BlackBerry PlayBook now available from Sprint for $499

By on June 7, 2011 at 11:50 PM.

BlackBerry PlayBook now available from Sprint for $499

We had heard early rumors, but now it’s official — the 16GB Wi-Fi edition of RIM’s BlackBerry PlayBook is now available from Sprint for $499.99. If you’re unfamiliar with the specs, here’s a quick rundown of what the tablet has to offer: the PlayBook sports a 7-inch 1024 x 600 WSVGA display, a 1GHz dual-core processor, support for 1080p HDMI-out, a 5-megapixel rear-facing camera, a 3-megapixel front-facing camera for video chat, 1GB of RAM, 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi, and Bluetooth 2.1+EDR support. If you’re looking for 4G speeds on the go, Sprint has also said that it expects to launch a WiMAX version of the tablet sometime this summer. Hit the jump for the full press release. More →

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AT&T announces Android powered Pantech Crossover

By on June 1, 2011 at 1:45 AM.

AT&T announces Android powered Pantech Crossover

AT&T officially announced the Pantech Crossover on Tuesday, Pantech’s first Android smartphone. The Crossover is powered by a 600MHz processor, runs Android 2.2 (Froyo), sports a full slide-out QWERTY keyboard, a 3.1-inch touchscreen display, support for 802.11 b/g/n Wi-Fi networks, a 2GB microSD card, a 3-megapixel camera, and a 1,500 mAh battery good for up to five hours of use. It may not offer the best specs, but it does come with an affordable price tag. You’ll be able to pick up the Pantech Crossover on June 5th for just $69.99 with a new two-year A&T contract. Hit the jump for the full release. More →

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T-Mobile Sidekick 4G now available

By on April 20, 2011 at 9:57 AM.

T-Mobile Sidekick 4G now available

If you’ve been patiently waiting to get your paws on the Sidekick’s sweet, sweet, keyboard, the wait is over. The T-Mobile Sidekick 4G — built by Samsung — sports a 1GHz processor, Android 2.2 (Froyo), 3-megapixel rear-facing camera, and HSPA+ radio for access to T-Mobile’s 4G network. Despite packing more heat than any other Sidekick before it, the device still maintains the same lovable form factor of the Sidekicks from yesteryear. We dug the colorful user interface and sturdy build quality during our initial hands-on, and think it will be a big hit with Sidekick fans everywhere. T-Mobile’s offering the phone for $99.99 with a new two year contract, and it’s available in matte black and magenta. More →

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DigiTimes: New Macbook Air, iPod Touch on the way

By on July 16, 2010 at 3:05 AM.

DigiTimes: New Macbook Air, iPod Touch on the way

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Mingchi Kuo, a senior analyst at Digitimes Research, is predicting that an 11.6-inch Macbook Air — complete with Intel Core i-series processor — will be released in the second half of 2010. Kuo cites “discussions with upstream component makers,” and states that the new hardware will be manufactured by Quanta Computer. Kuo also wrote, “The new iPod touch will feature a 3-megapixel camera, capable of both photo and video recording, and will adopt Apple’s latest A4 processor.” The prognostications are not that shocking or outlandish, as both the Macbook Air and iPod Touch are due for a product refresh. Typically, Apple will refresh its iPod line before the holiday buying season, the refresh cycle of the Macbook Air has been slightly more sporadic. More →

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T-Mobile releases the LG Sentio

By on June 30, 2010 at 10:40 PM.

T-Mobile releases the LG Sentio

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Lost in the hubbub surrounding smartphone powerhouses like the DROID X and iPhone 4 is the fact that the average person simply wants a phone that makes calls. To satiate this need, and throw in a few extra feature for good measure, T-Mobile today announced the immediate availability of the LG Sentio. An affordable device that brings to the table a 3″ touchscreen, 3 megapixel camera, visual voicemail and 3G connectivity. A UI with a set of customizable widgets as well as Social Buzz, an application that will not only handle your social media needs, but email as well. The LG Sentio from T-Mobile is available for $69.99 with an Even More plan, or $9 per month with Even More Plus. More →

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MetroPCS' first Android smartphone looks to be from Motorola

By on June 7, 2010 at 7:07 AM.

