HP TouchPad launches July 1st, starts at $499.99

By on June 9, 2011 at 9:10 AM.

HP TouchPad launches July 1st, starts at $499.99

HP on Thursday announced that its HP TouchPad tablet will become available on July 1st. The TouchPad, which was first unveiled at a media event this past February, is the first webOS-powered tablet offering from HP. It features a 9.7-inch XGA display, a 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor and NFC capability that facilitates unique interactions between the slate and HP phones. Two versions of the TouchPad will be available initially: a 16GB version for $499.99 and a 32GB version for $599.99. HP also said a 3G model for AT&T will be available later this summer, though pricing has not been announced. Pre-orders for the Wi-Fi only models begin June 19th. HP’s full press release follows below. More →

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ASUS Eee Pad Slider appears on German Amazon site

By on June 9, 2011 at 7:45 AM.

ASUS Eee Pad Slider appears on German Amazon site

More than 100 tablets were unveiled at the Consumer Electronics Show this past January, but only a few of them really caught our attention. Among those select few were the ASUS Eee Pad Transformer — a tablet that saw high demand at launch, though it may now be waning — and the ASUS Eee Pad Slider. When the slider was announced back in January, ASUS said it would launch in May and we expected it to cost between $499 and $799. While exact pricing remains a mystery, May has come and gone, and the month was decidedly Slider-less. A launch in some regions may be fast approaching, however, as Amazon’s German website now displays the Eee Pad Slider alongside an option to be emailed once the slate becomes available. ASUS already covered most of the specs when the convertible tablet was announced, though Amazon.de does indicate that it will sport a new 1.2GHz dual-core Tegra 2 processor, known previously as the Tegra 2 3D. More →

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Verizon to release Samsung Galaxy S II ‘Function’ in July

By on June 8, 2011 at 5:30 PM.

Verizon to release Samsung Galaxy S II ‘Function’ in July

Verizon Wireless confirmed on Wednesday that it will launch Samsung’s second-generation Galaxy S “superphone” next month. Speaking to Computerworld, the carrier confirmed that it would launch the Samsung Galaxy S II “Function” some time in July. Featuring a 4.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, a dual-core 1.2GHz processor and Android 2.3 Gingerbread, the Galaxy S II is at the forefront of a new generation of more powerful Android smartphones that will launch this year. BGR reviewed an unlocked global version of the Samsung Galaxy S II smartphone last month, and we said it was “the greatest Android smartphone available on the planet” at that time. Each of the four major carriers in the U.S. carried the original Samsung Galaxy S under varied names, and they were all very good sellers. As such, it is reasonable to believe each carrier could carry its successor.

UPDATE: The carrier said that this was a slip up, and that they were referring to the impending Samsung Galaxy Tab 10.1 launch on Verizon Wireless. More →

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Sprint to launch HTC EVO 3D ($199.99), EVO View 4G ($399.99) on June 24th

By on June 6, 2011 at 8:00 AM.

Sprint to launch HTC EVO 3D ($199.99), EVO View 4G ($399.99) on June 24th

Sprint on Monday announced pricing and availability for the two latest addition to its successful EVO line of Android devices. Both the HTC EVO 3D and the HTC EVO View 4G will become available on June 24th. The EVO 3D, which will retail for $199.99 on contract, features a 4.3-inch qHD 3D display and a class-leading 1.2GHz dual-core processor atop Android 2.3 Gingerbread. The glasses-free 3D display is a first among devices offered by U.S. carriers, and the phone will also be compatible with Sprint’s 4G WiMAX network. The HTC View 4G will retail for $399.99 on contract, and it is nearly identical to the HTC Flyer we recently reviewed. The View 4G adds a 4G WiMAX radio, however, and monthly data plans start at $34.99 for 3GB of data each month. Hit the break for Sprint’s full press release. More →

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HTC Sensation 4G launches June 15th from T-Mobile, $199.99

By on June 1, 2011 at 8:00 AM.

