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Blu’s Four-Day Phone

MIAMI — Blue Products has begun offering its LTE Studio Energy smartphone with 5,000 mAh battery delivering four days of usage or 45 days of standby time.

The unlocked phone, which can also be used as a power bank, costs $149 unlocked exclusively at Amazon. The battery is said to be the largest available in any smartphone, but the phone is only 10mm thick.

LG’s Fashion Smart Watch

SEOUL, SOUTH KOREA – LG is expanding its selection of Android Wear-based smart watches with its first all-metal model, which resembles a luxury watch.

The LG Watch Urbane will join the G Watch R, which was launched in October 2014 as the first smartwatch with a full circular plastic OLED (P-OLED) display. The Urbane features the same 1.3-inch full-circle P-OLED 320 by 320, 245 PPI display as the G Watch.

Timex Smart Watch Debuts

MIDDLEBURY, CONN. – Timex launched its first cellular-equipped smart watch, which is available through AT&T stores and AT&T’s website.

The touchscreen-equipped Timex Iron Man One GPS+ at $399 is equipped with built-in GPS and HSPA+ cellular to receive text messages and email via AT&T’s 3G HSPA network without the need for a companion smartphone. Users must sign up for a Timex email account.

The watch comes with one free year of AT&T service. Service costs $40 for the second year of service. Fitness- and runningrelated apps are included along with built-in 4GB MP3 player and stereo Bluetooth.

BlackBerry Gains

DALLAS – BlackBerry gained some traction through carrier channels with the Verizon and AT&T launches of the BlackBerry Classic. AT&T is also offering the Passport on an exclusive basis. The two carriers’ announcements demonstrate BlackBerry’s “growing carrier support and traction in the region,” a spokesperson said. Since December, the Classic has been available only through Amazon and ShopBlackBerry.com as unlocked models without contract and through Ingram Micro Mobility for enterprise-market resellers.

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