things, where it will just cost $149.99 unlocked, now how about that for affordability?
That kind of pricing would see you end up with a 5.5” 720p touchscreen display, an 8MP camera with LED flash at the back, a 2MP front-facing shooter, 2GB of RAM, 16GB of expandable memory, a 1.2GHz quad-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, 4G LTE connectivity, Dolby Digital Plus Audio, and a 3,000 mAh removable battery, and Android 5.1 Lollipop as the mobile operating system of choice. [Press Release]
ASUS Zenfone 2E Becomes AT&T Exclusive
You can be forgiven for being confused about ASUS’ Zenfone 2 range to date, and here is yet another model that will add to the brouhaha. I am referring to the ASUS Zenfone 2E, where it has just been announced to be an AT&T exclusive, where you can pick one up for just $119.99 without any contract, and it is also offered by the carrier’s GoPhone prepaid brand.
At that price point, you would get a 5” 720p IPS touchscreen display in return, an 8MP camera with LED flash at the back, a 2MP front-facing shooter, a 2,500 mAh battery, a dual-core Intel processor, 1GB RAM, 8GB of internal memory, 4G LTE connectivity, and Android 5.0 Lollipop running underneath Asus’ own ZenUI. Opt from either black or white shades.
AT&T To Deliver LG Watch Urbane In Silver
If you have been hankering after the LG Watch Urbane for the longest time, while being an AT&T subscriber, then here is good news for you. This particular timepiece can be picked up for $349 a pop from AT&T, where it will arrive in a shade of silver to boot. This timepiece will run on Android Wear and is compatible with any smartphone that has Android 4.3 or higher as the mobile operating system of choice.
It is best to use the LG Watch Urbane within the confines of a Wi-Fi network all the time, along with your smartphone, so that you can keep track of notifications, send messages and make use of your Android Wear compatible apps at all times. Sporting a 1.3” circle P-OLED display, the Watch Urbane comes with replaceable 22mm stitched leather straps for more flexible fashion choices, while the integrated PPG Sensor (average pace, speed, heart rate, and distance) ought to keep fitness buffs happy, with a 410 mAh (non-removable) battery that has an all-day battery life. [Press Release]