MetroPCS' first Android smartphone looks to be from Motorola

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It looks like MetroPCS is getting ready to hop on the Android bandwagon, as AndroidGuys has scored images of what is purported to be the carriers first Android handset. Featuring a styling similar to but much nicer than T-Mobile’s CLIQ, the unnamed Motorola handset is said to have Android 2.1 with MOTOBLUR, a sliding QWERTY keypad, 3 megapixel camera and a 600MHz processor. The actual size of the capacitive display is unknown, although it’s likely to come in at just a hair over 3″. What’s the consensus on this one? More →

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Motorola announces the FLIPOUT with Android 2.1 and enhanced MOTOBLUR

By on June 2, 2010 at 6:46 AM.

Motorola announces the FLIPOUT with Android 2.1 and enhanced MOTOBLUR

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Here it is, folks. Motorola has gotten around to announcing the FLIPOUT, aka that strange and square Motorola smartphone. The big news here apart from its strange, swivel design and 67mm square body and Android 2.1, are the enhancements made to MOTOBLUR. In a nutshell, you’re going to be able to resize widgets, implement filters in your Happenings and Messages widgets, and have access to corporate email. Apart from the modern Android staples of digital compass, Wi-Fi, GPS and 7.2Mbps HSDPA, the FLIPOUT has to its name a 2.8″ QVGA display, 3 megapixel camera and 512MB internal memory. We’re trying to find out processor powers this thing, but we imagine it won’t be anything too special. The Motorola FLIPOUT will be available in Europe sometime this quarter. Hit up the break to check out a trio of videos which show off the FLIPOUT and the changes made to MOTOBLUR. More →

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Samsung's upcoming i5801 gets a hands-on

By on May 13, 2010 at 2:14 AM.

Samsung's upcoming i5801 gets a hands-on

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Apple’s not the only company dealing with a misplaced prototype this morning, as the Samsung GT-i5801 has been giving the hands on treatment by HoFo founder Howard Chui. Much like the Galaxy Spica, the i5801 — which may or may not be branded as the Galaxy 3 — is an entry-level Android smartphone. What sets it apart however, is that it is sporting Android 2.1 and appears to have an AMOLED display — albeit at a resolution of 240×400. Other features include: a 3 megapixel camera, Wi-Fi, GPS, Bluetooth (possibly 3.0), around 300MB of internal memory, and the same awful custom UI as seen on the Galaxy S. Is this something you’d rock? Check out the video after the break and report back! More →

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Is the mysterious squared Motorola Android slider, the Twist?

By on April 14, 2010 at 6:37 AM.

Is the mysterious squared Motorola Android slider, the Twist?

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What you see above might just be the entire spec sheet for that mysterious Android slider from Motorola we caught a glimpse of the other day. Allegedly known as the Twist, the strange smartphone is said to measure in at 67mm-squared and 15.8mm thick, and possess a rather underwhelming feature set which includes a 2.8″ QVGA multitouch display, 3 megapixel camera, aGPS, Wi-Fi, dual-band HSPA (850/1900MHz), 700MHz OMAP 3410 processor and 512MB ROM / 256MB RAM. The slide mentions the Twist as running Android 1.5, so unless the information is badly outdated, it looks like those rumors of the device running Android 2.1 in conjunction with MOTOBLUR were wishful thinking. That is if any of this is even real.

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Motorola DEVOUR lands on Verizon Wireless

By on March 25, 2010 at 11:40 AM.

Motorola DEVOUR lands on Verizon Wireless

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While we’d have greatly preferred it if Verizon sent out a press release about its Nexus One now being on sale, we guess this morning’s announcement about the immediate availability of the Motorola DEVOUR will do for now. If you think the DROID was too masculine and the DROID ERIS was a little on the lower end, then all that stands between you and the sexy aluminum slider is $149.99 after a $100 MIR on a two year agreement. More →

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Vodafone UK announces the 360 H1 and 360 M1 alongside Vodafone 360

By on September 24, 2009 at 7:30 AM.

