The Samsung Galaxy Note smartphone is now available for pre-order from AT&T. Subscribers who place early orders for Samsung’s new supersized smartphone will take delivery by February 17th, and the device is set to become available in stores on February 19th for $299.99 with a new two-year agreement. The Galaxy Note will be available in two color options, carbon blue or ceramic white, and the handset features a massive 5.3-inch Super AMOLED Plus display with a 1.5GHz dual-core Qualcomm Snapdragon processor, Samsung’s S Pen stylus and 4G LTE connectivity. The Note will be released running Android 2.3 and is expected to receive an update to Ice Cream Sandwich within the next few months. More →
The long wait for Verizon’s Motorola DROID BIONIC may soon be over. According to leaked internal documents obtained by Android Central, Verizon’s next 4G LTE flagship phone could land as soon as September 8th for $299.99. While that may sound a bit expensive, it’s in line with what Verizon charged for other 4G LTE phones such as the DROID Charge. The BIONIC was first unveiled during CES but has been delayed and placed back in the oven for last-minute tweaks. The DROID BIONIC will likely offer a 4.5-inch screen with a qHD, an 8-megapixel camera capable of recording 1080p HD video, a front facing camera for video chat and an HDMI-out port. More →
VIZIO on Monday evening announced that its affordable 8-inch VIZIO Tablet is now available from numerous retailers nationwide. The Gingerbread-powered device is VIZIO’s first foray into the tablet space, and while the slate’s specs aren’t cutting edge, it’s unsubsidized $299 price tag makes it a great option for tablet buyers on a budget. Spec highlights include an 8-inch 1024 x 768-pixel display, Android 2.3.2 Gingerbread, 2GB of storage and support for up to 32GB of removable storage, a 1GHz processor, 512MB of RAM and a front-facing VGA camera for video chats. “VIZIO set out to build an innovative tablet that breaks new ground and addresses the gaps in current offerings in the market,” said VIZIO CTO Matt McRae in a statement. “The VIZIO Tablet offers a superior multimedia experience with its three speaker design, home theater integration with IR, and a perfect size for typing, eBooks, gaming and portability. These innovations and our ground breaking price push the category forward and deliver on our brand promise of Entertainment Freedom for All.” VIZIO’s 8-inch tablet is now available at Sam’s Club, Walmart, Costco, Amazon and other VIZIO retailers across the country for under $300. VIZIO’s full press release follows below.
We’re here at E3 2011 in Los Angeles and we just got our hands on Sony’s brand new PlayStation Vita — its next-generation portable gaming console — and we’re impressed with what we’ve seen so far. Games were crystal clear in HD and the device was light, but large enough to feel like we were getting a great immersive gaming experience. It’s probably a bit too big for most pockets, but it will be perfect in a backpack. Also, you’ll probably note the fingerprints in some images — the device is definitely a grease magnet. The controls all felt snappy and they didn’t depart too much from the previous-generation PSP, which is a good thing. Unfortunately, the demo units we played with were locked in game-only mode, which meant we couldn’t back out to check out the other pre-installed applications, the default user interface, or the web browser, so we’ll definitely want to revisit that in the future. The Vita will land for $249.99 but there will also be a 3G version available from AT&T for $50 more. Sadly, we still don’t know when it will launch, but the good news is the gaming already feels top notch. Be sure to check out our hands-on photo gallery below!