HTC Sensation 4G launches June 15th from T-Mobile, $199.99

T-Mobile on Wednesday announced that its latest and most capable Android smartphone to date will launch later this month. The HTC Sensation 4G, which we took a hands-on look at back in April, will become available via T-Mobile channels on June 15th, two weeks from today. Overly eager Android fans will have a crack at the device three days early from Walmart when the retail giant launches the phone on June 12th. The HTC Sensation 4G features a 4.3-inch Super LCD display with qHD resolution, a 1.2GHz dual-core Snapdragon processor and an 8-megapixel camera with full 1080p HD video capture support. Pricing is set at the obligatory $199.99 on a two-year contract. Hit the break for the full press release. More →

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HTC Holiday headed to AT&T with 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 4.5-inch display

By on May 23, 2011 at 10:45 PM.

HTC Holiday headed to AT&T with 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 4.5-inch display

The HTC Holiday may soon join the Infuse 4G as AT&T’s second smartphone with a 4.5-inch display. According to information obtained by 911Sniper, the Holiday will offer a spec sheet that could put the Samsung GALAXY S II to shame. The Holiday will supposedly pack a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM8660 processor, the large aforementioned 4.5-inch screen with a 960 x 540 qHD resolution, 1GB of RAM, Android 2.3.4, and an 8-megapixel camera. We’re also hoping HTC includes its latest Sense user interface, which we most recently saw on the HTC Sensation. Unfortunately there isn’t any information about a possible launch date just yet, but we wouldn’t be surprised to see this sport a “4G” tag on it, also. More →

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HP TouchPad to cost $599 from Walmart

By on May 20, 2011 at 8:31 AM.

HP TouchPad to cost $599 from Walmart

According to a purported screenshot of an internal Walmart inventory system, the retail giant will soon offer HP’s first webOS-powered tablet at its stores across the country. The screenshot, which was obtained by enthusiast blog PreCentral.net, shows a 32GB Wi-Fi model priced exactly in line with Apple’s iPad 2 at $599. The price point might make it a tough sell over Apple’s popular offering, but webOS fans eager to get their hands on the HP slate at least know what they’ll likely have to spend when the tablet finally does launch. Walmart will also supposedly carry the TouchPad’s Touchstone charging dock for $79.88, a Bluetooth keyboard for $69.88 and an AC charger for $29.88. We took a hands-on look at the TouchPad when HP unveiled the tablet at its Think Beyond event this past February, and we were very excited to see webOS shine on a large-form device. The integration with webOS smartphones was impressive and we can’t wait to get our hands on a review unit. Until then, we’ll all just have to sit tight and wait for HP to make launch details official. More →

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HTC Lead for AT&T image and spec sheet leaked

By on May 17, 2011 at 7:28 PM.

HTC Lead for AT&T image and spec sheet leaked

Pocketnow has gotten its hands on an image of the HTC Lead from AT&T, and 911 Sniper has leaked a few of the specs. Neither AT&T nor HTC have announced the Lead yet, but it’s rumored to sport a 1.2GHz dual-core Qualcomm MSM8660 processor — which we first saw in the T-Mobile HTC Sensation 4G — 768MB of RAM, a 4.3-inch WVGA display, and a 5-megapixel camera. It’s unclear when the Lead will launch, but the device is rumored to run Android 2.3.4 (Gingerbread), which could make it the first Gingerbread device on AT&T. There’s no word of HSPA+ support, but we’d be stunned if this device launched without a 4G label glued to the end of its name. More →

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T-Mobile’s HTC Sensation 4G may land on June 8th

By on May 17, 2011 at 1:15 AM.

T-Mobile’s HTC Sensation 4G may land on June 8th

According to a purported internal screenshot obtained by TmoNews, T-Mobile may launch the HTC Sensation 4G on June 8th. We fell in love with the Sensation 4G in early April during our hands-on. It has a rock-solid aluminum uni-body design, is powered by a dual-core 1.2GHz Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, has a 4.3-inch 960 x 520 qHD display, 4GB of internal storage, an 8-megapixel camera capable of recording 1080p HD video, and runs Android Gingerbread with HTC’s latest and greatest Sense user interface. Pricing for the phone hasn’t been officially announced, but earlier rumors have suggested it will cost $200 with a new T-Mobile contract. More →

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Samsung Infuse 4G review

By on May 11, 2011 at 1:10 PM.