Vodafone UK announces the 360 H1 and 360 M1 alongside Vodafone 360

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Remember that mysterious LiMo-powered smartphone we exclusively showed you a week back? Well today it was made official alongside another handset as well as a new internet service, Vodafone 360. The two devices, manufactured by Samsung, have been dubbed the 360 H1 (the device we showed you) and 360 M1. The 360 H1 looks to be an all around solid device with a 3.5-inch OLED touchscreen display, 5 megapixel camera with auto-focus and flash, 16GB of internal memory, GPS, Wi-Fi, Bluetooth and HSDPA. The 360 M1, on the other hand, leaves a little bit to be desired but still packs a bit of a punch with a 3.2-inch touchscreen display,  1GB of internal memory (expandable by microSD), GPS, Bluetooth 2.0 and HSDPA. As for Vodafone 360 platform, what we previously told you was correct in that it incorporates more or less the same sort of social media approach as webOS and MOTOBLUR, but with a slightly stronger emphasis placed upon games, apps and music. Nothing too crazy, but it’s something we think every smartphone should have as we draw nearer to a new decade. Of note, Voda’s 360 services will also work on dozens of Nokia and Sony Ericsson handsets so if this new dynamic duo isn’t your thing, rest easy. Oh, and just one more thing… The H1 and the M1? H1 and M1? H1M1? A bit too close for comfort.

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Dell's Mini 3i now official in China

By on August 17, 2009 at 7:57 AM.

Dell's Mini 3i now official in China

Damn are our ninjas good. Dell’s Android-based China Mobile-bound Mini 3i, a smartphone that we first caught a glimpse of in mid-June, is now official. Unveiled today in Beijing, the Mini 3i (also apparently MINI3i) is an Android-based smartphone that runs on the Open Mobile System. Spec wise, the Mini 3i is not particularly impressive especially considering that it is EDGE-only and lacks Wi-Fi. Regardless, the handset is definitely a contender in the Chinese market where not even the carrier-pwner that is Apple can manage to release a Wi-Fi-enabled handset. Here’s the low-down on the specs:

  • Quad-band GSM/GPRS/EDGE class 12
  • Size: 68.6cc
  • 103g grams weight
  • Dimensions: 58 x 122 x 11.7mm
  • Display: 3.5″ nHD 640×360 LCD, 18-bit, 262K colors
  • OTA capable
  • Microsoft Exchange support
  • Google, AIM, Yahoo and MSN IM support
  • 3 megapixel auto-focus, flash, 8x digital zoom camera with 30fps video shooting mode, built in photo editor
  • USB 2.0, Bluetooth 2.0 + EDR
  • A-GPS
  • On-screen QWERTY keyboard, hardwriting recognition, multi touch UI
  • MicroSD slot

Hit the jump for a few more shots.

Thanks to everyone who sent this in!

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T-Mobile Samsung Highlight gets official, July release

By on July 15, 2009 at 12:01 AM.

T-Mobile Samsung Highlight gets official, July release

It’s not a T-Mobile myTouch 3G (aka the dumbest name in marketing history), but Samsung is going to take care of that feature-phone segment with a new 3G handset — or at least try to. The Samsung Highlight will be available this month if you’re interested. It’ll retail for $150 after rebates and here are the official specs:

  • Large touch-screen display, thin-profile design
  • Available in two colors options: fire and ice
  • 3 megapixel camera with 3x digital zoom and video capture
  • Stereo Bluetooth
  • microSD slot for up to 16 GB of optional removable memory
  • Music player supports MP3, WMA, AAC, AAC+ and eAAC+
  • Support for SMS, MMS, instant messaging (IM) and e-mail
  • IM support: AIM, Windows Live Messenger, Yahoo! Messenger
  • E-mail support: AOL, Yahoo!, additional POP3 accounts
  • Complete Web access through T-Mobile web2go
  • A-GPS with Location Based Services by TeleNav
  • Quad-band GSM world phone (850/900/1800/1900 MHz)
  • UMTS/HSDPA-capable (1700/2100 – AWS Band IV)
  • Display: 1.61 x 2.64 inches, 240 x 400 pixels, 262k TFT display
  • 4.27 x 2.11 x 0.54 inches; 3.7 ounces
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