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Getting giddy of the thought of an LTE-powered Galaxy Nexus? Well, Google, has just unveiled a full 360-degree view of the Verizon-bound smartphone, and it’s packing a bigger caboose. Around 0.6mm thicker than the HSPA+ version available now in the UK, the 4G-stuffed version loses, at least visually, some of its curved charm and the chin’s become more prominent too. Fortunately, as the tech specs confirm, the slightly bigger body does cram in an extra 100mAh of battery juice, presumably to feed that LTE radio. Will it feel any different in the hand? It looks like we’ll have to wait until Verizon decides to furnish us with one – whenever that is.

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Apple unveils “new iPad” with quad-core graphics

Apple has officially announced the much rumoured iPad 3 at its 7 March press event in San Francisco, with the bizarre name of “The New iPad”. Chief executive officer Tim Cook took to the stage for the company’s first major launch since the death of its co-founder and visionary figurehead Steve Jobs, and revealed the finalised specifications of the new tablet device.

While aesthetically similar to the iPad 2, with a similarly sized 9.7-inch touchscreen, the new iPad boasts a high definition Retina Display (264ppi) with a 2048 x 1536 pixel resolution. That’s 3.1 million pixels, approximately 1 million more than the average HD TV.

The processor is new too, an enhanced version of the A5 processor in the iPad 2, the A5X. It features quad-core graphics capabilities so should much through complex 3D textures.

A 5-megapixel iSight camera has been built into the rear, offering backside illumination, a five element lens, hybrid IR filter and Apple’s proprietary ISP. It’s essentially the same as found on the iPhone 4S, with a few alterations here and there. Face detection has been added this time around as well.

The new iPad can also record video in 1080p, plus it has voice dictation. There’s no full Siri this time around, but voice recognition will allow the device to convert speech into text.

Another massive, forward thinking feature for the new tablet is 4G LTE support. Obviously, the UK is still catching up with that network technology, so it’s unlikely to make it over here, but the Americans will lap it up. There will be LTE models for AT&T and Verizon in the US, 3G for the rest of the world.

Width wise, the new iPad will be 9.4mm thick, chunkier than its immediate predecessor, and weigh 0.64kg. Its battery life is the same, however, with up to 10 hours of juice. And pricing structures are identical too: $499 (16GB), $599 (32GB) and $699 (64GB) for the Wi-Fi versions in the States. The 4G models will weigh in at $629, $729 and $829 respectively.

Pre-orders start from today (7 March) and the tablet will be shipped and available to buy on 16 March – as much rumoured – in regions such as the UK, US, Canada, France, Germany, Japan, Switzerland, Hong Kong, Singapore and Australia. Everywhere else will get it from 23 March.

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Ofcom

Ofcom has announced that bidding is now under way on its 4G spectrum auction.

Seven companies, including the UK’s top four mobile providers, will bid to secure new airwaves suitable for superfast mobile broadband services.

Vodafone, Telefonica O2, Everything Everywhere, 3 owner Hutchinson 3G UK, BT subsidiary Niche Spectrum Ventures, backhaul specialist MLL Telecom and HKT (UK) Company are the confirmed bidders.

The interested parties will compete for 28 lots of spectrum in two separate bands – 800MHz and 2.6GHz. The two bands will amount to 250MHz of additional mobile spectrum, compared to 333MHz currently in use.

“This combination of low and high frequency spectrum creates the potential for 4G mobile broadband services to be widely available across the UK, while offering capacity to cope with significant demand in urban centres,” said Ofcom in a statement.

Spectrum will be sold through a “combinatorial clock” auction in which bidders attempt to acquire a combination of spectrum lots from across both 800MHz and 2.6GHz bands by telling Ofcom what they are willing to pay for specific combinations.

At the start of each round, the governing body sets a price for each lot and the bidder specifies which combinations they are interested in. Price will be increased for the most in-demand lots as the rounds go on until supply meets demand.

A further round of bidding will see unsold lots go under the hammer, with the winner bidder paying the smallest amount they would have needed to bid in order to win.

Ofcom has set a reserve price of 1.36 billion for the spectrum, but the UK government is targeting a windfall of 3.5 billion.

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Fibre optic too

Everything Everywhere has ditched the name, er, Everything Everywhere to launch a new brand to sit alongside Orange and T-Mobile in its network family.

Called EE, the new service which, from today (11 September), will become the umbrella network for Orange and T-Mobile, promises to be a super fast brand when it launches in a couple of weeks time. Olaf Swantee, the CEO of the newly named company, also confirmed at a press conference in London that there will be a range of 4G-enabled devices from launch.

In a first for a mobile operator in the UK, EE will not only be offering 4G in the UK, but also a fixed line fibre optic broadband service for customers in the home. The company claims that the broadband network will cover 11 million households by the end of the year.

Swantee also said that current Orange and T-Mobile customers will be able to either stay on their current offering, or upgrade to the faster network to benefit from the new services.

The 4G network will be launching today for live testing in four major UK cities; London, Birmingham, Cardiff and Bristol. A full consumer launch is planned for before Christmas, covering 16 cities across the country.

“London will be the first major European city to be covered by 4G,” said Swantee. “We plan to have 4G services available to 20 million in the UK. The EE network will cover 70 per cent by 2013, 90 per cent of UK by 2014.”

Brands and smartphones planned to work on the EE network include the Nokia Lumia 920, Samsung Galaxy S III and, yes, the iPhone 5 – as Pocket-lint exclusively told you a couple of weeks ago. Certain HTC and Huawei handsets and mobile dongles (in the case of the latter) are also expected to be compatible.

Super fast data

Apple has announced the iPhone 5 in San Francisco today and, as we revealed last week, confirmed that the new iPhone 5 would be available with 4G LTE on the EE network.

EE launched the UK’s first LTE network in London yesterday, 11 September, initially announcing several devices, including the Samsung Galaxy S III and HTC One XL.

The UK’s 4G rollout is under way now, with 16 cities benefiting from coverage by the end of December 2012, according to EE, which was formed as a new brand from the Everything Everywhere co-operation of Orange and T-Mobile.

During the press launch for EE, the company strongly hinted that the iPhone 5 would be coming to its network, now confirmed by Apple.

The iPhone 5 won’t be an EE exclusive however, as it’s rolling out on other networks with support for other data connections already in place on the likes of Vodafone and O2.

Super fast data

Apple has announced the iPhone 5 in San Francisco today and, as we revealed last week, confirmed that the new iPhone 5 would be available with 4G LTE on the EE network.

EE launched the UK’s first LTE network in London yesterday, 11 September, initially announcing several devices, including the Samsung Galaxy S III and HTC One XL.

The UK’s 4G rollout is under way now, with 16 cities benefiting from coverage by the end of December 2012, according to EE, which was formed as a new brand from the Everything Everywhere co-operation of Orange and T-Mobile.

During the press launch for EE, the company strongly hinted that the iPhone 5 would be coming to its network, now confirmed by Apple.

The iPhone 5 won’t be an EE exclusive however, as it’s rolling out on other networks with support for other data connections already in place on the likes of Vodafone and O2.