Samsung Infuse 4G review

The Samsung Infuse 4G, with a radio capable of achieving peak rates of 21Mbps, is being marketed as the fastest smartphone currently available from AT&T. It’s the big brother to the Samsung Captivate, and fits just between that device and Samsung’s Galaxy S II when it comes to hardware specs. The Infuse 4G packs a gorgeous and massive 4.5-inch display, a thin and light form factor, and a solid camera. AT&T’s first HSPA+ “4G” phones fell flat when it came to data — neither the HTC Inspire 4G nor the Motorola ATRIX 4G could hold a candle to the 3G download speeds available on the iPhone 4, and we won’t even discuss the upload speeds. Is the Infuse the AT&T 4G smartphone you’ve been waiting for? I’ve been trekking along with it for more than a week and have penned my impressions, so check out the gallery below and then hit the jump for my full review.

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Samsung Galaxy S II surpasses 3 million pre-orders

By on May 9, 2011 at 1:08 PM.

Samsung Galaxy S II surpasses 3 million pre-orders

Samsung sold more than 10 million Galaxy S phones in 2010, and if early figures are any hint, Samsung’s Galaxy S II could turn out to be more popular than its predecessor. On Monday, Samsung announced that 3 million pre-orders for the phone — which will launch in 120 countries across 140 mobile operators — have already been placed. The Galaxy S II sports a dual-core Orion processor clocked at 1.2GHz, TouchWiz 4.0, Android 2.3.3 (Gingerbread) and an 8-megapixel camera capable of recording 1080p HD video. But the real star of its spec sheet is its 4.27-inch Super AMOLED Plus display that, during our hands-on with the phone, we found to be remarkably crisp and bright with deep, inky, blacks. We’ve spotted the Galaxy S II passing through the FCC with AT&T frequency bands, so our fingers are crossed for a U.S. announcement soon. More →

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Samsung Galaxy S II hands-on

By on May 6, 2011 at 8:51 AM.

Samsung Galaxy S II hands-on

We didn’t just grab a Samsung Infuse 4G last night, we also took possession of the company’s latest flagship Android device, the Samsung Galaxy S II. This particular device supports AT&T’s 3G 4G bands which is a welcome feature, and while it looks nearly identical to the Infuse 4G, we have to say… this is now our favorite Android device out of Samsung. With a 1.2GHz dual-core processor, 8-megapixel camera, and Android 2.3 Gingerbread all stuffed into a 8.49mm thin body, this phone is the one to beat. Samsung’s 4.27-inch Super AMOLED Plus display looks great on here, and the TouchWiz UI doesn’t seem to get in the way too much — at least not like it used to. With that said, Samsung’s included keyboard is useless due to its lack of autocorrect as you type — we really need to see this fixed as soon as possible. Battery life seems to be more than adequate in the limited time we’ve spent with the phone; specifically, standby time seems like it could go for days. We’ll be rocking away on a review of the Samsung Galaxy S II, but in the meantime, you know where to find the hands-on photos.

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Live from Samsung’s AT&T Infuse 4G event in NYC

By on May 5, 2011 at 4:53 PM.

Live from Samsung’s AT&T Infuse 4G event in NYC

We’re here in New York City where Samsung just took the wraps off of the AT&T Infuse 4G, a device we first saw back during the Consumer Electronics Show in January. The Infuse 4G sports a 1.2GHz processor, a large 4.5-inch Super AMOLED Plus display, and an 8-megapixel camera. As its 4G name implies, it also supports AT&T’s 4G HSPA+ network. AT&T confirmed that it plans to add more than 20 4G devices to its lineup this year. Samsung’s Omar Khan explained that Super AMOLED Plus means there’s 50% more sub-pixels available on the screen, and that the screen should be much easier to view outdoors compared to similar displays. The Infuse 4G launches on May 15th for $199.99 with a new two-year contract — be sure to check out our hands-on ahead of our full review, which is coming soon.

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